2023: I want to lighten residents’ burdens— 42-year-old Lagos AA Gov’ship aspirant

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By Adeyemi Adeleye

Lagos, May 14, 2022 Mr Abdurrazaq Balogun, former Lagos State Secretary of defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) on Saturday joined the state’s governorship race on the platform of the Action Alliance (AA).

Balogun, at his declaration of intent in Ikeja before party faithful, said the needs and comfort of the masses remained his dream, hence his “Lagos Rebirth Agenda”.

He said: “My dream is exceptionally meant for the good people of Lagos to be relatively prosperous based on the lofty principle of equity.

“One of the major goals of the “New Lagos” is to lighten the burden of all residents in many facets of live by overhauling a whole lot of systemic rots in many sectors of the state, thereby taking our dear state to the enviable status it belonged, among other cosmopolitan cities of the world.

According to him, major cities all over the globe are mostly recognised by their unique features and Lagos should not be an exception because of its economic prowress.

He urged residents to stop lamenting but rise up to change the narratives by walking the talks.

“My mission is clear and my vision is the same as that of many indigenes of the state who have no other place to call home. The atmosphere of Lagos for all to prosper has been the mantra of our founding fathers historically.

“As such, many that had traversed this state will always find it good enough to thrive and prosper.

“Alas, this unique feature has been reversed and the residents now find it so difficult to exist in this same once upon a time “prosperous” Lagos,” he said.

Balogun expressed readiness to fight joblessness, poverty and create the enabling environment to encourage individuals and organisations to thrive for many to be meaningfully engaged in productive activities.

He said: “Is it so difficult to provide secure environment, habitable homes, pipe-borne water, affordable healthcare, good roads, efficient mass transportation system, affordable education and merciful policies for the good people of Lagos?

“Where is the genuine support as well as interest in industrial development so as to make life more abundant for the good people of Lagos?”

Balogun said that Lagos held Nigeria’s economic and commercial lifeline and best in Africa in terms of well populated human resources as well as Africa’s top Foreign Direct Investment destination.

He pledged to address the state’s huge infrastructural deficit, traffic congestion, harsh business environment, slow pace of development, corruption among other challenges.

Unfolding his Lagos REBIRTH agenda, Balogun explained that ‘R’ stood for Rural Development, ‘E’ – Education and Energy, ‘B’ – Broad base and Inclusive Governance, ‘I’ – Infrastructure, ‘R’ – Restoring Security of Lives and Property, ‘T’ – Technology and Transportation and ‘H’ – Healthcare and Housing.

“The actions embedded in the above idea of REBIRTH will lead us to create 450,000 jobs with a promise to roll out employment forms for potential employees for about 200,000 jobs.

“These forms are to be submitted to our party secretariat for immediate employment two months after being sworn in while the remaining 250,000 will be gainfully employed afterwards.

*The job creation models are already documented and awaiting opportunity for implementation,” Balogun said.

Naija247news recalls that Balogun had served as a member, Caretaker Committee for All Progressives Congress, Lagos state and a member, Contact and Mobilisation committee for Peoples Democratic Party, Lagos state.

The ICT expert, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science Education, a Masters degree in Education, has served in so many capacities for APC and PDP in the state.