Govt seeks end to hooliganism through employment

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by Sesan Olufowobi

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Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola says activities of hooligans popularly called area boys, in Lagos, is a reflection of the economic situation in the country.

The governor added that the “general problem” was a challenge that could be solved by the provision of needed employment for them.

Fashola spoke on Wednesday at an interactive session with heads of corporate organisations in the Lagos House, Marina. The session was meant to unfold government’s plans to regenerate the Lagos Island Central Business District through partnership with the Organised Private Sector.

The governor said, “If activities return to that CBD, it means we will provide opportunities for them to get decent and gainful employment. If we return the night life there, why can’t they work in the clubs? Why can’t they work as security men and assist in parking?

“The rail is coming now; the transport will berth in Marina; the cable car will complement it; and the buses are running. There is so much that will still happen.”

Fashola insisted that the Island CBD already had an infrastructure master plan that was being followed religiously.

The Director General of the Nigeria Stock Exchange, Mr. Oscar Onyeama, expressed the readiness of the NSE to partner with the government in regenerating the Island CBD.

He said the NSE had been working with the Central Bank of Nigeria and some banks on how to beautify the streets, adding that the NSE would study the proposal on how it could do more for the state.

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