Welcome Address Delivered By Governor Ambode At The 10th Bola Tinubu Colloquium

Welcome Address Delivered By Governor Ambode At The 10th Bola Tinubu Colloquium

It gives me great honour to stand before you, Mr. President, Your Excellencies, to be the one to give the welcome address at this year’s 10th Bola Ahmed Tinubu Colloquium.

Permit me to also use this platform on behalf of all the people of Lagos State to welcome His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR to the Centre of Excellence, the State of Aquatic Splendour, on this historic 2-day official visit to our State.



Prior to this event, we have just witnessed the flag-off of the construction of Lekki Deep-Sea Port at Ibeju Lekki and the commissioning of the Ikeja Bus Terminal as we continue the positive trajectory of growth and development of our State.  We want to say a big thank you to Mr. President for his continued support for Lagos State and Lagosians believe this support will get stronger from this historic visit.

The theme of this year’s colloquium is “Investing in People”. Whether it is called human capital development or people-centric investment, the meaning is clear enough and its importance is undeniable.  For us on the political landscape, it may well be the greatest governance challenge.

Creating highly impactful programs and policies for our people is my simple understanding of good governance.  At the end of the day, the level of investment on our people will determine our future sustenance as a Nation always.

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For me, there is no better birthday present that we can give to the celebrant, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu than the theme of today.  Look around you, there are only a few people that can match his unquestionable thirst to invest in people.  It goes without any gainsaying that, I join numerous others seated here or outside, that have gained in the investment Asiwaju has made on people.  I am grateful for that.

His era as Governor of Lagos State from 1999 to 2007 showed the depth of his governance capacity.  After his gubernatorial years, he has continued to show pivotal leadership, particularly on the national stage.  It is not for nothing that he is acknowledged for his defining role in the emergence of a progressive political party in Nigeria.

I join all your admirers across the globe, in wishing you more years ahead.  Congratulations and Happy Birthday.

Finally, Mr. President, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, this edition of the Asiwaju Bola Tinubu colloquium, just as the previous editions, promises to be another veritable roundtable for the generation of ideas by all stakeholders on the subject to be discussed today. The ultimate objective and expectation is for this forum to avail policy makers at all levels of government new ideas and perspectives and to enrich the process of policy formulation, design and implementation.

On this note, l welcome you all and thank you for honouring our invitation.

Thank you.

Skill Acquisition Pathway To Economic Prosperity For Youths

Skill Acquisition Pathway To Economic Prosperity For Youths

…As First Batch Of 540 Trainees Graduate From Employability Support Project

150 Beneficiaries Get Instant Employment From Private Firms


Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday identified skills acquisition as a sure pathway to economic prosperity and personal development of the burgeoning youths in the State, saying his administration will continue to support initiatives towards that drive.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the graduation ceremony/job fair of the first set of trainees from the Lagos State Employability Project (LSESP) held in Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos, said the graduation of 540 graduants was one of the primary goals of the Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) set up by his administration two years ago to address the issue of unemployment among youths.

He expressed excitement that while many residents and entrepreneurs have taken advantage of the fund, the LSESP was providing a viable platform to bridge the gap of shortage of skilled and employable labour required to fill the needs of the job market and also provide 10,000 new jobs for youths by 2019.

“While the business ecosystem in the State has improved over the years, a manpower skills gap remains a significant issue for businesses operating in Lagos. Several firms and industries across the country are unable to find graduates and non graduates with requisite skills to fill key positions. Paradoxically, there are thousands of unemployed youths out there desperate to find a job, any job,” the Governor said.

Governor Ambode, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Mrs. Oluranti Adebule, said through the successful graduation of the 540 trainees, his administration was laying the necessary foundations for steady and sustainable economic growth in Lagos State.

He said each of the graduates would be awarded a certificate endorsed by both the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) and the Australian Vocational training and Employment Group (AVTEG), which according to him, would affirm them as globally competitive and employable.

“The Employability Support Project will continue to support these young men and women through job placement initiatives. With twin aims of capacity building for Lagos State youths and the provision of employment opportunities for them, the project aims to provide 10,000 new jobs by 2019,” he said.

Governor Ambode also said that the project was a testament to the successful collaboration between the LSETF and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in strengthening the human capital potential of Lagos youths and expand their employment opportunities to contribute their quota to the growth and development of the State.

Congratulating the graduants, Governor Ambode said the task ahead of them is to utilize their skills and the opportunities to go all out to become productive citizens.

“The State has done its part and kept its pledge to provide a safety net to any Lagos resident who needs a helping hand. It is now up to you to go forth and capitalize on the assistance you have received,” he said.

Besides, the Governor urged other well meaning institutions and organisations to join the league of private firms who have keyed into the project as partners to harness the creative energies of teeming youths in the State to become productive, self-reliant and proud contributors to the growth of the economy.

In her welcome address, Chairman of the LSETF, Mrs. Ifueko Omoigui Okauru said the Employability Project was the result of a partnership between the LSETF and the UNDP to improve the technical and vocational training outcomes in the State with an aim to increase employment opportunities for young people in Lagos.

“This event is a culmination of a journey that started in November 2016 resulting in the signing of an MOU with the UNDP in May 2017. UNDP provided LSETF a grant of $1million to complement the Fund’s contribution of $3million towards an employability project in Lagos State,” she said.

She commended private companies including Dangote Group, Construction Kaizer, Samsung, Crown Nature Plc, Whispering Palms, Farenheit Hospitality, X3M group and Summit Chanrai Group who participated, adding that since the application process opened in December 2017, over 13,000 applications were received across six sectors including Garment Making, Hospitality, Construction, among others.

She also disclosed that 20 per cent of the graduates have already received job offers from employers, while efforts are ongoing to match the remaining graduates with other supporting firms.

Okauru, however, seized the occasion to call on Nigerians, the organized private sector, multi-lateral organisations, non-governmental organisations to join the quest by the State Government to expand employment opportunities in the State across all sectors of the economy.

The highpoint of the event was the announcement of immediate employment and presentation of letters to over 150 graduates of the project by some of the participating private firms, while commitments for over 600 more jobs were made by Chief Executives of various private organizations.


Mrs. Bolanle Ambode Calls For Removal Of Barriers Impeding Women’s Progress

Mrs. Bolanle Ambode Calls For Removal Of Barriers Impeding Women’s Progress

As Lagos joined the rest of world to mark this year’s International Women’s Day celebration, wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode has called for the removal of barriers impeding the progress of women in the country.

 Speaking at the Women’s Day celebration held at the Police College,  Ikeja,  Lagos on Thursday, Mrs. Ambode said womenmust be ready to challenge stereotypes and should rise up to question old established practices that were not women-friendly.

 “We must remove barriers that stand in the way of the progress of women.  When we stand together, we can achieve anything and any obstacle can be pulled down.

 “We must nominate and support women for emerging opportunities, whenever they arise. Supporting one another is a duty we owe and must carry out every time for women to move on, “she said.

 The First Lady said though grounds remained to be covered, women must not lose sight of where they were coming from, hence the need to celebrate their achievements always.

Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (3rd left) and members of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), during the 2018 International Women’s Day celebration, with the theme; “Press for Progress’’, organized by Ministry of Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation, at the Police College, Ikeja, on Thursday, 8th March, 2018.
Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (3rd left) and members of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), during the 2018 International Women’s Day celebration, with the theme; “Press for Progress’’, organized by Ministry of Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation, at the Police College, Ikeja, on Thursday, 8th March, 2018.

Mrs. Ambode stated that the theme of this year’s celebration, “Press for Progress” was suitable as it gave assurance of greater successes as women pressed further.

She identified literacy, health, economic empowerment, politics and governance, as areas of noticeable success for women, stressing that they served as impetus of courage for women to press further for progress.

 The Governor’s wife  submitted that while gender parity would not be achieved overnight, it certainly would not take eternity.

 Also speaking, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode reiterated his administration’s commitment to protect and uphold the dignity of women in the State.

 “We will continue to give maximum support to all agencies and institutions established to promote the welfare and economic empowerment of women. In line with our administration’s inclusive policy, we shall continue to provide equal opportunities for all citizens without prejudice to gender and socio-economic background.

 Ambode, who was represented by the former Secretary to the State Government, Princess Aderenle Adeniran-Ogunsanya said the theme of the celebration was apt as it reminded women of the need to be steadfast and not relent in advocating for positive change and moving forward in all areas of human endeavour.

 “Beyond the traditional role of home keeping as mothers and wives, there is a lot women can contribute to national development. It is an indispensable fact that some progress have been made over the years as a result of sustained advocacy by government institutions, and most especially, non-governmental organisations.

Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, WAPA, Dr. Lola Akande charged men to make commitment to wage war against domestic violence and all forms of discrimination against women.

 She also implored them to be ambassadors in the campaign to restore fully, the dignity and rights of women, seeing them as partners in the task of raising successful children from peaceful and progressive homes.

In attendance were Chief (Mrs.) Kemi Nelson, APC Southwest Women Leader; State Exco members, body of permanent secretaries,  chairmen of Local governments, COWLSO members, Artisans, market women, different political groups, etc.

March 8 every year is observed worldwide as International Women’s Day, to celebrate the achievements of women, beam the searchlight on challenges facing them and to push global activism for total women’s emancipation.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Urges Newly Appointed Permanent Secretaries To Inject Fresh Ideas Into Public Service

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Urges Newly Appointed Permanent Secretaries To Inject Fresh Ideas Into Public Service

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday swore-in two new Permanent Secretaries, with a charge on the appointees to add value to the State Civil Service and to come up with fresh ideas that will facilitate delivery of dividends of good governance to the people.

Speaking at the brief but impressive ceremony held at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, Governor Ambode said the position of Permanent Secretary was very crucial to the smooth running of government machinery, and as such the new appointees must justify the confidence reposed in them by making positive difference especially in the manner through which responsibilities are discharged.

According to the Governor, “In discharging their responsibilities as the accounting officers of the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Permanent Secretaries are expected to provide leadership and ensure effective coordination of government business with one goal in mind which is effective and efficient service delivery to the people.”

While expressing confidence in the ability of the new appointees to deliver on their well-deserved appointments, Governor Ambode also lauded the Body of Permanent Secretaries in the State, saying the body had proven to be a reliable pillar of support to his administration since assumption.

He said the new Permanent Secretaries – Engr Abdul Adeniyi Omotayo and Mrs Adebimpe Dada who were appointed from their previous positions as substantive directors, had been part of the process and well acquainted with the standards that have been set by his administration, hence they must bring their knowledge and years of wealth of experience to bear on the public service, adding that such remained the only way to justify the confidence reposed in them.

He said: “In line with the well-acknowledged policy implementation strategies that we have set out which is driven by creative and innovative thinking, I expect you (new Perm Secs) to come up with new ideas that will make positive difference in the way and manner responsibilities are discharged in your assigned MDAs.

“This is the way to go if we are to align with modern realities and also keep pace with the expectations of the diverse and enlightened population like a State that we are running.”

Goodwill Message Delivered At The 6th Oyo State Officials’ Wives Association (OYSOWA) National Women’s Summit 2017 Held At The International Conference Centre, University Of Ibadan

Goodwill Message Delivered At The 6th Oyo State Officials’ Wives Association (OYSOWA) National Women’s Summit 2017 Held At The International Conference Centre, University Of Ibadan

I bring to you all, particularly Her Excellency, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi and the beautiful women of Oyo State, the goodwill and best wishes of the great women and men of the Centre of Excellence, Lagos State.

I want to specially congratulate the Chairperson of Oyo State Officers Women Association, Her Excellency Mrs. Ajimobi and her team for putting together such a wonderful event and sustaining this initiative which provides a good platform for our women’s voices to be heard. I know that this legacy will be sustained.

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I am excited by the theme of this summit, “The Resilient Woman. Making a Difference” because it speaks to the hidden strengths of a woman; strengths that keep her going even in the face of most difficult challenges. It is this resilience that has made the woman the warmth and bond that keeps the family together.

This is very graphically expressed in the words of Eleanor Roosevelt who said “a woman is like a tea bag – you cannot tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water”. Our women have shown that they are not only strong but resilient, hardworking, gentle, loving and beautiful.


Over the years, the indispensability of women in governance has continued to be appreciated and recognized particularly in this part of the world. In Lagos, whenever I have the opportunity I always say this; if you want a job done well, give it to a woman. Women make the difference.

I want to use this opportunity to salute the Nigerian woman who gets stronger and more committed no matter the circumstance; she is never deterred; when the goings get tough, she gets tougher. In the face of challenges, her concern is always how to make positive difference in the lives of others even at her own detriment.


The least we can do to appreciate our women and reciprocate their resilience and sacrifice is to give them all the support they require to achieve their dreams.  As a Governor, I am strongly committed and determined to create the space for our women and protect them against abuse and everything that will inhibit their progress. This is my commitment and I believe, it is the same for my other colleagues, including my brother, His Excellency, Governor Abiola Ajimobi whose support for his darling wife has made this event a reality.

I thank you all and wish you a successful conference.

Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year in advance.