By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has stated that his administration expended over N115.624billion to carry out capital projects between January and June this year.
Speaking at the Second Quarter Town Hall held at the Muslim Community Praying Ground in Badagry Local Government on Tuesday, he also put the first half 2016 budget performance at 70 per cent.
According to him, the capital and recurrent ratio at the first half of the year stood at 50:50, expressing optimism that it would improve in the second half of the year.
“He said: “Revenue recorded 73 percent performance for the half year 2016 despite the challenging economic environment. Your Government spent a total of N115.624bn on Capital projects during the half year 2016 leading to the Capital/Recurrent ratio of 50:50 with the plan to improve this ratio to 58:42 provided for in 2016 Appropriation Law in the remaining half of the year.”
The governor also said that his administration has concluded plans to massively revamp the health sector, disclosing that a total of N10bn has been earmarked to upgrade the health facilities across the State.
He said that modern equipment would be procured to facilitate treatment of patients in the state’s health facilities.
While highlighting some of his achievements in the last quarter, he restated his commitment to make life more comfortable, simpler and safer for the people.
He added that his administration would establish a Technical and Vocational School in Badagry before September 2016, as well as embark on upgrade of the infrastructure in all public schools starting from July.
According to him, “All our Primary and Secondary schools will be upgraded to create conducive learning environment for students and teachers. Another N10bn has been earmarked for this facelift of our Secondary and Primary schools across the State.”
He recalled the recruitment of a total of 1,300 teachers for Primary Schools, said in the next two weeks, the State Government will start recruiting another 1,000 teachers for Secondary Schools across the State.
Speaking on his plans for Youth and Sports for the quarter, the governor said government would embark on upgrade of sports facilities and would also support and promote age-grade competitions and sponsor outstanding athletes to national and international training and competitions.
Ambode also disclosed that his administration would pay greater attention to the issues concerning the elderly especially by establishing three Elderly Care Centres across the State.
He said: “We will sponsor bills to the House of Assembly which will make specific provisions for the elderly in our society and create a framework for care for the aged. Our priority is to commence the provision of Three Elderly Care centres across the Three Senatorial Zones and further urge the private sector for support and collaboration thereafter.”
The Governor said as a follow up to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Response Unit in Cappa, Oshodi, an outpost unit would be situated between Ojo and Badagry in this quarter with two other outposts in Fadeyi and Lekki.
Governor Ambode, who spent hours interacting with various groups such as Corporate organizations, religious leaders, youths/physically challenged, market men and women, Non-Governmental Organizations and the political leaders, disclosed his greater plans to revive the tourism potentials of Badagry, saying the long term plan includes the establishment of University of Hospitality.
Â The event was well attended by traditional rulers, including Oba Akran of Badagry, Aholu Menu Toyi I, members of the State Executive Council, Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Olamilekan Solomon, stakeholders, among others.