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Fashola makes case for 2nd term

By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowoopejo
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has blamed the present lack of essential amenities in the state on inability of previous administrations to have second term in office.

Fashola made this statement Tuesday at the first Lagos Traffic Management Conference, in Lagos tagged “Unlocking the gridlock: Keeping Lagos moving with pride.”

He said if the administration of Alhaji Lateef Jakande and other administrations before the Fourth Republic were able to serve the state for a second term in office, the people of the state would not have been lamenting lack of  functional railway system.

Fashola said one common element that had befell policies of his predecessors was because the tenure of their administrations was too short for them to implement those policies that could benefit the people of the state.

His words: “Not because those policies were bad but because there was no time to run the policies, to sees its progress and further see the limitations and to reform it,” adding that it had been from one administration with 18 months to two years, and policy inconsistency had been the order of the day.

Fashola noted that there was no sustainability of programmes from the past that if those programmes done by past administrators of the state: from the introduction of Keke Marwa, a tri-wheeler for transportation of people from suburb to the town and the introduction of water transport among others, were sustained, the state would never have experienced any form of traffic problem

He said to ensure that policies and programmes were sustained, it was for every Nigrerians to strive  hard to preserve the current democracy as “this is the only way that we can have continuity of the programmes and policies.”


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