The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has stated that his administration when elected, will keep on with the good works that give Lagos its identity of excellence. He added that this includes ensuring the restoration of Apapa town to its glorious past.
He stated this today during an interactive town-hall meeting with the people of Apapa and Iganmu, held at the Main hall of the Rockview Hotel, Apapa.
In his speech, Mr. Ambode restated his commitment to the core values of good governance, values he attributed to his experience in public service.
“I came to assure you that we will together achieve a Lagos that works for us all. I have the cognate experience to represent us in the next four years; but today, I am here to listen to you, your thoughts and concerns, that will make up the agenda for a even much greater Lagos”
Ambode noted that a lot more will be achieved in Lagos, especially in a national economic hub like Apapa, when the progressive APC party governs at the Federal level.
“Most of the projects that will create the comfort and development that Apapa deserves will be sped up, if there is a steady complementary input from the Federal government. This is more reason why we have to vote APC in the March 28 elections”.
“The government of Lagos state under the APC continues to try its best to fulfill its sworn mandate to give good governance at all levels. Apapa will not be left out in the greater excellence that is in view for the next four years, in such a way that this great town will be restored to her glorious past”, Ambode added.
He moved on to address the issues of unemployment, insecurity, the Apapa traffic and poverty that were raised by the people during the interaction.
Notably, Ambode stated that, “Our youths and artisans will benefit from the 25 billion Naira Employment Trust Fund and Small Business Credit Guarantee loans that we will set up in partnership with the Private sector. This is poised at creating a better livelihood for you all that actually make up almost 90% of the Lagos population”, adding that this move will alleviate poverty, engage youths, and reduce crime rates drastically.
While answering the more questions, he promised befitting and accessible workshops for the artisans, an enforcement of traffic and anti-trafficking laws, a consolidation of the state’s Security Trust Fund, the creation of enabling environment to encourage entrepreneurship, and other similarly practical policies meant to make Apapa and Lagos work for all. He particularly promised the completion of the Badagry express road and other projects that do not see completion by May 29.
Some of the leaders expressed their confidence in Ambode’s known capabilities which have earned him their absolute support and votes.
A 27-year Apapa resident, who is also a former Commissioner in Anambra state, Arch. Emeka Olisa Ejikeme, also spoke at the interactive session, advising the Apapa electorates on the importance of performing their civic duties. He urged the Apapa electorates to see the importance of voting wisely in the forthcoming elections, that is, for continuity in Lagos and for Change at the centre. He asked that the incoming government Lagos restores Apapa to the serene and glorious past it was known for.
The session also witnessed the donation of branded souvenirs from Arch. Ejikeme and the Executive Secretary of Apapa Local Government Area (LGA), Mrs. Bolaji Dada, to show their practical solidarity with the Ambode campaign efforts.
Ambode also received Royal blessings and supportive prayers from His Royal Majesty, the Ojora of Ijora Kingdom and Iganmu Land, Oba Abdul Fatai Aremu Oyeyinka Aromire, Oyegbemi II, who was at the event to show solidarity with the APC governorship candidate.
Others Apapa and Iganmu traditional rulers were present at the event in solidarity.
The Apapa-based groups that participated in the interactive session include, community development council executives, market women and men, Apapa Arewa community, the National Youth council, the Association of the Blind and Physically-challenged, the Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners, and the National Union of Teachers. The Tailors, Mechanics, Vulcanizers, Barbers, the Farmers and a host of other artisan associations were also duly represented.