Lagos Marathon: Ethiopians Dislodge Kenyans As Winners Of Top Prizes

Lagos Marathon: Ethiopians Dislodge Kenyans As Winners Of Top Prizes

…Ambode Gifts Upcoming Artiste N2,5m, Says Road Race Has Come To Stay

…As Over 100,000 Athletes From 58 Countries Participate In 2019 Edition  


East Africans on Saturday retained their dominance of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon carting away the star prizes in the male and female categories of $50,000 each.


This time around, however, an Ethiopian, Sintatehu Legese won the star prize of $50, 000 in the male category finishing the race in 2 hours, 17 minutes and 28 seconds to beat defending champion, Joshua Kiprotich from Kenya who breast the tape in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 16 seconds to emerge first runner up with a prize money of $40,000.


Kiprotich’s compatriot, William Yegon came third in the time of 2 hours, 19 minutes and four seconds, winning $30,000.


In the female category, it was a clean sweep for Ethiopia as the trio of Meseret Dinke, Alemenesh Herpha Guta and Kebena Chala finished first, second and third to win $50,000, $40,000 and $30,000 respectively.


Gideon Goyet was the first Nigerian to cross the finishing line in 2 hours, 30 minutes to win N3million, beating last year’s champion, Iliya Pam to second place, with a prize money of N2million.


Speaking while presenting prizes to the winners, Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode said it was gratifying that the marathon was getting bigger and better yearly, adding that the competition had come to stay.


He specifically appreciated all Lagosians for cooperating with government to ensure success of the tournament each year since it began four years ago, saying the initiative was basically in line with the determination of his administration to use sports, tourism and entertainment to promote Lagos and grow the State’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).


“I want to say a big thank you to all Lagosians for tolerating us in the last four years because this is the fourth time we are doing this Lagos Access Marathon and it has been improving year in, year out. This year, we had 58 countries participating and over 100,000 athletes also taking part in this journey.


“The marathon is part of our administration’s initiative to use sports, tourism, entertainment, arts and culture to promote the excellence of Lagos and positively engage the youth. The competition has been getting bigger and better yearly and this year’s edition is exceptional being that it attracted highest participation worldwide and increase in the number of athletes and prizes,” Governor Ambode said.


While expressing optimism that the marathon would be sustained, Governor Ambode urged Lagosians to vote for all the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming general elections from the Presidency to National Assembly and at the State levels.


“I believe strongly that what we have started will be continued by the APC gubernatorial candidate, Jide Sanwo-Olu when he comes in and I believe strongly also that this will take the GDP of Lagos to greater heights.


“Remember next Saturday is presidential election. You know where my heart is and that is four plus four; that is where we are going to be. On March 2nd also, we do the same thing which is to vote all APC candidates in the State. God bless all Lagosians; I love all of you and I remain yours forever,” the Governor said.


Besides, Governor Ambode also used the occasion to donate N2.5million to an upcoming artiste, Johnson David who was called to perform on stage from the crowd by Nigerian hip-hop star, D Banj.


“We just want to say a big thank you to D Banj for the opportunity to bring out this kind of talent impromptu. I was just going to say D Banj should mentor him and in addition to that, my initial contribution is to give him N2.5million.


“This is what the Lagos story is all about –if you can dream it, you can make it happen. So, he must have been dreaming it and today he has gotten the access to the Lagos Access Bank Marathon and today, he is a changed person.


“So, this is what we have always been saying; the future belongs to all these young people and you can see that all of you are almost in the same age bracket and this is what the future of Lagos is and what we want to preach and continue to preach that every person can have that opportunity to make it in life,” he said.


The high point of the event was various performances by a-list artistes including Teni, CDQ, Slim Case, Olamide and D Banj who equally seized the opportunity to commend Governor Ambode for initiating and implementing the platform of the marathon and for his achievements in office in the last three and half years.



Keynote Address Delivered By Governor Ambode On The Occasion Of The Official Launch Of The Alaro Satellite City, Epe

Keynote Address Delivered By Governor Ambode On The Occasion Of The Official Launch Of The Alaro Satellite City, Epe

At the inception of this administration, one of our cardinal missions was to make every part of the State economically viable and livable. To achieve this, we invested massively in infrastructural development across the State.

As we embarked on this course of action, we sought for private sector partners to support our objective to develop every part of our State because we know that government, on its own, would be unable to achieve this.  This is why this official launch of the Alaro Satellite City is a major landmark for our administration.

Today’s event is a demonstration of the confidence the organised private sector and foreign investors have in our State, our Government and the viability of doing business in Lagos. The Alaro Satellite City is a strong statement that our Lagos is still attracting more direct foreign investment.

I officially welcome Rendeavour Group to Lagos and I thank you for the confidence to invest in our State. I am also very happy that we have today added another viable investor to the Lekki-Epe corridor whose investment will create jobs and improve the livelihood of our people.

The Alaro Satellite City was conceived to provide housing schemes to a broad spectrum of income earners, industrial workspaces, warehouses, hospitality and commercial office facilities amongst others. The project would not only open up the corridor but would transform its economic landscape by providing jobs, reducing poverty and contributing significantly to socio-economic development of the State, especially in terms of the GDP of the State in particular, and the country in general.

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, I recall that at the onset of this project, the Rendeavour Group had requested for 2,000 (Two thousand hectares of land), out of which our government approved only 500 (Five hundred) hectares because, as a Government, we needed to be sure that investors have sufficient commitment and capacity to deliver project of great magnitude. We wanted to avoid a situation where our land is just kept for speculation purposes.

However, it gladdens my heart to say that since May, 2018 when the investors, through the North West Quadrant Development Company (NWQDC) moved to site, I have been impressed with the high level of seriousness and the record speed with which the milestone we are witnessing today has been achieved.

This show of commitment and Rendeavour’s enviable track-record with similar projects in other African countries like Ghana, Kenya, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, was enough impetus for our government to approve an additional 500 (Five hundred) hectares for this project.

As partners in this project, I assure you of our State’s unshaken commitment to the success of the project. You can be rest assured that all relevant approving agencies would promptly attend to any of your needs in the course of your operations in this Zone.

We are aware that the increase in construction and industrial activities are already taking its toll on the road networks and other complementary infrastructure along this corridor. In order to forestall future chaotic traffic log-jams within this corridor and avoid similar incidences such as is being experienced in the Apapa axis, we have initiated the process of constructing the 7th Axial Road from the Lekki Deep Sea Port, en route the Lekki Free Zone to the Shagamu-Benin Expressway.

The design for the construction of a 50-hectare truck park within the Lekki-Epe corridor is also in progress.

Distinguished Guests, at this juncture, I must appreciate the trust and forbearance of the host community in Epe for believing in our administration and supporting the development of this historic project. Indeed, the hospitality and cooperation of the indigenous families, ably represented by the Resettlement Committees, has yielded positive results with this epoch-making milestone that would not only fast-track the development of the Lekki-Epe corridor but would transform the general socio-economic landscape of our State.

In appreciation of this support, our government has approved 750 (seven hundred and fifty) hectares of land as resettlement land for communities displaced from Parcel B of the Lekki Free Zone. The communities are Yegunda, Abomiti and Eyin-Osa. I have instructed the Lands Bureau to expedite action on the enumeration of the land in question to accelerate payment of compensation and the issuance of the C of O.

Our Dear Stakeholders and noble partners, let me assure you of the commitment of the Lagos State Government towards ensuring the security of all investments and maintaining good harmonious relationships between the investors and the host communities. Lagos State will always continue to be the number one investment destination in Africa.

On this final note, on behalf of the good people and Government of Lagos State, I once again congratulate the Rendeavour Group on this epoch making event and wish you continuous business prosperity.

It is, therefore, my greatest pleasure to unveil the Alaro Satellite City, in the North West Quadrant of the Lekki Free Zone, Epe to the glory of God.

Thank you.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko Lo J’ewa L’ogun


Prioritize Teachers’ Welfare, Ambode Tells New TESCOM Board Members

Prioritize Teachers’ Welfare, Ambode Tells New TESCOM Board Members

…Swears-In Perm Sec/Auditor General For Local Government


Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday inaugurated chairman and board members of the State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), with a charge on the appointees to give top considerations to teachers’ welfare and ensure employment of only well qualified professionals to teach in public secondary schools in the State.


Speaking at a twin event which also witnessed the swearing-in of Mrs. Adesumbo Abolarin as Permanent Secretary/Auditor General for Local Government, held at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, Governor Ambode said it was important for the public officers to justify their appointment by working ultimately in the interest of the people.


He said the passage and signing of the Teaching Service Commission Bill was a great moment for the education family in the State coming after eight years of several attempts, adding that the development became imperative as a result of the unrelenting efforts of the State Government to strengthen the education sector.


“With the knowledge that education plays a very vital role in the development of our society and that a society cannot thrive above the level of its educational attainment, the passage and signing of this Law was very essential.


“Today, in fulfillment of the provision of that law, we have just witnessed the inauguration of the Board whose responsibility will be to ensure that the objectives of the law are achieved.


“For avoidance of doubts, let me state that one of the major aims of this law, which shall be a key responsibility of this Board, is to ensure improvement in the welfare of our teachers and also ensure that well qualified teachers are recruited into our public secondary schools,” Governor Ambode said.


He said it was particularly instructive that seasoned educationists and administrators had been carefully selected based on their track records for appointment into the TESCOM board, expressing optimism that the State would witness rapid improvement in the education sector, particularly at the secondary level.


“You will agree with me that if we are to achieve the kind standard we desire in our educational system and also lay a good foundation for the future development of our State in terms of quality manpower, we must give adequate attention to maintaining highly motivated and effective teaching personnel.


“I, therefore, charge the Chairman and members of this Board to study very carefully the provisions of the law in order to fully understand their role and responsibilities expected of them. I also enjoin you all, to ensure that due process is followed in all matters that would be brought to your attention and for your decision.


“You should be unbiased in the discharge of your responsibilities as a board. We have done a lot in the provision of educational infrastructure in our public schools; all of these infrastructural facilities will amount to a waste if not complemented with dedicated, well-motivated and committed teachers,” Governor Ambode admonished the appointees.


The Governor also appealed to teachers to cooperate with the Board to further ensure fair play in the discharge of their responsibilities.


While the Chairman of the Board is Mrs Olabisi Ariyo, others members are Mr. Jacob Ashaka, Mrs Sidikat Smith, Mr Adeleke Oluseun Kara and Mrs Adijat Kuburat Hassan.


Responding on behalf of the appointees, Ariyo thanked Governor Ambode for the confidence reposed in them, and assured that the board would work hard, be unbiased and prioritize the welfare of teachers, as well as train and retrain them for optimal performance.




Governor Ambode Seeks Support For Hitch-Free Lagos Marathon, General Elections

Governor Ambode Seeks Support For Hitch-Free Lagos Marathon, General Elections

…Urges Residents To Report Suspicious Activities

…We’ll Deal Decisively With Lawbreakers, CP Edgal Warns

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday urged residents to cooperate with security agencies in keeping the peace and ensuring safety of lives and property in the build up to the Lagos Access Marathon and the series of political events to herald the forthcoming general elections.

Addressing Government House Correspondents shortly after the Security Council meeting held at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, the Governor said the security agencies have assured that they would leave no stone unturned to ensure that the peace enjoyed in the State would not be compromised.

Governor Ambode, who chaired the meeting which had all heads of security agencies in attendance, particularly sought the cooperation of residents for the Lagos Marathon coming up on February 2, urging them to comply with the restriction of vehicular and human movement which would be observed within the routes for the competition.

“We have just finished the security council meeting this afternoon and as you are all well aware that the general elections is coming up and in another two weeks we would be having the presidential election and then on March 2 we would have the Gubernatorial election and it’s very clear in our minds also that in this month of February, on the 2nd, we would be having the Lagos Marathon and also some political activities that would be coming up at the weekend and throughout the month of February.

“I just want to appeal to Lagosians that just as we have been doing in the past, we have ensured that the Lagos Marathon is very successful and alongside that there would be some kind of vehicular restrictions in some parts of the routes for the marathon.

“The security agencies have assured me that we would keep the peace and make sure that there is proper security of lives and property and also ensure that we have a hitch free marathon. I want to assure Lagosians that they should just keep the city safe and also ensure that whatever restriction that we are going to make on that Saturday, they bear with us and also ensure that within the few hours that the marathon would take place they should also keep the peace,” he said.

Likewise, the Governor said a lineup of political activities in the build up to the February 16 Presidential and National Assembly elections as well as the March 2 Governorship and State House of Assembly elections which would take place in the State, could require some restriction of movement, just as he appealed to residents for understanding.

He also urged residents to report any group or individuals planning to foment trouble in the State to the security agencies, assuring that the peace the State has enjoyed since the commencement of his administration would be sustained.

“I want to appeal to all of us to cooperate with the security agencies, all the head of security agencies are alive to their responsibilities and we need the cooperation of Lagosians to make sure that we have a successful season.

In the last three and half years, you can also notice that security in Lagos has improved tremendously and we intend to keep that for the rest of the year and also ensure that whenever we notice any untoward behaviour or activity from any group please be free to notify any of the heads of security agencies and we would make sure that this city is safe and prosperous,” Governor Ambode said.

Also speaking, the Commissioner of Police in the State, CP Imohimi Edgal said the Police have been holding series of stakeholders’ engagement to carry everybody along, assuring that security agencies were prepared to ensure that the inconvenience as a result of the Marathon and other political activities is minimized.

The CP also warned persons planning to use the series of upcoming activities to cause chaos in the State to desist from such, warning that security agencies are on red alert to deal decisively with such persons if caught.

“Having said that, let me also use this opportunity to inform Lagosians that in the coming days, they would be seeing a lot of police, military and other security agencies operations and activities across the State. Don’t be alarmed, it’s in order to ensure that we have hitch free exercises and anytime you are approached to vacate a location or suspend activities in a location, please cooperate with security agencies,” he said.