ADDRESS PRESENTED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MR AKINWUNMI AMBODE, GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE, ON THE OCCASION OF THE SECOND QUARTERLY TOWN HALL MEETING IN YEAR 2018 (THE ELEVENTH IN THE SERIES) HELD AT APAPA AMUSEMENT PARK ON TUESDAY APRIL 17, 2018
Today’s Town Hall Meeting which is the 11th in the series is a further attestation of an all-inclusive nature of governance of our administration. I am delighted to be here therefore as I fulfill the pledge of moving the wheel of account rendering process round the State and strategically engaging Lagosians for effective feedback and suggestions on how to make Lagos a livable city.
As we gradually approach the final year of our mandate, I thank you for keeping faith with our administration and for your regular suggestions and advice which have kept us on our toes and which we will continually long for in our quest to make Lagos economically vibrant and prosperous.
We are encouraged and motivated by your various contributions at previous Town Hall Meetings. It is pertinent to state that many suggestions made at this platform have been implemented while others are receiving necessary attention. Your suggestions today are therefore critical to our course of good governance.
- In addition to automation of the process of obtaining property title documents at the Lands Bureau, we have deployed an Electronic Real Estate Litigation System to provide easy information access to professionals and residents who deal in Real Estate.
While we earnestly pursue the Smart City Project alongside consolidating on the Mega City status of Lagos, this administration remains steadfast in providing the needs of the citizenry to make life easier and better despite the inadequate revenues.
- This year, special attention has been focused on Education, Energy and Environment sectors through prudent management of resources to be financed with our N1.046trillion budget of “Progress and Development.”
LAST QUARTER REPORT (ACTIVITY FOR JANUARY – MARCH 2018)
- Our focus of accelerating economic growth culminated in the recently held Lagos-Kano Economic and Investment Summit with emphasis on a partnership that will boost investment, grow internally generated revenue and explore mutually beneficial projects for both States in the areas of power, transportation and urban waste management.
- The N699.08billion earmarked for key capital projects in this year’s budget will be spent on road infrastructure projects across the State such as the Agege-Pen Cinema flyover; alternative routes through Oke-Ira in Eti-Osa to Epe-Lekki Expressway; the 8km Regional Road to serve as alternative route to connect Victoria Garden City (VGC) with Freedom Road in Lekki Phase I; the on-going reconstruction of Oshodi International Airport Road into a 10-lane road and the BRT Lane from Oshodi to Abule-Egba.
- The success recorded in the production of Lake Rice has been enhanced with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with major rice distributors across Lagos State in order to make the product available in all local governments round the year.
- The distributors have also assured us that they will guard against the adulteration of Lake Rice and ensure that the price remains within the moderate rates prescribed by the State government.
- A Coconut processing value-chain has been created for residents and farmers who intend to engage in exploring the opportuinities provided by the Lagos State Coconut Development Authority (LASCODA). Youth Farmers have started to receive training in addition to various processing equipment donated by this government for production of commercial quantities of Coconut oil.
- The Cleaner Lagos Initiative which encountered resistance at inception due to misunderstanding of our intentions is gradually gaining acceptability by Private Sector Participants, residents and other stakeholders across the State.
- The Greener Lagos Campaign is also gaining momentum with the successful commissioning of the Johnson, Jakande, Tinubu (JJT) recreational park in Alausa. Since the opening of the park, it has witnessed unprecedented patronage which is an attestation that Lagosians enjoy relaxation and appreciate effort at providing parks with lush green areas across the State.
- The Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency has also been directed to identify and create leisure spaces that will bring communities together in locations such as Obalende, Jibowu and Iponri as well as other suitable centres in the State.
- We entered into a partnership with Low Energy Designs (LED) Limited, United Kingdom for the construction of an LED lighting and Hybrid Energy Power Assembly Plant in Epe for the initial manufacture and installation of 10,000 LED street lighting infrastructure covering 300kilometres across the State. The project will be delivered in the next 12 months.
- Construction work on the terminus along Apapa-Oshodi Expressway leading to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport and Ladipo International Market axis has been intensified to complete the project before the end of the year.
- Work has also commenced in Onikan with the construction of the J.K Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History of Lagos to provide avenues for recreation and rejuvenation of arts and cultural activities that currently take place on Lagos Island.
- We commissioned the The 1.4 kilometre Alapere Road and Junction improvement at Ketu, the Lagos/Ogun Boundary Network of 21 Roads totaling 27.4 km and two bridges in Alimoso Local Government.
- The ultra-modern and one-of-its-type Ikeja Bus Terminal which is one of the 13 new terminals planned to be constructed in strategic locations across the State was also commissioned.
- We took delivery of a Mobile Cancer Clinic was procured to improve treatment of the disease in Lagos. This is the first step towards our administration’s long term plan of deploying e-mobile centres across Lagos for early detection and treatment of the disease.
- Our existing health sector partnership with the Canadian government recently yielded the donation of a Bio Safety laboratory valued at $3.25million (about N951.3million) to Lagos State Government.
- In the last quarter, the Security Trust Fund handed over motorbikes funded by the State government to the Lagos State Police Command, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency in affirmation of our intolerance for criminal activities anywhere within the State.
- I wish to commend the Lagos State Police Command and other security teams for effectively curtailing the menace of the Badoo Cult that terrorized the residents of Ikorodu and its outskirts.
- We have fortified the security apparatus in Ikorodu and its adjoining settlements by establishing the Police Mobile Force Squadron Base 63 in Igbogbo-Baiyeku to quell all security challenges that prevail in the community.
- Our State is vulnerable to security threats due to the daily influx of people. I urge all our traditional rulers, community leaders and residents to remain vigilant and report all suspicious activity that threaten the peace of the community to the Police and other law enforcement personnel.
- We can no longer condone the existence of associations, groups or unions who engage in unlawful activities that result in the breach of peace in any part of the State.
- The last edition of the Lagos City Marathon was an outstanding success and has become the first West African marathon to be awarded the prestigious International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Road Race Bronze Label.
- The Boards of the Lagos State Sports Commission and the Lagos State Sports Trust Fund have also been inaugurated to kick-start and leverage on private sector partnership and investment in sports development.
- To promote tourism in the State, a compendium of 70 private and government sponsored arts and culture events slated for Lagos in 2018 has been produced by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to attract the attention of holidaymakers, fun-seekers and travelers.
- In the last quarter, we have signed seven important bills into law to transform Lagos State into a globally competitive 24-hour economy.
These Laws include:
- Lagos State Electric Power Reform Law
- Amended Land Use Charge Law
- School of Nursing Law
- Cooperative College Law
- Cancer Research Institute Law
- Amended Customary Court Law
- Yoruba Language Preservation and Promotion Law
- The Electric Power Reform Law gives legal backing to the State’s Embedded Power Initiative for generation of 1,000 megawatts of electricity in 2018 and additional 3,000 megawatts by 2022.
- We are currently engaging all stakeholders to address concerns raised about the Amended Land Use Charge Law and the State government is open to negotiations.
Before I take my seat to listen to your comments and suggestions, I would like to acknowledge the understanding and cooperation of residents during the recent unfortunate fire incident that engulfed the Olusosun Dumpsite along Ojota. I sincerely sympathise with residents of that vicinity for the discomfort they encountered due to the emission of smoke while the fire raged.
I cannot end this address without acknowledging that in Apapa, we have a major challenge; the menace of trucks on our roads and bridges causing endless traffic and loss of business time by Lagosians. This is why we have come here today. To see for ourselves and find a solution.
Effective today, our government will take over the ABAT Truck Terminal Orile-Iganmu and commence immediate repairs to make the park ready for effective use. In the meantime, we will appeal to the Tanker Drivers Association to conduct themselves in an orderly manner and cooperate with our Task Force to ensure smooth flow of traffic and better access to the Ports.
We thank the people of Apapa for enduring such harsh conditions but I assure you that this situation will be a thing of the past by the end of this year.
On this note I want to thank you for listening.
Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun.
Governor of Lagos State
17th April, 2018