We must be Accountable to Lagosians – Ambode
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has said that because the purpose of governance is the people and what they want, his administration will be accountable to Lagosians.
Ambode also added that his administration has fashioned out a framework to commence the implementation of the Lagos Development Plan.
Ambode said this while addressing a delegation of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) led by the Country Representative, Mr. Ben Mellor at Government House, Alausa.
He said “I would like our development plan and issues which DFID would be assisting us in to be germane to our people. The bottom line has always been to do things and carry out programmes that are of tremendous benefit to the people of Lagos state and that is what DFID also stands for.
“We would like you to also know that whatever it is that we are doing, will open up areas that we believe will be of benefit to Nigerians in general.
“Lagosians must be able to speak about the kind of government they want. We must also be accountable to them. We should be able to explain to them, in every facet of our administration, what we are doing and then government should also be participatory.
“We believe strongly that we should scale up community governance in this state. It is more about communities; it’s more about our people and what they want”.
Mr Mellor also commended the governor for the formation of Lagos Global to provide investment promotion and facilitating services for prospective foreign direct investors.
Meanwhile Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam has said that his administration spent a total of N12bn on security-related issues due to the Boko Haram crisis.
Gaidam who spoke to the press through his media aide, Alhaji Abdullahi Bego added that a donation of N150 million was received during former President Goodluck Jonathan administration while no financial donation had been received from the present President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
He said “At a time that we are going through the worst security crisis of our lifetime, a crisis that continues to exert a heavy toll on our finances, the Yobe State Government under His Excellency Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam has continued to keep faith with all its major responsibilities – paying workers their salaries regularly at the end of each month, helping to provide support to the security forces who are working to bring the prevailing Boko Haram insurgency to an end, and pushing on with the delivery of basic services. To date, the Yobe State Government has spent over N12bn on security-related matters.”