Osinbajo’s Wife, Udom, Bindo For 2017 COWLSO Women Conference

Osinbajo’s Wife, Udom, Bindo For 2017 COWLSO Women Conference

…Food Security, Skill Development, Others Take Centre Stage, Says Ambode’s Wife

Wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Emmanuel Udom and his counterpart in Adamawa State, Alhaji Jibrilla Bindo are among top dignitaries expected to grace this year’s edition of the 2017 of the National Women Conference organised by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO).

Addressing journalists at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa on Wednesday, Chairperson and wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Bolanle Ambode said the wife of the Vice President would serve as the mother of the day and also declare the conference open with Governor Udom would be the Special Guest of honour, while Governor Bindo will declare the conference closed.

Mrs Ambode said this year’s Conference, which has its theme as ‘She Creates, She Transforms’, will hold between October 24 and 26, 2017 at the Convention Centre of Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, said other renowned facilitators drawn from all walks of life would give insight on selected relevant topics, ranging from Networking Etiquette, Women in Agriculture, Women Empowerment, financing options for businesses, among other issues.

She said the theme of the conference was carefully selected and would focus on the ingenuity of Nigerian women in the pursuit of innovative and practical solutions towards achieving sustainable development within her immediate sphere and community at large.

“You will agree with me that women are uniquely created, endowed with skills and blessed with creativity. As helpmates, we care for the family and impact our immediate environment positively. The woman out of very little creates, she transforms the little created to something bigger and better. Our transformation efforts extend to all facets of human engagement”, she said.

Besides, the wife of the Governor said there would be presentation of certificates of appreciation to notable individuals and organisations for their long-standing partnership and support for COWLSO, while an award of inspirational women of the year would also be presented to a distinguished Nigerian woman achiever, who has excelled in her chosen career, mentored other women and has supported the vision of the group.

The COWLSO chairman explained that buses would be stationed at Yaba, Mile 2, Berger, Agege, Iyana Ipaja and Ajah, to convey the women to and from the venue of the Gala Night expected to hold Wednesday, 25th October.

She also disclosed that the gala night will feature a raffle draw with opportunity for participants to win brand new cars and other mouth watering prizes.

Mrs. Ambode said the annual conference was part of the strategic intervention of COWLSO to support the activities of Lagos State Government, especially with regard to women development and empowerment.

Address Delivered  At The 4th Quarterly Town Hall Meeting In Y2017 (The 9th In The Series) Held At Emmanuel High Street, Off Ogudu Road, Ojota, Kosefe LGA

Address Delivered  At The 4th Quarterly Town Hall Meeting In Y2017 (The 9th In The Series) Held At Emmanuel High Street, Off Ogudu Road, Ojota, Kosefe LGA

Today, we have another clear opportunity to make good on our commitment to the democratic norm of running a people-centred Government. We have in the last eight editions of the town hall meetings demonstrated that an open government of inclusion is possible and desirable.

Indeed, the town hall meetings, one of the many platforms of engagement with Lagosians has yielded positive results and is useful in providing insightful ideas and recommendations on how to serve our people better.

Our train, this time, has arrived Kosofe and it is our hope that this interaction will serve to bring on board your views while we will endeavour to keep you abreast of our policies, programmes and plans. We assure you that your opinions will significantly impact our future activities.

Since the last quarter, we have progressed significantly with the tasks of building the Lagos of our dream. Some of the projects embarked upon include:

  • We have commenced the reconstruction of the Muritala Muhammed International Airport Road into a 10 lane highway of world class standard. It is our plan to complete the project within the next 15months – November 2018.
  • In addition, a comprehensive plan has been put in place to fix all roads that have been eroded by heavy rains witnessed across the country in the last few months. This road infrastructure renewal will entail the repairs of 43 major link roads across the five divisions of the State as well as a comprehensive flood control programme that will ensure a flood free State by end of year 2017.
  • In Agege, we have commenced the construction of a fly over that will put an end to the perennial traffic witnessed along Pen Cinema and the old Abeokuta Expressway.

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  • Similarly, the reconstruction and upgrade of Igbe-Bola Tinubu road in Igbogbo-Baiyeku Local Council Development Area has commenced.
  • The traffic situation in the Apapa area in recent times has been of major concern to our Administration. We will therefore not relent in our efforts to reclaim Apapa as a liveable part of Lagos and return it to its pristine glory as a hub of economic prosperity.
  • In Oworonshoki, construction work is progressing to transform the blighted waterfront into the biggest water transportation hub in Nigeria. When completed, the site will become a mega ferry terminal with the state-of-the-art facilities, including a park and cruise facility that will enable user’s easy access to the jetty.
  • Plans are also underway to unfold an intensive design for the beautification of Jibowu and Yaba as part of the general greener Lagos plan to rehabilitate and beautify blighted areas.
  • As part of the Onikan-Marina Regeneration plan, we have approved the upgrade of the 5,000 capacity Onikan stadium to attain the standards of a 21st century sporting facility.
  • We recently completed and commissioned the first ever state-owned DNA Forensic laboratory in Africa. The edifice is equipped with technological gadgets to solve crime, enable DNA profiling and aid the criminal justice sector reforms.
  • As part of strategies adopted to secure Model schools in the outskirts and those close to riverine areas, a Joint Tactic Squad comprising officers of all the security agencies has been established to increase security within and around such vulnerable areas of the state.
  • The Lagos State Office of Disability Affairs (LASODA) has also been mandated to expand the numbers of beneficiaries of the programme to ensure that greater number of targeted persons benefit before the end of the year.
  • Before the end of 2017, a total number of 250 persons living with disabilities will be employed into the civil service and given adequate training to carry out their duties effectively.
  • A database of all artisans in the State is being compiled to grant them the chance to improve their business through financial support from the Employment Trust Fund (ETF).
  • As you are aware, chairmen of the 20 Local Government Areas and 36 Local Councils Development Authorities have been sworn-in and have taken positions to help translate our vision into reality in their respective places.

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CONCLUSION

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, the modest progress we have made so far would not have been possible without you, the people. Our administration appreciates the massive support and cooperation we have received across the State in the past two and half years. Our determination to put Lagos State economy on an enviable pedestal has been further strengthened by your support.

We thank all regular tax payers who have made our vision of growing the economy and improving the quality of life of our people possible. The task of building a virile State is the responsibility of everyone and we renew the call on every taxable adult to pay their taxes promptly.

I also solicit your understanding for the inconvenience currently being experienced as a result of the ongoing road projects across the state. This temporary discomfort will soon give way to lasting happiness as all projects will be completed on schedule.

Now, it is over to you to tell your government what you expect from us.

Itesiwaju ilu eko lo je wa logun.

Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State

October 9, 2017

Work To Enhance Confidence In Legal System, LASG Tells Judges And Lawyers

Work To Enhance Confidence In Legal System, LASG Tells Judges And Lawyers

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday urged judges and lawyers to embrace transparency and accountability in the administration of justice in the State with a view to enhancing confidence in the legal system.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at a service held at the Cathedral Church of Christ in Marina to commemorate the commencement of the 2017/2018 Golden Jubilee New Legal Year of the State’s Judiciary, said the expectations of the citizenry from government were enormous, and it was important for all stakeholders to demonstrate patriotism and leadership, and work continuously to promote the rule of law and guarantee protection of lives and property.

While congratulating members of the State Judiciary, which he described as the busiest in the country, for maintaining high standard of institutional integrity, Governor Ambode said the new legal year offered another opportunity to reflect on the history and achievements in the justice sector and examine whether efforts were being made to preserve the rich legacy and heritage inherited from great judges and lawyers who in the past had helped in the dispensation of justice.

“Indeed, Lagos State has a general reputation for trailblazing reforms in the justice sector and in many other sectors. In particular, our Judiciary has earned a status for great integrity and independence over the years and we are proud of it.

“The Judiciary since its creation in 1967 has continued to grow in leaps and bounds. The volume of cases handled by the Judges and Magistrates has necessitated the appointment of additional Judges and Magistrates with improved welfare and continuous infrastructural developments to further enhance the quality of justice delivery in the State.

“The judicial arm of the government remains the only and lasting beacon of hope, fairness, and justice to all citizens while the legal profession has a vital role to play in promoting the cause of justice, protecting human rights and upholding professional standards,” Governor Ambode said.

The Governor, who acknowledged the independence of the judicial arm of government, said it was in fulfilment of the promises to advance the cause of justice that the first DNA and Forensic Centre was commissioned to aid investigation and dispensation of justice, and called on members of the judiciary to collaborate with the executive to scale up justice delivery.

According to the Governor, “There is a popular saying that, “a house is only as good as its foundation”. This Administration has laid that foundation for good governance, peace, security and public order and our justice system must remain sound, fair and effective. The good people of Lagos State must be further assured of transparency and accountability in their access to justice.

“The expectation of the citizenry is enormous and requires all stakeholders to demonstrate patriotism and leadership as well as knowledge and skills. We must work continuously to enhance confidence in the legal system, promote the rule of law and guarantee protection of lives and properties,” he said.

Besides, Governor Ambode reiterated the commitment of his administration to promote rule of law and regenerate a new era of economic prosperity for the State, just as he expressed optimism in the ability of the Acting Chief Judge of the State, Justice Opeyemi Oke to ensure prompt and fair dispensation of justice, innovations and more reforms that would improve justice administration nationwide.

In her remarks, Justice Oke commended Governor Ambode for his commitment to enhance justice delivery and also create enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the State, assuring that the State Judiciary, under her, would effectively discharge its statutory duties of dispensing justice to the people.

While assuring that it would no longer be business as usual, Justice Oke urged lawyers to work with the State Judiciary and henceforth eschew frivolous applications for adjournment which in turn slows down justice administration.

“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to members of the bar. We cannot do it alone. We need you; we want to stop corruption; we want to stop laziness; we want to work and serve the people; Governor Ambode is doing so much to bring investors to the State and one thing the lawyers must do is to stop unnecessary application for adjournment; we are not going to allow it and we are going to talk to ourselves about it,” Justice Oke said.

In his sermon, Bishop of Lagos Diocese, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Adebola Ademowo commended Governor Ambode for his sterling performance in office so far, but urged that more efforts should be made to sanction motorists especially truck drivers who are in the habit of violating traffic laws.

Lagos Requires 1m Housing Units Yearly To Fix Shelter Deficit In

Lagos Requires 1m Housing Units Yearly To Fix Shelter Deficit In

…Says State Population Equals 30 African Countries

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday said a total of one million housing units are required every year between the next five to ten years to fix the deficit in providing shelter for the people.

The Governor also said that the State, as against the less than 2,000 MW of power that it was currently being supplied, required over 10,000 MW, while out of the 750 million gallons of water needed daily in the State, only 210.5 million gallons were being supplied.

Speaking at a round-table on infrastructure financing organised by the Harvard Business School Association of Nigeria (HBSAN) in collaboration with the State Government held at Eko Hotels in Lagos, Governor Ambode said the State and indeed the country was at a critical point in history where careful assessment must be made on infrastructure deficit and deliberate actions taken to address the challenges.

While stating that the State Government was well aware of the challenges confronting it in the area of infrastructure deficit, the Governor said it was time for solid actions that would not only positively affect the livelihood of the people today, but also protect the future of the younger generations to be taken in that direction.

Continuing with the statistics, the Governor said the population of Lagos, at the moment, is estimated at 24million people which is equal to that of 30 African countries put together, while by 2050, the State is on track to be a city of 36million people or the 6th largest city in the world after Mumbai, Delhi, Dhaka, Kinshasa, and Kolkata and ahead of Tokyo, Karachi, New York and Mexico City.

He said: “We have a migration rate of 86 people moving into Lagos every hour, higher than New York, London or Mumbai; we have a population density of 6,939 persons per Kilometre and an average of 5 persons per household. With all these comes challenges and pressures on the physical and social infrastructure.

“As at 2010, our State was facing an infrastructure deficit of $50billion, without the inclusion of Housing and Education. In 2017, we can all imagine what this deficit will be.

“Lagos State requires 1 million housing units every year for 5-10 years to fix the housing deficit. As at 2015, our State had 16,000km network of roads but with a daily human traffic of over 7.5million people and 2.8million cars; the power needs of the State is over 10,000 MW of Power but we receive less than 2,000MW; we presently supply 210.5 million gallons of water per day (“mgpd”) as against a demand of 750 mgpd; our State generates 13,000 tonnes of solid waste per day more than New York, United States.”

The Governor said while he was not bringing up the details to scare the people, but such was needed to appreciate the challenges ahead in the sectors mentioned and others, adding that it was also for that reason that the State Government decided to hold the infrastructure roundtable to discuss way out of the challenges.

“As a government, we are aware of these challenges. These are challenges that face most mega cities like ours because we represent hope to many people and we must provide for all who make Lagos their home. If Lagos works, we could have a chance as a nation to work on others,” the Governor said.

He added that the major issues would be how to bridge the gap in infrastructure considering the fact that revenues were not growing at the same rate as the rapidly increasing population, and that government was unwilling to increase taxes unnecessarily or tax residents to death, a development he said necessitated the discussion.

“In government, we do not have all the answers. That is the truth. That is why we are here. Our primary role as government is to be enablers. Our major responsibilities are to protect the lives and property of residents and to improve their welfare,” he said.

The keynote speaker at the session, Professor John Macomber of the Harvard Business School lamented the over-centralization operating in the country, saying that the Federal Government could build more infrastructure if not for the centrally controlled mechanism.

On his part, one of the discussants, Dr. Andrew Nevin who is one of PWC’s leading global thinkers, urged the State Government to consider tapping into the huge data available to financial institutions to unlock revenue potential on landed property in the State which can be deployed to address the massive infrastructure deficits the State is currently contending with.

Remarks Delivered At The 2017 Legal Year Ceremony At Cathedral Church Of Christ, Marina, Lagos

Remarks Delivered At The 2017 Legal Year Ceremony At Cathedral Church Of Christ, Marina, Lagos

This is an auspicious, yet inevitable occasion as we celebrate the Golden Jubilee of our judicial system and the commencement of the new legal year. I congratulate the members of the busiest Judiciary in Nigeria for maintaining a high standard of institutional integrity.

The celebration of this Golden Jubilee is an opportunity to reflect on the history and achievements in the Justice sector. It is also a time to remember all the great Judges who sat on the Bench and all those great lawyers who appeared in Court and helped in the dispensation of justice. This event, attended by both the Bench and the Bar, affords us the opportunity to reflect on whether we are preserving the rich legacy and heritage which we inherited.

Indeed, Lagos State has a general reputation for trailblazing reforms in the justice sector and in many other sectors. In particular, our Judiciary has earned a status for great integrity and independence over the years and we are proud of it.

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The Judiciary since its creation in 1967 has continued to grow in leaps and bounds. The volume of cases handled by the Judges and Magistrates has necessitated the appointment of additional Judges and Magistrates with improved welfare and continuous infrastructural developments to further enhance the quality of justice delivery in the State.

The judicial arm of the government remains the only and lasting beacon of hope, fairness, and justice to all citizens while the legal profession has a vital role to play in promoting the cause of justice, protecting human rights and upholding professional standards. It is in fulfilment of our promises to advance the cause of justice that the first DNA and Forensic Centre was commissioned to aid investigation and dispensation of justice.

Though we are autonomous arms of the same Government, I must emphasize that our success as a Government lies more in our inter-dependence and collaboration, which must be undertaken without hindering the independent discharge of our different functions. I assure you of my continuous support and partnership as the Judiciary discharges its statutory responsibilities.

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There is a popular saying that, “a house is only as good as its foundation”. This Administration has laid that foundation for good governance, peace, security and public order and our justice system must remain sound, fair and effective. The good people of Lagos State must be further assured of transparency and accountability in their access to justice.

The expectation of the citizenry is enormous and requires all stakeholders to demonstrate patriotism and leadership as well as knowledge and skills. We must work continuously to enhance confidence in the legal system, promote the rule of law and guarantee protection of lives and properties.

Let me use this opportunity to re-state the commitment of this Administration to promote the rule of law and regenerate a new era of economic prosperity for our dear State. I am confident that under the current leadership of the Acting Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Opeyemi Oke, the good people of Lagos State are assured of prompt and fair dispensation of justice, innovations and more reforms that will improve the administration of Justice nationwide.

I wish Your Lordship Happy Golden Jubilee and Happy new legal year celebrations.

Itesiwaju Ipinle eko, lo je wa logun