Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has commended the Arewa Community for their remarkable roles that had contributed to the peaceful coexistence and harmonious relationship in the state.
The governor’s commendation was conveyed to the community, when its delegation, led by Alhaji Sani Kabiru, the Chairman of the Community and Sarkin Hausawa of Lagos State, visited the state Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr Abdul-Hakeem Abdul-Lateef, at Alausa, Lagos on Tuesday.
Abdul-Lateef said Ambode’s Administration “looks forward” to the Arewa community’s greater participation and involvement in the Lagos Project.
The commissioner said that the Ambode Administration would not deviate from its “policy of inclusive governance”.
He assured the delegation that the governor would continue to implement programmes and policies that would accelerate the growth of infrastructural and economic development, promote unity among all groups and increase the living standards of all citizens, tribes and groups in the state.
While imploring the delegation to always mobilise and rally their constituencies in support of Ambode’s policies and programme, the commissioner enjoined them to always encourage members to be law-abiding and responsible citizens of Lagos.
This, he said was necessary so as to sustain the atmosphere of concord and continuous growth of Lagos State, because “government is about you and your contributions”.
Earlier in his address, Alhaji Kabiru said people of Arewa consider Lagos as their home and would always support and identify with all efforts towards the promotion of peace, unity, economic and social development.
The Sarkin Hausawa expressed the readiness of the community to collaborate with the state government and requested for more policies of integration and involve the Arewas in the activities of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
In her remarks, Hajia Aisha Aliu Shamaki (Queen Arewa and non-indigenes of Lagos) expressed gratitude to the state government for the hospitable atmosphere that had been fostering friendship and unity among the diverse groups in Lagos.
She pledged a fresh alliance of the Arewa Council with Lagos State Government as their female members would be actively mobilised and carried along in the scheme of things.
Others members of the delegation were Alhaji Yakubu Abdullahi, the Daniya of Lagos State; Alhaji Musa Abdullahi Ringim, Sarkin Hausawa of Ikeja; Alhaji Adamu Mavy, Sarkin Hausawa of Ajeromi Ifelodun; Alhaji Mahmud Yahya, Chiroma of Shuwa Arab of Lagos State; Hajia Aishat Shamaki Sarauniya Mata of Lagos, the Queen of non-indigenes of Lagos State; and Ahmed Danbatta, Secretary-General, Lagos State Council of Arewa Chiefs.