Gov. Ambode at the 10th Anniversary Memorial Seminar in Honour of Late Dr. Yusufu Bala Usman in Kaduna, on Friday, December 18, 2015

Gov. Ambode at the 10th Anniversary Memorial Seminar in Honour of Late Dr. Yusufu Bala Usman in Kaduna, on Friday, December 18, 2015

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; Emir of Kano, Muhammdu Sanusi II and Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, during the 10th Anniversary Memorial Seminar in Honour of Late Dr. Yusufu Bala Usman in Kaduna, on Friday, December 18, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); Wife of Dr. Yusufu Bala Usman, Hajai Aishat; National Leader, All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and his Kastina State counterpart, Alhaji Aminu Masari, during the 10th Anniversary Memorial Seminar in Honour of Late Dr. Yusufu Bala Usman in Kaduna, on Friday, December 18, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; National Leader, All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai; his Kastina and Osun States counterparts, Alhaji Aminu Masari and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, during the 10th Anniversary Memorial Seminar in Honour of Late Dr. Yusufu Bala Usman in Kaduna, on Friday, December 18, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); Kastina State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Masari; his Kaduna State counterpart, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai; Emir of Kano, Muhammdu Sanusi II, Senator Ganiyu Solomon and Lagos State Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem (right), during the 10th Anniversary Memorial Seminar in Honour of Late Dr. Yusufu Bala Usman in Kaduna, on Friday, December 18, 2015.

Remarks By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State at the 9th Town Hall Meeting on Security, Held on Tuesday 15th December 2015 at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island Lagos

Remarks By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State at the 9th Town Hall Meeting on Security, Held on Tuesday 15th December 2015 at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island Lagos

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to you all for your presence at this Town Hall meeting. The very impressive response is an acknowledgement of the fact that the task of ensuring the safety and security of lives and property is a collective responsibility.

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The essence of this Town Hall Meeting which is the 9th is to continually create a platform for generation of ideas and solutions to our security challenges and to assure our security agencies of our commitment to their success.

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Since the creation of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund in 2007 as a private-public partnership, substantial progress has been recorded particularly in addressing the challenges that gave birth to it. Today, we are faced with even more trying challenges as the Executive Secretary has outlined and the Commissioner of Police has provided some insight.

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Events in the last one year underscores security as the major challenge of most modern economies, and we, in Lagos State, are not insulated from these security challenges. One thing is however crystal clear; our commitment to the safety of the lives and property of our people remains non-negotiable and we are prepared to do all it takes to guarantee this and sustain the friendly investment climate in our State.

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On assumption of office, my assessment of the security situation and consultation with stakeholders revealed a significant deficiency in the capacity of our security agencies in terms of modern crime fighting equipments.  The equipment that we had provided over the years were in urgent need of replacement. The current economic situation in the country notwithstanding, we resolved to refresh our security infrastructure in a manner that clearly demonstrates our commitment.

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As we have decided to take our destiny in our hands and fight back those that seek to breach the peace, we must understand that the State government cannot do it alone. We must put together our resources and stand firm in our resolve to confront and eliminate those that continue to test our collective peace.

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It is critical that in this renewed action to rid our State of criminals, we must spare a thought for the operatives that put themselves in arms way for our safety. We should be more respectful of the law and relate with the law enforcement agents in a humane and responsible manner. Like it is said “treat them how you want to be treated”.

On your behalf, we have significantly increased the sum assured in the improved insurance package for security agents operating in Lagos State. We shall continue to acknowledge and reward acts of bravery by officers who distinguish themselves in the course of their duty.

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Clearly a lot has been done but we must ensure that our gains are not lost by evolving new strategies to enhance our safety and sustaining our support to the Security Trust Fund bearing in mind that everyone can give something whether in cash or in kind, big or small.

I will always count on your cooperation and partnership.

Thank you.

Itesiwaju Ilu Eko, lo je wa l’ogun!!!

Akinwunmi Ambode,

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

15th December, 2015.

Address By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State at the Innauguration of the Board of Trustees of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund on Tuesday 15th December 2015 at the State House, Marina, Lagos

Address By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State at the Innauguration of the Board of Trustees of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund on Tuesday 15th December 2015 at the State House, Marina, Lagos

The primary responsibility of government is to ensure the safety of lives and property of its people. In all mega City-States such as ours, security is a challenge given the population size and the amount of economic activities.

The Lagos State Security Trust Fund was established in 2007 in response to the emerging security challenges. It was established to serve as a platform for collaboration between the government and the private sector to pool resources for the provision of security equipment and materials needed to enhance the crime fighting capacity of security agencies.

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Today, a new Board under the Chairmanship of Mr. Oye Hassan-Odukale has just been inaugurated to continue from where the previous Board stopped. Members of this new Board were carefully selected based on their passion, track record of service, accountability, transparency and dedication. I have no doubt that the new Board will hit the ground running given the strong foundation that has been laid.  You are expected to bring to bear your wide experience both in the public and private sector to deepen the goodwill which the Fund has enjoyed over the years. Accountability, prudency and transparency must be your watchwords in the management of the financial and non-financial donations that will be made to the Fund.

With the realization that security today, requires serious investment in technology, the Fund has to expand its reach and work to get more private sector support. I urge you to constantly engage the private sector and enlighten them on the need to be part of the collective effort to strengthen our security infrastructure. As you do this, you must render transparent account of the funding you receive to all stakeholders.

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I wish to use this opportunity to reiterate the commitment of this administration to make our State safe and secure only for law abiding citizens, both individuals and corporate. We shall not relent in our efforts to ensure proper and adequate equipping of our security agencies to be able confront the security challenges we face.

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I congratulate the Chairman and members of the newly inaugurated Board. I wish you success and also assure you of my support.

Thank you.

Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

15th December 2015

Welcome Remarks by His Excellency, The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode at the Access Leadership Conference 2015 (Eko Hotel on 10th December 2015)

Welcome Remarks by His Excellency, The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode at the Access Leadership Conference 2015 (Eko Hotel on 10th December 2015)

On behalf of the people and Government of Lagos State, I am delighted to welcome you all to the Access Leadership Conference 2015 and to Lagos State.

The theme of today’s conference – Leading in a Transformational World: The Imperative of Innovation aptly captures not only the environment in which much of today’s global businesses are conducted, but also it resonates with the reality of the human existence in the modern world.

We live in a world today where transformation in every sphere of the human endeavour is taking place at a dizzying pace. It was not too long ago when humans undertook their first voyage to the moon. Since that historic feat, technology has so much developed that we now send unmanned ships into the space.

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Just over two decades ago mobile phones were almost unknown in this continent. Today there are over 160 million mobile lines in Nigeria alone. It is a fact that we now use mobile phone to do almost everything from making calls, to transferring money across the world.

Ladies and gentlemen, as the theme of today’s conference instructs, we must continue to innovate, and we must always remind ourselves that for innovation to be meaningful it must inform transformation. This, and nothing more pretentious, is what will bring about a transformational leadership in whatever sphere or endeavour we apply ourselves. An unfocussed, ineffective and untimely innovation can only result in a ‘motion without movement’, a leadership without transformation. Those who refuse to innovate will stagnate at best, or worst, vegetate.

Indeed, we live in interesting times. We live in an era where our ability to influence the society depends very much on how we are able to bring innovative ideas to bear on our responsibilities.

In Lagos State, we have decided to take the bull of transformational leadership by the horn. We have created the Office of Transformation, Innovation and Creativity to champion our vision of transforming the way we do business in the State.

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We have embarked on several projects using the most innovative ways and technologies available. Within a very short time from now, those who wish to conduct transactions with Lagos State in areas including, but not limited to, property and land, should be able to do so using e-facilities.

Ladies and gentlemen, leading a transformational world through innovation implies creating conditions that promote entrepreneurship and facilitate an environment where entrepreneurial spirit can thrive. This is the challenge of any government.

In this regard, I seize this opportunity to announce the establishment and commencement of Pitch@Lagos from next year. This is an initiative through which we will identify the best of our young entrepreneurs for the purpose of supporting and promoting their enterprise. I am very pleased to report that both former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Alhaji Aliko Dangote have consented to sponsorship of the initiative.

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May I use this medium also to express the appreciation of Lagos State to Access Bank Plc for also supporting this initiative.

Ladies and gentlemen, with the assembly of excellent and well-experienced speakers, business leaders, policy formulators and world leaders that Access Bank has graciously put together for our collective benefit today, I have no doubt in my mind that our knowledge of how innovation can engender transformational leadership will be much enriched.

I will be failing in my duty as the governor if I do not seize this opportunity to invite your governments, companies, your business men and women, to invest in Lagos. Lagos is open for business. I invite you all to take advantage of the new one stop shop -the Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment, which the government has created to ease doing business in Lagos.

With a population of over 21 million people, a large middleclass, an expansive market that extends down the West African coast, with a status of the fourth largest economy in Africa, Lagos is indeed the place to innovate and make transformational investment!

I invite you to enjoy this city of aquatic splendour and experience all it has to offer.

Thank you.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun!

 

Mr. Akinwumi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State

10 December 2015

Governor Ambode To Attend Global African Investment, Climate Change Summit

Governor Ambode To Attend Global African Investment, Climate Change Summit

In furtherance of his administration’s effort to boost foreign direct investment, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode will join other participants for this year’s edition of the Global African Investment Summit taking place in London next week.

He is expected to deliver a keynote address on investment opportunities in Lagos.

According to a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the Summit will afford the Governor the opportunity to intimate willing investors on the various  opportunities that abound in the state.

“At the commencement of his administration, Governor Ambode set out by putting structures in place that will create an enabling environment for local and foreign investments to thrive and eliminate bureaucratic bottlenecks which hitherto discourage investors from doing business in the state”.

 “With the creation of the Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment,  the Governor is leading from the front to ensure that Lagos continues to be the choice destination for investors. This will no doubt create job opportunities for our teeming youths”, Ayorinde said.

The Governor is also expected to attend the Lagos Investment Roundtable, a business meeting put together by PriceWaterHouseCoopers Global Forum opening in London on Monday.

The statement also said that the Governor is also billed to attend the Climate Change Summit where about 40 major cities of the world will be represented.

“The economic benefit of these trips is expected to culminate in more investments into the state, which will also have a direct impact on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the state and the people of Lagos will be the ultimate beneficiaries”, Ayorinde said.