The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday had a chat with captains of industry and top government officials in a programme, tagged “Lagos Means Business’’. This event presents a platform for all concerned stakeholders to chat a path for the future of Lagos without any sentiment.
Governor Ambode in his speech projected that Lagos would by 2025 be Africa’s model megacity, a global, economic and financial hub that is safe, secure, functional and productive.
He noted that almost half of the Lagos state’s Internally Generated Revenue is used for the payment of salaries, including pensions and gratuities. According to him, government is expected to explore the economic potentials of the State to meet the needs of the citizenry.
“This administration has decided to focus on three key areas of Power, Education and transport as a way of affecting other sectors of the society indirectly.
“ The challenges of Lagos is enormous and it demands a strategic and proactive approach.’’
Lagos, he said needs structured corporate social responsibility targeted at initiatives that would be mutually beneficial to private sector and government.
The government, he said, would continue to support private sector and pleaded: “We are not true citizens until we become responsible tax payers.”
Ambode assures every Lagos resident that he would make their taxes work for them with a transparent and incorruptible government with good value for taxes paid.
At the event were captains of industry which include, the President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote; Chairman of UBA, Tony Elumelu and many others to mention a few.