May 24, 2015 – Lagos State Governor Mr. Babatunde Fashola has called on office holders to cultivate the habit of documenting what happened during their era to serve as reference point for subsequent administration.
Fashola who spoke at the public book presentation of book entitled, ‘A call To Duty’ written by Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Wale Ahmed to commemorate his 50th birthday celebration in Lagos noted that the country was still relying on foreign solutions to solve its local problem because of lack of documentation.
“I have always placed emphasis on documentation. There are a lot of people who have served and have not documented what they did, so I continue to challenge members of our team that you must write something for our next generation. If they come and they still have to go to Europe to find out how we managed drains, how we saved lives, rescued people then we would have failed them.
“So quite a number of the commissioners and Special Advisers have started writing those books, some of them have generous enough to ask me to write the Foreword and had done so with delight, so this book is one I have also contributed a foreword to.
“ I am sure some of them have drafts in one form or the other, as we yield the stage in the next few days, I am sure they will find some more time to finish up their drafts and I hope that the people of Lagos and perhaps the whole of Nigeria will benefit from some of the things we did well and also learn to avoid some of the things we did poorly, he said adding that all of those international references like the Winston Churchill, the Lincolns started as local solution before they became global references.
He said author of the book has provided a local solution that could become a national and international reference point in disaster management and emergency response in the future.
“It is a very serious discipline, it is a multi-disciplinary department involving medical responders. Fire service men, civil and engineering department that respond when structures or building collapse or when accidents happen,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State governor-elect, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode also released his official portrait, saying that he would want to be addressed simply as Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Governor of Lagos State.
A statement by his media team said the Governor-elect would not want the appellation of Executive or any other prefix to be added to his name.
“He hereby puts it on record that from May 29, 2015, he wishes to be addressed as Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Governor of Lagos State”, the statement said.
The portrait that was produced by famous photographer, TY Bello, shows the governor-elect in a black suit with a white shirt and blue tie.