By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council and nine other professional institutions are set to organise debate for leading governorship candidates and their deputies in the state.
Six leading political parties with candidates for both governorship and all the 40 House of Assembly seats have been selected for the programme.
The parties are All Progressive Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Action Democratic Party (ADP), Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Young Progressive Party (YPP).
The group under the aegis of City That Works Alliance has slated February 7 and 21, 2019 respectively as dates for Deputy Governor and Governorship candidates debates.
The City That Works Alliance comprised, the Lagos NUJ, Nigerian Institute of Town Planner, Lagos State Chapter, Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria, Enough is Enough Nigeria, Nigeria Labour Congress, Radio Television Theatre and Art Worker Union of Nigeria, Heinrich Boll Stiftung Nigeria, The Center for Housing and sustainable Development, WFN 91.7.
Addressing the media on Friday on behalf of the group at the secretariat of Lagos NUJ, the chairman of the Union, Dr Qasim Akinreti said the debate becomes imperatives because the state was regarded as the economic and commercial capital of Nigeria.
“In 2019, residents of Lagos will congregate to choose leadership into various positions in the state. The current status of development requires that the stakeholders take pragmatic approach to engage prospective candidates for leadership positions especially the governorship position on their agenda for the state” he said.
Akinreti said the aim of the debate was to further understand candidates’ plans on how to improve the city system and deliver effective service to the resident of the state.
The chairman said the programme would among other things interrogate the candidate on social and environmental issues, expands electorate knowledge on the candidates, their understanding of complexity of the state and the sustainable development Goal 11 and new urban on making human settlement inclusive and participatory.