Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday, sought the support of the state and federal lawmakers for his administration’s effort to reform critical sectors of the state economy, including transportation, environment and energy.
Ambode spoke at the opening of the 2nd annual executive/legislative parley, held at Golden Tulip Hotel in Festac, saying the reforms were meant to put Lagos on a sound footing for accelerated economic growth and development.
Specifically, the governor urged the lawmakers at both the state and federal levels, to align themselves with the planned inter-modal transportation system of the state that seeks to integrate rail, land and water for efficient movement of people, goods and services within Lagos.
He said the parley, with the theme: “Lagos: The rise of a mega city state: The collaboration that works,” was to continue to strengthen the partnership between the executive and legislative arms of government in the state and also forge a convergence on key reforms being implemented.
“This parley is just to underscore the importance of collaboration of the different arms of government so as to achieve the vision we have set for ourselves. But more importantly, there is nothing we can achieve as a government if the legal framework is not put rightly and the only set of people that actually set those legal frameworks are members of the House of Assembly and so, sometimes we 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 – transportation, environment and then energy. We want to integrate the transportation system basically rail, road and water. But again, we need the legal framework for us to do it and we have come here together to work out those reforms that can allow us to do it; work out those legal issues we need to put in place to be able to invite the private sector to believe in the reforms we want to do.
“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 so that we will be able to make good laws and then we will be able to invite private sector to believe in the economy that we are running in Lagos and that is why we are doing the parley,” Ambode said.
He further noted that aside the need to partner on the reforms, the parley was also a major platform to examine whether the government was fulfilling its major constitutional mandate of ensuring security and welfare of the people, as well as delivering the electoral promises made to the people.
Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, while also speaking, lauded the executive for always implementing the resolutions of the parley.
Obasa said deliberations at the parley and implementation of same by the executive have contributed to the recovery from the economic downturn which plagued the country recently.
“It is a good thing that we have come together once again to deliberate on what would be nice and useful to all Lagosians and I am happy that all of us at the Lagos State House of Assembly, the National Assembly, the Executives, all the past speakers, leaders of our great party, are here to fashion way forward for our great state”, Obasa said.
Solomon Adeola, a senator representing Lagos West, who spoke on behalf of the Lagos caucus in the National Assembly, assured that of continued support and defend of the interest of Lagos at both the upper and lower legislative chambers such as special status, state police, restructuring and devolution of powers.