A Lagos governorship aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Musiliu Obanikoro, said if elected, his administration will concentrate on grassroots governance and education The former Minister of State for Defence stated this while delivering a speech at his gubernatorial declaration at the National stadium, Surulere.“Under my administration, governance will be premised on three main pillars: 1st Grassroots Governance; 2nd Simple Solutions – where we immediately address our most critical challenges and 3rd Education,” Mr. Obanikoro said. He said 70 percent of the patients in Lagos hospitals are there because of malaria and proposed the introduction of malaria centres across Lagos State. “We will create malaria centres across all local governments in Lagos dedicated to providing preventive and responsive malaria treatment to our citizens. This initiative alone will immediately decongest our hospitals by over 50 per cent and allow our doctors focus on patients with more severe ailments”.
Mr. Obanikoro spoke of the additional traffic burden the Ilubrin housing project on Lagos Island will add to the already congested Lagos road. “Do you know that Ilubrin was originally designed to decongest traffic in Lagos? It was meant to be a transportation hub assessable by large ferries conveying those from the mainland to island at which point they could either enter taxis, buses etc into the Island. “This would have significantly eased the traffic pressure and alleviated the congestion and bottle neck on 3rd mainland bridge currently experienced by all of us when coming in the morning and going at the close of business day,” he said. He said his government will conduct a referendum where Lagosians will decide whether the Ilubirin Housing Project should be treated as a natural disaster “and return the space back to its intended purpose to serve the greater need of Lagosians or let the project be and we live with the added confusion and chaos it adds to that our lives”. See More On page 2