Story from Kenneth AFOR, Lagos
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, yesterday has promised residents of the state that his administration will complete all inherited projects in the state despite disruptions of socio-economic activities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The governor made this known in his speech during the opening ceremony of the first Lagos State two-day Ministerial Performance Review retreat being held at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa Secretariat.
Sanwo-Olu hinted that plans and the right economic policies were being put in place to buffer loses caused by pandemic thereby ensuring electorates that his administration would deliver good governance and developmental projects adding that he will not stop working for the interest of the state despite the drop in the state’s budget and revenue generation.
“I want to assure you that despite disruption occasioned by COVID-19 and other challenges that we did not envisage, we are still committed as a government to fulfilling the promises we made to people knowing fully that no excuse will be tenable to our citizens.
“We must be determined to step forward, heighten the tempo of governance and continue to create opportunities through innovative policies that are not only inclusive but provide sustainable solutions for this present administration and lay the foundation for future administrations coming behind us,” said Sanwo-Olu.
He urged members of his cabinet and public office holders to remain committed to the administration’s effort in meeting expectations of Lagosians.
“Let me emphasise that our yardstick for performance assessment will not be based majorly on the amount of money expended or Budget but the outcome of our various interventions that we have had; what measures the impact that touched the lives of citizens that we swore to serve.
“One of the promises we made at the inception of our administration and in line with the principle of continuity was to ensure the completion of projects that were inherited from the last administration. A significant part of our efforts and resources was devoted toward fulfilling this promise and taking the government to another level,” he said.
In his address, the Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, said it was essential for the state’s public office holders to key into the administration’s agenda for swift implementation of projects and policies.
“We should understand that our focus should be Lagosians because ultimately, they will define what we do and they will grade us. So, we are like in an examination now and examiners don’t have deep knowledge into the operations of how we actually do things but they only measure it by perception and of course by what they see.
“And as such, our job is to make sure that we set that perception right and then we give quality things in dimension; that at the end of the day our integrity will be intact and then they can say the party has done very well and this government has done very well,” he said.