Lagos To Meet UNESCO Standard On Education –  Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

Lagos To Meet UNESCO Standard On Education –  Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday commissioned newly constructed block of six classrooms, furniture, toilets and borehole at Farm Settlement Primary School, Odogunyan in Ikorodu area of the State, just as he expressed optimism that it would go a long way to complement efforts geared towards meeting pupil/ classroom ratio in line with UNESCO standards.

The Governor, who spoke at the commissioning of the infrastructure donated by Ford Foundation in conjunction with Journalists for Democratic Rights (JORDER), said the school infrastructure was part of efforts towards restoring and sustaining confidence in the public school system by guarantying equal access to quality education to all children especially those with humble socio-economic background.

He said that the 17 per cent of the current Budget of the State earmarked for the Education Sector was the highest sectoral allocation in the Budget and would go a long way to ensure that every child can access to quality education.

Representative of Lagos State Governor & Secretary to the State, Mr. Tunji Bello (middle), flanked by Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Ganiyu Sopeyin (right) and Secretary, State Universal Basic Education Board, Mrs. Bose Adelaja (left) during the commissioning of Farm Settlement Primary School, Odogunyan, Ikorodu, donated by the Ford Foundation and Journalists for Democratic Rights (JODER), on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
Representative of Lagos State Governor & Secretary to the State, Mr. Tunji Bello (middle), flanked by Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Ganiyu Sopeyin (right) and Secretary, State Universal Basic Education Board, Mrs. Bose Adelaja (left) during the commissioning of Farm Settlement Primary School, Odogunyan, Ikorodu, donated by the Ford Foundation and Journalists for Democratic Rights (JODER), on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

Governor Ambode, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Mr. Tunji Bello, reiterated the commitment of his administration to positive reforms in the educational sector through the provision of necessary infrastructure and curriculum development.

He expressed appreciation to the Foundation in promoting international cooperation and advancing human development through the collaboration with Government, private sector, academia and the host communities.

“As Partners-in-Progress, we consider this donation a demonstration of your belief in this administration’s policy of encouraging corporate organizations, public spirited individuals and other stakeholders to buy into our “Adopt-a-School Initiative”, the Governor said.

L-R: Representative of Lagos State Governor & Secretary to the State, Mr. Tunji Bello (middle); Secretary, State Universal Basic Education Board, Mrs. Bose Adelaja; Representatives of Ford Foundation, West Africa, Mrs. Yemisi Akin Adeniyi; Mr. Innocent Chukwuma and Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Ganiyu Sopeyin with a painting of before and after construction of Farm Settlement Primary School, Ikorodu, donated by the Ford Foundation and Journalists for Democratic Rights (JODER).
L-R: Representative of Lagos State Governor & Secretary to the State, Mr. Tunji Bello (middle); Secretary, State Universal Basic Education Board, Mrs. Bose Adelaja; Representatives of Ford Foundation, West Africa, Mrs. Yemisi Akin Adeniyi; Mr. Innocent Chukwuma and Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Ganiyu Sopeyin with a painting of before and after construction of Farm Settlement Primary School, Ikorodu, donated by the Ford Foundation and Journalists for Democratic Rights (JODER).

The Governor urged the school community who are direct beneficiaries as well as the Odogunyan community to take ownership and assume responsibility for proper care the new classrooms.

He also called on other well- meaning and public spirited individuals, corporate organizations and other stakeholders to join hands with the government in order to move the state forward in all sectors.

The Governor later cut the tape to formally hand over the classrooms and facilities alongside the Representatives of Ford Foundation in West Africa, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, the Executive Director of the Journalists for Democratic Rights (JODER), Mr. Adewale Adeoye and Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Ganiyu Sopeyin.

Lagos State Government Begins Renovation Of Herbert Macaulay Public Library, Yaba

Lagos State Government Begins Renovation Of Herbert Macaulay Public Library, Yaba

The Lagos State Government has commenced the total renovation and upgrade of the Herbert Macaulay Public Library, Yaba to international standard.

The upgrade which is being carried out through a partnership with Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) as part of the Lagos State Government’s Adopt-A-Library initiative, falls under the larger objective of the State Government to ensure increased access to knowledge for Lagos residents.

Special Adviser to Governor Ambode on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, said that as a result of the renovation work, the Library would be closed to the general public from Monday June 13, 2016, just as he expressed optimism that upon completion, the Herbert Macaulay Library would become the best of its kind in Nigeria and rival any library facility in Africa.

Bank-Olemoh told journalists that the Adopt-A-Library initiative falls under a tripod pillar of Access to Knowledge; which also includes Project 350, a private-sector driven initiative to build libraries and ICT centres in secondary schools across the State, and the creation of an online library which will serve as an Education Portal and a repository of knowledge.

“Access to knowledge is a priority of this administration,” he said.

The Special Adviser said that recently, the Ipaja and Ilupeju Public Libraries were re-opened after a similar exercise was concluded, saying that renovation works would soon commence on the Isolo, Agege, and the Badagry Public Libraries.

“The Lagos State Government regrets any inconvenience this closure might cause. It is, however, for the benefit of the public, especially Yaba residents,” he said.

Bank-Olemoh reiterated the commitment of the State Government to building a Lagos that works for all, saying it was a key priority for Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. 

Address Presented By His Excellency, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State, on the Occasion of the Quarterly Town Hall Meeting (3rd In The Series) Held on Thursday April 14th,  2016 at Ikorodu Town Hall, Ikorodu, Lagos

Address Presented By His Excellency, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State, on the Occasion of the Quarterly Town Hall Meeting (3rd In The Series) Held on Thursday April 14th, 2016 at Ikorodu Town Hall, Ikorodu, Lagos

In over a month from now, this administration will be one year in office and I am happy to report that in the last 10 and half months, this government has embarked upon several high impact projects; some completed while many are still ongoing. All of these are the outcome of our strategic and methodical plan to deliver a Lagos that is safe, clean and prosperous.

In the last two Quarterly Town Hall meetings, the 1st in West and the 2nd in Central, we have reported the achievements of the government under the various sectors. Today, we will only highlight some key achievements and listen more to you. We want to hear from you so that we can serve you better.

LAST QUARTER REPORT (ACTIVITIES BETWEEN JAN – MAR 2016)

Before I hand the proceedings over to you, let me brief you of some key highlights in the last quarter.

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COLLABORATION

We realise that one of the ways to fast-track our economic growth is through collaboration and partnerships.

As a result we entered into a partnership with Kebbi State for the establishment of a commodity value chain for the production, processing and distribution of commodities such as Rice, Wheat, Groundnut, Onions, Maize/Sorghum and Beef. This activity is majorly in the East Senatorial zone.

In the last quarter, Lagos State joined the Odu’a Investment Group. This is a major landmark in the South-Western states’ efforts towards regional integration and will benefit our State immensely.

The State has also entered into an agreement with the Federal Government to redevelop the National Museum at Onikan in line with our resolve to use tourism, hospitality, entertainment and sports to drive growth and development of the State.

We have also commenced negotiations with Namibian Investors in the areas of Tourism and Hospitality, especially on creating parks and resorts from the many open spaces in the State. Local Investors are also welcome to this thriving sector.

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 SPORTS

In the last quarter, as part of our efforts to position Lagos as a destination choice for Sports, Tourism and Investment in Africa, we hosted the Maiden Edition of “Lagos City Marathon”. This was a big success.

 We will sustain the event on an annual basis as well as continue to host other International Sporting events in order to improve Tourism in the State.

SECURITY

 Our commitment, determination and massive investment in security equipment in the last few months has yielded positive results.

The prompt rescue of the kidnapped Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary Girls by Security Agents and the quelling of the recent Mile 12 crisis in the State are pointers to this. Many criminal elements who had terrorized parts of the State have been arrested and will face the full wrath of the Law. I am ready to pay monetary compensation for information on hardened criminals as we proceed to make Lagos crime-free.

We are happy to report that crime rate has also reduced in the last Three months.

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LIGHT UP LAGOS PROJECT

The Lagos Light Up initiative of this administration is up and running.

In this quarter, we connected 68 Communities in Lekki/Ise/Odeomi in Ibeju Lekki Local Government Area of the State, who had been without electricity for 5years, to the National Grid. We have also commissioned the street lights from Ile Zik in Ikeja to the Sango old toll gate and from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport to Oshodi. Street lights have also been installed and retrofitted on many roads too numerous to list here. We would give greater attention to Ikorodu and its environs immediately.

INFRASTRUCTURE

The contracts for the construction of fly-overs in two of the State’s high traffic zones – Ajah Roundabout and Abule-Egba Junction were awarded and work has started. These two projects will be delivered on schedule this time next year.

Work has also started on the Berger pedestrian bridge. Work is at an advanced stage on the Ajasa Command and Aboru-Abesan link road to ease traffic on the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway and link the various communities.

The phase 1 of the Lagos Blue Line rail is now 85% completed.

We are happy that better attention is being paid to the East Senatorial Zone. Road construction is ongoing in Epe, Ikorodu, Somolu and other places.

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JOB CREATION

The Board of the State Employment Trust Fund has been constituted and N6.25b, which represents the State government’s commitment to the Fund for Year 1, has been paid to the Fund. By the next quarter, we will report the successes of this Fund in terms of beneficiaries and employment.

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EDUCATION

I have recently assented to the amended Lagos State University Law and approved the appointment of a Vice-Chancellor for the institution. A Provost has also been appointed for Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Otto Ijanikin.

In the last quarter, the State government paid over N561m for 46,000 candidates that are sitting for the WAEC examinations this year.

With the various measures to reposition the Education Sector and guarantee quality control, Lagos State Schools will soon be amongst the best centers for learning in Africa.

HEALTH

Our hard working Health Officials initiated quick action plans to curb and eradicate the recent outbreak of Febrile Rash disease commonly known as Measles at Otodo Gbame Community in the Eti – Osa Local Government Area of the State.

Our Health Officials also contained the outbreak of LASAA fever. In order to manage such incidents in the future, we have reactivated isolation Wards in LASUTH and 26 General Hospitals for the isolation of any suspected case.

Let me use this opportunity to appeal to all Lagosians to be vigilant and cooperate with our Health Officials in the various Local Governments and Communities by reporting any strange illness to the nearest health facility. 

SOCIAL WELFARE AND RULE OF LAW

 

We have launched the Priority Actions Document to end all forms of violence against Children. We have set up a channel in the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) for abused individuals to report cases of domestic and sexual violence to the government. We have also trained first responders to effectively deal with each reported case.

We launched mobile courts to try traffic and environmental offences. This will guarantee citizens’ access to justice and at the same time ensure order and civility is preserved in the society.

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CONCLUSION

Ladies and Gentlemen, historically, Lagos East Senatorial Zone was the economic hub of this State in the then Western Region as it served as a link between the hinterland and the waterways leading outside the country.

Over the years, the economic activities have continually dwindled resulting in urban migration, underdevelopment and unemployment.  It is with a view of revitalizing the economic activities of this zone that Government has identified the need for urgent intervention.  To this end, Government will be relocating the Mile 12 Market to Imota.  Work on this will commence next week.

Our vision is to make the East Senatorial Zone economically viable and liveable.

In the same vein, many investors have shown interest in the actualization of our dream for the 4th Mainland Bridge which will run from Ajah to Ikorodu to Isawo and berth at Ojodu, Ikeja back to the Ibadan expressway; the redevelopment of the fish market to an international Fish Market and the redevelopment of the inner roads in Epe and Ibeju-Lekki. Let me reiterate the commitment of this Administration at ensuring that no part of this State is left behind in our quest towards development. This government is methodically and strategically pursuing our programmes to put Lagos on the world stage as a megapolis.

Please pay your taxes and take ownership of the projects we have initiated and together, we will build the Lagos of our dreams.

I solicit your support in ensuring the full realization of our policies and programmes to achieve our goal of a safe and prosperous Lagos.

Thank you.

God bless Lagos State.

God bless Nigeria.

God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun.

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State

14th, April, 2016

My Alma Mater, FGC Warri Shaped My Life

My Alma Mater, FGC Warri Shaped My Life

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Saturday said his achievements in life can easily be attributed to the lessons he learnt and gained at the Federal Government College (FGC), Warri, Delta State.

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The Governor who spoke at the Golden Jubilee grand reunion of FGC, Warri, his alma mater, said all the knowledge and discipline impacted in him during his secondary school days in the College contributed largely to who he is today, just as he urged his old school mates to come together and ensure the vision of the school is kept alive.

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The Governor who went down memory lane to recall some of his good old days said, “Indeed, my becoming a governor can be attributed to what I gained and learnt from this school. We must come together, all of us to ensure that the vision of the establishment of the school must not die.

“So it is a great honour to all of us to return here after decades and celebrate this 50th anniversary. We are benefiting from the vision planted years ago.”

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“I want to assure the Principal that we are going to bring back the good old days of this school.

I wish all the students well and pray that you all be better and more successful than all of us here today.

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“I like to say a big welcome to seniors and juniors. One great thing about this school is that no matter what you become in life your senior remains your senior.”

Governor Ambode also used the occasion to restate the commitment of his administration to revamp the educational system in Lagos, saying that it will go a long way to shape the future of the next generation.

He said his government will stop at nothing to ensure that students are exposed to quality education, which according to him will go a long way to determine how far they go in life.

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He said, “Let me remind you all that the focus of my administration on education remains steadfast and consistent because no nation toys with the future of her youths. So in Lagos, education is given high priority in the scheme of change because it’s the growth and development is to invest heavily in Education”.

In his keynote address, Professor Godini Darah, also an alumnus of the College, gave reasons why the establishments of Unity Schools have brought about unity and progress in the Country.

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 He said the establishment of FGC in Warri, just like any other Unity School in the country was not in vain.”

 “We must make sure that the vision that was introduced 50 years ago remains solid and active”, Professor Darah said.

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode Appoints Aina Provost Adeniran Ogunsanya College Of Education

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode Appoints Aina Provost Adeniran Ogunsanya College Of Education

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday approved the appointment of Dr. (Mrs) Ladele Omolola Aina as the 8th substantive Provost of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Otto-Ijanikin.

In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, the appointment of Aina followed the expiration of the tenure of Mr. Wasiu Olalekan Bashorun as the 7th substantive Provost of the institution on 31st July, 2015.

According to the statement, Aina is to resume office on 12th January, 2016.

The Deputy Provost of the College, Mr. Ebenezer Oluwole Ajose had assumed the position of Acting Provost effective 6th August, 2015, until Aina’s appointment.

Born on 16th May, 1963, Aina, who is a Doctor of Mathematics, hails from Lagos Island of Lagos State.

She started her academic pursuits at the Yewande Memorial Nursery/Primary School, Surulere, Lagos and later enrolled at St. Anne’s School, Molete, Ibadan, Oyo State for her secondary education. She studied Mathematics at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State.

The statement added that Aina obtained her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction Mathematics at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos and later bagged her Doctorate Degree in Mathematics Education at Edith Cowan University Perth, Western Australia.

Aina has written so many books on mathematics teaching and methodology. She is also a member of several academic and professional bodies.

She is happily married with children.