The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu says that the megacity Lagos is today is as a result of the foundation he laid when he was governor.
Tinubu was the governor of Lagos from from 1999 to 2007 with many legacies having been attributed to him by successive governments and critical stakeholders.
In a programme that aired on Channels TV on Friday night, Tinubu said he laid the foundation that all other Lagos State governors after him built upon and are still building on to make the state what it is today.
Tinubu narrated how he met Lagos a jungle and how he implemented policies that changed the narrative of Lagos to being a commercially viable and appealing city it is today .
Tinubu said, “When I came in as governor of Lagos State in 1999, Lagos was a jungle. It was a completely uncivilised environment. There were refuse dumps everywhere, schools without roofs, hospitals without ambulances and oxygen tanks to save lives. It was in a very bad state.”
“We started to put things in place gradually and the state began to take shape. What we did was to take the liabilities in the state and convert them to assets.
“Civic Centre to Oriental Hotel areas of Victoria Island were back then refuse dumps, but look at what the areas have turned to today. It is only the older ones who would remember all these.
“I initiated and implemented policies that launched Lagos to the city it is today. I will say I left Lagos better than I met it and no other state in the country till date can boast of what Lagos has achieved
“As a leader with a vision, you must surround yourself with a team of visionary people so that you will not loose your legacy.” He added.