Nigerians Must Unite To Fight Cancer – Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

Nigerians Must Unite To Fight Cancer – Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday marked his birthday with a special luncheon too raise funds for the provision of three Mobile Cancer Centres across the three Senatorial Districts in the State, with a call on Nigerians to join hands together to wage war against the scourge.

The Governor who spoke at an event tagged #GivingTuesdayLagos put together by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria), which coincided with his 53rd Birthday, said the Centres would go a long way to save millions of Nigerians from preventable suffering and death.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); his Wife, Bolanle (left), Chairman of the Occasion, Mr. Jim Ovia and Group Managing Director, Zenith Bank Plc., Mr. Peter Amangbo during a Special #GivingTuesday organized by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria) to mark the Governor’s 53rd birthday, at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, June14, 2016.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); his Wife, Bolanle (left), Chairman of the Occasion, Mr. Jim Ovia and Group Managing Director, Zenith Bank Plc., Mr. Peter Amangbo during a Special #GivingTuesday organized by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria) to mark the Governor’s 53rd birthday, at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, June14, 2016.

Lamenting the rate at which the terminal disease has claimed thousands of lives in recent times, the Governor said it was unacceptable and therefore calls for concerted efforts from all and sundry.

He said the war against cancer was one that the government cannot tackle alone, hence the need for Nigerians to extend their philanthropy towards the scourge.

“Lives are lost every day to cancer and this is unacceptable. This is why the Lagos State Government carries out public health programmes focused on cancer.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), with his Wife, Bolanle (3rd right), being welcomed by Teniola Egbesola (2nd left); Temitayo Kayode (3rd left) and Iseoluwa Okesanya (2nd right) during a Special #GivingTuesday organized by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria) to mark the Governor’s 53rd birthday, at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, June14, 2016.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), with his Wife, Bolanle (3rd right), being welcomed by Teniola Egbesola (2nd left); Temitayo Kayode (3rd left) and Iseoluwa Okesanya (2nd right) during a Special #GivingTuesday organized by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria) to mark the Governor’s 53rd birthday, at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, June14, 2016.

 “I believe that the government alone cannot solve every problem; everyone has a role to play. In my one year in office, I have come to realise that even with the best will in the world, Government cannot do everything. The real challenge before me as Governor of Lagos is how I unite public, private and philanthropic sectors in building our state.

R-L: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (4th right), his Wife, Bolanle (3rdright); President, Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede; members of Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria) - Dr. Michael Omolayole; Convener, Mrs. Tutu Adeleke; Dr. Christopher Kolade; Publisher, Guardian Newspapers, Maiden Alex Ibru and Chief (Mrs.) Kemi Nelson, jointly cutting the cake during a Special #GivingTuesday organized by the CECP-Nigeria to mark the Governor’s 53rd birthday, at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, June14, 2016.
R-L: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (4th right), his Wife, Bolanle (3rdright); President, Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede; members of Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria) – Dr. Michael Omolayole; Convener, Mrs. Tutu Adeleke; Dr. Christopher Kolade; Publisher, Guardian Newspapers, Maiden Alex Ibru and Chief (Mrs.) Kemi Nelson, jointly cutting the cake during a Special #GivingTuesday organized by the CECP-Nigeria to mark the Governor’s 53rd birthday, at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, June14, 2016.

“I am therefore, glad that through this private sector led initiative I can play a role in helping to advance the BIG WAR Against Cancer for the well-being of not just the good people of Lagos State but Nigerians in general.

 “We can only achieve this goal with the generous support of all people of goodwill. Without these donations, the goal would not be reached and the opportunity to save lives would be lost,” he said.

L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with Chairman of the Occasion, Mr. Jim Ovia and Group Managing Director, Zenith Bank Plc., Mr. Peter Amangbo during a Special #GivingTuesday organized by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria) to mark the Governor’s 53rd birthday, at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, June14, 2016.
L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with Chairman of the Occasion, Mr. Jim Ovia and Group Managing Director, Zenith Bank Plc., Mr. Peter Amangbo during a Special #GivingTuesday organized by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria) to mark the Governor’s 53rd birthday, at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, June14, 2016.

Governor Ambode, who commended the CECP and philanthropists who donated towards the purchase of the first set of Mobile Cancer Centres, said that though the initial target was for one Centre in Lagos, having three centres in each of the senatorial districts in the State was a priority for him.

“The purpose of this Luncheon is to raise funds for One Mobile Cancer Centre for Lagos but I would like to challenge us all to not only give towards the provision of one Mobile Cancer Center but towards the provision of three Mobile Cancer Centers servicing each of the senatorial districts of Lagos; as the Centre of Excellence and Africa’s model City-State.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), being decorated as Patron of Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria) by the Convener, Mrs. Tutu Adeleke (left) while Dr. Michael Omolayole (2nd left), Wife of the Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (2nd right) and member of CECP, Chief (Mrs.) Kemi Nelson (right), watch with admiration during a Special #GivingTuesday organized by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria) to mark the Governor’s 53rd birthday, at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, June14, 2016.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), being decorated as Patron of Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria) by the Convener, Mrs. Tutu Adeleke (left) while Dr. Michael Omolayole (2nd left), Wife of the Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (2nd right) and member of CECP, Chief (Mrs.) Kemi Nelson (right), watch with admiration during a Special #GivingTuesday organized by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria) to mark the Governor’s 53rd birthday, at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, June14, 2016.

“This would help to save millions of Nigerians from preventable suffering and death. We can only achieve this goal with the generous support of all people of goodwill. Without these donations, the goal would not be reached and the opportunity to save lives would be lost,” he said.

He also expressed the readiness of his administration to mobilise philanthropists and Corporate Organisations towards establishing a comprehensive Cancer Centre in Lagos within the next three years, starting with making available a piece of land in any part of the State as well as facilitating speedy paper work.

L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; his Wife, Bolanle; member, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria), Chief (Mrs.) Kemi Nelson andPresident, Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede during a Special #GivingTuesday organized by the CECP-Nigeria to mark the Governor’s 53rd birthday, at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, June14, 2016.
L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; his Wife, Bolanle; member, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria), Chief (Mrs.) Kemi Nelson andPresident, Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede during a Special #GivingTuesday organized by the CECP-Nigeria to mark the Governor’s 53rd birthday, at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, June14, 2016.

“This is not really a celebration but a call to service. Against all odds; against all the things happening to the economy in the country; against the numbers; against the anxieties and the panic, we are still able to stand up and gather ourselves together and say we want to give back to humanity, that is symbolic and key for me and I think we must commend ourselves that all hope is not lost. There is more value to us and humanity in championing this course,” he said.

On his part, Dr. Christopher Kolade, anchor of CECP-Nigeria, commended the Governor for accepting the request that his birthday be dedicated towards raising funds to fight cancer as well as accepting to be the first Governor to be inducted as the State Patron of CECP.

L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with his Wife, Bolanle (4th right); members of Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria) - Chief (Mrs.) Nike Akande; Dr. Christopher Kolade; Convener, Mrs. Tutu Adeleke; Dr. Michael Omolayole; Chief (Mrs.) Kemi Nelson; Publisher, Guardian Newspapers, Maiden Alex Ibru and President, Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede during a Special #GivingTuesday organized by the CECP-Nigeria to mark the Governor’s 53rd birthday, at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, June14, 2016.
L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with his Wife, Bolanle (4th right); members of Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria) – Chief (Mrs.) Nike Akande; Dr. Christopher Kolade; Convener, Mrs. Tutu Adeleke; Dr. Michael Omolayole; Chief (Mrs.) Kemi Nelson; Publisher, Guardian Newspapers, Maiden Alex Ibru and President, Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede during a Special #GivingTuesday organized by the CECP-Nigeria to mark the Governor’s 53rd birthday, at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, June14, 2016.

Governor Ambode was later decorated as the State Patron of CECP by the organisation’s Convener, Mrs. Adetutu Adeleke.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), being presented with an award by the Convener, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria), Mrs. Tutu Adeleke (left) during a Special #GivingTuesday organized by the CECP-Nigeria to mark the Governor’s 53rd birthday, at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, June14, 2016. With them are Dr. Michael Omolayole (2nd left) and Wife of the Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (right).
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), being presented with an award by the Convener, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria), Mrs. Tutu Adeleke (left) during a Special #GivingTuesday organized by the CECP-Nigeria to mark the Governor’s 53rd birthday, at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, June14, 2016. With them are Dr. Michael Omolayole (2nd left) and Wife of the Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (right).

Among those who participated in the fund raising luncheon include Chairman, Zenith Bank, Mr. Jim Ovia, Group Managing Director, Zenith Bank Plc., Mr. Peter Amangbo, Publisher, Guardian Newspapers, Maiden Alex Ibru, Dr. Christopher Kolade, President, Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Dr. Michael Omolayole, Chief Adebutu Kessington, Chairman of Eleganza Group, Chief Rasaq Okoya, Rtd Justice Adesola Oguntade, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode, captains of industries, members of Diplomatic Corps, among others.

Lagos To Construct Additional Pedestrian Bridge At Ojota

The Lagos State Government has announced that an additional foot bridge would be constructed at Ojota bus stop on Ikorodu road, to complement the existing one in order to contain the recent upsurge in usage by Pedestrians.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, said the decision arose out of the need to reduce the long time being currently spent on the queue by people using the bridge.

He said the construction of the additional bridge has become necessary after the newly erected New Jersey Wall on the median of the expressway has effectively curtailed indiscriminate dropping and picking of passengers along the highway as well as dangerous crossing of the road on foot by commuters.

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Commander, Rapid Response Squad, ACP Tunji Disu, leading his team to maintain peace and order on the usage of the Ojota Pedestrian Bridge, Lagos on Monday, April 11, 2016.

He reiterated that the need for the construction of the wall, which is similar to the same measure taken between Ketu and Mile 12 axis of the road is meant to reduce fatalities on the part of commuters crossing the highway and the traffic gridlock caused by commercial buses and motorcycles engaging in indiscriminate dropping and picking of passengers.

While commending the orderly conduct of commuters in the usage of the bridge, the statement urged them to be patient with government until the new one is constructed, adding that the project is expected to be delivered within three months.

Ayorinde added that the new bridge will accommodate the special needs of the physically challenged, for their ease of movement.

Pictures: Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Attends Luncheon at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki Expressway, Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left), with Senator Gbenga Ashafa; Senator Olamilekan Adeola and Senator Ganiyu Solomon during  Luncheon  with the theme – The Glory of this Latter House, at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki Expressway, Lagos, on Saturday, April 09, 2016.

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R-L:  Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; Regional Pastor, RCCG, Pastor Johnson Kalejaiye and Group Managing Director, Access Bank Plc., Mr. Herbert Wigwe during Luncheon  with the theme – The Glory of this Latter House, at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki Expressway, Lagos, on Saturday, April 09, 2016.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with Pastor in-charge of RCCG Lagos Region 20, Pastor Idowu Iluyomade (left) and Regional Pastor, RCCG, Pastor Johnson Kalejaiye (right) during Luncheon   with the theme – The Glory of this Latter House, at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki Expressway, Lagos, on Saturday, April 09, 2016.

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L-R:  Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left), with Senator Gbenga Ashafa; Senator Olamilekan Adeola and Senator Ganiyu Solomon during Luncheon with the theme – The Glory of this Latter House, at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki Expressway, Lagos, on Saturday, April 09, 2016.

 

Deploy Technology to Attain Global Standard, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Tasks Lagos TV

Deploy Technology to Attain Global Standard, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Tasks Lagos TV

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday re-launched the Lagos Weekend Television (LWT) to provide 50 hours non-stop telecast, just as he charged the management of Lagos Television (LTV) to tap into technological advancement in the media industry to better serve the public and attain global standard.

The Governor, while unveiling the new LWT logo at the Combo Hall, LTV grounds, Agidingbi, also charged the operators to ride on the crest of technological development to enhance socio-economic development and empowerment of the people.

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Representative of Lagos State Governor & Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello (right), receiving a special recognition award on behalf of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode from  Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (left), during the re-birth of the Lagos Weekend Television (LWT), at the Combo Hall, Lagos Television, Agindingbi, Ikeja, on Friday, April 01, 2016.

The unveiling of the rebirth of LWT revived the golden era of television broadcasting of the 80s.

The Governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Tunji Bello, also urged the management of the media outfit to harness the benefits of the global knowledge and entertainment bank to drive the process.

While reiterating the belief of the present administration that the power of electronic broadcast particularly television should be properly harnessed for the day to day running of state affairs, Governor Ambode urged the management staff of the media house to air programmes that would engage the public and enhance economic development.

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L-R: Representative of Lagos State Governor & Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, with Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, presenting an award plaque to first civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande during the re-birth of the Lagos Weekend Television (LWT), at the Combo Hall, Lagos Television, Agindingbi, Ikeja, on Friday, April 01, 2016.

“We want to assure Lagosians that our government will not leave anything to chance in the quest to keep you at pace with information as they emanate.

“It is important to reiterate at this point that our government is very convinced about the need to constantly bring residents up to speed about what is new in terms of information communication between us and every stakeholder in the Lagos project.

“We believe that without effective information dissemination machinery like LTV/LWT, our people will be kept in the dark and when that happens, the public tend to misinterpret the lofty ideas of government, no matter how commendable they are”, the Governor said.

He paid glowing tribute to the First Executive Governor of the State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande under whose administration the Lagos Television was conceived and delivered.

Governor Ambode also recalled very vividly as a young boy growing up in Lagos how the theme song of the LWT heralded the commencement of non-stop weekend entertainment for every household in an era when ownership of video playing equipment was not widespread.

Earlier in his welcome address, the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde reiterated the determination of the Ambode administration to reposition LTV as the station of first choice, assuring that the present administration would build on the vision of the pioneers of the station.

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L-R: Representative of Lagos State Governor & Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello; Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde; first civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande and his wife, Alhaja Abimbola during the re-birth of the Lagos Weekend Television (LWT), at the Combo Hall, Lagos Television, Agindingbi, Ikeja, on Friday, April 01, 2016.

Ayorinde said:”The administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode sees Lagos Television beyond the pedestrian appreciation of a state-owned ‎TV station established to merely educate, inform and entertain.

“Rather, the administration sees the state broadcasting stations as veritable tools for social mobilization, reformation and re-orientation.

“They are thus part of the state apparatus for achieving the all-important desire of running an all-inclusive government that constantly engages the mass of the people so that we can all key into the vision of the government,” Ayorinde said.

The event attracted the first civilian Governor, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, some members of the State Executive Council, notables from the broadcast industry and regulators including the Zonal Director, National Broadcasting Commission, Mrs. Bunmi Cole and the Executive Secretary, Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria, Mr. Segun Olaleye, among others.

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode Attends the Corporate Council on Africa’s 10th Biennial US-Africa Business Summit, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); leading a panel discussion, Vice President, Corporate Council on Africa, Ambassador Bob Perry (left), other World Leaders and participants, during the 10th Biennial U.S-Africa Business Summit, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Wednesday, January 03, 2016.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); Vice President, Corporate Council on Africa, Ambassador Bob Perry; Director, Suba Saharan Africa, Procter & Gamble, Temitope Iluyemi; Country Lead Nigeria, Corporate Council on Africa, Mr. Ekenem Isichei (behind); Executive of Procter & Gamble, Mr. Ikechukwu Ofuani and Senior Country Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Mr.  Uyi Akpata, during the 10th Biennial U.S-Africa Business Summit, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Wednesday, January 03, 2016. 

 

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); leading a panel discussion, Vice President, Corporate Council on Africa, Ambassador Bob Perry (left), other World Leaders and participants, during the 10th Biennial U.S-Africa Business Summit, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Wednesday, January 03, 2016.