The Minister of Public Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said that the integrated transport system is a means of economic investment through the creation of jobs and career opportunities for citizens.
Fashola, who was represented by his press assistant, Mr. Hakeem Bello, disclosed this on Thursday, during a symposium to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Lagos Traffic Radio 96.1 FM, in Lagos.
He said: “The integrated or intermodal transport system is the connection of different forms of transport – land, rail and sea to provide choice and convenience to commuters.
“In terms of economic growth, this type of transport has proven to be a source of opportunities for improving investment, employment, businesses and the value chain in the transport network.
“It is undeniable that in these forms of transport in a city-state like Lagos, there are thousands of opportunities. In road transport alone, there are opportunities for employment, lane marking, vehicle supply, registration, inspection and repair, road signs and parking. Water transport can also provide jobs for boat builders, operators, safety equipment, dredging and communications companies.
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was represented at the event by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, said that “the theme of this colloquium, ‘Integrated transport system as a lifeline for economic growth,’ speaks directly to the goal we have worked hard to achieve under the transport management pillar of our THEMES programme, and our plan is to transform the transport sector into a safe and efficient intermodal system.
Transport Commissioner Dr Frederic Oladeinde noted that the state averages two million cars per day and that it was important to switch to alternative means of transport.