As Nigeria celebrates 60 of Independence on October 1, the Lagos state government has promised to maintain its leading position in the country by continuing to be the face of Nigeria in infrastructural development, industrialisation, trade investments and information technology.
Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi gave this assurance at a press briefing to commemorate Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary, which held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja on Wednesday.
The state government is, however, opting for a low key celebration because of the scourge of COVID-19, saying, “this Diamond Jubilee calls for sober reflection and thanksgiving to the Almighty for keeping the Nigerian state together thus far.
The event to commemorate the anniversary will commence on Friday, 25th September with a Jumat service at the Lagos state community central mosque, Alausa, Ikeja, followed by an interdenominational thanksgiving service on 27th September at the Chapel of Christ The Light, Alausa, Ikeja.
The celebration will be rounded up on October 1 with an independence day parade at the Agege stadium.
Elegushi said, “Lagos State has always been in the fore-front of the noble efforts at bringing greater development to the nation. Many creative initiatives in Lagos have yielded tremendous dividends to the state and its people as some of these programs and policies have become templates for other states i60n their drive to accelerate development in their respective states and quality of lives of their respective peoples.
“Our young people and entrepreneurs alike will be assisted to lead our Nation to fuller progress and to the closer realization of becoming economically independent to the point of creating wealth and employment to their fellows both home and abroad”.
Elegushi stated that in the light of this, Lagos State as a leading State in the country believes that in commemorating the day, it would join the rest of other States in bringing to the fore the need to promote peace and unity among the citizenry. Adding that the grande finale of the celebrations will be held under strict COVID-19 protocols as attendance will be by invitation.
“This is aimed at controlling the crowd and avoiding much human contact, bearing in mind that we are gradually relaxing all measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus,” he said.
The commissioner for information and strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso said, every good thing that comes to Nigeria all began here in Lagos, adding that though Lagos is no longer the administrative capital of the country it, however, remains the capital in the economy, education, technology etc.
Promising that the state will continue to show this excellence and leadership in everything as shown by its response to the covid-19 pandemic; “It would not be out of place to lead the way even in the celebration of the nation’s 60th Anniversary celebration,” Omotoso said.