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Ambode receives Namibian President, moves official residence to Ikeja

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has said the economy of the state has the capacity for expansion.

He stated this at the weekend while playing host to the President of Namibia, Dr. Hage Geingob, at his office in Ikeja.

The visiting President and his wife, Madame Monica Geingob, were in the country for the inauguration of the new President, Muhammadu Buhari.

The governor, who said he is a firm believer in African Renaissance, added that African countries should have a meeting point to relate and find ways to explore the economic potentials of the continent.

He reiterated his plans to create an Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment (LAGOS GLOBAL), which according to him, would go a long way to attract Direct Foreign Investments into the State.

Ambode disclosed that his administration is ready to collaborate with Namibia in the areas of tourism, entertainment and arts

In his remarks, President Dr Geingob congratulated Lagos State for the successful transfer of power, stating that a similar transition recently took place in Namibia, which he said, brought him to power.

While calling for greater collaboration between Lagos State and Namibia, Geingob described Nigeria as the power house of Africa, adding that there is a lot of interest on Lagos due to its potential, size and long history of commerce.

Meanwhile, the governor on Friday held his first meeting with the Body of Permanent Secretaries in the State, reiterating that the civil service will drive the change and the continuity which he intends to put in place in the next four years.

At the parley which held at the Lagos House, Ikeja, Ambode promised to strengthen the civil service and sustain the reforms put in place by his predecessor.

He said new offices would be created just as some present ones would be streamlined in order to ensure that cost of governance is reduced, while ensuring greater efficiency.

Ambode stressed that he would saddle the Body of Permanent Secretary with the task of taking a look at the draft which the immediate past administration could not conclude, urging them to work on such drafts to fit into his vision.

The governor insisted that his latest pronouncements are not about reinventing the wheel, but take full advantage of the experience he had garnered while in the public service of the state.

Ambode disclosed that he would be residing at the Lagos House, Alausa, as against the governor’s official residence in Marina used by his predecessor to enable him discharge his duties more effectively.

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