Lagos governor responds to publication that called him "full of excuses, but few solutions"

The latest issue of The Economist has condemned the present administration by saying that Governor Ambode is "full of excuses, but few solutions, for the worsening gridlock."

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

The Economist has released a publication that condemns Governor Ambode's administration.

In the latest issue of the London-based magazine titled "Paralysed, Why Nigeria's largest city is even less navigable than usual", Governor Ambode was called "full of excuses, but few solutions, for the worsening gridlock."

However,the previous governor of Lagos state, Babatunde Fashola was praised for succeeding in improving traffic and empowering the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority.

Governor Ambode has responded by releasing a statement asking the magazine to "restrict itself to strict journalism rather than seeking to impose jaded views."

Here is some of the statement.

"Perhaps, it is high time that this vaunted magazine learnt to restrict itself to strict journalism rather than seeking to impose jaded views in a volatile political climate where, we dare say, the gluttonous lot can choke on their own bile, almost hoping that the elections leading to the emergence of the governor could be held over again. This Thursday November 12, he is declaring open the BRT corridor that links Mile 12 to Ikorodu, which in itself is preparatory to the launch later this month of an ambitious roll-out of 450 new set of mass transit buses and a dedicated special BRT service that will be direct from Ikorodu to Victoria Island. He is lighting up the entire metropolis in a matter of weeks and is finalizing on a major waterways expansion project. All these and more at a time that he is fortifying the security apparatus with a set of brand new patrol vehicles and power bikes as well as three helicopters to assist in surveillance. Governor ’s great plans for Lagosians are not in doubt and are already being unfolded. He will get on with it while insisting that like Londoners, Lagosians too deserve good things of life…with some respect!"

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