African Trade: Ambode plans ‘world class convention centre’ in Lagos
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode recently revealed that his administration is working towards developing a top class international convention centre that would boost trade and investments. The governor spoke at the Lagos House, Ikeja when he received a delegation from the Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) led by its President, Chief Dr. (Mrs.) Nike Akande. He said a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to construct the centre has already been signed. Ambode said the centre, which would be constructed in the Victoria Island area on 30, 000 square meters space, upon completion, would be of international standard and it would compete favourably with best convention and exhibition centres across the world. Emphasising the importance of organisations such as LCCI in growing the economy, Ambode hailed the leadership of the organisation for partnering with the state to develop the economy, especially by ensuring businesses and investments keep thriving.
He added that the LCCI remained a veritable instrument to reach out to investors and the private sector, assuring that his government would continue to partner with the organisation in the best interest of the people. He said: “We will continue to be partners in progress and I believe strongly in improving on the ease of doing business and like we have always tried to reiterate, our administration is actually built on a tripod. First is security and we believe that if we are able to secure the lives and property of our people, we will create an atmosphere that we can actually now create job opportunities that we allow investors to come in and those local investors too.” He said his administration is committed to give good governance and accountability to the people, as well as allow a better platform for the private sector and businesses to thrive. Akande said her delegation was at the Lagos House as part of activities to further improve on the relationship which had always existed between the state government and the LCCI.
She hailed the governor for his numerous achievements just within one year in office, saying the state was witnessing a gradual but steady rebranding for better under the governor. Akande, a former minister, alluded to the donation of equipment to security agencies, the numerous road construction and rehabilitation across the state, effective traffic and environmental management, power sector development, Light Up Lagos Project, creation of Office of Oversees Affairs and Investment, N25 billion Employment Trust Fund (ETF), among other achievements of the governor. The initiatives, she said, were important enablers for the private sector. “The governor has not only sustained the good legacies of his predecessors but he has created a new development trajectory for Lagos State. “Governor Ambode’s disposition is calm and amiable; his style is effective and his approach is inclusive, while his strategy is result-oriented,” Akande said.