NATIONAL Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Wednesday poured accolades on the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, over his sterling performance in the last 22 months, saying that the governor had made him proud.
Tinubu, who was also former governor of Lagos State, spoke, while commissioning network of roads, link bridge and health centre in Alimosho area of the state as part of activities to mark his 65th birthday, said the achievements of Ambode in office was a reflection of a governor who was not only a thinker but a doer, expressing satisfaction that he was delivering on his promises to the people.
“Akinwunmi Ambode has reflected that clearly here today. I want to say thank you because experience is a great teacher and I am experienced. I am on the spot and I have watched things in Lagos since my tenure ended.
“I was worried hell when you (Ambode) took over, not about your credibility, character or capacity, but because however wise or smart a man is, if there is no resources to back the ideas, production would be zero, progress would be zero.
“When you (Ambode) took over, I know you inherited a burden of debt. The debt profile of Lagos was high, I was wondering how you will reengineer and face the challenges to make progress.
“Today, I can see your report card, you have scored well, and you have shown prudency especially in the judicious use of resources of the state.
“You didn’t disappoint us. Ambode is silently achieving, meticulously planning, religiously executing and brilliantly giving results for Lagos State,” Tinubu said.
Speaking further, Tinubu said all over Lagos, the results of good governance was being felt by the people, and wished Ambode sound health and wisdom to continue to lead the state.
“All over Lagos, we are seeing the results. At Oshodi, on our way down here, you can see what is happening there, that place is a construction site. It used to be a den of robbers, but what is going on there now is developmental activities for the benefit of the entire country.
“Ambode is very quiet, very peaceful, not a noise maker, but he is delivering on the job.
“Today, you (Ambode) have given me a good birthday present. This is a great opportunity for me to be very proud again. Therefore, if we can continue in this direction of infrastructural development in the manner Governor Ambode is moving, Lagos will soon match international states or country anywhere in the world” the former Lagos governor said.
Governor Ambode, in his remark, described the event as a historic day in the life of the people of Alimosho and the state in general.
The governor, who recalled his visit to the Aboru area in March 2016, said that aside the state of the road which was totally unacceptable, there were reports of series of deaths and fatal accidents caused by the presence of a valley.
He said it was state of affair that made him to immediately directed that work should commence in the area.
“Exactly one year after, we are here to keep our promise to the good people of Aboru, Abesan and other communities and reaffirm our commitment that no community or area will be left behind. Every Lagosian counts. We are a government of inclusion,” Governor Ambode said.
He said the 480 metres bridge linking Aboru to Abesan, both in the Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council of Alimosho Local Government Area would significantly ease the burden of travel between the two communities by reducing travel time and eliminating the risks associated with its non-existence.
Governor Ambode said aside the Bridge, additional adjoining inner roads to create an efficient road network that will aid connectivity permanently were also constructed.
Such roads, according to him, include Church Street, Giwa Street, Victor Fagbemi Road, Ogunfayo Road, Ogundare Street, Salami Kazeem, all totalling 5.5km with drainage, walkways and street lights, adding that the road network would ease the pressure on the Abeokuta Expressway and link residents with Iyana Ipaja, LASU-Iba Expressway.
Governor Ambode also flagged off the construction of a network of roads within the boundaries of Lagos and Ogun states, saying that it was in honour of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, whom he described as the brain behind the 21st Century Lagos.
He expressed optimism that the roads which had been identified for immediate construction and rehabilitation would complete the new face of Alimosho constituency, saying that work would commence on them next week.
He listed the roads to include Ikola Road with Odo Obasanjo Bridge– 6.4km (from Ipaja/Command to Ilo River); Ogunseye Road– 1.75km (from Ajasa/Command to Ikola Road);Oko Filling Road– 1.5km (from AIT to Ilo River); Osenatu Ilo road– 620m (from Ibari Road to Ilo River); Amikanle road – 3.1km (from AIT to Ogunseye Road); Aina Aladi road– 1.9km (from AIT to Ilo River) and Aiyetoro Road with a bridge– 1.4km (from New Market/Ishefun Road intersection to Ilo River).
He, however, appealed to the residents of the communities to cooperate with the contractors so as to enable them deliver the network of roads not later than the scheduled completion date.
Also, Osun State governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola and Senator representing Lagos West at the Senate, Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, said it was obvious that Governor Ambode started well and was doing well, and solicited the cooperation of the people to engender further dividends of democracy and good governance.