The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday said there was need for states in the South-West of Nigeria under the Odu’a Investment Company, to reactivate the partnership for economic growth.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the maiden edition of the executive/legislature retreat held in Lagos, Ambode said the move would be in line with the region’s vision of reawakening the political economy and socio-economic hegemony of member states.
A statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Haruna, quoted the governor as saying that the Odu’a Investment initiative was a veritable economic vehicle to take the people out of the current recession.
Ambode said the economic downturn in the country does not respect tribe, religion or political party and therefore, Nigerians must rise above personal differences to solve the problem.
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He said, “Our people demand and request from us good governance, leadership and hope at a critical time like this in our nation. We must therefore rise above our personal differences and interests, with a common unity of purpose; staying focused on our promises and manifesto at all times.
“If our economy must grow, it must also have the mindset and culture to want to grow. It is, therefore, left for all of us to learn to put emphasis the people. Getting good results requires that we abide by the principles of good governance.
Ambode listed fairness, equity and obedience to rule of law as necessary for good governance. He said the last 16 months of his administration had focused on these principles.
“Allowing everyone to participate to reach consensus is good governance. There must be direction as to where our government is going. Strategic vision, performance, responsiveness in getting the needed results in the most cost-reduced efforts possible is good governance,” he said.
In his message, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, commended the governor for initiating the retreat, saying that it was a good thing that the state was championing a platform for elected and appointed officials to deliberate on matters of paramount interest to the people.
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