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Groups task Sanwo-Olu on infrastructure, education ahead May inauguration

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Ahead of his inauguration in May this year, interest groups have advised governor-elect of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to focus on development of education and infrastructure upon assumption of office.

The groups in separate statements on Monday in which they congratulated the Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, said the incoming would also need to learn from the mistakes of the outgoing Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

Saheed Oseni, chairman, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Lagos State University (LASU) Chapter, wants the governor-elect to develop education and infrastructure in the state.

“Look at the state of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, which links Nigeria to neighbouring West Africa countries. It is the route through which Nigeria generates the largest internal generated revenue.

“It is worrisome that roads in Apapa where Nigeria generates billions of naira are in a dilapidated state,’’ he said.

According to him, the dilapidated state of some roads was hindering free flow of traffic and had become a cause for concern to commuters.

Also, the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), called on governor-elect, to correct some of the mistakes of the outgoing governor.

According to Alex Omotehinse, Lagos State chairman of the rights group said Sanwo-Olu must especially visit the issue of the new Land Use Charge (LUC) and other anti-people policies.

According to him, the primary purpose of government is for the protection of lives and welfare of the citizens.

“I congratulate him (Sanwo-Olu) for the victory well deserved; he won a landslide victory, unlike the presidential election. The election that produced him was peaceful, free and fair.

“We want to counsel him to obey the rule of law and to ensure the mistakes of the outgoing administration are corrected, especially the increment in land use charge and others.

The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos area unit while also congratulating the governor-elect, urged the incoming governor to ensure equity and justice for all residents and sectors. Saheed Ashafa, president of MSSN, in a statement, reminded Sanwo-Olu and his deputy to shun elitist governance.

“We have noted their campaign promises with special attention so as to assess their loyalty as the race takes effect.

“We use this medium to remind both Sanwoolu and Hamzat that all eyes are on them regarding the protection of our rights as stakeholders. They should also standardise the process of justice delivery to all and sundry. Their election is a trust from the public that they must not betray,” Ashafa said.

Sanwo-Olu secured a total of 739,445 votes in the governorship election which held on March 9, to beat his closest challenger, Jimi Agbaje, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who got 206,141 votes.

 

JOSHUA BASSEY

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