Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has reiterated the administration’s commitment to the security of lives and property in the state.
The governor made the remark when the Anglican Church paid him a thank you visit on the rescue of the three kidnapped school girls of the Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu.
Ambode said, “Seven days ago, the unthinkable happened, but again, we give all the glory to God that seven days after we are able to pride ourselves that one of those principal duties that you have charged this administration with is what we have just proved.
“We took it personal, not because it was a private school, not because it was far away from the metropolis, but because we all decided to say that if it were our own child or children, are we going to sit down? That is the real focus of what this administration is all about. For everything that happens we put ourselves to imagine that if it were us, what would be said about our actions and inactions.
“We are very grateful to God for giving us that opportunity to prove that the welfare and well being and the security of the people of Lagos is what is paramount to us as an administration.
“It’s just for me to reiterate that the security of lives and properties is of paramount interest to this administration, we will do anything to make sure that the security of lives and property is sustained, is enhanced, because at the end of the day that is the only way we can grow the economy of Lagos,” Governor Ambode said.
Ambode also sent a strong warning to criminals to desist from their nefarious activities, warning that his administration was poised to spread its security searchlight to every nook and cranny of the state.
“We know that Lagos is safe, we are reiterating once again and sending a final warning signal to all the criminals and miscreants that have been disturbing the peace of Lagos, this time around, we would be in every nook and cranny of Lagos to secure the lives of everyone,” he said.
Earlier in his speech, the Anglican Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos Mainland Diocese commended Governor Ambode for the prompt, positive and practical response of the government which contributed largely to the safe rescue of the three female students of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu.
The archbishop, Most Rev. Adebayo Dada Akinde who led other bishops of the Anglican Church, principal of the school, Ven. Olaoluwa Adeyemi, and parents of the three rescued female students on the visit at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, said the success story of the rescue of the girls could not be complete without the laudable efforts of the Lagos State government.
He said he and his team deemed it fit to come and appreciate the role played by the state government in the wake of the abduction of the students from the school on February 29 and particularly the role of Governor Ambode.
“It was a most traumatic moment and sad for us as proprietors. Today we are thanking God for his intervention that a most unfortunate and traumatic event ended on a joyous note.
“All three pupils are now safe in the custody of their parents, they have been reunited. You acted and responded. Your response was prompt, your response was positive, your response was practical.
“So when we talk about this success story of the return of the three female students, your Excellency your contribution is most overwhelming, you have shown yourself to be a passionate leader, a leader that is interested in the well being of the citizens of the state that God has placed you as the Chief Executive Officer at this time.
“So the main objective of our mission here is to express immense thanks to your Excellency for the support you gave us. We are saying thank you, we are indeed grateful, you have started well as the Governor of the State, God will grant you the grace to continue and improve in the name of Jesus. We sincerely appreciate you and are immensely grateful,” Bishop Akinde said.