Nigeria: Lagos Seeks More Private Sector Support

11 September 2019

The Lagos State Government (LASG) has called for more support from the organised private sector (OPS) to help bridge the infrastructure gap in the state.

The state stressed that it is open for credible partnership that would impact the lives of people and the Lagos business community positively.

The Governor, Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, disclosed this at the inauguration of the renovated Resettlement Community Primary Healthcare Centre and Resettlement Community Junior Secondary School, courtesy of the Redeemed Christian Church of God's(RCCG) Christian Social Responsibility (CSR) projects at the Ajah area of Lagos state.

He said the ceremony was a testament of a credible partnership that works

With the private sector. "Today's commissioning is not about me, not about the church, it is about the children, the community that will use the facilities. This is also a testament of how partnership can work.

"It is about understanding what governance is truly about. Governance is about giving opportunities to help people govern. "I want to reach out to other corporate organisations, religious bodies to use what the church has done today as a testimony for others to also identify what they can do in their community.

"It is not all about what government can do for the people, but what we can do to support government. We are not going to shy away from our responsibilities. "Our main responsibility is to ensure that we provide security of lives and property for every citizen that is staying in our state," he said. According to him, "We must also give people the opportunity to do well, create a better future for our children.

"We are going to be very big in education and health and that is why when we see opportunities like this, when the private sector is partnering with us, we will not shy

away from it. We will make sure that every child that is of school age will be provided the opportunity to attend a school right next to them." Earlier, the assistant Pastor-in-Charge, RCCG Region20 and Pastor-in-Charge, Lagos Province 46, Kayode Pitan, said the projects worth over N180 million was aimed towards improving the quality of living in the Ajah community.

He said the projects included the rehabilitation of the Resettlement Community Primary Healthcare Centre, stocking the centre with drug supplies, and employment and remuneration of staff of the centre for one year; as well as the design and construction of 12 standard classroom blocks at the Resettlement Community Junior Secondary School, among others.

"The decision to build the school was in response to the lack of any public schools in the area, which made children to travel considerable distances to attend school, exposing them to dangers like road accidents," he added.

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