REMARKS DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MR. AKINWUNMI AMBODE, GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE AT THE 2017 EDITION OF THE EXPERIENCE AT THE TAFAWA BALEWA SQUARE ON FRIDAY, 1ST DECEMBER, 2017.
It gives me great pleasure to be here with you all at the 2017 edition of The Experience.
Over the years, The Experience has become an event for people from all walks of life and different faiths and socio-political persuasions. The event continues to dismantle the barriers of political affiliation, ethnic origin and doctrinal differences through an unhindered expression of faith through music and engendering a legacy of love, peace and unity.
I salute the convener of The Experience, Pastor Paul Adefarasin. You have shown leadership and a spirit of excellence which has seen House On The Rock engage in several nation-building activities across the country, particularly in Lagos State. Your contributions to interreligious dialogue, empowerment of the youth, social reformation and health care continue to positively impact the citizens of this state and on behalf of the people of Lagos State, we thank you.
We commend the initiative embarked upon by House On The Rock which has furnished 100 secondary schools across Lagos State with modern, fully equipped, air conditioned, functional Computer Laboratories. We received today the handover certificate for this donation of essential ICT infrastructure to the Lagos State education system by House On The Rock.
This year we celebrated 50 years of Lagos and it is clear that our State is on track to becoming a globally-competitive, dynamic and sustainable megacity. However, to achieve full expression of our potential as a State, we require the cooperation and contribution of every person present here tonight.
Young and old, male and female, student and teacher, employer and employee. We must all rise to the challenge understanding that collectively, we can make this happen! We must be the change agents who will deliver a deliberately developed Lagos State to be bequeathed to future generations.
The interests of a nation such as ours cannot be determined along religious, political, ethnic or social lines. It is the responsibility of all leaders in this country to determine our best interest by what is just and equitable for all Nigerians.
Men and women, whose voices influence the belief and value systems of our populace must begin to speak sincerely to one another to find common ground to build a prosperous nation and state; one that denies no man, woman, boy or girl the right to a peaceful and productive life. We all have a part to play to achieve this.
Once again, I bid you all a warm welcome to The Experience 2017.
Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko Loje Wa Logun.
God bless you.
God bless Lagos State.
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode
Governor of Lagos State,
1st December, 2017.