•Renders Second Quarter Scorecard
•Says crime rate reduced by 65 percent
•Approves N2.5bn for schools upgrade
•Commences construction of Ajah, Abule Egba, Berger flyovers
By Monsuru Olowoopejo
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday, reaffirmed his commitment to remain resolute to serve and justify the trust reposed in him, assuring that he would continue to work tirelessly to deliver good governance for the collective good of all Lagosians.
The governor, who spoke while rendering his account of stewardship at the Second Quarterly Town Hall Meeting at the City Hall, Lagos, said his administration will continue to stay true to its overall policy built on a tripod of security, infrastructure development and job creation.
Addressing a large gathering of party chieftains, captains of industry, members of the diplomatic corps, top government functionaries, as well as market men and women, Governor Ambode said his administration was fully aware that a safer Lagos would attract more investments from local and foreign investors, hence he kept to his promise in the first quarter to improve on the security in the state with investment in security equipment worth over N4.7billion.
The governor said that the investment in the security equipment had led to the reduction of crime rate in the state by 65 per cent in the last quarter of 2015.
“I am happy to report that our state is a lot safer today as statistics shows that crime rate has reduced by 65 per cent during the last quarter compared to 2014,” he said.
Governor Ambode said his administration, in another spirited effort to tackle crime, invested towards the “Light Up Lagos” project, which had since restored light on major highways and inner roads in the state at night.
He said an Advisory Committee on Power, chaired by the Deputy Governor, was also set up to keep faith with the promise to ensure that every nook and cranny of the state is lit up, just as he urged residents to key into the project in return for a reward.
His words: “In the past few months, we have fixed street lights from Berger in Ojodu to Lekki, Ikorodu to Lagos Island, the entire Ikeja axis, Victoria Island and Ikoyi. We are taking this project to every part of the state. If we are not yet in your neighbourhood, give us a little time; we will soon be there. As we light up the State, we expect crime to reduce as criminals will have nowhere to hide and operate. I call on individuals and corporate bodies to join our Light Up Lagos project by adopting a street and lighting it up either by connecting it to your meter or your generator. In return, these individuals and institutions will receive special concessions on Land Use Charge and commendation from the State and Local Governments”.
Renders second quarter scorecard
The Governor also said in the last quarter, 49 transformers were donated to communities that were hitherto in darkness for five years, while electricity has now been restored to 63 Communities starting from Eleko to Ode-Omi in Ibeju Lekki Local Government.
According to him, “We also commissioned the 33kva Electrical Sub-Station in Gberigbe Community, Ikorodu. This is expected to improve the electricity situation in that axis.”
On infrastructural development, Ambode said that over 300 roads were rehabilitated during the period under review, adding that 66 major road projects are at various stages of completion while 80 road grading and surface dressing projects will soon be completed in all the local government areas and local council development areas of the state.
He listed some of the completed roads to include Afa Nla Road, Agege, CIPM Road, Alausa, Ijegun-Ikotun Road, Mba Street, Ajegunle, 1st and 2nd Avenue, Festac Town, Afolabi Ege Street, Ojo, Thomson Road, Ikoyi, 2nd Avenue, Ikoyi, Queens Drive, Ikoyi, Ebutte Ero Road, Lagos Island and Akin Adeshola Road, Victoria Island.
“In addition to this, the construction of two roads in each of the 20 Local Government and 37 Local Government Development Areas in the State was flagged off last week. A total of 114 roads will be delivered through this intervention in the next six months at a cost of N17.5b,” the Governor said.
Governor Ambode also listed other strides of his administration in the last quarter including the injection of 434 new BRT buses, the commencement of construction of fly-overs in Ajah roundabout, Abule – Egba Junction and Berger Bus stop as well as the resumption of work on the Blue Line Rail Project expected to be completed by December 2016.
He also said that the state government has embarked on the rehabilitation of schools, construction of new classroom blocks and provision of furniture to the tune of N2.5b, jointly funded with the Federal Government under the UBEC scheme with the State adding an additional N526m.
On the projection for the first quarter of 2016, he assured that with the budget already in place his administration will kick-start the N25billion Employment Trust Fund, employ new staff into LASTMA, Fire Service and Hospitals, strengthen the state security infrastructure as well as take the Light Up Lagos Project to more areas.
He said, “As your Governor, I am resolute in my commitment to you; to serve and justify the trust you have reposed in me and work tirelessly to deliver good governance for the collective good of all Lagosians.
“All we need is your support and cooperation. We thank you for your direct feedback to us. We take them on board but we also need you to always fulfill your side of the social contract by ensuring regular payment of your taxes and willful compliance with the State Laws.
“There are better days ahead. Together, we are building a Lagos that we are all proud of”.