Lagos seeks help in state’s planning


Samson Folarin

 The Lagos State Government has sought the help of the private sector and other stakeholders in addressing the challenges confronting the state and planning its future.

The Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Sam Egube, said Lagos was in constant need of support due to its peculiarity.

Egube, who spoke in a statement announcing Ehingbeti 2021, an economic summit slated for Tuesday, said engagement with stakeholders would help the state overcome its challenges.

“As a state, we now have to cater to the infrastructural needs of more than 22 million population and ensure that Lagos remains on the path of continuous growth.

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“These considerations are the groundwork of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration THEMES agenda, but translating the agenda to benefits for our people will require collaborations amongst stakeholders, and a determination to deepen the foundation for sustainable development and growth of our society. So, Ehingbeti 2021 offers us a platform to address all these,” he added.

According to the statement, the virtual summit, themed, ‘For a Greater Lagos: Setting the Tone for the Next Decade.’ will feature 150 speakers from across the world.

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Among them are the founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Mo Ibrahim; Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN; former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; President, African Development Bank, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina; United Nations Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammed; and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative, Mohammed Yahaya.

The speakers are expected to offer perspectives on how to manage the peculiar socio-economic landscape of Lagos State in the coming decade.

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President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.); and a former governor of the state,  Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as well as the British Higher Commissioner to Nigeria Catriona Laing, are expected to give goodwill messages

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