Lagos To Empower Communities To Execute 250 Grassroots Projects

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Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State

The Lagos State Government has concluded arrangement to empower communities to execute over 250 self-help projects across the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs of the state.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Community and Communications, Akeem Sulaimon disclosed this on Monday at a stakeholders’ meeting with Community Development Associations, CDAs in all the 57 councils held in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

He said the governor was bent on taken development to the grassroots and that as such, communities in the 57 councils would be assisted in executing self-help projects, adding that about four to five self-help projects would be executed in each of the 57 councils across the state.

Sulaimon stated that the essence of the meeting was to look at the self-help projects the communities could execute with the help of the government, saying that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had vowed that all councils in the state must be touched and be made to feel the impact of government.

According to him, the projects would be funded by government to complement the efforts of the people at the grassroots.

“The projects will be funded by the state government. The projects embarked upon by the CDAs and the CDCs are complementary projects because the funds used in constructing the projects were contributed by the residents and the projects include construction of roads, streetlights and others. These projects ease life of the residents.

“The government realized that the residents could embark on these projects which were sometimes stalled due to paucity of funds. The residents have shown the zeal and desire for the projects. We have realized that we do not just sit down and decide for the resident always, rather, we need to engage them on what they need,” he stated.

Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Affairs, Alhaji Tajudeen Quadri disclosed that there were about 3,900 CDAs and 57 Community Development Committees, CDCs in the state, saying that the governor had been so passionate about impacting on grassroots dwellers in the state.

According to him, assisting the communities to execute a minimum of four self-help projects would be beneficiary to the people at the grassroots.

“The governor said he wants to run an inclusive government and these are projects that affect the lives of the people and are beneficiaries to the CDAs,” he said.

However, all the CDAs executives who spoke at the event attended by thousands of CDA members praised Ambode for the gesture, saying that they had endorsed him for a second term in office due to his excellence performance in infrastructural execution.

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Lagos To Empower Communities To Execute 250 Grassroots Projects

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Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State

The Lagos State Government has concluded arrangement to empower communities to execute over 250 self-help projects across the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs of the state.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Community and Communications, Akeem Sulaimon disclosed this on Monday at a stakeholders’ meeting with Community Development Associations, CDAs in all the 57 councils held in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

He said the governor was bent on taken development to the grassroots and that as such, communities in the 57 councils would be assisted in executing self-help projects, adding that about four to five self-help projects would be executed in each of the 57 councils across the state.

Sulaimon stated that the essence of the meeting was to look at the self-help projects the communities could execute with the help of the government, saying that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had vowed that all councils in the state must be touched and be made to feel the impact of government.

According to him, the projects would be funded by government to complement the efforts of the people at the grassroots.

“The projects will be funded by the state government. The projects embarked upon by the CDAs and the CDCs are complementary projects because the funds used in constructing the projects were contributed by the residents and the projects include construction of roads, streetlights and others. These projects ease life of the residents.

“The government realized that the residents could embark on these projects which were sometimes stalled due to paucity of funds. The residents have shown the zeal and desire for the projects. We have realized that we do not just sit down and decide for the resident always, rather, we need to engage them on what they need,” he stated.

Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Affairs, Alhaji Tajudeen Quadri disclosed that there were about 3,900 CDAs and 57 Community Development Committees, CDCs in the state, saying that the governor had been so passionate about impacting on grassroots dwellers in the state.

According to him, assisting the communities to execute a minimum of four self-help projects would be beneficiary to the people at the grassroots.

“The governor said he wants to run an inclusive government and these are projects that affect the lives of the people and are beneficiaries to the CDAs,” he said.

However, all the CDAs executives who spoke at the event attended by thousands of CDA members praised Ambode for the gesture, saying that they had endorsed him for a second term in office due to his excellence performance in infrastructural execution.

-PMNEWS

Bamigbetan Charges LASRAB On Value Added Services

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Hon Kehinde Bamigbetan, Commissioner for Information & Strategy

In continuation of his familiarization tour of Agencies under the Lagos State Ministry of Information and Strategy, the Commissioner in the Ministry, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan has charged the State Records & Archives Bureau (LASRAB) to introduce value-added services by packaging historical materials for public consumption such as production of books/journals on the history of various towns in the State.

Speaking during his familiarization tour to the Bureau, the Commissioner assured the Bureau of the installation of the second phase of the archives management system automated shelf before the end of the year.

He also informed the management team of the Agency that the proposal for the creation of Records Officer cadre to manage government records has been forwarded to the Governor and that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has promised to give it a top priority.

Earlier, while receiving the Commissioner and his entourage, Director General of the Agency, Mr. Biodun Onayele, expressed delight on the visit and appreciated the achievement of the Commissioner within the short period of his assumption of duty.

He assured the Commissioner of the Bureau’s commitment to achieving its set goals and objectives in line with the present administration’s vision for the State in spite of some constraints.

Ambode Lauds Ford Foundation $600,000 Donation For Lagos Museum Project

-Unveils plans to build Contemporary Museum in Ikeja

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Lagos State Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); Ford Foundation Executive Vice President for Programs, Ms. Hillary Pennington (2nd left); Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (left); Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade (2nd right); and Program Offices, Ford Foundation, Eva Kouka (right) during the courtesy visit to the Governor by the Ford Foundation Executive Vice President for Programs, at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, February 19, 2018.

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday lauded an international organisation, Ford Foundation for donating $600,000 (about N216million) towards the architectural design and commencement of the iconic Lagos Museum Project to be located in Presidential Lodge and Lagos House in Marina.

 

The Governor has also unveiled plans by the State Government to build a modern museum in Ikeja to promote arts and sciences in addition to the Marina museum.

 

Speaking at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja when he received a delegation from Ford Foundation led by its Executive Vice President in charge of Programs, Ms. Hilary Pennington, Governor Ambode said the two iconic tourism structures, which are in line with the vision of his administration to transform the State into world class tourist destination, would be completed within the next two to three years.

 

The Governor commended Ford Foundation for the confidence reposed in the State with the partnership, saying that the collaboration, coming from an internationally reputable organization such as the foundation, had served as a motivating factor for the State Government to do more for the people in the sector.

 

According to the Governor, “We had said we are going to have our own Lagos Museum and the dream is being spearheaded by Ford Foundation. The funding for the architectural work, the design and the initial workspace of the Museum is being funded through the foundation and I am happy to announce that they are making a total donation of $600,000 to us for the commencement of this project to ensure that whatever it is that we put down as Lagos Museum actually reaches that world class status that we want our Museum to be.

 

“There is a National Museum in Lagos but it does not belong to Lagos State and so we are very proud that we want to sustain our own heritage and we are very proud also that Ford Foundation has also decided to do a road show for us to go across Europe and other parts of the world to bring interested donors to come and partner with us to make the museum a reality.

 

“In addition to the Lagos Museum which we have decided will be within the Lagos House and Presidential Lodge in the Onikan axis, it is our intention also to construct another museum in the Ikeja axis that will be called the Contemporary Museum of Arts and Sciences and it will be in the location where the Lagos Arts Council is presently,” he said.

 

The Governor said the efforts to build iconic tourism structures for the State were in line with the promise of his administration to put the State on global tourism map and use the sector to promote excellence in the State.

 

“All these are in line with our Project THESE which stands for Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment and Arts and Sports to promote Excellence in Lagos which we promised our people. I want to thank Ford Foundation for this partnership which I know will be beneficial to most Lagosians

 

“With the efforts of the Ford Foundation, I am inspired to put my hands in putting two iconic structures within the State in the next two to three years and I believe strongly that this support will actually make us to fast-track the number of years that these projects can come into fruition,” Governor Ambode said.

 

Earlier, Pennington said the delegation was at Lagos House in furtherance of the partnership with the State Government on the Lagos Museum project, saying that the foundation was honoured to be collaborating with the State.

 

“We are honoured to partner with you and to support your vision for the Lagos State Government to build an iconic cultural space to make available to all diverse cultures and protect the heritage of this great city and to create space that will be opened to people from all over the world to see and learn about the heritage of this city.

 

“This is a great city; it’s one of the world’s great cities and it deserves the kind of iconic space that you are creating and we are very honoured to be part of this,” Pennington said.

 

 

Lagos Abolishes Cash Payment In Revenue Collection

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Lagos State Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), being presented with his Land use Charge receipt by the Managing Director, Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), Mr. Segun Agbaje (left) during the Land Use Charge payment by the Governor at the Bank’s branch in Opebi, Ikeja, on Monday, February 19, 2018.

The Lagos State Government, on Monday, February 19, 2018, flagged off the electronic payment of Land Use Charge in the state.

 

The Governor also announced that the State Government will no longer accept cash payment in revenue collection effective from March 1, 2018.

 

 

During the formal introduction of the e-payment platform of Land Use Charge, Mr. Ambode became the first homeowner in the state to pay his tax into the newly-opened Land Use Charge Account at the Guaranty Trust Bank, Opebi Branch, Ikeja.

 

 

Speaking shortly after, Governor Ambode said the measure was aimed at improving on service delivery to residents of the State and as well block all revenue leakages.

 

He said the transaction process in revenue collection has now been made easy for the people who, according to the Governor, can now pay every day, any time and online.

 

“In order to ensure that the government improves on the quality of service delivery to our people, effective from 1st March, 2018, no payment or taxes will be made by cash henceforth across the State.

 

“Tax payers should be able to pay all legitimate bills through all payment channels at their own time and convenience. The transaction process is now going to be every day, anytime and no weekends.

 

“We should be able to pay our taxes from any bank, any branch using webpay, paypoint and USSD, thereby encouraging mobile money without any contact with government officials. I repeat, every kobo counts; do not pay into wrong hands anymore,” Governor Ambode said.

 

He said in partnership with Interswitch Limited, all the multi-layer platforms would henceforth be deployed and used by all government Ministries, Agencies, Parastatals, Associated Companies and Units.

 

While explaining the rationale behind his decision to lead the payment of Land Use Charge, Governor Ambode said the State Government could not preach and promise prosperity without leading by example, just as he urged residents and all taxable adults to be faithful to their civic obligations.

 

He said: “Today, what we are doing is to back up our talk with our walk.  The State Government cannot be promising prosperity in the future without investing in the future.  I have just invested my quota by paying my Land Use Charge and I ask all residents/citizens to join me by courageously making a decision for prosperity and pay all their due taxes.

 

“Just as I paid, instantly, I received my receipt as evidence of payment which shows that every kobo I have invested is going directly to the Lagos State Government account.

 

“Lagosians, with your full support, there is evidence that every kobo paid in taxes has been productively utilized in infrastructural renewal and development of this State in the last two and half years.

 

“It is my hope that we have gained your trust and confidence to move this State forward. For every one kobo you pay as taxes, we will give greater value and comfort to all citizens without anyone left behind.”

 

Besides, the Governor directed all the Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the State to adjust their collection machineries to also eliminate all leakages.

 

“Finally, I appeal to all taxable adults to be patriotic in this crusade. That flyover or health centre is built from you taxes and contributions. The facility provided is for everybody irrespective of tribe, religion or creed. Let us show the rest of Nigerians what it is to be a proud Lagosian. Perform your civic duties, it is the right thing to do,” he said.

 

 

 

Lagos To Inaugurate First-Ever Tourism Calendar, Summit

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-Tourism virtual equipment unveiled

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Mr Steve Ayorinde, Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & culture, Lagos State, Prince Yemisi Shyllon, a tourism expert, a guest and Mr Muyiwa Oladipo, the Ogun State  Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, during the launch of Virtual Tourism Equipment at the Tourism Innovation and Development Advantage Conference held at the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs, Kofo abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & culture, Mr Steve Ayorinde, has stated that  the state  is ready to produce tourism calendar which is the first of such in the country.

 

He revealed this at the 2018 Tourism Innovation and Development Advantage (TIDA) Conference held at the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Kofo Abayomi in Victoria Island, Lagos,on Thursday, February 15, 2018, while also stating that the State would host the first-ever tourism summit.

 

The TIDA conference is an initiative of Skyview Communications with the  theme: “Impact of Tourism Development on The Nigerian Economy”.

Virtual tourism equipment – a video headset with videos of tourist centres, monuments and places in the country designed to give tourists awesome experiences of where they could visit, was unveiled at the conference by the guests.

Ayorinde said the tourism calendar would showcase various tourism activities planned for the year.

 

“This is the first of its kind; the calendar will show plans, venues and dates of festivals, carnivals and  conferences.It will also  provide  guides on how tourists, visitors and the public can  enjoy such events”, he said.

The commissioner said the idea behind  the calendar was borne out of the need to encourage the development of tourism  potential of the nation.

 

“When we have the calendar, tourism will start to pick-up. There is a lot we can do if we get a lot of mappings and communications right.

 

“Nigeria is a home of tourism and entertainment, but we are not ready for the business aspect of it, which includes availability of hotels in tourist locations.

 

“Our problem is that we are not well coordinated. There is lack of information on what we have in the country in term of content and we also have to develop the business angle of tourism to cater for expected tourists.

 

“It is important to start working on the business aspect like building hotels and categorize them like clubs, restaurants etc.

 

Ayorinde also revealed that the state would be hosting a tourism summit in April this year.

 

“For the first time, we are going to convene Lagos State Tourism Summit. The aim is to give Nigeria tourism master plan to work on in the next 15  to 20 years”, he revealed.

 

“There is need for the Federal Government to put in place a national tourism master plan and support states like Lagos, Ogun, Rivers and Kano which are serious about tourism business.”

 

Mr Muyiwa Oladipo, the Ogun State  Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, while also speaking at the conference stated that tourism had been relegated to the background in the country.

 

“Tourism right now is nothing to write home about but in five to 10 years time, it will be celebrated and sought after.

 

“Tourism is the future of the Nigerian economy and if better harnessed, it will generate more revenue,” he said.

 

He revealed that Ogun State would be staging African Drum Festival in April as part of the state’s efforts in putting tourism in the front burner.

 

According to him, the drum is very essential in every stage of our lives and at every occasion or festival, the sound of the drum is heard.

 

“To celebrate this heritage, we came up with the Annual African Drum Festival in Ogun”, he said.

 

Prince Yemisi Shyllon,  a tourism expert, in his speech, urged the  Federal Government to create a national policy on tourism for the country.

 

“One of the major challenges of tourism in Nigeria is that we do not have publicity for cultural activities like other developed countries.

 

“A national policy on tourism needs to be published, followed, adhered to and made available for everyone by the Federal Government.

 

“Tourism is sustainable and we need to focus on it,  especially  with our high population of youths”, he said.

 

Shyllon said that there are  problems relating to  acceptance, love and respect for ourselves as Nigerians, adding that without all these in place, citizens would be wasting their time on domestic tourism.

 

“We must respect and love our culture. Without this, we can not promote or transform the tourism sector.

 

“If we do not know anything about our culture and we talk about tourism, we will be wasting our time.

 

“We cannot develop tourism with foreign culture, countries that developed their tourism sectors had it done with their cultures”, he said.

 

Mr Wale Akinboboye, the Chairman of LA Champagne Tropicana Beach Resort, said; “Nigeria is the greatest country in the world in terms of tourism with different types of tourism.’’

 

He listed religious, economic, agro, medical,  sports among many others as types of tourism.

 

“We have religious tourism which the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) is spare heading. Tourists visiting the Church are more than those going to the Buckingham palace. The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Camp and Winners are also examples of religious tourism.

 

“Igbo-Ora in  Western Nigeria is the world twin capital and could you imagine how many identical twins would be visiting from all over the world if the government build a twin village there for the purpose of promoting the culture?

 

“The Ikogosi Warm Springs in Ekiti is the only true warm spring in the world. All the others are just glaciers. There are many outstanding tourist locations all over the country that can boost our earnings”, he said.

 

Akinboboye urged the Federal Government to create a separate Ministry of Tourism and Culture rather than moving it under different ministries at will.

 

Also, Mr Hakeem Adenekan,  the Chief Executive Officer of Commstrat Associates Ltd., stated that the media would have to do more in the area of tourism promotion if the country is to get it right.

 

“We are yet to take tourism to the next level; there is the need for more exposition of tourist sites, festivals and places in Nigeria to the world.

 

“Without the media spotlighting these things, people will not know about them.

 

 

 

“Although, the print are dedicating spaces for tourism coverage but they still have to do more. We are yet to have a television or radio dedicated to the purpose of tourism promotion. We need to start thinking in this direction

 

“We need to focus on the positive side of Nigeria, package and project ourselves by using media to promote our tourist sites, he stated.

 

 

 

Lagos Commissioner Calls For More Media Partnership With Government

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Hon Kehinde Bamigbetan, Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Lagos State

Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan has called for a more robust relationship between the mass media and the State Government.

Bamigbetan who spoke in Lagos on Tuesday when he led his management team on courtesy visits to The Nation and Business Day Newspapers explained that the call became imperative in order to effectively educate and enlighten members of the public in government’s policies, programmes and activities.

He opined that his visits were informed by the need to appreciate and commend the newspapers for their efforts in the dissemination of information about government’s activities and also to further cultivate and build on the already existing cordial relationship between the newspapers and the State government.

The Commissioner, who solicited for the co-operation of the media houses, stressed that the State government is a change-oriented administration hence the element of change management is inherent in the system.

He noted that the ongoing challenges being experienced in the State in refuse disposal and management would soon be a thing of the past, recalling that similar daunting challenges were encountered early in the life of the administration but were surmounted.

Bamigbetan opined that the State government remained resolute in its resolve to keep Lagos clean and safe, adding that the Governor Ambode’s administration has the capacity to overcome any obstacle that may hinder it from delivering the dividends of democracy to the citizenry.

Members of the team that accompanied the Commissioner on the media visit include Special Adviser, Information and Strategy, Mr. Idowu Ajanaku, Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Kofoworola Awobamise and Directors from the Ministry.

LAGESC Tasked On Indiscriminate Dumping Of Refuse

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Officials of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation (LAGESC)

The Commissioner for the Environment, Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti has tasked operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) on 24-hour surveillance of the Lagos environs in a bid to stem indiscriminate dumping of refuse on the highways.

Durosinmi-Etti gave this charge during a meeting with the Corps Marshal and Operational Heads of LAGESC in Alausa on Thursday.

He said that henceforth LAGESC operational vehicles should be strategically positioned to herald the visibility of the Agency, stressing that effective deployment of officers and vehicles would go a long way to re-position the organisation.

Durosinmi-Etti stated that current reality, particularly the waste challenge which is the result of the ongoing transition into the new waste management system, has necessitated that LAGESC braces up to the current intervention efforts with intelligence.

He urged officers of LAGESC to get involved in community engagement to curtail the wave of indiscriminate dumping of refuse on major streets and encourage Lagosians to use waste bags.
According to him, “You must be up and doing as well as proactive in the performance of your duties”, stressing that discipline, mental and physical fitness should be their watchwords.

He warned the officials of LAGESC not to extort people, saying that the present administration abhors all uncivil practice and acts of extortion.

Hon Agunbiade Facilitates Free Ride For Ikorodu Commuters On Valentine Day

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Otunba Dare Odufowokan leading Team SOB on the Valentine’s Day Celebration at Ojubode LASBUS terminal to pay for transport fare for commuters

February 14, 2018, would go down in history of Ikorodu division as one of the most memorable and impactful day as Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, the Majority Leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly, aside instituting a one year health plans for over a thousand residents, also paid transport   fares for many commuters in celebration of the world acclaimed day of love.

While the medical programme was going on at the Ayangbure palace, a team, called “Team SOB”,   put in place by the ranking lawmaker was moving from BRT Terminals to garages within Ikorodu  to pay for commuters’ transport fares.

About 1000 Ikorodu residents who benefitted from this gesture were full of appreciation for the performing lawmaker.

Terminals and garages visited by Team SOB were BRT Terminal  at Ikorodu garage roundabout, BRT Terminal at Agric, Red bus terminal at Ojubode, Ikorodu-Ibeshe park at Ojubode; Ikorodu-Ebute park at garage and Garage – Grammar School Tricycle park  at Ojubode .

According to the leader of the team, Otunba Dare Odufowokan, the gesture was just one of the lawmaker’s ways of showing love to his people.

 

Over 1000 Ikorodu Residents Benefitted From Hon. Agunbiade’s One Year Health Plans

-Commendations, endorsements trail Hon. Agunbiade’s representation

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His Royal Majesty, Oba Kabiru Adewale Shotobi, the Ayangbure of Ikorodu and his wife, Olori Kudirat Shotobi flagging-off the Hon. Sanai Agunbiade sponsored ‘Ilera L’ro’ (Health is wealth) at the Ayangbure palace in Ikorodu on Wednesday, February 14, 2018

1,207 residents of Ikorodu division who cut across all ages and class benefitted  from one year health plans of Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, the Majority Leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly and Representative of Ikorodu Constituency I.

The beneficiaries  were also provided with free Blood Pressure (BP), Sugar and malaria tests at the commencement   of the health plans event tagged, ‘Ilera L’oro’ (Health Is Wealth) which was held at the Ayangbure palace in Ikorodu on Wednesday , February 14, 2018.

The event, which was organized by the Onward Movement of Nigeria in conjunction with a leading health management company in Nigeria, Clearline , allowed the beneficiaries to pick any hospital of choice among selected five hospitals in Ikorodu division where   they would be receiving free medical treatments on the lawmaker’s bill for one year.

The hospitals are Newgate Hospital, Holyfill Hospital, The Excellence Hospital, Bronila Medical Hopsital and Dasochris Hospital.

The programme was flagged -off by His Royal Majesty, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, the Ayangbure of Ikorodu and his wife, Olori Kudirat.

Hon. Agunbiade, while speaking at the event, stated that the health programme was instituted to assist numerous residents access affordable and good health care nearer to their homes.

“This programme is being  instituted because I do receive several requests for medical assistance from people. Though, I have been assisting them but I thought it fit to institute a lasting health programme that can take care of many,  he stated.

“The main incident that prompted this was a case of a young boy whose mother came to me to seek assistance for  his appendices operation which was confirmed  to be true after investigation. The woman was running from one place to the other to raise N85,000 for the treatment, whereby time was no longer on his side and I ordered that the boy should be taken to the Ikorodu General Hospital for the operation”, Hon. Agunbiade explained.

“It was on the day the boy was to be operated upon that the appendices busted and he was rushed into the theatre. Today, the boy is alive and doing better.

“What if there was no intervention for the boy? We would have been saying another thing. This prompted me to approach the health company for health package for my people because there are many cases like this  around us”, he added.

“We agreed to have a package for various tests and treatments  for a year for all the beneficiaries which I will pay for.”

“The package that covers all our beneficiaries is Silver package which involves all sought of ailments and minor operations. And you can approach the hospital that you have picked out of the five hospitals for treatment. You are free to go to the hospital for treatment without paying any penny”, Hon. Agunbiade stated.

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R-L, Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun, APC Chieftain, Olori Kudirat Shotobi, wife of the Ayangbure of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, the Ayangbure of Ikorodu, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, the Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly and sponsor of the one year plan ‘Ilera L’oro’ health initiative for 1,207 residents, the Olootu of Lasunwon Ruling House and Alhaji Rilwan Ishola Jinadu, APC Chieftain at the flag-off of ‘Ilera L’oro’ health programme at the Ayangbure palace in Ikorodu on Wednesday

“This is part of my mandate as your representatives. We have done different programmes like soft loan for the market men and women; computer training for the youths; skill acquisition for the youths; empowerment for the artisans, brain contest for students, marathon race for our students and many more,  he explained.

“In distributing the forms for this programme, we targeted many groups including religious bodies, traditional groups, market associations, APC members, people in other parties, traditional institutions among others.”

In his keynote address, the representative of Clearline, stated that the organization is concerned with bringing good and affordable health care closer to the people.

“Our aim is to prevent little health situation degenerating into complex one by bringing affordable healthcare services nearer to people.”

“In this area, we have five hospitals from which the beneficiaries can pick from to take care of them without paying any money because Hon. Agunbiade has paid for the total package”, the Clearline representative added.

“You will be entitled to every treatment covered by the Bronze plan that the lawmaker have provided for. These hospitals have standard health system with good medical equipments. You can approach any of them that you have picked as many times as possible for your complaints and treatment”, he stated further.

“If there is need for surgery, you will be operated upon without any problem and you are also not to pay for it once you are able to produce your card.”

“We thank Hon. Agunbiade for partnering with us to bring good and affordable health system to the people”, he said.

In his royal speech, Oba Kabiru Shotobi stated that he is proud of Hon. Agunbiade’s exploits and performances in the Lagos State House of Assembly.

“I’m the one who gave our son and representative in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Agunbiade, the staff of office as ‘Osa Ikorodu’ ( Ikorodu Deity) because of his exemplary representation”, Oba Shotobi affirmed.

“You can see multitude of people, especially women, that are here because of the lawmaker’s programme. It shows that he has the mandate and support of Ikorodu people.I want to appeal to you all to go and do your registration so that you will be able to vote for Agunbiade again”,  Oba Shotobi declared in support of the lawmaker’s ambition.

“Our voters card is our power and it is what we are going to use in repaying Governor Ambode and Hon. Agunbiade for the good work they have been doing for us. The ruling party is unfolding good programmes for our people and we must repay them”, the traditional ruler said while asking beneficiaries to register for the coming elections.

“This health programme is unprecedented and very commendable. It is not the normal health programmes but one with adequate package to take good care of our people for one year. He is a good representative of Ikorodu. I commend you for a job well done”, Oba Shotobi stated.

“This is an evidence of good representation and dividends of democracy. We are seeing the result of our vote for Agunbiade unlike those that you have voted for before who only remembered  you when election was near.”

“On behalf of the Ikorodu people, kingdom and division, I thank Hon. Sanai Agunbiade for providing us with this opportunity. I want to ask leaders of the party present to convey the message of Ikorodu people to the top hierarchy of the party that Agunbiade is delivering on his promises to us. He has huge followers especially women who are very important to any arrangement”, he concluded.

Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun, a Chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), in his own speech, stated, “I want to appreciate our lawmaker for bringing this programme to Ikorodu. Those of us growing  old will appreciate  this health programme better. It is not easy for somebody to look after so many people’s health for a year”, he stated.

“This is a great opportunity for both old and young and I pray that it will be of great benefit to the beneficiaries.”

“Hon. Agunbiade has been executing our party’s programmes which President Buhari and our party, the All Progressives Congress,had promised the people. This is a comprehensive health insurance and welfare programme.”

“Our representative at the state level is implementing the good programmes for our people and not concerned about all sought of negative talks going round. Let us continue to pray for him to be empowered to do more. I commend him highly”, Basorun said appreciatively.

“We are now in electioneering season during  which everybody would like to contest. We should all be prayerful that God should grant us whatever we desire. If your prayer is not heard now, don’t be discouraged. Whatever the outcome of the forthcoming elections, we should accept the position and show love to one another. We are happy with what Hon Agunbiade is doing which is why I am here today to identify and show our party’s support”, Basorun stated in support of Agunbiade’s representation.

 

Alhaji Musbau Aremu Gafar, State Vice Chairman, APC, while speaking, enjoined the beneficiaries to take good advantage of the health programme provided for them by Hon, Agunbiade .

“I thank Hon. Agunbiade for intiating this kind of programme for the people. This is good representation of our people”, he stated.

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Cross section of the beneficiaries of ‘Ilera L’oro’ health programme sponsored by Hon. Agunbiade

Beneficiaries Commend Hon. Agunbiade

Chief S.A. Soyiga, a chieftain of Council of Elekus in Ikorodu Division

“The programme is very commendable. God will continue to empower Hon. Agunbiade. The programme is in the interest of our people who are in need of adequate health programme. The health package will allow many people to have the opportunity of going for  medical check-up from time-to-time and also access free treatment. ”

Alhaji  Quadri (Man City), APC Chieftain

“We all love the programme because it is very good. The dream of every man is to have access to good health programme which Hon. Agunbiade has provided for us and we thank him very much.”

Pastor Odebola Osinbajo, CAC, Agbede

“It is a wonderful programme. It is the first time I’m witnessing such. I use to think that is only an individual that can do an health insurance until today that I am realising, through this lawmaker’s initiative, that many people can be insured under a package. I say kudos to Agunbiade.”

Mr Lekan Araba

“It is a good programme in as much as we all know that health is wealth. There is an adage which states that prevention is better than cure. This programme would allow us to know our status and also  enable us access  good health care. I say kudos to the organizers and the Opomulero of Ikorodu kingdom, Hon. Agunbiade, for this programme. In fact, this is the first time in the history of Ikorodu that I will be seeing this kind of thing. As one of the people we voted for, he is delivering the health care programme   promised by his party.It is a welcome development and we encourage him to do more and others should emulate his good deeds.”

Hon  Sadiku M.A,JP

“The programme is very fantastic because health is wealth. If you don’t have good health, there will be no wealth. I thank Hon. Agunbiade for initiating the programme.”

Eze Polycap, Eze Ndigbo of Ikorodu division

“Wonderful is the name. It is one of the best programme which you can give to the rural community where health challenges are rampant. When you see any representative like Hon  Agunbiade giving his people good health programme he should be commended. The programme would allow people  to be healthy and it is only when you are healthy that you can make progress in the community. The programme will benefit both indigenes and non indigenes  like myself. I pray God should replenish him more and give him more wisdom and power to make us healthier.”

Mr Babatunde Jamiu

“Hon Agunbiade is doing wonderfully well.Since we have been in politics,we have never seen anything  like what Hon. Agunbiade has been doing. He is approachable and very supportive. He is the number one politician in Ikorodu division. We want to re-elect him as our representative in the State   Assembly to continue his good representation.”