Thursday, 11 February 2016

Soyinka, Gbadamosi to pilot ‘Lagos at 50’

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday appointed Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka and chairman of Ragolis Waters, Mr. Rasheed Gbadamosi as co-Chairmen of the ‘Lagos at 50’ Planning Committee.

The Committee also has 10 others as members, including Hon. Habeeb Fasinro, Chief Olawale Cole, Mrs. Sarah Boulos, Mr. Abimbola Obafunwa, Prof (Mrs) Senapon Bakare, Mrs. Chika Balogun, Mr. Folarin Coker, Prof. Ademola Abass, Bolanle Austen Peters and Mrs Olufunmilayo Balogun as Secretary.

Governor Ambode, while inaugurating the Committee at the Lagos House, Ikeja, expressed optimism that the celebration will go a long way to showcase Lagos in its full splendor. He said that he was confident that they would deliver a world-class celebration, adding that the opportunity of Lagos at 50, will afford the state to not only celebrate its past achievements, but also to showcase to the world its immense potentials for future growth and development.

“Lagos State will be 50 years next year. Fifty years is a significant landmark in the life of any individual, institution or State. For Lagos State, it has been an eventful 50 years which deserves to be fittingly celebrated,” he said.

He said Lagos, despite being the smallest and oldest state in Nigeria, remains the only state that has not been divided to create more states since its inception on May 27, 1967.


The Governor said that Lagos has maintained its status as the commercial capital of Nigeria and the most cosmopolitan State in the country where peoples of every tribe, race and creed reside peacefully with an excellent record of religious tolerance.

“Lagos is a land of opportunities, offering all residents the chance to succeed in their vocations and endeavours. Lagos provides jobs to more people than any other State in Sub Saharan Africa. Lagos is that place where you have a chance to make it if you work hard.

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