July 9, 2012 – Governor Fashola Harps On Ability To Enforce Laws
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has stated that the biggest protection for any society is the ability to enforce its laws because such laws would make no meaning, if they are not enforced.
The Governor who spoke in an interview with State House Correspondents after the Executive and Legislative Parley at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Festac Town added: “We are seeing a situation where clearly everybody knows the problem and often times we make very good laws but beyond making laws, what do we do?. Not a lot has been done in my own view”.
“You will see that most of the values we are complaining about are encapsulated in our laws. How we live, how we drive, how we build, how we dispose of our waste, how we work, how we respond to temptation and so many other things. If the Attorney General becomes the defender of the law rather than just the defender of the government and begin to prosecute cases, we will begin to see changes. If he takes an offensive position rather than a defensive position to see that every law that we make are complied with”, Governor Fashola stated at the weekend.
While identifying law and order as a major issue, the Governor said because the people’s lives are changing radically and many people are doing things in many ways that are not consistent with law, it is inflicting a lot of pains, adding that when law and order are complied with many more people gain, but when law and order suffers, only a few people benefit.
“Everybody is pointing at government, but we are all leaders in our own little ways, in our homes, schools, churches, mosques, social clubs and units where there are tiers of leadership, everybody has a role to play,” he said.