Archive for March 26th, 2017

Fashola’s achievements as governor of Lagos commendable — Ambode

Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday, lauded his predecessor and Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, for his achievements during the eight years he spent as governor of the state.

Ambode, who spoke when he received Fashola and some top officials of the Ministry on a courtesy visit to the Lagos House, Ikeja, described the occasion as historic, adding that it was gratifying to receive the Minister for the first time since he left office on May 29, 2015.

He said: “On behalf of the people of Lagos State, I would like to wholeheartedly welcome Mr. Babatunde Fashola, my predecessor and now Minister for Works, Power and Housing and especially back to the Alausa office where he actually left about 22 months ago. The governor lauded Fashola for serving Lagos meritoriously, saying  his administration improved on the template already laid down during the previous administration.

“We want to say that whatever it is that we have done in the last 22 months is just more or less a fall out of the great achievements the former governor had already put in place”, he stated.

 

President Buhari is Destroying our democracy-Fayose

 Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state Sunday urged Nigerians to resist what he described as the rascality of Presidency officials who he said are bent on destroying our hard-earned democracy and emasculating the National Assembly. Ayodele Fayose The governor said: “The major difference between democracy and dictatorship is the presence of the legislature in democracy and its absence in a dictatorship”, adding that efforts by this administration “to hand-cuff the National Assembly is a subtle plot to foist full-blown dictatorship on Nigerians. He therefore charged Nigerians to resist such development, saying: “In doing so, we shall be defending our democracy and we shall also be defending ourselves and generations of Nigerians yet unborn. This democracy cost us a lot in blood and sweat. The labour and sacrifice of the heroes and heroines of our democracy must not be allowed to go in vain”, he said. The governor made the remarks in a statement released in Ado-Ekiti Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, saying it is a shame when the Constitution of the country is violated by Federal appointees and the Presidency keeps silent. “It confirms that the Presidency is the one behind it. In the uniform saga involving the Comptroller-General of Customs, it is safe to say that the Presidency is in support of Hammed Ali against the National Assembly. “It is scary that a whole Senate of the Federal Republic has to bow to an appointee who had needed the same Senate to confirm his appointment. In a democracy which thrives on separation of powers, this is tantamount to an invasion of the hallowed chambers of the legislature, in the same manner that we recently witnessed against the Judiciary. “When the Presidency accepts and defends the arrogance of one man against the time-tested and practice-honoured intricate system of governance, then, the system as a whole has collapsed. It is even more dangerous that the courts have been dragged into this obvious plot to destroy the legislature just as we recently witnessed a similar plot against the Judiciary itself” “It is an open secret today that many judges are being blackmailed to do the bidding of the Presidency and the ruling party. It is also embarrassing to ask the Senate to maintain status quo on an issue that borders on the performance of its legislative duty”, he added. “Presidency appointees are ridiculing and sneering at the Legislature, which is comprised of the elected representatives of the people; Presidency appointees are relentlessly and without remorse tearing the fabrics that bind this country together: What are they turning this country into? When last did this happen in Nigeria? “Magu’s nomination has twice been rejected by the Legislature; yet, he sits pretty in office: Under what law and by whose authority? Mrs. Jamila Shu’ara, permanent secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education, who should have retired two years ago, is being brazenly kept in the civil service in flagrant violation of extant civil service rules and regulations. Where else in the civilised world can that happen? “If a power-drunk Presidency is bent on violating the law, why can’t the individuals concerned be men and women of integrity? “What is the essence of sending appointees’ nomination to the Senate? It is so that the Senate, which is the authority constitutionally-saddled with the responsibility to confirm or reject such nominations, can perform its duty. And its decision is biding; not advisory like some chop-and quench lawyers are rationalising. And no nominee, who fails to pass the Senate hurdle, can sit in the office to which he had been nominated. “The spirit as well as the letters of our Constitution; and, indeed, the pillars of democratic governance erected this road block to enforce checks and balances and keep the Executive in check because power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely “Otherwise, we shall have dictatorship on our hands and President Buhari would soon become Emperor Buhari in the same mould or even worse than those of Emperor Jean Bedel Bokassa and Emperor Idi Amin Dada. God forbid! Fayose then warned that “the infractions by the President’s men are becoming too often, too many, and achingly intolerable. We run a constitutional government and not a dictatorship. It is a shame that they are all behaving as if Nigeria is a banana republic”.

Trending: Ambode reconciles with Fashola

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It is very gearing that Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Saturday lauded his predecessor in office and Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, for his achievements during the eight years he spent as governor of the state.

Governor Ambode, who spoke when he received Fashola and some top officials of the ministry on a courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Ikeja, described the visit as historic.

He added that it was gratifying to receive the minister for the first time at the Lagos House, Ikeja, since he left office on May 29, 2015.

He said, “On behalf of the people of Lagos State, I would like to wholeheartedly welcome Mr. Babatunde Fashola, my predecessor, and now Minister of Works, Power and Housing, and especially back to the Alausa office where he left about 22 months ago.

“I want to say that this is a historic moment for us, notwithstanding that the honourable minister lives in Lagos, this is the first time he is stepping his feet into the Alausa premises and we need to honour him for that and say a big thank you for coming back home.”

Ambode also lauded Fashola for serving the state meritoriously, saying that his administration improved on the template already laid down by the previous administration.

“We want to say that whatever it is that we have done in the last 22 months is just more or less a fallout of the great achievements the former governor had already put in place.

“We are happy that the sense of collaboration that we have expressed here is what we believe can carry whatever it is that Lagos stands for, moving forward. As you may be aware, Lagos is celebrating its 50 years of existence this year.

“The last 18 years has been so dramatic and historic in terms of the growth and development that we have seen in Lagos, commencing from 1999 when Asiwaju Bola Tinubu came into office and the eight good years spent by you and the two years we have done. So, obviously, there is a remarkable change between 1999 and now,” Governor Ambode said.

He gave the assurance that the requests made by the minister regarding housing projects of the Federal Government and other road construction would be accelerated, while also expressing optimism that the debts owed Lagos would be paid.

Earlier, Fashola, who described his visit as a homecoming, said he had come with his team to Lagos as part of a nationwide project monitoring exercise to inspect the job done so far on Federal Government projects.

He said that the ministry had made representations to the Federal Executive Council on modalities to pay debts owed state governments, including Lagos State, for rehabilitation of federal roads over the years, saying the debts would be paid through bond instrument.

The minister also expressed readiness to assist the state’s power initiative, especially in rural areas.

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