Braithwaite’s Legacies Inspired My Vision To Work For The Masses

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday eulogized the life and times of the late activist and foremost lawyer, Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, saying he had always been fascinated about his disposition towards the masses and the people of Nigeria.

 

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the burial service, held in honour of late Braithwaite at Reverend Braithwaite Memorial Anglican Church, Epe, said he was a beneficiary of the kindness of the Braithwaite family, saying the late nationalist fought for good causes and for Nigerians throughout his lifetime.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), with wife of the deceased, Dr. (Mrs.) Grace Braithwaite (2nd right); Son, Dr. Olumide Braithwaite (right) and Daughter, Mrs. Ebunolu Adeosun (3rd right) during the Funeral Service for Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, at the Reverend Braithwaite Memorial Church, Papa Epe, Lagos, on Thursday, April 28, 2016. 

 

He said: “I never thought I would ever be a politician but I have always been very excited about the things Dr. Braithwaite used to propagate and it appears that I have a personal connect around the issues that relate to people and to the masses and that is why we decided, on behalf of the good people of Lagos, that we must honour this very good man and to also immortalize him in a way that people can come to understand those who actually stood for true democracy and also fought for the masses but they never had the opportunity to do what it is that I have a chance to replicate.”

 

The Governor said apart from the fact that Braithwaite was consistent and persistent in the fight to enthrone better society for all Nigerians, he was also a deeply religious man who contributed positively and immensely to the body of Christ.

 

He also recalled how the late activist started the campaign for positive change and egalitarian society long before the advent of the current administration which is known for its change mantra.

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R-L:  Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Otunba Femi Pedro and Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga during the Funeral Service for Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, at the Reverend Braithwaite Memorial Church, Papa Epe, Lagos, on Thursday, April 28, 2016. 

 

“I just want to encourage the family because we are celebrating and we know that those yet unborn will read about what Dr. Braithwaite actually stood for. He was a foremost lawyer, statesman and an activist. He spent all his life fighting good causes especially for the common man. He fought for what he believed in and he had strong conviction to be the voice of the voiceless and whatever it is that we are advocating as change today has actually been manifested from all the things he had preached about.

 

“He was consistent and persistent in the fight to enthrone better society for all Nigerians. He was deeply religious and this church is one of his contributions. He has left good footprints on the sand of time for us, including myself to follow and his efforts will never be in vain,” the Governor said.

 

In his sermon, Bishop of Lagos Anglican Diocese, Most Revd. Dr Adebola Ademowo said from the testimonies of people about the late Braithwaite, he sure led an impactful life and queried the congregation about what people would say as well concerning them.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), with wife of the deceased, Dr. (Mrs.) Grace Braithwaite (2nd right); Son, Dr. Olumide Braithwaite (right) and Daughter, Mrs. Ebunolu Adeosun (3rd right) during the Funeral Service for Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, at the Reverend Braithwaite Memorial Church, Papa Epe, Lagos, on Thursday, April 28, 2016. 

Drawing his lessons from the book of Matthew 25: 14-21, Romans 12: 6 and 1Peter 4:10, Ademowo said Braithwaite never buried his talent but used it to fight against corruption, injustice and a system promoting mediocrity and criminal wealth.

 

The clergyman said Nigeria is a complex country with myriads of bad users of talents, and advocated that the national rebirth of the country must start with everyone, through inculcation of virtues of selflessness, honesty, integrity, among others.

 

Pictures: Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Meets With Management Of National Inland Waterways Autohirity (NIWA) in Abuja

L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (4th right), with General Manager, Research, Planning, Environment (RPE), National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Chief Femi Ajisafe; Area Manager, Lagos Office, NIWA, Engr. Muazu Sambo; Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Ms. Abisola Kamson; Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare; Managing Director, NIWA, Barr. Danladi Ibrahim; General Manager, Marine Service, NIWA, Engr. Olusegun Balogun and General Manager, Corporate Affairs, NIWA, Mr. Tayo Fadile during a meeting with the Governor in Abuja, on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

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L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, discussing with Managing Director, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Barr. Danladi Ibrahim and General Manager, Marine Service, NIWA, Engr. Olusegun Balogun during a meeting with the Governor in Abuja, on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

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L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare; Managing Director, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Barr. Danladi Ibrahim and General Manager, Marine Service, NIWA, Engr. Olusegun Balogun during a meeting with the Governor in Abuja, on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

 PIX 4399R-L: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), with Managing Director, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Barr. Danladi Ibrahim; Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Ms. Abisola Kamson and Area Manager, Lagos Office, NIWA, Engr. Muazu Sambo during a meeting with the Governor in Abuja, on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

We’ll Make Our Youths Wealth Creators, Innovators

We’ll Make Our Youths Wealth Creators, Innovators

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday said his administration will continue to explore various avenues and partnerships to make youths in the state acquire the necessary skills to be gainfully employed as well as become job creators and innovators.

The Governor who spoke when he received the Director General of the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Mr Olusegun Oshinowo and representatives of various multinational companies at the Lagos House, Ikeja, said youth unemployment is one of the tripod of development on which his administration is committed to tackle headlong, aside security of lives and property and improving social infrastructure.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), presenting a State plaque to  Chairman/MD, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Mr. Clay Neff during a courtesy call to the Governor, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, March 17, 2016.

Welcoming an offer by the NECA to partner the State Government to enhance youth productivity and skill acquisition, Governor Ambode said the rate of unemployed youths in the country could spin negatively if collaborative efforts between government and the Organised Private Sector (OPS) are not geared towards addressing it.

“We also have a situation where we have the resources, but we do not have the institutional framework and what we have done in the last nine months is to try and find a way to create the institutions and then the framework around it.

“You have come with the whole load of institutional framework, so obviously this is a partnership that is made in heaven for the people that are out there. I want to give an official commitment that we have to improve upon this relationship, it’s a partnership that we must commit ourselves to as a government, whatever it is that you have stated here, I want to tell you that you are just fusing into that whole network of how to take out these younger ones from the unemployment market. I want to give you my commitment and you will see also the way we are driving this project, goes to show that we are serious about what we are saying,” he said.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (4th right), in a group photograph with Chairman/MD, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Mr. Clay Neff (6th left); Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources, Mr. Wale Oluwo and others during a courtesy call to the Governor by Management of Chevron Nigeria Limited, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, March 17, 2016.

Governor Ambode said with the establishment of the Employment Trust Fund (ETF) and the inauguration of the Board to manage the fund, his administration is fully committed to issues bothering on youth unemployment, just as he directed the Board of the ETF and the Ministry of Wealth Creation to explore the partnership with NECA.

“We have established the Employment Trust Fund with a very good team there and I have passed the N6.2billion for this year to them. Year one is almost going so they need to hit the ground running.

“But because you already have an established framework, we officially direct the ETF and the Ministry of Wealth Creation to quickly start that partnership today because it would take us a huge cycle to start looking for the multinationals and other stakeholders who already have the infrastructure in place,” he said.

He said the long term goal of his administration is to make youths less dependent on white collar jobs and channel their energy on utilizing their skills to become innovators and employers of labour.

“That you are able to offer us this opportunity shows that Lagos is up for prosperity. This has not happened before, where you have eminent collaboration coming from employers and also us from a government.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), with Chairman/MD, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Mr. Clay Neff during a courtesy call to the Governor, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, March 17, 2016.

“In areas of skill acquition, you have so much to offer and the truth is we need to dissipate the energy of our young ones to different things that can enhance their creativity and that way we are better way as older people to live a more comfortable life. On that note I want to say that we are willing as a government to take on your offer that you are giving us, it’s collaboration in the best interest of all of us,” the Governor said.

Earlier, DG of NECA, Mr. Oshinowo said that creating jobs for youths will go a long way to address issues of insecurity, commending the efforts made by the state Government so far, especially the setting up of the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment.

He said the Association has designed a practical model, which if implemented will go a long way to take youths off the streets and turn them into wage earners and entrepreneurs.

Oshinowo said NECA which has over 3000 major enterprises and businesses cutting across all sectors of the economy, said the association is partnering with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to provide the resources to drive the programmes geared towards creating jobs for youths.

The Chairman and Managing Director of Chevron Nigeria Limited also paid a courtesy visit to His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, to express his appreciation of the existing business relationship between the Chevron Nigeria Limited and Lagos State Government and to explore further areas of co-operation and mutual understanding.

Mr Clay Neff also stated that Chevron has been in Nigeria for 50 years and currently has its head office in Lagos state. The company strives to be the most admired energy company for people partnership and performance.

Governor Ambode said that Chevron Nigeria has been a good corporate citizen in the area of health and in being responsive to societal demands in the state. He added that this relationship can be advanced to move the nation forward as Lagos is growing into an oil producing state. The governor also encouraged other corporate organizations to imitate the spirit driven by Chevron Nigeria in their activities.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode constitutes Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode constitutes Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday constituted the Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board with a charge on them to discharge their duties without fear or favour.

In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, the six-man membership Board is expected to coordinate intending pilgrims from Lagos to this year’s pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

The Board has Bishop Sola Ore as its chairman with Ms. Jibike Babatunde, Mrs Arin Ajose and Pastor Laja Diele as members.

Other members of the Board include Mr. Tunde Temionu and Mr. Thomas Adefolusho Adekoya.

Governor Ambode in the statement also urged the Board to ensure a hitch free exercise and adequate welfare for the state pilgrims in the Holy Land.

Patriotism, Selfless Service, True Essence of Our Independence -Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

Patriotism, Selfless Service, True Essence of Our Independence -Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

…Greets Nigerians As Nation Celebrates 55th Anniversary

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday congratulated Nigerians as the nation marks its 55th Independence Anniversary as a sovereign state, saying patriotism and selfless service are two aspects that can truly reflect the essence of the country’s Independence.

The Governor in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, said the period of Independence must not be lost on anyone, urging Nigerians to rededicate themselves to the pride and service of the nation as exemplified by her founding fathers.
The Governor said there was need to rekindle the flame that ignited the determination of the founding fathers to fight for and obtain independence and the pride they had in serving the country adding that there was no better time than now to reawaken the waning glory of the nation.

“You would recall that Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, had on that memorable day, 55 years ago, in his Independence Anniversary speech, admonished everyone to dedicate their life and service to our country. This, for me is the springboard that can take help us return to our glorious past that the likes of Pa Anthony Enahoro, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Sir Herbert Macaulay and a host of others helped to build in their time”, he said.

He said the 2015 elections was a period that handed the nation a lifeline to put her back on track and reclaim its waning glory as the giant of Africa, urging all Nigerians irrespective of party affiliation, religious belief or ethnic leaning to join hands with the government of the day to salvage the nation.

He also called on Nigerians to support the ongoing efforts by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to rebuild the nation’s foundation, saying such efforts could not be left to the government alone.
He expressed optimism that the Buhari administration will succeed in its quest to reduce the rate of poverty, fight corruption, change the economic fortunes and stem the tide of insecurity in the country especially in North East Nigeria, saying it would however require all hands to be on deck.