…Says Govt Committed To Transforming Lagos To World Class City State
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has said that his administration will not rest on its oars, but go all out next year to deliver more capital projects that would not only transform the landscape of the State, but also make life more comfortable for every Lagosian.
Governor Ambode, who spoke at the Christmas Eve Dance organised by the Yoruba Tennis Club, Onikan, said the modest achievements of his administration in the last 31 months were as a result of sustained commitment to the painstaking and systematic implementation of the State’s strategic plan in all sectors of the economy, in line with its drive to make the State a Smart-City.
While alluding to the fact that 2017 was an eventful year for the State, the Governor said that some projects delivered in the last 12 months are now benchmarked against those of frontline line nations across the continent.
“The year witnessed some historic and landmark events including the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of Lagos State, the completion and commissioning of some high-impact projects like the Jubilee flyovers at Ajah and Abule Egba, the transformation of the Ojodu Berger axis of the State, the establishment of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps and the disbursement of over N5billion loans by our Employment Trust Fund to our youths and women in SME’s.
“We also recorded appreciable progress on other ongoing projects most of which are projected for completion and commissioning in the coming year 2018. Some of these iconic projects that readily come to mind include the 1.4km Pen Cinema Agege flyover, the Oshodi – International Airport Road project, the Oshodi Transport Interchange, Bus Parks, Depots and Shelters; all of which are components of our Bus Reform Project,” he said.
Projecting into the New Year, Governor Ambode listed the Onikan-Marina urban regeneration initiative as one of the projects for execution, saying that the idea is to convert the axis into a Tourism hub.
“By the time we would be meeting next year, this area will be wearing a new look and our Club will be part of the tourism heart of Lagos. The Lagos House Marina will be the Lagos History Centre, with a new Lagos Museum in-between the History Centre and the Heritage Centre for Leadership which will be located in the Presidential State House just handed over to the State Government,” the Governor said.
Noting that 2018 will be the last full fiscal year of his administration’s four year tenure, Governor Ambode said the major focus will be the completion of most of the ongoing projects, adding that he will also pursue the objective of strengthening the financial base of the State through various measures aimed at boosting the States Internally Generated Revenue.
“We believe very strongly that this is achievable without necessarily increasing taxes but by widening the tax base and ensuring that all revenues due to the State are collected through technologically driven tax collection and management system.
“Distinguished members of this prestigious club, we have good reason to be very optimistic about what 2018 holds in stock for our State and every Lagosian. The commencement and realisation of some of our reform programmes especially in the Public Transport, Environment, Tourism and Health sectors will transform the landscape of the State and improve the quality of lives of all Lagosians,” he said.
Governor Ambode, who also spoke at the Island Club Christmas Eve Dance, however urged Lagosians to continue to support the State Government, adding that his administration remains open to new ideas, partnerships and suggestions for better ways to do things and improve on service delivery to the people.
Besides, the Governor while alluding to the fact that 2018 will usher in the commencement of electioneering activities, urged members of the club to contribute their quota to ensure that the All Progressives Congress (APC) remains at the helm of affairs in the State.
“I believe our modest achievements and ability to bring your dreams to reality have placed our government in strong position to seek your continued support always. We will continue to provide responsible and responsive leadership which is the hallmark of sustainable development in modern, functional and liveable cosmopolitan city like Lagos,” he said.