Governor Fashola and the Lagos State government are set to launch a new line of taxi cabs in Lagos. Fashola and other Lagos State official were witnesses to the launching of the second phase of 1,255 modern taxi cabs and hire services scheme being jointly financed by Union Bank of Nigeria and Lagos Micro Finance Scheme.
Governor Fashola noted that this scheme was made possible through public-private partnership and is aimed at easing public transportation sector in Lagos. He also noted that public-private partnership would go a long way in achieving the economic development and growth of Lagos.
The taxi cabs which are in different colours of yellow, red, grey, mixed black and yellow are to operate from 289 taxi cab hubs across 17 Local Government Areas. The taxi cab fares would also be affordable, and in addition will be fully air conditioned, comfortable, convenient and fully secure and safe.
“The major investment made by Union Bank and our partners in Micro Finance business for us is a huge signature of their confidence in the Lagos economy. Its means capital has not taken flight from here ( Lagos ) but finding a way home of safe returns to Lagos . This means new hope is alive.” Fashola said in his address.
In addition to the transportation sector, there have also been other public-private partnerships in Lagos state that have yeilded results including Waste Management, Security, and road infrastructural renewal. This is yet another star to add to Fashola’s collection of kudos stars since he was elected into Lagos State Government Office. Hopefully other states will follow suit and at least attempt to do something positive in their states and communities.