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Governor Ambode Blasts Senate For Rejecting Bill To Grant Lagos Special Status

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has berated the Senate for turning down a bill meant to grant Lagos special status which will entitle the state to a special grant. The Senate on Wednesday vote overwhelmingly against the bill sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

In a statement on Thursday, Ambode commended Senator Tinubu for pushing the need for Lagos State to be recognized and rewarded with a Special Status and Grant into the forefront of national discourse even if the import of that request is lost on a number of her colleagues.

In a release signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, Ambode said that history would remember Senator Tinubu kindly for her thoughtfulness and courage in promoting the bill that sought a special recognition for Lagos State as the commercial capital of Nigeria as well as one per cent of federally generated revenue in view of its socio-economic importance to the entire country.

Ambode stated that without prejudice to the decision of the Senate to stand down the bill, Senator’s Tinubu’s informed position and push will remain an important contribution as well as a reference point in the national economic discourse.

“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,” he said.

Ambode stated that in spite of the set-back the bill suffered on Wednesday, the fact remained that Lagos State has always played a special role to Nigerians as individuals and to the country as a whole.

“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 said.

The governor added that in spite of the rejection of the bill, Lagos State would continue to be special and will not be deterred in continuing to play the important role of serving as a conducive and secure home for Lagosians as well as local and international visitors where opportunities are limitless and lives and property are safe.

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  • chika bibian

    Make this park well abeg he no get talk

  • badmos

    A state dat generate more revenue for d country apart from oil. South south gets some percent from d country allocation and lagos ask for 1 percent and he’ll was let loose.

  • I see nothing wrong with it, if a state is doing really well , it should be recognized, that way other states would sit up

  • Mezzy Gilbert

    Mtcheew

  • emekachilaka

    abeg let him rest jare is this what we need now

  • Cornel Nwankwo

    He should be reasonable enough to understand that if special status is granted to Lagos State, some other States will come up with something like that as well requesting fro their own special grant, besides i don’t even see reason Lagos state should be granted a special status…………

    • Which state reach Lagos state bros?

      • Olovo Obinna

        How lagos take come up…check your history,,the wealth came from somewhere

  • kayode akinsanya

    Sir nothing to do about it, though….Lagos is part of the state that generate highest revenue to federal government. Hope it’s not out of hatred from the senators

  • WillieBravo

    Bros u rest eeee

  • Olovo Obinna

    But why would lagos wants special status….we have 36 states and lagos wants special treatment….anyway, ,,am glade Senate was reasonable @least to reject d bill

    • Because Lagos states brings in the highest revenue for the whole country… it’s worth been recognized

      • badmos

        God bless u bro. Na 1% dem ask o.

        • Mezzy Gilbert

          No worry I go approve am

          • badmos

            Lol. D message was passed to Tinubu and not Lagos.

      • badmos

        If abuja dat has nothing can be recognised as such, I seeno reason y Lagos shuld not b recognised.

        • COLLINS OJARIKRE

          abuja is FCT…. NT JST A STATE RULED BY A GOVERnor

          • Olovo Obinna

            Fact

        • Olovo Obinna

          Abuja is not a state and it’s also uses oil money from d south to stand firm as capital territory…so who need special status?

      • Olovo Obinna

        If I hear…..so what then will d oil rich regions demand for…because last time I check,,they used oil money to develop lagos state back then..remember festac77

        • badmos

          And u hav forgotten what dey used Cocoa and groundnut to do back den. Dis is y NDDC and others were created and money gets into dis places every month apart from d Normal allocation.

          • Olovo Obinna

            Oga don change the topic…lagos don’t have cocoa……lagos was once capital territory…..now b4 the economy boom in lag,,,where was the money coming from….lets tell ourselves the truth….nothing like special status should be granted lagos state…NDDC u mention does not by anyway grants south south special status to get grant from FG…..even some states in d East n West benefits from NDDC projects….let FG open a sea port as good as that in lagos state and let’s see how much revenue lagos will be generating….

          • badmos

            So, Lagos economy start to boom immediately after oil was discovered?

          • Olovo Obinna

            Get me right… ….
            1…oil boom,,the wealth was used heavily in then capital territory (lagos)…..
            2…we have Pipeline that runs from south to lag…..it carries crude for export………..if not for d oil money,,,u n I won’t hv know lag this big…..now my point is….lagos the brag…make FG open a standard sea port for south na…..make we sea which state go get the bragging right for highest revenue generation

          • badmos

            If u can giv me details on how d oil was used and d date, fine.
            Pipeline runs to lagos is not d point cos if lagos tap from it, it will b illegal. Everything goes into d FG account and all states share d money. Lagos gets most of its money tru tax and d high numbers of industries.

          • Olovo Obinna

            Go Google about it….so if all states Shear part of oil money why then will lagos wants special treatment…

          • badmos

            Special treatment cos d country gets money, from immigration, aviation, custom, port, industries etc whereby most of these monies comes from Lagos.

          • Olovo Obinna

            Yea…that’s y I said let FG put aside politics n build a sea port in one of d south south state let’s see what happens then

          • badmos

            Bros, e dey portharcourt and warri na. Just as there are many airports in many states but people prefer Lagos cos it’s close to international airport. Sentiments aside, it will take decades before any state can catch up with lagos on sea ports and airports cos Lagos will not sit and fold it’s hand.

          • Olovo Obinna

            They is no sea port as what we have in Lagos state….. The only state in d south that can boast of something is calabar,,, which is not up to Lagos standard…… For yes they claim to be working on the one ,@river 9ja…..they know if they dredged that river 9ja,,,most of them will lose heavily

          • badmos

            Nobody will lose, dey hav stopped d river 9ja u talked about cos it will take dem trillions of naira. Google it. Everybody prefer Lagos cos dat is how it has been and dat is how it will always be! Because Lagos is always d first place to reach by port.

          • Olovo Obinna

            Not everybody Bros ….certain politicians are sabotaging the river 9ja project cus they know what is @stake

          • badmos

            Nothing is @ stake ma brother, the issue is it wil take dem trillions of naira to finish dat project and where is d money?

          • Olovo Obinna

            Which trillions……to dredge a river yo certain depth …..a project that was awarded and later abandoned halfway….. Leave matter for Matthias Bros

          • badmos

            Abandoned by who and on what ground?

          • Olovo Obinna

            Ask federal govt