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I Have Improved What I Met In Lagos – Ambode



Akinwunmi Ambode has said that the people of Lagos will judge him if he has not improved on what he met as governor of Lagos State.

Speaking on Friday evening when he commissioned the ultra-modern Lagos Theatre in Epe, the outgoing governor of the nation’s commercial hub particularly expressed satisfaction in the way he had changed the outlook of Epe, his hometown.

His assertions came as one of Nigeria’s leading Nollywood stars, Joke Silva paid encomiums on the outgoing governor for the theatres he introduced to some parts of the state and asked his successor to build on it.

Governor Ambode, who is exiting office on May 29, said it was particularly fulfilling that he was able to implement a number of projects which changed the outlook of Epe and made life further comfortable for the people, as well as improved the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) of the State.

“The whole essence is have I improved on the way I met Lagos four years ago? It’s left for the people to judge and we know also that whoever is coming next must also use mine as a benchmark to improve on the lot of the people of Lagos. The whole idea is to continue to improve and ensure that people don’t suffer and then people enjoy the dividends of democracy,” Governor Ambode said.

“This is more or less a fulfilling day for me; if there is anything for me to say, it is the fact that I am fulfilled that a day like this can come in Epe. I mean, four days to go, in four years, we have turned things around. God has given us that grace that we can come back here and actually spend my last weekend here with my people.

“I want to use this opportunity to thank all the people in Epe here including Eredo, Ibeju Lekki and then in Agbowa. You stood by me and in area where we decided that we should go in the same direction to uplift the party so that we can bring in the next Governor, you all cooperated with us and I want to say a very big thank you.

Speaking earlier, veteran Nollywood actress, Joke Silva commended Governor Ambode for the theatres, expressing optimism that the next administration would build on the gains recorded in the sector in the last four years.

“I remember when I heard about the building of the theatres, I was just so so excited that finally we have someone who understood the need for culture in the life of the people; someone who understood that when people meet you one of the first things that they come in contact with about you is your culture.

“There are lots of people in my industry who believe that because the theatres are in the communities there would be a challenge to make them thrive and I think that is totally wrong because theatre grows in communities when the people take ownership. I believe from theatres like this, we are going to have some amazing writers; we are going to have the new Wole Soyinkas of this world and so on who would have the opportunity to fine-tune their works because they have a space such as this,” she said.

Also, Chairman of Epe Local Government, Hon Adedoyin Adesanya said the people of Epe were grateful to Governor Ambode for the projects executed in the division, saying that the theatre would go a long way in boosting tourism and entertainment, as well as create jobs for the people.

Facilities at the theatre include standard furnishing, gallery, artiste changing room, rehearsal hall, restaurant, restrooms, power generating sets and well-laid out car park, among others.

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