Keynote Address By The Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, At Longrich Nigeria Manufacturing Plant Pre-Launching Ceremony At The Convention Hall, Lekki Free Trade Zone

Keynote Address By The Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, At Longrich Nigeria Manufacturing Plant Pre-Launching Ceremony At The Convention Hall, Lekki Free Trade Zone

One of the most fulfilling feelings in life is to see one’s efforts yield positive results. It gives me immense satisfaction to be here today to witness this Pre-Launching Ceremony of Longrich Nigeria manufacturing plant to be located in the Lekki Free Zone in Lagos State, Nigeria.

At the inception of this administration, one of our core focus areas was attracting investments to our State; to create employment for our people and wealth for our investors. Today’s event is one of those crowning moments that confirm that our efforts have been rewarded.

I am particularly delighted that of all the cities and countries in Africa, Longrich Group of Companies has chosen to site its manufacturing plant, a $50 million investment, in our State.

For this trust and confidence shown in our State, I am here personally to thank the Chairman, Mr. Xu Zhiwei, and the management team of Longrich, led by the company’s Vice President, Xu Zhi Lun, for making this wise investment decision. I am also here to assure you of the government’s commitment to supporting your business and ensuring that you succeed in Lagos.

I have been informed that this Lekki Longrich facility, upon completion, would not only be the hub for the distribution of the products to the African sub-region but would provide employment for at least 1,000 new workers in our State and boost the nation’s foreign exchange earnings from exportation of manufactured products to other African Countries.

If we go by the success story of Longrich in China and the company’s track record, there is no doubt that Longrich Nigeria would be modelled after the world-class LONGLIQI Bio-Industrial Park in China which covers an area of more than 133 hectares and serves as location of LONGLIQI Bio-Science Co., Ltd.

Longrich has not only become a global brand but its range of products has steadily been impacting lives, particularly in terms of health, fitness, and qualitative standards of living, as well as changing business patterns in diverse continents.

The company has also created wealth for the over 500,000 people who are trading more than Thirty brands in the Longrich product range through the business referral network in Nigeria. Interestingly, a high concentration of the Longrich traders reside and operate in our State confirming that we not only have a rapidly growing market for continuous consumer products and services but are a haven for foreign direct investments.

On our part, we will continue to ensure we play our role as business enablers. We will continue to work to provide the necessary infrastructure and services required to support all investors and businesses who decide to make Lagos their home.

Our administration has embarked on massive and ambitious projects. We have introduced public sector reforms and policies aimed at making it easier to do business in our State. Our governmental institutions like the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Office of Public Private Partnership and Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment (Lagos Global) are, more than ever before, in the fore front of providing an enabling business environment for local and foreign investments to thrive.

These are just a few indicators to assure you of our commitment to securing not just Longrich’s investment in the South-West quadrant of Lekki Free Zone but to secure and attract more investments to our State.

At this point, let me confirm that the Lekki Free Zone is the flagship of the Lagos State Government’s industrial development drive which asides from physical amenities, also comes with a bundle of incentives that propel business prosperity. With the ongoing gas pipeline laying to the Lekki Free Zone nearing completion, I assure you that very soon power generation costs, which accounts for significant production cost, will be significantly reduced.

Distinguished, Ladies and Gentlemen, I want to restate the commitment of the Lagos State Government to sustaining the business environment and protecting all investments in the State, especially those in the Lekki Free Zone.

Once again, on behalf of the good people and Government of Lagos State, I congratulate Longrich International Nigeria on this project and assure you and all investors that your business interests in this State would continue to be profitable as you will find in us a supportive business partner.

Thank you.

 

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko Lo Je Wa L’ogun

 

Lagos Mourns As Elder Statesman, Pa Fasinro Passes On At 99

Lagos Mourns As Elder Statesman, Pa Fasinro Passes On At 99

…Says A Great Son Of Nigeria, Lagos Has Gone Home

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday evening expressed sadness over the death of a founding father of Lagos State, Pa Hassan Fasinro.

Popularly called HAB, Pa Fasinro, a Senator in the Second Republic and the first Clerk of Lagos City Council, passed on at exactly 8:29pm on Sunday evening after a brief illness.

He would have clocked 100 years by September this year.

Governor Ambode, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, said Pa Fasinro was one of the great founding fathers of Lagos, saying that he was one of the main architects of Lagos.

“This is a very sad loss, personally for me and for every Lagosian. I was personally looking forward to celebrating Papa at 100 later in September this year, but we cannot question God for calling him at this time.

“Papa was a hero. He was a father in the true sense of the word. We cannot write the Lagos story without recourse to the roles that he played from the start and from the bottom of our hearts, we appreciate the role that he played in building Lagos to what it is today.

Governor Ambode, while commiserating with the family of the late elder statesman, urged them to uphold the ideals he stood for, saying that the nation will continue to draw inspiration from his life and times.

“His demise, just like that of our heroes past, must never be in vain. There can be no better time to unite together to achieve a better and more prosperous Nigeria,” he said.

He said Pa Fasinro paid his dues and has left his footprints on the sands of time.

“On behalf of the government and people of Lagos State, I want to express our heartfelt condolence to the family of Pa Fasinro on this great and irreparable loss. He was a pride to our country, our state and we will surely miss him,” Governor Ambode said.

Ambode Extols Tinubu’s Virtues, Role In Birthing Next Level Government

Ambode Extols Tinubu’s Virtues, Role In Birthing Next Level Government

…Says Nigeria On Threshold Of Greatness With Buhari, Osinbajo

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday saluted the role played by National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, saying Nigeria was already on threshold of greatness with the duo in the next level government.

 

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the 11th Bola Tinubu Colloquium held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja as part of activities marking the 67th birthday of Tinubu, said it was gratifying to note that the next level promised by the APC government was already unfolding, adding that the next four years would engender massive development and service to the people.

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“We are all expectant and we can feel the next level unfolding. Our country is on the threshold of greatness because for the first time since our independence, we would have successive administrations of a progressive and visionary government; a government of integrity, a government whose sole interest is the well-being of Nigeria and Nigerians.

 

“We are lucky to be here in this exciting time; in a time when our country will be led by selfless individuals who have the progress and prosperity of our people as their major objective and we are here today because Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been a very key part of this story.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right); Celebrant, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu (middle); his wife, Senator Oluremi (2nd right); Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (2nd left) and Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State during the 11th Bola Tinubu Colloquium at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Thursday, March 28, 2019.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right); Celebrant, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu (middle); his wife, Senator Oluremi (2nd right); Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (2nd left) and Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State during the 11th Bola Tinubu Colloquium at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Thursday, March 28, 2019.

“We are here not only to celebrate him (Tinubu) but to celebrate the incoming dawn in Nigeria; we are here to celebrate the next level in Nigeria where Nigerians will be served and given what is due to them,” Governor Ambode said.

 

The Governor, who attended the colloquium with his wife, Bolanle, particularly hailed Tinubu for his political dexterity, doggedness, undoubted courage and political acumen, saying the attributes of the national leader played key part in the electoral victory of APC at the Federal, National Assembly, Governorship and State Assembly elections.

 

While describing the theme of the colloquium: “Next Level: Work For People,” as perfectly conceived and apt for the moment, Governor Ambode said it was instructive that it was coming at a time when Nigerians were eagerly looking forward to revolutionary transformation in key sectors and sections of the country.

 

“This colloquium is coming at a time when the APC has spread its political tentacles even further in the country and this colloquium is coming at a time when Nigerians are eagerly looking forward to the next level in progressive politics, economic growth, social welfare and increased national security,” the Governor said.

 

The colloquium was attended by President Buhari who was represented by Vice President Osinbajo, Governors, Ministers, members of the National Assembly, royal fathers, political leaders, captains of industry and members of the diplomatic corps, among others, while there were several presentations by government officials and representatives of the private sector.

 

Address Delivered By His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The 11th Edition of Bola Tinubu Colloquium Held At The International Conference Centre, Abuja

Address Delivered By His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The 11th Edition of Bola Tinubu Colloquium Held At The International Conference Centre, Abuja

It is my profound pleasure to welcome you all to this 11th Bola Ahmed Tinubu Colloquium.

As I welcome you all to this event, I ask you to join me in wishing a very Happy Birthday to the man for whom we have all gathered today, a man of high political dexterity, the dogged National Leader of our great party, the All Progressives Congress, and a man of undoubted courage and political acumen.

This year’s colloquium is coming at a time when Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has spearheaded our Party to victory in the General Elections; at the Federal, National Assembly, Governorship and State Assembly elections. This colloquium is coming at a time when the APC has spread its progressive tentacles even further in the country. And this colloquium is coming at a time when Nigerians are eagerly looking forward to the Next Level in Progressive Policies, Economic Growth, Social Welfare and increased National Security.

The theme of this colloquium; “Next Level – Work For People” is perfectly conceived as it fits the moment.

We are all expectant and we can feel the Next Level unfolding. Our country is on the threshold of greatness because for the first time since our independence, we will have successive administrations of a progressive and visionary Government; a Government of Integrity; a government whose sole interest is the wellbeing of Nigeria and Nigerians.

 

We are all lucky to be here in these exciting times; in a time when our country will be led by selfless individuals who have the progress and prosperity of our people as their major objective.

And we are here today because Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been a very key part of this story. We are here not only to celebrate him but to celebrate the incoming dawn in Nigeria. We are here to celebrate the Next Level in Nigeria where Nigerians will be served and given what is due to them.

Mr. President, Your Excellencies and all our distinguished guests, once again, I welcome you all and I thank you for honouring this invitation.

 

Thank you.

 

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode,

Governor of Lagos State

 

28th March 2019.

Election: Lagos State Government Assures Voters Of Safety

Election: Lagos State Government Assures Voters Of Safety

…Canvasses Support For Sanwo-Olu, APC Assembly Candidates

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday urged eligible voters in the State to come out enmasse on Saturday to vote in the Governorship and House of Assembly elections, assuring that adequate measures have been firmed up to ensure a hitch-free exercise.

Addressing Government House Correspondents after a Special State Executive Council Meeting at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, on the forthcoming polls, the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode said every necessary arrangement to ensure a smooth voting exercise had been made, adding that the peace and security of the State was paramount to his administration.

“I want to assure that we would try as much as possible to ensure that the coming elections – gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections go very well. We want to also assure all Lagosians of their safety and also to let everyone know that Lagos is a cosmopolitan State and it will remain so.

“The peace and security of this State is very paramount to this government and we would ensure that everybody that is eligible to vote goes out to do so and keep the peace.

“We encourage all voters to come out on Saturday; I want to encourage all Lagosians to exercise their rights so that we can have a large turnout. The security agencies have assured us that there would be peace across the nooks and crannies of Lagos,” he said

The Governor, who is the Chairman of the State Executive Council, recalled the unfortunate incidences in some parts of the State during the Presidential and National Assembly elections, saying while such had been properly addressed, he would nonetheless want everybody to see each other as brothers.

He also urged the people to support the governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and all the House of Assembly candidates of the party to ensure continuity of good governance in the State.

According to him, “We are also very aware of the incidences that happened during the presidential election of which we have taken proper care of. We know that we are all brothers; we are all the same in this State but I urge everyone to support our government and also support our candidate because we believe in continuity in this government and that is why you see that the executive arm of government is in support of Jide Sanwo-Olu who is our flagbearer for the APC.

“We urge all Lagosians to vote for continuity and ensure that all our candidates for the House of Assembly elections also are voted for. I wish all of us a very successful voting process on Saturday and then we implore all our security agencies also to make sure that there is peace across the land.”

Besides, Governor Ambode who addressed the briefing alongside members of the State Executive Council, also clarified the news on social media to the effect that a public holiday had been declared for Civil Servants on Friday to prepare for the elections.

“We like to inform all Lagosians that contrary to what has been put in the media that there would be a public holiday on Friday, what we have actually done was to declare mid-term holiday for students across all our schools in Lagos State,” the Governor said.