The Lagos state chapter of APC wish to congratulate the Lagos State governor , Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu and members of his team on the occasion of 500 days in office.
We acknowledge and commend his leadership, focus and the passion he has brought to the governance of the state.
The unexpected Covid-19 brought out the inherent leadership quality in Mr Governor who led the battle from the front as the Incident Commander. His government provided the requisite needs in medical facilities, consumables, incentives and palliatives to cushion the effect of the lockdown on our teeming populace.
Without any doubt, Mr Governor passed the true test of leadership in flying colors.
It is commendable that the set-back and the distraction occasioned by the pandemic has not hindered the government from fulfilling its promises to the electorates.
The governor along the guiding pillars of the THEMES agenda has been impactful during the period under review.
In line with his assurance to complete projects inherited from the previous administration, the Murtala Mohammed International airport road has been completed, while the Badagry expressway has remained a top priority. The Eric Moore to Mazamaza has been fully completed, while the Mazamaza to Agboju-Trade fair end is nearing completion.
The Pen cinema fly-over is 80% completed.
The state governor commissioned 37 new roads to mark his first year anniversary, while 500 others were rehabilitated across the state.
1000 LASTMA personnel were recruited, trained, kitted and deployed to various locations in the state to combat traffic congestions in the state.
Water transportation has been boosted in the state with the acquisition of 8 new ferries by LAGFERRY to bring its fleet to 14.
Recently, 8 out of the 30 firms that expressed interest in the construction of the 4th mainland bridge were shortlisted.
The health sector continues to receive the deserved attention with the construction of 2 Mother and Child centers at Eti-Osa and Igando.
The state government provided free and diverse medical interventions for 250,000 Lagosians, while another 1,417 residents successfully had pediatric, eye, dental, orthopedic, ear, and nose and throat surgeries through the government efforts.
It will be recalled that the public outcry about the state of the environment shortly before the advent of the present administration has become a thing of the past. The Lagos State Waste Disposal (LAWMA) was not only reorganized but an academy was launched to boost its technical competence. The Olusosun dumpsite was not only expanded to 42 acres to accommodate more waste, the state blue box recycling was also launched at the Lagos Island transfer loading station.
Dr Abayomi Finnih Recreation park, Oregun was commissioned.
The state government continues to regularly clear all primary and secondary drainages across the state to prevent flooding.
The Sanwoolu government has placed the improvement in the standard of education in the front burner. 3000 teachers were recruited and trained to join the work force. 146 classrooms were constructed for primary and secondary schools. 70,164 units were delivered through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC ) and the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) intervention projects.
Under the Home Grown Feeding Program 135,445 pupils in 976 schools are being fed.
In other to boost tertiary education , the state government signed agreements with six private investors to construct 8,272 hostel units for Lagos State University.
The Lagos State Science Research and Innovation Council (LASRIC) with a start-up funds of $687,000 to drive investment in research and development of tech-focused solutions across the six pillars of the administration’s THEMES agenda was set up.
The State Government executed various empowerment programs with special attention to youths, women, farmers, artisans and public servants.
The commissioning of the 4 housing projects at Igando, Jakande gardens, Topo-Badagry and Ikate-Elegushi goes a long way to reduce the housing deficit.
The soon to be completed 22 hectares Imota Rice mill will most certainly promote food security in the state.
While Lagos state remains the entertainment and tourism hub of the country, the government is leaving no stone unturned to promote the sector and provide a platform for new talents to project themselves. In this regard, 4 Lagos theaters located at Oregun, Badagry, Epe and Igando were completed. The reconstruction of the J. K. Randle center for Yoruba Culture and History in Onikan as well as the restoration of the old Glover Memorial Hall, are on course and will soon be commissioned.
The security of lives and property of Lagosians occupies a place of pride in the THEMES agenda. The state government supported the security operatives with vehicles, motorcycles and other logistics to keep the state at peace.
We have a good reason to roll out the drums as we celebrate a solid foundation for a greater Lagos.
There is no doubt that our government can do a lot more with the support of all and sundry.
Our state will thrive in an environment of law and order, regular and prompt payment of taxes.
Femi Pedro Replaces Late Kemi Nelson in GAC
A former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Femi Pedro, has made a comeback from political oblivion and relegation. He is now back to political relevance and wielding enormous powers, at least at the state level.
At the time he was poached from the banking sector in the early 2000, where he was at that time, the Managing Director of defunct First Atlantic Bank, to be Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s deputy in Lagos, he wielded some degree of power and was naturally courted by many who requested one favour or the other from him. But that wasn’t for long as no sooner had he tasted power than he began to tussle with his benefactor over his choice of successor in the twilight of his boss’ administration.
Pedro wanted to succeed his boss but the latter didn’t think he was the right man for the job. In anger, he began to throw tantrums, resigned and moved to another party, hoping to fulfill his ambition. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite work out as he wanted and that was the beginning of his end.
The Lagos State House of Assembly naturally decided to impeach him for alleged gross misconduct and subsequent forfeiture of all his entitlements as Deputy Governor of Lagos State. He suffered badly for seven years for his political miscalculation. He became relegated in the scheme of things. After some soul searching, he swallowed his pride and went back to his boss when he couldn’t remedy his situation. He was accepted back albeit, warily. He had to prove his loyalty and after a few tests he passed.
First, he got a pardon from the State House of Assembly orchestrated by his former boss, for his impeachment. This was after the House considered his plea to be forgiven in a letter he wrote them in 2015. Then he was given a federal appointment, as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), courtesy of the influence of his former boss. To further restore his political relevance, he was recently appointed to the Council of the Governor’s Advisory Council, GAC, the highest decision-making body of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State.
His appointment may likely be a replacement to the vacant position of the late former women leader in South West APC, Kemi Nelson who was a commissioner during Tinubu’s tenure as governor. Until her death weeks ago, she was the only female in GAC, a position she earned due to her closeness to Tinubu and her immense contributions to the party in Lagos State. With Pedro’s appointment, one can rightly say that he is back to political reckoning.
SIFAX Boss, Taiwo Afolabi’s Twin Brother Dies
Sifax and Marriot Hotel boss , Dr. Taiwo Afolabi is not a happy man at the moment. He has just lost his twin brother Kenny Afolabi to the cold hands of death.
Kenny, who was popularly known as Watari when he was alive we learnt died in his sleep. Though, many people around him beleive he was nursing an ailment that made him stop drinking some years back, but none could say what killed him eventually.
Taiwo Olayinka Afolabi is a Nigerian business magnate and lawyer. He is the founder and current C.E.O of SIFAX Group, a conglomerate that deals in Maritime, Aviation, Haulage, Hospitality, Financial Services and Oil and Gas, while Kenny Afolabi was known with his Hotel known as Ken Dallas that has its location somewhere in Ikotun, Lagos.The late Kenny pictured left above with his brother,Taiwo, was 60yrs old.
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