Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Profiling Nigerians: Babatunde Fashola: Rise of a troubleshooter

He can do it" was many observers' comment when Babatunde Fashola took up a challenging new mission to transform Lagos into Africa's model of governance. Babatunde Fashola is the youngest Governor of Lagos State in the history of Nigeria and a Senior Advocate by profession. He is the 13th Governor of the State and first Senior Advocate of Nigeria to hold office as Governor in Nigeria. He governs a state that is probably Africa’s largest city with over 22 million people.

Profiling Nigerians Babatunde Fashola; rise of a troubleshooter

Fashiola has demonstrated top disciplined, tough and resolute qualities in front of difficulties and critics. ''There is no one above the law in the state. People who are not prepared to obey our laws should leave the state. There is no society where laws are not broken, but the state government would continue to increase its enforcement so that there will be high level of compliance,’’ he said after arresting a policeman for violating 'The state Traffic Law' that prohibits the operations of motorcycles and tricycles on Lagos/Abeokuta Express road and other metropolis.
profile of Fashola

Re-elected last year with 81 percent of the vote, Fashola is courting residents and investors by building roads, an urban railway, bridges and hospitals. Hotels such as Sheraton and Radisson have expanded their operations in Lagos since Fashola took office in 2007.
Also, Shoprite, Massmart and car manufacturers have also taken advantage of his good governance.

His government plans a free trade zone with an international airport and a port. Expectations have grown so high that “if there’s a blip, the impression is you’re slacking”, Fashola said in an interview.

Last year he signed into law a bill that forces men to support their children. Men who impregnate and abandon women could now face prosecution in Lagos State.


  1. This guy epitomizes greatness and ingenuity.

  2. Fashola is the very epitome of how not to govern the most populous and richest state in the black world. Akpabio is light years ahead of him. Akpabio built an international class airport from scratch in two years flat, without waiting for so called PPP or "private investors". He just went ahead and used state funds. The result, after spending just N42b of his state funds, is amazing. Uyo International airport is COMPLETELY state-owned, and has the second largest hangar in Africa already, and they havent even finished. Fashola and his master, Bola Thiefnubu, have been promising Lagosians an airport since 1999. 14 years on, and there's nothing to show for their empty promises and shallow noise.

    The tolls paid by Lekki residents for that sub-standard and uncompleted Lekki Epe expressway are just criminal. Akwa Ibom has the best roads in Nigeria, and there is no single toll gate in the city, except at the airport, and I hear it's just N100!

    The "schools" in Lagos are a disgrace to the very concept of education and are too few. Akwa Ibom seems to have a school in every square km!! It's just amazing. Make I go baff jare. Going to Ikot Ekpene later.

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