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…………………

Tinubu, Ayoola, Aregbesola, Ambode, Others For Bola Ige Lecture

Two frontline lawyers and Senior Advocates, Lateef Fagbemi and Festus Keyemo, will deliver keynote speeches at the 15th Bola Ige Memorial Symposium that will hold next month at Lagos Airport Hotel in Ikeja.

The symposium with the theme: Political Assassinations and Our Criminal Justice System in Nigeria: The Impediments, is being organised by Bola Ige Centre for Justice.

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is the special guest of honour at the event. Osun and Lagos that Governors Rauf Aregbesola and Akinwunmi Ambode are expected to grace the event.

Former chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Justice Emmanuel Ayoola (rtd), will chair the occasion. Other guests being expected include Prof Kolawole Ogundowole of the University of Lagos and Mrs Yemisi Ransome-Kuti, among others.