Governor Oshiomhole Swears-In New Commissioners

oshiomholeThe Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has reiterated the desire for his administration to finish strong, hence the need to engage fresh brains to steer the affairs of the State.

Governor Oshiomhole shared this view during the swearing-in ceremony of two new Commissioners into his cabinet at the Exco Chambers, Government House in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The new members of cabinet are Tom Uloko, for Ministry of Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs and Gideon Obhakhan, for the Ministry of Education.

Governor Oshiomhole, earlier in the week, suspended four local government chairmen.

The allegations against them include non-payment of staff salaries without satisfactory explanations, inability to account for Internally Generated Revenue, diversion of funds, failure to follow due process in the award of contracts as well as illegal employment of senior officers without going through Local Government Service Commission, which is a violation of laid-down provisions.

Youth Stones Emir At Kaduna Governor, El-Rufai’s Swearing-in

el-rufaiThe swearing-in ceremony of the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, turned bloody on Friday, as angry youths at the venue attacked the revered Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.

Several people were injured when the youth, midway into El-Rufai’s speech, started pelting the emir, who sat at the VIP stand, with stones and shoes.

Not even the heavy presence of security operatives could calm down the situation, as the youth intensified the attack on the emir, thereby forcing the event that started peacefully to an abrupt end.

Ting Of Human Wall

The youths, who were said to be angry with the presence of the emir at the inauguration of the new Governor, alleged that he openly supported the former Governor, Mukhtar Yero, during the campaigns, instead of maintaining neutrality as a royal father.

As the stones were flying directly at the Emir, a ring of human wall was quickly formed around him by his Body Guards and security operatives before they eventually took him away through the back of the podium.

Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ulnar Shehu told Channels Television that the emir was not stoned.

On his part, the new governor in his speech, which was read half way because of the crisis, thanked the people of the State for giving him the mandate.

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode’s Inaugural Speech

BEING THE INAUGURAL ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MR. AKINWUNMI AMBODE, GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE ON FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015 AT TAFAWA BALEWA SQUARE, LAGOS

PROTOCOL:

Today, I have just performed the sacred duty of oath-taking as the Governor of Lagos State. It has pleased GOD through the good people of Lagos State, that my destiny as a little boy, born from a humble background, on the 14th day of JUNE to become the 14th Governor of our great State, Lagos is being realised.

2 I am eternally grateful to all of you. To all Lagosians,
the young and elderly, widows, physically-challenged; girls and boys, and especially, the children; who followed our musical campaign with vigour; God bless you all.

3 Permit me to acknowledge and appreciate specially all the voters that voted for me; equally appreciate those that did not and also the people that did not exercise their franchise to vote at all. We are all winners. One of the instructive lessons from this last political campaign and election is for all politicians never to take our people for granted again. I would, more than ever before; take you, the good people of Lagos, along with me, in this journey of renewed hope and prosperity at all times.

4 My appreciation goes to all our elder statesmen and women including all our senior citizens. To all our religious leaders, I say thank you. All our Muslim leaders, Christians leaders and other faiths; your prayers for Lagos State did not go unanswered.

5 I must not fail to acknowledge all our civil society organisations. The students, civil servants, labour unions, artisans, professionals, corporate Lagos, the business community, thank you very much. To all Lagosians in diaspora, foreign residents and all other stakeholders; thank you for keeping faith in the potential greatness of our State.

6 From the bottom of my heart, I greet all our traditional rulers, our Royal Fathers, Kings, Chiefs and their wives. I thank you all, most especially, the Chairman; the State Council of Obas and Chiefs, His Royal Majesty, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, Oba of Lagos. We promise to continue to nurture our traditional institutions as part of our heritage.

7 To our Party Leaders and all members of our great party, The All Progressives Congress (APC); today belongs to you all. Our elected Officers, the three Distinguished Senators, Honourable Members of the House of Representatives and Members of the House of Assembly; congratulations and thank you.

8 And my Deputy; Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule, thank you.

9 To my family, words are not enough; My mother, who is here today, thank you for being a very caring mother to me. All my uncles, brothers and sisters; I appreciate you. To my lovely wife, Bolanle, thank you so much for your sacrifices and perseverance. God bless you always. My children, friends and loved ones and supporters; I really appreciate the enormity of sacrifices, pain, prayers and efforts. I remain eternally grateful.

10 Lastly, I speak to the two people that have shaped the history of this State in the last sixteen (16) years.

11 You are focused, dogged and hard-working, you are a visioner par excellence. You are a bridge-builder. To our leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; you have laid an enduring foundation for what we are all building on today. When the history of the political economy of Nigeria is being written, surely it would be kind to you. Thank you so much.

To our Distinguished Senator, (Mrs.) Oluremi Tinubu; your support and commitment to our State and to me personally during the election is well appreciated.

12 To the out-going Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), you have fought the good fight. You came, you saw, you conquered. I have been at close quarters as a student, you as my teacher and mentor. On behalf of my family and other good people of Lagos; we say thank you. We appreciate you and your family.

13     EVERYBODY COUNTS

As we collectively face the challenge to make Lagos a better place to live in, we must recognize our strength in diversity. A common national identity where everybody counts. I shall run an open government of inclusion that will not leave anyone behind. No matter your age, sex, tribe or any other Status, as long as you reside in Lagos, we will make Lagos work for you.

14     THE NIGERIAN DREAM

Lagosians are hardworking people. Lagos is striving because of its undying entrepreneurial spirit. However we must realise that there are no short-cuts to success. To our youths, we must nurture good family values to succeed in any endeavour. I want our younger ones and children to draw some lessons from my story. Anyone of you can rise up to be the best you want to be. Your background and circumstances cannot be an obstacle to your dreams. In our country, particularly in Lagos, you can always succeed. This is the Nigerian dream where hard-work, courage, perseverance, persistence, merit and rewards pay. We must therefore embrace new thinking and be determined to succeed at all times. I am ready to encourage and nurture that dream in our children, youths and every hard-working Lagosian. We would reward merit, hard-work and loyalty to the State. The future is for those who dare to dream and find courage to pursue their dreams.

15   THE FUTURE IS NOW

We are all witnesses to the economic downturn and dwindling revenues at the national and state levels. The present economic situation has affected the financial profile of most states in the country.
The state is blessed that the foundation of its financial autonomy was designed and implemented by that visioner and our leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Thus, the state has been partially shielded from the negative trend flowing from the federal level.

For us to sustain the progressive and radical transformation on-going in the state, we have to redouble our efforts on all fronts for our commitment to excellence. While we must be creative and innovative; we are not citizens until we become responsible tax payers. I want to assure all of us that I will make your taxes work for you. You will surely get a transparent and incorruptible government that will give you good value for your taxes paid.

Creativity is the most valuable asset in any public institution. Progressive governments must reward contributors of good ideas. Therefore, wherever practicable, we shall practise government by incentives and not government by enforcement. We shall implement creative ideas and concepts that reduce the cost of running government; ideas that make life simpler and happier for our people.

I, therefore, invite you all, to join hands with me, to offer new ideas that will pull more resources to cater for the poor and needy amongst us. This will be a compassionate government.

16     DEVELOPMENT PLAN (2012 – 2025)

In the spirit of continuity, I am committed to the State Development Plan (2012 – 2025). The plan is structured under four pillars; (1) Social Development and Security; (2) Infrastructural Development; (3) Economic Development and (4) Sustainable Environment.

The challenges we face today as a State, are good enough ingredients to bring out the best of all of us. Together, we shall push forward and not look back, with our hands firmly on the plough. We would work hard to tackle poverty, ignorance and social decadence in our State.

17     PUBLIC SECTOR REFORMS

As we all know, the best practices of yesterday may not be good enough for the products of today. In this sense, we shall embark on continuous reforms in the public service. I am determined to demonstrate that the government belongs to the citizens. You have put us here as servants to serve you and not you serving us. Today we are committed to that creed.

Moving forward, the Civil Service will be strengthened and made to respond to the needs of all citizens in the same manner, quality services are rendered in the private sector.

My administration is prepared to take the decisions needed to promote merit and professionalism. To restructure where required, eliminate poor Human Resource practices and accelerate the pace of reforms in the spirit of good governance.

I want to assure the business community and corporate Lagos that the ease of doing business in Lagos will be improved upon earnestly. Lagos is open for greater business; To this end, a new office of Overseas Affairs and Investment (LAGOS GLOBAL) shall be created under the Governor’s Office.

We want you to fly into Lagos, start your business, find your way; live, work and enjoy in Lagos.

As part of our reforms, a new Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment shall be established. This would specifically address the promise I made during the campaign on employment trust fund, labour exchange and entrepreneurship. This goal, we shall pursue vigorously.

Also, the Office of Civic Engagement shall be created under the Deputy Governor’s Office to strengthen and enhance our promise on government of inclusion. Everyone must have a voice in my administration.

18    CONCLUSION

I have the political will to engage investors and stakeholders in creating the enabling environment for tourism, entertainment and arts; and iconic infrastructure for the benefit of all.

Once again, I thank the good people of Lagos for the confidence reposed in our party; both at the national and State levels. We shall not disappoint you. God bless you all.

20 God bless Lagos State
God bless Nigeria
Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko
Oje mi lo gun; Oje wa lo gun
Eko oni baje – I promise.
Thank you.

Ogun Swears In New Chief of Staff

The newly appointed Chief of Staff to the Ogun State Governor, Prof. Olatunde Ganiyu has been sworn in by the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun.

At a ceremony held in his office, Oke-mosan in Abeokuta, the state capital, the Governor charged the new Chief of Staff not to betray the confidence reposed in him by the people of the state, just as he charged him to use his wealth of experience to bear on the business of government for effective service delivery.

In his response, the new appointee re-affirmed his determination to serve the people of the state with passion, dedication and love in order to leave behind legacies for which he would be remembered long after leaving office.

The 57 year old new Chief of Staff to Governor Amosun is a Professor of Entomology who was at various times the Acting Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Osun State University, Osogbo.

He hails from Ikenne Local Government Area of the State and is replacing the former occupant of the seat, Mr Ademola Ogunaike who resigned his appointment last year.

Fashola Swears In Six New High Court Judges

The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola on Tuesday swore in six new High Court Judges as he urged the six new sworn-in High Court Judges to uphold the nation’s judiciary and take the lead in restoring law and order in the country by cleansing itself and charting the new way forward.

The new Judges, who were sworn in at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium in Alausa, included, Justice Folashade Janet Bankole Oki, Justice Michael Akintunde Savage, Justice Oyindanmola Ogala, Justice Ganiyu Ali Safari, Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya and Justice Wasiu Animahun.

Addressing the capacity audience comprising, the Deputy Governor, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Ayotunde Phillips, other legal luminaries, judicial officers, serving and retired judges and Members of the Bar and Bench, among others, Governor Fashola said the responsibility of rescuing the country from her gradual slip into anarchy rested squarely on the Judiciary.

Expressing dismay that the nation seems to be slipping into a state of lawlessness, Governor Fashola said unless the Judiciary takes the lead in re-establishing law and order in the country, the nation’s democracy would be lost.

He also cited electoral malpractices and inability to prosecute and punish proven cases of the ill as some of the evidence of breakdown of law and order adding, “These have cascaded down to smaller crimes such as traffic violations, breaches of sanitation regulations and so on that we now take for granted and many of which having become so widespread and commonplace, we no longer recognize them as criminal conduct”.

Governor Fashola said the on-going Judicial reforms embarked upon by his administration, including the appointment of efficient judicial personnel, was in line with his commitment at his inauguration to pursue the enthronement of law and order in the State adding that it was the only means to achieve prosperity and the fulfilment of the promises he made to the people of Lagos State.

Governor Fashola told the newly appointed Judges that their role is that of a leadership responsibility that was assumed today as judges of our High Courts. An urgent return to the basics is therefore essential this time, not only for the nation’s Judiciary but also for the legal practitioners, the security agencies and the bureaucracy.

“Our judges must bear the responsibility of rebuilding the system that is theirs, the Judicial Institution. They will bear the responsibility of returning that institution to respectability; they will bear the responsibility for 21 million people in Lagos who look up to you and I to protect them” Fashola said.

Congratulating the Judges and wishing them a successful tenure, Governor Fashola declared, “Being invested with so much discretionary powers, I think the Judiciary must take the lead and cleanse itself and now show us the new way forward. This is the time for Judges who will declare above board, Judges who will demonstrate a clear understanding of the law and apply it in the best interest of the society”.

Present at the occasion were the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ade Ipaiye who presented the newly appointed Judges to the Governor for swearing-in, his immediate predecessor in office, Mr. Olasupo Shasore, Speaker of the State House of Assembly represented by Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary, Hon. Samotu Agunbiade, legal luminaries both serving and retired as well as families and friends of the newly appointed Judges.