I have just signed into law three very important bills:
- The Prohibition of the Act of Kidnapping
- The Sports Trust Fund Law, and the
- The Sport Commission Law
These laws have been enacted to address key issues bordering on security and effectively harnessing the potentials in the sports sector.
In recent times, kidnapping has become a major threat to the safety of citizens and therefore required decisive action by the government. This law imposes a penalty of life imprisonment for kidnapping for ransom. The law stipulates that where a victim dies in the course of a kidnap, the suspect is liable on conviction to death.
Security is of utmost importance to our administration and we are confident that this law will serve as a deterrent to anybody who may desire to engage in this wicked act within the boundaries of Lagos state. Our justice system will be required to execute this Law to the letter and make sure that any criminal caught faces the full wrath of the law.
While we use this law to address the challenge of kidnapping and punish the criminals, we are also putting in place appropriate measures, particularly in our schools and other vulnerable targets, to prevent security breaches.
The Sports Commission Law will give legal backing to the formulation and implementation of sports policies in the State while the Sports Trust Fund will enable government to raise money for the development of sporting facilities and activities. This Fund will provide a platform where the State government can enter into partnership with the private sector to finance Sports infrastructure, tournaments and programmes which will in turn create employment and generate revenue for the State.
As provided for in the law, a Board of Trustees comprising all stakeholders in the sports community will be inaugurated soon to manage the Sports Trust Fund.
By these laws, we have restated our commitment to Sports and making Lagos the hub of Sports in Nigeria.
The passing of these laws have been made possible by the commitment and dedication of the Lagos State House of Assembly. I appreciate the work done by the State House of Assembly and promise that we will ensure its full implementation.
I thank the leadership and members of the House, especially the Speaker, Right. Honourable Mudashiru Obasa, for keeping faith with our collective aspiration to build a State that is clean, safe and prosperous and demonstrating this in all your actions.
Thank you all.
Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa l’ogun.
I welcome the Justice Community to this Stakeholders’ Summit on the Administration of Justice specifically looking at catalysts for Justice Sector Reform in the State.
The essence of this Summit is to generate
…/ constructive and innovative
constructive and innovative ideas on the challenges in the justice sector which will serve as catalyst for further progressive reforms, and enhance the capacities of our justice infrastructure to meet the needs of the dynamic populace of our dear State.
Lagos State is Africa’s fastest growing market and our ultimate goal is to continue to grow our economy from its present 5th position to the 3rd largest economy in Africa. Experience has shown that societies with equal and unhindered access to justice have a better environment for economic
…/ growth and poverty alleviation
growth and poverty alleviation than those that do not.
As a government, we are well aware that to achieve our socio-economic goals of a safer, secured, peaceful and more prosperous Lagos State, we need a functioning justice sector, which guarantees not only the maintenance of law and order, the enforcement of human rights and freedom, but also provides an administration of justice ambience that protects investments and encourages economic development.
The global strides in commerce and information technology have transformed the world into a global village. Thus, one of our top priorities is to leave behind a legacy of a 21st century justice sector driven by digital technology and powered by digital literate judicial officers and legal services providers. A justice system, where all justice institutions in Lagos State are fully automated.
We are already putting in place the infrastructure for the Lagos State DNA Laboratory for the processing of DNA evidence, which is a powerful criminal justice
…/ tool in “prosecuting the
tool in “prosecuting the guilty and exonerating the innocent”. This will also act as deterrence to criminals whose DNA data are in the DNA database, ultimately, playing a key role in the systematic reduction of crime in our State.
As part of the discussion at this summit, we want you to deliberate on how to make Lagos State legal and judicial system an effective tool for realization of foreign investment.
Lagos must be a jurisdiction where business disputes
…/ can be robustly resolved
can be robustly resolved in a pragmatic manner. Some of the major challenges faced by investors and entrepreneurs include the ease and cost of doing business and over regulation of business processes. The summit should proffer solutions to this.
We are mindful of the need to attract foreign investment, and public private investment, especially in the area of provision of infrastructure. No economy can develop without sustained infrastructural development. I firmly believe that discussions around all these issues are pertinent for this august gathering.
Finally, Learned Ladies and Gentlemen, as our world is becoming more sophisticated, so must be our justice sector. I congratulate you all for being part of the process of reforming our justice sector to meet contemporary demands.
I wish you a history making Summit.
Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko…Lo Je Wa Logun
The Lagos State Government has commenced implementation of the Executive Order ratified by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on December 16, 2016 which established the Lagos State Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.
The Executive Order highlights the importance and priority which the State Government placed towards protecting the lives of children and it applies to all State Government organisations, all schools, child centred institutions, orphanages and child related institutions located in the State, both public and private.
Speaking during the annual general meeting and intervention programme put together by the Office of Education Quality Assurance which was attended by over 1,000 participants, Coordinator of Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), an agency under the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi said the State Government was determined to implement the Executive Order to ensure the protection of children.
She said the need for the landmark engagement was crucial considering the fact that schools have resumed and there was need for key stakeholders such as principals, school administrators, Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), public and private school guidance counsellors, evaluators and others, to become conversant with and abreast of the provisions of the policy.
According to Vivour-Adeniyi, “The Lagos State Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy must be used wherever services are provided for children and care givers are mandated to adopt a Child Protection policy in their respective institutions, nuanced to suit their respective peculiarities.
“The major aim of the policy is to provide clear direction for reporting disclosures of abuse and commitment to the development of good practice and sound procedures to keep children safe.
“The policy also ensures that child protection concerns are identified, referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in ways that support the needs of the child’s wellbeing.”
The DSVRT Coordinator also used the medium to sound a very clear warning to all Child centred institutions both public and private, that the State Government would no longer tolerate negligence in ensuring the safety of children under their supervision and failure to adopt and implement the policy would amount to both civil and criminal actions.
Besides, copies of the policy in the form of booklets were distributed to all participants, while they participants were also informed of their mandatory duty to report actual or suspected child abuse cases, and consequences for failure to report.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday stressed the need for the continuous remembrance of the fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives for the unity of Nigeria, saying that the country must remain united to celebrate and honour them.
Speaking after performing the laying of wreath and release of pigeons in commemoration of the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration held at Remembrance Arcade, Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) in Lagos, Governor Ambode said the importance of the celebration could not be overemphasized as it signified the great sacrifice made by the fallen heroes to ensure the unity of our country.
He said: “For every January 15, we come together to remember our past heroes and the whole essence of being Nigerians is for us to live as a united country and some people have laid their lives for us to be here today.
“It is important that we must continue to celebrate them and remind ourselves that the unity of Nigeria has no substitute and that is the reason we do this every year.”
The Governor, who also spoke on the efforts of the State Government at prioritizing the welfare of legionnaires in the State, said the government recently gave them Hilux vehicle and increased their monthly subvention.
“We have always taken care of legionnaires in the State and I think we have the best welfare programme across the country. Just recently, we gave them Hilux vehicle for their operation and we have also increased the monthly subvention that we give to them.
“The whole essence is even beyond what we give to legionnaires, we should take proper care of all Lagosians and that is what we are doing,” Governor Ambode said.
Also speaking, Chairman of Nigerian Legion, Lagos State Chapter, Col Samuel Akande (Rtd) thanked Governor Ambode for his continuous support to legionnaires in the State, especially in the area of welfare to widows of fallen heroes and members of the association.
He said: “We like to use this opportunity to thank the Governor of Lagos State for all his provision and care for us. He recently gave us N5million to take care of our widows and members. Not only that, he promised us two vehicles and he has given us one. We pray that God will continue to take him higher and higher in good health.
“I also pray that God will continue to protect our members still in active service and those in the war front and we pray that by this time next year, Boko Haram will be a thing of the past in this country.”
Apart from the Governor, some other notable Nigerians who equally performed the laying of wreath included Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa; Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade; Oba of Lagos, HRM Oba Rilwan Akiolu, Service Commanders of military and para-military formations in the State, among others.