Lagos State Governor, Raji Fashola, yesterday declared that the academic qualifications of President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo have not in any way impacted positively on the nation.
The governor, who spoke at the All Progressives Congress (APC) mega rally in Ikorodu, said the university degrees of the duo have not stopped the country from sliding into its present sorry state.
Fashola said: “We prayed that if we had someone who has degrees, he would be able to develop the country. And when the President, a PHD holder assumed office, rather than improve the standard of living of the citizens, we are having regression. The Vice President is an architect but he cannot construct road.
“But a lawyer is the Commissioner for Works in Edo State and he has constructed several roads. In Ogun State, the Commissioner for Works is an architect and he has built several roads. So, let’s ask Sambo, the vice president, what has he done for the nation.
“All he (Sambo) could do was to inform the president that people are leaving Lagos because of the state tax regime. And I want everyone to ask the vice president if the number of vehicles coming into Lagos has reduced.”
The governor said the federal government postponed the planned increase of import duties on Tokunbo vehicles by 70 percent because the elections are around the corner.
“They know that people will protest. That is not in the interest of the public transport system. The responsibility of any government is to protect its citizens. And for it to be attained, you should support the candidature of Buhari and Ambode.
“How can the government be giving its citizens jobs through lottery? If the government does it responsibilities, citizens will get on with their life.”
Fashola also flayed the PDP governorship candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, saying he is displaying inexperience and ignorance on budget implementation in the state.
Agbaje, during a debate organised for gubernatorial candidates in the state on Thursday, said the educational sector only got three per cent of the entire 2015 budget of the state.
But Fashola dismissed Agbaje’s claims, saying: “He does not know anything about financing.
“If he listened to my budget speech, I said that we increased budget for education from 15 per cent to 16.8 per cent. I also explained that the 16.8 per cent is not the entire budget for education.
“But other funds for some of the education programme were left with the ministry that was saddled with such responsibility in the state.
“We do de-worming and school milk programme but the fund for such was left with the ministry of education. We do refuse collection across all the schools and the fund for such was left in the purse of the ministry of environment.
“We repair desk and maintained schools the budget is in ministry of works. We do this because we have experience to manage this state.
“And when you add all these funds together, one will realise that the fund for education was more than the 16.8 percent.”
He said the APC presidential candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari would restore all the nation’s territories currently under the control of Boko Haram, if elected.
Buhari, according to him, is referred to as an upright man and that the appellation speaks volume of his ability to bring back Nigeria from the precipice which corruption has pushed it into.
The APC gubernatorial candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, urged Lagosians to vote for him to enable him continue the good works of the current governor and his predecessors.
He promised to provide employment for youths as well as improve the welfare of women and children if voted into office. -TheNation