An Address Delivered by His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State at The Inauguration of Security Equipment to The Lagos State Police Command on Friday 27th November, 2015

An Address Delivered by His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State at The Inauguration of Security Equipment to The Lagos State Police Command on Friday 27th November, 2015

Protocol,

The overall policy thrust of this administration is built on a Tripod; that is to say – Security, Job Opportunities and Improved Infrastructure.

With a safer Lagos, we would continue to attract bigger commerce and more local and foreign investment. This would create more job opportunities for our people and generate more taxes for the government to improve on the infrastructure in various sectors.

With our commitment to light-up Lagos; we are sure we are on our way to creating a 24-7 economy. It is in our best interest.

We are all aware of the recent trend in terror attacks all over the world. As one of the emerging global City-States, it has become compelling to reenergize the security infrastructure in meeting with present day realities.

In a bid to reinvigorate the State Police Command, the Rapid Response Squad was established in1999 under the visionary leadership of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The Command was further strengthened during the administration of Babatunde Raji Fashola who set up the Security Trust Fund in 2007 to create a Public-Private Partnership to fund the huge investment required to support security operations in the State.

The State Police Command has been a major beneficiary of donations of security equipment by the Lagos State Security Trust Fund and government.

Today, we are raising the bar and repositioning the Lagos State Police Command to a standard comparable to similar outfits in other modern City States. Our Police Command will have its operations significantly driven by the right technology and equipment that will match the emerging sophistication of crime in our contemporary time.

Subsequently, we are fortifying the State Command with the following items:

  1. 100 4-Door Salon Cars
  2. 55 Ford Ranger Pick-Ups
  3. 10 Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-Ups
  4. 15 BMW Power Bikes/Cycles
  5. 100 Power Bikes
  6. Isuzu Trucks
  7. 3 Helicopters
  8. 2 Gun Boats
  9. 15 Armoured Personnel Carriers
  10. Revolving Lights, Siren and Public Address System
  11. Vehicular Radio Communicators
  12. Security Gadgets including Bullet Proof Vests, Helmets, Handcuffs, etc
  13. Uniforms, Kits, etc; and
  14. Improved Insurance and Death Benefit Schemes
  15. All these have been acquired at a total cost of Four Billion, Seven Hundred and Sixty-Five Million Naira(N4.765bn).

 

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It is significant to state here that over 50% of this amount came from the Lottery Revenues of the State assigned for good causes and Public good.

These vehicles and equipment will enable the Command to effectively cover every part of the State and respond to distress calls faster.

Members of the Police Command have been undergoing training to better equip them for the job. We have also rebranded the Rapid Response Squad of the State police Command to give them a new identity.

Given the encouraging partnership and support of well-meaning citizens and corporate organisations, we are on course to making our State a safe haven only for law abiding citizens.

To the Officers of the State Police Command; we say to whom much is given, much is expected. Law enforcement officers are never ‘off duty.’ They are dedicated public servants who are sworn to protect the public at any time and place. Lagosians will not accept excuses.

I thank His Excellency, our dear President Muhammadu Buhari, for his support to Lagos State. He has always answered whenever we call.

Sir, Lagos State needs your constant attention as the security of Lagos reflects directly on the economic fortunes of Nigeria. We need you to further strengthen the Federal support to Lagos.

I thank the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, the State Commissioner of Police, the State Police Command and members of the State Security Trust Fund especially the outgoing Board of Trustees. You have done a wonderful job and the new Board has a challenge to do better.

I thank Corporate Lagos and Individuals who have supported our Security Trust Fund initiative. I make a renewed call to our Corporate Citizens to donate to the Fund generously. A better, secure Lagos means an open market for all goods and services produced in Lagos. This partnership is a Win-Win and I am committed to it.

Let me use this opportunity to reiterate that security is everybody’s business. Effective security thrives on collaboration between the public and the security agencies. Let us play our part by acting responsibly and giving useful information on suspected criminals and activities that might lead to the breach of security in our communities to the Police through the emergency hotline 112.

As we approach the Christmas season, let us be vigilant and security conscious in our homes, offices and other places that we may be.

I pray that we experience a peaceful, happy and memorable festive season and years ahead.

Thank you.

Itesiwaju Eko, lo je wa logun!

Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

27th November 2015

Lagosians Expect Nothing Short Of Excellence, Ambode Tells Appointees

Lagosians Expect Nothing Short Of Excellence, Ambode Tells Appointees

…Inaugurates Heads Of Boards, Commissions

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday inaugurated the newly appointed Chairmen, Executive Secretaries and Members of some Boards and Commissions of State Agencies with a charge on them to see their appointment as a call to service and give extra-ordinary efforts to move Lagos forward.

Governor Ambode, who recalled that the State Executive Council was inaugurated exactly two weeks ago, said the inauguration of the new appointees, coming just after the Leadership Retreat organized by the State for Commissioners, Special Advisers, Body of Permanent Secretaries and some heads of agencies, were all geared towards avoiding vacuum that could impede timely and smooth policy implementation process.

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The Governor said that as public officials, the new appointees must have it at the back of their minds that they shoulder a great burden which calls for high sense of responsibility and sacrifice, and therefore will require extra-ordinary efforts and commitment to the advancement of the State in particular and Nigeria in general.

Recalling that the appointees were selected after a painstaking exercise which took into cognizance their academic and professional qualifications as well as their capacities to give selfless service, Governor Ambode admonished the appointees to deliver and add value to the quality of service in the State.

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“To achieve a globally competitive economy that works 24 hours of the day and 7 days of the week requires extra-ordinary efforts and commitment. This is what is required of you“.

“I urge you to uphold the spirit of excellence for which our State is known by discharging your responsibilities excellently. Nothing short of excellence is acceptable to the people of Lagos State. I urge you to maintain your integrity and always be guided by the principles of transparency, accountability and the rule of law,” Governor Ambode said.

The Agencies inaugurated include the Lagos State Health Service Commission; Lagos State Audit Service Commission; Lagos State Local Government Service Commission; Lagos State Judicial Service Commission; Lagos State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board; and Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board.

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The Governor also inaugurated the Chairman and Executive Secretaries of Lagos State Safety Commission; Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission; and the Lagos State Wharf Landing Fee Collecting Authority respectively.

Dr. Bayo Aderiye was appointed as Chairman of Health Service Commission, while the Audit Service Commission has Alhaji Abiodun Waliu Onibon as its Chairman.

The Universal Basic Education Board has as its Chairman, Dr. Ganiu Sopeyin, while Mr. Babatunde Rotinwa was appointed Chairman of Local Government Service Commission.

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Mr. Fouad Oki was appointed Executive Secretary of Lagos State Safety Commission, while Mr. Joe Igbokwe is the new Executive Secretary of Lagos State Wharf Landing Fee Collecting Authority.

Arch. Ahmed Kabir Abdullahi was also inaugurated as the Executive Secretary of Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission.

Responding on behalf of the appointees, Mr. Babatunde Rotinwa, a retired Head of Service, promised to justify the confidence reposed in them by the Governor to serve the good people of Lagos State.

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“We will discharge this duty with all sense of responsibility. We shall be transparent, honest and be diligent in the course of this assignment. We are going to mobilize all the staff in these Departments and Agencies to ensure that we actualize the manifestoes of our great party and the campaign promises made by the Governor to the good people of Lagos State,” Rotinwa said.

Tinubu Lauds Appointment of Lawal as SGF

Tinubu Lauds Appointment of Lawal as SGF

…Says He’ll Bring Professionalism To Bear On The Job

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Saturday described the appointment of Engr. Babachir David Lawal as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), as a step in the right direction, expressing optimism that he would bring his wealth of experience to bear in the office.

Tinubu, who spoke at a Thanksgiving reception held in Abuja in honour of Lawal, extolled his qualities, saying that while some of his contemporaries have succumbed to the temptation of illicit wealth and the abuses of power and privilege, he (Lawal) has remained faithful to the course of the nation.

Alluding to the fact that his appointment was a reward for hard work and selfless service, he said Lawal’s eye for detail and due process makes him the best man for the job.

Tinubu who was represented at the event by the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode said, “If you are looking for a man who is diligent in his work with a keen eye for details and correct process, there is none better than Babachir Lawal”. 

“He knows this nation and understands its complexities, from the intricacies of our federal bureaucracy to the diversity of our social fabric to the, multiple dimensions of our political dynamics.

“He is a man well-tailored to fit his position in today’s Nigeria where we find ourselves in a situation not meant for the faint hearted. A situation that requires grit, guts and wisdom.  These attributes, Lawal has in abundance”.

Tinubu said that despite the qualities the SGF possesses, he has remained humble, a character he said was rare in the nation’s political climate.

“He is humble and does not need to see his name in the spotlight. As long as the job is done correctly, he is happy. He does not seek credit even when duly deserved. This humility and self-contentment is not a common thing, especially in the arena of politics and government”.

He expressed confidence that Lawal will ensure that operations of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration will be conducted smoothly and professionally.

“He will do his utmost to do the best for all of Nigeria. He plays no favorites and is not one to operate under the veil of bias or discrimination. This big often gruff man also has a big heart and that heart is dedicated to good of our beloved land”.

“Through the years I have known BD Lawal, he has remained steadfast in his political beliefs. Never wavering and always resolute in his political convictions, BD does not blow with the prevailing political wind. He is a true ally, who remains by your side when the times get tough. He does not honey-coat his words or actions, he cuts through the chase and blunt also to a fault”. 

He also charged him to justify the confidence reposed on him by Nigerians, urging him to impact the system positively and help put an end to the malpractices of the past that have stalled and burdened the nation.

“All that you have learned. All of that experience. All of your insight, your nimble yet steady mind, and your friendly yet firm political nature must be brought to bear in this present assignment.

“Nigeria is at the cusp of a stupendous change for which we all labored. You have been tapped as one of the chief engineers who must make that change happen. We know that you shall excel because you have been born for this moment and this moment was born for you”, Tinubu said.

I’ll fulfil my Electoral Promises, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode assures

I’ll fulfil my Electoral Promises, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode assures

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode at the weekend assured Lagosians that he would fulfill the electoral promises he made to the people, especially in the areas of infrastructural renewal.

The Governor, who spoke at the 2015 Ojude Oba Epe Festival held at the Epe Recreation Ground, Epe, said the infrastructural renewal drive of the previous administration in the state will receive adequate attention in the course of his administration.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Oba of Epe Land, Arolugbade Elepe II, Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun and Chairman of the Occasion, Mr. Olalekan Adebiyi during the Ojude Oba Epe 2015 Celebration, at the Epe Recreation Ground, Epe, on Saturday, September 26, 2015.
L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Oba of Epe Land, Arolugbade Elepe II, Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun and Chairman of the Occasion, Mr. Olalekan Adebiyi during the Ojude Oba Epe 2015 Celebration, at the Epe Recreation Ground, Epe, on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

“One of the things that we did promise during the campaign is that we would continue with the infrastructural development of my predecessor and at the same time improve on it and that’s what we’ve started with areas where we feel that there are immediate palliatives that we can give, we have done that but more importantly, is for us to improve on the network in which Mr. Babatunde Fashola had actually laid down”, he said.

Governor Ambode said the used the first three months of his administration to set up an institutional framework, assuring that going forward, Lagosians will begin to witness development across the state.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, acknowledging cheers during the Ojude Oba Epe 2015 Celebration, at the Epe Recreation Ground, Epe, on Saturday, September 26, 2015. With him is the Oba of Epe Land, Arolugbade Elepe II, Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, acknowledging cheers during the Ojude Oba Epe 2015 Celebration, at the Epe Recreation Ground, Epe, on Saturday, September 26, 2015. With him is the Oba of Epe Land, Arolugbade Elepe II, Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun.

“I have no choice, I have to do it for all Lagosians, that’s what I am committed to do, I have said I am going to be selfless about service and that’s what I am going to do and you will see it. What I have done in the last three months is to set up the institutional framework and If you want to build a house, you have to lay the foundation, you will now see what I’ll be doing in the next three and half years, just watch and you would see it”, he said.

He also assured the people of Epe that development will also get to the area, saying aside being a native of Epe, the town has witnessed less development in recent times.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd left), Chairman, Eleganza Groups, Chief Razak Akanni Okoya, his wife, Folashade, First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, Asiwaju of Epe Land, Justice Adesola Oguntade (rtd.) and his wife during the Ojude Oba Epe 2015 Celebration, at the Epe Recreation Ground, Epe, on Saturday, September 26, 2015.
R-L: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd left), Chairman, Eleganza Groups, Chief Razak Akanni Okoya, his wife, Folashade, First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, Asiwaju of Epe Land, Justice Adesola Oguntade (rtd.) and his wife during the Ojude Oba Epe 2015 Celebration, at the Epe Recreation Ground, Epe, on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

For Epe, you can see, in terms of the rural local governments, Epe is the most rural and in terms of the divisions, Epe is the least of all the five divisions. So for them, the best thing we can do is to increase the infrastructural development here in Epe and also help them to develop in other areas”, the Governor said.

Dignitaries at the festival include the Oba of Epe Land, His Royal Majesty, Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun, Asiwaju of Epeland, Justice Adesola Oguntade Rtd., Chairman Eleganza Group, Chief Rasak Okoya, Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Adeola Olamilekan Solomon, Chief of Staff to Lagos State Governor, Mr. Olukunle Ojo, among others.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle) with the Oba of Epe Land, Arolugbade Elepe II, Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun,  Apase of Epe Land & Patron, Ojude Oba 2015 Planning Committee, Alhaji Akanni Seriki Bamu and the Executive Secretary, Epe Local Government, Hon. Hammed Seriki, during the Ojude Oba Epe 2015 Celebration, at the Epe Recreation Ground,  Epe, on Saturday, September 26, 2015.
L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle) with the Oba of Epe Land, Arolugbade Elepe II, Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun, Apase of Epe Land & Patron, Ojude Oba 2015 Planning Committee, Alhaji Akanni Seriki Bamu and the Executive Secretary, Epe Local Government, Hon. Hammed Seriki, during the Ojude Oba Epe 2015 Celebration, at the Epe Recreation Ground, Epe, on Saturday, September 26, 2015.