Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode
on Monday said his administration has
commenced the process of developing a top
class International Convention Centre that would
boost trade and investments, just as he
reiterated his unwavering commitment to
ensuring the ease of doing business in the State.
Governor Ambode, who spoke at the Lagos
House, Ikeja when he received a delegation from
the Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry
(LCCI) led by the President, Chief Dr. (Mrs) Nike
Akande, disclosed that a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) to construct the
Convention Centre has already been signed.
Governor Ambode said the Convention Centre,
which would be constructed in the Victoria
Island area of the State on 30, 000 square
meters space, upon completion, would be of
international standard and it would compete
favorably with best convention and exhibition
centres across the world.
While emphasizing the importance of
organizations such as LCCI in growing the
economy, Governor Ambode commended the
leadership of the organization for partnering with
the State to develop the economy, especially
ensuring businesses and investments continue
He added that the LCCI remained a veritable
instrument to reach out to investors and the
private sector, assuring that his government
would continue to partner with the organization
in the best interest of the people.
He said: “We will continue to be partners in
progress and I believe strongly in improving on
the ease of doing business and like we have
always tried to reiterate, our administration is
actually built on a tripod. First is security and
we believe that if we are able to secure the lives
and property of our people, we will create an
atmosphere that we can actually now create job
opportunities that we allow investors to come in
and those local investors too.
“By so doing, we are creating jobs for our people
and in creating that template and that platform,
we believe strongly that our revenue will grow
and in growing the revenue, we will now use it
to provide infrastructure for our people and that
is the platform upon which this administration is
built,” Governor Ambode said.
He also said his administration is unequivocally
committed to give good governance and
accountability to the people, as well as allow a
better platform for the private sector and
businesses to thrive.
Earlier, Akande said her delegation was at the
Lagos House on a courtesy visit to the Governor
as part of activities to further improve on the
relationship which had always existed between
the State Government and the LCCI.
She commended Governor Ambode for his
numerous achievements just within one year in
office, saying the State was witnessing a gradual
but steady rebranding for better under the
Akande, a two-term Minister of the Federal
Republic, alluded to the massive donation of
equipment to security agencies, the numerous
road construction and rehabilitation across the
State, effective traffic and environmental
management, power sector development, Light
Up Lagos Project, creation of Office of Oversees
Affairs and Investment, N25 billion Employment
Trust Fund (ETF), among other giant strides of
the Governor, saying all the initiatives were
important enablers for the private sector.
“We like to commend your administration for the
tremendous achievements in the last one year
and it is a reflection of the clarity of vision and
focus. It also demonstrates an exemplary
commitment to the ideals of service. Evidently,
governance in Lagos State has gained
momentum in the last one year despite the
downturn in the economy.
“The Governor has not only sustained the good
legacies of his predecessors but he has created
a new development trajectory for Lagos State.
Governor Ambode’s disposition is calm and
amiable; his style is effective and his approach
is inclusive, while his strategy is result-
oriented,” Akande said.