PROFILE OF GOVERNOR SANWO-OLU
His Excellency, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu was elected the 15th Governor of Lagos State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He was declared winner of the 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, His Excellency, Mr. Sanwo-Olu polled 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 an Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Management from the same University. His Excellency, Mr. Sanwo-Olu is also an alumnus of the prestigious Harvard 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 Nigeria 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 Executive 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 later 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.
A Public Officer with an impressive record of accomplishments, he was instrumental to the setting-up of Lagos State Pension 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, Lagos State Security Trust Fund Board, 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 policymaking; 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.
His Excellency, Mr. Sanwo-Olu was appointed the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Lagos State Property Development Corporation (LSPDC) in 2016, and in just 2 years, the visionary administrator had returned the hitherto struggling organisation to the path of efficiency and profitability.
He also refocused the organisation to effectively tackle housing deficit in the state, which again validated his credentials as a resourceful leader and problem solver. His valuable experience garnered from executive-level roles in the private and public sectors has not only distinguished him, but also made him a valuable resource to some notable organisations on whose boards he has served.
It is unexpected that his enterprising career in the private sector, defining roles in Public Service and selfless contributions to the society would not have attracted international recognitions and accolades at home. But as a man attired in modesty, these awards and laurels are encouragements that keep him on the path of service to God and humanity.
A devout Christian and family-focused man whose marriage to Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu is blessed with lovely children, Mr. Sanwo-Olu, in addition to his love for public speaking, is a member of numerous prestigious clubs, which include Ikoyi Club 1938, the Island Club, Yoruba Tennis Club and the Clear Essence Health Club.
About Lagos State
Lagos State was created on May 27, 1967 and became the federal capital of Nigeria on April 11, 1968. It remained the capital until 1991 when the government seat was moved to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. In spite of the movement of the capital to Abuja, Lagos still remains the commercial capital of the country and the economic hub of West Africa t0 date.
The Third Mainland Bridge which measures 11.8km is the longest bridge in West Africa and the second longest in Africa.
The name Lagos means “Lakes”. It was named by Rui de Sequeira, a Portuguese explorer in 1472. Lagos originally called Eko, stems from either Oko (Yoruba: “cassava farm”) or Eko (“war camp”), by its Bini conquerors.
Conquering Lagos in one visit is impossible – the National Museum, Lekki Conservation Centre, Eyo Festival, Lagos Marathon, National Arts Theatre, Third Mainland Bridge – and then exploring visits to The African Shrine or one of the city’s beaches. The ever bustling marketplace Balogun in Lagos Mainland gives you a literal taste of the best the city has to offer.
As the most populous city in Nigeria and a global hub of international business and commerce, Lagos is one of three “command centers” for the African economy (along with Johannesburg and Nairobi).
The GDP of the formal economy of Lagos is estimated to be $136.6 billion contributing 25% to the GDP of Nigeria as at August 2015. The GDP has an estimated growth rate of 10% and it is expected that by 2025 the GDP will be $355billion.
The state’s contribution can be attributed to the following factors:
Law Investment by bothe local and foreign investors
Sound fiscal policies by the state government
Favourable business and economic conditions
Its prime location in West Africa, serving as an access point to many other markets in Africa
Lagos State is home to a multitude of multinational companies because of its favourable economic conditions and vast population. This combination provides a large market for any product or service that is launched in the state.
ABOUT LAGOS GLOBAL
To make Lagos the most desirable investment destination in the world.
To enhance the ease of doing business in Lagos.
Our Core Values
- Team Spirit
Lagos State fosters a conducive environment that allows businesses to thrive
Approximately 60% of industrial investments in Nigeria come into Lagos State and about 90% of companies in Nigeria across most industries have chosen to locate their headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria.
In light of this facts and a host of other investor friendly facts, His Excellency, The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwumi Ambode at his inauguration as the 14th Governor of Lagos State pronounced the creation of the Office of Overseas Affairs and investment (Lagos Global).
Lagos Global is established and tasked with delivering on the mandate to create an enabling environment for global competitiveness and promote inward and outward Foreign Direct Investment in Lagos State.
Our Mandate includes:
» Investment Promotion
» Identification and promotion of genuine and specific Foreign Direct Investment into Lagos States economy
» Promotion of Exports
» Identification of Foreign markets for goods and services
» Promotion of Inter- Ecowas Commerce
» Enhance the global perception of Lagos State as a place to conduct business and live in
» Initiate, formulate and evaluate policies relating to the promotion of inward and outward investments in Lagos State.
» Liaise with Lagos State MDAs to maximise and promote Lagos State export potentials, especially Ministry of Information and Ministry of Commerce and Industry
» Liaise with The Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other relevant Ministries and Agencies in promoting investments into Lagos State.
» Liaison with The Federal Ministry of Commerce and relevant Agencies on Trade Promotion and Facilitation.