Remarks  By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Occasion Of The Annual Lagos House Ramadan Tafsiir Programme For The Year 2019

Remarks  By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Occasion Of The Annual Lagos House Ramadan Tafsiir Programme For The Year 2019

 Assalam Alaekum

 

Let me start by saying Ramadhan Kareem to all our Muslim faithful.

I congratulate His Eminence, the Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Sulaiman Abou-Nolla, eminent clerics and the entire Muslim Ummah in Lagos State on the commencement of this year’s fasting. We give praise to almighty Allah for sparing our lives to witness yet another Ramadan and we pray that He will grant us the grace to witness the end and many more of this great month of Ramadan.

This holy month is one full of blessings for all faithful. It is a celebration of a tradition and a key pillar of lslam that has been practiced for 1,440 years. Every year, we are called to pause and reflect on our lives; how we are serving the Almighty, how we are serving our fellow human beings, our nation and our State.

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I call on all our people and in particular our Muslim brethren to avail ourselves of the training and serenity that Ramadan provides; to cleanse our hearts and enrich our souls. This is a time to rededicate ourselves to the good of humanity, the development and progress of our dear State, and our great country, Nigeria.

In a few days from now, the tenure of this administration will come to an end. This occasion therefore provides for me a unique opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation to the entire Muslim community in the State for your support, prayers and contributions as citizens to the successes we have achieved. We also thank the Almighty for His innumerable blessings on us as one strong united family.

We have built a good partnership, worked peacefully in an atmosphere devoid of religious conflict and together, we have achieved so much in these four years. Our administration, to the best of our ability fulfilled our promises to the people as can be seen in different sectors of the State.

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However, there is still so much more to be done and I am very confident that the best days of our State are still ahead of us. The good news is that the foundation has been laid and we are on the right track to attaining the next level of development, prosperity and social security for our people.

All that we need to do, as citizens is to continue to cooperate with the government and support our leaders with prayers for divine wisdom and guidance.

The Chief Imam of Lagos, other Chief Imams, my ever-supportive clerics, brothers and sisters, I want to sincerely appreciate and thank you for all your prayers and support in the last four years. Only Allah can reward you for all your love and cooperation.

Once again, I felicitate with you on this occasion and wish you an enriching and most rewarding fasting in this holy month of Ramadan.

I thank you all.

Maa Salaam.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun!

 

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

 

 

6th May, 2019.

Lagos Entrance To Odu’a Investment Courageous – Group Chairman

Lagos Entrance To Odu’a Investment Courageous – Group Chairman

… Commends  Governor Ambode, Says His Tenure Recorded Landmark Achievements

…Region’s Integration Key To Prosperity Of Nigeria – Lagos Gov

 

The Odu’a Investment Company Limited on Monday described the entrance of Lagos into the Group as courageous, expressing confidence that it will engender a positive impact on the socio-economic development and advancement of the South West geo-political zone based on its commercial enterprise and uncommon resilience and resourcefulness.

Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, Director of the Odu’a Investment Company, Alhaji Tajudeen Bello who spoke on behalf of the Chairman of the group, said they were in Lagos to specially thank the Government and people of Lagos State for the monumental actualization of the State joining the Group last year.

Bello lauded the Governor for seeing through the Lagos State membership of Odu’a with the epoch making signing of the Share Purchase Agreement in March 2018, saying that it was indeed a soothing reunion with Lagos joining forces with the other five South West States which would have significant economic benefits for the region on the long run.

“We will like to put in on record the overwhelming support and excitement of Yorubas across the Length and breadth of Nigeria and indeed in the diaspora on that landmark event within the cherished concept of regional economic development and integration last witnessed during the hay days of Western Region.

“It is our cherished desire and commitment in Odu’a Investment that this membership will unleash a geometric impact on the socio-economic development of our geo-political zone as a result of mutual benefits arising from the synergy of the ebullience of the commercial enterprise of Lagos and the uncommon resilience and resourcefulness that the Yoruba hinterland is reputed for since immemorial,” Bello said.

The Odu’a chief commended Governor Ambode for his landmark achievements, adding that the Group will continue to explore for collaboration opportunities including the Lagos State Embedded Power Supply Act structured to guarantee 24-hour power supply for the State, Rice Mill at Imota as well as numerous investment opportunities created by his administration.

He also commended the Governor for his sterling achievements in office, saying that his tenure recorded peace and positive transformation of Lagos as well as his sincere love and unalloyed support for the progress of the people.

Bello, who later presented the State’s Shares Certificate to the Governor, said the Group was confident that the six States in the region which make up the investment company will leverage on its comparative advantages and work together for the betterment and development of the entire region and its people.

In his response, Governor Ambode said that the desire to see the total economic integration of the south west region propelled his administration to join the Group, saying that it would be a win-win situation for not just every State in the zone but also the nation at large.

“My belief in the total economic integration of the South West arising from our vision of the South Western Governors Forum that there is a need for all of us to come together as a regional force to be able to help each other in the areas of our comparative advantages was what drove me to make sure that we become partners in the Oodua Investment Group and I am happy we were able to do it with the support of the State Executive Council, we are happy also that we would be bringing in part of our own competences and expertise to grow this Investment Group.

“We are very proud that it is the only regional investment group that is existing in this country right now and because of that I am very happy that I was able to do this at least to lay down the foundation and the framework that would allow the bigger economic integration to take place even with the kind of infrastructure that we have tried to put in place also, we believe strongly that in the overall interest of the country, there is need for a regional interplay of competences so that the nation can grow its GDP, while we can also grow our own region,” he said.

Responding to the request by the Group for the State to nominate representatives for Lagos on the Board of Odu’a Investment Company Limited, Governor Ambode said he would defer the opportunity for the incoming administration to undertake, saying that it would be a means to ensure that the interest of the State is fully represented and sustained.

“That in itself will propel the payment of the remaining residue for the Shares also. You can have our commitment that we would put it in our handing over note so that it becomes something of priority. The whole idea as we have said is to be able to use our God found location in geographical terms to our best advantage and that’s what Oodua Investment Group stands for,” the Governor said.

 

Anglican Church Honours Governor Ambode With Special Episcopal Award

Anglican Church Honours Governor Ambode With Special Episcopal Award

…Gov’s Name Already Written In Gold, Says Bishop Ademowo

…As Ambode Thanks Residents For Peaceful Co-Existence, Says Lagos Recorded Zero Religious Conflict

The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Diocese of Lagos, on Monday presented a Special Episcopal Award to Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode for his monumental achievements in all sectors and sections of the State in the last four years, saying the Governor deserved to be appreciated for excellent performance and selfless service to God and humanity.

Speaking while handing the award to the Governor on behalf of the Church during the first session of 34th Synod of the Diocese held at Our Saviours Church, Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Onikan, Diocesan Bishop of Lagos, Rt Rev Humphrey Olumakaiye described Governor Ambode as an administrator with a patriotic drive who, through hard work and grace, rose to become distinguished among his peers.

“We are very proud of you (Governor Ambode) for taking Lagos State much higher. You have proved beyond doubts that there is a great hope for a better Nigeria through your transformational touch in this State.

“You are a man of courage who believes in possibilities against all odds; a man of focus and dignity. We are indeed very proud of you and we pray that God will grant your heart desires and take you to the next level of your political career.

“Today, we have decided to honour you in due recognition of your exceptional achievements as our Governor,” Olumakaiye said.

The clergyman also commended Governor Ambode for always identifying with the church, saying it was an eloquent indication of his love and undying passion for God and life of humility.

On his part, the immediate past Bishop of the Diocese, Most Rev Adebola Ademowo congratulated Governor Ambode for his achievements in the State in the last four years, saying his name was already written in gold.

“I want to congratulate our Governor for a very successful tenure. Your name has been written in gold and I do hope that Abuja will do something,” the respected clergyman said.

Responding, Governor Ambode profusely thanked residents and faith-based organizations for cooperating with his administration to maintain law and order, saying it is on record that there was no single religious conflict in the State in the last four years.

The Governor said he was particularly proud of the relationship and massive support extended to him by religious leaders which, according to him, resulted in peaceful co-existence and progress of the State.

“To our Fathers in the Lord and clergymen, I thank you for all you have done to move Lagos forward in the past four years of my administration. I am proud of the relationship and support that has yielded the peaceful co-existence and atmosphere of love and brotherhood. For me, this is the strongest plank upon which the progress we have achieved rests.

“It is also on record that no single religious conflict was recorded in the last four years. The peaceful co-existence of all religious sects is a testimony of our collective heritage in the State,” Governor Ambode said.

The Governor specifically commended the Church for the support, goodwill and prayers for the State and his administration, and urged that such should persist for the State to continue to enjoy social and economic development.

“As our administration makes way for another, I ask for your continued support and prayers for the in-coming government, the Governor-elect, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his team. I pray that as we continue to exhibit our faith in God and support for the social and economic development of our State, the Lord Almighty would continue to answer our prayers and grant the good desires of our hearts,” the Governor said.

Speaking on the theme of this year’s Synod – “The Unfailing Faith Of Our Fathers: Ever Sufficient,” which coincided with the centennial anniversary of the establishment of Lagos Diocese, Governor Ambode said it was very apt, and a call for Christians to remember who they are, and never despair even in the face of adverse circumstances.

“Brothers and Sisters, faith is said to be the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith is one of the most essential ingredients needed to serve God. It is an unshakable belief in God that He would do all things and come through for us even in the midst of the storm and in the most difficult of all situations.

“As we put our faith in God, I urge you to also believe in our State and in our country. Our State is on an upward trajectory that needs everyone pulling in the same direction. We need cooperation, unity and peaceful co-existence to continue on this our growth curve” he said.

 

Goodwill Message Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Official Opening  Of The First Session Of The 34th Synod Of The Diocese Of Lagos (Anglican Communion) On Monday, 6th May

Goodwill Message Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Official Opening  Of The First Session Of The 34th Synod Of The Diocese Of Lagos (Anglican Communion) On Monday, 6th May

Protocol

 

Brothers and Sisters, Friends in Christ; I greet you all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

I am very happy to be here today, to fellowship with the brethren of the Lagos Diocese of the Anglican Communion on the occasion of your 34th Synod; a synod which coincides with the centennial anniversary of the establishment of the Lagos Diocese.

This synod is a significant one as it is the first synod presided over by our Bishop, the Rt. Reverend, Dr. Humphrey Bamisebi Olumakaiye. It is also the last synod that I will attend as your Governor.

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That is why I am here today, with heart full of gratitude, to thank the Church for its support, goodwill and prayers for our State, our government and my family in these past four years.

I thank the Bishop, Clergymen and entire members of the Diocese immensely and ask you to continue to pray for us that God will continue to do His will in our State and all our lives.

The theme of this year’s synod is very apt and for me, very personal; “The Unfailing Faith of our Fathers: ever Sufficient”. I am sure our Bishop and Clergy will do a better job of teaching us God’s word around this theme but for me it is a call to remember who we are; whose children we are and to never despair even in the face of adverse circumstances.

We are children of God and our God remains the same, yesterday, today and forever. And our God is always waiting for us to call on Him; and the way He answered our fathers, He will surely answer us. All we need is that Unfailing faith; and our Unfailing Father will be right by our side.

Brothers and Sisters, faith is said to be “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. Faith is one of the most essential ingredients needed to serve God. It is an unshakable belief in God that He would do all things and come through for us even in the midst of the storm and in the most difficult of all situations.

As we put our faith in God, I urge you to also believe in our State and in our country. Our State is on an upward trajectory that needs everyone pulling in the same direction. We need cooperation, unity and peaceful co-existence to continue on this our growth curve.

As our administration makes way for another, I ask for your continued support and prayers for the in-coming government, the Governor-elect and his team. I pray that as we continue to exhibit our faith in God and support for the social and economic development of our State, the Lord Almighty would continue to answer our prayers and grant the good desires of our hearts.

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To our Fathers in the Lord and clergymen, I thank you for all you have done to move Lagos forward in the past four years of my administration. I am proud of the relationship and support that has yielded the peaceful coexistence and atmosphere of love and brotherhood. For me, this is the strongest plank upon which the progress we have achieved rests.

It is also on record that no single religious conflict was recorded in the last four years. The peaceful co-existence of all religious sects is a testimony of our collective heritage in the State.

I congratulate the Lagos Diocese Anglican Communion for your commitment in living up to the legacies of the founding fathers of this Diocese and propagating the gospel for the promotion of peace, goodwill and unity in the society. Fortified by the unfailing faith of our fathers, we will look up to God and He who is all powerful will ensure that His Church will always triumph.

Once again, I commend you on this 34th Synod and wish you a very successful programme.

Thank you and God bless you all.

“Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa l’ogun”!

 

 

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa- Ikeja

 

6th May, 2019.

 

Lagos Launches New Buses With Free Service On Five Routes

Lagos Launches New Buses With Free Service On Five Routes

…As Residents Hail Ambode, Laud Bus Reform Initiative

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday launched the new buses under the Bus Reform Initiative (BRI) with free service on five routes, assuring that the development would redefine public transportation and make the State globally competitive.

Specifically, the free service was launched across five routes including Berger to Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Berger to Oshodi, Oshodi to TBS, Ikeja to Alausa and Ikeja to Oshodi to commemorate the Workers Days, after which normal service is to start on May 2, 2019.

Speaking at Ikeja Bus Terminal, one of the modern terminals constructed as part of the BRI, an official of the Lagos Bus Services Limited, the operator of the buses, Mr Timi Olajide said it was a good thing that the buses have now been finally launched for the use of the people.

He said out of the 5,000 buses planned for the initiative, the government was launching the scheme with 820 high and medium capacity buses, adding that aside the intelligent transport system component of the initiative which will aid Lagosians to plan their journeys, comfort and safety of the people have also been factored into the whole process.

“In each of the buses, we have six emergency exits and First Aid Box, while every seat has a dedicated USB port for charging of phones, free Wi-fi, television and CCTV cameras which are linked to our control centre to monitor everything going on in the buses, among other features.

“We have also taken the issue of people with disabilities specially and there are seats reserved for them in the buses,” Olajide said.

At the Oshodi Transport Interchange, a cross section of Lagos residents who enjoyed the free service, lauded the State Government especially Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for the buses and the infrastructure provided to support the transport reforms, saying the development was commendable.

A resident, Adewusi Oluwatobi Emmanuel said: “I am very happy to enter this bus today because it is a thing of joy that something like this can happen in Nigeria. I am happy that I can enter a beautiful bus with free Wi-Fi, free USB port, free air-conditioning and so on.

“With this, I know that this country is going to greater heights. One thing I believe we should do is to work together, love ourselves and before we know it, Nigeria will be one of the best countries in the world.”

Another resident, Mr Demola Aleshinloye, said:” This is a lovely idea. I like this development and I want it to be sustained. God bless Nigeria.”

On her part, Mrs Olorunfemi Funmilayo, another resident, said: “I am very grateful to enter this type of bus. When I entered I saw the USB charging port and free Wi-Fi. I so much like this and I pray that Nigeria will be great.”

Also, Mr Adabayo David, said: “This is a great initiative and I believe that if Lagos can get it right, every other State can get it right and I must give kudos to the visionary Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode for this wonderful initiative. Everything is working fine in the bus and as you can see, I’m charging my phone.

“I believe that God will take him (Governor Ambode) to greater heights. Something like this, if it’s well managed, it’s going to last us for a long time and so I must commend our exceptional Governor for this.”

Another commuter, who simply identified himself as Ifeoluwa, said: “Actually, I commend Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for doing a great job in Lagos State. Today, I can say Governor Ambode is still one of the best we have in this State. I love the Governor and the world loves him too. This Oshodi interchange is one of the greatest projects in Africa and I must commend the Governor and the contractor that handled the project.”