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France set to partner with Government to upgrade slums in Lagos

The Lagos State Government yesterday April 5, 2016 announced its readiness to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will strengthen its partnership with France to upgrade slums in the state in order to make life more comfortable for people who live there and ensure they get the dividends of democracy.

This was disclosed during a courtesy visit to the Governor by Mr. Jean – Pierre Marcella, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Department, Agence Francaise de Development (AFD), as part of his two day official visit to Nigeria. Pierre Marcella said the visit became necessary because it would help to take stock of various on-going projects the have embarked on since 2008.

He said the Agency is interested in scaling up its operations and services in the country having recorded success in transportation and other areas of partnership with the federal and state Governments in Nigeria.

The Deputy Governor, who represented the Governor, said that previous partnership with the French Agency yielded positive result as it has helped government to record success in transportation, water provision and energy.

The Governor, specifically thanked the agency for partnering with the state government in the extension and execution of Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) Ikorodu / Mile 12 link road, which has helped to ease the transportation problem as well as resulted in the increase in numbers of commuters conveyed by BRT buses on daily basis in the corridor.

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