Ambode Gives February Deadline for Completion of Ago Palace Way

Ambode Gives February Deadline for Completion of Ago Palace Way

…Says Delivery Of Alfa Nla, Oke Koto Roads, A Promise Kept

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday paid an unscheduled visit to Ago Palace Way in Okota, Isolo where he expressed dissatisfaction over the slow pace of construction work on the road which he said was vital to the economy of the area.

The Governor, who was accompanied on the inspection tour by top government officials, ordered the contractor to work day and night so as to ensure the completion of the road by February 2016.

“We cannot afford to be slow on this road. It is a very strategic and important road to our people. I have directed the contractor to ensure that this road is completed within now and February next year”, the Governor said.

He also inspected the ongoing rehabilitation of Okota Road where he assured residents that the work on the road will be completed soon.

The Governor, who also inspected the newly rehabilitated Alfa Nla and Oke Koto roads in Agege, said the completion of the road was in fulfillment of the promise he made to the people during the electioneering campaign.

The Governor said: “You remember that during the campaign, I came here and I said if you vote for me, I will fix this road which is Alfa Nla-Oke Koto roads. I said I will come back to do it and I did promised that before Christmas, this road will be motorable.”

“In fulfillment of our promise, we are here today inspecting the completion of this road. What I want to tell you as part of the Christmas gift to you is that we are going to put street light on this road”.

He further directed the immediate installation of street lights on the full stretch of road from Alfa Nla to Oke-Koto, just as he assured residents that resurfacing work on the adjoining Capitol road will commence in the first week of January 2016.

General Manager of the Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC), Engr. Ayo Sodeinde, who also accompanied the Governor on the tour, had explained that the road was fixed just within eight weeks after the Governor issued a directive to that effect.

Sodeinde said: “When we got to Alfa Nla, it was even worse than Ejigbo road. In short it was terrible and the first thing we did was to go and see their Baale, and we were told that we would not be able to fix the road because people have been dying on this road.”

“But we moved in and within eight weeks, this road has been transformed to this present state. As you can see, we are here on inspection of a better road. We did patching and some maintenance job on the Capitol road but on the stretch of road from Alfa Nla to Oke-Koto, it was full rehabilitation that we did.

A resident of the area, who simplified identified herself as Mrs. Onabanjo commended the Governor for his passion to transform Lagos, she however urged him to look into the plight of the people of Akaka-Remo in Shasha area of the state.

Earlier, at POWA Shopping Complex, Falomo, Governor Ambode frowned at the poor state of the environment and indiscriminate parking of cars on the road, describing it as an eyesore.

He directed the Commissioner for Environment to immediately ensure that the state sanitation rules are enforced in the area, just as he ordered the evacuation of vehicles parked by the roadside.

Gov. Ambode at Island Club 2015 Christmas Eve Dance 2015 at Peacock Hall, Island Club, Onikan, Lagos

Gov. Ambode at Island Club 2015 Christmas Eve Dance 2015 at Peacock Hall, Island Club, Onikan, Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with Senator Oluremi Tinubu (left) and Chairman, The Island Club, Mr. Oladipo Okpeseyi, SAN (right), during the Island Club 2015 Christmas Eve Dance at the Peacock Hall, Island Club, Onikan, Lagos, on Thursday, December 24, 2015.

PIX 0334 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, discussing with Senator Oluremi Tinubu and Past Chairman of Island Club, Chief Musiliu Olaiya Anibaba, during the Island Club 2015 Christmas Eve Dance at the Peacock Hall, Island Club, Onikan, Lagos, on Thursday, December 24, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), being presented with a plaque as the Grand Commander of the Order of Peacock (GCOP) of Island Club by the Chairman of Island Club, Mr. Oladipo Okpeseyi, SAN, during the Island Club 2015 Christmas Eve Dance at the Peacock Hall, Island Club, Onikan, Lagos, on Thursday, December 24, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), being presented with a plaque as the patron of the Island Club by Past Chairman of the Club, Chief Femi Adeniyi-Williams (left), during the Island Club 2015 Christmas Eve Dance at the Peacock Hall, Island Club, Onikan, Lagos, on Thursday, December 24, 2015. With them is the Chairman, Island Club, Mr. Oladipo Okpeseyi, SAN.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; Chairman, Island Club, Mr. Oladipo Okpeseyi, SAN, the Asoju Oba of Lagos, Chief Adebutu Kessington, and Senator Oluremi Tinubu, during the Island Club 2015 Christmas Eve Dance at the Peacock Hall, Island Club, Onikan, Lagos, on Thursday, December 24, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), with the Chairman, Island Club, Mr. Oladipo Okpeseyi, SAN, during the Island Club 2015 Christmas Eve Dance at the Peacock Hall, Island Club, Onikan, Lagos, on Thursday, December 24, 2015.

Gov. Ambode at Yoruba Tennis Club Christmas Eve Dance 2015 at Greetings Hall, Yoruba Tennis Club, Onikan, Lagos

Gov. Ambode at Yoruba Tennis Club Christmas Eve Dance 2015 at Greetings Hall, Yoruba Tennis Club, Onikan, Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), discussing with Alhaji Femi Okunnu, during the Yoruba Tennis Club Christmas Eve Dance 2015 at the Club Hall, Onikan, Lagos, on Thursday, December 24, 2015. With them is Chairman, Yoruba Tennis Club, Bro. Ayodele Martins.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; Alhaji Femi Okunnu and Asoju Oba of Lagos, Chief Adebutu Kessington, during the Yoruba Tennis Club Christmas Eve Dance 2015 at the Club Hall, Onikan, Lagos, on Thursday, December 24, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; Alhaji Femi Okunnu and Asoju Oba of Lagos, Chief Adebutu Kessington, during the Yoruba Tennis Club Christmas Eve Dance 2015 at the Club Hall, Onikan, Lagos, on Thursday, December 24, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right); Chairman, Yoruba Tennis Club, Bro. Ayodele Martins; Asoju Oba of Lagos, Alhaji Femi Okunnu; Chief Adebutu Kessington,  during the Yoruba Tennis Club Christmas Eve Dance 2015 at the Club Hall, Onikan, Lagos, on Thursday, December 24, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), flanked by Alhaji Femi Okunnu (left) and Chairman, Yoruba Tennis Club, Bro. Ayodele Martins (right), during the Yoruba Tennis Club Christmas Eve Dance 2015 at the Club Hall, Onikan, Lagos, on Thursday, December 24, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), flanked by Alhaji Femi Okunnu (left) and Chairman, Yoruba Tennis Club, Bro. Ayodele Martins (right), during the Yoruba Tennis Club Christmas Eve Dance 2015 at the Club Hall, Onikan, Lagos, on Thursday, December 24, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), with the Chairman, Yoruba Tennis Club, Bro. Ayodele Martins, during the Yoruba Tennis Club Christmas Eve Dance 2015 at the Club Hall, Onikan, Lagos, on Thursday, December 24, 2015.

Gov. Ambode Inspects Newly Rehabilitated Alfa Nla Road, Ongoing Consturction of Ago Palace Way in Okota, Falomo Roundabout, Ikoyi

Gov. Ambode Inspects Newly Rehabilitated Alfa Nla Road, Ongoing Consturction of Ago Palace Way in Okota, Falomo Roundabout, Ikoyi

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare; Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources, Mr. Wale Oluwo and General Manager, Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC), Engr. Ayotunde Sodeinde, during the Governor’s inspection of the newly rehabilitated Alfa Nla Road, Agege,  on Thursday, December 24, 2015.

PIX 0296 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), addressing the residents of Alfa Nla, Oke-Koto, Agege, during his  inspection of the newly rehabilitated Alfa Nla Road, Agege,  on Thursday, December 24, 2015. With him are Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare; Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson and Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources, Mr. Wale Oluwo.

 

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare; Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson; Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources, Mr. Wale Oluwo and General Manager, Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC), Engr. Ayotunde Sodeinde, during the Governor’s inspection of the newly rehabilitated Alfa Nla Road, Agege, on Thursday, December 24, 2015.

 

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; points at a place of interest to the Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare and Commissioner Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson, during the Governor’s inspection of Falomo Roundabout, Ikoyi, on Thursday, December 24, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare; Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson; and Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources, Mr. Wale Oluwo, listen to the General Manager, Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC), Engr. Ayotunde Sodeinde, during the Governor’s inspection of the newly rehabilitated Alfa Nla Road, Agege, on Thursday, December 24, 2015.

 

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson and Project Manager, CCECC, Mr. Ronald LiBing, during the Governor’s inspection of Ago Palace Way, Okota, on Thursday, December 24, 2015.

Goodwill Message Delivered By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State at the Christmas Eve Dance of Yoruba Tennis Club, Held at Onikan, Lagos  on  Thursday, 24th   December, 2015

Goodwill Message Delivered By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State at the Christmas Eve Dance of Yoruba Tennis Club, Held at Onikan, Lagos on Thursday, 24th December, 2015

Greetings!!!

Christmas Day is just a few hours away and I am happy to join fellow brothers at this annual Christmas Eve dance to kick-start the season’s festivities.

I am happy this annual dance, hosted by our great Club, has grown in scope and relevance such that it is no longer just a social night for merriment in the calendar of our club but also a platform for social interaction and exchange of constructive conversations.

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I congratulate the Chairman – Brother Dele Martins, the management and all brothers for deepening the vision of the founding fathers of this great Club, the foremost indigenous social club in Nigeria.

Our Club will continue to be the flagship in our nation if all of us continue to demonstrate strong commitment to the vision for which the club was established and adapt it to modern realities.  We must be willing to embrace change and reforms as the early signs show that the coming year is one that will task our creativity.

Distinguished Guests, Members and Leaders here present, the outgoing year has been mixed fortunes for many people. It has been successful for some and challenging for others. For me, I was not the Governor of Lagos State, a year ago. I remember being here with my predecessor and now the Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola and the warmth you received us with.

However 2015 has been, we have a new opportunity in 2016. The Federal Revenue projections do not appear encouraging but we must be prepared. I recently presented the 2016 Budget to the State House of Assembly. We have positioned to take advantage of the opportunities and maximise the application of resources to stimulate the economy and create wealth in Lagos State. Year 2016 is a defining moment for us as a State as we face the task of making Lagos self-reliant and more prosperous.

I want to use this opportunity to seek for your support of the programmes and policies of this administration. Government alone cannot ensure full implementation of the budget; the people also have to keep their own side of the bargain by diligently performing their civic obligations to the Government through prompt and regular payment of taxes.

The success of the year 2016 budget is anchored on our Internally Generated Revenue. We would pay greater attention to E-Governance to help boost service delivery to our people. The revenue derived from the Federal Allocation has been on the decline and is expected to decline further.

All of us therefore have our jobs cut out for us in the New Year.  Lagos State must be clean, safe and prosperous. That is our promise to the people and it is a promise I intend to keep.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Prosperous Year 2016 in advance.

Thank you.

Itesiwaju ilu Eko, lo je wa L’Ogun!!!

 

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

24th DECEMBER, 2015.