67 Communities In Ibeju-Lekki To Get Connected To The National Grid As Ambode Moves To Light Up Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has initiated moves to fulfill one of his campaign promises to illuminate all nooks and crannies of communities and adjourning boundaries in the state before the end of the year.

This was made known on Thursday at a joint press briefing by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Public Works Corporation and Lagos State Electricity Board, as a follow up to the promise of Governor Ambode, during the maiden Town Hall Meeting held at Ayobo Ipaja, last Tuesday.

Addressing newsmen, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Taofeek Fashola, said efforts are in top gear to illuminate major roads in the state, including all adjourning boundaries in Ogun State, including Federal and State roads.

He said that the work would be delivered in phases, starting with Ikorodu to the Lagos Island, Ojodu Berger to Lagos Island and in addition, about 67 communities in Ibeju Lekki, which have been in darkness for about five years, will be connected to the national grid.

“Berger to Lagos, Ikorodu to Lagos Street light installing is ongoing. We have developed agreement to ensure safe and reliable power. We would be illuminating from Berger to Lagos. Ikorodu to Lagos. We are working with those contractors that are versed on the job and everything would be done latest by December”, Williams said.

Adding his voice, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Energy, Mr.  Deji Williams, said government is set to connect street lights from Ikorodu to Lagos Island to an Independent Power Plant (IPP), adding that the government is currently carrying out feasibility study of how to structure and determine the best points of contact to connect the street lights on the entire axis.

Williams also revealed that the government is considering involving the private sector in the maintenance aspect through outsourcing of the street lights, specifying that the present administration in Lagos has prioritized illuminating all roads in the state.

He said that in line with the Governor‘s directive, most part of the metropolis should be lit-up by December, thus involving contractors well versed in the job.

“All these we are doing by engaging well versed contractors that are grounded on the job to ensure everything is ready by December”, Williams said.

Also speaking, the Head of Power in the Ministry, Engineer Ibilola Kasumu, said that the third phase of the project is the electrification of the Ibeju Lekki axis, adding that 67 communities have been in darkness in the area for the past five years.

She said efforts are in top gear to extend power from the grid to the areas, beginning from Ibeju Lekki area, Magbon Alade, Ode-Omi and its adjourning areas, assuring that before the end of the year all the projects would be completed.

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My First Quarter Report – Governor Ambode

BEING THE ADDRESS PRESENTED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MR AKINWUNMI AMBODE, GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE ON THE OCCASION OF THE FIRST EDITION OF QUARTERLY TOWN HALL MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2015 AT ABESAN PRIMARY& SECONDARY SCHOOL, ABESAN ESTATE, IPAJA, LAGOS

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Fellow Lagosians.

In my inaugural speech, I promised to operate a government of inclusion where, as your elected Governor, I would have regular interactions with you to discuss the plans, programmes and progress of our administration. In fulfilment of this pledge, I stand before you today to give account of our stewardship in the first quarter of this administration and to hear your thoughts on how we can jointly improve the socio-economic well-being of our people with the ultimate goal of positioning our state on the ladder of economic prosperity.

This government has decided to change from the traditional “100 Days Address” to an interactive Quarterly Report. This Quarterly Town Hall Meeting is one of the many platforms we have designed to enable us to bring government closer to our people, to enable us come together and rub minds on salient issues bordering on the overall improvement and development of our State. Just as we did during the electioneering period, we will come to you to collectively appreciate your challenges, jointly proffer solutions to them as well as identifying areas requiring government attention in the various localities in order to guide our actions.

This Quarterly Report will be rotated around the Three Senatorial districts of the State. Today we have started with the West axis in Abesan. Next quarter will be in the Central Axis of Lagos. This way, every part of the State will have an opportunity to engage with my administration.

Strategic Vision For Lagos

Our vision is to make Lagos globally competitive in all sectors. We are on the way to building a Lagos that is safe, clean and prosperous. Lagos will become a land of opportunities offering prosperity for all as we surmount the challenges.

With this vision in mind, we have set out to implement long-term plans and programmes that will lead Lagos on the path to becoming a truly competitive City-State. The results of our programmes will not become evident in the first quarter but soon enough Lagosians will feel the effects and buy into this vision.

Highlights of First Quarter

 

Stabilizing the Finances of The State

I am determined to be accountable for every revenue and expenditure of the State. One of our first key tasks was to stabilize the finances of the State. We embarked on a financial re-engineering and reviewed the Revenue and Expenditure framework of the State. These efforts coupled with the realignment of Ministries, Departments and Agencies have saved the government almost N3 Billion every month. This has provided us with more funds to inject into capital projects and the initial funds to establish the Employment Trust Fund which we promised our youths.

Today, a major landmark of our administration is the reduction in the cost of governance. We want a lean government with quality service delivery.

Lagos State Government is proud to declare that it has consistently met its obligations, especially prompt payment of workers’ salaries without seeking any bailout from the Federal Government

In August, this administration approved the release of N11billion for the payment of arrears of Pensions owed to pensioners since 2010. We have, on monthly basis, consistently been presenting retirees on the Contributory Pension Scheme their Bond Certificates and have also approved the appointment of Four additional Pension Fund Administrators to further boost the processes and accord staff a wider range of options.

We are presently reviewing our loans with our bankers with a view to restructuring them in order to free up funds for further infrastructural development.

Civil Service Reforms

At the onset, we promised to offer a government of Continuity with Improvement. With my knowledge of the civil service as the engine room of any government, we chose to commence this journey by repositioning the state civil service in order to make it more efficient and cost effective, with a vision of delivering better service to the citizenry. We are building a civil service that is well structured with officials who have the right attitude, skills and are well-motivated to deliver the goals of this administration.

In the course of the reporting period, 20 new Permanent Secretaries were appointed following their track record of excellent performances. This is to create opportunity for upward movement of career civil servants and also reward diligence, dedication and hard work. I am happy to inform you that the permanent secretaries have held the fort and kept the wheel of governance at a steady pace in the absence of commissioners and special advisers. I thank them for doing so.

 

Security

We promised you a safer Lagos. We have reviewed the security infrastructure in the State and have put in motion plans to address the lapses.

We are aware of pockets of violence and robberies that have occurred in different parts of the State. We are investigating these occurrences and our security agencies have swung into action to curb further incidents.

We have established an integrated Security and Emergency control platform, all of which are aimed at strengthening the security apparatus in the state.

The safety and security of every Lagosian is non-negotiable. We will leave no stone unturned in our drive to ensure a crime-free state.

Equipment and vehicles of various needs were donated to all our security agencies to boost their efforts in combating crime in the state.

As we tackle violent crime, we are also tackling domestic violence and other gender related crimes in the state. We have intensified our awareness campaign on domestic violence through the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team. Our traditional rulers and market leaders have associated with this resolve to put the unwholesome practice in check in our state.

Recently, 190 officials of the State Emergency Command and Control Centre were trained on how to receive reports of Sexual and Gender Based Violence incidents in the State, especially with the approval to use the 112 toll free line to report cases of rape, defilement, domestic violence, child abuse, neglect maltreatment and other sexual assaults.

Let me use this opportunity to express my profound appreciation to members of the Organised Private Sector (OPS) for their support, collaboration and donations towards the State Security Trust Fund. The recent fund-raising of almost N1billion from the Organised Private Sector is a strong indication of your confidence in our administration to tackle security in the State.

Health

A healthy Lagos is a wealthy Lagos. My administration has provided 20 Mobile Intensive Care Unit ambulances, at a cost of N145.240m deployed in all our Ambulance Points in the State; bringing this to a total of 36 Mobile Intensive Care Unit ambulances. We have also provided additional 26 Transport Ambulances at the cost of N257.4m deployed across all our General Hospitals. We have created Ambulance Points across the States for easy access to our people. The ambulance service can be reached by calling the Toll-Free Line 112.

Our administration in the last three months has installed 22 Power Generating sets ranging from 350 – 500 KVA as additional back-up sets across all our General Hospitals at the cost of N270m to ensure 24-hour power supply. In addition, 26 Mobile X-Ray machines costing N519.656m are being installed at all our general hospitals across the State.

Similarly, we have granted approval for the recruitment of more paramedic staff and special medical coordinators to ensure 24 hours service in our health facilities.

The abandoned Ayinke House Project which is more or less our baby factory for pregnant women has been re-awarded and the contractor is on site to finish and deliver this project within the next 3-6months.

Expressions of Interest for a Lagos Medical Park have been received. We will enter the phase of the project soon and at the end of this, Lagos State will become a key destination for Medical Tourism.

All these have been painstakingly done to create better access to health services for all Lagosians.

Education

We have taken stock of our education sector and I must admit that there is work to be done. I am not afraid of confronting the challenges.

The Governing Councils of our tertiary institutions were inaugurated with prominent selfless Lagosians offering their hands of fellowship to rescue these institutions. We are on course.

The recruitment of 1,300 Primary School teachers is ongoing to fill the gap in key subject areas that we have identified.

The government is concerned about the disparity in quality between Public and Private schools. We have decided to pay attention to all children, irrespective of where they go to school. The gap in quality must be bridged.

Desks, chairs and other needs have been approved for procurement immediately.

The security of schools is also receiving attention.

Transport

Transportation is one of the biggest challenges facing Lagosians. In recent weeks, the menace of trucks on our roads have caused us untold hardships and loss of man hours and revenue. This administration will stop at nothing to find a lasting solution to this challenge and ensure our people can move from one part of the state to another with less traffic impediment.

The Apapa traffic gridlock is the most worrying. Today, this traffic is affecting other parts of the state and slowing down businesses. We have met with various stakeholders to find solutions to this problem. We have also appealed to the Federal Government to mobilize the contractor awarded the construction of Apapa Trailer Park and Road networks to immediately return to site.

We are looking at long term solutions to traffic challenges that our people face daily. We have identified some of the causes of the traffic among which are poor design of junctions, bad location of bus stops, movement of heavy vehicles, bad roads and bad driving behavior. We have started implementing solutions already. In the meantime, we appeal to the tanker drivers and other road users that the Lagos State Traffic Law is still in force and would be applied on any offender.

Road Infrastructure

This administration is determined to ensure that all roads in Lagos State are in good condition and motorable. In the last three months, I have taken a tour of some major roads to ascertain for myself their state and this has helped to have a fair assessment of our roads. The Ejigbo–Ikotun Road, Okota-Cele Road, Metalbox Road and Acme Road in Ikeja are currently being rehabilitated, while work has started on Brown Street, Oshodi, Ladipo Street as well as Mushin Road.

We must all remember that the Appropriation Law for 2015 – the approved budget – does not include most of the roads we met in bad condition and this is a major limiting factor in execution.

Since the inception of this administration, we have undertaken the rehabilitation and maintenance of 181 roads across the State, touching every Local Government including Federal Roads as we believe that these roads are being used by Lagosians first. A few of these roads are:

Agege Motor Road

Herbert Macauley Way, Yaba

Murtala Mohammed Way, Isolo

Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island

Dopemu Road, Agege

Akowonjo Road, Akowonjo.

Obalende Bridge, Obalende

Isaac John Road, GRA

Apapa Road, Ebute Meta

Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, Toyota-Charity Axis

Olufemi Street, Shomolu

Billy Street, Epe

Aswani Road, Isolo,

Yekini Street, Shogunle, Oshodi

Isawo Road, Ikorodu

As I speak, work has commenced on the Ago Palace Way-Okota Road. The State, in conjunction with your Local Governments and Local Council Development Area, are coming to your neighborhood soon.

Till date, we have committed N1.386b to road construction and rehabilitation. We will pump more funds into road infrastructure in this present quarter.

Outlook for Next Quarter

What we have done in the first quarter is to lay down the institutional framework for the smooth running of the government for the next Three and Half years. What we have done can be described as the laying the foundation on which the service and programmes of this government will be built.

You cannot run a 4year marathon at top speed from the onset. Like any other well-bred CEO, I have put in place all the ingredients needed to run a successful race.

We will continue to woo investors to Lagos. We are assisting businesses and creating a conducive environment for these investors to start business and employ our people.

Ladies and Gentlemen, our administration is committed to serve and render good governance. However, we need your support and cooperation to enable us deliver on our lofty programmes. I want to assure you that our programmes are well thought out and carefully designed to make life easier and better for all our citizens. While we do our best, I implore you to fulfill your side of the social contract by performing your civic responsibilities always. Please pay your taxes willingly. If you do your bit, we can achieve all our set goals. The task ahead is enormous, but we must all resolve to do our best for this state. It is a collective prosperity that I seek for all Lagosians.

God bless Lagos State

God bless Nigeria

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko

O je mi logun, O jewa logun.

Thank you.

 

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Ambode: 100 Days of… By Jonah Ayodele Obajeun

It is within the fragility of the moral structure of our society that one can surprisingly witness the stripping of the old base of the colonialists. Yes, Lagos is now being undressed on a fashion runway of change. Within three months, we were ushered back into the Lagos that BBC described as ‘hell’, the untamed Lagoon brewed with debris of lawlessness.

To look back was to be confronted with the glorious ruins of the old Yoruba empire, institutional chaos, political disorder and a nineteenth century in which they had fought themselves into a state of political coma until the colonialists came and ordered the warring generalissimos to go home and fight no more. But in a showdown of influence just after the 1951 regional elections when Ita Eyo of NCNC was elected as the Leader of Government Business East and Obafemi Awolowo was elected as the Leader of Government Business West, Awolowo single-handedly shopped for his replacement in his party, the person who would become the Premier of the Western region. He failed in hoodwinking the Yoruba hegemony to accept his options and as such, Ladoke Akintola was foisted and the rest, as it was, became historical history. It was the fullness of time that saw Akintola struggling to wear the big shoes of Awolowo.

So why is Lagos back to the hazy days of perennial frustration? Could it be that Fashola had left a shoe that was too fashionable for Ambode to stain? Or it could be that Ambode is just too timid to accept the reality of the complexity of governance? Or may be Fashola had taken the bar beyond where Ambode could start from. The fate of the current Lagos Governor seems to hang in his own convoluted vision that is beclouded in nothingness. He seems to have lost himself in the midst of the uptight that saw his emergence as Lagos governor.

For some of us that penned a number of narratives to examine the prospect of Ambode in the build up to the elections, the killer effect of the return of ‘hell’ to Lagos is not lost on us. Unfortunately, Lagos was so unlucky to have witnessed a contest between two candidates with filthy companions – one stood on dented platform, the second lacked success stories. In the end, we chose to rely on fate to create the success stories on-the-go.

How did we reduce governance to empty programmatic agenda in Lagos? How come the sanity in public service entrenched by Fashola is fast eroding? How can we keep dropping the ball by diminishing the ivories of confidence erected by Fashola? How come all we could achieve in three months was to lay claim to the publication of budget spending of previous administration without single evidence of violation of any sort? How come we have laws and we are struggling to enforce them in the face of situations that demanded unrelenting enforcement? How come all we could achieve in four months is to visit traffic flashpoint, burnt markets and accident scenes with no immediate short term follow-up actions except press statements?

We are talking about the old Oshodi back in full scope unchecked, Obalende, Mile 2, these hubs have put on their old regalia. Indiscriminate use of roads by commercial bus drivers, where everywhere a person stands is a bus stop. The trash bags are back on the roads, round-about flowers have been overgrown by weeds, and sellers are back to the roads with their wares, touting is now a full time job. Armed robbers now have the space to innovate, making recourse to traffic robbery as cash cow to finance bigger adventures. With law enforcers becoming lawless themselves, Lagos is warmly welcome back to hell where anything goes.

It is a valid point to say that it is too early to access Ambode and given that he is yet to put in place his cabinet, but what can we say of El-Rufai who inherited Kaduna from PDP? While it is understandable that management style varies, lack of leadership brand is a defenseless posture. When you think of Buhari, what comes to mind is that lanky tiny Daura man who doesn’t tolerate corruption. When you think of El-Rufai, what comes to mind is that pint-sized man who is known for his hard stance on physical infrastructure sanity. When you think of Fashola, what comes to mind is that fine public servant who redefined public service beyond the ordinary and could confront lawlessness in raw form. When you think of Donald Duke, what comes to mind is that handsome Calabar man who is in love with nature and could make business out of tourism. When you think of Ambode, what comes to mind is a soft-spoken Bourdillon graduate who is in search of his leadership brand. Little wonder why a pundit described Ambode as the real intern in Lagos government house.

Fashola commanded and still commands respect across divides. He worked for it from day one; he earned it, now he commands it. For Ambode to command respect, he will need to earn it first. You earn respect by performance, public perception, success stories, and governance innovations. For those who think that we are too harsh on Ambode or it is too early, our age is not in love with time.

Jonah Ayodele Obajeun blogs @obajeun.com. You can reach him on twitter via @Obajeun

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Falomo Shopping Centre: Our Case Against Lagos Gov Ambode- Elumelu’s Firm

The management of Afriland Properties Plc, a firm being promoted by former UBA boss, Tony Elumelu has disagreed with Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode over the latter’s claim that the contract between the state government and the firm on the notes with concern, recent reports redevelopment of Falomo Shopping Centre, Ikoyi Lagos.

While Ambode announced on Wednesday that the concession contract with the firm has been terminated because it paid only N50 million for a 50 years lease, the property development company in a statement today by its MD/CEO Uzo Oshogwe, said the governor’s claim was not true.

The statement which is a response to media reports on the governor’s claim reads in part: “These unverified reports have implied that, the contract with the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (LSDPC) was terminated on the grounds that the concession terms are “grossly detrimental” to Lagos State and its residents.  The reports also claim that Afriland Properties Plc only made a payment of N50 million for a 50-year lease of the government-owned land.

“Though the authenticity of these reports is unconfirmed, Afriland strongly refutes the suggestion that it has engaged in any misconduct or that the transaction is in any way detrimental to the people and government of Lagos State.

“We are strongly committed to creating a world class project, which will act as an economic magnet for central Lagos, creating opportunities for Lagosians and which crucially has been structured to ensure ongoing value will accrue to Lagos State and to Lagosians. The contract was negotiated transparently and in accordance with best practice.

“Afriland Properties PLC and the Lagos State Development Property Corporation (LSDPC), acting on behalf of the Lagos State government, established a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) which is jointly owned by the parties for the specific purpose of developing the Falomo project.

“Under the terms of the agreement, the SPV- Falomo Shopping Centre Development Company Ltd – was granted a concession to, amongst other things, develop, build, operate and maintain the Project on a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis.

“Afriland paid N50m (fifty million naira) to LSDPC as an expression of interest in the redevelopment project. The LSPDC will receive a 35% interest in the SPV for its land contribution and through this significant Equity Holding, will continue to receive significant ongoing value.

“Afriland is obliged to fund the entirety of the development costs which is projected to exceed N30 billion without recourse to the Nigerian taxpayer. The new facility will comprise a state-of-the-art shopping mall, office complex and generous parking facilities.

“Afriland has consistently adhered to the terms of its agreement with LSDPC, as outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Joint Venture Agreement that were signed and executed by the aforementioned parties.

“Furthermore, all value to be derived from the creation of this world-class commercial venture will be held in, and enjoyed by Lagos State and its residents. The development will ultimately revert to the state upon expiration of the lease.

“Apart from delivering an environment that befits the city and is consistent with the government’s goal of an aesthetically pleasing skyline, the Falomo site will be home to thriving businesses that will contribute significantly to the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.

“As an organization, Afriland Properties Plc and its affiliated companies have always upheld the values of integrity and excellence. We have nothing but the utmost respect for the dictates of the law and till date, have acted accordingly. As such, we are unequivocal in our belief that our sincere intentions for this landmark project will be validated in due course.

“As a significant investor in Nigeria and one which is committed to ensuring value creation within the country, we would underline the importance of creating a business environment that is based on transparency, contractual certainty and social partnership. At a time when Nigeria urgently needs to diversify its economy and attract broad based foreign direct investment, the rumours we have identified do little to promote the National interest or create the business environment our country needs.”

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Gov. Ambode Set to Launch People Friendly Traffic Regime

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode is set to drastically change the face of Lagos traffic by introducing a world class traffic information and management system. The globally tested traffic system which has worked for many cities similar to Lagos is set to have caught the eye of Governor Ambode who wants to see Lagosians spend less hours in traffic and more in their offices and at work.

Our investigations reveal that in the next few weeks, the governor will work with some experts to design a system that fits the Lagos traffic pattern.

Today, Lagos is home to some of the worst traffic congestion in the world. Traffic congestion is a daily challenge with highly undesirable socioeconomic and environmental effects, increasing stress and pollution levels and reducing overall productivity. A sustainable solution is required to urgently decongest black spots such as Third Mainland Bridge, Abule Egba and Dopemu.

The state will introduce a world class traffic information and management system. A smart network comprising of hundreds of cameras, road sensors and electronic displays have been specially designed to collect and deliver real time information to city commuters that will help regulate traffic. Highly visible displays and a mobile phone application will flag highly congested hotspots, suggest alternative routes and estimate arrival times – all in real time.

Information is power. By empowering Lagosians with more traffic information ahead of time, the state government are confident of reducing the time spent in traffic, drastically improving each commuter’s quality of life and improving the city’s productivity as a whole. In big cities of the world, traffic information systems have helped improve traffic flow to a large percentage.

Governor Ambode since he took over has spent more time trying to solve the Apapa traffic conundrum and other traffic related problems in Lagos.

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Gov Ambode, It’s Time To Set The Pace… A Note By Eniola Opeyemi

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” -Norman Peale

Before the electioneering, most of us have seen Lagos as  the real pace setter considering her status as an opposition government led state, it’s a real battle checking the days of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s (BAT) with the then President, Olusegun Obasanjo, he proved the Federal government and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wrong by successfully leading a state that could be sustained even when its financial incapacitated, I could remember vividly his alias, “Ekun oko Obasanjo”, today Asiwaju as popularly referred to has built on his success in Lagos state as a hub to lead the front role in the national politics.

After Asiwaju comes the  anointed chief of staff to the latter who is less known to the entire populace of  the state, he proved critics wrong, he performed well, he is a senior advocate of Nigeria that not only his colleagues were proud of but the entire people in the judiciary, I am referring to Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN).
Aside the fact the BRF is a lawyer, he is also an orator and the chief marketer of APC, his performance can only be compared to that of the richest state in Nigeria in terms of federal allocation which is Akwa – Ibom then led by Governor Godswill Akpabio. Tunde as being called by his wife Abimbola Dame Fashola is not just disciplined when handling the state’s assignment, he is also a disciplined husband.

Definitely, BRF as come and left the position of the Governor, now it’s the era of the former accountant general of the state, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

I fell in love with this man from the day I read his profile banking on his experience to give Lagos state that touch that places like Johannesburg (south – Africa), Newyork (U.S.A), London (England) and many top world cities as gotten. During the electioneering, I was made to believe that Governor Ambode (Ambo) isn’t the talking type, I see him as someone who do most works practically like he did to rescue Lagos state while he was the accountant general of the state, aside the fact that he is the civil servants choice, politicians also verged for him to ensure that he gained the votes of everyone including the youths and students in the state. Mr. Kola Peregrino, the former, organising secretary of APC in the state, won’t mind going through stress  to connect the students and youths, Chief Sunny Ajose, the former Head of service in the state will continue calling on the civil servants to be assured of their votes, Mr. Lateef Raji, the former Special Adviser on information and strategy will be on the social network to reach out to number of youths, so are many other dignitaries not forgetting the undergraduates that donated funds for the success of “Ambo”.

Now, “Ati de” ( we have arrived), let’s get to work, Mr. Governor sir, Lagos state is not only the centre of excellence, Lagos state is a hub that dictates the tune at which every other states work, I can see the creation of ministries by you, the merging of some and also the abolition of many, bravo!. Going through some daily, i recalled your overhauling of boards and parastatals, that also tell that you want to be fully in charge, a nice step too, but, we need to set the ball rolling, after Nigeria, the next place of focus is Lagos state, let’s start the work, the best of brains are needed to get to work immediately, while other states can wait for weeks and months to get to work, Lagos state can’t afford to wait a minute because, Lagos project is a continuous one.

The newly elected Speaker, Rt. Hon. Tajudeen Obasa, assured on a special status for Lagos state which has been clamoured for a long time ago, this statement flashes ones mind to commitment and a good relationship to run between the Executive and the Legislative arm, yes, I must seize this opportunity to congratulate the Lagos state House of Assembly Led by the man of vision, Rt. Hon. Obasa. But is this enough?

Lagos state is a state that can run 24/7 days economy, quoting the  campaign manifestation of “Ambo”, security is on board, though, there is need to review ir from time to time work, the Lagos state electricity board can now work on distribution of Larger quantity of electricity believing we can now get the approval of the Federal government, many industries can employ more people, and the income generated by the government can cater more for social amenities.

The floods, though, not just a problem in Lagos state, as it’s also experienced in Ghana and Cameroun but a Lagos solution can give clues to other countries.

The traffic situation is Lagos state is just not getting any better with the ever increasing population of Lagos state, am happy to see the people’s governor showing keen interest in solving the problem, It needs a very permanent one, traffic situation gives a lot of commuters headache, considering lateness to work and also getting home so late and tired everyday of the week.

Lagos will continue to demand more solutions as it’s the economic capital of the most populous black nation, this solutions can only come and be sustained if we get young ones into government to inject what they have learnt academically, though, most of this age bracket, I mean in the youths in their 20’s and 30’s knows better about stress and hardship in the country, yes, Governor Ambode can set another record for this new government by bringing the youths in their 20’s into government. I have come across many holding Bachelors and masters, they can learn at fast rate and pace, yes, this is attainable.

Finally, many people within and outside the continent are looking unto the Lagos state Government led by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode  to set the pace, the time is now, Mr. Governor, please set the pace.

Eniola Opeyemi writes from
Badagry, Lagos state.
eniolaopeyemi@gmail.com

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Ambode Sacks Fashola’s Sister, 75 Others

Lagos state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday hit his predecessor, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola hard below the belt with the sack of the immediate past governor’s sister, Ms Yinka Fashola as the General Manager of the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency, LASRRA.

Ms Fashola was not the only target of the sack, other family members, friends and associates of the former governor appointed into various agencies and parastatals were equally booted out in an order sacking 76 of them at a go. A statement to that effect yesterday said the governor approved the dissolution of all Boards of Parastatals and Agencies of Government in the State.

“The Governor while stating that the dissolution takes immediate effect, however disclosed that the Civil Service Commission, Judicial Service Commission and the State Independent Electoral Commission are exempted.

“Governor Ambode commended the modest contributions of the members of the dissolved Boards, just as he wished them well in their future endeavours”, the statement added.

Meanwhile, the Governor has also approved the appointment of Mrs. Abimbola Shukrat Umar as the new Accountant General of the State. Mrs. Umar, prior to her new appointment, was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

A holder of the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics (1983) from the University of Ibadan and Master of Science in Corporate Governance (2013) from Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds United Kingdom, Mrs Umar is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and Nigeria Economic Society.

She also cut her teeth for over 15 years in the private sector, particularly with the renowned KPMG International before joining the Lagos State Civil Service as Chief Accountant in 2002. Her appointment, according to the statement, takes effect immediately.

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Cheerio Fashola, Welcome Ambode By Lateef Raji

Babatunde Raji Fashola, Senior Advocate of Nigeria,   a descendant of Bello Fashola of Isale Gangan, who picked the gauntlet to lead in the pursuance of sound democratic governance for the good people of Lagos State on May 29 2007 will be bidding Alausa, Lagos State’s power hub bye on May 29 2015.

How time flies! An eight year of astonishing and meritorious service to Lagosians in the Centre of Excellence has come to a glorious conclusion. Its needless asking a mimosa how it closes its laps; the unquestionable God cannot be questioned.

Courteous, suave, prudent, focused and attentive, it’s no gainsaying that Fashola is a brilliant manager of men and resources who successfully managed Lagos State and cemented its financial independence. He refrained from governing his people with any form of abandonment. He is lowly at heart and in principle.

On reflection, my first encounter with Fashola in 2005 wasn’t a quite a pleasant one. As the State Secretary of Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Lagos, a colleague requested that I accompany him to Fashola’s office to secure an order to supply Ileya Rams. The then Chief of Staff to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu declined, and was blunt in his refusal. According to him, the contractors list was exhausted. Not pleased with what sounded like a casual dismissal, I pushed further stating that the man in question was an executive officer in the state a strong member of our party in his Local Government but Fashola, stricto senso maintained his ground.

Our second encounter was equally no so much different. Sometime in June, 2006, Members of the State Executive Committee of our party were to have a meeting at the instance of the Governor, on getting to the Round House at the appointed time, the governor was away on a more crucial assignment and the Chief of Staff held brief for him. Yes, he received us cordially and delivered his Oga’s message in his most characteristic officious and efficient manner. He however mentioned nothing about the logistics of the parley despite the fact that some of our members journeyed into Ikeja from as far as Badagry and Epe. It took some persuasions and convincing to get him to provide the necessary logistics. He affirmed that he did not have such instructions. I didn’t like it one bit as the facilitator for the visit. That was putting me on a spot among my colleagues.

However, as the battle to succeed Tinubu gathered momentum in 2006, I got a shocker from my leader. Cardinal James Odumbaku, Alhaji Ganiyu Badmus, Fouad Oki, Abdullahi Enilolobo, Wasiu Moshood, Alhaji Eyinfunjowo, myself and others were in Abuja for the First National Convention of the now defunct Action Congress which was formed in order not to be caught in the web of the fractionalization of AD.

Engr. Rauf Aregbesola, the incumbent Governor of State of stormed our hotel room and announced that Babatunde Raji Fashola the man for Lagos in 2007! We all marvelled, and as a loyal party men and devoted supporters of Tinubu, our national leader, we were bound to accept and give life to the decision knowing his capacity to discover and nurture talents.

The eight years of BRF in Lagos strongly lends credence to this fact, as Nigerians will soon discover with the ascension of Asiwaju’s brand of ideas-driven progressive politics on the national stage.

Accordingly, from that moment, we swung into action. Our platform-The Mandate Group was instructed to swing into action, and we willingly obliged. Right from the convention ground, the information had caught on that Fashola was the man to fly. In fact, a serving Permanent Secretary who was also a governorship aspirant came to wag a threatening finger at Fashola where we were seated, but Fashola, the gentleman, kept his cool.

He eventually emerged convincingly at party’s primaries held at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja. Some of his opponents were aggrieved and sought other platforms to pursue their aspirations.  Jimi Agbaje picked the ticket of Democratic People’s Alliance. Femi Pedro sought accommodation in Labour Party; Akeem Gbajabiamila made do with what remained of the Alliance for Democracy. Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi considered the option All Nigeria People’s Party but upon persuasions, he found his way back to the fold and even served as the party’s State Returning officer for Fashola’s elections.

On April 14 2007, the ‘do or die’ rigging machinery of the then Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo and his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that had hijacked the mandates of the people across the nation of Nigeria could not fly in Lagos. Lagosians trooped out to vote and defended their votes. Despite the resort of his main opponent, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro to violence, easy-going Babatunde Fashola was handed a four year mandate by the people to administer Lagos State.

The landslide he returned in 2011 is more than enough to underscore the value he delivered to Lagosians. He knocked his main challenger, Adegboyega Dosunmu of the PDP with the widest margin ever.

When Fashola was presented to us in 2006, little did I know I was  meeting a man who will make so much difference in this generation. A man of positive ideas. Today, I can confidently proclaim that Fashola is leaving Lagos a lot better than he met it. He has given Lagos a lift in virtually all sectors.

Today, marvellous parks have emerged from the slums and confusion of Oshodi, Ojota and a number of such locations across the state. Transformation from dens of criminals to tourist centers of choice.

He will for long be remembered for the first class Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge, the Cardiac and Renal Centre in Gbagada is also a lifetime legacy. Today, the number of Nigerians travelling to India for renal and cardiac attention is reduced considerably courtesy of the hospital. The eight Maternal and Child Care Hospitals sited across the state are life changing innovations.

The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) continues to expand and evolve as a true world-class teaching hospital. He will be leaving behind 16 skilled acquisition centres, and five functional Technical Colleges in Lagos. In his time, the annual Lagos Carnival assumed international status.

As a part of the creative measures to reduce traffic gridlock in Lagos, the Lagos Traffic Radio came on air. Today, the station has become a favorite day planner for Lagosians. Lagos State University, (LASU) Ojo is getting adequate attention as one of the best state university in Nigeria.

Furthermore, through public-private partnership, projects such as the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Eko Atlantic City, Lekki Free Zone, etc. are delivering efficient for the benefit of the people.

Presently, massive work is ongoing Adiyan Phase II Waterworks to supply water to Badagry, Ojo and Ijanikin axis is ongoing. The Mile 12-Ikorodu road is almost completed. The light rail aimed at widening the Lagos traffic nodal and give the people other alternatives is steadily on course.

That BRF has accomplished so much should not surprise even a cursory observer. He is a man of purposeful and these are the type of people you can find around Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governor Emeritus of Lagos. He confidently enlisted his successor from the pool of talents available from the Nigerian private sector.

The society is not static and in essence no one government can do it all, it’s surely the end of an era when Tunde Fashola bows out on the morning of Friday May 29 2015, his experience will however be valuable in the coming days.

To continue to enjoy the support and confidence of the good people of Lagos, Asiwaju has decided to vary and flavour the greater Lagos agenda by recommending another seasoned technocrat, this time from the public sector to receive baton of leadership from the out-going Governor.

Akinwunmi Ambode is not new to Lagos; he was there when the going was tough, when the foundation of today’s Lagos was incubated. His profound experience will surely count and serve him in good stead. Without doubt, greater days are yet ahead.

Cheerio, Babatunde Raji Fashola, my boss and friend; welcome Akinwumi Ambode, my comrade in the struggle for a better Lagos.

Lateef Raji is the Special Adviser on Information and Strategy to Lagos State Government.

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LASU: Open Letter to Lagos State Governor-Elect Akinwunmi Ambode Through Governor Babatunde Fashola By Sulaimon Mojeed-Sanni

After much consideration, I prevailed upon myself to pen this letter to you and I am making it open under the false consideration that following your hard earned victory, the appreciation courtesy visit you have embarked upon almost immediately and the baggage of congratulatory messages coming your way, you might not have the time to read through my letter if I couriered it in a small brown envelope. Who knows, your retinue of aides and hangers-on might not even allow you to see it, categorizing my letter a nuisance to a government that has not even started.
Ditto to the out-going governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN), whose work schedule seems like he just resumed office as the governor of Lagos State, with the high volume of project commissioning he has been embarking on during this tail-end of his government. That, I think, is one of the dividends of the continuity your party preached during the electioneering; because, just like yourself, governor Fashola was able to hit the ground running on assumption into office due to a solid template of progressive governance his predecessor, Governor Bola Ahmed laid down. I have also passed the open letter through the sitting governor, in view of the fact that he might consider LASU’s seemingly intractable problems as part of his hand-over note to you.
I am writing first and foremost as an alumnus of Lagos State University, who has seen it all, particularly, as a featherweight union activist whilst on campus of the Aluta but reasonable institution of higher learning. It gives me great pleasure to note that I shared same learning environment with your adorable Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule and your amiable wife, Madam Bolanle Ambode. This shows you might not be too far from the “LASU Story” like your predecessors.
Again, I write as a concerned Lagosian, who gets embittered every time Lagos State University, the only state university Lagos State can lay claim to, goes under lock and key and seems perpetually created for crisis and to be in the news for the wrong reasons. Secondly, since the All Progressives Congress in Lagos perched its tent of political campaign in the just concluded election on the dual tenet of Change and Continuity, it would not be out of place to bring the cancerous and unending LASU crisis to the attention of our Governor-Elect in the spirit of continuity of change; changing the negative administration pattern in order to breathe the air of continuity. Within the academic circle, made up of students and lecturers, the corporate system dotting Lagos metropolis and the sweat-soaked market women and men, there seems to be one thing that makes all writhe under the Lagos sun – the unending crisis in LASU. This singular act has made university education in Lagos State an attempt to shake the devil. To these people, effecting change rather than continuing the ugly trend of churning out traumatized graduates of perennial frustrated parents and all those directly and indirectly linked to the university would be a welcomed development.
Sir, without trying to bore you, permit me to say that the last 10 years of chained civil conflict in the institution has overshadowed any contribution made by the university to socio-economic develop in Lagos State. LASU, rather than get celebrated for innovative ideas accustomed to universities around the world, has only managed terrifying headlines not befitting a prestigious institution domicile in a mega city like ours. In your tenure, Lasuites would want to see a return to the pragmatic realization of the vision of the founding fathers of LASU; established in 1983 by the enabling Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, for the advancement of learning and establishment of academic excellence. A LASU of ” Per la verità e di servizio” – Truth and Service.
Sir, If you may know, the current crisis of the university founded by the visionary first civilian governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, in October, 1983 as a multi-campus, non-residential institution but began academic activities in 1984, started in 2004, when the administration of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, your able benefactor, under the pretence of wanting to upgrade the facilities in the school increased the fee from N250 to N50,000. After fierce resistance from a visibly divided students union and over six months at home, government reduced the money to N25, 000. Students resumed and have to tail behind their counterparts after missing the 2005 academic session.
Sir, between 2006 and 2009, LASU Lecturers in the name of showing solidarity with the national Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), brought academic activities to halt more than 3 times. This was aggravated by an internal crisis between the University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Lateef Hussein and staffs that brought academic learning to total halt for a wasteful long while. This writer shared in the needless interregnum. I am sure you must have been privileged to the “Hussein Must Go”, drama that ensured afterwards.
Following the devastating unrest within the ivory towel, caused by the warring parties, Lagos State Government in 2009, setup a Visitation Panel to look at the “Administration and Application of University Funds”, of the institution. As part of its report, the Panel recommended that there should be an increase in the Budgetary Allocation to the University using the UNESCO benchmark of a minimum of 26% of Annual Budget of the State to be expended on Education. But rather than put this developmental recommendation first in its to-do list, the Governor Babatunde Fashola led administration in 2011 gave priority to increasing the University’s school fees by 985 percent! The fees were hiked from N25,000 to between N193,750 and N348,750 depending on your course of study.
After what can now be termed the silence of the grave yard, the school fees issue erupted in January 2014, leading to stoning of the University Vice Chancellor Prof. John Obafunwa, as he tried to evade the riotous students who had blocked the main gate and made bonfires on the Lagos-Badagry expressway. At the height of the crisis in January 2014, the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, vowed to end the violent crisis and assured the incident would never repeat itself. To quote him, he said, “We are close to seeing the end of crisis in LASU. The last few years have been better than the previous decades. There have been tremendous improvements in LASU. If the right thing is done, we will leave scandalous events behind in LASU.” Right now, that seems to be mere words lacking action as the school is presently embroiled in another crisis.
Sir, to cut a long story short, as people often say, Governor Fashola fearing eminent electoral implications of the school saga as championed by the #SaveLASU Group and the Students Union, reversed the school fees and we all thought that was uhuru until the current conflagration erupted. The current lockdown on academic activities is predicated on the argument of ASUU-LASU that Prof. Obafunwa withheld ASUU-LASU dues, witch-hunting of members by the LASU administration, crass incompetence borne out of poor vision and warped mind-set, withdrawing of PhD certificates of members, abuse of the laws and regulations of the institution, intimidation and victimization of the broad spectrum of the students and staff, and lastly, colluding  with some suspended members of the union to foment crises.
Sir, the current imbroglio, shameful as it is; led to the indefinite postponement of LASU’s convocation and an open-ended election vacation that has refused to end. As we all know, universities around the world are institutes of higher learning and research which grant academic degrees in a variety of subjects and provides both undergraduate and postgraduate education within stipulated time. On this simple, unambiguous and direct mandate, LASU has failed greatly; because the institution is simply synonymous with crisis systematically orchestrated by either the students and management, students and government, staffs and management, staffs and government or Students/Staffs/Management/Government, all bringing embarrassment and ignominy at the same time. I do not want to believe we are dyslexic to the extent of not being able to read the handwriting on the wall. The more we make the institution a rampaging ground for conflict, the more it affects everybody.
By allowing issues to degenerate to physical confrontation before taking action to address same, it lowers the institution’s reputation and prestige, while the students never get the desired attention in the saturated labour market, which trickles down to the university not getting the required funding from the established private sector that dominates the centre of excellence; no international recognition, no standardized categorization and no honour. In all, the whole LASU system just remains a facade that churn out graduates that never got respected. We cannot continue like this. This whole superiority contest has to stop for proper education and development devoid of intermittent stoppage to come our way.
In 2009, the combined team of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technicians (NAAT), condemned the leadership style of Prof. Lateef Hussein and called for his removal while describing the Vice Chancellor as “an emperor with an ‘iron fist’.” Insisting that the next leadership to be appointed by the state must be ‘home grown’, someone within the LASU academic ladder. Claiming that Prof. Hussain, being a ‘foreign academician’ (not a LASU breed Professor), is alien to the problems and challenges of the institution. Six years down the lane, same Unions are calling for the removal of his successor on almost the same allegations of strictness. With due respect, I think it is extremely important to call our lecturers and ask them what they want.
Even though this letter is meant for you, spare me a space to call on LASU Alumni Association which your amiable wife and Deputy Governor both belong, to leave up to its responsibilities. In all the years I spent in the institution, the only thing I remember the Association did was putting cement chairs under the popular “Abe-Igi”. Taking a cue from other notable Alumnis in Nigeria like UNILAG Alumni, Obafemi Awolowo Alumni etc, the association can do better. At least, we are not benchmarking the Alumni with foreign universities Alumni Associations, which would have be an over ambitious expectation. Its role in conflict management has been near zero and I do not see any structure it facilitated its construction within the university landscape. It sure can do better.
Sir, resolving the LASU imbroglio might be the litmus test for your administration. Even if the case is hurriedly decided before May 29, be sure it would raise its head again. There is need for a holistic solution to address the Vice Chancellorship issue. Government should be more proactive to workers demands and not reactive. Sir, you need to bring the dexterity of your learning and the eyes for details of an accountant to bear on the LASU case.
Sir, permit me to say that in view of the fact that the tertiary education falls within the purview of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education. It would be most preferable, that an educationist who understands and can feel the pains and challenges of the ivory tower be appointed to such exalted position. The current and past holders of the post have done abysmally in managing the University’s crisis. I advice a departure from the past in the next appointment.
Lastly sir, no matter how tempting it might be or how much the forces that be advice you, please do not increase LASU school fees either in your first tenure or second, if you are not going to consider the Mandela Option of one term enough to effect constructive change.
There are some big exceptions on tuition fees. Sometimes I get paranoid when policy makers try to say education cannot be free. In many European countries, it is possible to study without tuition fees. Public universities in Nordic countries were entirely without tuition fees until the latter part of the first decade of the 21st century. Only recently did Denmark, Sweden and Finland moved to put in place tuition fees for foreign students. But still, citizens of European Union and European Economic Area member states and citizens from Switzerland are exempted from tuition fees; and the amount of public grants granted to promising foreign students was even increased to offset some of the impact of tuition fee introduction.
To put a close to this letter, Dear Governor-Elect, as we do say in the University’s local parlance: “There cannot be a megacity, without a mega-university to provide the necessary human resources to manage the megacity, except we are looking forward to a mega chaos.” On behalf of many Lasuites who voted for you despite what the past administrations did to the image of the school, I pray almighty God will give you the knowledge and political will to redeem the lost glory of our Alma mata, LASU. Indeed, we shall overcome. #ReOpenLASUnow.
Sulaimon Mojeed-Sanni writes from Abuja via smojeeds@yahoo.com. Tweets from @SM_S0407
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Ambode Is Yet To Win, By Ojuekanmi Emmanuel

It will be expediently safe to consider using the word winning for Mr. Ambode in some esoteric context. Winning can be used in its natural habitat for other political ambition holders who were successful in their various political feats at the level they have vied. But for Fashola’s successor, winning the gubernatorial election only means that he just got qualified to show that he can win indeed.

For the masses, winning is winning the hearts of Lagosians; showing us that we made the right choice voting for him; telling us that a child born today will understand when he/she is eight years that Ambode was a decision made eight years ago and it paid off well; that seeing Fashola work so hard in the last eight years will mean that we never saw anything compared to what will unfold in years to come.

Winning is when the perennial nuisance of traffic (transportation), accommodation (housing) and power, the major plagues debilitating optimal amenity are healed. Winning is when the embers of inchoate threat to Lagosians-migrant’s happy co-existence is quenched. Winning is when the flicker of doubts the voters had when voting for him is totally extinguished. Winning is when all he will ask the Civil servants to borrow the state, or give up temporarily during economic austerity are returned as things get better.

For the oppositions, winning is not that he has the most votes credited to his name. Opposition will ever be oppositions whether or not later they become allied political forces. The stories written when they were political opposition will become history. Though he beat the opposition to qualify for a chance to win, he is not winning until his oppositions are able to see the magnitude of job they would have bought for themselves if they had won. He wins when they become overwhelmed by the absoluteness of integrity and transparency the public would have required from them, as they will see him (Ambode) give.

He wins when his cabinet and technocrats are inclusive of all who are well seasoned in work and character, without regards to their party allegiance. He wins when those to whom he commits state resources are effectively gagged to ensure the safety of our resources. He wins if, when critical and conflicting views are hurled at his administration, they are received, sieved and fed back fairly and in good spirit. He wins if the careful hand of political fellowship, extended to the oppositions seamlessly vaporizes the unhealthy rivalry the political waterloos they have suffered, have stirred. He wins if he is able to go through the oversight of the ever-begrudging and unwinnable political foes, unscathed. He wins if, at the twilight of his one or two tenure administration; oppositions after having considered the magic his hand has wrought, will tell themselves that they do not stand a chance to compete favourably in subsequent elections, thereby conceding defeat even before contesting(although they will manage to try) They are almost insatiable.

Governor Fashola has raised the bar, the job is now a little more challenging and more interesting. His time starts May 29, 2015. He can thence, show us that he can win. He has a good edge. Lagos is not as economically messed up as the whole place; the facts and stats are as good as gold for a starting point; and indices are healthy. The laws work well in Lagos. Continuity is the grand strategy. With just some push and pull, here and there in the right direction, we will all start winning.

We have done our part too by signing the dotted lines of political marriage, renewable in four years only once, without sufficient courtship though. We signed because of the political family you came from and based on that pedigree, we commit to you. We signed because of the wing of wings that bore you, and the credentials of those that launched you. What we do know is that a fruit does not fall far from its tree.

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Ojuekanmi Emmanuel.

 

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How Mushin, Alimosho Votes Gave Ambode Victory In Lagos Gov Polls

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode defeated his main challenger, Jimi Agbaje of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, with overwhelming votes delivered by two traditional voting super powers in the state; Mushin and Alimosho.

Below is the result from the 20 Local Government Areas as announced by INEC today.

APC                                PDP

1. Ibeju Lekki.         14696                            11292
2. Lagos Island.      34232                            16111
3.Badagry.               27086                           22664
4.Ifelodu Ajeromi 42954                            52596
5.Etiosa.                  28082                          24486
6.Lagos Mainland 31836                           26889
7.Ikeja.                    33,178                         26,419
8. Amuwo.             26,349                          35,168
9. Oshodi Isolo.   42,835                          43,904
10. Ifako Jaiye.    46,485                          26,898
11. Surulere.         51,404                          54,206
12. Ikorodu.         52061                           35259
13. Apapa.            22,169                         19,486
14. Epe.                31498                           13405
15.Somolu.          43642                          37078
16. Kosofe.           53890                        40253
17. Agege.            46909                         32885
18.  Ojo.               31910                            34693
19. Mushin.         60220                        38620
20. Alimosho.    90558                         67480

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PDP Rejects Lagos Governorship Election Result Which Ambode Won

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the result of the April 11 governorship election in Lagos state following the announcement of the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, as the winner.

Theis development which the PDP said is on the ground of what it called “the controversial” circumstances within which the election was conducted is coming despite the call put by its candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje.

Ambode polled 811,994 votes, winning in 15 of the 20 local government areas, while Agbaje got 659,788 votes.

However, the Lagos State chapter of the PDP, in a statement by its Legal Adviser, Mr. Adeleke Adefala, on Sunday, said in areas where the APC won, card readers were manipulated.

The statement, which was addressed to the Resident Electoral Commissioner, read, “I, on behalf of our governorship candidate, the state assembly candidates and the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, write to bring to your attention the following issues for your immediate attention and resolution.

“Our candidates have brought to our attention that contrary to electoral rules and guidelines, the newly introduced card readers were not used in the following local governments: Epe, Babagry, Mushin, Ikorodu Eti Osa, Alimosho, Ikeja, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos Island and some parts of other local governments.

“This amounted to no proper accreditation of voters and a denouncement of the sanctity of the voting process. There were numerous complaints of front and uploading of the card readers with fictitious names before commencement of accreditation in areas where card readers were used such as Lagos Island, Ikorodu, Kosofe, Lagos Mainland and Badagry.

“We hereby demand the suspension of the collation and release of the results pending investigation into our complaints.”

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