Goodwill Message Delivered At The 6th Oyo State Officials’ Wives Association (OYSOWA) National Women’s Summit 2017 Held At The International Conference Centre, University Of Ibadan

Goodwill Message Delivered At The 6th Oyo State Officials’ Wives Association (OYSOWA) National Women’s Summit 2017 Held At The International Conference Centre, University Of Ibadan

I bring to you all, particularly Her Excellency, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi and the beautiful women of Oyo State, the goodwill and best wishes of the great women and men of the Centre of Excellence, Lagos State.

I want to specially congratulate the Chairperson of Oyo State Officers Women Association, Her Excellency Mrs. Ajimobi and her team for putting together such a wonderful event and sustaining this initiative which provides a good platform for our women’s voices to be heard. I know that this legacy will be sustained.

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I am excited by the theme of this summit, “The Resilient Woman. Making a Difference” because it speaks to the hidden strengths of a woman; strengths that keep her going even in the face of most difficult challenges. It is this resilience that has made the woman the warmth and bond that keeps the family together.

This is very graphically expressed in the words of Eleanor Roosevelt who said “a woman is like a tea bag – you cannot tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water”. Our women have shown that they are not only strong but resilient, hardworking, gentle, loving and beautiful.


Over the years, the indispensability of women in governance has continued to be appreciated and recognized particularly in this part of the world. In Lagos, whenever I have the opportunity I always say this; if you want a job done well, give it to a woman. Women make the difference.

I want to use this opportunity to salute the Nigerian woman who gets stronger and more committed no matter the circumstance; she is never deterred; when the goings get tough, she gets tougher. In the face of challenges, her concern is always how to make positive difference in the lives of others even at her own detriment.


The least we can do to appreciate our women and reciprocate their resilience and sacrifice is to give them all the support they require to achieve their dreams.  As a Governor, I am strongly committed and determined to create the space for our women and protect them against abuse and everything that will inhibit their progress. This is my commitment and I believe, it is the same for my other colleagues, including my brother, His Excellency, Governor Abiola Ajimobi whose support for his darling wife has made this event a reality.

I thank you all and wish you a successful conference.

Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year in advance.


Seamless Port Operations Critical To End Apapa Gridlock

Seamless Port Operations Critical To End Apapa Gridlock

…Says Oshodi Transport Interchange, Airport Road’ll Positively Transform City

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday identified seamless port operations as a condition that will enable permanent resolution of the Apapa gridlock.

Speaking at the second edition of Lagos Corporate Assembly tagged ‘A+ Meets Business’, a forum organized by the State Government to interact with members of the Organised Private Sector (OPS) as well as Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, held at Lagos House in Ikeja, the Governor said while the move to repair the major roads in Apapa was laudable, concerted efforts must equally be put in place to address the issues that gave rise to the crisis which were more about port management.

While responding to concerns raised by the business community on the negative effects the chaotic situation in Apapa was having on their business, the Governor said call-up system for tankers and containerized trucks must be structured to eliminate the present chaos, while issuance of licenses for more tank farms in the axis must be put on hold.
He said: “Beyond the roads, the fundamental issues have more to do about the concession and also the fact that the basic capacities of the Ports not meeting what is presently going on there and then maybe in the loading bay inside the ports you only have capacity to accommodate maybe about 50 trucks and then there is no organised exit and entrance system.

“So, someone who does not have any permit drives all the way from other states without any focus and then pack on the bridge; he does not even have any business inside the ports, the ports maybe can only take 50 trucks and then you have almost like 500 trucks so everything is just totally disorganized and because Lagos is a sub-national, there are limitations of political power play and the conflict of personalities and so those things affect your organizational drive. So, sometimes, Governors sometimes get frustrated and out of frustration you keep quiet.

“The truth is that those issues are more germane than the roads. So, if Akin Ambode goes and repair the roads but the planning process and logistics to enter the ports are not in my hand and should I now go to the long bridge at the toll gate and stop those trucks, they will say I am being sectional and so I must allow free movement as a cosmopolitan state and so people come in and go out and we are just in a fix.
“So, on other part of repairing the roads, the Federal Government has taken charge but one thing is to say what you want to do, the other thing is to quickly go and do it and so in the process of planning, speaking and delivery, it could take years but within our own limit as a State Government, we have set up a Joint Task Force of all the security agencies to ensure that at least there is still free movement within the structured chaos that we have in Apapa,” he said.

While expressing optimism that the intervention of Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo would go a long way in addressing the crisis, the Governor also condemned the recent granting of approval for another tank farm to be situated in Apapa, saying such would only aggravate the chaotic situation already on hand.

On international trade fair complex, the Governor said while awaiting the process to issue out another concession by the Federal Government and development which may take years, the State Government, in the medium term, would look into the possibility of getting an investor to build a large convention/exhibition centre in the State.

Speaking on the Oshodi Transport Interchange and Airport Road currently under construction, Governor Ambode said the projects were conceived and being implemented to create massive jobs for the people, and also transform the face of Lagos forever.

He said in a bid to scale up infrastructure, a summit on Infrastructure Financing would hold early next year, while the State Government is also willing and ready to partner with any investor interested in investing in provision of critical infrastructures.

On efforts made so far to enhance the ease of doing business, the Governor said an industrial park had been approved for location in Imota, while another industrial development centre was approved, aside the fact that over N10billion had been released to the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (ETF) to grant loans to members of the informal sector.


He said the State Government also approved business clinic for the Micro and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs), while the Public Private Partnership Office had also been reactivated, in addition to harmonization of inspection of work places.

Earlier, President of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr Nike Akande; Chairman, Ikeja Branch of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Otunba Francis Meshioye; and Chairman, Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME), Lagos State Chapter, Dr Solomon Aderoju commended Governor Ambode for the various laudable initiatives such as massive infrastructural renewal, rail infrastructure, investment in security, traffic management, power sector development, Light Up Lagos project, the N25billion ETF, among others, saying the projects were important enablers to the private sector.

They also commended the Governor for addressing all the complaints raised by them at the last year edition of the meeting.


Goodwill Message Delivered At The 8th Edition Of Tradesmen And Artisan’s Day Celebration

Goodwill Message Delivered At The 8th Edition Of Tradesmen And Artisan’s Day Celebration

The role of the Artisans/Tradesmen in the pyramid of socio-economic development of a nation is very critical to achieving sustainable growth and the overall prosperity of the population. It is in recognition of this fact that this administration has shown commitment towards ensuring that this event is not only sustained but also more rewarding.

This yearly celebration affords you an opportunity to share your ideas, challenges and also suggest solutions that will help in growing your trade and also make it more profitable. At this same event last year, some issues were raised and we made a commitment to address them. I believe all the issues raised have either been adequately addressed or are in the process of being concluded.

One thing I can assure you is that the growth and profitability of your trade is our top priority and we will continue to implement policies and incentives that will improve your productive capacity.


The theme: “Technology and innovation: A catalyst for the development of the Artisans and Tradesmen” was chosen to sensitize you to the reality of global trends. In this modern time, successful businesses are driven by technology and innovative ideas. It will be difficult for you to survive and stay ahead of your competitors if you continue to do things the old way and fail to key into the current reality. There is no aspect of your trade or vocation that you cannot apply technology to improve on quality, efficiency and productivity.

Given the strategic role of the informal sector in the socio economic development of Lagos State, our administration has opened an online portal designed to facilitate interaction amongst Artisans, MSMEs, Customers/End-Users and other relevant stakeholders. Its primary goal is to make it easy and convenient for people in need of high quality service to meet reliable, trusted and verified service providers. It is also aimed at enhancing the productivity, competitiveness, creativity and vitality of the sector.


We have implemented various strategies to support the establishment and growth of small businesses through the State Employment Trust Fund and other capacity development programmes. I will encourage you to synchronize your activities and key into these programmes to empower your members and other youths in the State.

For the retrained Artisans who are present here today, let me remind you that the strategic position of this State offers you endless opportunity to leverage on. Our State is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and it presents great opportunities that are waiting to be tapped and challenges which you are the solution provider. Your training has been designed to address the skills mis-match and provide the right mix of skills needed to service the industrial needs of the State. This administration has a clear focus on all our initiatives and believes in the potentials and innovative capacity of Lagos Artisans.

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I also want to assure you that we will continue to provide and maintain the required infrastructure and conducive environment for business. Let me also seize this opportunity to remind you that the strategic position of this State offers you endless opportunities, waiting to be tapped. Grab it and make good use of it.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun

Remarks delivered at the Commissioning of the Christ Against Drug Abuse Ministry (CADAM) Rehabilitation Centre, Araga, Epe

Remarks delivered at the Commissioning of the Christ Against Drug Abuse Ministry (CADAM) Rehabilitation Centre, Araga, Epe


In recent times, the incidences of drug abuse in our society, especially among our youths has become alarming. Serious concerns have been expressed on the dangers of drug abuse and the rate at which it is spreading. Statistics have shown that about 40% of our youth are involved in some form of drug abuse at different levels.

It has been widely acknowledged that there is a strong correlation between drug abuse and crime rate. There is a real danger that this menace is undermining the future of our younger generation and the future of promising young people have been compromised as a result of indulgence in hard drugs.

Asides destroying young lives, drug abuse can threaten the peace of the society as these individuals are easily lured into crime. This is a major reason why our government has decided to come here today to support and appreciate the work of Christ Against Drug Abuse Ministry (CADAM).

Since 1996, CADAM has dedicated efforts and resources to treat and rehabilitate people who have gotten addicted to one form of drug abuse or the other. CADAM under the leadership and direction of our Daddy, Pastor E. A. Adeboye and Mama Folu Adeboye, has shown commitment using the platform of the church to join in the fight against this social menace.

CADAM has, on its own, picked up, treated and rehabilitated many people who have been addicted to drugs and given them a new life. CADAM, with their own resources, clothes, feed and shelters these affected citizens and give them a chance to live again. And I have been informed that CADAM does not collect any money from the beneficiaries of this charitable service.

CADAM has taken another step in this humanitarian work with the construction of this rehabilitation centre which will be commissioned today to cater for the treatment and rehabilitation of affected persons.

This is most commendable and I have to be here personally to express the gratitude of the State government to the management and staff of CADAM for this.

With the quality of facilities provided at this centre, I have no doubt that  many lives that have been compromised as a result of drug addiction will be  redeemed, stablised and given a new hope for a better and meaningful future.


Given the incredible impact this facility will have on the society, I am pleased to say that this is a project that the Lagos State government will support. We are committed to making life better for our people and supporting good causes. This is a great cause that deserves not only the support of the State Government, but of all well-meaning Nigerians, institutions and corporate bodies.

As we support this rehabilitation centre, let me use this opportunity to implore parents, guardians and care givers to be vigilant in order to detect early signs of drug addiction in their children and seek help from appropriate quarters before it gets complicated.  On our part as a government, we shall continue to take preventive measures through public awareness campaign especially among our youths so that they are adequately informed on the danger inherent in drug abuse.

On behalf of the Government and people of Lagos State, I congratulate Daddy and Mummy G O, as well as the entire team of CADAM on this laudable initiative and achievement.

With gratitude to God, I have the honour to now Commission this Centre to the Glory of God.

Thank you and God bless you all.

 Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun”!