Lagos Population Is An Incentive, Not Liability – LAHA Speaker, Obasa

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Lagos Population Is An Incentive, Not Liability – LAHA Speaker, Obasa

The Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has stated that the State is determined to turn its fast growing population into incentive for growth rather than allow it become a burden on its developmental initiative.

The Speaker made this disclosure while speaking with the press in his office recently. He observed that the State is constrained by Law not to regulate the influx of people and will do everything possible to make its population growth an asset rather than a liability of sort.

You cannot stop anyone coming into the State from any part of the country provided they are Nigerians” the Speaker said, adding “people come into the State everyday which in turn affects the social amenities available”.

You cannot lament what you cannot change, he said; but that what you can do in the circumstances is to plan to accommodate this population growth in a visionary manner that enhances economic development.

He said that the plan for a 24-Hour economy for the State is one of many initiatives intended to maximize the benefits of a fast growing population, adding that “tourism is already witnessing a 24-hour boost in pubs, clubs and malls”.

Speaker Obasa said that in anticipation of this, the State Assembly is working towards the enactment of more and more novel legislation necessary to guarantee the security of life and property.

Already he said the Assembly has enacted a law causing the establishment of a Neighborhood Safety Corps and that plans are also afoot locally to generate and distribute electricity.



Speaker Obasa has said that the current pioneering strides of Lagos State in virtually all sectors of socio economic development owe to the vision, initiative and continuity of the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu brand of leadership.

Obasa revealed that it was the Midas touch of the Asiwaju, followed by the successive leadership roles of Governors Fashola and Ambode that have led to the emergence of the most progressive, most rapidly developing state in Nigeria, which Lagos is.

He said, “Asiwaju has always been there for us, and he has been a father figure. He laid the foundation of new Lagos; it was Fashola who came to establish the plan of Asiwaju, and here is Ambode solidifying the works of Fashola”.

The Speaker emphasized the need for investment in sincere, progressive and visionary leadership saying “when you have the right people in the right place with experience, then you will have quality output as a result”.

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