By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Friday said that he was losing weight since he became governor as a result of the demands of the office.
Governor Sanwo-Olu took over the mantle of leadership from Akinwunmi Ambode on May 28, though the inauguration was on 29th May, 2019.
Speaking in an interview with State House correspondents on the sideline of the expanded security meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential villa, Abuja with the 36 Governors of the federation and Service Chiefs as well as head of security agencies, the governor said that security of Lagos state was his utmost concern.
Sharing his experience since he mounted the seat of power, he said, the experience is real, it shows that the challenges are real, they are there, its not a tea party. You dont sleep and wake up and the traffic has gone down, you dont sleep and wake up and there is no rain and that youve resolved Apapa gridlock, its real.
Its something that one has psychologically prepared for. So the best thing to do is to ensure that you are not about looking for what the other person did but it is for Lagosians seeing you do what you said you are going to do for them. You dont do it from the office, you have to do it from the road, you have to do it so that people will see and truly know that you mean business.
I dare say that I have lost weight and probably I will lose a little bit more but I think its what the job entails and is to also ensure that you have the right team of people that would also support you.
So, when as a leader, you show that leadership support, then the message itself will trickle down and trickle down very well and that is why we have to take that very bold idea and youre going to see a lot.
Commenting on the level of progress concerning the Apapa gridlock, Sanwo-Olu said It is a work in progress. If you go to Lagos now, you will see that they have started clearing it. So for us, it is not just to do it but to ensure that we sustain it.
So sustainability is critical. It is to build a model where it is sustainable and we are not only involving the big players, we are also discussing with them – the shippers council, the shipping lines, NPA, NIMASA and all of them that are stakeholders in the conversations around port utility, we are settling it.
We will continue to engage ourselves and come up with a sustained resolution and not just a one off thing.
The governor said that regional cooperation to check kidnapping and banditry in the South West, was work in progress, adding that already action was going on.
He said, I dont want to be at the risk of pre-empting what that body will do, let us wait for them to come up with a proper action plan at the regional level and lets see what solution it will come with.