While it is no news that the most populous coastal city in the Nigeria is Lagos state, the figure quoted by the state government to be the number of immigrants who come into Lagos daily is quite mind-boggling.
According to the governor of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode, about 86 immigrants find their ways into Lagos every hour of the day totaling a whooping 2064 persons on a daily basis.
One thing to note however is, most of these new visitors to the city have no plan to leave.
The figures put forward by the state government is undoubtedly the highest entry record for any city in the world- what a record.
Speaking to journalists on Sunday, Ambode noted that since the population of the state was constantly growing, it was imperative for the government to be “on its toes” to make sure that facilities were available for the over 23 million residents of the state.
He said the state was currently getting 76% of what its spends from Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), even as he further revealed that Lagos plans to work more on its IGR so as to reduce its dependence on federal allocated revenue to less than 10 per cent within the next two years.
The governor promised to continue churning out projects across the state to ensure that it [the state] continues in its front-runner role in the country.
He further revealed that 67 per cent of the state population were under the age of 35 so attention would be paid to education, healthcare, care of the aged and employment.
On his plan to push commercial motorcycles, tricycles and mini-buses out of the state, Ambode said over 5,000 buses would be purchased in partnership with the private sector.
He explained that the move would not increase unemployment as most of the mini-bus drivers would be retrained and re-orientated to man the new buses.
Quite understandably, the governor said he picks a lot of advice on how to govern the state and what the state needs from the media.