The lawmaker representing Eti-Osa II Constituency in Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Gbolahan Yishawu, has urged the citizens to support the government by performing their civic duties.
Yishawu made the call at the Lagos State House of Assembly Constituency Stakeholders ‘meeting, which simultaneously held in all the 40 constituencies in the state on Thursday.
The meeting had as its theme, “Post COVID-19 Pandemic: The Challenges and Prospects”.
Yishawu said that efforts by the government to ease the negative effect of the pandemic on the citizens could only be possible with the support of the citizens.
“In tackling the socio-economic challenges posed by the pandemic, individuals are encouraged to look into the effective management of the various post-pandemic opportunities.
“These include business creation by exploring e-commerce, adapting to the ICT potentials, acquiring relevant skills or education.
“Also, government must invest more in e-governance to facilitate a more efficient and robust governance.
“There is need for active and positive discussions for progress of our community, local government and state in general, ” he said.
The lawmaker commended youths in the country for their resilience in the face of the changing socio-economic climate.
He said that the recent civil unrest had unleashed mayhem on the state and destroyed the means of livelihoods of citizens along with significant number of private and government property.
He said that reports by the Ad-hoc committee set up by the House to investigate the level of damage would be relayed to the government with a view to preventing a recurrence of the mayhem.
“There is no gainsaying the fact that Nigeria and Lagos State in particular, is currently facing three shocks of the pandemic including dwindling oil and tax revenue, contraction in global trade and economic recession.
“These realities, coupled with recent youth unrest, are negatively impacting on the economy of the state.
“Hence, the need to rethink our revenue generation model as a top priority in order to keep the economy of the state afloat, ” he said.
Yishawu said efforts were geared toward improving the livelihoods of the constituents by supporting micro-businesses and ensuring entrepreneurial skills among the people.
The lawmaker said: “We are creating employment, entrepreneurs and ensuring that our children who are on education achieve their goals.
“We are able to give out palliatives to over 11,000 families within the constituency; we all need to survive this recession, when there is life, there is hope,”, he said. (NAN)
– Oct. 29, 2020 @ 18:05 GMT |