The Association of Lagos Titled Chiefs has presented a bill seeking one percent allocation to Lagos from the revenue accruable to the Federal Government.
They presented the request to the senator representing Lagos Central District, Oluremi Tinubu, in Lagos.
They recalled that, arising from the South west zonal public hearing on proposed amendment of the 1999 Constitution in Lagos, it was the opinion of the people of Lagos that the city-state be given a special status.
The association, therefore seeks for a revisit of the bill on the special status of Lagos.
In a statement, the Chiefs said: “As key stakeholders with varied interests in the cosmopolitan city of Lagos and the economic capital of Nigeria, we have continually stressed that Lagos remains the commercial and industrial capital of Nigeria with a contribution of about 60% of the nation’s GDP.
“Lagos State is also the largest employer of Labour in Nigeria, a situation which only a special status can sustain as we are convinced that the passage of the bill would translate to economic prosperity and well-being of Nigerians. A city-state that mirrors Nigeria, it is where virtually every community in the country has considerable representation and accommodation.
They added: “Our request for this special status is hinged on the fact that Lagos is the largest city in the country with a population of over 21million people occupying a strategic place in the individual and collective lives of Nigerians, one of the fastest growing cities in Africa with very rapid inner-cities growth and among top ten of the world’s fastest growing cities and urban areas. The resultant huge urban population continue to put enormous pressure on amenities and services and pose peculiar security challenges for the state.
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