Lagos State Governor Mr. Babatunde Fashola said on Monday that the Presidential ticket of the All Progressive Congress (APC) is open for all aspirants.
The governor who made the revelation when students of Royal College of Defence Studies in United Kingdom led by Rear Admiral Jonas Haggren paid him a courtesy visit in his office said it will be a level field for everybody who aspires to fly the Presidential ticket of the party.
“There is nothing unusual in the emergence of the presidential candidate for APC. It will be an open activity and high level of accountability. I believe everyone who has aspiration will be given fair chance to express and ventilate that aspiration subject to the rule of politics that we are all aware of”, he said, adding that there will be votes, persuasion, lobbying and others. “Nothing unusual will happen. There will not be anything behind the closet”, he said.
Fashola described insecurity in the system as a threat to national life, expressing optimism that Nigeria will soon overcome the problem of insecurity of lives and property.
He said every election brings up the contest of idea and opportunity.
“Every election brings up the contest of idea and opportunity to make the choice either to keep the incumbent government or to elect another party to govern the country. And I do not think that it will be different in Nigeria next year”.
Speaking on human capital development, Fashola affirmed that the most important resource any nation could have remains the people. “Our oil and gas as resources today are only a seasonal resources. And until the late 50s, no one was talking about the oil. We were all concerned about Agriculture and Agro-products. It is important to pay attention to the strategic resource that provides the sizeable portion of our income and revenue to date.
“I think that we should pay attention to the people in the way that they utilize the resources and that will be the bases for real diversification. To educate, strengthen them in terms of healthcare and life expectancy.
“To provide skills for them by way of education . It is only those skills that can form the basis and the totality of the understanding that the resources itself is not an end. It is only a means to a larger end. There are local issues in terms of securing the oil assets and platform but they only go back to my view as demonstrative of the reaction to lack of education, lack of skills to earn a living in a competitive and more productive way.
“But the message is out there. We have experienced boom circle. It will not be like this forever. The proceed that comes from the oil and gas sector today must be put to use in terms of providing infrastructures that will help improve the standard of living in the country”.
He said what the state government has done was to ensure that the citizens see the reason why they must pay taxes, saying other states have also towed the line by intensifying their tax collection.