… Distributes 2,400 Free to Students, Boat Operators
Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday began his campaign of Water Transport Safety Awareness Programme with distribution of 2,400 life jackets donated by Total Nigeria Plc to students of primary and secondary school and boat operators in Sabokoji community, Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area, appealing to parents to ensure their wards use it when on board.
The Governor who was represented by the Managing Director of Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mrs Abisola Kamson, said the distribution was part of efforts to improve safety on waterways, adding that the jackets was particularly designed for the students who would be get to school via ferry.
“Today’s distribution of life jackets to students in Sabokoji community in Amuwo-Odofin Local Government area of Lagos State is part of concentrated efforts by the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to improve safety on Lagos waterways”.
Kamson advised parents to insist that their wards use the life jackets when on board and that the life jackets should not just be kept at home, adding that operators should always use it and possibly keep some inside their boats or ferries.
While maintaining that it is imperative that all Lagosians are safe, she added that they should always wear life jackets when plying any form of water vessels for transportation.
She said it was imperative that all Lagosians are safe and wear life jackets when plying any form of water vessels for transportation.
Earlier, Executive Secretary of Amuwo-Odofin Local Government, Deacons Modupe Ajibola-Ojodu, said the provision of the life jackets underscores the determination of the State Government to make the waterways safer for both operators and passengers, with particular emphasis on students in the riverine areas.
Students from five schools, LA Primary School, Tomaro, Ilado, Nanti Community Nursery and Primary School, Sea School, Apapa, LA Nursery and Primary School, Sabokoji, Bishop Koji Community Nursery and Primary School and Itun-Agan Community Nursery and Primary School, Ilado were presented with life jackets and a demonstration of how to use the jacket and how to resuscitate victims of boat mishaps were made.
…Names Danny Glover as Brand Ambassador for Lagos
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday said the state government will explore the potentials that abound in the entertainment and arts industry as a viable platform to create jobs for the teeming youths in the state.
The Governor spoke when some members of cast and crew of ’93 Days’, a film which chronicles how Lagos was able to effectively contain the Ebola Virus Disease last year, paid a courtesy visit to him at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja.
He assured the team, led by veteran Hollywood actor, Mr. Danny Glover, that his government will give the necessary support to project the ideals of the film, stressing that the collective feat recorded will remain a milestone in the history of the state.
“Clearly, what you have done to join hands with our people in Nollywood is to celebrate one of the major successes of Lagos State”.
“Our government will support this project. No story can be told better than in graphic from, and once you are turning this story to a movie, it means that every other part of achievement that we can put together, it’s going to be something historic, it’s happening for the very first time, apart from the fact that it is showing the way government has been able to respond to issues that relate to the society, we are also showcasing what Lagos stands for”.
The Governor while thanking the crew for deeming it fit to use the film to retell the Ebola success story in Lagos, also seized the opportunity to name Mr. Glover as Brand Ambassador for Lagos, saying that his wealth of experience will benefit the entertainment industry in the state immensely.
“I can say that this is a platform to rebrand Lagos and for that reason, we would support this film and everything that has to do with it. Like I said, we would be looking forward to the premiere and I’ve told Danny that he has to be part of it and bring his experience and social-capital into it and he’ll be coming with other world class actors to do that, we would join in promoting this also.”
“That means a lot to us and it would also mean a lot to the entertainment industry. It would be part of the legacies that you would be leaving to us here because as much as we look forward to all the great things that you have achieved, we believe also that this would also be part the celebration for your 70th birthday next year”, he said.
“As we move forward, in 2017, Lagos will be 50 years, so, Lagos at 50 is something that we are planning and the planning must start from now and it has so much to do with entertainment and things that are actually monumental and iconic. I’ve also extended invitation to Danny Glover and he would be part of that celebration come 2017”, the Governor said.
He said his administration will continue to support the strides of Nollywood industry, expressing optimism that aside providing entertainment to the eyes, the industry has the capacity to stimulate job creation for youths in the state.
Earlier, Glover said the film ’93 Days’ acknowledged the efforts of the state government in curtailing the Ebola Virus Disease adding that it was not a mean feat.
He welcomed his nomination as brand Ambassador for the state, saying he shares the vision of Governor Ambode to further project Lagos as a Centre of Excellence.
He also pledged to engage in works that will encourage upcoming artist to fully actualize their potentials.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday called on Muslims in Nigeria to imbibe the values of peaceful co-existence and brotherly love as they join their counterparts worldwide to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir.
In his goodwill message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Habib Aruna, Governor Ambode said since Islam preaches the message of peace and tolerance, every Nigerian should embrace brotherly love and harmonious co-existence.
He also enjoined Muslim faithful to pray for continued peace and tranquility in the state and the nation, especially in the North East.
While urging Muslims to shun religious extremism, which according to him, is a challenging development for the country, the Governor described those who hide under the veil of religion to perpetrate terrorism as being ignorant to the teachings of Islam as nobody can fight for God.
“You cannot fight to protect an authority that we owe our existence to or on behalf of one who is greater than the sum total of us,” he said.
He explained that the significance of the season should be beyond the festivities, rather it should be a moment to reflect on why God has united everyone with a common humanity of blood, food and water as these should constitute what binds the people.
“As we celebrate this auspicious occasion, therefore, let us renew our faith in our nation and implore the Almighty Allah to restore to us those values that place high premium on human life, love of neighbour and sharing even as we ventilate our faith in the unity of our dear country and the possibility of her taking her proper place in the comity of nations”, the Governor said.
He expressed appreciation for the support given to the present administration, and sought for the sustenance of the peaceful co-existence in the midst of diversity of ethnic origin and religion in the state.
While wishing all Muslim brothers and sisters in the State a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration, Governor Ambode enjoined Nigerians in other parts of the country to take a cue from Lagos and continued to be their brothers’ keepers.