Federal Government Lauds Lagos-Kebbi Partnership On Food Security

Federal Government Lauds Lagos-Kebbi Partnership On Food Security

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday identified the need for States to learn from each other and explore their various areas of strength and strategic partnership to engender economic development.

The Governor, who spoke at Lagos House in Ikeja when he received members of the National Economic Council (NEC) Implementation Monitoring Committee on Retreat on the Economy led by the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning,Hajia Zainab Ahmed, also urged the Federal Government to create a framework that would allow States to benefit from each other with the view to fostering concentric cycle of growth in the country.

Governor Ambode commended the Committee for choosing Lagos as the first State to visit, saying that it was a confirmation of the success of the partnership between Lagos and Kebbi State on commodities production.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with Assistant Director, NEC Secretariat, Federal Ministry of Budget & Planning, Mrs. Adesola Oluyide; Techinal Assistant to the Vice President, Mr. Wole Sanni; Minister of State for Budget & National Planning/Chairperson of NEC Implementation Monitoring Committee, Hajia Zainab Maina; Adviser on Policy to the Vice President, Mrs. Yosola Akinbi; Commissioner for Finance/Economic Planning & Budget, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade and his counterpart for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau during the courtesy visit by the Minister of State and NEC Implementation Monitoring Committee to the Governor at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, March 20, 2017
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with Assistant Director, NEC Secretariat, Federal Ministry of Budget & Planning, Mrs. Adesola Oluyide; Techinal Assistant to the Vice President, Mr. Wole Sanni; Minister of State for Budget & National Planning/Chairperson of NEC Implementation Monitoring Committee, Hajia Zainab Ahmed; Adviser on Policy to the Vice President, Mrs. Yosola Akinbi; Commissioner for Finance/Economic Planning & Budget, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade and his counterpart for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau during the courtesy visit by the Minister of State and NEC Implementation Monitoring Committee to the Governor at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, March 20, 2017

He said: “The essence of this is that beyond the things that we say in NEC in terms of project, we should be able to find a common platform and a framework that allows every other State to benefit from the comparative advantage that each State is bringing to the table and the choice of Lagos as the first State to visit by the Committee in terms of the project signified how serious we have been able to carry out most of the things we have been doing and what underscores that is what we have been able to achieve in our little time on the partnership with Kebbi State on commodities production in the country.

“We believe strongly that the way to go forward is for us to bring out our comparative advantages in our various States and be able to learn from each other. So, I want to recommend to this Committee that beyond the fact that you are doing visitation, let it end up to be part of the framework to work around peer-review mechanism amongst States and then for us to take advantage of what we are doing.”

The Governor added that beyond partnership with Kebbi State, his administration has also significantly improved on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Lagos in terms of improving on the productivity of citizens and making life more comfortable for them.

“We have improved so much on security to create that platform to allow people to do their business more comfortably and in doing that, the end result is that when more people are doing their trade and distributing goods and services, it is likely to touch on our IGR and that means more people will pay taxes which at the end of the day we would use to provide more infrastructures.

“So, I want to recommend this template to this Committee that you should observe it and document it also and use it to encourage other States to create that concentric cycle of growth and development in the country,” Governor Ambode said.

The Governor also commended the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo who also doubled as NEC Chairman for taking strong steps to actualize deliberations and conclusions reached at NEC meetings for the greater benefit of the people.

Earlier, the Minister said her team was at Lagos House as part of the flag-off of the Implementation Monitoring Visit in line with NEC resolution and the retreat which the Vice President had with Governors in 2016.

She recalled that at the retreat, participants agreed to address 71 key items, noting that Lagos State, out of others, had already presented a good plan to the Committee.

Hajia Zainab Ahmed also commended the partnership between Lagos and Kebbi States, especially the new Rice Milling Plant being developed, saying that the partnership was a sterling example of cooperation to expand growth.

Lagos State Government Moves To Transform Onikan, Marina Axis To World Class Tourism Hub

Lagos State Government Moves To Transform Onikan, Marina Axis To World Class Tourism Hub

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday unveiled plans by his administration to transform some landmark areas in the Marina and Onikan axis of the State into a world class one-stop recreation and tourism centre.

The Governor, who spoke at the Eko Hotels and Suites at the presentation of Museum Possibilities as well as the unveiling of the design for a new world class Museum, also disclosed that the State Government will soon commence the construction of a brand new contemporary Museum in the State as an integral part of its overall strategy to become self-sufficient and secure the future prosperity of the State.

He lamented that despite the fact that Nigeria is blessed with very rich culture and heritage, the culture and traditions upon which the social institutions and interactions are built have been neglected, saying youths do not have a strong appreciation of the nation’s history over the years.

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He said his administration decided to lead the process that would deliver a new world class Museum that would showcase the priceless treasures of Nigeria, adding that the project will be funded by the State Government and other well-meaning donors, interested organisations and individuals.

“Every society must cherish its historical antecedents because they serve as source of inspiration for succeeding generations to discover, appreciate and take pride in their identity. It has become very imperative that we take a step back and revisit our history. It has become important that we renew efforts to preserve and protect our history and historical artefacts.

“This project will serve generations of Nigerians now and in the future. Our plan is to harness the potentials in our rich cultural heritage to drive tourism in Lagos State,” Governor Ambode said.

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He said aside the plans for the new museum, the State Government had already taken the project to revive the Museum in Onikan, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture especially the Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

Explaining the plans to transform the Onikan and Marina axis to a world class tourism and entertainment hub, Governor Ambode said that the Presidential Lodge, Marina which was recently handed over to the State by President Muhammadu Buhari, would be redeveloped into the Lagos Heritage Centre for Leadership.

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“In addition, the Lagos House also in Marina will be transformed into the Lagos Historical Centre. The JK Randle Arcade will be remodeled into a world class recreation/tourism centre. The New Museum will complement and be an important part of the structures being planned for this axis. We intend to regenerate this axis and the museum into an iconic structure that will invoke deep sense of pride in all Nigerians.

“This is the new possibility that is being presented to all stakeholders in the tourism sector and all Nigerians. On our part, our commitment is unshaken and we are eager to make this dream a reality within the shortest possible time. Given the mega city status of our State, we believe this is the right way to go in order to optimally harness the State’s tourism potentials for wealth creation and sustainable growth,” the Governor said.

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Governor Ambode, while also thanking President Buhari for the fatherly role he has played on behalf of the nation in the partnership, expressed confidence that through the effort, the Government would realise the huge possibilities that flow from the preservation and showcasing the nation’s cultural heritage to the world.

Also speaking, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed commended the State Government’s effort to create an enabling environment for tourism and the creative industry to thrive especially in the areas of security, light infrastructure and transportation.

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He said the Federal Government has also set up a Presidential Special Committee of E-Business to improve the ease of doing business in Nigeria, especially in the area of visa issuance, so as to encourage investors, tourists and visitors coming into the country.

Among those who graced the occasion include the Oba of Lagos, HRM Rilwan Akiolu I, Obi f of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, Senator Ben Murray Bruce, Mr. Guy Bruce, veteran art aficionado, Mr. Bruce Onobrakpeya, art collector extraordinaire, Omoba Yemisi Shyllon, stakeholders in the creative industry, members of the diplomatic corp among others.

Pictures: Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At the National Economic Council Meeting At State House, Abuja

Pictures: Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At the National Economic Council Meeting At State House, Abuja

 Lagos State Governor & representative of South West Zone on National Road Safety Advisory Council (NARSAC), Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; his Gombe and Delta States counterpart, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo; Governor Ifeanyi Okowa; FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello and Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi during the inauguration of NARSAC at the Council Chamber, State House, Abuja, on Thursday, February 16, 2017.
Lagos State Governor & representative of South West Zone on National Road Safety Advisory Council (NARSAC), Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; his Gombe and Delta States counterpart, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo; Governor Ifeanyi Okowa; FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello and Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi during the inauguration of NARSAC at the Council Chamber, State House, Abuja, on Thursday, February 16, 2017.
Lagos State Governor & representative of South West Zone on National Road Safety Advisory Council (NARSAC), Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with his Gombe and Delta States counterpart, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo (2nd right), Governor Ifeanyi Okowa (right); Corp Marshal/Chief Executive, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi (2nd left) and Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun (left) during the inauguration of NARSAC at the Council Chamber, State House, Abuja, on Thursday, February 16, 2017.
Lagos State Governor & representative of South West Zone on National Road Safety Advisory Council (NARSAC), Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with his Gombe and Delta States counterpart, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo (2nd right), Governor Ifeanyi Okowa (right); Corp Marshal/Chief Executive, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi (2nd left) and Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun (left) during the inauguration of NARSAC at the Council Chamber, State House, Abuja, on Thursday, February 16, 2017.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right); his Ekiti State counterpart, Governor Peter Ayo Fayose (right); Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi (left) during the National Economic Council meeting at the Council Chamber, State House, Abuja, on Thursday, February 16, 2017
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right); his Ekiti State counterpart, Governor Peter Ayo Fayose (right); Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi (left) during the National Economic Council meeting at the Council Chamber, State House, Abuja, on Thursday, February 16, 2017
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), with Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi (right); Ondo State Governor-elect, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (2nd left) and Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar (left) during the National Economic Council meeting at the Council Chamber, State House, Abuja, on Thursday, February 16, 2017.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), with Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi (right); Ondo State Governor-elect, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (2nd left) and Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar (left) during the National Economic Council meeting at the Council Chamber, State House, Abuja, on Thursday, February 16, 2017.
 Lagos State Governor & representative of South West Zone on National Road Safety Advisory Council (NARSAC), Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left), exchanging pleasantries with the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (2nd right) while Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed (left); Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun (behind) and Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi (right), watch with admiration during the inauguration of NARSAC at the Council Chamber, State House, Abuja, on Thursday, February 16, 2017.
Lagos State Governor & representative of South West Zone on National Road Safety Advisory Council (NARSAC), Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left), exchanging pleasantries with the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (2nd right) while Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed (left); Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun (behind) and Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi (right), watch with admiration during the inauguration of NARSAC at the Council Chamber, State House, Abuja, on Thursday, February 16, 2017.
#GermanAfricanBusinessSummit: Lagos Is Open For Business

#GermanAfricanBusinessSummit: Lagos Is Open For Business

…Africa Has Potentials To Be A Great Continent

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday said the State is willing, able and ready to partner with investors within and outside Africa, just as he said that adequate measures have been put in place to enhance the ease of doing business within the State.

 Governor Ambode, who spoke at the second edition of German-African Business Summit held in Nairobi, Kenya, said as Africa’s model mega city, Lagos is strategically positioned to play a leading role in propelling development on the continent, adding that as a result of the growing investors’ confidence, the State is fast becoming a preferred destination for investors in Africa.

Giving statistics about State, the Governor said apart from being the 5th largest economy and fastest growing city in Africa with a population of over 22 million people comprising overwhelming proportion of middle class income earners, Lagos is also the contributor of 30 percent of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the leading contributor to the non-oil sector GDP.

“Lagos accounts for over 60 percent of the country’s industrial and commercial activities; over 70 percent of national maritime cargo freight; over 80 percent of international aviation traffic, and over 50 percent of Nigeria’s energy consumption.

“Also, Lagos is the nexus of Nigeria’s section of Trans-African Highway which is being boosted by our enormous investment on the expansion of the Lagos Badagry Expressway, the primary ECOWAS highway, into 10-Lanes with Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the first light rail metro transit in West Africa.

“With these and the State’s 180km Atlantic waterfront criss-crossed by maze of creeks and lagoons, Lagos is an investment and tourist delight,” the Governor said.

While alluding to the measures put in place so far by his administration, Governor Ambode said the policy objectives were based on a tripod of security, infrastructural development and job creation, saying that such was further driven by desire to build a sustainable economy that is minimally dependent on federal allocation, but a private sector driven economy through local and foreign direct investment.

Specifically, the Governor said in less than two years, his administration pursued a governance structure that is primarily focused on creating an enabling environment for economic growth, job/wealth creation through friendly policies and incentives to bring about ease of doing business.

He said one of such policies was the establishment of the Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment (Lagos Global), which is a one-stop-shop that simplifies official processes and procedures leading to a significant reduction in the time that it takes to conclude transactions with government.

The Governor, who said that Lagos is open for business, said government has also demonstrated serious commitment to safety and security of lives and property, a development which he said had earned the security outfit of the State (Rapid Response Squad) recognition as the most effective and efficient in Africa.

He said:”Our judicial process has also been adjudged as the most progressive and modern in Nigeria.  This is a result of the various reforms that were initiated to facilitate quick, just and fair adjudicatory process rooted in the rule of law. Just over a week ago, Lagos State hosted a summit on Administration of Criminal Justice in Nigeria. The objective of this summit was to generate ideas that will align our laws with the realities of technology-driven 21st century.

“As a result of the growing investors’ confidence, Lagos State is fast becoming a preferred destination for investors in Africa. As a matter of fact, the aggregate of Foreign Direct Investment that had been attracted to Lagos State in the past 16 months is more that was achieved in the last 10 years.”

Speaking on Africa as a continent, Governor said it was time for African leaders to develop lasting solutions to the myriad of challenges confronting the continent and work towards joining the mainstream of global economy, saying that the continent has all it takes to become a force to reckon with.

The Governor decried the assessment of Africa based on her potentials rather than actual contribution to the global economy, insisting that such ought not to be the case considering the abundance of indices of greatness in the continent.

“With a population of over 1.2 billion people and national endowments, Africa has all it takes to be a great continent.  Ironically, despite her abundant human and material resources, the continent is still being assessed based on her potentials rather than actual contribution to the global economy.

“The 21st century therefore presents another opportunity for us to develop lasting solutions to our challenges and join the mainstream of the global economy by leveraging on our competitive advantage,” Governor