Speaking at a stakeholders’ forum on security held at Alausa, Sanwo Olu said the new buses will serve as alternative to commercial motorcycles (Okada) and get into the inner streets of the state.
He noted that the state is committed to rolling out more buses till it gets to 5000.
”We are excited to announce that next week, we will be launching what we term the ‘Last Mile Buses’ that will ply inner roads and safely get commercial passengers to their final destinations.
” We envisage deploying over 500 of these buses to alleviate the pain associated with the restriction of motorcycles and tricycles operations,” he said.
The governor maintained that the gathering of wide array of stakeholders to discuss the security situation in the state is a very important meeting, considering the disturbing trends of insecurity in the country.
He added that the meeting was convened to ensure that everyone is duly carried along in the task of keeping Lagos safe, secure and peaceful.
According to him, being the economic and commercial hub of Nigeria, the security of Lagos cannot be taken for granted.
He said: “Lagos State is not just home to the headquarters of the biggest companies in Nigeria, and to one of the largest stock exchanges in Africa, it is also the primary gateway for passengers and freight, in and out of Nigeria.
“As we speak, there are several billions of dollars of investment ongoing in the state, in real estate, transportation, manufacturing, services, agriculture, and several other areas.”
Sanwo-Olu further said Nigeria’s ability to reach its full economic and developmental potential will be severely constrained in the absence of guaranteed security of lives and property in Lagos.
He said: “We have tried, as a state, to respond in real time to the majority of these challenges, and have deployed a range of tactics from force-for-force to carrot-and-stick and to diplomacy.
” After this multi-stakeholder town hall event, we will make some pronouncements that are intended to go a long way in addressing majority of the identified challenges we have today.
“For us in Lagos, there is a direct correlation between security and long-lasting economic growth and development. We cannot speak of a 21st century megacity and the vision of a Greater Lagos if we are unable to assure and guarantee the security of our citizens and their properties.”
The governor recalled that not too long ago the state witnessed the mayhem that was unleashed in the aftermath of the ENDSARS protests, in which a high-level of destruction and carnage ensued, including the destruction of police stations and commands.