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Lagos’ll play active role in Nigeria’s prosperity – Osinbajo

Sesan Olufowobi

The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, says Lagos State will play an active role in the quest to evolve a more prosperous Nigeria.

Osinbajo added that the state was a foremost migrant community in Nigeria, aggregating talents from everywhere, observing that it was also the undisputable commercial capital of Nigeria, accounting for over 70 per cent of businesses in the country.

Osinbajo spoke on Saturday at the [email protected] Anniversary Gala Nite at the Lagos House, Ikeja.

“We all remember the statistics released by the Federal Inland Revenue Service to the effect that Lagos accounts for 912 out of 914 individual businessmen who pay self-assessed tax of over N10m. It is obvious that the contribution of Lagos to the country’s economy cannot be overemphasised.”

While recalling his time as the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State, Osinbajo eulogised the leadership virtues of the then governor of the state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who was present at the event.

He said, “I did not and I had never met Bola Tinubu before I was appointed a commissioner and that says a lot about the kind of individual that he is. This is the kind of thinking that makes nations great; that is the kind of thinking that would make Nigeria great.

“A type of thinking that considers all of our diverse talents; a kind of thinking that does not allow parochialism; a kind of thinking that does not allow us to say anywhere belongs to only a set of people. That is when our country would be truly great.”

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, in his address, said his administration was committed to take on the huge responsibility to make the next 50 years more productive and memorable and worthy of bigger celebrations by the next generation.

“We foresee a smart city much more in line with the other great cities of the world, where clean and decent living, seamless and efficient transportation as well as sustainable environmental practices are the norm rather than the exception,” he said.

Other dignitaries that were at the event, included governors of Ogun, Oyo, Gombe, Ekiti, Imo and Edo states; first civilian governor of Lagos, Alhaji Lateef Jakande;  former military governors of Lagos State – Brig. Gen. Mobolaji Johnson (retd.); Brig. Gen. Olagunsoye Oyinlola(retd.); Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.); Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (retd.); Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; CEO of Forte Oil, Femi Otedola, Chief Olabode George and Jimi Agbaje, among others.

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