Lagos State Government Orders Contractors To Commence Work On Bariga-Ilaje Link Roads In Two Weeks

Lagos State Government Orders Contractors To Commence Work On Bariga-Ilaje Link Roads In Two Weeks

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday expressed displeasure with the state of roads in Bariga axis of the State, ordering contractors to move to site in the next two weeks to fix the roads.

Governor Ambode, who spoke after carrying out extensive inspection of the roads within Bariga, specifically ordered commencement of work on Ilaje Road and Odunsi Street in the area.

The Governor, who had earlier awarded contract for the construction of Ariyo Road, said the dilapidated conditions of the roads were totally unacceptable in the State.

He said in line with the commitment of his administration to transform every part of the State, a new jetty would be constructed in Ilaje, while a multi-purpose playground and recreation centre would also be constructed in Oworonshoki.

He said: “I have just gone round Odunsi Street, Ariyo Street and then Ilaje Street, all connecting Oworo Bus Stop with Bariga. I am totally displeased with the state of the roads that I have personally seen.

“So, within the next two weeks, contractors will commence work on Ilaje Road and Odunsi Street. We have already awarded contract for the Ariyo Road that will now go under the Third Mainland Bridge after Bertola and go to the other side of Oworo.

“In addition to the roads, on this Ilaje Road, we will give you a brand new jetty. Like we have always said, every community in Lagos will not be left behind. We should be able to live in Bariga, work in Bariga and play in Bariga.

“On the other side of Oworonshoki, we are going to sand fill and dredge that other part where the Bus Stop is so that we can have a multi-purpose playground, recreation and entertainment hub.”

_Z8B3295

As a swift response to the plea of residents of Soluyi community in Bariga, Governor Ambode also ordered that work should commence on the road network in the axis within the next 21 days to facilitate ease of movement to Gbagada express.

While acknowledging that the people of the area have been very supportive to the government, Governor Ambode urged them to continue to pay their taxes and embrace peace to enjoy more dividends of democracy.

“I know all the people in all these communities have always supported our government and so what we have just come to do is to say a big thank you to you. We are doing the work you have sent us to do.

“All I just want to encourage you is to continue to pay your taxes. I am very happy this neighbourhood is a little bit crime free now and I am enjoying the peaceful atmosphere in this area. When you promise me peace, I will do more for your neighbourhood,” he said.

Earlier, Sole Administrator of Bariga Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Sanya Osijo expressed appreciation on behalf of the people of the area to the Governor, saying that it was a thing of joy that the suffering of the people was about to be addressed.

Read More

We’ll Begin Construction Of Three New General Hospitals This Year

We’ll Begin Construction Of Three New General Hospitals This Year

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday said that plans are already underway to commence construction of three new ultra modern General Hospitals in the State this year to improve healthcare delivery in the State.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the second quarterly Town Hall Meeting for the year and seventh in the series held at Shibiri/Ekunpa Area Office in Oto-Awori Local Council Development Area (LCDA), said the State Government was already concluding the necessary paperwork before the contractors would move to site.

The Governor, who took time to take questions from community leaders, traditional rulers, market women, youth leaders and party leaders in the area, said the decision to bring the Town Hall Meeting to Oto-Awori LCDA was in continuation of his commitment to leave no community behind in the development of the State.

He said he was also in the area to listen to the requests of the people in the axis and see how his administration could respond accordingly.

Responding to the request for a General Hospital to be constructed in the area, Governor Ambode said three new facilities have been catered for in the 2017 budget.

“Talking about General Hospitals, in the budget we have designated General Hospitals for three areas and Ojo Local Government is one of them. It is in the pipeline, its just a matter of time, we are already closing in on it,” he said.

Governor Ambode also assured that efforts would be made to improve healthcare service delivery in the riverine area in Oto Awori, saying that residents in such areas have remained relevant in the government’s achievements over the years.

“This area is traditionally and historically known to be a major supporter of government and we must give them back for the support which they have always been known for,” he said.

The Governor also acceded to the request of the residents for the rehabilitation of the access roads linking the area to the Alimosho General Hospital which they currently use pending the construction of a nearby General Hospital.

He, therefore, directed the State Public Works Corporation to immediately fix the roads to improve accessibility to the facility.

Besides, the Governor directed contractors handling several ongoing road projects across the State to return to their various sites or risks their contracts being terminated, saying that his administration would not tolerate any form of laxity in project delivery.

“I like the idea of bringing to the fore the issue of uncompleted projects. If we are able to do a link bridge in 11 months, if we are able to do Ajah flyover in 13 months and Abule Egba flyover in 13 months and we are going to commission all of them next month, how can these roads be there forever? So, obviously we should use the same spirit of delivering service to do all the outstanding roads. The Ministry of Works must go back to these sites, I must know what is going on within the next few days,” the Governor said.

He listed some of the projects to include Mile 10 Road, Mowo Road, Tedi Road, Ilaje Road, Goriola Oseni Road, Sabo Mosafejo Road and Imude Orisa Road where only 1.5km of the road was covered by the contractor.

“These are contracts already awarded, it’s for our own contractors to go there and finish the job, so the responsibility is on us to make sure you deliver these roads within the shortest possible time,” he said.

The Governor also said that he had approved all the mini waterworks across the State, numbering about 41 to function optimally within the next 12 weeks to ensure that residents have access to clean and portable water.

Addressing issues concerning the physically challenged, Governor Ambode directed that the Civil Service Comission and the Local Government Civil Service Commission should put modalities in place to employ at least 250 physically challenged persons into the State Civil Service.

He also ordered the Chairman of the State’s Sports Commission to offset all arrears of allowances owed the physically challenged athletes in the State next week.

Projecting for the next quarter, Governor Ambode said the Government would kick start the implementation of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, implement the construction of 181 roads across the 57 LGs/LCDAs, complete the Abule-Egba and Ajah flyover bridges, further signalization of Lekki – Ajah express road and continuation of Road network upgrade in all the three Senatorial Zones.

“Furthermore, initiatives for Tourism will be intensified by commencing Development of Heritage Centre for Leadership (Presidential Lodge), Lagos History Centre, J.K Randle Centre, Transformation of the Onikan Museum, Development of tourism hubs in Lagos-West, Lagos-East, Construction of 6 Cultural Theatres in Alimosho, Badagry, Epe, Ikorodu, Ikeja and Lagos Mainland, and continuation of Epe and Badagry Waterfront development as well as other tourist potentials in the area,” he said.

We Don’t Demolish Without Adequate Notice

We Don’t Demolish Without Adequate Notice

The Lagos State Government on Friday debunked media reports linking it to the demolition of Berger retail market, saying that the allegation was far from the truth.

In a statement by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Tpl. Wasiu Anifowose, the State Government described the media reports as figment of imagination of the authors.

The demolition exercise was carried out on Wednesday and most traders denied being served contravention notices.

While clarifying the position of the State Government, Anifowose said it was not the norm of the government to act in such manner, adding that before any demolition is carried out, all statutory notices are served.

“As a State Government, we like to categorically deny involvement in the demolition exercise as alleged in some national dailies.

“While the reports in one breath claimed that the State Government was responsible for the demolition, it was also said that it was in compliance with a court judgment.

“The same report also alleged that an unnamed former Governor was behind the exercise, while still claiming that the land on which the retail market was located had been under global acquisition for years.

“Our story is that some of the market women came to my office yesterday saying that their market was being demolished, and after finding out from relevant agencies because I have not given any directive on demolition and having confirmed that our agencies were not involved, I told the market people that the demolition never came from us.

“We don’t demolish without organising a stakeholder meeting with the concerned people and we also ensure that we give them enough notice,” Anifowose said.

He added that the last time the State Government carried out a demolition exercise was in January when lay-by was being constructed.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Lagos State Government hereby categorically deny involvement in the demoilition exercise,” Anifowose said.

Address Presented At The 2nd Quarterly Town Hall Meeting In Year 2017, (The 7th In The Series) Held On Friday April 21st, 2017

Address Presented At The 2nd Quarterly Town Hall Meeting In Year 2017, (The 7th In The Series) Held On Friday April 21st, 2017

The train of our Quarterly Town Hall meeting has arrived in Ojo, the home of our dependable and reliable Deputy Governor – Dr. Mrs. Idiat Oluranti Adebule. I salute the good people of Ojo and the Lagos West Senatorial Zone. We are very happy to be here with you today.

This edition of the Town Hall meeting coincides with the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the creation of our State so I will begin by congratulating every Lagosian on this Golden Jubilee anniversary. Our special appreciation and gratitude go to our founding founders and predecessors who have worked assiduously in the last five decades for the growth and progress of Lagos State.

We appreciate the vision, tenacity of purpose and hard work which helped to shape our past and laid the foundation on which to build the prosperous future of our dear State.

Today’s Town Hall Meeting is not to discuss what we have done but to listen to the people of Ojo axis and to lay out our plans for this. But for the benefit of many, let me run through some of the highlights of the last quarter.

 DSC_3899

SAFETY AND SECURITY

  • The Neighburhood Watch was rebranded and launched as the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps and provided with equipment to combat illegal activities within the populace. The Neighbourhood Corps will complement the efforts of the police in curbing crime and criminality in the state.

SPORTS

  • The State successfully hosted the second edition of the Lagos Marathon and attracted international attention through larger participation of foreign athletes.

JOB CREATION

  • The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund continues to fulfil its mandate of providing subsidized loans to our entrepreneurs. The Fund has now approved loans of N1.7 billion to 1,400 businesses, and out of this, N1.2 billion has already been disbursed to 800 people. By the end of this month, loans to another 1,000 businesses will be approved, taking the total loans approved above 2,000. To further serve Lagos residents, the Fund will soon open the application process for skills development and training to help our unemployed youths take up existing jobs within the Lagos economy. I urge you to visit the Fund’s website or their liaison offices in the Local Governments to apply for their various programs.

ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE

The following road projects were completed:

·         Bridge linking Aboru to Abesan, in Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council of Alimosho Local Government Area and adjoining inner roads.

·         Construction of Aradagun- Iworo – Ajido Phase 1, Bridge

·         Rehabilitation of Bankole Oki Street, Ikoyi in Eti-Osa L.G.A.

·         Rehabilitation of Alli Dada Road in Oshodi-Isolo L.G.A.

·         Completion of the construction of the 2nd Pedestrian Bridge at   Ojota, Kosofe local Government.

·         Rehabilitation of Admiralty Way in Lekki Peninsular Scheme 1

·         Rehabilitation of Omotayo Banwo/Kola Iyaomolere Street in Kosofe

 

ECONOMY

  • We inaugurated an Economic Advisory Team comprising 12 (twelve) renowned, tested and versatile individuals to render advice that will accelerate the Lagos State Development Plan.

DSC_3883

HOUSING

  • The first set of beneficiaries of the newly designed Lagos Rent-To-Own Initiative have moved into the allocated housing units and become home owners under the scheme.
  • More housing units are already being built in Sangotedo in Eti-Osa, Ajara in Badagry, Igbogbo in Ikorodu and Egan-Igando in Alimosho.

 

AGRICULTURE

  • We have commenced the upgrade of the 167-hectare Songhai Model Farm in Avia-Igborosun, Badagry to encourage organic agriculture and train citizens interested in agro-business for local consumption or export.
  • We trained 540 fishermen across the State on the use of fishing equipment to improve their skills as well as optimize their understanding of the trade and boost income.

EDUCATION

  • 18 public Secondary schools were equipped with state-of-the-art libraries across Education Districts.
  • The Lagos Digital Library, an online repository of education, is also being deployed to improve the learning experience of the students and equip them with information technology skills and access.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

  • We launched the first-of-its-kind in Lagos, internet-based mobile app – Citizens Gate – for instant interaction between government. The major objective of this project is to bring government closer to the people.

 

OUTLOOK FOR THIS QUARTER

In this quarter, we intend to kick start the implementation of the Cleaner Lagos Initiatives, implement the construction of 181 roads across the 57 LGs/LCDAs, complete the Abule-Egba and Ajah flyover bridges, further signalization of Lekki – Ajah express road and continuation of Road network upgrade in all the 3 Senatorial Zones.

Furthermore, initiatives for Tourism will be intensified by commencing Development of Heritage Centre for Leadership (Presidential Lodge), Lagos History Centre, J.K Randle Centre, Transformation of the Onikan Museum, Development of tourism hubs in Lagos-West, Lagos-East, Construction of 6 Cultural Theatres in Alimosho,Badagry, Epe, Ikorodu, Ikeja and Lagos Mainland, and continuation of Epe and Badagry Waterfront development as well as other tourist potentials in the area.

DSC_3925

CONCLUSION

At 50, we have every reason to celebrate our dear State and our collective achievements. I enjoin everyone to be part of the activities lined for the celebration of Lagos Golden Jubilee because you have all been part of the success story of Eko Akete – the Centre of Excellence.

I thank our party – the All Progressives Congress – for the opportunity and support in ensuring that this administration is a part of its success story. To all our party leaders and members, let us join hands and ensure continued success for this administration.

Our administration remains committed to advancing the Lagos Mega City Project through judicious use of your continued regular payment of taxes.

Let me also use this opportunity to remind everyone of the need to ensure a clean environment and cooperate with health personnel to prevent outbreak of diseases in our communities. Always remain safety conscious and promptly report any suspicious individuals, groups or activities to the security agencies.

On my part I remain committed to the pledge I made to make Lagos work for everyone. I wish you all a happy anniversary celebration!

God bless Lagos State.

God bless Nigeria.

God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun.

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State

21st April, 2017

Remarks Delivered At The Commissioning Of Providus Bank Ultra-Modern Headquarters Office Complex

Remarks Delivered At The Commissioning Of Providus Bank Ultra-Modern Headquarters Office Complex

It is my pleasure to join the Board, Management and staff of Providus Bank at the Commissioning of the Bank’s Ultra-Modern Office Headquarters. I am always pleased when any business opens shop in Lagos because ultimately it adds to the economy of our State and contributes to our growing wealth.

I have followed the progress of Providus Bank from inception and the completion of this edifice that will serve as the headquarters. It is a clear indication of your commitment and readiness for the tasks ahead.

AX8W1820

On behalf of the government and people of Lagos State, I welcome Providus Bank to the State. I am particularly happy that you chose to have your Headquarters here.

It is my hope that Providus Bank will bring more financial inclusion to Lagos by providing more people access to financial services. I urge you, as financial intermediaries, to facilitate the growth of the economy by designing products for the real sector thereby supporting made-in-Nigeria goods. I also urge you to pay special attention to Small and Medium Scale Enterprises because these are the fastest vehicles for job creation and growing new businesses.

Obviously, this is in consonance with your mission “to provide our customers with unique experience, be their preferred financial partner and nurture the attainment of their objectives.” My advice to you is simple. To successfully run your business in the 21st century, your business must be driven by technology, strong values and a robust risk management system.

AX8W1891

As a government, we are relentless in our commitment to providing a conducive, safe and secure enabling environment for businesses to thrive. We are daily improving the ease of doing business in our State and working to ensure that all businesses have all they require to succeed, even in a recession.

We have maintained a consistent programme of actively reflating the economy through massive expenditure in infrastructural development and engaging competent local contractors who in turn employ our people.

Our Employment Trust Fund has disbursed almost N2billion Naira in the last quarter to young entrepreneurs and artisans. We have released N16.9billion for payment of arrears to pensioners in the State between April 2016 and March 2017.

AX8W1807

Our Light Up Lagos initiative has given traders and artisans extended time to carry out their businesses as we move towards our 24/7 economy. With these actions, we energized the economy and ensured that commercial activities continued in the State.

We were happy to hear a report yesterday by “World Economics” that the Nigerian economy is growing out of recession. While we are delighted that our efforts have contributed to this resurgence of the economy, there is still more to be done. The next steps are to achieve a convergence in the foreign exchange rates, force down the inflation to a single digit and reduce interest rates. This will enable more business people to access funds and meet their obligations.

We commend the Federal Government for the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) released last month by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari. This economic blueprint will chart the course for the economic recovery and growth we all desire. We are happy with the efforts of the Central Bank of Nigeria at stabilizing the exchange rates and very soon, we are positive that ailing businesses will bounce back to profitability.

AX8W1875

With the commissioning of this complex, it is my hope that Providus Bank will bring into the financial service sector innovation that will make a significant difference in supporting business survival and growth in Lagos and the South West/South- South regions of Nigeria.

I congratulate the Chairman – Alhaji Hussaini Dikko, the Managing Director/CEO – Mr. Walter Akpani, the   Board, Management and Staff of Providus Bank on this occasion of the official opening of your Head Office. I wish you success.

Thank you and God bless you all.

“Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko Lo Je wa Logun”