Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu showed Lagosians on June 7, 2019 that governing a commercial city like Lagos wasn’t a joke by disclosing that he had lost weight barely nine days he assumed office and his newly acquired N179 million Armoured Range Rover Sentinel SUV may be a way for his excellency to regain his lost weight.
When you’re governing a state which was adjudged to have the highest crime rate in Nigeria according to bulwarkintelligence, then one may justify the need for Governor Sanwo-Olu to cruise around the commercial city in the Armoured Range Rover Sentinel SUV which can survive unconventional forms of attack, including Improvised Explosive Device (IED) fragmentation blasts.
Some of its features include armoured glass, undercarriage and roof blast protection, emergency escape system located in the rear luggage compartment for quick getaways among others.
Main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) first raised the alarm. Expectedly, media aide to the governor described the PDP report as fake and a way of distracting the new governor.
But a check showed that his official car is Armoured Range Rover Sentinel SUV which according to CarJam TV goes for $500, 000, that’s N179,747,651.72
He needs to protect himself. Shielding himself from the people who voted him during the last governorship election shouldn’t be his priority. He needs to attend to lots of pressing needs of the millions of Lagos residents.
Lagos houses more than 20 million people according to the National Population Commission (NPC) and the number is growing every day.
Lagos has environmental problems which needs urgent attention. He needs to revive the legacy of former Governor Babatunde Fashola in terms of getting dirt off Lagos roads.
He is inheriting a dirty city and needs to get to work immediately and put in place waste management policies to make the city achieve its dream. Mega City will be a mirage in the midst of dirt.
Taking over during the raining season will enable him to see for himself how worst the drainage system in Lagos is as major roads are waterlogged whenever it rains.
Also, a lot of business owners spend so much on security. Some are unable to sleep at night as a result of insecurity.
His predecessors have done a lot in partnering with private firms to fund the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, Sanwo-Olu needs to consolidate on this instead of acquiring a new car.
If there is protection of lives and property, the new governor would end up spending less on his personal security. Securing himself with the acquisition of a new vehicle that can wade off IED is nothing when the people who cast their votes for him at the polls cannot sleep with their eyes closed.
The Founder of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Jim Ovia, is one of the Lagos-based billionaires who supported the security initiative during the administration of Ambode.
Sanwo-Olu needs to build on this legacy since Lagos houses most of Nigerian richest business moguls.
Efforts by the previous administration are commendable in transforming the city into Africa’s model megacity but the vision of the city is still under-achieved despite efforts by Bola Tinubu, Fashola and Ambode.
Power supply, just like other parts of Nigeria, is worst in Lagos. It’s on record that lots of businesses had closed shops because they had to run on generator most times. If the big firms could cope, owners of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have found it difficult to cope.
Sanwo-Olu could embark on power project which was the dream of his godfather Bola Tinubu. It’s clear that Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKDC) hasn’t lived up to the expectation of Lagosians.
The Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR) in the state has shown over the years that Lagos has the financial capacity to successfully get things done as quick as possible.
For instance, Lagos generated about N103.5 billion for the first quarter of 2018, according to Premium Times report of April 2018. Lagos has the revenue to get things done.
Cruising around the city with N179million Armoured Range Rover Sentinel SUV will not solve the aforementioned problems either will it restore his lost weight.
He needs to justify the mandate given to him by the electorates during the last election and leave Lagos better than he met it.