Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday urged lawmakers to support the ongoing efforts of his administration to effect key reforms in transportation, environment and energy sectors aimed at putting the State on a sound footing for economic growth and development.
Speaking at the opening session of the 2nd annual Executive/Legislative Parley, 14th in the series, held at Golden Tulip Hotel in Festac, Governor Ambode said efforts were already ongoing to integrate rail, land and water transportation under the intermodal transportation system, saying that the move was geared towards ensuring efficient movement of people, goods and services within the State.
Ambode said the parley, with the theme: “Lagos: The Rise of a Mega City State: The Collaboration That Works,” was held in continuation of the partnership existing between the Executive and Legislative arms of government in the State, and also to forge a convergence on key reforms currently being implemented.
He further said “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, nothing can be achieved 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.
The governor emphasized there is need to put the right legal framework in place to attract private investors and aside 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.
While expressing optimism about the prosperity of the State, Governor Ambode reiterated the call for the country to embrace devolution of powers and true federalism, saying doing such would be in the overall interest of the nation.
In his remarks, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa commended Governor Ambode for sustaining the parley, saying that it had no doubt been a success.
“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 stressed
On his part, Senator representing Lagos West at the Senate, Solomon Adeola also commended Governor Ambode for his giant strides in office so far and for sustaining the parley which he said had contributed to enhancing good governance in the State.
Adeola, who spoke on behalf of the Lagos Caucus in the National Assembly, assured that they would continue to give their best to defend the interest of the State at both the upper and lower legislative chambers such as special status, state police, restructuring and devolution of powers.