Anything wrong in Lagos is cancer to Nigeria, says Tinubu
Former Lagos State Governor and National Leader, All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has said that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his cabinet members must raise the bar of governance in Lagos because anything that goes wrong in the state is cancer to Nigeria.
Tinubu, who made a surprise visit to the venue of the on-going four-day retreat for Lagos cabinet members, implored them to see their appointment as an opportunity to serve the people.
The APC leader told the 35 Commissioners to count themselves lucky to be selected among other qualified Lagosians, and should, therefore, serve the people of the state and Nigeria as a whole.
“My experience can only be shared with you as time progresses. You are a team of selected few to serve the people of Nigeria and Lagos. This is an important state and the heartbeat of Nigeria. Anything that goes wrong here is cancer to Nigeria. To serve Lagos is a great honour and opportunity for you. It shows you have been deemed to be one of the able professionals in your field with great character,” Tinubu said.
“However, talent can only give you the opportunity and recognition away from your peers but it can’t pave the way for the well-being of the society. Talent without character is zero. There are so many unrewarded talents across the world. Your appointment gives you a huge opportunity unavailable to the rest of the people.
Always place in your mind that honour and opportunity come with great responsibility,” he added.
The Minister of Works and Housing and a former governor of the state, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, who also made a surprise visit to the venue, advised the new appointees to work more, read a lot rather than resulting to prayers in the discharge of their duties.
“You have to read a lot. You can’t do this business without reading. I welcome you to live service to your nation and state. Forget prayers, it’s what you do that matters. You have signed up for a difficult job but it’s a noble undertaking to serve your people. You have to prove you deserve to be here. Some of you have been in politics, some others are technocrats, you came here on a political platform, so you all have become politicians,” Fashola said.
He continued: “You must develop a working relationship with political structure in your wards and state. Don’t leave the area from where they picked you. You are the ears and eyes of the governor from where you are picked.”
The four-day retreat holding in Lagos was organised for Commissioners, Special Advisers and Permanent Secretaries to enable them key into the policy thrust of building a greater Lagos in line with the six pillars of development of the Sanwo-Olu administration.
One of the major reasons for organising the retreat is to foster and build teamwork and unity of purpose among administrators that will be making decisions in the ministries, departments, and agencies of government.
The retreat was also organised with the aim of equipping some of the cabinet members without public service background, with the rules and knowledge of public office.
Some of the facilitators engaged to interface with participants include former Executive Secretary of Lagos State Security Trust Fund, Mr. Fola Arthur-Worrey, founder of FATE Foundation, Mr. Fola Adeola, and former Lagos Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Wale Edun, among others.
The retreat is expected to end today with closing remarks by Governor Sanwo-Olu and issuing of a communique.