Special Adviser, Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Aramide Adeyoye has implored banks to collaborate and support Lagos State Government in her strive to ensure effective service delivery to the people of the State.
The Special Adviser, who made the call while welcoming the visiting teams from Access Bank Plc and Zenith Bank Plc to her office in Ikeja, pleaded with the Banks to work out modalities that will ensure that Contractors who obtained Advance Payment Guarantee (APG) from the banks had sufficient access to the funds in good time in order to enable them to deliver on projects within the time scheduled.
She bemoaned a situation where Contractors who had been mobilized would wait for a long time to access the funds from the bank thus negating the progress and scheduled delivery of the work.
While commending the Banks for their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects executed in the past, Adeoye urged them to do more in the areas of provision and powering of Traffic Signal Lights, Street lights, junction improvement, laybys and other road furniture to reduce traffic snarl in the State.
She also advised that the banks leverage on technology and come up with ways of improving the ease of doing business in Lagos vis-à-vis revenue collection modes without belabouring Lagosians who want to transact business with the government.
Responding, the team leaders, Mrs Tolu Adegoke, Zonal Head of Access Bank and Mrs Stella Egwuatuonmu of Zenith Bank pledged to work in harmony with the Ministry with a view for mutually beneficial relationship and effective service delivery.