Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday told lawmakers to eschew all acts that can constitute clogs in the wheel of progress based on party differences, saying the whole essence of politics is to serve the people and give back to the society.
Speaking while opening the Second Quarterly General Meeting of Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, held at Lagos House, Ikeja, Ambode said politicians across party lines must be constantly reminded that the essence of politics, which is also enshrined in the Constitution is the protection of lives and property and welfare of the people.
He said it was gratifying that in the wake of movement of people across political parties in recent times, Speakers of the 36 State Houses of Assembly were in Lagos to discuss issues of national importance, just as he expressed optimism that the lawmakers would come up with further measures to deepen democracy and advance the welfare of the citizenry.
He said no arm of government can exist without the other, and as such, there must be collaboration and mutual understanding across party lines for effective governance to take place.
Speaking earlier while leading his colleagues on a courtesy visit to the Governor, Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa said they were at Lagos House to inform the Governor of the fact that 36 Speakers across Nigeria were in Lagos to deliberate on key issues of national development including financial autonomy and state police.
Also, Chairman of the Conference and Speaker of Kebbi State House of Assembly, Mr Ismaila Kamba commended Governor Ambode for the massive infrastructural development across the state, saying the name of the Governor had been written in gold in the history of governance in Lagos.