Our Integrated Transport System Firmly On Track

Our Integrated Transport System Firmly On Track

…Commissions Ilaje Road, Bariga Waterfront Jetty, Five Ferries

…Says Projects Inspired To Give Residents Feeling Of Inclusion, Improve Standard Of Living

 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday commissioned the Bariga Waterfront Jetty, Five Transport Ferries and the Ilaje Road, saying that the development was a testament to the fact that the State’s integrated transport management system was firmly on track.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the unveiling of the projects, said the development would greatly lessen pressure on road transportation, reduce travel time as well as enhance connectivity within the State.

“With these projects, our State is firmly on track with our goal of establishing an integrated transport management system. These facilities will continue to impact positively on the lives of Lagosians as we strive to address traffic gridlock, reduce travel time, improve road connectivity and abate flooding,” Governor Ambode said.

The newly unveiled Ferries commissioned at the Bariga Waterfront Jetty by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

He said like other projects delivered by his administration, the projects were inspired to open up the Bariga community for more commercial activities and make residents feel the impact of government, recalling that his administration since inception set out on a mission to make every community economically viable and livable.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, the thinking behind these projects is inclusion; an inclusion where every resident of our State has a say, feels the impact of government in their lives and is given the opportunity to realise their dreams.

“When we assumed office four years ago, we set out on a mission to make every community economically livable. This has been the guiding principle behind spreading our different projects across the State,” he said.

The newly unveiled Ferries commissioned at the Bariga Waterfront Jetty by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

Explaining how the jetty and Ilaje Road came about, Governor Ambode said the projects were basically in response to the security challenges of late 2015 as investigations then revealed that the cultists terrorizing the people and threatening peace of the State were getting funds from sand dredging activities in the area, adding that the projects were a clear example of urban regeneration inspired by creating solution to challenges.

The Governor said that the initial plan was to upgrade the roads in the community but that a proper assessment of the community revealed a greater need to improve the lives of the people and make Bariga a transport hub that would connect the community to other parts of the State through water transportation.

“The delivery of this road, the jetty and our new ferries signifies our commitment to the people of Lagos State to continuously provide the critical infrastructure that will improve their standard of living and also be an impetus to increase the socio-economic activities of this axis.

“The provision of comfortable, safe and reliable ferry services for the residents of Bariga and environs will no doubt bring about an improvement in journey times that would lead to greater productivity,” he said.

The Governor explained that the new Ilaje Road would serve as a very good access road to the jetty as well as opening up the community, while the Bariga Jetty would serve as a terminal where residents in the area can access ferry services and easily get to other jetties at Ikorodu, Marina, Falomo and Badore in Ajah, among others.

He said the jetty has a 150-car parking lot that would provide an avenue for people to park their cars comfortably and get on a ferry taking them to other parts of the State, adding that residents of the area can also make use of the ample space for social events.

Besides, the Governor said that of the five new ferries, four are passenger ferries that can accommodate between 40 to 60 passengers, while the fifth ferry – a Car Barge has the capacity to take between 16 and 20 cars at a time on water.

He said the projects were also in line with his administration’s policy to develop an efficient integrated transport model to decongest roads in the State by getting more people to utilise water transportation as a viable alternative.

Earlier, Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ade Akinsanya said aside the jetty, road and ferries, the State Government was also constructing 12 other roads within Ilaje and Bariga, just as he urged the people to take ownership of the projects.

On his part, Baale of Ilaje, High Chief Kayode Ajetiwa, who spoke on behalf of the community, thanked Governor Ambode, saying the people of the area would forever appreciate and remember him for transforming their neighborhood and making life comfortable for them through the projects.

“The good people of Ilaje-Bariga Community and Bariga Local Council Development Area (LCDA) and Shomolu Local Government and all Lagosians will ever remember your Excellency (Governor Ambode) for the construction of this ultra-modern jetty at Ilaje-Bariga Community for the sole purpose of easing water transportation in Lagos.

“We salute your courage for providing the funds for this project within four years of your administration to which no other Governor has ever done. We are grateful that you have taken us to the next level,” Ajetiwa said.

Address Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Commissioning Of Ilaje Road, Bariga Waterfront Jetty And Ferries In Somolu Local Government Area

Address Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Commissioning Of Ilaje Road, Bariga Waterfront Jetty And Ferries In Somolu Local Government Area

Just about three weeks ago, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari was in our State to commission some of the projects executed by this administration. Most of these projects were targeted at reforming road transportation and making the movement of people easier in our State as well as creating iconic infrastructure.

Today, in line with our policy of developing an efficient integrated transport model which will ease the traffic on our roads, we are here to commission the Bariga Waterfront Jetty, Five Transport Ferries and the Ilaje Road. These three projects are part of the grand plan to decongest our roads by getting more of our people to use our waterways transportation.

The new Ilaje Road will serve as a very good access road to the Jetty as well as opening up this community. The Bariga Jetty will serve as a terminal where people in this part of our State can access ferry services and easily get to other jetties at Ikorodu, Marina, Falomo and Badore in Ajah. This jetty has a 150-car parking lot where people can park their cars comfortably and get on a ferry taking them to other parts of the State.

Of the five new ferries we are commissioning today, four are passenger ferries while one is a car barge which can move cars to the other jetties as may be required by people who want to drive in the other locations.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the thinking behind these projects is inclusion; an inclusion where every resident of our State has a say, feels the impact of government in their lives and is given the opportunity to realise their dreams.

When we assumed office four years ago, we set out on a mission to make every community economically livable. This has been the guiding principle behind spreading our different projects across the State.

When we first started on this project, the initial brief was to upgrade the roads in this community. But after a proper assessment of the community, it was clear that there was a bigger opportunity to improve the lives of our people here, make Bariga a transport hub and connect the community to other parts of the State through water transportation.

The delivery of this road, the jetty and our new ferries signifies our commitment to the people of Lagos State to continuously provide the critical infrastructure that will improve their standard of living and also be an impetus to increase the socio-economic activities of this axis.

The provision of comfortable, safe and reliable ferry services for the residents of Bariga and environs will no doubt bring about an improvement in journey times that would lead to greater productivity.

With these projects, our State is firmly on track with our goal of establishing an integrated transport management system. These facilities will continue to impact positively on the lives of Lagosians as we strive to address traffic gridlock, reduce travel time, improve road connectivity and abate flooding.

I am confident that the next administration will continue along these lines and build on the progressive strides the State has recorded in the last 20 years under successive administrations.

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, it is now my pleasure to commission these projects to the Glory of God and for the benefit of mankind especially Lagosians who have kept the faith with us in the last four years.

Thank you all for your attention.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko Lo Je Wa Logun.

Mr Akinwunmi Ambode
Governor of Lagos State
May 14, 2019.

Remarks  By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Occasion Of The Annual Lagos House Ramadan Tafsiir Programme For The Year 2019

Remarks  By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Occasion Of The Annual Lagos House Ramadan Tafsiir Programme For The Year 2019

 Assalam Alaekum

 

Let me start by saying Ramadhan Kareem to all our Muslim faithful.

I congratulate His Eminence, the Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Sulaiman Abou-Nolla, eminent clerics and the entire Muslim Ummah in Lagos State on the commencement of this year’s fasting. We give praise to almighty Allah for sparing our lives to witness yet another Ramadan and we pray that He will grant us the grace to witness the end and many more of this great month of Ramadan.

This holy month is one full of blessings for all faithful. It is a celebration of a tradition and a key pillar of lslam that has been practiced for 1,440 years. Every year, we are called to pause and reflect on our lives; how we are serving the Almighty, how we are serving our fellow human beings, our nation and our State.

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I call on all our people and in particular our Muslim brethren to avail ourselves of the training and serenity that Ramadan provides; to cleanse our hearts and enrich our souls. This is a time to rededicate ourselves to the good of humanity, the development and progress of our dear State, and our great country, Nigeria.

In a few days from now, the tenure of this administration will come to an end. This occasion therefore provides for me a unique opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation to the entire Muslim community in the State for your support, prayers and contributions as citizens to the successes we have achieved. We also thank the Almighty for His innumerable blessings on us as one strong united family.

We have built a good partnership, worked peacefully in an atmosphere devoid of religious conflict and together, we have achieved so much in these four years. Our administration, to the best of our ability fulfilled our promises to the people as can be seen in different sectors of the State.

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However, there is still so much more to be done and I am very confident that the best days of our State are still ahead of us. The good news is that the foundation has been laid and we are on the right track to attaining the next level of development, prosperity and social security for our people.

All that we need to do, as citizens is to continue to cooperate with the government and support our leaders with prayers for divine wisdom and guidance.

The Chief Imam of Lagos, other Chief Imams, my ever-supportive clerics, brothers and sisters, I want to sincerely appreciate and thank you for all your prayers and support in the last four years. Only Allah can reward you for all your love and cooperation.

Once again, I felicitate with you on this occasion and wish you an enriching and most rewarding fasting in this holy month of Ramadan.

I thank you all.

Maa Salaam.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun!

 

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

 

 

6th May, 2019.

Lagos Entrance To Odu’a Investment Courageous – Group Chairman

Lagos Entrance To Odu’a Investment Courageous – Group Chairman

… Commends  Governor Ambode, Says His Tenure Recorded Landmark Achievements

…Region’s Integration Key To Prosperity Of Nigeria – Lagos Gov

 

The Odu’a Investment Company Limited on Monday described the entrance of Lagos into the Group as courageous, expressing confidence that it will engender a positive impact on the socio-economic development and advancement of the South West geo-political zone based on its commercial enterprise and uncommon resilience and resourcefulness.

Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, Director of the Odu’a Investment Company, Alhaji Tajudeen Bello who spoke on behalf of the Chairman of the group, said they were in Lagos to specially thank the Government and people of Lagos State for the monumental actualization of the State joining the Group last year.

Bello lauded the Governor for seeing through the Lagos State membership of Odu’a with the epoch making signing of the Share Purchase Agreement in March 2018, saying that it was indeed a soothing reunion with Lagos joining forces with the other five South West States which would have significant economic benefits for the region on the long run.

“We will like to put in on record the overwhelming support and excitement of Yorubas across the Length and breadth of Nigeria and indeed in the diaspora on that landmark event within the cherished concept of regional economic development and integration last witnessed during the hay days of Western Region.

“It is our cherished desire and commitment in Odu’a Investment that this membership will unleash a geometric impact on the socio-economic development of our geo-political zone as a result of mutual benefits arising from the synergy of the ebullience of the commercial enterprise of Lagos and the uncommon resilience and resourcefulness that the Yoruba hinterland is reputed for since immemorial,” Bello said.

The Odu’a chief commended Governor Ambode for his landmark achievements, adding that the Group will continue to explore for collaboration opportunities including the Lagos State Embedded Power Supply Act structured to guarantee 24-hour power supply for the State, Rice Mill at Imota as well as numerous investment opportunities created by his administration.

He also commended the Governor for his sterling achievements in office, saying that his tenure recorded peace and positive transformation of Lagos as well as his sincere love and unalloyed support for the progress of the people.

Bello, who later presented the State’s Shares Certificate to the Governor, said the Group was confident that the six States in the region which make up the investment company will leverage on its comparative advantages and work together for the betterment and development of the entire region and its people.

In his response, Governor Ambode said that the desire to see the total economic integration of the south west region propelled his administration to join the Group, saying that it would be a win-win situation for not just every State in the zone but also the nation at large.

“My belief in the total economic integration of the South West arising from our vision of the South Western Governors Forum that there is a need for all of us to come together as a regional force to be able to help each other in the areas of our comparative advantages was what drove me to make sure that we become partners in the Oodua Investment Group and I am happy we were able to do it with the support of the State Executive Council, we are happy also that we would be bringing in part of our own competences and expertise to grow this Investment Group.

“We are very proud that it is the only regional investment group that is existing in this country right now and because of that I am very happy that I was able to do this at least to lay down the foundation and the framework that would allow the bigger economic integration to take place even with the kind of infrastructure that we have tried to put in place also, we believe strongly that in the overall interest of the country, there is need for a regional interplay of competences so that the nation can grow its GDP, while we can also grow our own region,” he said.

Responding to the request by the Group for the State to nominate representatives for Lagos on the Board of Odu’a Investment Company Limited, Governor Ambode said he would defer the opportunity for the incoming administration to undertake, saying that it would be a means to ensure that the interest of the State is fully represented and sustained.

“That in itself will propel the payment of the remaining residue for the Shares also. You can have our commitment that we would put it in our handing over note so that it becomes something of priority. The whole idea as we have said is to be able to use our God found location in geographical terms to our best advantage and that’s what Oodua Investment Group stands for,” the Governor said.