‘Lagosians Have Spoken Loud’, Ambode Congratulates Sanwo-Olu On Election Victory

Ambode Proposes N852.317bn Budget For 2019
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The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has congratulated Babajide Sanwo-Olu for winning the governorship election.

Governor Ambode while congratulating the governor-elect and his running mate, Obafemi Hamzat, said Lagosians have spoken loud.

“Lagosians have spoken loud and clear with their votes and have overwhelmingly voted for a government they believe will continue the trajectory of growth that we have experienced in the last 20 years under the APC”.

The governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, said the feat was a reward for the vigorous campaign embarked upon by the APC candidate and his running mate across the length and breadth of the State.

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“It is therefore with great pleasure that I congratulate our great party for a resounding victory yesterday.

Again, the people of Lagos have decided to stay on the path of an infrastructural drive, economic growth, and all-round development.

“While I congratulate the Governor-Elect, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat on their well-deserved victory, let me also thank all Lagosians for keeping faith with the APC,” Governor Ambode said.

He also congratulated all the 40 candidates of the APC in the State Assembly elections for emerging victorious, adding that it would ensure a seamless relationship between the executive and the legislative arms of government.

Expect ‘Landmark Achievements’ In 2018, Ambode Tells Lagosians

Expect 'Landmark Achievements' In 2018, Ambode Tells Lagosians
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Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is optimistic that 2018 holds great promises for the state and its residents (Lagosians).

In a statement signed on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Habib Aruna, the governor assured the people that the state would record landmark achievements in major sectors of the economy in the New Year.

He said that while 2017 witnessed a massive leap in terms of infrastructural development in the state, some of the reforms in key sectors of the economy would take full flight from the beginning of 2018.

“We have good reasons to be very optimistic about what 2018 holds in stock for our state and every Lagosian,” he said.

“The commencement and realisation of some of our reform programmes, especially in the public transport, environment, tourism and health sectors will transform the landscape of the state and improve the quality of lives of all Lagosians.”

Governor Ambode said his administration would not rest on its oars, but would continue to up the ante on infrastructural renewal.

He noted that the 2018 budget of N1.046trillion which has been presented to the House of Assembly for approval would be dedicated majorly to completing some critical ongoing projects, as well as commence some new ones.

Some of the key projects, according to him, include the Oshodi Transport Interchange, reconstruction of the Oshodi International Airport Road, Pen Cinema Flyover, 181 Local Government Roads and other network of roads among others.

“Given the fact that 2018 will be last full fiscal year of this administration’s four-year tenure, our major focus will be the completion of most of the ongoing projects. We will also pursue the objective of strengthening the financial base of our state through various measures aimed at boosting the state’s Internally Generated Revenue.

“We believe very strongly that this is achievable without necessarily increasing taxes but by widening the tax base and ensuring that all revenues due to the state are collected through technologically driven tax collection and management system,” the governor said.

He, however, urged residents to continue to support his administration’s quest to transform the nook and crannies of the state for good by voluntarily paying their taxes as and when due.

Ambode said: “The dream of a new Lagos which we all desire is unfolding and we all have a role to play in this project.”

“Our government is open to new ideas and partnerships, and we will welcome suggestions for better ways to do things and improve on service delivery to the people

“We will continue to provide responsible and responsive leadership which is the hallmark of sustainable development in modern, functional and liveable cosmopolitan city like Lagos,” he added.

Just Five Million Lagosians Pay Tax – LIRS

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The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) has said that five million residents in the state pay their taxes.

LIRS Director of Legal Services, Mr Seyi Alade disclosed this on Saturday while on Channels Television’s Sunrise.

Mr Seyi Alade said residents can enjoy more if they pay their taxes regularly.

“We have an estimated population of 21 million people in Lagos State. Out of that 21 million people, there is another estimated figure of eight million that are taxable persons.

“Right now, what we have as an agency in our tax net is just five million people. And out of these, there is a lot of non-compliance amongst them.

“It is another thing for you to pay tax; it is another thing to pay adequately. So what the government is really getting right now from the taxes is not sufficient enough,” he said.

Mr Alade, however, said that the infrastructural drive of the Ambode-led administration wouldn’t be jeopardised.

He further called on people who are yet to pay their levies to the government to do so in order to benefit more from the strides recorded by Mr Akinwunmi Ambode.

While calling on tax defaulters to key into the commitment of the state government, he added, “For this good life that we desire, we need to come into the tax net, pay adequately. For us in Lagos State, we have always been lucky with good governance.”

He also stressed that the government would deal with citizens who are found wanting in their payment in accordance with the law by denying them several benefits they ought to enjoy.

Waste Disposal: Ambode Asks Lagosians To Change Attitude

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Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has called on the people of the state (Lagosians) to have a change of attitude towards waste disposal.

Governor Ambode made the call on Wednesday at a town hall meeting held at the Badore Ferry Terminal, Lagos.

Speaking on the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) billed to commence in September, he urged the people to be patient with the government as the comprehensive waste management policy was in its gestation period.

Ambode noted that once fully operational, waste would be collected in line with international best practices while all parts of the state would be kept clean always.

He, however, urged residents to adopt a new attitude to disposing of waste and desist from dumping in drainages and canals.

The governor assured them that his administration would provide adequate bins to discourage indiscriminate dumping across the state.

“The question to ask is why are people putting their waste in the drains and canals hoping that somehow the water will flush it away? The answer comes ba the k to government because we have not been able to provide the people with enough bins or places where they can put the dirt.

“They cannot leave the dirt in the house so they must have a channel to get it out. As government being able to provide enough locations, bins, bags and so on where they can put that refuse and then we can collect it and when we collect it efficiently, as part of their attitude, they will not go back to the canals and the drains. They will only go back to where we have provided for them.

“Now, so we have enough equipment to clean Lagos? Are we having enough plastic bags, compactors that can go round the population of 22million people? The answer before now is no. We are the largest waste producer in the world more than New York. New York produces 10,000 tonnes of waste every day, the waste accounted for in Lagos is 13,000 tonnes per day not to talk of areas that are not documented.

“Do we have enough equipment and compactors? We don’t have, but how do we have it? We have not increased the taxes you are paying. The population is increasing and by that fact, the waste is increasing and we have not increased revenue, but we need new equipment. Some people were doing it for us before but we all saw the equipment they have been using to clean up the state and the truth is it can never do it right.

“If we say we want to be a smart city and globally competitive, we must use the approach that allows you to collect waste in a globally competitive way and that is what we have done with the CLI without me punishing tax payers. We have a partnership that provides 500 brand new compactors without me paying one naira yet and with the partnership, we will provide 27,500 sanitation workers in all our wards across the state who will be uniformed and clean Ikorodu, Ayobo the same way they cleaned Victoria Island and then they will provide bins where our people can now have the culture and attitude to put their dirt in the bins instead of putting it in the canals and drains,” Governor Ambode said.

Lagosians Lament As Flood Hits Lekki, Victoria Island

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Some residents have continued to react to the recent flood that hit some communities in Lagos State, following a heavy downpour which lasted for several hours.

With Lekki being one of the worst hit by flood, residents lamented that the deluge is so massive that they are unable to leave their homes.

READ ALSO: Motorists Urged To Temporarily Avoid Ahmadu Bello Way

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Other places affected by the flood include Victoria Island, Victoria Garden City and Ajah; all in Lagos State, South West Nigeria.

Reacting to the development, the Lagos State government reiterated its call for residents to observe extreme caution on the roads as torrential rain persists across the state.

The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said heavy downpour is expected for a few more weeks and warned residents to desist from dumping refuse on water channels.

READ ALSO: Flood Takes Over Victoria Island, Lekki

Mr Ayorinde urged residents to stay indoors, either at home or in their places of work whenever there is a heavy downpour, except when the need to commute becomes necessary.

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In another development, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Fatai Owoseni, advised road users in the state to avoid the use of the Ahmadu Bello Way on Victoria Island for some time.

He asked commuters to use alternate routes until the flooded Ahmadu Bello Way has been freed of the heavy rain waters.

READ ALSO: Lagos Govt Reiterates Call For Caution As Rains Persist

Speaking in an interview with Channels Television on Saturday, the Police Commissioner said efforts are ongoing to drain the water out of the road.

Fatai Owoseni

Meanwhile, some Lagos residents (Lagosians) have taken to Twitter to express their displeasure with the flood, calling on the state government to come to their rescue.

See some of the tweets from residents below:

Lagos To Host President Buhari On Two-Day Working Visit

Muhammadu Buhari, LagosThe Lagos State Government will formally welcome President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, May 23, on a two-day working visit to the state.

It will be President Buhari’s first official visit to the state since he assumed office about a year ago.

A statement by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, stated that this is the first time in about 15 years, a sitting President would be visiting the state on a working visit.

Mr Ayorinde said that was a testimony to the landmark achievements of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in the last one year and the good working relationship between Lagos State and the Federal Government.

He added that the President during the visit, would formally commission the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Rescue Unit in Cappa Oshodi, built by the state government to ensure prompt and swift response to emergency situations in the state.

The Commissioner said President Buhari would thereafter, commission the newly constructed Ago Palace Way in Okota, Isolo after which he would pay homage to the Oba of Lagos, Oba Babatunde Rilwanu Aremu Akiolu.

He stated further that the President would later in the day be hosted to a reception rally by the state government at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) in Lagos, where he would also commission and hand over security equipment and vehicles contributed by the Governor Ambode led administration to securities agencies to beef up security in the state.

The statement added that activities for the first day of the President’s visit would be rounded up with a State Banquet in his honour at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island.

The President would on Tuesday, participate as the Special Guest of Honour at a breakfast session with Corporate Lagos to be hosted by Governor Ambode at the Lagos State House in Marina after which he would have a short session with the public service at the State House in Alausa-Ikeja.

The Commissioner quoted Governor Ambode as being joyous over this landmark presidential visit to Lagos State that contributed so much to his emergence as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He added that Lagosians (the state residents) were looking forward with excitement to receiving the President, just as he urged them to bear with law enforcement agents and traffic control authorities, who would effect road diversions in some of the routes that the President motorcade would pass through during the visit.

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.

Independence Day Parade: Lagos Dep. Governor Seeks Residents’ Support

LagosThe Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mrs Oluranti Adebule, took the ceremonial salute to mark the nation’s 55th Independence Anniversary at the Police College, Ikeja.

The Deputy Governor took salute as the Police, other law enforcement agencies, voluntary organizations and school children marched past.

Other top government functionaries and dignitaries also watched in admiration.

Mrs Adebule, who represented Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, appealed to Lagosians to support the state government in its effort to consolidate on the gains of development made by previous administrations.

She challenged Lagosians to use the opportunity to key into the aspirations of the state government.

“The time has come for us to take centre stage in global reckoning. Lagos State has moved from being (just) a regional hub for social-economy and political relevance. My message therefore to all Lagosians as we celebrate today is to rededicate ourselves to the common goal of taking our state to the higher level,” she said.

Some of the dignitaries at the event also shared positive thoughts about Nigeria at 55, including the first civilian governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, who said to Channels Television, “I want us to take the opportunity of this anniversary to make resolutions to change for the better.”

The general view of citizens at the Lagos celebration was that in unity lies the strength of Nigeria and that is the way to sustain it as a nation.

 

Ojuelegba Container Accident Suspect Arrested, Says Lagos CP

CP-Lagos-owoseniThe Lagos State Commissioner of Police (CP), Fatai Owoseni, said on Monday that the person suspected to be responsible for a recent trailer accident that occurred at Ojuelegba, in Lagos State, has been arrested and charged.

The CP said that the owner of the truck was also in Police custody.

According to him, the suspect is said to be charged for contravention of traffic laws and manslaughter.

Speaking to Channels Television, Mr Owoseni stated that one of the best ways to prevent such occurrences was to twist-lock the container on the truck.

He also said that other measures would be to ensure that containers that are not twist-locked do not leave the port.

“We won’t even allow those trucks that are carrying containers that are not twist-locked to get out of the port”.

The Police Commissioner further said that plans were on to establish a collaboration with the Ports Authority and other stakeholders, to check the tonnage of the trucks before they carry equipment.

 

Rumour To Disenfranchise Non-Indigenes Is Callous – Lagos INEC

political parties-LagosThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial city, has debunked the rumour that the commission intends to delay Saturday’s Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.

In a statement issued yesterday and signed by the commission’s HOD Voter Education and Publicity in the state, Mrs Ijeoma Okey-Igbokwe, the commission noted that it has no plans to replace corps members with state school teachers to disenfranchise non-indigenes as alleged.

Describing the rumour as callous, the commission stated: “We want to state here clearly that the rumours are callous, unfounded and malicious.

“The commission in the state wants to assure Lagosians (Lagos residents) that everything is set for the smooth take off of the above mentioned elections tomorrow, Saturday, April 11, 2015 and that there is no intention by the Commission to delay the electoral process”.

It warned the peddlers of the rumours to desist from acts that are capable of disrupting the peace of the state, while urging the residents of Lagos State to come out in their numbers to elect leaders of their choice.

Lagos Residents Will Pay Fair Taxes – Jimi Agbaje

Jimi-AgbajeThe Lagos State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimi Agbaje, says Lagos residents (Lagosians) will not pay heavy or light taxes, but will pay fair taxes instead.

Jimi Agbaje, spoke at a debate expected to have been attended by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and PDP Lagos State governorship candidates, organised by Channels Television in collaboration with the Enough Is Enough Nigeria (EIE) on Sunday.

The APC governorship candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode, was absent.

Mr Agbaje stressed that the government had always depended on tax for development, but that if elected, his administration would ensure Lagos residents (Lagosians) pay fair taxes.

He said the present administration was taking advantage of regulatory agencies, noting that it was generating tax in the wrong means.

He further said that he was called a tax invader due to politics. Agbaje said his company was not owing any tax.  “I got a letter from the state government, inquiring how I have been paying my land use charges.”

On his plans to ease the traffic situation in the state that had continued to eat into man hour, he said he would address the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) implementation issues, which he pointed out was not at its best.

“We will look at the implementation and see how we can strengthen it and make it better. Portholes are the major causes of traffic in the state. We will patch them to ease free flow of traffic in the state,” Mr Agbaje siad.

He also said new bus stops should be created where necessary.

The Lagos PDP governorship candidate, who described water as a faster means of transportation in the state, said Lagosians were scared of the small boats, which were in use.

He pointed out that his administration, if elected, would provide bigger boats to ensure passengers’ safety.

On his role in the party, Agbaje stressed that ‘he is not a typical politician’, saying ‘see me as I am. I will no say what I will not do’.

He further explained his relationship with Olabode Goerge, saying Mr George is his party leader.

“If a man is charged to court and sentenced for a crime and a superior court frees him, then he is not guilty,” Agbaje said.

He, however, urged the people of Lagos state to go out and vote so as to discharge their civic duties.

Buhari Should Seek Forgiveness From Yorubas, Not Votes – Fayose

buhariEkiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said that the All Progressives Congress ( APC ) presidential candidate, Major General Mohammadu Buhari (Rtd) should seek forgiveness (not votes) from Yoruba people of the South-West, including Edo and Delta States.

According to the governor, Buhari’s cancellation of the Lagos Metroline project in 1985 was the greatest disservice to the Yoruba people in particular, and Nigerians in general.

“If Buhari had not cancelled the Metroline project out of vendetta,transportation problems in Lagos would have been solved permanently.

“The Metroline project would have made life easier and changed the face of transport in Lagos.

But Buhari cancelled it and even went ahead to pay compensation to the French company that handled it. Buhari’s action cost Lagosians over $78 million then,” Fayose said.

Speaking further, the governor said; “In Yorubaland, we were enjoying free education and free health before Buhari came.

Then, all that was needed to go to primary and secondary schools was school uniform while drugs were free.

“Apart from free education and free health, the South West witnessed rapid development.

Lagos State University, Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University), Ondo State University (now Ekiti State University), Ondo State Polytechnic (now Rufus Giwa Polytechnic), and several other institutions were established.

“As at 1979, Lagos State had no secretariat. Jakande’s government built the Alausa Secretariat within four years. Ajasin’s government built Alagbaka Secretariat in Akure within four years. Even the Lekki-Epe road on which they are now collecting tolls was constructed by Jakande.

“For all that they did for us in Yorubaland, what did Buhari do to Jakande, Ajasin, Bola Ige and Bisi Onabanjo? He jailed them and Bisi Onabanjo came out of prison with health issues that eventually claimed his life.

“What did Buhari do to reward Awolowo, whose party gave us free education and free health? Awolowo’s international passport was seized and he was prevented from traveling abroad for medical treatment. Awolowo died two years after!

“In 1984 that Buhari introduced school fees, thousands of our youths then dropped out of school.

“Therefore, Buhari who truncated the future of many of our people and jailed our leaders who served our land selflessly should be seeking forgiveness from Yoruba people, not votes.”