Lagos and Ogun States have launched a joint development commission, which is geared towards fast-tracking infrastructure development and smoothening areas of cooperation between both states, especially in border communities.
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, and his Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (Mou), establishing the Lagos-Ogun Joint Development Commission for the socio-economic development of both states.
The commission, according to the two governors is a common alliance between the two states to jointly tackle issues
bordering on security, sanitation, traffic and transportation, waste management, water supply, land use planning,
infrastructure development and maintenance, urban renewal, and slum upgrading, among others.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, which took place at the Presidential Lodge, Ibara Abeokuta, Ogun State capital,
the host Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun said, the commission was a manifestation of the desire of the two states
to attain rapid socioeconomic development and address the lingering boundary issues between both states.
He Noted That
It was important for the two states to work together in initiating and implementing more projects necessary to aid
ease of movement of people, goods, and services, as well as increase industrialization along all border communities and ensure wholesome development of the states.
The governor hinted that a bill will be transmitted to the Houses of Assembly of both Ogun and Lagos States to give the commission the necessary legal backing.
Both states account for a chunk of Nigeria’s factories and businesses. Most folks who reside in Ogun, earn a living in Lagos–Nigeria’s commercial capital.
However, road infrastructure linking both southwest states has been left to crumble and rot through
the years and there has been little, if any cooperation, between governments in both states.
Past governors of both states have also bickered over who should collect taxes from folks who reside in Ogun but work in Lagos.
By Victoria E.I