AYO OGUNSAN APPLAUDS THE RESILIENCE OF GOV. BABAJIDE ‘THE INCIDENT COMMANDER’ SANWO-OLU • As activities for 2nd term Inauguration begins in Lagos
By Oki Samson, Trek Africa Newspaper
The lineup of activities marking the second term of the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Gov. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu kicked off with a three-in-one ceremony. Trek Africa Newspaper can report that the celebration which comprised a public lecture delivered by Prof. Adigun Agbaje, the launching of a book titled ‘The Incident Commander’, and the ‘Echoes of the Drums’ stage play by journalist cum thespian, Ola Awakan held in the Shell Hall of the Muson Centre, Lagos.
The book ‘The Incident Commander: Leadership and Heroism in Times of Crisis’ was done in honour of the resilience and excellence of the Lagos State Governor in the first four years especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was officially launched by the Chief Launcher, the Board member of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Ayo Ogunsan.
Board Member, Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Ayo Ogunsan
In his remarks, Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu noted that the book highlighted the strides and achievements the state made during and after the COVID-19 era. ‘While I thanked everyone who contributed in one way or the other to this book, I could not help but dedicate the book to all the frontline workers who worked with the State Government to break the transmission of the virus. They are the real heroes of that trying period in our dear State’, Sanwo-Olu affirmed.
The 301-page book, edited by Hope Eghagha and Sola Ojewusi, is a collection of 25 articles and essays authored by distinguished journalists and writers, and reviewed by Mr. Ray Ekpu, a doyen of Nigerian journalism and co-founder of Newswatch magazine.
The Board member of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Ayo Ogunsan hailed the excellent performance of the Governor during the first tenure while charging him to do more in the second term which begins next week. To the record of ‘The Incident Commander’, Dr. Ayo Ogunsan had written in an earlier piece, ‘The Lagos State Resilience Strategy is an initiative of Mr Governor, with the aim of enhancing sustainability, while addressing issues of climate change and infrastructure.’
‘I must not forget to mention that, under this admins, the Lagos State Security Trust Fund continues to make progress with the unflinching support of the able Governor. One mustn’t forget to mention that Mr. Governor has rehabilitated over 60 public schools across the state;, and has delivered healthcare projects, including the construction of the Massey Street Children’s Hospital in Lagos Island’, Ogunsan shared.
During his first term, the well-read administrator and graduate of the prestigious London Business School, Lagos Business School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Mr Sanwo-Olu also began and finished projects such as ‘commissioning of 15 brand new schools, supplied 86,000 pieces of furniture, 1400 bed hostels for model colleges; construction of Vetland Junior Grammar school, Agege built entirely out of containers, including the ICT room, 12 classrooms, science laboratory, staff room and sporting facilities; commissioning of 4,000 units of flats for the members of staff of Lagos University (LASU), a students’ arcade and 8,272 units of bedspace hostels for students in the tertiary institution. Not less than 18,000 teachers have been trained as at December 2022 under the EKO excel programme, giving them access to technology to enhance their teaching capacity. Mr Governor has delivered 62 brand new fire apparatuses, consisting of fire trucks and support vehicles to empower the Lagos State Fire Department.’
Ogunsan added: ‘The Governor embarked on the construction and rehabilitation of roads, including the Lekki-Epe road, to support the Lekki Sea Port, and the growing population on the Eastern flank and Ibeju Lekki. He also completed the rebuilding of the Lekki-Epe expressway with a rigid pavement solution.’
‘On the Blue Rail project targeted at easing transportation due to the fast growing population, Governor Sanwo-Olu have purchased trains with the capacity of 500,000 passengers, per day. He has also approved an increment by 100 per cent of the annual bursary allowance payable to indigenes of the state who are studying in any tertiary institutions nationwide, while upgrading some institutions to universities — the Adeniran Ogunsaya College of Education and Michael Otedola College of Primary Education have become Lagos State University of Education while the Lagos State Polytechnic is mow known as Lagos State University of Science and Technology’ among many others’, Trek Africa Newspaper gathered.