Governor Akinwunmi Ambode today said, for any government to deliver on electoral promises and provide good governance for its citizens, executive -legislature collaboration is critical.
Ambode who declared open the 14th Lagos State Executive-legislative parley, said that the parley is to make sure the executive and the legislature are on the same page.
According to him, for any state government programme and policy to be effective and make impact, a sound legal framework is needed and the legislature is the body that usually provide that.
This, he said, is why collaboration between the executive and legislature is important, especially to achieve targets.
The Governor maintained that there is nothing that a government can ever achieve, if the legal framework is not put together properly.
He stated that coming together gives room to iron out things jointly. According to the governor, the state house of Assembly is the best in the country, because it is the most vibrant and articulate, aside it has been very supportive.
He also commemded the legislators at the national assembly for being very cooperative.
“We need the legal framework, without good legal framework, the private sector will not believe it and invest their money,” Ambode said.
The Governor said the theme of the parley, Lagos: the rise of a mega city state, the collaboration that works, was aptly picked because of the new drive of his administration in the areas of transport, environment, internally generated revenue, and energy.
He further said that the collaboration has continued over the years, because it has been the magic behind the successes recorded in the state.
And for Lagos to remain the most prosperous state, he said the collaboration must be sustained.
He further said that the parley is also important to review if the state government was delivering on its two key constitutional tasks of providing security for the citizens and ensure their welfare is not relegated in the scheme of things.
Ambode insisted that the prosperity of Lagos State is well assured, because it is on the right path. He however said those elected to administer the state cannot fail the people.
The Lagos State Head of Service, Mrs Olabowale Ademola, delivering the welcome address, said the theme of the parley is not only apt, but a deliberate effort to underscore the importance of collaboration to governance.
She further said the forum has had a positive impact on delivering on electoral promises and good governance in Lagos, reason the state is a model for inclusive governance.
In his remarks, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa commended Governor Ambode for sustaining the parley, saying that it had no doubt been a success.
While recalling the last edition which focused on recovery from economic recession, the Speaker said deliberations at the parley and implementation of same by the State Government contributed immensely to the recovery from the economic downturn which plagued the country recently.
“It is a good thing that we have come together once again to deliberate on what would be nice and useful to all Lagosians and I am happy that all of us at the Lagos State House of Assembly, the National Assembly, the Executives, all the past speakers, leaders of our great party, are here to fashion way forward for our great state”, Obasa stressed
On his part, Senator representing Lagos West at the Senate, Solomon Adeola also commended Governor Ambode for his giant strides in office so far and for sustaining the parley which he said had contributed to enhancing good governance in the State.
Adeola, who spoke on behalf of the Lagos Caucus in the National Assembly, assured that they would continue to give their best to defend the interest of the State at both the upper and lower legislative chambers such as special status, state police, restructuring and devolution of powers.
Already, Adeola said the members were already working with their colleagues to represent the motion earlier moved by Senator representing Lagos Central, Oluremi Tinubu seeking one percent special allocation to Lagos from the federal revenue.