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100 Days: How Sanwo-Olu’s THEMES teams up with the past for visionary future

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IBRAHIM QUADRI

Upon inauguration in May 29,  2010, the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu premised the programmes of his administration within the next four years on six pillars tagged: THEMES.

The THEMES encompasses: Traffic Management and Transportation, Health and Environment, Education and Technology, Making Lagos a 21st century Economy, Entertainment and Tourism and Security and Governance.

Within 100 days in office, Sanwo-Olu has demonstrated his unflinching readiness to realize the laid down objectives especially as it relates to giving deserved attention to various abandoned projects by his predecessors.

In line with the above philosophy, the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, stated during a press conference to kick start 100 days in office of the State Governor that: “The most visible impact of the course of action this administration has taken so far in respect of the environment is the disappearance of heaps of garbage on major streets and highways across the State.

“We wish to report that in order to validate the Executive Order on Environmental and Sanitation Matters, the government has taken a bold decision to expand Olusosun dump site to 42 acres to accommodate more waste and ensure that trucks can have a quicker turnaround time”.

Governor Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday commissioned an ultra-modern Maternal and Child Center (MCC) and a block of 14 classrooms for junior Secondary at Eti-Osa.

The block of classrooms was donated to the state government by the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Tabernacle of David Parish, Alaguntan village, Ajah, to the community which had been without school. At the commissioning, Sanwo-Olu said the event iwas a further affirmation of his administration’s commitment to the implementation of the second pillar of its development agenda as captured in THEMES.

He said the objective of MCC like the other eight already operational in the state was to provide affordable, accessible and quality healthcare to all Lagosians. “It is specifically designed to provide integrated healthcare for mothers and their children at the moment, with emergency services for adults and children to be added at a later date. This facility will also be a building block for the establishment of a secondary health facility to serve Eti-Osa area. For now, it has the goal of ensuring safe delivery of mothers and actually making the process of giving birth a pleasant experience and one to be anticipated with joy and no fear”, he said.

Similarly, Lagos State moved steps further to solving its housing deficit with the inauguration, on 4th September of a newly-built Housing Estate by Sanwo-Olu administration. The Governor led members of the State Executive Council to Igando, a densely populated suburb in Alimosho area of Lagos, to open the 492-flat housing project named after an elder statesman and the first civilian Governor of Lagos, Alhaji Lateef Jakande.

The project started in 2012 under the Home Ownership Scheme of the administration of ex-Governor Babatunde Fashola, but was abandoned for four years. Sanwo-Olu, upon assumption office, prioritized the completion of the housing scheme to recover the state’s resources committed to the project.

At the event, which marked the commemoration of the Governor’s 100 days in office, Sanwo-Olu said his government’s move to complete the project was a testimony to his campaign pledge to complete and deliver all critical projects inherited from the last administration.

“Today, history is being made as we commission a housing estate named after an icon, a role model and the first Executive Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande.  Among his many sterling achievements, Alhaji Jakande’s indelible legacy in the provision of mass housing in Lagos still remains our guiding light”, he stated.

For the State to turn around its deficit and attain 21st Century economy, the Governor said there was need to explore innovation and partnership with private investors to bridge the housing deficit. He urged the beneficiaries of the scheme to protect the facility and maintain its environmental aesthetics.

In his speech, Commissioner for Housing, Hon. Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, said the Government would deliver additional 1,250 home in different parts of the state within the next six months.

He said: “Today’s inauguration of Jakande Garden Estate is the beginning of other housing projects coming. With sense of determination and unequivocal commitment to serve the public cause, we will like to assure Lagosians that, in the next six months, we shall work hard through proper planning and judicious execution to conclude the ongoing housing schemes in Igbogbo, Sangotedo, Iponri, Gbagada and Omole. This will add a total of 1250 homes to the existing figure.”

On Wednesday, September 4, the Governor launched ‘LSETF W-INITIATIVE’ to provide funding for women entrepreneurs in the State to achieve their growth objectives and create jobs for the youths. The LSETF W-INITIATIVE is a special intervention fund contributed between the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund and Access bank Plc, to provide access to affordable finance for female-owned businesses in Lagos State. The bank has earmarked N10billion as loans with low interest rate.

The scheme, which targets between 5,000 and 10,000 women, was launched by Governor Sanwo-Olu at LTV Blue Roof as part of activities marking his 100 days in office. The event was attended by various women groups and entrepreneurs led by the President (Iyaloja-General) of Market Women Association, Chief Folashade Tinubu-Ojo.

The Governor said the initiative was a measure to drive up financial inclusion among women and create financial access for SMEs in state, emphasising that it will also provide support to businesses to stimulate growth and consequently create employment for the teeming young population in the State.

The Governor further expressed the commitment of his administration to tackle unemployment in Lagos, adding that creating opportunities for small businesses and ensuring that women are also in alignment with the THEMES objectives of the administration.

He said: “There is no argument that climes, where young people and women are at the centre of economic planning, have emerged prosperous, progressive and remain the model of development. In Lagos State, the Government’s strategy is to optimise and sustainably grow our local economy, projected to be the fifth-largest economy in Africa, by creating access to funds for our women entrepreneurs. We are confident that it is an intervention that would create wealth for small businesses and consequently put our young and productive youth to work.”

As part of the activities marking the 100 days in office, the Governor on Thursday, September 5 commissioned 120 patrol vehicles and 35 motorcycles to enhance security in the State.  The Governor, who was part of the team that midwived the creation of Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) during the administration of Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said: “Security and Good Governance happens to be the 6th Pillar of our principles.”  He recalled: “13 years ago we started the engagement and institution of LSSTF with the legislative backing of the Lagos State House of Assembly.  It is a template for security. We must continue to give accolades to the former Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola. I was humbled to have been part of the team that midwived the Fund”.

Subsequently, Sanwo-Olu on 5th September said that rather spending huge fund to manage waste, it hopes to generate billions of naira from waste through recyclable waste.  Speaking at the launch of Blue box programme aimed at sorting waste from homes, Sanwo-olu said the state wants to move from waste being a burden to means on revenue and jobs. He said the state wanted to create a recycle economy with 50 per cent of waste generated in Lagos is recycled by 2021.Sanwo-Olu said the old style of waste management needed to give way for a more efficient technique.

At the grand finale of the commemoration aimed to give account of stewardship, the Governor highlighted his specific programme to achieve the vision of making Lagos 21st century economic hub and attaining Smart City status. Speaking further, the Governor said that the Lekki-Ikoyi toll plaza would soon be cashless. He said: “The Lekki-Ikoyi Toll Bridge would become cashless in the next couple of weeks to ease traffic on that corridor and have less human contact as possible.

Going forward, the governor revealed plans to establish a Lagos Metropolitan Fibre Optics station to boost the provision of internet facilities in the state, just as he hopes to work assiduously to make the Lagos State School feeding programme a reality.

He also promised to tackle the challenge of energy head on if his vision to make Lagos a 21st Century economy is to become a reality. “In this regard, we are holding talks with DISCOs in the state, with a view to providing 20,000metres for the use of Lagosians. We also plan to replicate the Lateef Kayode Jakande Gardens in Surulere, Sangotedo, Ajara-Badagry and Epe in order to make our people home owners.”

Speaking on public transportation and safety, the Governor said: “It has become imperative for us as a government to map out new policies that would guide how okada riders operate in Lagos State. This would further stem the tide of accidents and indiscriminate use of okadas on Lagos roads.”

No doubt, 100 days are not enough to make a final judgment on a four-year journey, but the resolve of Sanwo-Olu to give considerable attention to the abandoned projects by previous administrations is a step considered as the Governor’s THEMES teaming up the past for a visionary vision.

 

 

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