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Sanwo-Olu pledges loyalty to Lagos development blueprint despite challenges

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu (middle), taking his oath of office… yesterday. PHOTO: FEMI ADEBESIN-KUTI

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has promised to advance the state’s development master plan as laid down by his predecessors in spite of the huge challenges facing the state.

Citing power challenges, which he said could consume the state, he stressed the need to be prudent with the state’s finances, adding that his administration would not shy away from taking action whenever necessary.

According to the governor, prompt action would ensure that Lagos people enjoy the economic prosperity and social security that the developmental agenda would offer.

He said this while taking oath of office as the 15th governor of the state during his inauguration at 11:30am, along with Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat, who arrived the venue at 9:09am in a motorcade.

General Overseer of Mountain of Fire Ministry, Pastor Daniel Olukoya, led the prayer immediately after the singing of the national anthem at 9:39am, which heralded the commencement of inauguration ceremony.

Sanwo-Olu also pledged to continue with Bola Tinubu and Babatunde Fashola legacies, as he would remain loyal to the aspirations of the people and the development blueprint that has brought success to the state.

Also, Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun took over the mantle of leadership as the fifth civilian governor of the 46-year-old state on his 59th birthday.

Abiodun, who was sworn-in by the State Chief Judge, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, promised focused, purposeful and qualitative governance, as well as revive the State Security Trust Fund.

“I won’t betray your trust. This government will be our government and not their government. This is not going to be a government of family and friends. I will serve you with character, I will serve you with diligence, I won’t abuse my mandate.

“I will govern with character and sincerity. I will make your interests the core of governance and I will neither personalise nor abuse the mandate. I will not betray your trust,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has abolished N3, 000 tuition fees for public secondary schools in the state and increased education annual budget to 10 per cent of the state’s total earnings.

He said the yearly increase would continue until the state achieves UNESCO’s recommendation of 15-20 per cent allocation for education.

Makinde, however, told workers that they deserved more than the N30,000 minimum wage the Federal Government has approved, adding that his government may not pay immediately because of the state’s financial position but promised what he described as staggered minimum wage.


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