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.

Lagos Approves Flyover Bridge For Ajah, Abule Egba

Lagos Approves Flyover Bridge For Ajah, Abule Egba

The Lagos State Government has approved the construction of flyover bridges for two of the State’s high-density traffic zones – Ajah round about and Abule Egba junction.

The two major projects were approved by the State’s Executive Council and have been duly awarded to contractors for a speedy commencement of work.

In a press release issued on Sunday by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the projects will be completed within 16 months as part of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s ongoing road infrastructure projects across the state.

The statement said the construction of the reinforced concrete flyover and signalized intersection at Ajah roundabout will be undertaken simultaneously with the rehabilitation of Freedom Road in Lekki, with a view to reducing the heavy traffic being recorded at the Ajah round-about and the Lekki-Ikoyi axis.

Ayorinde said the Ajah flyover bridge will have a solar-powered signalized intersection in order to greatly improve traffic, while the upgrade of Freedom Road is expected to ease traffic considerably for vehicles using the Third Roundabout to connect Lekki through Admiralty way.

While the Ajah project will ease movement of residents and commuters on the Lagos Island – Ibeju Lekki areas, the construction of the reinforced concrete dual-carriage flyover bridge at Abule Egba junction will equally bring joy and relief to millions of commuters that use the Lagos -Abeokuta Expressway in Ifako-Ijaye Local Government Area of the State on a daily basis when completed.

Like the Ajah project, Ayorinde said the Abule Egba flyover bridge will also have signalised intersection under it to service Oko-Oba and other link roads within the axis.

To underscore its commitment to road infrastructure development that seeks to touch every area of the State that may have been inadvertently left behind, Ayorinde said that the State government has also awarded contracts for the rehabilitation and upgrade of strategic arterial/inner roads in Epe Local Government Area of the State.

While noting that Epe division of the State is currently undergoing rapid industrial and commercial growth arising from the commencement of developmental projects such as oil refinery, air and sea ports as well as citing of various industries within the Lekki Free Trade Zones (LFTZ), the Commissioner said a massive upgrade of strategic roads within the Epe division had become necessary.

According to him, some of the areas to be rehabilitated and upgraded in Epe include Lagos Road, Prof. Agbalajobi Road, Awolowo Road (Marine Police/Oke Oyinbo – Hamarun); as well as network of roads in Oloja Estate, Araga Road and Oke Osho junction –Itokin, among others.

The Commissioner said the newly awarded road contracts are coming on the heels of several other projects being constructed by the Ambode administration through the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, some of which are either completed or nearing completion.

He listed areas such as Brown Street in Oshodi, Ago Palace Way in Okota as well as Okota-Century road, Ijegun -Igando Road, Ayobo-Ipaja Road, Okesuna Street, Shomolu and Coker-Aguda Road in Surulere, as among projects at various stages of advance work.

He said as at last weekend, more than 300 roads have been repaired and rehabilitated through the Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC)’s ceaseless road maintenance that has left no local government area unattended to.

In line with the government’s zero tolerance for potholes, Ayorinde said another hundred roads have been earmarked for repairs before the new year to underscore Governor Ambode’s top priority to ensure motorable roads and infrastructural development across the State.

Brief Report on the Activities of Lagos State Public Works Corporation from Monday December 7th – 11th Friday December 2015

Brief Report on the Activities of Lagos State Public Works Corporation from Monday December 7th – 11th Friday December 2015

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

 

  1. IKEJA LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • CIPM Ave, CBD, Alausa Ikeja
  • Oba Akran Avenue, Ikeja
  • Akilo Road/Oba Akran Road, Ikeja
  • Sobo Arobiodu Street, Ikeja GRA, Ikeja
  • Obafemi Awolowo Road, Ikeja

CIPM AVENUE ALAUSA IKEJA LG

OBA AKRAN AVENUE, IKEJA LG

 

  1. IFAKO-IJAIYE LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Toyin Road through Toyin Bello Bus-stop, Iju

 

TAJU BELLO ST, IJU IFAKO IJAYE LG

 

  1. KOSOFE LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Somide Odujinrin Street, Omole Phase II, Kosofe LG
  • Isheri Road, Kosofe
  • Old Olowora Road, Kosofe

 

SOMIDE ODUJINRIN STREET, OMOLE PHASE II, KOSOFE LG

  1. ALIMOSHO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Aina Obembe road, Oluwaga Area, Ipaja
  • Baruwa road, Ipaja

 

LAGOS ABEOKUTA EXPRESSWAY, ILE EPO AXIS ALIMOSHO LG

 

  1. BADAGRY LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • DFFRI/Hunyekah/Rev. Ekundayo/Tvavi/Seghoto Roads in Badagry
  • Oba Oyekan road, Idoluwa road, HP Palace road, Apa Market road, Apa/Agoyin road, Wesere road/Kiveme road, Farasine road in Badagry

 

  1. LAGOS ISLAND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Adeniji Adele (Ebute Ero axis)
  • Tapa Street, Lagos Island
  • Outer Marina, Lagos Island
  1. LAGOS MAINLAND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Ikorodu Road – Ketu road, Jibowu

 

  1. EPE LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Ketu – Epe road
  • Epe – Ijebu – Ode road
  • Billy Street, Epe

 

  1. AJEROMI – IFELODUN
  • Cardoso road, Ajeromi
  • Achakpo road, Ajeromi
  • Baale road, Ajero
  • 10. SOMOLU LOCAL GOVERNMENT

 

  • Bajulaiye Road, Somolu
  • George/Boyle Street, Somolu

       11. SURULERE LOCAL GOVERNMENT

  • Ibezim Obiajulu/Afini Street, Surulere
  • Rafiu Williams road, Surulere

RUFIU WILLIAMS ROAD, SURULERE LG

IBEZIM OBIAJULU  STREET, SURULERE LG

  • 12. IKORODU LOCAL GOVERNMENT

 

  • Fela Ahmed road, Ikorodu
  • Ikorodu Sagamu road/Odogunyan road, Ikorodu
  • 13. ETI-OSA LOCAL GOVERNMENT

 

  • Oba Adeyinka Oyekan Ave, Ikoyi, Eti-Osa
  • Queens drive, Thompson Avenue Eti-Osa
  • Olu Holloway Road, Ikoyi, Eti-Osa
  • Obalende Road, Eti-Osa

 

AKIN ADEOGUN ST, V.I ETI OSA LG

  • 14. AGEGE LOCAL GOVERNMENT

 

  • Oba-Akran/Akilo by mobil road, Agege
  • Agunbiade Street, Agege
  • Amoo Road, Agege LG

AFA-NLA, AGEGE LG

         15.    MUSHIN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

  • Ilasamaja/Da-Silva/Alafia Streets, Mushin
  • 16. OSHODI/ISOLO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

 

  • Abimbola/Bello road Network, Ilasa

 

 

 

Yomi Oladapo     

Head Public Affairs Unit.

11/12/15

Water Transportation, Key Solution To Traffic Gridlock – Ambode

Water Transportation, Key Solution To Traffic Gridlock – Ambode

…Plans Massive Development Of Sector 

…99 Percent Of Danfo Drivers Are Hypertensive, Says Transport Commissioner

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday identified water transportation as a key solution to traffic gridlock across Lagos metropolis just as he vowed to develop the sector in the overall interest of the State.

Governor Ambode, who spoke in Lagos at the first annual stakeholders’ forum organised by the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), said the water transport mode, which is a critical part of the intermodal transport system of the government, would be developed with international best practices.

The Governor, who was represented at the forum by the Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure, Engr. Ade Akinsanya expressed delight that the forum took place at a time when one of the critical challenges facing the State was how to move citizens efficiently and effectively, while also improving the capacity of the various modes of transportation to correlate for the benefit of the people.

He recalled that the State was inundated with the challenge of traffic gridlock across the metropolis, adding that such was a sign that the prosperity of the State was on-going, being at the heart of the nation’s economy.

The Governor added that not only is there a growing influx of people into the State, but that Lagos, just as other cities across the world, is facing the challenge of rapid urbanization, and as such there is the need to ensure provision of infrastructure that extends beyond the present generation.

He said: “In line with my administration’s vision to ensure a safe, secure and prosperous Lagos State, there is the need for the establishment of appropriate standards and regulations in line with international best practices towards the much needed implementation of water transport in Lagos.”

“These standards and regulations will be executed by the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) in terms of licensing, registration and enforcement of vessels plying the State’s waterways with a strict adherence to compliance,” the Governor said.

While pledging the readiness of his administration to implement workable solutions to the many issues besetting the sector, Governor Ambode charged stakeholders to come up with ideas on how to develop and maintain the waterways in line with best practices.

He also urged existing and potential investors to increase patronage of water transport in Lagos.

On his part, Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Dayo Mobereola said over 99 percent of commercial bus drivers, popularly called Danfo Drivers, are hypertensive, and the health challenge was as a result of the issues associated with traffic congestion such as pollution of the environment.

Mobereola, who was represented by Dr. Olufemi Salam, Director of Transportation, Planning, Policy and Coordination in the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, said the statistics came about two years ago after a survey carried out by the Ministry.

He, therefore, advocated the need for the residents to embrace water transportation.

Managing Director of LASWA, Abisola Kamson said there was the need for residents to embrace water transportation which she said is cheaper, safer and faster.

Kamson, who listed the numerous economic and health benefits associated with water transportation, added that in line with Governor Ambode’s vision to develop other modes of transportation, LASWA had decided to come up with and enforce water regulations in line with international best practices.