National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has confessed that he was worried when Akinwunmi Ambode became Governor of Lagos State, because of the huge debt he inherited.
Tinubu said this at the commissioning of Abesan-Aboru Link Bridge in Alimosho on Wednesday.
He hailed Ambode as “a silent achiever”, who had done a lot despite the huge debt profile of N418.2 billion from former Governor, Babatunde Fashola.
“I was hell worried when you took (Ambode) over, not about your credibility, character or capacity, but because however wise or smart a man is, if there is no resources to back the ideas, production would be zero, progress would be zero.
“When you (Ambode) took over, I know you inherited a burden of debt. The debt profile of Lagos was high, I was wondering how you will re-engineer and face the challenges to make progress.
“Today I can see your report card, you have scored well, you have shown prudency especially in the use of resources of the State. All over Lagos, we are seeing the results. At Oshodi, on our way down here, you can see what is happening there, that place is a construction site. It used to be a den of robbers but what is going on there now is developmental activities for the benefit of the entire country,” he stated.
Tinubu described Ambode as a “very quiet, very peaceful, not a noise maker, but he is delivering on the job. Today, you (Ambode) have given me a good birthday present. This is a great opportunity for me to be very proud again.
You didn’t disappoint us. Ambode is silently achieving, religiously executing and brilliantly giving results for Lagos State.”