Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has congratulated his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, who clocks 56 years on Saturday.
Sanwo-Olu described Hamzat as a reliable, trustworthy and committed brother, friend and partner in the ‘Greater Lagos’ agenda of the incumbent administration.
The governor, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr Gboyega Akosile, also commended his deputy’s contribution to the growth and development of Lagos State in the last 17 years.
He described Hamzat as a seasoned technocrat, administrator, politician and committed democrat.
According to him, Hamzat has all along used his position as commissioner in different ministries and now the number two citizen of the Centre of Excellence, to bring about positive change to the state and the country at large.
”Happy 56th birthday to my reliable, hardworking, dependable, supportive and committed brother, friend and partner in the Greater Lagos agenda of our administration.
”You made great achievements as Commissioner for Science and Technology between 2005 and 2011, as well as Commissioner of Works and Infrastructure.
”During your tenure as Commissioner for Science and Technology, you enforced the application of modern technology in the state ministries.
”The application of modern technology changed the face of data and record keeping in Lagos and at the same time eliminating the trend of state ghost workers.
”In execution of your mandate as Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, your ministry completed several key projects for Lagos State in the mega-city era,” he said.
The governor said that Hamzat’s achievements in the ministry were well recognised as he emerged winner of the fifth edition of the Lagos State Man of the Year Awards in September 2013.
”We cherish your contributions to party politics and governance in our dear state. You are a worthy ambassador and champion in the blend of technocracy and politics.
”As a true democrat and progressive politician, you have remained steadfast in the progressive camp.
”As you celebrate your 56th birthday, I pray that God will increase you in good health to enable you render more service to humanity, Lagos State and Nigeria,” Sanwo-Olu said.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has commiserated with families, friends and associates of the victims of the unfortunate helicopter crash in Opebi, Lagos.
Sanwo-Olu expressed his condolence in a message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile on Friday.
The helicopter, belonging to Quorum Aviation, had crashed into a building at 16 A Salvation Road, Opebi, Ikeja around noon, leaving two persons on board dead and one injured.
Sanwo-Olu promised that his government would work with all the relevant Federal Government agencies to unravel the remote and immediate cause of the accident, so as to prevent a reoccurrence in the future.
The governor urged residents of Opebi and its surrounding to go about their business peacefully.
”There is nothing to fear as men and officers of the state emergency services were promptly deployed to the scene of the crash and they have brought everything under control,” Sanwo-Olu said.
According to him, the environment is also safe and secure.
The governor prayed that God would grant the deceased eternal rest and grant the families they left behind the fortitude the bear the irreplaceable losses.
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Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday congratulated the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, on his re-election for a second term in office.
Sanwo-Olu, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, said that Adesina’s re-election was a testimony to his hard work, dedication and commitment to the growth and development of the African continent.
He described Adesina as a good ambassador of Nigeria and Africa that deserved to be re-elected, having distinguished himself during his first term in office as the head of the international organisation.
The governor also commended President Muhammadu Buhari and those who played crucial roles in the re-election bid of the former Nigerian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, as President of AfDB.
He said that Adesina’s re-election was well-deserved.
The governor said that Adesina had in the last 30 years proved himself as a good administrator and technocrat in different public offices at national and international levels.
“I am confident that your re-election will bring more development to the African continent as you supervise the affairs of African Development Bank for another five years,” he said.
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In a condolence message, issued by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS) Mr Gboyega Akosile, Sanwo-Olu described Razak’s death as a rude shock.
He said that the deceased was a great politician, a strong party man and an advocate of masses oriented programmes.
Chief Razak, the Balogun of Epe, died on Saturday morning at Reddington Hospital, Lagos after a brief illness. He was aged 74.
According to the governor, the deceased, during his lifetime, stood for what is right, always championing policies that will impact positively on the lives of the poor masses.
Sanwo-Olu said that late Razak, popularly called KLM, did not hide his love and support for his administration.
“I am saddened by the death of one of our political leaders in Lagos APC, Chief Lanre Razak.
He was a loyal party man and committed democrat, with a deep understanding of the state’s political landscape.
“He was an extremely loyal and great politician, who did his best for our party and an advocate of masses oriented programmes.
“Chief Razak served his people and Lagos State passionately as Chairman of Epe Local Government Area and Commissioner of Public Transportation.
“He brought a lot of development to Epe as a council boss and also made positive contributions to turn around public transportation in Lagos during his tenure as member of the State Executive Council.
“His support for our developmental agenda was exemplary.
“He always propelled us to do more for the people of Lagos State,’’ the governor said.
He said that the late KLM would definitely be missed by the entire political class, particularly the people of Epe, the Lagos East Senatorial District and the state as a whole.
He prayed God to grant the soul of the beloved Chief Razak eternal rest in Aljannah firdaus.
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Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has described the passing of the late Chief Nathaniel Folarin Coker, a socialite, as a great loss to the state and Nigeria as a whole.
Coker passed away on Wednesday in Lagos after a brief illness at the age of 97.
Sanwo-Olu, in a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, on Thursday, said that late Coker was one of the front-runners in the race towards making Lagos a leading state in Nigeria and the West Africa sub region.
He said that late Coker’s contributions to the state’s public service as Permanent Secretary in different ministries were exemplary.
The governor said that the late administrator effectively combined work and social life in a way that impacted the state positively.
”The late Folarin Coker lived a very good life. His demise, though a great loss to our dear state, should be celebrated.
”He served Lagos meritoriously as a public servant in various capacities, contributing his quota to the growth narratives of Lagos.
”The late Chief Coker was also a socialite of note. I remember that as a young man, I always admired his candour whenever he spoke at social gatherings. He was a representation of the true spirit of Lagos.
”His service to our dear state as Permanent Secretary took him to various ministries such as Education; Youth, Sports and Social Development, Trade, Mines and Natural Resources as well as the ministry of information and tourism.
“He contributed meaningfully to the better and bigger Lagos narrative.
”I pray for his soul to find peace with his creator. May God grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” he said.
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Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday congratulated Senator Solomon Adeola, popularly known as Yayi, on his 51st birthday celebration.
Sanwo-Olu, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, said that Sen. Adeola, currently representing Lagos West Senatorial District in the Upper Chamber, had contributed immensely to the growth and development of Lagos State.
He said that the senator had contributed immensely, being a two-term member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, member of the House of Representatives and currently a senator since 2015.
The Governor said that Yayi had utilised his vast knowledge in the private and public sectors to make his more than 17 years in legislative business memorable.
He said that Adeola contributed largely to bills that impacted positively on the development of Lagos State and Nigeria.
”Senator Solomon Adeola as a two-term member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, representing Alimosho State Constituency II, contributed immensely in the legislative chamber towards the growth and development of Lagos State.
”He was instrumental to the enactment of the law that strengthened the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, a legislation that catapulted the revenue of the state from N5 billion monthly to over N20 billion at that time.
”Senator Adeola as a chartered accountant and specialist in tax matters, was also part of the team that passed the Fiscal Responsibility Act and the Public Procurement Act of Lagos State.
”He was a good ambassador of Lagos State in the House of Representatives Seventh National Assembly and as a first time member of the House; he served as chairman of the only constitutional committee, the Public Accounts Committee of the House,”Sanwo-Olu said.
The governor said that Yayi’s brilliant representation at the Green Chamber contributed to his elevation into the Red Chamber in 2015.
”I hereby join family, friends and political associates of the distinguished senator in celebrating his 51st birthday.
”I wish him more prosperous years in excellent health as he continues to serve our dear nation, state and mankind,” he said.
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Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has rejoiced with Muslims across the country on the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir festival.
Sanwo-Olu, in his Eid-el-Kabir message released on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, urged the Muslim faithful to celebrate moderately in the wake of the rise in cases of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He also urged Nigerians, especially Muslims, to imbibe the lessons of sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim and work for the unity and progress of the nation.
The governor congratulated Muslims in Lagos and advised them to continue on the path of spirituality and peaceful co-existence.
He said that Eid al-Adha became a symbolic event in the history of mankind, given the bountiful rewards that followed the patience and perseverance of Prophet Ibrahim, who held on tenaciously to his faith in God despite being afflicted.
Sanwo-Olu, therefore, urged Lagosians to draw lessons from the prophet’s examples by eschewing tendencies that could severe the unity and stability in the country.
”Today, I join millions of people around the world to wish our Muslim brothers and sisters in Lagos State and in Nigeria happy Eid-el-Kabir, which comes with significant lessons for mankind. For the Muslims, today’s celebration is very unique.
”This symbolic Islamic festival is a reminder to us that there will always be great rewards when we have abiding faith and patience in trying periods; persistence in prayers and tenacity in our belief.
”It also reminds us of the sacrifice we are expected to make not only for the purpose of spiritual fulfillment, but also for the progress of mankind and development of our society,” he said.
The governor also reminded Nigerians, especially Lagosians, of the need to reflect on the new reality caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, as it had altered the way people live, work and celebrate.
”Traditionally, Eid-el-Kabir is marked with fanfare, where thousands of worshippers head to various designated praying grounds in their localities for special Eid prayer.
”It is followed by festive gatherings, visits to families and friends, gift exchanges, feasts among friends, neighbours and relations.
”However, these activities, which are a reflection of joy and happiness of the season, cannot hold this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
”Let us reflect on the last four to five months of our lives as individuals, as a state and as a nation.
”We should also remember our health care workers, and thousands of COVID-19 patients who would have loved to be at home to celebrate with us at this moment,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu also advised Nigerians to support the government’s efforts in building a nation that would work for all.
According to him, the need to keep Nigeria on the path of development is a collective responsibility of all citizens.
”On behalf of my family and the Government of Lagos State, I wish all Muslims a happy and peaceful Eid al-Adha celebration,” he said.
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Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has congratulated a former Minister of State for Defence, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro, on the occasion of his 60th birthday.
Sanwo-Olu, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile on Tuesday, described the former Nigeria High Commissioner to Ghana as a seasoned politician and an administrator.
He said that Obanikoro used his positions for development of Lagos State and Nigeria at large.
The governor said that the senator contributed immensely to the growth and development of Lagos State as a council chairman, commissioner, distinguished senator and minister.
”Senator Musiliu Obanikoro started his political journey with the progressives, later pitched tent with the opposition but as a true supporter of progressive ideals, returned to the All Progressives Congress where he’s currently contributing his quota for the progress of the party,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu also said that Sen. Obanikoro made great achievements as council Chairman and as Commissioner for Home Affairs and Culture between 1999 and 2003.
”During your four years in the Senate, you contributed immensely to legislative business in the Red Chamber.
”As Senator, you proposed motions on the surge and overflow of the Atlantic Ocean along the Bar beach shoreline, to protect Lagos State from the menace of flood and resolution of the clash between men of the Nigerian Police Force and men of the Nigerian Army in Lagos State.
”We cherish your worldview on democracy as system of government established for the attainment of sustainable development for the people.
”As a true democrat, in February 2015, you were among the senators who urged then African Union chairman, President Olusegun Obasanjo, to use military force, if necessary, to restore democracy in Togo.
”As you celebrate your 60th birthday, I pray that God will increase you in good health to enable you render more service to humanity,” he said.
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Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday congratulated former governor of the state, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, on his 91st birthday.
Sanwo-Olu, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, described Jakande as an elder statesman worth celebrating for his life of consistent commitment to public service.
He said that the former governor, popularly referred to as ‘Baba Kekere,’ brought a lot of development to Lagos State between Oct. 1, 1979 and Dec. 31, 1983.
According to him, the development is in line with the four cardinal programmes of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), founded by the late sage and former Premier of the Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
Sanwo-Olu also described the former Minister Works as epitome of honesty, dedication and service.
“Jakande used his elevated positions for the betterment of the people he served, especially during his tenure as governor of Lagos State,” he said
He said that Jakande remained one of the few Lagosians and Nigerian leaders who had contributed immensely to the growth and development of the state and the entire country by delivering dividends of democracy to the people.
The governor said that the former governor left impeccable records in Lagos State and that was why till date he remained a reference point for governors, not only in Lagos but across the country.
”Alhaji Jakande’s administration introduced housing and educational programmes that targeted the poor.
“Built new neighbourhood primary and secondary schools and provided free education for all.
”Baba Jakande within his four years in office, established the Lagos State University. His government constructed over 30,000 housing units. The schools and housing units were of great value to the masses.
”Having distinguished himself as ‘Action Governor’, Alhaji Jakande was appointed Minister of Works under the Sani Abacha regime.
”He proved his worth in office by building thousands of housing units in different parts of Nigeria as Federal Low Cost Housing Estates,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu said that Jakande’s selling point was not only in politics but also in journalism, his chosen profession.
According to him, Alhaji Jakande also made remarkable contribution to the media industry as a respected journalist and media manager.
”He used the power of the press to influence positive changes in the country’s social and political landscape,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu wished the nonagenarian leader more years of joy and good health for a continued service to humanity.
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Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved the reconstitution of the board of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) and that of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF).
Sanwo-Olu, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile in Lagos on Wednesday said that the appointments, which took immediate effect were necessitated by vacancies in the two organisations.
He appreciated the previous members of the boards for their meritorious and conscientious service to the state.
Sanwo-Olu congratulated and thanked the new members for accepting to serve the state and help improve on the achievements of their predecessors.
The governor said that the new members were carefully chosen based on records of excellence in their chosen fields.
Members of the new LSETF board included Mrs Bola Adesola as Chairman, Mrs Abisoye Tejumola as Executive Secretary, Mr Sinari Daranijo, Mrs Tatiana Mousalli-Nouri, Mr Segun Ojelade, Ms Kofo Durosinmi-Etti, Mr Idris Olorunimbe and Mr Ronald Chagoury.
Members of the new LSSTF board included Mr kehinde Durosinmi-Etti as Chairman, Dr Abdul Razaq Balogun as Executive Secretary, Mr Segun Agbaje and Mr Ebenezer Oneyeagwu.
Others were Dr Adesola Adeduntan, Mr Emeka Onwuka, Mr Tayo Ayinde, Engr. Bamgbose-Martins, Mr Agboola Oshodi-Glover (rtd DIG), Mr Yemi Idowu, Otunba Niyi Adewunmi and Dr Ayo Oyisan.