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The Difference Between Gov. AbdulRahman And Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu

By Abdullahi Ajia  

Last week, Lagos State, under the leadership of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced an ambitious plans to launch a state-owned airline. This initiative, reportedly valued at N19 billion, signifies a strategic investment in the aviation sector, aiming to enhance connectivity, boost tourism, and create job opportunities, thereby positioning Lagos as a central hub in regional and potentially international air travel.

But back home in Kwara state, the Governor of my home state, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has come under scrutiny for his decision to allocate a whopping N17.8billion towards the mere renovation of Kwara Hotels, a 45 year old hotel built during the military administration of Gen. David Bamigboye. 

The launch of a state-owned airline by Lagos represents an innovative approach to leveraging the state's strategic position and resources to foster economic development. It reflects a forward-thinking mentality aimed at long-term, sustainable development.

The contrasting decisions of these two leaders underline the essence of vision in governance. A leader's vision not only defines their priorities but also influences the allocation of scarce public resources, shapes their policy direction, and impacts the state's developmental pace. It reflects the quality of their strategic thinking, the innovative capacity of their advisers, and their ability to foresee and capitalize on future opportunities.

While Sanwo-Olu's airline venture points towards a future of economic diversification and international connectivity, AbdulRazaq's hotel renovation project reflects a more narrow-minded, albeit less transformative, focus. 

But be that as it may, as these projects unfold, they will not only define the legacies of these leaders but also the future of their states, illustrating the transformative power of vision—or its absence—in shaping the destinies of communities and nations.

Abdullahi Ajia is a Lagos-based legal practitioner. He can be reached on

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