Address Presented On The Occasion Of The First Quarterly Town Hall Meeting For Year 2017 (The 6th In The Series), Held On Thursday 19th January 2017 At Ajelogo Housing Scheme, Ajelogo Market Road, Akanimodo, Mile 12

Address Presented On The Occasion Of The First Quarterly Town Hall Meeting For Year 2017 (The 6th In The Series), Held On Thursday 19th January 2017 At Ajelogo Housing Scheme, Ajelogo Market Road, Akanimodo, Mile 12

I welcome you all to another in the series of our Town Hall engagements. At the beginning of our administration, we promised that we would run an all-inclusive government which would not leave anyone behind. We promised that we would always directly engage the people. That is why I am in Akanimodo, Mile 12 today.

We introduced the Quarterly Town Hall meetings as a platform to connect with our people, not just to tell you what we are doing but to hear directly from you. This is the Sixth Town Hall meeting in the series and you have been with us on this journey and, together, we have made some progress in building a State we will all be proud of.

I thank you for your steadfastness, support and cooperation to our government. As a government, we will not relent in our efforts to achieve our dreams of making Lagos the foremost mega city in Africa through tourism initiatives and upgrade of infrastructure to international standards.

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Today’s town hall meeting is not about speech making but to listen to you. We want to hear your needs and where you need government intervention. However, before we listen to you, let me give you a brief of what your government has done in the last quarter and what we plan for this quarter.

LAST QUARTER REPORT (OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2016)

 

HOUSING

In continuation of our quest to address housing deficit in Lagos, our administration’s “Rent-To-Own and Rental Housing Policy” came into effect last quarter to provide affordable housing units across the three Senatorial Districts. There are presently 4,355 units available with over 500 applicants prequalified so far and allocation will commence next week.

This is a fulfilment of one of our promises to Lagosians. It gives you the opportunity to pay an initial deposit of money and subsequent rent is paid in monthly instalments as dictated by the terms of agreement. The total cost of the property is liquidated over a period of years and ownership transferred to the beneficiary.

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AGRICULTURE

The first fruits of our partnership with Kebbi State Government, LAKE RICE, was launched in December. With this product our government was able to offer affordable rice for sale to the entire residents of Lagos in all 57 Local Governments and Local Council Developments Areas during the year-end festivities. The sale of Lake Rice is still on-going at the same prices.

We are rehabilitating the Oko-Oba Abattoir and Lairage Complex, Agege in line with the promise to increase meat production output, develop the redmeat value chain and restructure the complex for improved operations.

ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE/TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT

In the last quarter we completed the following roads and transportation improvement initiatives;

  • Marwa/Depot Road, Ijegun-Egba in Amuwo Odofin
  • The 500metres-long Imeke-Ajido Bridge in Badagry
  • Adisa Ajibulu in Oshodi
  • Adisa Balogun-Igboho Street, Alapere in Kosofe Local Government
  • Signalization and junction improvement along the Lekki-Epe Expressway

Many others are on-going and will be completed soon.

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SAFETY AND SECURITY

Our government stepped up activities geared towards community policing to complement the police and other law enforcement agencies in the State by inaugurating the Board of the State’s Neighbourhood Safety Corps. The Safety Corps will become operational before the end of this quarter.

With our efforts, a very significant reduction in crime was recorded in the State during the yuletide season. We remain committed to a safe environment. Our expenditure on security has been fruitful thus far.

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EMPLOYMENT

In December, we issued offer letters to successful candidiates under the first phase of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund initiative.  We will intensify our efforts to assist our unemployed Youths and Artisans to access the funds available at the Employment Trust Fund.

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FUTURE OUTLOOK

2017 happens to be a special year in the history of Lagos when the Centre of Excellence reaches a landmark golden jubilee on May 27. Adequate preparations are being made to ensure that the 50th anniversary celebration of our dear State, the Centre of Excellence, reflects the rich culture and heritage of the people of Lagos.

In the months ahead, our government will continue with our urban regeneration initiatives, building new infrastructure and maintaining existing ones. Some of the key projects we will undertake include:

  • Agric-Isawo-Arepo Road in Ikorodu
  • Ajelogo – Akinomodo Road Rehabilitation
  • Oshodi to Murtala Mohammed Airport Road
  • Ketu – Alapere Inner Roads Phase II
  • Oke Oso – Araga – Poka in Epe
  • Topo Garage to VIP Chalet in Badagry
  • Establishment of Bus Terminals and depots in Yaba, Ikeja, Oyingbo, Anthony, Ketu and Toll Gate.
  • Full take-off of BRT along Abule-Egba-Oshodi axis.

More beneficiaries will receive funding from our Employment Trust Fund this month as we strive to energise the economy and create jobs through Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. These businesses would enjoy government support to ensure the ventures embarked upon are nurtured to healthy growth.

The Ladipo Market, Mushin which had been beset with the problem of congestion will be redesigned and reconstructed to accommodate a multi-layer car park that will eradicate the rigours of parking associated with the thriving market and its environs. ASPAMDA market in the International Trade Fair will also get a facelift in terms of Roads and Light.

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CONCLUSION

As we continue the task of ensuring good governance in our dear State, I am confident that 2017 will bring succor and new opportunities that will foster prosperity for Lagos State and all its residents.

Equipped by this conviction of a progressive and prosperous Lagos in no distant time, I urge you to continue to support and cooperate with our administration to achieve the lofty ideas and plans to make Lagos a prosperous State.

Our party, the APC, remains focused on making Lagos the progressive sign post for all. I thank all our party leaders and members for their loyalty and support.

I urge you to remain faithful in payment of your taxes to help our government advance the task of building Lagos into a prosperous State of our dreams.

I thank you all for your attention.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun.

 

Mrs. Bolanle Ambode Tasks FIDA On Violence Against Women

Mrs. Bolanle Ambode Tasks FIDA On Violence Against Women

Wife of the Governor of the Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has charged the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), to be more vocal on the worrisome trend of violence against women and children.

She spoke while receiving the group on a courtesy visit to her, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, where she commended them for promoting the rights of women and children in the state and the country.

According to her, “For a long time many defendless women and children suffered in silence because nobody stood up in their defense, a situation which has caused many broken homes, emotional breakdowns and psychological trauma among others”.

Bolanle assured the group that the state government was doing everything possible to ensure that the rights of every citizen in the state was protected.

Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Bolanle Ambode (right), with the Chairperson, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Mrs. Ngozi Ogbolu during FIDA’s courtesy visit to the wife of the Governor at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, 17 January, 2017.
Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Bolanle Ambode (right), with the Chairperson, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Mrs. Ngozi Ogbolu during FIDA’s courtesy visit to the wife of the Governor at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, 17 January, 2017.
Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (right) being presented souvenirs by the Chairperson, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Mrs. Ngozi Ogbolu during FIDA’s courtesy visit to the wife of the Governor at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, 17 January, 2017.
Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (right) being presented souvenirs by the Chairperson, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Mrs. Ngozi Ogbolu during FIDA’s courtesy visit to the wife of the Governor at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, 17 January, 2017.

Speaking earlier, the chairperson of the association, Lagos state branch, Mrs. Ngozi Ogbolu, commended state government for its proactive steps in adopting and enacting laws that protect, promote, and preserve the rights and interests of women and children, citing the VAPP Laws of Lagos State (Violence Against Persons Protection Laws).

The chairperson disclosed that the overriding objective of FIDA, was in line with the vision of the pet project of the governor’s wife; Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), which sought to impact the lives of underprivileged women, widows and expectant mothers, while also seeking to help rehabilitate vulnerable children and encourage their education.

FIDA has been in Nigeria for 52 years, providing free legal service for less privileged people in the society.

 

Remarks Delivered On The Occasion Of Signing Of The Year 2017 Appropriation Law On January 9th, 2017 At Lagos house, Alausa, Ikeja

Remarks Delivered On The Occasion Of Signing Of The Year 2017 Appropriation Law On January 9th, 2017 At Lagos house, Alausa, Ikeja

I have just signed the 2017 Budget into law. The 2017 Appropriation Law is our contract with Lagosians to continue to build an all-inclusive economy throughout the year.

We commend all the Honourable members of the State House of Assembly; ably led by the Right Honourable Speaker, Honourable Mudashiru Obasa, for their forthrightness and speedy consideration and approval of the 2017 budget.

In line with the State Development Plan 2012-2025, the Medium Term Expenditure Framework for 2017-2019, the approved budget for 2017 is N812.998bn.

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Our goal is to consolidate on the modest milestones recorded in the last Eighteen months and propel our State to a path of prosperity in line with our Four Pillars of Development Plan.

These pillars of our State Development plan are:

  1. Infrastructure Development
  2. Economic Development
  3. Social Development and Security
  4. Sustainable Environment

We are optimistic on the recovery of our national economy this year. We are encouraged by the budget performance of last year (2016) which stood at 78%. Our total Capital Expenditure in 2017 will be N507.816bn while Recurrent Expenditure is estimated at N305.182bn.

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Our government is committed to prudent financial management and equitable allocation of resources for the general good and will ensure proper fiscal discipline in the implementation of this Appropriation Law.

To successfully implement this budget, we need the cooperation and understanding of all taxpayers. Civic obligations and duties of citizens like tax payments have become noticeably better, self-induced and encouraging; just as we strive harder to improve service-delivery in all sectors.

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We encourage all tax payers to continue in this spirit and also take advantage of available multi-pay channels in fulfilling their civic obligations. Do not pay to touts or illegal channels. Make sure your tax payments count. We are doing everything to eliminate poor services to you.

Thank you.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko lo je wa l’ogun!!!

With God, Lagos’ll Continue To Experience Steady Growth

With God, Lagos’ll Continue To Experience Steady Growth

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday attributed the steady growth of the State in all sectors to God’s intervention, just as he said that with divine direction, the State will continue to experience pleasant surprises all year round.

Speaking at the special Thanksgiving Service to usher in the New Year held at the Lagos House in Ikeja, Governor Ambode recalled the bleak economic outlook predicted for 2016 and his assurance that the State would against all odds make appreciable progress, saying that with God’s guidance, the State witnessed quantum leap in major sectors of the economy.

The Governor said: “Exactly a year ago, we were gathered here. Recall as part of my wishes, I had stated that despite the bleak economic outlook predicted in many quarters, Lagos State will grow in leaps and bounds and be prosperous.

“No doubt, God has been faithful. As we covert greater prosperity for all of us here and the State this year, we are confident that our God will never fail us. Lagos State will witness pleasant surprises in every sector in 2017. We are determined and God willing, we shall continue to achieve an all-inclusive progress and prosperity in the State.

While alluding to the significance of this year’s Thanksgiving Service which coincided with the State’s Golden Jubilee Anniversary, Governor Ambode said the God has indeed been faithful to the State in the past years, and as such it was important to show appreciation and supplication to God.

He said the service, irrespective of religious affiliation, also offered the opportunity to reaffirm faith in God and belief in His grace to make the hopes and aspirations for the Year become a reality.

“We believe that as we are gathered this evening to praise Him and glorify His Holy name, new doors and windows of opportunities shall be opened for us as individuals, as a State and a Nation.

“We want to officially welcome all other States and Governors to the Year 2017. We join hands together as Lagosians to wish Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari, who had once worshipped here with us in the past, Happy New Year, and pray that God will honour him as he leads the ship of the nation to its rightful destination,” he said.

Besides, Governor Ambode, who thanked spiritual leaders for their ceaseless prayers and wise counsel, prayed for God’s anointing to continually flow in their lives, while urging Nigerians to continue to pray for the State, the country and leaders in the country, especially to ensure a nation that all would be proud of.

In his sermon, General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Worldwide, Pastor Enoch Adeboye said for people to experience a new beginning, they must be willing to follow God completely and serve Him in truth and spirit.

While drawing his text from Exodus 3:1-8, Genesis 18:1-8 and Mark 10:46-52 among others, Pastor Adeboye also admonished Nigerians to leave the camp of the devil and embrace God’s camp, as well as accept the invitation of God.

The service also featured music ministrations, bible readings and prayers for the State Governor and his family, the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary as well as for the Federal, State and Local Government parastatals.

We Will Not Disappoint Lagosians

We Will Not Disappoint Lagosians

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday morning expressed optimism that the New Year will present limitless opportunities and true happiness for all residents.

Governor Ambode, who addressed a mamooth crowd at the grand finale of the 2016 One Lagos Fiesta held at the Bar Beach front in Victoria Island to usher in the New Year, restated his commitment to roll out programmes and policies that will further showcase the progress the State has made so far.

“Our vision remains the same: to create a smart mega city where business and creative opportunity abound; where physical and social amenities are world class; and where lives and property are safe and secured.”

Governor Ambode while alluding to the fact that 2017 is significant as Lagos would mark its 50th Anniversary since its creation, said the State is exceptionally blessed with human and capital resources, which he said his administration will continue to explore to make life more comfortable for the people.

“Welcome to 2017, our anniversary year where Lagos is 50. Lagos, the smallest, the oldest, the richest, most populous and most prosperous State in Nigeria.

“We are undoubtedly the world’s largest and most celebrated black city state. But we also recognize the need to reflect and be strategic and this is why our approach to governance has been low in hype and flop but high in performance by keeping our promises to you at all times. We promise not to dissapoint you in this New Year,” he said.

He said the One Lagos Fiesta which ran from December 24, 2016 to January 1, 2017 was expanded to celebrate the inclusiveness and diversity of the State across the five locations including Ikorodu, Badagry, Agege, Lagos Island and Epe.

Governor Ambode also said that in recognition of the fact that the youth represent the symbol of the State’s verve and vitality, his administration will provided more platforms of opportunities in 2017.

“Let me personally urge you to take advantage of the various events in this year’s tourism calendar to showcase your skills and talent,” he said.

This year’s One Lagos Fiesta featured a talent hunt show christened ‘Lagos Got Talent’, with youths across the five locations showcasing their talents and skills in the areas of dance, rap, comedy and drama.

At the keenly contested finale held at the Bar Beach, Master Ogunlaja Ahmed aka Mr. Dollar from Epe Division emerged the overall winner with Blessing Akiote (Agege) and Flexible Twist emerging second and third respectively.

The winners were presented with mouth watering prizes while they were privileged to take photographs with the Governor and top dignitaries including Senator Solomon Olamilekan, Senator Ganiyu Solomon and former Governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba.

Artistes who lit up the state with scintillating performances include King Sunny Ade, Olamide, Tiwa Savage, Adekunle Gold, Dr. SID, Humblesmith, Vector, CDQ, among many others, while fireworks were on display to usher in the New Year.