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Sunday, 31 May 2015

POLITICS: Ambode Creates Ministry Of Employment, Two Other Offices In Lagos

OUTGOING Governor of LagosState, Babatunde Fashwola, yesterday, handed over the administration of the state to Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, as the 8th elected governor of the state alongwith his deputy, Dr Oluranti Adebule at a colourful and well attended inauguration and swearing-in ceremony, held at TafawaBalewa Square, TBS, Lagos Island.

The dignitaries at the ceremony were former governors of the state; Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, Rear Admiral Nduisi Kanu while former deputy governorsin attendance were; Mr. Femi Pedro and Adebisi Sosan.

Also Senator GbengaAshafa, Senator Remi Tinubu and Senator Solomon Adeola, Oba of Lagos Rilwanu Akiolu, members of the Diplomatic Corps, Captainsof Industries, state lawmakers, All Progressives Congress, APC, stalwarts, members of trade associations, students among otherswere in attendance.

Ambode, decked in white attire (Agabada) with a red cap to match, was sworn in by the Chief Judge of Lagos, Justice Funmilayo Atilade, at about 11.25am


Ambode’s deputy, Mrs. Oluranti Adebule, had been sworn in at about 11.19am by Atilade.

The governor, after inspecting the guard of parade mounted by members of the Nigeria Police Force, said, “As we collectively face the challenge to make Lagos abetter place to live in, we must recognize our strength in diversity. A common national identity where everybodycounts. 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.

“I want to assure all of usthat I will make your taxes work for you. You will surely get a transparent and incorru-ptible government that will give you good value for your taxes paid.

“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 servingus. 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.

Creation of new ministry, offices

Highpoint of the inaugural speech which attracted ovation from the crowd was the announcement by the newly sworn in governor of the creation of a new ministry and two offices.

According to Ambode “I want to assure the business community and corporate Lagos that the ease of doing businessin 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.

“Allso, 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.



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Yvonne Onaibe likes this.

Yvonne Onaibe

The problem is actually the corrupt officials heading such organizations

Jesse Osayande Vucinic Ehiagwina

Yvonne, true that. Creation isn't the problem. For it to function without over bearing people breaking the idea is the main thing. I hope that part has been considered.

Yvonne Onaibe

He has to put an eye on them......which may not be very easy though

Jesse Osayande Vucinic Ehiagwina

I don't think over seeing them is even hard. Its doing it with his will that will be the test. The mistake these people make is not taking into account that they're just managers and the people they appoint are the main people doing or should do th job. If you supervise your appointees well and really put pressure on them to perform, they will. But no, they're satisfied with people who continue to give them what they agreed on even if they're not doing their job.

Yvonne Onaibe


That Ministry is very Sensitive

Jesse Osayande Vucinic Ehiagwina

Very ooo. We keep creating ministries as if that's the problem. Just as people calling for creation of states as if it'll automatically solve the leadership gap.

Yvonne Onaibe

What then will automatically solve the Leadership gap??

Jesse Osayande Vucinic Ehiagwina

Being accountable. Doing what they're there for. To be selfless and not selfish. Serve not be lords.

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