An Address Delivered By His Excellency, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State on the Occasion of the Inauguration of the Lagos @ 50 Committee Held on Wednesday 10th February 2016

An Address Delivered By His Excellency, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State on the Occasion of the Inauguration of the Lagos @ 50 Committee Held on Wednesday 10th February 2016

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to Lagos House. We have in our midst today esteemed guests and associates as we set the ball rolling for the celebration of Lagos State at 50.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Lagos State will be 50 years next year. 50 years is a significant landmark in the life of any individual, institution or State. For Lagos State, it has been an eventful 50 years which deserves to be fittingly celebrated.

Lagos State is the smallest and oldest state in Nigeria. Since the creation of Lagos State on May 27, 1967, it is the only state that has not been divided to create more states. Despite our size, Lagos is the most populated State in Nigeria and is Africa’s most populous City-State.

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Lagos is the commercial capital of Nigeria and the most cosmopolitan State in the country where peoples of every tribe, race and creed reside peacefully. Our State has an excellent record of religious tolerance.

Lagos is a land of opportunities, offering all residents the chance to succeed in their vocations and endeavours. Lagos provides jobs to more people than any other State in Sub Saharan Africa. Lagos is that place where you have a chance to make it if you work hard.

With all these in mind, it is imperative that we celebrate Lagos at 50. In celebrating Lagos, we must showcase our cultural heritage. We must celebrate the language, arts, sights and sounds of Lagos. Celebrating Lagos is to celebrate Nigerian Unity and Progress because Lagos provides the cohesion that keeps Nigeria together.

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Indeed, Lagos State has justified its creation. Apart from being the pacesetter and first among equals in the comity of States in the Nigerian Federation, Lagos State also occupies a noticeable position in global affairs especially as the fastest growing mega city in the world.

The opportunity of this golden jubilee is one we must use not only to celebrate our past achievements, but also to showcase to the world our immense potentials for future growth and development.

A celebration of such great significance needs proper and adequate planning. Hence the inauguration of this Committee comprising respected men and women whom I believe have a perfect understanding of the expectations of Lagosians, Nigerians and indeed the entire world. With this committee, I am rest assured that Lagos will be excellently celebrated and the world will see Lagos in its full splendour.

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The members of the Lagos at 50 Planning Committee are as follows:

  1. Prof. Wole Soyinka – Co-Chairman

There is very little anyone can add to the profile of one of Nigeria’s most illustrious sons. We are grateful to Prof for agreeing to serve in this committee.

  1. Mr. Rasheed Gbadamosi – Co-Chairman – Who coincidentally was in the first Lagos State cabinet of Brigadier-General Mobolaji Johnson at the age of 26.
  2. Hon. Habeeb Fasinro – Member
  3. Chief Olawale Cole – Member
  4. Mrs. Sarah Boulos             – Member
  5. Mrs. Abimbola Obafunwa – Member
  6. Prof. (Mrs) Senapon Bakare             – Member
  7. Mrs. Chika Balogun – Member
  8. Mr. Folarin Coker             – Member
  9. Prof. Ademola Abass – Member
  10. Bolanle Austen-Peters – Member
  11. Mrs. Olufunmilayo Balogun – Member/Secretary.

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This committee has the following responsibilities to accomplish:

  • Develop a comprehensive programme for the celebrations;
  • Identify series of events that will take place as part of the celebrations;
  • Establish the logistics requirements to ensure a hitch free celebration;
  • Identify areas of possible collaboration with Corporate organizations and individuals for support; and
  • Consider and make appropriate recommendations on any other matter that will ensure a successful and memorable celebration.

I look forward to working with the Committee to achieve the set objectives.

I congratulate you all on this historic assignment.

Thank you.

 

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

10th February, 2016

We Would Build on Gains of Security – Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

We Would Build on Gains of Security – Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday assured residents of the State that it was working hard to consolidate on the gains recorded over the past few months in reducing crime to the barest minimum, just as it reiterated its commitment to always uphold security of lives and property.

 State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni who disclosed this at the end of the monthly State Security Council meeting chaired by the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and attended by heads of all the security agencies in the State, said the Council considered and agreed to build on the momentum of successes recorded so far with the view to safeguarding lives and property, as well as maintain a safer environment for investment.

 He said: “As you all know that one of the tripod upon which the State Government built its policy thrust is security. We have once again looked at what is happening security wise; the gains recorded especially with the successful hosting of the Lagos Marathon held last Saturday.

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 “Looking at that, we have considered and agreed that there is need to build on the momentum and further improve on what we are doing in order to keep Lagos State safer and more secured in order to attract investments which will also translate into giving employment to people in Lagos,” Owoseni said.

 Owoseni, who briefed journalists alongside service chiefs and top government functionaries, also highlighted the positive impacts which the ‘Light Up Lagos’ Project, an initiative of Governor Ambode’s administration, has had on the security architecture in the State.

 He said: “It is one of those key things with which we can prevent crime. Apart from the aesthetical value that you gain in it by making everywhere beautiful, you are also preventing crime when the places are lit up at night.

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 “It helps in prevention of crime and detection as well. You can see the criminals that we are pursuing, if the criminals have dropped anything which if the places are dark, you will not be able to see them, but that story has changed. So, it is a big plus for security.

 “I just want to appeal to Lagosians to be law abiding and expect improvement on all what the security agencies have been doing to keep Lagos safer and more secured,” the Lagos CP said.

 Those in attendance at the meeting include the Commander, 9 Mechanized Brigade, Brigadier General Bulama Biu; Commander, Nigeria Navy Ship Beecroft Apapa, Navy Commodore Abraham Adaji; Commander 435 Base Service Group, Ikeja, Air Commodore Danladi Santa Bausa and Director, State Security Service, Mr. Adekunle Ajanaku.

Pictures: Gov. Ambode at 80th Birthday of First Military Governor of Lagos State, Brigadier General Mobolaji Johnson (Rtd.)

Pictures: Gov. Ambode at 80th Birthday of First Military Governor of Lagos State, Brigadier General Mobolaji Johnson (Rtd.)

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), with the celebrant and first Military Governor of Lagos State, Brig. Gen. Mobolaji Johnson (rtd.), during his 80th birthday, at his residence in Lagos, on Tuesday, February 09, 2016.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left); his wife, Bolanle (right), with the celebrant and first Military Governor of Lagos State, Brig. Gen. Mobolaji Johnson, rtd.(middle), during his 80th birthday, at his residence in Lagos, on Tuesday, February 09, 2016.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left), with his wife, Bolanle (right), watch with admiration as the celebrant, Brig. Gen. Mobolaji Johnson, rtd. (2nd right) and his first Son, Mr. Seyi Mobolaji Johnson (left), read through a greeting card presented to the celebrant by the Governor, during the 80th birthday of Brig. Gen. Mobolaji Johnson, rtd., at his residence in Lagos, on Tuesday, February 09, 2016.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), with the celebrant and first Military Governor of Lagos State, Brig. Gen. Mobolaji Johnson (rtd.), during his 80th birthday, at his residence in Lagos, on Tuesday, February 09, 2016

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with the celebrant & first Military Governor of Lagos State, Brig. Gen. Mobolaji Johnson, rtd. (right) and his first Son, Mr. Seyi Mobolaji Johnson (left), during his 80th birthday, at his residence in Lagos, on Tuesday, February 09, 2016.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; with Son of first Military Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Seyi Mobolaji Johnson and Elder brother of the former Governor, Mr. Babatunde Johnson, during  the 80th birthday of Brig. Gen. Mobolaji Johnson (rtd.), at his residence in Lagos, on Tuesday, February 09, 2016.

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode Receives German President, Gauck, Seeks Partnership On Security, Transport, Technology

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode Receives German President, Gauck, Seeks Partnership On Security, Transport, Technology

…Mulls Lagos, Frankfurt Sister-City Relationship

…Lagos, Centre of Business Creativity – Guack

…Says Germany’ll Assist Nigeria Fight Terrorism

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday evening expressed the desire of his administration to partner with the Federal Republic of Germany in areas of security, transport, technology and development finance to give a quantum leap to establishment and sustenance of businesses in the State.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the Lagos House in Ikeja while playing host to the President of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck, said he was also favourably disposed to a sister-city relationship between Lagos, the economic capital of Nigeria, and Frankfurt, the commercial hub of Germany, especially in the area of financial service sector.

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He told the German President that his administration had instituted security and legal reforms to ensure a thriving business environment.

He said his administration was ready to explore the common interests between the state and Frankfurt, which is also Germany’s financial capital.

“We have invested deeply in security to ensure that every foreigner is protected in Lagos here and in Nigeria in particular, I am committed to ensure that every German is accounted for in Lagos and we would make sure that they live a very safe and comfortable life.

“I must recognise quickly the volume of German investments that we have in Lagos, I must also recognise quickly what it means to us because ultimately it is about creation of jobs for our people and where we see a situation where we have willing partners and by the demonstration of the number and quality of businessmen that you have brought in this delegation, I am assured that we would have so much to do together as we proceed.

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“I will like to let you know that the key areas that we are deeply interested in are in the areas of power, technology hub and transportation.

“We believe that we need to change the state of our transportation system in Lagos and that’s why we are quietly talking to some of the German companies, we want a situation where we can actually phase out some of the buses that we are using and we should pride ourselves to be able to use some of the quality buses that come out from Germany and we are talking about buses to the volume of 10,000 to 20,000. But beyond that, we must also start to think about creating assembling plants and also workshop plants to grow the economy of Germany and at the same time grow the economy of Nigeria”, the Governor said.

On his part, Gauck, who spoke through an interpreter, pledged that Germany will assist Nigeria with the technical know- how to successfully fight terrorism.

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He said the purpose of his visit to the country was to strengthen the cordial relationship between the two countries and to forge additional trade ties, said he was willing to share his countries experiences in the field of science and technology, especially in the areas of capacity building, expressing confidence in steps being taken by the present government in the country to address the nation’s challenges.

“I am delighted to be here in Lagos and we in Germany and in Europe are more than aware of the importance of this city as a centre of business, of political development, of creativity and intellectively in the art of West Africa. At the same time I am delighted to be here in Lagos on my very first visit to Nigeria. I am happy to learn more and hear more about the successes of this country and the problems it has to tackle.

“My visit is meant to underline the friendly close ties existing between Germany and Nigeria. We have great interest in the area of trade. We in Germany are ready to share our experiences in those areas where you think they might prove helpful or necessary and we are happy to share the experiences we have acquired in fostering security and fostering social security.

“We are happy to share the knowledge we have acquired in the field of science and technology and cooperate with you and we are also happy to the knowledge we have when it comes to bringing about a fruitful cooperation between the business communities to bring about benefit for all,” he said.

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According to him, “That is all we want to talk about and look at the potentials on these subjects and other matters. I am happy not only to get an opportunity to meet the representatives of the business community and to get to know more about the strength of assisting this country in those areas but also to have the opportunity to learn more about the culture in diversity that this country has to offer.

“I refer to business delegation that is accompanying me on this visit. Amongst them you have experienced personalities, people who have been here for quite a while and have acquired crucial beneficial experiences in doing business here on the ground. At the same time we also want to be of assistance when it comes to providing training; we believe that the German model in the area of training can be adopted here.”