The Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, and the Senator representing Lagos East in the Senate, Gbenga Ashafa, on Thursday urged the state lawmakers to work with the executive for the prosperity of Lagos.
Ambode and Ashafa spoke at the opening session of the 2nd annual Executive/Legislative Parley in FESTAC Town.
The governor said legislative support was necessary for the ongoing reforms in transport, environment and energy sectors, which were aimed at putting the state on a sound footing for economic growth.
“Efforts were already ongoing to integrate rail, land and water transport under the intermodal transport system. The move is to ensure efficient movement of people and goods within the state,” he added.
He stated that the parley, with the theme, “Lagos: The Rise of a Mega City State: The Collaboration That Works,” was meant to find a common ground on reforms currently being implemented.
He said, “There is nothing we can achieve if the legal framework is not put rightly and the people that set the legal framework are members of the House of Assembly. So, we need to come together to iron out some of those issues that can make us succeed.
“Right now, three major things are very critical in the state – transport, environment and energy. We want to integrate the transport system; basically rail, road and water. We need the legal framework for us to do it and we have come here together to work out how we can do it.
“The private sector will not invest their money in government if there is no good legal framework. That is part of one of the things we want to achieve here.”
Ambode reiterated the call for the country to embrace devolution of powers and true federalism, saying doing such would be in the overall interest of the nation.
Ashafa, who described Ambode as a visionary leader, said Lagos State had been in the forefront of development across the country.
He added that it was good to come together to brainstorm in order to set the right direction for the state.
“It is my hope that we will, in the next few days, be able to discuss frankly on how to make Lagos better. I call on Lagosians to continue to support the government.”
The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, said the past parleys had helped the state to recover from the economic downturn which plagued the country.
The Senator representing Lagos West at the Senate, Solomon Adeola, said members of the Lagos Caucus in the National Assembly would continue to give their best to defend the interest of the state.
He added that the members were working to re-present the motion seeking special allocation to Lagos from the federal revenue.
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