Governor Ambode Inaugurates Drug Rehab, Skill Acquisition Centre Built By Senator Remi Tinubu

Governor Ambode Inaugurates Drug Rehab, Skill Acquisition Centre Built By Senator Remi Tinubu

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday inaugurated a Drug Rehabilitation and Skill Acquisition Centre in Ajah built by Senator representing Lagos Central District, Chief Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, expressing optimism that the project would go a long way to benefit Lagosians and especially the immediate community.

Speaking while unveiling the Centre, named after Prince Tajudeen Oluyole Olusi (OON), Governor Ambode commended Senator Tinubu for devoting constituency funds to life changing projects, saying that the facility remains one of her legacy projects.

Describing her as a dogged, committed, consistent and determined woman, Governor Ambode said Senator Tinubu, despite the challenges that she encountered in the course of the project which she began in 2012, persevered to ensure that it became a reality.

“So much has been said by everyone on what she stands for, however, if I call her a dogged fighter, I would not be wrong. To the mere fact that she spent two terms in the Senate and she has been able to bring more constituency projects than any other senator, it’s a confirmation of how she fights for her community.

“This is a project that commenced in 2012 and she is also relating the story of how the 22 Baales put her on her toes and because she fought back, that is why we are here this morning.

“If I say she is a very consistent person and determined woman, I am not off course. She has told you how she put us on our toes that we ensured that the resources she has committed to this project does not go down the drain and I thank her for putting us on our toes,” he said.

Governor Ambode also commended her style of leadership, saying that she was the only Senator that remained consistent with holding quarterly town hall meetings with constituents and utilizing funds for the benefits of her people, adding that the Drug Rehabilitation and Skill Acquisition Centre remains one of her legacy projects that would outlive her.

“Of all the constituency projects that you have initiated and completed, this one is special in the sense that you have once again challenged government in the area of taking care of the needy.

“We all know what taking care of the needy entails, especially for a drug rehabilitation centre of this magnitude that has been put in place here for us to take care of those ones who are on the streets without help.

“In addition to this drug rehab centre, there is a skill acquisition centre to complement the need of whoever we are able to rehabilitate and empower them to become relevant in the community,” he said.

Governor Ambode assured that the facility, which would be managed by the State Government going forward, would be given top most priority, just as he directed the Ministries of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation as well as Youth and Social Development to ensure that the two facilities become fully operational before May 29, 2019.

He also seized the occasion to charge residents to come out enmasse and vote for the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other candidates of the party for the National Assembly elections coming up on Saturday, February 16.

He said it was important for APC candidates to emerge victorious in Saturday’s polls, saying that it would enable them continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to their constituents.

“Come Saturday, I urge all our supporters and party faithful to go all out and reward this good gesture by voting APC from top to bottom. So we’ll vote APC for Presidency, APC for Senate, APC for House of Representatives and also on March 2, we’ll vote APC for Gubernatorial and House of Assembly candidates.

He particularly urged the people from Lagos Central Senatorial district to vote massively for Senator Oluremi Tinubu, saying that she had proven to be a worthy representative of the district by delivering impactful projects to the people.

Earlier in her welcome address, Senator Tinubu commended Governor Ambode for his maturity and peaceful disposition, saying that posterity would judge him right.

She said the project was facilitated through her 2012 Constituency Intervention Project to address the menace and devastating consequence that drug abuse portends on the youths, just as she expressed optimism that the Centre would help to reverse the statistics that shows that 40 percent of Nigerian youths indulge in the use of recreational drugs including marijuana, codeine, among others.

Also speaking, APC leader in Lagos Central Senatorial District, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, who was named after the project, thanked Senator Tinubu for the kind gesture, saying it was a special honour for him to be so recognised.

“I am very grateful for this project to be dedicated to me, it’s a thing of joy. I thank Senator Oluremi Tinubu, she has shown that she has the requisite qualification and suitability to undertake this job because some are educated but are not suitable,” he said.

Only President Buhari Showed Concern On Abandoned Projects In Lagos

Only President Buhari Showed Concern On Abandoned Projects In Lagos

…Says Sanwo-Olu Better Qualified Than Other Candidates

…As APC Officially Flags Off Campaign In State

The Lagos State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday officially flagged off its campaign towards the 2019 general elections, with the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, urging voters in the State to massively support all the candidates of the party to ensure continuity of good governance.

Addressing scores of party members and leaders at the rally held at Skypower Ground in G.R.A, Ikeja, Governor Ambode said it was on record that only President Muhammadu Buhari showed concern about abandoned infrastructure in Lagos and was working on their renewal in conjunction with the State Government, saying it was time for residents to support the candidates of the party across all levels to consolidate on the gains so far recorded.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Candidate in Lagos, Mr, Babajide Sanwo-Olu (2nd right); his running mate, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (right) and Chairman, APC Lagos, Alhaji Tunde Balogun (left) during the Flag Off Campaign of the Lagos APC at the Skypower Ground, G.R.A, Ikeja, on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Candidate in Lagos, Mr, Babajide Sanwo-Olu (2nd right); his running mate, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (right) and Chairman, APC Lagos, Alhaji Tunde Balogun (left) during the Flag Off Campaign of the Lagos APC at the Skypower Ground, G.R.A, Ikeja, on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

The Governor, who was at the rally with his wife, Bolanle, said the forthcoming elections would not be about religion or ethnicity, but basically about the need to return a government that had showed genuine care for the people, adding that it was clear that the President had walked the talk.

“At the national level, we have only one choice, the choice of continuity is what we want and we need continuity and consolidation. We need to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari and Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

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“This election at the national level is not about religion neither is it about tribe. It is about those who have the poor at heart. You know at the national level, we are already doing TraderMoni, we are doing N-Power and we are already doing Employment Trust Fund, among other things.

“We know that we would be glad to have Muhammadu Buhari as the next President in this country; all the abandoned infrastructure that we have had in this State, it is only Muhammadu Buhari that has been propagating the renewal and so we are very conscious that we need to continue voting for the APC,” Governor Ambode said.

At the State level, the Governor said from 1999 till date, Lagos had continued to witness progressive growth, and there was need to support the candidates put forward by the APC to consolidate and further take the State to higher levels.

According to him, “The first question to ask is why we have been experiencing progressive growth in the last 20 years in Lagos and the answer is very simple – that is because I have had predecessors that have actually delivered on their promises starting from Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to Babatunde Raji Fashola and to myself.

“It has been 20 years of progressive growth and it has been under one single party, APC. We have had an uninterrupted continuity of governance in the last 20 years and that is why you can corroborate that with other things that are happening with the development and growth of Lagos State.

“Now, what I seek from all of you is the continuous growth and continuity in this State and for us to continue in that governance spirit, that is why we have no other choice than the choice of our party. In this context of this country, our party – APC is the party to trust and also the party that we can rely on.”

He particularly urged voters to support the gubernatorial candidate of the party, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, saying they were more qualifies than the candidates put forward by other political parties in the State.

“The qualities of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, a former banker, former cabinet member are very strong and he is also very strong in public sector management. When you compare his qualities to the qualities of other candidates, he is very competent and he is very reliable and I have no doubt that we will have him as the next Governor of Lagos State.

“So, come February 16, we will vote President Muhammadu Buhari and Professor Osinbajo and come March 2, we will vote Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Dr Obafemi Hamzat,” Governor Ambode said.

Also speaking, Sanwo-Olu commended APC members for their commitment to party, assuring that he would continue the policies of the present administration and also take Lagos to higher levels.

“I want to thank all of you for coming out today; we have a long way to go and God will bless all of us. We would continue with the continuity of my brother, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and we would take Lagos to a higher level,” Sanwo-Olu said.

At the rally, 65 other parties in the State also pitched tent with the candidates of the APC.