…Says Compliance Key To National Planning, Development
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday urged residents of the State to come out and register for the National Identity Card scheme being administered by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), saying compliance would enhance proper planning and facilitate national development.
Speaking at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja after registering for the scheme, Governor Ambode said it was important for people to register for the scheme, as such would go a long way to scale up data planning and financial planning, as well as boost the delivery of democratic dividends to the people.
He said: “I have just finished registering myself as a very proud Nigerian; I am very proud to hold this identity card and I also urge all Lagosians to do the same. We are proudly Lagosians and we are very proud Nigerians.
“So, I urge every Lagosian to come out and get their national identity cards. It is in our best interest and it is also good for data planning and financial planning for all the things that we are trying to deliver to our people. So, I urge everyone to come out and register.”
Earlier, NIMC Regional Coordinator for Lagos, Mr Kayode Adegoke commended Governor Ambode for leading the registration process and for the massive infrastructural development across the State.
Adegoke, who presented the transaction slip confirming the Governor’s enrollment into the National Identity Database, said the NIMC was proud to be associated with the State Government to deliver on the scheme.
Giving details on the other processes to complete the registration, Adegoke said: “After this, the system will generate an eleven digits unique national identification number similar to what is obtainable in the developed world.
“That unique number is your identity and NIMC will provide assured identity which is the second token. After that, the unique general multi-purpose electronic identity card will also be presented. The card has about 16 outlets and about 18 security features.
“With this sir, we want to thank you (Governor Ambode) for what you are doing for us in Lagos State; we want to thank you for the work you are doing and we like to assure you that we will partner with the State Government to ensure the progress of the State,” Adegoke said.
The National Identity Card Scheme is being administered in Lagos in partnership with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA).
…To Provide 24-Hour Power Supply, Protect Yoruba Language
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday signed seven important bills into law among which is the law to guarantee 24-hour power supply in line with the vision to attain a 24-hour economy and make the State globally competitive.
The Laws are Lagos State Electric Power Reform Law, Amended Land Use Charge Law, School of Nursing Law, Cooperative College Law, Cancer Research Institute Law, Amended Customary Court Law and the Yoruba Language Preservation and Promotion Law
Speaking on the import of the new laws, the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem said the development was a great day for the State as it signpost the commencement of the journey to further advance the dividends of democracy to the people.
He said: “This is a great day; the Governor has just signed these bills into law and this shows that the House of Assembly is working in tandem with the Executive. It also shows that Lagos is working. These laws are going to benefit the people of Lagos State and this is what the people are looking for in terms of the dividends of democracy.”
Giving details on the benefits of the Power Sector Reform Law, the State’s Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Olawale Oluwo said the law would allow the State Government to intervene in major areas of the power value chain to the overall benefit of the people.
He said: “One, the law puts the government in a position to be able to extend our guarantee to private sector participants who will come and generate power for us and by this guarantee, we are putting the balance sheet of our State on the table and assuring investors that as they generate power, they will get paid.
“Second, is to help the distribution companies to upgrade their infrastructure because if they generate the power and their infrastructure is still where it is today, clearly they will not have the capacity to carry the incremental power. The third area of intervention is that it empowers us to be able to open up the gas market in Lagos so that we can have gas on a consistent basis and that is how we can attain the 24-hour power supply.”
Speaking further, Oluwo said the law would also enable the State Government to collaborate with the distribution companies to collect tariff from customers efficiently in a way that the said guarantee would not crystallize, while in the area of enforcement, the law will prevent power theft.
According to him, ”What has happened today is that the first power theft law in Nigeria has been signed today by Governor Ambode and this is the first time any government in Nigeria will institutionalise the power theft law.
“It criminalizes power infraction. What we have seen before is that people tamper with and bypass meters and at the end of the day they are arrested and nothing happens but the new law provides for jail terms as well as fines and all sorts of forbearance such that if you tamper with electrical installations, if you import fake electrical materials into this State, you are liable to be prosecuted,” Oluwo explained.
Speaking on the other laws, the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan said the signing of the laws aptly confirmed the commitment of Governor Ambode to institutionalize and enshrine good governance.
“Among the bills is the Amended Customary Law which is very important because for a long time the Customary Court system in the Local Government has been shut down because of the bill and with this revision, the Customary Court in Local Government will spring back to life and that means that many of the activities in the Local Government which require arbitration and dispute resolution which had been in abeyance so far will now come back in full stream.
“Another one is the Yoruba Promotion bill and for the first time it will become normal for you to be admitted into any of our tertiary institutions with a credit in Yoruba language and Yoruba will now become a major requirement for you to engage in normal business communication in Lagos State. This is a clear and conscious commitment to the position which Lagos State prides Yoruba language as the cultural vehicle for us to be able to articulate our position and it also shows that Lagos has furthered recognised the importance of language as a vehicle for development,” Bamigbetan said.
…Says Completion Of On-Going Projects, Activation Of New Ones Remain Immediate Priority
Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday swore-in five new members of the State Executive Council with a charge on them to hit the ground running and offer only the best of services to the people.
Speaking at a brief swearing-in ceremony held at the Lagos State Executive Council Chambers in Alausa, Ikeja, Governor Ambode said the new cabinet members were appointed based on their track record, expertise and experience, and as such they must immediately settle down in office and inject new ideas to reinvigorate and reenergize government machinery to the overall benefit of the people.
Addressing the appointees, Governor Ambode said their immediate mandate is to see to the completion of all on-going projects and activation of new ones to make life better and comfortable for the people.
“As you settle down to your new assignments, I demand nothing but the best from you. Your immediate task as you hit the ground running is to quickly bring yourself up to speed with the mandate of your MDA and key into the immediate priority for this year which is the completion of all on-going projects. This, however, does not preclude the initiation of new projects that are considered highly essential and critical to the general well-being of our people,” the Governor said.
Specifically, Governor Ambode said the appointees must be mindful of the fact that the greatest asset of his administration is the goodwill of the people which cuts across all segments of the society, saying that he remained committed to sustaining the goodwill by upholding the policy of inclusion and implementing programmes and projects which in turn would positively and directly impact on the livelihood of all residents.
The Governor said making Lagos work for all was a 24-hour job which required selfless service, hard work, dedication and an uncompromising focus on the improvement of lives of all residents, a development he said necessitated the vision of his administration from inception to build a clean, safe and prosperous State guided by the rule of law, as well as a globally competitive smart City.
According to him, “As simple as it sounds, this is a tough task but I am happy to state here that the job has been made uncomplicated because we have the best team working together to achieve this vision. Today, we are delighted to welcome on board the newly sworn-in members of the State Executive Council.
“You are joining a winning team of committed professionals and politicians who have been working round the clock for the past 32 months to make Lagos functional, efficient and a haven for business, tourism, entertainment and sports.”
He said the achievements so far recorded were massive but a lot still needed to be done to achieve the desired vision and moving the State forward on the path of sustainable growth, which was why the government was injecting new ideas with the appointments to reinvigorate government machinery.
Governor Ambode said as members of the Executive Council which is the highest policy making body of the State and also charged with the responsibility of implementing government programmes through the various MDAs, he expects the new appointees to bring their knowledge, expertise and experience to bear on the mandate of the Ministries to which they have been assigned and the overall vision of the present administration.
Besides, Governor Ambode commended former members of the State Executive Council for their dedicated service and contribution to the achievements so far recorded by this administration, just as he also appreciated the leadership and members of the House of Assembly for ensuring due diligence and speedy confirmation process for the new Cabinet members.
The newly appointed cabinet members are Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Hakeem Fahm; Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson; Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Segun Banjo; Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye; and Special Adviser on Communities and Communications, Mr. Hakeem Sulaiman.
Responding on behalf of the appointees, Oladunjoye thanked Governor Ambode for finding them worthy to be part of a robust administration which, according to her, had been implementing projects and policies in all sectors of the State, assuring that they would key into the vision and mission of government and offer nothing but the best to move Lagos forward.
Making Lagos work for all is a 24-hour job. It requires selfless service, hard work, dedication and an uncompromising focus on the improvement of lives of all Lagosians. At the inception of this administration, our vision was to build a clean, safe and prosperous State guided by the rule of Law; a globally competitive smart City.
As simple as it sounds, this is a tough task but I am happy to state here that the job has been made uncomplicated because we have the best team working together to achieve this vision. Today, we are delighted to welcome on board the newly sworn-in members of the State Executive Council.
You are joining a winning team of committed professionals and politicians who have been working round the clock for the past 32 months to make Lagos functional, efficient and a haven for business, tourism, entertainment and sports.
This is not to say that we have arrived at our desired destination. There is still a lot of work to be done in order to achieve the desired vision of Lagos we all want to see, live and work in.
Moving our State forward on the path of sustainable growth requires regular stock taking and injection of new ideas to reinvigorate and reenergize government machinery. This is the thinking behind the appointment of the new members of the State Executive Council whom we have just sworn in today.
The Executive Council of which you are now members, is the highest policy making body of the State which is also charged with the responsibility of implementing government programmes through the various MDAs. It is my expectation that you will bring to bear, your knowledge, expertise and experience, on the mandate of the Ministries to which you have been assigned and the overall vision of this administration.
One of the approaches of our administration has been to infuse Innovation and creativity into governance. Given the cosmopolitan nature of our State and the peculiar challenges of a mega city, we cannot afford to rely on the status quo approach to providing solution to new and emerging issues. We must therefore, as a matter of necessity, adopt new methods to achieve greater efficiency and increased productivity.
You must also keep in mind that the greatest asset of this administration is the goodwill of the people which cuts across all segments of the society. We are committed to sustaining this goodwill by upholding our policy of inclusion and implementing programmes and projects that will positively and directly impact on the livelihood of all our people.
As you settle down to your new assignments, I demand nothing but the best from you. Your immediate task as you hit the ground running is to quickly bring yourself up to speed with the mandate of your MDA and key into the immediate priority for this year which is the completion of all ongoing projects. This however does not preclude the initiation of new projects that are considered highly essential and critical to the general well-being of our people.
I congratulate you all on your new appointment. I also want to use this opportunity to thank the former members of the State Executive Council for their dedicated service and contribution to the achievements so far recorded by this administration.
This occasion would not have become a reality without the support and cooperation of the State House of Assembly. I therefore thank the leadership and members of the House for ensuring due diligence and speedy confirmation process for the members of the Cabinet.
Once again, I congratulate you all on your appointment and look forward to working with you for the growth, progress and prosperity of Lagos.
…Urges New Generation To Emulate Late VP’s Principled Stance On Issues
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday joined eminent Nigerians from all walks of life to pay last respects to former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme who died on November 19, 2017 at the age of 85 years.
Speaking in Anambra during the burial service held at St. John The Divine Church, Anglican Communion, Oko, Governor Ambode described the late Ekwueme as a highly principled Nigerian and thoroughbred professional who inspired many professionals to go into politics.
Governor Ambode, who recalled that Ekwueme spent better part of his life in Lagos, said as a young professional, the late Vice President was one of those who inspired him to go into politics.
He said: “I am here to represent Lagos State because the greater part of Chief Alex Ekwueme’s life was actually spent in Lagos and for me, I regard him as a Lagosian and as a complete Nigerian and that is why a whole lot of people are here to celebrate him.
“He was one of the few professionals that ventured into politics and made a big success out of it and he was somebody I looked on to being a professional coming into politics.”
While calling on the new generation to emulate Ekwueme’s principled stance on issues, the Governor said such was important to bring positive difference to the people.
He added: “I just think he (Ekwueme) made positive difference and we need to celebrate him and you can see that the celebration is more about someone that can keep Nigeria united; he was just a complete astute politician and he was highly principled and that is the new politics that we should actually emulate and play in Nigeria.”
In his sermon, Archbishop Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Revd. Nicholas Okoh admonished Nigerians to seek refuge in the ark of God and jettison all acts that are contrary to divine principles.
Okoh, who anchored his message on Genesis, chapters 6 and 7 and John 10:10, said for Nigeria to be rebuilt, people must bring back the virtues of integrity and honesty, just as he charged politicians to emulate late Ekwueme by being simple and close to their people.
Besides, the clergyman urged the political class to make efforts to revamp the health sector, saying it was shameful the rate at which Nigerians travel abroad for medical tourism.
Dignitaries who graced the service include Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan; former Vice President, Namadi Sambo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; former Governor of Osun State, Chief Bisi Akande; Governors of Anambra, Willie Obiano; Delta, Ifeanyi Okowa; Abia, Okezie Ikpeazu; Imo, Rochas Okorocha; Enugu, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu; former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, among others.