Braithwaite’s Legacies Inspired My Vision To Work For The Masses

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday eulogized the life and times of the late activist and foremost lawyer, Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, saying he had always been fascinated about his disposition towards the masses and the people of Nigeria.


Governor Ambode, who spoke at the burial service, held in honour of late Braithwaite at Reverend Braithwaite Memorial Anglican Church, Epe, said he was a beneficiary of the kindness of the Braithwaite family, saying the late nationalist fought for good causes and for Nigerians throughout his lifetime.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), with wife of the deceased, Dr. (Mrs.) Grace Braithwaite (2nd right); Son, Dr. Olumide Braithwaite (right) and Daughter, Mrs. Ebunolu Adeosun (3rd right) during the Funeral Service for Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, at the Reverend Braithwaite Memorial Church, Papa Epe, Lagos, on Thursday, April 28, 2016. 


He said: “I never thought I would ever be a politician but I have always been very excited about the things Dr. Braithwaite used to propagate and it appears that I have a personal connect around the issues that relate to people and to the masses and that is why we decided, on behalf of the good people of Lagos, that we must honour this very good man and to also immortalize him in a way that people can come to understand those who actually stood for true democracy and also fought for the masses but they never had the opportunity to do what it is that I have a chance to replicate.”


The Governor said apart from the fact that Braithwaite was consistent and persistent in the fight to enthrone better society for all Nigerians, he was also a deeply religious man who contributed positively and immensely to the body of Christ.


He also recalled how the late activist started the campaign for positive change and egalitarian society long before the advent of the current administration which is known for its change mantra.

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R-L:  Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Otunba Femi Pedro and Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga during the Funeral Service for Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, at the Reverend Braithwaite Memorial Church, Papa Epe, Lagos, on Thursday, April 28, 2016. 


“I just want to encourage the family because we are celebrating and we know that those yet unborn will read about what Dr. Braithwaite actually stood for. He was a foremost lawyer, statesman and an activist. He spent all his life fighting good causes especially for the common man. He fought for what he believed in and he had strong conviction to be the voice of the voiceless and whatever it is that we are advocating as change today has actually been manifested from all the things he had preached about.


“He was consistent and persistent in the fight to enthrone better society for all Nigerians. He was deeply religious and this church is one of his contributions. He has left good footprints on the sand of time for us, including myself to follow and his efforts will never be in vain,” the Governor said.


In his sermon, Bishop of Lagos Anglican Diocese, Most Revd. Dr Adebola Ademowo said from the testimonies of people about the late Braithwaite, he sure led an impactful life and queried the congregation about what people would say as well concerning them.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), with wife of the deceased, Dr. (Mrs.) Grace Braithwaite (2nd right); Son, Dr. Olumide Braithwaite (right) and Daughter, Mrs. Ebunolu Adeosun (3rd right) during the Funeral Service for Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, at the Reverend Braithwaite Memorial Church, Papa Epe, Lagos, on Thursday, April 28, 2016. 

Drawing his lessons from the book of Matthew 25: 14-21, Romans 12: 6 and 1Peter 4:10, Ademowo said Braithwaite never buried his talent but used it to fight against corruption, injustice and a system promoting mediocrity and criminal wealth.


The clergyman said Nigeria is a complex country with myriads of bad users of talents, and advocated that the national rebirth of the country must start with everyone, through inculcation of virtues of selflessness, honesty, integrity, among others.


N224m NUPENG Claim: Lagos State Govt. Can’t be Blackmailed

N224m NUPENG Claim: Lagos State Govt. Can’t be Blackmailed

Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde

…Lagos Sets Record Straight

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it would not succumb to the attempt by the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) to blackmail it into paying a questionable N224 million debt.

While reacting to a purported protest carried out by members of the association, the State Government said though it was not against peaceful protest by aggrieved citizens but it would not be stampeded into taking any action without strictly following due process and rule of law.

NUPENG had alleged that the N224 million was for payment for the supply of diesel and kerosene to the State Government for execution of direct labour projects in Ojodu between October 2014 and May 2015.

South-West Chairman of NUPENG, Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo had threatened that members of the association would embark on the protest with over 1, 000 tankers, and that Lagosians would be subjected to experience scarcity of fuel if the request was not acceded to by government.

But in statement signed on Tuesday by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the government recalled that the said transaction took place between an independent marketer and the Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC) before this present government assumed office.

Ayorinde said the company wrote the government about the transaction, and government replied that it wanted to investigate the claim.

According to Ayorinde, “The investigation proved that the claim by the company was fraudulent but while investigation was still ongoing, the company went to NUPENG, and the association agreed to demonstrate on behalf of the company.

“Our position is that the Lagos State Government cannot be stampeded or blackmailed into making payments that have not been verified for which investigation is still ongoing.

“While government is not against peaceful protest by aggrieved citizens, we would like to urge Lagosians to go about their businesses peacefully.

“No amount of blackmail will stop the government from strictly following due process and rule of law,” Ayorinde said.

The government also urged the national leadership of NUPENG to prevail on its Lagos State Chapter to stop using the union to pursue personal gains.

Besides, Ayorinde said the Lagos State Government never entered into any transaction with NUPENG on the issue but a private company, and as such it was strange that the union was now being used to blackmail government.

Lagos Moves To Boost Office Of Public Defender 

Lagos Moves To Boost Office Of Public Defender 

…As AG Seeks NBA’s Support, Partnership 

The Lagos State Government has pledged its commitment towards boosting the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) to perform optimally as part of efforts to ensure the protection of the rights of the people.

Attorney General of the State and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, who made the pledge while meeting with the State leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), said the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode would focus more on people-oriented policies and give the OPD maximum support.

While describing the NBA as a veritable platform for all stakeholders in the legal profession to learn, exchange ideas and retool, Kazeem advocated for a more cordial working relationship between the NBA and the State’s Ministry of Justice.

Revealing the passion of the State Government to work with the association in order to uplift the quality of justice delivery in the State, Kazeem expressed his desire to meet members of the Bar periodically and proposed a quarterly parley with the Bar in order to foster stronger ties with members of the Bar.

He expressed his intention to introduce more active communication channels, adding that his preferred mode of communication in conformity with present times would be through electronic means, which he said conveys messages faster.

The Lagos AG, however, requested for the database of the members of the Bar and reiterated his intention to use information technology to drive his agenda.

Responding, the leadership of NBA pledged to support the policies of the State Government so long as they will better the lot of the people of Lagos State.

They also sought Kazeem’s assistance in getting the Judiciary to give adequate notice to members of the Bar whenever the judges, for any reason, would be unable to sit.

They also urged the State Government to consider building more courtrooms in the Badagry division of the Lagos State High Court.

Besides, the Bar leaders implored Kazeem to ensure prompt payment and upward review of the subvention to NBA.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Yinka Farounbi, Chairman of Ikeja Branch; Mr. Dofun Adetunji- Chairman, Ikorodu Branch; Mr. Chris Okoye, Chairman Badagry Branch; and other executive members.

Lagos Scholarship Board to Hold Bursary Interview for Students

Lagos Scholarship Board to Hold Bursary Interview for Students

As part of efforts to reduce parent’s financial burden, the Lagos State Government through the State’s Scholarship Board has concluded plans to organize the 2015/2016 session bursary interviews for students of Lagos State indigene in tertiary institutions across the country who have obtained the application forms.

A statement signed by the Director, Lagos State Scholarship Board, Mrs Omauton Yetunde Jegede, said Governor Akinwunmi Ambode approved that the Bursary interviews hold in specific zones across the country and also at the five Divisions of the State.

In Kaduna State, the interview is expected to hold on October 5th and 6th 2015 at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

In Rivers State; the interview will hold on October 6th and 7th 2015 at University of Port-Harcourt, Choba, Rivers State.

The interview will also hold in Kwara State at the University of Ilorin from October 12th to 13th. Similarly, the interview will hold in Abuja from 17th to 18th of November at Nigerian Law School, Abuja as well as in Akure, Ondo State at the Federal University of Technology, Akure on 1st and 2nd of December.

For the Lagos Zone, Mrs Jegede said that the interviews will hold at St. Georges’ Primary School, Falomo, Lagos Island (for Lagos Division) and Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, Noforija, Epe (for Epe Division) on 14th and 15th October, 2015.

The interview for Badagry Division will hold on 20th and 21st October at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin, while that of Ikeja and Ikorodu divisions will hold on 26th and 27th October, 2015 at Government College, Agege beside NYSC Orientation Camp, Agege (for Ikeja Division) and Oriwu College, Ikorodu (for Ikorodu Division).

Mrs. Jegede further enjoined all applicants to attend the interview in zones closer to them adding that any applicant who wishes to attend the interview in Lagos Zone should go to their respective divisions for the exercise. She also implored concerned applicants to visit the Board’s website; for more details.

The Lagos State Government annually conducts the bursary interviews to determine the indigeneship claim of applicants who must be full time students in various tertiary institutions before awards are given.

The bursary award ranges between N20, 000, N30, 000 and N50, 000 depending on the course of study.

Patriotism, Selfless Service, True Essence of Our Independence -Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

Patriotism, Selfless Service, True Essence of Our Independence -Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

…Greets Nigerians As Nation Celebrates 55th Anniversary

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday congratulated Nigerians as the nation marks its 55th Independence Anniversary as a sovereign state, saying patriotism and selfless service are two aspects that can truly reflect the essence of the country’s Independence.

The Governor in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, said the period of Independence must not be lost on anyone, urging Nigerians to rededicate themselves to the pride and service of the nation as exemplified by her founding fathers.
The Governor said there was need to rekindle the flame that ignited the determination of the founding fathers to fight for and obtain independence and the pride they had in serving the country adding that there was no better time than now to reawaken the waning glory of the nation.

“You would recall that Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, had on that memorable day, 55 years ago, in his Independence Anniversary speech, admonished everyone to dedicate their life and service to our country. This, for me is the springboard that can take help us return to our glorious past that the likes of Pa Anthony Enahoro, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Sir Herbert Macaulay and a host of others helped to build in their time”, he said.

He said the 2015 elections was a period that handed the nation a lifeline to put her back on track and reclaim its waning glory as the giant of Africa, urging all Nigerians irrespective of party affiliation, religious belief or ethnic leaning to join hands with the government of the day to salvage the nation.

He also called on Nigerians to support the ongoing efforts by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to rebuild the nation’s foundation, saying such efforts could not be left to the government alone.
He expressed optimism that the Buhari administration will succeed in its quest to reduce the rate of poverty, fight corruption, change the economic fortunes and stem the tide of insecurity in the country especially in North East Nigeria, saying it would however require all hands to be on deck.