Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, the Governorship Candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in Lagos State, has promised to put an end to the notorious "Agbero" system in the state if elected in the upcoming gubernatorial election on March 18. Speaking at a breakfast meeting organised by the 'Obidient Movement' in Ikeja GRA Lagos, Rhodes-Vivour emphasised that the Labour Party would resist any form of voters' intimidation or harassment.
Rhodes-Vivour stressed that his administration would improve capacity and localise solutions to the problems facing the state. He noted that Lagos has always existed in harmony, but politicians whip up ethnicity to divide the people of the state. He promised to create a Lagos that works for all, and part of his mission is to end the 'agbero' system in the state, which has created a lot of safety hazards.
Agbero, a popular street name for motor park louts, has become a menace in the state's transportation ecosystem. Rhodes-Vivour's promise to end the system has been welcomed by many Lagosians who have suffered from the excesses of these motor park touts. The agbero system has been a thorn in the flesh of commuters, who have had to deal with harassment and extortion by these motor park touts.
Rhodes-Vivour also promised to provide employability skills to young people to tackle the problem of youth unemployment in the state. He emphasised that contrary to the notion that unemployed youths are lazy, many of them actually want jobs to earn a decent living. "They want jobs, so we are going to ensure that we give them employability skills and domicile these skills at the local governments," he said.
Rhodes-Vivour's promise to end the agbero system in the state and tackle the problem of youth unemployment has resonated with many Lagosians. His message of good governance regardless of language or tribe has also struck a chord with many residents of the state. With the gubernatorial election just around the corner, it remains to be seen if Rhodes-Vivour will emerge as the next governor of Lagos State and follow through on his promises to end the agbero system and provide employment opportunities for young people.
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