The Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, has declared that he has no enemies, adding that what appear to be enemies are critics who inspire him to fulfill his biggest challenges in governance.
He equally claimed that he has met the expectations of over 21 million Lagosians who gave him their mandate’’
The governor, who was responding to a question from one of the students, who took part in the Lagos State Science and Technology (LASSTECH) week, last week at the state Auditorium, Alausa, added that his belief in the promise of a greater Nigeria inspires him to always give his best.
He urged the over 750 students at the state auditorium to “work hard and hold on to your dreams, since all that had been thought impossible globally in the recent past have come to pass.’’
Meanwhile, the state government has appealed to Nigerians to rely more on science and technology in accessing goods and services, even as the state government steps up its infrastructural transformation to make living and doing business in the state easier for all.
The state Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Adebiyi Mabadeje, made the appeal in his address at the take-off of the week-long LASSTECH, with the theme: ‘Emerging Trends in Science and Technology and their application in Nation Building’.
The commissioner said: “In line with global best practices, the state was determined to continue to deploy science and technology in delivering world-class services to a multi-facetted and increasingly sophisticated commercial community in the capital of Africa’s leading economy.’’
He said that the programme was put together by the state government “to promote the use of science and technology as tools in strengthening creativity, innovation, capacity building, infrastructure and institutions all geared towards the realisation of good governance and efficient service delivery to the people of the state.’’
Mabadeje said that it was only the deployment of science and technology solutions that could confront the huge challenges presented by the rapid rural-urban migration into Lagos in order not to compromise the quality of life of the inhabitants.
The state government said these challenges informed the yearly LASSTEC H week is aimed at creating awareness and early promotion of practical skills, entrepreneurial education, as well as the study of Science and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the state’s educational institutions.
In her welcome address earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs. Nike Animashaun, told the participants that: ‘’Science and technology provide the best options for development in all facets of human endeavour, while also serving as the yardstick for measuring the rate of economic development in any state or nation.’’
She commended the over 750 pupils and students drawn from all over the state for taking advantage of the week’s activities to justify the huge investment on science and technology by the Fashola’s administration in fast-tracking economic development of the state.
The Permanent Secretary said : ‘’The week will enable participants to explore and harness scientific and technological inputs, showcase indigenous technology and research products, provide platforms for inventors and investors to interact for the development of Lagos and pro-actively proffer solutions to issues confronting emerging megacities like Lagos.’’