Power, environment, transport sectors to get greater attention in next 2 years – Ambode

Power, environment, transport sectors to get greater attention in next 2 years – Ambode
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has said that his administration would prioritise attention to the Power, Environment and Transportation sectors in the next two years to drive all round development of the State.
Governor Ambode, who spoke during an interview session with journalists, said the three sectors are crucial to driving every other social infrastructure which the State Government intends to address headlong.
He said, “The last two years, what we have done is just to create a foundation of a vision that drives Lagos to the next 50 years. There is nothing that we can do in the next two years that is ever going to be enough.

“There are three things I want people to watch out for in the next 12 to 18 months, the issue of power, the issue of environment and the sanitation and issue of transportation. I believe those three sectors are the key sectors that can drive every other social infrastructure that we will be dealing with in Lagos.”
Speaking on the environment, Governor Ambode said it was pertinent that the State must strive to be cleaner and safer not just for residents alone, but also for visitors and investors willing to do business in the State.
“Lagos must get cleaner, safer and the way people commune from one place to another and one thing with Lagos, the more success you record, the more people want to come into the city,” the Governor said.

 

It would be recalled that the State Government has already concluded plans to commence the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, a brain child of the present administration aimed at improving the environment to make it cleaner, safer and healthier for all Lagosians by promoting a harmonised and holistic approach to the challenges; and as a result, improving operational efficiency.
Speaking on the interventions ahead on the transportation sector, the Governor said the Bus Reform initiative would take off before the end of the year with the introduction of modern buses that would not only transform the transport system, but also make it easier for Lagosians to move from one place to another.
On the power sector, the Governor said efforts were ongoing to ensure stable power supply for all industries in the State adding that the intention was to create embedded power in clusters in the city.
Governor Ambode, however, noted that despite the successes recorded, the State was also willing to learn from other States, just as it has also extended same to other sister States.
“There are also things that we are looking at from other States. We do not know everything. So, there are other States that are doing some things better than us. So, we must be submissive enough to learn from them and the same thing with other States from us. And that is whole lesson about leadership, leadership is about learning, it is about listening and which is what we do very well in Lagos,” he said.

READ ALSO :  The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, on Monday, told the Igbos living in the North, or any other part of the country not to vacate their place of residence , as a condition for the actualisation of the agitation for Biafra. The IPOB leader spoke in an interview with some journalists in Enugu, where he received awards from a number of pan-Igbo groups, including the Igbo Women Assembly, the Eastern Consultative Assembly and the Igbo Students Union.   Reacting to the ‘quit notice’ issued to Igbo in the North by a coalition of Arewa youths, Kanu noted that secession from Nigeria did not imply that Igbo must leave the North, or other part of the country as suggested by the ultimatum issued by the northern youths. He said, “You are aware that Scotland is seeking to leave the United Kingdom? Are you remotely implying that every person from Scotland, who lives in England, should now return to Scotland?   “Britain just left the EU. Are you now implying that every British citizen in the EU should come back to Britain in order to finalise that process of extraction of Britain from the EU?” Kanu noted that what he described as “poor education” was responsible for the impression that Igbo must leave other parts of Nigeria in the event of the actualisation of Biafra. The Biafran agitator added that he would not take issue with the Arewa youths, who he described as “inconsequential.” Kanu, nonetheless, warned that Igbo, who resided in the North, were doing so at their own peril. According to him, Igbo resident in the North are “sacrificial lambs” who could be killed at any moment. Asked if Igbo in the North should ignore the notice to quit, the IPOB leader stated, “It is up to them. They have been in the North, and they (northerners) have been killing us (Igbo) since 1945.   “If you choose to live in the North, you choose to be a sacrificial lamb because one day, they will kill you. It is a choice they have made and they will have to live with it.” Kanu insisted that the governorship poll in Anambra State, scheduled to hold on November 18, 2017, would not hold unless the Federal Government acceded to pro-Biafran agitators’ demand for a referendum. Asked if he was not bothered that Ohanaeze Ndigbo had overruled his call for the boycott of the poll, Kanu said he was in charge of the people “100 per cent.” He added, “No, I’m not (bothered) because the people are with us. We control the people 100 per cent and come Anambra, on the 18th of November, 2017, the whole world will be amazed.” Although he said he was certain that the people of Anambra would boycott the election, Kanu said IPOB did not intend to stop anybody who decided to vote.   “We are entirely peaceful. We are not stopping anyone from voting. If you want to vote, you can go and vote. We are democrats,” he said. Kanu added that the planned referendum would, once and for all, settle the debate between Biafra and restructuring. The IPOB leader said, “We are calling for a referendum so that the people can actually decide, once and for all, what they want, for themselves; not anybody deciding for them. “I have not argued Biafra from the standpoint of absolutism. I am not saying you must vote for Biafra. I am asking the powers that be in Nigeria to allow the people to determine for themselves.” Reacting to his bail conditions, the IPOB leader said the court, which barred him from granting interviews, could not stop him from speaking. He said, “I am not giving an interview, I am responding to the question you asked me. The judge is a very learned fellow. She cannot stop me from speaking.” Earlier, Kanu had assured a delegation of the Igbo Women Assembly, led by Mrs. Maria Okwor, that the menace posed by Fulani herdsmen in parts of the South-East “would come to an end before the end of the year.” He equally told members of the Igbo Students Union, who honoured him with the title of ‘Light of the People’, to join IPOB and propagate the struggle for Biafra on the social media. Meanwhile, IPOB, on Monday, alleged that some top politicians were plotting to kill Kanu, its leader, and other principal officers of the group. It said huge amount of money and political patronages had been offered to certain people to execute the plot. In a statement by the group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB said any attack on Kanu would radicalise the Biafra struggle in a manner nobody could stop. The group named certain governors, an elder statesman, a socio-cultural organisation, a security chief and a religious head as some of those masterminding the plot. The statement added, “But we promise them that any attack on Nnamdi Kanu or assassination attempt will radicalise the struggle for Biafran independence to the point which no one can contain. “We are reminding those evil plotters that if anything happens to our leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who has been using non-violent methods for Biafran liberation since the inception of IPOB, that they will experience what they have not seen before since the creation of the contraption called Nigeria by the British.”

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