Lagos APC, PDP disagree over scrapping of LASTMA, KAI, LAWMA

A Jimi Agbaje-led Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos State would embark on mass retrenchment of civil servants in the state, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state has said.

In a statement issued in Lagos, Sunday, the APC said that a lot of civil servants in the state should “kiss their jobs goodbye” if the PDP takes over government in the February gubernatorial election.

But in a swift response to the claims, Mr. Agbaje, the PDP gubernatorial candidate, said that the APC’s “fears are illogical.”

‘Goodbye to LASTMA, KAI, LAWMA’

Joe Igbokwe, the Lagos State APC Publicity Secretary, said that Mr. Agbaje would embark on a mass sack of civil servants just like Ayo Fayose, the Ekiti State Governor, who sacked over 300 employees of the Ekiti State Traffic Management Authority, the equivalent of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA.

“Just as the Fayose administration embarked on the mass sacking of over 800 members of the Peace Corps and other employees of the state, Agbaje would go after employees of all state parastatals,” Mr. Igbokwe said.

“Employees of the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) task force, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA) and over 60 other agencies would be sent into the labour market if the PDP took over.”

The APC said that a month after Mr. Fayose became governor of Ekiti State, he slashed the salaries of the state’s street sweepers from N10, 000 to N5, 000.

“At a time when the rate of unemployment in the country is high, workers on the payroll of the Lagos State Government cannot risk losing their means of livelihood by voting for a party that is on a revenge mission having been rejected by the people of Lagos in four different elections.”

The Lagos APC also urged the civil servants not to forget that while many states and the Federal Government had failed to pay the December salaries, the Lagos State Government paid early, and also added a 15 per cent salary bonus.

‘Illogical’ claims

Responding to the claims, Felix Oboagwina, spokesperson for Mr. Agbaje’ campaign, said the APC was “turning logic on its head.”

Mr. Oboagwina told PREMIUM TIMES that the situation in Lagos and Ekiti states presented two “completely different” scenarios.

“They are obviously comparing two incomparable states,” said Mr. Oboagwina, Director of Media and Publicity for Mr. Agbaje.

“Lagos is a buoyant economy with a robust IGR. Instead of scrapping state-run agencies, the government of Mr. Jimi Agbaje will actually explore and exploit all avenues to create more jobs for the teeming masses of unemployed youths suffering under the APC government.”

Mr. Oboagwina said that the reality of fiscal wastage in Lagos was not state-run agencies, but drainpipes deliberately created into the system through political patronages to friends and acolytes of the powers that be.

“Actually, APC is accusing people of what it is guilty of,” Mr. Oboagwina said.

“Lagos State Government under APC and its antecedents have been guilty of stifling private initiative that could create avenues for employment, with the government’s negative and unfriendly attitude to entrepreneurship, double taxation, demolition of houses and shops, demolition and handing over of traditional markets to cutthroat developers, and the like.

“Today, Lagos is low on the international business-friendly index for world cities, thanks to APC.

“Every state owes itself a duty to block drainpipes. And Ekiti has done what the Governor feels is best for his state at this moment. But it is not a model we shall likely apply in Lagos.”


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  • adetolure Taiwo

    VOTE FOR JIMI AGBAJE UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF PDP

    • kday

      Yea. In your dreams. When he opened his mouth in London, he lost Lagos State for sure. PDP Will never rule Lagos with their kleptomaniac tendencies. Hell no!

    • Progress

      With his inverted brains? Talking trash that if GEJ do not win SS will ruin our economics? Such are NOT fit for Lagos. maybe the new day Anambra, Ekiti or Bayelsa.

      • Real Progress

        He was just stating the obvious there is not need to crucify the man…Buhari said worse in 2011 and 2015, saying that Nigeria will be know no peace, so abeg get off your high horse

        • Progress

          That “obvious” is ANTI-NON SS PEOPLE INTEREST then! So HE IS NOT QUALIFY TO LEAD LAGOS A SOUTH WEST STATE. Period

  • Dazmillion

    Imagine what Bode George will do to the Lagos treasury if Jimi becomes governor.

    • Segun Surulere

      As Jagaban Tinubu has done or even worse

  • Sanmi

    Simple common sense dictates that Agbaje’s ‘Okonjonomics’ would worsen an already worse national youth unemployment situation, dry up government revenue that is desperately needed to boost private sector employment, and fund state public infrastructures. The reason he is not saying what he would do with the salaries of our young men and women he made unemployed is obviously that the money goes into Jimi Agbaje’s pockets. Please away with your Okonjonomics that has no basis in reality, economics, or simple common sense.

  • Progress

    “But it is not a model we shall LIKELY apply in Lagos.” Season of Voodoo economists with saw-dust for a brain!

  • pheliciti

    All Lagos voters should observe clearly that the Agbaje campaign team did not deny the allegation to sack civil servants

    • Objectivity

      You clearly didnt read the article properly, because they did deny the allegation

  • favourtalk

    That is what they have been doing in every state, taking away jobs from people, we need a serious government. Even though they know that Nigeria youths are still out there looking for jobs, PDP still enjoys sacking more workers to suit thier purpose and make their pocket to be fat…we need a serious government and change

  • Abdulkadir

    While Agbaje may be considered a generally acceptable candidate, the state he is aspiring to lead is too complex for his mind to understand, talk more govern. He is likely to be a yes man due to a power play in the state. Many felt that is the reason of his triumph over Obanikoro. One thing is clear from the text of their reply, there is likely to be job loss, and it may be massive. Ekiti people should have known better, but then the majority of voters are not civil servants and even if they had said no, what is would still be.

  • seye

    I am quite sure this article states quite clearly that Jimi Agbaje does not plan to sack workers. Lagos and Ekiti are completely different states just as Jimi Agbaje and Fayose are completely different people. people are totally unobjective that is why nigeria is where it is today.

  • Tolu

    APC and their propaganda, abeg regardless of what you people say we will still vote for JK

  • Fatai

    APC is running scared just trying sssoooo hard, they must be desperate sha. Agbaje is an intelligent man that will continue with viable projects within the state. according to Agbaje he doesnt plan to change the wheel he is just planning to bring new ideas into the way things are done. he is not an a personal vendetta against the APC

  • ade

    on my own opinion apc is a family party. let take it from here fashola is ur lawyer couse 7 foring account where found on ur name tinubu fashola will the case for you. you make him the lagos state gov. 2 your your wife is a sanit 3 your doter is iyaloga baba tinumbu stop fulling lagos state hahaha