Remarks Delivered At The Island Club Christmas Eve Dance

Remarks Delivered At The Island Club Christmas Eve Dance

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It is always a pleasure to join eminent Lagosians and brothers to mark the Island Club Christmas Eve Dance. This year’s dance is very significant as we mark the 75th Anniversary of our great club.

From 2015, when I first attended this event after myinauguration as Governor of Lagos State, it has always been a wonderful experience for two major reasons.

First, this Christmas Eve Dance sets me, and I believe every other guests, in the right mood for the Christmas celebration. Secondly, it has always provided for me a platform to share with distinguished members and invited guests,our modest achievements and plans for moving our State forward.

On this special occasion, I would like to thank the President and members of this Club for your support and goodwill. I would like to place it on record that thisadministration has benefitted immensely from your fellowship and ideas, which are deeply rooted in our Club’s history of positively affecting the social and political growth of our State.

Tonight, I stand before you with a fulfilled heart not because the Lagos of our dream has been fully realised but because the future we all crave is no longer a mere concept; rather it is somethingmajority of Lagosians, irrespective of their location within the State,can now feel and connect with.

Three and a half years down the line, our State has progressed in all sectors of the economy. We have charted a clear path to the destination we have all dreamt about and desired. Today, our Lagos has become more globally competitive and strategically positioned among the major City-States of the world. Our State has become a top destination for business and tourism and it can only get better.

One of the key promises I made at my inauguration on May 29th, 2015 was to make our State work for all; to spread development from the already congested City centre to other parts of the State massive infrastructural development. The thinking has been to make every part of the State economically liveable.

We have undertaken projects in all sectors of the economy with the sole intention of making life better for our people. All of these and similar initiatives were made possible by the personal taxes of high networthresidents of our State represented at this gathering which account for a significant percentage of our IGR.

I want to use this opportunity to thank you so much for providing the resources, which have empowered us to make a positive difference in the lives of all citizens of our State.

I believe very strongly that our State has benefitted immensely from the atmosphere of stability engendered by continuity in governance. A case inpoint was the recently launched Lagos Health Insurance Scheme which will guarantee access to quality healthcare delivery for all Lagosians. The Bill for that Scheme was signed into law by His Excellency, Mr. BabatundeRajiFasholain May,2015. The process for the implementation of the law was kick started by this administration.This is the beauty in continuity.

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, Lagos State cannot afford the risk of a break in the trajectory of progressive governance at this crucial stage of development in Lagos State. The future is bright and assured.We must maintain continuity of progress in the State.

According to IMF, the Nigeria GDP will grow from 1.9% in 2018 to 2.8% in 2019. Lagos on a stand-alone basis will achieve over 4% growth in GDP and this could be more if the congestion at the port and the negative effect this has on the economy is addressed. We expect that the high rate of unemployment will reduce with various social intervention programmes of the State and Federal governments geared towards financial inclusion and liquidity support to micro, small and medium enterprises.

The economic outlook for 2019 is quite positive. A lot of provision has been made for capital projects in the 2019 Federal Budget, some of which will directly impact the economy of our State and will support our growth plans. On our part, we will concentrate on completing existing infrastructural projects, creating more jobs, supporting our businesses to thrive and strengthening our security infrastructure.

The Island Club will remain a very important part of this State and you have an important role to play in the continued development of the State. Together, let us take Lagos into a brighter and more prosperous future.

Once again, I thank you all and wish everyone Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

ItesiwajuIpinleEko, lo Je walogun!

Mr. AkinwunmiAmbode

Governor of Lagos State,

The Secretariat, Alausa.

 

24th December, 2018

Remarks Dlivered At The Yoruba Tennis Club Christmas Eve Dance

Remarks Dlivered At The Yoruba Tennis Club Christmas Eve Dance

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Greetings!!!

The Christmas Eve Dance of Nigeria’s premier social club, our Club, the Yoruba Tennis Club, has become an event that I and many other Lagosians look forward to every year.

This annual tradition gets better every year and I commend our President, management and all brothers for always continuously improving our club and maintaining the position as the flagship club in our nation.

From 2015, when I first attended this event after my inauguration as Governor of Lagos State, it has always been a wonderful experience for two major reasons.

First, this Christmas Eve Dance sets me, and I believeevery other guests, in the right mood for the Christmas celebration. Secondly, it has always provided for me a platform to share with distinguished members and invited guests,our modest achievements and plans for moving our State forward.

On this special occasion, I would like to thank the President and members of this Club for your support and goodwill. I would like to place it on record that thisadministration has benefitted immensely from your fellowship and ideas, which are deeply rooted in our Club’s history of positively affecting the social and political growth of our State.

Tonight, I stand before you with a fulfilled heart not because the Lagos of our dream has been fully realised but because the future we all crave is no longer a mere concept; rather it is something majority of Lagosians, irrespective of their location within the State,can now feel and connect with.

Three and a half years down the line, our State hasprogressed in all sectors of the economy. We have charted a clear path to the destination we have all dreamt about and desired. Today, our Lagos has become more globally competitive and strategically positioned among the major City-States of the world. Our State has become a top destination for business and tourism and it can only get better.

One of the key promises I made at my inauguration on May 29th, 2015 was to make our State work for all; to spread development from the already congested City centre to other parts of the State massive infrastructural development. The thinking has been to make every part of the State economically liveable.

We have undertaken projects in all sectors of the economy with the sole intention of making life better for our people. All of these and similar initiatives were made possible by the personal taxes of high net worth residents of our State represented at this gathering which account for a significant percentage of our IGR.

I want to use this opportunity to thank you so much for providing the resources which have empowered us to make a positive difference in the lives of all citizens of our State.

I believe very strongly that our State has benefitted immensely from the atmosphere of stability engendered by continuity in governance. A case in point was the recently launched Lagos Health Insurance Scheme which will guarantee access to quality healthcare delivery for all Lagosians. The Bill for that Scheme was signed into law by His Excellency, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola in May,2015. The process for the implementation of the law was kick started by this administration.This is the beauty in continuity.

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, Lagos State cannot afford the risk of a break in the trajectory of progressive governance at this crucial stage of development in Lagos State. The future is bright and assured.We must maintain continuity of progress in the State.

According to IMF, the Nigeria GDP will grow from 1.9% in 2018 to 2.8% in 2019.Lagos on a stand-alone basis will achieve over 4% growth in GDP and this could be more if the congestion at the port and the negative effect this has on the economy is addressed. We expect that the high rate of unemployment will reduce with various social intervention programmes of the State and Federal governments geared towards financial inclusion and liquidity support to micro, small and medium enterprises.

The economic outlook for 2019 is quite positive. A lot of provision has been made for capital projects in the 2019 Federal Budget, some of which will directly impact the economy of our State and will support our growth plans. On our part, we will concentrate on completing existing infrastructural projects, creating more jobs, supporting our businesses to thrive and strengthening our security infrastructure.

The Yoruba Tennis Club will always remain a very important part of this State and you have an important role to play in the continueddevelopment of the State. Together, let us take Lagos into a brighter and more prosperous future.

Once again, I thank you all and wish everyone Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

ItesiwajuIpinleEko, lo Je walogun!

 

 

Mr. AkinwunmiAmbode

Governor of Lagos State,

The Secretariat, Alausa.

 

24th December, 2018

Governor Ambode And Wife Urge Children To Continue To Obey Parents

Governor Ambode And Wife Urge Children To Continue To Obey Parents

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and his wife, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode on Saturday urged children to continue to listen to the counsel of their parents and guardian, saying that it is by doing so that they could achieve their set goals and maximise their potentials.

 

They both spoke at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, during the annual Christmas party organized by the State Government for children in the State.

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In his remarks, Governor Ambode urged the children to continue to show love to their parents and families for the opportunity given to them to have a good life and prospective future.

 

“They are the ones that have been able to put you all in good condition and I urge you to continue to show love to your parents and make sure that the things they teach you, you take it seriously so that you can become successful lawyers, doctors, accountants, pilots and all the good things you wish to become in life.

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“My prayer for you all is that you would all grow to be bigger and more prosperous than all of us.  I want to also thank the parents for keeping this children, God would continue to reward you,” he said.

 

On her part, Mrs. Ambode charged the children to be obedient, humble, respectful and to take their studies seriously at all times if they intend to have a brighter and rewarding future.

 

She described children as jewels which value cannot be estimated, urging parents to bring them up in the way of God and help them realize their full potential.

 

Playing host to more than 2,000 children across tribe, class and religion, she said that children were special gift from God given to parents to cater for, stressing that everything should be done to make them happy, productive and fulfilled.

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She said, “These little ones are the unique gift of the Almighty given to us to look after. Our duty assigned by God as guardians, is to ensure care and welfare that will make them grow up as happy children, productive and fulfilled citizens.

 

“No amount of investment in children can ever be too much towards a purposeful life for them. This annual Christmas party is to give them a feel of the Yuletide season and our prayer is that the presence of God will always be with them, to guide, protect and lift them to productive and responsible citizens of our country.”

 

She charged the children to be obedient, humble, respectful and to take their studies seriously at all times.

 

Highlights of the party include series of games and competition with several prizes, cutting of cake, while the Governor and his wife took out time to dance with the children.

 

Christmas: Only Humility, Love, Selflessness Can Stop Violence Among Us

Christmas: Only Humility, Love, Selflessness Can Stop Violence Among Us

…As Lagos Gov Urges Nigerians To Pray For Peaceful Elections In 2019

 

Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode on Wednesday urged Nigerians to imbibe the teachings of humility, love, selflessness and fairness, saying that it is only in practicing them that violence can give way for unity and love to reign supreme among all people.

 

The Governor’s wife, who spoke at the 2018 Christmas Carol Service, held at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, said despite Jesus awesome glory, He came into the world with disarming humility, reflected in His carriage, interaction and all that He did, saying that if people could do same, the world would be a better place.

 

“Dear brethren, imagine what the world would be if everyone had the qualities of Jesus Christ. It would be a world without hate and violence, where love reigns supreme, ensuring joy, peace and complete harmony, among all people and all nations.

 

“Of course we cannot be Jesus Christ, but we can imbibe His teachings and strive hard to emulate His qualities of humility, love for all, fairness, selflessness and consideration for fellow humans, among others.

 

“If we succeed in doing these, we would do less of preaching to bring non believers to the vineyard, as our lives would be perfect examples and model that would convince the multitude to come to God. This way, we would have a world where love and Godliness reign supreme,” she said.

 

Making reference to the theme of the Carol Service, ‘The Light of the World’, the Governor’s wife said the event was put together to appreciate the magnitude of undeserved suffering that Jesus went through for mankind and express same with solemn songs of praise.

 

“As we always do, we are gathered here again for our carol service, a long session of song ministration, in appreciation of the kindness of God to humanity, in sending His beloved son Jesus Christ to the world, to redeem mankind from permanent damnation.

 

“If God had not given us a chance of redemption through Christ; if He had insisted on vengeful action based on the sinfulness of the world; if God had not shown so much kindness and mercy to people of the world, what will be the story of mankind,” Mrs. Ambode said.

 

According to her, the pains that Jesus suffered and the burden he carried for mankind to enjoy forgiveness of sin from God, make Him the reason for the season, adding that the carol service was the State Government’s little way of celebrating Christmas.

 

On his part, State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, urged Nigerians to use the Christmas season to continue to pray for the prosperity and peace of the country especially as the nation prepares for the general elections in 2019.

 

He also admonished the people to reciprocate God’s love and blessings by giving to the less-privileged and vulnerable ones in the society.

 

“As we enjoy this ministration of songs, let us use this season of love to reciprocate the great love God has shown to all of us by giving to the less-privileged and the vulnerable ones in our society.

 

“Let us also continue to pray for the peace and prosperity of our State and also our country Nigeria as we prepare to exercise our franchise in the coming elections,” Governor Ambode said.

 

While noting that activities at Christmas were always connected to light as personified by the Lord Jesus Christ, the Governor said it was undisputable that the presence of light always illuminates and provide hope to the hopeless.

 

“As light therefore, we are expected to illuminate or make visible those things that connect to Jesus Christ.

 

“Every day we are surrounded by people living in darkness, separated from the God who loves them. It is our responsibility as the light of God to show the way,” he said.

 

The Carol Service was characterised with various song ministrations, dance drama, among others.