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Jandor addresses Lagosians in the UK

*Urges them to support Lagos4Lagos with their ties back home

 

Lagos4Lagos Lead Visioner and a leading aspirant in the race for the 2023 Lagos Guber election, Dr. Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran (Jandor), has restated his commitment to use the vast resources of the state for the benefits of all residents when elected into office in 2023. Speaking during the town hall meeting organized by the Diaspora4Jandor, UK, the umbrella body of Lagos4Lagos in the United Kingdom to interact with Nigerians having ties with Lagos, Jandor noted that despite huge revenue accrued to the state, majority of its residents have suffered untold hardship aside the growing infrastructural deficit.

 

According to Jandor, governance at every level in the state has brought up people who only care for the interest of a privileged few at the expense of critical stakeholders. He added that the situation has rendered the state and its resident’s poor despite its huge revenue inflow. Drawing a nexus between government spending and the economic being of the people, Jandor opined that when residents of a community are involved in the execution of government projects, the ripple effect will lead to the improvement in the purchasing power of contractors, suppliers and artisans engaged in the projects.

 

“In 2021, Lagos had a budget of N1.1 trillion Naira and the Governor reported the 3rd quarter performance of the budget in terms of expenditures to be 80%. Few days ago, the Governor presented the state 2022 budget of N1.3 trillion with a proposed capital expenditure of N823.4 billion and a large chunk of it on roads.  At any rate, it’s a great embarrassment that with all the huge spending on roads for 20 years, we have not been able to tar all Lagos roads.” He further explained: “You can’t have development when most people who execute such projects are serving certain interest. Besides they are also alien to the community where they are executing the project. We want to entrench a Lagos where anyone can become anything without knowing anybody”

 

Reacting to insinuations in certain quarters that the Lagos4Lagos mantra seeks to advance the interest of Lagos indigenes alone, Jandor debunked the notion stating that the movement stands to entrench a Lagos that works for all, irrespective of tribe, creed, religion and political affiliation. He added that the Lagos4Lagos boasts of a formidable N’digbo structure across town unions and markets with strong N’digbo presence in the state. He stated that the campaign of calumny against the movement was the handiwork of those who believe the only thing they can do is to discredit the movement. “No matter how beautiful your mantra is, your opponent would say something about it. We have built a structure that cuts across tribe, creed, religion and political affiliation across the 245 wards in Lagos. For the past six years, we have been on this journey and the result is the organic and authentic followers that we can boast of today.

 

He added: “That was evident during the recent APC parallel state congress we held. Despite the huge resources deployed by the state government to their faction’s backed APC congress, we had more numbers. In fact, majority of our members and delegates paid their way to the venue of congress. Unlike the other congresses where people boycotted despite the financial inducement, ours was well attended. That is why they have become jittery and decided to discredit what we are doing in any way possible”.

 

Reacting to some insinuations that he is being bankrolled by former Lagos Governor and present Minister of Works & Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, Jandor dismissed such claims, stating that Fashola has never contributed a dime to his Guber project. However, he noted that Fashola and former LTV Permanent Secretary, Lekan Ogunbanwo are two role models whose lifestyles in public service and discipline have impacted him in no small measure. On what stands him out from others aspiring to govern the state, he said: “I am coming with a fresh energy. Besides, despite being in the corridors of power interacting with many of the state actors in my professional career as a consultant to Government, I have remained untainted in any way. I have never held any public office but I have learnt a lot of how things can be done better and differently during this period”. He stated.

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