Our Priority Is For Higher Institutions To Produce Wealth Creators, Innovators

Our Priority Is For Higher Institutions To Produce Wealth Creators, Innovators

…Inaugurates 8th LASU VC

…Institution Shall Be Great Again, Fagbohun Assures

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday said the priority of his administration for educational institutions at the tertiary level is for them to nurture students to become wealth creators and innovators capable of contributing positively to the communities and the nation.

Ambode, who spoke at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja while inaugurating Professor Olanrewaju Adigun Fagbohun as the 8th substantive Vice Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU), said the State Government was not just passionate about academic excellence, but equally committed to raising the standards and providing the necessary infrastructure for tertiary institutions in the State to deliver outstanding results.

While insisting that he was not oblivious of the unique position that LASU occupies, Governor Ambode charged the new leadership of the institution to re-focus on intellectual engagement, show leadership and brace up to the developmental and academic challenges of an emerging globally competitive citadel of learning.

In providing the roadmap for LASU, Governor Ambode recalled that the journey towards the actualization of his vision for the institution began on September 22, 2015 when the Governing Council was inaugurated, and that to take it to realization, he equally assented to a Bill amending the enabling law setting up the institution.

The amendment, according to the Governor, was fundamental as it will address pertinent issues that have for long created discord within the academic community.

061A6208

Besides, Governor Ambode recalled the protracted crisis in LASU which was recently resolved, and said Professor Fagbohun was appointed to put things right in the institution after a thorough screening and selection process by the Governing Council.

He said: “Over the past few years, LASU has had her fair share of successes and challenges. As a result, there is a lot of work required to propel the University to a world-class status.

“As we set our sights on a more viable future, we must ask ourselves some important questions: How successful are our Students after they graduate from our institution? What is the University’s contribution to our Community, our Country and the World?

“I urge that we all ponder over these questions and use today’s event as a rallying call for all to join hands to move LASU forward.

“There is no gainsaying the fact that the new Vice Chancellor is assuming office at a challenging time in the history of the University. He has the task of rekindling hope and rebuilding confidence in the system after a protracted crisis. In this task, he requires the support and cooperation of all the stakeholders particularly the academic and non-academic staff as well as students, all of whom he must carry along to enthrone a peaceful atmosphere that will promote academic excellence,” the Governor said.

061A6139

In his acceptance speech, Professor Fagbohun said the passion that he has for the job is such that he was already running, adding that LASU shall become great again.

He said: “My strategic imperatives are to restore peace, foster high level scholarship, make gains on previous gains, create an environment that can attract funds and make the institution a valued partner to the Lagos State, the Nigerian nation and the international community.

“From this moment, the language of engagement is inclusive governance, consultative approach and the will mantra. We will robustly and consistently engage in open, honest and constructive communication on critical issues such as welfare of staff and students, among others. Overall, we will ensure that our dear University worth its name.

“We will make His Excellency and Lagos State proud. I am highly confident that we can do it. My confidence stems from what I know of the University and the enormous energy of my colleagues both academics, non-academics and our dear students.  I say LASU will become great again,” Professor Fagbohun said.

While assuring that discipline and rule of law would be uphold, Professor Fagbohun urged Governor Ambode and all stakeholders in the LASU project to join hands with him in the task of putting the institution back on the front row of academic excellence.

Lagos Will Grow in Leaps and Bounds, Despite the Bleak Economic Predictions

Lagos Will Grow in Leaps and Bounds, Despite the Bleak Economic Predictions

…As Adeboye Urges Nigerians To Move Closer To God

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday said the outcome of the 2015 elections was an eloquent testimony of God’s love for Nigeria.

Governor Ambode said despite the predictions of anarchy and possible unrest, God showed His mighty hand upon Nigeria and for the very first time, the nation experienced a smooth and peaceful transition from one civilian government to another, and the ruling party became the opposition.

The Governor, who spoke at the Lagos House, Ikeja during the 2016 Annual Thanksgiving Service, also reassured Lagosians of the determination of his administration to work hard to achieve all-inclusive progress and prosperity for all in 2016.

Governor Ambode said despite the bleak economic outlook predicted in many quarters, Lagos State will grow in leaps and bounds and take its rightful place among the major city-states of the world.

He said: “Our youths will become gainfully employed. Our young girls and women will be protected and encouraged to give their best.”

“Our entrepreneurs will experience a boom and our State will work for everyone. We are determined and God willing, we shall achieve all-inclusive progress and prosperity,” Governor Ambode said.

Speaking on the essence of the Thanksgiving Service, Governor Ambode said: “We are gathered this evening in thanksgiving to the Almighty for the grace to witness the beginning of 2016. This annual thanksgiving has become a tradition where we come together to sing the praise of God for the continuous peace and prosperity of our dear State.”

“This service is an acknowledgment of the overriding power of God in the affairs of men and the need for us to trust in His grace and benevolence as a government and a people.”

“The fact the we are gathered here is enough proof that we are covered under the banner of the Lord’s grace and that He surely answers prayers when He is called upon. It is with this abiding faith that we call on Him as we commence another journey in 2016,” the Governor said.

He acknowledged the religious and spiritual leaders in the State for their ceaseless prayers and intercessions for the people and government.

He specially appreciated the General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye and his wife for their commitment in the service of the Lord through persistent exhortations and prayers.

In his exhortation, Pastor Adeboye said despite the predictions for 2016 in the wake of the dwindling oil prices likely to result in loss of jobs, those connected to God can surmount these challenges.

He said those who seek to prosper in the New Year must take a stand to be closer to God.

Special prayers were offered at the service for the State and Nigeria by clergymen including Bishop Mike Okonkwo, His Eminence, Most Rev. Chukwuemaka Kalu Uche; Pastor Wole Oladiyun, Pastor Wale Adefarasin, Archbishop Adewale Martins, Most Rev. E.A Ademowo, among others.

Bible reading at the service were read by Governor’s Ambode’s wife, Bolanle; Lagos State. Head of Service, Mrs. Olabowale Ademola; Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade; Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. (Mrs.) Lola. Akande, and Chairman of Conference of Executive Secretaries of Local Government and Local Council Development Areas in Lagos State, Hon. Alabi Kolade David.

Gov. Ambode, His Wife, Bolanle, Pastor Adeboye at Year 2016 Annual Thanksgiving Service At Lagos House, Ikeja

Gov. Ambode, His Wife, Bolanle, Pastor Adeboye at Year 2016 Annual Thanksgiving Service At Lagos House, Ikeja

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye; Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Wife of General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Mrs. Foluke Adeboye and General Overseer, The Redeemed Christian Evangelical Mission (TREM), Bishop Mike Okonkwo, arriving at the Y2016 Annual Thanksgiving Service at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Sunday, January, 2016.

IMG_0942

Mother of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Christiana Oluleye Ambode; Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Lagos State Governor,Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye; his Wife, Pastor Mrs. Foluke and Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule and her husband, Mr. Saheed Adebule, during the Y2016 Annual Thanksgiving Service at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Sunday, January, 2016.

0002

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye; his Wife, Pastor Mrs. Foluke and Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule and her husband, Mr. Saheed Adebule, during the Y2016 Annual Thanksgiving Service at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Sunday, January, 2016.

DSC_5483

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye; his Wife, Pastor Mrs. Foluke and Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule and her husband, Mr. Saheed Adebule, during the Y2016 Annual Thanksgiving Service at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Sunday, January, 2016.

DSC_5492

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Lagos State Governor ,Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye and his Wife, Pastor Mrs. Foluke Adeboye, during the Y2016 Annual Thanksgiving Service at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Sunday, January, 2016.

DSC_5485

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye; his Wife, Pastor Mrs. Foluke Adeboye; Deputy Governor, Dr. Mrs. Oluranti Adebule; her husband, Mr. Saheed Adebule and Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, during the Y2016 Annual Thanksgiving Service at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Sunday, January, 2016.

Gov. Ambode at Grand Finale of One Lagos Fiesta at Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos

Gov. Ambode at Grand Finale of One Lagos Fiesta at Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), with Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila (left), during the Grand Finale of the One Lagos Fiesta, at the Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Thursday, December 31, 2015.

PIX 3876

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), exchanging pleasantries with Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu I (middle), while Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem (right) waves the flag, during the Grand Finale of the One Lagos Fiesta, at the Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Thursday, December 31, 2015.

PIX 4165

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Olamilekan Adeola Solomon and his predecessor, Senator Ganiyu Solomon, during the Grand Finale of the One Lagos Fiesta, at the Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Thursday, December 31, 2015.

PIX 4616

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Olamilekan Adeola Solomon; Chairman, Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), Mr. Olufolarin Ogunsanwo; Afropop Star, AyoDeji Balogun “Wizkid”,  Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mr. Folorunsho Coker; Special Adviser, Office of Overseas Affairs & Investments, Prof. Ademola Abass and Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, during the Grand Finale of the One Lagos Fiesta, at the Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Thursday, December 31, 2015.

PIX 3894

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), with Senator Ganiyu Solomon; Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Olamilekan Adeola Solomon; Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem and Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu I, during the Grand Finale of the One Lagos Fiesta, at the Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Thursday, December 31, 2015.

PIX 3890

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), exchanging pleasantries with Senator Ganiyu Solomon (right) while the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu I (middle), watches with admiration, during the Grand Finale of the One Lagos Fiesta, at the Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Thursday, December 31, 2015.

PIX 4548

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd right), Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mr. Folorunsho Coker (right) with the Marvin Crew – Don Jazzy; Tiwa Savage; Korede Bello; Dr, Sid and Reekado Banks, during the Grand Finale of the One Lagos Fiesta, at the Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Thursday, December 31, 2015.

PIX 4623

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola “DJ Cuppy” and Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mr. Folorunsho Coker, during the Grand Finale of the One Lagos Fiesta, at the Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Thursday, December 31, 2015.

PIX 4198

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); Special Adviser, Office of Overseas Affairs & Investments, Prof. Ademola Abass; Senator Ganiyu Solomon; Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Olamilekan Adeola Solomon and Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, during the Grand Finale of the One Lagos Fiesta, at the Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Thursday, December 31, 2015.

New Year Address Delivered by His Excellency Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode

New Year Address Delivered by His Excellency Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode

Fellow Lagosians

Happy New Year

I am very pleased to address you on the start of what promises to be a ground breaking year for the good people of Lagos State.

The last seven months have been challenging, but with your patience, support and positive criticism, we have began to display a positive outlook on innovation and inclusion we promised during our campaign.

Lagos has always been a cosmopolitan potpourri of vibrant people that have driven the greatest growing economy in Africa. We however need the continued support of our citizens through regular payment of their taxes and strict adherence to their civic responsibilities.

Under my administration, the year 2016 holds great promise for all Lagosians through improved security, creation of job opportunities and greater attention to positive infrastructure development.

I have been lifted by the support and love shown to me and my government by well-meaning Lagosians and I am encouraged to redouble efforts to deliver the Lagos of our dreams.

I am aware that 2016 will also bring economic challenges due to pressures of dwindling revenue from the centre, but Lagos has always been resilient and must consolidate on its self-reliance to ensure it survives any inclement economic weather.

As I wish Lagosians the very best that this year will bring, I promise to rededicate myself to the social contract with the good people of Lagos State.

Once again, I wish you a happy and prosperous new year.

God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko Lo jemilogun