Sanwo-Olu sworn-in as governor for second term, vows to surpass expectations

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By Kazeem Ugbodaga

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Kadri Hamzat were on Monday sworn-in for a second term in office.

The governor and his deputy were sworn-in at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Onikan, Lagos.

Speaking after his swearing-in, Sanwo-Olu rededicate himself to meeting and surpassing the expectations of the people.

“We will work relentlessly to make Lagos a state where economic opportunities abound, where our infrastructure
is robust and resilient, and where the rule of law prevails. But our vision for Lagos goes beyond our physical
infrastructure and economic indicators. Our vision is for a Lagos that is a beacon of cultural vibrancy, intellectual
prowess, and humanistic values.

“A Lagos that not only drives the economic engine of Nigeria but also enriches the soul of our nation. As we embark on this journey, we remember the timeless words of Mahatma Gandhi, that “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” I pledge, as your Governor, to lose myself in the service of Lagos State, to work tirelessly for the well-being of every Lagosian, and to strive for a Lagos that we can all be proud of,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu said it was in line with this resolve that he was pleased to announce that “we are taking our THEMES governing agenda to the next level, in this our Second Term. T.H.E.M.E.S, as you already know, stands for
Transportation and Traffic Management; Health and Environment; Education and Technology; Making Lagos State a 21st Century Megacity, Entertainment & Tourism; and Security & Governance.

“Henceforth, it will be known as “T.H.E.M.E.S+”, the “plus” representing the incorporation of an intensified focus, in these next four years, on Social Inclusion, Gender Equality and Youth. In other words, we are strengthening and
reinforcing THEMES with a ‘No One Left Behind’ philosophy.

“No one will be left behind on account of their social status, gender or young age; we will design all our policies and programs to ensure that everyone is carried along and catered to. This is our solemn promise to you,” he added.

Sanwo-Olu said he could boldly say that his government has had four fulfilling years, learnt a lot, made some
mistakes, and had also implemented many transformational policies and programmes.

He stated that the progress his administration had made would not be reversed, saying he remained steadfast in “our
mission to make Lagos State a model of good governance, a beacon of hope and opportunity for all. Our path is clear, and our resolve is unshakeable.

“As we venture into this second term, I want to assure you that the spirit of our endeavours remains unfaltering.
We will continue to tackle our challenges head-on and celebrate our successes. We will harness the potential of
our greatest resource – our people.

“We stand on the threshold of a new era. An era that calls for us to evolve, to reimagine, and to forge ahead.
Our vision for Lagos is one that sees no bounds. It is a vision of a city where dreams take flight, where every citizen is a part of our growth story, and where the global community looks towards us with respect and admiration.

“We will continue to build a Lagos that is not only a commercial nerve centre but also a hub for innovation,
culture, and sustainable development. A Lagos that is not defined merely by its physical boundaries, but by the indefatigable spirit of its people,” he said.

According to Sanwo-Olu, “we shall continue to welcome constructive criticism, for, as I pointed out four years ago,
therein lies the seeds of improvement. Democracy thrives on differences of opinion and belief. We will strive to
respect the opinions of others even as we expect the same from them.

“We will strive to communicate effectively and carry you along every step of the way, and to explain the whys and
the hows behind the decisions we take on behalf of the people of Lagos State. We are confident, as we have always been, that even if you do not believe what we say, you will not disbelieve what we do, because it will be as clear as day.

“Let me also say that the work ahead is not for Government alone. It is not the exclusive responsibility of public servants, or the civil service. We all share the responsibility of our state’s future.”

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