Fashola: Fulfilling the promises of good governance
When Governor Babatunde Fashola in 2011 requested the mandate
of Lagosians to serve the state for a second term, the people
did not hesitate to vote massively for him because they have
seen in him a man of integrity and a man of his word.
Interestingly, contrary to the belief in some quarters, the
second term of the current administration is becoming more
eventful even barely a year, as Lagos continues to progress
geometrically in developments.
In the usual accountable and transparent manner the administration has carried on in the last five years, Governor Babatunde Fashola recently rendered his stewardship account for another 100 days at an event marking his 1800 days in office. And from Governor Fashola’s presentation at the meeting which had in attendance professionals across the state and other stakeholders, the state has not only moved in the last one hundreds, but also on a fast lane. The Governor’s presentation apart, majority of the people who attended the meeting, had themselves experienced and seen the improvements in the affairs of the state, to which they attested.
From road construction to housing projects, education to healthcare among others, it was a story of landmark achievements all though, underscoring the Governor Fashola’s commitments to all the electoral promises he made. Indeed, the administration has demonstrated uncommon faithfulness to all its promises and this has translated to the dividends of democracy the people of the state are enjoying today.
A review of the state government’s activities in the last 100 days, which ended May 2nd, revealed the State had witnessed tremendous developments as more projects are being commissioned. For instance, during the period, the state completed and commissioned a number of projects starting from the Lagos State Records and Archives Bureau, the headquarters of the Office of the Public Defender, the Security and Command Centre, a number of roads at Adelabu, Ogunlana and Akerele in Surulere, the Iponri Mini Waterworks and the Maternal and Child Care Centre at Gbaja.
According to Governor Fashola, “while we are making progress with 14 (Fourteen) out of the 15 (Fifteen) inner roads we promised to rehabilitate in Agege, the 16 (Sixteen) local roads in Badiya, the 2 (Two) schools in Bariga and the 1 (One) in Gbagada, we have completed 8 (Eight) out of 11 (Eleven) drainage channels in Lekki, while the ones we committed to repairing in Agege, Shomolu and other parts of Lagos after last year's heavy rainfall, are being worked on and considerable progress is being made”.
More cheery for the people of the State is the revelation that the State is now set to award the contract for the Mile 12 to Ikorodu road project; a road with a total length of 13.19 km that includes several bridges and estimated to cost about N30billion.
According to the Governor, tenders have been called for and have been reviewed by the Lagos State Tenders Board and very shortly, the final award would be made. This came as the Governor implore the people of the State to bear with the Government as it is not unmindful of the difficulties that commuters in that area face, which he promised will be over soon.
In fulfilling the promise made in January at the 17th stewardship account, Governor Fashola was happy to announce that the State Tenders Board has met and contracts for the rehabilitation of a total of 177 (One Hundred and Seventy Seven) inner roads have been awarded.
This is in addition to contracts for the construction of 17 (Seventeen) new schools, renovation of 282 (Two Hundred and Eighty Two) classes in 7 (Seven) schools, renovation and furnishing of 44 (Forty Four) science laboratories, provision of 15,000 (Fifteen Thousand) students' furniture and 1,986 teachers' furniture including construction of 1,980 (One Thousand, Nine Hundred and Eighty) housing units.
All these point to the fact that people at the state’s helm of affairs are people who keep their promises. This, obviously, has been the secret behind the successes that now made Lagos a role model for developments in the country.