Ambode appoints key govt. officials, unfolds strategies to govern Lagos

Posted by News Express | 30 May 2015 | 4,736 times

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Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, shortly after his inauguration on Friday as the 14th Governor of Lagos State, announced the appointment of the Commissioner for Environment in the Babatunde Fashola administration as his Secretary to the State Government.

In a statement he personally signed in Lagos, the governor announced the appointment alongside those of Mr Samuel Ojo, Chief of Staff and Habib Aruna, Chief Press Secretary.

It said that all appointments took immediate effect.

Earlier in his inaugural address at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, Ambode had given an insight into his vision for Lagos and the strategies he hopes to employ to realise it. Below is the relevant part of his speech:
EVERYBODY COUNTS
​As we collectively face the challenge to make Lagos a better place to live in, we must recognize our strength in diversity.  A common national identity where everybody counts. I shall run an open government of inclusion that will not leave anyone behind. No matter your age, sex, tribe or any other status, as long as you reside in Lagos, we will make Lagos work for you.
THE NIGERIAN DREAM
​Lagosians are hardworking people.  Lagos is striving because of its undying entrepreneurial spirit. However we must realise that there are no short-cuts to success. To our youths, we must nurture good family values to succeed in any endeavour. I want our younger ones and children to draw some lessons from my story. Anyone of you can rise up to be the best you want to be.  Your background and circumstances cannot be an obstacle to your dreams. In our country, particularly in Lagos, you can always succeed. This is the Nigerian dream where hard-work, courage, perseverance, persistence, merit and rewards pay. We must therefore embrace new thinking and be determined to succeed at all times. I am ready to encourage and nurture that dream in our children, youths and every hard-working Lagosian. We would reward merit, hard-work and loyalty to the state. The future is for those who dare to dream and find courage to pursue their dreams.
​THE FUTURE IS NOW
​We are all witnesses to the economic downturn and dwindling revenues at the national and state levels. The present economic situation has affected the financial profile of most states in the country. 
The state is blessed that the foundation of its financial autonomy was designed and implemented by that visioner and our leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Thus, the state has been partially shielded from the negative trend flowing from the federal level.
​For us to sustain the progressive and radical transformation on-going in the state, we have to redouble our efforts on all fronts for our commitment to excellence. While we must be creative and innovative; we are not citizens until we become responsible tax payers. I want to assure all of us that I will make your taxes work for you. You will surely get a transparent and incorruptible government that will give you good value for your taxes paid.
​Creativity is the most valuable asset in any public institution. Progressive governments must reward contributors of good ideas. Therefore, wherever practicable, we shall practise government by incentives and not government by enforcement. We shall implement creative ideas and concepts that reduce the cost of running government; ideas that make life simpler and happier for our people.
​I, therefore, invite you all, to join hands with me, to offer new ideas that will pull more resources to cater for the poor and needy amongst us. This will be a compassionate government.
DEVELOPMENT PLAN (2012 – 2025)
​In the spirit of continuity, I am committed to the State Development Plan (2012 – 2025). The plan is structured under four pillars; (1) Social Development and Security; (2) Infrastructural Development; (3) Economic Development and (4) Sustainable Environment.
​The challenges we face today as a state, are good enough ingredients to bring out the best of all of us. Together, we shall push forward and not look back, with our hands firmly on the plough. We would work hard to tackle poverty, ignorance and social decadence in our state.
PUBLIC SECTOR REFORMS
​As we all know, the best practices of yesterday may not be good enough for the products of today. In this sense, we shall embark on continuous reforms in the public service. I am determined to demonstrate that the government belongs to the citizens. You have put us here as servants to serve you and not you serving us. Today we are committed to that creed.
​Moving forward, the Civil Service will be strengthened and made to respond to the needs of all citizens in the same manner, quality services are rendered in the private sector.
​My administration is prepared to take the decisions needed to promote merit and professionalism. To restructure where required, eliminate poor Human Resource practices and accelerate the pace of reforms in the spirit of good governance.
​I want to assure the business community and corporate Lagos that the ease of doing business in Lagos will be improved upon earnestly. Lagos is open for greater business; To this end, a new office of Overseas Affairs and Investment (LAGOS GLOBAL) shall be created under the Governor’s Office.
​We want you to fly into Lagos, start your business, find your way; live, work and enjoy in Lagos.
​As part of our reforms, a new Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment shall be established.  This would specifically address the promise I made during the campaign on employment trust fund, labour exchange and entrepreneurship. This goal, we shall pursue vigorously.
​Also, the Office of Civic Engagement shall be created under the Deputy Governor’s Office to strengthen and enhance our promise on government of inclusion.  Everyone must have a voice in my administration.
CONCLUSION
I have the political will to engage investors and stakeholders in creating the enabling environment for tourism, entertainment and arts; and iconic infrastructure for the benefit of all.
​Once again, I thank the good people of Lagos for the confidence reposed in our party; both at the national and state levels. We shall not disappoint you.


Source: News Express

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