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Sanwo-Olu charges rulers to ensure peace for socio-economic dev’t

….Akiolu Restates Call For Communal Integration

Lagos State Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday revealed that his administration will work harmoniously with the traditional rulers for peace, progress and sustainable social and economic development in the State.

Speaking to newsmen after a courtesy call on him by members of the Lagos State Council of Obas and Chiefs at Lagos House Ikeja, the Governor said that the custodians of tradition and culture in Lagos State have promised him to keep their communities safe for economic and social activities to thrive.

Governor Sanwo-Olu noted that the traditional rulers have given their words to keep their various domains peaceful and conducive to make people prosper while doing their legitimate business.

According to Governor, “A promise has been made to continue to foster a working relationship that will ensure Lagos remains an investment destination to all people that are wishing to come and invest in Lagos.

“And the Obas have assured me that our communities are willing and ready to attract investment,” he added.

The Governor told journalists that issues of security, refuse disposal, transportation were also discussed and a resolution to avert sad incidents as that of Ijegun was agreed upon.

In his words, “they brought goodwill from their various kingdoms. We advised them on issues of governance and they have listened. Issues of security were discussed at the meeting, waste management, issues around commuting from one place to another and also issues of interest between the government and traditional institution were also looked at.

“Also, we are taking measures around ensuring that the incidents that has happened in the last one month, will not occur again,” Governor Sanwo-Olu hinted.

He said the Obas and Chiefs are aware that it is only when peace reigns that the state can remain in the plans of investors for growth.

In his words, “they all realise and appreciate that it is only when we do this that Lagos can continue to remain a Centre of Excellence and an investment destination for the country and of course the Sub-Saharan Africa.”

Addressing the press earlier, permanent Chairman of the Council and Oba of Lagos, His Royal Highness, Oba Rilwan Akiolu said council members came to felicitate with the governor and also assure him of their cooperation on very important issues concerning the state.

He said the traditional institution in the state has resolved to give the administration of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu their total support noting that they will ensure all continue to be well in the state.

He further stated that there is need for communal integration so as to drive development into the state, urging the citizens to continue to support the Governor. The Lagos paramount ruler also used the occasion to restate his call on the Federal Government to return all property belonging to Lagos State, saying failure to do so will attract litigation from the traditional institution in the state.

Akiolu also added that other issues of interest to the council and government as the forthcoming 90th birthday of former governor of the state, Alhaji Lateef Jakande and the 100th Birthday ceremony of Chief Akintola Williams were discussed.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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