Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday, said Lagos has successfully overcome COVID-19 third wave and already taking proactive measures to banish the virus from the state completely. x
Speaking at the 61st independence day parade at Agege Stadium, Sanwo-Olu said the county celebrates, his administration is mindful of the various challenges confronting the nation and the state.
The governor said more than ever before, it is time for all Nigerians to close ranks, and view the differences not as a stumbling block but instead as an energizing force, and unite with renewed determination and commitment to move the country forward against all odds.
“Even in the face of the many challenges confronting us as a people and as a nation, my message to every Nigerian at this time is that we have no reason to lose hope. There is enough evidence around us of the fact that while we are not yet where we would like to be as a country and a people, we are also no longer where we used to be. x
“But we are equally mindful of the various vistas of progress that have opened up, and which continue to give us hope that we can achieve the Nigeria of our dreams.
“Sixty-one years ago, the struggle of our forefathers and nationalists to free our country from the shackles of colonialism and attain the status of a sovereign and independent nation came to a happy ending with the lowering of the Union Jack and hoisting of the Green White Green Flag.
“In the years since then, so much has also happened to us as a country. We have fought a civil war, experienced several coups, and ultimately overcome military dictatorship and restored democratic governance.
“This year marks the 22nd year since we began to enjoy uninterrupted democracy, which is itself a huge feat, considering that all previous attempts were short-lived.”
Sanwo-Olu maintained that his administration is committed to the security of lives and property, especially that it is a vital foundation and pre-condition for investment and economic development.