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Economy: Why Lagos legislators urge Sanwo-Olu to engage stakeholders, reduce consumers’ sufferings –Obasa

Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa, House Speaker

*The Lagos State legislators also have summoned commissioners, other top officials over the current harsh economic situation enveloping the entire Nigeria, urging the state government and local councils to ‘do more’ to lessen consumers’ suffering

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As the economic hardship resulting from the current high inflation bites harder on the Nigerian consumers and their wellbeing in recent times, the Lagos State House of Assembly (LSHA) has urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to urgently summon a stakeholders’ meeting to address the situation.

ConsumerConnect learnt  the state lawmakers, Tuesday, February 20, 2024, had made the call to Governor Sanwo-Olu, so the government could adopt sustainable solutions beyond palliatives.

According to them, the current economic situation pervades the entire Nigeria and is mostly global in outlook, Lagos State and its local governments must do more to ameliorate the suffering in the land.

Eromosele Ebhomele, Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of Lagos Assembly, in a statement, noted the lawmakers equally advised leaders and statesmen to join forces with the government and play persuasive roles instead of inciting the people against the government.

Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa, House Speaker, said the situation called for a stakeholders’ meeting for the inputs of everyone, including members of the National and state Assemblies as well as local government chairmen.

Obasa stated: “No doubt, there is a challenge before us as representatives of the people, and it is the duty of all of us to proffer solutions.

“This is a situation that started long ago in Nigeria and was graduating. It is unfortunate that we are facing this now.”

The Lagos Assembly Speaker explained: “The Dollar issue did not start now. The prices of food and how farmers had been prevented from going to farms as a result of insecurity did not start now.

“The most unfortunate thing about it has to do with the comments coming from some leaders of the country. Instead of using their wisdom to appeal to the people, they use their words to incite people against the government as if they have not been in the country before now.”

He further noted: “We cannot leave the Federal Government alone to proffer solutions to our problems. There is no ‘abracadabra’ about it.

“The immediate concern is to appeal to our people. Protests and violence will not solve anything but take us backwards.

“Nobody prayed for the current situation but we must work hand-in-hand to take us away from this mess.

“It is not the President’s fault, neither is it the governor’s fault.”

Obasa, however, commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for recently starting the Trader Money programme through which 15,000 traders have benefitted.

The Speaker also directed that the Commissioners for Agriculture and Transportation, Ms. Ruth Abisola Olusanya and Oluwaseun Osiyemi, respectively related parastatals and agencies be invited to brief the House on their plans to make life more comfortable for the people just as he urged serious sanctions against those who hoard dollars in the country.

He said: “All this while, we have been talking about sports to take our youth off the streets as we have seen in other countries.

“Let us inject money into it and make it attractive so that they would be engaged.”

Obasa also suggested that “our system of education must also be adjusted to emphasise what students can become on their own without seeking or applying for jobs.

“There is a need for orientation and sensitisation.”

He equally noted: “There are a lot of complaints and negatives out there.

“The government should also embark on campaigns and orientation to make the people know the real situation and what is being done.

“The government’s voice must be louder than those who are hell-bent on destroying the country.”

The statement indicated the Speaker lamented the current prices of cement and iron even when most of the materials are locally sourced.

Speaking earlier under ‘Matter of Urgent Public Importance’, Hon. Segun Adebisi Ege, representing Ojo Constituency 1, frowned on the hardship rocking the cosmopolitan state.

Ege also urged Governor Sanwo-Olu to subsidise transportation and prices of food items in the state.

Contributing to the motion, Deputy Majority Leader, Richard Adedamola Kasunmu, said there was a need for the government to bring out actionable plans to solve the economic problem in the country.

Hon. Adewale Temitope equally said the entire economic situation must be looked at holistically for a solution while Hon. Femi Saheed noted that other countries are facing the same situation with the price of a bag of rice selling at over N120,000 in Cameroon, while in Ghana, it is approximately N97,000.

The state lawmaker emphasised the need to improve agriculture.

Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu stressed the need for Lagos government to prioritise power while Nureni Akinsanya of Mushin Constituency 1 advocated for food banks in Lagos State to make residents buy at cheaper rates.

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