Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, on Tuesday, at the Fourth Quarter, 2017, Town Hall Meeting, held at the SUBEB Proposed Permanent Site in Kosofe Local Government, said that the State Government supports the position of the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on the issues of devolution of powers and the need to entrench true federalism.
According to Ambode, the clamour for restructuring around the nation is needed as the current political structure was seriously hindering development in Nigeria.
Tinubu who was also a former Governor of Lagos State has also being a very stronger advocate on the nation’s restructuring, saying that it was the only way to correct the nation’s power imbalance and the agitations for secession.
Governor Ambode while responding to a question raised by a resident on calls for restructuring said; “I support true federalism; I support all the issues raised by Asiwaju; we are on the same page. That is the page of APC; that is where we are and that is what we are committed to.
“Like I have always said, we need to deal with issues that relate to devolution of powers. Like somebody said, if I have more resources, all these items that you are coming to raise here, once you raise it, I will just say done. I need more money.
“So, why should somebody be saying they are the ones in charge of inland waterways when the waterways is transporting my own people and my own services and when there is a law about it.”
The governor also noted that despite the existence of Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption Law enacted by the Lagos State House of Assembly, there were still attempts from the central government to regulate hotels and entertainment centres in the state.
“We enact a law and somebody says he wants to do another law that regulates hotels inside Lagos,” he said.
“Is it not because of the roads that they put hotel there? That is what devolution of power is saying. If these things are on residual list, let Local Government and States deal with them. That is all that we are asking for. It’s not that we will generate Value Added Tax (VAT) here and somebody will be sharing 50 per cent of the VAT somewhere else.
“So, obviously that is the whole idea behind this agitation for true federalism, devolution of powers and the need to use it to liberate ourselves so that we can get more prosperous; so that our people can be more comfortable and it is all about the welfare of our people.
“Our people have said that we should do this work and we must be able to speak on your behalf on the things that really matter to all of you.”