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Apatira Leads Itire-Ikate LCDA As Lagos APC Flags Off Campaign For Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat

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Mojisola Lawal

Apatira and team Itire-Ikate LCDA

Executive Chairman of Itire-Ikate LCDA, Hon (Dr) Ahmed Olanrewaju Apatira, on Saturday, led scores of members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the council area to the official flag-off of the governorship campaign for the incumbent governor of the state, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat at the Mobolaji Johnson Stadium, Onikan, Lagos.

The council boss mobilised for supports for the presidential candidate of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Lagos Central Senatorial candidate, Hon Wasiu Eshinlokun, and other candidates of the All Progressives Congress in the forthcoming election.

The 10, 000 capacity Stadium was filled to capacity with leaders of the Governance Advisory Council, Senators, Speaker and members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, party chieftains, members and supporters of the party who took their time out to solidarise and declare their support for the re-election bid of the governor.

Clad in branded yellow shirts and Ankara brocade, the paraded the campaign venue carrying placards, branded hats, face caps and other insignia of the party.

The incumbent governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, made triumphant entry into the campaign ground amid cheering from the audience.

Addressing the gathering, Sanwo-Olu, said the vast attendance is a confirmation of APC as the only party in the state.

While assessing the performance of his administration in the last three and half years, Sanwo-Olu said it had been challenging, pointing out that his government was able to traverse the difficult terrains to deliver on its electoral promises.

He said: “It has been an interesting and challenging journey for us in the last three and half years. Our administration has traversed difficult terrains and witnessed major disruption occasioned by global pandemic.
Lagos had its fair share in the attendant socio-economic meltdown, but we provided strong leadership that protected the people and made the State come out better and stronger.

“Now, we can say ‘Greater Lagos Rising’ because our State is rising on all of our modest achievements through the THEMES agenda.
In Transportation and Traffic Management, Lagosians are now living with the reality of the delivery of two intra-city Rail Mass Transit projects that are on the verge of completion. These projects will be handed over in the coming weeks.

“We have also scaled up infrastructure in public transportation services by improving BRT services, injecting new taxi scheme and energizing traffic management agency for efficiency.
People have seen the construction and commission of Lekki Deep Seaport, and massive road construction projects in the Eti Osa and Epe corridors.
We have delivered and are still constructing more new roads in Ikorodu, Victoria Island, Ikoyi, Alimosho, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Somolu and other areas.”

Sanwo-Olu said activities of his administration, since inception, have been about purposeful governance.

He added that his Government had delivered new hospitals in Badagry, Epe, and Eti-Osa, pointing out that construction of new hospitals are currently being undertaken in Ikorodu, Ojo and Lagos Island.

In the environment, the Governor said the State is currently constructing 210 new drainage channels to address the issue of flooding in vulnerable communities. He said his Government has also raised the level of infrastructure in emergency response agencies, mentioning the recently completed four fire stations, recruitment of new fire fighters and provision of fire fighting equipment.

The Governor said: “Lagosians can testify to our feats in education. Over 1,000 new classrooms have been added to public schools and we completed over 1,097 projects in schools. We trained our teachers in modern teaching techniques through Eko EXCEL and handed over tablets to them for teaching. Overall performance of Lagos students in WAEC has improved from 42 per cent to over 83 per cent.”

Sanwo-Olu said there has been laudable progress recorded across his Government’s development blueprint, noting that the State has become a model for good governance and development.

The Governor thanked residents for standing by his administration, pledging that he would not take their support for granted.

He urged party members to take back the Government’s achievements back to their communities and engage in door-to-door campaign to ensure APC candidates are elected in the general elections.

Director General of Lagos APC Campaign Council, Sen. Ganiyu Solomon, said the party would have no problem taking its campaign to the electorate, given the “exceptional” performance of the party’s governorship candidate.

Solomon said the second coming of Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat would bring the State to new heights of development and prosperity.

Leader of the Governance Advisory Council (GAC), Prince Tajudeen Olusi, said: “The combination of Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat are the best a democratic society can get in delivering results of good governance. Anyone who wants the development of Lagos to continue, Sanwo-Olu must be allowed to continue the good work he started.”

Sanwo-Olu, assisted by APC chairman, Hon. Cornelius Ojelabi, presented flags to party candidates running for legislative seats in the House of Assembly and National Assembly

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