Lagos governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has confirmed receipt of the tribunal report of the civil unrest in ibeju-lekki and promises to consider the recommendations.
Ambode spoke on Wednesday while receiving the report of the a five-man Tribunal chaired by a retired Lagos State High Court Judge, Hon. Justice Adesuyi Olateru-Olagbegi inquiry set up on October 22, 2015 to look into the causes of the unrest which also led to the death of the Managing Director Lekki World Investment Limited, Alhaji Tajudeen Disu.
Ambode said: “We will do everything to ensure the success of the project and any issues concerning its success will be treated with dispatch.
“Let me assure members of the public and investors alike that this Government will always uphold the Rule of Law and continue to provide a conducive atmosphere for businesses to thrive,” he said.
Governor Ambode also thanked members of the Tribunal for diligently carrying out the assignment within the time frame given, and expressed hope that they would be willing and ready to serve the State in future when called upon.
“In his remarks, Justice Olateru-Olagbegi said the Tribunal received a total of 22 memoranda and 33 witness statements, including those from eminent Nigerians.
“He added that the Tribunal made a total of 24 recommendations which covered many issues including the question of who pulled the trigger that killed Disu, as well as the remote and immediate causes of the civil unrest.
“Justice Olateru-Olagbegi also said that the Tribunal recommended the measures to adopt in forestalling a recurrence as well as other miscellaneous matters incidental to the unrest, adding that there was no majority or minority report, but just one team report of the Tribunal.
“We took time out to visit the Lekki Free Trade Zone. We visited the Dangote Industries, Lekki Worldwide Investment Limited, the villages and communities in the area including Okunraye where the trouble began.
“We saw a lot and we learnt a lot. From what was presented to us, from what we saw with our own eyes, our view is that Lekki Free Trade Zone has vast potential to transform the economic landscape of Lagos State in terms of generating massive employment, creation of wealth, generating revenue and so on.
“Our findings reveal that the transformation would be on a scale that is hitherto unparalleled in Africa