Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has said 2016 would bring economic challenges but the state would ensure it survives any inclement economic weather.
Ambode, in his New Year message to residents of the state, said Lagos had always been resilient and would consolidate on its self- reliance to weather the storm.
He said that even the last seven months had been challenging, but with patience of the people, their support and positive criticism, his administration had begun to display a positive outlook on innovation and inclusion.
"I am aware that 2016 will also bring economic challenges due to pressures of dwindling revenue from the centre, but Lagos has always been resilient and must consolidate on its self-reliance to ensure it survives any inclement economic weather," Ambode said.
The governor assured the residents that 2016 held great promise to them though improved security, creation of job opportunities and greater attention to positive infrastructure development.
He said that 2016 promised to be a ground breaking year for the people of the state.
"I have been lifted by the support and love shown to me and my government by well-meaning Lagosians and I am encouraged to redouble efforts to deliver the Lagos of our dreams," Ambode said
The governor called for the continued support of residents through regular payment of their taxes and strict adherence to their civic responsibilities.
He wished all residents the very best in the New Year and promised to rededicate himself to the social contract with them.