Lagos to Procure Three Helicopters to Battle Crime, Tackle Traffic

Lagos to Procure Three Helicopters to Battle Crime, Tackle Traffic

…220 Roads Repaired In Four Months

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday said that his administration has concluded plans to procure three helicopters next month to enable security agencies tackle criminal activities from the air as well assist in monitoring traffic gridlock to ease movement across the metropolis.

Governor Ambode, who spoke as guest on a popular radio programme – Soni Irabor Live (SIL) on Inspiration FM, said he was deeply concerned about pockets of robberies in some areas of the state in recent times, expressing optimism that the helicopters will go a long way to aid security and traffic surveillance in the state.

He said that the government would also boost the operation of Marine Police and the Nigerian Navy on the waterways in the state, and that various equipment and platforms would soon be presented to them.

The Governor said at least 220 roads across the state has been rehabilitated in the last four months just as he has mandated and empowered all the Local Government Areas and the Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to construct a total of 114 roads.

He assured the people of the state that his administration is working hard to build a safer, cleaner and more prosperous state for all irrespective of creed or colour.

He pleaded with Lagosians to work with his administration and support him to take Lagos to the next level where there will be prosperity for all.

According to him, “We are in this together, all Lagosians. It is your government; you put me there; I’m your servant and I’m ready for criticism. I’m listening and I believe strongly that you have a say in this government because it is an inclusive government. No matter where you come from, no matter your creed or colour, this is your government.

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“I appeal that Lagosians should join hands with me; tolerate whatever it is that you are seeing and make sure that you also carry out your own civic obligations. Pay your taxes because it is the only way that Lagos can grow and you know, the bottom line is this, we all need to work together to achieve a safer Lagos; a cleaner Lagos; and a more prosperous Lagos and that is what all of us are going to do,” he said.

The Governor, who spoke on wide ranging issues affecting the state, assured that a flyover bridge will soon be constructed at the Ajah Roundabout, and that the Lagos State Public Works Corporation has equally been mandated to fix all potholes in the state both on Federal, State and Local Government roads to ease vehicular movement.

While lamenting the situation whereby over 3, 000 tankers visit Lagos on a daily basis to lift fuel, Governor Ambode said that the population of Lagos keeps increasing, and same was due to the fact that the state is working.

He said out of the foreign direct investment in the country this year, 99.1 percent came to Lagos, and that there was a need for the people to appreciate the growing population in the state.

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The Governor, who acknowledged that the current 2, 100 staff strength of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) was not enough to effectively control traffic, said young graduates who are ready to be selfless will soon be employed into the agency.

He also clarified his directive to officials of the agency not to impound vehicles, saying the order was aimed at bringing about civility in their operations, adding that his administration is working to continue where the previous administration stopped with improvement.

Governor Ambode, who explained that his administration was being limited by the Appropriation Law of 2015, promised that more roads and projects will be accommodated in the 2016 budget, and pleaded for understanding from the people.

He said the state government was taking the initiative to address major issues  in the state, revealing that a total of 63 communities in the Lekki-Ajah axis, which have been in darkness for over five years, will  be connected to the national grid before the end of the year.

He said for now, the State Government is awaiting President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet, especially on the policy direction of the government on power so as to know how to bring in investors, however, his administration would concentrate on building clusters of Independent Power Projects (IPPs) within the state.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Takes Feedback, Questions and Criticism from Lagosians on Soni Irabor Live

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Takes Feedback, Questions and Criticism from Lagosians on Soni Irabor Live

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday was a guest on Soni Irabor Live on Inspiration FM 92.3. The live show gave room for concerned Lagosians to provide feedback, ask questions and provide constructive comments in form of solutions that could help ease some of the pertinent challenges facing the state.

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This is yet another channel for engagement and feedback from Lagosians by engaging with them directly, therefore breaking communication gaps between the leadership of the state and the people. The State Governor equally used this medium to share the developmental plans of his administration with the people of Lagos.

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While on air, Governor Ambode responded to questions ranging from electricity, security, transportation and LASTMA amongst other issues.

The entire discussion as broadcasted live today will be uploaded as soon as possible.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Urges Vigilance, Pledges Good Governance, Selfless Service

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Urges Vigilance, Pledges Good Governance, Selfless Service

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has urged residents in the state to continue to be vigilant and united in the resolve to prevent infiltration of extremists into their communities, just as he assured that his administration will continue to render good governance and selfless service to the people of the state.

The Governor, who was represented by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, spoke while declaring open the 39th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Society of International Law, with the theme ‘International Law and Extremism’.

“A theme of this nature is very imperative especially in this critical period of our dear country, Nigeria when we, like many other countries are at the receiving end of acts of extremism in its various forms. Extremism breeds insecurity and uncertainty under which no meaningful development can take place”.

He said the effect of insurgency is particularly exemplified by the devastation which the North Eastern part of the country has witnessed; with thousands of internally displaced persons in need of support to be reintegrated back into the society.

He however expressed optimism that the commitment demonstrated so far by President Muhammadu Buhari, the support of the international community and most importantly the renewed determination of our armed forces have rekindled hope that the defeat of Boko Haram is imminent.

The Governor while congratulating the Society for another successful event said, “I have no doubt that this conference will offer useful insight into the various dimension and the effect of extremism on the society as well as proffering pragmatic solution to the problem being posed by the act of extremists”.

Boko Haram: Lagos State Urges Citizens To Remain Calm and Vigilant

Boko Haram: Lagos State Urges Citizens To Remain Calm and Vigilant

The Lagos State Government has urged citizens in the state to remain calm but very vigilant as the Police and other security agencies intensify their efforts to rid the state of hoodlums, armed robbers and suspected terrorists.

Speaking against the background of the arrest by the Department of State Services of 45 suspected Boko Haram members who allegedly planned to attack Dolphin Estate in Ikoyi, the Lagos State government expressed confidence in the combined efforts of DSS, Police and other security agencies to keep the state free of terror attacks and stamp out robberies and violent crimes.

In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the state government vowed not to relent in its constitutional duty to ensure safety of lives and property throughout the length and breadth of the state.

The statement said the current reality is that times have changed and the need to urge every citizen to be more security conscious is now paramount.

“Due to the economic hardship being experienced all over the country with many states and private business owners battling with payments of salaries and wages, Lagos State has become the prime destination for several thousands of people who now throng the daily with no plan to return, because they believe this is the state where economic succor is available”, Ayorinde said.

The statement said not only is this internal exodus into Lagos putting an unprecedented pressure on road infrastructure and traffic management as well as a burden on housing and hospitals all across the state, it has also constituted security threat which now requires every citizen to be extra vigilant.

“Our appeal goes to every school, housing estates, religious houses, markets and shopping complexes, hotels and restaurants and sporting arenas to take issues of security and personal safety more serious these days and to work with both the government and security agencies in promptly reporting any persons with suspicious activities or unusual gatherings that may compromise security. Care must also be taken in how domestic servants and house aides are also employed.”

The statement reiterated Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s directive to rid the state of hoodlums and miscreants operating from uncompleted and abandoned houses, urging owners of such properties to complete or secure them or have the Law to contend with.

It added that Lagos State government sympathizes with victims of robberies and violent crimes, while promising that the government would continue to fund the state security apparatus and do everything within its power to arrest the unwholesome situation.