We’ll Embark On Holistic Solutions To Permanently Address Flooding

We’ll Embark On Holistic Solutions To Permanently Address Flooding

…To Re-engineer Drainage Systems, Enforce Physical Planning Laws
…Says Govt Will Step Up Campaign Against Dumping Of Refuse Into Canals

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday said the flooding caused by torrential rainfalls in the State within the last few days would soon be a thing of the past, as the State Government was working towards embarking on holistic solutions to address the situation once and for all.

Speaking at a sensitization workshop on water management and environmental control held at Ikeja which is a prelude to a Water Technology and Environmental Control (WATEC) exhibition holding in Israel later in the year, the Governor said aside the fact that the issue of flooding was not peculiar to the State or Nigeria as it was a global phenomenon, but that urgent steps are being taken to tackle the challenge in a holistic manner and protect the State from future re-occurrence.

The Governor, who empathized with people who lost properties to the flood, said that it was painful to see most prime estates flooded with water, roads taken over by floods, while many homesteads literally became pools.

Describing the workshop as apt coming at a time the State witnessed flooding in some parts, Governor Ambode said in as much as the development was a trying period for him given the fact that so much had been expended in providing infrastructure for the people, but that major strategies would be implemented with the view to bequeathing the State with enduring solution to water management and environmental control.

“However, if we have learnt anything in the on-going flooding of some parts of the State, it is that there is an immediate, even urgent need for us to embark upon a review and reengineering of our canals and drainage systems.

“This must be pursued hand-in-hand with a clear and crystal re-envisioning of our water management system. So, in effect, what we should immediately pursue is a holistic solution to what is certain to be a recurring problem. It must be a sincere collaboration between government and the citizenry,” Governor Ambode said.

The Governor said despite the fact that the State had been denied ecological funds by the previous federal government for political reasons, several reforms were being implemented in line with the capacity of the State Government to protect the shoreline and carry out de-flooding, which according to him, are equally expensive to implement.

 “The issue is when you are talking about reforms, it comes with pains but it is only the vision that drives it through and that is what we are doing,” he said.

Speaking on the import of the workshop, Governor Ambode said the State Government was partnering with Israel which is one of the first countries to successfully overcome its limitations in water resources to develop water technology and environmental control, adding that the intention would be to explore a wide array of technological advancements and possibilities to ensure best solutions.

He said as a first step, the State Government would participate at the WATEC exhibition and take full advantage of state of the art technology in Israel, with the view to applying same solution in the State.

While alluding to the fact that the incidence of flooding was not circumscribed to Nigeria or Third World countries as United Kingdom and even Japan recently witnessed heavily flooding, the Governor said no matter how well a society may be prepared, natural occurrences could not be totally ruled out, and such was why Lagos State and indeed the country fully subscribes to the tenets of Climate Change Solutions by the United Nations.

“While all the aforementioned examples enjoin us to put our experience and pains into perspective, they also impress on us as a State and a government that we must learn from all these examples in order to better prepare for the future.

“To that extent, we will reinvigorate our campaign against the dumping of refuse by citizens into canals. We will be stronger in enforcing our physical planning laws especially those building illegally on canals and blocking the free flow of water across the State,” Governor Ambode vowed.

Speaking on the new waste management strategy being adopted by the State Government encapsulated in the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI), Governor Ambode said available statistics show that the State generate 13, 000 tonnes of waste per day which is the highest in the world, and that the new approach was aimed at revolutionizing waste management with particular emphasis on reusing waste for other critical purposes and growing the economy, as against the present practice of dumping.

Besides, the Governor said as government would be implementing new strategies to find a lasting solution to the problem of water shortages and flooding, it was also important for residents to play their part by bearing new attitudes towards civic obligations at all times, without which the efforts of government would be in futility.

Also, the State’s Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Engr Ade Adesanya said the torrential rainfalls witnessed in the State in the past few days accumulated a total of 477mm of water, which was equivalent to the rainfalls experienced in other climes for six months, and that the successful management of the situation was commendable, while expressing the determination of the government to mitigate the impact of such in future.

On his part, Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Guy Feldman said his country was delighted to partner with the Lagos State Government to bring about lasting solutions to water management and environmental control.

Address Delivered At The Commissioning Of Jubilee Chalet Epe, Lagos On Thursday, 6th July, 2017

Address Delivered At The Commissioning Of Jubilee Chalet Epe, Lagos On Thursday, 6th July, 2017

Today, we are celebrating a significant landmark in our step by step approach towards making our State not just a tourism hub but a preferred tourist and investment destination.

The former Government VIP Chalet has been upgraded and now renamed Jubilee Chalet, Epe. This project commenced in August last year with an objective to deliver a world class hospitality facility to meet the demands of tourists and investors who will be attracted to the Eastern zone of the State.

The transformation that has taken place and being witnessed today is consistent with our plan to fully harness the tourist potentials of Epe and strategically reposition the town to take maximum advantage of the economic benefits from the huge investment activities in and around Lekki Free Trade Zone.

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Upon assumption of office, it was clear to our government that most people come to Lagos for business but not for leisure, recreation and relaxation. As a result, one of our key objectives was to make Lagos a tourism and entertainment centre to take advantage of the large numbers of visitors to our State. We decided to take deliberate action to exploit and harness the tourism potentials of Epe, Badagry and Ikorodu.
The Jubilee Chalet to be commissioned today is one of such deliberate actions to promote tourism, leisure and recreation. We have also embarked on an unprecedented construction and upgrading of road projects in Epe and some of the completed road projects were commissioned a couple of weeks ago. The Epe Marina project is on-going and will soon wear a new look.

As we are changing the face of Epe, we are doing the same thing in Badagry in a twin-pronged approach to promote tourism in the State. The Government VIP Chalets in Badagry is currently being rehabilitated and will be commissioned early next year. Work is also going on at the Badagry Marina to prepare it for the investors and tourists the Badagry Deep Sea port will attract.

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As a government, we are committed to providing the infrastructure that will support tourism and creating a ready market for hospitality investors to take advantage of. This Jubilee Chalet will be managed professionally by a hospitality services company who will be charged to deliver world-class services and create wealth for the State and all stakeholders.

Apart from enhancing the tourism potential of this part of the State, this facility will provide employment opportunities for different categories of individuals and companies, boost economic activities in the community through increased demand for goods and services as well as generate additional revenue into the State coffers.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Jubilee Chalet and Epe town are ready for you. This facility is not only for tourists but also for corporate institutions looking for a serene location for their retreats and all Nigerians looking for vacation spots within the country. l assure you all that this facility will deliver services that will surpass your expectations and someday be ranked amongst the best hospitality properties in Africa.

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, it is on this note that l declare this facility, Jubilee Chalet, Epe open.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun!!!

His Excellency,
Akinwunmi Ambode,
Governor of Lagos State,
Alausa.

6th July, 2017

Remarks Delivered At The Swearing In Of New Members Of Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, Public Procurement Agency, Audit Service Commission And The Director General Of Lagos State Safety Commission Held On Monday 19th June 2017

Remarks Delivered At The Swearing In Of New Members Of Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, Public Procurement Agency, Audit Service Commission And The Director General Of Lagos State Safety Commission Held On Monday 19th June 2017

We have all witnessed the swearing in of members of four important agencies in compliance with relevant laws under which they were established. It is my pleasure to congratulate you all on your appointments which were strictly informed by your track record of achievements, integrity and credibility.

Your appointment is a call to public service and I am very confident that you will justify the trust the government has reposed in your ability and capacity to add value to the corporate governance, growth and development of the State.

Let me also add that your appointment is an invitation and a privilege to be part of history as we lay a solid foundation for the future of Lagos, a Lagos that our children and their children will enjoy for many years to come.

The appointment of Professor Gabriel Olatunde Babawale and Dr. Noah Olanrewaju Lawal-Jinadu to the Board of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) was necessitated by the exit of two members of LASIEC who had completed their second tenure. Beyond filling the two vacancies, this appointment became compelling in order to satisfy the provision of the law setting up the Commission which requires that the Board of the Commission shall be constituted by the Chairman and six members. With this appointment therefore, LASIEC is properly constituted to conduct the forthcoming Local Government elections in the State.

Let me use this opportunity to commend the Chairman and members of the Commission for all the actions that have been taken so far to ensure free, fair and credible elections come July 22nd, 2017.

The Public Procurement Agency and Audit Service Commission are two key agencies established mainly to ensure transparency and accountability in the procurement process as well as the management and application of public resources. These have been the guiding principles of this administration in the past two years.

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The coming on board of  Mr. Bolaji Miftah Are, Mrs. Iyabo Elizabeth Ladipo and Mr. Ayo Adebusoye at the Public Procurement Agency as well as Mrs. Jokotola Ojosipe-Ogundimu at the Audit Service Commission will further deepen the application of these principles to ensure that the tax paying public get full value for their money. I charge you to ensure strict application of relevant rules and never to hesitate in applying appropriate sanctions when necessary.

The safety of all Lagosians is paramount to this administration. We are committed to ensure full compliance with safety rules as well as quick response to emergencies in any part of the State. We will continue to ensure that all safety agencies in the State are adequately equipped both in terms of state-of-the-art equipment and well trained manpower.

I charge the newly sworn-in Director-General of the Lagos State Safety Commission to show leadership and deliver on the mandate of the Commission to prepare and adequately handle emergency situations. We should work hard at preventing emergency situations through continuous public education and enlightenment as well as enforcement of safety precautions and rules.

Once again, I congratulate you all and wish you best of luck in your assignment.

I thank you all

Lagos To Climax Golden Jubilee Celebrations With Musical Fireworks

Lagos To Climax Golden Jubilee Celebrations With Musical Fireworks

KSA, Obey, Olamide, Davido, Pasuma, Others To Perform

The Lagos State Government on Friday said it has concluded plans to climax the Lagos@50 celebrations with a spectacular display of fireworks.

The Government, in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said the fireworks would be on display at midnight of Sunday, May 28 on the water of Eko Atlantic.

”This is inform the public that there will be a display of fireworks as part of the music and fashion show to round off the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of the State. The fireworks will be on display at exactly 12 midnight at the Eko Atlantic City during the Golden Concert. Residents do not need to panic or nurse any fear whatsoever when they hear the sound of the fireworks as it is only just a symbolic way to draw the curtains of what has been a very splendid and successful celebration of our golden State.”

“Residents who cannot attend the concert can also catch it live on Television as it promises to be a historic and exciting night of fun and maximum entertainment”, Ayorinde said.

The Commissioner also expressed the gratitude of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to the sponsors of the fireworks, Eko Atlantic Nigeria Limited.

The Lagos@50 Celebration, which began on May 27, 2016, has featured series of events and activities to showcase the cultural essence of the State, including Jazz Meets Runway, International Conferences, Arts Exhibition, Film Shows, among others.

50 top artistes who have ruled the Lagos music scene over the years are expected to perform at the concert.

Some of the artistes billed to perform include juju music maestros – King Sunny Ade and Evangelist Ebenezer Obey as well as the legendary Highlife Patriarch, Sir Victor Olaiya.

Other superstars on board are Davido, Phyno, Olamide, Humble Smith, Adekunle Gold, Lil Kesh, Partoranking, ‘Mr Capable’ Banky W, Runtown, Vanessa, MI, Eedris Abdulkareem, Mr. Eazi, DJ Spinall and Waka Music star, Queen Salawa Abeni.

Also expected are star Fuji artistes like Adewale Ayuba, Abass Akande Obesere and Wasiu Alabi (Pasuma Wonder). The Concert would also feature a fashion show to depict the evolution of fashion in Lagos state.