Fashola urges private sector to deploy its ingenuity for public sector development

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LAGOS – Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Tuesday urged the private sector in Nigeria to deploy its ingenuity into the public sector to better the lot of the people.

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Fashola spoke at the inauguration of the corporate headquarters of Business Day Newspapers in Lagos.

According to the governor, the richest deposit in the country is not in oil, but in its human capital.

He, therefore, called on active players in the private sector to drive the needed change in the public space.

“People have said there is a leadership problem in Nigeria, perhaps I will not want to concede to that line of argument, as the country is a land of leaders.

“Unfortunately, we have left the richest human capital in the place where we need them least. It has all gone to the private sector.

“The idea and knowledge that initiated the office we are inaugurating today and other great things are more needed in the public sector,’’ the governor said.

Fashola said the country would be a better place if the public sector attracted the people with the right competencies to turn things around.

The governor congratulated the management and staff of Business Day for the new edifice, which he said would enhance excellence and professionalism in the field of journalism.

Earlier, the Publisher of the newspaper, Mr Frank Aigbogun, described the new corporate headquarters, also known as “The Brook”, as a centre of knowledge in journalism.

He said the building would serve as a launching pad for a digital platform, noting that it was established to respond to the demands of growing businesses.

Aigbogun used the opportunity to appeal to the state government to curb the activities of tankers and containers in Apapa metropolis. (NAN)

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