By Clifford Ndujihe
Smarting from his weekendâ€™s endorsement for second term by his predecessor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for his good performance, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has also been commended by the Lagos State chapter of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP.
However, the Democratic Peoples Alliance, DPA, has berated the state government over maltreament of food merchants.
In a three-paragraph statement by Akinola Obadia, Chairman; Dr. Femi Bamgboye, Treasurer; Chief John Oche, Secretary and Oloye Adegboyega Adeniji, NAC chairman, the CNPP said Fashola, in the last three years, had rekindled a service-oriented administration.
TheÂ CNPP said: â€œIt is a thing of joy that ever since the advent of Alhaji Lateef Jakandeâ€™s action government in Lagos State between 1979 and 1983, we have witnessed in the past three years, quality and serious democratic governance.
â€œFashola has re-enkindled a service-oriented administration to the citizens of the state as evidenced by the sustainable infrastructural development that has singled-out Lagos State as a barometer of developmental index throughout Nigeria in this democratic dispensation.â€
DPA berates state govt
In a statement by its Director of Publicity, Felix Oboagwina, the DPA picked holes in state governmentâ€™s recent claim that it levies no taxes on food products and livestock entering its territory.
Noting that the merchants blamed their woes on officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, whom they accused of extorting, sometimes, up N100,000 per trailer load of food or livestock, the DPA described as escapist and pathetic, the governmentâ€™s response to a problem that last March forced the traders on a strike that precipitated a statewide food crisis.