Address Delivered At The Ready-Set-Work Graduation Event At The Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos

Address Delivered At The Ready-Set-Work Graduation Event At The Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos

It gives me great pleasure to stand here as we graduate the third batch of Ready-Set-Work Scholars. Congratulations to the Ready-Set-Work Class of 2018.

Three years ago, I stood on this same spot and looked across a room of about 500 Ready-Set-Work Scholars, 52 volunteer facilitators, friends and partners of Ready-Set-Work – many of whom are in the room today.

At the time, Ready-Set-Work was a newly-birthed idea, and a deliberate endeavour on the part of this administration to ensure that any student who graduated from a tertiary institution in our State possesses all the requisite skills, knowledge, tools, as well as the right mindset to contribute to theLabour Market; whether as a value-adding employee or a job creator.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to inform you that over the past three years, we have stayed true to this vision and scaled up our impact. I invite you to take a look across the auditorium today to see how that small spark in 2016 has become a roaring fire.

From 500 Ready-Set-Work Scholars in 2016, we are celebrating today the impact of this program on the lives of over 37,000 students who have participated in the Ready-Set-Work program over the last three years, either through the RSW On-Campus Training or through the RSW Online Academy.

We have taken it a step further by supporting top performing students by providing paid internship opportunities, as well as seed funding and incubation for viable business ideas. To date, over 1,200 RSW Scholars have benefited from internship placements, and another 2,000Scholars from the 2018 graduating class will also be placed in internships.

I am reliably informed that the first place winners of the 2016 Ready-Set-Work Business Pitch Competition are, with seed funding and incubation support, now on track to producing up to 10,000 liters of biogas daily within a community in Ikorodu, with zero carbon emission.

Other ReadySetWork graduates are adding value and making us proud as employee’s top companies and countless small businesses across the State.

We thank our network of over 1,000 employers who, through the years, have contributed to preparing RSW Scholars for the world of work, by providing internship opportunities in their organizations.

Some of our partner organizations have taken on the cost of paying their interns, but Lagos State has also had the privilege of supporting small and medium size businesses by paying the stipends for their interns over a period of 3 – 6 months.

In marking another successful edition of Ready-Set-Work, we cannot overemphasize the important role of our Volunteer Facilitators, the largest volunteer faculty in Nigeria. These selfless individuals gave up their Saturdays, traveled from far distances, committed to multiple hours of preparation, and made other sacrifices for 13 weeks to invest in our students.

RSW Faculty, we applaud you. You inspire us and exemplify the saying that all it takes to change the world is “a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens.”

My remarks will not be complete without special thanks to heads of tertiary institutions for collaborating to ensure the success of this program. Our host institutions this year – Lagos State University, Lagos State Polytechnic and the University of Lagos – all went the extra mile to provide adequate facilities for the duration of the program.

I thank our corporate partners and sponsors again for their commitment, financial contributions, and technical support. We trust that we can count onyou to continue investing in the future of Lagos State.

Ladies and gentlemen, as the world awakens to the realization that investment in human capital is critical to the success of any nation, we in Lagos are happy to celebrate today, three years of consistent investment in our people, as we present to you the Ready-Set-Work Class of 2018.

By investing in people, we will secure the future prosperity of Lagos State and Nigeria. Withprogrammes like Ready-Set-Work, Code Lagos and the Employment Trust Fund we are providing platforms that will nurture a society of problem solvers, change-makers, and value adding citizens helping to improve our economy.

These innovative programmes must therefore, not be allowed to die.

Finally, to the RSW 2018 Graduating Class, I say go out there and transform our nation. We are proud of you.

Thank you.

ItesiwajuipinleEko, lo je wa lo gun

Canadian Governor-General, Payette, Governor Ambode Unveil Lagos Biobank Lab

Canadian Governor-General, Payette, Governor Ambode Unveil Lagos Biobank Lab

The Governor-General of Canada, Rt. Hon. Julie Payette and Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday jointly unveiled a Biobank Laboratory in Lagos designed to ensure effective management of outbreak of infectious diseases with special focus on containment and strengthening of capacity to prevent, detect and respond to all manner of threats.

The Biobank, which is located within the premises of Mainland Hospital, Yaba, was delivered through a partnership between Lagos State Government and the Canadian government which contributed a total of $4.5million to the project.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Payette said the partnership was underscored by the West Africa Ebola outbreak which brought the need for countries to intensify cooperation and coordination to prevent the spread of diseases and to effectively counter epidemics to the fore.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), with Governor-General of Canada, Rt. Hon Julie Payette (2nd left); Canadian Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Lt. Gen. Andrew Leslie (left) and Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris (right) during the commissioning of the Biosecurity Laboratory at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), with Governor-General of Canada, Rt. Hon Julie Payette (2nd left); Canadian Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Lt. Gen. Andrew Leslie (left) and Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris (right) during the commissioning of the Biosecurity Laboratory at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

She specifically commended the State Government and those who worked hard to contain the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Lagos, saying the facility would better equip the State to mitigate post-Ebola threats, among other threats of diseases.

According to Payette: “I must say I had a thought knowing that we were coming here to open such an important facility; a facility to prevent, detect and respond to about the worst calamities possible outcomes that could happen.

“The incidence of infectious disease if not contained could do so much damage and could ravage so many lives. It is not important, it is absolutely essential to have a facility like this to make sure that it never happens.

“As serious as the outbreak was here in Nigeria and elsewhere in West Africa, it could have been much more or worse and so, Canada is very glad to have filled that gap with you with this laboratory and Bio-bank,” she said.

Speaking further, Payette assured that her country would continue to partner with the Nigerian government to contain infectious diseases and other treatments, noting that Ebola was still a deadly disease worldwide.

“We will continue to collaborate with you in this important effort; we also work in Canada in our microbiology laboratories to contain other infectious disease and still working on Ebola and other treatments. The disease is very deadly still, we have experimental treatments that are now coming up so that the possibility that we can cure or treat diseases better is in front of us and we have to continue toward that goal so that diseases like Ebola does not anymore mean a death sentence,” the Governor General said.

On his part, Governor Ambode said delivery of the project was a perfect example of a forward-looking and community-development collaboration undertaken by Lagos State Government and the Canadian government, adding that with the facility, the public healthcare delivery in the State had moved to higher level.

“With this Biolab, I want to publicly admit that public healthcare in our State has been raised to another level and it is to the benefit of our people.

“This project was initiated in 2016 because of a joint focus and commitment in improving the management of infectious diseases not only in Lagos but in Nigeria as a whole and we are very clear in our mind that this facility will help our public health practitioners to promptly diagnose diseases of public health importance and boost the clinical management of such outbreaks,” Governor Ambode said.

The newly commissioned Biosecurity Laboratory at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.
The newly commissioned Biosecurity Laboratory at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

Giving details of funding of the project, the Governor said the Canadian government, through its Global Partnership Program (GPP), funded the design and the construction of the laboratory, while the Lagos State Government covered the cost of training of personnel, maintenance of the laboratory as well as the community engagement and the environmental impact assessment, among other ancillary activities.

“This is a partnership that works and we are very excited that this is the first of its kind in Nigeria and we are very proud that the Canadian government has actually deemed it fit to lead in this particular course.

“This Biolab will boost effective clinical management of public health outbreaks and launch the State into a new frontier in research and development in various areas of need especially diagnostic kits and production of vaccines for effective prevention and containment strategy against highly infectious diseases.

“Biological and environmental samples for life science and medical research will be stored in this Biobank. The facility will also create an enabling framework for local and international collaboration to fast-track research and discovery that will accelerate solutions to global public health concerns,” Governor Ambode said, just as he revealed that the State Government had approved the engagement of a consultant and technical personnel to facilitate the smooth implementation of the project.

While urging other institutions and multi-lateral agencies to emulate the Canadian government by adopting a socially-motivated and community-beneficial partnership, the Governor also said Lagos was open for further collaborations and investments.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), with Governor-General of Canada, Rt. Hon Julie Payette (2nd left); Canadian Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Lt. Gen. Andrew Leslie (left) and Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris (right) during the commissioning of the Biosecurity Laboratory at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), with Governor-General of Canada, Rt. Hon Julie Payette (2nd left); Canadian Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Lt. Gen. Andrew Leslie (left) and Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris (right) during the commissioning of the Biosecurity Laboratory at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

“We want to call on other responsible and committed multi-lateral agencies to help and also contribute immensely to the growth and development of Lagos State and the welfare of its people.

“We are willing to partner with Canadian government and Canadian businessmen. What we have tried as much as possible to do as a government is to lay more emphasis on judicial and security sector reforms ensuring that all foreign citizens and corporate interests that come into this country actually have comfortable security and have enabling environment to be able to do all that they consent to do in terms of investment.

“Beyond what it is that you have done for us today, I just want to extend that hand of fellowship that we can partner to extend investment opportunities to Canadian companies to Lagos, and by so doing, we grow the GDP of Lagos and Nigeria,” the Governor said.

The Lagos State Biobank has two Biosafety Level Laboratories known as BSL 2 and 3 with capacity to process and rapidly identify samples suspected for Ebola, Lassa fever and other infectious diseases with epidemic potential.

Governor Ambode Charges New Perm Secs To Prioritize Efficient Service Delivery

Governor Ambode Charges New Perm Secs To Prioritize Efficient Service Delivery

…Says Machinery Of Governance Must Roll Faster

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday swore-in five new Permanent Secretaries into the State Civil Service, with a charge on them to place high premium on efficient service delivery and work to make the machinery of governance to roll faster in the overall interest of the people.

 

Speaking after the oath of office was administered on the appointees at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, Governor Ambode said the Permanent Secretaries must bring their wealth of experience and knowledge to bear in their respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and go all-out to meet the high expectations of not only government but the teeming population of the State.

 

“With this appointment, you have all effectively become the Accounting Officer of your MDAs. You have been entrusted with a bigger and more sensitive responsibility which will put to test your leadership and managerial skills.

 

“Let me remind you of the very high expectations that will be placed on you, not only from the government but more importantly, from the over 22 million Lagosians who desire efficient and service delivery. Your ability to meet these expectations will depend on the amount of creativity and innovation you can bring to bear in the discharge of your responsibilities.

 

“Nobody expects you to reinvent the wheel. What is expected of you is to bring to bear your knowledge and experience so that the machinery of governance can roll faster and deliver more quality results to the teeming population of our State,” the Governor counseled the appointees.

 

While congratulating the new Permanent Secretaries, the Governor said it was on record that the elevation was strictly based on merit as evidenced by their outstanding performance, commitment and dedication to duty over the years, saying they must work to justify their appointments.

 

The appointees are Dr. Olabisi Taiwo (Ministry of Health), Mr. Olusegun Ajibade (Public Service Office), Mrs. Abiayo Akinsiku (Primary Healthcare Board), Dr. Yusuf Jimoh (Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations), and Mr. Ganiyu Rufai (Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives).

 

Responding on behalf of the new Permanent Secretaries, Taiwo expressed gratitude to God and Governor Ambode for the opportunity to serve the State at the highest level in the civil service, just as she assured that they would not betray the confidence reposed in them but rather uphold the principles of public service.

 

Remarks By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Swearing In Of Five Newly Appointed Permanent Secretaries

Remarks By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Swearing In Of Five Newly Appointed Permanent Secretaries

I congratulate our newly appointed Permanent Secretaries who have just taken the oath of office. This is no doubt, a happy and fulfilling moment for all of you, your families, friends and colleagues who have contributed in various ways to your successful career in the Lagos State Public Service.

You have been appointed among several of your colleagues who are also eminently qualified to fill the vacancies created by the exit of some Permanent Secretaries. Your appointments were strictly based on merit as evidenced by your outstanding performance, commitment and dedication to duty over the years.

With this appointment, you have all effectively become the Accounting Officer of your MDAs. You have been entrusted with a bigger and more sensitive responsibility which will put to test your leadership and managerial skills.

Let me remind you of the very high expectations that will be placed on you, not only from the government but more importantly, from the over 22 million Lagosians who desire efficient and service delivery. Your ability to meet these expectations will depend on the amount of creativity and innovation you can bring to bear in the discharge of your responsibilities.

Nobody expects you to reinvent the wheel. What is expected of you is to bring to bear your knowledge and experience so that the machinery of governance can roll faster and deliver more quality results to the teeming population of our State.

Given your very impressive track records, I am very optimistic that you will rise up to the challenge and justify your new appointments.

I congratulate you all and wish you success in your new assignment.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko lo je wa logun.

Lagos Set To Commission Modern Ferry Terminal, New Ilaje-Bariga Road

Lagos Set To Commission Modern Ferry Terminal, New Ilaje-Bariga Road

…As Work On Oworonshoki Lagoon Reclamation Reach Advanced Stage

In furtherance of the intermodal transportation system of Lagos State Government, all is now set for the commissioning of an ultra-modern ferry terminal and new access road in Ilaje-Bariga area of the State.

The State Government, in a statement on Sunday by Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ade Akinsanya, said the ferry terminal and the newly upgraded road were part of the initiatives of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration to further scale up the integrated transportation initiative of the State Government aimed at ensuring seamless connectivity within the State.

According to him, the access road and the terminal would be commissioned by the State Government by mid November 2018.

Giving details, Akinsanya said: “The terminal situated at the tail end of the upgraded Ilaje Road which provides access to the terminal from Akoka Road, abuts the lagoon front facing the Third Mainland Bridge.

“The state-of-the-art terminal sitting on a reclaimed land area of over 2000 square meter, has a parking facility that will accommodate no fewer than 150 cars and ample space for park and ride buses for those that will want to park their cars to get to their various destinations through the terminal by ferry.”

He added that ferry services would be provided from the terminal to connect other existing terminals such as Ipakodo and Badore in Ikorodu axis, Badore in Ajah axis, recently commissioned Five Cowrie Creek Terminal in Falomo, Marina Terminal, among others.

The Commissioner said the Ilaje terminal, in addition to a well lit surrounding, had been designed with other complementary facilities such as ticketing office, passengers seating area, restaurant, mini mart, shops, toilets, seat-out area for relaxation, boat yard as well as security watch towers.

On the road, he said the newly upgraded 1.1km Ilaje Road with carriageway and width of 8meters, is equipped with a bicycle lane, street lights as well as covered side drains which serves as walk way.

“Transportation in Lagos is predominantly road-based and it is pertinent to state that the administration of Governor Ambode has made concerted efforts to reduce the pressure on the roads with the aim of promoting an integrated transportation system.

“In this quest, the administration is progressively taking advantage of the vast waterways that Lagos is endowed with by embarking on waterfront infrastructure projects including dredging of predetermined viable waterways routes to provide alternative and reduce the travel time of road users,” Akinsanya said.

He said aside the new road and ferry terminal in Ilaje, a new transportation and tourism hub was being proposed at Oworonshoki by the foot of Third Mainland Bridge, which is a stone throw from the Ilaje Terminal.

“The reclamation of the area is presently at advanced stage and it is designed to accommodate another ferry terminal, shopping areas, bus terminals and relaxation facilities.

“With the commissioning of the Ilaje terminal, the residents of Bariga, Akoka and environs will, among other benefits, enjoy shortened travel time to their destinations under a more relaxed and stress-free condition. It would also result into savings in transport cost and reduction in vehicle maintenance cost aggravated by the present condition of our roads that State Government is assiduously working upon,” Akinsanya said.