Akinwunmi Ambode’s 2015 APC’s Lagos State Governorship Candidate Programme/Plans For Lagos, Ambode was born on June 14, 1963 in Epe.
He had his primary education at St. Jude’s Primary School, Ebutte Meta, Lagos.
The governorship hopeful was at Federal Government College, Warri for his secondary education.
Ambode studied Accounting in University of Lagos,where he graduated in 1984 at the age of 21.
He performed the mandatory National Youth Service Corps,NYSC, at the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sokoto, where he started his relationship with the public service.
AKinwunmi Ambode’s programme to sustain what he has espoused as the success story of Lagos is pegged on five key enablers summed up as LAGOS; Leadership, Accountability, Governance, Opportunity and Service.
With every imprint of progressivism which the All Progressives Congress (APC) lays claim to, Ambode’s blueprint gives priority to job creation, economy, free education, housing, agriculture, transportation and healthcare.
Other areas of focus in the road map include; tourism, sports, entertainment and arts, security, infrastructure and rule of law.
A comprehensive breakdown shows that Ambode would boost the State Security Fund.
In addition to that, there are plans to continue with the city lighting project by expanding the Independent Power Project, IPP, to enhance the security of lives and property across the state.
Also, the APC candidate promises to embark on the acquisition of the latest advanced security communication technology that will track and monitor activities in the state.
To ensure that the state’s full economic potentials are maximally optimised, he promises to introduce a 24/7 economy that is typical of a city state like Lagos.
As part of his desire to address the problem of unemployment, Ambode promises to set up a Lagos Employment Trust Fund, LETF, with N25 billion over four years, to allow entrepreneurs access to finance with a minimum of N1 billion naira annually across the five divisions in the state.
The import of that, is that it would allow youths and unemployed people have access to adequate finance for entrepreneurial ventures. Remarkably, small and medium scale enterprises would be protected through tax incentives.
Government policies that would encourage the private sector to employ more citizens and foster economic development are also part of the plans.
Since the state is known to have the capacity of self-sufficiency, Ambode plans to boost internally generated revenue by improving the collection mechanism through e-governance. He also intends to encourage the creation of a Corporate Social Responsibility Trust Fund, CSR-TF, by the private sector, to be managed by a board of trustees charged with the responsibility of identifying growth opportunities yearly and financing such opportunities to further boost economic development.
On education, Ambode plans to provide free education up to senior secondary school level to ensure that no child is denied his right to education, and endeavour to provide one meal per day to students to guarantee a healthy learning environment.
The state’s bursary and scholarship initiative, was also factored in, as the private sector would be encouraged to partner with government in this regard as part of its corporate social responsibility. In the housing sector, where the present administration has received so many knocks, Ambode pledges to create communities that are self sustainable for residents that will encourage even development across the state.
To him, this would allow for easy access and reduce congestion at the city centers.
Still on the contentious housing issue in Lagos, Ambode promises to provide affordable housing schemes by collaborating through Public Private Partnerships, PPP, to increase the available housing stock.
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