La­gos econ­omy nose-div­ing, says PDP

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

La­gos State chap­ter of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) yesterday said the econ­omy of the state is nose­div­ing un­der Gover­nor Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode.

It said it dis­agrees with the rat­ing of a group within the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) which said the econ­omy of the state has im­proved un­der Am­bode, adding that the group known as Asi­waju Na­tional Fo­rum ‘‘con­sists of syco­phants’’.

Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary of the party, Taofiq Gani, said Am­bode has not made any con­crete ef­fort to im­prove on what his pre­de­ces­sor, Ba­batunde Fashola, left be­hind even as he in­sisted that Fashola’s achieve­ments were equally hyped.

The PDP spokesman in a state­ment said, “Gover­nor Am­bode has rather con­tin­ued in the habit of bor­row­ing and piling up debts. For in­stance, he in­curred a debt of over N38 bil­lion within his 100 days. This is in spite an in­cre­ment in the state monthly IGR to 29 bil­lion”.

The party ad­vised the gover­nor to es­chew what it called pro­pa­gan­dists’ gov­er­nance and be wary of groups and in­di­vid­u­als who now ‘‘as­sume syco­phant roles in his ad­min­is­tra­tion’’.

The PDP chal­lenged the group to give ev­i­dence to but­tress their claim of an im­proved econ­omy, say­ing ‘‘one can­not find any spe­cific men­tion of an area where Am­bode has im­proved from where Fashola left”.

The party added, “things are get­ting worse. Imag­ine, af­ter over 100 days in of­fice, Gover­nor Am­bode can­not pro­nounce the re­duc­tion in many ex­tor­tion­ate poli­cies left be­hind by Fashola. Such poli­cies in­clude: the amount paid on col­lec­tion of Cer­tifi­cate of Oc­cu­pancy and other build­ing ap­provals; cost of rent­ing shops at oth­er­wise public mar­kets; mul­ti­ple tax­a­tion and cost of us­ing BRT/LAGBUS ser­vices. LASU is still co­matose with dis­rupted lec­tures and higher preva­lence of cultism. He has also re­fused to pay N18,000 min­i­mum wage to civil ser­vants to men­tion a few”

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