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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Tackles Maternal Mortality Head on, Presents Certificates to 400 Trained Traditional Birth Attendants

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday presented certificates of participation in orientation course to 400 Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) in the State, just as he expressed optimism that they would contribute to the State Government’s effort to reduce maternal mortality rate.

Speaking at the certificate presentation ceremony of the TBAs held at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa Secretariat, Governor Ambode said that one of the cardinal points of his administration was to make traditional birth attendants a relevant factor in child care delivery, hence the urgent need to improve the skill of the traditional health attendants to reduce maternal mortality.

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Governor Ambode said Lagos already has a functional Traditional Medicine Board that has strategic programs that are targeted towards regulating, monitoring, promoting and integrating traditional medicine into health policy based on the Alma Alta Declaration of W.H.O. 1978.

He said the intention of his administration is geared towards streamlining traditional medicine so as to change the perception of traditional medicine as a religious and spirit-magical practice by virtue of their proximity and accessibility to the rural dwellers.

“Traditional Birth Attendants are part of the birthing process all over the world. They remain the preferred service providers for delivery in rural communities over the formal health facilities. They are usually self-taught or informally trained.

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“Pregnancy which should be a thing of joy is now seen as death warrant for most women due to the weak Primary Health Care system. Despite the provision of health services through Primary Health Centres, many still patronize Traditional Birth Attendants.  This shows the level of trust people repose in them and of course their relevance in Primary Healthcare delivery,” he said.

He said the training of the TBAs covered several areas including protecting the health of mother and baby, care of women during pregnancy and child birth, treatment of complications due to miscarriage and or unsafe abortion, pre-pregnancy advice and health education, care of new born, among others.

To this end, Governor Ambode said his administration would continue to do all within its powers to take traditional medicine to a higher level through innovative research and development, just as he assured that Government would continue to strengthen its efforts in the areas of Regulation, Training, Coordination, Monitoring and Supervision of practice of Traditional Medicine towards effective integration with orthodox medicine.

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He however urged the TBAs to discharge their duties professionally according to the ethics guiding their profession, urging them to continue to improve their practice through continued education and scientific development.

The Governor also seized the occasion to restate the commitment of his administration to provide efficient healthcare to all Lagosians, at all levels by ensuring that the General Hospitals and Primary Healthcare Centres are well equipped and fully operational.

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“We have recently signed off on the Ultra Modern, World Class Medical Park which will ensure our citizens no longer have to seek medical care abroad. Our own specialized baby home, the Ayinke House Maternity is being upgraded and rehabilitated and I have been assured that the project will be delivered by the end of this year,” he said.

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Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga, said the State Government is committed towards giving residents the best as far as healthcare delivery is concerned, adding that the Governor’s passion about the people of the State is responsible for his resolve to ensure access to quality and affordable health care delivery.

Key Note Address By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode the Governor Of Lagos State at the Year 2016 Presentation of Certificates to Traditional Birth Attendants (T.B.As) at Adeyemi Bero Hall, Alausa Secretariat Ikeja on Thursday, May 12, 2016

It is my pleasure to be here today to witness the Graduation Ceremony of Traditional Birth Attendants who have undergone our General Hospitals Immersion Programe.  I congratulate all of you.

One of our policies in the health sector is to empower our traditional medicine practitioners and make them an integral part of our healthcare delivery system. Lagos State has a functional Traditional Medicine Board that has strategic programs that is targeted towards regulating, monitoring, promoting and integrating traditional medicine into health policy based on the Alma Alta Declaration of W.H.O. 1978”.

This is intended to streamline traditional medicine and change the perception of traditional medicine as a religious and spirit-magical practice by virtue of their proximity and accessibility to the rural dwellers.

Traditional Birth Attendants are part of the birthing process all over the world. They remain the preferred service providers for delivery in rural communities over the formal health facilities. They are usually self-taught or informally trained.

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Pregnancy which should be a thing of joy is now seen as death warrant for most women due to the weak Primary Health Care system. Despite the provision of health services through Primary Health Centres, many still patronize Traditional Birth Attendants.  This shows the level of trust people repose in them and of course their relevance in Primary Healthcare delivery.

The availability of skilled human resources in the health sector is an important indicator of the strength of the health care system. The performance of the health care system depends ultimately on the knowledge, skills and motivation of the people responsible for delivery services.

The shortage of Human resources is a challenge that requires a new strategic thinking. In a nation with weak midwifery services and inadequate human resources for healthcare delivery, there is urgent need to improve the skills of Traditional Birth Attendants as part of a strategy to reduce infant mortality and improve maternal health. Majority of maternal and Neo-natal deaths are preventable if appropriate care is provided in timely manner.

Traditional Birth Attendants are important category of health care provider to be considered for the design to curb maternal mortality.  The State has institutionalized a number of intervention programmes. This capacity building programme for the Traditional Birth Attendants through Orientation Programme is one of such Interventions.

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The State has decided to train Traditional Birth Attendants to provide the following services:-

  • To protect the health of mother and baby.
  • Care of women during pregnancy and child birth.
  • Treatment of complications due to miscarriage and or unsafe abortion
  • Pre-pregnancy advice and health education.
  • Care of new born
  • Recognizing and addressing problem in women and newborn before and during pregnancy.
  • Offering general health information including reproductive health care and family planning.
  • Assisting women to successfully breastfeed.
  • Referring women and new born to higher care when conditions arise beyond their scope of practice and capabilities.
  • To foster a dialogue with formal community leaders about the needs of pregnant women.

We are committed to take Traditional Medicine practice to a higher level through innovative research and development. We will continue to strengthen our efforts in the areas of Regulation, Training, Coordination, Monitoring and Supervision of practice of Traditional Medicine towards effective integration with orthodox medicine.

This administration is more than ever committed to provide efficient healthcare to all Lagosians, at all levels.  We will continue to ensure that our General Hospitals and Primary Healthcare Centres are well equipped and fully operational. We have recently signed off on the Ultra Modern, World Class Medical Park which will ensure our citizens no longer have to seek medical care abroad. Our own specialized baby home, the Ayinke House Maternity is being upgraded and rehabilitated and I have been assured that the project will be delivered by the end of this year.

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Ladies and   Gentlemen, the Traditional Health Attendants receiving their certificates today will contribute to a healthy Lagos. On behalf of all Lagosians, I implore all of you to practice your job professionally according to the ethics and the profession. Keep proper records of patients, promptly refer cases you cannot manage, improve yourself through continued education and embrace scientific development to improve your practice.

Once again, congratulations.

ITESIWAJU IPILE EKO LO JO WA LOGUN.

Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

11th May, 2016.