The Chairman of Yaba Local Council Development Area, Hon Jide Jimoh, has reiterated the need for a special status fund for Lagos state from the Federal Government.
He disclosed this on Wednesday, 30th April, 2014, when the representatives of the United States Consulate in Nigeria and member of the United States Army visited the council headquarters at Yaba.
His words, “Lagos has been denied of everything by the Federal Government. As the commercial nerve center of the country the Federal Government has not been given recognition to Lagos as a mega city.
“What will make Lagos state better is a special status because it is a commercial heart”.
On his part, the US Consulate in Nigeria represented by Sean Hays, said the visit was as part of on-going efforts to study the mega status of Lagos State.
“Yaba Local Government is chosen in the quest of the United States Army to build engagements with various governments and institutions,” he said.
The council chairman took the US Army members round the council and also showed them part of what his administration has achieved.
Hon Jimoh has also appealed to the Federal Government not to play politics with the security of the nation, but to consider the need for state police.
He added that there is need to review Nigerian constitution to give room for a state police saying, “this will assist us to tackle the myriads of security challenges confronting the nation”.
He explained further that, “the United States which Nigeria copy its presidential system of government have a state police as well as community police while Nigeria does not”.
He added that there are lot of advantages attach to having a state police.
“We have Neighbourhood Watch, Rapid Respond Squad (RRS) which the Lagos State Government funded and helps secure Lagosians. If we now have state police, the issue of insecurity will be minimized,” he said.