Amaechi, Ambode Meet Behind Closed Doors In Lagos

Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi and Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode Thursday met behind closed doors at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja.

The minister, however, declined to brief journalists on the purpose of the visit.

 Amaechi, who arrived at the Lagos House at 10:55 a.m. drove himself in a black SUV and was accompanied by a four- vehicle convoy.

The closed door meeting lasted about an hour.

But journalists in the Governor’s Office who had waited at the entrance of the meeting venue for over three hours, hoping to ask the minister some questions left the place disappointed.

 Shortly before Amaechi stepped out, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Habib Aruna, had announced that there would be no room for question and answer session.

 Amaechi, who came out thereafter in company of the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello and some of his aides, declined efforts by the journalists to speak on the purpose of the meeting.

 “I don’t want to be misquoted again,” Amaechi simply said and made his way into his car.

Awolowo’s Legacies Remain Benchmark For Progressive Leadership – Ambode

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos on Tuesday said the legacies and landmark achievements of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo remained a source of inspiration and benchmark for progressive leadership.

Ambode said this at the unveiling of Awolowo’s statue on Awolowo Road/Lateef Jakande Road Junction in Ikeja, Lagos.

He said that Awolowo displayed an ability to use leadership as a tool for advancing the people’s welfare.

“Late Chief Awolowo was a leading voice among eminent nationalists of his time who successfully negotiated our nation’s liberation from colonial masters.

“Awolowo was a symbol to the aspiration of western Nigeria and Lagos territory during his days.

“His achievements at the helm of affairs in western Nigeria gave us supremacy, and that is what Lagos has always aspired to be.

“The unveiling of the statue is, thus, in recognition of all the good legacies that the Awolowo dynasty is enviably known for,” he said.

Ambode said that the statue was not just about beautifying the environment or serving as a tourist attraction but a reminder of the need to value sacrifices of past heroes and uphold and promote the ideals which they stood for.

The governor said that the position of Lagos State on restructuring of Nigeria was as stipulated in the manifesto of the APC.

“APC manifesto states: APC shall initiate action to amend our Constitution with a view to devolving powers, duties and responsibilities to states and local governments in order to entrench true federalism and federal spirit.

“We as a people are adamant in making sure that this part of the party’s manifesto comes to pass, ” Ambode said.

Earlier, Dr Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, one of the children of the late Awolowo, commended Lagos State Government for keeping the memory and legacy of her father alive by installing the statue.

Awolowo-Dosumu said that her father was able to achieve free education and other laudable programmes because he judiciously utilised revenues from tax.

She said that the state government followed her father’s footsteps by properly utilising tax payers’ money to implement development projects which directly impacted on the citizens.

“When my father initiated taxation then, many people were not happy, but when they saw development in terms of education and infrastructure, they believed and trusted his initiative by paying their taxes promptly.

“With the ongoing infrastructure upgrade in Lagos State, people will begin to support government policies and projects,’’ she said.

The sculptor of the monument, Mr Hamzat Attach, said that the late Awolowo stood for quality leadership, education and mentorship to achieve effective governance and development.

In her remarks, Mrs Adebimpe Akinsola, Lagos State Acting Commissioner, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, said that the government installed the monument to make the state an attractive destination for visitors.

Also present at the event are Awolowo’s first grandson, Mr Segun Awolowo, and the Wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, who is also a granddaughter of the late icon.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Awolowo was the first Premier of the Western Region and later a federal Commissioner for Finance, and Vice Chairman of the Federal Executive Council during the Civil War.

He died on May 9, 1987, at the age of 78.

BREAKING: 64 Days After, Six Kidnapped Epe School Pupil Released

Six Epe school pupils kidnapped 64 days ago has been released.

A source said the kidnapped students were found in Ondo.

Meanwhile, it was not clear if ransom was paid before the release.

It would be recalled that the children were picked up by kidnappers while in school.

Several entreats were made by the parents of the pupil to Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

Details later……..

Ambode Swears-In Newly Elected LG Chairmen

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday charged the newly elected local government chairmen in the Lagos State to be hardworking and transparent in the management of resources put in their care.

Ambode gave the charge in Alausa at the swearing-in ceremony of the chairmen elected into the 20 Local Government and 37 Local Council Development Areas of the state on Saturday.

He told the chairmen that they were coming on board at a time the people expected much, urging them not to disappoint those who elected them.

“The conclusion of the electoral process marks the beginning of real governance which has been activated by your swearing-in today.

“The people have, by their votes, discharged their responsibility. It is now your turn to discharge your part of the social contract you made with the people of your communities, wards and local councils.

“Let me remind you all that you are assuming the mantle of leadership at a time when our people expect so much.

“As you settle down to the business of governance, you must bear in mind that the participation of the people in governance does not end with elections.

“The people must be carried along and given the opportunity to have a say in policy making process and implementation,” Ambode said.

He also charged the new chairmen not to discriminate against anyone, irrespective of political, religious or other leanings

“I want to put it on record today that the elections have come and gone; there must be no discrimination of any form.

“The dividends of good governance must be fairly distributed to all people without prejudice to political affiliation, gender, religious belief or ethnic background.

“We must cherish and nurture the cosmopolitan nature of our state because it is a key factor in our strength and prosperity,” Ambode said.

The governor said that the government recognised the importance of the Local Government administration in having a government of inclusion where everybody had a voice.

“Today, we have completed the chain of government linking the Wards, Councils and Local Government Areas to the State Government.

“Our government has, once again, demonstrated our total commitment to deepening democratic values and good governance at the grassroots,” he said.

Ambode commended the Chairman of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), Retired Justice Ayotunde Phillips, commissioners and the entire staff of the commission for delivering a free, fair and credible election.

He also commended residents, especially those who defied the rains on Saturday to perform their civic responsibility.

“The hallmark of democracy is the participation of the people through the free exercise of their franchise to elect the people they want to represent them. This is the true source of legitimate mandate to lead a people,” Ambode said.

Meanwhile, the governor informed the gathering that the Lagos State Government was set to take firm control over its inland waterways and the adjoining lands, including all sand dredging activities, following an appellate court ruling in its favour.

He warned that the era of uncontrolled dredging was over, as the court ruling would boost the government’s efforts in abating flood in the state.

The Lagos Island East Local Government Chairman, Mr Kamal Bashua, who spoke on behalf of the chairmen, promised their unalloyed support. He said they would build on the landmark achievements of the government at the grassroots.

South-West Governors Meet, Plan Common Agenda on Development

The South-West governors yesterday met in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, to deliberate on how to chart a common agenda to fast-track the development of the region.

The meeting, hosted by Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun, was attended by all the six governors in the region, including Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos), Ayo Fayose (Ekiti) and Rauf Aregbesola (Osun).

They met under the aegis of Western Nigeria Governors’ Forum, a meeting put together by Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN), a technocratic institution for the sustainable development of the region, which according to Amosun, had been the vanguard for socio-economic and re-engineering of the South-West.

At the end of the four-hour meeting, all the participants agreed that regional integration as a sustainable economic development paradigm presents the Western Region, and indeed the whole of Nigeria, a pathway into economic prosperity for all.

A communique read by Amosun stated, among others:

• “A joint task force and joint actions will be pursued and sustained on security threats to guarantee the safety of lives, property and prosperity of the people of the region.

• “The competitive advantage of constituent states would be harnessed for sustainable regional development.

• “In order to improve the food security of the region, DAWN should convene a regional agric summit to be held in Ibadan.

• “Approval is given for the establishment of a Western Nigeria Export Development Initiative (WENEDI) to drive the export potentials of the region.”

• “A committee be set up for codification of our values and ethos as an instrument of Yoruba uniqueness to strengthen our identity and unity of purpose.”

Also, the governors agreed that the artificial boundaries of states, religions, political affiliations, among others, would not be a barrier to regional development and urged all the states to be encouraged to significantly improve bilateral and multilateral co-operation to foster regional development.

Amosun had in his welcome address charged his colleagues not to allow themselves to be used as “instruments of division”.

He stated that creation of states from the Old Western Region in 1976, which should have been an impetus for development in the South-West, had been “allowed to create artificial boundaries between the Yoruba nation.”

“To further worsen the situation, some of our people are also making themselves available as instruments of division because of their selfish political gains. The consequence is that our people begin to see themselves as a people of one state or the other rather than as a sub-unit of the entity of the Yoruba people,” he said.

PHOTONEWS: Southwest Governors Meet In Ogun for Regional Integration

Governors from Southwest states, Nigeria, Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Akintunde Ambode (Lagos), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo) and Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti) on Monday met in Abeokuta, Ogun state for Southwest Economic Governor’s Forum.

The meeting which was organised by Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN), the governors reaffirmed determination of the region to rebuild Yoruba nation amid mutual collaboration from member states.

See those in attendant……………..

APC Sweeps Lagos LG, Councillorship Polls

Early returns from yesterday’s local government elections showed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was having an easy ride in all parts of the state.

At press time, the party’s candidates had won the chairman position in Lagos Island LG, Badagry West LCDA, Epe LG, Eredo LCDA, Onigbongbo LCDA; Lagos Island East LCDA; Ikorodu LG, Ikorodu West LCDA; Badagry LG; and Ejigbo LCDA

Below are details of the results:

  • Lagos Island

Adetoyese Olusi (APC) 14,692

Yisa Ismail (PDP) 925

Kasumu Olanrewaju (LP) 1211

  • Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA

Atanda Lawal (APC) 7120

Samuel Akinwole (PDP) 756

Mohammed Jubril (LP) 542

  • Eredo LCDA

Rasal Saliu (APC) 10910

Kunle Ayantuga 737

  • Epe LG

Dayo Adesanya (APC) 21441

Omobibi (LP) 948

  • Lagos Island East

Kamal Olawale (APC) 9060

Adebayo Temitope  (PDP) 1128

  • Onigbongbo LCDA

Hakeem Olayemi (Accord Party ) 842

Oke Babatunde (APC) 1631

Badagry West LCDA

Bello Joseph (APC) 5332

Setonji Ojugbele (PDP)  935

  • Ejigbo LCDA

Bello Oloyede (APC)4876

Akinlude (PDP) 179

  • Ikeja LG

Alabi Balogun (APC) 6191

Olowolagba Omolara (PDP) 990

  • Badagry LG

APC 3990

PDP1281

Accord 1597

  • Ojokoro

Ward-A

Chairman

APC:  1,351

PDP:  156

Councillor

APC:  1,351

PDP:  156

  • Ojokoro Ward-B

Chairman

APC: 912

PDP: 169

ACCORD: 103

Councillor

APC:  880

PDP:  172

ACCORD: 150

  • Ojokoro Ward-C

Chairman

APC:  1,786

PDP:  178

LP:     085

ACCORD: 11

Councillor

APC:  1,757

PDP:  196

LP:     070

ACCORD: 13

  • Ojokoro Ward-D

Chairman

APC:  1,380

PDP:  133

Councillor

APC:  1,432

PDP:  151

  • Ojokoro Ward-E

Chairman

APC:  2,080

PDP:  333

Councillor

APC:  2,060

PDP:  040

Ojokoro Ward-F

Chairman

APC:  1,233

PDP:  119

Councillor

APC:  1,205

PDP:  129

  • Ojokoro Ward-G

Chairman

APC:  978

PDP:  152

LP:    082

AA:   04

Councillor

APC:  981

PDP:  130

LP:   088

AA:  05

 

An early morning downpour and voter’s apathy yesterday had hampered the commencement of the election at 8am as proposed in the 20 local governments and 37 Local Council Developments Areas (LCDAs).

It was an anti climax to months of painstaking preparation by the Justice Ayotunde Phillips (retired)-led   State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC).

The rain and the attendant flood in parts of the state prevented electoral officials from reaching their duty posts on time.

Thus, accreditation and voting which were supposed to commence at 8am began much beyond the scheduled time and only when the rain subsided.

Besides, many registered voters chose to stay indoors.

Only a few bothered to go out and vote except in  areas where  opposition parties  tried to have a foothold.

They include Mushin, Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Ojo, Coker Aguda, Itire-Ikate, Agboyi-Ketu, and some parts of Ikorodu.

Youths turned the roads to temporary football ‘pitches’.

Some party officials attributed the low turnout to inadequate electoral awareness by  the LASIEC.

But Justice Philips dismissed any such suggestion, saying adequate publicity was carried out.

She admitted that these was delay in the commencement of the elections in some areas, which said was caused by rain.

She told reporters at Old Yaba Road while monitoring some polling units the area that the rain affected the movement of electoral materials.

She said all eligible voters would be allowed to exercise their right as there were enough materials.

“We are addressing the situation and we are assuring that everybody in the affected areas will vote once people have been accredited and are on the queue, they will be allowed to vote even after 3pm,” she said.

She expressed satisfaction with the peaceful conduct in most areas.

Phillips said there were a few cases of violence but said security agents had quelled the situation.

Lagos State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain Segun Adewale blamed LASIEC for ‘disappointing’ Lagosians.

He said the late arrival of voting materials discouraged some people from voting after waiting for hours at the polling station for voting materials to come.

He also accused supporters of the ruling APC of harassing people.

“People were harassed by members of the ruling APC, my own sister was beaten up and people could not vote before the end of the exercise,” he claimed.

Kebbi State House of Assembly Deputy Speaker Buhari Ailero, who led Election Observers from  other states, hailed the peaceful conduct of the poll.

Ailero confirmed that the election materials were distributed on time to the polling units.

He urged political parties to do more in mobilizing voters in subsequent elections.

Twelve  parties – Accord Party (AP); Action Alliance (AA); Alliance for Democracy ( AD ); All Progressives Congress ( APC ); Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ); Labour Party ( LP ); All Progressives Grand Alliance ( APGA ); United Democratic Party (UDP); United Progressive Party (UPP); Kowa Party ( KP ); National Action Council ( NAC ); and Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM).

Akande’s Wife 8-Day Fidau: Aregbesola, Ambode, Ajimobi Storm Ila-Orangun

By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo.

……as Osun governor charges mankind on good deeds

The ancient town of Ila-Orangun, the country home ‎of the pioneer National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Adebisi Akande on Thursday agog as three Southwest governors storm the town in honour of the 8-day Fidau prayers of late Sikirat Omowumi Akande.

Late Mrs Akande died ‎in Ibadan, Oyo state last week after a brief illness at the aged of 73.

The Fidau Prayers have in attendance the southwest governors among which are the host governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, his counterparts from Oyo and Lagos states, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and Mr Akinwumi Ambode respectively.

In his remarks, the host governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola charged human beings on good deeds while alive, saying nothing would be accepted by God except good deeds.

Aregbesola said every mortal must always be conscious of end time just as it behooves on every soul to always be reminded of day of judgment in all they do.

Governor Aregbesola  who described the death of Mrs Akande as a great blow to the state and Nigeria at large, said her demise would not only create a vacuum to Akande’s dynasty but the state and southwest at large

He said he was greatly pained and grieved to received her death but being consoled in the fact that the deceased lived a life to service God and humanity.

According to her, we are very grateful to God Almighty for the peaceful passage of late Mrs Akande ‎because as mortals we know that an end must come to our existence here on this planet.

“Though we are pained with this colossal loss and great transition of Mama but it is our beliefs that her soul will be reposed in the finest paradise by God.

“We pray God to make her soul find a good location of rest in her new station”, Aregbesola prayed.

While consoling the immediate and extended Akande’s family over the demise of their loved one, Governor Aregbesola prayed God to give Chief Akande and the children of the deceased a fortitude to bear the irraparable loss.

Governor Aregbesola who described Chief Adebisi Akande as the father of Progressives in Nigeria, said the impacts of the former APC chairman towards growth and development of Nigerian nation can never be over-emphasized.

In his sermon, the Guest Lecturer, Sheik Salimo Muideen called on Muslims to always draw lessons from death, saying the circumstances surrounding death is enough for every soul to learn about the vanity of life.

Sheik Muideen who is also the Chief Imam of Offa admonished human beings to render their lives to service God and humanity.

He called on the riches to imbibe the spirit of alms giving to the needy most especially the vulnerable in the society and as well spending their money in the course of Allah and His way, saying, “Allah‎ will not demand for anything except good deeds and solats in the day of judgment”.

PHOTO STORY: Faces At Fidau Prayer of Chief Bisi Akande’s Wife

Governors Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos) were among dignitaries at the 8-day Fidau prayer for Late Mrs Sikiratu Omowumi Akande, wife of the pioneer chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande.

Others include Osun state Deputy Governor Mrs. Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori; Senator Representing Osun Central, Professor Olusola Adeyeye; Secretary to the State Government of Osun (SSG), Alhaji Moshood Adeoti; Chief of Staff to Osun Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola; Osun state Head of Service (HoS), Mr Olayinka Sunday Owoeye; former Ogun state Deputy Governor Segun Adesegun and former Osun State Deputy Governor Adeleke Adewoyin.

A delegation of the state House of Assembly and executive council members of the Aregbesola administration was at the prayers.

See photos……………….

 

LG Poll: Lagos Govt. Extends Restriction of Movement

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday extended the restriction of movement across the State noting that it had been slightly expanded and will now be enforced between 7 am and 3pm on Saturday July 22, to allow for a smooth conduct of the Local Government elections and unhindered participation.

In a statement issued by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the Government also reiterated the call for a peaceful and orderly conduct by the electorate, on Saturday, as the dtate holds elections that will usher in new Chairmen and Councillors in the 20 Local Government and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) across the State.

According to the Commissioner, the State Government and security agencies will leave no stone unturned in ensuring a free and fair election, while ensuring safety of electoral officials and voters.

He also urged residents to be peaceful and orderly in casting and protecting their votes in their respective wards for Chairmen and councilors who are expected to drive development at the third tier of government.

Ayorinde explained that as the election that would bring on board a new set of public officers for the next four years at the local government level, the restriction of movement will allow the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission and the security agencies to distribute electoral materials in good time and ensure a seamless electoral process.

“The police and other security agencies have been maintaining law and order since the commencement of campaign by political parties. They are poised to ensure that the voting on Saturday is conducted smoothly without public disturbance,” he said.

He added that all political parties, candidates and their supporters as well as the general public are assured of safety throughout the period of voting and collation.

Lagos LG Polls: APC Harvests Mass Defection Of PDP, LP, AD Members

Barely four days to the local council elections in Lagos State, many members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP) and Alliance for Democracy have defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The thousands of electorates from other parties who decamped to APC pledged to mobilize for the victory of APC and support the APC Candidate in Agbado Oke Odo L.C.D.A , Augustine Adeoye Arogun that received them to the party on behalf of the chairman of the party Otunba Henry Ajomale

To consolidate its winning edge over other parties in the polls, groups under the aegis of De-Fash Movement (DFM), Awori Vanguard (AV), Lagosians Future Group (LFG), Asiwaju National Forum (ANF) among others have intensified house to house campaign all over state to support the APC Candidates.

The groups have placed the mobilizing team to move around the nook and cranny of the state to soliciting for support of the electorates for APC candidates.

Commenting on the mass defection of members to APC , the group leader Mr. Seyi Bamigbade who led a grassroots campaign to solicit support for the party’s candidates across the state during the House to House flagged off at their secretariat in Lagos said the confusion and crisis rocking other parties made the members to join their party.

“I a party like PDP , a faction of the party have gone to join Labour Party before the Supreme Court ruling. Their members are confused, so they have no option than to decamp to APC,” he said.

Bamigbade who hailed Governor Ambode for his efforts in making life easy for the residents of the state, added that PDP will not win any of the councils because of the excellent performance of the governor.

“We have worked hard and will clear the polls, APC has the support of the people. Through this we would be able to harness the development we are witnessing in Lagos at the grassroots level, through the synchronized effort of the Governor.

“The election of APC into the local governments will also ensure the success of Ambode in his relentless effort to building and developing Lagos.