An Address Delivered At The Inauguration Of The  Newly Constituted Lagos State Council Of Obas And Chiefs

An Address Delivered At The Inauguration Of The  Newly Constituted Lagos State Council Of Obas And Chiefs

Your Royal Majesties, Kabiyesis and Chiefs.

I am most delighted to be in your midst today as we inaugurate the newly constituted Lagos State Council of Obas and Chiefs.

Let me start by expressing my sincere appreciation to the members of the dissolved Council under the Chairmanship of His Royal Majesty, Oba Riliwanu Babatunde Aremu Osuolale Akiolu 1, Oba of Lagos for serving the State with a high sense of patriotism during their five year tenure.

This new council is being inaugurated at a time of momentous changes in the evolution of our State, especially with the development by our administration to ensure that every community feels government presence.

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Our government has immense regard for our Royal Fathers and Traditional Rulers and we always welcome advice from our royal fathers in order to maintain social harmony and ensure peaceful coexistence in our State.

I therefore use this opportunity to call on our Royal Fathers and Chiefs and the new leadership of the Council of Obas and Chiefs to continue to address anti-social behavior in their communities. The most important ingredient for development in the State is peace and security and you all have an important role to play in this.

As custodians of the culture and tradition of our people, our royal fathers should also be at the forefront of the State’s tourism campaign. A significant aspect of tourism is our culture and historical sites which fall under your jurisdiction.

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These must be showcased to the world and our government is channeling a lot of resources to environmental regeneration and creation of tourist hubs in the State. This project requires your support and cooperation.

It is important to restate that the traditional institution of Kingship in our society, regardless of the advent of modernism, remains a rallying point for the generality of our people. It has been serving as a veritable vehicle for the dissemination of Government policies, programmes and mobilization of the populace for same and will continue to remain relevant to the government.

This is why today’s occasion is very significant. By law, the Council of Obas and Chiefs is to advise the Governor on chieftaincy matters and any other matter of public policy concerning Traditional Rulers or any other class of Chiefs.

It is also to advise the Governor on matters relating to customary laws or cultural affairs, inter-communal relations and maintenance of public order in the State.

The membership of the Council cuts across the Five (5) divisions of the State in acceding to the clamour for additional members and recognition. The preceding principle of equitable distribution was applied across the five (5) Divisions of the State.

I urge the re-constituted Council to justify the confidence reposed in them by using their wealth of experience to support our administration in the task of deepening democracy and bringing development to every part of our State.

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Finally, our administration remains committed to the welfare of our Royal Fathers and will continue to support your activities as we have consistently demonstrated.

Your Royal Majesties, I now have the honour to inaugurate the new members of the State Council of Obas and Chiefs and most especially the Permanent Chairman, the Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty Oba Riliwanu Babatunde Aremu Osuolale Akiolu 1.

I wish you all a happy and successful tenure. I pray that God will grant you wisdom and good health to contribute positively to the development of our State.

I thank you all for your attention.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko lo je wa logun!

    

 

Lagos Museum Project: Lagos State Government Lauds Ford Foundation’s $600,000 Donation

Lagos Museum Project: Lagos State Government Lauds Ford Foundation’s $600,000 Donation

…Unveils Plan To Build Contemporary Museum In Ikeja

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday lauded an international organisation, Ford Foundation for donating $600,000 (about N216million) towards the architectural design and commencement of the iconic Lagos Museum Project to be located in Presidential Lodge and Lagos House in Marina.

The Governor has also unveiled plans by the State Government to build a modern museum in Ikeja to promote arts and sciences in addition to the Marina museum.

Lagos State Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with Ford Foundation Executive Vice President for Programs, Ms. Hillary Pennington (5th left); Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (4th left); Program Associate, Ford Foundation, Padma Ugbabe (3rd left); Program Offices, Ford Foundation, Dr. Paul Nwulu (2nd left); Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ade Akinsanya (left); Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade (5th right); Program Offices, Ford Foundation, Eva Kouka (4th right); Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget, Mr. Segun Banjo (3rd right);  Program Assistant, Ford Foundation, Joy Ehinor-Esezobor (2nd right) and Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mrs. Aramide Giwanson (right) during the courtesy visit to the Governor by the Ford Foundation Executive Vice President for Programs, at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, February 19, 2018.
Lagos State Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with Ford Foundation Executive Vice President for Programs, Ms. Hillary Pennington (5th left); Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (4th left); Program Associate, Ford Foundation, Padma Ugbabe (3rd left); Program Offices, Ford Foundation, Dr. Paul Nwulu (2nd left); Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ade Akinsanya (left); Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade (5th right); Program Offices, Ford Foundation, Eva Kouka (4th right); Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget, Mr. Segun Banjo (3rd right); Program Assistant, Ford Foundation, Joy Ehinor-Esezobor (2nd right) and Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mrs. Aramide Giwanson (right) during the courtesy visit to the Governor by the Ford Foundation Executive Vice President for Programs, at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, February 19, 2018.

Speaking at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja when he received a delegation from Ford Foundation led by its Executive Vice President in charge of Programs, Ms. Hilary Pennington, Governor Ambode said the two iconic tourism structures, which are in line with the vision of his administration to transform the State into world class tourist destination, would be completed within the next two to three years.

The Governor commended Ford Foundation for the confidence reposed in the State with the partnership, saying that the collaboration, coming from an internationally reputable organization such as the foundation, had served as a motivating factor for the State Government to do more for the people in the sector.

According to the Governor, “We had said we are going to have our own Lagos Museum and the dream is being spearheaded by Ford Foundation. The funding for the architectural work, the design and the initial workspace of the Museum is being funded through the foundation and I am happy to announce that they are making a total donation of $600,000 to us for the commencement of this project to ensure that whatever it is that we put down as Lagos Museum actually reaches that world class status that we want our Museum to be.

“There is a National Museum in Lagos but it does not belong to Lagos State and so we are very proud that we want to sustain our own heritage and we are very proud also that Ford Foundation has also decided to do a road show for us to go across Europe and other parts of the world to bring interested donors to come and partner with us to make the museum a reality.

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“In addition to the Lagos Museum which we have decided will be within the Lagos House and Presidential Lodge in the Onikan axis, it is our intention also to construct another museum in the Ikeja axis that will be called the Contemporary Museum of Arts and Sciences and it will be in the location where the Lagos Arts Council is presently,” he said.

The Governor said the efforts to build iconic tourism structures for the State were in line with the promise of his administration to put the State on global tourism map and use the sector to promote excellence in the State.

“All these are in line with our Project THESE which stands for Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment and Arts and Sports to promote Excellence in Lagos which we promised our people. I want to thank Ford Foundation for this partnership which I know will be beneficial to most Lagosians

“With the efforts of the Ford Foundation, I am inspired to put my hands in putting two iconic structures within the State in the next two to three years and I believe strongly that this support will actually make us to fast-track the number of years that these projects can come into fruition,” Governor Ambode said.

Earlier, Pennington said the delegation was at Lagos House in furtherance of the partnership with the State Government on the Lagos Museum project, saying that the foundation was honoured to be collaborating with the State.

“We are honoured to partner with you and to support your vision for the Lagos State Government to build an iconic cultural space to make available to all diverse cultures and protect the heritage of this great city and to create space that will be opened to people from all over the world to see and learn about the heritage of this city.

“This is a great city; it’s one of the world’s great cities and it deserves the kind of iconic space that you are creating and we are very honoured to be part of this,” Pennington said.