LASG Woos Investors To Undertake Okokomaiko-Seme Border Road Project 

LASG Woos Investors To Undertake Okokomaiko-Seme Border Road Project 

…Says Work Ongoing To Give Lagosians 24/7 Power Supply By 2018

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has expressed the readiness of the State Government to partner with any investor willing to key into his administration’s massive infrastructural renewal drive in critical sectors, saying such would be a win-win situation for the overall benefit of the people.

Speaking recently at an interactive session with members of the business community and informal sector, the Governor said public private partnership was critical to accelerate development, and that the government is open to collaborate with interested investors.

For instance, Governor Ambode said the State Government would be willing to partner with any investor interested in taking up the second phase of the Mile 2 to Seme Border ten-lane road project.

He said: “At the moment, work is already ongoing from Eric More to Okokomaiko but we are willing to partner with any investor interested in taking up the construction of the second phase which is ten-lane road from Okokomaiko to Seme Border.

“If we are able to achieve that, it will open up and transform the western axis, especially Badagry forever, and the project will also complement the massive projects being undertaken in the axis,” the Governor said.

Besides, Governor Ambode said plans were already at advanced stages to bring about constant power supply to all homes and businesses in the State by the end of 2018.

He said though the political geography of the country was affecting the visionary strategy to solve the power challenges being essentially in the control of the Federal Government, but the State Government had devised policies and strategies to short-circuit power generation, transmission and distribution to ensure constant power supply to the people of the State.

Likewise, the Governor said the State Government is also in talks with electricity distribution companies operating in the State to see possibility of supplying 24/7 power to residents at a bit higher tariff than what currently obtains subject to agreement of all stakeholders, while government would be the guarantor of the people.

The Governor also revealed that the legal framework to prevent power theft and also legitimize the concept of power generation had already been sent to the State House of Assembly for approval.

He said: “Presently, we have less than 1,000MW in Lagos and the fundamental issues remain with generation, transmission and then distribution. Who is transmitting? It is still owned primary by the Federal Government but in Lagos State, we have become creative and we have done Independent Power Project (IPP) before through which we were able to generate 47.5MW which was distributed short-circuiting transmission.

“So, if it works, does it look like a template we can now use to get power freedom or what we call power security? If we say we are the fifth largest economy in Africa and we are not in control of how power is generated in an economy that wants to move from fifth to third, then something is wrong. So, what we are saying is let’s find a way to short-circuit them within the ambit of the law.

“If the law allows you to have independent power and going through the regulatory commission then you are smart enough to do that. The only thing we have done is to get permission from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to create clusters of embedded power in our State and if we are able to do it, we become a test case for the rest of the economy.”

On the collaboration with electricity distribution companies, Governor Ambode said the State Government was willing to stand as the guarantor for the people to get 24/7 power supply.

“The idea is that look can we have a mid-point on how to get 24/7 power? The generator that people are using is extremely expensive and what we are saying is that can we work with all these stakeholders and push the tariff for example from N20 to maybe N40 but guarantee the people of 24/7 power? So, if I am able to do that and I get the confidence, I will just stand on behalf of Lagosians to say that the new tariff as agreed by all of us, if we can provide it for the people 24/7, they are likely to pay. In case they don’t pay, I get financially exposed. That is what we are trying to do; we become the guarantor on behalf of Lagosians and then if all those things work out, by this time next year, people will have constant power supply. As a government, we are strongly committed to power freedom; we want to free ourselves from darkness and we want to open up the sector for more investors,” he said.

Remarks Delivered At The Unveiling Of The “Liberation” Statue In Honour Of Fela Anikulapo Kuti At Allen Avenue Roundabout, Ikeja

Remarks Delivered At The Unveiling Of The “Liberation” Statue In Honour Of Fela Anikulapo Kuti At Allen Avenue Roundabout, Ikeja

Today, we have come together to remember and to honour legend who challenged us all as individuals and as a people to free our minds from all inhibitions and actualise our true potentials. Fela Anikulapo Kuti, twenty years after his death, is still alive as a movement of social consciousness and justice against oppression in our society.

Fela made the world sit up and take notice of the energy of African art and music. Fela was an enigmatic artiste, who used the platform of his art to agitate for social and human rights by challenging the government and people to explore development through social and economic activities that are rooted in African values. Fela will forever be accorded his position in the Global “Hall of Fame” of artistes.

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The phenomenon that the world knows as “Fela” was deeply rooted in the evolution of Lagos State. The story of music, art, entertainment and tourism in Lagos and Nigeria cannot be told without an eloquent mention of the “Abami eda”.

On this day, October 15th, which would have been Fela’s 79th birthday, the government and people of Lagos State celebrate ‘’Fela’’ with the unveiling of this Liberation Statue.  It has been 20 years since he passed on but the memories he left us with remain evergreen. Today we celebrate a man who voluntarily turned his back on a life of comfort and privilege, and took up his saxophone as a weapon to fight for the liberation of our people from neo-colonialism and bad governance.

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This “Liberation” statue is not an image of Fela but a symbol of Fela’s philosophy. This artwork was created as a form of respect and remembrance to this legend; what he stood for and fought for with his music; his mythology; struggle for freedom; fight for human dignity; social consciousness; courage and Pan-Africanism.

We want to use this opportunity to reiterate the continued commitment of the Lagos State Government to fully harness the potentials of entertainment, creative arts and tourism to transform the economy of Lagos State and generate wealth and job opportunities for our people.

Our government identifies with the spirit of limitless opportunities offered by the creative sector and will support entertainment entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams. We want to create a vibrant arts and culture sector that would empower our young and talented population to find their own voices and impact society positively.

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Ladies and gentlemen, Fela would have been 80 years next year and for his contribution to music, art and entertainment in Lagos, Nigeria and Africa, should be immortalised. Fela deserves to be celebrated with many more monuments and different artistic expressions.

Today, he is still alive in his music and in the music of Femi, Seun and other artistes who have followed his style of music. This monument we have unveiled today should be the first of many to celebrate the icon who gave us afro beat.

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I thank members of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s family for their support which contributed immensely to making this event a reality.  I also commend you for immortalising this great Nigerian and African with the annual Felabration event. The spirit of “Fela” lives on in our hearts.

Thank you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun!

 

Akinwunmi Ambode,

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

 

15th October, 2017.

LASG Seeks Lawmakers’ Support For Reforms In Transport, Environment, Energy Sectors

LASG Seeks Lawmakers’ Support For Reforms In Transport, Environment, Energy Sectors

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday urged lawmakers to support the ongoing efforts of his administration to effect key reforms in transportation, environment and energy sectors aimed at putting the State on a sound footing for economic growth and development.

Speaking at the opening session of the 2nd annual Executive/Legislative Parley, 14th in the series, held at Golden Tulip Hotel in Festac, Governor Ambode said efforts were already ongoing to integrate rail, land and water transportation under the intermodal transportation system, saying that the move was geared towards ensuring efficient movement of people, goods and services within the State.

He said the parley, with the theme: “Lagos: The Rise of a Mega City State: The Collaboration That Works,” was held in continuation of the partnership existing between the Executive and Legislative arms of government in the State, and also to forge a convergence on key reforms currently being implemented.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (4th left); his Deputy, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (3rd left); Senator Gbenga Ashafa representing Lagos East Senatorial District (2nd left); Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila (left); Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa (4th right); Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola representing Lagos West Senatorial District (3rd right); Deputy Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) Lagos State Chapter, Cardinal James Odunmbaku (2nd right) and Party Chieftain, Alhaji Akanni Seriki (right) during the opening of the Executive/Legislative Parley with the theme, Lagos - The Rise of a Mega City: A Collaboration That Works, at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Lagos, on Thursday, October 12, 2017.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (4th left); his Deputy, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (3rd left); Senator Gbenga Ashafa representing Lagos East Senatorial District (2nd left); Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila (left); Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa (4th right); Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola representing Lagos West Senatorial District (3rd right); Deputy Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) Lagos State Chapter, Cardinal James Odunmbaku (2nd right) and Party Chieftain, Alhaji Akanni Seriki (right) during the opening of the Executive/Legislative Parley with the theme, Lagos – The Rise of a Mega City: A Collaboration That Works, at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Lagos, on Thursday, October 12, 2017.

He said: “This parley is just to underscore the importance of collaboration of the different arms of government so as to achieve the vision we have set for ourselves. But more importantly, there is nothing we can achieve as a government if the legal framework is not put rightly and the only set of people that actually set those legal frameworks are members of the House of Assembly and so, sometimes we come together to iron out some of those issues that can make us succeed.

“Right now, three major things are very critical in the State – transportation, environment and then energy. We want to integrate the transportation system basically rail, road and water. But again, we need the legal framework for us to do it and we have come here together to work out those reforms that can allow us to do it; work out those legal issues we need to put in place to be able to invite the private sector to believe in the reforms we want to do.

“The private sector will not invest their money in government if there is no good legal framework. That is part of one of the things we want to achieve here so that we will be able to make good laws and then we will be able to invite private sector to believe in the economy that we are running in Lagos and that is why we are doing the parley.”

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He said aside need to partner on the reforms, the parley was also a major platform to examine whether the government was fulfilling its major constitutional mandate of ensuring security and welfare of the people, as well as delivering the electoral promises made to the people.

While expressing optimism about the prosperity of the State, Governor Ambode reiterated the call for the country to embrace devolution of powers and true federalism, saying doing such would be in the overall interest of the nation.

In his remarks, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa commended Governor Ambode for sustaining the parley, saying that it had no doubt been a success.

While recalling the last edition which focused on recovery from economic recession, the Speaker said deliberations at the parley and implementation of same by the State Government contributed immensely to the recovery from the economic downturn which plagued the country recently.

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“It is a good thing that we have come together once again to deliberate on what would be nice and useful to all Lagosians and I am happy that all of us at the Lagos State House of Assembly, the National Assembly, the Executives, all the past speakers, leaders of our great party, are here to fashion way forward for our great state”, Obasa stressed

On his part, Senator representing Lagos West at the Senate, Solomon Adeola also commended Governor Ambode for his giant strides in office so far and for sustaining the parley which he said had contributed to enhancing good governance in the State.

Adeola, who spoke on behalf of the Lagos Caucus in the National Assembly, assured that they would continue to give their best to defend the interest of the State at both the upper and lower legislative chambers such as special status, state police, restructuring and devolution of powers.

Already, Adeola said the members were already working with their colleagues to represent the motion earlier moved by Senator representing Lagos Central, Oluremi Tinubu seeking one percent special allocation to Lagos from the federal revenue.

Address Delivered  At The 4th Quarterly Town Hall Meeting In Y2017 (The 9th In The Series) Held At Emmanuel High Street, Off Ogudu Road, Ojota, Kosefe LGA

Address Delivered  At The 4th Quarterly Town Hall Meeting In Y2017 (The 9th In The Series) Held At Emmanuel High Street, Off Ogudu Road, Ojota, Kosefe LGA

Today, we have another clear opportunity to make good on our commitment to the democratic norm of running a people-centred Government. We have in the last eight editions of the town hall meetings demonstrated that an open government of inclusion is possible and desirable.

Indeed, the town hall meetings, one of the many platforms of engagement with Lagosians has yielded positive results and is useful in providing insightful ideas and recommendations on how to serve our people better.

Our train, this time, has arrived Kosofe and it is our hope that this interaction will serve to bring on board your views while we will endeavour to keep you abreast of our policies, programmes and plans. We assure you that your opinions will significantly impact our future activities.

Since the last quarter, we have progressed significantly with the tasks of building the Lagos of our dream. Some of the projects embarked upon include:

  • We have commenced the reconstruction of the Muritala Muhammed International Airport Road into a 10 lane highway of world class standard. It is our plan to complete the project within the next 15months – November 2018.
  • In addition, a comprehensive plan has been put in place to fix all roads that have been eroded by heavy rains witnessed across the country in the last few months. This road infrastructure renewal will entail the repairs of 43 major link roads across the five divisions of the State as well as a comprehensive flood control programme that will ensure a flood free State by end of year 2017.
  • In Agege, we have commenced the construction of a fly over that will put an end to the perennial traffic witnessed along Pen Cinema and the old Abeokuta Expressway.

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  • Similarly, the reconstruction and upgrade of Igbe-Bola Tinubu road in Igbogbo-Baiyeku Local Council Development Area has commenced.
  • The traffic situation in the Apapa area in recent times has been of major concern to our Administration. We will therefore not relent in our efforts to reclaim Apapa as a liveable part of Lagos and return it to its pristine glory as a hub of economic prosperity.
  • In Oworonshoki, construction work is progressing to transform the blighted waterfront into the biggest water transportation hub in Nigeria. When completed, the site will become a mega ferry terminal with the state-of-the-art facilities, including a park and cruise facility that will enable user’s easy access to the jetty.
  • Plans are also underway to unfold an intensive design for the beautification of Jibowu and Yaba as part of the general greener Lagos plan to rehabilitate and beautify blighted areas.
  • As part of the Onikan-Marina Regeneration plan, we have approved the upgrade of the 5,000 capacity Onikan stadium to attain the standards of a 21st century sporting facility.
  • We recently completed and commissioned the first ever state-owned DNA Forensic laboratory in Africa. The edifice is equipped with technological gadgets to solve crime, enable DNA profiling and aid the criminal justice sector reforms.
  • As part of strategies adopted to secure Model schools in the outskirts and those close to riverine areas, a Joint Tactic Squad comprising officers of all the security agencies has been established to increase security within and around such vulnerable areas of the state.
  • The Lagos State Office of Disability Affairs (LASODA) has also been mandated to expand the numbers of beneficiaries of the programme to ensure that greater number of targeted persons benefit before the end of the year.
  • Before the end of 2017, a total number of 250 persons living with disabilities will be employed into the civil service and given adequate training to carry out their duties effectively.
  • A database of all artisans in the State is being compiled to grant them the chance to improve their business through financial support from the Employment Trust Fund (ETF).
  • As you are aware, chairmen of the 20 Local Government Areas and 36 Local Councils Development Authorities have been sworn-in and have taken positions to help translate our vision into reality in their respective places.

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CONCLUSION

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, the modest progress we have made so far would not have been possible without you, the people. Our administration appreciates the massive support and cooperation we have received across the State in the past two and half years. Our determination to put Lagos State economy on an enviable pedestal has been further strengthened by your support.

We thank all regular tax payers who have made our vision of growing the economy and improving the quality of life of our people possible. The task of building a virile State is the responsibility of everyone and we renew the call on every taxable adult to pay their taxes promptly.

I also solicit your understanding for the inconvenience currently being experienced as a result of the ongoing road projects across the state. This temporary discomfort will soon give way to lasting happiness as all projects will be completed on schedule.

Now, it is over to you to tell your government what you expect from us.

Itesiwaju ilu eko lo je wa logun.

Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State

October 9, 2017