Governor Ambode Receives ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy In Lagos

Governor Ambode Receives ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy In Lagos

…Wants Sport Intensified In Secondary Schools

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday received the 2019 World Cup Trophy of the International Cricket Council (ICC), with a pledge to come up with action plan to institutionalize Cricket in Secondary Schools across the State.

Speaking at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja when he officially received the ICC Trophy for the World Cup scheduled to be hosted in June by England and Wales, Governor Ambode, who played the game while in Secondary School, said it was important to initiate programmes to escalate the sport in the country, adding that the best way to start was to make it interesting to young ones.

He said aside the game itself, Cricket fields were well cherished all over the world, and that it was necessary for something to be done to develop the sport in the country, especially in Lagos State renowned to be the Cricket capital of Nigeria, adding that the core fundamentals of the game were necessary to inculcate leadership, team spirit and discipline in the youths.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right); being presented with a Cricket jersey by the President, Nigerian Cricket Federation, Prof. Yahaya Ukwenya (left) during the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour to the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right); being presented with a Cricket jersey by the President, Nigerian Cricket Federation, Prof. Yahaya Ukwenya (left) during the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour to the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

“I’m delighted that Lagos State is actually part of the success story of Cricket. Yes, we have supported the Nigerian Cricket Federation (NCF) but again we can still do more and what is more important is to see that while this competition is going on, we believe strongly that whatever it is that we can still do to institutionalize Cricket in our Secondary schools and in other places, the Sports Commission should just go ahead and see how that can be done.

“I want to also commend the Federation because I understand that there is a Cricket Clinic coming up tomorrow for school children also, and that is the beginning of how this thing can be activated and we believe that should also be institutionalized so that we can have more people playing the game,” Governor Ambode said.

The Governor, who also expressed great delight to receive the trophy, said although the game was not seriously understood by Nigerians, but that the camaraderie, sportsmanship and other key attributes of the game were important to play up.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), with President of Nigerian Cricket Federation, Prof. Yahaya Ukwenya during the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour to the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), with President of Nigerian Cricket Federation, Prof. Yahaya Ukwenya during the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour to the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

“I feel seriously honoured to be receiving this cup. I’m deeply honoured also that this is happening while I’m still the Governor of this State. It is like bringing the cup back home because it is something I have always cherished right from Secondary School.

“This is a big moment for me because I used to be the wicked keeper in Secondary school. I’ve always cherished the kind of sportsmanship and the kind of camaraderie that goes with Cricket. It is a game not deeply understood by Nigerians but it is a game that actually teaches you leadership, team spirit, discipline and all sorts because you need to stay somewhere and keep changing for almost like 8 hours, 10 hours unlike other sports that you just use one and half hour and everybody will go home.

“So, it inculcates into you something that I think I stand for and something I would also like to leave as part of the legacy here that you can be anything you want to be and that is what Cricket also teaches you,” he said.

Recalling his experience with President Muhammadu Buhari last Saturday when they both landed at the Cricket Pitch in the Pavilion and the President was asking whether Cricket was still being played there, Governor Ambode said the development was a pointer to the fact that something must be done to develop the sport in the country and take it to the future.

Earlier, leader of the delegation and President of the Nigerian Cricket Federation, Professor Yahaya Ukwenya said Nigeria was chosen as part of the three countries in Africa to receive the trophy, while Lagos State is the only State in the country to officially host it.

He said in the last 18 months, a lot of achievements had been recorded in the game in the country, adding that Lagos State, as the Nigerian Cricket capital, had been very supportive in attaining the feats.

Keynote Address Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Launch Of The Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme

Keynote Address Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Launch Of The Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme

As you may be aware, the Lagos State Health Scheme was established by Law No.4 of May, 2015. This law was inspired by Government’s desire to provide access to affordable and quality Healthcare Services to all residents of Lagos.

The job of implementing this law fell on our administration and for the past Three and Half years we have been working on the implementation of this delicate but very important scheme. I can assure you that providing a Health Insurance Scheme for all residents of Lagos State is a tough task but one we were committed to executing.

We were committed to implementing this programme because the welfare of all Lagosians is of paramount interest to us and we came into office with a promise to make Lagos work for all.

I am delighted that we have fulfilled that promise and are gathered at this historic and momentous occasion today for the formal launch of the Lagos State Insurance Health Scheme. It is historic because it marks a distinct milestone in the State Government’s effort to ensure the sustained provision of a critical social service to our teeming Lagos population.

The overall goal of this scheme is to ensure that all residents of the State have unhindered access to sustainable, quality and affordable healthcare services with financial risk protection including subsidy from government subsidy.

Since the passage of the Law, the Ministry of Health and the Lagos State Health Management Agency established by the Lagos State Health Law as the regulator of the Scheme, have been working with several Local and International Technical Partners to design the scheme in line with the requirements of the law and best practices driven by our local needs, experiences and technological developments. This effort was time consuming but necessary to ensure we give the good people of Lagos a Healthcare Scheme that is fit for purpose and sustainable.

It is a known fact that out of pocket payment for healthcare deters access to Health Services especially for indigents and other vulnerable persons in our society. This situation contributes to increased morbidity and mortality with the resultant adverse effect on the human capital development and economic prosperity of Lagos.

To ensure that the indigent and vulnerable, who are most susceptible to the difficulties of out of pocket payments for healthcare, are enrolled into the Lagos State Health Scheme, we have set aside 1% of the State’s consolidated revenue in the 2018 budget for this purpose.

By Law, this scheme is mandatory for all residents of the State. That is the trend nationwide. The process of identifying and registering the beneficiaries has commenced in a number of our developing communities whose residents are mostly indigent.

The Government has also made provision for all State and Local Government workers and their nuclear families to be enrolled into the Scheme at a subsidized rate.

This scheme will deliver significant benefits to the economy of the State. Beyond ensuring we have a healthy population, this scheme will foster inclusion and increase in the utilization of hospital services thereby creating employment opportunities for medical professionals which will definitely have a positive impact on the economy of our State.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Lagos State Health Scheme has come to stay. Robust mechanisms have been put in place to ensure transparency in its operations and in the management of funds. These will help to ensure this initiative outlives any government administration.

We intend to continue to commit resources to improve our medical facilities and enhance the scope of coverage. However, the State Government cannot do this alone. I therefore call on our partners in the Private Sector to see the LSHS as an effective vehicle to positively impact their communities.

I encourage corporate bodies, high net-worth individuals, government agencies, multilaterals and NGO’s to adopt vulnerable groups of persons by funding their healthcare coverage.  It will be an investment which will yield incalculable dividends because every life saved could be a very valuable member of society and potential leader.

I enjoin all Lagosians to embrace this scheme which aligns with global best practice in healthcare financing. With this scheme, every Lagosian, no matter your socio-economic status, is guaranteed access to quality healthcare service.

Just last week, President Muhammadu Buhari, through the Chairman of the National Economic Council, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, launched the Human Capital Development Programme with the theme, “Healthy, Educated and Productive Nigerians for a Globally Competitive Nation vision by 2030’. The programme focused on three main areas; health and nutrition, education and labour force participation.

This ties in with what we have done here today. This is what our great party, All Progressives Congress stands for. Our gubernatorial candidate, Jide Sanwoolu, is also committed to this initiative. His presence and that of his running mate is a clear indication of our doctrine of continuity in governance.

I urge all Lagosians to ensure that this people-oriented scheme is sustained by voting wisely and voting continuity.

Today, we have laid another brick into that building that is the Lagos of our dreams. I enjoin you to continue to work with us to make this dream a reality.

Thank You and God bless you all

Itesiwaju eko lo jewa logun.

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.