It is always a pleasure to join eminent Lagosians and brothers to mark the Island Club Christmas Eve Dance. This year’s dance is very significant as we mark the 75th Anniversary of our great club.
From 2015, when I first attended this event after myinauguration as Governor of Lagos State, it has always been a wonderful experience for two major reasons.
First, this Christmas Eve Dance sets me, and I believe every other guests, in the right mood for the Christmas celebration. Secondly, it has always provided for me a platform to share with distinguished members and invited guests,our modest achievements and plans for moving our State forward.
On this special occasion, I would like to thank the President and members of this Club for your support and goodwill. I would like to place it on record that thisadministration has benefitted immensely from your fellowship and ideas, which are deeply rooted in our Club’s history of positively affecting the social and political growth of our State.
Tonight, I stand before you with a fulfilled heart not because the Lagos of our dream has been fully realised but because the future we all crave is no longer a mere concept; rather it is somethingmajority of Lagosians, irrespective of their location within the State,can now feel and connect with.
Three and a half years down the line, our State has progressed in all sectors of the economy. We have charted a clear path to the destination we have all dreamt about and desired. Today, our Lagos has become more globally competitive and strategically positioned among the major City-States of the world. Our State has become a top destination for business and tourism and it can only get better.
One of the key promises I made at my inauguration on May 29th, 2015 was to make our State work for all; to spread development from the already congested City centre to other parts of the State massive infrastructural development. The thinking has been to make every part of the State economically liveable.
We have undertaken projects in all sectors of the economy with the sole intention of making life better for our people. All of these and similar initiatives were made possible by the personal taxes of high networthresidents of our State represented at this gathering which account for a significant percentage of our IGR.
I want to use this opportunity to thank you so much for providing the resources, which have empowered us to make a positive difference in the lives of all citizens of our State.
I believe very strongly that our State has benefitted immensely from the atmosphere of stability engendered by continuity in governance. A case inpoint was the recently launched Lagos Health Insurance Scheme which will guarantee access to quality healthcare delivery for all Lagosians. The Bill for that Scheme was signed into law by His Excellency, Mr. BabatundeRajiFasholain May,2015. The process for the implementation of the law was kick started by this administration.This is the beauty in continuity.
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, Lagos State cannot afford the risk of a break in the trajectory of progressive governance at this crucial stage of development in Lagos State. The future is bright and assured.We must maintain continuity of progress in the State.
According to IMF, the Nigeria GDP will grow from 1.9% in 2018 to 2.8% in 2019. Lagos on a stand-alone basis will achieve over 4% growth in GDP and this could be more if the congestion at the port and the negative effect this has on the economy is addressed. We expect that the high rate of unemployment will reduce with various social intervention programmes of the State and Federal governments geared towards financial inclusion and liquidity support to micro, small and medium enterprises.
The economic outlook for 2019 is quite positive. A lot of provision has been made for capital projects in the 2019 Federal Budget, some of which will directly impact the economy of our State and will support our growth plans. On our part, we will concentrate on completing existing infrastructural projects, creating more jobs, supporting our businesses to thrive and strengthening our security infrastructure.
The Island Club will remain a very important part of this State and you have an important role to play in the continued development of the State. Together, let us take Lagos into a brighter and more prosperous future.
Once again, I thank you all and wish everyone Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
ItesiwajuIpinleEko, lo Je walogun!
Governor of Lagos State,
The Secretariat, Alausa.
24th December, 2018
…Says Govt. Investment In Sector Has Positively Engaged Youth
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Sunday evening reiterated the commitment of his administration to continue to play up the arts and entertainment industry to grow the economy and positively engage the youth, saying the sector remains a veritable platform to improve the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the State and Nigeria.
Speaking at the performance of a stage play – Oba Esugbayi, held at the Muson Centre in Onikan, Lagos, Governor Ambode said since inception of his administration, conscious efforts had been made to invest in the arts and entertainment sector in view of its strategic importance to the country if the potentials were properly harnessed.
While describing the sector as the future of the State, the Governor said the investment so far made was geared towards using the industry as a springboard to plan for the burgeoning youth population in the State.
“Obviously, I am a lover of arts and as a government; we have invested so much in culture, entertainment and so on. The real GDP of Lagos is in entertainment and arts because that is where the future is.
“The population dynamics of Lagos is like 65 percent below the age of 35 and you have to start to find somewhere to actually fill in that gap to grow the GDP of Lagos and that is why we have decided that we would promote a lot of things in arts, culture and entertainment and that is just the right way to go,” Governor Ambode said.
The Governor, who also commended the creativity and versatility of the cast and production crew of the stage play in coming up with a wonderful show, assured that he would continue to support the sector whether in government or out of government.
“I just want to say that I have enjoyed myself thoroughly and this is one of the Christmas gifts to me. Sitting down here and watching for one and half hours, you know that there is a big future for this country and for everybody that has actually taken part in this stage play, I say God bless you.
“When I see younger people and the sense of creativity around them and the energy, it brings that sense of hope in this country and whatever support I can give in and out of government, I will do it without hesitation,” he said.
In a related development, speaking at a Christmas Carol Service of the Bethesda Home for the Blind, Governor Ambode who was appointed a life patron of the school, commended the management of the institution for their selfless service in taking care of the special students, just as he assured them of continuous support.
“All of you are very dear to my heart; I have natural love for all of you and so I will use my resources whether private or official to support this place. I want to assure that we would use our network to pull other well-meaning Nigerians within the next six to 12 months to transform the place,” the Governor said.
…As LASG Unveils Olamide, Teni, Mr Real, Humblesmith, Ayuba, Osupa, Other A-list Artistes For Concert
No fewer than two million direct participants and 90million viewers worldwide are expected to take part in this year’s edition of the flagship Yuletide end-of-the-year revue of the Lagos State Government, One Lagos Fiesta (OLF) holding from the eve of December 24, 2018 till the wee hours of January 1, 2019.
The State’s Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde who said this while addressing a press conference on Monday at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, Ikeja to formally announce activities for this year’s show, said necessary arrangements have been firmed up to ensure another hugely successful outing.
Ayorinde, who briefed the media alongside senior officials of the State Government, some a-list artists billed to perform and representatives of sponsors, said the OLF would hold in five locations simultaneously across the State in line with the tradition adopted in the last four years, adding that it was gratifying that the event had become the biggest end-of-the-year entertainment brand in Africa as it provides an unparallel platform for residents and visitors, both old and young, to relax and enjoy themselves in a secured environment.
“As a Government, we are encouraged by the noticeable achievements recorded as a result of hosting this event and we are taking advantage of this year’s edition to fete millions of Lagosians who have supported this initiative running for the 4th consecutive year.
“The One Lagos Fiesta draws parallel with other international cross over events in the world especially in the countdown night of December 31, and with the unique features associated with the fiesta, it is anticipated to attract over 2million direct participants across the State and over 90million viewers via live television and live streaming on social media,” Ayorinde said.
He said considering the strategic position of Lagos as the economic and socio-cultural hub of Africa with vibrant expression of art, it had always been the tradition of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration to use such instrument as springboard to drive development and market the State’s potentials to domestic and foreign investors who would, in turn, contribute meaningfully towards making Lagos Africa’s model megacity.
Tagged ‘A December to Remember,’ the Commissioner said there would be live music concert, which will feature trending DJs and MCs and performances by popular Nigerian artistes and musicians running from 6.00p.m till 12 midnight across the five venues in Agege (Agege Stadium), Victoria Island (Bar Beach/Eko Atlantic City), Badagry (Badagry Grammar School), Epe (Epe Marina Waterfront) and Ikorodu (in Ikorodu Town Hall).
Other festivities, according to him, are kiddies corner, which would run from 12.00p.m to 6.00p.m with various activities like bouncing Castle, Rodeo Bull, Carrousels, among others, as well as cultural performances, stage plays and talent hunt, otherwise known as Lagos Grows Talent, a grassroots’ competition which provides a platform for youths to compete using their talents in the areas of music, dance, comedy and other creative activities.
Ayorinde also announced the introduction of a raffle draw as part of this year’s fiesta for the purpose of winning a brand new saloon car, courtesy of one of the partners, CIG Motors.
Giving details, he said: “The competition is open to only residents of Lagos State who are up to 18 years of age and are in possession of a valid Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC). Every individual that resides in Lagos and wishes to participate is a potential winner of the vehicle.
“Entries will open on Thursday, 6th December and close on Wednesday, 26thDecember 2018, and entries will be submitted strictly online through the OLF website, while the winner is expected to emerge through a raffle draw which will be conducted on the 31st December, 2018 at Eko Atlantic City venue. There are other consolation prizes to be won.”
While thanking all the sponsors for supporting the vision of the present administration to scale up the entertainment and tourism potentials of the State via the OLF platform, Ayorinde also encouraged Lagosians and visitors to take advantage of the fiesta to experience and savour the attractions it brings whilst enjoying the fun that is available in all the venues, just as he assured that adequate measures have been put in place for security, traffic management, sanitation and health concerns to ensure safety of lives and property throughout the course of the fiesta.
Some of the a-list artistes expected to perform at this year’s OLF include Olamide, Teni, Slimcase, Mr Real, Humblesmith, Blackky, Mr P, Dr. Adewale Ayuba, Saheed Osupa, among many others.