17th December, 2010
Agitations have been mounted on Governor Babatunde Fashola to create a new state toÂ be called Lagoon State out of Lagos State, South West Nigeria .
This time around, the agitation is coming from lawyers as they joined the leagues ofÂ prominent Lagosians championing the call for a new state to be created out of theÂ state .
The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Ikorodu Branch, said it has become necessary toÂ create Lagoon StateÂ because many Lagosians were championing the cause.
Speaking at the 6th Annual Babatunde Olusola Benson Lecture to commemorate theÂ branchâ€™s 2010 Law Week held in Ikorodu yesterday, the Chairman, NBA, Ikorodu Branch,Â Prince Kazeem Adebanjo, said the move would bring about greater development,Â economic advancement and prosperity of Lagos State as a whole and the proposedÂ Lagoon State in particular.
According to him, the Ikorodu NBA chapter would convene a special forum to discussÂ the possibility of the creation of Lagoon State , urging all stakeholders to giveÂ support to the agitation.
Also, the chairman decried the congestion of cases before the Lagos and IbadanÂ division of the Court of Appeal and called Fashola to fast track the creation of anÂ additional Court of Appeal division in Ijebu-Ode or Ikorodu.
â€œThere is need to arrest this trend by increasing the number of court rooms and/orÂ panels to guarantee the appearance of more lawyers at the appellate courts as wellÂ as ensure speedy dispensation of justice at the appellate courts so that the effortsÂ made at the High Courts to achieve quick conclusion of cases could be completed atÂ the appellate court levelâ€, he said.
Speaking at the event, Fashola did not comment about the agitationÂ for the creationÂ of Lagoon State, rather his speech,Â was anchored on taxation.
He advocated the need for voluntary tax payment, saying it is rooted in the essenceÂ of representative and good governance.
â€œTax gives us the choice of the type of life we want to liveâ€, he said, adding thatÂ it also helped government to fulfill its part of the Social Contract.
According to the governor, the landmark achievements credited to his administrationÂ across the state in the last three and a half years could not have been possibleÂ without the people fulfilling their own part of the social contract by paying theirÂ taxes as and when due.
Explaining the correlation between Politics and Law, Fashola said as the variousÂ political parties began to contest for power, all their engagements and processesÂ being used by them were founded in law.
Also present at the occasion which took place at the Ikorodu Town Hall wereÂ President of the Appeal Court, Justice Isa Ayo Salami; his immediate predecessor,Â Justice Umar Farouk Abdullahi; Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice ofÂ Lagos State, Mr. Olasupo Sasore; the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, His Royal Majesty, ObaÂ S.A.A. Oyefusi; and his wife, and the Chief Host, Chief Babatunde Olusola Benson,Â among others.
Highlight of the event was a lecture with the topic, â€œTaxation and Good GovernanceÂ in a Developing Democracyâ€, given by Special Adviser to the Governor on Revenue andÂ Taxation, Mr. Ade Ipaiye.