Ministers from the South-west geopolitical zone have asked the Federal Government to support the rebuilding of Lagos which infrastructure was massively destroyed by hoodlums in the wake of the recent EndSARS protest.
Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said in the report presented earlier on Wednesday at the Federal Executive Council meeting that the ministers also demanded a thorough investigation into the role of the military in the shooting incident at Lekki tollgate in Lagos.
The military had come under attack following the alleged shooting of the unarmed protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza.
President Muhammadu Buhari had despatched his ministers to their various states to assess the situation and talk to youths in their states following the mayhem and destruction that accompanied the protest.
The ministers also recommended that the federal government should assist businesses affected by arson and looting in Lagos and other parts of the country.
They specifically recommended the use of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) intervention mechanism under the COVID-19 funding to assist victims of the attacks.
The ministers are Niyi Adebayo (Ekiti), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Sunday Dare (Oyo), Olamilekan Adegbite (Ogun), Olorunnibe Mamora (Lagos), and Tayo Alasodura (Ondo).
Fashola told journalists at the end of the FEC meeting: “We urged that the federal government to undertake a thorough investigation into what happened in the Lekki Toll Plaza, particularly the role of the military and ensure that the outcome is made public with a view to achieving closure on the matter.
“The highlight of the brief was to make recommendations to the federal government to support Lagos State to restore damaged facilities especially those related to the maintenance of law and order and the administration of justice such as police, court buildings, and forensic laboratory.
“To also consider supporting the Lagos High Court judges either with the provision of some office accommodation as a temporary relocation when that request is made. Of course, it was hinted during the visit. To also urged the federal government to consider short to medium term support to small and medium businesses who were affected by the looting and arson which took place in Lagos and other parts of the country, to see if something can be done through the Central Bank Intervention Mechanism under the COVID-19 funding or any other related funding mechanism.
“And to also ensure that whatever is approved should also involve the National Economic Council, the platform on which state governors meet, so that other states across the country who were also affected, businesses were damaged can benefit in addition to Lagos residence who may so be supported.”
The ministers also recommended that the federal government re-mobilize critical organs and agencies such as National Orientation Agency and formal educational institutions focus on ethical re-orientation, inculcation of family values into the school curriculum.