Lagos To Scale Up Entrepreneurship In Partnership With Professionals 

Lagos To Scale Up Entrepreneurship In Partnership With Professionals 

President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Alhaji Razak Jaiyeola and his counterpart in the Institute of Directors (IoD) of Nigeria, Alhaji Rufai Mohammed on Tuesday lauded Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode for his sterling performance since assumption of office in 2015, saying his achievements across all sectors and sections speak volume and were visible to all.

Jaiyeola and Mohammed, who spoke separately when they led members of the Governing Council of their respective Institutes on a courtesy visit to the Governor at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, said it was gratifying that the current administration had exemplified good governance in all facets of the State.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; with members of Governing Council, Institute of Directors (IoD), Mr. Oba Ladega; Mr. Akin Iroko and Natinaol President, Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agriculture (NACCIMA), Iyalode Alaba Lawason during a courtesy visit to the Governor by the Governing Council of IoD, at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; with members of Governing Council, Institute of Directors (IoD), Mr. Oba Ladega; Mr. Akin Iroko and Natinaol President, Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agriculture (NACCIMA), Iyalode Alaba Lawason during a courtesy visit to the Governor by the Governing Council of IoD, at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.  

The ICAN boss specifically congratulated Governor Ambode for picking the nomination form to re-contest the Governorship election in 2019, saying the institute was proud of his outstanding performance in office, and would support him again to continue the good works in the State.

 

“We appreciate the good works of the Governor; you are doing excellently well. You are not only a touch bearer of our institute, but also a beaming light of our profession. We appreciate your good works and I note that they have been very very outstanding and so on behalf of the Governing Council, I want to appreciate the Governor.

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), with President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Mr. Razak Jaiyeola (2nd left); his Vice, Mrs. Comfort Eyitayo (right); Past President of ICAN, Princess Adenike Adeniran (left) during a courtesy visit to the Governor by the members of ICAN Governing Council at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. With them: Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade (right behind); his counterpart for Energy & Mineral resources, Mr. Olawale Oluwo (2nd right behind); Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Balogun (middle behind) and member of the ICAN Governing Council, Dr. DejiAwobotu (left behind).
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), with President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Mr. Razak Jaiyeola (2nd left); his Vice, Mrs. Comfort Eyitayo (right); Past President of ICAN, Princess Adenike Adeniran (left) during a courtesy visit to the Governor by the members of ICAN Governing Council at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. With them: Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade (right behind); his counterpart for Energy & Mineral resources, Mr. Olawale Oluwo (2nd right behind); Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Balogun (middle behind) and member of the ICAN Governing Council, Dr. DejiAwobotu (left behind).

“I want also to congratulate you on picking the nomination form to contest for the Governor of Lagos State. I want to assure you that as we have always done because you are a performer and it is glaring to even a blind person of feeling the impact of your administration. we would support you as we have always done,” Jaiyeola said.    

 

On his part, Mohammed said it was instructive that new projects were always springing up in various parts of the State, saying the Governor had aptly exemplified that good governance was possible.

 

“Your Excellency, the Institute of Directors of Nigeria commends your administration for the great achievements you have made so far in the State in many facets and most especially in the areas of good governance and the development of human capital and infrastructure. Under your able leadership, Lagos State has been able to distinguish itself in this country in the areas of security of lives and property of the citizens, improved ease of doing business, attraction of direct investment, self-sustenance and good ethical conduct in the implementation of government works and services.

 

“We would like to especially observe that the sterling achievements of your administration have been made possible by your strict adherence to the principles of good corporate governance in the affairs of the State. The IoD Nigeria Governing Council therefore salutes you and your able team for the courage and commitment in building an enduring culture of good corporate governance and ethics in your administration and in the management of the affairs of Lagos State,” Mohammed said.

 

Responding, Governor Ambode said since assuming office, accuracy and integrity were the watchwords for his administration which, according to him, had facilitated the transformation in all parts of the State.

 

Addressing the requests by the institutes for collaboration with the State Government in key areas, the Governor said an international convention centre and a professional layout zone were already in the works, with the view to hosting international conferences and ensure seamless operation of professional bodies. 

 

“More importantly, we want to once and for all have a professional layout in Lagos State and then have all other professions having their complex side by side in the State so that we can go on a particular layout and have maybe lawyers, engineers, COREN, ICAN and so on.

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), presenting a souvenir to President of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Mr. Razak Jaiyeola during a courtesy visit to the Governor by the members of ICAN Governing Council at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), presenting a souvenir to President of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Mr. Razak Jaiyeola during a courtesy visit to the Governor by the members of ICAN Governing Council at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

“Like you would have seen across the State, there is a huge level of infrastructure that is coming up and we believe strongly that part of what we should really do is to promote tourism and economic activities and in that regard, there is a planned convention centre that is in the making that we are putting up with others and in another few period, the layout will come out and it will also encourage economic activities and tourism, among others,” he said.

 

On entrepreneurship development raised by IOD Nigeria, Governor Ambode said though a lot had been done in scaling up small scale businesses especially with N25billion Employment Fund, among others, he was nonetheless opened for further partnership to secure the future of youths in the State.

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), in a group photograph with the President, Institute of Directors (IoD), Alhaji Ahmed Rufai Mohammed and members of the Governing Council during a courtesy visit to the Governor, at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), in a group photograph with the President, Institute of Directors (IoD), Alhaji Ahmed Rufai Mohammed and members of the Governing Council during a courtesy visit to the Governor, at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

“65 per cent of Nigeria’s population is below 35 and technically in Lagos and so we have a youthful population in Lagos. So, somebody somewhere must be able to sit down and ask questions about what would happen to the young ones in the next five to ten years and we know that we have to plan for them and that is why I welcome the collaboration,” Governor Ambode said.      

Governor Ambode Woos Investors At Water Transport Roundtable

Governor Ambode Woos Investors At Water Transport Roundtable

…Says Sector Remains Critical To Solving Traffic Congestion

…As Lagos Seals Partnership With Multi-National Consortium To Clean-Up Waterways

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday expressed the commitment of his administration to provide critical infrastructure and enabling environment for investors to participate in the ongoing efforts to rev up water transportation, saying the sector remains critical to solving the traffic congestion affecting the State.

Speaking at a Roundtable on Water Transportation organised by the State Government, and held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, the Governor said though the sector had been left unattended to over the years, but that the State Government was nonetheless now committed more than before to fully harness the potentials of the water transportation to the benefit of the people and economic prosperity of the State.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson (right) and Managing Director, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Mr. Bhupendra Suri (left) during the Water Transportation Roundtable at Eko Hotels ad Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Friday, July 27, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson (right) and Managing Director, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Mr. Bhupendra Suri (left) during the Water Transportation Roundtable at Eko Hotels ad Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Friday, July 27, 2018.

He said the chaotic traffic situation in some parts of the State in recent times and the pressure on the road with attendant danger to lives and property, made the need to forge ahead with the reforms in the water sector being championed by his administration even more compelling.

According to him, “The question to ask is what has brought us to this despicable situation so to speak where the only mode of transportation for over 22million people is road and the road itself is chaotic. In the last three years, we have been fighting traffic and unfortunately in the last two weeks, we have seen what has happened in Apapa and what we have been trying to do. Just about three weeks ago, we saw what happened with regards to the Otedola Bridge disaster and then the carnage, as well as the inability of government to provide for the needs of the people.

“So, among the over 22 million people, almost 8 million are walking on the streets every second and at the same time, 86 people enter into Lagos every one hour according to United Nations statistics for 2016 which is the largest in the world. So, if other states are failing, more people are going to be coming to Lagos and that means maybe right now, there are 120 people entering Lagos not wanting to go back and the only mode of transportation we have for them is just the road and that is why we are coming up with other modes.

“1/5th of Lagos is water. We have the smallest geographical space in Nigeria of 3577 square kilometers with 25 per cent of that being water. So, you are asking yourself that why in the history of Lagos and in the history of Nigeria, that we did we not just think of other modes of transportation and what really went wrong?”

While reeling the benefits of water transportation especially to traffic management, the Governor said it was instructive to note that being surrounded by water, many parts of the State could be connected within few minutes.

“I was in Apapa yesterday and I look at the gridlock and it made sense to me that it is just five minutes ride between Apapa and Marina and so the question is can’t we create barges that take our cars officially and then push them there in just five minutes and so in no time everybody is in their offices instead of going through the traffic?

 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson; Acting High Commissioner of South Africa to Nigeria, Mr. Bobby Moroe and Counsellor, Economic, South African High Commission in Nigeria, Mr. Calvin Phume during the Water Transportation Roundtable at Eko Hotels ad Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Friday, July 27, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson; Acting High Commissioner of South Africa to Nigeria, Mr. Bobby Moroe and Counsellor, Economic, South African High Commission in Nigeria, Mr. Calvin Phume during the Water Transportation Roundtable at Eko Hotels ad Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Friday, July 27, 2018.

“Between Badore and Ikorodu is just ten minutes. So, we lay off people on Ikorodu axis. This is something that has been waiting for a long time and I just think this is the right time for us to do it because those coming behind us will not forgive us if we don’t take advantage of all the things we need to do to develop water transportation,” the Governor said, adding that major channelization projects, shoreline protection and jetties, among others were currently being constructed as part of efforts to boost the sector.

He said in addition to efforts ongoing, the roundtable was basically to come up with sustainable framework to boost water transportation and encourage people to adopt it as alternative to other modes of transportation.

While wooing investors to take advantage of the reforms in the water sector, the Governor said it was instructive that in the last 36 months, more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) came into the State largely due to transparency and credibility to encourage investors, assuring that his administration would continually create the enabling environment for businesses to thrive.

Earlier, Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Ladi Lawanson said the essence of the roundtable was to evolve effective framework in partnership with the private sector and relevant stakeholders to play up water transportation in Lagos with the view to diverting a lot of pressure currently on the roads to water.

Also speaking, a major player in the sector, Mr Ganiyu Balogun, who is the Managing Director of Tarzan Ferry Services, commended Governor Ambode for his commitment to rev up water transportation and harness it’s potentials for the benefit of the people.

He said stakeholders were aware of the challenges in the sector and were willing to partner with the State Government to address the issues in the overall benefit of the State.

There were also presentations at the event by University of Lagos, United States Mission in Nigeria, Trade and Investment Department of British High Commission and Paramount Maritime Holdings of South Africa, all expressing readiness to partner with the State Government to boost water transportation.

Meanwhile, the State Government at the roundtable also sealed a major partnership with a consortium of multi-national companies, Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance, to rid the waterways and water bodies in the State of filth with specific focus on plastic waste.

The agreement will also bring about the setting up of a world class collection and recycling framework for plastic waste in Lagos State.

The consortium including Nigeria Bottling Company, Coca-Cola, 7-Up Bottling Company, Nestle and Nigerian Breweries, among others, will be investing in boats with capacity to collect waste from the waterways, thereby protecting the ecosystem and boosting water transportation.

Apapa Gridlock: Lagos Suspends Approval For Development Of Tank Farms

Apapa Gridlock: Lagos Suspends Approval For Development Of Tank Farms

…Issues 30-Day Ultimatum To Tank Farms Without Adequate Loading Bay

…DPR To Ensure Compliance By Owners Of Tank Farms

…As Joint Security Task Force Extend Work By One Month To Restore Sanity

The Lagos State Government on Monday announced the suspension of approval for development of tank farms in Apapa as part of its renewed effort to restore sanity completely as well as fashion out immediate and long term solution along the Oshodi-Apapa corridor and prevent a repeat of the chaos caused by containerized trucks and tankers parked on the road.

Rising from a closed door meeting with stakeholders in the maritime and transport sectors, including Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Shippers Council, Tank Farm Owners, Department of Petroleum Resources, Security Agencies and Clearing and Forwarding Agents, held at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja and chaired by State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the State Government also resolved to accelerate and complete work on the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Trailer Park in Orile within the next one month.

The State’s Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson who briefed Government House Correspondents on the resolutions reached after the meeting which lasted for over three hours and said all stakeholders had resolved to work together to bring back sanity on the Apapa axis and would therefore not hesitate to sanction recalcitrant operators who flout the resolutions going forward.

Lawanson, who was joined at the briefing by the Managing Director of NPA, Mrs. Hadiza Bala-Usman, Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello and other stakeholders, said that a Security Task Force has been constituted by the Federal Government and the Lagos State Government and would work continuously for 30 days to bring sanity to the roads, while shipping companies sanctioned for non compliance on utilisation of holding bays in the ports have been extended by five days.

He said that to also cushion the effect on the traffic experienced by motorists in the area, the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing would immediately commence palliative measures on bad portions on access roads.

State Chairman, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Alhaji Mohammed Musa; Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello; Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson; Managing Director, Nigeria Port Authority (NPA), Hadiya Hadiza Bala Usman; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Taiwo Salaam; Chairman, Amalgamation of Container Truck Owners Association, Mr. Olaleye Thompson and Lagos Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Mr Hyginus Omeje, addressing Government House Correspondents shortly after the Governor’s meeting with NPA, Tank Farm Owners, Shippers Council and other Stakeholders on the Apapa Traffic Situation at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, July 23, 2018.
State Chairman, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Alhaji Mohammed Musa; Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello; Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson; Managing Director, Nigeria Port Authority (NPA), Hadiya Hadiza Bala Usman; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Taiwo Salaam; Chairman, Amalgamation of Container Truck Owners Association, Mr. Olaleye Thompson and Lagos Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Mr Hyginus Omeje, addressing Government House Correspondents shortly after the Governor’s meeting with NPA, Tank Farm Owners, Shippers Council and other Stakeholders on the Apapa Traffic Situation at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, July 23, 2018.

“The Department of Petroleum Resource (DPR) is to ensure that Tank Farm owners comply with holding bay requirements, while trailers not called upon and found trampling will be impounded and sanctioned in Lagos.

“With immediate effect, Lagos State Government suspends the approval of Tank Farms and the Government is going to accelerate the completion of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Trailer Park and it should be ready within a month,” Lawanson said.

The State Government also directed that all truck and tanker owners must be duly registered and well regulated by their unions, adding that the unions would be held accountable for their adherence to extant rules and regulations.

“The Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) in collaboration with the Lagos State Government will going forward license trailer parks whereby only trucks housed in those designated parks will be granted access. Furthermore, tank farms without adequate loading bays within the next 30 days will be sanctioned.

“These resolutions were arrived at and agreed by all parties and all parties have resolved to jointly implement these resolutions and the effects will be seen by Nigerians very shortly,” the Commissioner said.

Prior to the meeting, it would be recalled that  the State Government had last week set up a Joint Task Force involving security agencies and stakeholders in the maritime sector to remove all containerized trucks and tankers parked along the Apapa axis.

Tagged ‘Operation Restore Sanity On Lagos Roads,’ the Task Force involving 2,271 personnel drawn from the Police, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), and Nigerian Military including Army, Air Force and the Navy moved into the area on Friday in an operation that lasted for over 72 hours to open up the service lane in the axis to ease traffic.

 

Opening Address By Governor Ambode, As The Chief Host of The 2nd National Committee On Export Promotion Meeting

Opening Address By Governor Ambode, As The Chief Host of The 2nd National Committee On Export Promotion Meeting

I am happy to welcome you all to Lagos for this 2nd National Committee on Export Promotion Meeting.

The decision of the Federal Government to establish the National Committee on Export Promotion to promote Nigeria’s non-oil export-led economic diversification is a wonderful initiative as our nation can no longer depend on only oil.

As a nation, we must improve our balance of trade. To achieve this we must go back to the basics. From the early history of nations and kingdoms, International Trade has been the basis of the wealth of nations. Wealthy nations export more than they import and they usually have multiple export products. To achieve the status of a wealthy nation, it is obvious and imperative that we must export more.

Speaking of export, in the past two days, we have played host to President Emmanuel Macron of France. As you may all know, President Macron’s first port of call in Lagos was the Afrikan Shrine. We learnt that he has been a lover of Afrobeat music for over a decade and this was at the core of his interests in Nigeria. What does that tell us?

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For me, it is clear that Afrobeat is a product we can export. But not only Afrobeat but Fuji and Highlife; Nollywood; our fashion and our art. There are a lot of other products we can export in the arts and other sectors but we must put in place the infrastructure and framework to support these industries.

As you discuss the modalities for implementing the Zero Oil Plan (ZOP), a component of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of the Federal Government, and showcasing landmark export projects of participating states, I want to urge that we think outside the box.

As a State, we have keyed into several export-oriented initiatives such as the One State One Product (OSOP) initiative spear-headed and monitored by Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC). Through this initiative, our State has identified and commenced the process of developing three key commodities in which we have comparative and competitive advantage – coconut, fish and vegetables.

We plan to facilitate the development of these commodities into exportable products.

Our export promotion initiatives also include export aggregators designed to boost productive capacities of our indigenous micro, small and medium industries. The objective is to create locally-made products and services that not only satisfy local markets but meet competitive export demand.

Our efforts in this area include:

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  • Development of Lekki Free Zone as a one-stop export processing zone.
  • Development of enterprise zones, small-scale industrial estates and light industrial parks in different parts of the State to provide business accommodation and factory spaces
  • Supporting the Made in Lagos campaign to enhance market access for our MSMEs.

Distinguished Participants, Ladies and Gentlemen, these initiatives are some of our State’s programmes to support the Zero Oil Plan of the Federal Government. But we can do more.

I am very hopeful that this meeting would come up with a viable and sustainable agenda that would at the end of the day help us in achieving our economic re-birth without reliance on the oil. Let us expand the scope of our export considerations and increase the wealth of our country.

If one of the most powerful men in the world is a lover of our music and culture, then we must look inwards and find ways to export this. Our State is big on Arts and Entertainment and we believe strongly that this is a very lucrative avenue to create wealth and employment for our people.

Once again, I welcome you all to Lagos and I wish you very rewarding and impactful deliberations over the next two days. While here, I welcome you all to explore our State and see at first hand the many potential export opportunities we possess.

On this note, Your Excellency, distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, I formally declare this 2nd National Committee on Export Promotion Meeting open.

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Governor Ambode Unveils 46-Feet Statue of M.K.O Abiola In Lagos

Governor Ambode Unveils 46-Feet Statue of M.K.O Abiola In Lagos

…Says Monument’ll Forever Preserve Legacy, Greatness of Late Symbol of Democracy

…We’re Eternally Grateful To You, Family Tells Gov

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday unveiled a 46-feet statue of Nigeria’s symbol of democracy and adjudged winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential Election, Bashorun Moshood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola (MKO), expressing optimism that the monument will forever crystallize what he stood for in his lifetime.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the unveiling of the statue at the MKO Abiola Garden in Alapere, Ketu said it was in the tradition of the State Government to recognise and remember heroes and heroines who contributed to the greatness of the nation and the State in particular, adding that MKO Abiola deserves the best from the State as Lagos was his success story.

Alluding to the fact that a statue was previously sited at the location, the Governor said that his administration decided to erect bigger statues for MKO Abiola and late Rights Activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi to properly situate their immense contribution to nation building.

“There was a statue done by my predecessor, Babatunde Raji Fashola but in the divine world, some things are more glorious than what you think and so we decided at the end of 2016 that we should do bigger statues for Chief Gani Fawehinmi and MKO Abiola since almost everybody passing and entering Lagos go through this particular Ojota axis and so we started late in 2016 that we should build something bigger and so it took us about a year to do this. By the time we did the one for Gani to celebrate his posthumous birthday on April 22, we also agreed that we should unveil that of MKO Abiola today, June 12.

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“But just as if God has a way of crowning all efforts to mark the 25th Anniversary of June 12, our President, President Muhammadu Buhari has deemed it fit to give our own MKO Abiola the highest honour in the land, GCFR and that is why we believe strongly that your presence here is not just for this statue but it is also historic which we would always remember in the annals of the history and politics of this country that sooner than later, there would be one day we would mark as MKO Abiola Day.

“We are very happy to gather here today at the MKO Abiola garden to unveil this statue, a monument that will forever crystallize his legacy, serves as a reminder to the greatness that Chief Abiola represents in our socio-political landscape,” the Governor said.

He described MKO Abiola as a man who transcended race, tribe and religion, adding that the late philanthropist appealed to all Nigerians who voted massively for him during the 1993 Presidential election.

“Sadly, he lost his life trying to secure his mandate. Even though he was from another State, Lagos was his home. And we recognize his contribution to our State and our democracy,” Governor Ambode said.

Responding on behalf of the family, MKO Abiola’s son, Abdul Mumuni Abiola thanked Governor Ambode and the Lagos State Government for the honour done the Abiola family, saying the statue was indeed befitting to honour his late father.

“God is great. I heard about this statue six months ago and I was called to come and see it and when I got here, I saw a statue of three-storey building. This is indeed massive. The family of late MKO Abiola really appreciates this and we want to thank the Governor,” Abdul Mumuni said.

He also appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for posthumous award conferred on his father and declaring June 12 as the Democracy Day, as well as the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for standing solidly behind the struggle.

“We thank the President for doing what he did. This statue was planned before the President did what he did and so we want to thank Governor Ambode for this,” he said.

Governor Ambode, who earlier spoke at a symposium held at the Blue Roof, Lagos Television in Ikeja to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the June 12, 1993 election, paid glowing tributes to other comrades who led the struggle from the front including Gen. Alani Akinrinade, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Ambassador Walter Carrington, Justice Dolapo Akinsanya, Chief Frank Kokori, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, Mr. Wale Oshun, Alhaji Balarabe Musa and other Nigerians and Civil Society Organisations, Trade and Labour unions.

“We also pay glowing tribute to the beautiful memories of patriots such as Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, Pa Michael Adekunle Ajasin, Pa Abraham Adesanya, Chief Michael Enahoro, Chief Alfred Rewane, Dr Beko Ransome Kuti, General Adeyinka Adebayo and several others including innocent ordinary Nigerians, young and old who were murdered in cold blood on the streets of Lagos and in other major cities of Nigeria. Today, we declare that their sacrifice has not been in vain,” he said.

The Governor commended Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for being the pioneer Governor to declare public holiday on June 12 throughout his tenure in office as well as Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) for his steadfastness in upholding the tradition, saying that the occasion attests to their visionary leadership.

Speaking on the theme: “Restructuring: Antidote For Efficient And Effective Polity,” guest lecturer, Dr. Dele Ashiru of the Department of Political Science, University of Lagos (UNILAG), called for the amendment of the Constitution to ensure removal of provisions which inhibit successful running of functional system, especially revenue sharing formula which he said must be by derivation, among others.

He also said considering the strategic importance of Lagos to the country, special attention must be given to the State, adding: “The Federal Government must wake up and pay Lagos adequately from the national resource so that the State can continue to play the role it had been playing in the country.”

He described Lagos as a model and mega city not only in Africa but the world, and as such all hands must be on deck to work for its sustenance.

Also, Chairman of June 12 Coalition, Comrade Linus Okoroji commended the Lagos State Government for sustained commitment to the June 12 struggle which had yielded fruits with the recent declaration of the day as Democracy Day in Nigeria and recognition of MKO Abiola as GCFR.