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Speaker, others shun Fashola’s 1,000-day event

*Gov endorses 15% furniture bonus for workers

By Olasunkanmi Akoni, Dapo Akinrefon & Monsur Oloowopejo

LAGOS—LAGOS State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, yesterday, approved a 15 per cent basic salary as furniture allowance to the state’s 118,000 public servants. It takes effect from this January.

He announced this while reeling the achievements of his government in the last 1000 days in office.
At the event, which was attended by thousands of workers, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji and some key members of the house were absent.

The absence of the lawmakers may not be unconnected with the seemingly frosty relationship between the executive and lawmakers over alleged non-allocation of fund for the latter’s community projects and the probe into alleged financial recklessness against the governor.

Guests at the event had waited endlessly for the arrival of the speaker, according to order of the programme. It was not until Fashola entered the hall that it dawned on them that Kuforiji would not attend.

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State Governor ,Deputy Governor Serah Adebisi Sosan and Other members of the state cabinet during the Governor Babatunde Fashola, 1000 Days in Office held yesterday in Lagos. Photo:Bunmi Azeez.

The development was against the norm where the speaker would send representatives to the event if he would not be attending physically.

Many recalled that the speaker had last year warned the governor during the 2010 budget presentation to be wary of praise-singers so as not to derail his focus but concentrate on delivery of dividends of democracy to the people of the state.

However, not a few pro-Fashola groups that syormed the event with placards emblazoned with various inscriptions asked the governor to go for a second term in office.

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Some of the placards read: “Fashola, one good term deserves another. Fashola no shaking, carry go.”
The groups sang solidarity slogans eulogising Fashola with a warning to detractors to desist from causing distraction in the state and allow the governor to have full concentration on good governance that he has embarked upon.

In his address, at the event tagged, “Repositioning the public service for effective service delivery towards a model mega city state,” Fashola recalled that his administration from the outset was not given a chance to succeed but with the level of achievements so far he has proved them wrong.

According to him: “Ït is now clear that our morning has showed our day. One thousand days after, we are still running, and, because you have refused to look back, we remain focused on course and untiring.

“Many of you will recall that when we started we were accused of being in a hurry. It was even alleged that we were running a marathon like sprint race and we would soon tire.

“We must see every demand on us, not as a bother, but as a vote of confidence in our ability to deliver and do our best to respond even beyond the call of duty at all times. Truly, if people did not believe that we can do it, they will not ask us.

“The level of public belief in our abilities is at an all-time high and we must all stand up to be counted; because the only reward for hard work is more work.

Dignitaries at the event included the Deputy Governor, Princess Adebisi Sosan; Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Action Congress 2007 gubernatorial candidate in Ekiti State; AC Chairman, Lagos State, Chief Henry Ajomale; Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, founder of Oodua Peoples Congress; and Head of Service, Alhaji Yakubu Balogun.


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