Fashola Accuses President Jonathan Of Using Dollars To Cajole People In Lagos

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on
Sunday alleged that President Goodluck Jonathan had
spent five days in the state, holding meetings with
different people and doling out monies in hard
currencies them.
Consequently, the governor described the president’s
alleged outreach to different groups including
traditional rulers, cooperative societies and market
women among others as an act of desperation.
Fashola, who spoke after inspecting some ongoing
projects in Ibeju-Lekki and on Lagos Island yesterday,
expressed disappointment at some statements
credited to the president at meetings with the interest
groups at the State House, Marina.
He said: “I want to assume that he did not make a
statement that he would deliver Lagos residents from
bondage. The question to ask Mr. President is whether
he had come to free them from bondage.
“He was here for five days meeting with different
people and groups, distributing money in dollars. It is
an un-presidential statement made in an act of
desperation. That means he lived in bondage in five
days if he had come into the state to free people.
“If he can live here for five days moving with patrol
vehicles that we paid for, let him go and spend five
days in Chibok and he will know what bondage is,” the
governor said while reacting to statements credited to
the president.
While inspecting a new cemetery in Ibeju-Lekki, the
governor openly disclosed that he bought his own
vault where his remains would be buried when he
joined his ancestors more than four years ago.
He observed that death “is a necessary end that will
come when it will come”, quoting Shakespeare, saying
there is need for people to prepare for it. “We are here
to inspect a cemetery. We often do not like to talk
about, but there is a need for it because the population
continue to expand and the Lekki sub- region is
growing very fast.
“If you look at Ikoyi Cemetery, Abari Cemetery and all
of that are more than 100 years old, they were built by
colonialists and left behind for us. When you look at
the way they have also managed them, many families
cannot even visit the vaults where their loved ones are
resting.
“We have this strategic partnership now with private
sector. The investors are going to deliver a cemetery
like no other. They will manage it and make the cost
also competitive. There will be high, medium and low
density vaults for people who really want to make a
statement at their exit.
“It is the truism of life that everyone who comes must
go so as we are building hospitals, roads, schools
imbibing survival strategy we must also plan for the
end. This sounds as something people do not want to
discuss. I have bought my vault. It surprises people. I
paid for it four years ago. As I always tell people if you
come here for life you must plan to go. Those who do
not want to go should not come.”
At the inspection of Lagos Court of Arbitration, the
governor noted that plans had been concluded by his
administration to unveil the first international
arbitration court in West Africa sub- region, saying the
compelling need to resolve trade disputes locally
rather than travelling to London and Paris informed
the setting up of the centre in the state.
According to him, “this is the place for dispute
resolution. It is the Lagos Arbitration centre. We could
save a lot of money and create employment through
this court. We have lost a lot of funds to other
countries in terms of arbitration in the past. When
dispute arise in Nigeria, the preferred place is either
Paris, France or London, United Kingdom.”
He, therefore, observed that the centre “is nothing
special there. All we need is to create a centre that will
have the necessary reputation. We have the personnel
because some of the best arbitrators in the continent
are Nigerians. We also have the economy for the
arbitration because a lot of construction, development
and Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects are
ongoing. Dispute from there could be resolved here.”
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