Akinwunmi Ambode attends Lagos State Annual Thanksgiving Service – 2015

Akinwunmi Ambode attends Lagos State Annual Thanksgiving Service – 2015

The Governoship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, was among dignitaries who attended the 2015 Annual Lagos State Thanksgiving service today at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja.

Other dignitaries at the service include All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari; his running mate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; and the River State governor, Rotimi Amaechi; among others. The Lagos State chairman of the party, Henry Ajomale; the national Publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and other party stalwarts also attended the service.

Speaking at the service, Governor Raji Fashola, noted that the 2015 edition would be his last as Governor. He urged Lagosians to sustain the attitude of thanksgiving, stating that only the mercy and grace of God had bought the state thus far. Governor Fashola called for religious tolerance, saying no faith is better than the other.

Buhari, in a short speech, said religion must not become a tool for taking advantages over others or putting them under oppression.

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, who preached using John 14:6, stated that Jesus is the truth; and that God is older than all men and as such older than the problems in their lives.

He urged Nigerians to dedicate themselves to Jesus to guarantee a better tomorrow.

Other prominent church leaders at the service include Bishop Mike Okonkwo; Rev (Mrs) Mercy Ezekiel; Most Rev. Ephraim Ademowo; Pastor Wale Adefarasin; Archbishop Magnus Atilade and Pastor Gabriel Olutola, among others.

Shortly after the service ended, Ambode spent his time exchanging greetings with many friends, supporters and faithful who wanted to greet him as well as take pictures with him.

Gov. Fashola, Ambode, and Osinbajo unanimous on the idea of excellent governance

Gov. Fashola, Ambode, and Osinbajo unanimous on the idea of excellent governance

At an interactive session organized today by the Joint Campus Committee (JCC), the youths in Lagos engaged the Governor of Lagos State, Governor Babatunde Fashola, the state’s All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, and APC’s Vice-Presidential candidate, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, where questions and issues about governance were thoroughly addressed and elucidated by the august trio.

The session was set up with the intent of knowing the actual plans of the candidates for the young generation, for Lagos, and for the nation at large, in view of the forthcoming general elections. It was held at the Banquet Hall of the Tafawa Balewa Square, Onikan, Lagos.

The programme kicked off with a sensitization session for the youths about the successes of the present government in the state, especially as touching transport, primary education, agriculture and power generation, while also detailing further plans to improve on the successes recorded in these sectors.

The questions asked afterwards bordered on issues directly affecting the youths in the state, nation building and expectations regarding all other aspects of government function. Answering these questions, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Professor Osinbajo, and Governor Fashola were together unanimous in their promise and in the plausibility of a form of governance that is productive and people-oriented.

APC's Vice-Presidential candidate, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Governor of Lagos State, Governor Babatunde Fashola, the state's APC governorship candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, and a cross section of students at an interactive session organized  by the Joint Campus Committee (JCC) in LagosAPC’s Vice-Presidential candidate, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Governor of Lagos State, Governor Babatunde Fashola, the state’s APC governorship candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, and a cross section of students at an interactive session organized by the Joint Campus Committee (JCC) in Lagos

Reacting first, Akinwunmi Ambode was quick to state the importance of the youths’ constituency in the achievement of true nation building. “Practical Youth engagement, as already evident in the success story of the present government, is core to my plans and the plans of our Party to take good governance to another level in Lagos state; there is no true development without the youths input and benefit”, Ambode said.
He moved on to say he readily identifies with the youths’ questions and yearnings, and that his experience as a professional in the state’s mainstream civil service for 27 productive years, makes him reckon that such yearnings always have their answers in selfless leadership and good governance.
He further pointed out job creation, security, qualitative and skill-enhancing education, and an accountable economy, as the main ingredients of a kind of governance that will easily cater for most, if not all, of the youths’ expectations.

While answering the questions thrown at him, Professor Osinbajo acknowledged that the “NOW” belonged to the youths, and not just the future. He noted that governance is not rocket science and therefore can be excellently done with what he called the tenets of Common Sense Revolution (CSR). He described the CSR as a concept which simply looks to apply creativity, innovation, working processes and a clear ideology to mastermind governance at all fronts, be it education, security, job creation, the economy, and others.
He stated that APC’s ideology of change intends to move away from the present conservative kind of governance into a strictly people-oriented one. He said such people-oriented governance is the type that ditches mere statistics and seeks to employ the CSR as a means to find an end to the pressing problems and questions a majority of the youths raised.

Corroborating Mr. Ambode, Governor Fashola stated that governance will be productive when capable, creative and inventive hands are simply employed to cater for the governed. While further giving reference to Ambode’s idea of accuracy and accountability, the Governor said, ” We are here to demonstrate to you that government can work, we are here to connect you with your own, youths like you, who together with me have achieved the enviable success in this government”.
He tagged the incumbent government at the centre as incapable, and urged the audience to simply see reason, first, in the idea of continuity in Lagos state, and then, change at the centre.
He summed up his remarks by stating that only “modest moderation” can be the done at state level,thus, making taking government and the centre extremely important in order to achieve an all-encompassing form of excellent governance that the nation urgently needs.

Giving the vote of thanks, the Chairman of the JCC, and leader of the Student Support Group, Comrade Sulaimon Sanusi, appreciated the presence of the the Governor and the two candidates. He expressed a level of conviction in the candidacy of Mr. Ambode and Professor Osinbajo, owing such conviction to the affirmative way in which their questions were answered by the duo. He was joined by Comrade Luta Olorunjuwonlo, the Students’ Union president of Lagos State Polytechnic, to express an endorsement of Mr. Ambode’s gubernatorial candidature to wrap up the session.

The three panelists were also joined by some if the Governor’s cabinet members, Mr. Ambode’s running mate, Dr. Mrs Oluranti Adebule, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly (LSHA) representing Eti-Osa constituency, Mr. Gbolohan Yishawu, a LSHA candidate, Desmond Elliot, and a host of other party and government functionaries.

The youths present at the session comprised majorly of students from the state’s tertiary institutions, and were joined by other resident young professionals. The interactive session was moderated by one of their own, Comrade Nurudeen Yusuf Temilola, the President, Lagos Universities’ Students Union.

Reflections on visiting Hospices: The Future is about Love, Care and Prosperity

Reflections on visiting Hospices: The Future is about Love, Care and Prosperity

For the past ten years, I have always had the privilege of sharing Christmas gifts with orphanages through my contacts and foundation, La Roche Leadership Foundation. However, my visit to the only children’s hospice in Nigeria on 1st January 2015, the Hearts of Gold Hospice in Surulere, was more educational and emotional than any previous visits. I also visited the SOS Village, Isolo and Modupe Cole Memorial Child Care and Treatment Home School, Akoka, Lagos.

I believe that as a people we have not done enough for the physically challenged citizens amongst us. They are equal partakers in the resources of Lagos State. We must provide adequate care and support for them just like anyone of us would demand of the government.

I have close friends whose children are challenged with various conditions.

I am more committed than ever before to provide world class care centers for the physically challenged in the State and take care of their needs from the cradle. We must integrate them fully into the day to day running of the society.

My promise is to make their issues a foremost state policy. They are part of our future which must be driven by love, care and prosperity. God will help us.

– Akinwunmi Ambode

Join us today, Friday January 2, 2015 on the streets of Lagos – #2HoursForAmbode

Join us today, Friday January 2, 2015 on the streets of Lagos – #2HoursForAmbode

Thousands of volunteers (Team A+) hit the streets of Lagos, starting from their neighbourhoods to share the L. A. G. O. S. (Leadership, Accountability, Governance, Opportunity and Service) vision. Photos, associated images and videos are to be sent to volunteers@teamaplus2015.com and volunteers@akinwunmiambode.com or uploaded directly on social media platforms using #2HoursForAmbode tag. Aplus! Forward Ever!! Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko! O je mi logun!! O je wa logun!!! Let’s go there…

Ambode celebrates the New Year with Physically Challenged Children in Lagos

Ambode celebrates the New Year with Physically Challenged Children in Lagos

The All Progressives Congress Governorship Candidate for Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, celebrated the New Year by visiting three homes for physically challenged and disadvantaged in Lagos. Ambode and his entourage visited the SOS Village, Isolo, the Heart’s of Gold Hospice, Surulere and the Modupe Cole Disabled Pupils Home, Yaba. At each home he met with the management team of the home and shown around the facilities. He also met the children and spent some time with them.

All Progressives Congress (APC) Lagos State Governorship Candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode with one of the children at the Hearts of Gold Children’s Hospice Surulere Lagos during a visit to the Hospice on New Year's day. With him are the Founder Hearts of Gold Children’s Hospice, Mrs. Lola Adedoyin (left) and Mr. Ambode's running mate and Secretary to the Lagos State Government Mrs. Idiat Oluranti AdebuleAll Progressives Congress (APC) Lagos State Governorship Candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode with one of the children at the Hearts of Gold Children’s Hospice, Surulere, Lagos during a visit to the Hospice on New Year’s day. With him are the Founder Hearts of Gold Children’s Hospice, Mrs. Lola Adedoyin (left) and Mr. Ambode’s running mate and Secretary to the Lagos State Government Mrs. Idiat Oluranti Adebule

Akinwunmi Ambode was in the company of his running mate, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Idiat Adebule, the Director General of his campaign team, Chief Folusho Ologunde, the Deputy Director General of the Campaign team, Prince Adeniji Kazeem, former Chairman of Kosofe local government and APC candidate for Kosofe Constituency 2 of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Tunde Braimoh.