The new Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has promised to run an inclusive government that promises to carry every Lagosian along irrespective of social status, age or tribe.
Mr. Ambode, who was speaking during his inauguration ceremony as the 14th governor of the state at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, said his rise from a humble beginning to becoming the governor of Lagos should be an example of the reward of hard work.
He promised to reward enterprise and creativity, adding that he intends to “practice a government by incentive and not government by enforcement.”
“As we collectively face the challenge to make Lagos a better place to live in, we must recognize our strength in diversity; a common national identity where everybody counts,” Mr. Ambode said. “I shall run an open government of inclusion that will not leave anyone behind. No matter your age, sex, tribe or any other Status, as long as you reside in Lagos, we will make Lagos work for you.
“I want our younger ones and children to draw some lessons from my story. Anyone of you can rise up to be the best you want to be. Your background and circumstances cannot be an obstacle to your dreams. In our country, particularly in Lagos, you can always succeed.
This is the Nigerian dream where hard-work, courage, perseverance, persistence, merit and rewards pay. We must therefore embrace new thinking and be determined to succeed at all times. I am ready to encourage and nurture that dream in our children, youths and every hard-working Lagosian. We would reward merit, hard-work and loyalty to the State.”
He said the state has managed to survive the economic downturn in the country through its commitment to excellence and the vision of former governor, Bola Tinubu.
He therefore called on all Lagosians to “redouble” their efforts towards the continued growth of the state.
“For us to sustain the progressive and radical transformation on-going in the state, we have to redouble our efforts on all fronts for our commitment to excellence,” he said. “While we must be creative and innovative; we are not citizens until we become responsible tax payers. I want to assure all of us that I will make your taxes work for you. You will surely get a transparent and incorruptible government that will give you good value for your taxes paid.”
Mr. Ambode who was a former accountant general of the state also promised to attract international business and ease the difficulty of transacting business in the state by setting up the office of Overseas Affairs and Investment.
“I want to assure the business community and corporate Lagos that the ease of doing business in Lagos will be improved upon earnestly,” he said. “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.
“Creativity is the most valuable asset in any public institution. Progressive governments must reward contributors of good ideas. Therefore, wherever practicable, we shall practise a government by incentive and not government by enforcement.”
He also announced the creation of a Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment that will be aimed at solving the unemployment quandary in the state.
He also reiterated his commitment to the 13-year development plan of the state anchored on social development and security, infrastructural development, economic development, and sustainable environment.
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