Senator Gbenga Ashafa
Senator representing Lagos East, Gbenga Ashafa, has stated that he completed a total of 96 projects, 26 bills, 12 motions during his years in the National Assembly.
This just as he singled out the railway bill and the Nigerian transport commission as the most important of the lot.
While speaking on his achievements in the Red Chambers, Sen Ashafa said that “I am glad that we will be running a direct primary election where the people will get a chance to pick their preferred candidate based on a track record of performance, competence, and results. My record speaks for itself. I have been able to complete 96 projects, sponsored 26 bills and 12 motions in my time at the Senate.”
The chairman, Senate Committee on Land Transport also stated that “I will consider the work we did with the railway bill and the Nigerian transport commission as the most important for me. This is because we were able to ensure that we created a level playing field for private sector participation in the transportation sector.
“We also dealt with and eliminate various anti-competition hurdles that discourage several individuals in the private sector from investing their resources in the economy. The idea that the Kano to Lagos and the Lagos to Calabar railway will be completed in record time largely due to private funds, made possible by the legislative support that we continue to provide in the Senate.
“Lagos deserves special support from the government. Lagos is the economic gateway of the country and so millions of people move in and out of Lagos regularly making it imperative that we continue to build on our infrastructure.
“Lagos generates and remits to the federal government the highest corporate taxes in the country. This tax receipt is then shared across the entire country without due consideration for the state that generates a majority of the funds.
“Having said that, we cannot force our will on the Nigerian people and so we in the Senate must engage our colleagues in the national assembly, debate the issues intelligently, build strong consensus and eventually get a fair deal for the people of Lagos. I can tell you that this is already happening. Senator Remi Tinubu and I are working extremely hard to make this happen and I believe that before the completion of the 9th senate, we would have made tremendous progress on this,” Ashafa assured.