Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) Publicity Secretary Seye Oladejo writes on the achievements of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu as he marks his second yr in workplace
The Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) is pleased with the achievements of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who’s marking his second yr in workplace this week.
The Lagos State authorities has turned in a powerful mid-term report despite the weird mammoth challenges occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, the financial recession and the EndSars protest.
Nevertheless, the surprising setback and distractions haven’t derailed the Sanwo-Olu administration from the achievement of its electoral guarantees.
The early signal that Lagosians have been in for a blissful 4 yr time period was the nicely articulated THEMES agenda, which stay the primary thrust of the social contract between the individuals and the federal government.
The acronym, THEMES, captures the entire essence of the expectations of our teeming populace on the supply of the proverbial dividend of democracy by the federal government they wholeheartedly entrusted with their mandate, secured future and common well-being.
THEMES which is the acronym for Site visitors Administration and Transportation, Well being and Enviroment, Schooling and Expertise, Making Lagos a twenty first Century Financial system, Leisure and Tourism and Governance and Safety has change into the marking scheme to entry service supply on the a part of authorities and the achievement of its electoral guarantees.
Site visitors administration and Transportation is a significant problem of mega cities the world over due to the over 20 million inhabitants of residents whose survival largely is dependent upon unhindered intra-city transportation that has implications for his or her financial actions, well being and safety.
The state authorities availed itself of the three modes of transportation of roads, rail and waterways.
The State Authorities launched into the huge development and rehabilitation of roads and fulfilled its dedication to finish inherited initiatives.
Throughout the interval beneath overview, accomplished street initiatives included Oniru community community of roads, Ojokoro community of roads- 31 in number- the Pen Cinema fly-over, Agege, Oshodi/Abule-Egbe BRT hall, Phases 1 & 2 of Badagry expressway, Lagos-Ogun boundary roads, 6 main junction enhancements at Lekki1 & 2, Ajah, Maryland, Ikotun and Allen Avenue. Jide Oki/Ade Adedina/ Olugbani streets in Iru/Victoria Island, Ijegun-Egbe street and Ishuti street in Igando. St. Finbarrs street/Diya avenue in Yaba Iwaya street and so forth. 216 inside roads within the 20 native governments and 37 LCDAs have been rehabilitated.
On-going initiatives embrace the Lekki Regional Roads, Lekki-Epe expressway, Agric Isawo Highway, Ikorodu, Bola Tinubu-Igbogbo-Imota Highway, Ijede street, Oba Sekumade street and development of 100 bus shelters, 78 of which have been accomplished.
The intra-city rail initiatives -the blue and the pink lines- are priorities within the dedication to mass transportation throughout the state. The federal government has given agency guarantees for the completion of the rail initiatives by way of the on the positioning progress report and sensible monetary closure to underscore the optimism.
The completion of the Lagos Rail Mass (LRMT) Blue Line Undertaking (Mile 2 -Marina) and the Purple Line will little question convey succor to the multitude of commuters throughout the state. The implications on the standard of life by way of saved man hour and financial development are unquantifiable.
Up to now two years, the state authorities commissioned over 600 buses beneath the Bus Speedy Transport system, whereas it just lately launched the five hundred First and Final Mile Buses. The plan is to have in place 5000 FLM buses to cater for inside transportation and change okada.
The waterways have change into a protected and dependable mode of transportation because the inception of this administration.
LAGFERRY, the company in command of water transportation, has 20 ferries plying numerous routes within the state.
The company has 15 jetties beneath development to spice up its operations. They’re situated in Apaa, Badagry, VIP chalet, Badagry, Italy, Ajido, Badagry, Ilado, Amuwo-Odofin, Ilashe, Ojo, Ito Omu, Epe, Offin, Ikorodu, Takwa Bay, Eti-osa, Ijede waterfront, Ikorodu, Marina waterfront, Badagry, Oke-Ira Nla, Eto-Osa, Liverpool, Apapa, Ebute-ero, Lagos Island, Mile 2, Ijegun-Egba, Ojo.
The development of a command and management heart for the waterways and the procurement of search and rescue boats are geared in the direction of security on our waterways.
The Lagos State authorities has over-hauled its well being services in response to prevailing and future challenges.
The Covid-19 pandemic threw spanners into all areas of human endeavor throughout the globe.
Lagos State because the epicenter of the pandemic had to answer the large problem, which earned it applause throughout the globe.
The pandemic which crept in as the federal government was settling down, showcased the governor as an ideal supervisor of human and materials sources. He displayed the anticipated political will to steer from the entrance and ensured the supply of the wherewithal to curtail the pandemic and scale back its influence.
The fixed communication with the individuals by means of direct common briefings went a protracted option to reassure the residents and constructed the a lot desired confidence.
It’s note-worthy and symbolic that the governor was additionally a sufferer of Covid-19 to under-score his huge dedication and sacrifice at an ideal private danger for the well-being of the residents.
Regardless of strolling an unfamiliar path of managing a pandemic, hitherto unknown on this century, he excelled to the admiration of his most uncharitable critic.
His efficiency has not solely change into a reference level but additionally a handbook in top-notch administration of a pandemic.
Most significantly, the excellent news is that Lagos State authorities is now higher geared up and ready to handle such challenges in future by way of technical know-how and availability of requisite infrastructure.
The state authorities beneath the auspices of the Medical Undertaking Implementation Unit (MPIU) has commenced the improve of infrastructure within the state-owned services to construct resilient health-care and enhance the residents’ entry to high quality common well being protection.
The implementation of the well being initiatives reduce throughout the first, secondary and tertiary health-care system.
Within the final two years, the federal government has accomplished and geared up 2 Maternal and Childcare Facilities (MCC) in Eti-Osa and Badagry. One other 110-bed MCC has been just lately accomplished in Epe.
Amongst others, the federal government renovated the Mainland hospital in Yaba with a future plan to changing it to an Institute of Analysis for Infectious Illnesses.
The overall hospitals at Apapa, Harvey street , Yaba , Isolo, Odan and Ebutte-Metta well being Centre have been renovated for accessible well being care supply.
Presently, a 280 mattress common hospital in Ojo and 150 mattress New Massey Road Youngsters’s hospital are beneath development.
The development of a 1,500 mattress Psychiatric Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre at Ajidun has additionally been accredited.
The state authorities in collaboration with the non-public sector has accomplished and handed over an oxygen plant on the Mainland and Gbagada Common Hospitals. In the identical vein, Triage and Oxygen Centres in 10 places throughout the state have been delivered.
The welfare of health-care staff has additionally acquired consideration with the development of a 24 unit Medical doctors and Workers Quarters at Gbagada Common Hospital.
At inception, the problem of the enviroment was a significant problem to the Sanwo-Olu administration.
In two years, the state authorities has been in a position to re-energize and re- manage the Lagos State Waste Administration Authority (LAWMA) and the Non-public Sector Participation in Refuse disposal for cleaner Lagos.
The federal government launched the LAWMA Academy and expanded the Olusosun Dumpsite to 42 acres to accommodate extra waste and make sure that vehicles can have a faster turnaround time.
The state authorities constructed collector drains at numerous places throughout the state.
Trapezoidal channels and collector drains have been additionally constructed to examine the menace of incessant flooding.
Schooling and Expertise take a chief place within the current administration. The state authorities is of the view that high quality training is germane to the execution of its numerous developmental agenda.
Until date, the Sanwo-Olu administration has accomplished 1,097 initiatives in 970 faculties throughout the state.
The federal government has supplied blocks of school rooms, administrative workplaces, faculty furnishings, laboratories and trendy bathroom services throughout the six Schooling Districts.
3000 lecturers at each main and secondary faculties, have been recruited and educated to hitch the state instructing workforce whereas these already in service have been developed by means of steady coaching to replace their expertise and data with trendy know-how.
The state authorities signed an settlement with six non-public traders for the proposed LASU 8,272- items hostel.
The federal government carried out a 3,000km of metro fibre connection throughout the state to advertise safety. It additionally supplied a totally digital mapping platform and an built-in finish to finish land administration system, which incorporates built-in land automation system.
The Lagos State Science Analysis and Innovation Council (LASRIC), with start-up funds of $687,000 to drive funding in analysis and improvement of tech-focused options throughout the six pillars of the administration’s THEMES agenda was arrange.
In two years, the Lagos State authorities has delivered 14 housing schemes, including 7,000 reasonably priced housing items to cut back deficit within the sector.
The initiatives that are located throughout the state embrace Lateef Jakande Gardens, Igando, Lagos State Reasonably priced Public Housing Scheme, Idale Badagry, LagosHoms Lekki Section 2 and Babatunde Raji Fashola Property, Courtland Villas, Igbokushu.
Different just lately accomplished schemes are situated in Odo Onisarutu Ayandelu, Agbosasa, Magodo/Omole, Gbagada and Ibeshe.
It’s note-worthy that the properties are for each high and low networth people. The Lagos Mortgage Board has strengthened the “Hire to Personal” coverage to supply many residents particularly first-time home-owners with the specified alternative.
There’s no gain- saying the dedication of the state authorities to develop the agricultural sector to advertise meals safety. Consistent with this, the 5 years Agric road-map was launched.
879 farmers and Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) benefited from the Lagos Agro-Processing, Prodctivity Enhancement and Livelihood Enchancment Help (APPEALS) venture.
The federal government created the Eko Farmers’ Market to intentionally present ready-made off-takers for farmers to eliminate their merchandise on common foundation.
The Rice mill at Imota created 250,000 employment alternatives.
The federal government launched a #1B Agric Worth Chain Fund focused at companies that function inside the agric worth chain. The EndSars protest, sadly, left in its wake unimaginable destruction and developmental set-back. The damaging inpact of the pandemic on the economic system and livelihood took a chief place of concern within the governance of the state.
Mr. Governor, somewhat than brood on the colossal losses rallied the citizenry to rebuild, regain and restore the state. The sheer audacity of the management naturally attracted assist from one and all throughout the nation. The state is just not solely on target for restoration however appears to be like to finish up within the fullness of time just like the proverbial palace destroyed by an inferno. The State Authorities has prolonged its milk of kindness to mitigate private and company losses.
The Lagos State authorities underscored its humane nature with the varied impactful empowerment and poverty alleviation applications.
3,673 companies have been supported with #1.156B and a plethora of interventions together with grants, mentorship, enterprise advisory, capability constructing and market entry alternatives.
1,835 companies have been supported with #939.97M and saved a complete of 10,000 direct jobs and 40,020 oblique jobs by way of the MSME Restoration Fund which was an intervention program to cushion the results of the Covid-19 pandemic and the EndSars protest.
The Lagos Financial Acceleration Programme (LEAP) to cut back the results of the pandemic on small companies.
A #5B EduFund in partnership with First Financial institution Plc and EdFin FMB and a #1B fund focused at companies within the tourism, hospitality, leisure, arts and tradition sectors was arrange.
The safety of lives and property of Lagosians stays one of the crucial vital pillars of the THEMES agenda.
We acknowledge and recognize the efforts of the federal government in the direction of tackling the problem of insecurity within the state. It’s noteworthy that the novel Lagos State Safety Belief Fund stays the rallying level for the supply of the requisite assist for the safety businesses within the state. The availability of operational automobiles, communication devices and different logistics has little question made Lagos State the most secure within the nation.
We align with the federal government efforts to sort out the menace of okada riders whose mode of operation, lawlessness, menace to lives and common well-being can now not be tolerated. We affirm that true improvement can solely be achieved in a steady, secured and peaceable atmosphere.
We affirm that safety and security stay the enterprise of one and all particularly at a time like this. The dedication to extend the manpower of the Lagos Neighborhood Security Watch and equip them accordingly is a step in the best route.
The Lagos State authorities beneath Governor Jide Sanwo-Olu has change into the reference level for good, centered, impactful, inclusive, accountable, responsive, modern and humane governance.
We’re certainly satisfied that Lagos State is in protected arms.
He’s certainly the person for the season.
As a celebration, we’re proud that you’ve saved religion as our flag-bearer and on target to satisfy our progressive manifestos to the delight of all Lagosians.
Because the second half begins, we’re satisfied that each one initiatives will likely be accomplished and extra impactful insurance policies, applications and projectswill be carried out as you end strongly.
We will as nicely begin getting ready so as to add the appellation “Your Excellency“ to your title which you’ve got earned in phrases and deed. With out an iota of doubt, your title will go down in historical past because the governor who took over at an uncommon time in human historical past, rose and excelled past the constraints of the large challenges.