Ambode faults Senate’s rejection of request special status for Lagos
Governor Akinwumi Ambode has faulted the Senate’s rejection of the request for a special status and a federal grant for Lagos.
Senator Oluremi Tinubu’s request for a special status and a one per cent grant from the federally collected revenue for Lagos was rejected by Senators, after a vigorous debate on Wednesday.
But the Governor in a statement by the state Information and Strategy Commissioner, Steve Ayorinde, said approval of the request would have rewarded and encouraged Lagos state for its contribution to the national development.
“The truth of the matter is that as the most populous Nigerian state and the commercial heart-beat of the entire West Africa; a state that would have been the fifth largest economy in Africa if it were an independent country, Nigeria needs Lagos in order for other parts of the country to continue to benefit from Lagos.
“A special status and a special grant are fair requests that would have encouraged and rewarded Lagos State for what it contributes to the federal purse.
“A yes for the bill would have provided an opportunity to truly reflate the economy and empower Lagos State in serving as home to more than 21 million Nigerians and as hub to the largest volume of businesses and foreign direct investments in Nigeria. But clearly, a spectacular opportunity has been missed by ignoring this important bill.”
Ambode also said that without prejudice to the decision of the Senate to stand down the bill, Senator’s Tinubu’s informed position and push would remain an important contribution as well as a reference point in the national economic discourse.
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“At a time that our country needs courageous voices that seek solutions that can benefit millions of Nigerians irrespective of where they are from, what the distinguished Senator Oluremi Tinubu has done is to draw attention to how Lagos State can provide more succour to Nigerians being the home to the largest assemblage of Nigerians.
“She has drawn attention to how Lagos deserves to be assisted so that the state can further provide assistance to millions of Nigerians. It is a pity that this import was not seen from that perspective by the majority of her colleagues.”