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Ambode reiterates commitment to run all-inclusive government




Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday reiterated his commitment to ensure that no one is left behind as his administration strives to better the lot of residents in the state in the next four years.

The Governor, spoke at the 7th Edition of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Apapa Family, Excel Programme, held at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Lagos.

While giving assurance that all residents of Lagos will be catered for, he, however, urged them to support his government.

“As we embark on this journey, no one irrespective of colour, race, status, ability or disability would be left behind as we march towards the destination of our collective destiny,” he said.

Stressing that his victory at the April 11 elections was the handiwork of God and the support of the people, Governor Ambode said he is committed to using the mandate to change the lives of people in Lagos.

While thanking the RCCG Apapa Family for its intervention and support to about 500 schools in Lagos, he said the projects would, in no small way, boost the confidence of the state’s educational system.

The Governor also promised that the state government would ensure that such projects imitated by the church in the schools would be sustained.

In his address, Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, spoke about faithfulness in all human endeavours.

Stating that the Nigerian Society presently lacks faithful men and women, the Vice President, who backed up his address with anecdotes on how diligence and faithfulness can lift a man, said the nation needs faithful man and women who can be trusted to do the right things and can also be honest and diligent. 

In his sermon, General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye urged political office holders to use their position to change the story of Nigeria, just as he expressed optimism that Nigeria would continue to march forward with the present crop of leaders.

Dignitaries present at the event include the wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, and clergymen from different religious denominations.

Meanwhile, Governor Ambode has engaged public servants and made a firm commitment to fulfill his campaign promises to change the face of the civil service, giving priority to their welfare.

The governor said his administration would focus on building the capacity of staff, which will enhance their productivity on the one hand, and prepare them for a worthwhile life after service on the other.

He said his vision is to build a public service devoid of discrimination and inhibitions.

“My dream for the public service is to have an establishment that would prepare you for a worthwhile life after service. What happens to each and every one of us when we leave the service is what I am after the next four years. There are a lot of opportunities, but you must work for it. I desire a public service where there would be no discrimination or where your circumstances will inhibit you from progressing”, according to a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna.

He added that in the last few days, his interactions since his inauguration has centred on his desire to harmonise the public service in a manner where each public servant would be able to rise to his or her potentials.

“We would not discriminate to say this is your own career path or this is where you belong. We must have good sense of harmony where people in the parastatals or in the local government service or in the mainstream are at par. So, that plan has a future for everyone, so, we would have a civil service that cross fertilize and we can exchange expertise and that is where the future of the service is going.”

He expressed his readiness to meet the Joint Negotiating Council and resolve all issues relating to workers’ welfare stressing that he desires to see a harmonious relationship between government and the various unions.

“The major vision is that I want a better civil service; I am ready to address issues that relate to welfare. I know that whatever it is I am today, it is through the kind of training that I have received in the civil service, so I would base major emphasis on capacity building and training,” he assured.

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