How I turned Lagos into a megacity - Tinubu

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Bola Tinubu, the APC's flagbearer for president in the 2023 general elections, has narrated how he transformed Lagos from a slump to what it is today.

He stated that while serving as Lagos' governor from 1999 to 2007, he transformed the city from a jungle to a megacity.

Bola Tinubu
Bola Tinubu

In a program that aired on Channels TV on Friday night, Tinubu said that he laid the framework for all subsequent governors of Lagos State to build upon in order to transform the state into what it is today.

Lagos "came alive" under Tinubu's leadership, he proclaimed.

In his words, "When I came in as governor of Lagos State in 1999, Lagos was a jungle. It was a completely uncivilized environment. There were refuse dumps everywhere, schools without roofs, hospitals without ambulances, and oxygen tanks to save lives. It was in a very bad state.

“We started to put things in place gradually, and the state began to take shape. What we did was take the liabilities in the state and convert them to assets.

“Civic Centre to Oriental Hotel areas of Victoria Island was back then refuse dumps, but look at what the areas have turned to today. It is only the older ones who would remember all these.

“I initiated and implemented policies that launched Lagos into the city it is today. I will say I left Lagos better than I met it, and no other state in the country can boast of what Lagos has achieved to date.

In the program, both the current governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the former governor of the state, Babatunde Fashola, credited the APC presidential candidate for the majority of the projects that their administrations completed.

They referred to Tinubu as the mastermind behind the state's developments and said that the majority of them were born during his time, long before they were implemented.

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