•What He Plans To Do
Since new Lagos Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo Olu decided to run for governorship, he has enjoyed the overwhelming support of real estate players in Lagos. They see him as one of them. His last job before he joined politic fully was to run LSDPC. And he did a good job of running that Lagos government housing agency.
Gov. Sanwo-Olu was elected the 15th Governor of Lagos State on the platform of the APC. He was declared the winner of March 9, 2019, gubernatorial elections by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday, March 10, 2019, after defeating 44 other candidates who represented different parties at the election.
A product of resounding victory, Gov. Sanwo-Olu pulled 75.6% of the total valid votes cast in the election to substantiate his legitimacy, which was further affirmed by a 72.12% vote difference between him and the next contestant.
His victory at the election is a solid endorsement of his leadership aptitude and the All Progressives
Congress (APC) politics of development and inclusiveness in Lagos State. As an inspirational leader, with a track record of performance, his candidacy was welcomed by Lagosians as a continuation of ongoing development in Lagos State.
Mr. Sanwo-Olu, who was born on June 25, 1965, in Lagos State, is a reliable party man and astute politician, who is reputed for his people-centered ideology. His foray into public service started after decades of accomplishments in the private sector, especially the Nigerian banking sector, from where he retired as a General Manager.
This accomplished private sector expert, whose innovative mind quickly established as an exemplary public sector reformer, started his early education at Government Demonstration School, Surulere and Ijebu-Ife Grammar School, Ogun State.
For his higher education, he proceeded to the University of Lagos for a Bachelor’s degree in Surveying & Geo-Informatics and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Management from the same University.
He is also an Alumus of the prestigious Havard Kennedy School of Government, London Business School and the Lagos Business School. In addition, he is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Directors (IOD), Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM),
and Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Training and Development (NITAD).
In 2003, his eventful career opened to yet another colourful chapter with his appointment, first as Special Adviser to the Deputy Governor on Corporate Matters; and later as Special Adviser to the
Governor on Corporate Matters in 2004.
His Excellency, Mr. Sanwo-Olu’s entry became a reference point for professionalism and excellence in the Public Service. At 39, he was appointed acting Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget from 2004 to 2005 and became the substantive Commissioner for Commerce and Industry in 2007 following his exceptional performance.
His managerial imprint became noticeable at the Lagos State Ministry of Establishments, Training
and Pensions in 2007 when he served as the Commissioner. During this period, Mr. Sanwo-Olu authored an executable Civil Service Framework designed around the Human Capital Performance.
Index, which puts Lagos State Civil Servants amongst the highest and regularly paid in the country.
He is a public officer with an impressive record of accomplishments. He was instrumental to the setting- up of the Lagos State Pensions Commission (LASPEC), a contributory pension scheme, even ahead of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Some of his notable contributions include setting-up and serving as the pioneer Chairman of the
Lagos State Security Trust Fund, tracking and intelligent analysis of Internally Generated Revenues (IGR) by the various government agencies and parastatals, including the Board of Internal Revenue (BIR), for executive consideration and policy-making; as well as preparation and publication of the Lagos State Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (LASEEDS).
It is also to Sanwo-Olu’s credit that the Lagos Asset Management Limited (LAGBUS) was established to ease the public transportation problem by complementing the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Lagos State. He also worked on the Control & Command Centre in Alausa, which significantly improved the capacity of the security agencies to respond to distress calls in a swift and timely manner.
He was appointed the CEO of the Lagos State Property Development Corporation (LSPDC) in 2016, and in just 2 years, the visionary administrator had returned the hitherto struggling organization to the path of Efficiency and profitability. He also refocused the organization to effectively tackle Housing Deficit in the state, which again validated his credentials as a resourceful leader and problem solver.
So, what are his plans for the Real Estate sector? City People can authoritatively tell you about his 7 point agenda:
(1) To aggressively pursue the development of up to 10,000 accessible housing units per annum in conjunction with the private sector
(2) To establish an Annual Housing Challenge Competition to create innovative solutions for housing, building materials and fittings
(3) To work with financial institutions to provide the necessary support for first-time homeowners to obtain workable mortgages
(4) To simplify and harmonize the process of property titling and sub-titling for property owners
(5) To scale up the Lagos HOMs programme
(6) To ensure that the poor and vulnerable have access to affordable housing.
(7) To enforce stricter building controls and regulations, to improve housing quality.