Lagos 2015: Ambode releases manifesto, promises free education, N25billion Lagos Employment Trust Fund

The gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress [APC} in Lagos State has promised, if elected, to set up a four-year N25 billion trust fund to cater for unemployed people in the state.

Akinwunmi Ambode said in his manifesto released Sunday that the Lagos Employment Trust Fund (LETF) would provide access a minimum of N1 billion naira annually for entrepreneurial ventures across the state’s five divisions of Ikorodu, Badagry, Ikeja, Lagos and Epe.

“We will protect the growth of small and medium scale enterprises by providing tax incentives,” said Mr. Ambode, a former Accountant-General of the state.

“We will implement government policies that will encourage the private sector to employ more citizens and foster economic development.

“We will boost internally generated revenue by improving the collection mechanism through e-governance.

“We will encourage the creation of a Corporate Social Responsibility Trust Fund (CSR-TF) by the Private Sector, to be managed by a Board of Trustees charged with the responsibility of identifying growth opportunities yearly and financing such opportunities to further boost economic development across sectors and communities in the State.”

Mr. Ambode, 51, emerged the APC’s governorship flag bearer last December, winning over 50 percent of delegates’ votes to defeat 12 other aspirants.

In his manifesto, Mr. Ambode said he would introduce a round-the-clock economy typical of a city state like Lagos.

In the area of security, the governorship candidate said he would continue with the state’s city lighting project by expanding the Independent Power Project.

“In addition, our government will embark on the acquisition of the latest advanced security communications technology that will attack and monitor the daily activities of the State,” he said.

For education, Mr. Ambode said his administration would provide free education up to senior secondary level, as well as provide one meal per day for students.

“Along with our bursary and scholarship initiatives for tertiary institutions, we will encourage the private sector to partner with government in this regard as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility.”

Mr. Ambode said his housing plans would include a collaboration with the private sector and also improving the state’s current policy of home ownership through Lagos HOMS and provide ownership options, such as Rent-to-Own-Program (R.O.P).

“We will introduce free medical care for our children from birth to age six.

“Healthcare will also be free for pregnant women, including both pre-natal and ante-natal care, while our senior citizens will also enjoy free healthcare from sixty-five years onwards.

“We will improve on the quality of Primary Healthcare system and make it more accessible, thereby reducing the overdependence on our general hospitals. We will activate emergency services in all our hospitals.”

Mr. Ambode said he would open up the virtually untapped aquatic and seafood resources in the state and provide incentives for agricultural processing companies.

“We will increase the avenues to showcase our distinct and diverse Lagos culture and traditions through the establishment of museums and heritage centers.

“We will create water theme parks for our children and youths by utilizing our prominent natural resource in the State.

“In order to make our State a tourism destination in Africa, we will also develop our waterfront by providing recreational facilities and encourage investors to invest more in tourism infrastructure.”


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  • Segun Surulere

    Lets debate this with Agbaje …

  • Dare Balogun

    A terrible and foul manifesto. Filled with all the failed, destructive, anti-business, anti-growth, and ultimately anti-people policies of the welfare (and other) socialists. Free stuff means NO stuff. Big Government is NEVER an answer to anything.

    • Pappy

      He’s saying all these just to get votes.

  • Ken

    Hahaha…is it not Fashola that is handing over to you? Free education my ass.

  • Concerned

    The key question is how is this wish list going to be funded?

  • GbemigaO

    And where us the cash to support this? Just a mule of crap promises tht can never happen unless Fashola has been telling money massively. What do you know that you are not saying?

    • Pappy

      Do you have proof that Fashola has been stealing money?

      • adex Bell

        Yes using it to fund buhari’s campaign lol

        • Pappy

          That isn’t proof, you know that.

          • adex Bell

            Then tell me any other proof dat differs to wat I said

          • Pappy

            I’m not the one making wild allegations, you did. So I asked for proof.

          • adex Bell

            Noo u are mixing up things here, it was gbemigaO dat made dat allegation ok. Then I came in to answered u since I knew de right answer to ur question sir. And u said Dats not a proof so I now said since u know dat, Dats not a proof then let me in on it. Dats it take care nd enjoy ur day bye pls don’t reply cos I don’t Hv dat time to argue wit u mote than this. Time na money

          • Pappy

            OK.

  • Spoken word

    Ambode as an accountant should know better, you can’t just give promises if there is no assured way of funding such promises.

  • Bidemi Lukman

    Free education without enough schools. Build more schools to cater for the population. Dont bother giving meal but make the teaching conducive.

    In your manifeato, you did not mention how to solve traffic jam which is the major problems Lagosians are facing. NO provision for transportation

    • Pappy

      You solve traffic jam by having modern integrated transportation system, MOT testing for vehicles to weed out cars that are unroadworthy, and building more roads. It’s also not just about building schools but creating a system that builds schools and maintains them as well. His healthcare program is pretty disappointing, free healthcare for pregnant women in a city that keeps growing? Bad idea. I prefer free healthcare for only first two pregnancies after which you have to cover your costs, it will help keep population growth under control and let the economic growth rate catch up with the population growth rate.

  • Tour Planet Lagos

    Dear Ambode,

    Don’t bother to solve all the problems of Lagos because it is simply impossible to do that. simply concentrate on the following;

    1. Quality and affordable housing estates & long term mortgage finance.

    2. Transport and traffic management.

    3. Tourism and environmental sanitation.

    4. Power Supply

    5. Lastly Agriculture (make Lagos the hub for poultry farming in Nigeria & west africa).

    Please kindly abandon free health & education because such polices are not sustainable.

  • Star

    Wow! What a write up! Chris this is as good as writing gets…
    The analysis are on point….
    The wide range of vocabulary is unbelievable…
    The choice of words sometimes are just perplexing…
    I haven’t read anything this long that is political.
    I just wish Mr President can read this.
    Well done

    • soulchild

      Gbam!!!!

  • Tosin Otitoju

    nice story, not so nice analysis.

    for example, i would delete the conclusion section. it can be revised.

    we need analysis but analysis needs to be a bit more correct (precise and/or accurate) or we’ll be correcting the wrong problems. for instance, the economy is not “non-responsive” it just has been injected with the wrong inputs (policies/directives) but it has responded perfectly well to those inputs.

    Thank you for writing. It’s a fantastic piece.

  • Obiayo

    Chris is always on point.

  • The Duke

    it is obvious, that the latter would not be the option, the former is already playing out steadily