Governor Babatunde Fashola
By Gboyega Akinsanmi
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has deplored the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for leading a national government under which fuel scarcity continues unabated, telephone services become worse and Apapa-Oshodi totally deplorable.
Fashola yesterday spoke at the complex of Lagos Television in Agidingbi in reaction to criticisms by the state chapter of PDP that the 100-day briefing events “are a frivolity and a waste of time and money.”
While addressing stakeholders in the state in commemoration of his 2,000 days in office, Fashola asked the chapter “to remind its national secretariat that Lagos people are queuing to buy fuel; that we cannot complete telephone conversations anymore and that Apapa-Oshodi road requires urgent attention.
“It might be interested to know that their party at the national level has started a very unimaginative and poor imitation of our accounting process by embarking on what they call a good governance road show.
“Please keep an eye out for them because they may soon come and tell you what good governance is, as if you do not know. But please remember to thank them for maintaining the 3rd Mainland Bridge,” he said.
He also took swipe at the party for labeling the Lagos Road Traffic Law as an instrument of revenue generation, noting that fines under the new traffic regime “has reduced between July and September by 24.2 percent contrary to the rooftop shout by our imaginative political opponents.
“The criticism does not really surprise me. All they think about is money sharing and power sharing. They have almost shared us out of existence.”
For us, no amount of money can be a substitute for the lives of citizens we are entrusted to serve or indeed for their safety,” the governor explained.
Giving account of his last 100 days in office, Fashola said after one month of advocacy, over 17,000 road signs had been installed, all in response to the feedback from citizens since we commenced structured enforcement.
He added that of the 13,322 people attending the state Drivers’ Institute within the same period, 11,986 “have good vision while 1,346 representing about 10.1 per cent had bad vision. These drivers with poor vision are dangers to themselves and to other road users and can make the difference between life and death.”
On housing, the governor said a total of 6,450 people employed from the sector in less than one year, noting that the impact of the housing projects and the successful implementation of the budget “are the 882 main contactors, 836 sub-contractors, 1,835 artisans, 1,940 laborers, 905 suppliers and 49 food vendors who are productively engaged and earning a living from these projects.”