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Mr. Speaker, Distinguished Honorable Members of the House –
It has been two-and-half years since this administration came into
office. In that time, I have come before you to present two annual
Appropriation Bills, tagged “The Budget of Awakening”, for 2020,
and “The Budget of Rekindled Hope”, for the Year 2021.
We tagged the 2021 Budget, which I presented to you slightly over
a year ago, on the 10th of November 2020, “The Budget of
Rekindled Hope”, because, in the aftermath of the monumental
challenges posed by COVID-19 and the #Endsars-related violence
and destruction, our people demonstrated unparalleled resolve and 2
determination to bounce back, given the trademark resilient spirit
of the great people of this great State.
Today, I stand before you to present the Year 2022 Appropriation
Bill, which will be the final full-year Budget before the next elections
in 2023. This makes it a very significant budget, which we have
aptly christened the Budget of Consolidation.
2022 is a year in which we will focus obsessively on completing
ongoing projects, while also expanding our social intervention
programs and support for citizens, and for micro and small
The Y2022 Budget is aimed at consolidating all our efforts so far,
into timely delivery of our electoral promises of a Greater Lagos to
all citizens and residents of the State. Our destination is now in
Despite experiencing one of the most challenging times in modern
history in our beloved state, we have advanced in a manner that 3
ensures that conviction of our progress is incontestable. The
results speak very eloquently in the various facets of our
communities even in the face of numerous devastating situations,
which would have been acceptable justifications for
Lagosians can testify to the improved standard of infrastructure
delivered by our administration throughout the 377 wards across
the State, which aligns with the State’s mission to eradicate poverty
and promote economic growth through infrastructural renewal and
But we cannot afford to rest on our oars. We are therefore using
this opportunity to again announce our commitment to delivering
the Lagos of our dreams: Africa’s model mega city, a global
economic and financial hub that is safe, secure, and productive.
Mr. Speaker, as we make our financial projections for 2022, I would
like to recap briefly the 2021 Budget of Rekindled Hope, its
objectives and the achievements recorded so far.
Just before then, let me warmly thank the Honourable Members of
the Lagos State House of Assembly for working constructively and
tirelessly with the executive arm to achieve the objectives of our
great party, the All-Progressives Congress (APC), since we
assumed office.
The size of the Y2021 revised Budget is ₦1.256Trillion, with a
total revenue of ₦984.573bn, and deficit financing of
₦271.994bn. Capital expenditure came to ₦743.224bn,
representing 59% of the total, while Recurrent Expenditure
stood at ₦513.343bn, representing 41%.
I am pleased to let this distinguished House know that the Year
2021 Budget has performed remarkably well, despite challenges
occasioned during the year. In the first Quarter of 2021, Internally
Generated Revenue (IGR) stood at N128.2bn, about 28% higher 5
than IGR in the corresponding quarter of 2020, which stood at
N100.3bn. Also, in that Q1 2021, capital expenditure amounted to
N119.92bn, representing 68% performance on target.
Q2 2021 revenue recorded a performance of 76% of our projected
target for the quarter, while expenditure came to 82% of target. In
the third Quarter, Q3 2021, total revenue amounted to 78% of
projection, while total expenditure came to 79% of target.
Mr. Speaker, Honorable Members of the House,
I am equally pleased to inform you that Fitch, a reputable
international rating agency, this year upgraded the rating of Lagos
from AA+ to AAA.
In conveying the great news to Lagos, Fitch noted that the upgrade
of the National Long-Term rating reflects Lagos State’s capacity to
service its financial obligations, compared with national and
international peers, as well as its resilient operating performance
during the pandemic.
You will agree with me, Mr. Speaker, and Honourable Members,
that it is indeed a fantastic achievement, and a solid endorsement
of our collective hard work.
To achieve this milestone, the State has embarked on several far￾reaching cost saving initiatives over the years, including the
restructuring of local borrowings to reduce overall debt service
In November 2020, for example, Lagos State fully retired its
N87.5bn Bond and conducted an early redemption of its Program
3 Series II; as well as Series 1 Bond, in February 2021 and June
2021 respectively. We opted to call in the bonds to take advantage
of a low-interest rate environment in the money and debt market,
thereby making significant savings in the overall cost of debt
service. We have also started the process of a new Bond Issuance
at a lower coupon to replace the recalled Bond.
Furthermore, the State Government has successfully restructured
all its existing loan facilities, translating into a reduction in interest
rates from an average of 18% to about 12.75%.
Let me now proceed to highlight some of the concrete
achievements of our administration this year, delivered through the
judicious deployment of resources in line with the Budget that you
graciously approved.
One of the critical success factors for any megacity is the quality of
the transport infrastructure, and the ability of that infrastructure
network to adapt to changing circumstances and times. At the heart
of all that we are doing in this regard, are the following key
considerations and objectives:
1. Rehabilitation of major arterial roads: These are roads
that carry huge vehicular traffic, connecting several
communities. We continue to make significant progress on 8
these roads, which include Lekki-Epe Express Road from
Eleko Junction to Epe T-junction, the Lagos Badagry
Expressway, and Ikorodu Road from Mile 12 to Ojota to the
Independence Tunnel, among others.
2. New-build Projects: These are new high-impact roads
and bridges like the Lekki Regional Road, the
preconstruction work on the 4th Mainland Bridge, and the
Opebi Link Road project. All of these are progressing
according to plan.
3. Urban regeneration programs: The objective here is to
progressively revamp the road infrastructure within
communities and neighbourhoods across Lagos State. We
have begun the first phase with select roads in Ikoyi,
Victoria Island, Ikeja and Kosofe, like Thompson Road,
Milverton Road, Lateef Jakande Road (all in Ikoyi), Adeola
Hopewell, Idowu Taylor, Adeyemo Alakija, Afribank Street
(in Victoria Island), and 9
Oduduwa Way and Oduduwa Crescent in Ikeja. Others
include Demurin, Agidi and Church Street in Kosofe, MBA￾Cardoso Road in Ajeromi Ifelodun and St. Finbarr’s Road
in Somolu and Kosofe LGAs, among many others.
4. Connecting roads: These roads serve to link other roads
to our multi-modal systems, i.e., jetties and proposed rail
station sites. They include Isuti Road, Isefun Camp Davies
in Alimosho, Ogudu Link Road in Alapere, Oba Sekunmade
Road, Ijede Road (Itamaga -Ewu Elepe Town), Agric
Isawo/Konu/Arepo Ikorodu among others, at various
stages of completion.
5. Junction gridlock resolutions: This year we successfully
delivered junction improvement works at Lekki first and
second roundabouts and completed the junction
improvement work at Abraham Adesanya roundabout
Lekki-Epe expressway, in addition to completing several Sobo Arobiodu, Oba Dosunmu, 9
Oduduwa Way and Oduduwa Crescent in Ikeja. Others
include Demurin, Agidi and Church Street in Kosofe, MBA￾Cardoso Road in Ajeromi Ifelodun and St. Finbarr’s Road
in Somolu and Kosofe LGAs, among many others.
4. Connecting roads: These roads serve to link other roads
to our multi-modal systems, i.e., jetties and proposed rail
station sites. They include Isuti Road, Isefun Camp Davies
in Alimosho, Ogudu Link Road in Alapere, Oba Sekunmade
Road, Ijede Road (Itamaga -Ewu Elepe Town), Agric
Isawo/Konu/Arepo Ikorodu among others, at various
stages of completion.
5. Junction gridlock resolutions: This year we successfully
delivered junction improvement works at Lekki first and
second roundabouts and completed the junction
improvement work at Abraham Adesanya roundabout
Lekki-Epe expressway, in addition to completing several
bus stops/laybys across the metropolis to further free up
In line with our multi-modal transport strategy, which seeks to
create multiple viable alternatives to the historical dependence on
either private road transport, or inefficient public transport, we are
investing rapidly in expanding our transport operations in the
waterways that Lagos is so richly blessed with, fast-tracking the
completion of long overdue rail infrastructure, while also re￾organizing the way our public road transport systems function.
In the area of water transportation, we have so far added seven (7)
new boats to the LAGFERRY fleet, and in June 2021 we launched
the Cowry Card for water transportation.
We have also commenced the construction and rehabilitation of 15
jetties across Lagos, seven of which have been completed, at
Badagry Marina, Ilashe, Liverpool, Ijegun Egba, Badagry Chalet,
amongst others.
Mr. Speaker, you will recall the unfortunate orgy of violence that
followed the ENDSARS protests of 2020, which led to the
destruction of properties, including brand new BRT buses meant to
alleviate the commuting plight of the mass of our people. At that
time, we promised that Lagos will rise and build back better and
In May 2021, we commissioned 100 new, replacement High￾Capacity buses. Accompanying these 100 High-Capacity
Buses were 300 new nine-passenger First Mile and Last Mile
(FMLM) buses, introduced to enhance passengers’
connectivity between inner and major routes in the state.
In addition to this, we are also about to launch a new car hailing
initiative which will see us introduce about 1,000 new taxi cars
tagged “LagosRide” on our transportation landscape. It is our
sincere hope that this investment will bring more jobs and further
contribute to the growth of the Lagos economy.
Mr. Speaker, permit me to also update you on the Lagos Rail Mass
Transit project, which includes both the 27km Blue line, which will
run from Okoko Maiko to Marina, and the 32km Red line that will
run from Agbado to Oyingbo in phase 1 and eventually to Marina
in phase 2.
These lines, when completed, will deliver a combined 32.5 million
people every month on their respective routes, reducing travel time
by over 250%, increasing the productivity and quality of life of our
people, reducing our carbon footprint, and opening new
commercial corridors across the covered routes.
The Red line for example will come with 8 new modern train
stations, 10 new bridges/overpasses and 13 pedestrian
bridges. It is our ambition to commission these two lines in
the 4th quarter of 2022.
Let me seize this opportunity to appeal to the good people of Lagos
State, to bear with us even as the several construction works 13
ongoing across the State are causing some inconvenience in one
way or the other. It is a small price to pay for the vastly improved
standards of life and living that we will all enjoy when these projects
are completed.
In our quest to provide decent yet affordable accommodation
to the people of Lagos State, we have, in close partnership
with the private sector, delivered a total of 3,526 housing units
across the State, including 144 units at Agbowa, 72 units at
Gbagada, 144 units at Omole/Magodo, 1,188 units at
Sangotedo, 270 units at Egan-Igando, 36 units at LASU Ojo
Campus, 480 units at Ibeshe, 420 units at Ajara, 112 units at
Itamarun and 660 units at Odo-Onosa.
This is in addition to the thousands of units being delivered
exclusively by the private sector, under the oversight of the
government. Our ongoing land reforms are aimed at making it 14
easier for these private players to deliver more affordable housing
quickly that meets the needs of the population.
Mr. Speaker, in healthcare, we continue to pursue a threefold
strategy, hinged on accessibility, affordability, and quality. While
our approach to improving accessibility and quality is built around
the rehabilitation and expansion of infrastructure, affordability is
being driven by our Lagos State Health Management Agency’s
(LASHMA) “Ilera Eko” program, which is our healthcare insurance
Health Care Infrastructure: We have completed or significantly
progressed the construction and rehabilitation of several of our
hospitals. Notable ones include the New General Hospital, Ojo, the
rehabilitation of the General Hospitals in Ebute Metta, Isolo, Harvey
Road and Lagos Island, and the facility upgrade of the Mainland
Hospital, which has been the hub for managing COVID-19 cases 15
in Lagos State. In this regard, there is no gainsaying the fact that
the management of the pandemic has attracted global recognition
and commendation to our State and indeed the entire country.
We have also completed the new Mother and Child Care (MCC)
hospitals in Epe, Badagry and Eti-Osa, and I am happy to
inform you all that the construction of the New Massey
Children’s Hospital in Adeniji Adele, Lagos has begun. When
completed, the 7-Storey, 150-bed hospital is expected to be
the largest of its kind in West Africa.
Furthermore, in partnership with the private sector, this
administration has completed and handed over new oxygen
production plant at the Mainland and Gbagada General Hospitals.
New triage and oxygen centers have also been delivered in 10
locations across the State.
Mr. Speaker, in line with our vision as a State, to continue to
position for continental and global leadership, we have reached an 16
advanced stage in our plan to develop a world-class medical park
in Lagos State.
This planned Medical Park will include a 150-bed multi-disciplinary
specialist hospital and attract medical experts as well as patients
from around the world and will capture a good portion of the
Nigerian medical tourism spend, which is estimated at about
US$1.0b annually, in Lagos. It will create about 2,000 jobs during
construction and about 1,000 jobs during operation.
We are also finalizing plans to build a 1,500-bed psychiatric
hospital at Ketu Ejirin, and an Infectious Diseases Research
Institute in Yaba.
Health Affordability and Quality: To address the debilitating
challenge of healthcare affordability, we have launched Ilera Eko,
our very affordable health insurance scheme. With as low as
N8,400 per year (N700 per month), any Lagosian in the scheme 17
can access healthcare services at any of our 222 health care
providers spread across the 20 LGAs in the state.
We have this year doubled the enrolment of Lagosians in the
scheme, to 540,000. This is of course a far cry from where we want
to be. I would like to encourage Lagosians to take advantage of
“Ilera Eko” and get enrolled. There is indeed no quicker way for our
people to be impoverished than to find themselves sick without a
means to pay for the quality of medical services required.
The young people of Lagos State are the reason why Lagos is
Lagos – the most dynamic, entrepreneurial, and innovative
megacity in all of Africa, and one of the most important cities in the
It is because of our young people, who make up close to 50% of
our population, that we can lay claim to many of the positive and 18
wonderful things for which Lagos stands out. And you are the
reason why we are so confident about our future.
To our youths, we fully understand the obligations we have towards
you, as your government, as the ones elected to create a better
present and future for you, and we are discharging these
responsibilities with dedication, commitment, and a sense of
Let me start with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF),
which has, over the last five years, disbursed more than 8 billion
Naira to over 12,000 businesses, creating more than 150,000 direct
and indirect jobs in Lagos State. A quarter of this funding has gone
directly to businesses owned and run by young people.
Another youth-focused initiative is LASRIC, the Lagos State
Research and Innovation Council (LASRIC), which is providing
grants for start-ups and innovative solutions in the science and
technology space. We have half a billion Naira already available for 19
this, out of which we have disbursed about 200 million Naira,
through a very competitive and transparent process.
Our Eko Digital Initiative is proudly the largest Education
technology initiative in all of Africa. Through it we have a target of
1 million Lagos residents who will be trained in coding, which as
you all know is the language of the future.
We are also expediting action on the Knowledge, Innovation,
Technology and Entrepreneurship (KITE) Centre at Yaba, which
will cement our leading position as a breeding ground for
successful technology and innovation hubs in Africa.
The Graduate Internship Placement Programme (GIPP), which
places young unemployed Lagosians in six-month paid internships
to prepare them for full-time employment, and the Lagos State
Volunteer Corps (LSVC) Programme, which we have launched to
help create a culture of volunteering, have jointly benefited close to
10,000 young Lagosians.
In arts, culture and the creative industry, ongoing partnerships with
Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bankers Committee, and with
Ebony Life Academy and Del-York Creative Academy, will provide
world-class infrastructure and training to support the talent and
dreams of large numbers of young Nigerians who are into film,
music, theatre and ICT.
Lagos State Youth Leadership Initiative includes such interventions
as the Ibile Youth Academy which is producing outstanding youth
ambassadors who are change-makers in their various
communities; and the transformational leadership training for
young leaders, which is currently benefiting two thousand youth
participating physically and virtually in the 3 Senatorial districts of
the State.
Within the period under review, this administration has rolled out
substantial levels of agricultural investment, supporting 3,000 21
urban and rural farmers in the Agricultural Value Chain Enterprise
Activation Programme.
Additionally, 300 youths have been trained in aquaculture and
poultry production at the Lagos Agripreneurship Programme (LAP)
and provided with agricultural inputs valued at 245 million Naira.
We have also inaugurated a Five-Year Agricultural and Food
Systems Roadmap in Lagos. The focus of the five-year roadmap is
to build the State’s domestic capacity to produce the most￾consumed agricultural products, by accelerating the establishment
and expansion of farms and agri-businesses. We project that the
road map will unlock more than $10 billion of new investments in
the agricultural sector, over the next five years.
Education is one of the biggest investments we can make to secure
the future of Lagos State, in terms of guaranteeing a continuing
spirit of innovation and global competitiveness. Our efforts in this 22
regard are focused on infrastructure renewal and the digitization of
teaching and learning, capacity building among our teaching
personnel and their welfare.
We have, working with the private sector, successfully provided,
and distributed to our students over 27,000 additional mobile and
MP3 devices preloaded with the approved curriculum, to enhance
learning conditions and take us closer to our goal of a truly 21st
century megacity.
Our flagship Eko Excel Program has so far trained 15,000 teachers
on the delivery of lessons through electronic tablets, equipping
each teacher with a tablet.
We have also rehabilitated 322 dilapidated public schools, provided
87,000 units of dual composite furniture for 775 primary and
secondary schools, in addition to the provision of 300 classrooms
and 7 new hostel blocks.
We have made significant contribution to the growth of the
education sector in the State with the commissioning of over 1,097
school infrastructure projects covering 970 schools across the 20
Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas.
We have also successfully tracked over 4,500 out-of-school pupils
in the State and re-integrated them into formal education. Our new
Security Improvement Programme (SlP) in the State’s public
schools, especially in the model colleges and the boarding schools,
will secure our children in their learning environments and boost
the confidence of parents and guardians.
This administration has stabilized and restored confidence to
the Environment sector, which is key to the wellbeing of every
Lagosian. Indeed, following the overhauling of the Lagos
State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and the new
investments we have made in the waste management sector, 24
we have been able to create over 40,000 direct and indirect
new jobs.
Furthermore, with the advent of recycling and other waste
management streams, we envisage there will be about 6,000
additional jobs being created annually. Mr. Speaker, I am
pleased to note the direct impact many of our policies are
having on the unemployment situation in Lagos state.
Still on the waste management sector, this year, we procured 30
units of 12-cubic meter trucks, 60 units of 24-cubic meter trucks
and 12 hook loaders, which are expected to complement the over
850 existing PSP compactor trucks, to enhance service delivery
especially in under-served communities across the State.
To promote safe and healthy living of the citizenry, we have
with the support of the World Bank, completed and
commissioned 6 Air Quality Control Monitoring Stations in
various locations across the State.
Our “Adopt a Park” Program is successfully encouraging the
organised private sector to take over the management and
maintenance of parks and gardens, in exchange for taking
advantage of available branding opportunities.
Our quest for a cleaner Lagos city initiative through citizen’s
participation has led to the launching of an online application
known as “Citi Monitor” for monitoring and reporting of all
environmental infractions.
Dredging works are also in progress across the State, targeting
channels in areas that are most vulnerable to flooding.
Our continued investment in security is bearing positive dividends
for our State. Lagos continues to be a relatively safe place to live,
work and invest in, and we will continue to ensure that this remains
I must specially thank the private sector, which has continued to
demonstrate great support for the Lagos State Security Trust Fund.
This year we donated large number of vehicles, equipment and
operational gear to the Nigeria Police Force, courtesy of the
LSSTF. I would like to use this opportunity to urge existing and
potential contributors to do more, as there is so much more room
to scale up the interventions, for the benefit of all.
In addition to our direct efforts and investment in security, we have
been vocal in encouraging the Federal Government to support
State Policing in view of the levels of coverage and local context
required to successfully secure such a large, populous, and diverse
country, like ours.
Mr. Speaker, Distinguished Honourable Members, none of
what we have achieved this year would be possible without
the overwhelming support of this Honourable House. Let me
therefore take this moment to express my profound and 27
sincere appreciation to this Honourable House — from the Rt.
Honourable Speaker to the Deputy Speaker, the Principal
officers of the House, all distinguished members for your
dedication, commitment to our joint task of governance and
delivering the full dividends of democracy to the good people
of our dear Lagos State. I will now proceed with the
presentation of our Y2022 budget proposal.
Mr Speaker, I am privileged to be presenting to you today, the
Y2022 budget proposal, which has been tagged the “Budget of
Consolidation” for good reason. As I noted earlier, 2022 will be
the final full year of Budget Implementation before the next general
election in 2023. It is therefore an excellent opportunity for us to
consolidate on what we have done so far, and ensure that every
effort, every investment, every partnership, every policy, is
translating maximally into noticeable positive impact in the lives of
our people.
The challenging environment also requires that we focus our
interventions in areas of greatest social impact, achieving the
greatest good for the greatest number, in the shortest possible
It is in this light that we are presenting the “The Year 2022
Budget of Consolidation”, with a budget size of
₦1,388,285,459,990.51, comprising total revenue of
₦1,135,159,092,822.30 and deficit financing of
The Budget size is further analysed as recurrent expenditure
of ₦564,934,331,886.41 (41%) and capital expenditure of
₦823,351,128,104.10 (59%).
The deficit financing will be by way of a combination of external and
domestic loans and bonds, which are well within our fiscal
sustainability parameters.
We have clearly articulated our vision in tackling governance in the
State through the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda and have commenced the
state’s thirty-year development plan 2021-2051 that will update and
replace our previous plan, which was for 2012 -2025.
This is necessary given the huge global changes that have come
on us as a people and a nation. We must therefore continue to have
a long-range view to our desired outcomes. This plan will therefore
provide strategic direction and oversight for further growth and
development in the State. This Year 2022 Budget is the next step
on our journey to true and sustainable greatness in Lagos State.
Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, it is with a sense of duty and
absolute commitment to the transformation of Lagos State into a
preferred global destination for residence, commerce, and
investment, that I present the Y2022 Budget proposal:
We propose a total revenue of ₦1,135,159,092,822.30 for Y2022.
This composes of total internally generated revenues and total
federal transfers as follows:
● Total IGR – ₦898,891,092,822.30
● Total Federal Transfer – ₦236,268,000,000.00
The Year 2022 budget projects a continuing but very gradual
recovery to growth in economic activity as the global economy
cautiously recovers from the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
We have therefore approached our revenue expectations with
cautious optimism.
It should be noted that there has been a corresponding review of
the accruals from the Statutory Allocations and VAT in line with the
downward review of the Federal Budget’s Benchmark Oil Price to
$57 per barrel.

We propose a recurrent expenditure of ₦564,934,331,886.41,
composed of total Overhead, total Personnel cost, and recurrent
Debt service:
● Total Overhead Cost – ₦303,272,873,298.10
− Overhead Cost – ₦158,734 783,394.89
− Subventions – ₦89,642,302,488.07
− Dedicated – ₦54,895,787,415.14
● Total Personnel Cost – ₦189,399,268,261.49
● Recurrent Debt service – ₦72,262,190,326.82
The Total Capital Expenditure of ₦823,351,128,104.09 analysed
as shown below:

The Sectoral allocation in line with Classification of Functions of
Government (COFOG) is proposed as tabulated hereunder:
(In speaking, Mr. Governor to pick line items from the table below)
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General Public Services 171,550,737,532 63,850,078,078 235,400,815,610 16.96
Public Order and Safety 27,495,540,668 34,215,150,759 61,710,691,428 4.45
Economic Affairs 52,552,479,436 272,461,685,959 325,014,165,395 23.41
Environment 27,333,214,487 22,513,490,489 49,846,704,975 3.59
Housing and Community Amenities 11,058,163,499 66,921,992,523 77,980,156,022 5.62
Health 87,875,869,487 35,290,946,481 123,166,815,968 8.87
Recreation, Culture and Religion 4,320,392,482 12,448,375,167 16,768,767,649 1.21
Education 112,650,516,469 59,022,029,242 171,672,545,711 12.37
Social Protection 6,109,828,160 3,700,460,918 9,810,289,079 0.71
SECTORAL TOTAL 500,946,742,220 570,424,209,617 1,071,370,951,836 77.17
Contigency Reserve (Including Special
Expenditure-Statewide and Special
10,840,406,741 26,077,160,775 36,917,567,516 2.66
Loans (Repayments, CDSA & Debt
– 170,997,372,704 170,997,372,704 12.32
Personnel Cost (Servicewide and
53,147,182,926 – 53,147,182,926 3.83
Grants & Counterpact Fund 55,852,385,009 55,852,385,009 4.02
STATEWIDE 63,987,589,667 252,926,918,488 316,914,508,154 22.83
GRAND TOTAL 564,934,331,886 823,351,128,104 1,388,285,459,991 100.00

Mr. Speaker, Distinguished Honourable Members of the House, the
need for a fit and proper federal fiscal framework that will guarantee
true federalism for the different constituents of the country cannot
be overemphasized. Our strident clamour that Lagos State should
be granted a special status and complementary funding to enable
it to maintain and improve the infrastructure that services the
national economy, remains relevant.
Lagos is and must be recognized as the national asset that it is –
which is a pre-eminent melting pot of cultures in Nigeria; the
economic capital of Nigeria and the most populous megacity in all
of Africa.
As a nation, we must acknowledge that every investment in Lagos
has implications fo hnational development and indeed for Nigeria’s
capacity to take full advantage of the African Continental Free
Trade Area Agreement.
Lagos State will continue to be at the forefront of the push for a
fiscal framework that is truly reflective of the contributions and
status of the constituent parts of our Federal Republic, and that
empowers the units that are closest to the people to deliver the
dividends of democracy more effectively.
We as a nation must realize that every investment in Lagos has
implications for national development, whether it is the ten lane
airport road leading from the International airport or the Lekki deep
sea port, together with the six lane Lekki Epe expressway, or the
Red and Blue rail line moving 32million commuters from Okoko and
Agbado to Marina – these all serve to improve the commercial
capacity of Nigeria and prepare her as a trading hub ready for the
African Continental free trade area agreement.
We will, as I noted earlier, continue to explore Public-Private￾Partnership strategies in the provision of infrastructure and social 35
services, and the conversion of our challenges to opportunities
within the context of scarce financial resources.
I am very grateful to members of the organized private sector in all
ramifications who have responded to our call to partner with Lagos
and have shown a great and uncommon partnership and
contribution with our government. Indeed, that is what Lagos
stands for and that is what it means to be Lagosian.
Let me also thank all Public Servants in our various Ministries,
Departments and Agencies for identifying with our vision and
working very hard to help achieve our set objectives. We no doubt
have attained considerable success…..while we have progressed
much further than where we used to be, we are still not where we
would like to be. There is still so much work to be done and we
cannot allow complacency to set in.
As we move forward, we will intensify the ongoing public sector
reforms to enable better and more efficient delivery of quality 36
service to the public with transparency, integrity, accountability and
the spirit of true service. I urge all our workers to embrace the
change that is upon us, and to constantly seek to improve on your
skills, knowledge, and capacity, in the public interest.
I am grateful to all Honourable Members of this House for your
support, patience, and cooperation. I thank the leadership and
teeming members of our great party, the All-Progressives
Congress. I thank all our Royal Fathers for your unflinching support
and your wise counsel for our administration. My gratitude also
goes to Religious Leaders, Elders, and Community, Youth and
Women Leaders, for joining hands with us to make Lagos the
success story that it is and will continue to be.
I am eternally grateful to the people of Lagos State for the
opportunity and privilege to serve. I assure you that we will amplify
the pace and scope of our work in the days and weeks and months
There lies ahead of us even more challenging roads that we must
walk together if we must achieve the Lagos of our dreams. I will
always remain committed to Lagosians and the Lagos Project,
leading from the front, communicating, welcoming, receiving
counsel, and taking decisive action.
I will strive to deliver on your hopes and aspirations, never letting
you down, and I hope that every time I look behind me, I will find
you there, because you are the ones who give basis and validity to
whatever servant-leadership I am opportune to offer to this Center
of Excellence that we call home.
History has thrust on us, gathered here in this Chamber, an
awesome privilege, at a very important time in the evolution of our
State. We must therefore seize this privilege with both hands,
knowing that posterity will be a strict and inescapable judge of how
well we have performed with what we have been given.
We have a unique opportunity to actualize the immense potential
of our State and launch her on the path of irreversible prosperity for
the benefit of our people. We must set our hearts and hands to the
work, in one accord; knowing that the Almighty God will surely bless
and multiply all our efforts and grant us amplified success on all
I thank you all for listening. God bless you.
Long live Lagos State.
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
NOVEMBER 24, 2021

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