Heavy Taxation : Sambo Is Ignorant, Diabolical – Fashola

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Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State

Lagos State Governor , Babatunde Fashola has described
Vice President Namadi Sambo’ s comment that people are
running away from Lagos because of heavy taxation by
the state government as a display of ignorance and
‘ diabolical.
Fashola , who spoke at an end of the year news
conference at the State House , Ikeja , Lagos, Southwest
Nigeria on Thursday said if it was true that Sambo made
that statement , it was simply a display of ignorance and
that such a statement should not come from someone
who is the Chairman of the National Economic Council ,
NEC.
“ I sincerely want to believe that the vice president was
misquoted . If it was true, it was a display of ignorance
because how did he justify the perception that people are
leaving Lagos ? Is the VAT collected from Lagos being
reduced compared to other states?
“ Is the air traffic into Lagos reducing ? Or have you seen a
significant reduction in Lagos traffic ? Has the water
demand in Lagos reduced? Or has the demand for
hospital services reduced ? More hotels are being built in
Lagos. Companies are licensing and operating in Lagos.
“ Displaced persons from other parts of the federation are
moving to Lagos. It is very grave statement to make . That
is why I hope he was misquoted because that is the
Chairman of the National Economic Council , ” he stated .
According to Fashola , “ if he misunderstands what is
happening in the economic capital of the country , it may
be a revealing index into their understanding of the
country ’ s economy . It may also confirm to you some of
the things you heard from the president that he received
contradictory advice .
“ Maybe , this is part of it . That is a very dangerous
statement to make . It is either ignorant or diabolical.
Either way , it is not good because it tells you why the
economy is not functioning if the Chairman of National
Economic Council made such statement . ”
The governor also wrote off the challenge posed by the
Peoples Democratic Party , PDP , Lagos governorship
candidate , Jimi Agbaje , saying he is no threat to the All
Progressive Congress , APC , governorship candidate ,
Akinwunmi Ambode .
“ On Jimi Agbaje , he is not a threat to us . Let ’ s go and
check the result of the 2011 election . He got three percent
of the vote cast. Even his party , we have defeated PDP in
all election done them since 1999 .
“ Ambode is going to defeat Agbaje with your support .
This is not the place to experiment ; one needs a lot of
experience to achieve what we have done in Lagos. When
you look at what their party has done with the country , for
instance , there are missing funds , non- functioning rail ,
epileptic power supply and others, do you want that to
happen in Lagos?” He asked.
On the 2015 election , Fashola said the Independent
National Electoral Commission , INEC , was not prepare for
the election , which he said , led to the shoddy distribution
of the Permanent Voters Card , PVC.
The governor said the real head of INEC should be a
statistician and not a Professor , academics and others,
saying that “ it is not about theory, it is about practical .
People who should also do this job should be those who
have managed distribution activities in the country . It is
not a judicial work but logistics . ”

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