- The governor-elect of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says only those who will share his vision and that of his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, will make it into his cabinet
- Sanwo-Olu says he and Hamzat will not compromise in their mission to empower the people of Lagos state
- The governor-elect promises not to abandon uncompleted projects of the Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration
The governor-elect of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has assured that only those who will share his vision and that of his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, will be appointed into his cabinet when the new government is inaugurated on Wednesday, May 29.
Sanwo-Olu said he and his deputy were out to empower the people of Lagos, adding that such mission will not be compromised, The Cable reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the governor-elect also promised to hit the ground running and also to run an inclusive government.
He said: “There are so many intelligent people in Lagos. It’s just for us to identify them. Some could work full time, some part time, others could be technocrats or politicians but the bottom line is for us to identify square pegs into square holes and round pegs into round holes. That’s number one.
“Number two, those who would work with Dr Hamzat and I must share our vision. They have to be on the same page with us from day one. The moment a politician or technocrat is appointed, he or she should see himself as a commissioner or staff adviser of Lagos, not for a sect or an area or jurisdiction.
“We are out to empower the people of Lagos state… These are the basic things, we will not compromise. Femi and I have been on this journey for the past eight or nine months. So, immediately we come on board, we will organise a crash course for them (cabinet members) to see where we are going.
"The moment we all see a common vision, it will be easier for us to drive a common agenda. But I can say Lagosians will be happy with us when we finally bring out those names.”
Sanwo-Olu promised to make all the major appointments of his government within three months.
He said: “In the first 90 days or so, we are hoping that we would have a working government in all the cabinets, all of the major appointments that we need to have, we would have them running very quickly.
“We should begin to see huge solutions in our traffic management. I mean there will be some that we would have solved, there would be some that would still be working on because we are going into a rainy season and when it’s raining, for instance, you can’t pour concrete.
“So, some of those issues will come up. But in terms of the design, identifying those corridors that would need traffic improvement, we would have done all of that. In terms of places where we need to improve and increase waste management solution, we would have done all that.
“Like I have also said, the solution of Apapa gridlock. I am believing that we would have solved it as promised but the sustenance of it is another issue. So, sustaining what we solved is key. It’s going to cost us some money to ensure that people are on ground to ensure that the situation doesn’t get bad again but those are the things we need to do.
“In terms of infrastructure, before the end of the year, you will see our road plan in terms of which road, which bridges we would need to complete in the next two or three years.
“In terms of completion of projects of the outgoing government, oh yes, we will complete them because what doesn’t get completed, wasn’t done in the first place. So, we will ensure that we do that and there shouldn’t be any problem."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Alliance for Democracy (AD) governorship candidate, Chief Owolabi Salis, filed a petition at the Lagos state governorship election tribunal to stop the inauguration of Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the executive governor on May 29.
The petition marked EPT/LAG/GOV/2/2019 had the AD as co-petitioner.
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