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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday assured residents that his administration will go all out to ensure that the state witness a quantum leap in the areas of infrastructural development, job creation and improved security.

The Governor, who gave the assurance in his first New Year broadcast to Lagosians, said he was optimistic that 2016 will be a ground breaking year for the good people of the state.Ambode

While acknowledging the challenges that besieged the last seven months, Governor Ambode said his administration has been able to hit the ground running to deliver the dividends he promised the people during the electioneering campaign.

“The last seven months have been challenging, but with your patience, support and positive criticism, we have begun to display a positive outlook on innovation and inclusion we promised during our campaign”.

“Lagos has always been a cosmopolitan potpourri of vibrant people that have driven the greatest growing economy in Africa. We however need the continued support of our citizens through regular payment of their taxes and strict adherence to their civic responsibilities. Read More →



 

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday described the article published in the latest edition of the Economist Magazine as reckless and slanderous noting that the issues were ill-conceived.

Reacting on behalf of the State Government, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said the government deemed it fit to write a rebuttal to the article titled “Paralysed: Why Nigeria’s largest city is even less navigable than usual”, as it contained series of bias judgment in it.Ambode

Ayorinde wondered why the article, published just about the time the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode read the riot act to traffic offenders on the readiness of his government to carry out comprehensive enforcement effort on traffic management, was latched on by traditional and social media.

Attributing it to the handiwork of fifth columnists, he said the article failed to take into account the bigger picture of an emerging reform policy, designed to address the larger concerns in the management of security, traffic and the environment.

“If we were to conclude hastily, like the article did, we would have described the magazine’s effort in the same words it once famously used as “an unpleasant nose-to-stranger’s-armpit experience.”

Explaining further, Ayorinde said it was inaccurate and preposterous for the article to suggest that Governor Ambode cut the powers of traffic controllers by banning them from impounding cars which it concluded that it had made officers reluctant to enforce the rules.

He said what the Governor did instead was to enjoin the officers to look at other options to apprehend traffic offenders by adopting the ticketing system backed by the same type of technology used in licensing and tracking vehicles instead of impounding the vehicles as first option. Read More →




Dozens of midwives in Lagos State yesterday marched to the Lagos State Governor’s office and Lagos State House of Assembly complex, protesting government’s refusal to pay their outstanding 20 months’ salary. According to the women, the arrears include 12 months of 2013 and eight months in 2015.

The midwives armed themselves with placards on which they inscribed messages such as “Reduced maternal and child mortality, midwife is the answer, pay us our allowances; MSS midwives demand payment of salaries, January to December 2013 and January to August 2015; Governor Ambode, pay MSS allowances; MSS midwives, no pay, no work, Governor Ambode please pay our salaries, Governor Ambode please help,” among others. Read More →




Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, Wednesday, expressed sadness over the death of one of Nigeria’s prominent business mogul and diplomat, Chief Antonio Oladeinde Fernandez.

He passed on at the age of 79 on Tuesday in Brussels, Belgium, following an undisclosed illness.Antonio-Deinde-Fernandez
Governor Ambode in a condolence message signed by his Chef Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, described the deceased as a bureaucrat and experienced diplomat who gave his all to the service of the African continent during his life time.

The Governor also paid glowing tribute to the business tycoon, whom he said offered himself for service to ensure the unity of the nation adding that he would remain a true hero of the country. Read More →



By Paul Adunwoke and Ijeoma Opara

 


LAGOS in the past month has witnessed several downpours and the showers are taking their toll on roads and road users. Potholes have grown wider and traffic jams have worsened. The advent of the season has exposed the deplorable condition of many roads in the state. For many commuters, there couldn’t have been greater conspiracy between the rain and potholes to frustrate transportation.Lagos rains

Yearly, and especially before the rain comes, both state and federal governments make a show of rehabilitating failed sections of roads. Unfortunately, the efforts are often not far reaching. No sooner does the rain come than the deplorable spots return to their pre-repair condition.

Commercial bus operator, Michael Johnson, decried the presence of potholes along the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road.

“I wonder what is happening in Lagos,” he said. “Every time you go out, you find potholes. I have stopped plying the road in the night in order to avoid accidents. The way potholes abound on this road is not encouraging, yet nobody seems to be saying anything about it.

“The absence of gutters on either side of the road causes flowing water to run on the road. This adds to the number of potholes and increases the size of existing ones. Recently, as it rained, my bus ran into a ditch and wouldn’t move again. We had to disembark and push it out. The rainy season has cast serious doubts on how professional rehabilitation of roads in the state has been. It shows that the state government has not got it right yet.”Lagos_rains

In places like Iyana Ejigbo, what was left from years of neglect by government has taken a turn for the worst, as an entire stretch of the road has become flooded and impassable. With motorists forced to drive one way, the gridlock at peak periods is better imagined.Residents and shop owners at Alhaji Olusesi Street in the Okota area of Lagos are also having a hard time plying the road, as the rainy season has inadvertently compounded their woes. The road, which is a major route for motorists plying the Cele-Okota-Ago Palace Way axis, is very busy especially in the morning and evening peak periods. Read More →