I read, below, the statement from the Lagos State Commissioner for information on Buhari’s Lagos visit and you would have thought Buhari was arriving with a foreign president. The mentality of our leaders frustrate me. Ok, Mr President will be arriving Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital for a state visit, WHAT IN THE NAME OF THE LORD IS THE BIG DEAL ABOUT THAT? I just don’t get it! Yes, he would be in the state to commission some projects, which essentially means to unveil a Plaque with his name on it. And that’s that. I don’t get all the sentiments woven around this acclaimed ‘historical visit’? I just don’t get it! The real change for APC and Buhari’s Presidency should have been to do away with these meaningless functions that will bring with it untold hardship on motorists. Take for instance the traffic that will ensue on the day. How would APC stand up to describe the act as a CHANGE from Jonathan’s PDP? I will be incredibly disappointed if Buhari’s ‘historic visit’ turns into a Monday Grindlock for Lagosians. That is not the CHANGE we expect. What is wrong if he comes, without any of the fanfare, attends his functions, does all the unveiling and returns to the Capital, Abuja? Will there be anything wrong with that? And again, could you imagine how much would be saved in terms of actual finance and man hours? Its a shame about the expensive ceremonial culture of Nigeria. -Jide Salu
The Lagos State Government will formally welcome President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday on a two-day working visit to the State. It will be President Buhari’s first official visit to the state since he assumed office about a year ago.
A statement issued by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, stated that this is the first time in about 15 years that a sitting President will be visiting the State on a working visit and is a testimony to the landmark achievements in the last one year of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode as well as the good working relationship between Lagos State and the Federal Government.
Ayorinde added that President Buhari during the visit, would formally commission the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Rescue Unit in Cappa Oshodi built by the State Government to ensure prompt and swift response to emergency situations in the State.
He said the President would thereafter commission the newly constructed Ago Palace Way in Okota, Isolo after which he will pay homage to the Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty, Oba Babatunde Rilwanu Aremu Akiolu at the Iga Iduganran, Lagos Island.
The Commissioner disclosed further that the President would later in the day be hosted to a reception rally by the State Government at the Tafawa Balewa Square, (TBS) Lagos where he will also commission and hand over security equipment and vehicles contributed by the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration to securities agencies to beef up security in the state.
The release added that activities for the first day of the President’s visit would be rounded up with a State Banquet in his honour at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island.
The President will on Tuesday participate as the Special Guest of Honour at a breakfast session with Corporate Lagos to be hosted by Governor Ambode at the Lagos State House, Marina, after which he will have a short session with the public service at the State House, Alausa-Ikeja.
The Commissioner quoted Governor Akinwunmi Ambode as being joyous over this landmark presidential visit to the State that contributed so much to his emergence as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He added that Lagosians are looking forward with excitement to receive the President in the State, just as he urged residents to bear with law enforcement agents and traffic control authorities who will effect road diversions in some of the routes that the President motorcade will pass through during the visit.