Lagos to en­shrine rule of law in gov­er­nance

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Femi Aki­nola, Lagos

Lagos State Gover­nor Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode yes­ter­day said he was com­mit­ted to fur­ther de­vel­op­ing democ­racy by en­sur­ing that the rule of law was en­shrined into gov­er­nance in the state.

The gover­nor spoke when he re­ceived the United States Am­bas­sador to Nige­ria, Mr. James En­twistle, who paid him a cour­tesy visit at the Lagos House, Ikeja.

Am­bode said the con­cern of the United States and steps taken to en­sure peace­ful tran­si­tion in Nige­ria went a long way to en­sure that the last gen­eral elec­tion, par­tic­u­larly the Lagos State gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion was suc­cess­ful, ne­ces­si­tated his com­mit­ment.

He com­mended the ef­forts of the United States and the Am­bas­sador in par­tic­u­lar in en­sur­ing peace­ful demo­cratic tran­si­tion in the coun­try.

He also wel­comed the co­op­er­a­tion of the United States to­wards en­sur­ing a more se­cure Lagos as well as deep­en­ing the demo­cratic sys­tem, say­ing that the coun­try as a whole could learn from the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the ex­ec­u­tive and leg­isla­tive arms of gov­ern­ment to deepen its demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions.

Am­bode re­stated his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to en­sure that the ease of do­ing busi­ness in Lagos was en­hanced through en­dur­ing se­cu­rity and ju­di­cial sec­tor re­forms.

Ear­lier, Am­bas­sador En­twistle reaf­firmed the com­mit­ment of his coun­try to en­sure that the ex­cel­lent re­la­tion­ship be­tween Lagos and the United States was ex­tended for the mu­tual ben­e­fit of both, adding that the United States would con­tinue to iden­tify with the state gov­ern­ment and its poli­cies.

Gover­nor Adams Osh­iom­hole of Edo State ef­fected a mi­nor cabi­net reshuf­fle in the State Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil at its meet­ing yes­ter­day.

A state­ment from his Chief Press Sec­re­tary, Pe­ter Okhiria, said Isimeme Iri­ogbe from the Min­istry of Oil and Gas was moved to the Min­istry of Trans­port; Satur­day Uwulekhue moved from the Min­istry of Trans­port to Min­istry of Oil and Gas; Aa­nena Jemi­tola leaves the Min­istry of Arts & Cul­ture to Min­istry of Women Af­fairs;

Oth­ers in­clude; Ab­dul Oroh from the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture to Min­istry of Com­merce and Industry; Macdon­ald Oba­suke from the Min­istry of Com­merce and Industry to Min­istry of Arts & Cul­ture; Wash­ing­ton Osifo from the Min­istry of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion to Min­istry of En­ergy & Wa­ter Resources. Joseph Oko­jie who was swornin on Mon­day takes charge of the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture.

Gover­nor Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode (right), presents the state’s plaque to the U.S Am­bas­sador to Nige­ria, Mr. James En­twistle, dur­ing his cour­tesy visit to the gover­nor in Lagos on Mon­day.

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