Hamzat Unveils Vision For Lagos Ahead Primaries

•Dr Kadri Obafemi Hamzat

•Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat

Kazeem Ugbodaga

Lagos State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat on Wednesday formally declared his intention to vie for the governorship seat of Lagos.

At a media briefing, he unveiled his vision to move the state to the next level if given the mandate to govern Lagos.

Popularly known as KOH, the governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, hosted representatives of the media at his campaign headquarters on Aromire Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos, southwest Nigeria to unveil his vision for Lagos State and his campaign animation ‘The Journey.’

The animation provides an interactive insight into the key campaign issues on which Hamzat will stand.

Hamzat gave an interactive presentation entitled ‘Building a State to Last,’ which outlined the key elements of his manifesto for Lagos, should he be nominated as the APC candidate for Governor at Thursday’s primary.

•Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat
•Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat

His vision is built on four key pillars: Health and well-being; knowledge and skills, job creation and service delivery.

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Speaking at the meeting, Hamzat stated: “I was born into a civil service family, my father served as a Member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, as well as Commissioner for Transportation in the early 80s. It was therefore ingrained in me to be of service from an early age.

“Too often, we ask what we can get from Nigeria; we make demands from our government rather than seeking to understand how we can add value to our society. I have asked myself what can I do for Nigeria. More importantly, what can I do for my state? I have asked myself whether I can captain a team that will deepen the achievements of the past 15 years and build a lasting legacy in a state that our children and grandchildren will be proud to call home.

“I have one clear goal-sustain the development of Lagos so as to transform Lagos into Africa’s undisputed commercial capital; a state that is safe and secure, that will serve as home, workplace and a source of inspiration and enrichment for all of our residents.

“Lagos can be in the 2000s what New York City represented in the 1900s, London was in the 1800s and Constantinople was in the 1500s. These are cities that have withstood the test of time. We must build a state to last,” he said.

According to Hamzat, his vision is “ensuring that our people have access to basic health services and can live in a safe environment, reassured by a security system that works; have a workforce and an economy that will enable Lagos to compete in an increasingly competitive international marketplace; to fast track the creation of jobs for all levels of workers and support for our brightest entrepreneurs and freeing up more money for services and maintaining the biggest infrastructure investment programme in West Africa, with continuing focus on rail, roads and water transportation to link our suburbs and decongest our streets.”

The meeting marked the culmination of Hamzat’s campaign ahead of the primary, before which he has consulted widely across the local government councils to secure the input of a wide segment of the party as possible.

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