Food Security: Ambode Unveils Plans To Integrate South West States

Food Security: Ambode Unveils Plans To Integrate South West States

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday unveiled plans by his administration to integrate the six States in the South West region to the food security drive of the State Government especially in addressing the demand and supply deficit for the overall benefit of the people.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at Lagos House in Ikeja when he received the Ooni of Ife, HIM Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi on courtesy visit, also vowed his commitment to the economic growth and promotion of the traditional values and culture of the Yoruba nation.

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The Governor recalled that in the last one year, the State Government joined the Oodua Investment Group in addition to the acquisition of land in Ogun and Oyo States for agricultural purposes, saying that government would scale up the economic integration of the South West States as well as the cultural heritage of the region.

While commending the Ooni for his acheivements in office so far, Governor Ambode said the visit to Lagos was historic in the annals of his administration coming  barely few weeks after the first year anniversary of the coronation of Ooni.

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He said: “One year after, it has become very evident that everything and every step that Ooni has taken has been for the positive good of the Yoruba nation. The Ooni represents the cohesion that we are looking for in Yoruba land and for that reason, we will do everything to continue to ensure that this government support the cultural heritage of the Yoruba people.

“We are glad to note that within the last one year also, Lagos State has been able to join the Oodua Investment Group as part shareholders of that economic vehicle that we will use to power the economic integration of the Southwestern states. We want to assure your majesty that what you stand for is what this government also stand for.

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“We believe that we cannot afford to waste away the cultural heritage of the Yoruba people and we are to start from a platform where it moves away from economic integration to socio, political and also cultural evolution of what we think the Yoruba people stand for and that is also what I stand for.

“I believe strongly that the test case of what we are trying to do about food security in Lagos State is just more or less like an elixir for what it should be across the western region and on that note, we want to say that we have already acquired land in Ogun and Oyo States but what is imperative for us to move forward now is that we would integrate all other Southwestern States into the food security mechanism of demand and supply for us to move forward,” he said.

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The Governor said Lagos, as a cosmopolitan State and the economic hub of the Yoruba people in terms of commerce, must be at the vanguard of promoting commerce in the region, assuring that his administration would  vigorously pursue such to the benefit of the people.

He added: “Everything Ooni has said on food security is in consonance with our believe and we believe that if we move forward, Nigeria will also move foward. The future is brighter as we see it and we will not relent to ensure that our traditional values and culture are enhanced further than what it is presently.”

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Besides, Governor Ambode thanked the monarch for promoting continuous communication among traditional rulers and government for the purpose of enhacing the future of the Yoruba people, while also ackonoledging his immense contribution to the development of tourism, trade and commerce in Lagos State.

Earlier, Oba Ogunwusi said he was at Lagos House to identify with the developmental achievements of Governor Ambode and to seek ways of partnership especially in the area of food security.

He said since assuming office, Governor Ambode has kept all his promises to the people and the result has been the transformation of the State, adding that the Governor has indeed taken Lagos to the next level.

Speaking on partnership on food security, the monarch said it was important for the South West States to explore partnership for the benefit of the people.

He said: “We can partner in respect of food security. In Osun State, we have land for agriculture and same in Oyo, Ondo and Ekiti States.

“You will not believe that 80 per cent of all the products from those farmlands are wasted; it is only about 20 per cent that get to the metropolis of Lagos for consumption.

“Now imagine, if we can just synchronise and work together on how to take food security to another level,” the Ooni said.

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.

Address Delivered At The 2017 Annual Thanksgiving Service Held On Sunday 8th January, 2017 At The Lagos House, Ikeja

Address Delivered At The 2017 Annual Thanksgiving Service Held On Sunday 8th January, 2017 At The Lagos House, Ikeja

With a heart full of gratitude to God; I welcome you all to the 2017 Thanksgiving Service.

This year’s thanksgiving is of more significance as we are using it to usher in the creation of our dear State, Lagos, exactly 50 years ago; thanking God and showing supplication for allowing us to witness the Golden Jubilee Anniversary together.

It is also an occasion, irrespective of our religion, to reaffirm our faith in Him and our belief in His grace, to make our hopes and aspirations for this New Year become reality.

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Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, 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.
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We are determined and God willing, we shall continue to achieve an all-inclusive progress and prosperity in the State.

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.

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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.

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Once again, I welcome you all, most especially our Fathers and Mothers-in-the-Lord. We appreciate your ceaseless prayers and wise counsels and pray that divine anointing shall never cease to flow in your lives.

We urge you all to continue to pray for our State and for our government, so that we can deliver a Lagos that we will all be proud of.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa l’ogun!

 

Put People’s Interest First, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Tells Public Office Holders 

Put People’s Interest First, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Tells Public Office Holders 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday urged all political office holders to put the interest of the people first and strive to fulfill contract made with citizens during the electioneering period, saying that doing otherwise will amount to displeasing God.

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Governor Ambode, who spoke at the 10th Annual Hijrah Lecture organised by the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja titled: “The Race for Paradise”, said that the people could have elected other persons to represent them, therefore it was a privilege to be chosen to lead.

“There is no better time to give back to those who are in need than now and to fulfill the contract we made between ourselves and our maker. We must fulfill the contract we made to the people before they elected us. They could have elected other people but put us there.

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“We must always put the interest of the people first. We should be very selfless. There should be that selflessness in our practice of religion and in our offices,” the Governor said.

Governor Ambode also urged residents to be good and just in all their dealings as people on the race to paradise.

The Governor, who described the lecture delivered by Prof. Abdulhafiz Oladosu on the subject as fundamental and fruitful, commended the leadership of the House for organising the lecture.

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Alluding to the fact that the lecture was apt, Governor Ambode said that it came barely two weeks after the State Government just had an inter-religious parley, just as he congratulated Muslim faithful on the celebration of the Islamic New Year, 1438.

In his sermon, guest lecturer, Professor Abdulhafiz Oladosu of the Department of Islamic and Arabic Studies, University of Ibadan commended Governor Ambode for the Lake Rice initiative, prompt payment of pensions and salaries of workers and retirees, among others.

While urging the people to continue to pray for the Governor and other leaders in the State, Oladosu also charged them to constantly have the consciousness of paradise daily and do the right things always.

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He said: “Take away the accident of birth, take way the accident of religion; we are lucky to have a Governor in Lagos who knows that it is not benchmark but prosperity against the adversity of the masses. We have a Governor who is taking care of all no matter which camp they belong.”

Earlier in his opening remarks, Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa said the theme of the lecture was apt especially as the. Country battles the increasing societal decay.

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He added that the topic was specially needed to reawaken the consciousness of the people about the existence of God, people’s obligation to the Supreme Being and to fellow humans, as well as the need to reexamine preparation for paradise.

The lecture had in attendance hundreds of Muslim faithful, members of the Assembly, and government functionaries.

Extend Kindness To The Less Privileged  

Extend Kindness To The Less Privileged  

As Christians in Nigeria join the rest of the world to celebrate Christmas, Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has enjoined Nigerians to embrace the virtues of love and peaceful coexistence that the season symbolises.

The Governor, in his Christmas goodwill message, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, urged Nigerians to also seize the moment to reach out to fellow Nigerians who are in distress at this period of the nation’s history.

He said that despite the economic challenges, Nigeria was still making steady progress, urging Nigerians not to lose faith in their belief that the nation would experience better days ahead.

 “The season of Christmas is one that exemplifies the virtues of love and peaceful co-existence. We must continue to extend a hand of love, benevolence and live as one family irrespective of our creed or colour. We must also continue to respect each other’s right to live freely and peacefully”, the Governor said.

Governor Ambode said Nigeria over the years has continued to draw strength from its diversity, saying that Nigerians must therefore stand together and join hands to move the nation forward.

He urged residents to be safety and security conscious, especially during the festive period and refrain from habits that could endanger their lives including indulging in drinking and driving and other social vices.

He also encouraged residents not to hesitate to report all suspicious activities around them by using the Toll free lines 767 and 112, reminding that the business of securing lives and property could not be left to the security agencies alone.

“The period of Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ who is the symbol of Christianity and the harbinger of peace, love and good tidings and there is no better way to celebrate the season than by showing love and being our brother’s keeper. Let us cultivate the habit of giving to those who need our help at this time, it would go a long way to put smile on their faces”, the Governor said.

While wishing all Lagosians a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year in advance, the Governor also called on Lagosians to continue to support his administration’s policies and programmes, assuring that the ongoing developmental strides would continue to spread across the length and breadth of the State.