|Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), presenting an Eyo plaque to the Minister of Works, Power & Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola during the Minister’s courtesy visit to the Governor at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Saturday, March 25, 2017.|
Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Saturday lauded his predecessor in
office and Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola
for his achievements during the eight years he spent as governor of the
who spoke when he received Fashola and some top officials of the
Ministry on a courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Ikeja, described the
visit as historic, adding that it was gratifying to receive the Minister
for the first time at the Lagos House, Ikeja since he left office on
May 29, 2015.
said: “On behalf of the people of Lagos State, I would like to
wholeheartedly welcome Mr. Babatunde Fashola, my predecessor and now
Minister for Works, Power and Housing and especially back to the Alausa
office where he actually left about 22 months ago.
|Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), with the Minister of Works, Power & Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola during the Minister’s courtesy visit to the Governor at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Saturday, March 25, 2017.|
want to say that this is a historic moment for us, notwithstanding that
the Honourable Minister lives in Lagos, this is the first time he is
stepping his feet into the Alausa premises and we need to honour him for
that and say a big thank you for coming back home.”
governor also lauded Fashola for serving the State meritoriously,
saying that his administration improved on the template already laid
down during the previous administration.
want to say that whatever it is that we have done in the last 22 months
is just more or less a fall out of the great achievements the former
governor had already put in place.
have decided that we would carry on with a sense of continuity in all
the things that have been done. I had always said that what we wanted
was this continuity of the last 18 years, but continuity with
improvement and we are happy that all that has been done in the last 22
months is just a continuation of the template the former governor left
last 18 years has been so dramatic and historic in terms of the growth
and development that we have seen in Lagos, commencing from 1999 when
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu came into office and the eight good years
spent by you and the two years we have done. So, obviously, there is a
remarkable change between 1999 and now,” Ambode said.
governor also pledged to expand the existing collaboration with the
Federal Government, saying that it would not only benefit Lagosians, but
Nigerians in general.
assured that the requests made by the Minister in regard to housing
projects of the Federal Government and other road construction would be
accelerated, while also expressing optimism that the debts owed Lagos
would be refunded.
Fashola, who described the visit as home-coming for him, said he had
come with his team to Lagos as part of a nationwide project monitoring
exercise to inspect the job done so far on Federal Government projects.
assured that the Ministry had made representations to the Federal
Executive Council on modalities to pay debts owed state governments
including Lagos State for rehabilitation of federal roads over the
years, saying that the debts would be paid through bond instrument.
would be recalled that Governor Ambode recently set machinery in motion
to attain 24-hour power supply through generation of 3,000 megawatts of
electricity by 2022.