Some key leaders in Nigeria, yesterday, demanded that the leadership class prioritise the need to be closer to the people to achieve the cardinal objectives of governance.
They also observed that effective leadership was a necessary catalyst for the development of Nigeria.
Specifically, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State noted that of all the megacities in the world, Lagos recorded the highest number of immigrants daily. The situation, he argued, expanded the responsibilities of making Lagos the desired megacity. These were said at a lecture convened, yesterday, in Lagos by the Centre for Value in Leadership, CVL, in honour of Prof. Pat Utomi on his 61st birthday.
Key speakers at the forum with the theme: “Living Well Together, Tomorrow: The Challenge of Africa’s Future Cities,” stressed the need to make Nigerian cities more in tune with modernity. 86 immigrants enter Lagos every hour—Ambode In his speech, Ambode said 86 immigrants enter Lagos every hour. His words: ‘’There is perhaps no better classic example of where these challenges of rapid urbanisation come to life than in Lagos.
It is estimated that 86 immigrants enter Lagos every hour – the highest in any city in the world. And they have no plans to leave. “This is because Lagos has remained over time and most especially in the last decade, the most attractive destination for those who want to realise and live their Nigerian dream. This ever increasing population of the state, however, means that we have to be on our toes to provide facilities for this more than 23 million population.”