One Year In Office; Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State Governor,Proving Cynics Wrong As Lagos Is On The Part Of More Developement.

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IIOLBuild up to 2019 general elections,the general cynicism and speculations that the likely successor of former Governor Akinwumi Ambode may not live up to expectations is now a mirage,one year after the test run of the most viable leadership in the history of Lagos State.

 

Armed with a frugaly selected first eleven members of the state executive council, likened to a football team, Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu deputy governor, became an asset and partners in progress to the continuous developement of Lagos State, taken to another dimension.

 

Though,Lagos State is known to have paraded robust adminstrators as state governors since 1999,as solid foundation for rapid socio-economic and infrastructural developement of the state was already laid by Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu,the then governor,current APC National Leader,the path his successors had built on two decades after his ascension.

 

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu began the process of solidification of his developement template,soon after assumption of duty on May 29,as Lagos state was the first among the 36 states to appoint new commissioners and other members of it’s goverrment, purely on merit,a feat always hard to find in other parts of the country.

With Lagos status as a mini Nigeria,desiring more leadership and followership attention, to drive both the economic potentials, inadequate infrastructural developement,as well as attract social equilibrium,which Sanwo-Olu brought on board, that is the driving force of the new administration.

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His efforts to rejig and adopt modest ideas and ideals, that will transform all facets of it’s programs and policies is being deployed to the later with checks and balances, through the machinery put in place by the new administration.

The success of the new administration in the last one year, was his efforts to avoid policy somersaults,and the completion of all ongoing projects awarded by the previous adminstration,which include initiating new ones.

 

To manage the robust economic potentials through new innovations,Lagos governor had embarked on a well bonded 100 Billion Naira loan arrangement from the capital market,geared towards initiating new projects to completion,as well as ensure the ongoing ones that had direct bearings on the lives of the people is not jettison.

 

As a cosmopolitan state that many states rely on for both economic and social rejuvenation,the present adminstration did not live any stone unturned, as the current administration did not reserve efforts to making sure law and order is strictly observed in all facets,by remodeling both the security apparatuses and other sister agencies to guarantee optimum perfomance.

Being also the gateway to the economic hub of Nigeria, through importation of so many products into the country from foreign countries,the new administration of Babajide Sanwo-Olu had embarked on repairs of many major and minor roads linking the Federal roads, to ensure smooth movement of goods and services in and out of sea ports with ease,unlike what was obtainable some few years ago.

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The healthcare program of Lagos State goverrment had being a modest and model to other states,as Lagos operate a well articulated health insurance program, both for state workers and the business entities,hence the health emergency of COVID-19,was never a threat to improving the lots of the people of the state.

 

During the break out of CORONA-VIRUS pandemic,Lagos was one of the states that hurriedly set up a counter arrangement to contain the ailement, through the building of isolation centres, provision of medical personal on special salary scale and allowances up to 400% and full scale insurance of the medical workers, in the event or any hazards.

 

LState goverrment under the leadership of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was the only state that made it mandatory for the members of the state executive council, which include all the commissioners, to subject themselves to daily briefing on the activities of each ministries towards the urgent arrest of the newly discovered COVID-19 pandemic,not in Lagos but to forestall the spread to other parts of the country.

No doubt,the spread of the dreadful disease was hurriedly contained with few deaths,while others were treated at the isolation centre and discharged, after certified to be mentally and physically fit for discharge.

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This developement had contributed largely to the low record of cases and treatment of those that tested positive to the virus in the Lagos area .

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu did not stop at nothing, by providing mobile testing kits and house to house test of Lagosians, to ascertain the COVID-19 free status,or otherwise of the residents in the state .

This is in addition to strict observation of all provision of the new health emergency, that include one month total lockdown and the continuous partial lockdown of the state with the aide of securtiy agencies and members of the state task force on COVID-19,under the leadership of the state Commissioner for Health,a renowned physician of high repute.

This culminated into the release of a support line of 10 Billion Naira by the Federal goverrment,having built confidence in the running of affairs in Lagos State, without reservation by the present administration.

The success stroy of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu trascends the expectations, having achieved so much in one year beyond the expectations of the four year tenure of the present adminstration.

What it means after four years in office, Lagosians will have cause to re-elect the indefatigable Lagos Governor,Babatunde Sanwo-Olu and his team players and achievers in it’s first term.

Congratulations Your Excellency,Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and Happy Democracy Day.

Abubakar Yusuf Is A Media Consultant




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