SWITZERLAND, MAY 30 – Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the new governor of Lagos State has made 20 promises to Lagosians even as he was sworn in on Wednesday. He promised to move the state forward despite hard times confronting residents.
Sanwo-Olu, in his inauguration speech at the Tafawa Balewa Square on Wednesday, promised to appoint only the best into his cabinet, adding that he would be fair to all irrespective of tribe and social status.
The governor promised that he would work with his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, to ensure the fulfilment of his campaign promises encapsulated in the acronym: THEMES.
THEMES, according to him, means Traffic management and Transportation, Health and Environment, Education and Technology, Making Lagos a 21st-century economy, Entertainment and Tourism and Security and Governance.
Sanwo-Olu said, “We intend to make history by making for ourselves and our children a better future. Therefore, on this day, on this precious plot of land we call our home, let us stand together before the very face of history. Let us vow to ourselves and to posterity that we shall not just dream of a greater Lagos, but we shall collectively rise up to build the Lagos of our dreams. Let us not be discouraged. There are those who do not believe a greater Lagos is possible in our time.
“The challenges of life have deceived them into thinking nothing can change for the better. They see problems as insurmountable. I understand why they feel this way. But no matter the number of hard miles they have been made to walk during their lives, they should never give themselves over to despair and pessimism. No one should ever underestimate the spirit of Lagos and the resilience of its people.
Below are Sanwo-Olu’s campaign promises under the THEMES acronym.
TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AND TRANSPORTATION
- Resolve identified gridlock points within 9 months and strengthen state road and traffic agencies
- Implement the planned integrated multimodal transport system to ensure all modes of transportation
- Complete Phase 1 of the Blue Rail line (from Mile 2 to Marina) by 2021 and complete the Red line, in partnership with the Federal Government, by 2022
- Expand Lagos’ major water transport routes from six to 10 by 2021.
- Develop Quality Bus Corridors on 10 major existing bus routes and extend the BRT network to include new areas and increase bus fleet from 800 to 2000.
HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
- Increase health spending from 8.86% to 15% of budget in line with the Abuja Declaration.
- Ensure all 37 non-functional PHCs in the state are refurbished and adequately equipped
- Support LASUTH to become a medical Centre of Excellence in at least 2 specialties
- Reform the sanitation inspectorate to ensure clean, healthy environment
- Increase Lagos’ water capacity to the needed 550 million gallons per day
- Optimise waste management by empowering LAWMA to effectively collect and recycle waste; increase the adoption of waste sorting practices to promote recycling; and drive waste-to-energy initiatives in partnership with the private sector.
EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY
- Increase budgetary allocation for education from 12.07% to 18% during the tenure of the administration
- Scale up school rehabilitation programme to renovate dilapidated schools and provide adequate furniture and tools for every child in public schools in Lagos.
- Leverage technology platforms to teach, assess, test and reinforce learning by establishing 300 fully equipped and functional computer labs in secondary schools to complement the existing 12.
- Facilitate creation of ICT hubs across all the LGAs/LCDAs within first two years.
MAKING LAGOS A 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY
- Create a conducive business environment to attract investments and industries, encouraging citizen participation and inclusion in governance, empowering the workforce and local talent to drive job and wealth creation, especially opportunities for the youth and repositioning Lagos as the ultimate investment destination for foreign businesses.
ENTERTAINMENT AND TOURISM
- Restore all historic sites in Lagos; rebrand cultural events like Fanti Carnival, Eyo Festival, Boat Regatta etc. to international standards.
- Create up to a million jobs in the creative sector; establish the Lagos Film City in partnership with stakeholders
- Introduce a new sports policy for Lagos to make the sector a viable economic platform
- Galvanise grassroots participation in sports and revive periodic community sports competition