By Gbenga Oke, James Ezema & Biodun Ogundare
LAGOS â€”Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, Wednesday, took stock of his tenure in the last 1,100 days and declared that his government had delivered on all electoral promises he made to the citizens of the state at inception.
The governor said his administration was resolute in its bid to continue to change the face of Lagos and explained that the decision to use every 100 days to render his account of stewardship was one of theÂ promises he made at the beginning of his administration.
â€œIn the last 1,100 days of my administration, I have been busy making democracy meaningful to our people, raising the standard and quality of life and increasing the participatory process in governance. We have kept our part of our social contract by delivering on every electoral promises that we made and the citizens have embraced us.â€
On his achievements, Fashola said: â€œWe have deployed the resources in the most transparent manner and it has been demonstrated in the representation the people have seen and we are using the annual budget of the state since 2007 till date as an instrument of policy formulation, implementation and delivering on the expectations of the people in the areas we consider compelling such as security, education, water supply, infrastructure, health care delivery and food security.”
â€œThere is a new pride and belief by Lagosians about their state and our projects have directly or indirectly impacted on the citizens and many Nigerians are already relocating from diaspora and joining in the initiative of building the future of the commercial capital of Africaâ€™s most populous nationâ€.
Speaking on the theme: â€œHarnessing global partnerships and opportunities for rapid development and economic prosperity,â€ Fashola described the foreign missions to Nigeria as representatives of national governments whose contributions are inevitable to the growth of any nation. He disclosed the stateâ€™s interaction with the foreign missions had been mutually beneficial because â€œfrom time to time we both review progress of business between our state and their own countries.â€
Earlier in his welcome address, the commissioner for Information in Lagos state, Mr Opeyemi Bamidele stated that the present government has descended from the olympian height to the lowest level and the partnership with private sectors and foreign organisations have further moved the state forward.