Gov. Ambode Commissions 20 Mobile Care Units and 26 Transport Ambulances at Lagos House, Ikeja

Gov. Ambode Commissions 20 Mobile Care Units and 26 Transport Ambulances at Lagos House, Ikeja

…Says Services Will Be Deployed Free for Lagosians
…Hands over Patrol Vehicles, Motorbikes to Police

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday commissioned 20 Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) Ambulances and 26 Transport Ambulances, saying it was in fulfillment of his administration’s commitment to bring quality healthcare service closer to the people particularly during emergency situations.

The Governor who spoke at the Lagos State House, Ikeja, said that the commissioning of the ambulances, which will be deployed free of charge for Lagosians, was part of his pledge to run a government that will leave no one behind.

“In my inaugural address I pledged my total commitment to run a government that will leave no one behind; a government that will implement programmes that make life simpler, easier and happier for our people, Today we are launching the free ambulance service as a demonstration to that pledge”, he said.

He said the acquisition of the new ambulances was also in consonance with his administration’s mantra to run a government of continuity with improvement.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (4th right) cutting the tape to commission the 20 Mobile Care Unit and 26 Number Transport Ambulances at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, August 31, 2015. With him are Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (3rd right), State Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Otunba Henry Ajomale (2nd right), Head of Service, Mrs. Folasade Jaji (right),
the Alara of IIlara-Epe, Oba Hakeem Adesanya (4th left), the Opeluwa of Lagos, chief Lateef Ajose (3rd left), Senator Ganiyu Solomon (2nd right) and the Deputy Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun  Sanni (left).
L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (4th right) cutting the tape to commission the 20 Mobile Care Units and 26 Transport Ambulances at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, August 31, 2015. With him are Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (3rd right), State Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Otunba Henry Ajomale (2nd right), Head of Service, Mrs. Folasade Jaji (right), the Alara of IIlara-Epe, Oba Hakeem Adesanya (4th left), the Opeluwa of Lagos, chief Lateef Ajose (3rd left), Senator Ganiyu Solomon (2nd right) and the Deputy Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun Sanni (left).

“I recall with much satisfaction, the great strides we have witnessed in the health section in the last 16 years; commencing from the foundational leaps of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to the significant landmarks of Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN)”, the Governor said.

He said that the government is commencing with 26 Transport Ambulances that would be stationed at the 26 General Hospitals within the state for easy access, adding that his administration has restructured the State Emergency Ambulance Services and increased the fleet of new Mobile Intensive Care Units by 20, bringing the total number to 33 units.

He further said that the feat would widen the coverage of their services beyond the metropolis to the hinterland within the state.
“We have restructured the State Emergency Ambulance Services and increased the fleet of new Mobile Intensive Care Units by 20 bringing the total number to 33 MICUs. This will widen the coverage of our services beyond the metropolis to the hinterland within the state. In total, we are launching 46 new ambulances today”, he said.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (4th left), his Deputy, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (2nd left), Olu of Epe, Oba Shefiu Olatunji Adewale (3rd left), the Alara of IIlara-Epe, Oba Hakeem Adesanya (left) being shown the equipments in one of the Ambulance by Director of Lagos State Ambulance Services, Dr. Ibrahim Mustapha (right) during the commissioning of 20 Mobile Care Unit and 26 Number Transport Ambulances at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, August 31, 2015.
L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (4th left), his Deputy, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (2nd left), Olu of Epe, Oba Shefiu Olatunji Adewale (3rd left), the Alara of IIlara-Epe, Oba Hakeem Adesanya (left) being shown the equipments in one of the Ambulance by Director of Lagos State Ambulance Services, Dr. Ibrahim Mustapha (right) during the commissioning of 20 Mobile Care Unit and 26 Number Transport Ambulances at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, August 31, 2015.

The Governor also revealed that he has given approval for the recruitment of more paramedic staff and special medical coordinators to ensure 24 hours service to the citizens.

He also restated his commitment to upgrade the General Hospitals within the state and embark on the construction of a Medical Park.

“Our Medical Directors have renewed their commitment to ensure that their services are available 24-7 to ensure a good linkage with the new ambulance services. Drugs are to be made available more effectively at all our General Hospitals than before”.

“All our General Hospitals will now have new mobile X-Ray machines to reduce the cost of patients doing X-Ray outside the hospitals. Equipment is on the way”, he said.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), exchanging  pleasantries with the State Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Otunba Henry Ajomale (right) during the commissioning of 20 Mobile Care Unit and 26 Number Transport Ambulances at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, August 31, 2015.
L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), exchanging pleasantries with the State Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Otunba Henry Ajomale (right) during the commissioning of 20 Mobile Care Unit and 26 Number Transport Ambulances at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, August 31, 2015.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Mrs. Modele Osunkiyesi, said the acquisition of the Mobile Intensive Care Units was a fall out of the stakeholders meeting with the Governor.

She said 41 days ago, a public health stakeholders’ meeting was held at the behest of the Governor at which deliberations focused around immediate challenges being faced by each stakeholders, adding that the outcome was the acquisition of the ambulances.

In the same vein, Governor Ambode also handed over 10 brand new Hilux vehicles and 15 motorbikes to the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, saying it was in furtherance of the state government’s commitment to ensure a crime free Lagos state.

The Governor’s Deputy, Mrs. Oluranti Adebule, who handed over the vehicles to the Police charged them to utilise the vehicles judiciously to enhance security of lives and properties in the state.

Responding, the Commissioner of Police thanked the Governor for the gesture, just as he assured that the vehicles will be deployed to improve the crime prevention strategy of the force.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), in a warm handshake with the Alara of IIlara-Epe, Oba Hakeem Adesanya (right) while the Chief Imam of Lagos, Alhaji Garba Ibrahim Akinola (sitting) watches during the commissioning of 20 Mobile Care Unit and 26 Number Transport Ambulances at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, August 31, 2015.
L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), in a warm handshake with the Alara of IIlara-Epe, Oba Hakeem Adesanya (right) while the Chief Imam of Lagos, Alhaji Garba Ibrahim Akinola (sitting) watches during the commissioning of 20 Mobile Care Unit and 26 Number Transport Ambulances at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, August 31, 2015.
Ambode expresses optimism on safe return of Chibok Girls …Receives Members of ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ Group

Ambode expresses optimism on safe return of Chibok Girls …Receives Members of ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ Group

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday expresses optimism that the search for the over 200 Chibok school girls kidnapped on April 14, 2014 will end in the safe return of the girls back home.

The Governor spoke when members of the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ Campaign Group, under the auspices of the Women for Justice, staged a peaceful protest to the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja.

He told the protesters that like many Nigerians, he was extremely pained that the girls were still missing for the past 500 days, however urging them to continue to pray for the girls to return home safely.

Cross view of Bring Back Our Girls Group during their solidarity rally to Governor Ambode, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, August 27, 2015.
Cross view of Bring Back Our Girls Group during their solidarity rally to Governor Ambode, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

“As a parent, I empathize with their parents and understand how they feel. I can only add my voice to that of millions of Nigerians and our friends from the international community that the girls will soonest come back home”, he said.

Governor Ambode also commended the organisers of the peaceful protest for their initiative to engage in the rally to remind Nigerians and keep hope alive for the missing girls, while assuring that his administration strongly aligns with President Buhari`s pledge to do all within his capacity to ensure that that the girls would be rescued alive.

“I quite appreciate the initiative of your organisers to fight for the missing girls. Let me say we quite appreciate your concern. I want to say categorically that my administration strongly believes in the pledge of President Buhari that the girls would come back alive”.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right) with members of Bring Back Our Girls Group; Miss Adidat Babalola (right), Master Iyiola Aladegoroye (middle), Mr. Niyi Olatunde Onabanjo (2nd left) and Mr. Olalere Babalola (left) during a solidarity rally by the Group to the Governor, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, August 27, 2015.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right) with members of Bring Back Our Girls Group; Miss Adidat Babalola (right), Master Iyiola Aladegoroye (middle), Mr. Niyi Olatunde Onabanjo (2nd left) and Mr. Olalere Babalola (left) during a solidarity rally by the Group to the Governor, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

“Most of us were very concerned and pained when the girls were declared missing and we were more disturbed about the reaction of the then President, Goodluck Jonathan which was globally condemned as inadequate”.

“We thank God that President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to bring back our girls. I want to say categorically that my administration fully identifies with the position expressed by President Muhammadu Buhari that the girls will be brought back alive”, he said.

Governor Ambode assured that his administration would continue to cater for the internal displaced persons as demanded by the group.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right) receiving pictures of the over 200 kidnapped Chibok Girls from a member of Bring Back Our Girls Group, Ms. Yemi Ransome-Kuti (right) while the Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (2nd left) and Legal Practitioner, Trade Marks & Patents Agents, Mrs. Ayo Obe (left) watch during a solidarity rally by the Group to the Governor, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, August 27, 2015.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right) receiving pictures of the over 200 kidnapped Chibok Girls from a member of Bring Back Our Girls Group, Ms. Yemi Ransome-Kuti (right) while the Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule (2nd left) and Legal Practitioner, Trade Marks & Patents Agents, Mrs. Ayo Obe (left) watch during a solidarity rally by the Group to the Governor, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

Earlier, Coordinator of the Bring Back Our Girls Group in Lagos, Ms Yemisi Ransome-Kuti, in her address read by Dr Abiola Akiode, recalled that exactly 500 days ago, about 276 female students of Government School, Chibok in Borno State were abducted by Boko Haram, 57 of them managed to escape on their own while 219 remain in captivity.

“We are aware that the Chibok girls are not the only victims of the insurgency in the northeast but because we know their names, their pictures and parents, we will continue to use them as symbol for the ongoing crisis in the country. We can`t claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents”, she said.

The team told the Governor to impress it on the Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF) to take a strong stance for action to curb the insurgency, rescue the Chibok girls and other Nigerians and as well cater for internally displaced peoples across the country.

Governor Ambode at Oyo State Governor’s Daughter Wedding in Ibadan [Photos]

Governor Ambode at Oyo State Governor’s Daughter Wedding in Ibadan [Photos]

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle) with Ogun and Osun States Governors, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun (right) and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (left) during the wedding ceremony of Oyo State Governor’s Daughter at Ibadan on Friday, August 21, 2015.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle) with Ogun and Osun States Governors, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun (right) and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (left) during the wedding ceremony of Oyo State Governor’s Daughter at Ibadan on Friday, August 21, 2015.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left) during the wedding ceremony of Oyo State Governor’s Daughter at Ibadan on Friday, August 21, 2015.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left) during the wedding ceremony of Oyo State Governor’s Daughter at Ibadan on Friday, August 21, 2015.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right) with Father of the Bride and Governor of Oyo State, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi (2nd left), Osun  and Ogun States Governors, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (left) and Sen. Ibikunle Amosun (right) during the wedding ceremony of Oyo State Governor’s Daughter at Ibadan on Friday, August 21, 2015.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right) with Father of the Bride and Governor of Oyo State, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi (2nd left), Osun and Ogun States Governors, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (left) and Sen. Ibikunle Amosun (right) during the wedding ceremony of Oyo State Governor’s Daughter at Ibadan on Friday, August 21, 2015.