Encomiums for Steve Ayorinde at book launch

Sam Okocha

Dignitaries converged on Nigeria Institute of International Affairs in Lagos to launch Cascade of Change, a book put together by Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde.

The book launch also served to commemorate a successful first year of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in office as Lagos state governor.

“This is about openness, this is about change at the federal level. It is also about continuity in Lagos State. It is about the engagement of the media and its involvement in the act of governance,” Steve Ayorinde said in his thanksgiving message.

Mr. Ayorinde was previously the Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of the National Mirror  Newspaper, and before that, the Editor of The Punch Newspaper in Nigeria.

His latest book is a collection of articles written over a 10-year period.

According to the Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode: “This is a presentation of the compilation of thoughts from the mind of a prolific writer and social commentator who got caught in the wind of change in the defining era of governance and politics in Nigeria.

Looking back at the activities of the last 12 months, it is quite amazing what has been achieved by the combined will of people who desire change.

Steve Ayorinde is an unassuming personality whose professional work has impacted on our national life in many ways as a social commentator, moderator of social commentary and now as the chief information manager of the Lagos State government.”

The presidential spokesman Femi Adesina represented the Nigerian president as one of the dignitaries that graced the book launch.

Mr. Adesina extolled the virtues of the author as a thorough bred professional.

In his words: “The president appreciates intellect and that also informed the good wishes he has sent to Mr. Steve Ayorinde on this book he has written.

The president appreciates a good mind, he appreciates intellect and that is one thing we cannot deny the author has.”

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode called on the media to join the state in its drive for development.

Mr. Ambode said that “every journalist, editor, columnist and blogger has a role to play in the development of Lagos State. This calls for transparency and constructive engagement with the media to spread our message.

Our government will always do its part and we call on the media to be our partner as we build a Lagos State where everybody has a voice, a chance and opportunities.

In the last one year, we have laid a foundation to make Lagos a globally competitive city state. In the coming years, we will build on this foundation to move Lagos to the next level; a level of first class infrastructure, service delivery, economic growth and opportunities for all.”