Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state has described the state as the fifth biggest economy in Africa and the centre for the growth of Nigeria, The Punch reports.
Ambode stated this on Sunday during a discussion with an US delegation at the Lagos House, Marina.
The governor said the US democratic experience would be beneficial to Lagos and Nigeria.
He said: “The parliamentary structure that we have is synonymous with what is obtainable in the US. The All Progressives Congress is the first party in the history of Nigeria to unseat an incumbent government. I also want to let you know that you are in the commercial capital of Nigeria, Lagos. The population is nearing 21 million of which four million are the middle class. We are the fifth largest economy in Africa and our GDP has hit $131bn .”
Ambode also added that he wanted to touch many lives and make life easier for residents in the next four years, latching onto the experience of the US to better the lot of Lagosians.
He said that Lagos is more like New York because it is a cosmopolitan state where the largest concentration of foreigners live, adding that it’s important that everyone is carried along.
In turn, Congressman Issa Darelle, the leader of the delegation, said that Nigeria should strive to do better than the American democratic experience.