Ambode Celebrates 3 Years In Office, Promises To Make Lagos More Conducive
Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday celebrated the 19th year of democratic rule in Nigeria in the company of some Muslim believers in the state.
He revealed during the celebration that his administration is ready to do more in the state irrespective of what has already be done.
NIGERIA NEWS gathered that the governor made this known in Epe where a special Ramadan Tafsir and prayer held to mark the third year anniversary of his government and also the democracy day of Nigeria.
Speaking at the event, Ambode said: “Lagosians have seen what we have done in the last three years but like we have said, there is a greater vision to make Lagos a Smart City.”
“So, Lagos is a work in progress and that is why you see a whole lot of infrastructure project going on.”
“Every day is a race towards making Lagos a better place for the citizens and that is what we would continue to do in the next 365 days.”
“He said the special prayer, which was attended by both political and Islamic leaders from all the five divisions of the State, was organised to appreciate God for His goodness to the State and the feats attained by his administration so far.”
“Exactly three years ago today, by God’s grace we took an oath of office at Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) and today is also Democracy day.”
“In celebrating today, I decided that the best way is to come together with my Muslim brothers and sisters and share a word of prayers with them through this special Tafsir to appreciate God for the success of the journey so far.”
“You would recall that we had a Church Service on Sunday and I just think the best way to end it is to get prayers from Muslim clerics also, and that is what the unity we are preaching is all about.”
“There is nothing bigger than prayer and that is why I am so happy that we started this journey with prayer and we are celebrating three years with prayer.”
“For me, there is nothing more to say than to give thanks. I thank God and I also appreciate you all that our prayers have been answered.”
“What we have done and still doing in Epe, Badagry, Ikorodu, Ikeja and every other part of the State will continue and we pray that God will give us the grace to do more for the people.”
president Buhari full speeh with ministers aft
here is the full tet of Mr president, Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday after requested that all ministers should hand over
NIGERIA NEWS brings you full text of the President’s speech:
Today’s Federal Executive Council meeting is the last time we will meet as a cabinet before the commencement of the second and final term of this Administration.
Our first meeting in this chamber was in November 2015. Over the past three and a half years, we worked together to deliver our campaign promises. I strongly believe that it is this teamwork that led to the successes recorded during our first term
Some of our colleagues, with whom we started this journey, unfortunately, are not here to join us in celebrating our successes.
Specifically, I must recognise our late brother, James Ocholi SAN who passed away in a fearful motor accident with his wife, Blessing and son, Joshua only four months after being sworn in as a Minister.
I want us to all put him, and indeed his family, in our memory. He was a true patriot committed to our CHANGE agenda.
I also acknowledge the contributions of other Council members who resigned before the completion of our tenure to pursue other opportunities
You will recall that when we started this journey, our country was facing numerous challenges.
We inherited a broken economy which eventually went into recession in the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2016. The situation was further compounded by insecurity and massive corruption.
Many would have given up. Indeed, many outside commentators said our situation was well nigh hopeless. However, we all came together and pushed forward to deliver our campaign promise to rescue our country from its parlous state.
Although we all had a common vision, we frequently had heated debates in this room on the best way to achieve our goals. These differing views are what made the decisions we took all the more rational.
It is this quality that made me retain my cabinet for the full term. Each of you in this room has a unique skill and strength. We are a reflection of the Nigeria we aspire to achieve. A diverse but tolerant nation where no one is silenced and where every opinion should be heard and considered
I want you all to leave this meeting proud to have served your nation to the best of your ability.
You should be proud to have been part of the Government that liberated the local governments previously under Boko Haram rule.
You should be proud to have contributed to our food security and economic diversification agenda which led to the revival of our rural agrarian economy
You should be proud to have been part of the team that developed the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan which led Nigeria exiting its worst recession in decades
You should be proud to have introduced the social investment program that enhanced livelihoods of millions of Nigerians.
You should be proud to have participated in settling outstanding pensions of many senior citizens abandoned by previous governments while supporting state governments to meet their salary arrears.
And of course, you should all be proud to have overseen the most ambitious road, rail and airport rehabilitation programs in the history of our country.
I want to put on record, that your achievements in the last three and a half hears has guaranteed your position in the history books of this nation. You have certainly built the foundations for an improved economy and a more purposeful government.
Although today is our last council meeting, I expect all of you to continue working until Tuesday, 28th May 2019 when you will officially hand over your schedules to your respective Permanent Secretaries. Your handing over letters should be submitted to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
I want to conclude by thanking all of you for agreeing to serve our nation during these difficult times. I want to use this opportunity to recognise the silent partners to this cabinet, your spouses, families and friends, who supported you through these years.
I wish you the very best of luck and pray for your successes, for dear families and our for country in the years ahead.
Thank you and God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Breaking: PDP Governor Endorses Gbajabiamila For 9th Assembly Speaker
The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has endorsed Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila representing the Surulere Federal Constituency, as the speaker of the house of representative, NIGERIA NEWS reports.
Mr. Femi said he is happy for the support of the Governor as he has been soliciting for his support and the support of other elected house of representative.
The Governor pleads to the lawmaker to work in a team with Mr. Femi by not considering any political association. The All Progressives Congress, APC also preferred the candidate and ready to support him.
The Governor also urged the house of representative in the state to be in support of Mr. Femi and ensure he is successful.
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