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Lagos State Deserves Special Status Amid Constitutional Review – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-olu

Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-olu

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has come out to say that he wants state police, fiscal federalism and a special economic status for the state as constitutional review public hearing begin across Nigeria.

He recently revealed this at the opening of the two-day Senate zonal public hearing on the review of the 1999 Constitution under the leadership of Senator Oluremi Tinubu, held at Marriot Hotel, Ikeja in Lagos State.

According to him, the issue of state police and fiscal federalism are at the top of the priority list for Lagos State, and the granting of a Special Economic Status for Lagos is also key considering Lagos’ place in the national economy and the special burdens they bear by virtue of our large population and limited landmass.

Sanwo-Olu added that he believes
believe the need for Lagos State’s special status has been sufficiently articulated and justified.

His words, β€œFor 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 landmass.”

β€œI 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.”

β€œThe 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.”


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