Lagos renews call on NASS to be granted ‘Special Status’

By Timi joshua, Lagos
The Lagos State Government has expressed the need for National Assembly to reconsider its call for a special status to be accorded the state by the Federal Government.
Making the call was the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Alhaji Muslim Folami while launching the ‘Eko Shirt’ in preparation for the celebration of Lagos at 50 held in Alausa, Lagos on Monday.
The commissioner called on the National Assembly to put politics aside and do the needful by granting Lagos a special status, lamenting that the state had been agitating for this for long.
“I will use this forum to reach out to the National Assembly to set aside politics and regional bias in the implementation of awarding Lagos State a special status that has been agitated for and to which the state graciously deserved,” he said.
According to Folami, the government of Akinwunmi Ambode had recorded great achievements than any other state in the federation and that as such, everyone must support him to deliver more on its promises on improved infrastructure, programmes and projects.
However, he said the government is partnering with Team Nigeria to launch the ‘Eko Shirt’ after which a road show would be embarked on for 10 days to create awareness on the coming celebration of Lagos at 50.
The commissioner added that the current government promoted the concept of inclusive governance, a system in which government policies, projects and programmes shall be driven by the needs of the communities, thus adopting bottom up approach in the development of the state.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, Fola Padonu called on Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs, to collaborate with the state government so as to build a prosperous Lagos to be the model of governance in Africa.

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