Goodwill Message Delivered By His Excellency Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, At The Christian Association Of Nigeria (C.A.N) Lagos State Chapter, Annual Inter-Denominational Service For Lagos State Government

Goodwill Message Delivered By His Excellency Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, At The Christian Association Of Nigeria (C.A.N) Lagos State Chapter, Annual Inter-Denominational Service For Lagos State Government

Protocol,

Let me on behalf of the government and people of Lagos State express deep appreciation to the Chairman, the executives and members of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Lagos State chapter for keeping faith with this annual programme aimed at seeking divine intervention in the affairs of our State. I believe this yearly congregation is one of the major reasons for the progress and prosperity our State has continuously witnessed. I have no doubt that today’s service will usher in the presence of God as we reverence him in intense words and prayers.

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There is nothing prayers cannot do in the lives of people who look upon the Lord and surrender their affairs in His able hands. In the book of 1Thessalonian 5:17, we are commanded to pray without ceasing After all, Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ started with prayer and ended with prayer.

 

‘Humility in Service’, the theme of this Divine Service says it all. John 13:1-16 where the theme is taken from demonstrates Christ’s complete love for his disciples knowing fully well that he would be betrayed, denied and deserted for a time by them. It also showed the humility of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is to tell us that as believers, we must exemplify Christ-like behaviour by loving and caring for one another. Above all, as Christians and leaders, we must show humility in service because it is a privilege to be called upon to serve.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right); National President, Christian Association of Nigeria (C.A.N), Dr Supo Ayokunle (right); Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (C.A.N) Lagos State Chapter, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola (2nd left) and Head of Service, Mrs Folashade Adesola (left) during the C.A.N Inter-Denominational Service at the Shepherdhill Baptist Church, Obanikoro, Lagos, on Saturday, February 17, 2018.

I commend the Ministers of God for standing in the gap continuously to pray for the peace, progress and development of Lagos State and by extension, our nation. Without doubt, the prayers of the saints have been keeping us together as a people, and more importantly, it is the reason for the prevailing peace and prosperity we are enjoying in Lagos State even in the period of economic recession.  I have no doubts in my mind that as we cry unto God today for a better and promising future for Lagos State, He will surely listen to our cries.

I seize this opportunity to appreciate the Chairman of the Planning Committee, Baba Aladura, Elder (Dr.) Israel Akinadewo and his team for the success of today’s Divine Service.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); National President, Christian Association of Nigeria (C.A.N), Dr. Supo Ayokunle (2nd left); Treasurer, C.A.N Lagos State Chapter, Bishop Stephen Adegbite (left); Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (C.A.N) Lagos State Chapter, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola (2nd right) and Vice Chairman, Lagos State (C.A.N), Rev Dr. Emmanuel Oguntosin (right) during the C.A.N Inter-Denominational Service at the Shepherdhill Baptist Church, Obanikoro, Lagos, on Saturday, February 17, 2018.

I urge us as brothers and sisters in Christ to live an exemplary live, worthy of emulation. As a government, we will always count on your support and prayers because without these, nothing much can be achieved. All that we have done in the past 32 months is to provide leadership with innovative ideas and passion to ensure significant improvement in the living conditions of our people.

We give glory to God for all that He has enabled us to achieve so far and the great things we look forward to in the near and foreseeable future.

Once again, I thank the entire members of C.A.N, Lagos State chapter under the able leadership of Apostle (Prof.) Alexander Bamgbola for your prayers and goodwill.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun!!!

 

Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

 

17th February, 2018.

Governor Ambode Inaugurates Boards Of Lagos Sports Trust Fund, Commission

Governor Ambode Inaugurates Boards Of Lagos Sports Trust Fund, Commission

…Says Funding Of Sports Shouldn’t Be Government’s Exclusive Preserve

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday identified the importance of collaboration of key stakeholders to achieve the desired goal for sports administration and development in the country, saying funding of sports should not be the exclusive preserve of government.

Speaking at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja when he inaugurated the new boards of the Lagos State Sports Commission and the Lagos State Sports Trust Fund, Governor Ambode emphasized the need for the private sector to partner with the government to invest in sports development especially in training talents that abound in the country, as well as putting necessary infrastructures in place.

He said: “I want to reiterate our commitment to the Sports sector and the need for collaboration between the government and all sports stakeholders in the State.

“In achieving our vision in Sports, it is our belief that the funding of sports should not be the responsibility of Government alone. This informed the establishment of the Sports Trust Fund whose mandate is primarily to interface with the private and public sectors to raise funds for sports development.

“Funds raised through the Sports Trust Fund would be utilized for various aspects of sports development on the recommendation and advice of the Sports Commission.”

On the other hand, the State Sports Commission is charged with the responsibility of upgrading and maintaining various sports facilities, developing strategic plans for sports development in the State, identifying and creating new locations for development of community sports facilities, overseeing the activities of all the sports associations in the State, grassroot sports development as well as capacity building for sports administrators, sports officers, coaches and athletes.

Speaking further, the Governor said the inauguration of the new boards of both agencies was part of the grand plan of positioning Lagos as one of the top sports destinations in Africa, saying that the vision of his administration remained to make the State as the hub for sports, tourism and entertainment and leveraging on the interconnectivity within the three sectors.

While maintaining the capacity of sports to put the State on global map, Governor Ambode said the recently concluded Lagos Marathon had already received international recognition and would soon be regarded as a major event in the world athletic calendar, assuring that with more of such sports events, government would engage more youths, produce more star athletes and create a synergy with sports, tourism, entertainment and hospitality, thereby using the sectors to grow the economy and serving as a tool for youth empowerment and development.

Governor Ambode, who expressed optimism in the abilities of the new boards to deliver on the mandate, said the members were carefully selected based on their proven integrity, professionalism, commitment and passion for sports.

He specifically tasked the new boards to focus on even development of sporting infrastructures across the State, hosting of national and international sporting events and participation in national and international sporting events in order to expose athletes and coaches in the State to international standards and best practices.

While the Trust Fund is chaired by a former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mr Femi Pedro, the Lagos State Sports Commission is to be headed by seasoned sports administrator, Dr Kweku Adedayo Tandoh.

Other members of the Trust Fund are Olaposi Agunbiade (Executive Secretary), Dr Enitan Oshodi, Oladipo Awe, Adekoyejo Adejumo, Segun Odusanya, Akindele Ogunlana, Kweku Tandoh, Babatunde Bank-Anthony, Moyosore Ogunseinde, Professor Ademola Abass, Fola Padonu and Omolola Essien.

Members of the Sports Commission are Babatunde Bank-Anthony (Director General), Olaposi Agunbiade (Executive Secretary), Gboyega Edu, Toyin Okenla-Ojeaga, Prince Fatai Olukunga, Abdulazeez Tijani, Babatunde Fatayi-Williams, Oluseyi Akinwunmi, Bolaji Adeniji-Adele and Gbenga Kuye.

Responding on behalf of the appointees, Pedro thanked Governor Ambode for the opportunity to serve the State, assuring that the members would deliver and perform far beyond expectations.

I Demand Nothing But The Best From You, Governor Ambode Tells New Cabinet Members

I Demand Nothing But The Best From You, Governor Ambode Tells New Cabinet Members

Says Completion Of On-Going Projects, Activation Of New Ones Remain Immediate Priority

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday swore-in five new members of the State Executive Council with a charge on them to hit the ground running and offer only the best of services to the people.

Speaking at a brief swearing-in ceremony held at the Lagos State Executive Council Chambers in Alausa, Ikeja, Governor Ambode said the new cabinet members were appointed based on their track record, expertise and experience, and as such they must immediately settle down in office and inject new ideas to reinvigorate and reenergize government machinery to the overall benefit of the people.

Addressing the appointees, Governor Ambode said their immediate mandate is to see to the completion of all on-going projects and activation of new ones to make life better and comfortable for the people.

“As you settle down to your new assignments, I demand nothing but the best from you. Your immediate task as you hit the ground running is to quickly bring yourself up to speed with the mandate of your MDA and key into the immediate priority for this year which is the completion of all on-going projects. This, however, does not preclude the initiation of new projects that are considered highly essential and critical to the general well-being of our people,” the Governor said.

Newly appointed Cabinet members, Mr. Ladi Lawanson as Commissioner for Transportation; Mr. Hakeem Sulaimon as Special Adviser on Communities and Communication; Mr. Olusegun Banjo as Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget; Mr. Hakeem Popoola Fahm as Commissioner for Science & Technology and Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye as Commissioner for Commerce, Industry & Cooperatives during their swearing in by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at EXCO Chamber, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, February 5, 2018.
Newly appointed Cabinet members, Mr. Ladi Lawanson as Commissioner for Transportation; Mr. Hakeem Sulaimon as Special Adviser on Communities and Communication; Mr. Olusegun Banjo as Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget; Mr. Hakeem Popoola Fahm as Commissioner for Science & Technology and Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye as Commissioner for Commerce, Industry & Cooperatives during their swearing in by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at EXCO Chamber, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, February 5, 2018.

Specifically, Governor Ambode said the appointees must be mindful of the fact that the greatest asset of his administration is the goodwill of the people which cuts across all segments of the society, saying that he remained committed to sustaining the goodwill by upholding the policy of inclusion and implementing programmes and projects which in turn would positively and directly impact on the livelihood of all residents.

The Governor said making Lagos work for all was a 24-hour job which required selfless service, hard work, dedication and an uncompromising focus on the improvement of lives of all residents, a development he said necessitated the vision of his administration from inception to build a clean, safe and prosperous State guided by the rule of law, as well as a globally competitive smart City.

According to him, “As simple as it sounds, this is a tough task but I am happy to state here that the job has been made uncomplicated because we have the best team working together to achieve this vision. Today, we are delighted to welcome on board the newly sworn-in members of the State Executive Council.

“You are joining a winning team of committed professionals and politicians who have been working round the clock for the past 32 months to make Lagos functional, efficient and a haven for business, tourism, entertainment and sports.”

He said the achievements so far recorded were massive but a lot still needed to be done to achieve the desired vision and moving the State forward on the path of sustainable growth, which was why the government was injecting new ideas with the appointments to reinvigorate government machinery.

Governor Ambode said as members of the Executive Council which is the highest policy making body of the State and also charged with the responsibility of implementing government programmes through the various MDAs, he expects the new appointees to bring their knowledge, expertise and experience to bear on the mandate of the Ministries to which they have been assigned and the overall vision of the present administration.

Besides, Governor Ambode commended former members of the State Executive Council for their dedicated service and contribution to the achievements so far recorded by this administration, just as he also appreciated the leadership and members of the House of Assembly for ensuring due diligence and speedy confirmation process for the new Cabinet members.

The newly appointed cabinet members are Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Hakeem Fahm; Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson; Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Segun Banjo; Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye; and Special Adviser on Communities and Communications, Mr. Hakeem Sulaiman.

Responding on behalf of the appointees, Oladunjoye thanked Governor Ambode for finding them worthy to be part of a robust administration which, according to her, had been implementing projects and policies in all sectors of the State, assuring that they would key into the vision and mission of government and offer nothing but the best to move Lagos forward.

 

Keynote Address Delivered On The Occasion Of The Swearing-In Of New Members Of The State Executive Council

Keynote Address Delivered On The Occasion Of The Swearing-In Of New Members Of The State Executive Council

Making Lagos work for all is a 24-hour job. It requires selfless service, hard work, dedication and an uncompromising focus on the improvement of lives of all Lagosians. At the inception of this administration, our vision was to build a clean, safe and prosperous State guided by the rule of Law; a globally competitive smart City.

As simple as it sounds, this is a tough task but I am happy to state here that the job has been made uncomplicated because we have the best team working together to achieve this vision. Today, we are delighted to welcome on board the newly sworn-in members of the State Executive Council.

You are joining a winning team of committed professionals and politicians who have been working round the clock for the past 32 months to make Lagos functional, efficient and a haven for business, tourism, entertainment and sports.

This is not to say that we have arrived at our desired destination. There is still a lot of work to be done in order to achieve the desired vision of Lagos we all want to see, live and work in.

Moving our State forward on the path of sustainable growth requires regular stock taking and injection of new ideas to reinvigorate and reenergize government machinery. This is the thinking behind the appointment of the new members of the State Executive Council whom we have just sworn in today.

The Executive Council of which you are now members, is the highest policy making body of the State which is also charged with the responsibility of implementing government programmes through the various MDAs. It is my expectation that you will bring to bear, your knowledge, expertise and experience, on the mandate of the Ministries to which you have been assigned and the overall vision of this administration.

One of the approaches of our administration has been to infuse Innovation and creativity into governance. Given the cosmopolitan nature of our State and the peculiar challenges of a mega city, we cannot afford to rely on the status quo approach to providing solution to new and emerging issues. We must therefore, as a matter of necessity, adopt new methods to achieve greater efficiency and increased productivity.

You must also keep in mind that the greatest asset of this administration is the goodwill of the people which cuts across all segments of the society. We are committed to sustaining this goodwill by upholding our policy of inclusion and implementing programmes and projects that will positively and directly impact on the livelihood of all our people.

As you settle down to your new assignments, I demand nothing but the best from you. Your immediate task as you hit the ground running is to quickly bring yourself up to speed with the mandate of your MDA and key into the immediate priority for this year which is the completion of all ongoing projects. This however does not preclude the initiation of new projects that are considered highly essential and critical to the general well-being of our people.

I congratulate you all on your new appointment. I also want to use this opportunity to thank the former members of the State Executive Council for their dedicated service and contribution to the achievements so far recorded by this administration.

This occasion would not have become a reality without the support and cooperation of the State House of Assembly. I therefore thank the leadership and members of the House for ensuring due diligence and speedy confirmation process for the members of the Cabinet.

Once again, I congratulate you all on your appointment and look forward to working with you for the growth, progress and prosperity of Lagos.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun!

 

 

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode,

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

 

Keynote Address Delivered At The Opening Of Exco/Permanent Secretaries Retreat

Keynote Address Delivered At The Opening Of Exco/Permanent Secretaries Retreat

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We can rightly say that the continuous prosperity of this State and its residents rests in the hands of the people seated in this room today. We are the key players called to serve, protect and harness her resources. That is the tough responsibility before you all presently.

Clearly, we have recorded some modest successes and consolidated on the status of our State as one of the foremost commercial and social hubs in sub Saharan Africa. We are gradually changing the face of Lagos through our aggressive infrastructural development, urban regeneration and sectoral reforms.

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All the development indices, both local and international, reflect the fact that we are making steady progress with very bright outlook for the foreseeable future. This progress is not the result of only one person’s efforts. It was not achieved by only Akinwunmi Ambode. It was achieved by all of us in this room with the cooperation of many others outside. And for this I commend each and every one of you for your diligence and contribution to the progress made thus far.

However, there is still a lot more to be done. I hear people saying that this is an election year and that governance will slow down but let me assure you that in this State, we will stay focused on our plans and programmes and ensure steady progress is achieved.

As we strive to complete all on-going projects, we should start thinking of the next level. That is why we are gathered at this retreat to take stock of our achievements and brainstorm on the challenges ahead. That is why the theme of our retreat is “EFFECTIVE STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR AN EMERGING SMART CITY”.

From this theme, one thing is certain; Lagos is an emerging smart city. The challenge is; how do we effectively and strategically plan to actualize this vision considering our own peculiar challenges?

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To plan effectively and strategically requires us to think, not just outside the box but to think globally and act locally. We must look beyond our borders for ideas but consider all our local situation. We must do things differently, be ready to be called names and to encounter resistance. But we must remain steadfast and let posterity judge our actions and intentions. Someday, the resistance will become support and endorsement.

We are all well-aware that the last Two and a Half years have been borne with a lot of sectoral reforms and majorly successful. However, reforms are not static and they require continuous review as the society we live in is also not static.

Some of our reforms remain challenging because of institutional difficulties and corruption. We presently experience this in some of our on-going reforms.

 

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My message remains the same. Our conviction is resolute. We are totally for inclusive governance. This is a people-government and what would be of benefit to the majority of the citizenry should be our primary goal.

Building effective and efficient institutions should be our goal henceforth. The institutional framework that will drive a successful MDA is what should be of concern to all of us. Institutions that are enduring should outlive me or anyone of us, likewise our reforms in the various sectors.

We have set attainable goals for ourselves but we must maximize our strengths and areas of comparative advantage to achieve them. Our plans must be practical and well-rounded always.

I therefore look forward to your ideas, suggestions and plans not only as they relate to your individual primary responsibilities but also keeping in mind the bigger picture of a Smart and globally competitive State.

Let your institution – your Ministry or Agency speak for you. This is the strategic planning template that works for Lagos today and tomorrow.

Thank you.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun!!!

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor, Lagos State,

Alausa.