There were lots of expectations when the 15th Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu assumed office in May 2019.
Three years after, Sanwo-Olu has met the expectations of Lagos people. Most important is the slogan under which he campaigned ab initio.
Recall that Governor Sanwo-Olu had campaigned under the slogan, THEMES (Traffic Management and Transportation, Health and Environment, Education and Technology, Making Lagos a 21ST Economy, Entertainment and Tourism and Governance and Security.
Since he made the promises, the Governor has walked his talk. First was the revitalisation of the Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC) which started rehabilitation work on inner roads as soon as he entered office. Such swift step made it possible for the commissioning of quite a number of roads within Lagos.
Still on roads, he has made it possible for the completion of the Oshodi-Abule- Egba BRT Corridor, the Pen Cinema Bridge, the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, the Agric-Ishawo Road.
A new visitor to the state will quickly observe that several roundabouts in traffic-prone areas like Allen Avenue, Maryland, Ikotun and Lekki are being re-designed and are now wearing a new look.
Sanwo-Olu also ensured that work on the Lagos-Badagry expressway which was abandoned by the previous administration resumed. .
On February 4, 2020, Sanwo-Olu expanded the LAGFERRY services and commissioned eight new ferries to take advantage of Lagos’ waters.
With these moves, commuters can now easily access by water, areas like Ikorodu, Ajah, Ikoyi, Badagry and Mile 2. This will complement the usually chaotic Lagos roads.
Furthermore, knowing the pivotal role played by the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) in the state, the governor said that allowances of officials of the agency were boosted by 100 per cent while it also recruited more officers.
To cater for health, the Governor commissioned several health care centres, including that of Eti-Osa, Epe, Igando etc.
Understanding that education is the bedrock of society, the state invested in new school buildings across the state.
And knowing the impact of technology in today’s world, Sanwo-Olu disclosed that over 3,000 primary school teachers in the state have been taught how to deploy technology in teaching via the EKO EXCEL training initiative.
In a move to further open up and decongest the Apapa and Tin Can Ports, the government signed a $629m financing facility to complete the Lekki Deep Seaport project.
In regards to providing shelter, the governor commissioned many housing projects for the people.
Aside from providing housing for residents, building these houses has created employment opportunities for artisans.
As for the environment; to ensure Lagos is not held hostage by floods, the state has continued to carry out extensive dredging and de-silting of drain channels.
Through the Lagos Agripreneurship Programme (LAP), Sea Food Festival and Eko Farmers Food Market, the state has continued to redefine agriculture, placing a priority on extension services to farmers.
On security, Sanwo-Olu has equally invested in technology, especially security cameras. The state is also partnering neighbouring states with the establishment of the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), also known as ‘Operation Amotekun’.
These milestones and several others not mentioned are some of the achievements that set the state governor apart from others. It is therefore, self-evident that, under the leadership of Sanwo-Olu, Lagos has been made greater.