By Glam & Essence
The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, has added his voice to the call for the return of all properties belonging to Lagos State, which were forcefully taken over by the Federal Government.
The Oba made this call when the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila send his deputy visited him,led by the lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo Olu on a courtesy call recently.Oba Akiolu urged him to use his position as the fourth citizen in the national leadership hierarchy to help Lagos retrieve the said properties.
The monarch said he had “valid documents” to lay claims to the properties, which he said were taken during the military era. He said some of the property were dated back to 19th century.
The monarch said the State must fight for the retrieval of the properties which include CMS Grammar School and First Bank building on the Lagos Island and harness them for improved service delivery in the state.
Earlier while receiving the Speaker at Lagos House, Ikeja, Governor Sanwo-Olu described the emergence of Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila as Speaker of the House of Representatives as a great feat for the State.
Sanwo-Olu also expressed joy that a Lagosian had been entrusted with the Speakership of the Lower Chamber of the nation’s National Assembly, which he sees as a major milestone in the annals of the State’s and the nation’s political history.
The Governor informed the Speaker that Lagos deserves more from the Federal Government and said he hoped that Hon Gbajabiamila would use his office to better the lot of the State.
Hon. Gbajabiamila in his response described his home coming as very emotional, noting that “it feels really great to be welcomed home by your people”
The Speaker promised better collaboration between the Federal and Lagos State Government, saying so much is expected of Governor Sanwo-Olu to deliver the dividend of democracy
The Speaker and his deputy were joined during the visits by many members of the green chamber from various regions of the country.