THE inauguration of Akinwunmi Ambode as the governor of Lagos State and Dr. (Mrs) Idiat Oluranti Adebule as the Deputy Governor took place at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Onikan on Friday May 29, 2015.
The event attracted dignitaries including the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu 1; Senator Oluremi Tinubu, the Chief Judge of State, Justice Oluwafunmilayo Atilade; Chief Imam of Lagos, Alhaji Garba Akinola; former Deputy Governors Mrs. Serah Adebisi Sosan and Femi Pedro; Commissioner of Police, Kayode Aderanti, among others.
Ambode, in his inaugural speech, praised his predecessors, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Babatunde Fashola, for laying the foundation for him to excel as the number citizen of the state.
He said: “The state is blessed that the foundation of its financial autonomy was designed and implemented by that visioner and our leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Thus, the state has been partially shielded from the negative trend flowing from the federal level.
“For us to sustain the progressive and radical transformation on-going in the state, we have to redouble our efforts on all fronts for our commitment to excellence.
“While we must be creative and innovative; we are not citizens until we become responsible tax payers.
“I want to assure all of us that I will make your taxes work for you. You will surely get a transparent and incorruptible government that will give you good value for your taxes paid.
“Creativity is the most valuable asset in any public institution. Progressive governments must reward contributors of good ideas.
“Therefore, wherever practicable, we shall practice government by incentives and not government by enforcement.
“We shall implement creative ideas and concepts that reduce the cost of running government; ideas that make life simpler and happier for our people.
“I, therefore, invite you all, to join hands with me, to offer new ideas that will pull more resources to cater for the poor and needy amongst us. This will be a compassionate government”.
Ambode also said that in the spirit of continuity, he would continue the Lagos State Development Plan (2012 – 2025) started by the Fashola’s administration.
The plan is structured under four pillars:
•Social Development and Security