Reflections on visiting Hospices: The Future is about Love, Care and Prosperity

Reflections on visiting Hospices: The Future is about Love, Care and Prosperity

For the past ten years, I have always had the privilege of sharing Christmas gifts with orphanages through my contacts and foundation, La Roche Leadership Foundation. However, my visit to the only children’s hospice in Nigeria on 1st January 2015, the Hearts of Gold Hospice in Surulere, was more educational and emotional than any previous visits. I also visited the SOS Village, Isolo and Modupe Cole Memorial Child Care and Treatment Home School, Akoka, Lagos.

I believe that as a people we have not done enough for the physically challenged citizens amongst us. They are equal partakers in the resources of Lagos State. We must provide adequate care and support for them just like anyone of us would demand of the government.

I have close friends whose children are challenged with various conditions.

I am more committed than ever before to provide world class care centers for the physically challenged in the State and take care of their needs from the cradle. We must integrate them fully into the day to day running of the society.

My promise is to make their issues a foremost state policy. They are part of our future which must be driven by love, care and prosperity. God will help us.

– Akinwunmi Ambode

Akinwunmi Ambode Visits Gbagada General Hospital for Christmas

Akinwunmi Ambode Visits Gbagada General Hospital for Christmas

As part of his activities for the festive season, Akinwunmi Ambode, the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progresive Congress (APC) paid a visit to the Gbagada General Hospital on December 24, 2014. He was received by the Chief Medical director of the hospital, Dr. Idowu Adekunle Dada, other Principal Officers and management staff of the hospital.

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode said he chose to visit the hospital since they were his neighbours as his campaign office is situated very close to the hospital in Gbagada. He was delighted to be present at the hospital to “show solidarity” with the staff in the spirit of the season and gave out gifts to the management and staff of the hospital.

The APC gubernatorial candidate said the present government under the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Babatunde Fashola(SAN), had done well in upgrading the hospitals in the state and stated his desire to continue with this trend if elected as the next governor of Lagos state. He shared his interest in improving the quality of health services in the hospital and in Lagos generally saying “God giving me the grace, I will continue in the tradition of upgrading our hospitals in Lagos. It is a must for us to have first class health service delivery in this state of ours”.

The governorship candidate moved on to commend the selflessness and commitment with which health workers discharge their duties even when the environment does not provide them the best platform to perform. He promised that it is such selfless and committed service that he would give to Lagos state as Governor.

In his response, Dr. Dauda thanked Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for the visit, stating that this was the first time a Governorship candidate visited the hospital in the spirit of the season. He stated that the hospital management as a whole are “ready to work with and work for” him to ensure the continuity of good governance in the state.
Akinwunmi Ambode visits Gbagada General Hospital
Front Row (L-R): Head of Physiotherapy and Director of the Welfare Committee, Mrs. Akinla, Head of Administration, Mr. O. R. Ajiboye, Head of Accounts, Mrs. Agoro, Deputy Chief Medical Director, Dr. Keshinro, All Progressive Congress Gubernatorial candidate in Lagos, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Chief Medical Director, Dr. Idowu Adekunle Dauda, Assistant Apex/Chief Matron, Mrs. Oginni, Director of Clinical services, Dr. Babafemi, Head of the Catering services, Mrs. Adesulire, and Secretary of the Welfare Committee, Mr. Babatola during a Christmas visit by Akinwunmi Ambode to the Gbagada General Hospital.

Mr. Ambode and the principal officers of the hospital discussed how the services of the hospital can be improved with the objective of ensuring that quality healthcare is delivered in Lagos and that people would no longer need to go abroad for medical treatment.

The Principal Officers of the hospital that received the Mr. Ambode included the deputy Chief Medical Director, Dr. Keshinro, the Head of Physiotherapy department and Director of the Welfare Committee, Mrs. Akinla, the Director of Clinical Services, Dr. Babafemi, the Assistant Apex/Chief Matron, Mrs. Oginni,the Head of Accounts, Mrs. Agora, the Head of Administration, Mr. O. R. Ajiboye, the Head of Physiotherapy department and Director of the Welfare Committee, Mrs. Akinla, the Director of Clinical Services, Dr. Babafemi, the Assistant Apex/Chief Matron, Mrs. Oginni, the Secretary of the Welfare committee, Mr. Babalola, the Head of the Catering Section, Mrs. Adesulire, and all other staff of the hospital.

Akinwunmi Ambode visits the Lagos State House of Assembly

Akinwunmi Ambode visits the Lagos State House of Assembly

The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Lagos state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, paid a courtesy visit to the leadership, the Principal officers and members of the Lagos State House of Assembly (LSHA) today at the Lateef Jakande Hall of the assembly complex, in Alausa, Ikeja.

In a brief welcome address, the deputy speaker of the house, Hon. Kolawole Taiwo said Akinwunmi Ambode is not an outsider to the House of Assembly and as such was welcome to his home. In his remark, the APC governorship candidate thanked the Speaker and Honourable members for the warm reception he was given at the House. He stated that successful governance is only sure when there is unity and cooperation between the legislative and executive arms of the government. In his words, “Our functions maybe different, but our objective is the same. I believe so much in team work, and because we are all winners, we are going to surely work together as one team to take Lagos to the next level.”

Mr. Ambode talked about the experience he got while he worked in the Local Government and in the mainstream civil service Alausa, a period where he had constant working relationship with the state legislature. He said such experience and his ability to serve, places him in good stead to lead the state into further excellence, an end to which he sought their full support in the forthcoming election. “I am here to seek the total support of the 40 members of the Lagos State House Assembly to ensure victory in this election. With your full support, I have the assurance of winning the minds of the grass-root in our state”. On the issue of legislation, Akinwunmi Ambode promised to work with the house to enact new laws that will directly impact positively on the lives of the ordinary man.
Akinwunmi Ambode visits the Lagos State House of Assembly
Front Row (L-R): Hon. Olayinka Ogundimu, Hon. Bisi Yusuf, Hon. Rotimi Abiru, Deputy Speaker, Hon. Kolawole Taiwo, All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Asembly, Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Chief Whip, Hon. Abdulrazzak Balogun, Deputy House Leader, Hon. Omolola Akande, Hon. Alawiye King
Back Row (L-R): Hon. A. I. Omisore, Hon. Sultan Adeniji-Adele, Hon.Abiodun Tobun

In his response, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, said that the visiting gubernatorial candidate of the APC, Akinwunmi Ambode, and the presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, will be both victorious in the 2015 elections by the Grace of God. He moved on to say that the house will stand with, stand by, stand behind and stand ahead him to ensure victory. Having also vied as a gubernatorial aspirant, the Speaker said, “I race a race with my brother and my friend, and today, I am a winner because Akinwunmi Ambode is the gubernatorial candidate of our great party, APC, in Lagos”. The high point of the visit was when the Speaker said he would be the first to address Mr. Ambode as “Your Excellency”, to the cheer of all present.

Giving the vote of thanks, the deputy House leader, Hon. Omolola Akande, thanked Mr. Ambode for the visit and advised him to run an open-door policy especially to the legislative members, while further reassuring him of the grassroots’ support. Also present included the Leader of the House, Hon. Dr. Ajibayo Adeyeye, the Chief Whip, Hon. Abdulrazzaq Balogun, Hon. Rotimi Abiru, Hon. Alawiye King, Hon. Bisi Yusuf, the Clerk of the House, Mr. Ganiyu Olusegun Abiru, among all the other honorable members.