Lagos Begins Intensive Enforcement Against Traffic Offenders, Highway Robbers

Lagos Begins Intensive Enforcement Against Traffic Offenders, Highway Robbers

​​…Arrests Commercial Vehicles Plying BRT Lanes

Sequel to the rising traffic misconduct by some motorists and motorcycle operators, popularly known as okada riders, the Lagos State Government has began intensive enforcement against those in the habit of flouting traffic laws, just as it has also declared war on men of the underworld who seize traffic situations to rob unsuspecting citizens of their possessions.

 

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Commander of the Governor’s Monitoring Team (GMT), Adebowale Ganiyu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, disclosed this to journalists shortly after an enforcement exercise which led to the arrest of several commercial vehicles plying the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lanes.

 

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He said that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode mandated the Team to clamp down on traffic offenders and robbers who have been causing havoc on Lagos roads in recent times.

He said the directive given by the Governor was aimed at restoring sanity on the roads as well as boost the confidence of residents in line with the commitment of the government to ensure safety of lives and properties of every resident in the state.

According to Ganiyu, the Team has put in place measures to forestall any indiscipline act by road users who are in the habit of driving against traffic, plying the BRT lane strictly meant for BRT and Lagbus buses, disobeying traffic light and okada riders who are back on restricted roads.

He said the Team has set up a feedback social media platform by which residents can alert the government on emergencies as it relates to security and traffic disorder.

“We want to implore Lagosians to utilise our feedback and alert platforms.  Aside the 112 and 767 toll free emergency lines, the Governor’s Monitoring Team can be reached on Twitter  @LagosGMT1. This handle was created to alert Government on any issue bothering on security and I can assure you that a quick response will be given”.

“The Governor’s Monitoring Team is an operational unit of the Governor and they have been equipped with the necessary logistics and power to restore sanity back in the state along with other security agencies”.

 

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“Governor Ambode is concerned about security of lives and properties as well as the easy movement of goods and services within the metropolis; as such he will act on any wrong doing that can hinder his vision especially on the realization of making Lagos a 24-hour economy”, he said.

 

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Commends United States Role in 2015 Elections, Seek Greater Economic Ties

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Commends United States Role in 2015 Elections, Seek Greater Economic Ties

…As US Commits To Deepening Democracy In Nigeria

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday commended the efforts of the United States of America in ensuring peaceful democratic transition in the last general elections in the country.

 

The Governor, who spoke when he received the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Ikeja, said the concern of the United States and steps taken to ensure peaceful transition went a long way to ensure the polls was successful, noting that his commitment is to ensure that the rule of law is enshrined into governance in the state.

PIX 0051He also restated his administration’s determination to ensure that the ease of doing business in Lagos is enhanced through enduring security and judicial sector reforms.

He said the establishment of the Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment, which would directly be administered by his office, is geared towards making the state more investor-friendly and safer.

 

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“I want to say that the relationship we’ve had with the United States has been longstanding and you’ve always been a friend indeed, we just quickly want to recommit ourselves to that relationship so much that the security of every American that comes into Lagos is of utmost importance to me; you’ll see that in the last four months what we’ve been trying to do is to recommit ourselves to security and judicial sector reforms”.

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The Governor who also restated his commitment to ensure that the business environment is conducive for foreign investors saying, “Under my control, the ease of doing business in Lagos is of major concern”.

“Beyond the fact that we want to improve infrastructure to allow Lagos to become globally competitive, we want to make sure that everybody that comes here must be able to work safely, live safely and must be able to do everything they want in a peaceful manner”, he said.

 

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He also welcomed the cooperation of the United States towards ensuring a more secured Lagos as well as deepening the democratic system, saying the country as a whole can learn from the relationship between the executive and the legislative arm of government to deepen its democratic institutions.

Earlier, Ambassador James Entwistle reaffirmed the commitment of his country to ensure that the excellent relationship between the City of Lagos and the United States is extended for the mutual benefit of both, saying that the United States will continue to identify with the state government and its policies.

 

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode  Hails Supreme Court Ruling on Election Petition

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode  Hails Supreme Court Ruling on Election Petition

…Says People’s Mandate Has Been Reaffirmed

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday described the Supreme Court ruling upholding his victory at the April 11, 2015 governorship election as a welcome development, saying that the people’s mandate which was expressly demonstrated on Election Day has been reaffirmed by the highest court in the land.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, the Governor in his reaction to the Supreme Court ruling, said “the decision of the Supreme Court has put all issues on election matters to rest once and for all”.

“Our Government is thus poised without further delay to provide the needed leadership to justify the confidence reposed in us, especially with the ruling coming in the wake of the swearing-in of members of the State Executive Council.”

Governor Ambode also commended the Judiciary for its consistency, saying that “the ruling has further proven the judiciary to be the critical institution that could further deepen our democratic values”.

“We have in the last four months embarked on reforms in the judicial and security sectors based on our conviction that these are the fundamental organs on which any government can carry out its duties optimally; we believe this is the way to go, we won’t relent until we achieve our goals to make life more comfortable for our people irrespective of creed or colour”, the Governor said.

It would be recalled that following Governor Ambode’s victory at the April 11, 2015 polls, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje filed a petition at the Election Petitions Tribunal challenging the victory at the polls.

The Tribunal had on Wednesday, July 1, struck out the petition filed against the election of Mr Akinwunmi Ambode of the APC by the PDP candidate, Mr Jimi Agbaje following a preliminary objection filed by the counsel to the APC Candidate, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN).

The Appeal Court also on August 26, upheld the ruling of the State Election Petitions Tribunal and also ordered the PDP candidate to compensate each of the respondents in the sum of N50, 000 each.

With the Supreme Court ruling putting to bed the issues surrounding the April 11 elections, Governor Ambode reiterated his call on the opposition to move beyond partisanship and join hands with his administration to move Lagos to the next level.

Address Delivered by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the Swearing in Ceremony of the Newly Appointed Commissioners and Special Advisers

Address Delivered by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the Swearing in Ceremony of the Newly Appointed Commissioners and Special Advisers

 

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Today marks a milestone in the history of our dear State. I have just sworn-in 37 Cabinet members, who are joining me to complete the Executive team of dedicated Lagosians that will move Lagos forward.

My sincere appreciation to the Right-Honourable Speaker and all the Honourable members of the House of Assembly; though multi-party in outlook, jointly and unanimously cleared all our Commissioners and Special Advisers for the event of today. By this action, we have all demonstrated that it is more about the prosperity of Lagos, than any other motive.

Lagos State is the fourth largest economy in Africa with a GDP of One Hundred and Thirty-One Billion Dollars ($131bn) equaling that of 42 other countries in Africa. Lagos has a rapidly growing middle class of presently over Four Million people with youths constituting Sixty Per Cent (60%) of its population. Not only is Lagos the nerve center of Nigeria’s economy, it bears more than Ninety Per Cent (90%) of all the Foreign Direct Investment into Nigeria in the last few months.

 

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The challenges that come with the boisterious profile of the State as one of the world’s fastest growing cosmopolitan City-State are as many as the opportunities that abound in it. Lagos is a magnet for many Nigerians who want to pursue the Nigerian dream. The dream that wherever you are from, regardless of tribe or creed, you can achieve what you wish. This is the Lagos dream.

Developing befitting infrastructure to cope with the exponential growth in Lagos population and its rapid urbanization requires hard thinking and ingenious solutions. Despite that One-Fifth of Lagos is covered in water, Lagosians today rely almost entirely on land transportation system. The addition of thousands of new people and automobiles to Lagos demography on daily basis, inevitably puts unbearable pressure on road networks and traffic situation. Relying on traditional modes and methods for protecting our people in an age in which men of the underworld use sophisticated weapons and transport to commit crimes and escape from crime scenes leaves our people vulnerable. Leaving the potential of our teeming youths unutilized will severely undermine the economic well-being of the State and its people in the long-run.

As Commissioners and Special Advisers, Lagos charges you to develop ingenious means of transporting its people across the land. You are to implement decisions that will combat crimes and secure our people. Lagosians call on you to create job opportunities for our youths and attract investments into the State.

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Ladies and gentlemen, as with most nations with a mono-economy, Nigeria is going through an interesting time. The continuous fall in crude oil prices means vastly dwindling revenues for Nigeria. In turn, States will have less and less money to fund capital projects and face enormous challenges in catering for their people.

The future of any modern State to provide infrastructure and effectively cater for its people lies critically in its ability to generate stable revenues and resources to drive growth. In the last four months, our government has worked hard to lay a solid foundation to drive effective governance. Our decisions have stabilized the financial economy of the State despite inherited heavy financial liabilities. We have vastly reduced the cost of governance without bail-outs from the federal Government and our reforms will be continuous.

To our Commissioners and Special Advisers, this government demands your absolute loyalty. Your primary allegiance is to the people of Lagos, irrespective of creed or colour. You must dedicate yourselves to the service of Lagos State. Your work must reflect what Lagos stands for – Leadership, Accountability, Good Governance, Opportunities and Service.

My fellow colleagues in the cabinet, Lagos is on the brink of greatness and you have all been given this platform to write your names in Gold. You must work to leave a legacy that will be spoken of in glowing terms in years to come. Lagos is the most promising emerging City-State in Africa today. We have all the ingredients to compete globally in all sectors; and we must. We owe it to the people of Lagos and to ourselves. You are today, being handed the reins to the government of Lagos State and together, we must fulfil the massive potentials of our State.

I congratulate you all on your appointment and charge you to immediately get to work and justify this responsibility that has been placed on you.

You have been assigned respective portfolios and you are to assume duty immediately.

I look forward to working with you to deliver, a cleaner, safer and more prosperous Lagos State.

Thank you.

 

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