LAGOS remains the model city that most bourgeoning Nigerians look up to as a the trade capital. Lagos is one city with enduring peculiarities that is greatly dependent on not just the Internally Generated Revenue, but the rarity of human resources and people’s culture that is very unique and symbolic.
Since 1999, several governors have stirred the ship of the City that is surrounded by raging rivers and ocean. What most of these governors have in common as achievements have been the IGR running into tens of billions. But one of the governors today is still the most missed in terms of opening up the social and physical infrastructures that makes a city much more exemplary. Today marks another watershed for an embodiment of unalloyed devotion of developmental giant strides, a glorious day to celebrate a trail blazer per excellence, as icon of modern day Lagos celebrate yet a milestone of 6 decades of a remarkable adventure on the earth.
There is no gain saying that Lagos was fortunate to have H.E Akinwunmi Ambode as a former governor based on his creativity, innovative modicum, tenacity of purpose, ingenuity, altruistic leadership, human & Socio- economy building capacity. He was able to open the state for more investors and showcase it as a Smart city in the world market. The model of that Smart City is build around “Light Up Lagos” and such other initiatives that endeared Lagosians to such an amazing governance.
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Lagos residents will not forget so soon how Ambode was able to transform all sectors from transportation, agriculture, education, health, affordable housing scheme, infrastructural upliftment, good and easy accessible road network, durable data base , security among numerous other sectors of absolute devotion to good leadership to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the populace. Indeed his place is truly indelible in our minds.
Lagosians not only get to pay taxes, staying for hours in Hold-ups, and really not getting government presence in their lives and businesses. For instance, Alimosho was truly opened up with staunch intra-city road linkages that have really helped more Lagosians on the Mainland to access the city more. Massive employments that integrates more Lagosians across board without also jettisoning party members was the policy-principles in vogue under Ambode-led government.
Let me conclude by wishing a true Epe-born and reliable development actualizer a happy birthday as Akinwunmi turns 60. We in AMCO and some other groups of intellects who believe in the Lagos that is truly supposed to be, miss your governance capabilities and principles. We will keep celebrating the little time you had to give Lagos the real foundational and developmental direction that ensures that indeed all Lagosians get good tastes of good governance, other than just a few. We wish that prosperity gives the great people of Lagos another time to have such an outstanding leader who put the people first like you.