Exclusive interview: Fashola reveals important things Buhari said he must do

His Excellency Babatunde Raji Fashola is a man whose political journey and story is a reference point of what dedication and uncommon commitment can do to a man. As Chief of Staff to the former Lagos state governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his meticulous and workaholic disposition to service did not go unnoticed. From relative obscurity, he was propelled to become the governor of Lagos. Not only did he become governor of Africa and Nigeria’s foremost commercial and financial hub, he came, saw and conquered the battle of good governance as he turned Lagos state to one huge construction site with rapid infrastructural development. His expertise was sought from far and near. Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka described Fashola as not just a politician but a skilled workman who goes straight to the root to fix the problems of Lagos state. Such was the dexterity the “Eko Oni baje” proponent brought to governance as he rolled up his sleeve for 8 years in Lagos as governor. It was no surprise to many observers that President Muhammadu Buhari could entrust 3 powerful ministries to the University of Benin graduate of law and senior advocate of Nigeria. His assumption of office as one of the most important public servants of this dispensation was the aftermath of the present administration’s collapse of 42 ministries to 24 in its bid to cut the cost of governance. The honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing spoke to NAIJ.com’s Head of Government Relations, HC Anthony Eshemokhai and Miss Nnenna Ibe in Abuja Find the excerpts and video of the interview below. Buhari’s priority project for Fashola The amazing thing Fashola holds dear about Mr President is that 3 years down the line, he has never referred anyone (friends or family) to his ministry for jobs, contracts etc. Neither has the wife or members of his family. This, according to Fashola is a huge departure from the plundering of the past where governance was simply a sharing[…]

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