Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode Directs Contractors To Commence Work On Ajasa-Command, Abesan Roads In Two Weeks

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode Directs Contractors To Commence Work On Ajasa-Command, Abesan Roads In Two Weeks

…Says Projects To Come With Walkways, Drainage, Street Lights

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday expressed displeasure on the state of Ajasa-Command and Abesan roads, just as he assured residents that work would commence on the roads within the next two weeks.

Governor Ambode, who spoke during an inspection tour of the areas, expressed displeasure at the deplorable condition of the roads, saying such was unacceptable in the State.

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The Governor assured that work would commence on the Ajasa-Command axis, after Ile-Iwe junction, where the previous road construction stopped, explaining that the project will accommodate walkways, street lights and drainage systems.

At the Command Military School, the Deputy Director in the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Engr Rasheed Akindele who briefed the Governor on the current state of the road, said the project was undertaken by the Lagos Metropolitan Transport Authority (LAMATA) around 2011/2012, but the Ministry of Works took the project further to the Command Bridge and then to Ipaja axis.

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According to him, due to the volume of vehicular movement in the area as residents prefer to link Ipaja and Ayobo through the axis from Alagbado, the road deteriorated due to neglect.

Also, a community leader in the area, Alhaji Abdulrazak Olajide, told the Governor and his entourage, that the people have been suffering a lot in the axis due to lack of road, pipe-borne water, health facility, electricity and schools.

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While addressing a large crowd that trooped out to see him, Governor Ambode said as a responsive and responsible government, work would commence on the road within the next two weeks.

He said: “I felt sad when I got here to see the state of the roads in this area. It is so displeasing, it is disheartening and it is totally unacceptable to me. I have been reading about the state of this area from several letters written to me by residents and that was what made me to decide to come and see the state of things for myself.

“I will start from where they stopped work previously at Ekoro Road and we will fix the drainage from there to Ajasa here within the next two weeks. We will not stop at that, we will fix the roads also. We are going to fix this road from Command Bridge down to Command and Ikola.

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“In addition to that, I have listened to one of the leaders in this community. We are bringing schools into this community. One of our priorities for 2016 which we have stated in our budget tagged ‘The People’s Budget’ is to provide schools and health centres for all our communities and we will make sure that this part of Lagos is well represented in that provision.

“I just want you to be patient and cooperate with the contractors and when we do the road, we are also going to do street lights. Above all, when we do all these, you also make sure that you pay your taxes,” Governor Ambode said.

At Abesan, Governor Ambode, who trekked about 900 meters from Church Road down to Giwa Street to inspect the Abesan link road, equally promised that work would commence on the road within the next two to three weeks.

Addressing the people of the area, Governor Ambode said: “We are here in Ipaja and we have moved from the junction at Ekoro road joining from Church Street up to this point in Giwa. We have seen that the roads here are in very deplorable state. The best option for us is to commence this project immediately. We are going to construct from Church road down to Aboru and then do the bridge that will link this Giwa Street to Abesan Estate and also down to Iyana Ipaja.

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“We will do the drainage, street light and then walkway also. What I just want to tell all the people in Aboru is to be patient with us. The contractor will move to site within the next two to three weeks. We have also told the contractor to employ people from this area to do the job. All you need to do is to cooperate with government and the contractor. Before the end of this year, the project must have been completed and we will be back to walk on the roads together”, he said.

Responding on behalf of the community, a resident, Pa Samuel Babatope, said they were elated to see the Governor in their community, expressing optimism that the visit of the Governor was a confirmation of the fact that the roads will be fixed.

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“We have been hearing that our road will be fixed, but we used to think it is one of those lies from politicians. We are happy that it is now a reality that our road will be fixed. I thank the Governor and his team and pray that God will continue to help them to deliver on their promises and make life easy for residents,” Babatope said.

Gov. Ambode Mourns Passage Of Olubadan Of Ibadan, Oba Odulana

Gov. Ambode Mourns Passage Of Olubadan Of Ibadan, Oba Odulana

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday extended heartfelt commiserations to the people of Ibadan and Oyo State Government over the death of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1.

Oba Odulana, who was born on April 14, 1914 and became the Olubadan in July 2007, passed on at the age of 101 on Tuesday evening in his palace in the Monatan area of Ibadan.

The Governor, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, described the late monarch as a well accomplished Nigerian, who cut his teeth in various positions of office he occupied during his hay days.

“Oba Odulana was an accomplished Nigerian in the true sense of the word. He gave his all to serve the country in various capacities. He was a seasoned civil servant and a thoroughbred politician which eventually saw him become a Minister in the First Republic.

“His contributions towards the establishment of both primary and secondary schools in various parts of the old Western Region of Nigeria cannot be forgotten in a hurry”, Governor Ambode said.

While commiserating with the family of the late traditional ruler and the people of the state, he urged them to take solace in the fact that the deceased was a devout Christian, humanist and respected traditional ruler who gave his life to the service of God and to humanity.

 “He lived a fulfilled life and will be remembered as a peace loving monarch who served his people selflessly until his glorious exit. He will be sorely missed for his wise counsel and his passion for unity.

“On behalf of the good people of Lagos State, I wish to express our heartfelt condolence to the people of Oyo State, especially the people of Ibadan over the death of this highly respected monarch. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace,” the Governor said.

Gov.  Akinwunmi Ambode Welcomes Admission into Odu’a Group

Gov.  Akinwunmi Ambode Welcomes Admission into Odu’a Group

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has welcomed​ with joy and enthusiasm the admission of Lagos State as the sixth member of the Odu’a Group, describing it as a major landmark in the effort of the South-Western States of Nigeria towards regional integration.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, Governor Ambode believes fervently that the drive towards regionally integrating South West of Nigeria cannot be effectively pursued if all the States in the region do not combine their resources, work together and maximize their comparative advantages in order to build a strong regional infrastructural and social links amongst the States.

“Governor Ambode said that Lagos joining the Odu’a Group is a priority for his administration.

“He observes that with its huge population, its vibrant economic base and its being the centre of economic and business activities in Nigeria, Lagos is uniquely placed to contribute to the development and growth of the Odu’a Investment Company Limited (OIC), the investment arm of the group, as well as the integration of South West Nigeria in general.  The governor expresses his gratitude to the group for the decision and looks forward to his government working with those of other States in the group towards the betterment and development of South West of Nigeria and its people,” Ayorinde said.

The statement added that Governor Ambode wishes to seize this opportunity to thank the Odu’a Group for all that it has done and thank his colleagues in the five South-West States for extending the hand of fellowship to Lagos State.

It would be recalled that the decision to admit Lagos State as the sixth member of the Odu’a Group was taken at the end of a meeting of the five governors of Oyo, Ondo, Ogun, Osun and Ekiti States in Ibadan yesterday, thereby ending four years of debate amongst the previous five owner States over whether Lagos State should be admitted into the group.

Pictures: Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode Renders Second Quarter Account of Stewardship at City Hall, Lagos

Pictures: Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode Renders Second Quarter Account of Stewardship at City Hall, Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule and Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, during the Second Quarterly Town Hall meeting to render account of stewardship of Governor Ambode’s administration, at the City Hall, Lagos, on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.
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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), rendering account of stewardship of his administration for the Second Quarter, at the City Hall, Lagos, on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, rendering account of stewardship of his administration for the Second Quarter, at the City Hall, Lagos, on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right); Lagos Central Senatorial Leader, All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Tajudeen Olusi; Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule and Senator representing Lagos Central, National House of Assembly, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, during the Second Quarterly Town Hall meeting to render account of stewardship of Governor Ambode’s administration, at the City Hall, Lagos, on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

PIX 7005Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with Lagos Central Senatorial Leader, All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Tajudeen Olusi and Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, during the Second Quarterly Town Hall meeting to render account of stewardship of Governor Ambode’s administration, at the City Hall, Lagos, on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

PIX 7089Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), discussing with Lagos Central Senatorial Leader, All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Tajudeen Olusi, during the Second Quarterly Town Hall meeting to render account of stewardship of Governor Ambode’s administration, at the City Hall, Lagos, on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

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 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; the State Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Otunba Henry Ajomale; Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello and Lagos Central Senatorial Leader, APC, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, during the Second Quarterly Town Hall meeting to render account of stewardship of Governor Ambode’s administration, at the City Hall, Lagos, on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

PIX 8115Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), exchainging pleasantries with Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu (2nd left), while Chairman, Conference 57, Hon. Kolade Alabi (2nd right) and member, Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Jumoke Okoya (left), watch with admiration, during the Second Quarterly Town Hall meeting to render account of stewardship of Governor Ambode’s administration, at the City Hall, Lagos, on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with  former Deputy Governor of Lagos, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye and APC Chieftain, Prince Tajudeen Oluwa, during the Second Quarterly Town Hall meeting to render account of stewardship of Governor Ambode’s administration, at the City Hall, Lagos, on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), with the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, during the Second Quarterly Town Hall meeting to render account of stewardship of Governor Ambode’s administration, at the City Hall, Lagos, on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. 

I am Resolute in my Commitment to Serve Lagosians

I am Resolute in my Commitment to Serve Lagosians

…Renders Second Quarter Scorecard

…Says Crime Rate Reduced by 65 Percent

…Approves N2.5bn For Schools Upgrade

…Commences Construction Of Ajah, Abule Egba, Berger Flyovers

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday reaffirmed his commitment to remain resolute to serve and justify the trust reposed in him, assuring that he would continue to work tirelessly to deliver good governance for the collective good of all Lagosians.

The Governor, who spoke while rendering his account of stewardship at the Second Quarterly Town Hall Meeting held at the City Hall, Lagos, said his administration will continue to stay true to its overall policy built on a tripod of security, infrastructural development and job creation.

Addressing a large gathering of party chieftains, market men and women, captains of industry, members of the diplomatic corps as well as top government functionaries, Governor Ambode said his administration is fully aware that a safer Lagos will attract more investments from local and foreign investors, hence he kept to his promise in the first quarter to improve on the security in the state with investment in security equipment worth over N4.7billion.

The Governor reported that the investment in the security equipment has led to the reduction of crime rate in the state by 65 percent in the last quarter of 2015.

“I am happy to report that our State is a lot safer today as statistics show that crime rate reduced by 65% during the last quarter compared to Year 2014,” he said.

Governor Ambode said his administration, in another spirited effort to tackle crime, invested towards the “Light Up Lagos” project, which has since restored light on major highways and inner roads in the state at night.

He said an Advisory Committee on Power, chaired by the Deputy Governor was also set up to keep faith with the promise to ensure that every nook and cranny of the state is lit-up, just as he urged residents to key into the project in return for a reward.

“In the past few months, we have fixed street lights from Berger in Ojodu to Lekki, Ikorodu to Lagos Island, the entire Ikeja axis, Victoria Island and Ikoyi. We are taking this project to every part of the State. If we are not yet in your neighbourhood, give us a little time; we will soon be there. As we light up the State, we expect crime to reduce as criminals will have nowhere to hide and operate.

“I call on individuals and corporate bodies to join our “Light Up Lagos” project by adopting a street and lighting it up either by connecting it to your meter or your generator. In return, these individuals and institutions will receive special concessions on Land Use Charge and commendation from the State and Local Governments”.

The Governor also said in the last quarter, 49 transformers were donated to communities that were hitherto in darkness for five years, while electricity has now been restored to 63 Communities starting from Eleko to Ode-Omi in Ibeju Lekki Local Government.

“We also commissioned the 33kva Electrical Sub-Station in Gberigbe Community, Ikorodu. This is expected to improve the electricity situation in that axis,” he said.

On infrastructural development, Governor Ambode said that over 300 roads were rehabilitated during the period under review, adding that 66 major road projects are at various stages of completion while 80 road grading and surface dressing projects will soon be completed in all the LGs & LCDAs of the State.

He listed some of the completed roads to include Afa Nla Road, Agege, CIPM Road, Alausa, Ijegun-Ikotun Road, Mba Street, Ajegunle, 1st and 2nd Avenue, Festac Town, Afolabi Ege Street, Ojo, Thomson Road, Ikoyi, 2nd Avenue, Ikoyi, Queens Drive, Ikoyi, Ebutte Ero Road, Lagos Island and Akin Adeshola Road, Victoria Island.

“In addition to this, the construction of two roads in each of the 20 Local Government and 37 Local Government Development Areas in the State was flagged off last week.  A total of 114 roads will be delivered through this intervention in the next six months at a cost of N17.5b,” The Governor said.

Governor Ambode also listed other strides of his administration in the last quarter including the injection of 434 new BRT buses, the commencement of construction of fly-overs in Ajah roundabout, Abule – Egba Junction and Berger Bus stop as well as the resumption of work on the Blue Line Rail Project expected to be completed by December 2016.

He also said that the state government has embarked on the rehabilitation of schools, construction of new classroom blocks and provision of furniture to the tune of N2.5b, jointly funded with the Federal Government under the UBEC scheme with the State adding an additional N526m.

On the projection for the first quarter of 2016, he assured that with the budget already in place his administration will kick-start the N25billion Employment Trust Fund, employ new staff into LASTMA, Fire Service and Hospitals, strengthen the state security infrastructure as well as take the Light Up Lagos Project to more areas.

He said, “As your Governor, I am resolute in my commitment to you; to serve and justify the trust you have reposed in me and work tirelessly to deliver good governance for the collective good of all Lagosians.

“All we need is your support and cooperation. We thank you for your direct feedback to us. We take them on board but we also need you to always fulfill your side of the social contract by ensuring regular payment of your taxes and willful compliance with the State Laws.

“There are better days ahead. Together, we are building a Lagos that we are all proud of”.