- Motorists in Lagos state had constantly complained about the harsh method Vehicle Inspection Officers carry out their activities
- Governor Akinwunmi Ambode also received the endorsement of the Anglican Communion for a second term in office
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos has stopped Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) from carrying out their operations on roads in the state.
The order is with immediate effect.
Though details of the order are still sketchy, it was learnt that the governor hearkened to complaints from motorists about the alleged illegal operations of the state officials.
Meanwhile, the governor has emphasized the need for Nigerians to embrace selfless service to humanity, saying that such remained the essence of existence to positively impact others.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of 33rd Synod of Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Governor Ambode also charged political and religious leaders to continue to tow the path of service to humanity.
The governor said that politics in the real sense of it should only be about selfless service to the people
“Serving, be it in government, churches, mosques or wherever, is like a clarion call from God and for me, I believe that there is no way I can just give back to humanity for the greater blessings that God has endowed me than just serving and serving selflessly without any inkling of wanting to get a return back from anybody," he said.
The governor said his administration believed strongly that its calling on earth is to continually serve and that this is the reason it has decided to serve humanity.
“For us that are government officials or politicians, what is it that really makes a difference?
"The difference is that when you are getting a feedback from people that you have made their lives easier.
"That is it. People don’t want any other thing from us but to make their lives easier; to make them for instance move from one point to the other easily; allow them to send their children to school and then generally make them comfortable.
“Those little things are the things that really matter to our people, and that is why we are more committed to say that on a godly template, this is a calling that we need to serve not necessarily whether we are praised or not,” he said.
Acknowledging the fact that Christians usually like to stay away from politics, the governor said: “I want to encourage everybody to stand on that point of selflessness which is the need to do something without actually asking for a reward.
"If reward comes, it is just part of the package but not the package.
"We have been blessed, we have been enriched by God and the only thing is that wherever we find ourselves to touch other people positively, we should always want to do it.
"It should be service before gratification because the real blessing is the blessing of God which is beyond any other thing,” Governor Ambode said.
In his address, the Diocesan Bishop of Lagos and Dean Emeritus of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev Ephraim Ademowo, commended the governor.
He described Ambode as absolutely devoted to duty and passion for the growth of the state adding that this had resulted in the massive developmental projects across the state.
Ademowo said the church would pray and support the governor to win election again for the second term in office.
“We have been watching with keen interest and studying the progressive administration of our Governor.
"As a trail blazer and innovative leader, he (Ambode) has taken our State to a greater height. Lagos State has become a reference point for other States.
“We are also proud to be identified with your laudable achievements in making Lagos a great financial hub and a reference point for other states in the country," he said.
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