The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday pledged to pay compensations to owners of buildings demolished to facilitate construction.The governor, who spoke at the 10th Quarterly Town Hall meeting, said he would begin the payment in the next four weeks.He added that henceforth, such displaced persons would be relocated before construction begins.He disclosed that his government would not embark on any development without carrying the people along.
While promising to prioritise education and healthcare, he added that he would stimulate the economy and create employment.He said: “Despite the harsh economy, our state’s budget performed at 82 per cent. The total revenue generated was N503.7billion, representing a performance of 78 per cent.
“The total recurrent expenditure was N281.33billion, which is a performance of 92 per cent. Also, the total capital expenditure stood at N387.60billion or 76 per cent performance.
“With this, we initiated and delivered many high impact projects and critical infrastructure aimed at making life easier for the people. We disbursed funds to small businesses and individuals to stimulate the economy.”Ambode commended the people whose support enabled him to perform well last year.
On security, he said the government has taken strategic steps to secure the residents, adding that killer herdsmen would not have a space in the state.The governor revealed that the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund disbursed N4.5billion to 5,500 beneficiaries in 2017, who also received training on financial literacy and business management. He said in fulfilling the promise to students in tertiary institutions across the state, N635.5million was disbursed to 8,419 students across the state.
“Our government acquired healthcare equipment worth N2.5 billion. The equipment would strengthen the capacity of our health facilities to render improved health services and also facilitate the smooth take off of the Lagos State Health Scheme. “In order to meet the needs of the youth in the area of technical and vocational development, we have approved the establishment of three new technical colleges, bringing the numbers to eight,” he said.
Meanwhile, the governor yesterday sacked three of his commissioners, and appointed five new ones.In a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, the three affected cabinet members are Mrs. Adebimpe Akinsola, Mr. Femi Odubiyi and Mr. Anifowoshe Abiola.The newly appointed commissioners are Mr. Hakeem Fahm (Ministry of Science and Technology), Mr. Ladi Lawanson (Ministry of Transportation), Mr. Segun Banjo (Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget), Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye (Ministry of Commerce and Industry), and Mr. Hakeem Sulaiman (Communities and Communications).
Among those redeployed were Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye, from Commerce and Industry to Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, from the Ministry of Information and Strategy to Tourism, Arts and Culture and Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, from Communities and Communication to Information and Strategy.
Others were Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi Etti, from the Ministry of Wealth Creation to the Environment, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf from Youth and Social Development to Wealth Creation and Mr. Agboola Dabiri, from Central Business District to Youth and Social Development.
Also redeployed were Dr. Samuel Adejare from the Ministry of the Environment to Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Engr. Ade Akinsanya, from Waterfront Infrastructure Development to Works and Infrastructure.
The statement added that Mr. Benjamin Olabinjo was moved as Special Adviser, Commerce and Industry to Civic Engagement, while Mr. Kehinde Joseph was redeployed from Special Adviser, Civic Engagement to Housing.
Mr. Deji Tinubu, Special Adviser Sports has been redeployed as Special Adviser to the Governor on Commerce and Industry, while Mr. Anofiu Elegushi was moved as Special Adviser, Transport to become Special Adviser, Central Business District.