Ambode praises Tinubu, insists Lagos deserves special status

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has commended Oluremi Tinubu, the senator representing Lagos Central, for her decision to push a bill seeking special status and federal grant for Lagos.

In a statement in Lagos, Thursday, Mr. Ambode said the senator’s position would remain an important contribution as well as a reference point in the national economic discourse.

“At a time that our country needs courageous voices that seek solutions that can benefit millions of Nigerians irrespective of where they are from, what the distinguished Senator Oluremi Tinubu has done is to draw attention to how Lagos State can provide more succour to Nigerians being the home to the largest assemblage of Nigerians,” Mr. Ambode said in the statement issued by Steve Ayorinde, Commissioner for Information and Strategy.

“She has drawn attention to how Lagos deserves to be assisted so that the state can further provide assistance to millions of Nigerians. It is a pity that this import was not seen from that perspective by the majority of her colleagues.”

Mrs. Tinubu, an All Progressives Congress senator, sponsored a bill seeking one percent of federally generated revenue as special grant for Lagos State as well as a recognition of the state by the federal government as Nigeria’s commercial capital.

But the bill, which elicited an uproar on the floor of the senate, was blocked by other senators.

Mr. Ambode said despite the bill suffering a setback, the fact was that Lagos State had always played a special role to Nigerians as individuals and to the country as a whole.

“The truth of the matter is that as the most populous Nigerian state and the commercial heart-beat of the entire West Africa; a state that would have been the fifth largest economy in Africa if it were an independent country, Nigeria needs Lagos in order for other parts of the country to continue to benefit from Lagos,” said Mr. Ambode.

“A special status and a special grant are fair requests that would have encouraged and rewarded Lagos State for what it contributes to the federal purse.

“A yes for the bill would have provided an opportunity to truly reflate the economy and empower Lagos State in serving as home to more than 21 million Nigerians and as hub to the largest volume of businesses and foreign direct investments in Nigeria. But clearly, a spectacular opportunity has been missed by ignoring this important bill.”


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  • Manmbombano123

    I can’t agree less with you Mr. Ambode

  • haba mallam

    I also agree Lagos does need a special grant instead of wasting 13% deprivation on these states that pocket the money and turn and accuse Nigeria of either neglect or marginalization just give it to the Action governor to fix Lagos.

  • Factsay

    Most populous state? What about Kano?
    Lies everywhere and nobody is bold enough to talk the truth.

    Is Lagos or Kano the most populated state in Nigeria.

    Btw, Amode lagos is not ur state. Go back to ur state after ur tenure. It is Time for real Lagosians to take over

  • realist

    Teni begi loju … All the senators have investments one way or the other Lagos. Lagos can make laws that would make things less attractive for the legislooters.

  • Maverick

    Our money is used to develop Lagos and now they’re asking for special status. What a people! What status should the the Niger-Delta enjoy if a parasite state should have special status?

  • Gary

    Welcome Mr. Ambode, with your campaign after the vote. You Yorubas are now reaping the fruits of your betrayal of fellow Southerners for alliance with the Fulani. How’s that working for you folks and Tinubu?

    If you cooperated with others rather than being self-centered in your politics, don’t you think this bill would have passed, within the framework of upholding fiscal federalism? But you people jettisoned that and resource control to please your Fulani allies and now want to keep VAT proceeds to yourselves.
    Mba, it doesn’t work that way. Retrace your steps and let’s forge a united South on common interests.

  • Jaja Majaja

    Yes Lagos deserves “special status” …the same way Niger delta requires “special” status too…..Hypocrite Yorubas.
    Abominable tribe.

  • anthonytommy

    Calaber is the want to be considered for special status. How can a cotuno want a special status when they already have a seaports and oil. Does all this not special status for cotuno