Updated: Sanwo-Olu reverses self, says didn’t promise to end Apapa gridlock in 60 days

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Contrary to his earlier promise to resolve the Apapa gridlock within his first 60 days in office, Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday reversed himself, saying he never made such promise. The governor was fielding questions from State House Correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja. “Interestingly, some media houses are actually…

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Lagos to get special courts to try traffic offenders

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has declared total war on traffic offence, saying special courts will be created to try offenders, who will be made to serve their punishment if found guilty at the point of contravention.

Sanwo-Olu said his administration would not spare anyone, irrespective of status that endangers lives of road users by disobeying the state traffic regulations.
The Governor spoke on Sunday, at an Interdenominational Thanksgiving Service organised by the Lagos chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and held at Deeper Life Bible Church Headquarters in Gbagada.

He said: “We want the people to obey Lagos traffic law. We want them to understand that they are not the only road users who have right of way. If you want my government to finish well, don’t drive against the traffic.

“We are working with the Acting Chief Judge of the State to set up special mobile courts that will dispense judgment on traffic offences. Any offender would be made to serve the punishment immediately, which could be in form of compulsory community service. We are declaring zero tolerance for disobedience to traffic rules.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu said the task of realising the ‘Greater Lagos’ project would be difficult without the support of the residents, urging Christians in the state to join hands with his government in its efforts to create a prosperous Lagos.

Christian leaders in the State expressed satisfaction over the choice of Sanwo-Olu as the governor, describing him as “a complete child of God and the one we have been waiting for.’’

The CAN leaders observed that Sanwo-Olu’s administration took off on a promising note, reassuring the Governor that body of Christ in Lagos State would remain in prayers for him to finish well.

The 50,000-seater auditorium of the church was … Read More...

The tasks before Governor Sanwo-Olu in Lagos

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The picnic is over. It is all down to the brass tasks of governance. What more, of one of the world’s fastest growing city-states, Lagos, Nigeria. The All Progressives Congress (APC) has not only won the electoral victory, in the Centre of Excellence once again but has the onerous task of bearing the beacon of what democracy should truly be. As often stated, “good leaders do not give excuses for failure, but find the reasons to succeed”. For the good people of Lagos, succeed the governor must. There is therefore, no more room for infuriating blame games. And that is because one sweet victory leads to more challenges.

So far, so good, that the gentleman-looking and self-effacing Sanwo-Olu has hit the ground running. He has signed an Executive Order on the querulous issues of waste management and the seemingly intractable transport system with its nerve-grating gridlock. There is zero tolerance for unruly behaviour of the commuters, not the least being the ubiquitous Okada riders. Not done, down to the long-neglected Badagry road he has gone, to see the mess for himself and calmed frayed nerves.

Furthermore, he has touched down at the Alausa secretariat to mingle with and motivate the civil servants. For me, this is one wise move as they are the catalysts to oil the engines of good governance. Still to bridge the leadership-led majority gap there is the Official Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu Mobile App. It was created to deepen the visibility of the administration of the governor and to galvanise continuous supporters for the administration.

In fact, one Williams Jones had this to say about the App on March 24, 2019: “This Sanwo-Olu app eh, it is a miracle worker!! I did not believe it when I was told. Since I downloaded … Read More...

Lagos to partner FG on prison congestion

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Governor of Lagos State Babajide Sanwo-Olu says the executive will work with the state judiciary and the Federal Government to addressing the challenge of prison congestion.
Sanwo-Olu said this was absolutely necessary, as the issue had become be a major challenge to the state’s justice system.

The governor stated this, Thursday, after swearing in the new acting chief judge of Lagos State, Kazeem Alogba.
According to Sanwo-Olu, “The current situation where over 70 percent of inmates in our prisons constitute awaiting trials is not acceptable, as it is not a reflection of an efficient justice delivery system.
“We will also not hesitate to do whatever is required to sustain the ongoing reform in the judicial sector, so the desired result of ensuring that the wheel of justice rolls as fast as it could, will be achieved.”

The governor stated that his administration would embark on the review of the state’s judiciary, noting that the three arms of government must form a synergy for the development of the state. He also promised to continue with judicial reforms in the state.
‘‘We are all partners in progress. We must continue to work together to deliver the good for the teeming Lagos populace. This is what governance is all about,” he said.
Congratulating the new acting chief judge, he expressed confidence in his capacity to continue on the path of progress that had been created in the state judiciary since the beginning of the Fourth Republic.

Speaking, Alogba promised to exercise the powers of his office conscientiously for the good of the common man and the furtherance of the administration of justice in Lagos State.
Alogba suggested that traffic and environmental offenders should henceforth serve their sentences at the point where the offences were committed. No one likes to … Read More...

One week after resumption: Sanwo-Olu says “ I have lost weight”

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Lagos state Governor Babajide Sanwoolu said he has lost weight due to pressures of work as Lagos State Governor.

Sanwoolu who was sharing his experience with State House Correspondents, Abuja, after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari , and later, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, described his schedule as hectic and demanding

Speaking after meeting which was called to address the Security situation in the country, the Governor described Security as “everybody’s business “ but quickly added that “as a governor we also have a major responsibility to ensure that as number one security officer of the state, security of lives and properties is also paramount”

Sanwoolu tasked government at all levels to get to the root cause of the current security challenges facing the nation, including how to bring the menace to an end.

“So It’s a work in progress for us as a state and for me in particular, it’s something that I take very seriously. We are not just to be mouthing it but we make sure that we put resources in place and strategies. We’ve been talking about domesticating and pushing part of the initiatives around security trust fund that we’ve done.

“We will continue to engage, and continue to identify what are the sources, what are the underlining issues that is bringing about it. Are they economic? Is it more than that?

“So that we will also attack the root cause. It is something that for us as a government that is looking for investors, we certainly must continue to be in a position where we can give confidence to all our investors that it’s a safe haven to come and invest.

Asked if a regional cooperation was part of the plans to deal with insecurity in the South West, Sanwoolu noted … Read More...