The World Bank, an international financial institution, said Nigeria would need Lagos to achieve sustainable growth.
The bank cited the people-oriented approach of leadership by the state and also acknowledge the regional and local significance of the state.
Mr. Rachid Benmessaoud, the country director of the Bank gave this remarks at a meeting with the state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode at the State House, Alausa.
The meeting was also attended by the Senior Operations Specialist, World Bank, Mrs. Ngozi Udolisa; Senior Transport Specialist, World Bank, Mr. Tunji Ahmed, the Special Adviser to Audit & Finance, Mr. Adeniyi Popoola amongst others.
The country director acknowledge the role Lagos has played in the economic growth of Nigeria describing the state as the “economic gateway” to the country and for the rest of the world.
The director further gave an insight into the diverse partnerships the bank had with the state government previously and were looking at other opportunities to build on the positive momentum.
Governor Ambode in his remarks appreciated the bank for the partnership over the years, which he said, had contributed to the success of Lagos State, especially in the transportation sector.