Mr. Ope George and Dr. Oluwarotimi Fashola have been sworn in as Special Advisers on Public-Private Partnerships and Agriculture (Rice Mill Initiative) by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
On Monday, during the weekly State Executive Council meeting at the Executive Chamber in Lagos House, Ikeja, Governor Sanwo-Olu swore in the two advisers and also signed three bills into law.
The three bills were: a law regulating real estate transactions in Lagos State; a law providing for the registration of cooperative societies in Lagos State; and a law regulating pet ownership, licensing, and sales, as well as prohibiting and restricting people from having dangerous animals in their possession in public places.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, speaking on his new advisers, said George and Fashola bring a wealth of experience in public-private partnerships and agriculture to the State Executive Council and wish them all the best in their new roles.
“We believe this addition to our cabinet will further strengthen our ability to deliver all that we promised our citizens because we need people in strategic positions. We need people that have sufficient authority to be able to dispense their responsibilities.”
What the laws mean for Lagos
Governor Sanwo-Olu stated that the new bills he signed will promote government-citizen engagement and partnerships, allowing residents of the state to continue to live in an environment where the rule of law is upheld and they understand what is expected of them.
Governor Sanwo-Olu stated that the law regulating real estate transactions in Lagos State will help to protect citizens, particularly the unsuspecting Lagosians who fall prey to many real estate professionals. He also stated that the law will help players in the real estate sector understand what is expected of them, as well as allow the government to track who is doing what in the sector.
He stated that the law requiring the registration of cooperative societies in Lagos State will make it easier to regulate the operations of the state’s hundreds of cooperative societies for peaceful cooperation.
The Governor also stated that the law governing pet ownership, licensing, and sales, as well as prohibiting and restricting people from having dangerous animals in their possession in public places, will strengthen all of the Ministry of Agriculture’s deliverables, particularly those relating to pets and animals.