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Celebrating ‘Star boy’ Mr Environment, Tokunbo Wahab-Kunle Rasheed

In the bustling city of Lagos, where the Atlantic breeze meets the relentless energy of its people, Honourable Tokunbo Wahab stands as a testament of visionary leadership and environmental stewardship.

His appointment as the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources has heralded a new era of ecological consciousness and sustainable development in Nigeria’s most populous city.

Commissioner Wahab’s journey to the forefront of Lagos’ environmental crusade is as inspiring as it is transformative. A seasoned lawyer and a passionate advocate for justice, his legal prowess is matched only by his commitment to public service. His rich background in legal practice, has made him a strong advocate for equity, fairness and justice which he has displayed severally wherever he finds himself. TK’s legal acumen, paired with his passion for community service, has made him an invaluable asset to Lagos State.

Tokunbo Wahab has taken the reins of the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources with a clear mandate: to innovate, sustain, and lead the city into a greener future.

His tenure as the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education laid the groundwork for his innovative approach to governance, culminating in his smooth transition to the environment sector.

Wahab served as the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education. During this tenure, he spearheaded transformative educational policies, enhancing the quality of tertiary education and improving teaching standards across the state. His transition to the environment sector was seamless, bringing with him a wealth of experience in policy development and implementation.

Since his swearing-in on September 13, 2023, ‘Star Boy’ Wahab, has been at the helm of pioneering initiatives aimed at revitalizing Lagos’s environmental policies. His holistic approach addresses critical issues such as water resources management, waste reduction, and urban planning with innovative solutions that balance economic growth with ecological preservation.

Under his leadership, the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources has introduced eco-friendly programs and enforced regulations to protect natural resources, earning him accolades from environmentalists and the citizens of Lagos alike. His efforts to integrate environmental consciousness into the fabric of Lagosian life are reshaping the city’s relationship with its environment.

From the introduction of eco-friendly programs to the enforcement of regulations that protect natural resources, his work is shaping a sustainable blueprint for Lagos’s future.

What distinguishes the unique administrator, is his unwavering connection with the people he serves. He understands that effective environmental policy is not just about legislation; it’s about the lives and livelihoods of the millions who call Lagos home. His inclusive leadership style ensures that every Lagosian has a stake in the city’s environmental future.

As Lagos navigates the challenges of urbanization and climate change, Commissioner Wahab’s role becomes increasingly pivotal. His dedication to creating a livable, sustainable city for all is a beacon of hope for a greener, more resilient Lagos.

Celebrating his achievements is not merely a recognition of his contributions but a call to action for all Lagosians to join in the movement towards a sustainable future. It is not only about acknowledging his contributions but also sounding it clear that Wahab has remained one of the shinning stars of Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s government that keeps inspiring a collective effort towards a better Lagos.

Kunle Rasheed, a journalist, is reporting live from his inner mind in Lagos

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