International Jazz Day: Lagos Is In Tune With The World

Let me use this opportunity to formally welcome you to the Government House here in Alausa Ikeja, to celebrate the International Jazz Day with you all. This is where I live, because I believe that Ikeja deserves to be the true capital of the state and therefore should be good enough for the Governor of the state to reside.

We are here today for two reasons: to celebrate with the rest of the world and in particular UNESCO in commemorating this day, which since 2011 has been designated as the International Jazz Day. We celebrate also with the United States of America and President Barack Obama because Washington DC is this year’s jazz capital city of the world and President Obama hosted a similar evening of Jazz last night at the White House.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right); his Wife, Bolanle (right); APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu (2nd left) and Senator Oluremi Tinubu (left), watch as an artiste, Omolara performs, during an evening of Jazz Music with the Governor in commemoration of the International Jazz Day 2016, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Our other reason is to use today’s event to identify with every musician here today, from far and near…and to use their God-given talents and creativity to announce to the world that Lagos is the true capital of arts and entertainment in Africa and that Lagos is in tune with the rest of the world.

This musical show is a continuation of our promise to Lagosians that we will use tourism, hospitality, entertainment and the arts as well as sports to create jobs and opportunities for our people and to position Lagos State as a destination with rich entertainment content.

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Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs.  Bolanle Ambode, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode; APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his Wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu  during an evening of Jazz Music with the Governor in commemoration of the International Jazz Day 2016, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

We demonstrated that commitment in December, when we decentralized the concept of Lagos Countdown concert and expanded it to a five-day, five-venue show as One Lagos Fiesta. We are aware that no other concert in recent times has witnessed such an array of artistes and turn-out of Lagosians who witnessed the concerts at Epe, Badagry, Ikorodu, Agege and Victoria Island. It was a concert that left no one behind.

In lightening up the state through our Light-Up Lagos Project and providing a water-tight security machinery that has brought down crime by 65%, our aim is to create a 24-hour economy and the template of a city that does not sleep with government that does not slumber either.

This evening’s show took its cue from the success of One Lagos Fiesta. There were at least four different jazz concerts across Lagos yesterday evening with artistes from all over the world, including several Grammy award-winners. I’m happy to inform you that all of them are here tonight, united through music in the centre of excellence which best represents the concept of unity in diversity and borderless brotherhood. It is perhaps the first time that we’d be witnessing this type of bonding and creative energy on a single stage in Nigeria.

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L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd left); his Wife, Bolanle (middle); Senator Oluremi Tinubu; Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu I; APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; Wife of former Governor Ogun State, Mrs. Derin Osoba and her husband, Aremo Olusegun Osoba during an evening of Jazz Music with the Governor in commemoration of the International Jazz Day 2016, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

I believe this show of brotherliness and synergy is in sync with the values being promoted by UNESCO through the International Jazz Day. Let me assure you that this is just the beginning. The next edition will be the grand precursor to the great ceremony we are planning for Lagos@50. It is our wish that by that time Lagos State would have successfully announced its arrival to the world as a destination of choice and one deserving of the Jazz Capital City appellation.

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Fuel, Power Shortage: Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Appeals to Lagosians

Fuel, Power Shortage: Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Appeals to Lagosians

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has appealed to Lagosians to bear with the government over the lingering shortage of fuel and power across the state.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the Governor said Lagos State consumes more than 40 per cent of the fuel and energy needs of the country and therefore appreciates that the impact of the scarcity would be felt more in the state.

He urged residents to remain calm, orderly and law-abiding as government is doing everything possible within its power to find an immediate solution to the crisis.

According to the statement, Governor Ambode says he shares the pain and discomfort of Lagosians and assures them that President Muhammadu Buhari is deeply touched by the situation and is working round the clock to alleviate the suffering of the people.

We Will Spare Nothing To Ensure Safe Rescue Of Kidnapped School Girls

We Will Spare Nothing To Ensure Safe Rescue Of Kidnapped School Girls

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday said his government will spare no effort to ensure the safe release of the three female students of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School in Ikorodu area of the state, who were kidnapped by a group of armed gang on Monday evening.

The Governor in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, condemned the unfortunate incident, just as he assured that the Police and other security operatives have swung into action, with useful leads and with an unwavering determination to track down the perpetrators of the act and ensure the safe return of the girls.

“We have not been silent on this unfortunate development. In a delicate security matter of this nature, where young innocent people are involved and management of information demands utmost circumspect, we were convinced that swift and coordinated reaction, guided by intelligence reports on the part of the Police, was a better and more sensitive approach to take, rather than a sensational, panic-stricken reaction”, Governor Ambode said.

He said the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni as well as the Assistant Inspector General of Police for the Lagos/Ogun Command were fully on ground at the scene and vicinity of the incident leading the entire coordinated effort involving every military apparatus.

“We believe in the capacity of the Police to lead this rescue mission. I have had ceaseless briefing with them since the incident happened and God helping us, we shall spare no effort in securing the safe release of the girls and continue to secure the school and indeed every part of Lagos”.

Governor Ambode said the incident may not be unconnected with his recent visit to some parts of Ikorodu where he read the riot act to vandals and criminal gangs on the resolve of the state government to take the battle to their hideouts in a spirited effort to secure the pipelines.

“We believe this is a case of evil fighting back. But Lagos will neither succumb to threats of lawlessness nor bow to terror.

“Our resolve is very clear; we will assist the Police and other security agencies in dealing decisively with this one unfortunate case and prevent future reoccurrence. We will deploy the resources at our disposal to safeguard every life and property within our care,” he said.

Governor Ambode also recalled a similar incident in Arepo area of Ogun State, where a senior staff of a leading telecommunications agency was kidnapped three days ago, however saying that he has gotten assurance from both the Ogun State Police and Lagos Police Commands on their collaborative efforts to tame the menace of kidnapping and ensure return of order and safety.

He also commended the gallantry of the students of the school who put up a courageous resistance to prevent the abduction of their mates, just as he praised the mature and measured response of the school management in the wake of the incident.

“The state government is with you in bringing this unfortunate episode to a quick resolution. I wish to appeal for calm and support of every Lagosian. I urge them to be vigilant and helpful to the security operatives in this onerous task to rid the state of every form of criminality, cultism and terrorism,” Governor Ambode said.

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode Receives German President, Gauck, Seeks Partnership On Security, Transport, Technology

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode Receives German President, Gauck, Seeks Partnership On Security, Transport, Technology

…Mulls Lagos, Frankfurt Sister-City Relationship

…Lagos, Centre of Business Creativity – Guack

…Says Germany’ll Assist Nigeria Fight Terrorism

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday evening expressed the desire of his administration to partner with the Federal Republic of Germany in areas of security, transport, technology and development finance to give a quantum leap to establishment and sustenance of businesses in the State.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the Lagos House in Ikeja while playing host to the President of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck, said he was also favourably disposed to a sister-city relationship between Lagos, the economic capital of Nigeria, and Frankfurt, the commercial hub of Germany, especially in the area of financial service sector.

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He told the German President that his administration had instituted security and legal reforms to ensure a thriving business environment.

He said his administration was ready to explore the common interests between the state and Frankfurt, which is also Germany’s financial capital.

“We have invested deeply in security to ensure that every foreigner is protected in Lagos here and in Nigeria in particular, I am committed to ensure that every German is accounted for in Lagos and we would make sure that they live a very safe and comfortable life.

“I must recognise quickly the volume of German investments that we have in Lagos, I must also recognise quickly what it means to us because ultimately it is about creation of jobs for our people and where we see a situation where we have willing partners and by the demonstration of the number and quality of businessmen that you have brought in this delegation, I am assured that we would have so much to do together as we proceed.

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“I will like to let you know that the key areas that we are deeply interested in are in the areas of power, technology hub and transportation.

“We believe that we need to change the state of our transportation system in Lagos and that’s why we are quietly talking to some of the German companies, we want a situation where we can actually phase out some of the buses that we are using and we should pride ourselves to be able to use some of the quality buses that come out from Germany and we are talking about buses to the volume of 10,000 to 20,000. But beyond that, we must also start to think about creating assembling plants and also workshop plants to grow the economy of Germany and at the same time grow the economy of Nigeria”, the Governor said.

On his part, Gauck, who spoke through an interpreter, pledged that Germany will assist Nigeria with the technical know- how to successfully fight terrorism.

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He said the purpose of his visit to the country was to strengthen the cordial relationship between the two countries and to forge additional trade ties, said he was willing to share his countries experiences in the field of science and technology, especially in the areas of capacity building, expressing confidence in steps being taken by the present government in the country to address the nation’s challenges.

“I am delighted to be here in Lagos and we in Germany and in Europe are more than aware of the importance of this city as a centre of business, of political development, of creativity and intellectively in the art of West Africa. At the same time I am delighted to be here in Lagos on my very first visit to Nigeria. I am happy to learn more and hear more about the successes of this country and the problems it has to tackle.

“My visit is meant to underline the friendly close ties existing between Germany and Nigeria. We have great interest in the area of trade. We in Germany are ready to share our experiences in those areas where you think they might prove helpful or necessary and we are happy to share the experiences we have acquired in fostering security and fostering social security.

“We are happy to share the knowledge we have acquired in the field of science and technology and cooperate with you and we are also happy to the knowledge we have when it comes to bringing about a fruitful cooperation between the business communities to bring about benefit for all,” he said.

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According to him, “That is all we want to talk about and look at the potentials on these subjects and other matters. I am happy not only to get an opportunity to meet the representatives of the business community and to get to know more about the strength of assisting this country in those areas but also to have the opportunity to learn more about the culture in diversity that this country has to offer.

“I refer to business delegation that is accompanying me on this visit. Amongst them you have experienced personalities, people who have been here for quite a while and have acquired crucial beneficial experiences in doing business here on the ground. At the same time we also want to be of assistance when it comes to providing training; we believe that the German model in the area of training can be adopted here.”

Pictures: Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode Receives the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck, at the Lagos House Ikeja, on Monday, February 08, 2016.

Pictures: Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode Receives the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck, at the Lagos House Ikeja, on Monday, February 08, 2016.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); his wife, Bolanle (right), jointly presenting a gift to the President, Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck (left) and his wife, Gerhild (2nd right), during a courtesy visit to the Governor by the German President, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, February 08, 2016.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), welcoming the President, Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck (left), during a courtesy visit to the Governor, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, February 08, 2016.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), presenting a State plaque to the President, Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck (left), during a courtesy visit to the Governor, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, February 08, 2016.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), receiving a  gift from the President, Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck (left), during a courtesy visit to the Governor, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, February 08, 2016.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), with the President, Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck (left), during a courtesy visit to the Governor, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, February 08, 2016.

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Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (right), presenting a gift to the Wife of the President, Federal Republic of Germany, Mrs. Gerhild Gauck (left), during a courtesy visit to the Governor by the President of Germany, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, February 08, 2016.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right); his wife, Bolanle (right); President, Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck (2nd left) and his wife, Gerhild (left), during a courtesy visit to the Governor by the German President, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, February 08, 2016.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd right); his wife, Bolanle (2nd right); President, Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck (3rd left); his wife, Gerhild (left); Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (2nd left) and Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa (right), during a courtesy visit to the Governor by the German President, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, February 08, 2016.

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President, Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck (left); his wife, Gerhild (2ndleft), being presented with flowers, during a courtesy visit to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, February 08, 2016.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (5th left); his wife, Bolanle (middle); President, Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck (4th left); his wife, Gerhild (2nd left); Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (3rd left); Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama (left); Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa (5th right); member of German Parliament, Mr. Charles Huber (4th right); Special Adviser to the Governor, Office of Overseas Affairs & Investment, Prof. Ademola Abass (right) and other members of the German President entourage, during a courtesy visit to the Governor, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, February 08, 2016.