Our Judicial Sector Reforms Already Improving Lagos GDP

Our Judicial Sector Reforms Already Improving Lagos GDP

…Urges Judges, Magistrates To Be Fair To Attract More Investment

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday evening commended judicial officers in the State for their integrity and dedication to duty, saying it was gratifying to note that the reforms carried out in the judicial sector were already improving on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the State.

 

Speaking at a special dinner to draw the curtains on the activities marking the 2018/2019 New Legal Year of the State Judiciary held at City Hall in Lagos, Governor Ambode said in view of the symbiotic relationship between investment and effective judiciary and security sectors, conscious efforts have so far been made to foster improvement in the sectors, with the ultimate goal of facilitating more businesses into the State.

 

The Governor, who particularly urged judges and magistrates to continue to be fair in their dealings to attract more investment into the State, said his administration equally remained committed to reforms in the judiciary, as well as improving on the welfare of judicial officers.

 

“I am a very strong believer in judicial sector reforms and that is why I have tried as much as possible to place more emphasis on judicial sector and security sector reforms because both of them go hand-in-hand to improve on the GDP of Lagos and you have seen that there is a correlation between the improvement we have seen in the judiciary and the level of investment that we are actually witnessing in Lagos.

 

“And so, the sure way to go is to continue to emphasize on judicial sector reforms and also encourage our Judges and Magistrates to be fair in their dealings and we would continue to attract more investment to Lagos,” the Governor said.

 

While congratulating the judiciary for the successes recorded in the last one year, Governor Ambode specifically commended the Chief Judge, Justice Opeyemi Oke for her remarkable achievements in office so far, just as he urged stakeholders in the sector to continue to support the laudable initiatives being implemented by the present administration.

 

“I can claim clearly here that as the third arm of government, I am happy with the conduct of the judiciary because they have displayed a high sense of integrity and they have actually carried on with a whole lot of respect.

 

“Under the leadership of my lord, Hon Justice Opeyemi Oke, the integrity and anti-corruption stance of the judiciary has been very commendable. In recognition of this, our administration is committed to supporting the judiciary and we would continue to support the judiciary.

 

“I want to urge all of us to continue to support the outstanding works that have been carried out by the Chief Judge and also support every other arm to ensure delivery of services to our people,” the Governor said.

 

Earlier in her opening remarks, Justice Oke commended all stakeholders for their cooperation and support for her administration, saying she was poised to do more to further advance the administration of justice in the State, and Nigeria.

 

She particularly commended Governor Ambode for the tremendous support to the judiciary, adding that it was on record that the Governor was always ready to strongly collaborate and assist when required.

 

“I especially thank His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for his unalloyed and exceptional support of this administration and his understanding of the peculiar nature of the position of the judiciary in government and his strong attention to our requests,” the CJ said.

 

 

Pictures: Gov. Ambode Joins President Muhammadu Buhari And Other Senior Government Officials At A Meeting With Nigerians In China

Pictures: Gov. Ambode Joins President Muhammadu Buhari And Other Senior Government Officials At A Meeting With Nigerians In China

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President Muhammadu Buhari (5th left); Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi (4th left); Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right); his Zamfara State counterpart, Gov. Abdulaziz Yari (2nd right); Gov. Mohammed Abubakar of Jigawa State (4th right); Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha (6th right); Nigeria’s Ambassador to China, Amb. Baba Ahmad Jidda (7th right); Gov. Willie Obaino of Anambra State (3rd left); Gov. Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi State (2nd left); Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State (left) and others at a parley with Nigerians living in China, on Sunday, September 2, 2018.
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President Muhammadu Buhari (middle); Nigeria’s Ambassador to China, Amb. Baba Ahmad Jidda (4th left); Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha (3rd left); Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); Gov. Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi State (left); Senator Abdullahi Adamu (4th right); Senator George Akume (3rd right); Senator Godswill Akpabio (2nd right) and Senator Aliyu Wamakko (right) at a parley with Nigerians living in China, on Sunday, September 2, 2018.

Keynote Address Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode On The Occasion Of The 2018 May Day Celebration; “Celebrating Lagos State Workers As Growth And Development Partners”

Keynote Address Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode On The Occasion Of The 2018 May Day Celebration; “Celebrating Lagos State Workers As Growth And Development Partners”

In Soweto; In Africa!

In Africa; In Soweto!

Aluta Continua! Victoria Aserta!

Today’s event marks the third anniversary of our government’s celebration of Workers day in the State. I can say with all confidence that our chief development and growth partners, since May 29, 2015 have been the hardworking, understanding and cooperative workers in both the Public and Private sectors of the State.

It is on record that we have never, since the inception of this administration, had any dispute with the organized labour and I will be the first to admit that the Labour Unions in Lagos State have been most responsible and while, at the same time, being dogged in their advocacy for the promotion of the interests of workers in Lagos State, both in the public and private sector groups.

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In proof of the maturity and responsibility of the labour unions in our State, the organised labour has consistently met with members of our administration under different fora designed to identify and address possible areas of tension and disagreement before they fester into open conflicts. This approach has resulted in an unprecedented three-year period of uninterrupted industrial harmony and peace in Lagos State. For this, I most sincerely commend the labour unions in Lagos State.

It therefore gives me exceptional joy to join in the celebration of this year’s Workers’ Day. You will note that I have referred to workers in Lagos State as my development and growth partners. I make this statement deliberately as our administration has recently embarked on a drive to promote the ‘Growth Mind-set’ campaign and initiative throughout the Lagos State Public Service.

I therefore call on all of you to support this campaign as it will result in the exponential growth and productivity of our public service.

Our administration remains passionate and committed to handling and resolving all issues affecting the welfare, service entitlements, and infrastructural development for all workers in the State. It is on record that we have never defaulted in meeting our commitment to workers under the Contributory Pension Scheme and have always prioritised the payment of workers’ salaries and emoluments in addition to improving the welfare package of workers across the board.

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Ladies and Gentlemen and Distinguished Comrades, the theme of this year Workers’ Day celebration, “Labour Movement in National Development: Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win” is not only apt but also timely. As our nation now moves towards another election year, it is imperative for the labour movement to see itself as a constructive partner of the government in ensuring peace and harmony in our society before, during, and after the conduct of the forthcoming general elections.

Furthermore, the labour movement should not only enquire after what workers can get from the government but also what workers can further contribute to support the government in making a difference in the lives of the people.

There will always be is a place for agitations and struggle and it is a fact that only those who dare struggle may win. Yet, these agitations and struggles must be focused on realistic and reasonable goals that are pursued in the appreciation of the competing interests that government has to continually balance.

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We have continued to partner with the Leaders of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and we will continue to consider all the requests of Labour as we work together for the peace, progress and prosperity of all workers in Lagos State, all Lagosians and our State.

In the light of the foregoing, I urge the organised labour to continue to show understanding while rightly insisting on the due and just entitlements of their members. I also call on all the stakeholders in the management of our economy to redouble their efforts and continue to explore innovative means of addressing the economic challenges in our nation in order to make life easier and more comfortable for the Nigerian workers who are the development and growth partners of the government.

Once again, I wholeheartedly congratulate all our workers on this glorious May Day celebrations.

 

Itesiwaju ipinle Eko l’o je wal’ogun.

 

 

UNWTO/CAF Meeting: We’ll Showcase Lagos Tourism Potentials To The World- FG

UNWTO/CAF Meeting: We’ll Showcase Lagos Tourism Potentials To The World- FG

… Our Quest To Become Tourism Hub Of Africa On Course

The Federal Government on Thursday said that it has concluded plans to use its hosting right of the 61st edition of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)/ Commission for Africa (CAF) Meeting to showcase the culture and tourism potentials of Lagos and Nigeria in general.

Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who disclosed this during a courtesy visit to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the Lagos House, Alausa in Ikeja, said Lagos would play a significant role in the success of the meeting considering its economic position in Nigeria and also as a foremost tourism city.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd right); Minister of Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (4th right); Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (4th left); Special Assistants to the President, Office of the Minister of Information & Culture, Mr. Williams Adeleye (3rd left); Mr. Segun Adeyemi (2nd right); Director, Federal Ministry of Information & Culture, Mrs. Ronke Wole-Fasanya (right); Deputy Director, Ms Dorothy Duruaku (2nd left); Assistant Director, Mr. Aliyu Abana (left); Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh (middle behind) and Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ade Akinsanya (right behind)  during the Minister’s courtesy visit to the Governor, at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Thursday, April 12, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd right); Minister of Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (4th right); Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (4th left); Special Assistants to the President, Office of the Minister of Information & Culture, Mr. Williams Adeleye (3rd left); Mr. Segun Adeyemi (2nd right); Director, Federal Ministry of Information & Culture, Mrs. Ronke Wole-Fasanya (right); Deputy Director, Ms Dorothy Duruaku (2nd left); Assistant Director, Mr. Aliyu Abana (left); Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh (middle behind) and Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ade Akinsanya (right behind) during the Minister’s courtesy visit to the Governor, at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

He said though the UNWTO/CAF Meeting would hold in Abuja from June 4th to 6th, 2018, a major part of the event, tagged Technical Visit, would be held at the Eko Atlantic City, adding that the decision to hold the visit in Lagos was strategic and pivotal to the overall success of the programme.

“The choice is not an accident. It is designed to showcase to the world a city that promises to be a tourism haven, with the largest shopping mall in sub-Saharan Africa and a city which also boasts of vast amenities for entertainment, such as food courts, cinemas and playgrounds, an ample parking space and a canal that can be used for water transportation and water sports,” Mohammed said.

He said during the day-long Technical Visit, Governor Ambode would also play host to top executives of the UNWTO, African Tourism Ministers and a select group of local and international media, saying that it would be the major highlight of the meeting and that Lagos was better positioned to host it.

“The meeting will give Nigeria the opportunity to showcase itself to the world especially in the area of its culture and tourism and of course, we have a lot to showcase; our tourism attractions, our rich culture, as well as our music and films which have take the world by storm”.

The Minister said the UNWTO, a leading international organisation for tourism with a global membership of 158 members and over 500 Affiliate members unanimously gave Nigeria the hosting right for the Meeting during its 59th Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in April 2017, noting that it was a reflection of the growing positive perception of Nigeria by the international community.

He said the Meeting, which has the theme “Tourism Statistics: A Catalyst For Development”, would be attended by mostly delegates drawn from the 51 member states of the Commission for Africa, the Executives of UNWTO, International Organisations, local and international media as well as experts and stakeholders from the public and private sector.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), with Minister of Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed during the Minister’s courtesy visit to the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Thursday, April 12, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), with Minister of Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed during the Minister’s courtesy visit to the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Thanking the Governor for the strong support so far towards the success of the meeting, the Minister commended the move by the State Government to hold a Tourism Summit on Monday, saying that the development was in line with the Federal Government’s quest to make Nigeria a top tourism destination in Africa.

“We will not only be participating at the summit, we will also be making a presentation that showcases Nigeria as the preferred destination for tourists”, he said.

Responding Governor Ambode said the State Government was pleased to support moves by the Federal Government to preserve the rich culture and heritage of the nation, adding that his administration was also working hard to make the State the tourism hub of Africa.

“So, we are in tandem with your vision and aspirations to make sure that we tell Nigerians the way our story was and the way our story is and also be able to tell outsiders who we are and who we want to be. So, for me it’s a no brainer that I need to support you because this is also in line with what we believe strongly that Nigerians ought to do.

“In the last three years, we have tried as much as possible to promote our heritage and also promote our languages. We do not want a situation where the Nigerian culture which is so rich and diverse will become extinct and that is why we must do everything in our own capacity to ensure that everything that the Federal Government is doing through the Ministry of Information and Culture, in bringing the unity of Nigerian together, is supported by this government,” Governor Ambode said.

Pledging the support of the State Government for the success of the UNWTO/CAF Meeting, Governor Ambode assured that his administration would continue to provide the necessary infrastructure that would attract tourists to the State.

We want to showcase Lagos as a tourist State; our drive is to make Lagos the tourist hub of Africa; we are getting near it; we are providing tourism infrastructure and you could see because tourism is not so much about what you see; it’s about the infrastructure that makes it to happen – the roads, the airport, the ease of doing business, the warmth and then the strength of the people because there is so much energy in the spirit of Lagos,” the Governor said.

Govenor Ambode Visits Japan, Woos Investors On Transportation, Urban Development

Govenor Ambode Visits Japan, Woos Investors On Transportation, Urban Development

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday held a meeting with the Japan-African Union Parliamentary Friendship committee in Tokyo, an influential group in the Japanese parliament.

 Governor Ambode said the meeting, which was attended by members of Japan House of Representatives – Hon. Ichiro Aisawa and Hon. Asahiko Mihara, was in furtherance of his quest to woo Japanese investors especially with regards to finding a comprehensive solution to the challenge of transportation in the State.

 He said his presence in Japan was pursuant to his determination to achieve infrastructural renewal for Lagos State.

 “As a government, the renewal of infrastructure of Lagos State is of paramount interest to us. We cannot afford to miss the train of regeneration going around the world. We must continue to seek comprehensive and holistic solution to the various challenges confronting us.

 “Lagos and Tokyo share many similarities including huge populations which require a comprehensive transportation and urban management strategy to deal with. Japan is also a city Lagos should aspire to be in terms of vertical development, land space optimisation, and efficiency,” the Governor said.

The meeting was also attended by the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Sadanobu Kusaoke and the Nigerian Ambassador to Japan, Mallam Mohammed Gana Yisa.

 During the week, the Governor also visited the headquarters of Yurikamome Incorporated, a light rail transportation facility which connects the down town Tokyo with Tokyo Waterfront City.

 The light rail has and is patronized by all those who live, work and visit the facility since it opened in November 1995. It operates in just 14.5km and has 16 stations.

 The light rail carries more than 45 million people yearly. It was further gathered that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government built the infrastructure, while Yurikamome Incorporated provided other necessary equipment.