Born on the 28th of June 1963 in Lagos, Nigeria, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN was sworn in as the Honourable Minister for Power, Works and Housing, newly created through an unprecedented consolidation of the three hitherto distinct ministries, by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday 11th November, 2015.
Mr Babatunde Fashola comes to the job with high acclaim as the immediate past Governor of Lagos State. Elected the thirteenth Governor of the State on May 29, 2007 and overwhelmingly re-elected for a second term on the 26th of April 2011, his second term tenure came to a glorious end on May 29, 2015 with the swearing in of Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, his successor from the same All Progressives Congress.
Babatunde Fashola was called to the Nigerian Bar in November 1988. He cut his teeth as a barrister in the law Firm of Sofunde, Osakwe, Ogundipe and Belgore, as a litigator specializing in chieftaincy matters, land disputes, intellectual property, commercial and criminal law.
In August 2004, he was conferred with the rank of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria [SAN], Nigeria's highest legal distinction. He is the first member of the 1988 Law School set to take the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, and the Second University of Benin Faculty of Law graduate to be so honoured.
Throughout his tenure as Governor of Lagos State from 2007- 2015, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN demonstrated a commitment to excellence in public service and an uncommon dedication to his avowed pledge to lead the change that will transform Lagos into Africa's model mega-city.
Both nationally and internationally, he was acclaimed as one of the bright hopes for the future of Nigeria, and one of the very progressive Governors determined to reclaim Nigeria's past glories through competent and transparent leadership.
His dogged pursuit of renewal of the infrastructure of Lagos as the critical strategy for economic growth and poverty alleviation won the State honours from as far away as Australia, where he was lauded for undertaking the fastest infrastructure renewal ever in Africa. Indeed, his unflagging spirit led the Government to explode many negative myths about Lagos.
Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN is the recipient of the prestigious Stephen J. Solarz Award of the International Crisis Group for 2015 for his commitment to building a peaceful and vibrant society; his work to improve social and economic conditions in Lagos including his role in preventing the Ebola outbreak from becoming a crisis in Nigeria.
About Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN)