Lagos Governor seeks religious leaders’ support in governance

By Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has solicited the support of religious leaders in the State towards delivering good governance at all levels.

The Governor gave this indication at the Lagos State Secretariat Mosque in Alausa for a special inauguration Jumat Service organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Culture to pray for the success of the new administration.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, accompanied by his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and other top government officials said that religious leaders have a role to play for the behavioural changes among their followers in order to bring sanity to our roads as well as the environment.

He stressed the important role that Clerics play in disseminating, propagating and sensitising their followers on government programmes and policies, adding that this platform will be well utilised by the current administration.

Executive order

The Governor promised to regularly use the clerics for the implementation of the newly signed Executive Orders on waste management, traffic matters and sanitation.

“We challenged our clerics to say that we would be coming back to see them on issues around waste management because we know that the congregation believe them.  We would bring back the waste management team to come and show them the different colours that we will be using for wastes. 

“And once they help us to propagate it, the message would go down. We would also talk about traffic management and why we need to obey traffic rules.” Sanwo-Olu said.

Praising God

The Governor also thanked God for the successful take-off of the new administration and expressed appreciation to the religious leaders for their prayers and support. He further sought their partnership towards making Lagos a role model in all spheres of life.

Lagos state Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu and his deputy Dr. Obafemi Hamzat

Sanwo-Olu expressed gratitude to God Almighty that the inauguration of the present administration took place within the last ten days of the month of Ramadan, while the inauguration Jumat Service also came up on the last Friday of the month of Ramadan, which according to him was divine.

Visit to dump site

The Governor also visited the Olusosun dump site in furtherance of his pledge to improve the environmental situation as contained in the first Executive Order on Environmental and Sanitation Matters signed recently.

Governor Sanwo Olu on a visit to Olusosun dump site

Speaking during a visit to the dumpsite, alongside his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, the Governor said:  “We are here today to validate the Executive Order we signed. This is where we receive 70 per cent of the waste in Lagos. The facility is 28years old so we want to ensure that it can receive waste for the next 23years’’, he said.

Monthly sanitation

The Governor expressed possibility of the return of the monthly sanitation exercise after consultations with various stakeholders.

According to him, “We are going to ask Lagosians if they want us to return the three-hour monthly sanitation exercise to ensure that we have a cleaner city. Though I have my own view, we will still ask Lagosians,” he said.

The Governor also expressed plan to expand the dumpsite to accommodate more waste, saying: “We want to expand the facility to 42 acres so that trucks can have a quick turnaround time“.

Sanwo-Olu who expressed confidence that the revenue derivable from waste will be properly harnessed to make life more meaningful to the people of the State promised that the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) would be strengthened to collect recyclable materials necessary for the creation of more jobs.

 

Emmanuel Ukoh