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“Governing Lagos State Is Not A Tea Party,” Says Governor Sanwo-Olu 

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has stated that governing Lagos is not a tea party but he is committed to fulfilling all his promises.

Funsho Akinwale

Barely one week after being sworn in as the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has lamented how he has drastically lost weight in just one week of governing the state.

Sanwo-Olu said this while addressing State House correspondents after a private meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday following the security council meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to him, governing Lagos is not a tea party, as the experience and challenges are real.

“It is not a tea party; you don’t sleep and wake up and the traffic has gone down. You don’t sleep and wake up and there is no rain or say that you have resolved Apapa gridlock; it’s real.

“So, it is something that one has psychologically prepared for; the best thing you can do, is to make sure that you are not about looking for what the other person did.

“It is for Lagosians to see you do what you promised to do for them.

“And if you don’t do it from your office; you have to do it on the road; you have to do it where the issues are, so that people will truly know that you mean business.

“In one week, I will say I have lost weight; I will probably still lose a bit more, but I think it is worth the job.

“It is also important to ensure that you have the right team; people that will also support you; so, when as a leader you can show that leadership support, then the message itself trickles down and trickles very well,” he said.

He added that the clearing of the Apapa gridlock is a work in progress, as efforts are now being made to solve the problem.

Sanwo-Olu stated that the concern of his government is to ensure that what is done concerning the gridlock is sustained, as sustainability is critical.

He further affirmed that his administration is engaging all the stakeholders in the conversation around port utility –Shippers’ Council, shipping lines and Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and others, in order to achieve a sustained resolution.