Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode opens the LASPARK 2015 Christmas Family Fun Share celebration at the Ndubuisi Kanu Park, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode opens the LASPARK 2015 Christmas Family Fun Share celebration at the Ndubuisi Kanu Park, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (right) cutting the tape to declare open the LASPARK 2015 Christmas Family Fun Share celebration at the Ndubuisi Kanu Park, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. With her is the Managing Director, Lagos State Parks & Gardens Agency (LASPARK), Dr. (Mrs.) Titilayo Anibaba (left).

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Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (middle); Managing Director, Lagos State Parks & Gardens Agency (LASPARK), Dr. (Mrs.) Titilayo Anibaba (3rd right), jointly cutting the cake with other Senior Officers of the Agency and pupils, during the LASPARK 2015 Christmas Family Fun Share celebration at the Ndubuisi Kanu Park, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

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Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (right) with Santa Claus and the  Managing Director, Lagos State Parks & Gardens Agency (LASPARK), Dr. (Mrs.) Titilayo Anibaba (right, behind), presenting gifts to children, during the LASPARK 2015 Christmas Family Fun Share celebration at the Ndubuisi Kanu Park, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

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Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (2nd right); Managing Director, Lagos State Parks & Gardens Agency (LASPARK), Dr. (Mrs.) Titilayo Anibaba, Director, Accounts, LASPARK, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Popoola, Director, LASPARK, Alhaji Ameen Taiwo, during the LASPARK 2015 Christmas Family Fun Share celebration at the Ndubuisi Kanu Park, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

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Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode with the  Managing Director, Lagos State Parks & Gardens Agency (LASPARK), Dr. (Mrs.) Titilayo Anibaba, dancing with children, during the LASPARK 2015 Christmas Family Fun Share celebration at the Ndubuisi Kanu Park, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

Security Fund: Ambode Reassures On Judicious Use Of Tax Payers’ Money

Security Fund: Ambode Reassures On Judicious Use Of Tax Payers’ Money


…Says Commitment To Safety Of Lagosians Not Negotiable
…Holds Town Hall Meeting on Security

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday assured Lagosians of his determination to judiciously utilize the resources garnered from the people for the overall well-being of the State, just as he restated his commitment to ensure the security and safety of lives and property as well as sustain a friendly investment climate.

Governor Ambode, who spoke in Lagos at the 9th Town Hall Meeting on Security put together by the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) with the theme: “Refreshing Our Security Model,” said his commitment to the safety of the people is unwavering and non-negotiable.

The Governor said the town hall meeting was put together as part of efforts to continually create a platform for generation of ideas and solutions to confront security challenges facing the State, and to reassure the security agencies of the commitment of government to ensure their success.

While explaining that the N4.8 billion recently used to equip the police came from tax payers, Governor Ambode said that under his administration, such funds generated from the public will be accounted for and utilised to safeguard the lives of those who have chosen the state as home.

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“What we have done in the last two weeks that totaled N4.8billion, actually there is no kobo out of it that came from the Security Trust Fund, it actually came from all of you here, because there is nothing called government money, it is actually tax payers’ money. Those of us who have been contributing our taxes and paying our fees, we have apportioned part of the money that you paid as IGR of Lagos State to purchase those equipment donated to the police”.

“So we say to you, it is not our money, it is your money and it is only being used judiciously to protect ourselves”, he said.

Governor Ambode said that if one million people could contribute as low as N1000 each to the Fund, such would go a long way in providing modern gadgets to the security agencies, urging the people to donate generously.

On his part, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni thanked Governor Ambode for the equipment donated to the police, adding that the command had been challenged and motivated by the gesture to do more.

Owoseni, who assured Lagos residents of the determination of the police to adequately and swiftly prevent and respond to crime, said 4,789 motorcycles were equally impounded within the period under review.

Earlier while inaugurating the board of LSSTF, Governor Ambode said his administration would continue to make Lagos safe and secure only for law abiding citizens.

The Governor assured that he would not relent in efforts to properly and adequately equip security agencies in the State to confront security challenges, and vowed to always support the board of the LSSTF to succeed.

While recalling that the members of the board were selected based on their passion, track records of service, accountability, transparency and dedication, Governor Ambode said he had no doubt that the new board would hit the ground running, given the strong foundation that was laid by the previous board.

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He, however, charged members of the new board to bring to bear, their wide experience both in public and private sector to deepen the goodwill which the Fund has enjoyed over the years.

Governor Ambode, who said that security requires serious investment in technology, charged the board to expand the reach of the Fund and work to get more private sector support, adding that there was the need for the board to constantly engage the private sector and enlighten them on the need to be part of the collective effort to strengthen the security infrastructure of the State.

Speaking at the town hall meeting, Chairman of the LSSTF board, Mr. Oye Hassan-Odukale, who noted that the contributions from donors have sustained the Fund in the last nine years, lamented that the years of under resourcing the Nigerian Police and other security agencies by successive administrations at the centre have left a huge deficit that would require a yearly injection of at least N1 trillion for the next thirty years by the Federal Government.

Remarks By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State at the 9th Town Hall Meeting on Security, Held on Tuesday 15th December 2015 at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island Lagos

Remarks By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State at the 9th Town Hall Meeting on Security, Held on Tuesday 15th December 2015 at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island Lagos

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to you all for your presence at this Town Hall meeting. The very impressive response is an acknowledgement of the fact that the task of ensuring the safety and security of lives and property is a collective responsibility.

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The essence of this Town Hall Meeting which is the 9th is to continually create a platform for generation of ideas and solutions to our security challenges and to assure our security agencies of our commitment to their success.

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Since the creation of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund in 2007 as a private-public partnership, substantial progress has been recorded particularly in addressing the challenges that gave birth to it. Today, we are faced with even more trying challenges as the Executive Secretary has outlined and the Commissioner of Police has provided some insight.

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Events in the last one year underscores security as the major challenge of most modern economies, and we, in Lagos State, are not insulated from these security challenges. One thing is however crystal clear; our commitment to the safety of the lives and property of our people remains non-negotiable and we are prepared to do all it takes to guarantee this and sustain the friendly investment climate in our State.

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On assumption of office, my assessment of the security situation and consultation with stakeholders revealed a significant deficiency in the capacity of our security agencies in terms of modern crime fighting equipments.  The equipment that we had provided over the years were in urgent need of replacement. The current economic situation in the country notwithstanding, we resolved to refresh our security infrastructure in a manner that clearly demonstrates our commitment.

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As we have decided to take our destiny in our hands and fight back those that seek to breach the peace, we must understand that the State government cannot do it alone. We must put together our resources and stand firm in our resolve to confront and eliminate those that continue to test our collective peace.

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It is critical that in this renewed action to rid our State of criminals, we must spare a thought for the operatives that put themselves in arms way for our safety. We should be more respectful of the law and relate with the law enforcement agents in a humane and responsible manner. Like it is said “treat them how you want to be treated”.

On your behalf, we have significantly increased the sum assured in the improved insurance package for security agents operating in Lagos State. We shall continue to acknowledge and reward acts of bravery by officers who distinguish themselves in the course of their duty.

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Clearly a lot has been done but we must ensure that our gains are not lost by evolving new strategies to enhance our safety and sustaining our support to the Security Trust Fund bearing in mind that everyone can give something whether in cash or in kind, big or small.

I will always count on your cooperation and partnership.

Thank you.

Itesiwaju Ilu Eko, lo je wa l’ogun!!!

Akinwunmi Ambode,

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

15th December, 2015.

Address By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State at the Innauguration of the Board of Trustees of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund on Tuesday 15th December 2015 at the State House, Marina, Lagos

Address By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State at the Innauguration of the Board of Trustees of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund on Tuesday 15th December 2015 at the State House, Marina, Lagos

The primary responsibility of government is to ensure the safety of lives and property of its people. In all mega City-States such as ours, security is a challenge given the population size and the amount of economic activities.

The Lagos State Security Trust Fund was established in 2007 in response to the emerging security challenges. It was established to serve as a platform for collaboration between the government and the private sector to pool resources for the provision of security equipment and materials needed to enhance the crime fighting capacity of security agencies.

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Today, a new Board under the Chairmanship of Mr. Oye Hassan-Odukale has just been inaugurated to continue from where the previous Board stopped. Members of this new Board were carefully selected based on their passion, track record of service, accountability, transparency and dedication. I have no doubt that the new Board will hit the ground running given the strong foundation that has been laid.  You are expected to bring to bear your wide experience both in the public and private sector to deepen the goodwill which the Fund has enjoyed over the years. Accountability, prudency and transparency must be your watchwords in the management of the financial and non-financial donations that will be made to the Fund.

With the realization that security today, requires serious investment in technology, the Fund has to expand its reach and work to get more private sector support. I urge you to constantly engage the private sector and enlighten them on the need to be part of the collective effort to strengthen our security infrastructure. As you do this, you must render transparent account of the funding you receive to all stakeholders.

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I wish to use this opportunity to reiterate the commitment of this administration to make our State safe and secure only for law abiding citizens, both individuals and corporate. We shall not relent in our efforts to ensure proper and adequate equipping of our security agencies to be able confront the security challenges we face.

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I congratulate the Chairman and members of the newly inaugurated Board. I wish you success and also assure you of my support.

Thank you.

Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

15th December 2015

Take Ownership of Govt Projects, Ambode Charges Communities

Take Ownership of Govt Projects, Ambode Charges Communities

… Commissions 33kv Electrical Sub-Station, Community Hall in Gberigbe

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday charged residents to take ownership of every government projects located in their communities and ensure a conducive environment for businesses to thrive.

The Governor, who stated this while handing over 33KV Electrical Sub-Station at the Gberigbe Piggery Farm and a Community Hall in Gberigbe, Ikorodu Local Government Area of the State, said the change mantra of the present administration must be carried beyond rhetoric as it starts with the people who are the real agent of change.

While reiterating that his administration is that of continuity with improvement and better performance, Governor Ambode assured residents of improved inclusive and community-driven projects so as to take advantage of the synergy and complimentary role of the grassroots for viable and sustainable development in the State.

Governor Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Wale Oluwo, noted that the two Community Projects would create job opportunity for the unemployed youths, and would equally be beneficial to the people and attract wealth to the Community and its environs.

He implored the people of the State to take ownership of every project and programme put together by the government and ensure a conducive environment for businesses to thrive, adding that it was important for the people to take the advantage of the productive activities in creating wealth in the communities.

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While assuring the people of Gberigbe of the provision of additional three transformers so as to boost the economy and improved standard of living of the people in the area, the Governor, however charged the residents to ensure that the security of lives and properties are given utmost concern.

He said that it was the responsibility of every well meaning Lagosian to report any suspicious activity within the communities in a timely manner to security agencies through the 112 or 767 toll free lines or directly to the offices of law enforcement agencies.

Besides, Governor Ambode disclosed that the feedback mechanism has also been enhanced through provision of toll free lines to all Local Government Executive Secretaries as well as access through the internet, and thereafter charged residents to take the advantage of the channels to ensure better services more than before.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Muslim Olohuntele-Folami, said that the projects were part of the Lagos State Government’s commitment to improve infrastructure and to enhance business and good living condition of the citizen.

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He said with the projects, the foundation for a bigger and sound community inclusive development has been enhanced, and that the people of Gberigbe and its environs must ensure sustainability of the various projects and programmes provided by the government.

In his goodwill message, Chairman of Gberigbe Community Development Association, Prince Aina Olukorede Amos, thanked the State Government under the leadership of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for all the good works he has been doing in the State, which he said are geared towards ensuring good standard of living for the citizenry.