Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode reiterates commitment to carry out Legal Reforms

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode reiterates commitment to carry out Legal Reforms

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday reiterated his commitment to carry out legal reforms in the state, just as he assured that his administration will continue to lend support to the development, enthronement and quick dispensation of justice.

The Governor, who spoke during a church service to commemorate the beginning of 2015/2016 Legal Year held at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, said the synergy of the Executive and the Judicial arm of government is key to the success of any administration, just as he assured of his continuous support for the legal profession.

“I sincerely congratulate you on the beginning of another legal year. Let me say both the Executive and the Judiciary are partners in progress and I wish to restate my commitment to always support the Judiciary”, he said.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left) with the State Chief Judge, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade, during the 2015/2016 Legal Year Service at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, on Monday, September 28, 2015.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left) with the State Chief Judge, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade, during the 2015/2016 Legal Year Service at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, on Monday, September 28, 2015.

The Governor also expressed appreciation to the church for continuously praying for the success of his administration, urging them not to relent as his administration would not let them down.

Earlier, the Diocesan Bishop of Lagos Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev Dr. Adebola Ademowo, who acknowledged the Governor as the first Executive Governor to grace the programme commemorating the beginning of a new legal year since inception.

He referred to him as indefatigable, resolute, listening, God fearing and people-oriented governor urging him not to relent in his efforts to move the state forward.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left) with the State Chief Judge, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade (right) and other Judges in the State, during the 2015/2016 Legal Year Service at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, on Monday, September 28, 2015.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left) with the State Chief Judge, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade (right) and other Judges in the State, during the 2015/2016 Legal Year Service at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, on Monday, September 28, 2015.

He also prayed for peace in the state, expressing optimism that the state will witness development in the next four years.

Among those present at the service include the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Funmilayo Atilade, eminent members of the bar and bench, among others.

Highlights of the event include prayers for Governor Ambode, the state, the country and the judiciary.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), with the State Chief Judge, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade (2nd left), Diocesan Bishop of Lagos & Dean Emeritus, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Revd. Dr. Adebola Ademowo (left) and Lord Bishop of Badagry, Rt. Rev. Babatunde Adeyemi, during the 2015/2016 Legal Year Service at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, on Monday, September 28, 2015.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), with the State Chief Judge, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade (2nd left), Diocesan Bishop of Lagos & Dean Emeritus, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Revd. Dr. Adebola Ademowo (left) and Lord Bishop of Badagry, Rt. Rev. Babatunde Adeyemi, during the 2015/2016 Legal Year Service at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, on Monday, September 28, 2015.
Lagos State Government to intensify Enforcement of Guidelines for Boat Operators

Lagos State Government to intensify Enforcement of Guidelines for Boat Operators

…Confirms 17 Rescued, five Dead from Ikorodu Boat Mishap

The Lagos State Government has concluded plans to embark on an aggressive campaign and enforcement of guidelines for commercial boat operators, in a bid to forestall the tide of boat mishap in the state.

In a statement signed by the Managing Director of Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mrs Abisola Kamson, the new drive is in line with the commitment of State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode to ensure that water transportation by all standard, remains the most efficient and cost effective mode of transportation.

Kamson who spoke on the backdrop of a boat mishap which occurred at the weekend along Oke Ira Nla, Ajah-Bayeku, Ikorodu axis of the state, said LASWA was notified of the incident involving a Bayeku Ferry Association commercial boat carrying 20 passenger and two crew members from Oke Ira Nla, Ajah to Bayeku in Ikorodu.

She said upon receiving the notification, the Authority’s Water Guards were immediately deployed to the scene of the incident to assist in rescue efforts.

Kamson said she later led a delegation of state officials including the Permanent Secretary, Local Government and Community Affairs, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security, and the Baale of Baiyeku, Chief Saheed Aleje Ajibode to visit the site of the incident.

She confirmed that all passengers onboard were wearing life jackets, revealing that 17 of them were rescued alive while five who were earlier rushed to the nearest General Hospital, died afterwards.

The LASWA boss said preliminary investigation by the Authority revealed that aside the mechanical fault that developed when the steering cable connected to the engine propeller cut, the captain of the boat was possibly also over-speeding, adding that he is presently being questioned by the Marine Police.

“The Lagos State Government in its drive to promote a multi-modal transport system, especially the movement of passengers, goods and services on its waterways, will under no circumstances compromise safety standards and the protection of lives and property. As such we restate our commitment to the promotion of all safety measures and ensure that all operators comply with all safety standards in line with global best practices”, she said.

“You will recall that on Wednesday September 23, at Sabokoji Jetty in Amuwo Odofin local government, the Lagos State Waterways Authority commenced the distribution of 2400 life jackets to students of riverine areas.

“Also, there were live demonstration of how to wear the life jackets, how to administer CPR and provision of water safety tips and vital life-saving information”, she said.

She said the Authority in furtherance of its core functions and policy objectives will in the coming days convene a stakeholders meeting were all commercial and private boat owners will converge and dialogue on the activities of boat operation in the state.

Distribution of Life Jackets to Students, Boat Operators in Amuwo Odofin LG by Lagos Government

Distribution of Life Jackets to Students, Boat Operators in Amuwo Odofin LG by Lagos Government

 Director, Transport Operations, LASWA, Mr. Adebola Matanmi watches as the Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mrs. Abisola Kamson wears a life jacket for a pupil during the distribution of Life Jackets to students and Boat Operators as part of Campaign of Water Transport Safety Awareness Programme by the Lagos State Government at Sabokoji Community, Amuwo Odofin LG on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.
L-R: Director, Transport Operations, LASWA, Mr. Adebola Matanmi watches as the Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mrs. Abisola Kamson wears a life jacket for a pupil during the distribution of Life Jackets to students and Boat Operators as part of Campaign of Water Transport Safety Awareness Programme by the Lagos State Government at Sabokoji Community, Amuwo Odofin LG on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.
Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mrs. Abisola Kamson, the Executive Secretary, Amuwo Odofin Local Government, deaconess Modupe-Ajibola-Ojodu, Chairman, Association of Tourists & Boat Operators of Nigeria, Amuwo Odofin Bishop Koji Zone, Mr. Joseph Zosu during the distribution of Life Jackets to students and Boat Operators as part of Campaign of Water Transport Safety Awareness Programme by the Lagos State Government at Sabokoji Community, Amuwo Odofin LG on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.
L-R: Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mrs. Abisola Kamson, the Executive Secretary, Amuwo Odofin Local Government, deaconess Modupe-Ajibola-Ojodu, Chairman, Association of Tourists & Boat Operators of Nigeria, Amuwo Odofin Bishop Koji Zone, Mr. Joseph Zosu during the distribution of Life Jackets to students and Boat Operators as part of Campaign of Water Transport Safety Awareness Programme by the Lagos State Government at Sabokoji Community, Amuwo Odofin LG on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.
An instructor demonstrating to students and pupils how to revive drown victim during the distribution of Life Jackets to students and Boat Operators as part of Campaign of Water Transport Safety Awareness Programme by the Lagos State Government at Sabokoji Community, Amuwo Odofin LG on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.
An instructor demonstrating to students and pupils how to revive drown victim during the distribution of Life Jackets to students and Boat Operators as part of Campaign of Water Transport Safety Awareness Programme by the Lagos State Government at Sabokoji Community, Amuwo Odofin LG on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.
I’ll fulfil my Electoral Promises, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode assures

I’ll fulfil my Electoral Promises, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode assures

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode at the weekend assured Lagosians that he would fulfill the electoral promises he made to the people, especially in the areas of infrastructural renewal.

The Governor, who spoke at the 2015 Ojude Oba Epe Festival held at the Epe Recreation Ground, Epe, said the infrastructural renewal drive of the previous administration in the state will receive adequate attention in the course of his administration.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Oba of Epe Land, Arolugbade Elepe II, Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun and Chairman of the Occasion, Mr. Olalekan Adebiyi during the Ojude Oba Epe 2015 Celebration, at the Epe Recreation Ground, Epe, on Saturday, September 26, 2015.
L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Oba of Epe Land, Arolugbade Elepe II, Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun and Chairman of the Occasion, Mr. Olalekan Adebiyi during the Ojude Oba Epe 2015 Celebration, at the Epe Recreation Ground, Epe, on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

“One of the things that we did promise during the campaign is that we would continue with the infrastructural development of my predecessor and at the same time improve on it and that’s what we’ve started with areas where we feel that there are immediate palliatives that we can give, we have done that but more importantly, is for us to improve on the network in which Mr. Babatunde Fashola had actually laid down”, he said.

Governor Ambode said the used the first three months of his administration to set up an institutional framework, assuring that going forward, Lagosians will begin to witness development across the state.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, acknowledging cheers during the Ojude Oba Epe 2015 Celebration, at the Epe Recreation Ground, Epe, on Saturday, September 26, 2015. With him is the Oba of Epe Land, Arolugbade Elepe II, Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, acknowledging cheers during the Ojude Oba Epe 2015 Celebration, at the Epe Recreation Ground, Epe, on Saturday, September 26, 2015. With him is the Oba of Epe Land, Arolugbade Elepe II, Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun.

“I have no choice, I have to do it for all Lagosians, that’s what I am committed to do, I have said I am going to be selfless about service and that’s what I am going to do and you will see it. What I have done in the last three months is to set up the institutional framework and If you want to build a house, you have to lay the foundation, you will now see what I’ll be doing in the next three and half years, just watch and you would see it”, he said.

He also assured the people of Epe that development will also get to the area, saying aside being a native of Epe, the town has witnessed less development in recent times.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd left), Chairman, Eleganza Groups, Chief Razak Akanni Okoya, his wife, Folashade, First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, Asiwaju of Epe Land, Justice Adesola Oguntade (rtd.) and his wife during the Ojude Oba Epe 2015 Celebration, at the Epe Recreation Ground, Epe, on Saturday, September 26, 2015.
R-L: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd left), Chairman, Eleganza Groups, Chief Razak Akanni Okoya, his wife, Folashade, First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, Asiwaju of Epe Land, Justice Adesola Oguntade (rtd.) and his wife during the Ojude Oba Epe 2015 Celebration, at the Epe Recreation Ground, Epe, on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

For Epe, you can see, in terms of the rural local governments, Epe is the most rural and in terms of the divisions, Epe is the least of all the five divisions. So for them, the best thing we can do is to increase the infrastructural development here in Epe and also help them to develop in other areas”, the Governor said.

Dignitaries at the festival include the Oba of Epe Land, His Royal Majesty, Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun, Asiwaju of Epeland, Justice Adesola Oguntade Rtd., Chairman Eleganza Group, Chief Rasak Okoya, Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Adeola Olamilekan Solomon, Chief of Staff to Lagos State Governor, Mr. Olukunle Ojo, among others.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle) with the Oba of Epe Land, Arolugbade Elepe II, Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun,  Apase of Epe Land & Patron, Ojude Oba 2015 Planning Committee, Alhaji Akanni Seriki Bamu and the Executive Secretary, Epe Local Government, Hon. Hammed Seriki, during the Ojude Oba Epe 2015 Celebration, at the Epe Recreation Ground,  Epe, on Saturday, September 26, 2015.
L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle) with the Oba of Epe Land, Arolugbade Elepe II, Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun, Apase of Epe Land & Patron, Ojude Oba 2015 Planning Committee, Alhaji Akanni Seriki Bamu and the Executive Secretary, Epe Local Government, Hon. Hammed Seriki, during the Ojude Oba Epe 2015 Celebration, at the Epe Recreation Ground, Epe, on Saturday, September 26, 2015.