Senator renews call for special status, grant for Lagos

The senator representing Lagos West in the Senate, Solomon Adeola, has renewed the calls for the Federal Government to grant Lagos State a special status and special grant following the massive destruction that followed the #EndSARS protest in Lagos.

Adeola, in a statement on Sunday said over the years many attempts had been made in the agitation for a special status for Lagos State on the basis of its being the nation’s economic nerve centre and its status as the former capital of Nigeria with many federal infrastructures and huge population.

He said the resources of the state government could not adequately cater for the population and the pressure on amenities arising out of the status of the state as an acknowledged megacity with a population of over 20 million Nigerians.

Adeola stated, “The issue of special status for Lagos State has again been brought to the front burner following the fallouts of the protest against extra-judicial killings and Police brutality. With the magnitude of the destruction of critical infrastructures in Lagos State last week, it is inconceivable that the Lagos State Government alone can handle the rebuilding of destroyed properties, most of which are for the public good.

“It is necessary at this time to state that when the Federal Government makes interventions to assist the state like the N1bn per state to assist in efforts aimed at stemming COVID-19, Lagos State should be more favourably treated in view of its status. Nigerians boarding all the burnt BRT buses are not asked their state of origins when they board.”

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