Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has attributed the progress in Lagos State to divine favour and the fact that the government recognises the role of God in its progress and growth.
Governor Ambode made the statement on Saturday at the closing session of the 2018 national convention of the Full Gospel Business Men Fellowship (FGBMF), Nigeria, held at the Police College, Ikeja.
“The successes recorded in our state are a result of God’s divine mercy and provision for our State.
“As we gather here today, I urge you all to join us in praying for Lagos State and collectively, our Nation and all its citizens; all our businessmen and professionals, all our youth and women; that we may continue to enjoy the favour and protection of God always,” Ambode said.
The governor had earlier in his speech said Lagos has many opportunities and an enabling environment for visitors to tap from.
“Our state has been a gateway to prosperity for many and many more still come here in pursuit of their dreams.
“We continue to pray that as more people come to our State in search of genuine, honest business, our God will crown their efforts with success and they will reap bountiful harvests from their labour,” he said.
Commenting on the theme of convention which is “An Open Door”, Ambode added, “It seems to me that we have been building a Lagos which will be an Open Door to success, An Open Door to prosperity and An Open Door for all who believe and fear God to experience His Love, Mercy and Favour.
“Before a door can open, proper foundation must have been laid. Our State remains a good example of where doors can open for members of this great fellowship.”
Earlier in his welcome address, national president of FGBMF, Ifeanyi Odedo, said posterity would forever be kind to Governor Ambode for putting in place numerous projects to empower the people, especially to tackle poverty.
According to Odedo, “the policy thrust of the state government might not be seen physically, especially the one that has to do with poverty alleviation, such that we have to do with economic growth that has been sustainable through this massive infrastructural development and renewal that is the thrust of Lagos State under this administration.
“Our governor (Ambode) has left a legacy on the sands of history. As far as this state is concerned, he has lifted the bar of governance. His achievements have brought a lot of excitement in some quarters and provocation in other quarters. I want to believe that posterity will not forget in a hurry the good jobs that our governor has done,” he said.