Lagos State Governor, Ambode Turns 55

Lagos State Governor Akinwumi Ambode on Thursday, June 14, turned 55.

In celebration of the governor’s birthday, his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna has listed some of the achievements of the governor.

Aruna in a statement on Thursday described Governor Ambode as a hardworking leader, whose efforts are evident for all to see.

“Hard work doesn’t kill; it yields life that history acknowledges ultimately. That is the enviable story of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State as he marks his 55th birthday today.

“The point has long been established that Ambode is a man who does not sleep, in a literal sense, until he has touched every citizen’s life. He packs a thousand and one activities into the 24-hour schedule he has at his disposal in a day,” he said.

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The governor’s media aide also added that through the efforts of the governor, Lagos State has remained investors’ destination, tourism hub and a home of construction projects.

“It is in addition Africa’s fifth largest economy. Demographers also say without disputation that Lagos is Nigeria’s most populated state, surpassing the figures for a couple of some African countries put together. In recent times it has begun to wear a new look with state of the art road network and city intersections and terminals that transport you to scenes in Europe and oil-rich Gulf states,” he added.

Under the watch of Ambode, Aruna said Lagos development has been in the continuum. Among many other achievements, Ambode, according to the aide displayed rare courage and compassion by approving a hefty N11billion to be paid as a backlog of arrears to retirees few weeks after coming to office.

He also gave some statistics on the success recorded by Governor Ambode in his first year in office.

“In his first year in office, the governor initiated and successfully completed more than 40 impactful projects, including injection of 434 new BRT buses for Ikorodu corridor, fortification of security in Lagos with a whopping N4.7billion equipment for the Police and subsequently up to N7billion, employment of 1300 teachers to revive primary education, setting up of N25billion Employment Trust Fund, massive road rehabilitation and reconstruction in inner Lagos, approval for development of N49billion medical park in Ikoyi, provision of 20 mobile care unit ambulances and 26 transport ambulances, building of  flyover bridges for Ajah and Abule-Egba areas, rebranding of One Lagos Fiesta to boost tourism and entertainment, creating enabling environment for foreign direct investment etc.”

He also pointed out that the governor enjoys celebrating his birthday with the less privileged including “the vulnerable, children of the poor or the special class of the handicapped as he has done in nearly three years as the governor.”

Lagos State To Float 100bn Naira Transport Infrastructure Bond

Lagos State To Float 100bn Naira Transport Infrastructure Bond	The Lagos State Government has announced plans to raise 100 billion Naira of public transport infrastructure bond to finance its proposed new bus reform initiative of 5,000 air-conditioned buses.

The new bond will span between seven and 10 years in tenor.

The State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, explained that a 30 billion Naira sinking fund has already been set aside for its take off.

Also according to him, the seed money would be generated from the Paris club refunds from the Federal Government and a sinking fund of 14.5 billion Naira.

He added that Lagos plans to invest an additional one billion Naira to kick start the bus initiative.

The three-year initiative is geared towards replacing the iconic yellow commercial buses, otherwise known as ‘Danfo’, which the governor says is no longer befitting for the state’s mega city status.

Fashola Denies Frustrating Reconstruction Of Road

fasholaThe Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has debunked claims by the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, that the ministry is frustrating plans to reconstruct the road leading to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport.

Mr. Fashola said that the correct position on the airport road and presidential lodge issues, is that the process that would lead to their approval by the Federal Executive Council has not been completed.

Governor Ambode, during a press briefing, alleged that he approached the Ministry of Works on the matter but had not received permission to go ahead with the project.

He added that he had also been denied access to the Presidential Lodge in Lagos after President Muhammadu Buhari approved its handover to the state.

The Ministry of Works has also accused the Lagos state government of refusing to approve the ministry’s request for land, for the National Housing programme in the state.

Ambode: We Are Set To Take Over National Stadium Lagos

national-stadiumLagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has indicated his government’s readiness to take over the management of the National Stadium in Surulere.

Mr Ambode made this known in Lagos on Wednesday during an inspection tour of the facility, in company of the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung.

The governor said his decision was necessitated by the dilapidated state of the 38,000 capacity stadium which used to be a cynosure of all eyes, stressing the need to give hope to the teeming sporting youth in Nigeria.

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Mr Dalung also registered his displeasure over the condition of the facility, attributing it to poor management.

He called on the Lagos State government to ensure that persons of credibility and integrity were appointed for the management of the stadium when completed, so as to make it a pride of glory in the sporting world.

The minister further challenged the government to ensure that the renovation was completed in six months, just in time to host the country’s national teams.

The National Stadium, Lagos has been left to dilapidate since 2002 and is no longer a beehive of activities as it was in the past.

Disturbed by the condition of the facility, the Lagos State government is set to expedite actions that will ensure the stadium regains its lost glory in no distant time.

Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Shotobi As Ayangburen Of Ikorodu

Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Shotobi As Ayangburen Of IkoroduA Lagos High Court in Ikorodu has dismissed a suit seeking to restrain Oba Kabiru Shotobi from parading himself as the Ayangburen of Ikorodu land.

Justice Olushola Williams dismissed the suit while ruling on an application filed by the claimants in the matter.

The three claimants, who are also princes of Ikorodu, Tajudeen Odofin, Tayo Ladega and Gbolahan Onabanjo, had filed the suit to challenge the installation of Oba Shotobi as the traditional ruler of the town.

Through their counsel, Mr George Oguntade, the plaintiffs asked the court for an order of ‘interlocutory injunction’ to restrain Oba Shotobi, who is the first respondent, from collecting royalties and salaries from the Lagos State Governor as well as the Attorney General and the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs in the state, who are the second, third and fourth respondents in the suit.

They also sought an order of interlocutory injunction from the court restraining the second, third and fourth respondents from dealing with, according any recognition or paying royalties and salaries to the first respondent as the Ayangburen of Ikorodu among other prayers.

Other respondents in the suit are the Lisa of Ikorodu, Chief Zaccheus Odusoga, the Apena of Ikorodu, Chief Kareem Ore, the Oponuwa of Ikorodu, Chief Jacob Adaraloye and the Solomade of Ikorodu, Chief Afolabi Adekayaoja.

In her ruling on Monday, Justice Williams held that the principles of ‘res judicata’ was against the claims of the claimants, noting that their prayers had already been determined and answered in an earlier suit by her brother judge, Justice Akintunde Savage in 2015.

She held that there was no basis for the court to grant fresh orders in a matter that had already been determined by a court.

Lagos State To Enforce Child Protection and Safeguarding Programme

Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos State, Child AbuseLagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has approved the first ever Executive Order establishing a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy in Nigeria.

The governor said the policy was designed as a catalyst for driving awareness and commitment of all stakeholders, including every member of the community, towards the protection of children.

Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, in a statement, said that the programme was developed to put management systems in place to create and maintain a safe environment for children.

He added that “in clear terms, the policy also articulates procedures to be adopted when disclosures of abuse are made”.

According to Mr Kazeem, the Executive Order which was signed by Governor Ambode on December 16 highlighted the emphasis which the present administration placed on protecting the lives of all children in the state.

He noted that the order applied to all State Government organisations, all public and private schools, child centred institutions and orphanages located in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.

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Incidences Of Child Abuse

The Attorney General stressed further that the policy also provided the steps that must be followed in the case of a disclosure, the role of the Designated Child Protection and Safeguarding Officer, as well as the process of reporting and dealing with allegations of abuse against members of staff.

“The Executive Order now makes it mandatory for Child Protection policy to be integrated into the induction programme of newly recruited staff into child-centred institutions. As regards employment of staff, it is now mandatory for all child-centred institutions to conduct detailed background checks.

“Ultimately, the ratification of this Executive Order would reduce and possibly eliminate incidences of child abuse, establish a culture of early identification of trends and effective intervention to limit the occurrence of cases,” he said.

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The Justice Commissioner noted that in the next coming months, the Lagos State government would strongly drive adoption of the policy to ensure that all child-centred institutions adopt and adhere strictly to the provisions of the order, while electronic copies would be made available on the state’s website and other relevant social media platforms to ensure proper dissemination.

“The State government therefore uses this medium to sound a very clear warning to all child-centred institutions both public and private, that it would no longer tolerate negligence in ensuring the safety of children under their supervision.

“Failure to adhere to the content of the policy would warrant significant repercussions varying from withdrawal of licenses to filing of criminal charges due to negligence,” Kazeem warned.

The ratification was announced on Thursday in a statement issued by the Director of Public Affairs at the State’s Ministry of Justice, Bola Akingbade.

Lagos To Issue 60 Bln Naira From Bond Programme

Nigeria-NairaThe Lagos State government has concluded plans to issue 60 billion naira this year out of a 500 billion naira bond programme to be issued over the next three to five years.

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday said the bond was approved by the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Lagos state had in April agreed to pay off holders of an outstanding 167.5 billion naira bond before maturity to cut its interest payments after a plunge in oil prices slashed government revenues.

The new bond, which the state plans to issue will be channelled to infrastructure projects, Governor Ambode said.

“The 60 billion naira bond approved for the current year would be used to accelerate the aggressive infrastructure development ongoing in the state,” he said in a statement.

Lagos is the first state to announce a bond issue since the country slipped into recession in the second quarter. It is also rare among Nigeria’s 36 states in generating around 70 percent of its revenue internally from taxes.

Most other states depend on their share of federal oil revenues.

“The financial arrangement of the state is such that bond programmes embarked upon are easily repayable through internally generated revenue,” Ambode said.

Council Of State Confirms IGP, Appoints Commissioners For INEC, NPC

Council-of-State,-Police-INEC-NPC-IGPNigeria’s Council of State and the Police Council have confirmed the appointment of Mr Ibrahim Idris as the Inspector General of Police.

The Governor of Jigawa State, Mr Abubakar Badaru, who briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, said that the confirmation of Mr Idris as the Police Chief was unanimous.

President Buhari and IGP Idirs
President Muhammadu Buhari and IGP Ibrahim Idirs

President Buhari had approved the appointment of the Police Chief, as acting Inspector General of Police on June 21, to succeed Mr Solomon Arase who retired from service.

The Council also appointed six national commissioners for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to bring the number of commissioners for the electoral body to 12.

Briefing reporters on the appointments on Wednesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, said that the six appointees were drawn from the six-geopolitical zones of the country.

They include Mohammed Haruna (north-central), Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Tijani Muazu (rtd) from northeast, Abubakar Nauche (northwest), Professor Okechukwu Ibeanu (southeast), May Agbamuche Mbu (south-south) and Dr. Adekunle Ladipo Ademola (southwest).

The Council further approved five new commissioners for the National Population Commission (NPC).

They are Dr. Eyitayo Oyetunji from Oyo State, Mr Patricia Inyanya from Benue State, Mr Benedict Ikpong from Akwa Ibom State, Dr. Haliru Bala from Kebbi State and Gloria Izonfo from Bayelsa State.

The National Council of State is the highest constitutional advisory body and it constitutes Nigeria’s sitting President, Vice President, all former Presidents and Heads of State, former Chief Justices of the Federation, the 36 state governors and the leadership of the National Assembly.

The meeting, which held at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Only three past Heads of State were present – Chief Ernest Shonekan, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and General Abdulsalami Abubakar.

Also present were five former Chief Justices of the Federation, state governors and some deputy governors.

Former Heads of State; General Yakubu Gowon, General Ibrahim Babangida, Alhaji Shehu Shagari and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo were  absent.

Also absent are the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara.

Meeting in pictures:

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President Muhammadu Buhari presiding over the National Council of State meeting
L-R: Chief Ernest Shonekan, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan
Some state governors at the meeting
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Some other state governors at the meeting

Ambode Signs Lagos Property Protection, Neighbourhood Safety Bills

Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos StateGovernor Akinwunmi Ambode has signed the Lagos State Properties Protection Bill into law, to tackle the menace of land grabbing in the state.

Governor Ambode also signed the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Bill, a move which is majorly aimed at boosting security of lives and property across the state.


He explained that the laws were central to his administration’s focus of safeguarding the lives of all residents, as well as attracting investments and improving the ease of doing business in the Nigeria’s commercial capital.

The Governor noted further that the laws would reduce the activities of persons or corporate entities who use force and intimidation to dispossess or prevent any person or entity from acquiring legitimate interest and possession of property acquired through government or private transactions.

Ambode Commissions Helipad At LASUTH, Says To Be Used As Life Saving Asset

Cancer, Akinwunmi AmbodeLagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday commissioned a Helipad at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH),

While commissioning the facility, Governor Ambode, who said it will be a life saving asset, maintained that the need for a helipad had become necessary to complement other emergency services within the state.

He further stated that the facility would be operated by specially trained personnel, who will offer a 24-hour service.

The governor also mentioned that the Helipad would be located in LASUTH, Given her reputation as the State Tertiary Health Institution, offering referrals to other state and private medical institutions.

He said the usual movement by road is not the best option and has guaranteed the public that there would be expert medical care during emergency transfer and also safe landing at all times.

Governor Ambode also inspected abandoned as well as on-going projects, including the upgrading of 247-bed and five theatre suits for pregnant women to be ready for use by the first quarter of 2017.

Ambode Calls For Higher Police Presence In Lagos

Akinwunmi Ambode, Ibrahim Idris, PoliceLagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has requested for more Police presence in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos.

The Governor’s call comes in the wake of recent civil disturbances occasioned by suspected militants and oil thieves within Lagos and its boundary communities.

He made the appeal on Wednesday when he received the acting Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, at the Government House.

Governor Ambode specifically requested for more Police patrol of the waterways, assuring that his administration would play its part by ensuring that the welfare of officers in the line of duty was taken care of.

He vowed that the state government would deploy adequate resources to ensure that militants and oil vandals threatening the peace of the state were flushed out.

The Mr Idirs told the Governor that his mission was to visit Police formations and assess areas where major operations were being conducted.

He commended the Lagos State government for its support to security agencies in the state.

The Police boss, who initially arrived at the Lagos Police Command Headquarters, had earlier went into a closed door meeting with community leaders in the state.

Ambode Advocates Public Private Partnership In Fight Against Cancer

Cancer, Akinwunmi AmbodeLagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has shown commitment in government’s desire to fight cancer by supporting individual and corporate initiatives engaged in eradicating the scourge in Nigeria.

He made the gesture at a special luncheon organised by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), to mark his 53rd birthday on Wednesday.

The Governor called on Nigerians to join hands together to wage war against the cancer scourge, expressing hope that the centres would go a long way to save millions of Nigerians from preventable suffering and death.

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

“Big War Against Cancer”
Governor Ambode described the war against cancer as 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.

“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.

“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.

The event was organised to raise funds for the establishment of cancer centres and provision of mobile cancer units across the three senatorial districts of Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial capital.

Governor Ambode took the responsibility to meet every individual present to donate, where an undisclosed amount was realised as four mobile cancer units with each costing about $600,000 were pledged to be purchased by some organisations.

He was also decorated as the first Governor to be inducted as the State Patron of the CECP.