By Kucha Jeremiah, Abuja
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu has said that only 20 per cent of Nigerians come out to vote during elections.
Sanwolu stated this at the premiere of “Unmasked: Leadership, Trust and the COVID-19 Pandemic in Nigeria” a documentary about Nigeria’s response to the pandemic.
He said that there is a need to cut the nation’s cost of governance.
While speaking on the impact of the COVID- 19 pandemic Sanwolu noted that the crisis had opened up vulnerabilities of the country, adding that the Nigerian government and its people must learn from the lessons of the past year.
“Looking at all the things that COVID-19 has cost us, how are we preparing ourselves?
“The truth be told the structure of our governance system needs to change particularly the cost of governance.
“I am already working on it because you won’t find more than five or six vehicles in my convoy.
“We need to speak up and ask ourselves if we are ready to change.
“When it gets to election it is the same set of people that will come up and people don’t come out to vote and we end up having 20 percent out of 100 percent that will elect those that will govern.
“So the change has to be about all of us. That is how the real change that will help us will come.
“Nobody wants a bridge in front of their house but they don’t want to stay in traffic, everyone wants change but won’t come out to vote. All these needs to change.’’