By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has tasked Nigerians to ensure total success of the general elections and see it as their personal contribution to the nation’ development.
Fashola who gave the charge, yesterday, while addressing a political rally in Apapa Local Government Area of Lagos, said the country could still get it right because it is blessed with abundant human and natural resources needed to turn things around.
He lamented that majority of Nigerians are suffering because the resources of the country have been mismanaged by certain individuals who rigged their ways into office, urging the electorate to have a re-think before casting their votes.
He said:”We have completed the design for a shopping centre in Apapa so that you will not travel far to Victoria Island before you shop. We want to solve that problem and we will soon commence the construction of the shopping centre in Apapa”.
Fashola pointed out that Apapa was the Government Reservation Area designed by the colonialists, but successive governments, especially the Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government, have abandoned the project, assuring that the state’s model plan development would address the lapses.
“They have abandoned your roads with the mismanagement of the economy. All over the world, all the oil producing nations carry their petroleum products like diesel and kerosene by using rail way system. It is only in this nation that the PDP-led Federal Government cannot build rail to carry your diesel and petroleum products, that is why the tanker drivers who are helping to provide this service have damaged your roads ,” he added.
He said the prevalent business of clearing and forwarding which the axis is known for has become difficult because of what he called lack of planning that does not recognize the interfaces of export and import to boost the economic prosperity of the country.