The German government has expressed its commitment to assist Lagos State develop a virile water transportation system that will take away pressure from the roads and encourage more patronage from people in the state.
The German Consul-General in Nigeria, Mr Ingo Herbert, gave this pledge recently when he paid a working visit to the State’s Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Ladi Lawanson in his office.
Herbert, who said his country had a robust transportation system that subsidises transportation fare for the people in order to enlist their continued support for public sector transport system, assured that the consular office would assist in ensuring appropriate dissemination of the opportunities in the transportation sector in Lagos State.
Besides, Herbert, who was accompanied on the visit by the Deputy Consul-General, Alexandra Herr and other Consul officials, assured that his office would sensitise German investors to begin to look in the direction of the state.
He said his country, being a major player in the transportation system, was excited at the opportunities that abound in Lagos.
“Germany has a tremendous amount of competence in the transportation system, especially in the water transportation which the state government intends to incorporate in its intermodal system that is just evolving, and we would be willing to share these competence with the state government,” Herbert said.
Earlier, Lawanson said the state government was willing to collaborate with the German government in helping to develop a robust water transportation system, noting that this was necessary to complement its giant strides on the other modes of transportation especially road, where it was experiencing landmark transformation.