Lagos residents have been advised by Mr. Rasheed Ojikutu to support Lagos State Government’s efforts in redefining the state’s social and business environment. Mr. Ojikutu is a Professor of Statistics and Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration in University of Lagos.
According to him, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had showed that he was a dependable hand for the transformation of the state.
He exposed that Lagos remains the melting pot of cultures and traditions of the Nigerian nation, remarking that it is a principal state in Nigeria which Africa and the world is proud of.
The don noted that the state’s socio-demographic indicators are magnets to investors and key world leaders, noting that with the spatial endowment, the state remains one of the largest human settlements in the world after Mumbai and Tokyo.
“It is a community full of hopes and opportunities for all and sundry. But we must always be conscious of the fact that this can only be sustained on the platform of peace, concord and harmony among the plural ethnic nationalities residing in the state. There should not be deliberate effort to undermine the well-being and welfare of the natives because doing so could engender discontent and unhappiness, which would, in turn, have negative effect on the life of the people. I wish to counsel that the natives should not be sidelined in the midst of this abundance. It is uncommon in large urban centres such as Lagos for the majority who are usually migrants to “swallow” the natives, render them economically, and politically prostrate. This attitude, if not checked could pose grave danger to peaceful co-existence either now or in the foreseeable future,” he said.
“In the next 10 years, I hope to be part of a Lagos where peace and concord would continue to reign among all residents of the state, irrespective of nationality, race or creed. It is within such an amiable environment that investments thrive. Sincerely, the fortunes of Lagos have improved since the advent of democracy in 1999 and I do hope that the next generation of leaders would do all within its powers to increase and improve on these advantages. Look at the extensive achievements of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode within two years. It shows the potential that abound in Lagos in terms of human and other resources. These resources should be harnessed for the well-being of its inhabitants,” he added.