We’ll Begin Construction Of Three New General Hospitals This Year

We’ll Begin Construction Of Three New General Hospitals This Year

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday said that plans are already underway to commence construction of three new ultra modern General Hospitals in the State this year to improve healthcare delivery in the State.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the second quarterly Town Hall Meeting for the year and seventh in the series held at Shibiri/Ekunpa Area Office in Oto-Awori Local Council Development Area (LCDA), said the State Government was already concluding the necessary paperwork before the contractors would move to site.

The Governor, who took time to take questions from community leaders, traditional rulers, market women, youth leaders and party leaders in the area, said the decision to bring the Town Hall Meeting to Oto-Awori LCDA was in continuation of his commitment to leave no community behind in the development of the State.

He said he was also in the area to listen to the requests of the people in the axis and see how his administration could respond accordingly.

Responding to the request for a General Hospital to be constructed in the area, Governor Ambode said three new facilities have been catered for in the 2017 budget.

“Talking about General Hospitals, in the budget we have designated General Hospitals for three areas and Ojo Local Government is one of them. It is in the pipeline, its just a matter of time, we are already closing in on it,” he said.

Governor Ambode also assured that efforts would be made to improve healthcare service delivery in the riverine area in Oto Awori, saying that residents in such areas have remained relevant in the government’s achievements over the years.

“This area is traditionally and historically known to be a major supporter of government and we must give them back for the support which they have always been known for,” he said.

The Governor also acceded to the request of the residents for the rehabilitation of the access roads linking the area to the Alimosho General Hospital which they currently use pending the construction of a nearby General Hospital.

He, therefore, directed the State Public Works Corporation to immediately fix the roads to improve accessibility to the facility.

Besides, the Governor directed contractors handling several ongoing road projects across the State to return to their various sites or risks their contracts being terminated, saying that his administration would not tolerate any form of laxity in project delivery.

“I like the idea of bringing to the fore the issue of uncompleted projects. If we are able to do a link bridge in 11 months, if we are able to do Ajah flyover in 13 months and Abule Egba flyover in 13 months and we are going to commission all of them next month, how can these roads be there forever? So, obviously we should use the same spirit of delivering service to do all the outstanding roads. The Ministry of Works must go back to these sites, I must know what is going on within the next few days,” the Governor said.

He listed some of the projects to include Mile 10 Road, Mowo Road, Tedi Road, Ilaje Road, Goriola Oseni Road, Sabo Mosafejo Road and Imude Orisa Road where only 1.5km of the road was covered by the contractor.

“These are contracts already awarded, it’s for our own contractors to go there and finish the job, so the responsibility is on us to make sure you deliver these roads within the shortest possible time,” he said.

The Governor also said that he had approved all the mini waterworks across the State, numbering about 41 to function optimally within the next 12 weeks to ensure that residents have access to clean and portable water.

Addressing issues concerning the physically challenged, Governor Ambode directed that the Civil Service Comission and the Local Government Civil Service Commission should put modalities in place to employ at least 250 physically challenged persons into the State Civil Service.

He also ordered the Chairman of the State’s Sports Commission to offset all arrears of allowances owed the physically challenged athletes in the State next week.

Projecting for the next quarter, Governor Ambode said the Government would kick start the implementation of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, implement the construction of 181 roads across the 57 LGs/LCDAs, complete the Abule-Egba and Ajah flyover bridges, further signalization of Lekki – Ajah express road and continuation of Road network upgrade in all the three Senatorial Zones.

“Furthermore, initiatives for Tourism will be intensified by commencing Development of Heritage Centre for Leadership (Presidential Lodge), Lagos History Centre, J.K Randle Centre, Transformation of the Onikan Museum, Development of tourism hubs in Lagos-West, Lagos-East, Construction of 6 Cultural Theatres in Alimosho, Badagry, Epe, Ikorodu, Ikeja and Lagos Mainland, and continuation of Epe and Badagry Waterfront development as well as other tourist potentials in the area,” he said.

Address Presented At The 2nd Quarterly Town Hall Meeting In Year 2017, (The 7th In The Series) Held On Friday April 21st, 2017

Address Presented At The 2nd Quarterly Town Hall Meeting In Year 2017, (The 7th In The Series) Held On Friday April 21st, 2017

The train of our Quarterly Town Hall meeting has arrived in Ojo, the home of our dependable and reliable Deputy Governor – Dr. Mrs. Idiat Oluranti Adebule. I salute the good people of Ojo and the Lagos West Senatorial Zone. We are very happy to be here with you today.

This edition of the Town Hall meeting coincides with the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the creation of our State so I will begin by congratulating every Lagosian on this Golden Jubilee anniversary. Our special appreciation and gratitude go to our founding founders and predecessors who have worked assiduously in the last five decades for the growth and progress of Lagos State.

We appreciate the vision, tenacity of purpose and hard work which helped to shape our past and laid the foundation on which to build the prosperous future of our dear State.

Today’s Town Hall Meeting is not to discuss what we have done but to listen to the people of Ojo axis and to lay out our plans for this. But for the benefit of many, let me run through some of the highlights of the last quarter.

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SAFETY AND SECURITY

  • The Neighburhood Watch was rebranded and launched as the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps and provided with equipment to combat illegal activities within the populace. The Neighbourhood Corps will complement the efforts of the police in curbing crime and criminality in the state.

SPORTS

  • The State successfully hosted the second edition of the Lagos Marathon and attracted international attention through larger participation of foreign athletes.

JOB CREATION

  • The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund continues to fulfil its mandate of providing subsidized loans to our entrepreneurs. The Fund has now approved loans of N1.7 billion to 1,400 businesses, and out of this, N1.2 billion has already been disbursed to 800 people. By the end of this month, loans to another 1,000 businesses will be approved, taking the total loans approved above 2,000. To further serve Lagos residents, the Fund will soon open the application process for skills development and training to help our unemployed youths take up existing jobs within the Lagos economy. I urge you to visit the Fund’s website or their liaison offices in the Local Governments to apply for their various programs.

ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE

The following road projects were completed:

·         Bridge linking Aboru to Abesan, in Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council of Alimosho Local Government Area and adjoining inner roads.

·         Construction of Aradagun- Iworo – Ajido Phase 1, Bridge

·         Rehabilitation of Bankole Oki Street, Ikoyi in Eti-Osa L.G.A.

·         Rehabilitation of Alli Dada Road in Oshodi-Isolo L.G.A.

·         Completion of the construction of the 2nd Pedestrian Bridge at   Ojota, Kosofe local Government.

·         Rehabilitation of Admiralty Way in Lekki Peninsular Scheme 1

·         Rehabilitation of Omotayo Banwo/Kola Iyaomolere Street in Kosofe

 

ECONOMY

  • We inaugurated an Economic Advisory Team comprising 12 (twelve) renowned, tested and versatile individuals to render advice that will accelerate the Lagos State Development Plan.

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HOUSING

  • The first set of beneficiaries of the newly designed Lagos Rent-To-Own Initiative have moved into the allocated housing units and become home owners under the scheme.
  • More housing units are already being built in Sangotedo in Eti-Osa, Ajara in Badagry, Igbogbo in Ikorodu and Egan-Igando in Alimosho.

 

AGRICULTURE

  • We have commenced the upgrade of the 167-hectare Songhai Model Farm in Avia-Igborosun, Badagry to encourage organic agriculture and train citizens interested in agro-business for local consumption or export.
  • We trained 540 fishermen across the State on the use of fishing equipment to improve their skills as well as optimize their understanding of the trade and boost income.

EDUCATION

  • 18 public Secondary schools were equipped with state-of-the-art libraries across Education Districts.
  • The Lagos Digital Library, an online repository of education, is also being deployed to improve the learning experience of the students and equip them with information technology skills and access.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

  • We launched the first-of-its-kind in Lagos, internet-based mobile app – Citizens Gate – for instant interaction between government. The major objective of this project is to bring government closer to the people.

 

OUTLOOK FOR THIS QUARTER

In this quarter, we intend to kick start the implementation of the Cleaner Lagos Initiatives, implement the construction of 181 roads across the 57 LGs/LCDAs, complete the Abule-Egba and Ajah flyover bridges, further signalization of Lekki – Ajah express road and continuation of Road network upgrade in all the 3 Senatorial Zones.

Furthermore, initiatives for Tourism will be intensified by commencing Development of Heritage Centre for Leadership (Presidential Lodge), Lagos History Centre, J.K Randle Centre, Transformation of the Onikan Museum, Development of tourism hubs in Lagos-West, Lagos-East, Construction of 6 Cultural Theatres in Alimosho,Badagry, Epe, Ikorodu, Ikeja and Lagos Mainland, and continuation of Epe and Badagry Waterfront development as well as other tourist potentials in the area.

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CONCLUSION

At 50, we have every reason to celebrate our dear State and our collective achievements. I enjoin everyone to be part of the activities lined for the celebration of Lagos Golden Jubilee because you have all been part of the success story of Eko Akete – the Centre of Excellence.

I thank our party – the All Progressives Congress – for the opportunity and support in ensuring that this administration is a part of its success story. To all our party leaders and members, let us join hands and ensure continued success for this administration.

Our administration remains committed to advancing the Lagos Mega City Project through judicious use of your continued regular payment of taxes.

Let me also use this opportunity to remind everyone of the need to ensure a clean environment and cooperate with health personnel to prevent outbreak of diseases in our communities. Always remain safety conscious and promptly report any suspicious individuals, groups or activities to the security agencies.

On my part I remain committed to the pledge I made to make Lagos work for everyone. I wish you all a happy anniversary celebration!

God bless Lagos State.

God bless Nigeria.

God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun.

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State

21st April, 2017

Lagos State Government Restates Commitment To Develop Potentials Of Lagos Waterways

Lagos State Government Restates Commitment To Develop Potentials Of Lagos Waterways

The Lagos at 50 celebrations continued on Saturday with a colourful Boat Regatta display held simultaneously at four different locations, where the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode restated his administration’s determination to develop the immense potentials of the Lagos waterways.

The Governor, who spoke at the Oyinkan Abayomi Drive Waterfront, Lagos Island, venue of the event, which also held in Epe, Badagry and Ikorodu, said he would also create a platform for the private sector to harness the opportunities which abound in the waterways.
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“Our administration has invested massively in the provision of facilities and infrastructures on our waterways. The issue of security especially on our waters is very important to us and resources have been deployed to ensure safety and security of the waterways as well as the channelisation of the waterways”, he said.

Governor Ambode who was represented at the event by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, added that the celebration of Lagos at 50 will not be complete without showcasing the State’s culture and tradition which is derived from the adaptation of its natural environment -the lagoons and creeks.

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“We are committed to the preservation and advancement of our water based cultural heritage. Our state is blessed with great aquatic environment. 22 percent of the total geographical area of lagos is made up of lagoons and creeks”.

“These water bodies have become part of our culture and heritage and have influenced our culture, our trade and our lifestyle”, the Governor said.

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The event featured a traditional Boat Regatta parade and display competition by 15 qualified boats and floats at the end of which five finalists emerged.

It also featured search and rescue demonstration and maneuvering by agencies such as the Marine Police, MIMASA, LASWA and LASEMA and very culturally rich traditional performances.

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Prominent dignitaries including the Commissioner for Employment and Wealth Creation, Mr Babatunde Durosinmi- Etti, Acting Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon Adebimpe Akinsola, former Finance Commissioner, Mr Wale Edun and Sole Administrators of many Local Government Councils and Local Council Development Areas graced the event.

Ishawo Killings: Lagos Commiserates With Police, Families, Vows To Go After Militants

Ishawo Killings: Lagos Commiserates With Police, Families, Vows To Go After Militants

…Reiterates Why Illegal Shanties Must Go

The Lagos State Government on Sunday commiserated with the families of four Police Officers and one Army Captain that lost their lives in Ishawo area of Ikorodu after an ambush unleashed on them by militants.

The gallant officers were killed after successfully rescuing kidnapped victims kept in the riverine area by the militants.

In a reaction issued on Sunday by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the government described the incident as unfortunate but insisted that it would only strengthen its resolve to root crime and criminalities out of the State.

The statement said Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was deeply touched and condoled with the families and loved ones of the departed officers.

“The Governor, however, assures the Police and general public of his support and commitment to rid the State of every form of militancy, kidnappings, and illegal waterfront shanties that harbour criminals,” Ayorinde said.

Specifically, the State Government stressed that the unfortunate incident in Ishawo had further reinforced its resolve to go after criminal elements and their collaborators who are using coastal areas and illegal waterfront settlements as havens or escape routes to perpetrate evil and criminal activities.

It added that that every perpetrator directly or remotely linked to the Ishawo dastardly act would be brought to justice in the shortest possible time.

“We wish to solicit the understanding and support of the public on the need to rid our waterways of illegal shanties that are not only an eyesore to our collective decency but have become a fertile ground for breeding illicit and illegal activities that constitute danger to the security and wellbeing of the larger public,” the government said.