Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday evening expressed sadness over the death of a founding father of Lagos State, Pa Hassan Fasinro.
Popularly called HAB, Pa Fasinro, a Senator in the Second Republic and the first Clerk of Lagos City Council, passed on at exactly 8:29pm on Sunday evening after a brief illness.
He would have clocked 100 years by September this year.
Governor Ambode, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, said Pa Fasinro was one of the great founding fathers of Lagos, saying that he was one of the main architects of Lagos.
“This is a very sad loss, personally for me and for every Lagosian. I was personally looking forward to celebrating Papa at 100 later in September this year, but we cannot question God for calling him at this time.
“Papa was a hero. He was a father in the true sense of the word. We cannot write the Lagos story without recourse to the roles that he played from the start and from the bottom of our hearts, we appreciate the role that he played in building Lagos to what it is today.
Governor Ambode, while commiserating with the family of the late elder statesman, urged them to uphold the ideals he stood for, saying that the nation will continue to draw inspiration from his life and times.
“His demise, just like that of our heroes past, must never be in vain. There can be no better time to unite together to achieve a better and more prosperous Nigeria,” he said.
He said Pa Fasinro paid his dues and has left his footprints on the sands of time.
“On behalf of the government and people of Lagos State, I want to express our heartfelt condolence to the family of Pa Fasinro on this great and irreparable loss. He was a pride to our country, our state and we will surely miss him,” Governor Ambode said.
…Canvasses Support For Sanwo-Olu, APC Assembly Candidates
The Lagos State Government on Wednesday urged eligible voters in the State to come out enmasse on Saturday to vote in the Governorship and House of Assembly elections, assuring that adequate measures have been firmed up to ensure a hitch-free exercise.
Addressing Government House Correspondents after a Special State Executive Council Meeting at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, on the forthcoming polls, the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode said every necessary arrangement to ensure a smooth voting exercise had been made, adding that the peace and security of the State was paramount to his administration.
“I want to assure that we would try as much as possible to ensure that the coming elections – gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections go very well. We want to also assure all Lagosians of their safety and also to let everyone know that Lagos is a cosmopolitan State and it will remain so.
“The peace and security of this State is very paramount to this government and we would ensure that everybody that is eligible to vote goes out to do so and keep the peace.
“We encourage all voters to come out on Saturday; I want to encourage all Lagosians to exercise their rights so that we can have a large turnout. The security agencies have assured us that there would be peace across the nooks and crannies of Lagos,” he said
The Governor, who is the Chairman of the State Executive Council, recalled the unfortunate incidences in some parts of the State during the Presidential and National Assembly elections, saying while such had been properly addressed, he would nonetheless want everybody to see each other as brothers.
He also urged the people to support the governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and all the House of Assembly candidates of the party to ensure continuity of good governance in the State.
According to him, “We are also very aware of the incidences that happened during the presidential election of which we have taken proper care of. We know that we are all brothers; we are all the same in this State but I urge everyone to support our government and also support our candidate because we believe in continuity in this government and that is why you see that the executive arm of government is in support of Jide Sanwo-Olu who is our flagbearer for the APC.
“We urge all Lagosians to vote for continuity and ensure that all our candidates for the House of Assembly elections also are voted for. I wish all of us a very successful voting process on Saturday and then we implore all our security agencies also to make sure that there is peace across the land.”
Besides, Governor Ambode who addressed the briefing alongside members of the State Executive Council, also clarified the news on social media to the effect that a public holiday had been declared for Civil Servants on Friday to prepare for the elections.
“We like to inform all Lagosians that contrary to what has been put in the media that there would be a public holiday on Friday, what we have actually done was to declare mid-term holiday for students across all our schools in Lagos State,” the Governor said.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday inaugurated a Drug Rehabilitation and Skill Acquisition Centre in Ajah built by Senator representing Lagos Central District, Chief Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, expressing optimism that the project would go a long way to benefit Lagosians and especially the immediate community.
Speaking while unveiling the Centre, named after Prince Tajudeen Oluyole Olusi (OON), Governor Ambode commended Senator Tinubu for devoting constituency funds to life changing projects, saying that the facility remains one of her legacy projects.
Describing her as a dogged, committed, consistent and determined woman, Governor Ambode said Senator Tinubu, despite the challenges that she encountered in the course of the project which she began in 2012, persevered to ensure that it became a reality.
“So much has been said by everyone on what she stands for, however, if I call her a dogged fighter, I would not be wrong. To the mere fact that she spent two terms in the Senate and she has been able to bring more constituency projects than any other senator, it’s a confirmation of how she fights for her community.
“This is a project that commenced in 2012 and she is also relating the story of how the 22 Baales put her on her toes and because she fought back, that is why we are here this morning.
“If I say she is a very consistent person and determined woman, I am not off course. She has told you how she put us on our toes that we ensured that the resources she has committed to this project does not go down the drain and I thank her for putting us on our toes,” he said.
Governor Ambode also commended her style of leadership, saying that she was the only Senator that remained consistent with holding quarterly town hall meetings with constituents and utilizing funds for the benefits of her people, adding that the Drug Rehabilitation and Skill Acquisition Centre remains one of her legacy projects that would outlive her.
“Of all the constituency projects that you have initiated and completed, this one is special in the sense that you have once again challenged government in the area of taking care of the needy.
“We all know what taking care of the needy entails, especially for a drug rehabilitation centre of this magnitude that has been put in place here for us to take care of those ones who are on the streets without help.
“In addition to this drug rehab centre, there is a skill acquisition centre to complement the need of whoever we are able to rehabilitate and empower them to become relevant in the community,” he said.
Governor Ambode assured that the facility, which would be managed by the State Government going forward, would be given top most priority, just as he directed the Ministries of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation as well as Youth and Social Development to ensure that the two facilities become fully operational before May 29, 2019.
He also seized the occasion to charge residents to come out enmasse and vote for the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other candidates of the party for the National Assembly elections coming up on Saturday, February 16.
He said it was important for APC candidates to emerge victorious in Saturday’s polls, saying that it would enable them continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to their constituents.
“Come Saturday, I urge all our supporters and party faithful to go all out and reward this good gesture by voting APC from top to bottom. So we’ll vote APC for Presidency, APC for Senate, APC for House of Representatives and also on March 2, we’ll vote APC for Gubernatorial and House of Assembly candidates.
He particularly urged the people from Lagos Central Senatorial district to vote massively for Senator Oluremi Tinubu, saying that she had proven to be a worthy representative of the district by delivering impactful projects to the people.
Earlier in her welcome address, Senator Tinubu commended Governor Ambode for his maturity and peaceful disposition, saying that posterity would judge him right.
She said the project was facilitated through her 2012 Constituency Intervention Project to address the menace and devastating consequence that drug abuse portends on the youths, just as she expressed optimism that the Centre would help to reverse the statistics that shows that 40 percent of Nigerian youths indulge in the use of recreational drugs including marijuana, codeine, among others.
Also speaking, APC leader in Lagos Central Senatorial District, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, who was named after the project, thanked Senator Tinubu for the kind gesture, saying it was a special honour for him to be so recognised.
“I am very grateful for this project to be dedicated to me, it’s a thing of joy. I thank Senator Oluremi Tinubu, she has shown that she has the requisite qualification and suitability to undertake this job because some are educated but are not suitable,” he said.
…As Lagos Gov, 8 State Govs, Others Grace APC Presidential Mega Rally
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Saturday assured President Muhammadu Buhari that residents in Lagos would troop out enmasse on February 16 and deliver the State to him and other National Assembly candidates of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Governor Ambode, who spoke at the APC Presidential Mega Rally, held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, said the President in the last three and half years fully supported the infrastructural growth in the State and would do more if given another mandate of four years.
According to him, the February 16 election was not about tribe or religion, but strictly about job creation, infrastructural development and economic growth, saying that President Buhari has shown total commitment to making life comfortable for residents.
“In and outside of the stadium, you can see the crowd that has turned out here and we are very grateful that Lagos has been signed, sealed and delivered to APC already. The message is very clear.
“We appreciate Mr. President for his support to our State in the last three and half years. The achievements that we have recorded in Lagos were possible because of his support. This election is not about tribe or religion, it’s about infrastructure, jobs and the economy and the right path to go is to go to the APC.
“if you see what we are going in Lagos already, you will see that the Airport road is not for the Yorubas or the Igbos or the Hausas, its about making life comfortable for Nigerians and that is why Mr. President has continually supported all our projects by even refunding some of the funds we used for capital projects so that we can complete more projects,” Governor Ambode said.
He said it was important for Nigerians to entrust President Buhari with another four years in office to continue in the trajectory of growth, warning that the return of the opposition party would do nothing but alter the progress made by the Federal Government so far.
“If you remember, the first two years of this administration we were in recession caused by the PDP, but in the last two years, we have stabilized, we have created the groundwork for growth and that is where APC is different from the PDP. They will tell you that they want to make Nigeria work again, but ask them who destroyed Nigeria in the first place?
“Therefore, this election is about moving the economy forward and for this to be possible, we need to continue on the foundation that we have already made in the last four years. APC remains one party, we remain one nation and one family,” the Governor said.
Buhari, who made his entrance into the venue of the rally at about 2:45pm to a tumultuous welcome by the teeming crowd and party faithful, assured that Lagos as commercial capital of Nigeria would continue to receive greater attention in terms of infrastructural renewal and all round economic growth.
Speaking earlier at a session with members of the Organised Private Sector held at Lagos House, Marina, President Buhari said it was gratifying to note that the economic policies of his administration were already making the desired impact as evidenced by steady growth in the economy in the last three years.
He said the APC government had kept the promise to boost the economy through blocking leakages in government finances, increasing capital expenditure and inflows, and implementing the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), among others.
“I firmly believe that our economic policies are beginning to make the desired impact. Economic growth has resumed and is continuing to improve. Growth was higher in 2017 than in 2016, data even from external sources shows that it was also higher in 2018 than in 2017. I am confident that as we stay the course, it will be better still at the end of 2019.
“Inflation is coming down steadily, there is stability in the exchange rate and foreign exchange is readily available for genuine business. Foreign reserves are adequate and growing; capital inflows have increased and the trade balance is positive.
“We are paying off debts that were not even publicly acknowledged before now, including those owed to States, the electricity sector, oil marketers, exporters, backlog of salaries of workers and pensioners, amongst others,’’ he said.
Among the organizations which made presentations to the President at the session were Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), and Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME).
Aside Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Governors of Oyo (Abiola Ajimobi), Kebbi (Atiku Bagudu), Kano (Abdullahi Ganduje), Osun (Gboyega Oyetola), Ekiti (Kayode Fayemi) and Ministers, the session was also attended by many captains of industry including Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, Oba Otudeko, Jim Ovia, Bismarck Rewane, Chief (Mrs) Nike Akande, among others.
The rally was well attended by the who’s who in the APC including the Governors of Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo, Edo, Kano, Kebbi, National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Mr. Babatunde Fashola, other serving and past Ministers, party chieftains, among many others.
…Earmarks 54% To Capital Expenditure, 46% For Recurrent
…Targets N775.2bn IGR, To Complete Major Ongoing Projects
Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday presented the year 2019 budget proposal of N852.316billion to the House of Assembly, with a pledge that it had been carefully prepared to be all-encompassing and dedicated to complete major ongoing projects in the State.
The Governor said N462.757billion representing 54 percent of the total budget size had been earmarked for capital expenditure, while N389.560billion representing 46 percent had been dedicated to recurrent expenditure, saying that key projects such as the Oshodi-Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road and Oshodi Interchange Terminal, among others would be completed.
He said from inception of his administration, nine key areas were given priority after careful assessment of the needs of the citizens, adding that such had informed the massive investment in the said sectors which he listed to include security, transport / traffic management, economy -including tourism and agriculture, housing, education, health, infrastructure – social and physical, water, wealth creation – skill acquisition/microfinance, e-Governance and enhanced capacity building, sustainable environment and smart city projects.
Giving details of what informed the budget size, Governor Ambode said the performance of Y2018 budget of N1.046trn as at November 2018 stood at 60 percent owing to reduction in revenue projections, while the total revenue stood at N530.192billion.
According to him, “In the outgoing year, however, we experienced a reduction in our revenue projections, which affected our projected performance and our desired implementation of the Y2018 Budget. The overall Budget performance as at November 2018 stood at 60 per cent/N574,206billion with actual cumulative total revenue of N530,192billion/64 per cent, Capital Expenditure closed at N311,930billion/49 per cent and Recurrent Expenditure performed at N262,276billion/82 per cent.
“In preparing the Year 2019 Budget, therefore, we were very mindful of the out-going year performance, the yearnings of our people and the fact that we are going into an election year. Consequently, we are today presenting a Budget that will be all-encompassing, reflect the level of resources that will be available and with special consideration to the completion of major on-going projects in the State.”
While outlining the key components of the Y2019 budget and the sectoral allocations, the Governor said with priority given to completion of major infrastructure projects and smooth transition to the next administration, the government was proposing a total budget size of ‘N852,316,936,483,’ including a deficit financing of N77.086billion which is expected to be sourced from internal loans and other sources.
He added: “The projected total revenue for Year 2019 is ₦775.231billion, of which₦606.291billion is expected to be generated internally, ₦168.940billion is expected from Federal Transfers while a total of ₦77.086billion will be sourced through deficit financing within our medium term expenditure framework.
“In 2019, as was with our previous budgets, Economic Affairs still dominates the sectoral allocation of the proposed budget. This is due to our continued focus on the completion of major on-going projects such as: Oshodi-Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road; Agege Pen Cinema Flyover; Phase II of Aradagun-Iworo -Epeme Road, Oshodi Interchange Terminal; completion of JK Randle Complex, Onikan Stadium; Imota Rice Mill; Renovation/Furnishing of Lagos Revenue House, amongst others in order to meet their specified deliverable outcomes without any bias or prejudice to others.”
Expressing optimism that the revenues of the State would improve in 2019, Governor Ambode said the government had begun consolidating on the already established public financial management and technology-driven revenue reforms through data integration and use of multi-payment channels, just as he said that every strata of the society would benefit from the budget.
“The Year 2019 Budget has been carefully planned to accommodate all and sundry; women, youth and physically challenged, young and old. We will continue to spread development to all part of our state even as we embark on effective transition knowing fully well that the implementation, failure or success of the Budget depend on all of us,” he said.
Besides, Governor Ambode commended the Speaker and members of the Assembly for the support accorded his administration in the last three and half years, while also acknowledging the role of Royal Fathers, Religious leaders, members of the Business Community, Professional Bodies, Development Partners, Non-Governmental Organisations, public servants and all residents as well as members of the fourth estate of the realm for their various support and contribution during the lifespan of his administration.
In his remarks, Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon Mudashiru Obasa expressed optimism that the budget would be of great benefit to the people of the State, just as he assured that the House would work with the executive to pass the budget.