Ambode bags awards for exemplary performance

LAGOS State governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has been given the Best Performing Governor in Nigeria Award by National Image International magazine for his exemplary performance in governance.

The top-notch media famed for promoting good governance and sustainable development, in collaboration with various allied organizations, said Governor Ambode was given the Award based on his satisfactory performance in the governance of Lagos between 2015 to 2019.

Head of Publications of National Image International magazine, Paul Smith, said this on Sunday while speaking at the special farewell Photo Exhibition on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s achievements in Lagos.

In particular, he said the meritorious award was in recognition of what he described as Governor Ambode’s “ground-breaking performance as the foremost Nigerian governor with the largest number of road projects.”

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According to him, the areas include: “Youth empowerment, skill acquisition, infrastructure development, small and medium scale industry empowerments for indigenes of the state, as well as promotion of peace and security and human capital development, which have altogether created prosperity for all Lagosians within the record time of virtually four years that Governor Ambode has been in office.”

Smith further stated that the decision to confer on Ambode with this well deserving award was taken after extensive research on the performance of every other the governors in the 36 states of the country in the past three years.

“We premised our criteria on five major areas, namely: infrastructure development, human capital development, promotion of peace and security, as well as nearness to the grassroots people, and execution of people-oriented social service programmes that directly impacted on the lives of people in each state.

“After our appraisal, we discovered that Governor Ambode of Lagos delivered the highest number of infrastructure development projects in Lagos state. President Muhammad Buhari gave credence to this fact when he came to Lagos recently commission projects,” he said.

Receiving the award on behalf of the governor, Mr Seyi Bamigbade, a consultant and politician said Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had laid a good foundation for incoming administration to build on, declaring that Lagos was being rated as the fifth largest economy in Africa presently under the leadership of Governor Ambode who, he said carried out economic re-engineering of the State.

“Lagos is being rated as the fifth largest economy in Africa presently under the leadership of Governor Ambode who carried out economic re-engineering of the state. Our party has a way of churning out good leaders in the state and if this feat is sustained it would soon emerge as the biggest economy in Africa.

“The state is home to almost every religion, tribes and colour and it accommodates the largest pool of black people all over the world, including Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who is from Nigeria and has a home in Lagos,” he added.