Maku’s ‘outbursts’ on Lagos laughable, says state government

Minister of Information, Labaran Maku

The Nigerian Information minister threw the first jab.

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday described comments made by Labaran Maku, the Information Minister, on how the state had “benefited so much” from the federal government as laughable.

Mr. Maku had, at the 2013 ministerial platform on Monday, said that Lagos State had benefited so much from the federal government that the state governor “has nothing significant to do in his state than mostly environmental and traffic maintenance.”

In a statement signed by Lateef Ibirogba, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, the Lagos State government described Mr. Maku’s “outbursts” as his stock in trade.

“We pity the country if the man with the status of (Honourable) Minister of Information can descend so low as to misinform the world with such impunity,” said the statement.

“Although his reason for such inflammatory remarks is still hard to discern, he would have done himself and the nation much good by limiting himself to his brief rather than dabbling into issues he knows next to nothing about,” it added.

In his speech, Mr. Maku had stated that Lagos and Edo states, both controlled by the opposition Action Congress of Nigeria, enjoy the most federal government infrastructures of all the 36 states in the country.

Mr. Maku, a former journalist, noted that the federal roads in Edo State were so smooth “you could put your mat on the roads and sleep on it.”

“Lagos too rests on federal infrastructure, the governor has nothing significant to do aside environmental sanitation; Lagos State is the luckiest state, even the BRT lanes are on federal government roads,” Mr. Maku had said.

The Lagos State government’s statement said that Mr. Maku has lost touch with the ethics of journalism “within a short time.”

The statement went ahead to list some of the achievements of Babatunde Fashola, the state governor, which include, among others, the ongoing expansion of the Lagos-Badagry expressway into a 10-lane highway, the 39 kilometre Lekki-Epe express road, as well as the ongoing expansion of the Mile 12-Ikorodu road.

“The issue of Environmental Sanitation raised by him (Mr. Maku) betrays his understanding of the pedestal for good governance in any society,” Mr. Ibirogba said.

“It becomes apparent that the (Honourable) Minister was befuddled by the state of development in Lagos, the nation’s former capital that had been left to “rot away” but which the BRF (Babatunde Raji Fashola) administration is taking to higher heights.

“That the BRT buses run on federal government roads is quite laughable. One may wish to ask that since the capital moved to Abuja, who has been maintaining most of the infrastructure left behind by the Federal Government.

“The questions are why has the Lagos – Ibadan road becoming daunting to the federal government and why has the federal government failed to replicate the BRT system in Abuja or all over the country?” he added.

The statement also noted that President Goodluck Jonathan himself was so impressed with the state’s Eko Atlantic City project that he promised to replicate it in other parts of the country.

The Nigeria Good Governance Tour, a brainchild of the information minister to monitor state and federal government projects across Nigeria was severely criticised by both Lagos and Edo States.

Mr. Ibirogba said that Mr. Maku’s comments were based on personal interests rather than objectivity.

“The fact that we did not allow Maku to take credit for our project in Lagos in the name of “Good Governance Tour” does give him the latitude to attempt to discredit a performing governor who continues to receive accolades from across the nation and internationally,” the statement added.


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  • Nigerians

    The Minister is a stuge and a Sycophants who will call black white in the face of intelligent people but choose to let beggers like him to scale through, all in the name of remaining in power by impressing his boss.
    All the money he is spending by going round to preach propaganda, he will surely give account some day.
    He is nothing or doing nothing but lying to Nigerians on things that doesn’t exist he exaggerates most of his visit beyond reality.
    The millions of public fund they are spending and pocketting can be use to upgrade a lot of obsolete facility in most of our TV and Radio stations, is rather unfortunate they give more priority to propaganda and creating a mirage for things not existing.
    We have seen Chukwu Merije during Biafran war and during Gen Babangidas regime! So we are not fools we are just quite to let peace reign..
    But please do not push us to the wall with your lies..

  • Jadesola Fakayode

    Mr. Maku is poor and an uncreative clown-full stop.

  • dhami

    The minister has the right to is views just as anyone else. Though frankly speaking. What tangibles are seeing the lagos state govt doing ? BRT project that is almost a failure? How many of these their so called gigantic projects are not PPPs? With all the Billions in IGR and fed govt coffers monthly? Lagosians should please remove the veil on their faces

    • Agunbiade Fagbamila

      Look dhami, what is this “Billions from fed govt coffers monthly?” Why is that an issue or why is that different from “billions” to other states if the “billions” are constitutionally guaranteed allocations? And if they are constitutionally guaranteed allocations, then they are NOT FEDERAL GOVT money. They are money of Nigerians which is allocated to federal govt and state govts. I think Nigerians NEED TO SCHOOL AND INSTRUCT THEMSELVES TO KNOW THAT WE ARE AT LEAST IN A FEDERATION A FEDERAL SYSTEM NO MATTER HOW SCHEWED AGAINST THE STATES AND LOCAL GOVTS. So Mr. or Miss or Mrs dhami, this is not “federal gvt Billions”. It is the “billions” of Nigerian people duly allocated to Lagos state as it is allocated to other states under the law.

    • Performer

      @Dhami,have u ever seen a suspension bridge before?I’m sure u haven’t,Fashola just commissioned one linking Lekki-Ikoyi,this most recent,the man is quietly transforming Lasgidi,una dey Abj de tear mouth with Maku.

  • Erepamo Komboye

    What the minister said was correct, what is Fashola doing apart from SANITATION, lagos state is one of the luckiest states in this country wen it comes 2 federal govment projects


    I think Nigerians should be schooled on federalism and what it is. Fashola has no reason whatsoever to galivant with the loud-mouthed “maku’ whose ministry is in comatose. second base joor. All the journalsits going around with him are millionaires now, becos huge sums r doled out as estacodes. what a country we live in with such people called MAKU