This Day (Lagos)

28 December 2012

Nigeria: Fashola Meets Traditional Rulers On Way Forward

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) Thursday presided over a meeting with the traditional rulers in the state, stating that the meeting was convened as a platform for a comprehensive briefing and end of year recap as well as a forum for exchange of ideas about how to propel Lagos State forward.

The governor, who spoke with State House Correspondents, after the meeting at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, added that it was about each person taking responsibility for his constituency and his area while also escalating the local problems they are experiencing to him.

According to him, it was a meeting with traditional rulers who have respected roles as leaders in various sectors of the communities and who the people also look up to for inspiration.

"We are just closing ranks, sharing notes in terms of what the problems are; security, increasing need for immunisation against Polio and other diseases afflicting our children, the issue of violent conduct with regard to land, the famous 'Ajagungbade' which we must put an end to and of course safety awareness," he said.

Continuing, the governor said the traditional rulers were advised on, "the need to go back to their various communities to retail the information, to resist the temptation to share inflammable material like petrol, explosives and all of those things and chemicals in our homes and vicinity."

Also speaking on the successes recorded with the Lagos Traffic Law implementation, Fashola said managing change requires the understanding that it is always a complex and engaging process requiring that one must measure the gains appropriately and know whether one was making progress or not in order that a root and branch analysis could be carried out where progress was being impeded.

The governor also stressed that the state government intended doing more and that when the people begin to see the gains, the security benefits and also the consequential prosperity that comes from other things that will happen as a result, the change process gets easier.

"They have given up alcohol largely by themselves during their working hours. They now go and do their routine hypertension and diabetes checks and they are beginning to see a change in their own lifestyle. Some of them are also beginning to eat better because they have given up these things and now spend less money on drugs," he said.

The governor added that when people begin to see ownership in their hands, they can measure the benefit of change which is an indication that the state is on the way.

The meeting was attended by Fashola's deputy, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire; members of the State Executive Council (SEC), including the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr Ademorin Kuye, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaiye; and Transportation, Hon. Kayode Opeifa; and traditional rulers led by the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu I.

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