Governor links bouyant economy to strong democratic institutions

Eniola Ajayi

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), presenting a State plaque to the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington during a courtesy visit to the Governor at the Lagos House, Ikeja

The need for strong democratic institution have been described as catalysts for economic growth and overall development.

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode highlighted this when he received the new United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington.

Governor Ambode said the transformation of the country depended largely on strong institutions rather than individuals, and as such, all efforts must be geared towards achieving such.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington and US Consul General in Lagos, Mr. John Bray during a courtesy visit to the Governor at the Lagos House
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington and US Consul General in Lagos, Mr. John Bray during a courtesy visit to the Governor at the Lagos House

While congratulating the American people on the success of the last presidential elections, Governor Ambode said Nigeria had something to learn from the United States, especially in the area of strong democratic institutions.

“We know that we have common grounds in terms of democratic experiences, we are very glad that the American election that took place last month was very successful and we believe strongly that in this partnership; we believe that so much has to be learnt in terms of democratic institutions that have actually succeeded in bringing out the kind of election results that we got.

We think that more of our own democratic institutions here in Nigeria should also become stronger so that we think more about institutions rather than persons and those are the things that actually make the economy to grow and the society to thrive,” he added.

The Governor, who also congratulated the envoy on his new posting to Nigeria, pledged the commitment of the State Government to continually protect the business interests of Americans and others in the State.pix-0393

He particularly expressed readiness to partner with American firms in scaling up the transport system and the health sector in the state, among other areas.

He added that in the last 18 months, the State Government had committed huge resources and efforts to security of the people,assuring that the government would continually give greater attention to the safety and welfare of residents, including American investors.

“Lagos is a beautiful home to American Embassy; we know that a lot of
Americans reside in Lagos and we have tried as much as possible to create an enabling environment for investors in the state and also protect all citizens and residents.

We are very strong on judicial and security sector reforms and we have maintained in the last 18 months, a peaceful environment in Lagos and we have continued to ensure also that Lagos is safe,” the Lagos Governor hinted.

Ambassador Symington said his visit to the Governor was premised on the need to listen and learn with the aim of planning ways to work with the State Government and the people of Nigeria.

According to him, the relationship will in the future, allow the children of Nigeria and the children of United States gather for a better world forged by the symbiotic partnership.