Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode at the 4th Oyo State Officials Wives Association National Women Summit at Ibadan

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode at the 4th Oyo State Officials Wives Association National Women Summit at Ibadan

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (3rd left); Representative of Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Hon. Adetoun Adediran; former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Sarah Sosan; Wife of the Minister for Solid Minerals Development, Erelu Bisi Fayemi; Wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo; Governor of Oyo State, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi; his Wife, Mrs. Florence and Vice President, Lagos Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Chief (Mrs.) Onikepo Akande, during the 4th Oyo State Officials Wives Association (OYSOWA) National Women Summit, Mauve 21 Event Centre, Ring Road, Ibadan, on Wednesday, December 02, 2015.

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Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (2nd left); Wife of the Minister for Solid Minerals Development, Erelu Bisi Fayemi; Wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo; Wife of Oyo State Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi and her husband, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, during the 4th Oyo State Officials Wives Association (OYSOWA) National Women Summit, Mauve 21 Event Centre, Ring Road, Ibadan, on Wednesday, December 02, 2015.

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Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo; Wife of Oyo State Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi and her husband, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, during the 4th Oyo State Officials Wives Association (OYSOWA) National Women Summit, Mauve 21 Event Centre, Ring Road, Ibadan, on Wednesday, December 02, 2015.

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Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo; Wife of Oyo State Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi and her husband, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, during the 4th Oyo State Officials Wives Association (OYSOWA) National Women Summit, Mauve 21 Event Centre, Ring Road, Ibadan, on Wednesday, December 02, 2015.

Lagos has Capacity to Drive Trade and Investment in Africa – Ambode

Lagos has Capacity to Drive Trade and Investment in Africa – Ambode

…Shares Vision, Opportunities With Investors In London

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday met with potential investors from over 40 countries at the just concluded Trade and Investment Forum, put together by PricewaterhouseCoopers, held at the Dorchester Hotel, Mayfair, London, where he posited that the State has the capacity to drive trade and investment in the African continent.

Governor Ambode who spoke at a special session tagged ‘An Audience with the Governor of Lagos State’, said his administration is working hard to make the State the bridge into Africa and become the staging post for trade and investment in the continent.

 He said that since assuming office as the 14th Governor of the State, he set out to reposition Lagos as the ‘global gateway’ for Africa and an easy place to do business.

 “Our strategic imperative is to see Lagos emerge as an International Financial Centre of repute in Africa and beyond. Indeed, I am confident that Lagos stands poised to sustain and further develop a buoyant financial and consumer services’ industry. We have the population and the rise of an emerging middle class to back this up. Lagos is a new market, a new frontier for you to consider”, the Governor said.

He said the need for diversification of the economy in the wake of the ongoing decline in oil prices with its inevitable consequences on the nation’s economy was not negotiable as Nigeria can no longer rely on a mono economy.

“We require huge investments in public infrastructure, production of energy, health and education to enable us take full advantage of the evolving economic conditions. The World Bank estimates that nearly $93 billion is required annually as investment in Africa and it is estimated that the city of Lagos will require at least a quarter of this figure”, he said.

The Governor, who spoke on the topic, ‘Lagos: A City of Opportunity’, said that despite being the smallest state in Nigeria in terms of space, Lagos remains the commercial hub of the country as its GDP currently stands at $136.6 billion, while it contributes 25% to the GDP of Nigeria, making it arguably Africa’s fourth largest economy.

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“The GDP of Lagos has an estimated growth rate of 10% and it is expected that by 2025 the GDP will be $355billion. At present, 18 of Fortune 500 global companies have a presence in Lagos State. As at January 2015 the population of Lagos was 21 million making it Africa’s largest city and the 3rd largest city in the world. The population has an average annual growth rate of 3.2% and is estimated to be over 30 million by 2025.These are indeed impressive figures”, he said.

Governor Ambode, however, said that like many other mega cities of the world, Lagos has its own challenges, but his administration is engaging key leaders within the private sector to tackle the challenges head on.

He said the strategic imperatives of his administration is built on four pillars, namely infrastructural development, Economic Development, Social Development and Sustainable Development.

“I would like to emphasize my government’s commitment to the development of Lagos. These are exciting times for our city and I urge you to reflect on the new market and frontiers which Lagos presents”.

“As I conclude today, I will take this opportunity to invite Nigerians in the diaspora to come home. We need your skills and experience to contribute your quota into building our nation. We all have a “social obligation” to transform our country into the dream status we aspire, but it will require aggressive innovations and creativity from us all”, he said.

Governor Ambode and his team, which include some Commissioners and Special Advisers also participated in the Africa Global Summit (TGAIS) which started on December 1, at the Central Hall, Westminster, London, where they held several one-on-one meetings with key investors who have shown strong interest in investing in transportation, energy, infrastructure and agriculture sectors in Lagos

Some key Nigerian and foreign investors who attended the forum include President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote; Chairman of the Zenon Group, Femi Otedola; Churchgate Group, Japanese Group – Matuerbeni, AmatheurAgric, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse.

The UK Minister for Africa, James Duddridge and Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ray Kyles were also in attendance.

Ambode to Host Annual Security Town Hall Meeting December 15

Ambode to Host Annual Security Town Hall Meeting December 15

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode will on Tuesday, December 15, host the annual Town Hall Meeting on Security being put together by the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF).

In a statement signed by the Executive Secretary of the LSSTF, Dr. Abdurrazaq Balogun, the meeting which will be the first under the present administration and the 9th in the series will afford Governor Ambode render account of the Trust Fund, present the audit report and solicit for more donations to the Fund, in compliance with its duty of accounting to the public on its activities.

Balogun said the Town Hall meeting will also provide an avenue for the Governor to share his ideas on security and get feedback from decision makers and stakeholders, while the Commissioner of Police will present the security report of the state to the public.

“Also, other activities such as the recognition of outstanding security operatives and other stakeholders are done at these Town Hall meetings”, Balogun said.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the Lagos State trade and Investment Forum held in London on Monday 30th November 2015 at Dorchester Hotel

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the Lagos State trade and Investment Forum held in London on Monday 30th November 2015 at Dorchester Hotel

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode leading a panel discussion on finance and economy with other world leaders and business experts at the Lagos State Trade and Investment Forum held in London on Monday 30th November 2015 at Dorchester Hotel.

 

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode addressing business leaders and experts at the  Lagos State trade and Investment Forum held in London on Monday 30th November 2015 at Dorchester Hotel.

 

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Mr Akinwunmi Ambode (Governor of Lagos State) and Kervin Ellis (PWC UK Managing Partner) at the Lagos State Trade and Investment Forum held in London on Monday 30th November 2015 at Dorchester Hotel.

 

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L-R Professor Ademola Abass (Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Overseas Affairs), Kervin Ellis (PWC UK Managing Partner), Mr Akinwunmi Ambode (Governor of Lagos State), Ray Kyles (British Deputy High Commissioner to Lagos), Uyi Akpata (PWC Regional Senior Partner for West and Area Country Senior Partner) and Joel Seagal (Chair of the PWC UK firm’s Africa Business Group)  at the Lagos State trade and Investment Forum held in London on Monday 30th November 2015 at Dorchester Hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lagos Moves To Boost Office Of Public Defender 

Lagos Moves To Boost Office Of Public Defender 

…As AG Seeks NBA’s Support, Partnership 

The Lagos State Government has pledged its commitment towards boosting the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) to perform optimally as part of efforts to ensure the protection of the rights of the people.

Attorney General of the State and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, who made the pledge while meeting with the State leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), said the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode would focus more on people-oriented policies and give the OPD maximum support.

While describing the NBA as a veritable platform for all stakeholders in the legal profession to learn, exchange ideas and retool, Kazeem advocated for a more cordial working relationship between the NBA and the State’s Ministry of Justice.

Revealing the passion of the State Government to work with the association in order to uplift the quality of justice delivery in the State, Kazeem expressed his desire to meet members of the Bar periodically and proposed a quarterly parley with the Bar in order to foster stronger ties with members of the Bar.

He expressed his intention to introduce more active communication channels, adding that his preferred mode of communication in conformity with present times would be through electronic means, which he said conveys messages faster.

The Lagos AG, however, requested for the database of the members of the Bar and reiterated his intention to use information technology to drive his agenda.

Responding, the leadership of NBA pledged to support the policies of the State Government so long as they will better the lot of the people of Lagos State.

They also sought Kazeem’s assistance in getting the Judiciary to give adequate notice to members of the Bar whenever the judges, for any reason, would be unable to sit.

They also urged the State Government to consider building more courtrooms in the Badagry division of the Lagos State High Court.

Besides, the Bar leaders implored Kazeem to ensure prompt payment and upward review of the subvention to NBA.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Yinka Farounbi, Chairman of Ikeja Branch; Mr. Dofun Adetunji- Chairman, Ikorodu Branch; Mr. Chris Okoye, Chairman Badagry Branch; and other executive members.