THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF POWER, WORKS AND HOUSING
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.
He was listed in 2014 as one of the 100 Top Global Thinkers for 2013 by a global personality assessment organisation, Lo Spazio della Politica (LSDP) based in Italy and Brussels. TIME Magazine has commended him for "the overhaul of Lagos infrastructure" while The Economist Magazine acknowledged him as "a rare good man" and a Governor "who does his job well."
He also won the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) 2011 Award for Commitment towards the global promotion of Public Transportation, among numerous others.
In Nigeria, Babatunde Fashola , SAN is the recipient of the popular Man of the Year Award of The Guardian (2009), The Vanguard (2009) , The SUN (2009), the Champion (2010) and the City People (2012) . He also received the Corporate Governance Award 2012 from the Governing Council of the Institute of Directors and was equally presented the Most Labour-friendly Governor’s Award 2012 by the Lagos Zonal Council of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG).
At the Year 2014 Newswatch Awards organised by the Newswatch Communications Limited, publishers of Newswatch Magazine and Daily Newswatch, Mr. Fashola won three Awards-Governor of the Year (Internal Revenue Generation); Governor of the Year (Internal Security) and Governor of the Year (Health).
During his tenure in office, he served in various Ad-hoc Committees of the Federal Government in different capacities. He was a member of the Presidential Committee on the Review of Tariffs charged with the responsibilities of reviewing the current tariff structure and fiscal incentives in Nigeria, identifying barriers to investments and recommending strategic initiatives that would promote foreign direct investment and ultimately stimulate economic growth.
Mr. Fashola was the Chairman of the Governors’ Forum Committees set up to formulate the Rules and Regulations guiding succession to leadership of the Forum, to review the Revenue Allocation Formula for Nigeria and make appropriate recommendations by which the State Governments would engage critical stakeholders to find an equitable revenue formula for the country.
As the Chairman of the Strategy Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which drafted the manifesto of the party for the 2015 General Elections, Mr Fashola was also the Head of the Fund Raising Committee for the Buhari-Osinbajo Campaign Committee.
Mr. Fashola, SAN is Patron, Institute of Arbitrators (CIA), Member, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA); Member, International Bar Association (IBA); Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN); Notary Public of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He is a recipient of several awards and Certificates of Merit, Legal Practitioner, Administrator, Management Consultant, Team Player and a detribalised Nigerian.
Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN is married to Dame Emmanuella Abimbola Fashola and they are blessed with children.