2016 Holds Great Promise for Lagosians, Ambode Assures

2016 Holds Great Promise for Lagosians, Ambode Assures

…Vows To Pursue Greater Opportunities For Youths

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday assured residents that his administration will go all out to ensure that the state witness a quantum leap in the areas of infrastructural development, job creation and improved security.

The Governor, who gave the assurance in his first New Year broadcast to Lagosians, said he was optimistic that 2016 will be a ground breaking year for the good people of the state.

While acknowledging the challenges that besieged the last seven months, Governor Ambode said his administration has been able to hit the ground running to deliver the dividends he promised the people during the electioneering campaign.

“The last seven months have been challenging, but with your patience, support and positive criticism, we have begun to display a positive outlook on innovation and inclusion we promised during our campaign”.

“Lagos has always been a cosmopolitan potpourri of vibrant people that have driven the greatest growing economy in Africa. We however need the continued support of our citizens through regular payment of their taxes and strict adherence to their civic responsibilities.

“Under my administration, the year 2016 holds great promise for all Lagosians through improved security, creation of job opportunities and greater attention to positive infrastructure development”, he said.

He thanked the people for their support and love that his administration has received so far, just as he assured that it would spur him to redouble his efforts to deliver a more prosperous Lagos for all, despite the national economic downturn.

“I am aware that 2016 will also bring economic challenges due to pressures of dwindling revenue from the centre, but Lagos has always been resilient and must consolidate on its self-reliance to ensure it survives any inclement economic weather”, he said.

Meanwhile, Governor Ambode has assured that his administration will pursue greater channels to engage the youths in the State in 2016, just as he urged Lagosians to work with him to make Lagos clean, safe and secured for all.

The Governor, who spoke at the Bar Beach while addressing thousands of fun seekers at the grand finale of the One Lagos Fiesta, a countdown event to usher in the New Year, said the N25billion Employment Trust Fund, an initiative of his administration, would take off this year, expressing optimism that it would help the youths to set up their businesses.

“Our pledge is to make Lagos clean, safe and secured. We will witness a remarkable boost this year. We commit to work as hard as possible to create more jobs for our youths. The Employment Trust Fund is designed to help our youths to set up their businesses and it will commence this year”.

“Our massive investment in education, health, entertainment, sport and tourism to effectively develop and engage our youths will start in this year 2016”.

“We will pursue greater channels to better engage our youths just as we have developed many programs toward the welfare and better involvement of our senior citizens,” Governor Ambode said.

He said: “With your support, we have demonstrated that good governance is what you will get. We promised to take government back to you the people; we pledged to bring government back to the community; in the last seven months, we have earnestly pursued this goal. Nothing better demonstrate this commitment than the One Lagos Fiesta, the grand finale of which we are all witnessing now.”

“For the very first time in the history of Lagos State, Lagosians can now celebrate the crossover night and the New Year day wherever they live in the State. Whether you are in Victoria Island, Ikorodu, Epe, in Agege or Badagry, you now have the opportunity to celebrate the countdown in your localities simultaneously.”

“We encourage you all to work with your government; please bring your ideas to us, we want to hear from you. This is your government and we as your servants always want to know your views about our performance.”

“This is an open government. As we all commence the New Year, we pray for greater successes and good health. We pray for abundant resources individually and collectively and for God to protect Lagos and all Lagosians. Let us make Lagos great,” Governor Ambode said.

New Year Address Delivered by His Excellency Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode

New Year Address Delivered by His Excellency Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode

Fellow Lagosians

Happy New Year

I am very pleased to address you on the start of what promises to be a ground breaking year for the good people of Lagos State.

The last seven months have been challenging, but with your patience, support and positive criticism, we have began to display a positive outlook on innovation and inclusion we promised during our campaign.

Lagos has always been a cosmopolitan potpourri of vibrant people that have driven the greatest growing economy in Africa. We however need the continued support of our citizens through regular payment of their taxes and strict adherence to their civic responsibilities.

Under my administration, the year 2016 holds great promise for all Lagosians through improved security, creation of job opportunities and greater attention to positive infrastructure development.

I have been lifted by the support and love shown to me and my government by well-meaning Lagosians and I am encouraged to redouble efforts to deliver the Lagos of our dreams.

I am aware that 2016 will also bring economic challenges due to pressures of dwindling revenue from the centre, but Lagos has always been resilient and must consolidate on its self-reliance to ensure it survives any inclement economic weather.

As I wish Lagosians the very best that this year will bring, I promise to rededicate myself to the social contract with the good people of Lagos State.

Once again, I wish you a happy and prosperous new year.

God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko Lo jemilogun

Lagos Assembly Approves Ambode’s N662.588bn Y2016 Budget

Lagos Assembly Approves Ambode’s N662.588bn Y2016 Budget

…Okays Ambode’s N25bn Employment Trust Fund

 The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday passed into law the N662.588bn Year 2016 Appropriation Bill presented by the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on December 17, 2015.

The Appropriation Bill, tagged “The Peoples Budget,” is the highest in the history of the State and it was an improvement on the N489.69bn appropriated for year 2014 and 2015 respectively.

The House unanimously approved the budget after members deliberated on the report of House Committee on Budget which scrutinized the Bill as proposed by the Governor.

The report was presented by Chairman of the House Committee on Budget, Hon. Rotimi Olowo on behalf of members of the Committee.

Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, in response, commended members of the Committee for expeditiously working on the budget to ensure its passage before the new fiscal year.

Obasa recalled that members of the Committee worked even on holidays, adding that they had indeed shown their love for the people of the State.

Governor Ambode had, while presenting the budget, put the Recurrent Expenditure at N278,909bn while Capital Expenditure stood at N383,678bn, explaining that the Capital to Recurrent ratio is 58:42 as against 51:49 in 2014 and 2015.

Governor Ambode also put the total revenue estimate for 2016 fiscal year at N542.873Billion saying the balance of N119.714billion would be funded through deficit financing constituting 0.41 percent of the state GDP based on 2016 budget alone and a cumulative debt to GDP ratio of about 3 percent.

In a related development, the House also passed the N25bn Employment Trust Fund bill forwarded to the House by the Governor into law.

While considering the report of a joint committee set up by the House, the members scrutinized the findings and recommendations of the committee with minor amendment.

The speaker, in his remarks, praised Governor Ambode for the initiative to engage unemployed teeming youths roaming the street in a veritable venture that would bring out their potentials, empower and even foster the economy of the State.

He said the economy of the State would further thrive through improved entrepreneurship, trading commerce and improved economic activities which the Trust Fund aimed to achieve.

Earlier, the Chairman, House Committee on Finance, Hon Oluyinka Ogundimu, representing Agege II in his Submission while presenting the report to members, said the essence of the bill when fully operational would serve as a panacea to tackling the unemployment scourge confronting the nation.

The Lawmaker representing Lagos Island II Hon Sola Giwa, said the bill also seeks to raise money from the private and public contribution for the financial support to residents in the State, including jobs and wealth creation thereby solving all problem of unemployment in the State and giving equal opportunities to all citizens.

Inspection of the Lagos CHOIS homes at Agbowa, Ikorodu, on Wednesday, December 30, 2015.

Inspection of the Lagos CHOIS homes at Agbowa, Ikorodu, on Wednesday, December 30, 2015.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), flanked by Special Adviser, Urban Development, Mrs. Yetunde Onabolu (right) and Commissioner for  the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, during the Governor’s inspection of the Lagos CHOIS homes at Agbowa, Ikorodu, on Wednesday, December 30, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), explaining a point to Special Adviser, Urban Development, Mrs. Yetunde Onabolu; Special Adviser, Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh; Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources, Mr. Wale Oluwo and other members of the State Executive Council, during the Governor’s inspection of the Lagos CHOIS homes at Agbowa, Ikorodu, on Wednesday, December 30, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); Special Adviser, Office of Overseas Affairs & Investments, Prof. Ademola Abas; Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare; Special Adviser, Urban Development, Mrs. Yetunde Onabolu and Commissioner for Science & Technology, Mr. Olufemi Odubiyi, during the Governor’s inspection of the Lagos CHOIS homes at Agbowa, Ikorodu, on Wednesday, December 30, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right); Special Adviser, Urban Development, Mrs. Yetunde Onabolu; Commissioner for Science & Technology, Mr. Olufemi Odubiyi and Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, during the Governor’s inspection of the Lagos CHOIS homes at Agbowa, Ikorodu, on Wednesday, December 30, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with Special Adviser, Urban Development, Mrs. Yetunde Onabolu; Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources, Mr. Wale Oluwo; Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem and Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, during the Governor’s inspection of the Lagos CHOIS homes at Agbowa, Ikorodu, on Wednesday, December 30, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), being conducted round by Special Adviser, Urban Development, Mrs. Yetunde Onabolu (right), during the Governor’s inspection of the Lagos CHOIS homes at Agbowa, Ikorodu, on Wednesday, December 30, 2015. With them are Commissioner for Science & Technology, Mr. Olufemi Odubiyi (2nd right); Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare (3rd right); Special Adviser, Office of Overseas Affairs & Investments, Prof. Ademola Abass (3rd left) and Commissioner for Physical Planning & Urban Development, Mr. Wasiu Anifowoshe (left).

Gov. Ambode at Dinner in Honour of Outgoing Chairman, Members of Civil Service Commission

Gov. Ambode at Dinner in Honour of Outgoing Chairman, Members of Civil Service Commission

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with his Deputy, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (left) and the outgoing Chairman of Civil Service Commission, Dr. Olujobi Ayodele Ososanya (right), during the dinner in honour of Outgoing Chairman and Members of the Civil  Service Commission at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, December 30, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd right); his Deputy, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (middle); the outgoing Chairman of Civil Service Commission, Dr. Olujobi Ayodele Ososanya (2nd right), Commissioner II, Pastor Isreal Olufunso Alagbe (right); Commissioner IV, Engr. Oladimeji Oshinowo (3rd left); Commissioner I, Alhaji Razak Balogun (2nd left) and Commissioner III, Alhaji Tolani Odeyemi (left); during the dinner in honour of Outgoing Chairman and Members of the Civil Service Commission at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, December 30, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; his Deputy, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule; Chief of Staff, Mr. Olukunle Ojo; Commissioner IV, Engr. Oladimeji Oshinowo and Commissioner II, Pastor Isreal Olufunso Alagbe, during the dinner in honour of Outgoing Chairman and Members of the Civil Service Commission at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, December 30, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), presenting a  Certificate of Service and a plaque to Commissioner I, Alhaji Razak Balogun (right), during the dinner in honour of Outgoing Chairman and Members of the Civil  Service Commission at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, December 30, 2015.