Address Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode On The Occasion Of The Formal Commissioning of The New Theatre At Igando-Alimosho

Address Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode On The Occasion Of The Formal Commissioning of The New Theatre At Igando-Alimosho

I am very happy to address this gathering on this occasion of the formal commissioning of this new Lagos Theatre at Igando-Alimosho. I am full of confidence that from today, lovers of live theatre and the Arts will henceforth experience spectacular fun at this 500-seater capacity theatre.

In accord with our promise to create a new economy around Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment and Sports, our government has laid a solid and long term foundation to support a sustainable tourism and entertainment-driven economy. 

This theatre is one of the five built under this administration in line with our project T.H.E.S.E. This project seeks to engage our active and creative youths, create employment around the entertainment, arts and culture sector and thereby boost the State’s economy. The other theatres are located in Badagry, Epe, Ikorodu and Ikeja.

We are optimistic that the positive benefits of these theatres across the State would be huge as it would create opportunities for many of our unemployed youth to express themselves and bring out their creativity. This will reduce anti-social behaviour in our communities and help us discover some of the hidden talents in our State.

It is on record that during the great depression in the U.S. in the mid-20th century, the government deliberately promoted the arts as part of the new deal. Their regionalist intervention was strategic. It boosted creativity, imbued the spirit of patriotism and ultimately created jobs and wealth, which the new generation of Americans is enjoying till today.

Entertainment and Tourism interventions under our administration are deliberate and calculated. The expansion of our One Lagos Fiesta to the Five Divisions brought social activities closer to the people and has exposed many young artistes. These theatres will do even more because they will be open everyday for creativity and entertainment.

Our State is not only the nation’s hub of commercial and economic activity but the entertainment hub. We want to take this to the Next Level and provide the infrastructure that will support the growth of this sector.

The vision is to have these theatres busy with performances which will bring revenue to artistes and entertainers. This will in turn create opportunities for the tourism and hospitality sectors and the ripple effect will touch every aspect of these communities.

There is no State in the country that attracts visitors and new comers on daily basis as Lagos does. With our population, we have a large market for every sector. After the hustle and bustle of the day, people crave for entertainment and leisure. These theatres are built to provide for this need as well as creating jobs.

The 500-seater capacity theatre being commissioned today will serve as medium for the transfer of our history and cultural heritage from generation to generation, provides cross cultural exchange and diversity inclusion, generation of conversations on both local and international media and opportunity and avenues for school tours/creation.

As a government, we can create the infrastructure but we need the people to make it work. This is a challenge to our creative entrepreneurs and youths. We have built the stage for you. Come and show the world what you can do and create wealth for yourself.

I urge the people of Alimosho axis and environs to cherish this theatre. We have delivered on our promise, its now for you to make the best of it and protect what is yours.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is now my pleasure to formally commission this new Igando Theatre to the glory of God, for the promotion of creativity and for the good of all Lagosians.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko Lo je Wa Logun

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State

Wednesday, 15th May, 2019

Address Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Commissioning Of Agric Access Road, Egan And Flag Off Of Bridge Linking Egan And Ayobo In Igando-Ikotun LCDA

Address Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Commissioning Of Agric Access Road, Egan And Flag Off Of Bridge Linking Egan And Ayobo In Igando-Ikotun LCDA

When our administration came into office, one of our cardinal promises was a government of inclusion. We committed to a government where nobody, community or people will be left behind. As a result we were determined to address the challenges of gross infrastructural deficit, flooding and erosion which the people around this senatorial district have lived with for some time now.

I am very pleased and fulfilled to see that our commitment to make our State globally competitive and radically change our infrastructural profile to one that befits a contemporary smart city has been successful with the massive construction of roads and bridges we have undertaken in the last four years. We not only prioritized renewal and development of road infrastructure but we have done so using an all-inclusive approach that has touched rural and urban areas in the State.

In constructing this road, we took cognizance of the need to make commuting stress-free for pedestrians and motorists with wider roads and walkways, tackling flooding by providing adequate and covered drains, and street lights that will guarantee added safety and security for all road users.

The unveiling of Agric Road Bamidele Kasali/Dosu Ekunrin Road today is a testimony to our passion to make our people happier, our roads better and our State safer. By this action, we are providing critical and needed infrastructure as well as reciprocating the support our government has enjoyed from this constituency in the last four years.

We are optimistic that roads constructed around this corridor will create direct and indirect employment, increase connectivity that will open the communities along this axis and ultimately boost trade, commerce and investment opportunities. We look forward to increased economic activity in this community and its environs as this infrastructure will definitely bring new socio-economic advantages.

I urge all community/ religious leaders and the people of Igando/Ikotun to guard jealously the infrastructure being commissioned today and those that would be provided in the near future. These infrastructures are jointly owned by people of the community and Lagos State government because they have been put in place with our commonwealth; therefore, protecting them will further encourage the government to do more.

Our government is very grateful to all Lagosians for their prayers and support particularly in the discharge of their civic responsibility through payment of taxes. I believe strongly that our State is on a positive growth trajectory and I urge you to give the next administration the same unflinching support you gave us as we work together in transforming our State to the “Lagos of Our Dreams”.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is now my pleasure to formally commission this Agric Road Bamidele Kasali/Dosu Ekunrin Road and flag-off the Bridge linking Egan to Ayobo to the glory of God and for the benefit of mankind especially Lagosians who have kept the faith with us.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko Lo je Wa Logun

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State

Wednesday, 15th May, 2019

Our Integrated Transport System Firmly On Track

Our Integrated Transport System Firmly On Track

…Commissions Ilaje Road, Bariga Waterfront Jetty, Five Ferries

…Says Projects Inspired To Give Residents Feeling Of Inclusion, Improve Standard Of Living

 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday commissioned the Bariga Waterfront Jetty, Five Transport Ferries and the Ilaje Road, saying that the development was a testament to the fact that the State’s integrated transport management system was firmly on track.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the unveiling of the projects, said the development would greatly lessen pressure on road transportation, reduce travel time as well as enhance connectivity within the State.

“With these projects, our State is firmly on track with our goal of establishing an integrated transport management system. These facilities will continue to impact positively on the lives of Lagosians as we strive to address traffic gridlock, reduce travel time, improve road connectivity and abate flooding,” Governor Ambode said.

The newly unveiled Ferries commissioned at the Bariga Waterfront Jetty by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

He said like other projects delivered by his administration, the projects were inspired to open up the Bariga community for more commercial activities and make residents feel the impact of government, recalling that his administration since inception set out on a mission to make every community economically viable and livable.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, the thinking behind these projects is inclusion; an inclusion where every resident of our State has a say, feels the impact of government in their lives and is given the opportunity to realise their dreams.

“When we assumed office four years ago, we set out on a mission to make every community economically livable. This has been the guiding principle behind spreading our different projects across the State,” he said.

The newly unveiled Ferries commissioned at the Bariga Waterfront Jetty by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

Explaining how the jetty and Ilaje Road came about, Governor Ambode said the projects were basically in response to the security challenges of late 2015 as investigations then revealed that the cultists terrorizing the people and threatening peace of the State were getting funds from sand dredging activities in the area, adding that the projects were a clear example of urban regeneration inspired by creating solution to challenges.

The Governor said that the initial plan was to upgrade the roads in the community but that a proper assessment of the community revealed a greater need to improve the lives of the people and make Bariga a transport hub that would connect the community to other parts of the State through water transportation.

“The delivery of this road, the jetty and our new ferries signifies our commitment to the people of Lagos State to continuously provide the critical infrastructure that will improve their standard of living and also be an impetus to increase the socio-economic activities of this axis.

“The provision of comfortable, safe and reliable ferry services for the residents of Bariga and environs will no doubt bring about an improvement in journey times that would lead to greater productivity,” he said.

The Governor explained that the new Ilaje Road would serve as a very good access road to the jetty as well as opening up the community, while the Bariga Jetty would serve as a terminal where residents in the area can access ferry services and easily get to other jetties at Ikorodu, Marina, Falomo and Badore in Ajah, among others.

He said the jetty has a 150-car parking lot that would provide an avenue for people to park their cars comfortably and get on a ferry taking them to other parts of the State, adding that residents of the area can also make use of the ample space for social events.

Besides, the Governor said that of the five new ferries, four are passenger ferries that can accommodate between 40 to 60 passengers, while the fifth ferry – a Car Barge has the capacity to take between 16 and 20 cars at a time on water.

He said the projects were also in line with his administration’s policy to develop an efficient integrated transport model to decongest roads in the State by getting more people to utilise water transportation as a viable alternative.

Earlier, Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ade Akinsanya said aside the jetty, road and ferries, the State Government was also constructing 12 other roads within Ilaje and Bariga, just as he urged the people to take ownership of the projects.

On his part, Baale of Ilaje, High Chief Kayode Ajetiwa, who spoke on behalf of the community, thanked Governor Ambode, saying the people of the area would forever appreciate and remember him for transforming their neighborhood and making life comfortable for them through the projects.

“The good people of Ilaje-Bariga Community and Bariga Local Council Development Area (LCDA) and Shomolu Local Government and all Lagosians will ever remember your Excellency (Governor Ambode) for the construction of this ultra-modern jetty at Ilaje-Bariga Community for the sole purpose of easing water transportation in Lagos.

“We salute your courage for providing the funds for this project within four years of your administration to which no other Governor has ever done. We are grateful that you have taken us to the next level,” Ajetiwa said.

Address Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Commissioning Of Ilaje Road, Bariga Waterfront Jetty And Ferries In Somolu Local Government Area

Address Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Commissioning Of Ilaje Road, Bariga Waterfront Jetty And Ferries In Somolu Local Government Area

Just about three weeks ago, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari was in our State to commission some of the projects executed by this administration. Most of these projects were targeted at reforming road transportation and making the movement of people easier in our State as well as creating iconic infrastructure.

Today, in line with our policy of developing an efficient integrated transport model which will ease the traffic on our roads, we are here to commission the Bariga Waterfront Jetty, Five Transport Ferries and the Ilaje Road. These three projects are part of the grand plan to decongest our roads by getting more of our people to use our waterways transportation.

The new Ilaje Road will serve as a very good access road to the Jetty as well as opening up this community. The Bariga Jetty will serve as a terminal where people in this part of our State can access ferry services and easily get to other jetties at Ikorodu, Marina, Falomo and Badore in Ajah. This jetty has a 150-car parking lot where people can park their cars comfortably and get on a ferry taking them to other parts of the State.

Of the five new ferries we are commissioning today, four are passenger ferries while one is a car barge which can move cars to the other jetties as may be required by people who want to drive in the other locations.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the thinking behind these projects is inclusion; an inclusion where every resident of our State has a say, feels the impact of government in their lives and is given the opportunity to realise their dreams.

When we assumed office four years ago, we set out on a mission to make every community economically livable. This has been the guiding principle behind spreading our different projects across the State.

When we first started on this project, the initial brief was to upgrade the roads in this community. But after a proper assessment of the community, it was clear that there was a bigger opportunity to improve the lives of our people here, make Bariga a transport hub and connect the community to other parts of the State through water transportation.

The delivery of this road, the jetty and our new ferries signifies our commitment to the people of Lagos State to continuously provide the critical infrastructure that will improve their standard of living and also be an impetus to increase the socio-economic activities of this axis.

The provision of comfortable, safe and reliable ferry services for the residents of Bariga and environs will no doubt bring about an improvement in journey times that would lead to greater productivity.

With these projects, our State is firmly on track with our goal of establishing an integrated transport management system. These facilities will continue to impact positively on the lives of Lagosians as we strive to address traffic gridlock, reduce travel time, improve road connectivity and abate flooding.

I am confident that the next administration will continue along these lines and build on the progressive strides the State has recorded in the last 20 years under successive administrations.

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, it is now my pleasure to commission these projects to the Glory of God and for the benefit of mankind especially Lagosians who have kept the faith with us in the last four years.

Thank you all for your attention.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko Lo Je Wa Logun.

Mr Akinwunmi Ambode
Governor of Lagos State
May 14, 2019.