Lagos To Scale Up Entrepreneurship In Partnership With Professionals 

Lagos To Scale Up Entrepreneurship In Partnership With Professionals 

President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Alhaji Razak Jaiyeola and his counterpart in the Institute of Directors (IoD) of Nigeria, Alhaji Rufai Mohammed on Tuesday lauded Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode for his sterling performance since assumption of office in 2015, saying his achievements across all sectors and sections speak volume and were visible to all.

Jaiyeola and Mohammed, who spoke separately when they led members of the Governing Council of their respective Institutes on a courtesy visit to the Governor at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, said it was gratifying that the current administration had exemplified good governance in all facets of the State.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; with members of Governing Council, Institute of Directors (IoD), Mr. Oba Ladega; Mr. Akin Iroko and Natinaol President, Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agriculture (NACCIMA), Iyalode Alaba Lawason during a courtesy visit to the Governor by the Governing Council of IoD, at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; with members of Governing Council, Institute of Directors (IoD), Mr. Oba Ladega; Mr. Akin Iroko and Natinaol President, Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agriculture (NACCIMA), Iyalode Alaba Lawason during a courtesy visit to the Governor by the Governing Council of IoD, at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.  

The ICAN boss specifically congratulated Governor Ambode for picking the nomination form to re-contest the Governorship election in 2019, saying the institute was proud of his outstanding performance in office, and would support him again to continue the good works in the State.

 

“We appreciate the good works of the Governor; you are doing excellently well. You are not only a touch bearer of our institute, but also a beaming light of our profession. We appreciate your good works and I note that they have been very very outstanding and so on behalf of the Governing Council, I want to appreciate the Governor.

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), with President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Mr. Razak Jaiyeola (2nd left); his Vice, Mrs. Comfort Eyitayo (right); Past President of ICAN, Princess Adenike Adeniran (left) during a courtesy visit to the Governor by the members of ICAN Governing Council at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. With them: Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade (right behind); his counterpart for Energy & Mineral resources, Mr. Olawale Oluwo (2nd right behind); Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Balogun (middle behind) and member of the ICAN Governing Council, Dr. DejiAwobotu (left behind).
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), with President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Mr. Razak Jaiyeola (2nd left); his Vice, Mrs. Comfort Eyitayo (right); Past President of ICAN, Princess Adenike Adeniran (left) during a courtesy visit to the Governor by the members of ICAN Governing Council at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. With them: Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade (right behind); his counterpart for Energy & Mineral resources, Mr. Olawale Oluwo (2nd right behind); Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Balogun (middle behind) and member of the ICAN Governing Council, Dr. DejiAwobotu (left behind).

“I want also to congratulate you on picking the nomination form to contest for the Governor of Lagos State. I want to assure you that as we have always done because you are a performer and it is glaring to even a blind person of feeling the impact of your administration. we would support you as we have always done,” Jaiyeola said.    

 

On his part, Mohammed said it was instructive that new projects were always springing up in various parts of the State, saying the Governor had aptly exemplified that good governance was possible.

 

“Your Excellency, the Institute of Directors of Nigeria commends your administration for the great achievements you have made so far in the State in many facets and most especially in the areas of good governance and the development of human capital and infrastructure. Under your able leadership, Lagos State has been able to distinguish itself in this country in the areas of security of lives and property of the citizens, improved ease of doing business, attraction of direct investment, self-sustenance and good ethical conduct in the implementation of government works and services.

 

“We would like to especially observe that the sterling achievements of your administration have been made possible by your strict adherence to the principles of good corporate governance in the affairs of the State. The IoD Nigeria Governing Council therefore salutes you and your able team for the courage and commitment in building an enduring culture of good corporate governance and ethics in your administration and in the management of the affairs of Lagos State,” Mohammed said.

 

Responding, Governor Ambode said since assuming office, accuracy and integrity were the watchwords for his administration which, according to him, had facilitated the transformation in all parts of the State.

 

Addressing the requests by the institutes for collaboration with the State Government in key areas, the Governor said an international convention centre and a professional layout zone were already in the works, with the view to hosting international conferences and ensure seamless operation of professional bodies. 

 

“More importantly, we want to once and for all have a professional layout in Lagos State and then have all other professions having their complex side by side in the State so that we can go on a particular layout and have maybe lawyers, engineers, COREN, ICAN and so on.

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), presenting a souvenir to President of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Mr. Razak Jaiyeola during a courtesy visit to the Governor by the members of ICAN Governing Council at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), presenting a souvenir to President of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Mr. Razak Jaiyeola during a courtesy visit to the Governor by the members of ICAN Governing Council at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

“Like you would have seen across the State, there is a huge level of infrastructure that is coming up and we believe strongly that part of what we should really do is to promote tourism and economic activities and in that regard, there is a planned convention centre that is in the making that we are putting up with others and in another few period, the layout will come out and it will also encourage economic activities and tourism, among others,” he said.

 

On entrepreneurship development raised by IOD Nigeria, Governor Ambode said though a lot had been done in scaling up small scale businesses especially with N25billion Employment Fund, among others, he was nonetheless opened for further partnership to secure the future of youths in the State.

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), in a group photograph with the President, Institute of Directors (IoD), Alhaji Ahmed Rufai Mohammed and members of the Governing Council during a courtesy visit to the Governor, at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), in a group photograph with the President, Institute of Directors (IoD), Alhaji Ahmed Rufai Mohammed and members of the Governing Council during a courtesy visit to the Governor, at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

“65 per cent of Nigeria’s population is below 35 and technically in Lagos and so we have a youthful population in Lagos. So, somebody somewhere must be able to sit down and ask questions about what would happen to the young ones in the next five to ten years and we know that we have to plan for them and that is why I welcome the collaboration,” Governor Ambode said.      

Address Delivered By Governor Ambode At The Swearing-In Ceremony Of New Permanent Secretaries

Address Delivered By Governor Ambode At The Swearing-In Ceremony Of New Permanent Secretaries

We have just witnessed the swearing in 6 (six) newly appointed Permanent Secretaries in the Lagos State Public Service.

I congratulate you all for being considered worthy of this appointment. The decision to single you out for this recognition and elevation was therefore not only informed by the vacancies created, but more importantly, the fact that you possess qualities which stand you out among your peers.

We believe strongly that our State Public Service deserves nothing but the best. Our vision to build a Modern Smart City-State can only be driven and actualized by matching ability with responsibility. This is a key philosophy which has guided all our actions since we assumed office.

I have no doubt in your capability to add value to governance and contribute to the realization of this administration’s short, medium and long term plans.

You are well acquainted with the driving overall policy objectives of this administration which include selfless service, inclusive governance, fair and just distribution of resources among our people as well as deployment of best global practices in service delivery.

I urge you to ensure that all your actions, as much as possible, are in conformity with these policy objectives.

I look forward to seeing your positive impact in the State Public Service especially in the area of improved efficiency and effectiveness with which government business is handled, keeping in mind that we can only be adjudged to have done the right thing when our people are happy and satisfied.

Once again, I congratulate you all and wish you resounding success in your new positions.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko Lo Je Wa l’ogun!

 

Opening Address By Governor Ambode, As The Chief Host of The 2nd National Committee On Export Promotion Meeting

Opening Address By Governor Ambode, As The Chief Host of The 2nd National Committee On Export Promotion Meeting

I am happy to welcome you all to Lagos for this 2nd National Committee on Export Promotion Meeting.

The decision of the Federal Government to establish the National Committee on Export Promotion to promote Nigeria’s non-oil export-led economic diversification is a wonderful initiative as our nation can no longer depend on only oil.

As a nation, we must improve our balance of trade. To achieve this we must go back to the basics. From the early history of nations and kingdoms, International Trade has been the basis of the wealth of nations. Wealthy nations export more than they import and they usually have multiple export products. To achieve the status of a wealthy nation, it is obvious and imperative that we must export more.

Speaking of export, in the past two days, we have played host to President Emmanuel Macron of France. As you may all know, President Macron’s first port of call in Lagos was the Afrikan Shrine. We learnt that he has been a lover of Afrobeat music for over a decade and this was at the core of his interests in Nigeria. What does that tell us?

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For me, it is clear that Afrobeat is a product we can export. But not only Afrobeat but Fuji and Highlife; Nollywood; our fashion and our art. There are a lot of other products we can export in the arts and other sectors but we must put in place the infrastructure and framework to support these industries.

As you discuss the modalities for implementing the Zero Oil Plan (ZOP), a component of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of the Federal Government, and showcasing landmark export projects of participating states, I want to urge that we think outside the box.

As a State, we have keyed into several export-oriented initiatives such as the One State One Product (OSOP) initiative spear-headed and monitored by Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC). Through this initiative, our State has identified and commenced the process of developing three key commodities in which we have comparative and competitive advantage – coconut, fish and vegetables.

We plan to facilitate the development of these commodities into exportable products.

Our export promotion initiatives also include export aggregators designed to boost productive capacities of our indigenous micro, small and medium industries. The objective is to create locally-made products and services that not only satisfy local markets but meet competitive export demand.

Our efforts in this area include:

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  • Development of Lekki Free Zone as a one-stop export processing zone.
  • Development of enterprise zones, small-scale industrial estates and light industrial parks in different parts of the State to provide business accommodation and factory spaces
  • Supporting the Made in Lagos campaign to enhance market access for our MSMEs.

Distinguished Participants, Ladies and Gentlemen, these initiatives are some of our State’s programmes to support the Zero Oil Plan of the Federal Government. But we can do more.

I am very hopeful that this meeting would come up with a viable and sustainable agenda that would at the end of the day help us in achieving our economic re-birth without reliance on the oil. Let us expand the scope of our export considerations and increase the wealth of our country.

If one of the most powerful men in the world is a lover of our music and culture, then we must look inwards and find ways to export this. Our State is big on Arts and Entertainment and we believe strongly that this is a very lucrative avenue to create wealth and employment for our people.

Once again, I welcome you all to Lagos and I wish you very rewarding and impactful deliberations over the next two days. While here, I welcome you all to explore our State and see at first hand the many potential export opportunities we possess.

On this note, Your Excellency, distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, I formally declare this 2nd National Committee on Export Promotion Meeting open.

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Continue To Raise The Bar Of Excellence, Governor Ambode Urges Civil Servants

Continue To Raise The Bar Of Excellence, Governor Ambode Urges Civil Servants

…Honours 90 Outstanding Officers 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday evening urged civil servants in the State to continue to give their best to raise the bar of excellence which the State Public Service is known for, saying such was important to keep the State working efficiently.

Speaking at a special dinner to honour outstanding public servants in the State held at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, Governor Ambode said Lagos was working because of dedicated and diligent public servants who, according to him, are daily working to make life comfortable for residents and investors.

“The Lagos State Public Service has set a standard which others are trying to emulate. We have put in place a reward system that will encourage healthy competition/rivalry among public servants. We believe strongly that this is one of the ways employees can be motivated to put in their best at all times.

 “As we celebrate our public servants, there is still a lot of work to be done. We have set a standard for others. We must not only maintain that standard but raise it another notch,” he said.

He commended the commitment of the workforce across the Ministries, Departments and Agencies and also the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), assuring them that his administration would continue to provide a conducive environment for them to perform their duties optimally.

“We have gathered here this evening to, in a small way, thank and recognize our public servants, the unsung heroes in our State’s growth and development. I am privileged to have been on both sides of the divide and so I understand the life of a public servant.

 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with some of the outstanding Public Servants, Mrs. Abosede Fasaye in Ministry of Justice (2nd left); Mr. Adesina Sogo Osikoya from Egbe Idimu Local Council Development Area (left); Mrs. Taiwo Iyabo Oguntola from Civil Service Commission (2nd right) and Mr. Tolulope Joseph Odusanya from Education District I (right) during a special dinner in honour of outstanding Public Servants in the State at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, June 25, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with some of the outstanding Public Servants, Mrs. Abosede Fasaye in Ministry of Justice (2nd left); Mr. Adesina Sogo Osikoya from Egbe Idimu Local Council Development Area (left); Mrs. Taiwo Iyabo Oguntola from Civil Service Commission (2nd right) and Mr. Tolulope Joseph Odusanya from Education District I (right) during a special dinner in honour of outstanding Public Servants in the State at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, June 25, 2018.

“When we say Lagos is working, it is because of the dedicated and diligent public servants in our State. It is because of that Medical Doctor in the General Hospital in Agege; it is because of the LASTMA official on the road in Igando and it is because of the Admin officer here in a Ministry in Alausa.

“Our State is working because the Police Force, the Army, the Navy and the Airforce are working together to ensure our security and give investors confidence to do business in our State,” Governor Ambode said.

He said though the life of a public servant was that of selfless service, self-sacrifice, diligence, hard work and thankless work, but that however thankless the job is, it must be done and done very well, just as he specifically charged public servants to keep Lagos working.

While congratulating the 90 recipients of the outstanding officers’ award who emerged both from senior and junior categories, the Governor admonished them to see the development as a challenge to maintain and improve on the high standard which qualified them for the recognition.

“This recognition is a challenge for you to maintain and improve on the high standard for which you are being recognized. The State is in need of more high flyers like you to accelerate the delivery of quality service in all sectors for the benefit of all residents of our State.

“As government, we will always work to ensure a conducive work environment, provide state of the art facilities and exposure of our people to best practices through training and retraining,” Governor Ambode said.

In addition to the plaques and certificates given to the outstanding officers, the Governor directed the Head of Service, Mrs Folasade Adesoye to come up with recommendation on financial reward for the officers, while a framework would be put in place to institutionalize it based on ratification by the State Executive Council.

Besides, Governor Ambode said as part of the reward system for civil servants, arrangements were being firmed up to transform the former Car Park in Alausa to Public Service Plaza to be managed by the Civil Service Club, adding that facilities to be enjoyed at the plaza would include Swimming Pool, Lawn Tennis Court, Five-aside Football Field, Gym, Daycare Centre, Library, Corporative Club to sell things cheaply for civil servants and Cafeteria, among others.

In her opening remarks, Adesoye said the award dinner was a befitting grand finale to the week-long 2018 Public Service Day Celebration, an annual event being celebrated since 1994 following a resolution by the Conference of African Ministers of the Civil Service, to appreciate the contributions of public servants to governance, public service delivery and humanity.

She lauded Governor Ambode for the various initiatives to support and appreciate civil servants in the State, expressing optimism that the recognition of outstanding officers would spur others to continue to put in their best knowing that their contributions would not go unrewarded.