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Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

Sir. It is an acceptable norm, that a democratically elected government must meet the need of the people that voted it into power. Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has, within a short period of time in office, been able to correct the negative view of the people of the state towards governance. Yes, democracy is about being responsive to the people that voted you into power. The amiable governor has within three years of his assumption of office
proven critics wrong by being responsive and progressive in the discharge of his duties to the people of the state.

He started out with a human approach to governance by encouraging the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency and the Vehicle Inspection Agency to stop being aggressive in dealing with Lagos motorists. He even pulled the VIOs off the roads, and changed the name of the Kick Against Indiscipline agency to the more benign Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps. The present governor came into power with his reform agenda, managerial potential and regeneration ability to make the state excel in all ramifications and recover the lost fortunes of the state.

Today, the common man is very happy in the State of Excellence. Development which once eluded some local government councils and the people some years ago has totally returned. Today the entire three senatorial districts in the state are witnessing massive reconstruction, expansion of roads with street lights and rebuilding. Roads, schools, health institutions are being structured for lasting use.

No nation or state survives without a major attention to its educational sector. Here in the State of Excellence, Ambode has given the primary, post-primary and the state tertiary schools new life, stabilizing the academic calendar. Students now, learn in a better and more conducive environment. Their teachers always smile to the banks because no delay of their pay, leave bonus and some allowances.Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has so far done well. We can only encourage him to do better, through mobilization and support for continuity beyond 2019.
• Ademola Orunbon wrote from Oke Posun, Epe, Lagos.

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