- Governor Akinwunmi Ambode urged other state governments to emulate Lagos state by ensuring harmonious relationship between the executive and the legislature
- Ambode such relationship helps the state governors perform better by carrying out their constitutional roles as elected officers
- He said if that can be achieved, it means there is still hope in Nigeria
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state on Friday, August 3, attributed the massive development going on in the state to the harmonious relationship between the state executive and legislature.
Ambode made this known when he received the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Lagos is hosting the Conference of Speakers of State Houses of Assembly between August 3 and August 5.
Ambode urged the speakers to take the lessons from Lagos to their various states and work harmoniously with the executive arms, for the good of the people.
Ambode said: ”This visit is a very significant one for Lagos state. The last time we hosted speakers like this was during the administration of Sen. Bola Tinubu.
”It is very significant for us to have been able to bring together speakers from the 36 states inspite of the various movements in our polity. It means there is still hope in Nigeria.
”I want to implore other state governments to emulate Lagos state by ensuring harmonious relationship between the executive and the legislature.
”Such relationship helps us perform better by carrying out our constitutional roles as elected officers and reaching out to the yearnings of the electorates.”
Earlier, Isamaila Kamba, speaker of Kebbi state House of Assembly and chairman of the conference of speakers of state legislatures of Nigeria, thanked the governor for the grand reception.
Isamaila said that the conference would, among other things, deliberate on how to implement the recently assented bill granting financial autonomy to state legislative and judicial arms of government.
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He urged Governor Ambode to liaise with other state governments on their behalf, to give them a soft landing in the implementation of the law.
Isamaila also commended the governor for the huge investment on security and infrastructure development in the state.
He said: ”Governor Ambode, we want you to know that your name has been written in gold in the history of governance in Nigeria. ”
In his remarks, Mudashiru Obasa, the host speaker, said the conference would discuss latest developments in the country, to chart the way forward for the benefit of Nigerians.
Obasa commended Governor Ambode for providing the necessary support needed for the success of the conference.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria’s transport minister, has visited Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos, revealing that work on the Apapa corridor of the “Lagos-Ibadan rail” project would commence next week.
Amaechi spoke to journalists after a strategic meeting with the Ambode and his team at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, saying it was gratifying to report that contractors would move to site to continue the rail project from Apapa as part of efforts to bring about a permanent solution to the perennial traffic gridlock in the axis.
He said: “You would recall that the federal government had commenced construction of the Lagos-Ibadan railway and the focus was more on the Ibadan and Abeokuta axis because we had challenges in Lagos which included utilities and not much with the communities and I think I have to commend the communities that allow us use their land though we would pay compensation but not much. So, we are grateful to all the communities from Lagos to Ibadan.''
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