In this interview with ENIOLA AKINKUOTU, a former Commissioner for Physical Planning, Mr. Hakeem Gbajabiamila, who recently joined the Lagos-Central senatorial race, speaks about his time in government
You recently declared for the Lagos-Central senatorial race on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party. Can you say you did well during your time as a commissioner?
I became the Commissioner for Physical Planning during the second term of former Governor Bola Tinubu and at that time, the entire physical planning of the state was part of my portfolio and we were able to put a lot of things in place. We reviewed the regional plan which had not been reviewed for a long time and we saw all the issues that needed to be addressed. Also, at that point in time, there was a strategic move to redistribute the development around the state which led to things like the megacity development plan and towards the end of that administration. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was very interested in seeing that Lagos is given a fair consideration because we were pushing for a special status for Lagos and through the megacity development programme, we demanded that Lagos be given a special status with Ogun State because when you talk of Lagos megacity, you’re talking of a footprint that has spread to at least seven local government areas in Ogun State because people live in Ogun and work on Victoria Island.