By Oziegbe. Okoekion
Speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Hon. Musadhiru Obasa, has commended Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for his determination to see that the state is accorded a special status by the federal government.
According to the speaker, Ambode demonstrated this zeal during a recent visit of a senate committee led by Ahmed Yerima to the governor.
The governor had during the visit reiterated the need for the Senate to reconsider the motion sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu for Lagos to be granted a special status.
The motion was, however thrown out by the senator’s colleagues when it was brought to the chamber at plenary. After listening to Ambode, Yerima promised that the motion would be re-considered by the Senate.
The speaker said Governor Ambode’s complaint to the senators would complement the motion passed by the state Assembly for a letter to be written to the Senate on the need to reconsider the motion to grant Lagos a special status.
Obasa argued that the mega city status of Lagos state with about 26 million people comes with many challenges including those of environmental pollution and emission of dangerous substances, housing and transportation.
“People must move using mass transit, the railways must be opened and there must be effective water transportation and these are some of the basic needs of a mega city with a special status.
Moreover, it is already known that Lagos is the commercial city of Nigeria and a former capital of the country. A chunk of the country’s GDP is got from Lagos.
“The revenue from value added tax majorly comes from Lagos and the state is a mini-Nigeria with representatives of all ethnic. groups.
Most of the federal structures in the state are still being maintained by the state government.
These alone are enough reasons why Lagos should be granted a special status,” the Speaker said.