Akinwunmi Ambode Welcomes Feedback, Releases His Official Email Address

Akinwunmi Ambode Welcomes Feedback, Releases His Official Email Address

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Saturday unveiled yet another channel for engagement and feedback from Lagosians by releasing his official email address to the public. In a statement posted on the Governor’s social media accounts (Twitter and Facebook), Ambode reiterated his commitment to facilitating engagement with all and sundry on the progress and development of Lagos.

The official email address given as a.ambode@lagosstate.gov.ng will afford Lagosians the opportunity to channel their criticism to the Governor directly and also suggest areas of improvement. This move, which was well received among Lagos residents on social media, is a testament to Akinwunmi Ambode’s dedication to the ethos of open governance and accountability.

The Governor who recently delivered the report of his first quarter in office at the Abesan Primary and Secondary School, in Abesan Estate, Ipaja, where he restated his promise to operate a government of inclusion where he would have regular interactions with you to discuss the plans, programmes and progress of our administration.

Tinubu Lauds Appointment of Lawal as SGF

Tinubu Lauds Appointment of Lawal as SGF

…Says He’ll Bring Professionalism To Bear On The Job

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Saturday described the appointment of Engr. Babachir David Lawal as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), as a step in the right direction, expressing optimism that he would bring his wealth of experience to bear in the office.

Tinubu, who spoke at a Thanksgiving reception held in Abuja in honour of Lawal, extolled his qualities, saying that while some of his contemporaries have succumbed to the temptation of illicit wealth and the abuses of power and privilege, he (Lawal) has remained faithful to the course of the nation.

Alluding to the fact that his appointment was a reward for hard work and selfless service, he said Lawal’s eye for detail and due process makes him the best man for the job.

Tinubu who was represented at the event by the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode said, “If you are looking for a man who is diligent in his work with a keen eye for details and correct process, there is none better than Babachir Lawal”. 

“He knows this nation and understands its complexities, from the intricacies of our federal bureaucracy to the diversity of our social fabric to the, multiple dimensions of our political dynamics.

“He is a man well-tailored to fit his position in today’s Nigeria where we find ourselves in a situation not meant for the faint hearted. A situation that requires grit, guts and wisdom.  These attributes, Lawal has in abundance”.

Tinubu said that despite the qualities the SGF possesses, he has remained humble, a character he said was rare in the nation’s political climate.

“He is humble and does not need to see his name in the spotlight. As long as the job is done correctly, he is happy. He does not seek credit even when duly deserved. This humility and self-contentment is not a common thing, especially in the arena of politics and government”.

He expressed confidence that Lawal will ensure that operations of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration will be conducted smoothly and professionally.

“He will do his utmost to do the best for all of Nigeria. He plays no favorites and is not one to operate under the veil of bias or discrimination. This big often gruff man also has a big heart and that heart is dedicated to good of our beloved land”.

“Through the years I have known BD Lawal, he has remained steadfast in his political beliefs. Never wavering and always resolute in his political convictions, BD does not blow with the prevailing political wind. He is a true ally, who remains by your side when the times get tough. He does not honey-coat his words or actions, he cuts through the chase and blunt also to a fault”. 

He also charged him to justify the confidence reposed on him by Nigerians, urging him to impact the system positively and help put an end to the malpractices of the past that have stalled and burdened the nation.

“All that you have learned. All of that experience. All of your insight, your nimble yet steady mind, and your friendly yet firm political nature must be brought to bear in this present assignment.

“Nigeria is at the cusp of a stupendous change for which we all labored. You have been tapped as one of the chief engineers who must make that change happen. We know that you shall excel because you have been born for this moment and this moment was born for you”, Tinubu said.

Adhere To Traffic Laws, Governor Ambode Tells Military

Adhere To Traffic Laws, Governor Ambode Tells Military

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday urged the military must see themselves as partners in progress to the elected government and must be ready to cooperate and contribute their own quota through ensuring members of the military obey the laws of the land aside from fulfilling their constitutionally assigned roles of providing internal and territorial security for the country.

Governor Ambode, represented by his Deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule, spoke when he received members of the Course 24 of the National Defense College, Abuja, who were on a study tour to Lagos.

The Governor enjoined members of the Course to continue to educate the military hierarchy, especially the middle and lower cadre on the need to subject themselves to the laws of the land, saying that the state government is always displeased when members of the armed forces are seen disobeying laws on traffic and environmental sanitation and the state enforcement agencies are sometimes left with no choice than to apprehend such erring officers”.

“The military are our partners, even in a democratic dispensation. They must cooperate with the government at all levels by obeying our laws both traffic and environmental laws, which remains a critical ingredient towards achieving economic prosperity for our people”.

“We don’t like to embarrass anyone, especially the gentlemen officers of our military but we must continue to educate ourselves as there are some few bad eggs who still go about disobeying our traffic laws and laws on environmental sanitation.  While we remain resolute on running a government with a human face, we want to enjoin our military men to always obey the laws and subject themselves to the laws of the state”, the Governor said.

Earlier, the team leader, Brigadier General Mashe Bashir said members of the Course 24 were in Lagos on a study tour in line with the theme of the National Defense College Course 24, titled is “Internally Generated Revenues, Catalyst For Development- Challenges and Prospects”.

Bashir noted that the enviable strides Lagos State has recorded in shoring up its revenue over the years makes it a ready case study for the Course participants, adding  that members have met with various government officials, agencies and officials at some local government and local council development areas.

According to him, one of the objectives of the tour was to expose the participants to the socio-economic realities of the state with a view to carrying out research on topical issues, identifying the challenges and preferring solution that can help the country to move forward.

He said members of the team have been enriched by study tour, as they have first hand information on the efforts of the state government at increasing its internally generated revenue in order to meet its developmental challenges and deliver good governance to its people.

The study tour of the participants took them to the Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), Cabinet Office, Surulere, Kosofe and Ikeja local government areas of the state.


Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to Swear in Commissioners and Special Advisers  on Monday

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to Swear in Commissioners and Special Advisers  on Monday

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode will on Monday, October 19, swear in 23 Commissioners and 14 Special Advisers, who will constitute the State Executive Council.

According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, the ceremony will hold at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa Secretariat by 10am.

According to him, “The House of Assembly has just officially informed His Excellency that they have completed the screening and confirmation of all the 23 Commissioner Designates and 14 Special Adviser Designates which he had sent to the House on September 21. So what is left is for him to conduct the swearing in ceremony so as to enable them resume the task of governance”.

It would be recalled that Governor Ambode had named six former cabinet members from the Babatunde Raji Fashola administration including former commissioner for Agriculture, Gbolahan Lawal, former Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, former Special Adviser, Central Business District, Folarin Coker, former Special Adviser Commerce and Industry, Seye Oladejo, former Special Adviser Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson and former Special Adviser Rural Development, Babatunde Hunpe.

He also named a relatively young cabinet with the likes of Mrs. Yetunde Onabolu, Fela Bank-Olemoh, Akinyemi Ashade, a partner in KPMG, former Managing Director, National Mirror, Steve Ayorinde, Alhaja Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, a pharmacist, Kehinde Joseph and Prof. Ademola Abass, a Professor of Law, whose ages range between 39 and 47 years.

Other names include Dr. Akintola Benson, former Special Adviser Political and Legislative Powers Bureau, Dr. Abdul-Hakeem Abdul-Lateef, Dr. Mohammed Akinkunmi, former member, House of Representatives, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, Dr. Femi Onanuga, CEO of LAMATA, Dr. Dayo Mobereola, Engr. Ade Akinsanya, Arch. Wasiu Anifowoshe, former member House of Assembly, Mrs. Lola Akande, Agboola Dabiri, Ganiu Okanlomo Sanni, Anofi Elegushi, Rotimi Ogunleye, Mrs Adebimpe Akinsola, Femi Odubiyi, Alhaji Musiliu Folami, Adeniji Kazeem, Adeyemi Labinjo, Toyin Suarau, Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, Deji Tinubu, Mrs. Mudirat Giwanson, Mr. Wale Oluwo​ and former Chairman Ejigbo LCDA, Kehinde Bamigbetan.