Vision for Lagos

My vision for Lagos is simple – I want all Lagosians to have the same opportunities that Lagos gave me: good education, a highly-skilled job with decent pay when they graduate, a home they can afford, an affordable and modern transport system and a safe, clean and healthy environment.

Over the past 19 years, we’ve witnessed the transformation of Lagos into the economic and financial hub of the African continent. But I want to make it even better, I want to take Lagos to the next Level.

Too many people in Lagos remain unemployed and unemployable, or earn substantially lower than they need to survive in our city. With my background in the banking and finance sector and the public sector, as well as association with civil society organisations, I will implement a programme for business and the economy that will change that.

Too many Lagosians find themselves paying extremely high rents and can’t afford to buy their own home. My plan for housing will change that. I will provide public housing and implement a social housing plan for Lagosians.

Though a lot has been done in the area of fighting crime, far too many people are still victims of crime and don’t feel safe in their communities. My policies for crime and policing, and my six-point plan to tackle robbery, cultism, kidnapping and cybercrime will transform that.

Too many commuters in Lagos still have to struggle to go to work on overcrowded, delayed, dirty mini buses. My plans for transport will transform that.

No doubt a lot of development has taken place in Lagos since 1999 and I thank our former governors. In particular, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the creator of the Lagos Masterplan. However we all agree that there is so much more to do.

The Governor of Lagos should be fighting at every turn for better homes, better policing, better transport and an economy that works for business and for workers. The Governor should do all that it takes to ensure that every Lagosian can have the opportunities that so many of us take for granted but so many still do not receive.

I ask that you please give me the chance to be that Governor.

Babajide Sanwoolu