SECOND TERM INAUGURAL ADDRESS BY H.E. BABAJIDE SANWO-OLU, AS GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE ON MONDAY 29TH MAY, 2023.
INAUGURAL ADDRESS BY H.E. BABAJIDE SANWO-OLU, ON HIS SECOND TERM AS GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE ON MONDAY MAY 29, 2023.
Giving his inaugural speech after he was sworn in, Sanwo-Olu promised not to let Lagosians down.
Dear Lagos! We promise not to let you down,” Sanwo-Olu said as he rolled out his achievements during his just-concluded first term in office.
Four years ago on this day, I stood before you for the first time as Governor, to ask you to join me on the journey to a Greater Lagos.
Four very eventful years have since passed, and here I am again, privileged beyond measure, to take a second and final oath of office as your Governor.
Immense gratitude goes to the Almighty God for He alone deserves all the thanksgiving for sparing our lives to see this day, and for making it a joyful day, and a day to celebrate the gains of the last four years.
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 city that proudly wore its resilience and had mastered the art of bouncing back, regardless of what it faced,” the governor said, stressing that, “That is our Lagos, our home, our city, our pride.
Dear Lagos! We promise not to let you down.
The governor assured that his administration would continue to foster a culture of transparency, accountability and participatory governance.
He added, “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.”
Speaking about the next level he is taking his T.H.E.M.E.S agenda to, Sanwo-Olu said his administration would strengthen and reinforce his administration’s agenda with a “no one left behind” philosophy.
He stressed that his agenda for second tenure in office would intensify focus on social inclusion, gender equality, and youth.
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 programs to ensure that everyone is carried along and catered to.
“This is our solemn promise to you,” the governor said.
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria,
God bless Lagos State
God bless you all.
IGBEGA EKO, TI DI AJUMOSE
H.E. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu
Governor, Lagos State.