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Lagos Earmarks N20bn To Revamp Health, Education Sectors

Lagos State Government, Ambode; hinterlands
Posted: Jul 13, 2016 at 6:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ejikeme Omenazu


Lagos – The Lagos State government on Tuesday said it has earmarked the sum of N20 billion to upgrade health facilities across the state.

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, governor, Lagos State, disclosed this at the 4th Quarterly Town Hall Meeting held at the Muslim Community Praying

Ground in Badagry.

The governor said that government would also invest massively in capacity building of the medical staff and procure modern equipment to facilitate treatment in a bid to provide world class health care for the citizenry.

“We have commenced a comprehensive action to rehabilitate and upgrade the facilities in all our hospitals. Modern equipment will be procured to facilitate treatment and we will invest in capacity building of our medical staff.

“We intend to spend over N10 billion on our hospitals across the state before December this year. We will recruit and train medical professionals in areas of rare specialisation and special needs,” Governor Ambode said.

Appraising the half year 2016 budget, Ambode said the overall performance of the budget stood at 70 percent, which, he said is an improvement over the corresponding period in 2015, at which time the budget performance stood at 63 percent.

“Revenue recorded 73 percent performance for the half year 2016 despite the challenging economic environment. Your government spent a total of N115.624 billion on capital projects during the half year 2016 leading to the capital/recurrent ratio of 50:50 with the plan to improve this ratio to 58:42 provided for in 2016 Appropriation Law in the remaining half of the year,” the governor added.

The governor, who reeled out his achievements in the last quarter, said he planned to make life more comfortable, simpler and safer for the people.

On education, he said his administration would establish a technical and vocational school in Badagry before September 2016, and would also embark on upgrade of the infrastructure in all public schools starting from July.

According to him, “All our primary and secondary schools will be upgraded to create conducive learning environment for students and teachers. Another N10 billion has been earmarked for this facelift of our secondary and primary schools across the state.”

The governor added that the state government will start recruiting 1,000 teachers for secondary schools across the state to complement the 1,300 teachers earlier engaged.

Ambode also disclosed that his administration would pay greater attention to the issues concerning the elderly especially by establishing three Elderly Care Centres across the state.

He said: “We will sponsor bills to the House of Assembly which will make specific provisions for the elderly in our society and create a framework for care for the aged. Our priority is to commence the provision of three Elderly Care Centres across the three Senatorial zones and further urge the private sector for support and collaboration thereafter.”

The governor said as a follow up to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Response Unit in Cappa, Oshodi, an outpost unit would be situated between Ojo and Badagry in this quarter with two other outposts in Fadeyi and Lekki.

Ambode, who interacted with various groups such as corporate organisations, religious leaders, youths and physically challenged, market men and women, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the political leaders, disclosed his greater plans to revive the tourism potential of Badagry, saying the long term plan includes the establishment of University of Hospitality.

He also disclosed of his plans for the state, revealing that his administration was working round the clock to build the economy of the state beyond the dependence on oil, adding, “The future of Lagos is about tourism and services.”

Ambode added that aside the N500 million disability fund aimed at advancing the cause of persons living with disabilities, his administration would decentralise the Lagos State Office of Disability (LASODA) and absolve 200 physically challenged persons to manage their affairs in all the local government areas and Local Council Development Areas (LCDA) in the state.

He also said the state government would also perfect plans to bring about seamless waste collection in the state, and ensure clean environment.

“I implore you to take ownership of all government properties located in your area because they are our common wealth. Remember to pay your taxes as and when due in order to enjoy more dividends of democracy.

“On our part, we will continue to ensure judicious utilisation of the resources of the state by executing projects that will outlive us and affirm our position as a Centre of Excellence,” Ambode said.