The richest state in Nigeria, Lagos, is set to have its own airline.
The nation’s industrial core centre is also to establish an airport at its fast developing prime district, Lekki.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who spoke during the Lagos West Senatorial District Town Hall meeting at Balmoral Convention Centre, Ikeja; also hinted that the government’s ambitions 38-kilometre 4th Mainland Bridge project is very much in view.
He said the planned airline had become necessary and that Lagos certainly needs an airport in Lekki in view of the steady expansion in that axis and the distance between the axis and existing Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja.
According to Sanwo-Olu, the airline plan had been in the pipeline for months, with the state now finalising the financing model.
“What is being considered is the Federal Government’s approval and operational contingency for the airline,” the governor said.
Explaining the rational for the Fourth Mainland Bridage, the Lagos State governor said it will connect Lagos Island across the Lagoon from Langbasa (Lekki) to Baiyeku, Itamaga in Ikorodu, and that it was designed to relieve traffic on the three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the Mainland, namely Eko Bridge, Cater Bridge and the Third Mailand Bridge.
At the meeting, Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, took feedback from residents, who posed questions.
The governor said the input from the public was necessary to guide his government’s decision on planned programmes and interventions before their implementation.
He said his administration had completed and opened 42 new road projects and two flyovers in the district, with the combined length of the infrastructure spanning over 72 kilometres.
Saying that the last four and half years had seen Lagos taking a leap in its development trajectory, the governor said he remained resolute in doubling his efforts.