Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has pledged to operate a system that fosters a culture of transparency, accountability, and participatory governance to build a greater Lagos.
Sanwo-Olu made this known on Monday, May 29, in Lagos while delivering his inaugural speech after taking the oath of office for his second term.
The 57-year-old governor admitted his administration experienced “unprecedented” challenges in the first term, but he overcame them.
Sanwo-Olu said, “Four years ago, we promised a better future for ourselves and our children. We did not think it would be easy, or effortless. In fact, we knew it would require a lot of hard work, sacrifice, and innovative thinking.
“There were also many things we did not expect or anticipate. Nobody could have foreseen that just ahead of us lay the most disruptive and devastating global health challenge of our lifetime.
“And yet, we saw the triumphant spirit of Lagos shine through. We saw a people that cannot be defined by the tragedies that confront us.
“We saw a city that proudly wore its resilience and had mastered the art of bouncing back, regardless of what it faced.”
Sanwo-Olu added that his administration would continue to implement the THEME policy geared toward Lagos’s economic growth and development.
Sanwo-Olu, in his first term, formulated a concise framework hinged on six pillars, which he presented as representing the yearnings of the people of the state.
“We are confident, as we have always been, that even if you do not believe what we say, you will not disbelieve what we do, because it will be as clear as day.
“It is in line with this resolve that I am pleased to announce that we are taking our THEMES governing agenda to the next level.
“T.H.E.M.E.S, as you already know, stands for Transportation and Traffic Management; Health and Environment; Education and Technology; Making Lagos State a 21st Century Megacity, Entertainment & Tourism; and Security & Governance.
“Henceforth, it will be known as T.H.E.M.E.S+, the ‘plus’ representing the incorporation of an intensified focus, in these next four years, on Social Inclusion, Gender Equality, and Youth.
“In other words, we are strengthening and reinforcing THEMES with a ‘No One Left Behind’ philosophy. No one will be left behind on account of their social status, gender, or age. We will design all our policies and programmes to ensure that everyone is carried along and catered to.
“This is our solemn promise to you,” he said.