In farewell message, Ambode seeks support for Sanwo-Olu for a truly mega Lagos
By Taiwo Adelu
London, 28 May, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Outgoing Executive Governor of Lagos State in Nigeria, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has called for a greater support for his successor, Bajide sanwo-Olu saying he foresees Lagos becoming a leading mega city of the world in the nearest future.
In a farewell broadcast on the eve of his handling over to the new Governor, Ambode said “By tomorrow (29 May), there will be a change of guard in our state. I will be stepping down and a new Governor will be sworn in. We will have a new Governor and a new administration with the same objective; achieving a better Lagos.
“Those who have had the privilege of serving our dear State in different capacities especially as Governors owe their successes to your prayers, understanding and support. The same courtesy and cooperation that you gave to my predecessors from the first elected Governor of the State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande to our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) to my humble self, I urge you to extend same to the next administration of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and ensure that he succeeds. It is in our best interest to do so.”
Ambode said that since he assumed office in 2015, he had been able to transform Lagos to a modern state.
“From being just a commercial centre, our state has now become a prime destination for tourism, sports, entertainment and culture. And the future is even brighter with more exciting prospects and possibilities. In the near future, with God on our side, Lagos will take its rightful place in the comity of major city-states of the world,” the Governor said.
“As a little boy growing up in Lagos, all I wanted was to be an accountant. This State gave me that and so much more. Our State is a land of opportunities, a home for everyone and a place where dreams come true. It is our duty and responsibility to ensure that we remain a centre of opportunities and growth for everyone; a place where people can achieve their dreams and aspirations”
According to Ambode, Lagos has been able to attain the successes it has recorded since 1999 because it is blessed with visionary leadership.
“For this administration, policies, programmes and projects aimed at lifting more of our people out of poverty and making every part of the State safe, accessible and economically viable were always the priority; the driving force behind all our decisions and plans.
“A few of our policies might have been unpopular but these were decisions taken with the best interest of our State in mind. With the benefit of hindsight, maybe we could have done some things differently but our intention was always clear, for the good of Lagos.Even in those tough times, your constructive feedback and patience helped us surmount the challenges and enabled us grow stronger,” he said.