OUTGOING Governor of LagosState, Babatunde Fashwola, yesterday,
handed over the administration of the state to Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode,
as the 8th elected governor of the state alongwith his deputy, Dr Oluranti
Adebule at a colourful and well attended inauguration and swearing-in
ceremony, held at TafawaBalewa Square, TBS, Lagos Island.
The dignitaries at the ceremony were former governors of the state;
Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, Rear Admiral
Nduisi Kanu while former deputy governorsin attendance were; Mr.
Femi Pedro and Adebisi Sosan.
Also Senator GbengaAshafa, Senator Remi Tinubu and Senator Solomon
Adeola, Oba of Lagos Rilwanu Akiolu, members of the Diplomatic
Corps, Captainsof Industries, state lawmakers, All Progressives
Congress, APC, stalwarts, members of trade associations, students
among otherswere in attendance.
Ambode, decked in white attire (Agabada) with a red cap to match, was
sworn in by the Chief Judge of Lagos, Justice Funmilayo Atilade, at
Ambode’s deputy, Mrs. Oluranti Adebule, had been sworn in at about
11.19am by Atilade.
The governor, after inspecting the guard of parade mounted by members
of the Nigeria Police Force, said, “As we collectively face the challenge
to make Lagos abetter place to live in, we must recognize our strength in
A common national identity where everybodycounts. I shall run an open
government of inclusion that will not leave anyone behind.
No matter your age, s*x, tribe or any other Status, as long as you reside
in Lagos, we will make Lagos work for you.
“I want to assure all of usthat I will make your taxes work for you.
You will surely get a transparent and incorru-ptible government that will
give you good value for your taxes paid.
“We shall embark on continuous reforms in the public service. I am
determined to demonstrate that the government belongs to the citizens.
You have put us here as servants to serve you and not you servingus.
Today we are committed to that creed.
Moving forward, the Civil Service will be strengthened and made to
respond to the needs of all citizens in the same manner, quality services
are rendered in the private sector.
Creation of new ministry, offices
Highpoint of the inaugural speech which attracted ovation from the
crowd was the announcement by the newly sworn in governor of the
creation of a new ministry and two offices.
According to Ambode “I want to assure the business community and
corporate Lagos that the ease of doing businessin Lagos will be improved
upon earnestly. Lagos is open for greater business.
To this end, a new Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment (LAGOS
GLOBAL) shall be created under the Governor’s Office.
“We want you to fly into Lagos, start your business, find your way, live,
work and enjoy in Lagos.
“As part of our reforms, a new Ministry of Wealth Creation and
Employment shall be established.
This would specifically address the promise I made during the campaign
on employment trust fund, labour exchange and entrepreneurship. This
goal, we shall pursue vigorously.
“Allso, the Office of Civic Engagement shall be created under the
Deputy Governor’s Office to strengthen and enhance our promise on
government of inclusion. Everyone must have a voice in my