Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has said that the State is in sync with the position of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on restructuring and devolution of powers.
Ambode, who spoke at the unveiling of the new 20-feet statue of the late sage and nationalist, Chief Obafemi Awolowo in Ikeja, located on Obafemi Awolowo Way by the Lagos Television (LTV) junction in Ikeja, said the party’s position, as stipulated in its manifesto, seeks to amend the Nigeria Constitution with a view to devolving powers to States and local governments in order to entrench true Federalism and the Federal spirit and that the State supports the restructuring committee of the party going round the country to achieve same.
“In the same corollary, the position of Lagos State on restructuring remains the same as stipulated in the manifesto of our great party, the All Progressives Congress, which states that: “The APC shall initiate action to amend our Constitution with a view to devolving powers, duties and responsibilities to States and local governments in order to entrench true Federalism and the Federal spirit”. Hence, we welcome the restructuring committee of the APC presently going round the country,” he said.
Eulogising Awolowo, Ambode said his vision is basically anchored on the improving the welfare of the people and reviving the South West region as the economic basin of the nation.
“I think Papa lived above his time, he was way ahead, his ideals and principles. If you talk about public discourse right now, thirty years after, the things people are talking about are true federalism and devolution of powers and state supremacy, there are things that he had actually answered to, but people were not able to put the questions together and also to process it because of the way that Nigeria had being divided into craters and valleys,” he said.