Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday said his administration would host Muslims in 20 centres across the state for the Eid-el-Fitri celebration as part of its strategy to bring about bonding among the people and enhance community participation in governance.
Speaking at the Lagos House where he received members of the Lagos State Council of Obas and Chiefs on a courtesy visit, Ambode said he had observed that people travel from far and near to celebrate with the First Family during festivities.
The decision to host Muslims in various centres across the State was basically to address such trend on one hand, he said; and also to give the greater number of people the sense of participation in governance, on the other hand.
He said: “Like you are aware, we intend to celebrate the Ramadan in the various communities and I need to make some explanations here.
“Before now, any time we are having festivities — maybe Ramadan, Christmas, New Year and so on –people converge at the State House to greet the First Family.
“I found out that sometimes, they might spend N3,000 to get here and go home with maybe N500. So, in my own little wisdom, I think they should remain in their communities and celebrate.
“The traditional rulers, chief imams and every other person will celebrate the Ramadan and recital of Quran in their communities.
“We must practice community governance, using our different platforms to celebrate ourselves,” Ambode explained.
He promised to visist some of the centres to celebrate with the people and urged the traditional rulers, community leaders, religious leaders, among others, to also join in the celebration.
Responding to a request to intervene in the crisis rocking the Lagos State Polytechnic, Governor Ambode said it was gratifying to announce that academic activities would resume in the institution immediately after the Eid-el-Fitri holiday.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )