8th August, 2011
We have the formula, work plan, energy, cabinet, lawmakers, judiciary, all ready to serve youâ€, he says.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Sunday solicited support from residents of Lagos to enable his administration continue the work of transformation which it began in the last dispensation.
Governor Fashola, who spoke at the Tafawa Balewa Square venue of this yearâ€™s Ramadan Lecture of the Ansar â€“ Ud â€“ Deen Society of Nigeria, said in order to continue to improve drainage, housing, security, law and order and quality of education, among others, the support of the people was needed by way of paying their taxes and fulfilling other obligations within the terms of the â€˜Social Contract.â€™
He told the capacity crowd of Muslim faithful, â€œimproved drainage, housing, security, law and order, quality education and others require not just human effort and intelligence which we offer; in energy you will not find us wanting, but we also require money and this is why we require your cooperation to pay your taxes to give us the tool to do the work that you sent us.â€
â€œThe few of us you elected did not elect ourselves. It took 1.5 million votes to put us there. If that is the minimum we get to tackle these problems; if all the 1.5 million voters or indeed the six million registered voters, or better still the 18 million residents of Lagos become our ambassadors over these problems, I am sure that in the shortest possible time, not only will we overcome them, they will become history in our state and in our nationâ€, the governor said.
Governor Fashola, who noted that the aforementioned aspirations would remain only dreams without the support of the people, declared, â€œWe have the formula, we have the work plan, we have the energy, we have the cabinet, we have the lawmakers, we have the judicial arm of government all ready to serve you.â€