Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola on Monday said sustainable development could only be achieved in the country, if the citizens obey the country’s laws and support its enforcement.
The governor who said this when a delegation of the Ikeja branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), led by their chairman, Mr. Taiwo Taiwo paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House in Ikeja noted that the idea of giving ethnic and religious punches to attempts at enforcing discipline on erring Nigerians would not ensure sustainable development of the country.
He observed that the flagrant violation of laws and regulations by citizens was a major impediment to development, saying that the attitude was a barrier to the country’s course to greatness.
According to him: “To sustain our developmental strides, we must act and no going back. We must have a common purpose that we will act in a restrained manner and in accordance with the laws of the country.
“We comply with rules and regulations outside of this country, why can’t we do same in our country. We have not shown enough love to where we call our home. We have treated what is ours with contempt,” the governor stated.
Earlier, NBA chairman Mr. Taiwo Taiwo had commended Fashola for his administration’s developmental strides in the state.
The leader of the delegation appealed to the governor to provide a piece of land for the association in a strategic location for its office project, saying the proposed building would enhance their capacity to help to promote justice in the state.
But continuing, Fashola remarked that Lagos owed its success to its population and cosmopolitan status, urging the residents to be law abiding and shun all forms of anti development acts.
The governor noted that the developments being witnessed across the state could only endure and new frontiers opened, if only the residents adhered strictly to laid down rules and regulations.
“The state holds a lot of opportunities for those who want to work, those who want to be professional and most importantly, those who want to live in adherence to the laws,” Governor Fashola stated.
“The hospitality that the state offers is subject to compliance with rules and regulations. It is not enough to have nice things happening in the state. We must obey the rules and ensure that our developments are sustained,” he said.
The governor pledged the state government’s support for the NBA and legal practitioners, saying they are key to the promotion of law and order.