10th August, 2011
The Chairman, Epe Division of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Alhaji Akanni Seriki has said that the state governmentâ€™s presence was low in the area.
Seriki, who is also the Vice Chairman of the ACN in Lagos State, said on Tuesday that Epe division was lagging behind other divisions in the state in terms of infrastructure.
While on a courtesy visit to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, in Ikeja, Seriki urged the government to invest more in Epe area.
â€œThis division is very big and has enormous resources that can generate revenue for the government if tapped.
â€œThe exploitation of those resources by government will make life worthwhile for the people.
â€œAs we speak, sir, the only â€˜industryâ€™ that the division can actually boast of is the local government council there,â€œ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that though the Speaker is an indigene of Epe, he holds his present political position on the platform of the ACN Ikeja Division.
â€œYou are our son. And we believe that it is the right time for us to ask that you run for the office of the governor of Lagos.
â€œOne way of re-writing our perceived developmental neglect is to have our son become the executive head of the arms of government in 2015,â€œ Seriki told Ikuforiji.
He urged the Speaker to liaise properly with ACN members and members of other political parties in the division to actualise the ambition of becoming the governor in 2015.
â€œThe Epe people will feel adequately compensated for their â€˜marginalizationâ€˜ if you become governor,â€œ he said.
Seriki added that the people of the division were happy with the performance of the Speaker since he became the â€˜chief legislative officerâ€˜ of the state.
Ikuforiji assured his visitors that he was determined to lead the struggle to liberate the Epe division politically.
He said that he was very conscious of the present political office he held, adding that â€œI must not be found wanting if the transformation of Epe is to be realised.â€