Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has allayed the fears in some quarters that the electioneering activities in 2018 might slow down the tempo of infrastructural development being witnessed across the State, assuring that his administration will complete all ongoing projects and implement new ones.
Speaking at the opening session of a three-day retreat for members of the State Executive Council, Body of Permanent Secretaries and heads of government agencies and parastatals held at Jubilee Chalet, Epe, Ambode said rather than allow campaign activities to relegate governance, the State Government would stay focused on plans and programmes for the people and ensure that steady progress was achieved.
The Governor said though a lot had been achieved with the active support and collaboration of the participants at the retreat since his assumption of office, a lot more still needed to be done to ensure continuous prosperity of the State and residents.
According to him: “Clearly, we have recorded some modest successes and consolidated on the status of our State as one of the foremost commercial and social hubs in sub Saharan Africa. We are gradually changing the face of Lagos through our aggressive infrastructural development, urban regeneration and sectoral reforms.
“All the development indices, both local and international, reflect the fact that we are making steady progress with very bright outlook for the foreseeable future. This progress is not the result of only one person’s efforts. It was not achieved by only Akinwunmi Ambode. It was achieved by all of us in this room with the cooperation of many others outside. And for this, I commend each and every one of you for your diligence and contribution to the progress made thus far.
“However, there is still a lot more to be done. I hear people saying that this is an election year and that governance will slow down but let me assure you that in this State, we will stay focused on our plans and programmes and ensure steady progress is achieved.”
Besides, Governor Ambode lauded the harmonious working relationship between the executive and legislative arms of government in the State, just as he assured that the State Government would give special attention to energy, environment and education sectors in the next nine months.
“If you look at the landscape of Nigeria presently, the best collaboration between executive and legislative arms of government is from the Lagos model because we are all supporting each other and that is why you see that there is remarkable progress in Lagos. That is also why we think most importantly that the energy sector, the environment sector and education sector are the key areas that we should look at in 2018 and what you will see in the next nine months, you will be proud of Lagos,” Governor Ambode assured.
On her part, Head of Service, Mrs Folashde Adesoye said the retreat was organised for all the MDAs to come together and brainstorm on how to achieve the set goals for the State in 2018, and also do more for the people.