Lagos Bags Award For Best State In 2016 Hajj Pilgrimage, Six Others

Lagos Bags Award For Best State In 2016 Hajj Pilgrimage, Six Others

…Gov Ambode Has Made Nigeria Proud- NAHCON Commissioner

 

Lagos State Government on Friday beat 35 other States to bag the prestigious award for the best performing State in the 2016 Hajj Operations in Nigeria.

The award was one out of the six the State also won for its excellent performance throughout the duration of the 2016 Hajj exercise in Mecca and Medina.

Other awards won by the State include Best State in Coordination of pilgrims airlift, Best State in E-Track Management, Second Best State in pilgrims education and enlightenment programme, Second Best State in Taradudiyyah Exercise, Third Best State in provision of pilgrims accommodation and Third Best State in coordination of pilgrims feeding.

South West Commissioner of the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON), Mr. Fauad Adeyemi who presented the awards to the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House in Ikeja, said out of the eight categories of awards instituted by the Commission, Lagos won in seven.

South West Coordinator, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Mubakar Abdulraheem; CEO, Medview Airline Plc., Mr. Muneer Bankole; Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. Abdul-Lateef Abdul-Hakeem; Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule; South West Commissioner, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Imam Fauad Adeyemi; Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing, Mrs. Aramide Giwanson; Head of Service, Mrs. Olabowale Ademola; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Mrs. Toyin Awoseyi ; her counterpart in the Office of Deputy Governor, Mrs. Yetunde Odejayi; Permanent Secretary/Accountant General, Mrs. Shukrat Abimbola Umar; Special Adviser to the Governor on Religious Matters, Rev. Verralls Kolawole and Managing Director, Africana Home Restaurant Dubai, Mrs. Khadijat Ebon Bakare (behind) during the awards presentation to the Lagos State Government by the Hajj Commission at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Friday, July 7, 2017.
South West Coordinator, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Mubakar Abdulraheem; CEO, Medview Airline Plc., Mr. Muneer Bankole; Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. Abdul-Lateef Abdul-Hakeem; Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule; South West Commissioner, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Imam Fauad Adeyemi; Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing, Mrs. Aramide Giwanson; Head of Service, Mrs. Olabowale Ademola; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Mrs. Toyin Awoseyi ; her counterpart in the Office of Deputy Governor, Mrs. Yetunde Odejayi; Permanent Secretary/Accountant General, Mrs. Shukrat Abimbola Umar; Special Adviser to the Governor on Religious Matters, Rev. Verralls Kolawole and Managing Director, Africana Home Restaurant Dubai, Mrs. Khadijat Ebon Bakare (behind) during the awards presentation to the Lagos State Government by the Hajj Commission at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Friday, July 7, 2017.

He thanked Governor Ambode for supporting the pilgrims and providing the necessary logistics that made the holy exercise not only worthwhile, but one that stood the State out from the crowd and made Nigeria proud. 

“I want to thank the Governor for his support because if a Christian Governor can support his people to the level that they became the best, not only the way we used to know Lagos State, but they became the best throughout the nation and not only the nation, but they have an impact throughout the world. You did not only make us proud, personally you have made me proud,” Adeyemi said.

Responding, Governor Ambode, while thanking the Commission for finding Lagos worthy of the awards, said it would spur the State on to retain the awards in subsequent exercise.

“For us in Lagos, we do not just see the awards, we focus on making the people comfortable. We thank the Hajj Commission, not because they recognised us, but because it’s only out of fairness that when you see a good thing you recognise it.

“For us as a government, we are committed to make life more comfortable for our people because we know that it is the essence of us being in government. This ward is just an inspiration for us, this is a challenge again that we must keep all these awards by the grace of God in this 2017 Hajj operations,” he said.

Governor Ambode, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Mrs. Idiat Adebule, also thanked the Muslim Pilgrim Welfare Board and other partners of the State Government that worked towards the success of the Hajj, reminding them that the award was a call to sustain the good works.

Representative of Lagos State Governor & Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (middle); South West Commissioner, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Imam Fauad Adeyemi (2nd right); Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing, Mrs. Aramide Giwanson (right); Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. Abdul-Lateef Abdul-Hakeem (2nd left); CEO, Medview Airline Plc., Mr. Muneer Bankole (left) and Managing Director, Africana Home Restaurant Dubai, Mrs. Khadijat Ebon Bakare (behind) during the awards presentation to the Lagos State Government by the Hajj Commission at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Friday, July 7, 2017.
Representative of Lagos State Governor & Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (middle); South West Commissioner, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Imam Fauad Adeyemi (2nd right); Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing, Mrs. Aramide Giwanson (right); Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. Abdul-Lateef Abdul-Hakeem (2nd left); CEO, Medview Airline Plc., Mr. Muneer Bankole (left) and Managing Director, Africana Home Restaurant Dubai, Mrs. Khadijat Ebon Bakare (behind) during the awards presentation to the Lagos State Government by the Hajj Commission at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Friday, July 7, 2017.

“What we have achieved that is being celebrated today, we must not relent. On our part as Government, we pledge our commitment to ensure the best of facilities, the best of enabling environment is provided for our pilgrims,” he said.

On his part, Commissioner for Home Affairs, Hon. Abdulateef Abdulhakeem in his welcome address, said that the awards were more feathers to the awards already won by the impressive performance of the Governor Ambode led administration in all sectors.

The Commissioner also assured that the Pilgrims Board would work assiduously to replicate the same feat not only during the 2017 Hajj exercise but also the Christian pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Greece and Rome.

“The primary essence of government is the welfare of the people whether they are within or outside Nigeria. So the Governor has touched every sector and the people who are of the religious sector are immensely grateful to His Excellency and we thank the Federal Government for identifying with us and we promise that we would not allow these medals to go without maintaining them”, Abdulhakeem said. 

 

Remarks Delivered At The Eid-el Fitri Get-Together

Remarks Delivered At The Eid-el Fitri Get-Together

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Assalam Alaykun, Wa Ramatullahi Wabarakatuhu (May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon you All).

It is with great pleasure that I join all our Muslim faithfuls in celebrating this year’s Eid-ul-Fitri, to mark the end of Ramadan 1438. I congratulate you all and give praise to almighty Allah for giving you the grace to complete 30 days of fasting in line with His injunction in the Holy Quran and as practiced by Prophet Muhammed (SAW).

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As we celebrate this special day, I enjoin you all to sustain the spirit of love, brotherhood, tolerance and care which were dutifully demonstrated during the month of Ramadan. Let us not forget the lesson that Ramadan was meant to teach us which include the fear of God and care for the less privileged in the society.

Let me again, use this opportunity to pledge our commitment to uphold and protect the right of all citizens to freedom of believe and worship. Every religion preaches, peace and harmonious coexistence among all people. We must continue to live by these principles so that our State and our nation will continue to grow in peace, progress and prosperity.

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Let me also reiterate that the safety of lives and property of all our citizens remain top priority. I urge everybody to continue to cooperate with our security agencies including the recently inaugurated Neighbourhood Safety Corp as they strive to keep our communities safe.

Once again, l felicitate with you and pray that almighty Allah will spare our lives to witness many more months of Ramadan.

I wish you Eid-Mubarak.

Thank you.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun!

 

Mrs. Bolanle Ambode Preaches Love, Tolerance At Ramadan

Mrs. Bolanle Ambode Preaches Love, Tolerance At Ramadan

Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has called for love and peaceful co-existence among the citizenry, during and after the Ramadan.

She made the call during the evening prayer and fast-breaking (Iftar) by Muslim faithful, at Lagos House, Ikeja.

Mrs. Ambode said that the Ramadan period represented love, forgiveness, peaceful co-existence and the need to extend a helping hand to the less privileged in the society.

The Governor’s wife said that Nigeria needed love and peaceful co-existence to strengthen and surmount all challenges confronting her as a nation.

According to her, “For any country to thrive, she needs love and peaceful co-existence to strengthen the social bond, and overcome any challenge confronting it as a nation. It is only when we allow love to grow in our hearts irrespective of religion, language and tribe barrier that we can collectively as a nation surmount any challenge confronting us”.

Speaking further, she said that fasting during this period of Ramadan should not just consist of refraining from eating and drinking, but from every kind of selfish desire and wrong-doing.

She said, “Fasting during this Ramadan period does not just consist of refraining from eating and drinking, but from every kind of selfish desire and wrong-doing. The fast is not merely of the body, but essentially that of the spirit as well”.

The Governor’s wife urged the gathering to develop and strengthen the powers of self control, attain nearness and closeness to God, so as to intensify the consciousness of God in our hearts, resulting in a higher spiritual experience and to continue to give to the less privileged, not at Ramadan alone but at all times.

Mrs. Ambode thanked them for the prayer offered for the state, the first family, cabinet members and the nation at large, just as she urged them to continue to intercede with their prayers and prayed that they would all live to witness many more Ramadan on earth.

Gifts were also distributed to the gathering in the spirit of the season.

 

Lagos@50: LASG Lauds Harmonius Relationship Among Religious, Ethnic Groups

Lagos@50: LASG Lauds Harmonius Relationship Among Religious, Ethnic Groups

…As Ashimolowo Challenges State To Break New Grounds

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday attributed the peace and stability in the State to the harmonious relationship and peaceful co-existence among diverse ethnic and religious groups in the State.

Speaking at a special thanksgiving service held at Lagos House in Ikeja to mark the Golden Jubilee anniversary of the State as well as the second-year anniversary of his administration, Governor said the State has also been blessed with visionary leaders who he said have worked hard to chart the path for growth and development of the State from inception.

The Governor said it was on record that over the years, the State has grown in leaps and bounds and had become home to all citizens of the world, and most importantly, a place where hope comes alive and dreams are actualized, attributing the development to the tireless efforts of the people and the mercies of God.

“Lagos has enjoyed peace and stability as a result of the harmonious relationship and peaceful co-existence of diverse ethnic and religious groups across the State. Most importantly, it has been blessed with great visionary leaders, who worked so hard to chart the path for the growth and development of our State from its creation till date.

“This was the Lagos we all were privileged to grow up in; the Lagos that has given us the opportunity to be what we are today and the Lagos I am honoured to lead at this auspicious moment.

“I want to appreciate God for His mercies, compassion, grace and blessings on the State thus far. I thank God for the citizens of the State, who through their selfless services have all contributed in no small measure to the enviable status the State has attained,” Governor Ambode said.

The Governor added that as the State continue the journey of another fifty years, his prayer was that God would not forsake the State and would continue to raise leaders with vision, character and ability to take Lagos State to a position of eminence in the comity of modern City States.

Besides, Governor Ambode thanked all Lagosians and the Lagos@50 Celebration Committee for their contributions to the success of the year-long celebration of creation of the State.

In his sermon at the service, Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC), Matthew Ashimolowo said for the State to occupy its pride of place and accelerate development in the coming years, leadership of the State must work hard and aim high.

Speaking on the theme: “Pressing Unto Greater Heights, Ashimolowo said for the State to move forward and attain excellence in all ramifications, achievements of the past must be put behind, while greater efforts are made to focus on breaking new grounds.

He commended Governor Ambode for his giant strides in all sectors and sections especially the Light Up Lagos Initiative, construction of roads and bridges with particular reference to those of Abule Egba and Ajah, saying that the infrastructures have greatly reduced travel time.

Moving forward, the clergyman who picked his text from Philippians 3: 14, said efforts must be geared towards forging ahead especially in doing things that others thought would not be possible and finishing strong.

Among notable men of God who graced the service are the National Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Joseph Obayemi; wife of the General Overseer of the Church Worldwide, Pastor Folu Adeboye, Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Southwest, Rev. Magnus Adeyemi Atilade; Lagos State Chairman of CAN, Apostle Alex Bamgbola; Baba Aladura, Pastor Akin Adewo; the Very Rev. Ayo Olu Oyadotun, among others.

Politics Should Be About Service

Politics Should Be About Service

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday emphasized the need for Nigerians to embrace selfless service to humanity, saying that such remained the essence of existence to positively impact others.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of 33rd Synod of Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) with the theme: “Serving”, Governor Ambode also charged political and religious leaders to continually tow the path of service to humanity, just as he said that politics in the real sense of it should only be about selfless service to the people

Governor Ambode, in his keynote address, described the Synod and the theme as apt and historic having coincided with the celebration of 50 years of existence of the State, which according to him, was all about celebrating those that have served and still serving the State.

According to him, “Serving be it in government, churches, mosques or wherever, is like a clarion call from God and for me, I believe that there is no way I can just give back to humanity for the greater blessings that God has endowed me than just serving and serving selflessly without any inkling of wanting to get a return back from anybody and that is what has actually propelled us to serve the people.

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“We believe strongly that our calling on earth is to continually serve which is the whole essence of why we have also decided to dedicate ourselves to say that the only way we can give back to God is to serve humanity and that is what we have always been doing.

“For us that are government officials or politicians, what is it that really makes a difference? The difference is that when you are getting a feedback from people that you have made their lives easier. That is it. People don’t want any other thing from us but to make their lives easier; to make them for instance move from one point to the other easily; allow them to send their children to school and then generally make them comfortable.

“Those little things are the things that really matter to our people, and that is why we are more committed to say that on a godly template, this is a calling that we need to serve not necessarily whether we are praised or not,” he said.

 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left) discussing with the Diocesan Bishop of Lagos and Dean Emeritus, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Reverend Ephraim Ademowo (2nd right) during the official opening of the 33rd Synod, Diocese of Lagos Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) at the Our Saviour’s Church, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, on Monday, May 8, 2017. With them are Chancellor, The Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria, Rtd. Justice George (left) Oguntade and wife of the Bishop, Mrs. Oluranti Ademowo (right).
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left) discussing with the Diocesan Bishop of Lagos and Dean Emeritus, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Reverend Ephraim Ademowo (2nd right) during the official opening of the 33rd Synod, Diocese of Lagos Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) at the Our Saviour’s Church, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, on Monday, May 8, 2017. With them are Chancellor, The Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria, Rtd. Justice George (left) Oguntade and wife of the Bishop, Mrs. Oluranti Ademowo (right).

While acknowledging the fact that Christians usually like to stay away from politics, the Governor said on the contrary, politics must be viewed from the point of service to the people and service without expecting any reward from people but from God.

“I want to encourage everybody to stand on that point of selflessness which is the need to do something without actually asking for a reward. If reward comes, it is just part of the package but not the package. We have been blessed, we have been enriched by God and the only thing is that wherever we find ourselves to touch other people positively, we should always want to do it. It should be service before gratification because the real blessing is the blessing of God which is beyond any other thing,” Governor Ambode said.

In his address, Diocesan Bishop of Lagos and Dean Emeritus, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Ephraim Ademowo commended Governor Ambode for his absolute devotion to duty and passion for the growth of the State, which according to him, had resulted in the massive developmental projects across the State.

Ademowo, who said the church would pray and support the Governor to win election again for the second term in office, said Governor Ambode as a trail blazer and innovative leader had transformed the State and taken it to an enviable height.

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He said: “We have been watching with keen interest and studying the progressive administration of our Governor. As a trail blazer and innovative leader, he (Ambode) has taken our State to a greater height. Lagos State has become a reference point for other States.

“We are also proud to be identified with your laudable achievements in making Lagos a great financial hub and a reference point for other states in the country. Let me say equivocally that your predecessors did eight years in office, and I say without any doubt that you will also use eight years.

“We want to thank you for your absolute devotion to duty and life of practical humility, doggedness and total commitment to the growth and progress of Lagos State, as well as your constant efforts at making Lagos second to none and a reference point for all other States,” Ademowo said