Lagos State Public Works Corporation: Brief Report of Work Schedule Between Monday November 16th – Friday November 20th, 2015

Lagos State Public Works Corporation: Brief Report of Work Schedule Between Monday November 16th – Friday November 20th, 2015

Lagos State Public Works Corporation this week carried out Maintenance/Palliative on some of the roads in the following Local Government Areas.

1. ALIMOSHO LG

a. Aina Obembe rd, Oluwaga Area, Ipaja

b. Baruwa Street, Ipaja

c. Raji Rasaki Street/Ige Street, Aboru, Alimosho

d. Ige Street Abori, Alimosho

IKOTUN EJIGBO ROAD ALIMOSHO LG

2. OSHODI-ISOLO LG

(a) Salamotu/Taiwo/Godwin Omonua Road Network, Ilasa in Oshodi-Isolo

(b) Apapa-oshodi Exp, Aswani inward Mile 2, Oshodi-Isolo

(c) Okota road (Ibeh Junction to Akiti Junction) Oshodi-Isolo LG

3. IKEJA LG

(a) Mobolaji Johnson Ave/Billings way, Alausa way, Alausa, Ikeja

(b) CIPM Ave, CBD, Alausa, Ikeja

(c) Billings way/Household of God, Alausa, Ikeja

 

MILLING OF ROAD AT CIPM AVENUE, CBD, ALAUSA IKEJA LG

 

REPLACEMENT OF MAN-HOLE COVER AT MARYLAND IKEJA LG ACME ROAD INWARD AKILO, OGBA

4. SOMOLU LG

(a) Market Street, Somolu

5. KOSOFE LG

(a) Ibadan Express, Tollgate-Isheri, Kosofe

(b) Agidi Street, Ketu, Kosofe

6. IKORODU LG

(a) Itoikin road, Caleb Axis inward Sabo, Ikorodu

(b) Alhaji Alagago/Eluku/Ireshe road, Ikorodu

(c) Oba Sekumade road, Igbogbo, Ikorodu

(d) Sabo-Ikorodu round-about inward Ikorodu Garage, Ikorodu

7. AGEGE LG

(a) Oko Oba road, Agege

(b) Oba Ogunji rd, Pen Cinema inward & outward Mobil, Agege

(c) Ogba road (Pen-Cinema-Pero inward Mobil) Agege

8. OJO LG

(a) Akoberu road, Ojo

(b) Old Ojo road, ile-Epo Axis

 

OLD OJO ROAD ILE EPO AXIS OJO LG

 

9. EPE LG

(a) Epe-Ijebu Ode road, Odomola-Noforija Axis, Epe

(b) Epe-Ijebu Ode road, Odoragunshi-Mojoda Axis, Epe

10. IFAKO IJAYE LG

(a) Old Abeokuta rd, Agege inward & outward Abule Egba, Ifako Ijaye

(b) Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Adura-Toll gate Axis Ifako Ijaye

(c) Bola Ahmed Tinubu Road, Ifako Ijaye

(d) Old Abeokuta rd, Agege inward & outward Abule Egba, Ifako-Ijaye

11.  AMUWO ODOFIN LG

(a)Old Ojo road, Ile-Epo Axis, Amuwo Odofin

12. ETI-OSA LG

(a) 2nd Avenue, Ikoyi, Eti-Osa

(b) Queen’s Drive, Ikoyi, Eti-Osa

(c) Akinogun Street, Lekki Alternative Route, V-Island, Eti-Osa

13. LAGOS MAINLAND LG

(a) Makoko road, Yaba, Lagos Mainland

14. IFELODUN LG

(a) Mba-Cardoso road, Ajeromi Ifelodun

15. APAPA LG

(a) Liverpool Road, Apapa

16. LAGOS ISLAND LG

(a) Molony Road/Igbosere road, Lagos Island

17. MUSHIN LG

(a) Coker Street/Oyewole Street/Ilupeju bye pass, Ilupeju Mushin LG

To date about 284 roads have so far been touched in Lagos State since the inception of Akinwunmi Ambode Administration’s through the intervention of the Lagos State Public Works Corporation.

 

Keynote Address Delivered By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor Of Lagos State At The 2015 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Annual Seminar Held on Thursday, 19th November at The Metropolitan Club, Victoria Island, Lagos

Keynote Address Delivered By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor Of Lagos State At The 2015 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Annual Seminar Held on Thursday, 19th November at The Metropolitan Club, Victoria Island, Lagos

Building Bridges: The Nigerian Experience

I am very feel truly elated to be here today, amongst my fellow Hubert H. Humphrey Fulbrighters!

When I got the invitation to deliver the keynote speech at this event, I had no hesitation whatsoever in accepting. I knew it would be an opportunity for me to catch up with some of my old friends who have been busy in their different locations across the country making that difference we were taught during the programme. Furthermore, I looked forward to participating in the activities of the Fulbright Fellows Alumni Association. Due to my present job, I have not been as active as I would love to. I also consider this a wonderful platform to share with the wider audience my Fulbright experience and how I hope we all can use our individual and collective experiences as Humphrey Fellows to make a difference and build bridges.

I thank my colleagues in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows Alumni Association Nigeria, for the honour in inviting me to be the keynote speaker at this year’s event. I also thank the Public Affairs section of the US Embassy for keeping in touch with the Association and assisting it to remain focussed and result-oriented.

It is my great pleasure and honour to welcome everyone, to the activities of the 2015 Humphrey Week taking place in our beloved State, Lagos. I know that every Humphrey Fellow in this hall today, and those who could not make it to this august event, must be proud to see that our Association is growing stronger and that her members are indeed helping to make the difference all over the country. I feel very proud to be counted as an alumnus of this international exchange programme

This year marks the 75th anniversary of educational exchanges between the United States of America and the rest of the world. I am glad that the HHH Alumni Association Nigeria is a part of the celebrations. Since yesterday, the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows have been involved in a series of activities not only as part of our usual Humphrey Week, but also in commemoration of this great milestone.

I want to acknowledge the diligent efforts of some of our members who have continued to give their time and resources towards keeping the activities of this Association alive. While I acknowledge their contributions, I must observe that in life, it takes just a few committed individuals to make a difference in any endeavour. As Margaret Mead, the great American scientist said, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed,’.

There is no doubt that being a Fulbrighter is a worthy achievement for anyone who is privileged to be so selected. Think of the stringent process prospective recipients go through before they are chosen and in the end, only a select few go on to experience the programme. As an exchange programme, it offers a recipient the opportunity to live in an academic environment the United States of America for a specified period of time, during which one is engaged in a series of activities that include academics, workshops, internships and travels. The essence of the programme is to develop the individual, give him or her wider perspective on life and career and thus help unleash the leadership potential within. Recipients are then sent back to their respective countries and the real sector where they settle in to make a difference in their chosen careers. In a simple expression, they are sent out to be bridge builders in their communities and the larger society.

In building bridges, Fellows invest social capital and use their leadership qualities to push for positive change. The HHH Fellows are found in all spheres of life and across the globe. One consistent attribute of the typical HHH Fellow is that he or she is a role model and a purveyor of that change society deserves and which it so dearly craves.

I look back with nostalgia on my own days at Boston University as a Humphrey Fellow. The Programme gave me the opportunity to widen my horizon, not just professionally but in a 360 degree manner. I had great academic experience and I was taught by some of the great minds in America. The Programme also gave me the opportunity to work with great public finance professionals in the state of Massachusetts and thus deepen my understanding and practice of public finance. I travelled round the great country of United States of America and my eyes were opened to the results of human endeavour when people are committed to making a change in their lives and in the societies they live.

For me one of the major takeaways from my exchange programme is the undying belief in the ability of the human being to make a difference and to succeed, regardless of what challenges one encounters. I learnt to dispense with the word ‘problem’ and to replace it with ‘challenge’. This was very useful to me during the election campaigns. In this world, there will always be challenges and it is the individual who perseveres that triumphs.

I used my time during the Exchange Programme to make great friends from all parts of the world. I came back to Nigeria reenergised and with a greater sense of resolve to improve my immediate and larger societies.

You will agree with me that in the past decade, the Nigerian society has been facing increasing challenges. Beginning with insurgency in the Niger Delta, kidnapping and the vandalising of petroleum facilities, the country faced the global economic and financial crises of 2008/9. The stock market collapsed and global financial turbulence has remained an enduring phenomenon. Even though the Nigerian economy has been experiencing slow recovery ever since, the onslaught of the insurgency in the North East of the country and the dramatic drop in the price of crude oil, our dominant foreign exchange earner, have led to very challenging times. We have witnessed the significant shrinking of the middle class and a disturbing widening of the gap between the rich and the poor. Social ills are on the rise and in various parts of the country

In the midst of these, Lagos state has managed to remain among the most attractive locations for those who want to realise and live their Nigerian dream. We have managed to sustain the momentum of growth of the state economy in spite of the increasing population and the need to provide utilities. This is taking place even in the face of inadequate and decaying infrastructure.

Pause a while and think of the challenges that we face in Lagos State. We are the fastest growing city in the world and easily the biggest in Africa and still growing. The Lagos State has since 1999 worked tirelessly to midwife Lagos along the path of a modernising megacity.

Under my government, we have focussed on doing even more. We are determined to make Lagos globally competitive; the model megacity that will be the destination of choice for all. While we continue to improve our infrastructure, there is the equally formidable challenge of building the social bridges that will make for harmonious and mutually rewarding society.

As a megacity, Lagos is home to a diverse range of peoples and cultures. Diversity of this dimension presents both very huge potential risks and rewards. This mix of history, biology and culture into a relatively small space and time, presents enormous challenges that could boil over if we do not take deliberate and concerted actions to address them. However, seeing the opportunities inherent in the challenges is where the Hubert Humphrey Fellow can make a difference.

This is where the skill of bridge building, as espoused in the HHH programme comes in handy. Each HHH Alumni must step out and be part of addressing this challenge. It is what is required to build the Lagos or any society that we will be proud to hand over to our children.

As both leaders and followers, we must resolve to be part of the bridge building process. Just yesterday, some of our members participated in outreach programmes to school children in Lagos state. Visitations have been arranged in the past in support of the less privileged and there are occasional talk shops to address matters of topical interest. I also know that the HHH members are very much law-abiding and pay their taxes as and when due. Those are critical elements in the bridge building project.

I want to conclude by urging all Humphrey Fellows, and indeed all those who are in this gathering today, to continue be active in building social bridges. Let no one think that the little efforts at bridge building do not count. It is indeed those few steps that really do count. Let us start now and do not wait for the larger opportunity before you commence.

I would like to draw the attention of all of us to a Zig Ziglar quote which says, ‘You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great’. Let us all start now and we can then become great bridge builders.

Thank you.

A Keynote Address Delivered by His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, at The Lagos Business School Alumni Conference Held on Thursday 19th November, 2015    

A Keynote Address Delivered by His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, at The Lagos Business School Alumni Conference Held on Thursday 19th November, 2015    

 PROTOCOL,

 

It is an honour to be invited to address this auspicious gathering, and eminent group as you host your annual alumni conference. Specifically, I thank the LBS Alumni President, Mr Wole Oshin, whom I have known for almost 35 years, for giving me the opportunity to address a selection of your almost 6,000 strong members. It is indeed a great thing to be able to celebrate your alumni as therein lies the importance of building key business relationships that will last many years.

My address on the subject ‘Positioning Nigeria for Global Competiveness’ could not have been better timed.

Recent economic challenges

We are all well aware that we have faced very turbulent times in the last year occasioned by:

  • Fall in the price of oil, thereby reducing by half the revenue available for distribution to the three tiers of government.
  • Security concerns in the North Eastern part of the country – although now being contained by our revitalised military.
  • The impact of Ebola crisis in our region.
  • Weakening Consumer demand which suggest that we will not quickly return to high single digit growth, let alone the double figures that we would desire – and which should be possible.
  • This current downturn just adds to the existing problems of inadequate power supply, poor infrastructure, more than half of our population living in poverty and significant levels of unemployment. The effects of the crisis are being felt at all levels of society but as is often the case that it is the poorest who are particularly vulnerable.
  • Those who live on the edge of the economic precipice have no savings to draw on when they are suddenly out of work and they struggle most when inflation raises the price of the essentials.

Despite these challenges the vision for our Nation remains clear.

The Vision

 

  • The intent is to position Nigeria to become one of the top 20 economies in the world by 2020
  • Key objectives of the vision 2020 remain the same:
  • Stimulate economic growth and launch the country onto a path of sustained and rapid socio-economic development, and
  • Achieve a GDP of not less than $900 billion and a per capita income of not less than $4000/annum by the year 2020

 

  • For Nigeria to be ranked in the top 20 in the world by year 2020, there needs to be a radical and aggressive focus on the task at hand. Whilst this focus is driven at the center, if Nigeria is to be competitive, it becomes imperative that States such as Lagos be at the forefront of driving the agenda. It is against this background that my address will be focused on Lagos.

 

Lagos as we know is the commercial hub of Nigeria. Many say LAGOS, is a mini country in itself. You know the statistic more than me.

  • The GDP of the formal economy of Lagos is estimated to be $136.6 billion, contributing 25% to the GDP of Nigeria as at August 2015.
  • This GDP puts Lagos as arguably the fourth largest economy in Africa.
  • The GDP has an estimated growth rate of 10% and it is expected that by 2025 the GDP will be $355billion.
  • At present, 18 of Fortune 500 global companies have a presence in Lagos State.
  • The population of Lagos is 21 million as at January 2015, making it Africa’s largest city and the 3rd largest city in the world.

The Lagos State Mission and Vision

 

Aligned with Nigeria’s vision to be ranked amongst the top 20 nations of the world by year 2020. Lagos State also has its own clear direction and focus:

 

Our vision is to be Africa’s Model Megacity and Global Economic and Financial Hub that is Safe, Secure, Functional and Productive

 

And our Mission is: “Making Lagos Work for All”

 

  • I took over as Governor of Lagos State just over 6 months ago. Together with my recently inaugurated EXCO, I am particularly focused on doing whatever I can to ease the problems that we are currently experiencing and return to the levels of growth that we have enjoyed in recent years.
  • To be globally competitive, become ‘Africa’s model mega city’, and “Make Lagos work for all” is an uphill task which requires dogged determination and boldness to tackle and address all barriers that is holding us back.

 

Before I break these down, let me first of all explain ‘competiveness’ in this context:

 

What then is competiveness?

 

A country or nation is said to be competitive to the extent that firms operating there are able to compete successfully in the global economy while supporting high and rising wages and living standards for the average citizen.

 

The critical question to ask then is “Is Lagos globally competitive?” and if not; what are the barriers to it being globally competitive?

The key vectors and enablers to be measured in this regard include:

  • Strength of imports and exports
  • Strength of currency
  • Cost of doing business
  • Average wages/per capita income
  • Ease of doing business, and
  • Foreign Direct Investment

 

  • Let me briefly speak on a few of these key indices.

 

  • Engagement with Private Sector Leaders: Since assuming office, I have been engaging with key leaders within the private sector in Lagos and listening to what they have to say about the issues they are confronted with. There is clearly a consensus from stakeholders that span from retail and consumer to banking to manufacturing and beyond.
  • I hear loud and clear that for Nigeria to be more competitive we must address the following:
  • High cost of doing business: We often think we are a low cost economy because wages are low but the truth is that businesses here face very high costs. The most obvious high input cost is power where manufacturers and other businesses have to pay twice the rate per kilowatt hour than the National grid should provide in order to have power. There are other high costs relating to infrastructure which means logistics are incredibly difficult for business. Even our wage costs are deceptive because we have low productivity.
  • Foreign Direct Investment: We don’t live in a world of our own. We are in competition with other countries in Africa for foreign investment.

Foreign investors have a choice and if we don’t measure up the investment and jobs will simply go elsewhere. Similarly our companies struggle to export with a high cost base – and if the Naira is strong this makes exports still less competitive.

  • Ease of doing business: We must immediately address issues relating to ease of doing business. Nigeria is currently ranked 124 out of 140 countries on the Global Competiveness Index 2105/16 (Word Economic Forum Index). The World Bank now ranks us at 169th in its index! This is simply not good enough for a country of our level of ambition and expectation. In some crucial areas we are even worse – on registration of property we rank a miserable 147th out of 189. Lagos is currently ranked 137 out of 140 on the Global Livability index.
  • I want to use this opportunity to assure you that plans are at an advanced stage          to revolutionize the current position through an ambitious investment in a new digital land administration system. We need bold moves like that to make a difference. It will pay for itself and very quickly too.

 

  • Security is an issue that we must address. The international perception of the country is tarnished by both terrorist activities and violent crime, and other crimes undertaken by social miscreants. Government has a non-negotiable duty to protect its people and we must not tolerate unacceptable behavior.
  • I must admit that dealing with this matter is what keeps me awake at night. Security risks put off many investors completely and impose enormous extra costs for businesses that choose to operate here. Let me again seize this opportunity to thank the private sector for driving the Security Trust Fund. I would touch on this later.

 

Who are our competitors?

 

  • To compete globally we must think globally. Lagos, as I mentioned earlier is in many ways the nation’s gateway to global business and competiveness.

 

  • We must see our competitors not just as other African nations but be prepared to be measured against a peer group of the world’s megacities.

 

How do we then start the hard task of nation building and positioning our nation for global competitiveness?

 

Imagine a builder who wants to build a house. Surely he must start with a solid foundation and then erect solid pillars to hold up the house before putting a roof on top.

We are lucky in Lagos that my predecessors have laid the solid foundation. Our strategic imperatives are built on The Four Pillars:

  • Infrastructural development
  • Economic Development
  • Social Development and
  • Sustainable Development

 

The Four Pillars must be seen through the lens of the vision. It is the outcomes that matter to people not the pillars themselves nor the government that creates or leads them.

 

The citizens must be able to feel and experience the change and development. We want a Lagos where the average citizen can confidently declare “Lagos is a place where my family and I can live long, happy, secure and successful lives”

 

I will now speak to each strategic pillar and the priority focus areas of development we must address:

 

 

Economic Development

 

  • Ease of Doing Business
  • Within the framework set by the Federal Government’s economic policy, we must improve the business environment so that the economy can grow not only in Lagos but also across the country.
  • We must listen to what business leaders are saying about our economic policies including our attempts to protect our indigenous producers and our currency. Some are saying the negative side effects of these policies are worse than the ills they were meant to cure.

 

  • We have the biggest population and the largest economy in Africa. Others can only compete with us because we don’t fully punch our weight.
  • We must look for quick wins to improve the lives of our citizens while at the same time invest in the long term.

 

Economic Growth & Job Creation

The key areas of the economy I am targeting for economic development:

  • Job creation is the overall objective to reduce poverty
  • Agriculture, Tourism, Manufacturing, Services, Construction, Consumer Goods and Financial Services
  • Private sector is key to growth as Government can’t create jobs alone.  LASG will be a facilitator. Facilitating a better business environment.
  • Fostering enterprise and helping people into work at the bottom of the pyramid, through my new Wealth Creation initiative and Employment Trust Fund.
  • This is where the new Ministry of Employment and Wealth Creation comes into play. The Ministry will utilise the Employment Trust Fund to work with people to enable them to start (train to fund and run) their own business, and work with small and medium sized enterprises to help them expand.
  • At the smaller end of economic activity; it’s important to harness the innovation and creativity of Lagosians and boost entrepreneurship
  • On resumption of office I immediately created the Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment. Their role is critical in acting as a one stop shop for investors interested in Lagos. Through this office we are able to alleviate some of the difficulty in doing business by cutting bureaucracy and red tape.
  • Our youth: Our youth is our future; they are the most critical factor in laying the foundation of building our nation. Our demographics are seen as favourable as we have an increasing proportion of the population at working age and a smaller dependent population. We must invest in our youth – their education, their health and security so they are ready for the opportunities on offer.

 

 

Infrastructure Development

  • Bearing in mind the financial challenges the nation suffers with dwindling resources, we must accelerate infrastructure development in our nation. We in Lagos are taking action in the short term to improve the road and transportation network and reduce traffic congestion.
  • We must find the funds to start new projects and also make better use of what we have and deal with the culture that has left us with so many poorly maintained and under-performing infrastructure assets. The benefits of repair and maintenance can reap benefits more quickly than we can build new transport systems.
  • We are privileged to have my predecessor in office at the center in charge of Works, Power and Housing. This effectively means we have a synergy between Lagos and the Federal Government to accelerate and actualize our current plans for infrastructural development.
  • Building infrastructure to improve the quality of life is a top priority in Lagos but if I was to be asked what the two key priority focus areas that need urgent attention; I would have to say:
  • Traffic and Security
  • Traffic: Dealing with the terrible traffic problems that afflict so many Lagosians on a day to day basis is my key area of focus in relation to infrastructure
  • Our problems with traffic have to be improved. It is harmful to the quality of life of too many people in our city. But I am under no illusions how difficult the problem is
  • I want to see results quickly
  • Lagos will continue to grow and as we are more successful, the population will of course grow more quickly, generating more demand for traffic
  • We are looking at the potential of rail and water –based systems, repair the roads and work with the private sector to deliver projects. We are putting in place the finances we need to enable us make our plans a reality.
  • We are talking to experts and consulting the public on what we can do differently and rethink transport in a creative way suitable for a 21st century mega city.
  • There will be a Traffic Summit in Lagos next week to address the issues by combining the perspective of international best practice and local knowledge and experience.  That summit will be a step on the way to a new strategy that will make all our lives better.
  • However I will not neglect other key forms of infrastructure: power, communications, and water, housing, schools and real estate to support the growth of our economy.

Social Development

 

  • Security: Our vision is a Lagos that is safe and secure for all

A safe and secure state will increase FDI and contribute to positive indicators transforming Lagos into a mega city-state.

  • The Security Trust Fund has been utilised for the acquisition of state apparatus to bolster security in the state

 

  • Health
  • There are immense challenges ahead in transforming the health system in Lagos State. The vision is of a health system that works for everyone, comprising an appropriate balance between preventative, health promotion and curative services that are affordable and accessible to all.
  • We have commenced activities to create a ‘Health Park’ to promote medical tourism in Lagos
  • Education
  • We need to raise educational standards, especially in the public education sector
  • We are in the process of recruiting 1300 qualified teachers for the state’s primary schools
  • We will continue with the steps initiated to improve the quality of education. This includes ensuring good discipline and accountability in schools, including that teachers are in class, on time and teaching, and that learners are in class and learning.

Sustainable Development

  • Excellence in Governance and Civil Service Reforms: This is arguably what underpins all other strategic imperatives. In recognizing this, we carried out a reform of the Civil Service aimed at positioning our service for optimal and efficient performance in the new age of technology.
  • Transparency and accountability in the management of the state’s finances.
  • Abolition of multiple account systems, Efficiency and cost effectiveness.
  • Rebranding Lagos and fighting Corruption. We must also applaud and support the President’s drive to end corruption which has a corrosive effect on business at all levels. It’s a critical weakness that makes it hard for everyone to do business in Nigeria.

 

In Summary: I am very optimistic about the future

  • Transformation through civility. The transformation which Lagos requires can only be achieved through strong political will. I am committed to see the transformation the people of Lagos deserve and I believe very strongly that this can be achieved through civility.
  • Every Lagosian deserves respect, especially from the authorities. Government officials, whether an overenthusiastic LASTMA official or a clerk in the Land Registry must be encouraged to be of proper conduct. The most difficult thing to grasp is the behavioral changes which are what I am trying to instill.
  • Lagos requires strong leadership and determined discipline in the areas of expenditure and finance. As a State, we can proudly say that the efforts initiated 16 years ago, have meant that we have very strong IGR profile.
  • We are in a much stronger position than any other State in Nigeria and we are in control of our own destiny. However, we still have substantial needs. Since I came into office just over six months ago, I have managed to restructure the long term loan obligations of the State resulting in monthly savings of N3billion. This extra fund would prove useful as we determine the 2016 budget.

 

  • All hands on deck to make Lagos work: I remember standing before some of you just before the governorship elections, canvassing for your votes. I am grateful that I came across well for a majority of you to have cast your votes in my favour. As I conclude today, I now appeal to all of you, to give me and the people of Lagos the support, to make Lagos and by extension Nigeria competitive.

 

  • We all have a part to play in a better future for Lagos. Government cannot do it alone. With your 6000 strong Alumni network joining hands with the Government we would be firmly on the path of becoming the global mega city-state we aspire.

 

  • Nigeria as a whole needs all hands on deck to move the nation forward. We all have a “social obligation” to transform our country into the dream status we aspire, but it requires aggressive innovation and creativity from us all.

 

We want to make Lagos work; and by so doing set Nigerian on a path of global competitiveness.

Thank you all for listening.

Itesi waju eko; lo je wa logun!

 

Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State

Alausa.

19th November 2015

 

 

Fashola, Link Between Lagos And FG

Fashola, Link Between Lagos And FG


…Vows To Uphold Good Governance

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday described his predecessor and Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) as a synergy between Lagos and Federal Government that will accelerate and actualize his administration’s plans for infrastructural development in the state.

Governor Ambode who said this while delivering a keynote address at the Lagos Business School Alumni Conference noted that the State is privileged to have Fashola in charge of key federal ministries at this critical moment in the history of the State.

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“We are privileged to have my predecessor in office at the center in charge of Works, Power and Housing. This effectively means we have a synergy between Lagos and the Federal Government to accelerate and actualize our current plans for infrastructural development,” Governor Ambode said.

He added that though building infrastructure to improve the quality of life is a top priority in Lagos, traffic and security remain the two key priority focus areas that need urgent attention.

He said: “Dealing with the terrible traffic problems that afflict so many Lagosians on a day to day basis is my key area of focus in relation to infrastructure. Our problems with traffic have to be improved. It is harmful to the quality of life of too many people in our city.”

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“Lagos will continue to grow and as we are more successful, the population will of course grow more quickly, generating more demand for traffic. We are looking at the potential of rail and water-based systems, repair the roads and work with the private sector to deliver the projects.

We are putting in place the finances we need to enable us make our plans a reality,” Governor Ambode said.

He also informed the gathering that there would be a traffic summit in Lagos next week to address the issues by combining the perspectives of international best practice and local knowledge and experience.

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The Governor also described the summit as a step on the way to a new strategy that will improve the lives of Lagosians.

Speaking at another function, Governor Ambode said he has nothing else to give to humanity than to uphold the tenets of good governance.

He said this while speaking as guest lecturer at the Annual Lecture and Award ceremony of The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Alumni Association in Nigeria.

The Governor, who spoke on the theme: “Deepening The Democratic Culture In Nigeria”, said as part of efforts to deepen democracy and make Lagos work for all, he has since set up the office of Civic Engagement and Ministry of Wealth Creation.
He added that as part of efforts to carry people along in his programmes and policies and to run an all-inclusive government, he has since embarked on a quarterly town hall meeting, where he can hear from the people directly.

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The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship is a programme for mid-career professionals sponsored by the United States Department of State in honour of Humphrey, a former U.S Senator and Vice President who dedicated himself to public service and upliftment of humanity.

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It is a ten-month programme in selected U.S Universities, where fellows are tutored on good governance and service to humanity.

Governor Ambode, who is an alumnus of the fellowship, had saluted the courage and dedication of Humphrey, who he said stood for excellence and commitment in leadership.

He, however, urged the fellows of the programme to do more in terms of commitment to public service and be builders of social bridges.

Describing Lagos as the fastest growing city in the world, Governor Ambode said in the midst of several challenges, Lagos State since 1999 has managed to sustain the momentum of growth, and that he is ready not only to sustain it, but also improve on it and truly make Lagos works for all.

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Earlier, the President of the Hubert H. Humphrey Alumni Association in Nigeria, Mr. Jude Ememe described Governor Ambode’s commitment to public service as unparalleled and unprecedented, and expressed confidence in the sterling leadership qualities of the Governor.

Ambode Commiserates With France Over Terror Attacks

Ambode Commiserates With France Over Terror Attacks

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday commiserated with the French Government over last Friday’s terror attacks in Paris which killed more than 120 people.

Governor Ambode, in a condolence letter sent to the Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Mr. Denys Gauer, described the dastardly act as an attack on the civilised world and humanity.

He, however, urged the civilised world not to only resist terror, but also defeat it by every means possible.

The Governor said: “On behalf of the government and good people of Lagos State, I wish to express our heartfelt condolences to your good self, the French government and the entire French citizens over last Friday’s terror attacks in Paris.”

“The dastardly act was no doubt an attack on the civilised world and humanity and we share in your grief. Whether the strike is within the city, through plane hijack or in traffic, terrorists speak the same language of force, violence and suppression.”

“But the civilised world should not only resist terror, we must defeat it by every means possible. And this is why the whole world is standing behind France at these trying times to say no to terror and every form of extremism,” the Governor said.

While commending the French courage and resilience against the terror attacks, Governor Ambode also acknowledged that by standing up in unison to condemn terrorism, the French people have demonstrated that like other challenges plaguing humanity, terrorism should not be politicised, and that It can only be defeated with unity of purpose.