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Ambode advocates special status for Lagos

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Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

President Buhari has commended all those investing in Nigeria, as their efforts are helping to create jobs and boost economic activities. Buhari, who spoke after touring the Eko Atlantic City, applauded the initiators of the EAC, said he was impressed with the potentials of the project, which according to him, would create jobs and boost Nigeria’s economy.

Insisting that Lagos State should enjoy special status, governor Ambode on Thursday evening, urged the President to seriously consider the possibility of granting the Special Status to enable it sustain its position as the driver of the nation’s economic growth. Speaking at the state dinner in honour of the President on day one of his two-day visit, Ambode argued that the state has been left alone to strive for development for the past 26 years, after the Federal Capital was relocated to Abuja from Lagos.

Ambode said despite the strategic position the state plays in the nation’s economy, there was still much untapped potentials and opportunities for economic, social and cultural growth in the State, which he said his administration was doing its best to explore by strategically focusing on improving the ease of doing business, entertainment, sports and tourism.

He, however, said that for these potentials to be realised, the state requires Federal Support, adding that several attempts by some eminent personalities to push for a Special Status for Lagos as well as a bill seeking to accord the State same was turned down by the Senate.

Speaking yesterday after conducting the President round Eko Atlantic City, Ambode said the project was a practical example of how the private sector could partner with government to boost the economy.


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