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The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday, called for state police, economic federalism and a special financial status for the state as constitutional review public hearing starts nationwide.
Sanwo-Olu made the call at the opening of the two-day Senate zonal public hearing on the 1999 Constitution review under the headship of Senator Oluremi Tinubu, which took place at Marriot Hotel, Ikeja in Lagos State, in accordance with a statement by the state government.
He said, “For us in Lagos State, the issues of State Police and fiscal federalism are at the top of the priority list for us, in this ongoing review process. Equally fundamental, particularly for us in Lagos State, is the issue of a Special Economic Status for Lagos, considering our place in the national economy and the special burdens we bear by virtue of our large population and limited land mass.
“I believe the need for this Special Status has been sufficiently articulated and justified. It suffices for me at this point to restate that this request is by no means a selfish one, but one that is actually in the interest of every Nigerian and of Nigeria as a nation.
“The progress and prosperity of Nigeria is inextricably linked to the progress and prosperity of Lagos State. A Special Status for Lagos State therefore must be a concern not only for the people of Lagos State alone, but for all Nigerians.”
The Governor also urged all Nigerians within the zone being covered by the Senate Committee on Constitutional review to grasp the opportunity of the zonal hearing so that their opinions and views will count in the revised constitution that will arise.
Sanwo-Olu, who lauded the governance and members of the National Assembly for responding to the worries of Nigerians on the need to execute an amendment of the 1999 Constitution to mirror present realities, guaranteed them of the Lagos State Government support in any way required to make the task simpler and extremely gratifying for all Nigerians.
Spokesperson of diverse states, town, communities, associations and Civil Society Organisations, spoke on different issues that have to do with states creation, gender equality and special status, among others.
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