Nigeria has just recorded a grand moment in her democratic process. With the unprecedented defeat of incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan by Gen. Muhammadu Buhari in last Saturday’s elections, Nigeria’s democratic institution has become even stronger.
As Nigerians celebrate the birth of a new era, Lagosians look forward to feeling the impact of the federal government more than ever before now that for the first time in 16 years the state and Federal Government can be in alignment. To this end, the electorates must ensure they vote the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Akinwunmi Ambode into office.
Lagos is the commercial capital of Nigeria and the state’s contribution to the nations GDP cannot be over emphasised. Lagos has always been on the opposition since the inception of this democratic dispensation and albeit short-changed by the opposition party at the centre. This has led to various forms of neglect by the federal government. As Lagosians go out on the 11th of April to cast their votes, below are 10 reasons to consider and make sure Lagos doesn’t go to the opposition once again.
Federal Government Owes Lagos
1. The Federal Government owes Lagos over N51 billion Naira. Imagine what that money will do if the state had access to such fund. Many of the state’s infrastructural problems would have been addressed. Lagos state needs to be in sync with Federal Government to get this paid, and this is the opportunity to get it right once and for all for the good of Lagos and the greater good of the nation at large.
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1Lagos needs Federal Presence
2. The Federal Government have in the past halted federal projects and even went as far as obstructing state projects in Lagos state because Lagos has been an opposition. If the APC is returned to office, giving Lagos the opportunity to be on the side of the federal government for the first time, all abandoned Federal Government buildings and projects can be put to better use and completed. Lagos will be able to persuade the Federal Government to embark on urban renewal and build new towns in Lagos as was done in the time of Shehu Shagari.