…Why He Is Discreet About His Performances
By Oladipupo Awojobi – Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State is obviously one of the elected officials saddled with the development of Nigeria at a time prices of crude are dwindling, and when people are losing hope in the system as they believe that they have been disappointed severally by successive governments.
This notwithstanding, Ambode, a civil servant-turned politician seems to be full of ideas and appears to be another light at the end of the nation’s tunnel for the acclaimed centre of excellence.
There is no denying the fact that many residents of Lagos feel that Ambode could not match the achievements of the immediate past governor of the state, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, now Minister of Power, Works and Housing, who is regarded as an achiever and one of the best governors the nation has ever produced.
However, sources within the Lagos State Government circle hinted News Investigators that Ambode’s leadership style are as unique as they come.
According to them, the Governor adopted a style of working discreetly rather than making noise about his activities and that he has done much for the state in his short stay in office.
They made it clear that Ambode has been working assiduously to move the state forward albeit in a quiet, but pro-active manner.
‘Governor Ambode is not a noise maker and he is not your everyday politician. He has embarked on massive road construction since he got to power and his works are clearly seen all over the state in Alimosho, Ikeja, Mushin, Yaba, Apapa, Badagry, Ikorodu and in other parts of the state.
‘I can tell you that the Governor has been saving N3 Billion monthly for the state since he got to office and these money would be used for development purposes in the state this year. The Lagos fiesta that was held in five locations across the state in December, 2015 is a creative effort of the Governor and its success financially and socially are for the records,’ said a source.
Another source divulged that the Governor recently approved the construction of two roads in each of the 20 local governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) of the state totalling 114 roads and that these would be done in 2016.
The sources pointed out further that the budget of the state, which is over N600 Billion is the first of its kind and that it would be basically financed through Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) since much is not expected from the federal government due to dwindling price of crude oil in the world market.
Ambode is said to be a good manager of money, men and resources, whose financial acumen would help the state in the face of a seemingly gloom economy.
We were reliably informed that the Governor always tells those close to him that he might not be a rich man before he became Governor, but that he is comfortable.
He was quoted as saying that he did not need to blow his trumpet in the press, and that his works would speak for him.
“He could just call his people and tell them to accompany him somewhere only for them to see him commissioning roads. Most times, they fight him over this, but he would tell them he didn’t have time for frivolity and he could commission four projects in a day before going back to do something else. That is the kind of an action man you have as the Governor of Lagos State.
Further digs also revealed that Ambode is a man with penchant for precision, accountability and prompt completion of projects and that he has been blocking all the loopholes in the system since he got to office on May 29, 2015.