5 May 2014

Nigeria: Lagos "Ready" to Host WEF

Lagos — LAGOS pledged its readiness to host the upcoming World Economic Forum if it was moved from Abuja owing to security concerns.

Lagos State Commission of Transport in, Kayode Opeifa, said the state had the capacity to host the event "even at the slightest short notice."

Opeifa noted that with working surveillance system in Lagos state, the state could organize the event better.

"Lagos is always ready for big events. If the security challenges have become so enormous for government to decide to shut down Abuja, then our advice is that they should move the event to Lagos. We are ready to successfully host the event at the shortest notice. We have the security in place," he said.

The commissioner highlighted the efforts of Lagos State government in managing a functional surveillance system, thereby tasking the security experts present to mount pressure on the federal government to do the needful by making the Abuja cameras work.

He noted that no matter the amounts spent on the security, the cameras should be operational.

"The question we should begin to ask is why we are not secured as a nation, security experts need to ask those in Abuja looting our treasury.

Compared to cameras in Abuja, those in Lagos are working, so those in Abuja can work too. The cameras are not deaf and dumb; it is those who installed them that are deaf and dumb."

He expressed concern the government was restricting people's movements ahead of WEF.

"The ideal thing would have been to suspend hosting the world in Abuja and move the programme to Lagos where it is safe. Rather than shutting down the country, the programme should be shifted to where it is safe and prove to the world that there are parts of Nigeria that are safe," Opeifa said.

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