Address Menace Of Cultism, Ambode Charges Royal Fathers, Community Leaders

Address Menace Of Cultism, Ambode Charges Royal Fathers, Community Leaders

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.

My Administration Will Utilise Tax Payers’ Money Judiciously – Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday commissioned several local and state government projects in Epe, Ibeju Lekki, Eti-Osa and Shomolu Local Government Areas of the State, saying that his administration would continue to utilise tax payers’ money judiciously to the benefit of all residents.

Governor Ambode, who was represented at the different locations by members of the State Executive Council, said that the ongoing projects in the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas were in fulfillment of his campaign promise to make life more comfortable for the people.

He urged residents to take ownership of the projects being executed by the Government in their domain, saying that it was their civic responsibility to ensure that the projects serve the interest of the people for which they were built for.

In Epe, the Governor who was represented by his Special Adviser on Community and Communications, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, said he would not renege on his promise to run a government of inclusion that would make all and sundry enjoy the dividends of democracy, however urging them to continue to pay their taxes and rates promptly.

The Governor said, “In my inaugural speech, I told you I was going to run an open government of inclusion, where everyone would be involved in day to day administration without minding your age, race, creed or religion”.

“Ensure proper maintenance and sustainability of the projects commissioned. Be law abiding and take ownership of the projects. On our part, we would continue to ensure that tax payers’ money is put to good use. It would never go to waste”, Governor Ambode said.

Among the projects commissioned include blocks of classroom at St. Theresa’s College, Oke-Oyingbo, Town Hall at Ita-Opo, Epe and Regional Water Scheme, Otta-Ikosi.

In Eti-Osa Local Government, Governor Ambode who was represented by State’s Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade, commissioned the 1.9km Unity/1st Avenue Osapa London Road in Eti-Osa Local Government and block of 16 classrooms with modern facilities at Kuramo Primary School in Iru-Victoria Island Local Council Development Area (LCDA).

The Unity/1st Avenue Osapa London Road was designed with standard walkways, drainage system and street light.

The Governor also inaugurated the Job Registration and Labour Exchange Centre for the Lagos Division in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of the State as part of the employment creation and wealth generation initiative of his administration.

He said the project was another step forward in providing dividends of democracy to the citizenry.

In his address, the State’s Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti said the Job Registration Centre was part of Governor Ambode’s initiative to create five of such in each of the 57 Councils.

Durosinmi-Etti, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Ahmed Olorunfemi Mustapha explained that the essence of the centre was to register, train and provide job opportunities for artisans and unemployed graduates.

Speaking further, Durosinmi-Etti said under the initiative, between 500 and 600 artisans would be trained at each centres, while the project is expected to capture about 20, 000 to 30, 000 from the informal sector at the initial stage, and then about 200 to 300, 000 subsequently.

In Shomolu Local Government, Governor Ambode commissioned a Primary Health Centre and Diagnosis Centre named after him and a 400metres road in Bariga Local Council Development Area.

Speaking while inaugurating the Primary Health Care Centre (PHC), Governor Ambode, who was represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Art and Culture, Mrs Adebimpe Akinsola, said that the Centre would cater for the health needs of residents and reduce the incidences of maternal mortality.

He said the 400metres of Baptist Church Street would link several communities in the area, even as he warned against destruction of the roads by plumbers and other artisans.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary of Shomolu Local Government, Abiodun Orekoya said the council embarked on the Primary Health Centre Project to enable resident have access to quality medical care, just as he expressed optimism that the proposed 114-room‎s female hostel in Akoka would alleviate the pains of students of the higher institutions around the council suffering for accommodation.

In Ibeju Lekki Local Government, Governor Ambode who was represented by the Special Adviser, Food Security, Ganiu Okanlomo Sanni, commissioned the Origanrigan and Awoyaya PHC, saying it was in line with his administration’s zero tolerance for maternal mortality.

 

PICTURES: Governor Ambode Attends National Economic Council Meeting In Abuja

Today, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode attended the National Economic Council meeting in Abuja with his colleagues from other states.

 

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R-L: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, discussing with Governors of Kebbi, Ogun and Gombe States, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu; Sen. Ibikunle Amosun and Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo during the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja, on Thursday, May 19, 2016.

 

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R-L: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, discussing with Governors of Kebbi, Ogun and Gombe States, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu; Sen. Ibikunle Amosun and Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo during the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja, on Thursday, May 19, 2016.

 

We’ll Continue To Execute People Oriented Projects – Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

Lagos State Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday said his administration would continue to give priority attention to the execution and completion of projects needed to make life meaningful for residents of the state.
Governor Ambode, who was represented by members of the State Executive Council at the commissioning of several local and state government projects in different locations in commemoration of his first year in office, said he intends to keep to his promise to residents that he will run an open government of inclusion that will not leave anyone behind.
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At Ifako- Ijaye Local Government Area of the state, the Governor, who was represented by  the Commissioner for Tourism and Culture Mr. Folorunsho Folarin Coker commissioned Oluwasijibomi, Folorunsho Streets and Iju Primary Health Care Center, Lonlo saying that the era of spending tax payers money on white elephant projects not needed by the people were gone in the state.
He said that the state has experienced improved physical and urban development, proper land administration and illumination of its highways and streets.
The governor appealed to monarchs and communities leaders to address the menace of cultism, miscreants and hoodlums and promote peace and clean environment at all times.
In Alimosho Local Government Area, the Governor commissioned the Mosan Okunola Mini Waterworks after over 20 years of being moribund.
Represented by the Group Managing Director of Lagos State Water Corporation, Engr. Muminu Badmus, Governor Ambode said the State now has 33 Mini Waterworks and five Major Waterworks.
Badmus said the administration of Governor Ambode was on a steady journey to achieve the daily production of 540 million gallons of water to meet the demand of about 22 million population of the State, adding that presently, the State is producing 210 million gallons of water per day.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary of Mosan Okunola LCDA, Mrs Opeyemi Akindele said the water project was an eloquent testimony of a promise kept and delivered.
Also, a community leader and pioneer chairman of Mosan Okunola LCDA, Elder Abel Gbadejo said that just in less than a year in office, Governor Ambode has performed creditably well, adding that the Water Project would improve the life style of people in the area because water is very important.
In Oshodi Isolo Local Government Area, the Governor commissioned the popular Brown Street, Okota Road in Isolo and a Police Post in Ejigbo Local Council Development Area of the State.
Brown Street had been in dilapidated form for years until the Lagos State Government awarded the contract to Messrs Lubrik Construction Company Limited in October, 2015 to rehabilitate and upgrade the road.
The road, with a length of 690metres has the economic importance of improving the standard of living in the area, enhance property values, abate flooding in the area, improve traffic flow and shorter travel time for road users.
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Other projects commissioned are the upgraded Okota Road and the commissioning of Ashamu Police Post in Ejigbo.
Speaking at the commissioning of Brown Street, the Governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Muslim Folami, said he had promised during his inauguration to run a government of inclusion that would not leave anyone behind and where everyone would have a voice.
He said his Government had worked to promote active collaboration among all tiers of government with the community development as the centre piece.
In Ejigbo, the Governor commissioned the rehabilitated Ashamu Police Post in Ailegun, Ejigbo and handed it over to the police.
Area Commander, Salisu Gyadigyadi who represented the Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni while commending the Governor said the importance of citing the Police Post at Ailegun could not be over-emphasised as it would checkmate criminal activities around the area and to checkmate the influx of undesirable element in Ejigbo and Ijegun areas.
He appealed to community members to support the police in fighting crime by giving out useful information that would lead to nabbing of criminals.
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In Ojo Local Government, Governor Ambode commissioned the Usman Mogaji Road and the Data Capturing Centre.
Represented by his Special Adviser on Urban Development, Mrs Yetunde Onabolu, Governor Ambode told the residents that his administration would not renege on running a transparent government, just as he vowed to make the dividends of democracy get to every nook and crannies of the State.
At the commissioning of the data capturing centre in Ojo Local Government where all unemployed youth in the area would register and collate their data, Governor assured the residents of making effect use of the centre for engagement of their youths.
Also at the commissioning of Usman Mogaji Road in Ajangbadi, the governor advised the residents to make good use of the road and ensure they pay their taxes as at when due.
A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Ayo Ogunlana, commended Governor Ambode for the laudable strides he has recorded just in his eleventh in office as the Governor of Lagos State.
In Amuwo Odofin Local Government, the Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Lola Akande formally handed over 10 passengers capacity fibre boats to Riverine Communities in Amuwo Odofin Local Government and Oriade Local Council Development Area in Ijegun Jetty to aid in conveying school teachers based in riverine areas.

States Must Explore Comparative Advantage To Boost Nigeria’s Economy – Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday said that States in Nigeria must begin to explore their comparative advantage among themselves especially in the area of agriculture to move the vision of transforming Nigeria economic fortunes for the better.

Governor Ambode who spoke when he received his counterpart from Kano State, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje who was on a courtesy visit to Lagos, said that no State can survive on its own, hence leaders in such States must seek to discover possible areas of partnership that would not only enhance the economy but would create jobs for the people.

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The Governor said, “What is most important right now is how do we take on our comparative advantage to the betterment of our people? We must start to think about the reintegration of most of the economic activities and advantages that each state has.

“We can create factories here and use products from Kano to sell to the rest of the continent. Kano also stands more like an export zone for most of the West African countries around the zone. So it’s a win-win situation for both states, there is nothing else but for us to just show exemplary leadership that other states can start to think of how we can energize together and carry the vision of Nigeria forward.”

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Governor Ambode also said that Lagos and Kano share many similarities considering their mega city status, thus, both cities stand to benefit from each other to tackle the challenges confronting them and enhance their economic productivity.

“If Lagos was to claim that she knows everything, then Lagos wouldn’t be where it is now. So what you are bringing to the table that we would also want to share and learn from you, we know there are common issues like environmental sanitation, security, education and then more importantly about how we can take comparative advantage in the area of agriculture.

“We pride ourselves as the largest consumer of agro products in the country. We intend also to reactivate some of our furniture factory and also be able to do locally made furniture, all we need to do is to get the expertise to turn the hides and skin to become the best leather of the world and that would create employment for the people of Kano and Lagos alike,” Governor Ambode said.

In the area of commerce, Governor Ambode said that the State Government was working hard to bring back the Kano Pyramid, assuring that Lagos provides a ready market for agro products as it is the largest consumer of agricultural products in Nigeria.

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Earlier, Governor Ganduje said he was in Lagos to learn from the strides of Governor Ambode, especially in the area of fighting crime and improving infrastructural development.

“This meeting is a meeting between two mega cities in Nigeria. So, we have come to share our problems, we are mega cities and everybody is aware that there are some specific problems that mega cities have to confront; problems of security, crime.

“I was one time invited to attend when some equipment you recently donated to the Police through the Trust Fund, I couldn’t come, but I saw everything that happened and I became jealous and that is why I am here so that I can learn from you”.

He said that the Kano State Government being the commercial nerve centre of Northern Nigeria is leading from the front to revive the agricultural sector especially in the areas of livestock farming, just as he added that the State is one of the largest producers of hides and skin used in making leather.

“The people who are waiting to consume these items are on this side of the country. Also in livestock, with the present problem of herdsmen, Kano state is providing grazing areas in order to improve their socio economic well being. These are areas that we can come together to cooperate,” Governor Ganduje said.