The Chairman of All Progressive Congress, Lagos State chapter, Chief Henry Ajomale, says any government with the interest of the people at heart must tackle corruption first.
The APC chieftain said this on Wednesday in Surulere at the Lagos Residents’ Empowerment Programme organised by Conference 57, the umbrella body of chairmen of the 20 local government areas and 37 local council development areas in the state.
Ajomale said if corruption in Nigeria became a thing of the past, the country would make giant strides in human and material development. He added that the APC would tackle corruption when the party wrestled power from the Peoples Democratic Party in 2015.
He said, “The issue of corruption must be eliminated for the country to thrive. This is what the APC will do when the party gets to power. We shall also focus on three cardinal areas such as women development; youth development and care for the disabled. These are very important and key to our programme when the APC takes over government from the PDP in 2015.”
Ajomale added that the party supported empowerment of the masses, saying, “We are distributing this because we want the average Nigerian to live comfortably. Every Nigerian is a stakeholder in the government and we must see to it that everyone gets a chance to develop.”
The Chairman, Conference 57, Sulaimon Akeem, said poverty had become a natural phenomenon in the country, adding that it had persisted despite efforts by successive governments in Nigeria to alleviate it.
He said the conference embarked on the exercise due to the success of the first exercise which was carried out in August.
He added that the event which saw residents of the state take home items like sewing machines, generators, dryers and refrigerators, among others was the second phase.
Akeem noted that the program was in fulfillment of one of the promises made to alleviate poverty in Lagos and the country as a whole.