Take A Stand Against Corruption, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode Charges Women

Take A Stand Against Corruption, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode Charges Women

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode on Wednesday emphasized the need for early inculcation of right virtues in children from the home front especially by discouraging any act, behaviour and attitude that abets corruption.

Speaking at the South-West Rollout of the Nigerian Women Against Corruption Initiative held at the Haven Event Centre in Ikeja, Lagos, Mrs Ambode said it was time for Nigerian women to take a stand against corruption by ensuring that their children are given the right upbringing based on time-honoured values of honesty, integrity, trust, fear of God and dignity of labour.

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (5th left); her Ogun State counterpart, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun (4th left); Wife of Ooni of Ife, Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi (3rd left); National President, National Council for Women Societies (NCWS), Dr. (Mrs) Gloria Shoda (2nd left); Wife of General Overseer, RCCG Worldwide, Pastor (Mrs) Folu Adeboye; Acting Chairman, Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu (5th right); Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (4th right); Wife of Oyo State Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajomibi (3rd right); Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire (2nd right) and Permanent Secretary, Osun State Ministry of Women, Children & Social Development, Mrs. Omolara Ajayi (right) during the South-West Rollout of Nigerian Women Against Corruption Initiative by the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in collaboration with the Office of the wife of the President, at the Haven, GRA Ikeja, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.
Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (5th left); her Ogun State counterpart, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun (4th left); Wife of Ooni of Ife, Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi (3rd left); National President, National Council for Women Societies (NCWS), Dr. (Mrs) Gloria Shoda (2nd left); Wife of General Overseer, RCCG Worldwide, Pastor (Mrs) Folu Adeboye; Acting Chairman, Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu (5th right); Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (4th right); Wife of Oyo State Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajomibi (3rd right); Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire (2nd right) and Permanent Secretary, Osun State Ministry of Women, Children & Social Development, Mrs. Omolara Ajayi (right) during the South-West Rollout of Nigerian Women Against Corruption Initiative by the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in collaboration with the Office of the wife of the President, at the Haven, GRA Ikeja, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

The initiative is a project of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in collaboration with the office of Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari.

Mrs Ambode, who spoke on behalf of Wives of South-West Governors, identified corruption as one of the major factors responsible for the current state of the Nigerian economy, but maintained that women are strategically positioned by their role as moulders of characters and behaviours to lead the way in the anti-graft war.

She said: “The fight against corruption must be seen as a priority in which everyone must be involved if we desire to sustainably address the issue of poverty and also make the economy work for everyone.

“I will therefore use this opportunity to lend my voice to all our mothers and sisters in Lagos State and the Southwest region to take a stand against corruption.

Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu I; wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode and Acting Chairman, Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu during the South-West Rollout of Nigerian Women Against Corruption Initiative by the EFCC in collaboration with the Office of the wife of the President, at the Haven, GRA Ikeja, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.
Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu I; wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode and Acting Chairman, Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu during the South-West Rollout of Nigerian Women Against Corruption Initiative by the EFCC in collaboration with the Office of the wife of the President, at the Haven, GRA Ikeja, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

“Let us start the fight from our homes by discouraging any act, behaviour and attitude that aids and abets corruption. If we succeed as individuals in our various homes, there will be no room for corruption and corrupt practices in the larger society.”

Besides, Mrs Ambode commended EFCC for the initiative aimed at engaging women, who she said account for half of Nigeria’s population, in the fight against corruption, and expressed optimism that the campaign would go a long way in helping to achieve the desired effect on the polity.

In his welcome address, Acting EFCC Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu linked the socio-economic problems plaguing the country to long years of the unbroken chain of corruption,  but stressed that it was now time for action, saying: “We cannot continue to sit and watch our country drift into intolerable poverty.”

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (2nd left), her Oyo and Ogun States counterparts, Mrs. Florence Ajomibi (left); Mrs. Olufunso Amosun and Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule during the South-West Rollout of Nigerian Women Against Corruption Initiative by the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in collaboration with the Office of the wife of the President, at the Haven, GRA Ikeja, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.
Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (2nd left), her Oyo and Ogun States counterparts, Mrs. Florence Ajomibi (left); Mrs. Olufunso Amosun and Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule during the South-West Rollout of Nigerian Women Against Corruption Initiative by the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in collaboration with the Office of the wife of the President, at the Haven, GRA Ikeja, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

Magu also commended Mrs Ambode for the immense support she had so far given to the EFCC, saying it was gratifying to note that the Wife of the Governor viewed herself as a stakeholder in the anti-graft war.

Also, Guest Speaker at the event and renowned human rights lawyer, Ayo Obe urged women to set the pace for the desired level of morality in the country.

Among notable figures that graced the event are Wives of Oyo, Ogun and Ekiti State Governors, Mrs Florence Ajimobi, Mrs Funso Amosun and Mrs Feyisetan Fayose; Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule; former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire; Oba of Lagos, HRM Oba Rilwan Akiolu; Wife of General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God Worldwide, Mrs Folu Adeboye; President of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chief Nike Akande; Wife of Ooni of Ife, Olori Wuraola Adewusi; Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs, Abike Dabiri Erewa; Iyaloja General of Lagos, Chief Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, among others.

Wife Of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, Distributes 175,000 Educational Kits To Pupils

Wife Of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, Distributes 175,000 Educational Kits To Pupils

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode on Monday commenced the distribution of 175,000 educational kits, consisting of school shoes and socks to children across the State public primary schools.

Speaking at the Central Primary School, Oba Akinjobi Ikeja, one of the venues slated for the distribution exercise, Mrs. Ambode also renewed her call to parents and well-meaning Lagosians to pay adequate attention to the welfare of school pupils in the State.

Wife of the Governor of Lagos State and founder, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (3rd left); Secretary, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mrs. Abosede Adelaja (4th right); C.E.O of HOFOWEM, Ms. Olufunke Adeleke (right) and others during the distribution of shoes and socks to pupils of Public Primary Schools in the State, at one of the distribution centres, the Central Primary School, Ikeja, on Monday, 20 February, 2017.
Wife of the Governor of Lagos State and founder, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (3rd left); Secretary, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mrs. Abosede Adelaja (4th right); C.E.O of HOFOWEM, Ms. Olufunke Adeleke (right) and others during the distribution of shoes and socks to pupils of Public Primary Schools in the State, at one of the distribution centres, the Central Primary School, Ikeja, on Monday, 20 February, 2017.

The distribution was being done by her pet project, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative, (HOFOWEM).

The Foundation had in September last year launched “ Project Bright Steps’’ for public school pupils in Lagos State, during which Mrs. Ambode promised to distribute 175,000 school shoes and socks, to children in Primary 1-3 in Lagos State public primary schools.

Addressing journalists, Mrs. Ambode said, “You remember that when we launched “Project Bright Steps” for school pupils in September last year, I promised that HOFOWEM will distribute to all pupils in primary 1-3 in Lagos State primary schools. The total being 175,000 pupils and the distribution is what we are doing in five centres across Lagos beginning from today.

“Other major distribution Centres cover all the five Education Districts, They are: Agege LGA Secretariat; St Agnes Nursery and Primary school complex, Maryland; Education District 4, Yaba; LGEA Secretariat, Ojo; and LGEA Secretariat,  City Hall (Holy Cross).”

Wife of Lagos State Governor and Founder, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (middle), flanked by Executive Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Ganiyu Sopeyin (left) and member of HOFOWEM’s Educational Team, Dr. (Mrs.) Yinka Ayandale (right) during the distribution of shoes and socks to pupils of Public Primary Schools in the State, at one of the distribution centres, the Central Primary School, Ikeja, on Monday, 20 February, 2017.
Wife of Lagos State Governor and Founder, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (middle), flanked by Executive Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Ganiyu Sopeyin (left) and member of HOFOWEM’s Educational Team, Dr. (Mrs.) Yinka Ayandale (right) during the distribution of shoes and socks to pupils of Public Primary Schools in the State, at one of the distribution centres, the Central Primary School, Ikeja, on Monday, 20 February, 2017.

She appealed to the pupils to listen attentively in class; dress neat and smart to school; read their books; obey and respect their teachers; to always wash their hands and not join bad gangs. She prayed for God’s guidance and protection at all times.

Speaking further, the HOFOWEM founder, Mrs. Ambode recalled that during the launch of the project, she had promised to make the shoe and socks distribution to the pupils an annual event.

Wife of Lagos State Governor of and founder, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (2nd left); Executive Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Ganiyu Sopeyin (left); HOFOWEM’s Educational Team: Dr. (Mrs.) Yinka Ayandale (middle); C.E.O of HOFOWEM, Ms. Olufunke Adeleke (2nd right) and Mrs. Elizabeth Ariyo (right) with a beneficiary during the distribution of shoes and socks to pupils of Public Primary Schools in the State, at one of the distribution centres, the Central Primary School, Ikeja, on Monday, 20 February, 2017.
Wife of Lagos State Governor of and founder, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (2nd left); Executive Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Ganiyu Sopeyin (left); HOFOWEM’s Educational Team: Dr. (Mrs.) Yinka Ayandale (middle); C.E.O of HOFOWEM, Ms. Olufunke Adeleke (2nd right) and Mrs. Elizabeth Ariyo (right) with a beneficiary during the distribution of shoes and socks to pupils of Public Primary Schools in the State, at one of the distribution centres, the Central Primary School, Ikeja, on Monday, 20 February, 2017.

She emphasized that the project was motivated by her love for children and desire to see them decently kitted for school to boost their self confidence and overall performance.

According to her, “Properly equipping our children for school plays a great role in boosting their confidence level, morale, concentration and overall performance.’’

She reiterated that well meaning members of the society must continue to rise to the responsibility to ensure the future leaders of the nation have all the support in preparing them to fulfill their purpose just as he emphasized that wearing shoes is not a luxury, but a necessity.

Wife of Lagos State Governor of and founder, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (middle); Executive Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Ganiyu Sopeyin (3rd left); Secretary of LSUBEB, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja (left) and members of the board with some pupils who benefitted from the distribution of shoes and socks to pupils of Public Primary Schools in the State, at one of the distribution centres, the Central Primary School, Ikeja, on Monday, 20 February, 2017.
Wife of Lagos State Governor of and founder, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (middle); Executive Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Ganiyu Sopeyin (3rd left); Secretary of LSUBEB, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja (left) and members of the board with some pupils who benefitted from the distribution of shoes and socks to pupils of Public Primary Schools in the State, at one of the distribution centres, the Central Primary School, Ikeja, on Monday, 20 February, 2017.

Mrs. Ambode further promised that her foundation would continue to do all within its powers to put smiles on the faces of the pupils to compliment the efforts of the state government.

Shun Acts That Can Breed Disunity And Crisis

Shun Acts That Can Breed Disunity And Crisis

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Saturday enjoined Christians to continue to make conscious efforts to sustain the peaceful atmosphere across the country, urging them to also refrain from acts capable of breeding division and igniting avoidable crisis.

The Governor, who spoke at the 2017 Inter-Denominational Divine Service organised by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) at the Shepherdhill Baptist Church, Obanikoro, Lagos, said he was absolutely convinced that the success stories his administration has recorded so far were made possible by the collective prayers of all Lagosians and more importantly the relatively peaceful atmosphere that has prevailed within the State over time.

“Every situation whether good or bad requires prayers. For us in Lagos State, we have been truly blessed. Indeed, we have enjoyed His grace which has enabled us as a State, to experience unprecedented breakthroughs inspite of economic recession. For instance, a lot of investments and new businesses have come into our State in the last twenty-one (21) months and there are many more in the process.

He therefore urged Christians to lead from the front and continue to pray for not just the progress of the State but the nation at large, just as he assured that his government will continue to promote fairness, justice and everything that will make life more comfortable for Lagosians.

“At this critical period in the history of our nation, the church and indeed everyone who believes in the efficacy of prayer have a responsibility and patriotic duty to pray for the wellbeing and progress of our State and nation. Prayer is the master key and there is no challenge that cannot be surmounted with prayers.

“We remain committed to the goal of making the Lagos work for all; making all our communities economically viable and liveable as well as creating opportunities for everyone to actualise his/her potentials, without discrimination on the basis of ethnic affiliation, religious beliefs or socio- economic circumstances. By His grace, Lagos State will continue to prosper and our nation will rise again and become a pride to the entire black race and humanity,” Governor Ambode said.

The Governor, who also expressed his delight to be part of the service, commended the Chairman, Executives and entire membership of CAN in Lagos, for sustaining the initiative which has become a yearly event that brings Christians from different denomination to worship and pray together.

Earlier, Chairman of CAN, Lagos State Branch, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola thanked Governor Ambode for finding time to grace the occasion, noting that it was the first time in the history of the service  that a Governor of Lagos State of the Christian faith would be attending the programme personally.

Bamgbola also lauded the Governor for the several laudable projects he had initiated since he assumed office, saying that Lagosians were greatly feeling the impact across the State.

“We wish to let you know here today that we are proud of the wonderful and excellent work that the Lord is using you t do in our dear state of Lagos. In less than two years, God has used you to do great work that every well-meaning Lagosian is commending daily. It is self-evident that truly: ‘Itesiwaju Eko lo jewa l’ogun”, the CAN boss said.

Corroborating him, Rev. Sunday Matilukuro who gave the sermon, said he was particularly amazed on how Governor Ambode was able to surmount the early challenges his administration faced to deliver life changing projects across the State.

“When I was in my former station, we were reading about the traffic jam all over Lagos and I was wondering what was happening, but when I came on visit to Lagos, I was wondering what the noise was all about because what I was seeing was different. You are gradually transforming Lagos to the megacity that it is,” Matilukuro said.

Speaking on the theme, ‘Grace in a Recession’, the cleric urged Christians to seek the face of God and shun sin if they must rise above recession to succeed.