Phillips Consulting (pcl.), Nigeria’s foremost business and management consulting firm, has announced the birth of a strong alliance/partnership between Lagos and Ogun State Government, which could be announced in a few days as both governments flesh-out modalities.
The consulting firm used its monthly breakfast meeting of the Nigerian-South African Chamber of commerce (NSACC) as a platform to make the announcement.
The Lagos/Ogun Partnership Alliance (LOPA) model is the first of its kind in Nigeria, which will see the two states work together to achieve wider successes in the aspect of economic prosperity, job creation, ease of transportation, political stability, the security of lives and property, and infrastructural development.
While the execution of LOPA is still yet ahead, it is hoped that the implementation will meet expectations as Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos state, set Q1 2023 as the date for assessment of execution.
Governor of Ogun state, Dapo Abiodun also mentioned the use of a Government Delivery Unit (GDU) to execute all projects. While the GDU manages the Project Management Office (PMO), projects in each sector are managed by a sector-specific project management team. For instance, projects in the education sector are managed by the Education Delivery Unit (EDU); supervised by the GDU.
To facilitate LOPA, Dapo Abiodun announced that he has ensured the passage of the Ogun Investment Agency Bill that will facilitate investment into Ogun state and contribute to the “ease of doing business” in the State.
The Governors of both States promised to flesh out the modalities of the agreement and reinstated their commitment towards formalising the agreement in the next few days.
For the LOPA, a number of challenges were identified, out of which are the overbearing control of critical policy by the Federal Government, border management issues, poor infrastructure in border towns, flooding, inadequate data on residents and migrants, and insecurity, adding that there are plans to mitigate these identified challenges.
Phillips Consulting (PCL), is a proudly indigenous management, business and digital technology consulting firm with over 27 years’ experience in helping to build sustainable businesses and government delivery units across Nigeria and Africa. Phillips Consulting. (pcl.) has supported several private and public organisations including the Lagos and Ogun State Government with the implementation of several initiatives and projects.