Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, on Wednesday, 17th February, 2016, said the newly created Office of Civic Engagement (OCE), is open to all Lagosians and will on behalf of the government, listen to the people and ensure their concerns are adequately addressed.
Ambode who was represented at the event by his deputy, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule stated that “the essence of representative democracy is continual engagement of all stakeholders in the society.
“In creating this office, we have opened our government to all for engagement. We want a participatory government, we want our government to listen to all your concerns, so we can bring people-oriented solutions”.
Also speaking during his welcome address, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement, Mr. Kehinde Joseph, stated that the office was created by Governor Ambode in his resolve towards sustenance of peace, ethical rebirth and working together of Lagosians without prejudice to the indigent.
Joseph stated that contrary to popular opinion, the OCE was not created only to render financial assistance to the needy, but to also interact and engage diverse interest groups, arms of government and other stakeholders in the project to sustain Lagos as a mega city.
“It is not only financial assistance that we handle on behalf of the government, our core responsibility spread across almost 20 civic and political tasks and duties.
“Thus, it is our duty to initiate formulate and evaluate policies relating to citizens and stakeholders cohesion and engagement.” Mr. Kehinde Joseph told the audience.
He stated further that, “It is our duty to promote issues and activities relating to volunteerism and community engagements. We also appraise political and legislative issues for Governor’s attention.
“We deal with matters relating to political engagements and inclusion.
“We stand as a go-between the state government and political parties at the national, state and local government levels. It is our responsibility to mobilize support for the state government bills at public hearings of the state House of Assembly.”
The over 10,000 guests who attended the flag off which held at the Blueroof, LTV8 Ikeja include: members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, the state Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mr. Tunde Durosimi-Etti; the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Toyin Suarau; the state Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbule-Yusuph; the state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Arch. Wasiu Anifowoshe; the Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing, Mrs. Mudirat Giwanson; the Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment, Mr. Tunde Hunpe; and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Central Business District (CBD), Mr. Agboola Dabiri.
Others are: the Deputy Chairman of the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Cardinal Omolaja Odunbaku; the APC South West Woman Leader, Mrs. Kemi Nelson; the APC Lagos State Organising Secretary, Alhaji Abdulahi Enilolobo; and traditional rulers among others.