Ambode Signs Anti-Kidnapping Bill, Okays Life Imprisonment

Lagos To Embark On Infrastructure DevelopmentThe Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has signed into law an anti-kidnapping bill.

The prohibition of the act of kidnapping law, imposes a penalty of life imprisonment for kidnappers.

He said when a victim dies in the course of a kidnap, the suspect is liable on conviction to death.

According to governor Ambode, the spate of kidnapping in the state has gotten to a level that requires decisive action.

He also signed the Sports Trust Fund Bill and the Sports Commission Bill into law.

Gov. Ambode Calls For A Peaceful And Prosperous Nigeria

Cancer, Akinwunmi AmbodeThe Lagos State Governor,  Akinwunmi Ambode, has called on Nigerians to rededicate themselves to the cause of a peaceful and prosperous Nigeria, where citizens regardless of ethnic, religious, political or social status can flourish.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, the Governor said that the nation needs brotherly love and harmonious co-existence among her citizens above all other things as a means to overcome its numerous challenges.

The Governor in his Eid-el-Fitri message said it is only by embracing peace, unity and fairness that Nigerians can put the country back on the path of growth and development, urging them to embrace the tenets of love, tolerance, forgiveness and brotherhood which characterized the period of the holy month.

“As we celebrate this auspicious occasion, therefore, let us renew our faith in our nation and implore the Almighty God to restore to us those values that place high premium on human life, love of neighbour and sharing even as we ventilate our faith in the unity of our dear country and the possibility of taking her rightful place in the comity of nations.

“In this all important crusade to rescue our dear country from socio-economic as well as political quagmire, let us all continue to demonstrate those sterling virtues of harmonious and peaceful co-existence, as well as willingness to serve in this melting pot of cultures where the multi-ethnic and multi-religious nature of our country is turned into a source of strength”, the Governor said.

While cautioning against acts that would divide rather than unite the country, Governor Ambode called on Nigerians to return to the values of peaceful co-existence and brotherly love.

Governor Ambode also thanked Lagosians for their continued harmonious and peaceful co-existence in the midst of diverse ethnic origin and religion.
“With your demonstration of love for your neighbour and the willingness to serve, our State has continued to be a model of what patriotic Nigerians will want our dear country to be.

“When peace reigns in the land, we can achieve whatever it is that we want to achieve. Infrastructural development can only be carried out in an atmosphere of peace and respect for our political and ethnic differences,” he said.

Governor Ambode wished all Muslim brothers and sisters in the State a happy Eid-el-Fitri celebration, just as he enjoined Nigerians in other parts of the country to continue to be their brothers’ keepers.

Lagos State Re-opens Mile 12 Market

Ambode on mile 12The Lagos State government has re-opened the mile 12 market, which was shut following a violent clash in Agiliti area.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, announced the re-opening of the market on Thursday, weeks after it was shut down.

The State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said the decision to re-open the market was reached after a meeting with stakeholders.

He told reporters that agreement was reached with all stakeholders including, traditional leaders, residents and the community development association.

Some agreements reached include: a prohibition on no street trading in the area; all activities relating to the market would take place within designated market premises; a ban on commercial motorcyclists in the area and removal of shanties and illegal structures.

“Relocation Of The Market”

The Commissioner said: “As part of measures aimed at bringing sanity into the market, the government and the market leaders have agreed that henceforth, all activities relating to the market shall be confined within the market area, and that street trading would no longer be allowed in the area”.

The Commissioner added that it was further agreed trading activities in the market would henceforth be carried out in a clean and hygienic environment.

According to Ayorinde, other major agreements arrived with a consensus amongst the various stakeholders include: “Relocation of the Market to another suitable location as the existing market can no longer contain the traders; ban on the use of Commercial Motorcycles (Okada Riders) in the area; peaceful co-existence amongst all ethnic groups in the Market and environs; and removal of all shanties and illegal attachments/structures within the Market area.”

Ayorinde further said that the stakeholders agreed that it was only in an atmosphere of peace and co-existence that their various business and trade can thrive.

He assured the stakeholders that Lagos was a home for all, and that the State Government would continue to provide the enabling environment for every investor to thrive, as the promise of the Governor to run a 24/7 economy is sacrosanct.

Governor Ambode had shut the market on March 3, 2016, after a clash between residents and Okada operators in the Mile 12 area led to loss of lives and property.