Fashola’s Achievements Extolled: You Are The Best Of Us, Says Jang
May 20, 2009 - The rating of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), went up another notch Wednesday in faraway Jos, the Plateau State capital, where the Plateau State Governor, General Jonah Jang (rtd), declared him the best among his counterparts in the country.
Governor Jang, who was speaking while receiving his Lagos State counterpart who paid him a courtesy visit, declared, “I must say here openly that honestly speaking, I must rate you the best of us in terms of development”.
The Governor, who noted that there is need for state governors to exchange official visits in order to learn from each other, also requested his visitor to consider extending an invitation to him to pay some days’ official visit to Lagos at a later date “to take a look at what you are doing”.
“We should start paying each other state visits to learn from what each other is doing. Irrespective of our different political parties, we have a lot to learn from one another, and I believe, it is not time for politics, as the President said, it is time to work for the nation”, the Governor said.
According to Governor Jang, to work effectively for the nation “we should be able to exchange ideas by paying one another official visits”, adding that he has already focused his eyes on the areas of revenue generation and security where he would like to tap the wisdom of Governor Fashola.
“I am watching your revenue generation and system very carefully and we are trying to borrow from you by asking those who are working for you to come and look at our own state”, the Plateau State Governor said.
Also commending Governor Fashola on the success of his security system in Lagos State, the Plateau State Governor declared, “Again, the former I.G. Smith told me that he was chairman of the Security system you set up and today we hardly hear of armed robbery in Lagos State. I agree again that this is what we have to learn from you, aside from physical development”.
Governor Jang, who said he spent 12 years in Lagos during his service years, recalled how difficult Lagos was then in terms of movement from one point to the other, and commended his visitor for the tremendous transformation that Lagos State has recorded in many areas, but especially in transportation and the environment.
Wishing Governor Fashola a happy period in the State, the Plateau State Governor, who noted that the National Economic Council (NEC) also has some top military officers as members, expressed delight that, with his wealth of experience as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, the Lagos State Governor will impact on the Council membership what democracy is all about.
Earlier, in his opening remarks, Governor Fashola told his host that he was in Plateau State on the invitation of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru, adding, “I thought that it would be an act of discourtesy to embark on a visit to that institution without extending courtesy to my brother, the Governor of Plateau State”.
Governor Fashola said the visit also afforded him the opportunity to congratulate his host and the people of Plateau State for the recent installation of the new Gbom Gwom Jos, which he described as “a most respected traditional institution”.
Recalling that Governor Jang could not attend the NEC meeting in Abuja on Tuesday because he was playing host to another very important institution that has helped foster religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence among the people, the Lagos State Governor commended his host for the peace existing in the State.
“I like to say that in the short time that I have been here, I have seen changes which are not too old, which suggest to me that your hands are on the plough to impact on road construction which, over the ages, have been shown to be a unifying force for all the people, pedestrians, motorists and motorcyclists. It is such a critical requirement for transportation that enables goods and services to move, a requirement which has been having a huge impact in the life of the people”. The Governor said.
Noting that some of the developmental issues discussed at the NEC on Tuesday in Abuja were already evident in Plateau State, Governor Fashola commended his host adding, “I believe I have seen enough here which must be encouraged and which shows that a lot can come out of our country”.