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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

LAGOS set to start Implementation of development plan – Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right) receiving Transition briefing notes on DFID partnership with Lagos State Government from South West Regional Coordinator, DFID, Head of Lagos Office, Mr. Sina Fagbenro-Byron (left) while the Head, DFID Nigeria, Mr. Ben Mellor (left) looks on during a courtesy visit to the Governor by DFID, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, August 18, 2015.
Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State said on Tuesday that his administration had fashioned out a framework to commence the implementation of the Lagos Development Plan.
Ambode said this in Ikeja during a courtesy visit by a delegation of the UK Department For International Development (DFID), led by Mr Ben Mellor, the Country Representative.

He said that the Development Plan was geared towards achieving a long-term vision of the government in all sectors.
”We should be able to put together issues that are germane to our people and carry out programmes that will be of tremendous benefit to the people of Lagos Stater.
”We will like you to also know that in whatever we are doing, we will open up areas that will be of benefit to Nigerians in general, ” he said.
Ambode said that he was committed to running a transparent and all inclusive government that would not only be accountable, but also be people-driven.
According to him, the basic principles of good governance thrives on accountability and all inclusive governance.
”I have concluded plans to embark on a tour of the 57 Local Governments in the State to afford me the opportunity to listen to the challenges of the people first hand and address them accordingly.
”We believe strongly that we should scale up community governance in this state which is more about communities and more about our people as well as what they want, ” he said.
Ambode commended the partnership of the State Government and the DFID over the years, saying that it has not only been a success, but has impacted on the people in no small way.
He expressed optimism that the synergy between Lagos and the Federal Government for the first time in 16 years, would go a long way to scale up the partnership with the DFID and share the model to other states of the federation.
In his remarks, Mellor commended Ambode for his strides since he assumed office and observed that his decision to run an all inclusive government conformed with the ideology of the DFID.
He lauded the steps taken by the governor to align ministries and engender public service reforms to increase proactive and performance -based strategic administration that would improve service delivery to the people.

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