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The newly sworn-in Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has lots of things on his table between May 29, 2019 to May 29, 2023.
In this article we’ll tell you some of the critical things he needs to do as the governor of the mots populous city.
Since he took an oath of office on May 29, 2019, he has visited Apapa, where he promised to clear the road off trailers that have caused hardship for residents on the busy road.
Things Sanwo-Olu Must Do
A major component of any nation that aims to remain relevant and keep up with the speed with which the entire world is moving is the focus on technological advancement and initiation of projects and ideas that will aid this.
If Lagos must keep up with the rest of the world, it must spear head the drive in technological innovation.
A major kudos that this author gives to the governor-elect is his initiative of free-wifi in some tertiary institutions and public spaces in Lagos state as well as the launch of the Sanwo-Olu Mobile app during the build up to the gubernatorial election in the state.
The app as at the time of filing this story had 1k plus download which users giving fairly positive reviews about it.
However the governor-elect must go beyond just paying lip service to these ideas and using them as a tool to canvass for votes and take the initiatives a notch higher as governor by making it a continuum.
The mobile -app can and should be a means of getting feed-back from the teeming technologically savvy Nigerians and in – corporating ideas such as traffic updates, downloadable materials and the likes.
Also the state government must give an enabling environment and funding of technological hubs across the state.
As a major hub of economic activities within the West African coast, one issue that is a major challenge is the management of waste in the state.
In truth, it proved to be one of the water shed issues that led to the perceived failure of the out-going governor, Akinwumni Ambode aside from the issues of internal party members’ discontent with him.
The incoming-governor must ensure an all inclusive approach is used in continually dealing with the issue of waste management and disposal.
Another core area Sanwo-Olu must give attention to is infrastructure. Given the mega-city status of the state, a core provision any governor must focus on is that of infrastructure especially good roads.
The importance of roads in a densely populated state like Lagos cannot be over stated.
Everyday commuters within the economic capital groan under the strain of bad roads which in turn leads to traffic gridlocks with its attendant loss of valuable man hours spent on the road.
It is a shame that the Lagos-Badagry road dualisation project which was meant to expand the existing lanes to a 10 lane and a rail line has unfortunately grounded to a halt for the major part of the Ambode tenure.
One wonders what will become of the project as well as that of the Orile-Mile 2 light rail project which appears to have also been abandoned.
Speaking on this, Mr Saheed Oseni, Chairman, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Lagos State University (LASU) Chapter, in an interview with NAN, opined that Sanwo-Olu must ensure he gives much attention to education and infrastructure development.
“Look at the state of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, which links Nigeria to neighboring West Africa countries. It is the route through which Nigeria generates the largest Internal Generated Revenue.
“It is worrisome that roads in Apapa where Nigeria generates billions of Naira are in a dilapidated state,” he said.
According to him, the dilapidated state of some roads was hindering free flow of traffic and had become an cause for concern to commuters.
No doubt if Sanwo-Olu aims to win the heart of Lagosians and plant his feet in the sands of time, infrastructure development is a must for him.
On the side, dailyadvent listed some other things Babajide Sanwo-Olu must do to have a smooth administration.
If Sanwo-Olu must succeed, one book he must read (if he hasn’t before now) should be the 48 Laws of Power. The book has valuable lessons he can and should draw from.
One of the huge problems confronting Lagos State is traffic. Traffic officials needs to get back to work to enforce traffic rules which are being violated by commuters most especially by the Keke Napep drivers.
Never Outshine The Master
First, he must learn never to outshine the master. He must always remember to make those above him feel comfortably superior in his desire to please and impress them, he must ensure not to go too far in displaying his talents as apparently talents alone is not enough to take anyone far if he intends to stay relevant in the game of politics.
Never Appear Too Perfect
Law 46 of the 48 Laws of Power says never appear too perfect. This rule is indeed golden as appearing better than others is always dangerous, but most dangerous of all is to appear to have no faults or weaknesses.
Envy creates silent enemies. It is smart to occasionally display defects, and admit to harmless vices, in order to deflect envy and appear more human and approachable. Only gods and the dead can seem perfect with impunity.”
As the incoming governor of Lagos state, the governor-elect must remain human and never fail to connect to the masses and those around him rather than give a feeling of being an alpha.
This will ensure that he gets constructive criticisms and advice which will be useful in the discharge of his duties as the number one citizen of the state.
If Babajide Sanwo-Olu caan do the above in his first term in office, we hope that he will get a smooth administration.