By Idowu Abdullahi,
The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, has confirmed that the State government is commited to ensure Lagos remains habitable to all tribes, irrespective of political, religious or ethnic affiliations and that discrimination based along such lines of differences would not be tolerated in the state.
Hamzat, explained that the commercial hub state housed people from several parts of the country and the world in general, and that it had been built on egalitarian principles which, he said, were evident in the way people were given freedom to live, work and rise to the zenith of their chosen careers without discrimination and without the need to live in fear of possible violence from anyone in the state.
He noted that the state, which he described as a prime example of what unity in diversity could achieve, had shown other Nigerian states that it was possible to live and thrive together irrespective of whatever surface differences existed and that Lagos had also exemplified the power which Nigeria could attain through true unity of its people.
Speaking as he received audience, on Tuesday, with members of the House of Representatives Committee on Youth Development, the Deputy Governor gave assurances that racial and tribal discrimination had ceased to exist in Lagos as its over 20 millions inhabitants had come to accept the beauty of its diversity.
Hamzat added that the state had mainatined an open border policy and was always ready to welcome law abiding people from various destinations around the world and Nigerians in particular, into its ever growing society.
“Lagos is resident to all Nigerians. The population is over 20million. It is not just Lagosians alone, there is no tribe or ethnic group that does not exist in Lagos. That is our pride, we will like it to remain so”.
While addressing the representatives, he urged them to look beyond things such as race, ethnicity and background when attending to issues partaining to the state’s people, but that they should model Lagos welcoming spirit in all their dealings on floor of the house.
“When we come to you at the House, we want you to look at Lagos not just from the view of just another State, No, but as a place where Nigerians are proud to call home. We are welcoming and we don’t discriminate. Everybody can be whatever they want to be here and that is how we want it to remain.”
The deputy governor admitted that no nation exist without challenges and called on the lawmakers to engage the state’s youths, adding that such move would foster a sense of belonging and oneness, as well as open up various opportunities for economic growth and success to the state.
In his response, the Chairman, Federal House of Representatives Committee on Youth Development, Adeyemi Adaramodu, commended the State Government for the support so far in according the State National Youth Service Corps, (NYSC), and for directing that no agency of government should reject corps members deployed to them.
He further called on the State Government to expedite action on the NYSC permanent orientation camp, while also appealing for a corpers’ lodge and refurbishing of the NYSC State Secretariat that was susceptible to flooding.