JUST IN: Lagos governor Sanwo-Olu sacks Bolaji Oreagba as LASTMA Boss, announces replacement

The governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sacked the General Manager of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Bolaji Oreagba.

The sacking of Oreagba was made known by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transportation, Olawale Musa, in a statement on Thursday.

He disclosed that Governor Sanwo-Olu has appointed Bakare-Oki Olalekan as the acting general manager of LASTMA with immediate effect.

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Musa noted that the appointment of Bakare-Oki “is for better performance, eradicating incidences of misdemeanours among staffs and continued efficient/effective traffic management on Lagos roads.”

He said Bakare-Oki joined the Lagos State Public Service on April 25, 2000, and rose to the post of Deputy Director, Logistics and Engineering Department of LASTMA before his new appointment as acting general manager.

According to the statement, Bakare-Oki holds a masters degree in Transportation Planning and Management from the University of Lagos and has attended several capacity-building programmes on inter-modal traffic management systems locally and internationally.

The permanent secretary urged him “to justify Governor Sanwo-Olu’s confidence in his appointment by rising up to the occasion while bringing his wealth of experience to take the Agency to greater heights.”

Musa also conveyed the appreciation and gratitude of “Mr. Governor to the outgoing General Manager, Mr. Bolaji Oreagba, for his commitment, dedication and meritorious service to the state.”

Meanwhile, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the last presidential election, Prince Adewole Adebayo, has revealed his political stand after defeat at the 2023 elections.

Adebayo, during a recent interview with Daily Sun, said he would remain in the opposition party and criticize the errors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

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The presidential candidate maintained that his party would keep working to give Nigerians alternatives to avoid people running to the ruling party.

He maintained that his frustration with the outcome of the 2023 election would not force him to join APC because he disagreed with their policies.

He said, “What stands for me is to make sure that the government gets full and maximum support of the citizens, and at the same time, we give them criticisms regarding so many errors they are committing, as you can see now. It’s one error or the other every day. We criticise them to correct those errors. And we organise our people to have a culture of democracy. That is why we work very hard in Kogi and other states.

“We will keep working to ensure we give our people an alternative. We must not be demoralised in the opposition, whereby everybody will run towards the ruling party. What will I do now with all the frustration? Will I go and join APC, which I don’t agree with, because 99.9 percent of their policies I don’t agree with? I won’t. So, we will continue to be where we are in the opposition, but we will continue to be loyal to the country and respectful to the government and then ensure that the system works. That is all I am about now.”

Adebayo also berated the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) for the poor conduct of last Saturday’s off-cycle elections in Imo Bayelsa and Kogi states, particularly in Kogi, calling for the review of the Kogi election within seven days.

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