Address Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Swearing-In Ceremony Of New Permanent Secretaries In Lagos House

Address Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Swearing-In Ceremony Of New Permanent Secretaries In Lagos House

The swearing-in of Mrs. Ayinde Rhoda Olubusola, and Mr. Olusanya Ebenezer Abayomi, which we have all witnessed is a fulfillment of the procedures as prescribed by law. Mrs. Ayinde and Mr. Olusanya would take charge as the Accounting Officers of Office of Establishment and Training and Education District II respectively.


Although this exercise has become a regular ceremony due to the vacancies created from time to time as a result of retirement of office holders, we must resist the temptation to view it as mere routine with no serious significance attached. On the contrary, it is a solemn occasion in which a commitment is made before God and man to live up to expected standards.


I want to use this opportunity to appreciate the contributions of the Permanent Secretaries whose retirement necessitated the appointment and swearing-in of these new appointees.


Every appointment comes with higher responsibilities and expectations. For the Lagos State Public Service, a template has been developed and it is being implemented systematically.


Essentially, the template is about change of mindset and the infusion of innovation and creativity in government business.


As members of the top echelon of the Public Service, you are expected to be champions of this paradigm shift not only by words but by your actions. You must lead by example and create the environment for your subordinates to emulate high standards of performance. This is the only way we can build a public service for the future and one that has what it takes to facilitate the level of development required of a Smart City.


I am confident in your ability to succeed in your new assignments.


Once again, congratulations.


Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa l’ogun.



Governor Ambode Receives Nigerian World Record Holder In Longest Reading Marathon

Governor Ambode Receives Nigerian World Record Holder In Longest Reading Marathon

 …To Be Named Ambassador Of Lagos Reads Project

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday received a Nigerian, Bayode Treasures-Olawunmi who set a new Guinness World Record in longest reading marathon.

Bayode, who was received by the Governor at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja alongside top government officials, had set the new record under the Read Aloud project co-sponsored by Lagos State Government, Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), Tagheuer, among others.

The new record was set at exactly 3:30 on Saturday at the YouRead Library in Yaba, Lagos State, after Bayode read for 120 hours non-stop over a period of five days to beat former record holder, Nepali Deepak Sharma, who read for 113 hours and 15 minutes in 2008.

Speaking to Government House Correspondents at the end of the meeting, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh said the State Government was delighted to host the new world record holder, and that the government is proud of the feat.

“The Governor met him (Bayode) to congratulate him and assured him that the whole of the State and the country is proud of his attempt to break the world record.

“All said and done, we are still waiting on the Guinness Book to get back to us to confirm and affirm the new record but regardless, what the Governor was trying to emphasize is the fact that his attempt was very commendable and it helps us to bring to the fore something we always talked about as a State to improve the reading culture, and the Governor is committed to supporting this in anyway,” Bank-Olemoh said.

Also speaking, Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde said the new world record was extra-ordinary and a different kind of endurance test with a lot of intellectualism, saying the development would spur a lot of Nigerian youths, students, pupils and adults to be interested in reading.

“I think Bayode is the ultimate dreamer who is sending a message to Lagosians, Nigerians and to Africans that they can do it and I think this will fit in perfectly well with the new concept that the Ministry of Education is coming up with known as Lagos Reads.

“I believe of course Bayode will be one of the ambassadors for Lagos Reads which is to encourage people to read and there is a lot of joy, fulfillment and value in reading and I believe this will be the beginning of new things from Bayode himself and from our young men and women,” Ayorinde said.

On his part, Bayode said he was overwhelmed and fulfilled to set the new world record, saying his intention of embarking on the project was to make reading popular and famous in Nigeria and Africa, as well as change the narrative that ‘if you want to hide anything from the black man, put it in the book.’

“The western world is not built on the back of entertainment and sports; it is built on the back of education, research, reading and intellectual exertion. That is my mission.

“I believe in a way it has been accomplished but it is a seed sown already and we are going to water it to ensure that there is harvest in the next five to ten years whereby there will be Africans that will arise with great intellectualism to move us forward in the continent,” Bayode said.

LASG Okays N30,000 Monthly Stipends For 1,000 Interns

LASG Okays N30,000 Monthly Stipends For 1,000 Interns

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the payment of N30,000 as monthly stipends to Ready.Set.Work (RSW) interns who have been placed in various organisations for six-month paid internships.

The Governor also approved N8million in seed funding for the top five winners of the RSW Business Pitch Competition, whose businesses will be placed in incubation, while the beneficiaries will commence their internships and incubation, respectively, on March 1st, 2018.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh in a statement on Sunday said the interns were part of the 2,000 final year students from six tertiary institutions in the State who took part in the 2017 edition of the 13-week intensive Entrepreneurship and Employability training programme.

He said that the Ready.Set.Work programme, which held its pilot in 2016 with 500 final year students from three tertiary institutions in Lagos State, was scaled up in 2017 to 12,000 Students from six institutions including Lagos State University, University of Lagos, Lagos State Polytechnic, Lagos State College of Health Technology, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, and Michael Otedola College of Primary Education.

“In 2016, we placed 76 students in internships with partner organizations like PwC, SystemSpecs, Total, GTBank, FCMB and Access Bank, to mention a few, who provided 6-month paid internship opportunities for RSW graduates. His Excellency, the Governor, further expanded the scheme by approving funds to place an additional 100 RSW graduates in internship positions with SMEs across Lagos State, with monthly stipends provided by the government.

“In 2017, we were able to scale up and secure internship slots in about 180 organisations across the State for 1,000 top performing RSW graduates. The placement process involved a series of Internship Fairs at which companies had the opportunity to interview and select their interns from a pool of qualified candidates,” Bank-Olemoh said.

He also disclosed that preparation for Ready.Set.Work 2018 has commenced, adding that the programme would be expanded to train 25,000 while 5,000 final year students would participate in the 13-week face-to-face classes and that 20,000 students in their penultimate year would take part in the RSW Online Academy.

Besides, Bank-Olemoh said the programme was also increasing the number of participating schools to accommodate more students in the programme, among which are Yaba College of Technology, Federal College of Education (Technical) and a private institution, Caleb University.

The Special Adviser added that the inclusion of new schools was in line with Governor Ambode’s commitment to ensuring that every student that graduates from any tertiary institution in Lagos State is prepared for the world of work as an employer of labour or a value-adding employee.

Bank-Olemoh also called on professionals from different sectors to join the RSW Faculty, the largest volunteer faculty in Nigeria, as facilitators for the 2018 training programme, adding that the RSW Faculty recruitment would kick off officially on February 22nd, while the application portal will be accessible on the programme website –

Despite Harsh Economy, Lagos Generated N503.7BN IGR IN 2017

Despite Harsh Economy, Lagos Generated N503.7BN IGR IN 2017

…Says Budget Recorded 82 Percent Performance

…Thanks Lagosians, Promises To Deliver Key Infrastructures In Health, Education, Others

…Holds 10th Town Hall Meeting In Ikeja

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday commended residents of the State for supporting his administration to deliver on key projects in various sectors and sections, revealing that the State generated a total of N503.7billion revenue in 2017 despite the harsh economic climate in the country.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the first quarter Town Hall Meeting in 2018, the 10th in the series since his assumption of office, held at De Blue Roof, LTV Complex in Agidingbi, Ikeja said while the State was entering into the new year with confidence of being on a solid prosperity footing and interesting prospects for all Lagosians, it was indeed gratifying that the support of the people enabled government to achieve a lot and commenced the transformation of the landscape of the State.

He said: “As we celebrate entering a new year, we thank you all for your support and cooperation last year. It was your backing that enabled us to achieve the modest successes we recorded last year and commence the transformation of the landscape of our State. In the last year, we delivered on our promises to Lagosians despite the harsh economic climate.

“Despite the harsh economy, our State budget performed at 82 percent. Total Revenue Generated was N503.7bn representing a performance of 78 percent; Total Recurrent Expenditure was N281.33bn representing a performance of 92 percent, while Total Capital Expenditure was N387.60bn or 76 percent performance.”

The Governor listed some of the key projects delivered last year to include the new Tafawa Balewa Square Bus Terminal, new Ojota Pedestrian bridge, Aboru – Abesan link Bridge and adjoining inner roads, Ojodu Berger Slip Road and Pedestrian Bridge, Jubilee Bridges in Ajah and Abule Egba, Freedom and Admiralty Road in Lekki, new Lands Registry, newly upgraded Jubilee Chalet in Epe, among others.

In addition, Governor Ambode said as at December 2017, the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (ETF) had disbursed a total of N4.5billion to 5,500 beneficiaries who also received training on financial literacy and business management, while keys were presented to beneficiaries of the first set of allottees of Lagos State Rent-To-Own Housing Scheme, as well as creation of Neighbourhood Safety Corps and beautification of the State with the erection of monuments, parks and gardens.

Giving a report of activities of his administration in the last quarter in line with tradition of the meeting, Governor Ambode said between the period under review, the State Government commissioned the first State-owned DNA Forensic Centre in Nigeria and West Africa, and in the coming weeks would sign a contract to upgrade the facility to offer toxicology services, which will make it the first in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“In fulfillment of our promise to our students in tertiary institutions across the State, this administration disbursed a total sum of N635.5million to 8,419 students across the State.

Our government acquired healthcare equipment worth N2.5 billion. The equipment will strengthen the capacity of our health facilities to render improved health services and also facilitate smooth take off of the Lagos State Health Scheme which is designed to enable residents enjoy unfettered access to qualitative healthcare.

“Since the last Town Hall meeting, we have continued the renovation and upgrade of our Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) and our people at the grassroots have started to witness a revitalized healthcare delivery. In order to meet the needs of the youth in the area of technical and vocational development, we have approved the establishment of three other Technical Colleges bringing the number of Technical colleges in the State to Eight,” he said.

While reeling out the outlook for the year, Governor Ambode assured that he would sustain the momentum of development and vigorously pursue all on-going projects, with special focus on health and education.

Already, in the 2018 Appropriation Bill of N1.046trillion budget size awaiting approval of the House of Assembly, the State Government has earmarked N92.676billion for health representing 8.86 per cent and N126.302billion for education representing 12.07 per cent of the budget.

He assured that the State Government in the coming weeks would pay compensation to all those whose structures gave way for construction of the 1.4 kilometre Pen Cinema Flyover/Bridge, as well as those in Igbogbo, Ikorodu, Owutu and other areas where construction activities are ongoing.

The Governor, who also entertained questions from residents, ordered the Public Works Corporation to immediately move in to fix bad roads in Computer Village, Abesan Estate, Oriade, Abule Egba, among others, while the office of the Special Adviser on Primary Health Care was directed to make the PHC in Resettlement Area of Eti-Osa functional in two weeks.

While also revealing that the Market Development Board would be inaugurated in coming weeks, the Governor expressed optimism that when functional, the board would address issues of market relocation for developmental projects, just as he said that the Onikan Stadium will be ready in January 2019.

Besides, Governor Ambode urged all taxpayers to be alive to their responsibility of fulfilling their obligations to the State, saying regular payment of taxes remained the major source of funding infrastructures, and assured that the government on its part would judiciously utilize the taxes to make life comfortable for the people.

“I urge all taxpayers to be alive to their responsibility of fulfilling their obligations to the State.  Regular payment of taxes remains the major source of funding the infrastructure being put in place to ease transportation, provide security build new roads and refurbish existing ones,” the Governor said.

Responding to a question from a resident on efforts made to forestall any invasion by herdsmen, Governor Ambode allayed fears, saying that the State Government had taken precautionary measures to ensure safety of lives and property of residents.

“We have already prayed at the beginning of this year, herdsmen would not be our portion, but after prayer, we will work. So, all the issues that you have raised, I am not taking them for granted, I will look at them and also make sure that all our security agencies are on alert and up to date to mitigate any action or intrusion that may arise from that particular quarters,” he said.

Lagos State Government Inaugurates New 20 Classrooms  Pry Sch, Girls Model College in Ikorodu

Lagos State Government Inaugurates New 20 Classrooms  Pry Sch, Girls Model College in Ikorodu

As part of his administration’s commitment to quality and functional education across the state, Lagos State governor, Mr Akinwuni Ambode today inaugurated a newly constructed block of 20 classrooms at the Anglican Primary School, Isawo  in Ikorodu West Local Council Development Area (LCDA)  and the new  Girls  junior Model College, Agunfoye in  Igbogbo LCDA both in Ikorodu Administrative Division of the state.

Governor Ambode stated that his administration has continued to give top priority to education and invest heavily in the sector because of the need to make qualitative education available and accessible to every child of school age living in the state.

The governor who was represented at the two events by his deputy Dr Oluranti Adebule noted that his administration’s investment in the future of the children through strategic reforms and planning in the education sector aimed at ensuring that the potentials of the children from the state to compare favourably with their peers from other parts of the world are assured.

‘’ We have invested in the future of our children through strategic reforms and planning in the education sector to ensure that the potentials of our children to compare favourably with their peers globally are assured.  Our resolve as a government  to make education our priority and continue to invest in this sector is premised on the need to make qualitative education available and accessible to every child of school age living in our dear state’’   Ambode stated.

Governor Ambode  while welcoming  pupils and students back to  their schools after the break, stated that various rehabilitations and construction of new blocks of classrooms embarked upon by his administration is geared towards providing conducive atmosphere for teaching and learning in all the public schools in the state, assuring  that the projects would continue until when government is fully satisfied that all schools have become centres of academic excellence in line with the vision of the founding fathers of the state.

 ‘’ This process will continue until we are satisfied that our schools have become centers of academic excellence comparable to those in other model -city states across the world , this commitment was aptly demonstrated in our 2018 appropriation Bill which has been christened (Budget of Progress and Development)’’ the governor stated.

Ambode while assuring that his administration would continue to invest in capacity development of the schools personnel to further move the education forward noted that the duty of ensuring the protection and maintenance of public infrastructure in the state is a shared responsibility between the government and all the stakeholders.

He therefore called on teachers, various community leaders, traditional rulers and members of various Community Development Associations (CDAs), Community Development Councils (CDCs)and others  to help government to guide, protect and ensure that the two new schools are put to optimal  use

With the inauguration of the new Girls Junior Model College at Agunfoye in Igbogbo , the governor disclosed that the number of existing Model Colleges  in the state have increased to sixteen, two of which are mainly  girls college,   while there are generally thirty one boarding schools across the state.

The two new schools are enriched with the state of the arts learning facilities like libraries, highly equipped  ICT centres, laboratories, spacious  classrooms and offices .

In her welcome address at the commissioning of the Lagos State Girls Junior Model College, Igbogbo, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Adebunmi Adekanye while commending the Governor for his passion and commitment to the provision of qualitative education stated that the facilities and environment where the school is located contributed positively to the knowledge imparted by the teachers and assimilation by the students.

“I am confident that, anyone who feels for the masses would realize the need to provide level playing ground for all children to pursue their dreams without being encumbered by their places and circumstances of birth and will be proud to associate with this new school”

 She explained that the newly built school with 9 standard classrooms, a library, 2 laboratories, 2 hostel blocks, I dining hall and 2 staff quarters was constructed by Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and handed over to the State Government, while the school commenced academic activities in September, 2017.

The inauguration was  well attended by the Tutor- General/ Permanent Secretaries in all the six Educational Districts, traditional rulers, other top government functionaries, community leaders , Members of various Community Development Associations, (CDAs), Community Development Councils( CDCs) among other dignitaries.