Some prominent Lagos State indigenes have thrown their weight behind Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s, bid to repeal the 2007 Pensions law that gave humongous pensions to past Governors and Deputies in the state.
In a press statement in Lagos yesterday and signed by Professor Abisogun Leigh, Major General Adekunle Martins rtd, Prince Yomi Tokosi, and convener, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, the indigenes expressed delight in the move by the state government to repeal the law.
In attendance at the meeting included top personalities like Chief Lai Ajayi Bembe, Arc Nosiru Kekere Ekun, Major Kehinde Danmole rtd, Ms Denrele Adeniran Ogunsanya, Engeer Mutiu Gbajumo, Alhaji Muri Ashorobi, Dr Ade Dosunmu, Engr Lateef Onikoyi and Dr Layi Ogunbambi, Odofin of Lagos, among others.
“This is a bold step to reduce the cost of governance in the state and thus free Lagos from unwarranted financial burden,” they remarked.
“We urge the Governor to immediately present a bill to the Lagos House of Assembly for the repeal of the Pension Act,” they stated.
The Indigenes emphasised that “in his bold move to cut down cost of governance in Lagos state and plug all necessary loopholes of wastages, Sanwo-Olu, should as a young Governor, terminate the protracted Alpha Beta contract forthwith.”
According to them, :”the contract is a complete wastage on the state’s internally Generated Revenue. (IGR).”
“The huge contract sum should be converted to provide necessary infrastructures in the state and also provide jobs for our restive youths.”
The elder statesmen advised the government to embark on a comprehensive empowerment programme that would engage the youths fully, particularly the graduates, because an idle hand is the devil’s workshop.
“Besides the state has no business in amassing further loans. Such money freed from Alpha Beta contract can be converted to more profitable usage.
“Our IGR and the federal Revenue Allocations are more than enough to cater for the infrastructural needs of the people,” the lndegines added.
They also called the attention of Governor Sanwo-Olu to the long abandoned Lagos-Badagry Express road and want it urgently completed.
“This international road, is an eyesore to the mega city of Lagos. We should also look more into reducing cost of governance and plugging all wastages”.
These were parts of the series of recommendations in their communique after the meeting held in Lagos last weekend.