Lagos State Government (LASG) Denies Allegation Of Shutting Out Protesting Group by Barrister Opeyemi Bamidele, Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy

Saturday, April 17, 2010


The attention of the Lagos State Government has been drawn to reports in some sections of the media that the Enough is Enough. Com group which came to Alausa seat of Government on Tuesday to hand over a letter of protest to the State Governor was shut out and not attended to because the State Governor was out of town.

In a press statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Barrister Opeyemi Bamidele, the State Government said while it is true that His Excellency, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) is out of town to the United States of America where he is billed to deliver a lecture at the Harvard University on Good governance, all other top functionaries of Government including the Deputy Governor are around to conduct the business of governance.

It is however curious that no government functionary was informed of the visit to the Alausa seat of government by the officials of the Enough is group which could have necessitated making arrangements for a government functionary to receive the group and its protest letter for onward transmission to the necessary quarters.

It is on record that several times in the past, the State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has sometimes had to break executive council meeting sessions to receive people on protest march irrespective of the cause they are protesting about.

It is not in the tradition of the Lagos State Government to ignore or refuse to grant audience to protesters because it is our belief that they represent part of a flourishing market place of ideas that nourishes good governance.


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