The Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso says the State is making “steady progress” under the Sanwo-Olu’s administration.
Mr Omotoso who made the assertion in an interview with newsmen in Alausa Ikeja during the weekend used the various infrastructural projects being carried out by the administration as well as the welfare of workers and residents at large as a pointer to the progress being made, reasons Lagosians will give Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu a second term in office.
“Lagos is making so much progress, over 1,049 school projects, 635 road fixed, thousand of teachers who have been trained in Lagos through Eko Excel and if you go to our hospitals now, they have been upgraded, for the first time we are building a new General hospital in Ojo Local government, we have Oba Sekunmade Road in Ikorodu, Buba Marwa road, Food Hub in Ketu Ejinrin, Mental Health hospital, that we will be commissioning before the end of the year, I think Lagosians are people who appreciated a good job. If you go and ask about the street credibility of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, they will tell you it’s very solid. I believe Lagosians will tell Mr Sanwo-Olu that you have done well” Omotoso said
Dismissing insinuations that the announcement of an increase in the wages of Lagos State Civil Servants by Governor Sanwo-Olu, was for political reasons particularly because of the forthcoming general elections, the Commissioner said the measure was not only to enable the workers to cope with the prevailing economic situations, but also as a show of appreciation for their support to his administration.
“He felt it was time to for us to raise the salary of civil servants so that one will not wait for them till they start to complain by threatening to go on strike before doing that, he said we are doing this because this is Lagos and we are Lagosians. That shows that Lagos is making progress, if others are saying that there is a downcast and that they are not feeling fine about what is going on about the economy all over the world and he is saying people should be excited because the gesture will put more money in their pockets and I think there’s no way you will put money in the pockets of Civil Servants and it will not have effects on people who are offering goods and services in town and the general economy of Lagos” Mr Omotoso said.
On the enforcement of the phased ban on the operations of commercial motorcycles, popularly known as Okada, Mr Omotoso described it as tough, but acceptable to many Lagosians, who have been cooperating with government on the issue.
“It is not the government alone seeing this big pictures that we are talking about, the danger to lives, safety and security that Okada constitute, we are happy that the rate of accidents has slowed down and the number of crimes that people are using through Okada has reduced. The result of the ban of Okada in ten Local government areas has been yielding fruits and the compliance level has been encouraging. Enforcement is not easy, but the police and community leaders have also helped to improve the situation” He explained.
The Commissioner who said the remaining one hundred of the five hundred first and last mile buses, serving as alternatives to Okada would be rolled out soon, hinted that Governor Sanwo-Olu would be inaugurating thirty schools across the five divisions of the State before the end of this year, while many other projects, including roads and jetties would be handed over to the people for use.
“We also have housing projects to be commissioned before the end of the year and jetties in Badagry, Ikorodu and other divisions of the state are also included.We are building the infrastructure for the Blue Line Rail system that will take passengers from Marina to Mile 2, the Redline that will convey passengers from Oyingbo to Alagbado. Both of them will be ready at the end of this year”. Omotoso said