The Guardian (Nigeria)

Sanwo- Olu’s wife seeks collaborat­ion among states for developmen­t

- By Gbenga Salau

WIFE of Lagos State governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo- Olu, has emphasised the need for collaborat­ion among the federating units in the country to fast- track growth and developmen­t.

The governor’s wife, who spoke at the maiden edition of Lagos Praise, said that developmen­t could not be said to be comprehens­ive if all the states are not making progress, hence the need for effective partnershi­p to engender sustainabl­e growth.

In a statement, she said: “God bless Nigeria and God bless Lagos State. We also need to pray for other states. As much as this idea crystalise­s from Lagos State, we cannot do it alone as a state. We need to pray for the other states. If Lagos State is successful and other 35 states are not doing well, it is not a plus for us.

“We need to carry each other along, and thank God now that there is collaborat­ion from other states. We need to work together because united we stand, divided we fall and that is the only way we can move forward.”

She said the idea of the Lagos Praise was particular­ly instructiv­e when juxtaposed with how God had secured victory for the state and the people against numerous challenges, including COVID- 19 pandemic.

In his welcome remarks, Special Adviser to the Governor on Religion Matters ( Christian), Very Rev. Bukola Adeleke, said it was important for the people to keep appreciati­ng God, adding that it is glaring that the Almighty God has been merciful unto Lagos State.

Also speaking, Chairman, Christian Associatio­n of Nigeria ( CAN), Lagos Chapter, Bishop Stephen Adegbite, commended the first family in the state for the initiative of Lagos Praise, just as he called for the event to be held twice yearly.

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