Lagos Is The Centre Of Domestic Solutions To Nigeria's Problems - Fashola
…Hands over two schools, mini-water works in Eti-Osa
Feb 11, 2011 - Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Friday said Lagos is the centre of domestic solutions to Nigeria's problems and should be regarded as the model making State of Excellence for solutions to the nation's challenges.
Governor Fashola who spoke in Badore in continuation of his delivery of democratic dividends with the handing over of Olomu Community and Gbara Senior Secondary Schools in Gbara and Olomu Communities respectively in Eti Osa and another two million gallons capacity Mini Water Works in Badore, said Lagos State Government will continue to provide home grown businesses, ideas and solutions.
"It is in Lagos that we evolved the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) for traffic management which has become a model for Nigeria".
"It is also in Lagos that we evolved the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) that has become a solution for the whole country. It is in Lagos that we evolved PSP and it has become a solution for the whole country. It is in Lagos that we evolved the Skills Acquisition Centres and they have become a model for the country", Governor Fashola said.
The Governor also added that through its superiority of ideas, the present administration in Lagos has delivered a 12.5 MW Independent Power station that services Iju and Adiyan water works and has ensured that water being produced every day moved from 40million gallons which it was before to 105million gallons now.
Said he: "In every place where we have provided the Water Work, there is a reticulation of five kilometres where pipes have already been laid. What this means, is that if you live within five kilometres of any of the Water Works, you already have a water pipeline laid across your residence, which only needs to be connected after the necessary formalities".
"Part of the reasons why we are doing this is because water not only helps us to fulfill our commitment to the people through preventive healthcare but has assisted to increase the number that live long and do not have the need to go to hospitals", he added.
At Gbara Junior and Secondary Schools, Governor Fashola said the State is clearly on the road to educational recovery, asserting that in the not too distant future, the State would become the model of public education in not only Nigeria but the sub-region.
He explained that the school which is being handed will be a permanent feature of the administration which has so far constructed over 5000 new classrooms that will cater for about 250, 000 students in public schools in the State.
Governor Fashola who stressed that the commitment of the present Government goes beyond training of teachers, but providing a conducive atmosphere for them said the administration believes in and works on rigorous planning which has revealed that while some schools areas have too many schools which they do not have the corresponding number of pupils to occupy, some have inadequate number of schools to cater for their teeming number of children of school age.
He said steadily since year 2007, the results of students in the State who sat for West African Examination Council (WAEC) has been improving, with students in public schools excelling in national competitions like the Schools Debate competition and the Junior Engineer Technician Scientists (JETS) Club.
He advised the people of Ajah that as the value of their land is growing everyday because of the investments which Government is making in the area, they should not sell all their lands, but keep some for building of schools, hospitals and recreational facilities.
"This is the area where our new Airport will be located. This is the area where our new seaport will also be located the future of Nigeria lies in this area. It will have the highest land value in Nigeria".
The Governor urged that consideration should be given to developing the tourist potentials of the area by opening doors for tourists. He said the crisis in Egypt represents an opening for Nigeria which must be explored through enunciation of right policies.
Governor Fashola said the people must be wary of politicians who would approach them now promising them several things and added that one of the things the people should ask from such politicians is that they should stop remaining anonymous and let the people know how to reach them in times of crisis.
The Lagos State helmsman said he is leading a team of people who have put their phone and contact numbers in the public domain, just as it is the only administration nationwide that has provided emergency toll free numbers of 767 and 112 to the people to call on first responders during emergencies.
"…Do not vote for them. They have run out of ideas. The Action Congress of Nigeria is the only party of ideas. Our solutions are clear, our delivery on our promises are practical and visible for everyone to see".
"Before they came there was no bombing in Nigeria, there was no kidnapping. Now they have made security worse, they have made electricity hopeless and made our life very difficult in the past 12 years. This is the time to kick out the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from all levels of governance in Nigeria", the Governor asserted.
Governor Fashola was certain that the State Government still has more to provide to the people in terms of the dividends of democracy in the State, reiterating that many more is still coming on the way as evident by the commissioning of Badore road and Unity road which are some of the roads he promised during the campaign periods in 2007.
Governor Fashola also commended the people for turning out en masse during the voters registration exercise thus leading to Lagos recording over six million registered voters, which is the highest nationwide.
He said the people should maintain the positive development and be ready to benefit from the high number of those who registered in the State by ensuring that they vote for the party that has always provided for them.
While responding to a plea by the Baale of of Ajah, Chief Murisiku Oseni Ojupon for the Government to provide a standard cemetery, a general hospital as well as more schools, Governor Fashola said work has reached an advanced stage in terms of the cemetery, while a legal issue which has been delaying the construction of the General Hospital would soon be resolved.
Earlier in her welcome address at the commissioning of the Olomu Community and Gbara Senior Secondary Schools in Gbara and Olomu Communities in Eti Osa, the Permanent Secretary, Education District 3, Mrs Wonuola Idris said the new schools being handed over are the first sets of secondary schools after Victoria Island which is some distance away.
She also appealed that people in developing areas should kindly make land available to Government to be able to develop schools and other social infrastructure in such areas.
She said: "The schools being commissioned today would, for instance, have been on their own grounds, but have to be ensconced on the premises of primary schools because there were no suitable landed properties".
Mrs Idris also appealed to both the students and pupils in the schools to help reduce the cost of maintaining these schools through careful, humane and conscious handling of the schools plants and infrastructure, saying that is the only way Government can be encouraged to do more.
In his appreciation, the Baale of Gbara, Chief Mudashiru Goriola Lawal expressed the appreciation of the members of the community of Gbara to Governor Fashola for considering the community worthy of a modern day structure as a secondary school.
He prayed for astounding successes for the Governor and the administration in all his dealings and for the judicious and efficient use of tax payers' money in the State.
The Governor who was accompanied on the trip by members of the State Executive Council was received enthusiastically by jubilant pupils and teaching staff of the handed over schools, legislators representing the State at the State level and Candidates of the Action Congress of Nigeria in the forthcoming elections, traditional rulers and residents who trooped out to welcome him.