Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Monday received the 2013 One-Day Governor, Master Boadey Olajuwon Folarin in audience, urging him to always remember the significance of the day and ensure that he does not engage in anything less dignifying than what the office demanded of him.
The Governor who spoke at a special State Executive Council session held at the Lagos House, Ikeja expressed the hope that the honour done to Master Folarin would achieve the purpose of encouraging him to aim higher.
He stressed that the One-Day Governor and his cabinet members all have a responsibility to be good ambassadors of their schools and urged them to always study hard and be good students.
He was happy that all the winners are products of public secondary schools in Lagos State, and assured that work is ongoing to ensure an improvement in the quality of the facilities obtainable at the schools.
While congratulating the One-Day Governor for emerging winners at the 2013 Spelling Bee Competition organized by New Era Foundation, the Governor said he has become a proud member of a rich legacy which is waxing stronger.
He told the One-Day Governor that many of his predecessors are now graduates who are proving their mettle in their chosen fields of endeavours and doing well for themselves.
In response to a question on how government decisions are taken Governor Fashola said the present administration is always conscious of the responsibility it has to the people of Lagos State.
He informed that the decision making process at the State Executive Council session is driven by thorough consideration of memoranda before arriving at a consensus with every member having a voting right, adding that each member has a right to initiate a memoranda to the council which would be thoroughly debated.
Governor Fashola emphasized that in arriving at such decisions, the government is always concerned about ensuring that it endorses policies that will bring about the greatest good to the greatest number of the citizens.
Citing the example of the passage of the State Traffic Law, the Governor said some members of the council were opposed to it because it affected them adversely while some members were favourably disposed to its enactment.
He said several times, many members of the administration are adversely affected by the decisions it has taken but is always taking consolation in the fact that it is what benefits the greatest majority that determines its action.
He added that even after the passage of the law, seven out of every ten Lagosian agreed with government’s position that sanity needed to be restored to the roads in Lagos.
He explained that even when the decision to clear Oshodi and make it motorable was taken, several people who were profiting from the insanity naturally resisted the change, but that several people who could drive freely around the road applauded the decision.
Governor Fashola also said the State Government has never said it is always right in terms of all decisions taken, but has always requested that those who argue that government got it wrong should provide an option on how to do it.
Speaking earlier, the 2013 One-Day Governor, Master Boadey Olajuwon Folarin expressed his appreciation and that of his entire cabinet to the State Governor for the good work he is doing.
The One-Day Governor said the performance of Governor Fashola is unequalled as Lagos is witnessing massive infrastructural development and a tremendous improvement in education which has led to the provision of computers and other instructional materials which has greatly uplifted the standard in education.
He said the Governor has become a reference point when good governance is being talked about and urged the residents to continue to support the present administration in the state towards making it a model mega city.
The Governor later presented prizes to the One Day Governor and members of his cabinet.
The One-Day Governor was accompanied by his Deputy, Mr Abolaji Abdulrahaman, the Speaker of the House, Mr Monye Marvelous, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Miss Olayinka Olajide, Works, Master Toheeb Tijani, Education, Master Ejide Temitope, Information and Strategy, Master Ajimoti Samuel and Science and Technology, Master Okoduwa Israel.