Ikeja - The Lagos State Governor-elect,
Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday met with civil servants, urging them to support
him to take the state to greater heights.
Speaking at the meeting in Ikeja, Ambode thanked workers for
being part of the state's success story of the last 16years and for
supporting him in the elections.
He described the civil service as the driver of development
and said their partnership would help him to achieve his mission of a more
Ambode, who said he saw his emergence as governor as a call
to service, urged civil servants to walk the journey with him through improved
The governor-elect pledged to run an open government
that would thrive on the contributions of residents of different
backgrounds and groups.
He said that he would welcome criticism of his policies
and programmes from workers for the best interest of the state and its
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"We know that the public service is the driver of any
government. So, as we begin this journey of greater development together, I
expect you to bring with me improved productivity.
"Whatever it is that our administration will do in the
betterment of the lives of residents, you should always walk with us and help
" When we make mistakes or we are trying to make wrong
policies, you should be bold enough, as you have always been, to say that what
we are doing is not in the best interest of the people.
"I just want to appreciate you and tell you to always
stand up and tell us the truth about the prosperity of Lagos. I am passionate
about that prosperity and I want you to work with me," he said.
Ambode said having worked in the state's civil service and
retired after 27 years, he understood everything about the system.
The governor-elect said that he was a beneficiary of the
service's long-standing culture of excellence and would do his best to make it
the best in Africa.
Ambode promised improved synergy among the three arms of
government – the executive, legislature and the judiciary - for greater service
He congratulated Lagosians on the victory of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) in the prresidential elections, saying it was the
first in many years Lagos would align with the centre.
Ambode said his administration would work closely with the
Federal Government to speed up the state's pace of development.
Gov. Babatunde Fashola, in his contribution, said the
civil service had a big role to play in the development of any society.
He said countries like England, Singapore and others were in
their present state owing to the immense commitment of their public service.
Fashola urged civil servants to see themselves as the real
builders of Lagos and give Ambode the support his administration had enjoyed
over the last eight years.
"I want you to reinforce and consolidate on what we
have achieved so far.
"Sixteen years ago, very few believed that
government could work again.
"But today, with your determination, can-do spirit, you
have proven that government can work and that civil service is the driver
of development in any part of the world.
“I want you to support Ambode so that together we can have a
better Lagos," he said.
Fashola urged workers to be politically neutral but make
right democratic choices that would bring about development.
The governor thanked the civil servants for their consistent
support for his government, saying the cooperation contributed greatly to the
strides recorded by his administration.