Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has been described as a blessing from God to the people of Lagos state, in view of numerous developmental strides he has been taking in the last three years.
Dr AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef, the State Commissioner for Home Affairs, made this remarks while interacting with newsmen on Friday in Lagos.
According to AbdulLateef, who is also a renowned Islamic cleric, God’s unwavering love for Lagos State has manifested in the leadership of Gov. Ambode, whose methodical approach to governance has brought about rapid development strides that are visible all through.
He said the governor “is purposefully addressing all the challenges that his administration inherited when he assumed office three years ago, including traffic congestion, kidnapping, cultism and other crimes that were hitherto prevalent in the state”.
Noting that the state is not a stranger to progressive leadership, especially since the defining era of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the commissioner said that Ambode has raised the tempo of people-oriented governance with ongoing massive infrastructural projects dotting the entire landscape of the state.
“The network of roads in the state has remarkably improved under the current administration with the construction of inner city roads and those of the highways with lay-bys and bus-stops, the face of traffic flow and management has been redefined.
“Travel time within the state has reduced as one can see the improvement while driving on Lagos roads.
“I am sure driving and living in the state would be more interesting and enjoyable by the time several ongoing urban-renewal projects are completed.
“Pedestrian bridges are springing up on highways to prevent residents from losing their lives while crossing the highways.
“Lay-bys are being constructed on major roads to also prevent indiscriminate parking by motorists, a practice which used to contribute to the traffic gridlock.
“Nothing less than modern 1000 bus-stops will soon be completed to ease traffic flow.
“The lay-bys and slip roads are constructed with the installation of wire mesh fencing to bring out orderliness on our highways like never before.
“And of course, the icing on the cake is the sustained Light-Up Lagos, which has been able to perform multi-functions on our roads and city metropolis,” AbdulLateed said.
The commissioner said all these have enabled motorists to see clearly at night and that it has also chased criminals and other night marauders away from the black spots, in addition to beautifying our city.
“We can now feel the beauty of having our streetlights illuminate the nooks and crannies of Lagos at night.
“What about the gains accruable through the night economy in the areas with streetlights? Gradually, Lagos is becoming a Smart City of our dream.”
According to him, what is being witnessed in the state is just a tip of the iceberg as the future promises to be better and more rewarding for Lagosians because more massive capital projects will be completed before the end of the year.
“While others are busy playing politics of bitterness, Gov. Ambode remains committed to fulfilling all his electoral promises because he believes all residents, regardless of their tribe, religion, age and sex, will be positively impacted if the government truly works for the people.
“This is what the governor meant by running an all-inclusive government.
“Under Ambode, Lagosians don’t have to know somebody in government before they feel the impact of the state administration.
“That is the new Lagos, a dream that is fast becoming a reality,” AbdulLateef said.
By Our Correspondent