Lagos State Governor Restates Commitment To Uplift State’s Civil Service

Lagos State Governor Restates Commitment To Uplift State’s Civil Service

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday restated his commitment to ensure that the state civil service remains one of the best to reckon with in the country.

The Governor spoke shortly before swearing in Mrs. Lola Are-Adegbite as the new Tutor General/ Permanent Secretary of Education District Four, at a brief ceremony held at the Lagos House, Ikeja.

Stating while that the smooth running of governance lies with the civil service, he said the Permanent Secretaries in the state have adequately carried on even in the absence of the State Executive Council.

“Like I have always said, the bull work of success is really in the civil service. What we have done in the last four months is to set up the institutional framework that will drive the business of government”.

“The Permanent Secretaries have proven in the last four months that even without a cabinet, the business of government can actually be done and this is worthy of commendation”, he said.

Governor Ambode also reiterated his commitment to ensure that merit and professionalism will be the major consideration in making appointments, saying Mrs. Are-Adegbite’s engagement was based on her antecedents over the years.

“I am happy that you are joining a winning team, I am also happy that at least prior to this ceremony, you have proven yourself already in the last four weeks, so we are glad that we did not make a mistake. We know strongly that whatsoever it is that you are going to do in the next few years, it is going to contribute to the development of Lagos State”, he said.

 Earlier, Permanent Secretary in the Public Service Office, Mr. Adesina Odeyemi, said the swearing in of Mrs. Are-Adegbite was in line with Section 208 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, following the retirement of Mrs. Soname Aderinsola as Tutor General/ Permanent Secretary of Education District IV, last month.

He said Mrs. Are-Adegbite, born July 1, 1958, holds a B.sc in Biology from Texas-Southern University, Houston Texas, Post Graduate Diploma in Education and a Masters Degree in Education both from the University of Lagos, Akoka.

 He said Mrs. Adegbite, an excellent team player, a goal getter with over three decades of unbroken public service experience was found worthy in character and competence for higher responsibility.

Ambode To Meet Lagosians In Town Hall Meeting On Tuesday

Ambode To Meet Lagosians In Town Hall Meeting On Tuesday

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode will on Tuesday, October 6, meet with Lagosians at the maiden edition of his quarterly Town Hall Meeting, in the Lagos West Senatorial District.

The Town Hall Meeting is in fulfillment of his campaign promise to duly engage the citizenry and chart a path where regular interactions will take place to inundate people with plans, policies and programmes of the present administration as well as fulfill his pledge of participatory governance.

In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Folarin Adeyemi, the Town Hall Meeting which is slated for at Abesan Mini Stadium/Play ground, Abesan Housing Estate, Ipaja by 11am is designed to enable people rub minds with the Governor on salient issues that are germane to the progress of the state while proffering solutions to them.

Adeyemi said the importance attached to the forum is borne out of the fact that it would allow for divergent opinions and views from various sources, adding that the desire to maximize the diverse potentials in the state informed the need to embrace this generally acceptable window of interaction from all stakeholders in the state.

The Permanent Secretary also said that people being the bedrock of any society must be actively involved in governance, while emphasizing that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration is a people oriented government.

He listed some achievements of the present administration within the first quarter to include the reconstruction of Ejigbo-Ikotun Road, Isolo- Ikotun Road, Brown Street, Oshodi, provision of 20 mobile care units’ ambulances and 26 ambulances deployed across various General Hospitals, amongst others.

He said that the administration is poised to deliver on his electioneering campaign promises by improving on the standard of living of our people, attract foreign investment and build a prosperous Lagos.

Adeyemi however implored all stakeholders and good people of Lagos State to turn out en masse at the maiden town hall meeting which will provide a veritable avenue for them to interact with Governor Ambode.

Ambode Pledges Better Working Conditions for Judicial Workers

Ambode Pledges Better Working Conditions for Judicial Workers

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday assured that his administration will continue to improve on the achievements in the judicial sector and ensure that Judges, Magistrates and the Courts in the state work in the best condition possible.

The Governor who spoke at the 2015/2016 Legal Year Dinner held at the Nigeria Law School, Victoria Island, reiterated the important role the judiciary plays  as the last hope of the common man, stressing that the reforms carried out by the previous administration will be sustained.

He said the Lagos State Judiciary has been the pioneer of judicial sector reforms in the country, from 1999, when Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo was Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice.

He said his predecessor in office, Mr. Babatunde Fashola also followed suit by initiating and implementing far reaching reforms which went a long way to improve the justice delivery system.

“It was these reforms that gave birth to the Office of Public Defender, Citizens Mediation Centre, Public Advisory Centre, the Multi Door Court House System, which offers an alternative and effective dispute resolution mechanism, the construction of more Courts as well as the appointment of more Magistrates and Judges. These initiatives have expanded the frontier of justice delivery which has deepened its relevance as the last hope of the common man”.

“I am committed to ensuring that this administration continues with these reforms. We will work with the judiciary to move our justice sector to a higher level. The reforms process is not a finished business, it is a work in progress”, he said.

He alluded to the fact that a recent World Bank ranking of countries on the basis of ease of doing business rated Nigeria low, noting that one of the parameters considered was the ease with which disputes arising from business transactions are resolved.

Governor Ambode said that the report was an indication that the nation’s desire to build a globally competitive economy that will attract foreign investors cannot be achieved without a vibrant judiciary.

“It is therefore imperative that as we address the issue of infrastructural deficiency to ease the process and reduce cost of doing business, the issues of rule of law and timely dispensation of justice must also be given priority”, he said.

Responding to an appeal made by the Chief Judge of Lagos, Justice Funmilayo Atilade in her welcome address, Governor Ambode promised to address the issues raised accordingly.

He also used the occasion to assure that his administration will continue to work towards the common goal of improving the living conditions of the people of Lagos while also protecting their rights and dignity.

Earlier, Justice Atilade expressed concerns that the Lagos State Judiciary is still financially subservient to the Ministry of Justice, saying it was most undesirable as it clearly negates relevant laws and Constitutional provisions.

She appealed to Governor Ambode to assist in effecting the return of Judiciary Capital Vote as required by Law and in the spirit of Separation of Powers as applied to the other arms of government.

“To a very large extent, as we demonstrate our implicit confidence in our able G to right the wrongs of the past, help reposition and propel the State Judiciary to desired heights, we must sincerely express our gratitude to His Excellency for al the support and kind understanding.

“Truly, he has within the short period of his administration demonstrated strong interest and concern in the growth of the Judiciary and in the welfare of Judicial Officers, Magistrates and all personnel  the Lagos State Judiciary”, Justice Atilade said.

One of the highlights of the event was the presentation of awards to Governor Ambode as well as former Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola for their contributions towards uplifting the course of the State Judiciary.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), being presented a gift by the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Hon. Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade (left) during the 2015/2016 Legal Year Dinner, at the Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Friday, October 2, 2015. With them is the Hon. Justice Opeyemi Olufunmilayo Oke (right).

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left) with the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Hon. Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade, during the 2015/2016 Legal Year Dinner, at the Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Friday, October 2, 2015

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), receiving an award of Excellence from Hon. Justice Akeem Olatunde Oshodi, during the 2015/2016 Legal Year Dinner, at the Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Friday, October 2, 2015

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R-L : Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Hon. Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade, jointly presenting  an award of Excellence to the former Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN,  during the 2015/2016 Legal Year Dinner, at the Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Friday, October 2, 2015. With them is Hon. Justice Toyin Oyekan-Abdullai.