– Lagosians have been urged to reject the APC in the 2019 governorship elections in the state
– This was the counsel of ADP governorship candidate, Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi
– Gbadamosi appealed to residents to push for real change in governance by voting for the ADP
Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi, the governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in Lagos, has urged Lagosians to eject the All Progressives Congress (APC) government from the state at the 2019 general elections.
Gbadamosi, 51, a well-known real estate mogul, said successive governments in the state, have been running a fixed economy over the years, which he stated affected the common man negatively.
Gbadamosi, who contested for the ticket of the PDP in 2011 and 2015, appealed to residents to push for real change in governance by voting for the ADP.
In a chat with journalists on Wednesday, October 31, he said: “Lagos is being run by those without entrepreneurial skills. Those at the top squeeze everyone by running a fixed economy. This has to stop.
“We must think out of the box. Lagos needs to move in a different direction. We must explore our Atlantic resources since we have one of the most extensive Atlantic coastlines in Africa.
“Badagry, Ibeju Lekki and Eti Osa are all coastal areas. We will ensure construction of good roads around these areas to open them up for commercial activities. Leisure business will boom.
“What will happen is more foreigners and Nigerians abroad will come home for holidays instead of going to other choice destinations around the world.
“We want to build a new economy. Tourism, technology, agriculture, industry and entertainment. These are the five pillars upon which we would.”
He also condemned the state of roads in Lagos, insisting that the APC government has not done enough despite billions of naira paid in tax.
His words: “We’ll fix the deplorable roads and build alternative routes to ease pressure on major ones. A responsible government should have fixed Apapa roads but they were waiting for the federal government. Are Abuja people staying in Lagos?
“We are the ones who feel the pain. Start the work, let them stop you and see if the people won’t protest. The president came to Lagos and went to Badagry on a chopper, that road is so bad.
“They started Lagos/Epe expressway in 2006. 12 years later, work has not been completed on a 23km road. Julius Berger and Dangote construct roads at N250m per kilometer, Lagos government claim they spent N1billion per km of expansion!
“Alhaji Lateef Jakande delivered affordable block of flats in 4 year and 3 months. Thousands are living in those estates till now. How much are they selling the ones they have been building? People can’t even afford. We will use latest technology to deliver more at cheaper costs.
“We will not be like them. Corruption, lack of transparency and total lack of dedication in 19 years brought us to this level. ADP will run an accountable government and we taking the message to the grassroots.
“Poor electricity and traffic gridlock killing businesses. Hotels and others companies. must run on generator to survive. We will build independent grids across the state to feed specific areas and work seriously on new roads and traffic management.
“We can produce coconut oil on a large scale in Lagos. No conscious efforts have been made on this yet it is one of the most valued oil in the world right now for cosmetic and health reasons.
“In agriculture, we will erect greenhouses in all local government areas. In entertainment, we will also set up centers where artists, filmmakers can use. Our government will create a more enabling environment because huge revenue can be made.”
He also promised to address the issue of multiple taxation and hotel consumption tax, saying the latter is counterproductive.
“When big and small-scale businesses are not overtaxed, people will be encouraged to expand because they will realise good profit. This, of course, will reduce unemployment and lead to increase in number of young entrepreneurs,” he added.
Meanwhile, the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has expressed concern over the slow pace of work at the sites of the Lagos-Ibadan railway.
Amaechi expressed his disappointment during the monthly inspection of the project in Ibadan on Tuesday, October 30.
He said: “There is a slow pace of work in Lagos axis of the project. The expectations from the sub-contractor appointed for relocation of pipes and all that were not met.
“The persons relocating the water pipelines are expected to finish by November 2 with different excuses that they discovered other utilities underground. The excuses are not obtainable. I have told them to speed up the work.”