The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Akinwumi Ambode, has said that his administration has practised inclusive governance in the last three and half years. Ambode said this yesterday evening at a celebration to mark the 80th anniversary lecture of Ikoyi Club 1938.
The Governor said no sector has been left behind in the transformation and developmental efforts his administration has committed to the State. Ambode emphasised that deliberate efforts were made to ensure inclusive governance by extending developmental strides to all parts and sectors of the State.
Governor Ambode said he was proud to be associated with the Club. It is noteworthy to mention that the Governor has been a member of the club for the past 10 years. Governor Ambode said the State deliberately pursued the value of inclusiveness which Ikoyi Club exemplifies.
According to him, “I believe strongly that the value that we bring as a government which is what we have been pursuing in the last three and half years is to say that we should create values that promote inclusiveness which is what IKoyi Club is all about.
“This club is known for allowing everybody to join and in allowing everybody to have an entry into the club, we are promoting the real modern State situation that we want in the country.
“We can point to a lot of our sportsmen who have actually come all the way from the values that we get from this club and I must say I am very happy to associate myself with the achievements of Ikoyi Club,” he said.
He described the theme of the anniversary lecture: “Ikoyi Club At 80: Setting The Tone For Nation Building,” as apt, saying that it was on record that the club had contributed significantly to the promotion of family values and unity in the country.
“Truly, Ikoyi Club has played a significant role in the building of this nation by promoting the values of family life and unity using sports, recreation and also using social interaction to project what it is that we want our nation Nigeria to be and so it was not something difficult for me to actually join Ikoyi Club as a member.
“Ikoyi Club is technically older than Nigeria and so the values that we have actually propagated in the last 80 years are things that we must continually project and I want to also say that the reflection of the values that I gained from this particular club has also reflected in the performance that I have laid my hands on in the last three and half years as the Governor of Lagos State,” he said.
The Governor expressed his happiness over the fact that the club can boast of many professional who had contributed in different ways to the development of the State. The Governor commended the President, Mr Babatunde Akinleye and members of the club for keeping the values alive as well as sustaining the aesthetics of Ikoyi Club, just as he urged them to keep up the good works.
“I want to congratulate Ikoyi Club at 80 and also assure that we would continue to promote all the values that the club stands for. I am willing to support the developmental values that the club has put in place and I want you to be rest assured that our government will support you in all your projects,” he said.