Governor Ambode Visits Tanker Accident Scene, Commends Emergency Responders

Governor Ambode Visits Tanker Accident Scene, Commends Emergency Responders

….Thanks Road Users For Patience, Commiserates With Victims’ Families

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday evening visited the scene of the tanker explosion which occurred on Otedola Bridge inward Ojodu Berger along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, describing the incident as sad and unfortunate.

The incident, which occurred at about 5pm, was said to have left over 50 vehicles burnt and nine people dead.

Governor Ambode, who visited the scene at about 9:30pm where he was briefed by Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Mr Seye Oladejo, among other emergency response agencies, particularly commiserated with the families of the victims and those who lost their properties to the incident.

Addressing journalists at the scene after assessing the situation, Governor Ambode also directed the emergency responders and relevant government agencies to ensure the immediate removal of all the burnt vehicles from the road so as to open it up again for traffic.

“This is quite unfortunate; we are actually on the spot to see what is happening here and like most people must have been aware, this is a tanker that was carrying 33,000 litres of PMS attempting to climb on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway towards the Kara Bridge and unfortunately maybe lost control and then spilled almost all the 33,000 litres on the road and there was an explosion which caught up with a lot of vehicles.

“At the last count, we have about 50 vehicles burnt and nine bodies also recovered from the scene. In all of this, I am happy that our response team has been up and running. The response time to this part particular incident was less than three minutes and if not for that, a whole lot of things would have really gone wrong.

“I want to praise all our agencies – the Fire Service, the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and also the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Response Unit. This is what we have been saying about investing in some of these infrastructure and equipment. Nobody knows when this kind of incident will happen next but the most important thing is that our response time should be up and running and be able to save lives,” the Governor said.

Governor Ambode said though lives were lost to the unfortunate incident, but that he would take solace in the fact that more lives were saved, just as he admonished residents to always give access to emergency responders during such incidents.

“I want to commiserate with all the families of those that have lost their lives. We never wish for incidents like this but again we take solace in the fact that we were able to save more lives. Right now, we would make sure that this traffic is cleared immediately within 30 minutes to free the major highway because we have to continue to use it.

“I also want to appeal to Lagosians that we don’t like to see onlookers; there is a need to always give way for our first responders and all our agencies to save lives quickly and that is the whole essence of having the Response Unit,” he said.

While commending the people for their patience, the Governor assured that the State Government would continue to put measures in place to mitigate such incidents in future.

“I want to also thank the people for being patience with us. We will continue to do our best and ensure that we mitigate things of this nature in future,” Governor Ambode said.

Continue To Raise The Bar Of Excellence, Governor Ambode Urges Civil Servants

Continue To Raise The Bar Of Excellence, Governor Ambode Urges Civil Servants

…Honours 90 Outstanding Officers 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday evening urged civil servants in the State to continue to give their best to raise the bar of excellence which the State Public Service is known for, saying such was important to keep the State working efficiently.

Speaking at a special dinner to honour outstanding public servants in the State held at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, Governor Ambode said Lagos was working because of dedicated and diligent public servants who, according to him, are daily working to make life comfortable for residents and investors.

“The Lagos State Public Service has set a standard which others are trying to emulate. We have put in place a reward system that will encourage healthy competition/rivalry among public servants. We believe strongly that this is one of the ways employees can be motivated to put in their best at all times.

 “As we celebrate our public servants, there is still a lot of work to be done. We have set a standard for others. We must not only maintain that standard but raise it another notch,” he said.

He commended the commitment of the workforce across the Ministries, Departments and Agencies and also the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), assuring them that his administration would continue to provide a conducive environment for them to perform their duties optimally.

“We have gathered here this evening to, in a small way, thank and recognize our public servants, the unsung heroes in our State’s growth and development. I am privileged to have been on both sides of the divide and so I understand the life of a public servant.

 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with some of the outstanding Public Servants, Mrs. Abosede Fasaye in Ministry of Justice (2nd left); Mr. Adesina Sogo Osikoya from Egbe Idimu Local Council Development Area (left); Mrs. Taiwo Iyabo Oguntola from Civil Service Commission (2nd right) and Mr. Tolulope Joseph Odusanya from Education District I (right) during a special dinner in honour of outstanding Public Servants in the State at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, June 25, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with some of the outstanding Public Servants, Mrs. Abosede Fasaye in Ministry of Justice (2nd left); Mr. Adesina Sogo Osikoya from Egbe Idimu Local Council Development Area (left); Mrs. Taiwo Iyabo Oguntola from Civil Service Commission (2nd right) and Mr. Tolulope Joseph Odusanya from Education District I (right) during a special dinner in honour of outstanding Public Servants in the State at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, June 25, 2018.

“When we say Lagos is working, it is because of the dedicated and diligent public servants in our State. It is because of that Medical Doctor in the General Hospital in Agege; it is because of the LASTMA official on the road in Igando and it is because of the Admin officer here in a Ministry in Alausa.

“Our State is working because the Police Force, the Army, the Navy and the Airforce are working together to ensure our security and give investors confidence to do business in our State,” Governor Ambode said.

He said though the life of a public servant was that of selfless service, self-sacrifice, diligence, hard work and thankless work, but that however thankless the job is, it must be done and done very well, just as he specifically charged public servants to keep Lagos working.

While congratulating the 90 recipients of the outstanding officers’ award who emerged both from senior and junior categories, the Governor admonished them to see the development as a challenge to maintain and improve on the high standard which qualified them for the recognition.

“This recognition is a challenge for you to maintain and improve on the high standard for which you are being recognized. The State is in need of more high flyers like you to accelerate the delivery of quality service in all sectors for the benefit of all residents of our State.

“As government, we will always work to ensure a conducive work environment, provide state of the art facilities and exposure of our people to best practices through training and retraining,” Governor Ambode said.

In addition to the plaques and certificates given to the outstanding officers, the Governor directed the Head of Service, Mrs Folasade Adesoye to come up with recommendation on financial reward for the officers, while a framework would be put in place to institutionalize it based on ratification by the State Executive Council.

Besides, Governor Ambode said as part of the reward system for civil servants, arrangements were being firmed up to transform the former Car Park in Alausa to Public Service Plaza to be managed by the Civil Service Club, adding that facilities to be enjoyed at the plaza would include Swimming Pool, Lawn Tennis Court, Five-aside Football Field, Gym, Daycare Centre, Library, Corporative Club to sell things cheaply for civil servants and Cafeteria, among others.

In her opening remarks, Adesoye said the award dinner was a befitting grand finale to the week-long 2018 Public Service Day Celebration, an annual event being celebrated since 1994 following a resolution by the Conference of African Ministers of the Civil Service, to appreciate the contributions of public servants to governance, public service delivery and humanity.

She lauded Governor Ambode for the various initiatives to support and appreciate civil servants in the State, expressing optimism that the recognition of outstanding officers would spur others to continue to put in their best knowing that their contributions would not go unrewarded.

Remarks Delivered By Governor Ambode At The Special Dinner In Honour Of Outstanding Public Servants

Remarks Delivered By Governor Ambode At The Special Dinner In Honour Of Outstanding Public Servants

The life of a Public Servant is a life of selfless service. It is a life of self-sacrifice, a life of diligence and a life of hard, thankless work. But, however thankless our job is, it must be done and done very well.

We have gathered here this evening to, in a small way, thank and recognize our Public Servants, the unsung heroes in our State’s growth and development. I am privileged to have been on both sides of the divide and so I understand the life of a Public Servant.

When we say Lagos is working it is because of the dedicated and diligent Public Servants in our State. It is because of that Medical Doctor in the General Hospital in Agege; it is because of the LASTMA official on the road in Igando and it is because of the Admin officer here in a Ministry in Alausa.

Our State is working because the Police Force, the Army, the Navy and the Airforce are working together to ensure our security and give investors confidence to do business in our State.

All these Public Servants do not get any accolades when they do their jobs. But whenever they fail in a small task, the whole society jumps on them with criticisms. That is why we are here to celebrate, reward and recognize our Public Servants and single out outstanding individuals.

My message to you, my fellow Public Servants, is that we must keep Lagos working.

The Lagos State Public Service has set a standard which others are trying to emulate. We have put in place a reward system that will encourage healthy competition/rivalry among public servants. We believe strongly that this is one of the ways employees can be motivated to put in their best at all times.

On behalf of the State Government, I congratulate all the Ninety (90) recipients of this year’s outstanding Officers’ Award in both the senior and junior categories. I commend you for your hardwork, diligence and sacrifice which you have demonstrated in your various MDAs.

This recognition is a challenge for you to maintain and improve on the high standard for which you are being recognized. The State is in need of more high flyers like you to accelerate the delivery of quality service in all sectors for the benefit of all residents of our State.

As government, we will always work to ensure a conducive work environment, provide state of the art facilities and exposure of our people to best practices through training and retraining.

I congratulate the Head of Service, Mrs. Folashade Adesoye for the successful celebration of this year’s Public Service Week. Incidentally, this year’s edition will be the one and only Public Service Week that will be celebrated under her tenure as the Head of the Lagos State Public Service.

I have no doubt that your tenure will be remembered for novel ideas and innovations, one of which is the event that has brought us together tonight.

Ladies and gentlemen, as we celebrate our public Servants, there is still a lot of work to be done. We have set a standard for others. We must not only maintain that standard but raise it another notch.

I count on you all again, to work with, us to keep Lagos working efficiently.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun!