Address Delivered By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor Of Lagos State At The 2016 International Day Of Families Held At The Lagos House Football  Field, Ikeja On Sunday, 15th May, 2016.

It is my pleasure to be here today with my dear wife, Bolanle, to celebrate with all family units in Lagos State the 2016 International Day of Families.

The family is the smallest and most important unit of society. We were all born into a family and our families have influenced and shaped our lives in many ways. Some of the most important moments of our lives have taken place within the family.

It is for this reason that the United Nations places a lot of emphasis on the family as a key factor in human relations thereby setting aside this day to celebrate the value of “family bond” across ethnic, religious, social and economic divides. The theme for this year’s celebration is – “Families, Healthy Lives and Sustainable Future”.

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The future of the world depends on the children we raise today. A lot of the acts of terror and violence that have ruptured global peace and security can be traced to the absence of strong family ties. Most of the recorded incidents of domestic violence are as a result of dysfunctional family backgrounds. Our traditional family cohesion and bond has weakened due to daily life challenges of trying to make ends meet.

We must, as a matter of urgency, in spite of the demanding pace of life, pause and find time to re-connect with our families. Our families need us. Our children need us. The family always provides emotional support in times of need. We have family members in need of emotional, physical and moral support. The support and encouragement given to a family member today can prevent a violent act of terror or suicide tomorrow.

The Lagos State Government will continue to provide the necessary infrastructural and institutional supports for the family. One of the crucial infrastructure that the government has put in place to encourage family bonding is the establishment of Parks and Gardens in various strategic locations across the State.

I am happy to note that these facilities have become convergence points for families to recreate, not only during festive occasions but also on weekends. In addition, this administration has started the process of building new world class Leisure Parks.

As we celebrate the International Day of the family today, I urge you all to spend more time with your families, especially our children. A hug or smile goes a long way in building up the morale of family members. If we want to get the society right, we must get the family right.

We must start at the family to reintroduce the norms and values which we grew up with. Our families must reintroduce and imbibe the values of honesty, respect, morality, good neighbourliness, peace and love. We must work towards living in harmony with family members and ensuring safety of lives through healthy practices.

I thank you all for your attention and pray that our families will continue to blossom and be relevant to mankind.
Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa l’ogun!!!

Akinwunmi Ambode,

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

15th May, 2016.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Orders Immediate Fixing Of Bad Portions On Oshodi-Apapa Expressway

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday expressed dissatisfaction at the deplorable state of some sections of Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, saying the road was too strategic to the economy of the State and therefore cannot be ignored.

Governor Ambode, who made an unscheduled inspection tour of the road while returning from the grand opening of a 70, 000 capacity Motorbikes Assembly Plant in Mile 2, directed the State’s Ministry of Works and Infrastructure and other relevant government agencies to immediately move to site and fix the bad portions of the road.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left), with his Special Adviser on Lagos Global, Prof. Ademola Abass (3rd left) and Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Engr. Abisola Kamson (middle) during his inspection of the bad portion of Berlett Bus Stop on Apapa- Oshodi Expressway, Lagos, on Friday, May 13, 2016.

A visibly worried Governor Ambode had stopped his convoy and came down from his vehicles to inspect the bad portions of the road alongside top government officials who accompanied him.

The Governor specifically inspected the bad portions of the road between Berlett and Ilasa, and Cele Bus stop inward Oshodi.

Governor Ambode not only directed the officials of the Ministry of Works to immediately move to site, but also ordered that an immediate palliative measure must be put in place to alleviate the sufferings of motorists who have been complaining about the deplorable state of the road through various means.

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L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Engr. Abisola Kamson and Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Engr. Adebowale Akinsanya during the Governor’s inspection of the bad portion of Berlett Bus Stop on Apapa- Oshodi Expressway, Lagos, on Friday, May 13, 2016.

While addressing some of the crowd that trooped out to welcome him, Governor Ambode said the bad state of the road was of serious concern to him, and that an immediate solution was coming soon.

He said: “The state of this road is just not acceptable. We are going to do something about this place immediately. The Oshodi-Apapa Expressway is too strategic to be left like this.

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R-L: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right); Special Adviser to the Governor, Office of Overseas Affairs & Investment (Lagos Global), Prof. Ademola Abass; Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Engr. Abisola Kamson and Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Engr. Adebowale Akinsanya during the Governor’s inspection of the bad portion of Berlett Bus Stop on Apapa- Oshodi Expressway, Lagos, on Friday, May 13, 2016.

“I have directed officials of the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure and other relevant agencies to move to site immediately and see what they can do and also create palliatives in the interim to alleviate the plight of motorists.

“I want to assure the people that I share in the difficulties they are going through using this road and we cannot afford to neglect this road,” he said.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right); Special Adviser to the Governor, Office of Overseas Affairs & Investment (Lagos Global), Prof. Ademola Abass (right); Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Engr. Adebowale Akinsanya (left), Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Engr. Abisola Kamson (middle) during the Governor’s inspection of the bad portion of Berlett Bus Stop on Apapa- Oshodi Expressway, Lagos, on Friday, May 13, 2016.

The elated crowd, realizing the fact that Governor Ambode has a reputation for keeping to his words, acknowledged and appreciated the promise, saying the repair of the road was long overdue, adding that such would go a long way in bringing succor to them.

Brief Report On The Activities Of Lagos State Public Works Corporation From Monday May 9th–13th Friday April 2016

 

Lagos State Public Works Corporation this week carried out Maintenance/Palliative works on the underlisted roads in the following Local Government Areas.

 

  1. AGEGE LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Dairy Farm LSPDC Low Cost Housing Estate Opp. Agege Stadium, Agege LG

Capitol road, Agege LG

 RECONSTRUCTION OF AJASA-COMMAND ROAD PROJECTS, OKE-ODO LCDA

  1. ALIMOSHO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Igando School of Nursing Complex, Alimosho LG

Igando School of Nursing Complex, Idimu Hostel Alimosho LG

On-going Construction of Ajasa-Command, Alimosho LG

 

  1. APAPA LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Wharf road, Ijora Bridge descent axis, Apapa LG

WHARF ROAD, FLOUR MILL AXIS, Apapa LG

REHABILITATION OF LASU INTERNAL ROAD, OJO LG (1)

 

  1. AJEROMI IFELODUN

Ojo road, Ajegunle, Ajeromi Ifelodun LG

 

  1. ETI-OSA LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Bayo Kuku Street, Ikoyi, Eti Osa LG

T.F. Kuboye Street, Lekki Eti-Osa LG

Akinogun Street, Lekki Eti-Osa LG

Olusegun Ojeleye Street, Pennisular resort Budo Estate Ajah, Eti Osa LG

Iru Close, Ikoyi Eti-Osa LG

 

  1. EPE LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Epe-Ijebu-Ode Road, Mojoda axis Epe, Ikorodu

Itoikin rd, Parafa-Maya Axis, Inward Epe LG

  1. IKORODU LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Isawo road, Owutu, Ikorodu LG

Fela Ahmed, Owutu Ikorodu

Ireshe road, Ikorodu LG

Ikorodu-Shagamu road, Ikorodu LG

 

  1. IKEJA LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Oba Akran Avenue, Ikeja LG

Olowu Street, Ikeja LG

Akanni Doherty Street, Ikeja Lagos

Abiodun Adeyemi Street, Ojodu

 

  1. IFAKO-IJAIYE LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Thomas Salako Street, Ifako Ijaye

Odiaye Street, Ogba Ifako-Ijaiye

Ogunbore Street, Off Coker Street, Orimolade Bus-stop

Santos Avenue, Abule Egba, Ifako Ijaye

10. KOSOFE LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Ajayi Street, Ketu Kosofe LG

Mende road, Maryland

Ajose Street, Maryland

Abbi Street, Maryland

Solomon Crescent, Arowosegbe, Alapere Kosofe LG

Mile 12 – Ketu main carriageway, Kosofe LG

Olusiji Ijogun Close, Magodo, Shangisha, Kosofe LG

Emmanuel High Street, Off Ogudu road, Opp WEBIC Ojota, Kosofe

Aroyewun Street, Ogudu, Kosofe

11. LAGOS ISLAND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Moloney Street, Lagos/island

Birrel Street inward Iwaya, Lagos-mainland

BADAGRY EXPRESSWAY, OTTO-IJANIKIN-IYANA ERA AXIS OPPOSITE AOCOED, OJO

REHABILITATION OF LASU INTERNAL ROAD, OJO LG (3)

REHABILITATION OF LASU MAIN GATE, OJO LG

12. OJO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Badagry Expressway, Otto-Ijanikin-Iyana Era Axis Opposite AOCOED, Ojo

Otto-Ijanikin-Iyana Era Opposite AOCOED, Ojo

Ojo-Igbede road, Ajangbadi, Ojo

LASU internal road, Ojo

Badagry Expressway, Barracks/Volks Axis Ojo LG

SADIKU STREET  OFF LAGOS BADAGRY EXPRESSWAY, MUSHIN LG

13. MUSHIN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Ikorodu road Servicelane Mushin LG

Anthony-Onipanu Jibowu Axis, Mushin LG

OLUMEGBON STREET, SURULERE LG

14. SURULERE LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Olumegbon Street, Gbaja, Surulere

Gbaja Street, Surulere

 

 

 

 

 

Lagos State Remains Most Attractive Investment Destination In Africa

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday emphasised the leadership status of the State as the most attractive location financially and socially for investment in Africa, just as he reiterated the commitment of his administration towards putting in place policies to attract investment and facilitate conducive atmosphere for businesses to thrive.

Governor Ambode, who spoke in Lagos at the grand opening of CFAO Yamaha Showroom and Assembly Plant, said with a population in excess of 21 million, a significant proportion of which comprises of the mid-class with strong purchasing powers, he was convinced that the State has what every investor desires in investing in any city.

He said aside the fact that Lagos accounts for 60 per cent of Nigeria’s industrial capacity, the State also attracts between 70 to 80 per cent of $6bn annual Foreign Direct Investment (DFI) into Nigeria, adding that measures are being taken to increase the figure by 50 per cent.

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The Governor lauded the collaboration between CFAO of France and Yamaha of Japan to bring about the joint venture in Lagos Nigeria, saying the partnership was good news for Lagos economy and a boost to the efforts of his administration in bringing investment to the State.

“The significance of locating this Assembly Plant in Lagos is very clear. Lagos remains the most attractive location financially and socially for investment in Africa. I have come to assure you that you have made the right decision to locate your business here,” he said.

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He said the take off of the CFAO Yamaha Plant in Lagos brings the number of assembly plants located in Lagos to over 10, adding that the State still has the capacity to accommodate more plants.

Besides, Governor Ambode recalled how his administration, upon inception, prioritized the issue of making Lagos the first choice destination for foreign investment.

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While stating that the State is open for business and serious investors, Governor Ambode assured investors and would-be investors that government would continue to invest in security, job opportunity and infrastructure which are the tripod upon which his administration was built.

He said: “We will therefore continue to invest in the critical infrastructure and security to guaranty safety and good return on investment. As a government, we will continue to explore ways to create an enabling environment to make your business thrive. We are committed to introducing new incentives for businesses in Lagos to enable them grow, support the society and take more of our youths off the street.

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“The ease of doing business is of concern to us and as a result, we are working to improve the indices of doing business in Lagos while we continue in our commitment to carry out judicial and security sector reforms.”

Earlier, Chairman of CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode thanked Governor Ambode for making out time not only to personally attend the event, but also arriving on time, saying the development was an eloquent testimony of the Governor’s commitment to encourage investment in the State.

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Also, Managing Director of the company, Mr. Olivier Levigne said the vision of the firm is to be the grand company and a great organisation that is an open enterprise and a leader in its chosen field.

The CFAO Yamaha Showroom and Assembly Plant has the capacity to produce 70, 000 Motorbikes annually.

Address Delivered By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State at The Grand Opening Ceremony Of CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria Limited Office Premises and Assembly Line at Amuwo Odofin Industrial Scheme On Friday, 13th May, 2015

I am pleased to be here to celebrate with CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria Limited on this occasion of the opening of your office premises, showroom and assembly line.

This collaboration between CFAO of France and Yamaha of Japan to establish this plant is good news for the Lagos economy and a boost to our efforts in bringing investments to the State.

The significance of the location of this assembly line in Lagos is very clear; Lagos State remains the most attractive location, commercially and socially, for investments in Africa. I have come to assure you that you have made the best decision to locate your business here.

About a year, ago when this administration came on board, one of our key objectives was to make Lagos State, a first choice destination for foreign investments. With a population in excess of 21 million, a significant proportion of which comprises of the middle class with strong purchasing power, we are convinced that Lagos State has what every investor desires in investing in any city.

Over 60% of Nigeria’s industrial capacity is located in this State. The CFAO Yamaha assembly plant joins the over 10 assembly plants located in Lagos and we still have capacity for more. Like I have always said, Lagos is open for business and serious investors.

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Nigeria receives about $6billion of FDI annually and of this figure Lagos State attracts between 70-80% of the investment. We expect this figure to increase by 50% next year.

To achieve this, the policy thrust of this administration has been built on a tripod of Security, Job opportunities and Infrastructure. We will therefore continue to invest in the critical infrastructure and security to guarantee safety and good returns on investment.

As a government, we will continue to explore ways to create an enabling environment to make your businesses thrive. We are committed to introducing new incentives for businesses in Lagos to enable them grow, support the society and take more of our youths off the streets.

The ease of doing business is of concern to us. As a result, we are working to improve the indices on doing business in Lagos while we continue in our commitment to carry out judicial and security sector reforms.

The significance of today’s event is to showcase partnership across three continents – CFAO from Europe, Yamaha from Asia and Nigeria in Africa.

On behalf of the good people of Lagos State, I welcome Mr. Hiroyuki Yanagi, CEO Yamaha Motor Corporation and Mr. Richard Bielle, CEO of CFAO to Lagos.

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As we officially open this office premises and assembly line, I congratulate CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria Limited on this grand opening and wish you success in your operations.

Thank you for your attention. God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo jewa l’ogun!!!

 

Akinwunmi Ambode,

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

 

 

13th May, 2016.