Did you know that Kano and Lagos states together have about 20% of Nigeria’s total population and they are responsible for about 40% of Nigeria’s GDP?

Is it not valid then, to say whatever affects these states affects Nigeria?

Isn’t it about time they are given some attention as they are very strategic to the national development of Nigeria?

These are the questions being asked by Mr Abiodun Otunola, the Managing Director of Planet Project Nigeria Limited.

He was one of the panelists during a conversation on the Development of Multi-modal Transport System – The Challenge for Mega Cities at the Lagos-Kano Economic Investment Summit which held in Epe.

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After his insightful presentation, Bounce News took him on regarding some of the recommendations he made for the development of the two states.

He had highlighted the need to fix the Apapa port, speed up the Lagos-Kano rail line project, and create a new status for Lagos and Kano to ensure that they get development support from the federal government.

Mr Otunola insisted, “There is nowhere in the world where economically viable states like these (two) are left to develop on their own.

“New York gets a lot of subvention from the American government. They call it the Washington fund. It is just the only way to develop.

“Lagos and Kano between them, with all the rail line, BRT and bus projects that they have are in the excess of 100 billion dollars. When are they going to get that kind of money?”

The Niger Delta region has the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and rightly so because they are the oil producing communities.

Otunola wonders why there can’t also be the Lagos Kano Development Commission for the two states that are responsible for about 90% of Nigeria’s non-oil revenue to get similar level of development.

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Federal government needs to assist these states because “the more infrastructure you put in these states, the more the economy grows”.

He urged the Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode who was in attendance during the panel’s discussion to push for the establishment of the proposed “LAKO development commission”.

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