Keynote Remarks Delivered At The Inter-Faith Parley, Held At The State House, Alausa, Ikeja

Keynote Remarks Delivered At The Inter-Faith Parley, Held At The State House, Alausa, Ikeja

It is with great pleasure and much happiness that I stand with you today in a continuous dialogue to fine-tune existing strategies and fashion out creative ways that will deepen the atmosphere of peaceful coexistence and harmonious relationship prevailing among Lagosians.

I am particularly grateful to Almighty God, for His divine blessings and transcendent favours that have seen Lagos in the fore-front of development, not only in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa, but also in the global space. The Almighty Allah out of His infinite mercies and uncommon benevolence has enabled our dear State to witness unsurpassed growth, excelling far beyond expectations, and flourishing in a sustained and unparalleled progression.

I wish to express my profound gratitude to all of you for your untiring spiritual efforts and your ceaseless prayers. I also register my appreciation for your support and identification with State policies and programmes, especially using the pulpit in the churches and the minbar in the mosques for mobilizing and sensitizing majority of our people to become law abiding and discharge their civic responsibilities to the state and other citizens.

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During the last inter-faith parley, I made some commitments and I am happy to report today that we have fulfilled all our promises to enthrone a crisis-free economy. The clear evidence of this is that in the last two and a half years, Lagos has not witnessed any religious crisis.

First was to ensure that l strengthened the government agencies responsible for spiritual development in keeping with the all-inclusive policy of our government. This we have done and we thank God that the National Hajj Commission awarded Lagos State as the most outstanding state in Hajj operations just as the Christian Conscience Group has also awarded our state as the best in Christian pilgrimages. We will continue to support both the Muslim and the Christian pilgrims’ boards in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our pilgrims, both within and outside the country.

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Secondly, we have since decentralized the celebration of Eid ul Fitri parties which was held for the first time in all the local governments across the state after I had hosted Ramadan lectures throughout the month of Ramadan. The same feat was recorded during the Eid ul Kabir festival. I am pleased therefore to announce that this year’s Christmas party will be held in all local governments across the state. I urge you to mobilize our members to attend the yuletide celebration at their respective local governments.

Moreover, we have just achieved another first in the country by being the first and only state to have decentralized the operations of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council NIREC. I have since inaugurated 798 Christian and Muslim leaders to join hands with the local government officials in fostering religious harmony and peaceful coexistence throughout the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas in the state. This is to enhance spirituality through participatory democracy.

As we begin to implement NIREC activities at the Local Government and Local Council Development Areas, I enjoin you all to rub minds and come up with robust, innovative and highly collaborative strategies and activities that will be able to add more values to our current efforts.

 

In the same vein, I wish to urge you all to continue to pray for the prosperity of our state and our people. We shall continue to collaborate with you in ensuring effective communication of our policies and programmes for you are our greatest partners in the development of our state. Let us continue to re-orientate our people to remain law abiding because development can only thrive in an atmosphere of peace and orderliness. Let us continue to work together in promoting peace and unity of our dear State; let us persist in our good efforts in sustaining conditions that will increase our progress and bring greater prosperity; let us pray more for Lagos and do more to preserve and grow our gains. As we continue to win together and break new frontier together, Let us continue to live in peace and harmony for more of God’s mercies, favours and blessings.

Once again, I thank you all and wish you the blessings of Allah.

 

Itesiwaju Ilu Eko Lojewa Logun.

 

Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State

NASFAT Lauds Lagos For High Level Of Religious Tolerance

NASFAT Lauds Lagos For High Level Of Religious Tolerance

The Nasrul-lahi-li-Fathi Society (NASFAT) of Nigeria on Thursday commended Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for displaying high level of religious tolerance ever since assuming the mantle of leadership two and half years ago, saying that the development had brought about peace and harmony among all the religious bodies in the State.

National President of NASFAT, Alhaji Kamil Abayomi Abolarinwa, who said this when he led the national leadership of the body on a courtesy visit to Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, also lauded Governor Ambode for the massive infrastructural projects across the State in the last two and half years.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right) and President, NASFAT, Alhaji Mohammed-Kamil Yomi Bolarinwa (left) during a courtesy visit by Leaders of NASFAT Islamic Group at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, November 30, 2017.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right) and President, NASFAT, Alhaji Mohammed-Kamil Yomi Bolarinwa (left) during a courtesy visit by Leaders of NASFAT Islamic Group at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, November 30, 2017.

He said the numerous projects already implemented and ongoing were positively touching lives of residents of the State.

While commending Governor Ambode for the religious harmony in the State, Abolarinwa said: “We specifically appreciate your religious tolerance. You (Ambode) are a Christian but you conduct yourself as a human being and you relate with every religion with tolerance. May almighty Allah (SWT) continue to protect you and guide you right.”

Alluding to the various infrastructural projects across the State, the NASFAT leader said: “We are here not only to say good morning but to say thank you. We know you are doing well. Incidentally, yesterday, November 29, marked the 30th month Governor Ambode got to the saddle of governance in Lagos State and we want to commend you for good governance and infrastructure development in the State.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; Chairman, Board of Trustee, NASFAT, Dr. Wale Olasupo; Chief Missioner Worldwide, NASFAT, Imam Onike AbdulAzeez; Vice Chairman, Mosque Committee, NASFAT, Alhaji Remi Bello and Chairman, National Council of Elders, NASFAT, Alhaji Olalekan Saliu during a courtesy visit by Leaders of NASFAT Islamic Group at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, November 30, 2017.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; Chairman, Board of Trustee, NASFAT, Dr. Wale Olasupo; Chief Missioner Worldwide, NASFAT, Imam Onike AbdulAzeez; Vice Chairman, Mosque Committee, NASFAT, Alhaji Remi Bello and Chairman, National Council of Elders, NASFAT, Alhaji Olalekan Saliu during a courtesy visit by Leaders of NASFAT Islamic Group at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, November 30, 2017.

“There are too many projects to allude to but everybody who had lived in Lagos in the past and who have lived in Lagos in the last two and half years, will likely pass through Ojota and will not know they have passed through Ojota and when they are going towards Lagos-Shagamu expressway, they will pass through Berger and will not know they have passed the Berger Junction.

“Also, journey to Ota from Agege and Iyana Ipaja through Abule Egba has been made easy with the perennial traffic gone. All these touches the lives of every citizen of Lagos State and when you reduce the manhour you spend in traffic, then your life has suddenly become better for it.

Besides, Abolarinwa congratulated the Governor for the awards won by the State Government at the 2017 Hajj exercise largely due to his support, saying out of eight awards up for grabs, Lagos won seven including the Best State in Hajj performance.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), with Chairman, Board of Trustee, NASFAT, Dr. Wale Olasupo (left); President, NASFAT, Alhaji Mohammed-Kamil Yomi Bolarinwa (2nd left); Vice Chairman, Mosque Committee, NASFAT, Alhaji Remi Bello (middle); Chairman, National Council of Elders, NASFAT, Alhaji Olalekan Saliu (right) and Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing, Mrs. Aramide Giwanson (left behind) during a courtesy visit by Leaders of NASFAT Islamic Group at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, November 30, 2017.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), with Chairman, Board of Trustee, NASFAT, Dr. Wale Olasupo (left); President, NASFAT, Alhaji Mohammed-Kamil Yomi Bolarinwa (2nd left); Vice Chairman, Mosque Committee, NASFAT, Alhaji Remi Bello (middle); Chairman, National Council of Elders, NASFAT, Alhaji Olalekan Saliu (right) and Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing, Mrs. Aramide Giwanson (left behind) during a courtesy visit by Leaders of NASFAT Islamic Group at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, November 30, 2017.

He, however, solicited for the continuous support and partnership of the State Government with NASFAT for the development of Muslim ummah in the State.

Responding, Governor Ambode commended religious bodies in the State for exhibiting tolerance for each other, saying the peaceful atmosphere had made the economy of the State to continue to thrive.

He said: Yes, it has been two and half years that we came here but it has been two and half years of religious harmony and tolerance. There is no way I would have done it without your intrinsic support. Yes, it is not visible but it is the most tangible part of the progress that we have made because without religious harmony and tolerance, there can’t be a platform for us to do any infrastructure or the things we are doing and so I just want to thank you.

“Sometimes you find in different cities civil strife, religious strife but in Lagos there has never been anything like that and I want to thank you for the peaceful atmosphere in Lagos. Today, economy of Lagos has improved; the security of Lagos has improved but again it is for the people who are able to go about their daily callings and able to go about the things they do that these things are benefiting.”

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Also, in his Eid-El-Maulud message, Governor Ambode called on Muslims to continue to offer prayers for greater peace, unity and continuous progress of Nigeria.

The Governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, particularly enjoined Muslims to follow the exemplary leadership of the Holy Prophet by promoting peaceful co-existence and uphold his legacies of unity, integrity and love for one’s neighbour.

While imploring Nigerians to shun ethnic, political and religious differences and work towards building a safer and better Nigeria, Governor Ambode said the celebration of the birth of the Prophet should renew the faith and bond of unity as one people and one nation irrespective of diversity.

“I want to seize this occasion to urge all Nigerians to commit themselves to making a greater effort to imbibe these qualities and values as they celebrate the Prophet’s birth.

“Let me therefore on behalf of all the good people of Lagos State wish our Muslim brothers and sisters a happy Eid-El-Maulud celebration,” Governor Ambode said.

Sustain Selfless Service To Humanity, LASG Tasks Religious Bodies

Sustain Selfless Service To Humanity, LASG Tasks Religious Bodies

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday commended religious leaders for upholding religious tolerance in the State and complementing government efforts in offering essential services to the people in critical areas such free medical care, provision of shelter and assistance to the needy.

Governor Ambode, who said this at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja when he received the leadership of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) led by its President, Dr Felix Omobude on a courtesy visit, said it was on record that in the last two and half years of his administration, there had never been any major religious or ethnic crisis, while religious bodies have also been complementing government, just as he urged them to sustain the selfless service they have been offering to humanity.

He said: “I want to thank you on behalf of our administration. In another two days, our administration will be two and half years and it has been two and half years of sincere religious tolerance in this State. It has never been like this before; we have never had any disagreement between or among the religious groups or even among our people on a tribal note and that also show that God is present in Lagos State.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right); National President, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. Felix Omobude (right); member of PFN Delegation, Rev. Ben Eragbai (left); National General Overseer, The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Joseph Obayemi (2nd left) and National Vice President, South West, PFN, Bishop Reuben Oke (3rd left) during the PFN courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, November 27, 2017.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right); National President, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. Felix Omobude (right); member of PFN Delegation, Rev. Ben Eragbai (left); National General Overseer, The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Joseph Obayemi (2nd left) and National Vice President, South West, PFN, Bishop Reuben Oke (3rd left) during the PFN courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, November 27, 2017.

“Religious leaders are significant in the development of the State and I can say it easily. There are too many things that even our policies do not cover and a strong part of the civil society is our religious bodies because in areas where we cannot give shelter, we cannot give advice and we cannot give comfort, you have always been there.

“There are so many things that the churches are doing that are beyond spiritual. There are churches that are feeding people; they are taking care of health of the people; they are taking care of maternal mortality issues, taking delivery of babies where there are no hospitals and thereby complementing the efforts of government. That in itself deserves to be commended and I must say a big thank you to all our religious bodies. I must also inspire you on. What you are doing is not going unnoticed. I take note of everything that our churches are doing and I commend you most sincerely from the bottom of our hearts.”

He said as a sign of celebrating and appreciating the religious tolerance in the State, the State Government would uphold and sustain the interfaith parley which started last year, saying this year’s edition will hold in coming weeks.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right); presents souvenirs to National President, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. Felix Omobude (left) during the PFN courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, November 27, 2017.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right); presents souvenirs to National President, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. Felix Omobude (left) during the PFN courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, November 27, 2017.

Besides, Governor Ambode said the modest achievements of his administration were a product of the discipline learnt from religious fellowship, and assured that no stone would be left unturned to make life comfortable for residents.

“We like to touch humanity which is the whole essence of governance and that is why we are here. We will continue to do it. The electorate decided that somebody should come and represent and take care of their interest and that interest we are ready to sustain, we are ready to uphold; it is more about them not about us and I think at the end of the day, this kind of visit gives me inspiration that we are doing it in the right way and I want to assure that we will continue to work for the interest of the people,” he said.

Earlier, Omobude said they were at Lagos House to deepen the relationship existing with government and to identify with Governor Ambode.

He said the PFN leadership is thrilled by what God had been using Governor Ambode to do in the State, saying the massive infrastructural renewal and various policies were having positive impact on the people.

He said the church must not only criticize government officials when they do wrong, but also commend them when they are working in the interest of the people, adding that of a truth, the giant strides of the State Government deserved to be commended.

He also assured that PFN would continue to partner with government at various levels especially on matters relating to development of the country.

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.