CSOs laud Lagos Govt’s push for special status, legislation of 37 LCDAs

No fewer than 70 Civil Society Organisations have hailed Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state for pushing for a ‘special status’ for the state and resolving to reintroduce the issue of the 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the ongoing constitution review.

Convener, Campaign for Dignity in Governance & Coalition of 70 Civil Society Organizations, Razaq Olokoba made the commendations in a statement made available to newsmen Monday in Abuja.

Olokoba noted that the Lagos State Government expressed determination to push for a special status and resolved to explore all avenues to bring back the issue of the 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the ongoing Constitutional Review process is refreshing and a sign of the government unrelenting effort to continue developing the state.
He lauded the state government’s plans to legislate the Council Development Areas.

“Governor Sanwo-Olu has continued to show that he is a visionary leader and will stop at nothing to develop the state.

“So we are throwing our full weight behind Lagos government, ably led by Governor Sanwo-Olu on this one. He means well for the state and we will get better for it. We must rally around the state government in this noble quest,” Olokoba stated.

It will be recalled that the Lagos state government’s plan to seek a special status was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the 18th edition of the Executive/Legislative parley organized by the Office of Political, Legislative, and Civic Engagement, with the theme, “Engaging All for an Inclusive Governance: Hands On for a Greater Lagos Rising”.

The communique stated the need for collaboration between the Executive, National Assembly members representing the State, and members of the State Legislature in advocating for a “Special Status” for Lagos in the ongoing Constitution Review.
The participants at the two-day parley held at Eko Hotel and Suites agreed to enhance the existing harmonious relationship between all arms of government through recognition and mutual respect for their constitutional roles.

The Government, in the communiqué signed by the Special Adviser, Office of Political, Legislative and Civic Engagement Dr. Afolabi Abiodun Tajudeen, stressed the need to create awareness and educate the citizenry on the importance and roles of each arm of government.

“There is a need for the political office holders to prioritize citizens’ welfare above personal interest and ambition in the discharge of their constitutional roles and responsibilities. Due consideration should be accorded to the Party, its philosophy and manifesto in governance, and the tripartite relationship among the Executive, Legislature, and the people as it is the only platform for elective office.

“Participants suggested the possibility of suspension of some taxes, levies, charges, and rates for a few months, as well as the introduction of rebates where necessary for the most vulnerable to alleviate the pains of the current economic challenges. A proposal was also made that there should be regular meetings of Mr. Governor, members of the National Assembly representing Lagos State, and members of the Lagos State House of Assembly to foster robust relationships.’’

Other recommendations highlighted in the communique include;
The need for the State Government to reactivate the school feeding program for primary schools in the State, need for the State Government and other stakeholders to work in a harmonious relationship by meeting with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) through Senatorial Districts’ Town Hall meetings for empowerment;
and that the State Government should continue to enhance the Public Works Corporation (PWC) to adequately address the issue of bad/inner roads to reduce gridlocks.

The participants urged the State Government to expedite action on the proposed establishment of a Lagos Airline to enhance the economic prosperity of Lagos.
According to them, “There is a need to engage with all the Lagos State owned Tertiary Institutions to support various sectors of the State Government; the State Government policies, reforms be properly propagated to all arms of Government.’’

The participants also urged the State Government to put in place methods that would help to track out-of-school students before their initiation into social vices for reintegration.

They urged the State Government to develop a more permanent solution to boost food security in the state and encourage urban farming in individual homes.


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