Nigeria’s economic nerve centre- Lagos formally welcomes President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, on a two-day working visit to the State, which is the President’s first official visit to the state since he assumed office.
Already, streets of Ikeja metropolis in the state capital as well as Lagos Island have been adorned with banners and colourful inscriptions on boards to welcome Mr President.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde confirmed the visit in a statement made available to the media.
Although the President will be represented by Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Mr Ayorinde stated that the visit would be the first time in about 15years that a sitting President would be visiting the State on a working visit.
He described it as a testimony to the landmark achievements of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in less than a year as well as the good working relationship between Lagos State and the Federal Government.
Ayorinde added that President Buhari during the visit, would formally commission the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Rescue Unit in Cappa Oshodi built by the State Government to ensure prompt and swift response to emergency situations in the State.
“The President will thereafter commission the newly constructed Ago Palace Way in Okota, Isolo after which he will pay homage to the Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu (the Lagos monarch) at the Iga Iduganran Palace on Lagos Island; the President will later in the day be hosted to a reception rally by the State Government at the Tafawa Balewa Square, (TBS) Lagos where he will also commission and hand over security equipment and vehicles contributed by the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration to securities agencies,” he added.
The Commissioner stressed that activities for the first day of the President’s visit would be rounded off with a State Banquet in his honour at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island.
He also hinted that President Buhari would on Tuesday participate as the Special Guest of Honour at a breakfast session with Corporate Lagos to be hosted by Governor Ambode at the Lagos State House, Marina, after which he would have a short session with the public service at the State House, Alausa-Ikeja.
According to the Commissioner, “Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is full of joy over this landmark presidential visit to the State that contributed so much to his emergence as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
He added that Lagosians were looking forward with excitement to receive the President in the State, just as he urged residents to bear with law enforcement agents and traffic control authorities who would effect road diversions in some of the routes that the President’s motorcade would pass through.