Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Senate committee rekindles hope over special status for Lagos.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Alhaji Ahmad Sani Yerima, has expressed assurance that the Senate would revisit the issue of special status for Lagos. The bill on the special status to Lagos, sponsored by Senator Remi Tinubu (Lagos Central) seeks one percent allocation to Lagos from the revenue accruable to the Federal Government. The bill was subsequently rejected by the Senate. 

Yerima stated this yesterday, when he led a delegation of members of the Committee on a courtesy call to Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, at Lagos House. Alausa, Ikeja. The committee, who were in Lagos on oversight function on federal institutions to ensure they are functioning, stressed that it became necessary to revisit the matter because as former capital of the country, everything must be done to support Lagos. “Lagos is not only for Lagosians. 

If you look at Lagos, it has been the national capital and up till this moment, you find people from all states of the federation earning living here and so anything we do for Lagos, we are not doing it for Lagos alone and I will call Lagos a mini Nigeria. So, by the grace of God, we are going to look at the bill again,” Yerima said. 

He commended Governor Ambode for the massive development going on in Lekki especially the Lekki Deep Sea Port situated at the Lekki Free Trade Zone, among other massive projects across the state, adding that the Senate would support anything that has to do with Lagos being a ”small Nigeria.” Responding, Governor Ambode reiterated his appeal to the Senate to revisit the bill, saying passage of the bill would translate to economic prosperity and well-being of Nigeria. Ambode, said Lagos being a cosmopolitan city and the economic capital of Nigeria must be assisted by the Federal Government to address infrastructure challenges confronting it. 

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