We’ll Continue To Prioritize Welfare Of Judges

We’ll Continue To Prioritize Welfare Of Judges

…As Lagos Chief Judge, Atilade Retires

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday said his administration will continue to give utmost priority to the welfare of serving and retired judges in the State so as to enable them continue to give their very best to the economic prosperity of the State.

Governor Ambode, who spoke when the outgoing Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade paid him a courtesy visit at the Lagos House in Ikeja, said his administration on inception in May 29, 2015, embarked upon reforms in the judiciary to improve on their service delivery noting that the Lagos State has become a reference point of how the judiciary should run.

Alluding to the fact that appreciable progress has been made by the judiciary in the last two years of his administration, Governor Ambode said that part of the reforms was to ensure that judges who retire after meritorious service to the State are comfortable after retirement.

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“Reforms in the judiciary is a continuous thing and in areas, in which we have not done utmost well as you so much envisioned, we would improved on them and we would also ensure that we make life comfortable for our retired judges as you move into that club. I am very particular about the welfare of judges, that is a very sacred institution that we must continue to ensure that even in retirement there is so much for them to look back for the efforts they have made.

“That is why it is very easy for us to bring some of our retired judges to continue to serve us because that basket of knowledge is not found everywhere and we cannot afford to disconnect with the knowledge possessed by our judges,” Governor Ambode said.

Governor Ambode also underscored the contributions of the Judiciary to the Lagos success story, saying that the harmonious relationship among the three arms of government had placed the State on a steady pedestal of prosperity.

He said the Lagos Judiciary over the years, has maintained a tradition that has made the State an embodiment of law and order, saying that it was only in an atmosphere where the Judiciary is seen to be independent that the State can continue to experience peaceful co-existence and economic growth.

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“I want to openly declare here that I’ve had a fantastic relationship with the judiciary and with your good self. One of the things I tried to set out was to emphasize security reforms and judicial sector reforms of which you’ve been a good partner in progress. We have achieved so much in the area of security reforms and you can also attest to the fact that there has been peaceful coexistence of Lagosians in the last two and half years that you have been here.

“I want to say clearly here that if there is actually an arm that I’ve actually had collective responsibility with is actually the judiciary. You have been totally independent and we have not in any way interfered in all the things that have been done in the Judiciary and again everybody see the Lagos Judiciary as the shining example of how the Judiciary should be run,” he said.

Commending the efforts of Justice Atilade, who is expected to officially bow out as the Chief Judge of the State on Sunday, September 24, Governor Ambode expressed optimism that the tradition which the Lagos Judiciary is known for would continue to hold sway long after her departure.

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“Collectively, the judiciary, executive and the legislature arms of government, we have done very well in Lagos to keep that harmony and peace, ultimately for the prosperity of Lagos. I want to thank you for serving this State,” Governor Ambode said.

Earlier in her remarks, Justice Atilade said the visit was to thank Governor Ambode for providing a conducive atmosphere and cordial working relationship between the executive and the judicial arm of government in the State during her period as Chief Judge of the State.

‘On behalf of the Lagos State Judiciary, I’ll like to say a big thank you to His Excellency for all he has done, he is doing and will continue to do for the Lagos State Judiciary. I pray that as I leave, the cordial relationship between the three arms of government would continue and become better,” she said.

Lagos Opens Nigeria’s First DNA Forensic Lab

Lagos Opens Nigeria’s First DNA Forensic Lab

…To Render Free Legal Services In Commemoration Of Int’l Day Of Peace

The Lagos State Government has completed the construction of the first ever high-powered DNA Forensic Laboratory in Nigeria, the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem has disclosed.

The State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode had last year approved the construction of the DNA forensic lab as part of the criminal justice sector reforms designed to solve crime through technology and fulfil an unmet need for DNA profiling which is a unique forensic technique that is now being used all over the world.

Speaking at a press briefing held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, Ikeja to announce activities lined up by the State Government to commemorate the 2017 United Nations International Day of Peace, Kazeem said skeletal work had already commenced in the lab known as the Lagos State DNA Forensics Centre (LSDFC), and that it would be formerly commissioned in coming weeks.

Kazeem, who was represented at the briefing by the State’s Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mrs Funlola Odunlami said the lab, among other initiatives of the State Government, was part of efforts geared toward enhancing peace in the State.

“The DNA forensic centre just opened this month. We are yet to commission it but it has been opened and it is a DNA crime forensic lab and at the same time, it is going to deal with other DNA matters like paternity issue. What we are doing now is skeletal work which we started this month,” Kazeem said.

Solicitor General & Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Funlola Odunlami (middle); Director, Citizen’s Mediation Centre (CMC), Mrs. Oluwatoyin Odusanya (left) and Director, Administration & Human Resource, Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Mariam Amodu during a press conference to commemorate the 2017 United Nations International Day of Peace, Citizen’s Mediation Centre Stakeholders’ Conference and Book launch at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, at the weekend.
Solicitor General & Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Funlola Odunlami (middle); Director, Citizen’s Mediation Centre (CMC), Mrs. Oluwatoyin Odusanya (left) and Director, Administration & Human Resource, Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Mariam Amodu during a press conference to commemorate the 2017 United Nations International Day of Peace, Citizen’s Mediation Centre Stakeholders’ Conference and Book launch at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, at the weekend.

He recalled that since 2007, the State Government through the Citizens’ Mediation Centre (CMC), an agency under the Ministry of Justice, commenced collaborations with the United Nations Information Office to mark the International Day of Peace as an annual event to propagate the ethos of peaceful co-existence among residents in the State, thereby educating and sensitizing the public on the need for peaceful co-existence and respect for human dignity to engender socio-economic growth.

“The Lagos State Government recognizes the fact that the State is the commercial nerve centre of the sub-Saharan Africa where all races converge for various purposes such as business, hospitality, tourism among others, and has put in place mechanisms that will foster development and promote economic activities in the State by instituting agencies that will attend to matters relating to Land Grabbers, Special Task Force, donation of police vehicles for security, introduction of DNA Forensic laboratory to archive blood samples of criminals, among others.

“All these actions are geared toward enhancing peace in Lagos State,” Kazeem said.

Speaking on activities to mark the 2017 edition of the day tagged “Together For Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity For All,” Kazeem said on September 18, there would be a Walk for Peace/Legal Clinic on Ikorodu Road precisely from Funsho Williams Avenue through Ojuelegba to Yaba, while on September 19, a second Walk for Peace/Legal Clinic will hold at Jubilee Under-bridge in Ajah through Ibeju Lekki Expressway and back to the bridge.

On the same day, Kazeem said the CMC will hold a Legal Clinic at both venues where free legal services and mediation services will be rendered to residents of the State, while on September 21, the 18th Stakeholders’ Conference and Book Launch will hold at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium in Alausa to mark the day.

Every year, September 21 is observed as the International Day of Peace as declared by the General Assembly of United Nations as a day devoted to strengthening ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

 

Our Vision Is To Make Life Better For Lagosians

Our Vision Is To Make Life Better For Lagosians

Publisher and Chairman of Ovation Media Group, Mr. Dele Momodu on Friday evening commended Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode saying that he has succeeded in proving that governance in Nigeria is not rocket science.

 

Momodu, who led members of the Ovation Media Group on a courtesy visit to Governor Ambode at the Lagos House in Ikeja to formally present Ovation Magazine’s Lagos @ 50 Special Edition, said that the visible achievements in the State in the last two years was a testament to the fact that the Governor has kept his eyes on the job.

 

Momodu said, “I wrote an article not too long ago, you have made us proud, you have shown us that governance is not rocket science, you make it look so simple and people wonder how you do it. But I think the secret is that you are hands on, you go out to see for yourself so nobody is going to come and embellish anything. Please continue doing what you are doing sir.”

 

The Ovation International Magazine publisher, who presented a copy of the special edition of the Magazine dedicated to the Lagos @ 50 celebrations to Governor Ambode, said they decided to be part of the project to amplify the achievements of the Governor and promote it to a global audience.

 

“The hallmark of greatness is not just about your achievement, it’s about how many people you are able to touch and your leadership is touching a lot of people and that is why Ovation decided that we would do our little bit to enhance and amplify what you are doing and promote it to a global audience”, Momodu said.

 

“What we want to do is to make a formal presentation of the magazine; the world must see what is happening in Lagos. When we were coming I was telling my colleagues that you can lay a good foundation, but a foundation cannot guarantee a good building. You (Governor) met a good foundation, but what you have done now is to produce a far better building that what we expected,” he said.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (4th left); Chairman/Publisher, Ovation Media Group, Mr. Dele Momodu (3rd left); Director, Ovation Magazine, Mr. Damola Aderemi (2nd left); Editor, Ovation International, Mr. Michael Effiong (left); Ovation Ambassador, Oruwari Daala (4th right); General Manager, Ovation TV, Mr. Segun Adebowale(3rd right); Coordinator, The Boss Newspaper (2nd right); and Editor at large, Ovation Magazine, Mr Ohimai Amaize (right) during the formal presentation of Ovation Magazine’s ‘LAGOS AT 50’ Special edition at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Friday, September 15, 2017.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (4th left); Chairman/Publisher, Ovation Media Group, Mr. Dele Momodu (3rd left); Director, Ovation Magazine, Mr. Damola Aderemi (2nd left); Editor, Ovation International, Mr. Michael Effiong (left); Ovation Ambassador, Oruwari Daala (4th right); General Manager, Ovation TV, Mr. Segun Adebowale(3rd right); Coordinator, The Boss Newspaper (2nd right); and Editor at large, Ovation Magazine, Mr Ohimai Amaize (right) during the formal presentation of Ovation Magazine’s ‘LAGOS AT 50’ Special edition at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Friday, September 15, 2017.

Responding, Governor Ambode thanked the Ovation Team for deeming it fit to partner the State Government to document the landmark celebration of the State’s Golden Jubilee, saying that it would go a long way to tell the story to the generation yet unborn.

 

“I believe also that this particular special edition is going to go down as a historic edition and I don’t want to miss that point because it’s something that we must be able to put in all our institutions so like I said we are going to get many copies to be able to give to embassies, our hotels, our schools, our libraries, all our institutions, in the secondary schools and also to be able to keep for those yet unborn to be able to see in pictorial form of the things we have tried to do in the last 50 years and maybe inspire some other people to do greater things than what has been recorded here,” the Governor said.

 

Governor Ambode said his administration has operated on a mantra to demystify governance and make life better for Lagosians by providing platforms through which they can channel their positive energy to the development of the State.

 

The Governor also commended Momodu for sustaining the legacies of the Ovation Magazine, saying that over the years, it had become a tool to project the image of what Nigeria is truly about to the rest of the world.

 

“I have found something significant about what you have done in the last 20 years. You have also shown as a person that believes so much  in the Nigerianess of this nation which is something very scarce and you have actually used your own talent to promote what a lot of us associate with.

 

“So, when the offer came that you are going to do something for us, I knew instantly that this is something that cuts across countries and also it’s a soft instrument that we can use to project the vision of Lagos. Giving me this magazine today even after the major event of Lagos at 50 has actually closed, is reminding us that 2017 is actually the year of celebration which did not end in May 2017, so it’s like a recount of all the things that has happened.”, Governor Ambode said.

 

 

Lagos Will Produce First Female Governor Some Day

Lagos Will Produce First Female Governor Some Day

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday expressed optimism that in no distant time, Lagos would produce its first elected female Governor of the State.

Governor Ambode, who spoke when he received the One-Day Governor of the State, Miss Zuffon Bukola and members of her cabinet at the Exco Chambers, Lagos House in Ikeja, said that the emergence of Miss Zuffon and the One-Day Deputy Governor, Miss Rosemary Ogidan was a signpost to what the future portends for the State.

 

Zuffon, a 16 year-old SS 2 student of Awodiora Senior Secondary School, Ajegunle emerged the One-Day Governor of the State after she emerged winner at a keenly contested Spelling Bee Competition in June 2017, while Ogidan, also an SS 2 student of Methodist Senior High School, Badagry finished as runner up.

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (4th left); the winner of 2017 Spelling Bee Competition & One-Day Governor, Miss Zuffon Bukola from Awodi Ora Senior Secondary School (4th right); Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (3rd left) and One-Day Deputy Governor, Miss Rosemary Ogidan from Methodist Senior High, Badagry (2nd left) and Cabinet members of the One-Day Governor during the visit to the Governor, at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (4th left); the winner of 2017 Spelling Bee Competition & One-Day Governor, Miss Zuffon Bukola from Awodi Ora Senior Secondary School (4th right); Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (3rd left) and One-Day Deputy Governor, Miss Rosemary Ogidan from Methodist Senior High, Badagry (2nd left) and Cabinet members of the One-Day Governor during the visit to the Governor, at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

According to the Governor, the emergence of two females as One-Day Governor and Deputy Governor of the State clearly indicates that a female can likewise be elected as the Governor of the State.

He said: This is a significant day for Lagos State and it also signals what the future actually holds for Lagos State in which we have seated here, two female strong members of the new State Executive Council and we have a female Governor and a female Deputy Governor.

“It is also telling us a story about what the future of Lagos is all about that one day we would find seated here, not just a day governor, but for a period or tenure of four years, there would be a female Governor in this State.

 

“We’ve had female Deputy Governors in this State; it also says something that these younger ones are telling our women in Lagos to rise up and actually take their position.”

 

He said the State Government was encouraged by the exploits of past One Day Governors and their cabinet members who are excelling in their various endeavours, just as he commended parents of the students as well as the school management for all the efforts put into bringing out the best in them.

 

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (left), presenting a gift to winner of the 2017 Spelling Bee Competition & One-Day Governor, Miss Zuffon Bukola from Awodi Ora Senior Secondary School (right) during the 2017 One-Day Governor’s visit to the wife of the Governor, at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (left), presenting a gift to winner of the 2017 Spelling Bee Competition & One-Day Governor, Miss Zuffon Bukola from Awodi Ora Senior Secondary School (right) during the 2017 One-Day Governor’s visit to the wife of the Governor, at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

Governor Ambode also commended Zuffon and her cabinet members, noting that their feat was an indication that the funds expended by the State Government to improve the educational sector was not in vain, adding that efforts would be intensified to further develop the sector.

 

“I want to congratulate her and her cabinet members for also showing to us that the future of education in Lagos is strong. We believe that the resources we are spending in the educational sector are not going to be a waste and they have also shown that they are ready to succeed us as long as we encourage them.

 

“So we’ll do everything just like what we have been doing in the last two years to continue to pay greater attention to education and also make sure that we do so much in youth development to allow them to be mentally capable of succeeding us even as we move away from all the things we have done in the public service,” the Governor said.

In order to encourage their efforts, Governor Ambode awarded full scholarship to the One Day Governor, Miss Zuffon and her Deputy, Miss Ogidan while also announcing a cash donation of N1million each to them.

The Governor also awarded a cash donation of N500, 000 each to members of the One Day Governor’s cabinet consisting of Master Tovishede Ayobami (Secretary to the State Government); Master Philip Daniel (Speaker of the House of Assembly); Master Durojaiye Oluwasegun (Commissioner for Education); Master Atabo Ufedojo (Commissioner for Science and Technology).

Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (middle); winner of the 2017 Spelling Bee Competition & One-Day Governor, Miss Zuffon Bukola from Awodi Ora Senior Secondary School (3rd right); One-Day Deputy Governor, Miss Rosemary Ogidan (2nd right) and the Cabinet members during their visit to the wife of the Governor, at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (middle); winner of the 2017 Spelling Bee Competition & One-Day Governor, Miss Zuffon Bukola from Awodi Ora Senior Secondary School (3rd right); One-Day Deputy Governor, Miss Rosemary Ogidan (2nd right) and the Cabinet members during their visit to the wife of the Governor, at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

Earlier, Miss Zuffon while addressing Governor Ambode and members of the State Executive Council commended the Governor for his visionary leadership and numerous achievements especially in the educational sector, saying that despite the economic challenges, teachers’ salaries and entitlements were being paid as at when due.

 

Zuffon, who is aspiring to become a lawyer, also seized the occasion to request for a School Bus, renovation of the school’s multipurpose hall as well as construction of drainage channels in her school, which Governor Ambode expressly granted.

 

In a related development, wife of the Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode who received Zuffon and her cabinet members congratulated them for emerging winners in the various categories of the keenly contested competition and for doing their families, schools and local governments proud.

 

She charged them to remain focused and study harder to actualize their dreams, praying that God would take them to higher positions in life.

 

The wife of the governor commended the initiator of the Spelling Bee Competition, Senator Oluremi Tinubu and the organizers for their steadfastness since inception of the competition 17 years ago.