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ENSURE PEACE FOR SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, SANWO-OLU CHARGES TRADITIONAL RULERS

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L-R: Onijanikin of Ijanikin, Oba Momodu Ashafa; Onikate of Ikate/Surulere; Oba Lateef Adams; Oloja of Epe, Oba Kamorudeen Animashaun; Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and Onigando of Igando, Oba Lasisi Gbadamosi, during the Governor’s meeting with the State Council of Obas at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, July 11, 2019

Lagos State Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday revealed that his administration will work harmoniously with the traditional rulers for peace, progress and sustainable social and economic development in the State.

L-R: Onijanikin of Ijanikin, Oba Momodu Ashafa; Onikate of Ikate/Surulere; Oba Lateef Adams; Oloja of Epe, Oba Kamorudeen Animashaun; Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and Onigando of Igando, Oba Lasisi Gbadamosi, during the Governor’s meeting with the State Council of Obas at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, July 11, 2019.

Speaking to newsmen after a courtesy call on him by members of the Lagos State Council of Obas and Chiefs at Lagos House Ikeja, the Governor said that the custodians of tradition and culture in Lagos State have promised him to keep their communities safe for economic and social activities to thrive.

Governor Sanwo-Olu noted that the traditional rulers have given their words to keep their various domains peaceful and conducive to make people prosper while doing their legitimate business.

According to Governor, “A promise has been made to continue to foster a working relationship that will ensure Lagos remains an investment destination to all people that are wishing to come and invest in Lagos.

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“And the Obas have assured me that our communities are willing and ready to attract investment,” he added.

The Governor told journalists that issues of security, refuse disposal, transportation were also discussed and a resolution to avert sad incidents as that of Ijegun was agreed upon.

In his words, “they brought goodwill from their various kingdoms. We advised them on issues of governance and they have listened. Issues of security were discussed at the meeting, waste management, issues around commuting from one place to another and also issues of interest between the government and traditional institution were also looked at.

“Also, we are taking measures around ensuring that the incidents that has happened in the last one month, will not occur again,” Governor Sanwo-Olu hinted.

He said the Obas and Chiefs are aware that it is only when peace reigns that the state can remain in the plans of investors for growth.

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In his words, “they all realise and appreciate that it is only when we do this that Lagos can continue to remain a Centre of Excellence and an investment destination for the country and of course the Sub-Saharan Africa.”

Addressing the press earlier, permanent Chairman of the Council and Oba of Lagos, His Royal Highness, Oba Rilwan Akiolu said council members came to felicitate with the governor and also assure him of their cooperation on very important issues concerning the state.

He said the traditional institution in the state has resolved to give the administration of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu their total support noting that they will ensure all continue to be well in the state.

He further stated that there is need for communal integration so as to drive development into the state, urging the citizens to continue to support the Governor. The Lagos paramount ruler also used the occasion to restate his call on the Federal Government to return all property belonging to Lagos State, saying failure to do so will attract litigation from the traditional institution in the state.

Akiolu also added that other issues of interest to the council and government as the forthcoming 90th birthday of former governor of the state, Alhaji Lateef Jakande and the 100th Birthday ceremony of Chief Akintola Williams were discussed.

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SANWO-OLU INAUGURATES CABINET, CHARGES MEMBERS ON SERVICE DELIVERY

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…Commissioners, Special Advisers Get Portfolios

All roads led to Alausa – the seat of Lagos State Government – on Tuesday for an August occasion.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu constituted the state’s Executive Council, with the swearing in of 35 cabinet members who took the oath as Commissioners and Special Advisers.

The event, held at Adeyemi Bero Hall in the Secretariat, was witnessed by the leaders and members of All Progressives Congress (APC) from all Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas in the state.

Also at the event included the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, First Lady, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, his deputy, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo, and Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola.

At exactly 12:18pm, Mrs. Yemisi Ogunlola of the Ministry of Justice administered the oath on the appointees, signaling the official take-off of their tenure.

The cabinet, Sanwo-Olu observed, was unique in leadership qualities and gender diversity, adding that its members were selected through a rigorous process based on their track records in service delivery in their respective fields.

The Governor charged them to bring their years of leadership and administrative experience to bear in handling affairs of the state, stressing that the people of Lagos could not wait any longer to benefit from his administration’s programmes.

He said: “It is with pride that I congratulate the new Commissioners and Special Advisers on your well-deserved appointments. It is a testament to your capacity, your accomplishments and your track record of hard work, commitment, dedication and professionalism in your private and public endeavours.

“Today, all of you are inducted into a singular administration, unique in its diversity – both of heritage and of creed – made up of technical and politically skilled men and women who understand the challenges of our State, grasp the grand vision of our administration, and are sensitive to the yearnings of our citizens, whom we must ultimately serve.”

Sanwo-Olu said the ultimate goal of his administration was to ensure Lagos remained the top destination for business, work and living in Africa, reiterating his government’s commitment to build on the foundation laid by his predecessors through Lagos Development Blueprint initiated by the government of APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The Governor charged the appointees on innovation, commitment and exemplary leadership in the assigned roles, while also advising them to be prepared for the challenges ahead and be ready to pay any price for the development of Lagos.

He said: “Great opportunities for employment and wealth creation can only be realised sustainably if we are able to enhance governance with creativity, innovation and technology, while embracing collaboration with the private sector and continual dialogue and partnership with all relevant stakeholders.

“This is the task we have been called upon to undertake in the next four years on behalf of our people who are relying on us to support their dreams and aspirations. I charge you all to show commitment, diligence and exemplary leadership as the necessary virtues needed to achieve the greatness we desire for our State and to deliver the prosperity our people deserve.”

Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, described the event as “a major milestone” in the history of political development in Lagos.

She said the choice of the cabinet appointees was a testimony to the determination of the Sanwo-Olu administration to tackle the challenges facing the state and build a prosperous society.

She presented the cabinet members to the public and urged them to keep their focus on service delivery.

Giving a vote of assurance on behalf of the cabinet members, the Commissioner for Water Resources and Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, said the team would foster unity of purpose and dedication to enable the Governor realise his vision.

Other Commissioners sworn in include: Mr. Rabiu Olowo Onaolapo (Finance), Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo (Education), Prof. Akin Abayomi (Health), Dr. Idris Salako (Physical Planning and Urban Development), Mr. Gbenga Omotoso (Information and Strategy), Mrs. Bolaji Dada (Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation), Mr. Lere Odusote (Energy and Natural Resources), Dr. Frederic Oladeinde (Transportation), Mr. Gbolahan Lawal (Agriculture), Moruf Akinderu Fatai (Housing), and Mr. Moyo Onigbanjo, SAN, (Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice).

Also, Commissioners are Mr. Hakeem Fahm (Science and Technology), Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle (Establishment, Training and Pension), Engr. Aramide Adeyoye (Works and Infrastructure), Mr. Segun Dawodu (Youth and Social Development), Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf (Home Affairs), Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke (Local Government and Community Affairs), Mrs. Lola Akande (Commerce and Industry), Mrs. Olufunke Adebolu (Tourism Arts and Culture), and Mr. Sam Egube (Economy Planning and Budget).

The Special Advisers are Dr. Wale Ahmed (Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations), Ms Ruth Bisola Olusanya (Agriculture), Princess Aderemi Adebowale

(Civic Engagement), Mr. Afolabi Ayantayo (Political and Legislative Affairs), Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka (Housing), and Joe Igbokwe (Drainage and Water Resources).

Others Advisers are Olatunbosun Alake (Innovation and Technology), Arc. Kabiru Ahmed Abdullahi (Urban Development), Anofi Elegushi (Central Business Districts), Bonu Solomon Saanu (Arts and Culture), Oluwatoyin Fayinka (Transportation), Oladele Ajayi (Commerce and Industry), Tokunbo Wahab (Education), and Solape Hammond (Sustainable Development Goals).

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EFCC SEARCH: NO CAUSE FOR ALARM, SAYS AMBODE

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Former governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday urged his supporters and the general public to remain calm and law-abiding as there was no cause for alarm.

Ambode, in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Habib Aruna, spoke on the backdrop of a search by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on his Epe Country home and Parkview Ikoyi residence, where the anti-graft agency conducted the exercise without any incident.

He said the Commission, till date, has not opened any direct communication with him on any issue, adding that he was ready and willing to respond if or when they do so.

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The statement reads: “This morning, operatives of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission visited the Epe Country home and Parkview Ikoyi residence of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, former Governor of Lagos State, with warrants to conduct a search. These searches were carried out extensively and at the end of the exercise the operatives left without any incident.

“The former Governor reiterates that the EFCC has till date not had any direct communication with him on any subject matter whatsoever and if or when it occurs he is ready and willing to respond.

“The former governor wishes to assure his supporters and the generality of Lagosians to continue to remain calm and law-abiding as there is no cause for alarm.”

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The former governor reiterated his belief in the rule of law and due process and remains grateful for the opportunity to have served Lagos State diligently and conscientiously.

It would be recalled that Ambode, in an earlier response to allegations by the EFCC that it had frozen certain accounts linked to him, insisted that no account of his contained N9.9bn let alone being frozen by the Commission as those accounts were opened and operated by the Lagos State Government.

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CABINET TO BE INAUGURATED THIS WEEK – SANWO-OLU

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Lagos State Executive Council will be fully inaugurated on Tuesday, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said.

The Governor said he would not delay the swearing-in of Commissioner- and Special Adviser-designates already cleared by the State House of Assembly. He spoke at the weekend while receiving a body of retired top civil servants under the aegis of the Association of Lagos State Retired Heads of Service and Permanent Secretaries (ALARHOSPS).

Sanwo-Olu said that the wheel of governance would be in full gear before the end of the coming week, in fulfillment of his campaign promise to inaugurate his cabinet within 90 days. He added that new Permanent Secretaries would also be sworn in on Monday to complement the activities of Commissioners and Special Advisers.

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He said: “Next week, by God’s grace, we are swearing in all other complements of cabinet and also Permanent Secretaries to have the engine of governance on full swing. At that point, we believe that all the campaign promises we made can come to reality and Lagosians can benefit more from the choice they made at the last election.”

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The cabinet members are expected to be allocated their individual ministries during the inauguration ceremony, scheduled to start at 9am.

The Governor described the body of retired civil servants as “valuable assets” to the state, noting that their actions while in service contributed to the “enviable height” Lagos attained among states in the nation.

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