LAGOS—THE Lagoon State Movement has dismissed media reports that Awori people resident in Lagos State have opted out of the clamour for a proposed new state.
In a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Olufunmilade Ayantuga, the movement faulted the remarks credited to President of Awori Welfare Association of Nigeria, AWAN, that the people of Aworiland were no longer interested in the agitation for a Lagoon state creation.
The forum, in its reaction, explained that “at a conference of the committee of Indigenous Association of Lagos State held at the late Chief Amzat Adebowale Villa at Odomola, Epe, on March 2, 2012, prominent Awori indigines were present where the proposal for the creation of Lagoon state was presented and exhaustively discussed.
”It was the main paper presented and given the Nigerian situation, it was agreed by all and sundry that a proposal should be forwarded to the National Assembly for consideration.”
The group added that “the Awori indigenes present at the meeting expressed their unalloyed support for the creation of Lagoon state but advocated for more dialogue and consultation with all stakeholders. This we have done continuously through letters, SMS messages, handbills, fliers, radio jingles and words of mouth.”
While it described the statement as mere fallacy, the movement said it was still in the forefront of the agitation for the creation of a Lagoon state.
“We, therefore, vehemently denounce the said publication as it was meant to deceive the general public and divert our focus from providing the best for the people of the proposed state.
”Lagoon state is not a ploy to balkanise Aworiland or its people in Lagos State but a way of solving the perennial problems of marginalization, over-population, complex transportation system, under-development, unemployment and insecurity in Lagos State. When Lagoon state is created, the above problems will be minimized or solved for Lagos and Lagoon state in particular and for all Nigerians living in the two states,” it stated.