2019: Many Lagosians are mi­grat­ing, says Jimi Ag­baje

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

The Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date in La­gos State, Mr. Jimi Ag­baje, yes­ter­day kicked off his cam­paign, promis­ing to end the reign of “vested in­ter­est,” which he said has re­tarded the growth of the state.

He said con­trary to the think­ing in some quar­ters, La­gos is not work­ing be­cause “it is the vested in­ter­est that has de­ter­mined the di­rec­tion of the state in the last 20 years.”

Ag­baje, who ad­dressed some party mem­bers and jour­nal­ists, said the state had spent over $6 trillion in the last 20 years “with noth­ing to show for it.”

He said La­gos is the only mega city in Africa, with­out ef­fec­tive trans­porta­tion sys­tem, adding that the con­struc­tion of a light rail sys­tem has taken more than a decade to com­plete.

He said La­gos, as cur­rently con­sti­tuted does not guar­an­tee a fu­ture for Lagosians, adding, “this ex­plains why many youths of La­gos are mi­grat­ing abroad.”

While an­chor­ing his cam­paign on three the­matic ar­eas of liv­abil­ity, econ­omy and the fu­ture, he said his ma­jor con­sid­er­a­tion would be to make life easy for Lagosians, to dis­cour­age the cur­rent wave of mi­gra­tion and en­cour­age peo­ple to stay back and in­vest in the state.

He de­cried the wors­en­ing traffic sit­u­a­tion in the state, promis­ing to tackle the prob­lem on as­sump­tion of of­fice.

Ag­baje said the 2019 poll is a con­test “be­tween peo­ple’s La­gos and one-man La­gos,” adding that he is on the side of peo­ple’s La­gos.

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