Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday reassured Lagosians that his administration would not rest on its oars, but intensify efforts to deliver more infrastructure across the state in the next one year.
The governor, in his one year anniversary Address to Lagosians, titled, “Daring to dream and ready to actualise”, said despite the fact that the global economy is in turmoil and the Nigerian economy is facing huge challenges, Lagos has continued to march on with confidence and a clear vision.
Outlining some of his plans for the next one year, Ambode said plans are underway to install a fiber optic network around the State to boost broadband access to our homes and offices, improve the transportation system as well as continue the massive infrastructural development ongoing across the metropolis.
“We shall build and rehabilitate more roads; we shall ignite our Tourism and Entertainment potentials by approving a new International conference center and entertainment and theatre district; our television and radio stations will be fully overhauled to make them first class.
“We shall automate our bus system and introduce new buses; we shall overhaul our garbage collection system to make it more efficient; we shall build and refurbish more schools; we shall commence disbursement of loans to entrepreneurs and our youth under our Employment Trust Fund; establish a Rent-To-Own housing scheme and many more initiatives.
The governor said more importantly, greater attention would be paid issues involving the elderly, the youth and the people living with disabilities in the coming year, while schools and hospitals will receive special attention comprehensively.
“Fellow Lagosians, I renew my oath and pledge to serve you diligently, with passion, love and perseverance. I have always wanted to serve and I just ask that you continue to give me the cooperation to serve you and together, we will all realise the Lagos of our dreams where we thrive and not just survive.
“I also ask you to dream along with me as we actualize a vision of a vibrant, non-discriminatory, clean, prosperous, safe Lagos that we can all be proud of and God will help us all achieve our dreams,” he said.
The governor, who also spoke at a thanksgiving service held at the Chapel of Christ the Light, Alausa, Ikeja to mark his first year anniversary, said his election despite many challenges, was a clear indication that God was involved right from the beginning and as such he would continue to draw strength and inspiration from the Almighty.
The governor thanked the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) , Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu for believing in him and supporting him.