The brand new governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on this interview with State Home reporters, outlines his plans for the South-west state within the coming months particularly within the areas of safety and visitors gridlocks. Mr Sanwo-Olu just lately took over from Akinwunmi Ambode, who misplaced his bid for a second time period.
Q: One of many points mentioned in the present day was on safety, how does it relate to Lagos, and what’s your technique?
Sanwo-Olu: Safety is all people’s enterprise. However as a governor, we even have a serious accountability to make sure that as primary safety officer of the state, the safety of lives and properties can be paramount.
However past the truth that all people has some tasks or the opposite, simply as a father has children, a spouse has kids, as managing director has workers, so the state governor additionally has the complete state. So it’s a piece in progress for us as a state. And for me particularly, it’s one thing that I take very severely.
We’re not simply to be mouthing it, however we be sure that we put sources in place and methods. We’ve been speaking about domesticating and pushing a part of the initiatives across the safety belief fund, that we’ve carried out. We are going to proceed to interact, and proceed to determine what are the sources, what are the underlining points which can be bringing about it? Are they financial? Is it greater than that?
So that we’ll additionally assault the foundation trigger, it’s one thing that for us as a authorities that’s searching for traders, we actually should proceed to be able the place we can provide confidence to all our traders that it’s a haven to return and make investments. So for me, it’s necessary, it’s paramount, and I thank Mr President for calling us to have this dialog.
Q: Kidnapping and banditry have grow to be paramount within the South-west, and we perceive that the South-west governors are regional cooperation, what’s the position of Lagos State in all this?
Sanwo-Olu: It’s nonetheless a piece in progress. We’ve got a South-west chief whom I’m certain has additionally addressed the press on the matter. I don’t wish to be on the danger of preempting what that physique will do. Allow us to look ahead to them to give you a correct motion plan on the regional degree and let’s see what resolution it’s going to include.
Q: What’s the degree of progress within the Apapa gridlock?
Sanwo-Olu: It’s a piece in progress. In case you go to Lagos now, you will notice that they’ve began clearing it. So for us, it’s not simply to do it however to make sure that we maintain it. So sustainability is vital. It’s to construct a mannequin the place it’s sustainable, and we may even contain the large gamers; we’re discussing with them – the Shipper’s Council, the delivery traces, NPA, NIMASA and all of them which can be stakeholders within the conversations round port utility, we’re settling it. We are going to proceed to interact ourselves and give you a sustained decision, not only a one-off (resolution).
Q: Might you describe what it seems like as a model new governor of Lagos?
Sanwo-Olu: Nicely, the expertise is actual; it goes to indicate that the challenges are actual; they’re there; it’s not a tea celebration. You don’t sleep and get up, and the visitors has gone down, you don’t sleep and get up, and there’s no rain, and that you just’ve resolved Apapa gridlock, it’s actual.
So it’s one thing that has psychologically ready one. So the most effective factor to do is to make sure that you’re not about searching for what the opposite particular person did, nevertheless it’s for Lagosians to see you do what you stated you will do for them. You don’t do it from the workplace; it’s a must to do it from the street. It’s a must to do it so that individuals will see and really know that you just imply enterprise.
I dare say that I’ve misplaced weight and possibly I’ll lose slightly bit extra, however I feel it’s what the job entails and can be to make sure that you will have the best workforce of individuals that might additionally assist you. So when as a frontrunner, you present that management assist, then the message itself will trickle down and trickle down very properly.