Former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Lanre Ope was hosted to a tweetmeet moderated by social media expert @Bar_Baric. During the session, which lasted for about 1 hour 30 mins, the seasoned politician engaged the public, entertaining questions and giving insights on his ambition to govern Lagos State come 2015.
The first question that set the tone for the discussion was on how he intends to address the traffic situation in Lagos. The Gubernatorial candidate answered that alternative means of transportation will be explored and enhanced, considering that Lagos is surrounded by water. Better travel options will be considered, including working on new and existing roads as well as creating structured shuttle routes.
When asked about the meaning and origin of his campaign tag line #LeapLagos, in his own words, Hon. Lanre Ope who will publicly declare his intentions to run, responded that “Leap simply talks about springing to a great height. It’s all about surpassing previous achievements. It’s about raising the consciousness among Lagosians that we can soar and leap in bounds in all facets and this why my campaign is premised on this and I want a Lagos that will continue to set the standards as with the present administration in the state, as we take that giant leap”.
On why he intends to be Governor of Lagos State, he responded with “I’m a Lagosian who is constitutionally allowed and equipped with the Leadership skills to improve the quality of life of the people in the state. I have had prior experience of serving in State Legislature and other positions of Leadership”
He went on to answer more questions about his plans for the educational sector, what sets him apart from other candidates, his plans for Lagos in terms of infrastructure, youth development, employment and other burning issues.
While he was a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Lanre Ope sponsored motions and supported bills that improved the welfare and well-being of Lagosians in general. He was very willing to bring to bear, his significant experience in legislative procedure, which he gained in his role as Legislative Officer at the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria during the 2nd republic.
In the Lagos State House of Assembly, he sponsored some motions including the Child Rights Bill, and the motion that led to establishing the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).
He joined the defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD), under which platform he contested to represent Lagos Island II in the Lagos State House of Assembly. As a member of the Assembly, Lanre was appointed into various House Committees where he made valuable contributions to developments in Lagos State. Lanre served in the following committees;
• Security, Information and Strategy
• Judiciary Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions
• Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation
• Inter Government Relations
• Youth, Sports and Culture
• Hotel and Tourism