Opening Remarks Delivered At The Lagos State Infrastructure Roundtable 

Opening Remarks Delivered At The Lagos State Infrastructure Roundtable 

Thank you all for joining us at the 1st Lagos State Infrastructure Round Table hosted in collaboration with the Harvard Business School Association of Nigeria (HBSAN)

Many people will ask, why an Infrastructure Roundtable?

We are at a point in our history where we must carefully assess our situation and take careful and deliberate actions to handle the challenges that face us as a State. We must take actions that will not only affect our livelihood today but protect the future of our younger generations.

Let me give you a few statistics:

  • The population of Lagos State today is estimated at 24 million people and still counting.
  • The population of Lagos today is equal to that of 30 African countries put together.
  • By 2050, Lagos 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, NY, and Mexico City.
  • 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.

To make it a bit clearer, let me state some of the sectoral deficits we face in Lagos State.

  • 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

These are just a few areas where we have huge infrastructure deficits.

I am not bringing up these details to scare us but to let us know the challenges ahead. 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.

This is why we supported this initiative to hold an infrastructure roundtable.

The questions before us today are;

  • How do we bridge this gap in infrastructure?
  • Considering that revenues are not growing at

the same rate as the rapidly increasing population, how do we finance the necessary infrastructure to keep our State running efficiently and support all our residents?

  • We do not want to increase taxes unnecessarily or tax our residents to death, so what are the best funding options available? What is our best mix? What is appropriate financial model to run the State?
  • Where should we consider PPP arrangements, where should the government handle solely and which should be privatised?
  • Which infrastructure should be prioritised?

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. I hope to get some answers today.

We have decided to collaborate with the Harvard Business School Association of Nigeria. The institution’s long history of academic excellence, as well as the professional success of its graduates all over the world is very commendable. Interestingly, I just came back from Boston where I spoke on the challenges of urban poverty.

Today, we want to tap into the alumni expertise and that of other selected experts who will be giving us their views on the infrastructure challenge in Lagos State.

It is well known that Lagos State government has always adopted a long-term view on infrastructure development and economic independence, and will continue to search for new and innovative ways to create value for our citizens and improve general quality of life in the state.

Today is about learning, collaboration, and most importantly action.  Our primary objective at the end of this event is to take the ideas and suggestions that best enable Lagos State to achieve its economic and social goals for improving the quality of its citizens’ lives, and convert them into practical plans and actions. I encourage you all to please ask questions, provide critique, feedback and feel free to fully engage.

We hope you depart from this event with a clearer idea of what role you can play in contributing to elevating the State to the enviable position as one of Arica’s most desirable cities to live in.

Once again, thank you all very much for coming, and for those of you visiting from other countries, we welcome you to Lagos and hope you leave Nigeria with a better, more balanced impression of the country and her people.

It is now my pleasure to declare this roundtable event open.

Thank you.

Pictures: Wife Of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, Attends Commissioning Of Health Projects For General Hospitals By COWLSO

Pictures: Wife Of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, Attends Commissioning Of Health Projects For General Hospitals By COWLSO

Wife of Lagos State Governor & Chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (middle); Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Hon. Segun Olulade (3rd left); Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga (2nd left); Medical Director, Island Maternity, Dr. Ademuyiwa Eniayewun (right); Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris (3rd right), with members of the COWLSO Project Team during the commissioning of Intensive Care Unit facilities & donation of auditory equipment for General Hospitals by COWLSO, at the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital, on Wednesday, 4 October, 2017.
Wife of Lagos State Governor & Chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (middle); Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Hon. Segun Olulade (3rd left); Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga (2nd left); Medical Director, Island Maternity, Dr. Ademuyiwa Eniayewun (right); Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris (3rd right), with members of the COWLSO Project Team during the commissioning of Intensive Care Unit facilities & donation of auditory equipment for General Hospitals by COWLSO, at the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital, on Wednesday, 4 October, 2017.
Wife of Lagos State Governor & Chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (5th left); Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris (4th left); Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga (3rd left); member of COWLSO’s Project Team, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello (right); Medical Director, Island Maternity, Dr. Ademuyiwa Eniayewun (2nd right); Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Hon. Segun Olulade (3rd right), with other members of the COWLSO Project Team during the commissioning of Intensive Care Unit facilities & donation of auditory equipment for General Hospitals by COWLSO, at the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital, on Wednesday, 4 October, 2017.
Wife of Lagos State Governor & Chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (5th left); Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris (4th left); Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga (3rd left); member of COWLSO’s Project Team, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello (right); Medical Director, Island Maternity, Dr. Ademuyiwa Eniayewun (2nd right); Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Hon. Segun Olulade (3rd right), with other members of the COWLSO Project Team during the commissioning of Intensive Care Unit facilities & donation of auditory equipment for General Hospitals by COWLSO, at the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital, on Wednesday, 4 October, 2017.
Wife of Lagos State Governor & Chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (2nd right); Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris (right); Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Hon. Segun Olulade (2nd left) and Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga (left) during the commissioning of Intensive Care Unit facilities & donation of auditory equipment for General Hospitals by COWLSO, at the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital, on Wednesday, 4 October, 2017.
Wife of Lagos State Governor & Chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (2nd right); Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris (right); Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Hon. Segun Olulade (2nd left) and Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga (left) during the commissioning of Intensive Care Unit facilities & donation of auditory equipment for General Hospitals by COWLSO, at the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital, on Wednesday, 4 October, 2017.
Wife of Lagos State Governor & Chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (7th left); Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris (6th left); Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga (7th right); Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Hon. Segun Olulade (middle), with COWLSO project team and beneficiary General Hospitals of the  donated auditory equipment boxes during the commissioning of Intensive Care Unit facilities & donation of auditory equipment for General Hospitals by COWLSO, at the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital, on Wednesday, 4 October, 2017.
Wife of Lagos State Governor & Chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (7th left); Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris (6th left); Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga (7th right); Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Hon. Segun Olulade (middle), with COWLSO project team and beneficiary General Hospitals of the donated auditory equipment boxes during the commissioning of Intensive Care Unit facilities & donation of auditory equipment for General Hospitals by COWLSO, at the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital, on Wednesday, 4 October, 2017.
Be Vigilant Of Drug Addiction Signs, LASG Tells Parents, Guardians

Be Vigilant Of Drug Addiction Signs, LASG Tells Parents, Guardians

…Commissions RCCG’s Drug Rehabilitation Centre In Epe

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday urged parents, guardians and caregivers to watch out for drug addiction signs in their children and wards, saying the negative impact of drug abuse is not only harmful to the victims but can threaten the peace of the society.

Speaking in Araga-Epe while commissioning the Christ Against Drug Abuse Ministry (CADAM) Rehabilitation Centre of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Governor Ambode said it was important for parents to be vigilant as victims of drug addiction can be easily lured into crime which would ultimately threaten peace and development.

He lauded RCCG and its leadership for deeming it fit to join the fight against the menace of drug abuse, just as he assured that the State Government would support the initiative to achieve the desired results.

He said: “As we support this rehabilitation centre, let me use this opportunity to implore parents, guardians and care givers to be vigilant in order to detect early signs of drug addiction in their children and seek help from appropriate quarters before it gets complicated.

“On our part as a government, we shall continue to take preventive measures through public awareness campaign especially among our youths so that they are adequately informed on the danger inherent in drug abuse.”

While appreciating the General Overseer of RCCG Worldwide, Pastor Enoch Adeboye and his wife, Folu Adeboye for dedicating efforts and resources to treat and rehabilitate people who have gotten addicted to one form of drug abuse or the other through the centre, the Governor said it was inspiring and instructive that the duo and others behind the initiative thought it necessary to use the platform of the church to join in the fight against the social menace.

“CADAM has, on its own, picked up, treated and rehabilitated many people who have been addicted to drugs and given them a new life. CADAM, with their own resources, clothes, feed and shelters these affected citizens and gives them a chance to live again,” he said.

The Governor, who also noted that the services rendered to beneficiaries of the CADAM initiative were free of charge, said with the quality of facilities at the new rehabilitation centre, he was optimistic that many lives that had been compromised as a result of drug addiction would be redeemed, stabilised and given a new hope for a better and meaningful future.

He acknowledged the fact that the centre was the first functional drug rehabilitation home in Nigeria, saying that the State Government would partner with the church to support the laudable initiative in needed areas.

He said: “This is the first rehabilitation centre in Nigeria which is functional and also effective. I want to commend RCCG for setting the pace to intervene on behalf of government because this is what government should be doing but this intervention comes with a lot of respect and commendation from us and we have no reason than to just partner with RCCG and CADAM Centre to ensure that this facility is 24/7 functional.

“Given the incredible impact this facility will have on the society, I am pleased to say that this is a project that the Lagos State government will support. We are committed to making life better for our people and supporting good causes. This is a great cause and deserves not only the support of the State Government but of all well-meaning Nigerians, institutions and corporate bodies,” the Governor said.

He said aside the personal support to come from his family and friends, the CADAM Avenue Road which is in deplorable state would be rehabilitated as part of the ongoing by-pass road project linking Epe to Ijebu-Ode through Poka and Mojoda, while efforts would be put in place to make the centre functional 24/7.

Earlier, in his opening remarks, Pastor Adeboye who was represented by his wife, recalled that the CADAM initiative was founded in 1991 by Pastor Ezekiel Odeyemi, who coincidentally is a Special Assistant to the General Overseer of RCCG.

She explained that it started as a department in the Church to visit homes of addiction victims and hospitals to pray and minister to their physical needs, but that the name was changed in 1996 specifically to permit a wider psycho-social dimension as well as to remove stigma associated with addiction, stigma directed at the addicts and their families.

She said since inception, the centre had assisted more than 2000 beneficiaries, most of whom have become professionals and well-to-do persons in the society.

She also said that over N200million have been spent so far to put up the facilities, saying that the centre would soon commence full implementation of educational and skill acquisition programmes.

Remarks delivered at the Commissioning of the Christ Against Drug Abuse Ministry (CADAM) Rehabilitation Centre, Araga, Epe

Remarks delivered at the Commissioning of the Christ Against Drug Abuse Ministry (CADAM) Rehabilitation Centre, Araga, Epe

 

In recent times, the incidences of drug abuse in our society, especially among our youths has become alarming. Serious concerns have been expressed on the dangers of drug abuse and the rate at which it is spreading. Statistics have shown that about 40% of our youth are involved in some form of drug abuse at different levels.

It has been widely acknowledged that there is a strong correlation between drug abuse and crime rate. There is a real danger that this menace is undermining the future of our younger generation and the future of promising young people have been compromised as a result of indulgence in hard drugs.

Asides destroying young lives, drug abuse can threaten the peace of the society as these individuals are easily lured into crime. This is a major reason why our government has decided to come here today to support and appreciate the work of Christ Against Drug Abuse Ministry (CADAM).

Since 1996, CADAM has dedicated efforts and resources to treat and rehabilitate people who have gotten addicted to one form of drug abuse or the other. CADAM under the leadership and direction of our Daddy, Pastor E. A. Adeboye and Mama Folu Adeboye, has shown commitment using the platform of the church to join in the fight against this social menace.

CADAM has, on its own, picked up, treated and rehabilitated many people who have been addicted to drugs and given them a new life. CADAM, with their own resources, clothes, feed and shelters these affected citizens and give them a chance to live again. And I have been informed that CADAM does not collect any money from the beneficiaries of this charitable service.

CADAM has taken another step in this humanitarian work with the construction of this rehabilitation centre which will be commissioned today to cater for the treatment and rehabilitation of affected persons.

This is most commendable and I have to be here personally to express the gratitude of the State government to the management and staff of CADAM for this.

With the quality of facilities provided at this centre, I have no doubt that  many lives that have been compromised as a result of drug addiction will be  redeemed, stablised and given a new hope for a better and meaningful future.

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Given the incredible impact this facility will have on the society, I am pleased to say that this is a project that the Lagos State government will support. We are committed to making life better for our people and supporting good causes. This is a great cause that deserves not only the support of the State Government, but of all well-meaning Nigerians, institutions and corporate bodies.

As we support this rehabilitation centre, let me use this opportunity to implore parents, guardians and care givers to be vigilant in order to detect early signs of drug addiction in their children and seek help from appropriate quarters before it gets complicated.  On our part as a government, we shall continue to take preventive measures through public awareness campaign especially among our youths so that they are adequately informed on the danger inherent in drug abuse.

On behalf of the Government and people of Lagos State, I congratulate Daddy and Mummy G O, as well as the entire team of CADAM on this laudable initiative and achievement.

With gratitude to God, I have the honour to now Commission this Centre to the Glory of God.

Thank you and God bless you all.

 Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun”!

Nigeria At 57: We Have More To Gain Together Than Divided

Nigeria At 57: We Have More To Gain Together Than Divided

…Seeks Viability Of All States Of The Federation 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Sunday emphasized the need for Nigeria to remain united, saying there was more to gain in being together as one nation than dissolving as different independent entities.

Speaking at a special thanksgiving service to commemorate Nigeria’s 57th Independence Anniversary held at Lagos House Chapel in Alausa, Ikeja, Governor Ambode said it was important for Nigerians to realise the fact that the country’s diversity is a strength in itself which makes the country a truly special place.

He said a moment of reflection and retrospection would reveal the need for Nigerians to be thankful to God for His grace, blessings and mercy over the country.

According to the Governor, “That we still have a country we can call Nigeria today is a proof of the divine hands of God in our being together as one.

“We must therefore reflect on our journey so far and come to the inevitable realisation that we have much more to gain as one nation than as different independent entities.

“Our diversity is a strength in itself and what makes our country a truly special place. We are a nation blessed by God. We have been blessed with enormous natural, human and material resources,” Governor Ambode said.

The Governor, who recalled the terrible natural disasters that had happened in different parts of the world in recent times, said the fact that Nigeria had been preserved from such adversities confirmed that the country is favoured by God and that as Nigerians thank the Almighty for what he has done, more blessings would come upon the country.

While noting the prosperity and growth that Lagos had witnessed, the Governor said it was a thing of concern that most of the States of the federation were struggling to survive, saying it was in the interest of the country for all the States to be viable.

He said: “To the glory of God, our State, Lagos is blessed and its future is brighter than we can imagine. We cannot however be satisfied and happy in a situation where many other States are far behind and are struggling to survive.

“It is in our interest that the wind of prosperity blows across the length and breadth of our nation and the prosperity that we have in Lagos spillover to other States.

“As we celebrate independence, we have seen what Lagos is right now and it can only get better. I just want to appeal that the people should be patient with the country Nigeria.

“The same thing that is happening in Lagos will happen across the length and breath of Nigeria and that is what we are working towards. When my neighbors are good, I am better off; when other parts of the country are prosperous, I am better off,” Governor Ambode said.

In his sermon, Provincial Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in charge of Province 36, Pastor Tunde Netufo commended Governor Ambode for his various initiatives at reducing traffic congestion and incidences of traffic robberies, among others, saying the State was being governed rightly.

Speaking on the theme: “God’s Greatness in Our Land,” Pastor Netufo urged Nigerians to hearken to God and make it a priority to love like never before and eschew bitterness, corruption and every form of evil.

He said: “For God’s greatness to manifest in the land, the people must be committed and faithful both to God and civic responsibilities and they must eschew corruption and social vices.

“The people must partner with government to bring our desires to past. For instance, people must pay their taxes and embrace hardwork,” Pastor Netufo said.