Remarks Delivered By Akinwunmi Ambode At The Commissioning Of The Reconstructed Muritala Muhammed International Airport Road, Oshodi Transport Exchange And 820 Medium/High Capacity Buses By His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR)

Remarks Delivered By Akinwunmi Ambode At The Commissioning Of The Reconstructed Muritala Muhammed International Airport Road, Oshodi Transport Exchange And 820 Medium/High Capacity Buses By His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR)

Your Excellency, Mr. President, may I say a big thank you, on behalf of all Lagosians for your official working visit to our State.

Today is very significant to us, to have you here commission these three landmark projects because they would not have been possible without your direct influence and support. I will come back to this later.

These projects and facilities are:

  1. Oshodi Transport Interchange with 3 Terminals
  2. Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road
  3. 820 Medium/High capacity Transport Buses

Your Excellency, Mr. President, we are witnessing the commissioning of high-impact projects that have the utmost interest of our people at heart.

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In our promise to deliver people-oriented projects and programmes, a closer look at all the projects indicate that nearly all the different pillars of our development plan as a State have been affected positively through these projects. The Institute Of Maternal and Child Health at LASUTH contributes to our health and education sectors simultaneously.

The Lagos Theatre, Ikeja is about our Social Development Sector while the Oshodi Transport Interchange and Buses come under our Transport, Infrastructure and Commerce sectors. The Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road is an Infrastructural Development project.

All these projects together form the thrust of our vision as a government and the end result is to make life better for all our people, irrespective of gender, tribe or political leanings.

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Mr. President, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I have no doubt in my mind that the future prosperity of this State is secured. It is on record that our State has never had this measure of support from the Federal Government as we have enjoyed under your leadership.

We believe strongly that the projects being commissioned today are our own modest contributions to the national development of Nigeria. As I said earlier, these projects would not have been possible without Mr. President’s quiet but impactful decision to approve and release the payments of the Paris Club refund and the refund on Federal Road projects incurred by the States.

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Mr. President, the first tranche of the Paris Club refund to States approved by Your Excellency was what we used to pay the 40% down-payment for the 820 buses you see here today.

We are grateful Mr. President.

It may also interest you to know Sir that, our second tranche of the Paris Club refund, in addition to the refund by the Federal Government on Federal road projects executed by States, are the resources we applied to the construction of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road and this First in Africa Transport Interchange.

This is our report card, Mr. President. We have used your approval and releases judiciously because we believe strongly in you, in your leadership and in your vision for our country. This is our modest contribution to the growth and development of our State and to the country in general.

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We have, in the last four years, invested so much in strengthening the social and physical infrastructure base of the State economy. The dividends of these efforts are becoming manifest in all sectors of the economy. With the completion of these projects and given the level of commitment of the next administration as well as the continuous support of the Federal Government, I am assured that the immediate and future prospects of our State is very bright.

Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, these projects are ready to go fully operational to serve the needs of Nigerians. The Murtala Mohammed Airport Road and the U-Turn Flyover at Ajao Estate exit will be opened for public use immediately. The other Two Flyovers will be open for use from May10th after the quality assurance work is completed.

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Of the 3 Terminals at the Oshodi Transport Interchange, Terminal 3 will become fully operational on May 1 while Terminals 1 and 2 will become operational before the end of May.

Mr. President, Lagos State will continue to support your aspirations to move Nigeria to the Next level. The business community in the State are desirous of partnering with your government in moving our economy forward.

On behalf of the good people of Lagos State, I thank you again for honouring us with your presence and I invite Your Excellency to commission these projects which you have made possible.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun!!!

 

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode,

Lagos State,

 

April 24, 2019

Buhari Unveils Reconstructed Ayinke House, Nigeria’s Biggest Maternity Hospital

Buhari Unveils Reconstructed Ayinke House, Nigeria’s Biggest Maternity Hospital

…Commissions 500-Seater Lagos Theatre

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday unveiled the newly reconstructed Institute of Maternal And Child Health popularly known as Ayinke House located within the premises of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja, describing it as a critical and timely intervention by the State Government in the health sector.

The newly commissioned Institute of Maternal and Child Health (Ayinke House) with facilities at LASUTH, Ikeja, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
The newly commissioned Institute of Maternal and Child Health (Ayinke House) with facilities at LASUTH, Ikeja, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

Ayinke House, which is Nigeria’s biggest Maternity Hospital, was upgraded from an 80-bed facility to a 170-bed healthcare centre with state-of-the-art medical equipment, as well as information technology services.

Aside the entourage of the President which included Ministers and Special Advisers, Governors of Ogun (Ibikunle Amosu ), Oyo (Abiola Ajimobi), Ondo (Oluwarotimi Akeredolu), Ekiti (Kayode Fayemi), Jubrila Bindow, Adamawa, Acting Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu; Lagos State Governor-Elect, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat; Oba  of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, among others were in attendance.

 President Muhammadu Buhari (2nd left), with Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), inspecting the facilities in the newly commissioned Institute of Maternal and Child Health (Ayinke House), LASUTH, Ikeja, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
President Muhammadu Buhari (2nd left), with Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), inspecting the facilities in the newly commissioned Institute of Maternal and Child Health (Ayinke House), LASUTH, Ikeja, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

The President, who landed at the Presidential Wing of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja at about 10: 45am, arrived at Ayinke House about 15 minutes later, after which he unveiled the project, and also embarked on comprehensive tour of the facility.

Speaking at the event, the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode described the development as historic, expressing optimism that the facility would provide world class childbirth and maternal care services to Lagosians and Nigerians at large.

Recalling how the journey began, Governor Ambode said the facility was commissioned exactly 29 years ago, with the late businessman and philanthropist, Sir Mobolaji Bank-Anthony donating the first dedicated maternal and child care facility to the State Government, in memory of his mother; hence the christened name “Ayinke House”.

The newly commissioned Institute of Maternal and Child Health (Ayinke House) with facilities at LASUTH, Ikeja, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
The newly commissioned Institute of Maternal and Child Health (Ayinke House) with facilities at LASUTH, Ikeja, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

He said the hospital, which started with just one surgical theatre soon assumed a life of its own as a first-class childbirth and maternal care centre in the health sector of Nigeria as well as first choice for expectant mothers.

However, the Governor said the hospital later became over-stretched beyond capacity and somehow obsolete, while in recognition of the need to sustain Bank-Anthony’s philanthropy, the State Government, during the administration of former Governor Babatunde Fashola who is now the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, awarded the contract for the expansion and reconstruction of the facility.

The newly commissioned Institute of Maternal and Child Health (Ayinke House) with facilities at LASUTH, Ikeja, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
The newly commissioned Institute of Maternal and Child Health (Ayinke House) with facilities at LASUTH, Ikeja, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

“Today, seven years after the closure of the facility, the new edifice is now a 170-bed facility with 5 surgical theatres. It has a 16-bed emergency care units with 3 organ support facilities, 30 bed special baby care unit, 5 neo-natal intensive care units, a fully equipped laboratory with support services, laboratories and a blood bank.

“Beyond the significance for the health sector, this institute is a major contribution to our education sector also; as it becomes a veritable platform for our medical students in the State University to enhance their exposure and experience with the top-class medical equipment provided,” Governor Ambode said, just as he revealed that Ayinke House had also been completely digitalised with state-of-the-art medical equipment as well as information technology services supported by the State Ministry of Science and Technology.

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He said in view of President Buhari’s determination of making universal and basic primary healthcare as one of the cardinal priorities of his administration, the State Government, under him, had consciously worked to bring quality, affordable and modern healthcare to all our citizenry, among other initiatives in the health sector.

“Just last year, we launched the Lagos State Health Insurance scheme to allow residents access top quality medical care with a little contribution and support from the State government.

“These and other efforts are directed at improving the lives of our people, especially the women and children; and by extension the productivity of our nation,” he said.

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While congratulating President Buhari on his resounding victory at the recent presidential election, Governor Ambode thanked him for finding time to personally commission Ayinke House and other projects in the State, adding that the completion of the projects would not have been possible without the President’s support, administrative direction and encouragement.

Besides, Governor Ambode commended the Management and Staff of the State’s Ministry of Health, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, LASUTH as well as contractors for working round the clock and their enthusiasm in getting the project completed.

Similarly, the President also commissioned the 500-seater Lagos Theatre in Oregun, Ikeja. The ultra modern theatre is one of the four simultaneously constructed by the Ambode administration to increase arts spaces and create standard platforms for talented citizens of the State to showcase their skills.

The President who arrived the venue at exactly 11:30am was treated to a live dance performance by a young group of talented artist before taking his leave.

The Governor said the three other theatres with the same specifications are also ready for commissioning in Igando, Badagry and Epe.

Speech Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Commissioning Of The Reconstructed/ Equipped Institute Of Maternal And Child Health (Ayinke House) LASUTH, Ikeja  At The LASUTH Premises

Speech Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Commissioning Of The Reconstructed/ Equipped Institute Of Maternal And Child Health (Ayinke House) LASUTH, Ikeja  At The LASUTH Premises

Mr. President, on behalf of the government and people of Lagos State, I am delighted to welcome Your Excellency to our State and to this commissioning of the new Institute of Maternal and Child Health of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, popularly referred to as “Ayinke House”.

Once again, I join the rest of the people of Lagos State to congratulate you on your resounding victory at the recent presidential Elections. This deserved victory is a confirmation of the people’s confidence in you and your government and in our Party, the All Progressives Congress.

As you wind down on your first term in office, with all other Nigerians, we eagerly look forward to the Next Level and to the progressive policies and reforms which you will bring to make the lives of Nigerians better.

Your Excellency, today is a landmark day in the health sector of our State. Exactly 29 years ago, “Ayinke House” was commissioned on April 14th, 1990. Late Sir Mobolaji Bank-Anthony on that day donated the first dedicated maternal and child care facility to the State government, in memory of his later mother; hence the christened name “Ayinke House”.

Then the 80-bed facility with just one surgical theatre assumed a life of its own as a first-class childbirth and maternal care centre in the health sector of Nigeria as well as first choice for expectant mothers.

However, the facilities became over-stretched beyond capacity and somehow obsolete. In recognition of the need to sustain the philanthropy of Sir Mobolaji Bank-Anthony, the State Government during the administration of my predecessor, His Excellency, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, the Honourable Minister of Works, Power and Housing, awarded the contract for the expansion and reconstruction of this facility.

Today, seven years after the closure of the facility, the new edifice is now a 170-bed facility with 5 surgical theatres. It has a 16-bed emergency care units with 3 organ support facilities, 30 bed special baby care unit, 5 neo-natal intensive care units, a fully equipped laboratory with support services, laboratories and a blood bank.

Beyond the significance for the health sector, this institute is a major contribution to our education sector also; as it becomes a veritable platform for our medical students in the State University to enhance their exposure and experience with the top-class medical equipment provided.

Your Excellency, distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, the new Ayinke House is completely digitalised with state-of-the-art medical equipment as well as information technology services supported by the State Ministry of Science and Technology.

Mr. President, as a State, we are aware that universal and basic primary healthcare is one of the cardinal priorities of your administration. Following in this direction, we have consciously worked to bring quality, affordable and modern healthcare to all our citizenry.

Just last year, we launched the Lagos State Health Insurance scheme to allow residents access to quality medical care with a little contribution and support from the State government.

These and other efforts are directed at improving the lives of our people, especially the women and children; and by extension the productivity of our nation.

Mr. President, we are grateful that you are here personally to commission this project; it would not have been possible without your support, administrative direction and encouragement.  I also want to thank you for visiting our State twice within a year on working visits during my tenure in office.

In another few minutes, we shall be moving to Oregun, Ikeja to commission one of the Five (5) Arts Theatres constructed across the State at Badagry, Igando, Epe, Ikeja and Ikorodu. These arts theatres are part of our modest contribution to our social development sector.

I thank the Management and Staff of the state Ministry of Health for working round the clock to make this project a success. I also thank the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure for their role in getting this project completed.

I thank Management and Staff of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital for their enthusiasm and support to see this project come to life. I commend the contractors for the good work they have done. We are indeed grateful for your efforts.

Mr. President, it is now my priviledge to present to you for formal commissioning the Institute of Maternal and Child Health of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) as Ayinke House returns to provide world class childbirth and maternal care services to Lagosians and Nigerians at large.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun!!!

 

 

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode,

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

 

April 24, 2019.

Governor Ambode Preaches Love, Sacrifice, Tolerance At Easter

Governor Ambode Preaches Love, Sacrifice, Tolerance At Easter

As Christians in Nigeria join their counterparts across the world to celebrate Easter, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has called on Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of tolerance, peaceful co-existence and sacrifice for one another, which Jesus Christ demonstrated throughout his period on earth.

The Governor, in his Easter message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, said the celebration of the resurrection of Christ which the season represents, should be a constant reminder for everyone to extend the virtues of selflessness, love, sacrifice and tolerance.

He particularly urged Christians to use the season as a period to reflect on their individual and collective roles towards promoting and sustaining the foundation of love, peace and harmony in the nation.

“We must therefore see this period as a time that presents us the viable opportunity to think about how we can help to steer our nation back on the road to peace, stability and prosperity, by working in the spirit of togetherness because no nation can make any meaningful progress in an atmosphere riddled with pockets of violence and killings,” the Governor said.

He said with the elections over, it was time for every Nigerian, to unite together and eschew bitterness along ethnic and religious lines for the sake of a more prosperous Nigeria, adding that no challenge is insurmountable where unity of purpose thrives.

“The elections have come and gone, we must not allow our political leanings determine our actions. The Nigeria we desire will only be a reality if all hands are on deck towards achieving a peaceful, united, strong, progressive and prosperous country. This is the time for us to avoid all divisive, parochial, ethnic and religious sentiments and rivalries, and begin to live more harmoniously with one another, as Jesus Christ enjoined us to,” he said.

Governor Ambode also commended Lagosians for the sustained peaceful co-existence that the State has experienced since the commencement of his administration despite being home to multi ethnic, cultural and religious diversities.

While wishing all Lagosians a happy Easter celebration, Governor Ambode assured residents that his administration would continue to work for the greater good of the State until he exits office.