AMBODE LED LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT- FOUR YEARS AFTER
With barely 24 hours to the end of the tenure of the current administration and inauguration of the new one, a clear assessment of the last four years in office for the out-going administration is paramount if not top priority.
In Lagos state, out-going Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s time in office has come under scrutiny as it has seen appraisals. While a cross section of Lagos residents say they are disillusioned by the performance of the soon to be former administration, and thus, waiting earnestly for Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu , the Governor-elect to assume office and in their words “salvage” the state from a critical situation, others are of the opinion that Mr Ambode’s achievements as governor are undeniable.
The latter are of the opinion that massive projects which adorn the Lagos state landscape lend credence to their assertion- projects such as the Ojodu-Berger axis of the metropolis, the Aboru bridge that linked communities cut off from civilization in Alimosho area of the state and the Ajah flyover constructed the same time with that of Abule-Egba, christened “jubilee bridges” to mention but a few.
In the area of human capital development, the N25bn Employment Trust Fund which created thousands of jobs by assisting young entrepreneurs and the N500m Disability Fund are some of the monies which have impacted lives greatly in Lagos state .
Arguably to the section of people who reckon the governor has done well, his biggest achievement is the reconstruction of the Muritala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. The former four-lane road which the Lagos state government started reconstructing roughly two years ago, has been expanded into a 10-lane marvel with two bridges at Mafoluku and Hajj Camp and at least one pedestrian overhead bridge at Ajao.
Also in the heaith sector, the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, housing the Ayinke House has been under redevelopment for over six years, alas, it was commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari last month.
Whichever divide one choses to be on, as the Chief Justices administer the oath of office and oath of allegiance on the governors tomorrow, May 29th, 2019, the citizens are looking forward to a new chapter in the states btu must make it a core duty to hold elected representatives to account.