Goodwill Message Delivered At The 30th Anniversary Celebration Of Pastor Kunle Ajayi On Stage

Goodwill Message Delivered At The 30th Anniversary Celebration Of Pastor Kunle Ajayi On Stage

Protocols…

We are here this evening to celebrate one of our own, someone who uplifts our spirits with music and draws us closer to God in worship, Pastor Kunle Ajayi.

I am excited to be here because many times, we celebrate foreign artistes and neglect our own home-grown stars. Pastor Kunle Ajayi is one of our own, a proud product of the Lagos State College of Education, now the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education.

Whether we like it or not, Pastor Kunle Ajayi is a star. God has made him a Star. 30 years on stage is an outstanding achievement and worthy of celebration. That is why we are gathered here to celebrate you, Pastor.

Kunle Ajayi is a role model to all Nigerian youths and aspiring musicians. He should be a source of hope and inspiration to us not just through his music but by his life testimony.

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Many of us do not know that as a young child he had health challenges with his lungs. He had problems breathing and struggled with any physical exertion but God healed him miraculously and he has dedicated his life to blowing the Saxophone for God.

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As he inspires us to praise and worship God with music, Kunle has also dedicated himself to raise a new generation of musicians with his PKA Music Academy. This academy will take more of our youths off the streets and help them discover their God-given talents.

These are the kinds of initiatives that we must all embrace and support. Our administration will continue to support music, arts and culture because it is a veritable instrument to address youth unemployment and grow the economy of the State.

On my part and on behalf of the government, we will support the PKA Music Academy. We look forward to this Academy raising greater talents and contributing positively to the growth of our music and entertainment industry.

As we celebrate Pastor Kunle Ajayi today, I wish him many more melodious years singing for the Lord and his people.

Thank you and God bless you.

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

21st January, 2018.

LASG Urges Nigerians To Embrace Dialogue In Conflict Resolution

LASG Urges Nigerians To Embrace Dialogue In Conflict Resolution

…Says Nation Will Only Prosper In Peaceful Atmosphere

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday urged Nigerians to always give peace a chance and embrace dialogue as a necessary mechanism for conflict resolution.

Speaking after performing the laying of wreath and release of pigeons in commemoration of the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration held at Remembrance Arcade, Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) in Lagos, Governor Ambode noted that one of the best ways to appreciate and acknowledge the supreme price paid by gallant members of the armed forces who lost their lives in the defence of the sovereignty of the country is to ensure that conflicts are always resolved amicably.

Represented by his deputy, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, Governor Ambode said that 15th of January has remained sacrosanct in the political history of the country as according to him, the day in 1970 marked the day in which   “Treaty  of Surrender’’ which ended the three-year bloody  Civil War in the country was signed.

The Governor, who commended officers and men of the armed forces for always demonstrating courage and gallantry to protect the sovereignty of the country, urged Nigerians to always eschew violence and bitterness while resolving their differences, adding that the nation and its people stand to gain a lot when there is peace and political stability in the land.

“While commending officers and men of our armed forces for demonstrating courage and gallantry in the face of threat to national unity, I call on fellow citizens to give peace a chance. Let us eschew violence and embrace dialogue as the preferred mechanism for conflict resolutions,’’ Governor Ambode pleaded.

Reiterating his administration’s commitment to all inclusive governance, the Governor also called on all Lagosians and indeed Nigerians to show love and care to the families and the loved ones of those who lost their lives while defending the country, which according to him, would further reassure them that their loved ones had not died in vain.

One of the ways to do such, the Governor said, is to engage the services of the ex-Service men and women, some of who have suffered physical disabilities while defending the territorial integrity and the unity of the country.

“As we conclude this year’s armed Forces Remembrance Celebrations, Let me use this opportunity to reiterate my call to all Lagosians and indeed Nigerians to show love and care to the families and the loved ones of our deceased patriots, One of the ways we can support the survivals of these people is to engage the services of ex–service men and women, some of whom have suffered physical disabilities while defending the territorial integrity and unity of the nation’’, he appealed.

The Governor, who assured that his administration would continue to implement policies and programmes that would promote justice, security, equity and peaceful coexistence of Nigerians resident in the State irrespective of their religions, tribes or political associations, urged government at all levels to prioritize people-oriented programmes that would bring development to the door step of a common man and bring political stability to the country.

The Governor, while calling on Nigerians to continue to pray for peace, unity and progress in the country, charged the youths to contribute their quota to the growth and stability of the country by shunning any act capable of promoting hatred or disunity in any part of the country.

The Deputy Governor took on the first duty of inspecting the guard of honour mounted by the combined detachments of the Army, Navy, Airforce, Police and the Nigerian Legion immediately she arrived the venue of the ceremony.

After the wreath-laying ceremony, several gun salutes was fired and the Deputy Governor led others to the pigeon case, where she released the birds to signify peace.

Other notable personalities, who performed the laying of wreath ceremony include Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Mudashiru Obasa; Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Opeyemi Oke; Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu; Service Commanders of military and para-military formations, a representative of the widows of the fallen heroes, among others.

We’ll Continue To Prioritise Welfare Of Ex-Service Men, Families

We’ll Continue To Prioritise Welfare Of Ex-Service Men, Families

 

…Hosts Thanksgiving Service For Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday said the State Government will continue to give top priority to the welfare of ex-service men as well as their families, particularly the orphans of fallen gallant men and women.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the Thanksgiving Service to commemorate this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day, held at the Chapel of Christ the Light, Alausa, said his administration will continue to set the standard and be a model for the promotion of the welfare of ex-service men so as to add immense value to their lives.

“The government and people of Lagos State will continue to appreciate the sacrifice of our compatriots who laid down their lives to preserve the unity and territorial integrity of our country. We will also not forget those who suffered physical injuries which have become a constant reminder of the pains suffered in the battle field. We also identify with the families left behind by the fallen heroes.

“Their needs will continue to be prioritized as we continue to add immense value to their lives. Our Legionnaires will continue to be treasured partners in our drive for a greater Lagos, where peace, prosperity and sustainable development remain the benchmark and minimum standard for good governance,” Governor Ambode said.

The Governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Mr Oluseye Oladejo, also charged Nigerians to see the celebration not just as a time to pray for the repose of the souls of the dead and for an enduring peace and unity, but also seize the occasion as a time to renew faith and draw strength and inspiration from our diversity to build a nation that can truly be a pride for the black race.

He, however, expressed displeasure with the fact that despite efforts by fallen heroes, Nigeria was still grappling with challenges of insecurity which has continued to claim the lives of valiant soldiers, members of other security agencies as well as those of innocent civilians.

“While some have suffered partial and permanent disability, several others, especially civilians, have been displaced from their homes and deprived of the means of their livelihood. In the face of this challenge, we must not relent, but continue to show resilience. We must continue to pray for divine intervention as we work hard to promote peace amongst all people in our communities,” the Governor said.

Also speaking, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mrs. Toyin Awoseyi, thanked Governor Ambode for his continuous support for the welfare and wellbeing of members of the Armed Forces.

She urged widows of fallen heroes not to despair, but take solace in the fact that the freedom the nation enjoys today was through the deprivation of some homes of their loved ones.

“May God continue to be your strength, your shield and comforter. You are not alone as the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode will continue to make efforts to support you and your families. The sacrifice of our heroes who paid the supreme price while protecting our cherished sovereignty will continue to be remembered and deeply appreciated,” Awoseyi said.

 

 

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Urges Newly Appointed Permanent Secretaries To Inject Fresh Ideas Into Public Service

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Urges Newly Appointed Permanent Secretaries To Inject Fresh Ideas Into Public Service

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday swore-in two new Permanent Secretaries, with a charge on the appointees to add value to the State Civil Service and to come up with fresh ideas that will facilitate delivery of dividends of good governance to the people.

Speaking at the brief but impressive ceremony held at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, Governor Ambode said the position of Permanent Secretary was very crucial to the smooth running of government machinery, and as such the new appointees must justify the confidence reposed in them by making positive difference especially in the manner through which responsibilities are discharged.

According to the Governor, “In discharging their responsibilities as the accounting officers of the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Permanent Secretaries are expected to provide leadership and ensure effective coordination of government business with one goal in mind which is effective and efficient service delivery to the people.”

While expressing confidence in the ability of the new appointees to deliver on their well-deserved appointments, Governor Ambode also lauded the Body of Permanent Secretaries in the State, saying the body had proven to be a reliable pillar of support to his administration since assumption.

He said the new Permanent Secretaries – Engr Abdul Adeniyi Omotayo and Mrs Adebimpe Dada who were appointed from their previous positions as substantive directors, had been part of the process and well acquainted with the standards that have been set by his administration, hence they must bring their knowledge and years of wealth of experience to bear on the public service, adding that such remained the only way to justify the confidence reposed in them.

He said: “In line with the well-acknowledged policy implementation strategies that we have set out which is driven by creative and innovative thinking, I expect you (new Perm Secs) to come up with new ideas that will make positive difference in the way and manner responsibilities are discharged in your assigned MDAs.

“This is the way to go if we are to align with modern realities and also keep pace with the expectations of the diverse and enlightened population like a State that we are running.”

Remarks Delivered At The Swearing-In Ceremony For The Newly Appointed Permanent Secretaries Held At The Banquet Hall, Lagos House

Remarks Delivered At The Swearing-In Ceremony For The Newly Appointed Permanent Secretaries Held At The Banquet Hall, Lagos House

Protocol,

A few moments ago, we all witnessed the swearing in ceremony of two new Permanent Secretaries in the persons of Engr. Abdul Adeniyi Omotayo and Mrs. Dada Adebimpe. I congratulate you on your well-deserved appointments.

The position of a Permanent Secretary is very crucial to the smooth running of government machinery. In discharging their responsibilities as the Accounting Officers of their various MDAs, Permanent secretaries are expected to provide leadership and ensure effective coordination of government business with one goal in mind; effective and efficient service delivery to the people.

I am happy to note that the Body of Permanent Secretaries in the Lagos State public Service has demonstrated great capacity as a reliable pillar of support for this administration.

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I have no doubt in the ability and capacity of the newly appointed Permanent Secretaries to add value to this administration in terms of facilitating the delivery of dividends of good governance to our people. As substantive directors prior to this new appointment, you have been part of the process and well acquainted with the standards that have been set by this administration.

In line with the well acknowledged policy implementation strategy of this administration, which is driven by creative and innovative thinking, I expect you to come up with new ideas that will make positive difference in the way and manner responsibilities are discharged in your assigned MDAs. This is the way to go if we are to align with modern realities and also keep pace with the expectations of a diverse and enlightened population.

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While congratulating you once again on your appointment, I challenge you to bring to bear on the process of policy implementation, your knowledge and years of wealth of experience in the Public Service. This is the only way you can truly justify your appointment and the confidence reposed in your ability.

I wish you all the best in your new assignment.

Thank you and God bless you all

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo jewa logun!!!

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode,

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

 

12th January, 2018