Remarks Delivered At The Water Technology And Environmental Control (WATEC) Event

Remarks Delivered At The Water Technology And Environmental Control (WATEC) Event

It gives me a great pleasure to address this gathering on the theme of Water technology and Environmental Control. As you are all aware, access to and management of water resources, as well as environmental control, remains one of the greatest challenges facing most parts of the developing world.

There is hardly a better or more poignant time for a sensitization workshop, such as we are holding today, which looks into the issue of water management and environmental control.

For the past few days, the State, and indeed most parts of Nigeria, have witnessed torrential rainfalls which are quite unprecedented. We have witnessed our most prime estates flooded with water, we have seen our roads taken over by floods, and we have painfully watched how many homesteads have literally become pools.

These indeed are trying times for any government, especially our own administration which has determinedly pursued massive infrastructural development to improve standards of living of our citizenry.

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However, if we have leant 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.

Here then lies the importance of today’s gathering. Israel, which Lagos State has decided to partner with in developing water technology and environmental control, is one of the first countries to successfully overcome its limitations in water resources. Our intention is to explore a wide array of technological advancements and possibilities to ensure that we obtain the best solution to a rather nagging problem.

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WATEC is a regular conference hosted by Israel and it is our hope that as a State we will be present at the forthcoming WATEC conference in Israel later in the year to take advantage of state-of-the-art technologies in the industry.

Ladies and gentlemen, the incidence of flooding is not circumscribed to our country alone, nor is it a peculiarity of the Third World. We may wish to recall that the United Kingdom was heavily flooded this year and, indeed, witnessed some of its worst flooding since records started in 1901.

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Japan, a country that is equally technologically savvy has also not been spared heavy flooding this year. No matter how well a society may be prepared, we can never rule out the element of the natural or if you like, the supernatural. This is why Lagos State, and indeed Nigeria 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.

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No matter how much a government may try, if its citizens do not do their part, the efforts will amount to futility. If we desire a new-look Lagos that will be globally competitive, we as residents of Lagos must bear new attitude towards our civic obligations at all times.

I use this medium to call on all of you here today, as critical stakeholders in the water and environment sectors, to join hands with the government in order to find a lasting solution to the problem of water shortages and flooding in Lagos State.

I thank you for listening.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko loje wa logun

Akinwunmi Ambode,
Governor of Lagos State
July 10, 2017

Address Delivered At The Commissioning Of The Upgraded And Redesigned Land Registry In The Lands Bureau

Address Delivered At The Commissioning Of The Upgraded And Redesigned Land Registry In The Lands Bureau

Today, we have moved one step closer to the ideal situation in land administration and management in Lagos State. The issue of land administration has always been contentious and still remains contentious even after it was formalised under the Land Registry system almost Fifty years ago.

 

All over the world, land is a key economic resource. In Lagos State especially, land is very critical owing to its limited quantity vis-à-vis the demand for residential and commercial purposes.

When we assumed office, one of the major challenges negatively affecting the rating of our State was the bottleneck hampering the ease of doing business. A recurring point when the issue of doing business in our State was discussed is land administration.

 

In the last two years, we have embarked on a massive reform in land administration and management which has seen us deploy cutting-edge technology to drive efficiency in the Land Registry, Administration and Management System to enhance the ease of doing business in the State.

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I am happy to report that in the last two years, I have signed and issued 4,602 Certificates of Occupancy, 6,118 Governors Consent and 314 Deemed Grant Consent. The whole essence of the land reforms is to unleash private enterprise as land is a very vital asset with which our people can access capital and thereby increase economic activity in our State which will contribute to our growing Gross Domestic Product.

 

Our newly upgraded and redesigned Lands Registry is another initiative to improve the ease of doing business in Lagos. This new registry is equipped with a Thomson Reuters suite of technology modules designed to conduct rapid inventory of actual/existing land rights, automate and manage land records and ensure integration of geographic data/Survey. This solution also comes with online consummation of all levels of services rendered by the Lands Bureau.

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With this new registry, we will streamline the process of registering title and remove the bottlenecks previously associated with the process. The redesigned layout of the registry makes it more service friendly to all who have land transactions to process.

 

In addition to the new registry, we have introduced the concept of the Land Administration Campus by bringing all agencies and Ministries involved in Land Administration to one location to further ease the process of land registration and titling. With this, the Office of the State Surveyor General will move to this quadrangle and occupy the office of the Ministry of Environment.

 

The idea is to create a One Stop-Shop where the Office of the State Surveyor General, Ministry of Physical Planning & Urban Development and the Lands Bureau are located within the same complex. 

I am confident that with this new arrangement, the deployment of the new Integrated Land Administration and Automation System and the Geographical Information System, we will achieve a combined effect of making the process of securing land titles seamless and also engender the highest level of security and integrity of title documents.

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We shall continue to fine-tune the processes to meet changing times and ensure the process yields positive dividends for the benefit of all.

 

I want to use this opportunity to restate the commitment of our administration to stamp out land grabbing. We will arrest and prosecute any identified land grabber. We assure all investors of the safety of their property and urge you to take advantage of our task force on land grabbing if you encounter any challenges.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, our government is very deliberate and strategic. Our policy thrust is built on a Tripod of Security, Infrastructure and Job/Wealth Creation. We are working constantly to provide security for our residents and investors.

 

We have invested massively on infrastructure especially road infrastructure to open up areas, increase the value of land and give our people access to their properties. With the land administration reforms, entrepreneurs and individuals will now be able to register their titles faster and have access to capital. This will in turn create opportunities for job and wealth creation.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, Lagos is open for business. There is no better time to be in Lagos than now and I urge you all to take full advantage of the reforms our government is putting in place to create prosperity for all.

 

I commend the staff and management of the Lands Bureau for a job well done. To all our stakeholders, I commend this new project to you all as we strive to improve on our ease of doing business in Lagos State.

 

Thank you.

 

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun!!!

His Excellency,

Akinwunmi Ambode,

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

Power, Environment, Transport Sectors Will Get Greater Attention In The Next Two Years

Power, Environment, Transport Sectors Will Get Greater Attention In The Next Two Years

…Says Lagos Open To Assist, Learn From Other States

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has said that his administration would prioritise attention to the Power, Environment and Transportation sectors in the next two years to drive all round development of the State.

Governor Ambode, who spoke during an interview session with journalists, said the three sectors are crucial to driving every other social infrastructure which the State Government intends to address headlong.

He said, “The last two years, what we have done is just to create a foundation of a vision that drives Lagos to the next 50 years. There is nothing that we can do in the next two years that is ever going to be enough.

“There are three things I want people to watch out for in the next 12 to 18 months, the issue of power, the issue of environment and the sanitation and issue of transportation. I believe those three sectors are the key sectors that can drive every other social infrastructure that we will be dealing with in Lagos.”

Speaking on the environment, Governor Ambode said it was pertinent that the State must strive to be cleaner and safer not just for residents alone, but also for visitors and investors willing to do business in the State.

“Lagos must get cleaner, safer and the way people commune from one place to another and one thing with Lagos, the more success you record, the more people want to come into the city,” the Governor said.

It would be recalled that the State Government has already concluded plans to commence the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, a brain child of the present administration aimed at improving the environment to make it cleaner, safer and healthier for all Lagosians by promoting a harmonised and holistic approach to the challenges; and as a result, improving operational efficiency.

Speaking on the interventions ahead on the transportation sector, the Governor said the Bus Reform initiative would take off before the end of the year with the introduction of modern buses that would not only transform the transport system, but also make it easier for Lagosians to move from one place to another.

On the power sector, the Governor said efforts were ongoing to ensure stable power supply for all industries in the State adding that the intention was to create embedded power in clusters in the city.

Governor Ambode, however, noted that despite the successes recorded, the State was also willing to learn from other States, just as it has also extended same to other sister States.

“There are also things that we are looking at from other States. We do not know everything. So, there are other States that are doing some things better than us. So, we must be submissive enough to learn from them and the same thing with other States from us. And that is whole lesson about leadership, leadership is about learning, it is about listening and which is what we do very well in Lagos,” he said.

World Bank Commends LASG On Infrastructural Development

World Bank Commends LASG On Infrastructural Development

The Word Bank on Saturday commended the massive infrastructural development ongoing across Lagos State under the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode administration, noting that such projects were impacting positively on the lives of Lagosians.

Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of the World Bank, Mr Joaquim Vieira Levy spoke when he paid a courtesy visit to the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Mrs. Idiat Oluranti Adebule at the Round House, Alausa Secretariat.

Levy during the visit assured that the State’s urban renewal and infrastructure development projects would continue to receive more boost from the World Bank to assist the Government deliver more on key infrastructural.

The World Bank Chief who was accompanied on the visit by other top officials of the world financial institution said they decided to pick Lagos State as its pilot state for its sustainable development assistance scheme because Lagos was leading in providing good governance and infrastructures that have direct positive impact on its citizenry.

He noted that most developed countries of the world have been able to move their economy forward because of the adoption of the Public/Private sector integration model which according to him would further accelerate the growth rate of development in the state if adopted.

He alluded to the fact that Lagos over the years has been blessed with leaders with good vision and good aspirations for development.

Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Idiat Oluranti Adebule (2nd left); Managing Director/Chief Financial Officer, World Bank, Mr. Joaquim Levy (middle); Country Director, World Bank, Mr. Rachid Benmessaoud (left); Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello (2nd right) and Commissioner for Finance/ Economic Planning & Budget, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade (right) during a courtesy visit by the World Bank MD to the Deputy Governor at the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Saturday, June 3, 2017.
Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Idiat Oluranti Adebule (2nd left); Managing Director/Chief Financial Officer, World Bank, Mr. Joaquim Levy (middle); Country Director, World Bank, Mr. Rachid Benmessaoud (left); Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello (2nd right) and Commissioner for Finance/ Economic Planning & Budget, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade (right) during a courtesy visit by the World Bank MD to the Deputy Governor at the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Saturday, June 3, 2017.

Levy said that previous partnership of the organisation with the State Government in transportation, education, environmental management and flood control had been of great benefit to the urban renewal efforts of the state government, adding that the organisation would continue to assist the state government to scale up its infrastructural development a projects so as to be able to meet the aspirations of its teeming population.

In her remarks, the Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Oluranti who received the visitors on behalf of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode commended the World Bank for its support and partnership, noting that their efforts had helped the State Government to achieve its transformational policies especially in efficient flood control, transportation and the Eko Education Project initiative.

“We will continue to treasure this partnership and  supports which have helped us to  deliver on good transportation through LAMATA, our modern Agric system, Sports development, Eko Projects and general infrastructural development programmes and many more that have helped our policy implementation’’ Adebule said

The Deputy Governor who was highly elated  with the prospects of the visit, said that as the State’s Internally Generated  Revenue (IGR) was increasing yearly, residents deserve better governance in terms of scaling up infrastructure provision, urging  the World’s Apex Bank to consider energy development, efficient  portable water supply, water transportation, road construction and education as some of the key areas the state government would need urgent support and partnership to further bring democratic dividends to the people.

The Deputy Governor who expressed concerns over the current global economic meltdown, appealed to the visiting World Bank Executives to help the country with more friendly policies that could help to regulate the high exchange rate in the country so as to increase the purchasing power of the average Nigerian and reduce inflation.

The highlight of the visit which had top government functionaries in attendance was the presentation of souvenirs of the Lagos State government to the World Bank visiting Executives.

Evander Holyfield, The Greatest Living Boxer Of All Time

Evander Holyfield, The Greatest Living Boxer Of All Time

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday lauded the achievements of five-time world cruiserweight and heavyweight boxing champion, Evander Holyfield, describing him as the greatest living boxer of all times.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at Lagos House in Ikeja when he received Holyfield on courtesy visit, said he was personally proud of the achievements of the legend in the boxing field, and described him as a great role model.
Holyfield, who is billed to slug it out with former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at an exhibition boxing match, is in Lagos as part of activities marking the Golden Jubilee anniversary of the State, and to also give back to the society through his foundation.
The Governor, who described the visit of the boxing legend to Lagos as historic, said there was no better way to showcase sports as catalyst for growth than the collaboration of such an icon as Holyfield.
“This is exciting and historic moment for us coming at a time Lagos is celebrating the 50 years of its establishment and we want to say a big thank you to Holyfield for collaborating with us to put this as part of events marking the Golden Jubilee anniversary of Lagos State.
“We believe strongly that in all sectors that we have tried to celebrate Lagos, this is one momentous topic that we really mean to celebrate. As a government, we have always wanted to use sports as a way of driving our economy and there is no way we can showcase sports as the catalyst for economic growth than bringing somebody who is a champion; a revered person and for him to use his God given talent and resources to promote sports in our State,” Governor Ambode said.
While noting the vision of the Evander Holyfield Foundation to nurture young stars and future boxers, as well as the issues relating to promotion of health and wellbeing of the people, Governor Ambode pledged to partner with the foundation to ensure that the set objectives are achieved, especially with regards to the people of the State.
The Governor described Holyfield as the living greatest boxer of all times, a sport icon and a champion who he is proud of his achievements, adding that the visit to Nigeria would also be used to trace the roots of the boxer back to Lagos.
“I love the concept that you want to pay back and that is the essence of leadership which is to be able to touch humanity. There are very many people that go away from their stardom and not pay back and so many champions have not been able to do anything after leaving the ring but Holyfield stand as an exception.
“On the other side, boxing should now be in the front burner of sports in Nigeria especially now that a Nigerian, Anthony Joshua recently won as the unified world heavyweight champion.
“Lagos has the largest concentration of the black people in the world and we just believe that Lagos should be well projected the visit by the boxing legend is also to promote the brand called Lagos,” Governor Ambode said.
Earlier, Holyfield said he was in Nigeria to give back to the society having achieved so much in life especially in boxing.
While recalling how he started boxing at the young age of 8 and became champion at 9, Holyfield said he felt like quitting after initially suffering defeats but his mother told him to hang on.
“I became the person I am because I listened, I followed direction and I did not quit even when I lost. In giving back to the society, I am here to say I got a Real Deal Promotion. We are looking for young fighters who want to listen and follow instruction.
“This is about giving back to the society. I want kids to learn from me how I became four times heavyweight champion,” Holyfield said.
He also announced donation of $3million worth of health equipment to Lagos State Government, a gesture which Governor Ambode commended and urged other sports legends and individuals to emulate