Former Minister of State for Defence and governorship aspirant on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)N Musiliu Obanikoro has added his voice to the call for special status for Lagos State.
He made the disclosure yesterday while officially declaring his intention to contest the Lagos governorship election at the National Stadium, Surulere.
The former Minister who commended incumbent Governor Raji Fashola (SAN) for the strides recorded in his two terms in office, however noted that most beneficiaries of the project were the rich and affluent.
He said: “There is no where in the world a mega city manages it affairs without other tiers of government. I will have a constructive engagement with the Federal Government and the National Assembly to give Lagos a special status.
“Security is very important in Lagos if we plan to achieve a 24 hour economy, we must have 24 hour security.
“The challenges ahead will not come easy. It is going to be stiff and tough but we are going to have a new Lagos where there will be leadership academy for our children who will take over from us.
”Let me appreciate the current Governor, Babatunde Fashola for running the affairs of Lagos in the past eight years. But the major beneficiaries of Fashola’s eight years are the rich and affluent.
“It is time for us to spend money on roads in Animasaun, Shomolu, Aheromi-Ifelodun, Ibeju-Lekki, were the masses are. We can only have a good Lagos were the masses are happy.”
Obanikoro promised to build Malaria centres across the 20 local governments in order to allow our hospitals function adequately as they should.
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