Addressing scores of supporters at his constituency office in Ipaja-Ayobo Local Council Development Area, the legislator said that it would facilitate rapid upgrading of infrastructural facilities in the nation’s commercial capital.
Yussuf (Alimosho I), of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said that Lagos should be accorded the rightful federal revenue allocation befitting its status as the nation’s commercial capital.
“There is nowhere in the world that a national commercial capital suffers the type of neglect which Lagos has experienced in the hands of the federal government since it moved the national capital to Abuja in 1992,” Yusuf said.
He noted that seaport operations and massive haulage business put a lot of pressure on Lagos roads, and a dedicated Ministry for Lagos Affairs would help arrest the decay of its social infrastructure.
Yusuf said such ministry would also help Lagos to meet its rail and road network requirements as one of the world’s most densely populated cities.
“A city of more than 20 million people cannot be adequately serviced by state government finance alone,’’ he said, adding that the state’s revenue contributions to the federal coffers needed adequate reciprocation.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the APC won the 2015 general elections at the presidential level and also that of governorship in Lagos State, which will see the party controlling both levels from May 29.
Yussuf commended his constituents for their support, which he said, guaranteed his re-election, promising to improve on his legislative responsibilities.
He said that the voting strength of Alimosho remained the bastion of APC support base in Lagos and stressed the need for greater cohesion among the party members and supporters.
The legislator also acknowledged the political leadership of APC National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, whom he described as “a veritable study in political strategies and national alignment”.
He assured the supporters that the state’s governor-elect, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, would improve on the performance of out-going Gov. Babatunde Fashola who built on the foundation built by Tinubu.
Yusuf, in an interview with the NAN, said that the next Assembly would build on the achievements of the present one to boost development in the state.
“The 8th assembly will embark on more qualitative legislation which will foster more development to various communities within the state in terms of job creation and human development,’’ he said. (NAN)
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