Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos

By Andah John with agency report

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Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has promised Lagosians more fundamental reforms in 2017, even as he thanked the people for the support given to his administration in 2016.

Ambode, who stated this in his New Year’s message, particularly cited the area of physical and social infrastructural development as a target to meet next year.

The governor assured residents of the state that he remains committed to his promise to deliver a vibrant, non-discriminatory, clean, prosperous and safer Lagos.

“The state witnessed significant improvements in its performance indices due to the massive investment on its tripod of security, infrastructure and job opportunities in 2016.

“More emphasis will be placed on sustaining the growth in 2017 through people-oriented programmes and policies which cut across education, health, agriculture, housing, tourism, environment, among others.

“In 2017, we shall carry out fundamental reforms on all our modes of transportation – roads, water and the walkways.

“In this wise, an integrated transport management system is a priority.”

What more to expect

Ambode further said his administration would embark on the urbanization of the Marina axis, waterways channelisation, establishment of more parks and gardens as well as community sports centres and stadia in different locations across the state.

He urged residents to continue to cooperate with his administration, especially in the area of prompt payment of taxes.

The governor also encouraged residents to continue with their peaceful conduct in the state. He emphasised that it is only in an atmosphere of peace and stability that meaningful projects and programmes could be carried out.

He then assured that the government would continue to distribute the state’s commonwealth and ensure that the ongoing social and infrastructural development get to every part of the metropolis.