UNILAG WEEK: SANWO-OLU CHARGES YOUTHS TO BE ADVOCATES OF CHANGE.
Written by Metro FM on October 15, 2019
REPORT BY OMOLARA OMOSANYA
The Lagos State Government has been advised to take deliberate steps to redevelop the City to ensure that it meets the livable standards of future cities in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Discussants at the maiden edition of the University of Lagos, UNILAG International Week, gave the advice during a panel discussion on “Cities of the Future, Future Cities” which is one of the topics at the Two-day event.
The UNILAG International Week with the theme; “Education in a connected World” is both an academic and policy based meeting to address the requirements of effectively educating students in the 21st century.
One of the discussants who is the Ambassador of France to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr. Jerome Pasquier listed the attributes of future cities to include connectivity, innovative planning, inclusive governance as well as sustainability and adapting to climate change.
The Ambassador said now is the time for policy makers and other stakeholders in Lagos and Nigeria to take action.
Speaking on the redevelopment of the Scottish city, Professor Peter McEnleavy of the University of Dundee, who drew similarities between Lagos and the City explained that the waterfront and city centre were deliberately made environmental and people friendly, while non-motorised means of transportation were encouraged.
While speaking on the need to brand Lagos as a destination city just like Dubai, and other smart cities, Professor Timothy of UNILAG assured Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu that the institution remains a willing and ready development partner.
While responding to questions on his administration’s plans to make Lagos more livable, Governor Sanwo-Olu said in the next one month, traffic and junction improvements would be carried out in sixty identified areas to further ease traffic congestion in the State.
Mr Sanwo-Olu who acknowledged the many challenges of the growing smart city said his adminstration cannot do it alone without the support of residents.
He particularly urged the students of the University and other youths to become advocates against indiscriminate dumping of refuse and driving against traffic.
Governor Sanwo-Olu who also promised to grant approval for a jetty at the University said his administration would complete the blue-line rail project, and ensure the regeneration of Oko-Baba.
Acknowledging the intellectual inputs from experts at UNILAG in the development of the State in the past, Governor Sanwo-Olu gave an assurance that he would continue to seek their contributions in the bid to solve the inherent challenges of the State which is on the path to become the 3rd fastest growing city globally by 2020.