Lagos – Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Sunday said that God had been kind to him and promised to serve humanity selflessly throughout his lifetime.
Ambode made the vow while speaking at a thanksgiving service at the Chapel of Christ the Light, Alausa, Ikeja in commemoration of his first year in office.
He said that he believed he was on a divine assignment.
“Exactly a year ago, I stood before a larger congregation trying to commit myself to the opportunity that you gave me to serve you and I have tried as much as possible not to misplace that opportunity.
“I just want to thank everybody for believing in me. When I became a politician, I used to call myself a techno-politician.
‘’I never believed that I could ever survive up till this moment, if not for the grace of God.
“I believe so much that this is an assignment from God and that is why I am doing it with all my totality and give back to humanity.
“God has been too kind to me and for that reason, I have decided that I will serve the people selflessly to the will of God,” the governor said.
He said that his victory at the election was a clear indication that God was involved right from the beginning in spite the challenges he faced the during the exercise.
Ambode said he would continue to draw his strength and inspiration from God.
In his sermon, the Presiding Chaplain of the Chapel, Ven. Femi Taiwo, commended the governor for his sterling performance in the last one year.
Taiwo, who said he was not given to praising people, especially when not necessary, said the administration of Ambode was a regime of noiseless transformation.
He cited the various road projects, educational transformation, street light project, massive investment in security, among others, which he said Ambode administration had carried out.
The cleric prayed for that God would continue to grant him divine guidance in his governance of the state.
Meanwhile, some lawmakers have commended Ambode for his style of governance in the state.
The Chairman, House Committee on Special Duties, Mr Olushola Shokunle (PDP-Oshodi/Isolo I), commended the governor for carrying out all the resolutions of the House.
“Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode takes the resolutions of the legislature very seriously, he respects the House. I will give him 80 per cent.
“He has done more than 100 roads: two in each local government, and embarked on lightning up the state,” he said.
Shokunle urged the governor not to renege on any of his electoral promises to the people.
Also speaking, Mr Dipo Olorunrinu (PDP-Amunwo Odofin I) told NAN that Ambode had been following due process since his inauguration.
“This government has been a listening, responsive and transparent one. Ambode has been excellent and quite encouraging in the last one year’’, Olorunrinu said.
Olorunrinu said that the opposition members in the House were committed to moving the state forward and ensuring that dividends of democracy got to the masses.
The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Strategy and Security, Mr Tunde Braimoh (APC-Kosofe II), said that Gov. Ambode had good plans for the people.
“Several roads have been built and Lagosians are not afraid again to carry out their lawful businesses because of his huge investment in security and lightning up of roads, even at night.
“We have seen a reduction in crimes. The governor has reclaimed Lagos from the activities of hoodlums,’’ he said.
The Chairman, House Committee on Science and Technology, Mr Nurudeen Solaja-Saka, said the governor had put human face into governance and had performed beyond expectations of many.
“Ambode, one year in office, has initiated various developments.
“The first thing he did was to plug the financial loopholes. He also facilitated a seamless development of the rural areas,’’ he said.
Solaja-Saka (APC-Ikorodu II) commended the governor for his resolve to construct the 4th Mainland Bridge as well as his Smart City Project. (NAN)