The Lagos State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Sam Egube has said that the Economic Plan of the State can be duplicated for use at the national level.
He said this while answering questions on a TVC News programme, tagged “Business Nigeria”, in Lagos on Thursday.
Egube said the State Government has been at the forefront in making governance stable through active planning that made it the first in Sub-Saharan Africa to start using Oracle Enterprise Software for governance.
While emphasising the importance of collaboration, he stated that the state has been able to move ahead of others due to its collaboration with the federal government and the private sector, citing the construction of Rail lines, for which the state is using the federal railway corridor as well as Ports that are being built in the state.
Egube added that the infrastructure built by the state government is not only meant to serve the state but the whole nation as embedded in the state’s planning programmes. He listed some of the infrastructure as the 10-lane Muritala Muhammed International Airport Road, the Blue and Red Railway Lines and Lekki Seaport, among others.
The Commissioner, however, pointed out that low funds have incapacitated the development drive of the present administration, adding that there is a need to open other revenue channels to move the state revenue closer to the GDP so that the infrastructure gap will be bridged.
Egube also revealed that the State has recorded an increase in the pass rate of its students from 30% in 2019 to 80% presently in all the external examinations, adding that the State was able to achieve this through technological and infrastructural development in schools as well as human development for teachers.
While informing that stability, peace and harmony have continued to prevail in the State’s higher institutions of learning, which can be attested to during the last National ASUU strike, Egube reiterated the commitment of the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration to improving the education sector in Lagos
He averred the developmental strides of the State Government cut across all sectors in the State through the construction of landmark projects including the new Massey Children Hospital, the Imota Rice Mill in Ketu, Ereyun Agric Hub and the Psychiatric Hospital in Epe among others.