After a thorough assessment of governance in Lagos, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has asked the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to roll up his sleeves and work more to give Lagosians dividend of democracy under his administration.
Fashola said that the governor should also engage Lagosians on the policies and programmes of his administration as well as listen more to their yearnings particularly on any issue that may be affecting their livelihood.
He gave the advice to the governor in his office in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja on Monday during an exclusive interview with newsmen on governance, his lifestyle, and others and was monitored by The Guild correspondent.
The former governor, who administered Lagos between 2007 and 2015, hinted that he had been monitoring the administration since the assumption of office and had different times offered advice that would assist the government to achieve desired results.
According to him, the present administration should create more feedback mechanisms that would assist the government gets responses from Lagosians on policies and programmes as well as know the needs of each community in the state.
While speaking in Yoruba, he noted that the feedback mechanism embraced by his administration, during the eight years, assisted it to get a prompt response from Lagosians and provided an opportunity to explain its policies and programme.
He emphasised that under “my administration, we had a feedback mechanism, the 100-day town hall meeting was used to get feedback from Lagosians on their perception of the administration.
“We followed this feedback mechanism all through my tenure and it earned our government more recognition all through the lifespan of my administration”.
Aside from the 100-day town hall meeting, which was held in different locations across the state, the minister stated that his administration also engages with business owners to ensure they key into the administration’s vision.
Fashola, meanwhile, stressed that there is no perfect human and that everyone has their own leadership style that had often earned them results.
The minister further commended the Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration for continuing with the tradition that was created during his tenure in the state.
The minister, however, urged Lagosians to support the Sanwo-Olu-led government through adherence to the rule of law and other duties expected of them under the constitution.
“We all should pray for Sanwo-Olu’s success. It is God that helps one to achieve success. The administration will need our support to get the state to work for us. And Sometimes, we members of the public, what we expect from the government may come late but we should understand that the government cannot complete everything immediately. So, we all should be patient with the government”, he added.