EndSARS: It Will Take N1trillion to Rebuild Lagos State- Gbajabiamila

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila on Sunday estimated that the reconstruction and the rebuild of Lagos State following the massive destruction by Thugs who hijacked the peaceful #EndSARS protest would require about N1 trillion to come alive again.

Mr. Gbajabiamila, who led a delegation of lawmakers from the House of Representatives along with Southwest governors and ministers, on Sunday, said the mystery behind the Lagos arson shall be unraveled.

‘’The governor was just telling how it is going to take about a trillion naira to rebuild Lagos. That makes my heart heavy, and I asked Babajide Sanwo-Olu how much is the year’s budget, and he said:  

“it is about a trillion naira, that will cover salary, overheads, capital, growth, development, and now you are forced to look for a trillion naira to rebuild and compensate, you can see we are going backward, in reverse, we must always think of consequences, for or unforeseen and intended and unintended action. I encourage young people to let us sit at the table.’’

The Speaker described the destructive event as sad and should not occur again.

“I came in from Abuja today, not just to stand in solidarity with him, but by extension the people of Lagos State. These have been very difficult few days. It has even been more difficult for me in the last hour. Driving in from the airport and sitting with the governor to watch the documentary here put together, that evidences of the carnage we all witnessed. It makes us all very sad.

“This, certainly, is not the Lagos of our dream that we all talk about. And I know deep down, and I believe no matter how brave a face one puts to it, that even the protesters have their regrets that things went this far, because from my understanding and from what I’ve seen, both those who are pro-protest and those who are anti-protest, were all affected.

Furthermore the Speaker said he did not wish the incident to take an ethnic dimension, having heard a lot of conspiracy theories about it.

“Let us shut our ears to those things. Let us focus as one people, whether you’re Igbo, whether you’re from the North, whether you’re from the South. This is the mantra that we have in the House of Representatives because if you talk about nation-building, we say it is a joint task.

“I want to also use this opportunity, in a way, to be grateful and commend our brothers and sisters from the North. I said this because if the North had been a part of this, I don’t know if we’ll all be standing here today. That’s why I commend our brothers and sisters from the North.

“On Tuesday, we talked in the House about compensation. I want to reiterate that the House will do all it can to make sure that everybody that has suffered from police violence – whether you’re from the North, from the East, from the West, because everybody in Nigeria has suffered from police violence, not just those of us from the Southwest. That will be applicable to all, including policemen that lost their lives in these unfortunate incidents.

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