Away from praise-singing and sycophancy which permeate every facet of the public space, particularly from those who value their pockets more than what true democracy really is, it is noteworthy to recognise the heroic deeds of a helmsman of one of the cosmopolitan cities in the world, Governor Babajide Olushola Sanwoolu, since the inception of his administration.

Barely a year in office, after having facilitated laudable projects in Lagos State, including the management of the growing traffic the state was known for, the improvement of the State Environmental Services,LAWMA (Lagos State Waste Management Authority), launch of Blue Box Initiative and Healthy Bee Initiative, opening of a 110-bed Maternal and Child Care (MCC) and another MCC at Alimosho and Ajah areas respectively amongst others, record has it that the world suddenly woke up to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, which paralysed economic activities in the world and lasted for months.

Despite this, the amiable governor never relented in working assiduously to contain the spread of the deadly virus and give succour to residents, especially during the lockdown- a period when some of his counterparts in other states were puzzled as to what next to do.

What is more, his detractors may argue about his controversial involvement in the EndSARs imbroglio, which almost tarnished his image. However, he, as recent happenings have shown,  bounced back and consistently stayed true to his campaign promises made prior to his emergence as governor.

With THEMES, whose full meaning is Traffic Management and Transportation, Health and Environment,
Education and Technology, he has brought back the aura of excellence Lagos State was known for back in the day, trouncing every ounce of doubt people might have had before he became governor, bringing good governance to the doorstep of every Lagosian, be they residents or indigenes, and making the state the commercial nerve and entertainment hub of the most populous black nation.

So concerned is he about citizens’ safety and well-being that he recently banned commercial motorcyclists from operating in six local government areas and nine local government development areas and is working on the completion of the Imota Rice Mill, a project envisioned to create 250,000 job opportunities and boost rice production in Nigeria. Farmers have been trained to keep them abreast of the global best practices and the most potent means of growing rice.

Showing concerns for the plight of the citizens who have fallen victim to real estate professionals, Governor Babajide Olushola Sanwo-Olu, on Monday, 7 February 2022, signed into law three bills, one of which aims at regulating real estate transactions. Five days earlier, he had signed into law the bill for the establishment of additional two universities in Lagos State: Lagos State University of Education and Lagos State University and Technology.

Many projects can be attributed to the delectable governor. However, what stands him in good stead in the race for the second term in office isn’t only the preceding but also his administrative nous and camaraderie exhibited in no small measure in and outside the mega state. He is a man who has consistently shown the understanding of party structure and has equally given his all in his services to the masses.

Finally, having traversed almost every nook and cranny of Lagos State, I dare say you know about what he’s doing to make the state a better place to live in for residents and indigenes alike.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is your best bet if you want the prism of good governance to tingle you.

– Aremu Toyin, an aspirant of the Lagos State House of Assembly Mushin Constituency 02, writes from Lagos.