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Sanwo-Olu’s speech: The main points



If Sanwo-Olu should implement what he promised to do in governance, he will definitely become a good next-door neighbor to all Lagosians.

He promised to operate an open-door policy. He might mean it, but most personal assistants in Nigeria were always overzealous, and would make this policy impossible.

According to the newly inaugurated Lagos governor, everybody living in Lagos is a Lagosian “as long as you are animated by the spirit of achievement, cooperation and tolerance, then you are a Lagosian. This is my motto.

“This is how I see our home and this is how I shall run my government. I shall select the best and most qualified people to hold positions in our government.

“As I said in my acceptance speech, I am too focused on moving Lagos forward to give a second thought to where a person may have come from.

“My door shall remain open to all. I shall seek the advice of the learned, the wise of the ordinary Lagosians, for in the common man resides much wisdom and fairness of thought.”

Only one area could possibly have ambiguous meaning and that is where he said his government would “simply adhere to the tradition of enlightened government set by those who came before us.

“We owe a large debt of gratitude to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and to Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN.

“Asiwaju led the team that created the blueprint for development; both administrations faithfully executed that economic blueprint and established the structures and institutions of progressive governance in the process.”

But he omitted Akinwunmi Ambode’s name among those that laid the foundation of government of development strides in Lagos.

Though next, Sanwo-Olu mentioned his predecessor this way: “Governor Akinwunmi Ambode pushed forward in a special manner. His efforts and actions shall be duly remembered.”

Let’s hope it would be like Nehemiah’s prayer to God: “Remember me, O God for good!”

Pointing to the position that Lagos occupies in Nigeria, he said: “As long as Lagos flourishes, Nigeria has more than a fair chance to enjoy the development and growth needed for its deserving population. If Lagos falters, Nigeria also stumbles.

“The reality of the integral role we play in Nigeria’s ascent to national greatness coupled with the untapped potentials we hold to produce even greater wealth to improve the living conditions of our people, are the things that make Lagos a magnificent place.”

Criticisms are always stinging to the concerned and are mostly intolerable, but Sanwo-Olu opined: “While one cannot help but hear the kind words of friends, I must pay even closer attention to the voice of my critics.

“In constructive criticism lies the seeds of improvement. With these things in mind, let me quickly outline my goals for a Greater Lagos.”

The Lagos governor had conceptualized his development agenda based on six acronyms: T.H.E.M.E.S.

T stands for Traffic Management and Transportation

H stands for Health and Environment

E stands for Education and Technology

M stands for Making Lagos a 21st century Economy.

E stands for Entertainment and Tourism

S stands for Security and Governance.

In introducing his development agenda, he said it is encapsulated in the six acronyms mentioned above. has discovered that nothing necessary in good governance was missing in T.H.E.M.E.S.

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