Lagos State Government Orders Contractors To Commence Work On Bariga-Ilaje Link Roads In Two Weeks

Lagos State Government Orders Contractors To Commence Work On Bariga-Ilaje Link Roads In Two Weeks

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday expressed displeasure with the state of roads in Bariga axis of the State, ordering contractors to move to site in the next two weeks to fix the roads.

Governor Ambode, who spoke after carrying out extensive inspection of the roads within Bariga, specifically ordered commencement of work on Ilaje Road and Odunsi Street in the area.

The Governor, who had earlier awarded contract for the construction of Ariyo Road, said the dilapidated conditions of the roads were totally unacceptable in the State.

He said in line with the commitment of his administration to transform every part of the State, a new jetty would be constructed in Ilaje, while a multi-purpose playground and recreation centre would also be constructed in Oworonshoki.

He said: “I have just gone round Odunsi Street, Ariyo Street and then Ilaje Street, all connecting Oworo Bus Stop with Bariga. I am totally displeased with the state of the roads that I have personally seen.

“So, within the next two weeks, contractors will commence work on Ilaje Road and Odunsi Street. We have already awarded contract for the Ariyo Road that will now go under the Third Mainland Bridge after Bertola and go to the other side of Oworo.

“In addition to the roads, on this Ilaje Road, we will give you a brand new jetty. Like we have always said, every community in Lagos will not be left behind. We should be able to live in Bariga, work in Bariga and play in Bariga.

“On the other side of Oworonshoki, we are going to sand fill and dredge that other part where the Bus Stop is so that we can have a multi-purpose playground, recreation and entertainment hub.”

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As a swift response to the plea of residents of Soluyi community in Bariga, Governor Ambode also ordered that work should commence on the road network in the axis within the next 21 days to facilitate ease of movement to Gbagada express.

While acknowledging that the people of the area have been very supportive to the government, Governor Ambode urged them to continue to pay their taxes and embrace peace to enjoy more dividends of democracy.

“I know all the people in all these communities have always supported our government and so what we have just come to do is to say a big thank you to you. We are doing the work you have sent us to do.

“All I just want to encourage you is to continue to pay your taxes. I am very happy this neighbourhood is a little bit crime free now and I am enjoying the peaceful atmosphere in this area. When you promise me peace, I will do more for your neighbourhood,” he said.

Earlier, Sole Administrator of Bariga Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Sanya Osijo expressed appreciation on behalf of the people of the area to the Governor, saying that it was a thing of joy that the suffering of the people was about to be addressed.

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Address Presented At The 2nd Quarterly Town Hall Meeting In Year 2017, (The 7th In The Series) Held On Friday April 21st, 2017

Address Presented At The 2nd Quarterly Town Hall Meeting In Year 2017, (The 7th In The Series) Held On Friday April 21st, 2017

The train of our Quarterly Town Hall meeting has arrived in Ojo, the home of our dependable and reliable Deputy Governor – Dr. Mrs. Idiat Oluranti Adebule. I salute the good people of Ojo and the Lagos West Senatorial Zone. We are very happy to be here with you today.

This edition of the Town Hall meeting coincides with the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the creation of our State so I will begin by congratulating every Lagosian on this Golden Jubilee anniversary. Our special appreciation and gratitude go to our founding founders and predecessors who have worked assiduously in the last five decades for the growth and progress of Lagos State.

We appreciate the vision, tenacity of purpose and hard work which helped to shape our past and laid the foundation on which to build the prosperous future of our dear State.

Today’s Town Hall Meeting is not to discuss what we have done but to listen to the people of Ojo axis and to lay out our plans for this. But for the benefit of many, let me run through some of the highlights of the last quarter.

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SAFETY AND SECURITY

  • The Neighburhood Watch was rebranded and launched as the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps and provided with equipment to combat illegal activities within the populace. The Neighbourhood Corps will complement the efforts of the police in curbing crime and criminality in the state.

SPORTS

  • The State successfully hosted the second edition of the Lagos Marathon and attracted international attention through larger participation of foreign athletes.

JOB CREATION

  • The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund continues to fulfil its mandate of providing subsidized loans to our entrepreneurs. The Fund has now approved loans of N1.7 billion to 1,400 businesses, and out of this, N1.2 billion has already been disbursed to 800 people. By the end of this month, loans to another 1,000 businesses will be approved, taking the total loans approved above 2,000. To further serve Lagos residents, the Fund will soon open the application process for skills development and training to help our unemployed youths take up existing jobs within the Lagos economy. I urge you to visit the Fund’s website or their liaison offices in the Local Governments to apply for their various programs.

ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE

The following road projects were completed:

·         Bridge linking Aboru to Abesan, in Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council of Alimosho Local Government Area and adjoining inner roads.

·         Construction of Aradagun- Iworo – Ajido Phase 1, Bridge

·         Rehabilitation of Bankole Oki Street, Ikoyi in Eti-Osa L.G.A.

·         Rehabilitation of Alli Dada Road in Oshodi-Isolo L.G.A.

·         Completion of the construction of the 2nd Pedestrian Bridge at   Ojota, Kosofe local Government.

·         Rehabilitation of Admiralty Way in Lekki Peninsular Scheme 1

·         Rehabilitation of Omotayo Banwo/Kola Iyaomolere Street in Kosofe

 

ECONOMY

  • We inaugurated an Economic Advisory Team comprising 12 (twelve) renowned, tested and versatile individuals to render advice that will accelerate the Lagos State Development Plan.

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HOUSING

  • The first set of beneficiaries of the newly designed Lagos Rent-To-Own Initiative have moved into the allocated housing units and become home owners under the scheme.
  • More housing units are already being built in Sangotedo in Eti-Osa, Ajara in Badagry, Igbogbo in Ikorodu and Egan-Igando in Alimosho.

 

AGRICULTURE

  • We have commenced the upgrade of the 167-hectare Songhai Model Farm in Avia-Igborosun, Badagry to encourage organic agriculture and train citizens interested in agro-business for local consumption or export.
  • We trained 540 fishermen across the State on the use of fishing equipment to improve their skills as well as optimize their understanding of the trade and boost income.

EDUCATION

  • 18 public Secondary schools were equipped with state-of-the-art libraries across Education Districts.
  • The Lagos Digital Library, an online repository of education, is also being deployed to improve the learning experience of the students and equip them with information technology skills and access.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

  • We launched the first-of-its-kind in Lagos, internet-based mobile app – Citizens Gate – for instant interaction between government. The major objective of this project is to bring government closer to the people.

 

OUTLOOK FOR THIS QUARTER

In this quarter, we intend to kick start the implementation of the Cleaner Lagos Initiatives, implement the construction of 181 roads across the 57 LGs/LCDAs, complete the Abule-Egba and Ajah flyover bridges, further signalization of Lekki – Ajah express road and continuation of Road network upgrade in all the 3 Senatorial Zones.

Furthermore, initiatives for Tourism will be intensified by commencing Development of Heritage Centre for Leadership (Presidential Lodge), Lagos History Centre, J.K Randle Centre, Transformation of the Onikan Museum, Development of tourism hubs in Lagos-West, Lagos-East, Construction of 6 Cultural Theatres in Alimosho,Badagry, Epe, Ikorodu, Ikeja and Lagos Mainland, and continuation of Epe and Badagry Waterfront development as well as other tourist potentials in the area.

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CONCLUSION

At 50, we have every reason to celebrate our dear State and our collective achievements. I enjoin everyone to be part of the activities lined for the celebration of Lagos Golden Jubilee because you have all been part of the success story of Eko Akete – the Centre of Excellence.

I thank our party – the All Progressives Congress – for the opportunity and support in ensuring that this administration is a part of its success story. To all our party leaders and members, let us join hands and ensure continued success for this administration.

Our administration remains committed to advancing the Lagos Mega City Project through judicious use of your continued regular payment of taxes.

Let me also use this opportunity to remind everyone of the need to ensure a clean environment and cooperate with health personnel to prevent outbreak of diseases in our communities. Always remain safety conscious and promptly report any suspicious individuals, groups or activities to the security agencies.

On my part I remain committed to the pledge I made to make Lagos work for everyone. I wish you all a happy anniversary celebration!

God bless Lagos State.

God bless Nigeria.

God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun.

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State

21st April, 2017

Address Delivered At The Boat Regatta Event In Celebration Of The 50th Anniversary Of The Creation Of Lagos State On Saturday 15th April 2017.

Address Delivered At The Boat Regatta Event In Celebration Of The 50th Anniversary Of The Creation Of Lagos State On Saturday 15th April 2017.

We are all here today to witness one of the most colourful events in our State – the Lagos Boat Regatta. This Regatta, which is happening simultaneously in 4 different locations of the State – Lagos Island, Epe, Ikorodu and Badagry, has been organised in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of our State.

The celebration of Lagos at 50 will not be complete without showcasing our culture and tradition which is derived from our adaptation to our natural environment – the lagoons and creeks of Lagos. We are committed to the preservation and advancement of our water based cultural heritage.

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Our State is blessed with great aquatic environment. 22% of the total geographical area of Lagos is made up of Lagoons and Creeks. These water bodies have become part of our culture and heritage and have influenced our culture, our trade and our lifestyle.

As we enjoy the colourful displays and creative expressions of our culture on water, let me use this opportunity to highlight the massive economic potential within these waters. We are barely scratching the surface. Beyond transportation, there are potentials for water sports, tourism and entertainment.

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As a government, we are determined to develop this great potential for economic growth and are committed to creating a platform for the private sector to harness the opportunities which abound in our waters.

Our administration has invested massively in provision of facilities and infrastructures on our waterways. The issue of security especially on our waters is very important to us and resources have been deployed to ensure safety and security of the waterways as well as the channelization of the waterways.

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I thank our Traditional Fathers and leaders for your commitment to the preservation of cultural heritage. We still need to do more especially in the area of the preservation of the Yoruba language. The Lagos State House of Assembly has fixed a date for celebration of the Yoruba language. I implore all our children, parents, school principals and teachers to embrace the implementation of this initiative in the interest of the unborn generation of Yoruba children.

Finally, I commend the Coordinators of this boat regatta and all the participants for putting up a very colourful event and showcasing Lagos to the world. Lagos is proud of you.

I thank you all of for your attention.

God bless Lagos State.

God bless you.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko lo je wa logun

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa – Ikeja.

15th April, 2017.

Lagos State Government Pledges Support For Young Entrepreneurs To Boost Economy

Lagos State Government Pledges Support For Young Entrepreneurs To Boost Economy

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Saturday evening formally flagged off the opening ceremony of activities lined up to commemorate the State’s Golden Jubilee Anniversary, just as he pledged that his administration would pay greater attention to the growth of young entrepreneurs and back it up with an enabling environment and friendly policies that will enhance success of their business initiatives.

The Governor also said that concerted efforts would be put in place to utilise the golden jubilee celebration to lay a solid foundation for another glorious 50 years in the State.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the premiere of ‘Wakaa The Musical’, held at the new Terra Kulture Arena at Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, said as the fifth largest economy in Africa, the State Government would explore all other areas of possibilities for growth while the future of the State would be premised on mutual love, peaceful coexistence, greater economic prosperity, tourism, urban renewal and infrastructure development projects that will complement its megacity status.

“On our part, we are determined and committed to fully explore all the possibilities presented by this moment to lay a solid foundation to another glorious and prosperous 50 years. This golden jubilee therefore presents a unique opportunity for us not only to celebrate our achievements, but also showcase to the entire world the immense potentials waiting to be tapped in our dear state,’’ he said.

He said the Government was more than committed to further boost the State’s economy by building capacities of young entrepreneurs especially in the areas of arts, culture, tourism  hospitality and other  businesses, urging the youths especially young graduates to take advantage of hospitality and friendly business environment to explore other areas of possibilities and  develop their entrepreneurial skills that would place them at vantage position in the on-going economic reforms of his administration.

Represented by his deputy, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, Governor Ambode said that the 50 years anniversary of the State presented a unique opportunity not only to celebrate the achievements of its founding fathers in the last 50 years but also to showcase to the entire world its rich cultural heritage and immense potentials waiting to be tapped by people with ideas and great vision.

Governor Ambode, while commending the founding fathers and all his predecessors for their great vision for the State, pledged that his administration would leave no stone unturned to build on their good legacies to deliver a new Lagos that will be the pride of every African man.

The Governor also lauded the Director/Executive Producer of Wakaa the Musical, who is also the founder of the Terra Kulture, Mrs. Bolanle Austen–Peters, for her initiative, focus and business ingenuity, noting that the actualization of the beautiful edifice which according to him was the first privately owned ultra-modern theatre in the country, was a reward for her selflessness, vision, courage, determination and belief in her abilities.

He noted that the partnership of the State Government with the Terra Kulture was not only to identify with the success story of the private cultural heritage, but a demonstration of his administration commitment to encourage younger generation to maximize their potentials.

Earlier in her opening remarks, Mrs Bolanle Austen-Peters Founder of Terra Kulture and the Executive Producer of Wakaa The Musical said Wakaa The Musical, was a compelling story of the travails young people go through after graduation in a bid to achieve their dreams.

The collection of plays according to her explored the challenges and obstacles young graduates faced after leaving their colleges and the assurance for victory and success when they show commitment, brevity and tenacity in the face adversity.

“Wakaa celebrates patriotism, honesty, diligence and the eventual success of excellence over mediocrity, greed and selfishness’’, she said.

The Lagos at 50 Celebrations which commenced from Saturday, April 8 2017 will feature series of interesting activities and will climax on Saturday 27th May 2017 to commemorate the May 27, 1967 date of the creation of Lagos State.