The Lagos State Government has reiterated that its commitment to make the state remain economically viable is firm. This it stated today at the town hall meeting with the Lagos State Council of Tradesmen and Artisans (LASCOTA) and Farmers, held at the Blueroof Hall of the LTV Complex, Agidingbi, Ikeja.
The meeting had in presence the Governor of the state, Governor Babatunde Fashola, his deputy, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, the governorship candidate of the Lagos state All Progressive Congress (APC), Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, his running-mate, Dr. Oluranti Idiat Adebule and the Vice-Presidential candidate of the APC, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
Governor Fashola said that the state had always recognized the treasure in the informal sector of the state, and the importance of continually creating an enabling and business-friendly atmosphere for them. This he said the government under his watch had done and will keep doing, especially if the people keep voting in the platform, that is the APC, through which such good works had been done.
The Governor also seized the moment to canvass support of the association and its members there present, to ensure victory for the APC in the forthcoming general elections, urging that the incumbent government at the Federal level deserves to be voted out since it had failed in the fulfillment of its promises, especially as touching the wellbeing of artisans and all Nigerians alike.
L-R: All Progressives Congress (APC) Lagos State Governorship Candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, APC Vice-Presidential Candidate, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, and Lagos State Governorship Candidate’s Running Mate, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Idiat Adebule at the event
Speaking in his native Yoruba dialect, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode stated that he readily acknowledges the fact that the informal sector, which comprises the artisans, tradesmen and farmers, makes up 85% of both the population and economy of the state; and will always be taken care of.
In his words, Mr. Ambode said, “we want to take care of your businesses, and we intend to continue the good work that the Governor Fashola-led government had done as touching your wealth and welfare. Now, we promise not only to continue, but to even take it higher. We will create a high level of economic viability in the state, and your businesses will thrive”.
Akinwunmi Ambode also urged the audience to also vote for the APC at the Federal level as they vote-in the Party here in Lagos. This he told them will ensure all-round excellence in governance, and hence, increased wealth and welfare for them, their businesses, and families. He pointed out that the glaring achievements of the Party in the states where it is incumbent should convince all well-meaning Nigerians, and Lagosians alike, that APC is the party to be trusted with the responsibility of governance at all fronts in the nation.
Also speaking at the event, Professor Osinbajo praised the efforts of the artisans, and urged them to vote wisely in the forthcoming elections to ensure the flow of good governance especially at the Federal level. He said the present government had failed at governing the nation, and that “only a lover of hunger and poverty” will still want to vote in this present crop of leaders at the centre.
Earlier at the event, the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Commerce and Industry, Mr. Oluseye Oladejo, had eulogized the present state government for its productive efforts at always engaging the artisans, tradesmen and the Farmers, through its many programmes designed for their growth and wellbeing. He also expressed optimism at the continuation of such feat by describing the candidature of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode as one that “holds so much promise”.
Present at the town hall meeting was the President of the association, High Chief Bola Sanusi, and a hoard of its members, and they were joined by a host of Commissioners, Special Advisers and other top functionaries in the Lagos state government.