A modern city is a centre of opportunities for all – rich and poor – to reach their highest potentials, that is governed in an inclusive, collaborative and sustainable manner.
Governor Akinwunmi Abode on his ambition said Lagos State will be a megacity by 2025, be Africa’s model Megacity.
He said Lagos State Internally Generated Revenue is almost half used for payment of salaries, pension and gratuities.
“This administration has decided to focus on three key areas of Power, Education and transport as a way of affecting other sectors of the society indirectly.
“The challenges of Lagos is enormous and it demands a strategic and proactive approach.’’
Governor Ambode said he will make every Lagos resident taxes work for them with a transparent and incorruptible government with good value for taxes paid.
Prof. Taibat Lawanson from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Dr. Ademola Omoegun from the Department of Architecture, University of Lagos aimed at understanding how affected people cope with the effects of government interventions for replacing informality with formal structures and how Lagos fares in embracing creative and innovative strategies of inclusive development initiated and implemented by the affected people.
However, urban informality is often frowned upon. It has been variously labelled as illegal, immoral and dysfunctional. This is primarily because the indigenous cultural practices leveraged upon, in informal systems are antithetical to the modernist practices that many African city governments seek to adopt. This is particularly evident in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub and arguably Africa’s fastest growing city, whose growth has largely occurred via informality.