# Lagos to leverage public-private partnerships to boost infrastructure in 2021

The Director-General, Office of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in Lagos State, Mr. Ope George has declared that the office will continue to initiate projects that boost infrastructure renewal and development this year, in fulfilment of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda.

George made the assertion in Alausa while giving an insight into PPP activities, saying that major partnerships with the private sector were appraised by his office before commencement of the projects by the present administration.

He recalled that the arrangements leading to the evaluation and selection of bidders for the 4th Mainland Bridge project commenced at the PPP Office, pointing out that the eight companies that met the eligibility criteria were shortlisted for advancement to the next stage.

Giving an insight into other activities in year 2020, George revealed that the development of a Medical Village spanning 2.1 hectares of land on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, was also initiated last year with a series of meetings held between representatives of the PPP Office, Ministry of Health and Project Consultants, envisaging that a preferred bidder will be announced in the course of year 2021 to advance the process for execution of the novel project.

“48 bidders also expressed interest in the development of a Smart Health Information Platform after invitations for Expressions of Interest were advertised in the year 2020. The platform, when operative, will connect the entire health ecosystem in Lagos State,” the DG added.

Commenting further on the PPP initiatives in the Traffic Management and Transportation Pillar of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda, George hinted that a solution which captures, processes and stores traffic violation data, as well as billing and payment for vehicle inspections, has reached advanced stage and is being deployed in stages.

He expressed confidence that when fully deployed, motorists who, hitherto, flouted the law will be easily identified and made to face the consequences of their actions.

“Lagosians should rest assured that year 2021 will witness partnerships that will move this State closer to the achievement of its Smart City goals. The PPP Office is focused on leveraging partnerships that will birth world-class infrastructure in Lagos. As we start a New Year, I urge all residents to abide by the guidelines issued to halt the spread of COVID-19 that has continued to ravage the world”, George said.