– There has been an unending feud between Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos and former President Olusegun Obasanjo
– Akiolu may have given a hint of what the feud is about at a town hall meeting organised by the Lagos state government
Prominent Lagos monarch, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo punishing Lagos by his refusal to grant the state a special status.
Obasanjo who served between 1999 and 2007, had a serious battle with then governor of Lagos, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, over the latter’s creation of 37 local council development areas.
Part of the punishment was to stop allocations to local government councils in the state for many months.
Speaking at the quarterly town hall meeting organised by the Lagos state government at the Indoor Sports Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Akiolu said Obasanjo had the opportunity to granted Lagos a special status during his eight years tenure, but refused to do it in spite of the pressure mounted on him.
He recalled how Obasanjo told eminent Lagosians who met him on the issue then that he had already drafted the special status plan for Lagos.
“Yar’Adua had promised to grant Lagos a special status. If Yar’Adua had not died, it would have happened by now,” he said, adding that if Obasanjo had also did it, the Senator Oluremi Tinubu’s bill that was thrown out of the Senate would not have arisen.
The traditional ruler expressed optimism that Lagos would get the status.
While lamenting the state of kidnapping in Lagos despite the efforts of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to provide security, he urged local government councils to strengthen their security committees.
Ambode, on his part, made further promises including that the N500 million Lagos State Persons Living with Disability Fund would commence later this month.
“The funding for the N500m Lagos State Persons Living with Disability Fund has been provided and beneficiaries will start getting support from this quarter,” he said adding that the review of the 2016 budget showed that the state generated N97.3 billion in the last quarter and had a total expenditure of N110.2 billion.
“We expended N55 billion on capital expenditure in the last quarter. Our budget performance for January to September is 69 percent as against 65 percent for the same period in 2015.
“A total of N166.8billion has been spent on capital projects this year more than double the N53.6 billion spent for the same period last year. We believe strongly that continuous increase in the capital expenditure spending is a necessity at this particular period.
“In this quarter, we will concentrate more resources on capital projects. We will put money in the hands of our local contractors and through them stimulate and reflate the economy.
“We will rebrand Neighborhood Watchers and re-equip them to the level that each Neighborhood Watchers in all the local governments will have their vehicles and necessary equipment to complement security.
“We are also working on employing additional 5,000 Neighborhood Watchers in all our Local Governments and they will be paid by us, while the basic salary for the entrance level will be N25, 000 per month,” he said.
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