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Ambode’s Beautiful Disappointment

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Nigeria News takes a look at some of the achievements of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and his lapses.

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode’s performance is no doubt a great feat. But that he will not be governing this State despite his sterling performance is a failure on the part of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ambode is angrily and speedily inaugurating many of the projects he started about four years ago. He is keener about the legacies he will leave behind than the image the party had created for him.

Almost every week, he commissions a project, tries so hard to justify his election as one of the best governors in the history of Lagos.

But in less than two weeks, Ambode’s regime will become history like many of his predecessors. Lagosians will be looking up to the new Governor, Jide Sanwo-Olu and what he intends to bring on the table.

On Thursday, Ambode joined Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to commission the Senate Building at the Lagos State University, Ojo.

After that, he moved to Igando to commission a Theatre House, a replica of the one in Oregun. A few weeks ago, Ambode lured President Muhammadu Buhari to Lagos to commission some projects, including the world class Oshodi interchange, though uncompleted.

The contractor handling the Onikan Football Pitch has got no time to sleep. The workers keep vigil at the mini stadium with the order from governor to complete the rebuilding before the handing over date next week.

At present, the synthetic field has arrived to be laid on the pitch. The seats will soon be fixed, it had been put right inside the stadium for that purpose. The painting of the stadium wall is going on simultaneously.

Ambode is bent on commissioning the Onikan stadium. Of course, the modern buses he released to the road a month ago are of executive status with full air conditioner.

The buses now ply Ikeja axis too. It is N200 from Tafawa Balewa Square to Berger on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

But the fear is how to maintain all these “Rush rush” projects and achievements by the incoming administration.

Sanwo-Olu will have a lot to do because big problems have been created for him by the myriads of quick fix projects by the outgoing administration.

Lagosians will not blame Ambode for providing these infrastructure, they will turn their angers on Sanwo-Olu if he fails to complete or maintain them.

I have called Ambode a performer, his predecessors, Babatunde Fashola an actualizer and Bola Tinubu the Pacesetter. What failed Ambode was his inability to reference Fashola’s hard work in Lagos and a lack of respect for Tinubu that imposed him on the party.

There is a big lesson here, that nobody is indispensable and that no matter the works you are doing now, do not rubbish the legacies of those that came before you.

Today, Ambode has realised where and how he missed it. He told President Buhari that he had learnt a lot and now reasons more like a politician than a technocrat.

It will be more interesting to see how the story of Sanwo-Olu will be written as he steps in on May 29 to lead the cosmopolitan Lagos. He has a big task before him.

1 Comment

  1. Doris

    May 23, 2019 at 1:07 AM

    Ambode left a legacy of lawlessness and chaos like never been seen in Lagos .there was flagrant disrespect for law and order and nothing was done to remedy it.it took just 4 years of his rule to turn the state back to pre Fashola days

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