Monarch Lauds Ambode On Development As NIJ Postgraduate Students Visit Epe

The Aladeshonyin of Odo Noforija Kingdom in Epe area of Lagos State, Oba Babatunde Ogunlaja (Kalejaiye II) has declared his support for Governor Akinwumi Ambode to be re-elected in 2019.

The royal father made this known while receiving postgraduate students of Nigerian Institute of Journalism on a courtesy call to his palace on Sunday.

Oba Ogunlaja said the overwhelming achievements of Governor Ambode counts him worthy of a second term in office.

He stressed that all royal fathers in Lagos State are solidly behind him and would continue to give him the support he needs during his second term bid.

The traditional ruler also charged journalists to carry out their duties diligently with professionalism.

He also promised to support journalists just as he donated N100,000 to the visiting students.

Earlier, the son of the soil who is the host to the visiting students, Otunba Gbanga Abass tasked journalists across the country on the need for objectivity, particularly when reporting government policies.

While commending Governor Akinwunmi Ambode quest to transform Lagos for the good of all, Abass said the governor has performed excellently in agriculture, infrastructures, job/wealth creation, and human capacity development and many more achievements.

Abass who was full of praise to Oba Ogunlaja’s warmed reception said the monarch has demonstrated unrivaled love for the ancient town of Epe.

Our Achievement Would Have Been Impossible Without Civil Servants – Ambode

The Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday commended the State Public Service for contributing immensely to the achievements recorded by his administration in the last two and a half years in office, saying the feats would have been impossible without the support of civil servants.

Ambode made the statement while speaking at the State Executive Chambers in Alausa, Ikeja, while swearing-in five newly appointed Permanent Secretaries, Governor Ambode said since assumption of office on May 29, 2015, efforts have been made to fulfil the promises made to Lagosians, and that it was indeed gratifying that civil servants in the State not only keyed into his vision of a vibrant Lagos but have also been working hard and committed to making the plan a reality.

“In the last two and a half years, our administration has worked relentlessly to fulfil our promises to Lagosians. Our modest achievements in these past months would not have been possible without the support of the public service, most especially our Permanent Secretaries who have not only keyed into our vision of a vibrant Lagos but have also ensured that it becomes a reality through commitment and hard work,” Governor Ambode said.

He said aside the fact that Permanent Secretaries have been working hard to ensure the progress of the State, other officers from directors down the ladder of the civil service have equally been performing creditably well, adding that he was indeed appreciative of their dedication to duty, commitment and service to the State.

The new Permanent Secretaries, who have since been assigned portfolios, are Mrs. Ibirogba Clara Omotilewa (Office of Establishment and Training); Ogunnubi Timothy Olukayode (Ministry of Science and Technology); Dr. (Mrs.) Are Suwebat Iyabo (Primary Healthcare Board); Dr. Salaam Taiwo Olufemi (Ministry of Transportation); and Mrs. Awobamise Kofoworola Omotayo (Ministry of Information and Strategy).

While congratulating the appointees, Governor Ambode said their elevation was not just about filling the vacancies created by those who have retired, but a way of rewarding hard work and diligence, as well as a reaffirmation that any member of any discipline could raise to the peak in the civil service.

He said according to available facts, the new Permanent Secretaries as directors, demonstrated loyalty and commitment through active involvement in the implementation of some of the policies of the present administration, just as he expressed optimism that their appointment would be a source of encouragement to all officers who are diligent in the discharge of their duties as civil servants.

Besides, Governor Ambode charged the new appointees to contribute their quota to the development of the State and add value to governance.

“To the new appointees, it is my belief that you will continue to contribute your quota to the development of the State. This is no time to relent on your hard work but rather a time for you to come up with new ideas and innovation that will add value to our State in the way and manner government policies are implemented for the greater benefit and service of our people.

“I charge all of you to rededicate yourselves to the tenets of the public service reforms we have embarked on and prove to the rest of the service your justification for the new elevation,” the Governor said.

Responding on behalf of the appointees, Ibirogba thanked Governor Ambode for the opportunity given to them to serve the State, assuring that they would hit the ground running to uphold the vision and mission statements of their respective MDAs and also ensure that result-oriented policies are delivered.

Ambode Approves Reconstruction Of Onikan Stadium

Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State on Sunday gave go-ahead to the reconstruction and the upgrade of the 5,000 capacity Onikan Stadium, near Tafawa Balewa Square Lagos Island, in order to make it meet the expectations of a 21st Century sporting facility.

The upgrade of the stadium is in line with the new Onikan-Marina Regeneration plan.

In a statement issued by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the State Government said the upgrade demonstrates its commitment to using sports as a potent tool for development and job creation; adding that the stadium, which is the oldest in Nigeria, was originally built in 1930 but was last renovated in the 1980s.

According to the Commissioner, the reconstruction of the stadium is in consonance with the vision of the present administration to transform the facility and other infrastructure within the locality into a tourism hub and make the stadium available for various sporting activities, especially football.

“The upgrading of the stadium will rekindle the interest of football fans in the local league, as well as promote sports tourism, take sports to greater heights and encourage youth activities,” he said.

While noting that the upgraded stadium will further cement the State’s desire to attain a Host City status for local and international tournaments, Ayorinde remarked that it would also impact positively on the State’s revenue generation.

Elaborating on the scope of the upgrade, the Commissioner said the work would entail complete demolition of the existing facility, removal of the old turf, pitch, underground drainage and artificial pitch base.

He further stated that rehabilitation works would also be done on external and internal walls, electrical and mechanical installations; paved driveways, perimeter fence; borehole and water reticulation as well as external electricity lighting and landscaping amongst others.

Onikan Stadium has, over the years, served as a multi-purpose stadium used for many social and political activities apart from hosting of football matches but its fortunes nosedived in the past few years due to inadequate funding and maintenance.

“The Governor realized that the stadium in its present state could not inspire any sense of pride in Lagosians, especially our youths, and falls short of the expectations of a State that has always led the rest of the country in sporting activities,” Ayorinde noted.

He added that the reconstruction and upgrade of the stadium would complement the adjoining JK Randle Arts Centre, the proposed Lagos Museum, the Lagos History Centre as well as the Lagos Heritage Centre which is all tourism-inspired projects.

“Governor Ambode is passionate about sports development in the state, from the grassroots to the world stage and he is excited that the reconstruction will rekindle the love for local football league that is synonymous with the stadium and Lagos Island,” Ayorinde said.


Lagos Airport Road Project And Contextual Federalism

It is indeed remarkable that even as controversy persists on responsibility for road construction and rehabilitation in the country, Lagos State government has reportedly flagged off the construction of the access road to the international airport after receiving the approval from its legal owner and custodian, the federal government. Although many states in the country have acted in a similar fashion on segments of federal highways passing through their cities, this step in Lagos stands out as the most ambitious, in terms of cost and scope. And so it deserves some attention as contextual issues in federalism and development, a subject that has gained fervent currency in the policy. Besides, the development has thrown up some issues of opportunity cost, given the condition of secondary and tertiary roads in Lagos area.

The project involves rehabilitation of a segment of the 10-lane Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonsoki federal highway and the expansion of the link to the international airport terminal. The access road will be reconstructed into a ten-lane expressway in which three express lanes will be separated from two lanes for local traffic for the abutting Ajao Estate and Mafoluku.

The first part of the works takes off from the Transport Hub already under construction at Oshodi interchange to the exit to the international airport. This entails massive reconstruction of the section, involving excavation and replacement of existing but silted drainage system. This is the most challenging part of the multi-billion Naira project.

The second part requires the acquisition of adjoining land on which there are existing structures housing banks, hotels, offices and residences. The buildings to be demolished have been identified and marked.

The universal requirements of Resettlement Action Plan must be complied with and these entail negotiations and acceptance by the aggrieved parties. If there are any disputes and subsequent recourse to arbitration, this could drag on unless the state ensures speedy settlement. It is believed that Lagos state government that has in place an effective alternative dispute resolution mechanism will handle such should they arise in the course of this very critical national project to be completed within 15 months.

In the economics of public projects, whenever the costs of compensation are prohibitive, this often becomes a deterrent, especially because there are multiple demands on the resources of government. There are those who have raised questions about the justification and opportunity cost of the estimated N50 billion price tag. They make a case for many secondary and tertiary roads that are full of potholes and need urgent attention. This makes sense but the airport road project has become an ancient source of shame to the country and the state that has been regarded as the economic capital of West Africa.

When the questions and criticisms on the project are considered, the irrefutable fact of history is that every tenured administration decides its priority project and the legacy it will bequeath to posterity. A Lagos State that is rebranding itself had to be concerned about the first impression of a visitor arriving in the country through the state. At present, the visage of squalor that abuts access to Nigeria’s leading airport could not be ended soon enough without this special intervention.

Some of the secondary roads are state roads. The tertiary roads, the streets to our homes, are the responsibility of the local governments. This tier of government is yet to wake up to its responsibility for road building. Now that some states have carved out Local Development Units, they must carry out an inventory of roads in their domain and plan a systematic improvement on an annual basis. In our urban areas, a policy of improving a street or two every year will eventually lead to the attainment of clean neighborhoods because good roads are an indication of better living.

Certainly, the Local Governments have the responsibility for routine maintenance of streets and they must set a goal of zero tolerance for potholes. This too should concern state governors who should involve the local government councils in building and rebuilding projects. So many state governments are generally believed to be overbearing in this regard. They should begin devolution of powers in the states too before asking for such from the federal authorities in Abuja.

While Nigeria is yet to establish an agency for funding and administration of roads, there is an annual meeting of the National Council of Works, involving Federal and State officials responsible for roads and housing. However, with specific aspects of public works already carved out as separate ministries or agencies, there is a need for a periodic national forum on roads. Each state must institute a similar forum of State and Local Government officials responsible for roads. This is where responsibility can be shared and spelled out. It is not just on paper but indeed and there should be no guile.

Once again, the Lagos State project brings to the fore the experiences of other states which developed segments of federal highways. In our ancient cities, after the demolition of structures for the expanded right-of-way, there are shanties and slums behind the parapet of modern expressways through neighborhoods. The subsequent improvement of such adjoining areas must be included in the development agenda.
All Nigerians must applaud and support Lagos State for the construction of a befitting access road to the Murtala Muhammed international airport. It is the country’s apex international airport now in the country’s commercial capital.

As a complement to such initiatives by state governments, it is important to plan for the improvement and regular routine maintenance of roads and streets used by citizens on a daily basis.


While the Federal government administers national roads and the State governments do the same for state roads, it is necessary to harp on the Local Governments that their failure concerning roads is giving the nation and states a bad name.

The enforcement of tier responsibility for roads will be a relief to the federal government on some of the heavy burdens at the center. In our nation’s experiences of federalism and unitary governance, there have been cases of special dispensations to the regions or states for developing the road aspect of our critical national infrastructure.

This is why the development in Lagos should be seen as a key aspect of why the current heated debate on restructuring should not be politicised. In other words, there should be a cognitive restructuring (renewing of minds) at the center that should look into ways of redrawing Nigeria’s roadmaps and devolve some responsibilities to the states accordingly.

That is what the experiment in Lagos has thrown up: that there are too many federal roads in the states they can no longer maintain and so that should be part of the discussion on restructuring construct the governing Party is developing at the moment.



Source: The Guardian

My Random Thoughts…

By Akinwunmi Ambode

I am sharing my thoughts in this article, not necessarily as the Governor of Lagos State but as a Nigerian; a Nigerian who wants to see progress and sustainable growth in our country.

I have been lucky to be administering over a State that has been put on the right track by my two predecessors, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN). I do not think I have done anything special except to bring my own style of leadership, my own experience and my vision.

Lagos, as it is, has not reached its peak but we can see signs of progress and positive transition to the Lagos of our dreams. What bothers me personally is that I do not see the same level of progress elsewhere in the country. I am not happy that most States in our country are not advancing like Lagos. It will be unfair of me to think that because Lagos is functioning, then I can go to bed and assume all is well. If only one man is prospering in a village, it is not progress. Rather that man is in danger.

According to the statistics released by the United Nations, by 2050, Nigeria is projected to have the third largest population in the world, with two-thirds of the population today below the age of 35. What are we doing today about this? What are we planning to feed them with? How are we going to provide them with jobs, housing and infrastructure? How are we planning to make the country self-sufficient and self-reliant for the future?

One of the key instruments to the permanent prosperity of Nigeria lies in the hands of the 109 Senators and 360 Representatives in the National Assembly. I just want to plead that we should be open-minded and forward-thinking; we should think about the teeming millions of youths, from Kano to Ibadan, Zungeru to Warri, Jalingo to Yobe, Umuahia to Calabar, and then back to Lagos; we must give serious consideration to what we intend to bequeath to them.

In my opinion, the prosperity of this nation lies with the States. We need to get the States and Regions working again and the only way we can unleash the potential of the state is for our representatives at the National Assembly to help their own states take the next step and move to the next level. In the past, there used to be positive rivalry and competition among regions prior to the entrance of the military in the national governance. The military split the nation into States and moved all resource control to the centre for their own administrative convenience. Now that we have tasted democracy, I think it is time for us to sit back and think, for the sake of those who are older than us and for the sake of our children, and even those yet unborn.

We need to raise our voice in support of the demand for devolution of power to States and fiscal federalism, especially the review of the current revenue sharing formula.  These, in my view, are fundamental and critical to creating an enabling environment that will accelerate development in all parts of the country. The ongoing process for the review of the 1999 Constitution presents a golden opportunity for us to redress all the aberrations created by the interjection of the military that have stunted growth and inhibited the capacity of States to harness the huge potentials of our nation.

Even with the kind of resources we have in Lagos, it is very clear that there is huge infrastructural deficit in the State. In addition, the resources are not so huge as to make Lagos globally competitive and deliver the social infrastructure we all crave. So where will the money to drive the Lagos of our dreams come from?

The economy is not doing well as much as we want. I cannot tax the people any more than we are doing presently, but we have to become more efficient in tax collection because that is the major source of revenue with which we can protect the future as well as improve the welfare and well-being of all Lagosians.

This takes me to the kind of reforms that we have embarked upon in the last two years. We made security a priority. Our goal has always been to deliver a clean, safe and prosperous Lagos. I want to use this platform to thank the private sector and the corporate Lagos who have been wonderful and have been silently supporting us in the provision of security equipment and infrastructure to our security agencies. Because of them we have been able to improve the performance of our security agencies but we will not take them for granted.

On Cleaner Lagos Initiative. In the last two years, we have found out that Lagos generates one of the highest waste in the world. As at the last count, documented waste in Lagos is estimated at 13,000 tonnes per day; compared to New York which is 10,000 tonnes. Considering undocumented statistics, we can add an additional 4,000 tonnes per day to that figure.

Now, if we want to be revolutionary; if we want to be globally competitive; if I want to deliver on the promise that I made to deliver a clean, safe, and prosperous Lagos, I cannot use the same template that has been in use in the past. Cleaning Lagos and keeping the environment clean has nothing to do with environmental sanitation and putting your economic productivity at a standstill for three (3) hours in a month. That will not clean Lagos.

Cleaning Lagos means we should give Lagosians scientifically treated land fill site, transfer loading stations, functional dyno-bins, functional compactors, brand new materials and also be able to employ more people. That is why I extended my hand to the private sector for a partnership that will lead to the introduction of 500 brand new compactors, employ more than 27,000 street sweepers across the various wards in Lagos and create 200,000 indirect jobs. And we are commencing this in another few weeks.

I fully appreciate the concerns of the people who have been cleaning Lagos in the years past. I do not take them for granted, neither am I going to ignore them. The new model is a win-win for all of us; I have offered them 100% income from the commercial enterprise so that our PSP can gain capacity and also get more capital to do more work. There are over 5,000 companies in Lagos, enough to go around all the PSP operators, with a minimum of 15 companies to each PSP. The government can support them to make their contract with those companies bankable.

So, while we are using the Cleaner Lagos Initiative to clean private residences and domestic refuse, our original PSP operators are compensated by dealing with companies and getting 100% revenues with just 1% administrative charges to LAWMA. In the past, LAWMA collects 40% in charges. This reform is a product of deep thoughts and serious human considerations for the environment and all stakeholders. We promise Lagosians that effective from October; within six months they will see the difference. All they need to do to help us achieve this goal is to cooperate with the government and pay the annual public utility levy in accordance with the law. This is what will fund the project. Our bins will be cleared systematically on a daily basis. The same way the way the refuse on Adeola Odeku is cleared is the same way refuse in Badagry, Ayobo, Agege and other parts of Lagos will be cleared.

In the transport sector, we have decided that to integrate our rail, road and water transportation systems. It will take time and but I believe in the philosophy of Think It, Plan It and then Act It. Sometimes, people can be impatient and say we are not responsive, but the issue is that when you run a government, you cannot run a reactionary government. We are running a responsive government which is one of the tenets of good governance. We must and are expected to think through all our policies properly and to the end before planning and executing. The difference between the thinking time, planning time, the execution time and the action time demanded by the populace is what makes people cry out.

There are a lot of things coming up under the bus reforms initiative. We are introducing new bus terminals; there are already new terminals at Tafawa Balewa Square and in Ikeja. We are constructing more; Yaba, Oyingbo, Mile 2, Ojodu Berger, Ogba and Agege. All these things will be in place before our new buses come in February 2018.

We are doing a lot on water transportation also. We want to make sure that everyone is able to move from one place to another.

Like the transport sector, we are doing new things in the health sector. We do not have enough General and Specialist hospitals. From Lekki to Epe there is no General hospital along that axis and we need to do something about it. More Specialist hospitals are coming up but the government cannot do it alone. My take is that the private sector needs to come on board. The private sector is at the front burner of what we are doing and we have a management team made up of experts from the private sector. We welcome ideas and projects that can bring value to the majority of Lagosians. We believe strongly that value is driven by the impact on humanity and that is what all our story is all about.

We love the criticism that Lagos is the second least livable city. It is a challenge to us and we are working on it, but people forget that the major considerations for this classification are terrorism and crime which I believe we do not have in Lagos. I am passionate about Lagos. I do not compare myself (Lagos) with Melbourne. What is important is that we are making some giant strides, positively affecting the lives of our people and even receiving accolades for the little things we have done. There is still a lot more to come and in another one year, I believe that people will see that Lagos has taken proper shape. I am a good listener and I appreciate objective criticism. I read and listen even though I often do not respond.

Lagos is the most thriving Cosmopolitan city right now in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our goal is to expand capital expenditure such that in another two to three years, Lagos state will become the third largest economy in Africa.

These are just some of my random thoughts…

• Mr. Ambode is the Governor of Lagos State

Ambode Signs An Agreement To Acquires 32 Tonnes Per Hour Rice Mill From Switzerland

Lagos State Governor; Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday in Zurich, Switzerland led a team of the State Executive Committee members to sign an agreement with Bühler AG (“Bühler”), a leading rice-mill producer in the world, for the acquisition of a 32 tonnes per hour Rice Mill.

The Governor, who spoke shortly after the signing ceremony, said the development was in furtherance of his vision of enhancing food security and creating employment in the State.

It is estimated that the partnership would facilitate the creation of about 200,000 jobs across the agriculture value chain, while it would also bring about the cultivation of 32,000 hectares of farm land to produce rice paddy, equating to an estimated 130million Kg of processed rice per year (an equivalent of 2.6milion 50kg bags of rice).

Speaking further, Governor Ambode said the landmark event also provides the platform for the State to partner with the other South West States in consonance with the region’s resolve towards achieving economic integration.

The Governor emphasized that the partnership with Buhler was in sync with his administration’s economic agenda of diversification of the nation’s economy and conservation of foreign currency reserve.

“The state of the art rice mill will be sited in Imota, Ikorodu and it requires 32,000 hectares of land for cultivation of rice paddy. This investment is expected to create thousands of jobs in rice value chain. In addition to the current arrangement with Kebbi State, Lagos would go into partnership with neighbouring states, to ensure sustainable inputs for the mill and foster regional economic integration,” Governor Ambode said.

According to the agreement, the partnership with Buhler covers supplies and installation of the rice mill, including silos. It also covers maintenance and technical support as well as technical training of Nigerians in the ever growing sub-sector of the Nigerian economy.

The rice mill will be the single largest mill of its kind in Nigeria and is expected to be delivered within twelve months.

Aside from Governor Ambode, other members of the State’s delegation included the Commissioner for Finance, Mr Akinyemi Ashade; Special Adviser to the Governor on Overseas Affairs & Investment, Professor Ademola Abass; Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon Suarau Oluwatoyin; and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Olayiwole Onasanya.

Names of 57 Newly Elected Chairmen And Vice Chairmen For Lagos Councils

See Full Names in Table Format……………………

AROGUN, Augustine Adeoye

FAMUYIWA David Oladapo
Vice Chairman

OLADELE Oshinowo

MUFALIU Olatunji Okusi
Vice Chairman

EGUNJOBI Ganiyu Kola

OGUNJI Abiodun Dare
Vice Chairman

AYOOLA Fatai Adekunle

IGWE Apollonia Nkem
Vice Chairman

SULAIMAN Jelili Adewale

ADEBISI Francis Atoyebi
Vice Chairman

BURAIMOH Valentine Oluwaseyi

IDRIS Olusegun Abubakar
Vice Chairman

MUHAMMED Akande Funmilayo

BALOGUN Akeem Akanbi
Vice Chairman

ADELE Elijah Owolabi

GABRIEL Kevin Oluwaseun
Vice Chairman

YUSUF Sakiru Adisa

SHOBOWALE Bola Abiodun
Vice Chairman

ONILUDE Olusegun Adeniran

AKOTOMEH Gbetogo Mawhenu Andrew
Vice Chairman

GBENU Henugbe Joseph

IBRAHEEM Rauf Kayode
Vice Chairman

ALABI Kolade David

KUPONIYI Adeola Zainot
Vice Chairman

AKINYEMI-OBE Medinat Omobolanle Adetutu

KALEJAIYE Kunle Muyiwa
Vice Chairman

SANYAOLU Kunle Olowoopejo

ADEBIYI Mutiu Adeniyi
Vice Chairman

BELLO Monsuru Oloyede

OLUSUNMADE Olatunde Adekunle
Vice Chairman

16. EPE
ADESANYA Adenola Adedoyin

AGBADANLA Ibrahim Adebayo
Vice Chairman

SALIU Adeniyi Rasaq

Vice Chairman

OLUFUNMI Rafiu Olatunji

BILIAMINU Samson Agunbiade
Vice Chairman

BANKOLE Kuye Adesegun Saheed

ADETORO Alimot Adeola
Vice Chairman

20. IBA
OSENI Adedayo Rahmat Rachael

YAYA Adeshola Isiaka
Vice Chairman

SURAKAT Semiu Olorunkemi

ODOFIN Jelili Adegboyega
Vice Chairman

OKE Oloruntoba

HAMZAT Usman Akanbi
Vice Chairman

AJIDAGBA Fatai Shuaib

KOLEOSHO Olatunbosun Nurudeen
Vice Chairman


DADA Adewunmi Ismaila
Vice Chairman

OLUSESAN Mayokun Daini

TITILOLA Adegboyega Oladimeji
Vice Chairman

SALISU Fatiu Jimoh

GBADEBO Motunrayo Adijat
Vice Chairman

BALOGUN Mojeed Alabi

MAYUNGBE Yomi Musibau
Vice Chairman

BANJO Adeola Adebisi

AMEEN Olawale Ibraheem
Vice Chairman

ADESINA Ayodeji Wasiu

OLABANJI-OBA Folasade Florence Grace
Vice Chairman

ADEMEHIN Olajumoke Ganiat

DADA Gabriel Olusesan
Vice Chairman

ONANUGA Samson Adeniyi

ODULAMI Dare David
Vice Chairman

OYESANYA Abdulfatai Ayodele

ONIKOSI Abolanle Sammy
Vice Chairman

33. IKOYI OBALENDE ATANDA-Lawal Fuad Abimbola

OGUNDIMU Kabiru Akande
Vice Chairman

AGORO Wasiu Kunle

BENSON Sunday Ayodele
Vice Chairman

ADU Rasheedat Abiodun

GUNBIYI Olusegun Olawale
Vice Chairman

OLALEYE Shamsudeen Abiodun

OLASOJU Adebayo Babatunde
Vice Chairman

APATIRA Ahammed Olanrewaju

OLUGBENGA Aremu Oyebode
Vice Chairman

SOFOLA Afolabi Babatunde

AWOSOLA Emmanuel Omotuyi
Vice Chairman

SALAU-BASHUA Kamal Olawale

OGBOYE Monsuru Ajibola
Vice Chairman

OLUSI Tijani Adetoyese

BASHORUN Babatunde Wadood
Vice Chairman

ESSIEN AJALA Omolola Rasheedat

EMILAGBA Jubril Kolawole
Vice Chairman

OGIDAN Mukandasi Olaitan

SAHEED Bakre Taiwo
Vice Chairman

ADEBAJO Olabisi Doris

OSINOWO Adedayo Ayodeji
Vice Chairman

BAMIGBOYE Emmanuel Olanrewaju

ARUWE Tunbosun Haruna
Vice Chairman

AJALA Rasaq Olusola

JAKANDE Oluseyi Lawal
Vice Chairman

46 OJO
IDOWU Rasulu Olusola

UCHE-UBOCHI Edna Obianuju
Vice Chairman

OLORO Julius Olumuyiwa

OLUYADI Olubunmi Kayode
Vice Chairman

TIJANI Ahmed Idowu

Vice Chairman

OLATUNDE Samson Folorunso

BAMGBOSE Olufemi Saheed
Vice Chairman

OKE Francis Babatunde

Olakanle Oladotun
Vice Chairman

AKINOLA HASSAN Ramotalai Olarewaju

BADMUS Olanrewaju Moshood
Vice Chairman

SUNDAY Babatunde

AKANNI Oluwatoyin Kafilat
Vice Chairman

MUSE ARIYOH Bolaji Idris

OSO Oludaisi Timothy
Vice Chairman

ASHAFA Musibau Adekunle

Kareem Azeez Abiodun
Vice Chairman


Olubowale Sosinmi
Vice Chairman

AJIDE Yomi Tajudeen Yusuff

YUSUF Bamidele Sulaiman
Vice Chairman

57.  YABA
OMIYALE Kayode Adejare

AILERU Bolanle Nurudeen
Vice Chairman

The Man Akinwunmi Ambode

Akinwunmi Ambode is the Governor of Lagos State. He was a civil servant for 27 years and a financial consultant before running for public office as Governor of Lagos State in 2015.

Akinwunmi Ambode was born on 14 June 1963 in Epe Lagos, into the family of Late Festus Akinwale Ambode and Christianah Oluleye Ambode. Akinwunmi Ambode is one of ten children. He attended St. Jude’s Primary School, Ebutte Meta, Lagos, from 1969-1974, where he sat for the National Common Entrance Examinations.

From 1974-81, Ambode, attended Federal Government College, Warri, Delta State. In 1981, he gained admission into the University of Lagos where he studied Accounting and graduated in 1984 at the age of 21.

He also has a master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos, and he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

Ambode was awarded the US Fulbright Scholarship for the Hubert Humphries Fellowship Programme in Boston Massachusetts. He also attended the Wharton Business School, for Advanced Management Programme. Other institutions he attended for courses and programmes, includes Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield, England, the Institute of Management Development, Lausanne, Switzerland, INSEAD Singapore and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Boston, U.S.A.

From 1988-91, Akinwunmi Ambode was the Assistant Treasurer, Badagry Local Government, Lagos State, Nigeria. In 1991, he was posted to Shomolu Local Government, Lagos State, as an Auditor. He has also held the position of Council Treasurer in Shomolu Local Government in later years.

He also previously served as Council Treasurer at Alimosho Local Government, Lagos State. In 2001, he became acting Auditor General for Local Government, Lagos State, Nigeria. This position was confirmed by the State House of Assembly. In January 2005, Ambode was appointed the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Finance.

From 2006- 2012, Ambode was the Accountant General for Lagos State, in charge of all the financial activities of the state and directly responsible for over 1400 accountants in the state service. Under his watch, the State Treasury Office (STO) revolutionized the way Lagos State finances were raised, budgeted, managed and planned. In his six years as the Lagos State Accountant General, the state’s financial performance improved visibly with the budget performing at a remarkable average of 85% annually.

After 27 years in the civil service, Ambode voluntarily retired in August 2012. He founded Brandsmiths Consulting Limited to provide Public Finance and Management Consulting services to government at all levels, its parastatals and agencies. He also founded the non-profit La Roche Leadership Foundation. Its recent goal is to install Nigerian and Lagos State flags in all government owned schools in Lagos State.

Ambode is a very active member of the Federal Government College, Warri Old Students Association (FEGOCOWOSA) and is credited with revitalizing the Lagos branch of the Association. Ambode was a two-time chairman of the Lagos State Branch, and, until recently, was the National President of the Association, a position he held for three years. In those three years, he executed key projects in the school in conjunction with the alumni network to improve the educational and living standards of the students.

Akinwunmi Ambode is married to Bolanle Patience Ambode (née Odukomaiya). They have three children; twin boys and a girl.

Ambode ran for the office of the Governor of Lagos State in April 2015 as a member of the All Progressives Congress, the state’s ruling party. He won the election, defeating the second-place candidate by more than 150,000 votes. He began his tenure as the governor of Lagos on 29 May 2015.

Ambode Orders Repair Of Links Road

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday expressed displeasure at the state of roads in Bariga.
The governor ordered contractors to move to a site in the next two weeks to fix the roads.

Ambode, who spoke after inspecting the roads in Bariga, ordered contractors to begin work on Ilaje Road and Odunsi Street.
The governor, who awarded the contract for the construction of Ariyo Road, said the dilapidated roads were unacceptable to his administration.

He said in line with the commitment of his administration to transform every part of the state, a new jetty would be built in Ilaje, while a multi-purpose playground and recreation centre would also be built in Oworonshoki.

Ambode said: “I have just gone round Odunsi Street, Ariyo Street and then Ilaje Street, all connecting Oworo Bus Stop with Bariga. I am totally displeased with the state of the roads that I have personally seen.

“So, within the next two weeks, contractors will begin work on Ilaje Road and Odunsi Street. We have already awarded the contract for Ariyo Road, which will go under the Third Mainland Bridge, after Bertola and go to the other side of Oworonsoki.

“In addition to the roads on this Ilaje Road, we will also give you a brand new jetty. Like we have always said, every community in Lagos will not be left behind. We should be able to live in Bariga, work in Bariga and play in Bariga.

“On the other side of Oworonshoki, we are going to sand-fill and dredge that other part where the bus stop is so that we can have a multi-purpose playground, recreation and entertainment hub.”

In a swift response to the plea of residents of Soluyi community in Bariga, Ambode ordered that work should begin on the road in the axis within 21 days to ease movement to Gbagada expressway.

The governor urged the residents to continue to pay their taxes and embrace peace to enjoy more dividends of democracy.

He said: “I know the people in these communities have always supported our government. So, what we have just come to do is to say a big thank you to you. We are doing the work you have sent us to do.

We are doing the work you have sent us to do.

“I want to encourage you to continue to pay your taxes. I am very happy this neighbourhood is a little bit crime-free now. I am enjoying the peaceful atmosphere in this area. When you promise me peace, I will do more for your neighbourhood.”

The Sole Administrator of Bariga Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Sanya Osijo, expressed appreciation to the governor for giving the order.

He said the repairs would end the suffering of the residents, Ambode also paid an unscheduled inspection to the site of the construction of world-class transport interchange at Oshodi.

The governor directed contractors to work assiduously to meet the completion deadline.

Source: The Nations

Falana Tells Ambode, You Can’t Execute Rev. King

Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has asked Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State to commute the death penalty passed on death row inmates in the state to life imprisonment instead of executing them.Those on death row upon the judgment of the court of Lagos State included the General Overseer of Christian Praying Assembly, Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, a.k.a. Rev. King.

Falana argued in his letter dated April 19, 2017 and addressed to Ambode that the planned execution of death row inmates in the state would violate a subsisting judgment delivered in 2012 by the High Court of Lagos State which ruled that it was illegal and unconstitutional to execute condemned inmates.

He reminded the governor that the judgment of the court of the state had held that to hang or subject death row inmates to firing squad would lead to the violation of their fundamental right  to freedom from torture guaranteed by the constitution.

The judgment was said to have been delivered by Justice Mufutau Olokooba of the Lagos State High Court on June 29, 2012.

The Lagos lawyer advised the state government to explore the only available option of commuting the death penalty passed on the inmates to life imprisonment.

Falana stated, “On the basis of the valid and subsisting judgment of the Lagos High Court on the illegality of the execution of the death penalty in Lagos State we urge Your Excellency not to sign a death warrant authorising the killing of any condemned prisoner either by hanging, firing squad or any other means whatsoever.

“In the circumstance, Your Excellency may wish to commute the death sentences of all condemned prisoners in Lagos State to life imprisonment forthwith.”

The Attorney General of the state, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, was said to have stated at a press conference on Tuesday that unlike previous administrations, Ambode would sign the necessary documents to execute those on death row in the state.

Kazeem reportedly said the development was at the instruction of Ambode and that the state had begun reviewing the matter after prison officials complained of the highhandedness of some death row inmates who felt that they had certain rights which excluded them from being executed.

But Falana stated that the planned execution would negate the subsisting court judgment.

Falana stated, “Although many persons have been convicted of armed robbery and murder and sentenced to death by the Lagos State High Court since 1999, your predecessors did not sign death warrants for the execution of any person on death row.

“Accordingly, all the convicts on death row have had the death sentences imposed on them commuted to life imprisonment.

“It is pertinent to draw the attention of Your Excellency to the case of Ajulu & Ors. v. Attorney General of Lagos State (unreported), Suit No: ID/76M/2008 of 29th June 2012,  wherein the  Lagos State High Court held that while a person who commits murder may be sentenced to death, it is illegal and unconstitutional to execute such death sentence by hanging or firing  squad as it will lead to the violation of his fundamental right  to freedom from torture guaranteed by the constitution.

“According to the learned trial judge, Olokooba, death by hanging and firing squad amounts to a violation of the condemned’s right to dignity of the human person and amount to inhuman and degrading treatment and is consequently unconstitutional being a violation of Section 34(1)(a) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.

“Section 367 of the Criminal Procedure Law of Lagos State and any other law which provides for hanging by the neck till death are accordingly declared unconstitutional. Section 1(3) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act in so far as it seeks to be implemented by the respondent is also declared unconstitutional and void.”


Source: Punch

Lagos State Government Evicts Otodo Gbame Residents

News reports have it that Otodo Gbame, a riverine area in Lagos State was filled with Operatives of the Lagos State Task Force and some men of the Nigerian Police under the orders of the governor of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode to evict the residence.

According to reports, gun shots were fired as houses were set ablaze by the operatives.

Although there has been reports about the death of one resident, it hasn’t been confirmed as not official report has been made as the time of this publication.

Details Shortly…………………