Governor Ambode, who spoke at Lagos House in Ikeja when he received on courtesy visit the new United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington, said the transformation of the country depends largely on strong institutions rather than individuals, and as such, all hands must be on deck towards achieving such.
While congratulating the American people on the success of their general elections held in the country last month, Governor Ambode said Nigeria has a lot to learn from the United States, especially in the area of strong democratic institutions.
|Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), in a warm handshake with US Ambassador to Nigeria , Mr. Stuart Symington during a courtesy visit to the Governor at the Lagos House,Ikeja, on Thursday, December 8, 2016|
“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.”
|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,Ikeja, on Thursday, December 8, 2016.|
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 has 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.
He said: “Lagos is a beautiful home to American Embassy. We known 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.
Earlier, the Ambassador said his visit to Governor Ambode was to listen and learn with the aim of planning ways to work with the State Government and the people of Nigeria so that in the future, the children of Nigeria and the children of United States have to gather for a better world forged by the partnership.