By Vera Anyagafu
The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has dedicated his first year anniversary to Covid-19 front line workers, even as he virtually commissioned 18 projects in commemoration of his first year in office.
Sanwo-Olu who made this known to Newsmen at a ceremony marking his first year in office, held at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, explained that the virtual commissioning was in line with the reality of situations world over at this time of COVID- 19 in which the state remains the epicentre in the country.
Elated Sanwo-Olu said at the commissioning of the projects, which included a concrete jetty with shoreline protection at Ikorodu, rehabilitation, upgrading and construction of road projects at Somolu, Mushin and Badagry; over 500 houses and apartments in various parts of the state and construction of classroom blocks in both primary and secondary schools in different local government council areas of the state, that even though the last four months have been very challenging in view of the COVID- 19 pandemic, the cardinal part of his Greater Lagos vision is infrastructure development.
The governor said his government had worked assiduously to achieve the numerous infrastructure commissioned, stating that, if Lagos is to sustain its Centre of Excellence status in the country, vital infrastructure must be carefully built across all sectors adding that universally, infrastructure development is critical to achieving human capital development.
“The economic impact that infrastructure improvement has on nation building cannot be over-emphasised.
Considering the statistics that about 85 percent of the people in the world reside in the developing world and transition economies, and with 67 percent of that population below age 35, the need for infrastructure development to support enduring development remains a matter of major concern for all nations of the world.
“Without doubt, the growth of any country’s economy hugely depends on the status of its infrastructure. The dearth of needed infrastructure in a given society places serious limitation on human capital development. It is in view of its crucial role to achieving rapid economic growth that advanced nations of the world commit huge investment to infrastructural development.”
He further stated that, “Therefore, the virtual commissioning of some vital projects on the occasion of the 1st year of our administration clearly amplifies our resolve to build first class infrastructure across the State. The projects that are billed for commissioning today cut across various sectors.”
He also promised to improve on the facilities in the critical health sector of the economy, while honouring workers in the health sector who have been the front liners in the battle against the COVID- 19 pandemic.
His words: “We are here to celebrate Lagosians who have immensely contributed to the success of our administration in the past one year. This actually authenticates my earlier stand that my victory at the poll was for all Lagosians.
“Over the past one year, diverse groups and individuals have enormously supported our Greater Lagos vision. All of them are, no doubt, worth celebrating.”
Continuing, he declared that the state has decided to specially honour our Frontline Health Workers who have been in the forefront of our collective efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
And while it is not possible to take the risky part of the job away, he said, it is absolutely necessary to make provisions for a robust compensation plan that would make the health workers feel appreciated, considering the risk they are always exposed to.
Also as part of the motivations given to the frontline officials was a bumper insurance cover for the State COVID-19 health workers and volunteers, Sanwo-Olu disclosed.