Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, Tasks Civil Servants On Dedication To Duty

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, Tasks Civil Servants On Dedication To Duty

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode on Tuesday enjoined civil servants in the state to imbibe the culture of strong personal discipline, focus, perseverance, drive, determination to excel and dedication to duty, just as she said such would go a long way in taking them to the peak of their career and enhance public service delivery.

L-R: Celebrant, Dr. Ibironke Sodeinde; Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; and the Yeye Oge of Lagos, Chief (Mrs.) Opral Benson during a special recognition of meritorious service in the Lagos State Civil Service for Dr. Sodeinde, at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
L-R: Celebrant, Dr. Ibironke Sodeinde; Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; and the Yeye Oge of Lagos, Chief (Mrs.) Opral Benson during a special recognition of meritorious service in the Lagos State Civil Service for Dr. Sodeinde, at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

Mrs. Ambode, who spoke at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium in Alausa, Ikeja during the conferment of Common Wealth Outstanding Service Award to the outgoing Permanent Secretary of the State Primary Health Care Board (PHCB), Dr. Ibironke Sodeinde, said the feat was an eloquent confirmation of productive years and decades of diligence and hard work which the awardee put to the State’s civil service.

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Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Bolanle Ambode (2nd left); Engr. Ayotunde Sodeinde (L); Celebrant, Dr. (Mrs) Ibironke Sodeinde (2nd right); and Yeye Oge of Lagos, Chief (Mrs.) Opral Benson, during the conferment of Common Wealth Outstanding Service Award on Dr. (Mrs.) Sodeinde, for meritorious service to the Govt. and people of Lagos State by the Gleehd Foundation, at Alausa, Ikeja, today.

Dr. Sodeinde, who is the first woman to be conferred with the award in Nigeria after the likes of former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and General Yakubu Gowon, was said to have been honoured for her selfless service to humanity and high sense of dedication to duty.

-L: Director, Governance, Leadership, Economic, Environmental & Human Development (GLEEHD), Mr. Dayo Isreal, Lagos State Head of Service, Mrs. Olabowale Ademola; Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello; the Yeye Oge of Lagos, Chief (Mrs.) Opral Benson; Celebrant, Dr. Ibironke Sodeinde; Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Special Adviser to the Governor, Public Works Corporation, Engr. Ayotunde Sodeinde and Head of Idejo Family, Chief Fatia Olumegbon during a special recognition of meritorious service in the Lagos State Civil Service for Dr. Sodeinde, at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
R-L: Director, Governance, Leadership, Economic, Environmental & Human Development (GLEEHD), Mr. Dayo Isreal, Lagos State Head of Service, Mrs. Olabowale Ademola; Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello; the Yeye Oge of Lagos, Chief (Mrs.) Opral Benson; Celebrant, Dr. Ibironke Sodeinde; Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Special Adviser to the Governor, Public Works Corporation, Engr. Ayotunde Sodeinde and Head of Idejo Family, Chief Fatia Olumegbon during a special recognition of meritorious service in the Lagos State Civil Service for Dr. Sodeinde, at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

In her goodwill message, Mrs. Ambode said the international recognition was instructive as it would spur younger generation of public servants to put in their best to excel, adding that it was important for people to understand that only dedication and hard work could guaranty excellence and ensure the attainment of the peak of one’s chosen career.

“Dr. (Mrs.) Ibironke Sodeinde is an admirable and outstanding civil servant, who put in the very best into her public service career, to reach the apex. As officer, she gave hard work; as director and Permanent Secretary, she gave direction and effective leadership.

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Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Bolanle Ambode (r) and Dr. (Mrs) Ibironke Sodeinde, during the conferment of Common Wealth Outstanding Service Award on Dr. (Mrs.) Sodeinde, for meritorious service to the Govt. and people of Lagos State by the Gleehd Foundation, at Alausa, Ikeja, today.

“Everyone wishes and prays to be celebrated this way, but this sort of recognition requires more than prayer. It requires strong personal discipline, focus, perseverance, drive and a determination to excel, all of which Dr. Sodeinde epitomizes.

“The conferment of the Common Wealth Outstanding Service Award on this exceptional civil servant is a testimony to her possession of those qualities that distinguish her for distinction,” Mrs. Ambode said.

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Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Bolanle Ambode (r) and Dr. (Mrs) Ibironke Sodeinde, during the conferment of Common Wealth Outstanding Service Award on Dr. (Mrs.) Sodeinde, for meritorious service to the Govt. and people of Lagos State by the Gleehd Foundation, at Alausa, Ikeja, today.

Dr. Sodeinde, who officially bowed out of service on June 3, 2016 has held several positions in the Lagos State Civil Service until her appointment in August 2015 by the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, and later redeployed as Permanent Secretary in charge of PHCB.

Responding after the conferment of the award, Dr. Sodeinde thanked God and Governor Ambode for giving her the opportunity to attain the peak of her career as civil servant just one year before her retirement, saying the promotion contributed towards the award.

R-L: Yeye Oge of Lagos, Chief (Mrs.) Opral Benson; Celebrant, Dr. Ibironke Sodeinde; Deputy Director, Platform Management Department, Transsion Holdings, Mr. Marvin Song; Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Special Adviser to the Governor, Public Works Corporation, Engr. Ayotunde Sodeinde during a special recognition of meritorious service in the Lagos State Civil Service for Dr. Sodeinde, at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
R-L: Yeye Oge of Lagos, Chief (Mrs.) Opral Benson; Celebrant, Dr. Ibironke Sodeinde; Deputy Director, Platform Management Department, Transsion Holdings, Mr. Marvin Song; Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Special Adviser to the Governor, Public Works Corporation, Engr. Ayotunde Sodeinde during a special recognition of meritorious service in the Lagos State Civil Service for Dr. Sodeinde, at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

She commended Governor Ambode for the wonderful transformation that had taken place in the State since assuming office, saying such was unprecedented and could be attributed to the grace of God and commitment to serve selflessly by the Governor and his team.

Lagos Recruits 1,561 Officers Into State Civil Service

Lagos Recruits 1,561 Officers Into State Civil Service

As part of efforts to strengthen the workforce while increasing professionalism and efficiency in service delivery, the Lagos State Government has recruited 1,561 officers into the State Civil Service and deployed same to various Ministries/Agencies according to manpower need of the service in the last one year.

This was disclosed on Tuesday by the Head of Service, Mrs. Olabowale Ademola, at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa during the ongoing Ministerial Press Briefing of the Lagos State Government to commemorate the first year in Office of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.

She said that the State Government has also reviewed the policy on conversion in the service to promote lateral conversion in the interest of equity, justice and harmonisation, adding that approval has also been granted for the unification of the Schemes of Service, career progression and terminal Salary Grade Levels with effect from January 1, 2016 for all Officers across the State Public Service as well as the en-block payment of leave allowance.

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L-R: Head of Service, Mrs. Olabowale Ademola, with Permanent Secretaries; Public Service Office, Mr. Taofik Fashola; Ministry of Information & Strategy, Mr. Folarin Adeyemi and Office of the Chief of Staff, Mr. Abiodun Bamgboye during the Y2016 Ministerial Press Briefing to commemorate the First Year in Office of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

According to her, “The conversion policy was reviewed to further enhance the career progression of officers in the service. The new policy has now addressed issues whereby Officers on grade level 12 and above are usually stepped down by one grade level upon conversion from a sub-cadre to officer cadre.”

Mrs. Ademola also revealed that the present administration has elevated twenty-five senior public servants to the post of Permanent Secretary as part of measure to ensure that business of government is manned by seasoned and motivated public servants capable of scaling up the enviable status of Lagos as “Centre of Excellence”.

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Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, Head of Service, Mrs. Olabowale Ademola; Permanent Secretary, Public Service Office, Mr. Taofik Fashola and his counterpart in Ministry of Information & Strategy, Mr. Folarin Adeyemi during the Y2016 Ministerial Press Briefing to commemorate the First Year in Office of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
On Housing Loans to Public Servants, the Head of Service said the loan facility available to public servants has been increased from N50 million to N100 million in order to ensure that many more members of staff have access to the facility.

She said in the year under review, a total sum of N147.6million was disbursed to 667 public servants as loan for staff housing loan facility.

Responding to a question on issue of double promotion, the Head of Service reiterated that a committee is in place to look into recognition of high fliers who should benefit from career progression in the service, adding that modalities for it will soon be made known.

“Let me emphasize that the State Government acknowledges and appreciates the roles of labour unions in the state, not only as a rallying point for workers but also as creators of wealth and partners in the strive for social harmony and economic progress.

“This realization and appreciation of the roles of the unions explains the harmonious relationship between the state government and trade unions in Lagos State.

“This administration is also committed to addressing swiftly the welfare needs of public servants in the state. The result, no doubt, has been the existence of a peaceful government-labour cooperation and collaboration,” she said.

PICTURES: Lagos State Government Commissions Roads And Classrooms In Eti-Osa Local Government

The Lagos State Government today commissioned projects in Eti-Osa Local Government as part of activities to commemorate the first year anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration. Some of the commissioned projects include the newly constructed Block of Classrooms at Kuramo Primary School in Iru-Victoria Island LCDA and the Unity Road/1st Avenue/UPDS Pinnock Road, Osapa West in Eti-Osa Local Government.

 

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R-L: Representative of the Lagos State Governor, Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade (2nd right), with Executive Secretary, Iru-Victoria Island LCDA, Hon. Abayomi Daramola; his wife, Funmilayo; member, Lagos House of Assembly, Hon. Yishawu Gbolahan and Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Prince Anofi Elegushi  during the formal commissioning  the newly constructed Block of Classrooms at Kuramo Primary School in Iru-Victoria Island LCDA, on Thursday, May 19, 2016. 

 

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The newly constructed Block of Classrooms at Kuramo Primary School in Iru-Victoria Island LCDA, commissioned by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday, May 19, 2016. 

 

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R-L: Representative of the Lagos State Governor, Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade (2nd right); Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Prince Anofi Elegushi; member, Lagos House of Assembly, Hon. Yishawu Gbolahan and  Executive Secretary, Eti-Osa  Local Government, Hon. Alaba Ajayi during the formal commissioning of Unity Road/1st Avenue/UPDS Pinnock Road, Osapa West in Eti-Osa Local Government on Thursday, May 19, 2016. 

 

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Newly constructed Unity Road/1st Avenue/UPDS Pinnock Road, Osapa West in Eti-Osa Local Government, commissioned by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday, May 19, 2016. 

 

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Newly constructed Administrative Block, Eti-Osa Local Government, commissioned by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday, May 19, 2016. 

Strike Action: Lagos Vows To Apply Rule Of Law

The Lagos State Government has said it would uphold the Rule of Law to ensure Lagosians go about their normal businesses in any part of the State without fear or molestation.

This comes against the background of a strike threat issued by a faction of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), protesting the new pump price of petroleum.

In a statement signed on Tuesday 17th May, 2016 by the Honourable Attorney-General/ Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, the Government gave a stern warning against purported threats from certain quarters to disturb Public Peace by forcing workers to stay at home against their wish and the law.

The release stated that following the ruling on Tuesday of the National Industrial Court on Tuesday in Abuja barring the NLC from proceeding with the strike action, it has become unlawful for any person or group to either disrupt free movement of people and vehicles or prevent normal business activities

The State Government assures Lagosians that adequate security measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of lives and property.

The Government said the Commissioner of Police and other Heads of Security Agencies have been directed to maintain law and order in accordance with the Rule of Law.

The Government reiterates that it is committed to the protection of lives and property and the welfare of the people and therefore calls on all citizens to go about their normal businesses and report any threat or act of intimidation to the appropriate authorities.

The State Government also appeals to parents to warn their children and wards, particularly the vulnerable ones, not to allow themselves to be used or manipulated.

Address Delivered By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State at the Swearing-In Ceremony of Mrs. Elizabeth Abiodun Ashiru as Newly Appointed Permanent Secretary on Thursday 12th May 2016 at the Exco Chambers, Lagos House, Alausa

This administration is committed to the continued reinvigoration of the machinery of Government through elevation of worthy and qualified individuals from the pool of skilled workforce in the State Public Service.

Whenever the opportunity arises, diligent officers will be rewarded with higher responsibilities and be expected to continue the good work which has earned them the elevation. The position of Permanent Secretary is very critical in this administration as they are the Accounting Officers of our various ministries and agencies.

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Today, Mrs. Elizabeth Abiodun Ashiru has been appointed to the Body of Permanent Secretaries in the Lagos State Public Service to oversee the Ministry of Environment. With this appointment, you have been saddled with the responsibility of running a sensitive ministry and nothing short of excellence is required. You must be ready to take tough decisions and show leadership.

It is our Civil/Public Servants who implement the policies and programmes of government. You must very quickly get a grasp of the policy direction of this administration as it concerns your ministry and take charge of it. You must be the driver of our CHANGE mantra in your ministry.

I congratulate you on this well-deserved appointment and urge you to live up to the demands of your new status.

Thank you.

 

Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

 

12th May, 2016