The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has pledged his readiness to make all parts in the State livable, by bridging the infrastructural gap between the divisions and senatorial districts.
The Governor who spoke through the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Tunji Bello, at the opening ceremony of the 4th summit of the Association of Retired Heads of Service and Permanent Secretaries (ARHOSPS); themed “IBILE ECHOES” added that the present administration will make all parts of the State economic centres.
“Making every part of the State economic centres is a key strategy to addressing the challenge of rural-urban migration which has a negative impact on urban infrastructures and other social and economic challenges”, the Governor stated.
He noted that part of what has been done by the Government in this regard, is the connection of communities in Ibeju- Lekki and Badagry to the national grid after several years without electric power supply.
“Part of what we have done in this regard is the connection of communities in Ibeju Lekki and Badagry to the national grid after several years without electric power supply. In addition, the 114 roads initiative has been delivered while the 181 new roads will commence very soon”, he said.
Governor Ambode expressed the belief that every division of the State, has something to contribute to its collective prosperity if properly harnessed. He also added that one of the key policy objectives of the administration is to ensure even development among the five divisions or three Senatorial districts.
He cited the example of the Badagry and Epe axis with its great tourism potentials, stressing that it is a sector with limitless opportunities in terms of wealth and employment creation.
In his words: “We are therefore committed to opening up these two axes through massive investment in infrastructural development and renewal to attract both local and foreign investors. When fully developed, our State will join other cities and countries whose major chunk of foreign exchange comes from tourism”.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Head of Service, Mrs. Olabowale Ademola said members of ARHOSPS are at a critical turn in the history of the State, because the 50th anniversary of the state has been celebrated and this has given them the opportunity to reflect on history and the reasons why Lagos State is a Centre of Excellence.
She added that the forum will leverage on lessons learnt, to chart the course for a brighter and rewarding future.
She, therefore, urged ARHOSPS members to focus on the impact of Government’s policies, programs and projects on communities, with a view to developing strategies to improve the effectiveness of Government’s interventions in the areas of socio-economic development, inclusive governance and environmental sustainability.