President Buhari Unveils Airport Road, Oshodi Transport Interchange, 820 Buses

President Buhari Unveils Airport Road, Oshodi Transport Interchange, 820 Buses

…Ambode has performed satisfactorily

…With These Projects, The Future Of Lagos Is Secured- Ambode

…Says Airport Flyover Open For Public Use May 10 After Quality Assurance

 

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday commissioned the remodeled Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road, the world class Oshodi Transport Interchange and the 820 high and medium capacity buses for public transportation, stating emphatically that State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode performed satisfactorily.

Buhari, who commissioned the three impactful projects at a well-attended ceremony, said he was delighted to unveil the projects as they aptly reflected the drive and success of government in pursuing policies and programmes that will positively impact on its citizen.

“Earlier this morning, I commissioned the Ayinke House of the Institute of Maternal and Child Health and also the Lagos Theatre in Oregun.

IMG-20190424-WA0013

“Your Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has performed satisfactorily and we should all commend him for his contribution to the growth and development of Lagos State,” the President said.

President Buhari said the coming on board of the projects had clearly demonstrated the need to continue to provide high impact projects for the development of infrastructure and opportunities for job creation at all levels, just as he said that the development was in sync with the efforts of the Federal Government to improve infrastructure especially in the transport sector.

“To complement Oshodi Transport Interchange, the Federal Government has recently approved the reconstruction of the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway up to Oworonshoki and Old Toll Gate which was last attended to 40 years ago.

“We have recently commissioned the new International Airport Terminals in Port Harcourt and Abuja, as well as the rail lines from Abuja to Kaduna. The Lagos to Ibadan Rail Line is under construction. Our government will continue to prioritize high impact infrastructure which will vastly improve the lives of our people,” he said.

IMG-20190424-WA0016

The President also seized the occasion to thank Lagosians for their support at the 2019 general election, recalling that it was his second working visit to Lagos in the last one year.

In his remarks, Governor Ambode thanked the President for his direct influence and support towards the projects which made it a reality, saying that it was on record that the State has never enjoyed such measure of support from the Federal Government as it had done in the last four years.

He said the Murtala Mohammed Airport Road and the U-Turn Flyover would be open for public use immediately, while the two flyovers would be open for use from May 10 after the quality assurance work is completed.

Governor Ambode said the Terminal 3 of the Oshodi Transport Interchange will become fully operational on May 1, while Terminals 1 and 2 would become operational by the end of May.

 

He said that the projects were part of his administration’s promise to deliver people-oriented programmes and projects, saying that the development plan of the State has been positively affected through the projects, including the Maternal and Child Health Centre, popularly called Ayinke House, which the President commissioned earlier in the day.

“In our promise to deliver people-oriented projects and programmes, a closer look at all the projects indicate that nearly all the different pillars of our development plan as a State have been affected positively through these projects. The Institute Of Maternal and Child Health at LASUTH contributes to our health and education sectors simultaneously.

IMG-20190424-WA0010

The Lagos Theatre, Ikeja is about our Social Development Sector while the Oshodi Transport Interchange and Buses come under our Transport, Infrastructure and Commerce sectors. The Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road is an Infrastructural Development project.

“All these projects together form the thrust of our vision as a government and the end result is to make life better for all our people, irrespective of gender, tribe or political leanings,” he said.

He said his administration invested the second tranche of the Paris Club refund, in addition to the refund by the Federal Government on Federal road projects executed by States to the construction of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road and the Oshodi Transport Interchange, the first of its kind in Africa, while the first tranche of the Paris Club refund to States approved by the President was utilised to pay the 40 per cent down-payment for the 820 buses.

“This is our report card, Mr. President. We have used your approval and releases judiciously because we believe strongly in you, in your leadership and in your vision for our country. This is our modest contribution to the growth and development of our State and to the country in general.

IMG-20190424-WA0017

“Mr. President, we believe strongly that the projects being commissioned today are our own modest contributions to the national development of Nigeria. As I said earlier, these projects would not have been possible without Mr. President’s quiet but impactful decision to approve and release the payments of the Paris Club refund and the refund on Federal Road projects incurred by the States,” he said.

Governor Ambode said he was fully optimistic that with the coming on board of the projects, the future prosperity of the State is secured, saying that the level of investment in the last four years in strengthening the social and physical infrastructure base of the State were becoming evident in all sectors of the economy.

“With the completion of these projects and given the level of commitment of the next administration as well as the continuous support of the Federal Government, I am assured that the immediate and future prospects of our State is very bright.

“Mr. President, Lagos State will continue to support your aspirations to move Nigeria to the Next level. The business community in the State are desirous of partnering with your government in moving our economy forward,” he said.

The President, after the commissioning, went on a bus ride with dignitaries to tour the facility and also drove through the remodeled Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road.

 

 

Remarks Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Commissioning Of The Reconstructed Muritala Muhammed International Airport Road, Oshodi Transport Exchange And 820 Medium/High Capacity Buses By His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR)

Remarks Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Commissioning Of The Reconstructed Muritala Muhammed International Airport Road, Oshodi Transport Exchange And 820 Medium/High Capacity Buses By His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR)

Your Excellency, Mr. President, may I say a big thank you, on behalf of all Lagosians for your official working visit to our State.

Today is very significant to us, to have you here commission these three landmark projects because they would not have been possible without your direct influence and support. I will come back to this later.

These projects and facilities are:

  1. Oshodi Transport Interchange with 3 Terminals
  2. Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road
  3. 820 Medium/High capacity Transport Buses

Your Excellency, Mr. President, we are witnessing the commissioning of high-impact projects that have the utmost interest of our people at heart.

AX8W7380

In our promise to deliver people-oriented projects and programmes, a closer look at all the projects indicate that nearly all the different pillars of our development plan as a State have been affected positively through these projects. The Institute Of Maternal and Child Health at LASUTH contributes to our health and education sectors simultaneously.

The Lagos Theatre, Ikeja is about our Social Development Sector while the Oshodi Transport Interchange and Buses come under our Transport, Infrastructure and Commerce sectors. The Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road is an Infrastructural Development project.

All these projects together form the thrust of our vision as a government and the end result is to make life better for all our people, irrespective of gender, tribe or political leanings.

AX8W7353

Mr. President, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I have no doubt in my mind that the future prosperity of this State is secured. It is on record that our State has never had this measure of support from the Federal Government as we have enjoyed under your leadership.

We believe strongly that the projects being commissioned today are our own modest contributions to the national development of Nigeria. As I said earlier, these projects would not have been possible without Mr. President’s quiet but impactful decision to approve and release the payments of the Paris Club refund and the refund on Federal Road projects incurred by the States.

DSC_0018

Mr. President, the first tranche of the Paris Club refund to States approved by Your Excellency was what we used to pay the 40% down-payment for the 820 buses you see here today.

 

We are grateful Mr. President.

 

It may also interest you to know Sir that, our second tranche of the Paris Club refund, in addition to the refund by the Federal Government on Federal road projects executed by States, are the resources we applied to the construction of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road and this First in Africa Transport Interchange.

 

This is our report card, Mr. President. We have used your approval and releases judiciously because we believe strongly in you, in your leadership and in your vision for our country. This is our modest contribution to the growth and development of our State and to the country in general.

 

DJI_0181

We have, in the last four years, invested so much in strengthening the social and physical infrastructure base of the State economy. The dividends of these efforts are becoming manifest in all sectors of the economy. With the completion of these projects and given the level of commitment of the next administration as well as the continuous support of the Federal Government, I am assured that the immediate and future prospects of our State is very bright.

Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, these projects are ready to go fully operational to serve the needs of Nigerians. The Murtala Mohammed Airport Road and the U-Turn Flyover at Ajao Estate exit will be opened for public use immediately. The other Two Flyovers will be open for use from May10th after the quality assurance work is completed.

AX8W7472

Of the 3 Terminals at the Oshodi Transport Interchange, Terminal 3 will become fully operational on May 1 while Terminals 1 and 2 will become operational before the end of May.

Mr. President, Lagos State will continue to support your aspirations to move Nigeria to the Next level. The business community in the State are desirous of partnering with your government in moving our economy forward.

On behalf of the good people of Lagos State, I thank you again for honouring us with your presence and I invite Your Excellency to commission these projects which you have made possible.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun!!!

 

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode,

Governor of Lagos State,

 

April 24, 2019

Buhari Unveils Reconstructed Ayinke House, Nigeria’s Biggest Maternity Hospital

Buhari Unveils Reconstructed Ayinke House, Nigeria’s Biggest Maternity Hospital

…Commissions 500-Seater Lagos Theatre

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday unveiled the newly reconstructed Institute of Maternal And Child Health popularly known as Ayinke House located within the premises of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja, describing it as a critical and timely intervention by the State Government in the health sector.

The newly commissioned Institute of Maternal and Child Health (Ayinke House) with facilities at LASUTH, Ikeja, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
The newly commissioned Institute of Maternal and Child Health (Ayinke House) with facilities at LASUTH, Ikeja, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

Ayinke House, which is Nigeria’s biggest Maternity Hospital, was upgraded from an 80-bed facility to a 170-bed healthcare centre with state-of-the-art medical equipment, as well as information technology services.

Aside the entourage of the President which included Ministers and Special Advisers, Governors of Ogun (Ibikunle Amosu ), Oyo (Abiola Ajimobi), Ondo (Oluwarotimi Akeredolu), Ekiti (Kayode Fayemi), Jubrila Bindow, Adamawa, Acting Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu; Lagos State Governor-Elect, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat; Oba  of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, among others were in attendance.

 President Muhammadu Buhari (2nd left), with Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), inspecting the facilities in the newly commissioned Institute of Maternal and Child Health (Ayinke House), LASUTH, Ikeja, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
President Muhammadu Buhari (2nd left), with Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), inspecting the facilities in the newly commissioned Institute of Maternal and Child Health (Ayinke House), LASUTH, Ikeja, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

The President, who landed at the Presidential Wing of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja at about 10: 45am, arrived at Ayinke House about 15 minutes later, after which he unveiled the project, and also embarked on comprehensive tour of the facility.

Speaking at the event, the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode described the development as historic, expressing optimism that the facility would provide world class childbirth and maternal care services to Lagosians and Nigerians at large.

Recalling how the journey began, Governor Ambode said the facility was commissioned exactly 29 years ago, with the late businessman and philanthropist, Sir Mobolaji Bank-Anthony donating the first dedicated maternal and child care facility to the State Government, in memory of his mother; hence the christened name “Ayinke House”.

The newly commissioned Institute of Maternal and Child Health (Ayinke House) with facilities at LASUTH, Ikeja, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
The newly commissioned Institute of Maternal and Child Health (Ayinke House) with facilities at LASUTH, Ikeja, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

He said the hospital, which started with just one surgical theatre soon assumed a life of its own as a first-class childbirth and maternal care centre in the health sector of Nigeria as well as first choice for expectant mothers.

However, the Governor said the hospital later became over-stretched beyond capacity and somehow obsolete, while in recognition of the need to sustain Bank-Anthony’s philanthropy, the State Government, during the administration of former Governor Babatunde Fashola who is now the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, awarded the contract for the expansion and reconstruction of the facility.

The newly commissioned Institute of Maternal and Child Health (Ayinke House) with facilities at LASUTH, Ikeja, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
The newly commissioned Institute of Maternal and Child Health (Ayinke House) with facilities at LASUTH, Ikeja, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

“Today, seven years after the closure of the facility, the new edifice is now a 170-bed facility with 5 surgical theatres. It has a 16-bed emergency care units with 3 organ support facilities, 30 bed special baby care unit, 5 neo-natal intensive care units, a fully equipped laboratory with support services, laboratories and a blood bank.

“Beyond the significance for the health sector, this institute is a major contribution to our education sector also; as it becomes a veritable platform for our medical students in the State University to enhance their exposure and experience with the top-class medical equipment provided,” Governor Ambode said, just as he revealed that Ayinke House had also been completely digitalised with state-of-the-art medical equipment as well as information technology services supported by the State Ministry of Science and Technology.

AX8W6996

He said in view of President Buhari’s determination of making universal and basic primary healthcare as one of the cardinal priorities of his administration, the State Government, under him, had consciously worked to bring quality, affordable and modern healthcare to all our citizenry, among other initiatives in the health sector.

“Just last year, we launched the Lagos State Health Insurance scheme to allow residents access top quality medical care with a little contribution and support from the State government.

“These and other efforts are directed at improving the lives of our people, especially the women and children; and by extension the productivity of our nation,” he said.

AX8W6900

While congratulating President Buhari on his resounding victory at the recent presidential election, Governor Ambode thanked him for finding time to personally commission Ayinke House and other projects in the State, adding that the completion of the projects would not have been possible without the President’s support, administrative direction and encouragement.

Besides, Governor Ambode commended the Management and Staff of the State’s Ministry of Health, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, LASUTH as well as contractors for working round the clock and their enthusiasm in getting the project completed.

Similarly, the President also commissioned the 500-seater Lagos Theatre in Oregun, Ikeja. The ultra modern theatre is one of the four simultaneously constructed by the Ambode administration to increase arts spaces and create standard platforms for talented citizens of the State to showcase their skills.

The President who arrived the venue at exactly 11:30am was treated to a live dance performance by a young group of talented artist before taking his leave.

The Governor said the three other theatres with the same specifications are also ready for commissioning in Igando, Badagry and Epe.

Keynote Address By The Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, At Longrich Nigeria Manufacturing Plant Pre-Launching Ceremony At The Convention Hall, Lekki Free Trade Zone

Keynote Address By The Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, At Longrich Nigeria Manufacturing Plant Pre-Launching Ceremony At The Convention Hall, Lekki Free Trade Zone

One of the most fulfilling feelings in life is to see one’s efforts yield positive results. It gives me immense satisfaction to be here today to witness this Pre-Launching Ceremony of Longrich Nigeria manufacturing plant to be located in the Lekki Free Zone in Lagos State, Nigeria.

At the inception of this administration, one of our core focus areas was attracting investments to our State; to create employment for our people and wealth for our investors. Today’s event is one of those crowning moments that confirm that our efforts have been rewarded.

I am particularly delighted that of all the cities and countries in Africa, Longrich Group of Companies has chosen to site its manufacturing plant, a $50 million investment, in our State.

For this trust and confidence shown in our State, I am here personally to thank the Chairman, Mr. Xu Zhiwei, and the management team of Longrich, led by the company’s Vice President, Xu Zhi Lun, for making this wise investment decision. I am also here to assure you of the government’s commitment to supporting your business and ensuring that you succeed in Lagos.

I have been informed that this Lekki Longrich facility, upon completion, would not only be the hub for the distribution of the products to the African sub-region but would provide employment for at least 1,000 new workers in our State and boost the nation’s foreign exchange earnings from exportation of manufactured products to other African Countries.

If we go by the success story of Longrich in China and the company’s track record, there is no doubt that Longrich Nigeria would be modelled after the world-class LONGLIQI Bio-Industrial Park in China which covers an area of more than 133 hectares and serves as location of LONGLIQI Bio-Science Co., Ltd.

Longrich has not only become a global brand but its range of products has steadily been impacting lives, particularly in terms of health, fitness, and qualitative standards of living, as well as changing business patterns in diverse continents.

The company has also created wealth for the over 500,000 people who are trading more than Thirty brands in the Longrich product range through the business referral network in Nigeria. Interestingly, a high concentration of the Longrich traders reside and operate in our State confirming that we not only have a rapidly growing market for continuous consumer products and services but are a haven for foreign direct investments.

On our part, we will continue to ensure we play our role as business enablers. We will continue to work to provide the necessary infrastructure and services required to support all investors and businesses who decide to make Lagos their home.

Our administration has embarked on massive and ambitious projects. We have introduced public sector reforms and policies aimed at making it easier to do business in our State. Our governmental institutions like the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Office of Public Private Partnership and Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment (Lagos Global) are, more than ever before, in the fore front of providing an enabling business environment for local and foreign investments to thrive.

These are just a few indicators to assure you of our commitment to securing not just Longrich’s investment in the South-West quadrant of Lekki Free Zone but to secure and attract more investments to our State.

At this point, let me confirm that the Lekki Free Zone is the flagship of the Lagos State Government’s industrial development drive which asides from physical amenities, also comes with a bundle of incentives that propel business prosperity. With the ongoing gas pipeline laying to the Lekki Free Zone nearing completion, I assure you that very soon power generation costs, which accounts for significant production cost, will be significantly reduced.

Distinguished, Ladies and Gentlemen, I want to restate the commitment of the Lagos State Government to sustaining the business environment and protecting all investments in the State, especially those in the Lekki Free Zone.

Once again, on behalf of the good people and Government of Lagos State, I congratulate Longrich International Nigeria on this project and assure you and all investors that your business interests in this State would continue to be profitable as you will find in us a supportive business partner.

Thank you.

 

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko Lo Je Wa L’ogun