The World Bank has expressed its readiness to further partner and assist Lagos State government to deliver more on key infrastructural projects in appreciation of good governance put in place by the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration
This assurance was given at the weekend by the Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of the World Bank, Mr. Joaquim Vieira Levy during a courtesy visit to the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule.
Joaquim who was accompanied on the visit by other top officials of the world financial institution stated that the body picked Lagos State for a pilot study in its sustainable development assistance scheme because Lagos is leading in providing good governance and infrastructures that have direct positive impact on its citizenry.
He noted that most developed countries of the world have been able to move their economy forward because of the adoption of the Public/Private sector integration model which he noted, would further accelerate the growth rate of development in the State, adding that Lagos over time has been blessed with leaders with good vision and aspirations for development.
The World Bank Chief noted that previous partnership with the State government in areas of transportation, education, environmental management and flood control had been of great benefit to the urban renewal efforts of the government and pledged more support to scale up the State’s infrastructural development projects so as to meet the aspirations of the people.
In her response, the Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule, who received the delegation on behalf of the Governor, commended the World Bank for its support, which she said, had helped the State government to achieve its transformational policies especially in flood control, transportation and the Eko Project initiative.