In Morning Crossfire 2019-06-25 10:11:19

The 2019 general elections have come and gone. But the events attached to the election are still fresh in the minds of many Nigerians. Wemimo Adewuni and Sherif Quadri on this edition of Morning Crossfire take a deep look at how well politicians are fulfilling campaign promises especially in Lagos. In-House commentator, Adeniyi Kunnu and Gbolahan Olojede, hooking up to the show from the phone lines gave powerful opinions on which of the promises were spectacular, how they feel the promises may be fulfilled, and far the promises have been kept by politicians especially in Lagos State, Nigeria.


The show is one aspect to illustrate or demonstrate the urge of Lagosians who are ever so keen to see the government of Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu fulfill the promises it has made when campaigning for the office of state governor, prior to May 29, 2019. Apart from the comments made by the co-hosts on the show, and the guests, many Nigerians also joined the conversation through the phone lines and through social media.


“My eye and my mind are too focused on the future, too fixed to where we must go. I will not give a second thought to where we are coming from. Our administration shall advance and build on the tradition of construction the modern infrastructure needed to improve the living condition and encourage greater business and investment by lowering the cost and increasing productivity.


“In the first 100 days I will tackle the traffic problem of Lagos frontally. I will need to bring solution eventually. Out of the 62 traffic gridlocks that we have identified some are low hanging that we can resolve in the first 60 days. Some are short to medium to long term. So, within the first 60 days, we will solve the ones that are low-hanging, about 20 to 25 of them. Within the first 100 days I will tackle the Apapa gridlocks, clear up all the traffic, and all the trailers off Apapa. I will make sure that we don’t see the nightmare again.


“Within that same time, I will ensure that we engage the private sector. We will have an international discuss where all private sector stakeholders can set an agenda for the next four years for all. Within that same space, I will bring about a townhall meeting to tell the public service that we have new ways in which we will be doing things. We are going to be making promises to Lagosians and fulfill all of our promises to Lagosians. And within that first term, I will have a cabinet rolling.”


--- Governorship Debate: Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu


Since the inception of Sanwo-Olu as the 15th governor of Lagos State, has been doing as he promised? He had five-point economic blueprint agenda for Lagos, tagged THEME, which in other words are Traffic, transportation, health and environment, education and technology, making Lagos a 21st century economy and also entertainment and tourism.


Sanwo-Olu started off enthusiastically as he declared war on environmental pollution and then went over to equip LASTMA. But Nigerians have their own comments. Some think it is a good way to start. “If you have an agenda and you have made notes on them, start taking them down one by one,” Olojede maintains. He sees traffic as a lot of problem and that should be dealt with immediately.


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