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#EndSARS Protests: Lagos Will Need N1trillion For Reconstruction — Femi Gbajabiamila

A minimum of N1trillion is required to reconstruct Lagos State after the destruction that occurred during the #EndSARS protest and the crisis that followed, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said.



The speaker disclosed this on Sunday, October 25, during a commiseration and solidarity visit to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at Lagos House, Marina.




According to Vanguard, the minister said: “The House of Representatives will do all it can to compensate all those who suffered brutality including policemen that lost their lives in the process.




Also whatever the house can do in rebuilding Lagos and other states it will do. We are now in a state of reconstruction. What must be done will be done.


ALSO READ: I WISH I NEVER CREATED SARS IN 1984

I learnt from the governor of Lagos State that it will take N1 Trillion to rebuild what had been lost and asked him whats the budget size of the state he said about N1,Trillion. You can see we are moving backward.




Hence, we …

"We Survive Better During Recession"

A cross section of the dwellers in Lagos said that they were better poised to survive the high cost of food items being experienced in cities.



Mr Daniel Anthony, a towing vehicle operator who resides at Muti, Lagos said he had converted his undeveloped plots of land to....
cassava farms, rather than allowing them to be overrun by wild animals.


According to him, his subsistence cassava farm has been producing enough food for his family in the last three years.
“I can count the number of times I bought Garri from the market since 2014 and I take Garri and eat Eba regularly.
“I harvest my own cassava which my wife makes into Garri and other edibles we can get from this crop,’’ he said.
A trader who resides at Ereko, Ogun, Mrs Ramat Momoh said she bought Ewedu and other vegetables from neighbours around her house.
“Those who sell home-grown vegetables make quite a lot of money doing so.
“At least, these families can make what they can use to get by and buy other necessary things to survive the times,’’ she said.
Momoh, the Treasurer, Ereko Community Development Association said there was the need to go into subsistence farming as a way of safeguarding against food insecurity.
“We the common men have to do with the little we can to survive and not wait on government all the time,’’ she said.
According to Mr Femi Oredemu, a resident of Igboolomu, Lagos, mothers in his locality are forming cooperatives to support their husbands and families.


He further said housewives in his area earned income from small farming and also by belonging to farm cooperatives to increase their dividends from land utilisation.
“It is as if the situation of the country has told our wives to return to agriculture which used to be the mainstay of the economy of the country.
“Nigerians need to take a look backward to find out how our forebears coped with hard times by extracting valuables that our vast land resources can give,’’ he said.
Mr Ayo Atomise, a commercial bus driver residing at Elepe, Ogun said most families around him supplement their meat intake by feeding on their free-range chickens.
He said families that reared goats and sheep in his locality had upgraded the security of their homes against would-be poachers of their domestic animals.
“It is funny we don’t hear of car hacking or house burglary again but stolen goats and sheep,’’ Atomise said.
“Artisans, especially in my area, combine farming with their main means of livelihood now.’’
An account officer with a micro-finance outfit, Mr John Iyadi, urged Community Development Associations (CDAs), in areas with many undeveloped plots should encourage their members to convert the open spaces into farms.
“This hard time call for ingenuity, innovation and sacrifice on the part of us and at the lower strata of society too,’’ Iyadi, who stays at Agbede area, Ogun , said.
Iyadi said countries that had experienced recession had turned to subsistence farming and traditional practices that modernisation had eroded.
A government worker, who did not want to be mentioned, said he had converted his other plots of land into farms to grow corn, yam and coco yam.
The officer, who stays behind the Odogunyan Barracks at Ikorodu, said his subsistence farming supplemented his salary he said was not enough to fund all his family obligations.
“I have been eating fresh corn from my lands in the last two years.
“I have equally stacked yams in my make shift barn that I also use as gift to other family members staying in urban areas,’’ he said.



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