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Home / Local / FG Hands Over State House, Marina To Lagos State Government

FG Hands Over State House, Marina To Lagos State Government

The federal government has officially handed over the state house Marina, to the state administration of Lagos, reports Punch.
Former Governor of the Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, who has signed for the federal government, described retrocession as fulfilling the promise and promise of President Muhammadu Buhari.
FG hands over State House, Marina to Lagos State Government
The transfer, which began 20 years ago, was described by State Attorney Lagos Akinwunmi Ambode, who on behalf of the state government signed a historic day ending with the will of the president. Buhari bring positive changes to Lagos. He said:

We are delighted to be here on a historic day that finalises the intention of President Buhari to bring positive change to Lagos.
We thank the President that approved that the presidential lodge be released to Lagos State.We have been trying for 20 years.
I am pleased that on a day like this, it is my predecessor and the current minister that is now doing the final hand over. He has also been part of efforts to get the property back to Lagos. It is by God’s doing that he is positioned today to do the final handover.
We see this as a sign of greater things and greater collaboration between the Federal Government and the state. It will improve the economy of the state because our intention is to turn that property to a national monument that we will christen a National Heritage Centre for Leadership.
We will also use it as a tourist centre to attract Nigerian and foreign tourists and use it as a means of improving the economy of the state.

Fashola described the president as a “promise keeper.” He said:

We are here to sign and exchange documents which formally vest the Presidential Lodge in Marina in the Lagos State Government in fulfillment of the commitment and promise yet by President Buhari.
This is a long journey that has come to an end. It is a journey that has taken almost two decades when the state government continued to ask that this property be vested in it. For reasons difficult to understand, it did not happen.
But a President of change, a promise keeper, has made it happen. So while the state government has already taken possession as handed over by the Presidency, we are here to formally sign and exchange documents that will give the state government right to the property.
It is consistent with the President’s promise to respond to many things that have been left undone. Projects like Bodo-Bonny Bridge is now bringing hope and expectation to the people of Bonny.
The project waited for almost 30 years and some works have started now. Same thing is happening with the Mambila Project that saw people of Taraba State waiting for almost 40 years.

Photo Credit: lukeshphoto, Punch

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