Ambode Inaugurates TESCOM Board, Tasks Officials On Professionalism

Ambode inaugurates TESCOM Board


The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has inaugurated Chairman and board members of the State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), tasking them on professionalism.

Governor Ambode on Monday charged the appointees to give top considerations to teachers’ welfare and ensure employment of only well-qualified professionals to teach in public secondary schools in the state.

Speaking at the event which witnessed the swearing-in of a new Permanent Secretary/Auditor General for Local Government, Mrs Adesumbo Abolarin at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja.

Governor Ambode said it was important for the public officers to justify their appointment by working ultimately in the interest of the people.

He said the passage and signing of the Teaching Service Commission Bill was a great moment for the education family in the State coming after eight years of several attempts, adding that the development became imperative as a result of the unrelenting efforts of the State Government to strengthen the education sector.

“With the knowledge that education plays a very vital role in the development of our society and that a society cannot thrive above the level of its educational attainment, the passage and signing of this law was very essential.

“Today, in fulfilment of the provision of that law, we have just witnessed the inauguration of the Board whose responsibility will be to ensure that the objectives of the law are achieved.

“For the avoidance of doubts, let me state that one of the major aims of this law, which shall be a key responsibility of this Board, is to ensure improvement in the welfare of our teachers and also ensure that well-qualified teachers are recruited into our public secondary schools,” Governor Ambode said.

He said it was particularly instructive that seasoned educationists and administrators had been carefully selected based on their track records for appointment into the TESCOM board, expressing optimism that the State would witness rapid improvement in the education sector, particularly at the secondary level.

“You will agree with me that if we are to achieve the kind standard we desire in our educational system and also lay a good foundation for the future development of our State in terms of quality manpower, we must give adequate attention to maintaining highly motivated and effective teaching personnel.

“I, therefore, charge the Chairman and members of this Board to study very carefully the provisions of the law in order to fully understand their role and responsibilities expected of them. I also enjoin you all, to ensure that due process is followed in all matters that would be brought to your attention and for your decision.

“You should be unbiased in the discharge of your responsibilities as a board. We have done a lot in the provision of educational infrastructure in our public schools; all of these infrastructural facilities will amount to waste if not complemented with dedicated, well-motivated and committed teachers,” Governor Ambode admonished the appointees.

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The Governor also appealed to teachers to cooperate with the Board to further ensure fair play in the discharge of their responsibilities.

Chairman of the Board is Mrs Olabisi Ariyo, while other members are Mr Jacob Ashaka, Mrs Sidikat Smith, Mr Adeleke Oluseun Kara and Mrs Adijat Kuburat Hassan.

Responding on behalf of the appointees, Ariyo thanked Governor Ambode for the confidence reposed in them and assured that the board would work hard, be unbiased and prioritise the welfare of teachers, as well as train and retrain them for optimal performance.

Leaders Must Rise Above Personal Interests – Gov. Ambode

Lagos State, lekki free zoneNigeria’s present economic situation may still be biting hard, but the situation urgently requires elected leaders to put aside personal differences and interests and focus on delivering good governance to those they represent.

This charge was giving by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to participants of the ongoing maiden edition of the executive and legislative retreat in Lagos.

Governor Ambode said that the recession taking its toll on Nigerians is a wakeup call for leaders at all levels to come together for the purpose of rescuing the nation rather than seeing it as an opportunity to amass resources for selfish purposes.

The 3-day retreat had in attendance members of the executive and the legislature at the state and federal level.

Party leaders from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties in the state were also part of it.

Governor Ambode To Commence Fourth Mainland Bridge

Governor AmbodeThe clamour for a fourth mainland bridge in Lagos to complement the existing one, is getting realistic as Governor Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday announced plans to commence the process of its construction in May.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode revealed this at a town hall meeting held for the people of Lagos East Senatorial Zone.

Governor Ambode, who highlighted key achievements in security, education, job creation and infrastructure development, also said that the Lagos State government has concluded partnership with other state governments and neighbouring countries to drive growth and development of the state.

“We reaslised that one of the ways to fast-track our economic growth is through collaborations 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 and beans.

“This activity is majorly in the East Senatorial Zone.

“In the same vein, many investors have shown interest in the actualization of our dream for the fourth mainland bridge. By the special grace of God, we will sign the MoU and commence action before May 29,” the Governor said.

Ambode Felicitates With Muslims At Eid-el-Maulud

ambodeLagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has called on Muslims in the state to offer prayers for greater peace, unity and continuous progress of Nigeria.

This is in the spirit of celebrating the Eid-el-Maulud, which is the birth of Prophet Muhammed.

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Habib Aruna, Governor Ambode enjoined Muslims to follow the exemplary leadership of the Holy Prophet Muhammed by promoting peaceful co-existence among the various segments of the society.

Governor Ambode implored Lagosians to shun ethnic, political, religious differences and work towards building a safer and better society.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has lifted the order restricting vehicular and human movement during the December monthly environmental sanitation exercise expected to come up on Saturday, December 26.

The order is to allow free movement of ‎persons during the end of the year festive seasons.

In a press release, the State Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, urged residents to still observe the monthly exercise and clean up their homes and immediate environment, irrespective of the lifting of the restriction order which is only for the month of December.

The Commissioner also gave the assurance that the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) is fully mobilized and would deploy men and equipment to ensure quick evacuation of waste generated during the festive period.

Ambode Inaugurates Committee To Boost Power Supply

ambodeLagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday inaugurated a committee to boost household and business power supply.

He also charged them to work assiduously to create an enabling environment that will ensure 24-hour power supply to residents in the state.

The Governor, speaking at the Lagos House, Ikeja, during the inauguration, said that the issue of power challenge must be addressed, in order to achieve sustainable economic growth and development in Nigeria and Lagos State in particular.

Governor Ambode said that in view of the importance of the Lagos economy to the nation and the concerns that have been expressed particularly by the business community, his administration has considered it expedient to constitute an advisory committee on power.

He added that no state in the federation is more affected by the state of the power sector than Lagos.

A statement made available by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Habib Haruna, Governor Ambode added that Lagos State accounts for over 60 per cent of the industrial and commercial activities in Nigeria.

The governor emphasised that the energy requirement for the state is estimated at about 5,000 Mega Watts, of which only about 1000 Mega Watts is currently being supplied; hence the need to inaugurate a committee that would ensure the power need of the people is met.

He said members of the Committee consist of representatives from the State Government and industry experts from the private sector, urging them to provide a sustainable guide in the development of a road map for reliable power supply in the state, foster collaboration and develop a congress or platform for all major power stakeholders in the state and the private sector.

Members of the Committee include the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Mrs Oluranti Adebule, the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Wale Oluwo, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem and the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde.

Other members of the committee include representatives of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company, Eko Electricity Distribution Company, Transmission Company of Nigeria, Gaslink Nigeria Limited, Falcon Corporation Limited and Egbin Power Plc.

Governor Ambode, shortly after the inauguration tasked the committee to make electricity available to Lagos residents for both business and domestic use, just as he expressed confidence that they would not disappoint.

The Governor also hinted that in order to underscore his administration’s commitment to security of lives and property, his administration has embarked on an aggressive programme of lighting up Lagos.

He explained that major highways and streets are being connected from point to point, using Independent Power Projects (IPPs) and other means effectively.

He also encouraged individuals, private homes and corporate organizations to take up streets or roads of their choice and light them up with connections to their meters and generators, assuring that the state government will reciprocate the gesture by giving concessions to them in the payment of their annual Land Use Charges.

Lagos Donates 150 Million Naira To Borno, Yobe, Adamawa States

ambode-lagosThe Lagos State Government has donated 150 million Naira to three north-east states that have witnessed more acts of terrorism perpetrated by the Boko Haram insurgents.

While presenting three cheques of 50 million Naira each to officials of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States’ government, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, also condemned the activities of the insurgents.

Speaking at the event held in Abuja on Wednesday, Governor Ambode said ‘the citizens of Lagos State and his government stand in solidarity with the states that have seen over five years of terrorism’.

He also assured them that they were not alone in their current plight, as the prayer of all Nigerians is to see an end to the insurgency, and to also ensure that the displaced persons return to their normal lives.

“We share in the pain and discomfort of our brothers and sisters. The situation is unacceptable, pathetic and desirous of our assistance. As a flagship state, Lagos must show leadership and compassion notwithstanding the harsh times in the country,” he said.

Governor Ambode, who commiserated with the families of casualties of the insurgents, also commended the Federal Government for its ongoing efforts toward bringing the insurgency to an end.

He expressed optimism that the promise of the Service Chiefs to rout the sect from the North East before the end of the year is achievable.

Responding on behalf of the states, the Governor of Borno State, Mr Kashim Shettima, thanked Governor Ambode for the gesture and promised to channel the money to the people of the state who were in dire need of it.

He also expressed appreciation for the brotherly role Lagos State had continued to play all over the country, especially to the north-east and states affected by the insurgency.