Ambode Pledges To Compensate Demolished House Owners

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday while speaking at the 10th Quarterly Town Hall meeting has pledged to compensate owners of buildings demolished to facilitate construction.

Ambode said he would begin the payment in the next four weeks. He added that henceforth, such displaced persons would be relocated before construction begins. He disclosed that his government would not embark on any development without carrying the people along.

On security, he said the government has taken strategic steps to secure the residents, adding that killer herdsmen would not have a space in the state. The governor revealed that the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund disbursed N4.5billion to 5,500 beneficiaries in 2017, who also received training on financial literacy and business management. He said in fulfilling the promise to students in tertiary institutions across the state, N635.5million was disbursed to 8,419 students across the state.

“Our government acquired healthcare equipment worth N2.5 billion. The equipment would strengthen the capacity of our health facilities to render improved health services and also facilitate the smooth take off of the Lagos State Health Scheme. “In order to meet the needs of the youth in the area of technical and vocational development, we have approved the establishment of three new technical colleges, bringing the numbers to eight,” he said.

 

Ambode Unveils 22ft ‘Football Forever’ Statue In Lagos

In a series of art project commissioning around the state, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has unveiled the ‘Football Forever’ statue at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere. The unveil coincided with the much celebrated qualifications of the Nigerin Super Eagles for Russia 2018 FIFA World cup tournament.

The statue, a 22ft tall sculpture of four players, two aside, stands on an eight feet concrete pedestal announcing and showcasing the prowess, commitment and passion of Nigerians for the beautiful game.

The Governor’s Special Adviser on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Adebimpe Akinsola, described the statue as a monument of great value that describes the passion Lagosians and Nigerians bestow upon sports and football in particular. He said, “The Monument seeks to educate the Nigerian youth and all visitors to Lagos State that our passion for sport is not only captured by iconic infrastructure facilities and competitions but include giving opportunity to expose artistic representation of its value creative minds.

“The monument reveals Lagosians dexterity in the game of football and projects our fitness and readiness for glory as it conveys vital sport education knowledge and the promotion of sports tourism in Lagos State.”

Akinsola then encouraged all sport enthusiasts to always come around to draw inspiration from the monument.

Ambode: A Quiet but Virtuoso Performance by Adewale Adeeyo

In his 27 years as a civil servant in Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode was a quiet, solid achiever of immense gifts and remarkable ethos. With a bachelor’s and master’s in accounting, he was focused early enough to start his working career from the modest position of assistant treasurer, Badagry Local Government in 1988. Nearly three decades later, and after a number of courses within and outside the country, the brilliant and hardworking civil servant had risen to the position of a permanent secretary and accountant-general, even holding both positions at a time.

His accomplishments were staggering; but what was even more astonishing was the quiet manner he rose through the ranks and left a lasting impact.

It was, therefore, not surprising that less than three years after he voluntarily retired from the civil service, and with the same quiet dignity and self-effacement that have become his hallmarks, Ambode, 54, was back in government, this time at the highest level in Lagos State as its third Fourth Republic elected governor. It is not certain, despite his hardwork and accomplishments, whether he thought that amazing political trajectory possible. It is not even clear, though he has great mentors, whether a year before he assumed office as governor, anyone thought to make a political gladiator of the self-effacing financial and administrative manager.

Thirty years after he first signed up to work for the Lagos State government, through which he rose to be a consummate civil servant and adept financial manager, Ambode had become governor in extraordinary circumstances. He was indisputably sound as an auditor and accountant, even a chartered accountant, but not many, including perhaps some who voted for him in 2015, were absolutely convinced that the seemingly quiet and unpretentious financial expert and latter-day politician could muster the élan and charisma to lead the boisterous coastal state which recently celebrated its 50 years of founding. Ambode had come highly recommended by a past governor, the pacesetting iconoclast, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. And having excelled in school, he had acquired the character of showing grit, determination and uncommon brilliance. But he did not seem a natural politician, not to talk of being a lawyer and career rabble-rouser – these were the sort of people believed capable of succeeding as administrators and politicians. Ambode was different, confidently and quietly so.

But he was not the usual politician Lagosians had grown accustomed to over the decades. Indeed, shortly after he was sworn into office, the most populous state in Nigeria seemed to experience some stasis, unable to respond to the new governor’s novel methods.

But less than two remarkable and astounding years later, after Ambode had executed dozens and dozens of quality and, in some instances, expansive projects one after another, it was as if the state had been waiting for him all along with bated breath. Both Ambode and Lagos were made for each other, after all. He has not yet forsworn his self-confident disposition, yet his achievements have both been recognised and lauded, often very loudly, as if to compensate for his quietude.

Charisma is not usually associated with quiet detachment; but in the case of Ambode, his achievements have illustrated his sometimes impalpable charisma. And as every analyst knows, it is indeed possible to possess charisma without a corresponding or even ethical demonstration of progress. Ambode defies stereotypes and confounds propositions by his relentless and ironically charismatic accomplishments.

Far beyond the number and quality of Ambode’s monumental projects is the scientism of his methods, the integrated network of projects and programmes that blend with one another and create a seamless, impactful whole. Whether road projects or school and health facilities, or whether security or human development programmes, Ambode’s strides in two years possess at once a certain abstractness and concreteness.

It would be flattering to suggest that Lagos has a perfect cabinet. It probably doesn’t. However, given the achievements recorded in the past two years, and the peace and cooperation abiding in the cabinet, they are a reflection of the cerebral quality of the governor and his leadership skills as well as an indication that he has a critical mass of commissioners and heads of agencies to help him transform theory into practice. Importantly too, as is the nature of politics generally, the remarkable progress Lagos has made under Ambode reflects excellently on his interpersonal relations and financial management skills.

No matter how brilliant a cabinet, if the leader is not equally or better endowed, there would be no one to set the pace and direction. If Lagos is presenting itself as an example for other states and attracting attention from within and outside the African continent, it is an indication that a vision is in place and is being remolded and refined, and a leader possessing character and confidence is also running the show.

What is most remarkable about the solid and frenzied pace of development in Lagos today is its spread, both spatially and intrinsically. Spatially, projects are sited in concentric circles in all the senatorial districts of the state constituencies, and wards. And in one way or the other there is an engaging interconnectedness in nearly all the projects so that they can integrate forward and backward and hum synergetically to make life liveable in the Lagos megacity. Intrinsically, ongoing projects include roads, bridges, hospitals, security, apparatuses and many legacy monuments. The Epe axis is being opened up grandly.

Alimosho axis is being transformed into a behemoth, Oshodi is on the way to experiencing one of the most modern renewals ever, Lekki is enjoying a very thoughtful design makeover, and a new security architecture called neighbourhood security watch is already assembled. All these renewals and re-engineering have been made possible because they were predicated on a masterful re-engineering of the state’s financial infrastructure.

It is perhaps fitting that Ambode is in the saddle as the state marks 50, having been created in May 1967. He is fortunate to have predecessors like Asiwaju Tinubu who laid the foundations, and Babatunde Raji Fashola who built on that foundation. Ambode has placed himself appropriately to build on the works of his predecessors, and to take the megacity project to dizzying heights. As a former civil servant, he knows how to drive the civil service and get the best out of it. As a career financial manager, he has reorganised the state’s finances and put it on an even keel to make it work for the state. As a thinker and scholar, he has designed practical and engaging ways to get things done and make the state and himself respond adequately like a scientist to the challenges of statehood. And like a deep thinker, he has primed himself, standing on the shoulders of his predecessors, to envision an incredibly expansive, surefooted and glorious future for Lagos.

That Ambode is able to achieve these great strides without the accompanying and distractive noisemaking politicians are so often and clearly besotted to is a testimony to his idiosyncratic resolve to leave a mark and legacy in Lagos. He is just half way into his first term. By the end of the first term, and at the rate he is going, not to say the fluidity of his rhythm, he is expected to accomplish so much more, even as many of the legacy projects begun months back start to manifest in their splendor.

The clincher for many Lagosians and South-Westerners is that, far beyond working wonders in Lagos State, Governor Ambode is also deeply thoughtful, philosophical and ideologically expansive. His pursuit of regionalisation, where his predecessors had been fairly isolationist, speaks to his mindset as a true and well-bred son of the soil. He did not wait to be persuaded; and did not ask to be wooed. His instincts told him regionalism was right and did not detract from the state’s independence nor violated the constitution, nor yet flouted the unity and integrity of the nation. No sooner was he sworn in than he asked to be integrated into the Oodua Group, and its think-tank arm –the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria Commission.

There is no telling what six more years of Ambode will do for Lagos and the South-West. He has started well, worked well, thought well and from all indications, will finish well.

Dr. Adeeyo, OFN, is a member, Governing Council, Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State.

Lagos Opens Nigeria’s First DNA Forensic Lab

Lagos State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem has revealed that Lagos State Government has completed the construction of the first ever high-powered DNA Forensic Laboratory in Nigeria. The project which was approved last year by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has resume “skeletal” operations and will be commissioned in coming weeks.

At a recent press briefing, Kazeem disclosed through the State’s Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mrs Funlola Odunlami, that “The DNA forensic centre just opened this month. We are yet to commission it but it has been opened and it is a DNA crime forensic lab and at the same time, it is going to deal with other DNA matters like paternity issue. What we are doing now is skeletal work which we started this month.

“The Lagos State Government recognizes the fact that the State is the commercial nerve centre of the sub-Saharan Africa where all races converge for various purposes such as business, hospitality, tourism among others, and has put in place mechanisms that will foster development and promote economic activities in the State by instituting agencies that will attend to matters relating to Land Grabbers, Special Task Force, donation of police vehicles for security, introduction of DNA Forensic laboratory to archive blood samples of criminals, among others. All these actions are geared toward enhancing peace in Lagos State.

Ambode Assist 2000 Disabled With Technologies Mobility Aid

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Wednesday presented financial grants, assistive technologies and mobility aids to 2,000 people living with disabilities to facilitate their contributions to the state socio-economic development.
Ambode had on May 29, 2016, set up the Persons Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) Empowerment Fund with N500 million for their welfare.

Ambode said that the presentation was a clear evidence of a promise kept by his administration to ensure an all-inclusive government in which no individual or group would be left behind.

The governor was represented by his deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule, at the ceremony where various items including Assistive Devices, Vehicles and Empowerment Grants were presented to the PLWDs in Lagos.

”Today, we are witnessing presentations of vehicles, equipment and empowerment funds to the first set of beneficiaries to enable individuals, homes and NGOs of PLWDs to take charge of their future.

” Our focus is to move away from the previous charitable orientation of empowerment toward a more socially and economically-oriented approach to make PLWDs become wealth creators and employers of labour.

”This is the first phase and there will be more for those who have yet to benefit from the fund.

”Also, 250 PLWDs will soon receive letters of employment into the state civil service, local governments and Local Council Development Areas,” he said.

Ambode urged corporate organisations and well-meaning individuals to partner with the state government by contributing generously to the fund to ensure continuity of the initiative.

He also urged the PLWDs to be strong, make judicious use of the items and funds, work hard and be dedicated to their enterprises.

According to him, their success will go a long way in changing the perception of those who are sceptical about their abilities.

In her remarks, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, the state Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, said that the empowerment was to enhance their productivity in the society.

“It will also ensure that their rights and interests are protected and promoted through policies and programmes of the state government,’’ Akinbile-Yusuf said.

Also, the General Manager, Lagos State Office of Disability Affairs (LASODA), Dr Waheed Oki, commended the governor for his care for the PLWDs.

Oki said that it was a practical demonstration of the governor’s government of inclusion.

Rev. (Sis.) Jane Onyeneri, the Administrator, Pacelli School for the Blind and Challenged Children, Surulere, who got a 30-seater-bus from the governor, expressed excitement over the gift.

Onyeneri, in an interview on the sidelines of the programme, said, ”I am so happy today.

“I have over 435 blind and challenged students and taking them out for events such as competitions and field trips have been a very big problem.

”But with this bus, it will be easy to take them out for functions and we appreciate the governor for his kind gesture, ” she said.

Also, Mr Muyiwa Majekodunmi, the Administrator, Down Syndrome Foundation, told NAN that the governor had attended to their dire need by providing the foundation with 60 Magic White Boards.

”In the last two years, we have been planning to acquire Magic White Boards and Magnetic Boards for our children in the foundation, but finance has always been the issue.

”Getting these gifts from the governor come to us as a surprise and we promise to make good use of the boards, ” he said.

350 wheel chairs were presented to persons with spinal cord injury, 25 computer sets and Laptops to persons with hearing impairment.

Also, 500 white canes were presented to persons with visual impairment, while a Braille Machine was given to the Nigerian Society for the Blind.

Others were 10 Accessible Desktop Computers with Jaws Screen Reader, 20 Tactile Metric Sets and 100 Taylor Frames.

 

Ambode Speaks On 4000 Businesses Empowered To Boost Lagos Economy

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday said that the N25billion Employment Trust Fund (ETF) set up by his administration has successfully empowered over 4000 small and medium scale businesses in the last two years as a means to boost the economy of the State.

Governor Ambode, who spoke when he received a delegation from Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on a courtesy visit at the Lagos House in Ikeja, said deliberate efforts have been made by his administration to aid businesses and encourage budding entrepreneurs in the State.

Alluding to the fact that the State boasts of a burgeoning population of youths, the Governor said that driving entrepreneurship growth was a sure way to engage the youths meaningfully in enabling them contribute their quota to the growth of the economy.

“There is no way under this economic recession that we have found ourselves that we can actually employ all the people under that age bracket. So the best thing is to create a framework that would allow them to dissipate their energy and creativity into the things that they would love to do.

“That’s why we set up the Employment Trust Fund with a budget of N25billion to be able to touch those younger ones that would not necessarily have the capital to recreate their skills and so far so good in the last two years we have done almost about 4000 entrepreneurs and we are doing more,” he said.

Welcoming the partnership prospects with MIT, Governor Ambode said he was excited that the Legatum Center had finally discovered the importance of the African continent as a key part of the map to driving innovation as well as entrepreneurship and Lagos as one of its major city partners.

Besides, the Governor said that the setting up of the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment was in consonance with the ideals of the Legatum Center, assuring that his administration would do all it can to sustain the partnership beyond entrepreneurship.

“I am committing the State Government that we would continue to support this, we would make sure that we would support this. I am excited that in the next two days, you would be finding new entrepreneurs that can come into this enterprise bracket. We would also like to support in any way that we can promote these younger ones.

“I am happy to see the CEO of Wecyclers, Mrs. Billkiss Abiola here; recycling is something that is dear to my heart, even before becoming Governor, I visited the place and I can tell you that I was excited about the skill set brought to bear. We’ve supported a whole lot of entrepreneurs also and we would continue to do that,” the Governor said.

Earlier, in her remarks, Executive Director, MIT, Mrs. Georgina Flatter said the team was in Lagos to liaise with entrepreneurs in the State and build sustainable partnerships going forward.

She said the MIT team had spent the last few days touring eco systems and visiting entrepreneurs and ventures across Lagos, describing the experience so far as most inspiring.

“We visited Billlkiss’s recycling site Wednesday and saw the amazing job that she’s been doing in the city and how she is bringing huge value to the eco system and this is why we are here, to understand your entrepreneurs and see how we can build partnerships and strengthen this partnership with your entrepreneurs through seeing the great work that people are doing.

“We can start to understand what role we can play to support them. I also like to thank you for the service that you are providing, we can see the good work that this government is doing to support the entrepreneurs,” Flatter said.

I Am Amazed At Osun’s Development Inspite Meager Resources -Ambode

…As Lagos, Osun Governors Renew Calls For Regional Integration.

The governor of Lagos, Mr Akinwumi Ambode, on Thursday said he was amazed at the pace of development taking place in Osun despite its very meagre resources.

He said his administration would do everything possible to support Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun at ensuring the success of his government.

This was even as the two governors renewed the calls for and reaffirmed their commitments towards the actualisation of South-West regional integration.

A statement by the Bureau of Communication and Strategy, signed by its Director, Semiu Okanlawon, quoted the two governors as making the calls when Ambode paid a courtesy call on Aregbesola at the Government House in Osogbo.

Ambode was quoted in the statement as saying it was time for the region to fully exploit its potential by standing by what Aregbesola of Osun has been championing since the beginning of his administration.

He stated that the Lagos state government is fully committed to the regional integration of the South West for its economic potential to be fully harnessed and sustained.

The Lagos State Governor added that the time is right for all well-meaning indigenes of the region to rally round and ensure that the South West begins to rely on its economic endowments as means of being independent.

He said, “We have an historic duty to join Aregbesola in championing what he has been clamouring for, which is the integration of the South west.

“I fully commit myself to the integration of the South-West because I believe it is the only way the region can fully explore its potentials for the benefit of all.

“I can assure you that the South West has all it takes to stand alone and survive without having to depend on any external means of funding”

Ambode highlighted the developmental strides of Aregbesola in Osun, saying the Governor has laid unprecedented marks of development in the state.

He commended the Governor for being steadfast to weather the financial storm and challenges the state is passing through, while assuring the Osun government that Lagos State will support Osun with what it can to the end.

He urged Aregbesola to continue the good work, saying the reward of hard work is more work while also charging the Governor to ensure that the legacies are not destroyed.

“We are in consonance with what Aregbesola is doing in Osun. I cannot begin to define how Osun has developed under this administration.

“I am particularly amazed by commitment to developing the state despite the tough economic challenges the state is passing through.

“I want to assure you that Lagos State Government will continue to support Osun till the end with all it can. I don’t want the development to stop and he should be reminded that the reward for hard work is more work.” Ambode stated.

Responding, Aregbesola said that any move for development in the South West without regional integration is like a child’s play compared to the kind of development the region will experience if there is full regional integration.

Aregbesola stated that the call for the regional integration of the South West must be taken beyond mere rhetorics, stressing that all the South West governors must work towards actualising it before the end of their current tenures.

The Osun governor said the only state that can survive on its own is Lagos, which he said is not too good because other states in the South West will be over dependent on Lagos if that happens.

He said it is in the interest of Lagos and other states in the South West to clamour for the regional integration in all aspects of life.

“There can be no meaningful development in the South west without the integration of the region.

“It is the only way we can fully take advantage of the comparative competitiveness that exists in our region. That is why we commend the efforts of the Lagos State Government on the move for regional integration.

“It is time for us as a region to take the issue of regional integration beyond mere rhetoric, we need to actualise it before the end our various tenures.

“I want us to set the shortest period of our tenure as the deadline to actualise the dream because it is the best for this region.”

“We must pursue the clamour for the southwest regional integration to advance social-economic, political and education relationship for the comparative competitiveness,” Aregbesola said.

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We Are In Consonance With Aregbesola’s Developmental Agenda In Osun – Ambode

………As Lagos, Osun Governors Renew Calls For Regional Integration.

The Lagos state Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, has declared his administration support for Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s developmental agenda in Osun.

Ambode disclosed this on Thursday while on a courtesy visit to Aregbesola at the Government House in Osogbo.

This was even as the two governors renewed the calls for and reaffirmed their commitments towards the actualisation of South-West regional integration.

He said his administration would do everything possible to support Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun at ensuring the success of his government.

In a statement signed by Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Mr Semiu Okanlawon, quoted the two governors as making the calls for regional integration as only way to go.

Ambode was quoted in the statement as saying it was time for the region to fully exploit its potential by standing by what Aregbesola of Osun has been championing since the beginning of his administration.

He stated that the Lagos state government is fully committed to the regional integration of the South West for its economic potential to be fully harnessed and sustained.

The Lagos State Governor added that the time is right for all well-meaning indigenes of the region to rally round and ensure that the South West begins to rely on its economic endowments as means of being independent.

He said, “We have an historic duty to join Aregbesola in championing what he has been clamouring for, which is the integration of the South west.

“I fully commit myself to the integration of the South-West because I believe it is the only way the region can fully explore its potentials for the benefit of all.

“I can assure you that the South West has all it takes to stand alone and survive without having to depend on any external means of funding”

Ambode highlighted the developmental strides of Aregbesola in Osun, saying the Governor has laid unprecedented marks of development in the state.

He commended the Governor for being steadfast to weather the financial storm and challenges the state is passing through, while assuring the Osun government that Lagos State will support Osun with what it can to the end.

He urged Aregbesola to continue the good work, saying the reward of hard work is more work while also charging the Governor to ensure that the legacies are not destroyed.

“We are in consonance with what Aregbesola is doing in Osun.  I cannot begin to define how Osun has developed under this administration.

“I am particularly amazed by commitment to developing the state despite the tough economic challenges the state is passing through.

“I want to assure you that Lagos State Government will continue to support Osun till the end with all it can. I don’t want the development to stop and he should be reminded that the reward for hard work is more work.” Ambode stated.

Responding, Aregbesola said that any move for development in the South West without regional integration is like a child’s play compared to the kind of development the region will experience if there is full regional integration.

Aregbesola stated that the call for the regional integration of the South West must be taken beyond mere rhetorics, stressing that all the South West governors must work towards actualising it before the end of their current tenures.

The Osun governor said the only state that can survive on its own is Lagos, which he said is not too good because other states in the South West will be over dependent on Lagos if that happens.

He said it is in the interest of Lagos and other states in the South West to clamour for the regional integration in all aspects of life.

“There can be no meaningful development in the South west without the integration of the region.

“It is the only way we can fully take advantage of the comparative competitiveness that exists in our region.  That is why we commend the efforts of the Lagos State Government on the move for regional integration.

“It is time for us as a region to take the issue of regional integration beyond mere rhetoric, we need to actualise it before the end our various tenures.

“I want us to set the shortest period of our tenure as the deadline to actualise the dream because it is the best for this region.”

“We must pursue the clamour for the southwest regional integration to advance social-economic, political and education relationship for the comparative competitiveness,” Aregbesola said.

We Are In Consonance With Aregbesola’s Developmental Agenda In Osun – Ambode

……….As Lagos, Osun Governors Renew Calls For Regional Integration.

The Lagos state Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, has declared his administration support for Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s developmental agenda in Osun.

Ambode disclosed this on Thursday while on a courtesy visit to Aregbesola at the Government House in Osogbo.

This was even as the two governors renewed the calls for and reaffirmed their commitments towards the actualisation of South-West regional integration.

He said his administration would do everything possible to support Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun at ensuring the success of his government.

In a statement signed by Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Mr Semiu Okanlawon, quoted the two governors as making the calls for regional integration as only way to go.

Ambode was quoted in the statement as saying it was time for the region to fully exploit its potential by standing by what Aregbesola of Osun has been championing since the beginning of his administration.

He stated that the Lagos state government is fully committed to the regional integration of the South West for its economic potential to be fully harnessed and sustained.

The Lagos State Governor added that the time is right for all well-meaning indigenes of the region to rally round and ensure that the South West begins to rely on its economic endowments as means of being independent.

He said, “We have an historic duty to join Aregbesola in championing what he has been clamouring for, which is the integration of the South west.

“I fully commit myself to the integration of the South-West because I believe it is the only way the region can fully explore its potentials for the benefit of all.

“I can assure you that the South West has all it takes to stand alone and survive without having to depend on any external means of funding”

Ambode highlighted the developmental strides of Aregbesola in Osun, saying the Governor has laid unprecedented marks of development in the state.

He commended the Governor for being steadfast to weather the financial storm and challenges the state is passing through, while assuring the Osun government that Lagos State will support Osun with what it can to the end.

He urged Aregbesola to continue the good work, saying the reward of hard work is more work while also charging the Governor to ensure that the legacies are not destroyed.

“We are in consonance with what Aregbesola is doing in Osun.  I cannot begin to define how Osun has developed under this administration.

“I am particularly amazed by commitment to developing the state despite the tough economic challenges the state is passing through.

“I want to assure you that Lagos State Government will continue to support Osun till the end with all it can. I don’t want the development to stop and he should be reminded that the reward for hard work is more work.” Ambode stated.

Responding, Aregbesola said that any move for development in the South West without regional integration is like a child’s play compared to the kind of development the region will experience if there is full regional integration.

Aregbesola stated that the call for the regional integration of the South West must be taken beyond mere rhetorics, stressing that all the South West governors must work towards actualising it before the end of their current tenures.

The Osun governor said the only state that can survive on its own is Lagos, which he said is not too good because other states in the South West will be over dependent on Lagos if that happens.

He said it is in the interest of Lagos and other states in the South West to clamour for the regional integration in all aspects of life.

“There can be no meaningful development in the South west without the integration of the region.

“It is the only way we can fully take advantage of the comparative competitiveness that exists in our region.  That is why we commend the efforts of the Lagos State Government on the move for regional integration.

“It is time for us as a region to take the issue of regional integration beyond mere rhetoric, we need to actualise it before the end our various tenures.

“I want us to set the shortest period of our tenure as the deadline to actualise the dream because it is the best for this region.”

“We must pursue the clamour for the southwest regional integration to advance social-economic, political and education relationship for the comparative competitiveness,” Aregbesola said.

 

PHOTO STORY: Ambode Visits Aregbesola In Osun

The state of Osun Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola received in audience his counterpart from Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday 20/7/2017 at the Governor’s office, Abere. Osogbo.

Ambode who came on a courtesy call spoke on the need for the region to harmonise and speak as one united entity.

The two helmsmen agreed that as a federation, the survival of Nigeria economic is hinge on capacity for sustainable Internally Generated Revenue drive.

See photos of the visit………

 

Governor Rauf Aregbesola (5th Left), Governor Akinwunmi Ambode (4th Right), Senator representing Osun Central, Prof Sola Adeyeye (4th Left) and other Osun cabinet members.

 

Ambode Sacks Baale Of Shangisha Over Fake Kidnapping

Lagos State’s Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday sacked the suspended Baale of Shangisha in Magodo, Chief Yusuf Ogundare for faking his abduction which allegedly took place on July 5 along Center for Management Development (CMD) Road in Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of the State.

Ambode had last Friday suspended Ogundare moments after he was paraded alongside his brother, Mohammed Adams by the Lagos State Police Command for conspiring to fake the alleged kidnap.

In a press release signed by the State’s Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon Muslim Folami, the Governor ordered Ogundare to henceforth desist from parading himself as the Baale of Shangisha or discharge any duties attached to chieftaincy matters in the State.

Folami, in the statement, said: “This is to inform the general public that His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has authorized the Deposition and prosecution by police of Chief Yusuf Mutiu Ogundare, Baale of Shangisha with immediate effect.

“This is in accordance with Section 38, subsection 1 of the Obas and Chiefs Laws of Lagos State inter-alia “The Governor may suspend or depose any Oba or Chief whether appointed before or after commencement of this law, if he is satisfied that such suspension or deposition is required according to customary law or is necessary in the interest of peace or good government.”

“Furthermore, he (Ogundare) is to stop parading himself, purports to exercise or discharge any of the duties attached to Chieftaincy Matters with immediate effect.”