Lagos Assembly Approves Ambode’s N662.588bn Y2016 Budget

Lagos Assembly Approves Ambode’s N662.588bn Y2016 Budget

…Okays Ambode’s N25bn Employment Trust Fund

 The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday passed into law the N662.588bn Year 2016 Appropriation Bill presented by the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on December 17, 2015.

The Appropriation Bill, tagged “The Peoples Budget,” is the highest in the history of the State and it was an improvement on the N489.69bn appropriated for year 2014 and 2015 respectively.

The House unanimously approved the budget after members deliberated on the report of House Committee on Budget which scrutinized the Bill as proposed by the Governor.

The report was presented by Chairman of the House Committee on Budget, Hon. Rotimi Olowo on behalf of members of the Committee.

Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, in response, commended members of the Committee for expeditiously working on the budget to ensure its passage before the new fiscal year.

Obasa recalled that members of the Committee worked even on holidays, adding that they had indeed shown their love for the people of the State.

Governor Ambode had, while presenting the budget, put the Recurrent Expenditure at N278,909bn while Capital Expenditure stood at N383,678bn, explaining that the Capital to Recurrent ratio is 58:42 as against 51:49 in 2014 and 2015.

Governor Ambode also put the total revenue estimate for 2016 fiscal year at N542.873Billion saying the balance of N119.714billion would be funded through deficit financing constituting 0.41 percent of the state GDP based on 2016 budget alone and a cumulative debt to GDP ratio of about 3 percent.

In a related development, the House also passed the N25bn Employment Trust Fund bill forwarded to the House by the Governor into law.

While considering the report of a joint committee set up by the House, the members scrutinized the findings and recommendations of the committee with minor amendment.

The speaker, in his remarks, praised Governor Ambode for the initiative to engage unemployed teeming youths roaming the street in a veritable venture that would bring out their potentials, empower and even foster the economy of the State.

He said the economy of the State would further thrive through improved entrepreneurship, trading commerce and improved economic activities which the Trust Fund aimed to achieve.

Earlier, the Chairman, House Committee on Finance, Hon Oluyinka Ogundimu, representing Agege II in his Submission while presenting the report to members, said the essence of the bill when fully operational would serve as a panacea to tackling the unemployment scourge confronting the nation.

The Lawmaker representing Lagos Island II Hon Sola Giwa, said the bill also seeks to raise money from the private and public contribution for the financial support to residents in the State, including jobs and wealth creation thereby solving all problem of unemployment in the State and giving equal opportunities to all citizens.

Our Government Will Always Reward Excellence, Dedication – Ambode

Our Government Will Always Reward Excellence, Dedication – Ambode

…Re-appoints Three Members Of State Civil Service Commission

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday announced the re-appointment of three of the outgoing members of the State Civil Service Commission for an additional tenure of five years.

Governor Ambode, who made this known at a dinner organized by the State Government in honour of the outgoing Chairman and Commissioners of the Commission, said the re-appointment was in line with the resolve of his administration to always reward excellence, hard work, commitment and dedication.

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Those re-appointed are Pastor Israel Folorunsho Alagbe, Hon. Tolani Wasiu Odeyemi and Engr. Oladimeji Oshinowo.

Other outgoing members of the Commission are Comrade Rasaq Folorunsho and the Chairman, Dr. Ayodele Olujobi Ososanya.

Governor Ambode said he was delighted to celebrate and thank the outgoing members of the Commission for their selfless service to the government and people of Lagos State, adding that the members discharged their duties very well while serving the State.

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He said: “The outgoing Chairman, Dr. Olujobi Ososanya, has served the Commission for ten years and during his tenure, the credibility and pride of our civil service was never in doubt. Civil Servants have been getting their promotion in time and there has been better communication between the Service and the government.”

“The task of recruiting, selection, and placement of suitable and qualified individuals in the State Civil Service is enormous but this Commission has handled it very well and ensured that the engine room of the government is properly oiled,” Governor Ambode said.

The Governor added that having served in the civil service for twenty-seven years until recently himself, he could attest to the fact that the Commission, under the outgoing members, was able to maintain harmony through the even application of rules and regulations guiding the service without fear of favour.

He said by their dedication, commitment and diligence, the outgoing members have upheld the reputation of the Lagos State Civil Service and entrenched its unequalled record when compared with others in the country.

In his opening remarks, Permanent Secretary in the office of the Chief of Staff, Mr. Abiodun Bamgbose said the dinner organized in honour of the outgoing members of the Commission was the very first in the history of the State, and it was in line with the continuity with improvement mantra of Governor Ambode’s administration.

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Bamgbose said the dinner was basically to honour those who have been upright in character and celebrating them for successfully managing over fifty thousand civil servants in the State.

The outgoing Chairman, Ososanya, who spoke on behalf of other members, thanked the people of the State for the opportunity given to them to serve, and apologized for those they might have offended in the course of discharging their duties.

”Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard and mouths have not spoken about the good works that God has been using and would still use Governor Ambode to do in Lagos State”, he said.

Gov. Ambode Flags Off One Lagos Fiesta At Agege Mini Stadium, Agege, Lagos

Gov. Ambode Flags Off One Lagos Fiesta At Agege Mini Stadium, Agege, Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode(2nd left), addressing fun lovers and Agege residents, during the flag off of the One Lagos Fiesta, at the Agege Mini Stadium, Agege, Lagos, on Sunday, December 27, 2015. (L-R) With him are Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; Minister for Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mr. Folorunsho Coker.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode;  Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa and  Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mr. Folorunsho Coker, during the flag off of the One Lagos Fiesta, at the Agege Mini Stadium, Agege, Lagos, on Sunday, December 27, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left), with Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; International Music Act, Dapo Oyebanji popularly known as Dbanj and Minister for Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, during the flag off of the One Lagos Fiesta, at the Agege Mini Stadium, Agege, Lagos, on Sunday, December 27, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left), with Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; International Music Act, Dapo Oyebanji popularly known as Dbanj and Minister for Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, during the flag off of the One Lagos Fiesta, at the Agege Mini Stadium, Agege, Lagos, on Sunday, December 27, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa (left) and Minister for Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (right), during the flag off of the One Lagos Fiesta, at the Agege Mini Stadium, Agege, Lagos, on Sunday, December 27, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa (left) and Minister for Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (right), during the flag off of the One Lagos Fiesta, at the Agege Mini Stadium, Agege, Lagos, on Sunday, December 27, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd right), Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson; Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; Minister for Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Commissioner for Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), Mrs. Lola Akande and Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, during the flag off of the One Lagos Fiesta, at the Agege Mini Stadium, Agege, Lagos, on Sunday, December 27, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, Commissioner for Establishment & Training, Dr. Benson Akintola; Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare and Executive Secretary, Mosan-Okunola Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Hon. Opeyemi Akindele, during the flag off of the One Lagos Fiesta, at the Agege Mini Stadium, Agege, Lagos, on Sunday, December 27, 2015.

Ambode Preaches Love, Peaceful Co-Existence at Christmas

Ambode Preaches Love, Peaceful Co-Existence at Christmas

…Says Nation Has More To Gain By Being United

As Christians in Nigeria join the rest of the world to celebrate Christmas, Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has enjoined Nigerians to embrace the virtues of love and peaceful coexistence that the season symbolises, just as he urged them to refrain from activities that could trigger unrest and disunity.

The Governor, in his Christmas goodwill message to residents of the State, said that as the nation continues to anticipate the change promised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) governments at the Centre and state levels, it is only through peaceful co-existence and atmosphere that any positive change can materialise.

“The season of Christmas is one that exemplifies the virtues of love and peaceful co-existence. We must continue to extend a hand of love and live as one family irrespective of our creed or colour. We must also continue to respect each other’s right to live freely and peacefully”, the Governor said in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna.

He said the security challenges which the country is facing now should not be used as an avenue to create division along ethnic and religious lines by some politicians who are blanketly engaging in name-calling of political opponents.

Governor Ambode said Nigeria over the years has continued to draw strength from its diversity, saying that Nigerians must therefore stand together and resist any attempt by any individual or group of persons to highlight such ethnic differences to further their selfish ends or fan embers of disunity.

He urged residents to be safety and security conscious, especially during the festive period and refrain from habits that could endanger their lives including indulging in drinking and driving and other social vices.

He also encouraged residents not to hesitate to report all suspicious activities around them by using the Toll free lines 767 and 112, reminding that the business of securing lives and property could not be left to the security agencies alone.

“The period of Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ who is the symbol of Christianity and the harbinger of peace, love and good tidings and there is no better way to celebrate the season than by showing love and being our brother’s keeper”, the Governor said.

While wishing all Lagosians a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year in advance, the Governor also called on Lagosians to “resolve to emphasize only those things that unite us and de-emphasize all those things that separate us”.

Goodwill Message Delivered By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State at the Christmas Eve Dance of Yoruba Tennis Club, Held at Onikan, Lagos  on  Thursday, 24th   December, 2015

Goodwill Message Delivered By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State at the Christmas Eve Dance of Yoruba Tennis Club, Held at Onikan, Lagos on Thursday, 24th December, 2015

Greetings!!!

Christmas Day is just a few hours away and I am happy to join fellow brothers at this annual Christmas Eve dance to kick-start the season’s festivities.

I am happy this annual dance, hosted by our great Club, has grown in scope and relevance such that it is no longer just a social night for merriment in the calendar of our club but also a platform for social interaction and exchange of constructive conversations.

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I congratulate the Chairman – Brother Dele Martins, the management and all brothers for deepening the vision of the founding fathers of this great Club, the foremost indigenous social club in Nigeria.

Our Club will continue to be the flagship in our nation if all of us continue to demonstrate strong commitment to the vision for which the club was established and adapt it to modern realities.  We must be willing to embrace change and reforms as the early signs show that the coming year is one that will task our creativity.

Distinguished Guests, Members and Leaders here present, the outgoing year has been mixed fortunes for many people. It has been successful for some and challenging for others. For me, I was not the Governor of Lagos State, a year ago. I remember being here with my predecessor and now the Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola and the warmth you received us with.

However 2015 has been, we have a new opportunity in 2016. The Federal Revenue projections do not appear encouraging but we must be prepared. I recently presented the 2016 Budget to the State House of Assembly. We have positioned to take advantage of the opportunities and maximise the application of resources to stimulate the economy and create wealth in Lagos State. Year 2016 is a defining moment for us as a State as we face the task of making Lagos self-reliant and more prosperous.

I want to use this opportunity to seek for your support of the programmes and policies of this administration. Government alone cannot ensure full implementation of the budget; the people also have to keep their own side of the bargain by diligently performing their civic obligations to the Government through prompt and regular payment of taxes.

The success of the year 2016 budget is anchored on our Internally Generated Revenue. We would pay greater attention to E-Governance to help boost service delivery to our people. The revenue derived from the Federal Allocation has been on the decline and is expected to decline further.

All of us therefore have our jobs cut out for us in the New Year.  Lagos State must be clean, safe and prosperous. That is our promise to the people and it is a promise I intend to keep.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Prosperous Year 2016 in advance.

Thank you.

Itesiwaju ilu Eko, lo je wa L’Ogun!!!

 

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

24th DECEMBER, 2015.