Lagos State Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode said the State is filled with people from failed States.
While the Governor was giving his Lecture “Nation Building: Communities, Inclusion and Prosperity” at the 75th Anniversary Business Lecture of the Island Club in Lagos on November 1st, 2018, said that at least 87 people enter the State per hour day with no plan of leaving, he also disclosed that the state will continue to face the issue of people coming into the state from other states that have failed to develop its state.
He said that due to the inflow of people from other States, infrastructural and physical system of the state cannot be met on demand. he emphasised on the population of the state which is growing at a pace, currently, 24 million live in the state, that the population might hit 34 million in the next 10 years, also that empowering people of the state is the way of the poverty rate in the state.
“We believe that every Lagosian must have the opportunity to grow, develop their own skills and contribute to their families and communities in a meaningful way.
“If they are healthy, well educated and trained to enter the workforce and are able to make a decent wage, they are better equipped to meet their basic needs and be successful. Their families will also do well and the whole society will benefit. The aggregate sum of family well-being is the meat for nation-building,” he said.
However, he said for the country to beat such pressure on the nation, it must consider empowering every group in the society in order to eradicate poverty.
“A sustainable path towards ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity also involves creating an inclusive society, not only in terms of economic welfare but also in terms of the voice and empowerment of all groups.
“We must begin to realise that every stratum of the society counts, we must listen and accommodate all views, whether they are poor, whether they are Igbos, Hausas, whether they are Muslims or Christians. An inclusive society must have the institutions, structures, and processes that empower local communities, professional associations, artisans, CDAs so they can hold government accountable.
“It also requires the participation of all groups in society, including traditionally marginalised groups such as ethnic minorities and indigenous populations in decision-making processes,” he said.
This Daily Live reports that, According to him, his administration has concentrated on creating an environment for investments to thrive, saying that deliberate steps were also taken to encourage the private sector to take the front seat and grow the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the State.