Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has requested special economic status for Lagos, saying Nigeria’s progress and prosperity is inextricably linked to the progress and prosperity of Lagos State.
The governor also demanded state police and the establishment of true fiscal federalism in Nigeria.
Governor Sanwo-Olu made these demands during the opening of the two-day Senate public hearing on the 1999 Constitution Review under the leadership of Senator Oluremi Tinubu, held at the Marriott Hotel, Ikeja, State from Lagos.
The governor praised the leaders and members of the National Assembly for responding to Nigerians’ concerns about the need to revise the 1999 Constitution to reflect current realities.
What the Governor of Lagos State says
Sanwo-Olu in his statement said: âFor us in Lagos State, issues of state policing and fiscal federalism are high on our list of priorities in this ongoing review process. Equally fundamental, especially for us in Lagos State, is the issue of a special economic status for Lagos, given our place in the national economy and the particular burdens we carry due to our large population. and our limited land mass.
I think that the need for this special status has been sufficiently articulated and justified. It is enough for me at this point to reaffirm that this request is by no means selfish, but is in fact in the best interests of every Nigerian and Nigeria as a nation.
Nigeria’s progress and prosperity are inextricably linked to the progress and prosperity of Lagos State. A special status for Lagos State must therefore be of concern not only to the people of Lagos State, but to all Nigerians. “
Governor Sanwo-Olu also called on all Nigerians in the area covered by the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendment to seize the opportunity of the area hearing so that their voices and opinions count in the amended constitution that will emerge.
He said: “This constitutional amendment process will give Nigerians the opportunity to express their views on the issues they wish to see reflected in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, either through amendments to existing provisions or through completely new provisions.
âThis is another opportunity to build on the work that has been done so far. I must note that many of the issues that have stirred the minds of the various stakeholders in the Nigerian project are already in the public domain. However, this zone meeting provides an opportunity to articulate and express them again, in the hope that this particular process will produce favorable results.
âAccording to the National Assembly, the main issues on the table of this public hearing include the increased participation of women and vulnerable groups in governance, administration and autonomy of local governments, state police, federalism tax and income allocation, judicial reforms, electoral reforms, residency and Indigenous-ship, Constitutional roles for traditional rulers, and many others.
CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW: SANWO-OLU REQUESTS SPECIAL ECONOMIC STATUS FOR LAGOS, FISCAL FEDERALISM, STATE POLICE
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