We are steadily building Lagos for all, says Ambode, thanks residents for achievements
He, therefore, gave the assurance that more projects would be implemented to make life more comfortable for the people in 2018.
Ambode, who spoke at a special Christmas party put together by the state government and held simultaneously in all the 20 local councils of the state, said the Lagos project was on course, and that his administration was gradually and steadily building a state that would work for all.
He said: “I want to use this opportunity to once again express this administration’s profound gratitude to you all for your support which is the cornerstone of the modest achievements we have recorded in the out-going year. I want to assure you that our Lagos project is on course and we are gradually and steadily moving towards actualising the dream of building a state that works for all.
“As a government, we are moving into the New Year with more vigour and determination to move our state to the next higher level, particularly in the critical sectors, including transportation, sustainable and healthy environment, social and physical infrastructural development, power, housing, tourism, education.”
The governor said he was delighted to join in the celebration of Christmas in a special way in the state being the first time it would be held simultaneously in all the local councils, adding that the significance of the season was important as it brought to the fore the need to remind each other of the virtues of love, kindness, tolerance, piety and humility which Jesus Christ personifies.
In a similar vein, Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, has urged Nigerians to exhibit the spirit of love and tolerance towards one another as practised by Jesus Christ.
The speaker in his Christmas message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak, noted that with the spirit of sacrifice, the country would be a better place for all.
According to him, while the government is doing its best to address the challenges facing the country, citizens likewise should strive to live in peace and harmony.
Also speaking in Epe, one of the centres for the celebration, wife of the governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, charged Lagos residents to embrace love and tolerance for peaceful co-existence.
Mrs. Ambode, who noted that the governor’s Christmas party was designed to bring Yuletide festivities closer to the grassroots, identified love and tolerance as the strongest basis for harmonious living among people of different ethnic and religious affiliations.
She said: “The simple message of this season is love. When we love, we will share. When we love, we will not hurt the feelings and sensibilities of one another. When we love, we will help the weak and vulnerable. When we love, we will put the interest of others first. When we love, we will live together in peace and harmony.”
The wife of the governor, who noted that the governor had given repeated assurances that his administration would always spearhead initiatives that would cement the bond of friendship among all residents, also urged residents to intensify support for the present administration in the state.
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