Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday evening urged President Muhammadu Buhari to seriously consider the possibility of granting the state a special status to enable it to sustain its position as the driver of the nation’s economic growth.
Ambode, who spoke at a State Dinner in honour of President Buhari at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, as part of the activities to commemorate his two-day official visit to the state, expressed concern that 26 years after the Federal Capital was relocated from Lagos to Abuja, the state had been left to strive for development without much support from the Federal Government.
The governor said that despite the state’s importance to the economy, there were still many opportunities for economic, social and cultural growth in the state, a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Haruna, said on Friday.
He, however, said that for such opportunities to be used, the state required the support from the Federal Government, adding that several attempts by some eminent personalities to push for a special status for Lagos had been turned down by the Senate.
“Mr. President, it has become glaring that Lagos State cannot achieve this alone. Mr. President, 26 years after the Federal Capital was relocated from Lagos to Abuja, the state has been left without much support from the Federal Government.
“Despite all these, Lagos State needs more and Lagosians deserve more. Eminent Nigerians have called on the Federal Government to grant our state a special status. I recall that a bill seeking to accord it a special status has been rejected three times in the Senate. Lagos deserves a special status if we want the state to continue to serve as the major driver of the nation’s economy,” Ambode said.