The Spiral Effect of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s (BAT) Presidential Victory on Lagos and Environs By Prof Ojo Emmanuel ADEMOLA

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The Spiral Effect of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s (BAT) Presidential Victory on Lagos and Environs

By Prof Ojo Emmanuel ADEMOLA

“Victory is sweet” (as a classical poetic reference), is not only philosophical but one that has been verified and proven scientifically true. In a major contribution to knowledge, John McQuaid (2015) affirmed “scientists show that when your Team wins, things taste better”. His article is more than eight years old now, and the components therein still resonate with the political victory recently recorded by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (BAT), the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC). All over the globe, the sound of victory has vibrated, culminating in the avalanche of congratulatory messages for Asiwaju Tinubu.

Whereas, for McQuaid and a lot of us, “we tend to think of taste as a kind of chemical reaction; which it most definitely is. But scientists have isolated the proteins on the tongue that bond with chemicals in food and signal the brain that it’s sweet, sour, or bitter. But of course, a lot happens in the split-second between that reaction and the moment the perception registers, in all its complexity. Many parts of the brain get into the act, from the evolutionary ancient structures to the highly-evolved frontal cortex”.

The victory attained by Asiwaju Tinubu and his team as the president-elect of Nigeria did not come perchance but out of sheer diligence, perseverance, selflessness, discipline, focus, merit, pains in discomfort, sleeplessness, security hazards, etc, all rear traits of a winning leadership. Victory, therefore, is literally like two sides of a coin with either sweetness or bitterness. Such victory can only take a root from the word of the Holy Scripture in John 3:27: “A person cannot receive even one thing unless God bestows it.” Indeed, it is what God has bestowed on Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu that is now glorious manifesting as the president-elect, who will become the President and Commander-in-Chief of Army Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to succeed President Muhammed Buhari from May 29, 2023, by God’s Grace.

As I have noted variously, Asiwaju Tinubu has paid his political merit over the years since the aborted presidential election of late Chief MKO Abiola in 1993, up through the NADECO’s struggles to reclaim the lost mandate. That he eventually won the coveted mandate as the Executive Governor of Lagos State in 1999 was a by-product of resoluteness and uncommon vision to attain political heights with all its challenges.

Whatever BAT attains on the political front today cannot be divorced from the insight gained from the governance of Lagos State, providing the necessary template for his emergence as a National leader. Lagos is therefore strategic to his presidency in all ramifications.

From the Lagos model, it is germane to highlight some of the few policy thrusts that are likely to be enunciated at the Federal level with the clinching of the presidency by Asiwaju which will be beneficial to all citizens of Lagos irrespective of ethnicity or religion. It thus behoves all to sustain the developmental strides in the State by retaining the winning Team of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in the coming Governorship election on Saturday, March 11th, 2023.

For instance, the economic policy thrusts of BAT’s administration which have been amply embedded in the 2023 Renewed Hope Manifesto plans will enhance the status of Lagos as the economic nerve of the Country. It means with Federal backing, Lagos State will be more prosperous to the benefit of all.

Relating to the economic policy thrusts at the centre (federal), Asiwaju believes that fiscal discipline is crucial to attaining the success of all economic policy thrusts. The need to save up funds from the surplus avenues and free them up for productive sectors has been a magic wand at the State level, and in more than any other requirements, the Federal is bound to benefit from the thrusts; meaning that there will be a lot of economic collaboration between the State and Federal this time around.

For instance in Lagos, BAT saw a massive opportunity in a seedy waterlogged landmass and from this was birthed Lekki. The entire city was created when Tinubu was governor, and today, Lekki is a swathe of a sprawling metropolis inhabited by upscale Nigerians with a net land value that is above the average upscale environment in Nigeria. Today, Lekki has encroached on neighbouring suburbs around it like Ajah, Badore, etc., and its land value continues to soar with each passing day. Lekki was a product of Asiwaju’s creative thinking, his will to excel and his insatiable desire for excellence. With the liberalisation of the economic policy at the Centre, States (Lagos and environs) with economic viability will thrive better and will be able to provide job opportunities for the teaming youths in their numbers.

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Equally phenomenal as an example is the transformational power that Asiwaju was able to carve out of the Lekki Free Trade zone, which is today fondly referred to as the Nigerian Dubai. It remains an innovative concept Tinubu drew when he was governor and targeted the massive development of the Ibeju-Lekki virgin land into a world-class industrial, business and commercial hub in record time. Today, the Lekki Free Trade Zone hosts the world’s largest refinery, Africa’s largest fertiliser company, and a deep sea port, among many other heavy industrial concerns that directly impact the lives of millions of Nigerians. The Lekki Free Trade Zone is still embryonic, so the economic potential accruable from the zone at a complete stage of development can never be quantified.
The Eko Atlantic City that is gradually coming on stream speaks of the illimitable transformational capacity of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu with genuine gifts to harness resources for greater economic goods. As Governor, Asiwaju conceived the idea of chasing the rampaging Atlantic Ocean, threatening the entire Victoria Island and then deep inside its borders. He started the project, and successive governments now took over. Today, a sizeable portion of the ocean has been reclaimed, and a brand new choice city called Eko Atlantic City has sprung up. This city is noted for its high value as it is one of the most expensive pieces of real estate in the world today. The United States of America is building its largest embassy in the world in that city today! This is a result of Asiwaju’s deep creativity and transformational capacity. Just imagine the value Eko Atlantic City stands to add to Nigeria and the lives of millions of Nigerians, and you will understand why no one in the race for the Nigerian presidency today comes near Asiwaju in using the tools of government to transform the fortunes and lives of millions of Nigerians.

One can also draw reference from the integrated transport policy thrusts envisioned by Tinubu’s Administration which stood out Lagos in terms of composite infrastructure of necessity.

As to how Tinubu employed his transformative capacity to change lives, we cannot exhaust the narrative without looking at the huge transformation of the Lagos transport sector. When he came in 1999, Lagos was reeling under a messy, turbulent, chaotic and riotous transport system which impeded the growth and progress of the state. He had to set up Lagos State Transport Management Agency (LASTMA) to cleanse the heavily stuffed face of the sector but most critically enforce discipline in road usage. He then reeled out the codes for road usage and set a timetable for the phasing out of rickety buses that were the face of public transportation in Lagos. He then started the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) scheme, which was operational in progressive cities and metropolises worldwide, and vowed that the face of Lagos transport would change in record time.

Today the BRT scheme is very successful and running effectively in Lagos. More routes are being added to the scheme, and more innovations are being made to attend to the increasing needs of Lagosians. What’s more, the ubiquitous rickety giant molue buses have been phased out of Lagos roads and the smaller yellow buses, though still there, are on their way out. Lagos roads are today saner and more unrestricted and road usage is more disciplined and responsible. Today, Lagos is about to start intra-city rail transportation near the completion of the blue and red rail lines, thus making Lagos the first city in Africa to build and run its intra-city rail transport. Equally, Lagos today runs a very innovative ferry transportation service that transports hundreds of thousands of Lagosians across the vast Lagos water spaces daily. Lagos is today running usable land, rail and water transportation systems; the only state in Nigeria to enjoy that privilege. All these add up to the Lagos transport transformation that has not only seen the transport sector migrate from its odious primordial past to a new and more friendly system that keeps expanding by the day and empowering millions of Lagosians. It is yet another reasonable reason why Lagos residents should rally around Sanwo-Olu’s administration to sustain the tempo of development.

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Equally, tapping into Asiwaju’s deep insight into grassroots governance management, Gov Sanwo-Olu’ has sustained the renewed local government policy thrusts that devolved into the creation of additional local government (LGs) councils in Lagos State From just 20 LGs, BAT engineered legislative machinery to increase the number to 54 to bring governance to the grassroots. It was another way Asiwaju impacted the lives of millions of Lagosians. Being a consummate democrat, Tinubu believes in the exploitation of the tenets of democracy to effect positive changes in the lives of the people. That was why he was the first governor that took the gauntlet to create other local councils not only to take governance closer to the people but create viable life-changing employments and empowerment for Lagosians. He designed local councils as a vehicle to reach more people and empower them. The successive administrations after BAT have built on this achievement, and Lagos is far better for it. This feat must be sustained by retaining the APC Government in Lagos. This is essential because the Federal high-handedness that pervaded Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s (OBJ) Administration post-1999 is not likely to happen again but of advantage to Lagos/others.

Another reason why the status quo must be maintained in Lagos governance is the issue of adequate and efficient supply of electricity (energy) to the State. Tinubu is fully understandable as the nerve centre of economic workings which rests solely on energy policy thrusts that are meant to galvanize the economic landscape of Lagos to a higher pedestal. Recall that on election as Lagos governor, Asiwaju saw a grand vision of breaking the vicious power crisis that riddled the activities of the state power section. He came up with the idea of diversifying power generation and distribution. He went ahead to bring Enron, a United States power company, to kickstart the privatisation of power generation and distribution. The PDP federal government stood in the way and frustrated the Enron project while claiming that power was the sole responsibility of the federal government. With this, Nigeria lost the huge opportunity of having private participation in the power sector, thus leaving the state power company unscathed in its hegemony over the power sector. With the loss of this Tinubu initiative, power has consistently degenerated, and the state power company has no answer to this consistent decline. There is little doubt that if the Enron project had been allowed to thrive, Nigeria would have by now solved its intractable power problem. Undoubtedly, Asiwaju’s vision is within his great mind about understanding the future of work. Nigerians can use this and others as signals, a timeline to trust that Asiwaju will indeed deal with the issue of a poor power supply having been elected the president-in-waiting, thus solving a problem that has defied a solution over a long period.

During Asiwaju’s stay as Executive Governor, the health policy thrusts in Lagos have become a model that others States in the Federation are lashing on, bringing health care delivery to the commoners. Asiwaju laid the modernisation of the primary health care centres in all the 54 local councils of the State, and subsequent Team leaders have further regenerated the numbers in a way that the care delivery has today gone beyond one centre to almost about 5 per local council. There is hardly any community in Lagos without the presence of the primary health care centre which is further annexed under the highly equipped General Hospitals spread along the Divisions in Lagos. These are further complemented by the annexure of the specialist teaching hospitals in all the Divisions. This tells of the wider vision of BAT for health-related policies that the entire nation will benefit from, and more importantly, it’s obvious that the model State (Lagos) will further be enhanced to a higher pedestal.

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Another critical area of concern that the Presidency of Asiwaju will address is the educational sector. This is a problematic sector, particularly at the tertiary level with unpardonable and endless strikes by the stakeholders. The Asiwaju’s Presidency is expected to crack the lull and inject life into the perennial Academic Staff of Universities Union (ASUU). This becomes germane because of its multiple implications for the future of the youth. The Renewed Hope Manifesto expressly highlighted provisions of short-term loans for students while in school as well as unemployment benefits for those yet to be engaged. Lagos with its predominantly high number of unemployed youths will surely benefit from the renewal hope policy. And this is yet another major reason why the youths should give their total support for the re-election of Sanwo-Olu’s administration.

To put it another way, ASUU members and staff at our universities and other prestigious educational institutions anticipated that, under Tinubu’s leadership, they would receive lavish compensation in the form of housing, housing, and other perks. Additionally, access to short-term unemployment benefits and student loans will be centralized. That is one of the advantages of democracy that Nigerians will receive under Tinubu’s presidency beginning on May 29, 2023. Since we are all important stakeholders in Nigeria’s peace and prosperity-oriented governance, all Nigerians must immediately and continuously engage one another until then and beyond.

Generally, what is being canvassed is that developmental indices of a State and the people can only be enhanced with the sustainability of consistent policies offer by ideological leadership over a while. The president-elect has laid these foundations in Lagos, and successive Governors have lashed further at the master plans to bring out the Mega City status of Lagos. It’s only reasonable to sustain the tempo by re-electing the winning Team that has been organised to deliver on the mandate. The Lagos State citizens, particularly the youths have the responsibility to maintain peace to bring about further dividends of democracy. Trusting that the State is a cosmopolitan of cream-de-la-cream of the intelligentsia, the appeal will resonate with common sense, and the need to deepen growth, progress and peace of the State will be yielded during the Governorship election on Saturday, March 11th, 2023.

In conclusion, it suffices to state that the president-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is prepared to begin working immediately following the May 29 formal inauguration. This is because his policy will have an effect on Lagos and the surrounding areas and focus on all important aspects of our nation’s growth and development.

Prof. Ojo Emmanuel Ademola is a foremost political public analyst and an international Cyber Security expert

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Babatunde Adekanmbi is a digital creator with a demonstrated history of working in the civic and tech industry Babatunde Adekanmbi holds an Ordinary National Diploma in Mechatronics Engineering and Higher National Diploma in Electrical Electronics Engineering Yaba College of Technology Yaba Lagos . A certified Autocadd specialist , Google Digital Marketer with featured articles on various digital news platform .

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