Friday, 24 October 2014
Lagos State Governor's Song of Praise on UK Telegraph Newspaper
Lagos State Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola's praises have been sang in the UK Telegraph article titled "Meet the man who tamed Nigeria's most lawless city". The article highlighted a lot of efforts carried out by the No.1 citizen of the State and his most recent effort to combat the outbreak of Ebola.
The biggest achievement of the war against Ebola in Lagos state was last week when World Health Organisation declared Nigeria Ebola free. The model approach used to face the outbreak, became a case study for many countries till date. According to the article "Health officials had long feared that the outbreak, which has already claimed nearly 5,000 lives elsewhere in west Africa, would reach catastrophic proportions were it to spread through Lagos. One of the largest cities in the world, it is home to an estimated 17 million people, many of them living in sprawling shanty towns that would have become vast reservoirs for the infection.
To make matters worse, when the outbreak first happened, medics were on strike. Instead, Mr Fashola turned a looming disaster into a public health and PR triumph. Breaking off from a trip overseas, he took personal charge of the operation to track down and quarantine nearly 1,000 people feared to have been infected since Mr Sawyer's arrival."
My own take is how about the masses pushing a man like this to lead the country? He would obviously do more than well.