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By Adeola Phillips

As it is Jimi Agbaje, fondly called JK is the far more popular candidate than Ambode, Loved by Lagosians and myself particularly. Recently helped by the Oba’s shocking comment meant to favour Ambode, it is apparent now that come May 29th Alausa shall be the abode of Mr. Jimi Agbaje. Not asking too much, these are 5 things I and many other lagosians demand of him;

i. Health Care

The deplorable state of healthcare service and quality needs to be reversed… and fast too. The good news is JK, the moniker that has become so synonymous with Jimi Agbaje is also the name of a pharmaceutical company. Both pharmacy and its proprietor boast an illustrious track record in the pharmaceutical field which has seen him head a number of renowned pharmaceutical companies.

ii. Land Costs

Lagos as a mega city needs continuous real estate development and thankfully, there are pockets of such developments across the state. Mr. Agbaje needs to continue this as soon as he assumes the office of governor and to do this, he must tackle the issue of rising land costs as well as run the “omo nile” or land touts out of business. This will encourage realtors, developers and other investors to bring more business to Lagos.
iii. Football

We need at least 2 teams in the Nigerian Premier League seeing as there’s many standard football pitches in Lagos. There’s the National Stadium, Surulere opposite the Teslim Balogun Stadium and there’s Onikan Stadium too. Why aren’t the millions of soccer loving Lagosians being entertained by a “Lagos football derby”?

iv. Road Network

A readily identifiable problem with Lagos is the isolated patches of development in the pre-existing roads built by previous administrations. Lagos needs a master road plan that would make it a truly developed metropolis. Innumerable areas in Lagos State are not easily linked, leading to traffic congestion and even exorbitant prices in transport fares.

A working road network will in no little way aid the development of the state.

v. Involve the youth

Although this is subject to confirmation, Lagos State can be said to have the highest population of youths in the country. The youths in the state have not seen the dividend of the democratic rule, not to talk of being the “leaders of tomorrow”. The role of youths cannot be over emphasized in the development of any area and JK should tap into the enormous human resource which Lagos has in abundance.

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By Adeola Phillips

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