Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu rendered his account of stewardship, saying that his administration has not disappointed Lagosians in service delivery.
He said in the last two years, he had run an open, democratic, inclusive, transparent and people-oriented government that has lived to expectation.
Sanwo-Olu reeled out facts and figures to support his claim of efficient service delivery, prudent management of resources and implementation of his THEMES agenda.
He tendered his stewardship in transportation, infrastructural development, education, health, revenue generation, and security.
Sanwo-Olu told reporters in Lagos that the state, having learned instructive lessons from the COVID-19, was working assiduously to prevent the third wave of the pestilence.
With him at the press conference held at the State House, Marina, were Information and Strategy Commissioner Gbenga Omotoso and other aides.
The governor said despite the constraints imposed by Covid, the administration has not relented in the pursuit of its THEMES agenda, adding that none of the seven pillars has been left behind.
Sanwo-Olu has also not neglected the uncompleted projects inherited from the previous administration. Thus, there is no abandoned project in Lagos.
The governor emphasised that transportation has been accorded a priority, stressing that land, rail and water transport are being simultaneously developed.
He said the state had spent much money on the integrated mass transportation as reflected in the management of 15 terminals, including Liverpool, Ebute-Ero, and Badagry, the procurement of search and rescue boats, and purchase of long buses for BRT lanes.
To reduce traffic snarl in the metropolis, he said LASTMA has been up and doing, and traffic management has been enhanced at night through the expansion of traffic lights to cover more routes.
He said the single payment system has boosted efficient operations and rekindled public confidence about operations.
Sanwo-Olu noted that COVID-19 produced both negative and positive effects, adding that the experiences continue to guide the government’s actions.
Acknowledging the impact of the third wave in some countries, he said: “We are trying to ensure that we don’t have a third wave in Lagos, which has been the epic centre. We are taking some decisions to ensure no third wave comes to make nonsense of our vaccines.”
The governor spoke on the investment in the health sector, saying brand new hospitals are being built to reduce medical tourism.
Sanwo-Olu said an impressive achievement has been recorded in waste disposal and environmental management. But, he lamented that much has not been achieved in its proposed project of waste conversion into renewable energy.
The governor said education has been defended with improved funding, alluding to the recent commissioning of projects in schools, the construction of blocks of classrooms, hostel accommodation and other infrastructure benches and chairs.
He added: “We are building brand new schools at Elemoro and Badagry. We have recruited 5,000 teachers. We have our Eko Excel, a tablet used for teaching in schools and showing how hard teachers have gone in effectively implementing the curriculum.
“The first 100 schools will have fibres to enhance Internet connections.”
Sanwo-Olu said the deployment of the innovation meant that technical become the driver of government business.