Ambode Declares For 2nd Term, Gives Lagos Retirees N720.5million
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Monday made a public declaration for re-election in 2019 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ambode spoke at the open ground in Alausa, while addressing party faithful who thronged the place, telling them there was more to be done and he was not tired.
This was after he had picked his nomination form for a second term at the APC Headquarters in Abuja.
“In these three and a half years as your governor, I have seen visible proof that we can achieve unbelievable things when we all come together with no more than our belief in our dreams.
“We achieved because you believed. But there is still a lot more to be done. But I am not daunted. I am not tired and I am sure you feel the same way because we all envision a better Lagos, a Lagos of our dreams,” he said.
The governor said he had collected his nomination form earlier in the day, and asked for support as he sought to continue with the mandate to steer the affairs of the state.
“I ask you to believe again, and together, let’s achieve more.
“Exactly four years ago, I called on you to join me in a journey of selfless service to build a secure and prosperous Lagos State driven by a vibrant economy and supported by quality service, equity and justice.
“You believed in me and gave me your support,” Ambode said.
Meanwhile, the State Governor also released about N720.5 million to settle backlogs of 190 pensioners’ entitlements under the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS).
Mrs Folashade Onanuga, Director-General, Lagos State Pension Commission (LASPEC), made the disclosure yesterday in Lagos.
Onanuga said the total pension fund released by Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration from August 2015 stood at N39.5 billion.
According to her, “9,591 retirees have had accrued rights of N39,450 billion paid into their Retirement Savings Accounts (RSA) from August 2015, when Ambode assumed the office, till date.’’
Onanuga said that pensioners were on the payroll priority of the state, hence the monthly release of pension payments by the state government.
“Lagos is happy that the backlog which was on ground at the beginning of the administration of Governor Ambode has been cleared,’’ she said.