By Princewill Ekwujuru
In a renewed effort to reinvent the spirit of civic responsibility, citizenship, neighborliness and social justice, the Lagos state government has embarked on a campaign tagged; the ‘Spirit of Lagos.’For some months now, billboards in the state have been awash with messages of right thinking;
‘Do the right thing,’ ‘Change your thinking’ all in a bid to drive home the state government’s effort to preserving lives of Lagos citizenry with construction of pedestrian bridges, road markings, erecting traffic light where necessary, campaigning against indiscriminate dumping of refuse into gutters as a measure to fight flooding
According to the state, the four cardinal points of the campaign rests on social justice where all rights of Lagosians are respected and preserved by holding governments responsible for the protection of the rights of the people to free and fair elections and to the freedoms of speech, religion, assembly, communications media, and petition for redress of grievances without fear of reprisal; to the right to privacy; and to the guarantee of the rights to adequate food, clothing, shelter, education, and health care, etc.
Civic responsibility where all have a part to play in developing and sustaining the community and public services: It is about citizens wanting to contribute to the society. It is comprised of actions and attitudes associated with democratic governance and social participation. Civic responsibility can include participation in government, church, volunteers and memberships of voluntary associations for the purpose of service to other people. Actions of civic responsibility can be displayed in
Citizenship the state’s citizenry voluntary commitment to knowing and maintaining law and order: The status of a person recognized under the custom or law of a state that bestows on that person (called a citizen) the rights and the duties of citizenship. That may include the right to vote, work and live in the country, the right to return to the country, the right to own real estate, legal protections against the country’s government, and protection through the military or diplomacy.
A citizen may also be subject to certain duties, such as a duty to follow the country’s law, to pay taxes, or to serve in the military. Neighborliness Doing unto others as we would have done unto us: Concern and/care for other the people around, regardless of their relationship, be they strangers, acquaintances or friends. In this respect, the government has gone a step further to create an online, radio and television of the campaigns to endear to citizenry to principles of taking a right step at the right time.