Barely a year and six months in office, the governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has disclosed that his administration is making tremendous progress but added that what he has achieved so far was just a tip of the iceberg.
He asserted that the administration has just started unveiling what it has in stock for the citizens of the state.
Speaking on behalf of the governor, while receiving a delegation of young professionals in the state led by former President of the Student Union Governing Council, Federal University of Technology Akure, Mr. Wale Adelakun, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Strategy, Mr. Idowu Ajanaku, said the administration will not rest on its oars until it meets the yearnings of the people to the best of their expectations.
According to Ajanaku, “There are over eight thousand federal and state roads in Lagos, with most of the road networks linking the rural areas with the urban areas in deplorable conditions; fixing these roads is a major part of the people’s demand from the governor during the electioneering campaign.
“Against the backdrop, governor Ambode’s response has been immediate and impressive, as he embarked on the construction of two roads each, in each of the 20 local governments and 37 Local Council Development Councils (LCDA). About 114 roads have been completed across the state since he assumed office. This has contributed in no small measure to the socio-economic development of the state.”
Ajanaku explained that the decision of the government to embark on the demolition of shanties and criminal hide-outs in recent times was in line with the vision of the government to achieve the Mega City status, which the predecessors of Ambode, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Babatunde Fashola started since 1999.
His words: “Governor Ambode’s vision and burden is in the mould of Lee Kuan Yew, the Father of modern Singapore, who set out with an infrastructural revolution in Singapore. This move was met with a lot of resistance but with determination and doggedness, today Singapore is a modern day wonder.
“The Lagos of Ambode’s dream is a mega city of note and investment friendly destination of choice in sub Saharan Africa and he is determined to get there.”
In his response, Mr. Adelakun commended the administration for keeping its campaign promises by opening up rural areas and also changing the look of governance from elitist to such that has the common man at heart.
Adelakun said, “If the governor continues with the present tempo, very soon, the state would become a very good place to live in.”
However, citizens of the state are still expecting the administration to do more in the area of security as they expressed concern over the recent spate of kidnapping within Lagos.
Some of them actually urged the governor to carry out a lot of intelligence research to find out why the spate of kidnapping has suddenly increased across the state.