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.
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.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday said the state was looking towards partnership in agro business in an effort geared towards ensuring food security in the state.
The Governor who spoke when he received the Irish Ambassador Sean Hoy, at the Lagos House, Alausa, said his administration was looking to expand the agricultural sector and increase the production capacity of its farmers in the nearest future.
“One area that Lagos is really interested in is in the agro business, I am very interested in the food security of this state. We have a population that is over 20 million and we should be able to plan properly the food security of the state”.
“We cannot claim that we are self sufficient right now, but we have a plan to be able to let us feed ourselves at some point in time. It’s quite unfortunate right now that the state consumes almost like N300billion worth of rice annually and what we have in terms of production is maybe like five percent”.
“We are looking for a situation where we would expand the potentials of our farmers and cross into other states and be able to produce staple products for the people of Lagos. So if we have any partnership that can assist us in securing the future of our people in terms of agro business will be highly welcomed”, the Governor said.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday swore in 19 new Permanent Secretaries in the State Civil Service with a call on the new appointees to immediately get to work and prove themselves, just as he urged them to make the common good of all Lagosians their watchwords.
The Governor, at the ceremony held at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Alausa, admonished the new appointees to ensure proficiency in the discharge of their duties, charging them to be committed to the principles of good governance, probity, transparency and accountability.
“I expect you to apply the best tenets of the Civil Service in your roles as Permanent Secretaries, making service and the common good of all Lagosians your watchwords”.
“Your primary allegiance is to the people of Lagos, irrespective of creed or colour. This is the banner of this administration. You must today rededicate yourselves to the service of Lagos State”, he said.
Governor Ambode said that the quality of service by his administration will be measured on daily basis, hence the Permanent Secretaries must up the ante and be alive to their responsibilities.
“Any ministry where the quality of service is compromised, the Permanent Secretary, as Accounting Officer, should be held liable. I expect nothing but excellence in this centre of excellence”, he said.
He said the Permanent Secretaries were drawn from a pool of equally competent and qualified substantive directors, while a careful selection was done based on merit, professionalism and proven track record of service to the state.
Governor Ambode said the intention of his government was to carry out public sector reforms in line with one of his campaign promises to run an inclusive government and create better opportunities for residents. He said the next phase of his administration’s agenda will involve constituting the State Executive Council so as to consolidate on the foundation laid in the last 60 days.
Earlier, the State Head of Service, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, who presented the new appointees to the Governor, thanked him for recognizing exemplary performance and merit as core criteria for elevation into accountable posts in the state public service.
“There is no doubt in my mind that with these appointments, a strong message has been sent across in the state public service by His Excellency that diligence, dedication, commitment, loyalty and hard work will ultimately be rewarded”, she said.
Speaking on behalf of her colleagues, Mrs. Adekanye Elizabeth Adebunmi, now Permanent Secretary, Office of Civic Engagement, pledged that the confidence reposed in them to serve the state in a higher capacity will be diligently achieved.
The ceremony which was attended by retired Heads of Service and Permanent Secretaries also had family, friends and well wishers of the newly sworn in Permanent Secretaries in attendance.