Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday continued the ongoing statewide commissioning of projects to mark his one year in office, just as he charged royal fathers, traditional chiefs and Community Development Associations (CDC) to address the menace of cultism and hoodlums for peace to thrive.
Governor Ambode, who spoke in Surulere while commissioning a block of 18 classrooms with modern facilities at Lagos Progressive Senior High School and newly upgraded 900 meters Adekunle Kuye Link Road with covered drains, walkways and street light, urged the community leaders to compliment the effort of his administration to massively develop the State by promoting peace and clean environment at all times.
The Governor, who was represented by the Special Adviser on Transportation, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi, assured the people that his administration was committed to a safe, secure and clean community, but people must be security-conscious at all times.
In her welcome address, Executive Secretary of Surulere Local Government, Mrs. Hussein Bamidele thanked Governor Ambode for the projects, saying they would go a long way in boosting the education the students and ease movement in the area.
Also, a community leader and former Chairman of Coker Aguda Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Chief Mrs Omobolanle Adetutu-Akinyemi said the projects would impact positively on the residents of the area, and commended the Governor for the projects.
On his part, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Surulere Constituency 1, Desmond Elliot said the projects confirmed the importance attached to education and economic development of the area by the Governor.
In Lagos Island, Governor Ambode commissioned the newly rehabilitated Olowogbowo Primary Health Centre (PHC) and network of roads in chain of projects being handed over to the public ahead to mark his one year anniversary.
The road network covers Savage and Onitolo Streets, all in Lagos Island. They will facilitate easy movement of people around the area.
The health facility located within the Apongbon precinct was upgraded to function for 24 hours with modern equipment, maternity centre and Tuberculosis Treatment centre.
Speaking through Benjamin Olabinjo, his Special Adviser on Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, at the commissioning, the Governor said the projects represented the fulfillment of his campaign promise to run an all inclusive government where every part of Lagos will feel a sense of belonging.
He said that his administration was supporting the 37 Local Council Development Areas and the 20 Local Governments in the state to build 114 roads and 90 percent of state government’s counterpart funding for the project had been released.
The Governor also disclosed that a reform initiated by his government within the local government system in the state was already yielding positive results.
Ambode, who urged the people to take ownership of government’s projects within their locality, also charged them to continue to support the state government by paying their taxes.
In Mushin Local Government, the Governor also commissioned a Block of 18 classrooms with modern facilities at Oduduwa Senior Secondary School, Mushin.
Represented by the Commissioner for Housing, Prince Gbolahan Lawal, the Governor urged residents to always cooperate with the government both at the local and state levels, to allow dividends of democracy reach them as promised by his government, especially while canvassing their support during the electioneering campaign.
In his remark, the Honourable representing Mushin Constituency 1 at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Sobru Olawale Layiwola, commended Governor Ambode for his strides within eleven months of his administration, especially in the area of road construction and street lighting across the metropolis.
Earlier in his welcome address, Executive Secretary of Mushin Local Government, Mr. Jide Bello, lauded Governor Ambode especially for his leadership style which has given governance a human face and brought it closer to the people.
The Governor also commissioned various projects in Ikeja Local Government, Onigbongbo and Ojodu Local Council Development Areas in continuation of his quest to transform the State.
Represented by the Commissioner for Wealth Creation, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, the Governor commissioned 250metres Bisi Ogabi Street with drainage, Solar Powered Street Lights and Customized Letter Boxes.
At Onigbongbo LCDA, Governor Ambode also commissioned the upgrading of Joel Ogunnaike Street, GRA Ikeja, Access road to Lagos Homes, Ilupeju.
In Ojodu LCDA, the Governor commissioned the construction and rehabilitation of 12 blocks of classrooms at Oke-Ira Primary School, Construction of Irepodun and Otunla Street/roads also in Oke-Ira.