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Fashola’s Place In Sanwo-Olu’s Era

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ElevateNews takes a look at the role of Babatunde Fashola in Jide Sanwo-Olu’s government.

The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Babafemi Hamzat said that though it is still early, he is excited about the crop of leaders that will be working with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and himself in building a greater Lagos.

He noted that from the cabinet positions to strategic appointments, the administration is blessed with both technocrats and politicians good enough to take the State to a greater level. Hamzat said this at a retreat for the newly inaugurated commissioners in Lagos at the weekend.

The highlight of the State executive council members retreat was the presence of the former Governor of the State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his successor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola who advised the new cabinet on how to do it.

Expectedly, the immediate past governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode was not at the retreat. He was not invited, a source has said.

It was gathered that Ambode is not in the country at present but would have shown up if he had been invited to the retreat. The Epe resident of Ambode was raid last week by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over allegation of N9.9 billion.

The EFCC alleged that the money was traced into the three bank accounts of Ambode. However, the former governor had denied it. The anti-graft agency is still investigating the case.

Recalled that Fashola was also alleged of about N78 million scam over his operation of a website but the former governor was never investigated by any anti-graft agency.

Fashola did not only explain himself during his screening by the Senate in his first ministerial appointment four years ago but he described the allegation as false and unfounded.

He rose to become a super minister of Power, Works and Housing, which is unprecedented in the history of governance in Nigeria.

Fashola has been playing the advisory role like his predecessor Tinubu to Sanwo-Olu government. This was what Ambode lacked. He fenced off Fashola and Tinubu in his four years of ruling Lagos.

Ambode virtually became a dictator, as put by his former Secretary to the Government of the State, Mr. Tunji Bello. He created his own blueprint as against the party agenda and ran the State with a few members of his cabinet.

Sanwo-Olu is no doubt a party man. He has the deepest pool of people to learn from and I pray it does not waste this opportunity.

Fashola will remain relevant in Lagos, judging by his ministerial portfolio. He is still holding on to the Ministry of Works and Housing. Lagosians are in dire need of accommodation and good roads. During Ambode’s administration, Fashola allowed the State government to build on federal roads.

The Federal Ministry of Works under Fashola allowed Ambode’s government to construct pedestrian bridges across Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Fashola allowed Ambode to build laybys at Oworo Bus Stop, which originally belonged to the Federal Government.

Under Fashola, the Lagos Airport Road was ceded to the State government to build.

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