African Football Legends Honour Ambode In Lagos

African Football Legends Honour Ambode In Lagos

…As Testimonial Match For Gov Ends In Thrilling 4-4

…Eto’o To Ambode: I Hold You in High Esteem

The Agege Stadium in Lagos was buzzing with excitement on Saturday as top African and Nigerian football legends honoured the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode with a testimonial match as he gets set to exit office.

Virtually all the biggest African and Nigerian stars to have played the round leather game turned up for the thrilling match which was watched by a full capacity crowd at the stadium.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, flanked by Ex-Nigerian Footballer, Peter Rufai (right); representative of Liberian President (George Weah), Minister Zeoga Wilson (left) and other former African football stars during the Testimonial Football Match in honour of the Governor at the Agege Stadium, Lagos, on Saturday, May 18, 2019.

Among the players on the Nigerian legend team coached by Olympic gold medal winning coach, Bonfere Joe, include Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Samson Siasia, Daniel Amokachi, Augustine Eguavoen, Mutiu Adepoju,  Emmanuel Amunike, Taribo West, Uche Okechukwu, Garba Lawal,  Peter Rufai and Ike Shorunmu.

Others include Finidi George, Victor Ikpeba, Obafemi Martins, Tijani Babangida, Julius Aghahowa and Sam Sodje, while Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shuaibu and Ayo Makun, popularly known as AY, featured in the game.

The African legend team, coached by former U-17 Golden Eaglets coach, Fanny Amun had the likes of El Hadji Diouf, Diomansy Kamara, Titi Kamara, Christian Karembeu, Stephen Appiah, Didier Zokora, Lomana Lua Lua, Khalilou Fadiga and Seydou Keita.

Watched by an unprecedented crowd that thronged the Agege Stadium, Kanu Nwankwo opened the scoring in the first half before Titi Kamara drew the African legends level within a space of two minutes. A fowl in the penalty box by Taribo West on El Hadji Diouf was converted by Titi Kamara which put the African stars 3-1 at half time.

In the second half, Garba Lawal fired in a free kick from the edge of the 18-yard to half the deficit for the Nigerian Legends. But a cheeky penalty from El Hadji Diouf put the African legends 4-2 up.

Cross view of the football lovers and spectators during the Testimonial Football Match in honour of the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the Agege Stadium, Lagos, on Saturday, May 18, 2019.

With the game heading for its final minutes, Obafemi Martins charged through the defence of the African Legends and scored a rebound with a header, while a stoppage time goal by comedian, AY ensured both team shared the spoils, with the game finishing in a thrilling 4-4 draw.

Before the game, Governor Ambode was given a guard of honour by both teams as he walked through with fireworks display, before he was given the honour of performing  the official kick off for the match.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), being inducted in the Hall of Fame of the Nigeria Supporters Club by the Club’s President, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo (middle) while wife of the Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (right) and other members of the Club, watch with admiration during the Testimonial Football Match in honour of the Governor at the Agege Stadium, Lagos, on Saturday, May 18, 2019.

Earlier, there was a novelty match between an U-15 side from Lagos and their counterpart from Kebbi State, with the visitors running away with 5-0 victory.

Governor Ambode was also inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Nigeria Supporters Club (NSC) for his unwavering support towards sports development and especially football in Nigeria.

President of the NSC, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo while presenting the award to the Governor said the Governor would forever be remembered for his giant strides in sports development especially in the State.

The event was also spiced up by music performances by top Nigerian artistes, including Two Baba, Small Doctor, among others.

Speaking to journalists after the match, Victor Ikpeba said Governor Ambode deserved to be commended and appreciated for what he had done for Lagos, saying that he would be greatly missed.

“It’s a long time that we witnessed the fans come out in numbers for this kind of game and it just shows that the fans still appreciate their former greats in African football. It’s great for Lagos State today; we are all excited. It’s not about the result, but just coming together to have this fantastic game. Credit to Ambode; we are going to miss him. We wish him all the best in life in the future,” he said.

Also in a letter addressed to the Governor, four times African Footballer of the Year, Samuel Eto’o expressed his regret of his inability to participate in the match, however saying that he was glad to have been invited as he holds the Governor in high esteem.

“I hold you in high esteem, the love and support I get from Nigerian football lovers and fans in Nigeria at large. It would have been a pleasure attending this celebration. I love you Governor Ambode, I believe the event will be a success and I give you my warmest regards,” he said.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Receives Diouf, Kanu Nwankwo, Finidi George, Zokora, Other Soccer Legends

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Receives Diouf, Kanu Nwankwo, Finidi George, Zokora, Other Soccer Legends

…Says Sports Remain Veritable Tool To Grow Economy Of African Nations

…Gov Has Made Lagos A Safe Place- French Sports Journalist

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday received top African football legends at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, urging countries in the continent to look inward and explore the possibility of using sports to grow their economies, saying sports remain a veritable tool to foster growth and development.

Some of the African soccer legends who paid the courtesy visit to the Governor include Kanu Nwankwo, Finidi George, Victor Ikpeba, El Hadji Diouf, Diomansy Kamara, Didier Zokora, Khalilou Fadiga Austin Eguavoen, Mutiu Adepoju, Waidi Akanni, Uche Okechuku and Seydou Keita.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right); presenting souvenirs to former Senegalese striker, El-Hadji Diouf (2nd left) during a courtesy visit by Ex-African footballers to the Governor ahead of a Testimonial Match in His honour at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Friday, May 17, 2019. With them are Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Tandoh (left) and the Director-General of the Commission, Mr. Babatunde Bank-Anthony.

Governor Ambode, while receiving some of the soccer legends that would be participating in a testimonial match on Saturday put together in his honour as he prepares to exit office, said the sense of brotherhood in sports must be played up for the benefits of the continent in terms of scaling up the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of African countries.   

Recalling an initiative of his administration known as Project T.H.E.S.E which stands for Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment and Arts and Sports for Excellence, Governor Ambode said right from inception, machineries were set rolling to use sports to grow economy and tourism in Lagos.

According to him, “We have always used sports to build bridges and there is this sense of brotherhood anytime that you switch on your television and there is an African playing on any line-up be it Liverpool, be it Tottenham, that feeling is always there and that brotherhood is something that we can use to grow the economies of Africa nations.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with Former African football stars, El-Hadji Diouf (right); Khalilou Fadiga (2nd right); Diomansy Kamara (left) during a courtesy visit by Ex-African Footballers to the Governor ahead of a Testimonial Match in His honour at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Friday, May 17, 2019.

“I had this dream when I came in as Governor that I could use sports, tourism, entertainment and arts with some sense of hospitality to promote excellence. So, I had something called Project T.H.E.S.E and my dream was to catalyze everything around sports and use it to build tourism and also grow the GDP of Lagos.

“So, that was the dream and why we promoted as many sporting activities as possible so that we could create a platform for tourism which made many people to travel here and just like you have come now, you will lodge in our hotels and the hotels at the end of the day would pay taxes and then we use it to do the infrastructure that we are doing.”

He said though four years may not be enough to do everything but that he was grateful to God for the opportunity to serve the people, just as he expressed optimism that the next administration would take it up, improve on it and ensure that the dream and vision for sports development never dies.

“I am very honoured that you are all here in Lagos to celebrate with me as I finish my tenure in Lagos State. This match is not only for me but for the good of humanity. We are not promoting it because we want to make money out of it but we are actually showcasing the fact that there is still something to be done about sports development in Africa and then particularly in Nigeria.

“We have lost a lot of resources and economic growth because people can’t match sports with the economy and that is the mis-match that we are having here. I mean, the question is why do I have to travel to Madrid to go and watch La Liga meanwhile I will pay Airline, pay for hotel and grow the economy of Spain?

“That is what Africa has to find out and then maybe as I leave office, it might just be my next venture to do something around sports and use my intellect to find a way to match sports with our economy and all of you here are all Ambassadors in your own rights and that is the only way we can continue to pull resources together because we must understand that the future of Nigeria is actually in the service industry – in sports, in creative arts, in things that are innovative whereby people can use their talents to earn income and I pray that one day we would have sporting companies that would be on the Stock Exchange,” Governor Ambode said.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (6th left); Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Tandoh (5th left); Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) member, Aisha Falode (6th right), with some Former African Footballers, during a courtesy visit by the football stars to the Governor ahead of a Testimonial Match in His honour at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Friday, May 17, 2019.

Speaking on behalf of the footballers, Diouf thanked Governor Ambode for the opportunity for him and others to be personally here in Nigeria to see the fans, vowing to run the show with exciting display during the match on Saturday.

Also speaking, Aliou Goloko, a French sports journalist, said Governor Ambode deserved to be commended and appreciated for making Lagos a safe place, adding that the soccer legends were also drawing inspiration from the purposeful leadership of the Governor. 

“It’s very important for everybody to know that all these African legends came to Lagos because of the Governor. The Governor made it possible because when Waidi Akanni came to us and said we have to go to Lagos, there was no fear to come to Lagos. You (Governor Ambode) have made Lagos a safe place; a place of humanity and a place of solidarity,” Goloko said.

We Have Changed The Fortunes Of LASU

We Have Changed The Fortunes Of LASU

…As Ex-Ghanaian President, Mahama Urges African Universities To Embrace Technology

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday commissioned the new Senate Building of Lagos State University (LASU), expressing optimism that the ultra-modern edifice would go a long way in enhancing academic activities and positively changing the landscape of the institution.

Osinbajo, who delivered the 23rd Convocation Lecture of the university before inaugurating the Senate Building, also said time had come for African countries to invest more in education to lift the people of the continent out of poverty.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), with former President of Ghana and Chairman, convocation lecture, Mr. John Mahama (left) and Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (middle) during the 23rd Convocation of Lagos State University (LASU) and commissioning of the new Senate Building at the University Campus, Ojo, on Thursday, May 16, 2019.

Speaking on the theme: “Africa Centres of Excellence in African Universities: A Veritable Catalyst for Nation Building and Development,” the Vice President also said that time had come for universities in Africa to be at the fore front of building research and collaboration to find lasting solutions to the myriad of challenges confronting the continent.     

“So what do we need to do to convert our country to the greatest Centre for innovation and creativity in the world? Three things: number one education, number two education and number three education. The truth is that education is the most powerful force for socio economic change in the world. The UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report and the Education Commission’s Learning Generation Report provides important evidence on the impact of education on individual’s earnings and economic growth”, Osinbajo said.

While expressing Federal Government‘s commitment to continue to collaborate with the Universities to play up education of the people, Osinbajo said this has become imperative owing to the fact that education remains the most important force to global change.

The newly commissioned Senate Building, Lagos State University, Ojo on Thursday, May 16, 2019.

He said through improvement in learning and quality education, Nigerians could be lifted from abject poverty, just as he also emphasized the need for more premium to be placed on girls’ education.

Speaking earlier, Former Ghanaian President, John Dramani Mahama, who chaired the Convocation Lecture, urged African universities to move away from the colonial system of education and focus on science and technology to engender growth and development of the continent.

He said universities must provide visionary leadership and have academic autonomy, while political institutions must also avoid interference with the running of academic institutions.

He said for African universities to set the tone as African centres of excellence, there must be adequate funding, while they must also collaborate with each other in terms of multiple campuses for different specializations in different countries.

“African universities can help bridge the gap created in African countries by focusing on science, technology and innovation which can be the catalysts for the development of Africa,” Mahama said.

On his part, Governor Ambode said it was gratifying to note that LASU was now well-positioned to be among Nigeria’s leading universities and a proper citadel of learning and character development.

Recalling some of the challenges the university was contending with in 2015 when his administration came on board such as backlog of unreleased results, low government subvention, infrastructure deficit, incessant industrial and student conflicts, among others, Governor Ambode said on assumption of office he immediately embarked on some reforms which today turned the story of the university around for good.

He said aside from amending the laws of the university and embarking on massive upgrade of infrastructure, the government also selected individuals with experience, dedication and a track record of remarkable leadership to lead the Governing Council, adding that the development changed the narrative of the University.

“Today, there is an atmosphere of peace and industrial harmony in LASU. The backlog of results have been cleared and our students are graduating every year; stepping out in flying colours, armed with qualifications, character and ideas to change the world. 

“Our government increased the subvention for LASU and also amended the laws governing the Institution especially regarding the tenure of the Vice-Chancellor and making LASU a residential institution.

“We have embarked on an extensive infrastructural development which has entailed upgrading the network of roads within the institution and installation of street lights. In line with our efforts to transform LASU, our Government embarked on various projects to add to the infrastructural landscape of the University: The new Senate Building we are commissioning today; a project started by my predecessor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN); A new Students Arcade, An Ultra-Modern Central Library, The New Faculty of Management Sciences Building, and LASU Homes,” he said.

He said the Students’ Arcade which was at 75 per cent completion stage had already been fully paid for, while work on the Central Library was at 60 per cent completion stage and would be completed by the end of the year, as well as the new Faculty of Management Sciences and construction of 3 prototype blocks of Lagos Homs Apartments at the LASU staff quarters.

Also, the Governor said it was equally gratifying to note that 6000 bed student hostel initiated by his administration was on course to be delivered through a Public Private Partnership (PPP), while other initiatives have been implemented in the education sector, including the Ready.Set.Work project.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, the education of our youths is imperative. It will shape the future of our nation. As the State’s Number 1 tertiary institution, we have tried to give LASU the right attention it deserves. This is one of the reasons why I made it a point of duty to attend all the Convocation Ceremonies of this institution since we came into office in 2015.

“Asides what we have done in LASU, we have initiated programmes to prepare our youths for the challenges of this era; to enable them have a good mix of theoretical and practical knowledge to fit into life after school. One of such programmes is the ‘Ready, Set, Work’ Initiative for all final year students of Tertiary Institutions in Lagos State.

“Three years down the line, the ‘Ready Set Work’ initiative is already yielding the positive results we desired, with over 30,000 students trained through the face-to-face and online academy. Over 3,000 students have gotten internship placements with leading corporate organizations and the enthusiasm of our students to be part of this programme has grown from year to year. I am very confident today that our youths and graduates are ready for work and ready for innovation,” the Governor said.

Address Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode On The Occasion Of The 23rd Convocation Ceremony Of Lagos State University

Address Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode On The Occasion Of The 23rd Convocation Ceremony Of Lagos State University

Protocols

It is always a pleasure to come to this great Institution, the Lagos State University. This will be my last visit in my capacity as the Visitor of this Institution and it has been an honour to be your Visitor.

On behalf of the good people of Lagos, I welcome and thank the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, GCON, SAN and the former President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency, Mr. John Dramani Mahama for honouring the invitation of the Lagos State University to be here today.

In 2015, one of our targets in education was to reposition the Lagos State University as a proper citadel of learning and character development. At that time, this institution was facing a number of challenges which interfered with the quality of education delivered.

Our LASU had a backlog of unreleased results, the subvention by government was no longer sufficient, the infrastructure needed serious rehabilitation and there were incessant industrial and student conflicts.

We were determined to put an end to all these because we believe that LASU is well positioned to be one of the leading educational institutions in Nigeria.

This vision led to the re-composition of the University Governing Council. We selected individuals with experience, dedication and a track record of remarkable leadership. This deliberate action to change the narrative of the University also led to the emergence of the dynamic management that the University currently enjoys. 

Today, there is an atmosphere of peace and industrial harmony in LASU. The backlog of results have been cleared and our students are graduating every year; stepping out in flying colours, armed with qualifications, character and ideas to change the world.

Our government increased the subvention for LASU and also amended the laws governing the Institution especially regarding the tenure of the Vice-Chancellor and making LASU a residential institution. We have embarked on an extensive infrastructural development which has entailed upgrading the network of roads within the institution and installation of street lights.

In line with our efforts to transform LASU, our Government embarked on various projects to add to the infrastructural landscape of the University:

  1. The new Senate Building we are commissioning today; a project started by my predecessor, Mr. Babjide Raji Fashola (SAN)
  2. A new Students Arcade
  3. An Ultra-Modern Central Library
  4. The New Faculty of Management Sciences Building, and
  5. LASU Homes.

The Students’ Arcade is 75% complete and has been fully paid for. The progress of work on the Central Library is at 60% and we expect the project to be completed by the end of the year. The same can be said for the new Faculty of Management Sciences with the work at 50% completion.

The construction of 3 prototype blocks of Lagos Homs Apartments at the LASU staff quarters is nearing completion with work at about 70%. These apartments which are targeted at staff of the University should be completed in seven months.

We have commenced the process of providing a 6000 bed student hostel for our students through a Public Private Partnership (PPP).

A lot of work has been done here but there is still a lot more to be done and I am confident that the next administration will accord this institution the same priority.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the education of our youths is imperative. It will shape the future of our nation. As the State’s Number 1 tertiary institution, we have tried to give LASU the right attention it deserves. This is one of the reasons why I made it a point of duty to attend all the Convocation Ceremonies of this institution since we came into office in 2015.

Aside what we have done in LASU, we have initiated programmes to prepare our youths for the challenges of this era; to enable them have a good mix of theoretical and practical knowledge to fit into life after school. One of such programmes is the ‘Ready, Set, Work’ Initiative for all final year students of Tertiary Institutions in Lagos State.

Three years down the line, the ‘Ready Set Work’ initiative is already yielding the positive results we desired, with over 30,000 students trained through the face-to-face and online academy. Over 3,000 students have gotten internship placements with leading corporate organizations and the enthusiasm of our students to be part of this programme has grown from year to year.

I am very confident today that our youths and graduates are ready for work and ready for innovation. Looking at our graduates today, I can see the sparkle in their eyes and energy to face the world.

I congratulate and thank the Chancellor, the Pro-Chancellor and other members of the Governing Council and the University Management on another convocation. You have discharged your duties diligently and taken our University to new heights. The Lagos State University is the better and gradually gravitating towards becoming the reference point in Nigeria and I am sure the Alumni and current students are grateful for all you have done.

In conclusion, I congratulate the graduands of today, their parents/guardians, family and friends.

The world out there is highly competitive and you will face challenges. The good news is that this Institution has equipped you to surmount these challenges.

Your respective families look up to you; your alma mater looks up to you; and the larger society looks up to you too. Do not disappoint us. Go out there and change the world.

Thank you and God bless you.

Itesiwaju ipinle eko lo je wa logun!      

His Excellency 

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State

16 MAY, 2019.

Governor Ambode Flags Off Construction Of Egan-Ayobo Link Bridge

Governor Ambode Flags Off Construction Of Egan-Ayobo Link Bridge

Commissions Agric Access Road, Egan, Lagos Theatre, Igando

… Igando Monarch, Residents Laud Gov, Say Projects Have Transformed Axis

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode yet again on Wednesday commissioned the Agric Access Road, Egan in Igando Ikotun Local Council Development Area (LCDA) and the Lagos Theatre in Igando as he gets set to exit office, saying that his administration has succeeded in its quest to transform the infrastructural landscape of the State with massive construction of critical roads and bridges.

The Governor, who also flagged off the construction of a link bridge connecting Egan and Ayobo communities, said he was fulfilled that his administration had delivered on its promise to run a government of inclusion that would leave no resident and area of the State behind.

“When our administration came into office, one of our cardinal promises was a government of inclusion. We committed to a government where nobody, community or people will be left behind. As a result we were determined to address the challenges of gross infrastructural deficit, flooding and erosion which the people around this senatorial district have lived with for some time now.

“I am very pleased and fulfilled to see that our commitment to make our State globally competitive and radically change our infrastructural profile to one that befits a contemporary smart city has been successful with the massive construction of roads and bridges we have undertaken in the last four years. We not only prioritized renewal and development of road infrastructure but we have done so using an all-inclusive approach that has touched rural and urban areas in the State,” he said.

He said that in constructing the Agric Access Road, the State Government took cognizance of the need to make commuting stress-free for pedestrians and motorists with wider roads and walkways, tackling flooding by providing adequate and covered drains, and street lights that would guarantee added safety and security for all road users.

The Governor expressed optimism that the roads constructed along the corridor would go a long way to create direct and indirect employment, increase connectivity and increase economic activity in the community and its environs.

“The unveiling of Agric Road Bamidele Kasali/Dosu Ekunrin Road today is a testimony to our passion to make our people happier, our roads better and our State safer. By this action, we are providing critical and needed infrastructure as well as reciprocating the support our government has enjoyed from this constituency in the last four years,” he said.

While imploring community, religious leaders and the people of Igando/Ikotun to guard the infrastructure jealously, he thanked Lagosians for their support and prayers, particularly in the discharge of their civic responsibility through payment of taxes.

“I believe strongly that our State is on a positive growth trajectory and I urge you to give the next administration the same unflinching support you gave us as we work together in transforming our State to the “Lagos of Our Dreams”, he said.

Governor Ambode said the State Government had already mobilized the contractor while work has started Egan-Ayobo Link Bridge, assuring that the incoming administration would see through the project to completion.

At the unveiling of 500-seater capacity Igando Theatre, Governor Ambode said the development was in accordance with his administration’s promise to create a new economy around Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment and Sports, saying it was gratifying to note that a solid and long term foundation had been effectively laid to support a sustainable tourism and entertainment-driven economy. 

He said with the unveiling, lovers of live theatre and the Arts would henceforth experience spectacular fun, adding that as the nation’s hub for commercial activities and entertainment, the State Government was providing key infrastructure to support growth as exemplified by the theatre.

He said the theatre, aside providing a platform for performances which would in turn bring revenue to artistes and entertainers, it would also go a long way to create opportunities for the tourism and hospitality sectors and the ripple effect would ultimately touch every aspect of the host communities.

“There is no State in the country that attracts visitors and new comers on daily basis as Lagos does. With our population, we have a large market for every sector. After the hustle and bustle of the day, people crave for entertainment and leisure. These theatres are built to provide for this need as well as creating jobs,” the Governor said.

In her goodwill message, Chairman of Igando-Ikotun Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Mrs Morenike Adesina-Williams commended Governor Ambode for the projects executed in the area, saying they would go a long way in enhancing the socio-economic development within the axis and the State in general.

“I wish to express our deep appreciation to the Governor for this laudable road project and the Theatre. We are aware of the deplorable state the road was but today the State Government has brought comfort and succor to people of Egan, Ayobo and all the people making use of this road.

“Also, the ground-breaking ceremony of the Egan-Ayobo link bridge is a thing of joy for us. This is a testament of the fact that your (Governor Ambode’s) administration has indeed provided good and qualitative social infrastructure across all divisions in Lagos State, particularly this road which will provide and enhance socio-economic development, investment and employment in this axis,” she said.

On his part, Onigando of Igando, Oba Lasisi Gbadamosi said the unveiling of the theatre was an emotional moment for him considering that Governor Ambode would be exiting office soon, just as he prayed that God would continue to bless and order the steps of the Governor.

“I want to profusely thank our Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode for standing firmly and seeing this project through. If I open my mouth and start to talk about the good things the Governor has done in our community, the State in general and even personally for me, I may cry but I just pray that God will be with the Governor in all his endeavours,” Oba Gbadamosi said.

Some residents of the area- Mrs. Aderinola Adetola and Mrs. Folashade Olanrewaju, who spoke on the projects, commended the Governor saying that the road has transformed the axis and upgraded their standard of living.