Lagos Cooperatives investment hits N152B

 

Olayinka Oladunjoye, Lagos State commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, has disclosed that cooperatives’ investment in Lagos State economy has risen to N152 billion in the last three years.

She attributed the feat to concerted efforts by the present administration in the State to turn the cooperatives movement into an instrument of economic growth and business prosperity.

The commissioner, who disclosed this on Monday, July 2, at a press briefing organised by the state government to commemorate the Year 2018 International Day of Cooperatives, also noted that there had been an appreciable growth in the number of registered Cooperative Societies in the state.

She explained that the state government will continue to unleash the economic potentials of the cooperative sub-sector for increased contributions to the state’s economy.

“The general objective of this realignment is to deploy cooperative principles towards the establishment of viable and profitable enterprises,” Oladunjoye said.

Speaking on the theme of this year celebration, “Sustainable Consumption and Production,” the commissioner described it (the theme) as a clarion call to members of the cooperative movement to show how they run successful businesses while respecting natural environment and the resources it offers.

The International Day of Cooperatives is an annual event aimed at increasing awareness about cooperatives societies, highlight the complementary goals and objectives of the United Nations and the International Co-operative Movement, underscore the economic contributions of the Cooperative Movement and also strengthen and extend partnerships between International Co-operative Movement and other actors.

Some activities lined up for the week-long celebration by the state government, are: Cooperative Awareness Walk, Quiz Competition, Visitation to some Homes & Orphanages on Tuesday, Annual Lecture/Exhibition on Thursday, Jumat Sevice/ Parade on Friday and the grand finale on Saturday July 7th which will be followed by Thanksgiving service on Sunday.

The grand finale will feature Merit Award/Gala Night at Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja and will have Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, as the special guest of honour…

July 3, @ 15:15 GMT/

Lagos Land Use Charge: Stakeholders at public hearing demand total reversal

STAKEHOLDERS, including professional bodies and civil society organisations, on Tuesday demanded a reversal of the new Lagos State Land Use Charge Law, 2018 to its former status, rather than an amendment.

The stakeholders made this position known at a one-day stakeholders meeting organised by the Lagos State House of Assembly on the controversial law that drew condemnation and protests from residents.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the House organised a Public Hearing on Lagos State Land Use Charge (Amendment) Law, 2018 in response to the protests that greeted the law after Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode’s assent.

According to the stakeholders, the state government has no justification for the increment as the economic is biting hard on the masses.

Mr Fitzgerald Umah, the Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Architects, Lagos State, urged the state government to repeal the law and return to the status quo, to help Lagosians in view of the hardship they were  facing.

He said increasing the tax without corresponding increase in the salaries of workers would definitely increase the burden of the masses.

Umah frowned  at the increased tax on virgin land, saying that people who could not develop their landed property would find it more difficult to build with the new tax.

The Association of Real Estate Developers of Lagos State, which also called for a reversal, said that the masses would bear the burden if the new law was allowed to operate.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Mr Mutairu Olumegbon, its General Secretary, asked the government to clarify whether the new charge was on the land or the property on it.

“The charges are highly exorbitant to the level that it will go back to the poor masses, because it is from what we collect from people that we will pay the government,” he said.

A representative of Lekki Residents Association, Mr Olorogun Emadoye, said that the new law was arbitrary.

Also, Chairman of Estate Surveyors and Valuers in Lagos State, Mr Olurogba Orimolade faulted the way properties were being assessed in the state, adding that new charges were almost equivalent to the annual income of the property owners.

A representative of National Association of Private Schools Owners Association, Mr Joseph Idornigie, urged the government to exempt private schools from land use charge.

Idomigie, who noted that private school owners were offering social services and parents were paying taxes already, said it would be double taxation if the schools should also pay taxes.

In his remarks, Mr Tunde Braimoh, the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Strategy and Security, decried people’s disregard for legislative procedure and practices.

He said that people don’t take advantage of public hearings on bills.

Braimoh said the hues and cries of the people necessitated the quick amendments of the laws, and expressed satisfaction with the turn out of the people.

“Democracy is not about us, it is about the people, for the people. People are pivotal in every facet of democracy,” he said.

On the walkout of some stakeholders over the short notice, Braimoh said: “The event was put together out of the love and respect we have for the people, to make their voices known on the law.

“If we had taken our time and allowed the disputes to fester, the law will be obeyed anyway, because it is already a law. It has been passed and signed — process of law making is complete.

“If we don’t make haste to review it, the law will continue to operate whether anybody likes it or not. But to avoid this, we cannot  fold our hands and allow the law regardless of whether they like it or not.

” That’s why we said the earlier the better to review, amend it and tailor it to the yearnings and aspirations of the people. That’s why we made accelerated process without cutting corners,” he said.

He said that the adverts for the public hearing had been in newspapers over a week for people to come.

Mr Bayo Osinowo, the Chairman of the six-man House Ad hoc  Committee on Land Use Charge (Amendment ) Law, 2018 said that House was committed to amending the law.

Osinowo said:”Nobody has a monopoly of wisdom. We have listened to the people on the merits and demerits and will have a common position”.

The Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, said the public still had two weeks more to submit their memoranda on the bill before the House would do anything on it.

On the possibility of the state going back to the status quo, Obasa said: “That is their own suggestion; we will look into it and see what we can do. I can’t assure you that we are going to adopt that as our position”.

Obasa said that members of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) , Ikeja Branch and other civil society organisations that left the public hearing angrily still had two weeks to make their submissions.

– Mar. 27, 2018 @ 17:02 GMT |

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The Return of Refuge Dumps on Lagos Metropolis

 

Lagos state is once again proving to be one of the dirtiest cities in the world as heaps of refuse litter the metropolis, prompting residents to worry that such could lead to an epedemic outbreak

 

By Anayo Ezugwu

 

RESIDENTS of Lagos State are increasingly worried over huge heaps of refuse across the metropolis.  Presently, all the nook and crannies of state including major roads are littered with refuse thereby causing an eyesore and in some cases obstructing the flow of traffic. This has heightened the fear of an outbreak of an epidemic across the state if the government fails to remedy the situation soon.

A visit to Suluere, Obalende, Jakande, Apapa, Ajegunle, Ojo areas of Lagos, among others revealed that the city is swimming in filth thereby leaving up to its classification as one of the dirtiest city in the world.

Realnews investigations  showed that the resurgence of refuse on Lagos streets have so much to do with the lingering faceoff between the state government and Private Sector Participation, PSP, refuse collectors over  the introduction of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, CLI, a new waste disposal policy.

Aggrieved that the state government did not carry them along, the waste collectors under the aegis of the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria, AWMN, filed a suit against the government which is still pending in court. To give legal backing to the CLI, the state government had initiated an executive bill which has since been passed into law by the State House of Assembly.

To drive the CLI, government had engaged Visionscape Sanitation Solutions Limited, an environmental utility group, to takeover waste management in the state under a Public Private Partnership PPP, arrangement. This foreign firm is expected to apply advanced technology in waste management in the state. Government’s argument is that this arrangement was in the best interest of the state. But the PSP waste managers disagreed.

However, Jide Idris, commissioner for health, has explained that the need for the new environmental initiative became imperative owing to the fact that there was need for a review of the old system to tackle emerging challenges. “All of us have a role to play in keeping Lagos healthy because there is a connection between health, environment and security,” he said.

The state government has also allayed the fears of residents over the resurgence of waste on major highways and streets’, assuring that government is on top of the situation and working round the clock to make it a thing of the past. At the recent inauguration of the new board of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps, LAGESC, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said the new waste management policy of government encapsulated in the CLI was designed to holistically address the challenges in the sector.

He said all hands were already on deck to confront the initial hitches within the transition period. He said adequate officials of LAGESC transformed from the former Kick Against Indiscipline, KAI, have been employed to police all nooks and crannies of the state to curb indiscriminate dumping of waste and other acts inimical to clean, hygienic and sustainable environment.

The governor said concerted efforts were ongoing to clear the heaps of refuse across the metropolis, and assured that there would be marked improvement in coming days. “We are all living witnesses to the restructuring we are trying to do in the environmental sector. That restructuring culminated in the introduction of CLI which is focused at ensuring that the way we clean Lagos is comparable to what is being done in first class cities in the world.

“As a result, we are changing the way environment in Lagos, is being managed and to help us to achieve that, this Sanitation Corp is important. But more importantly now is to speak to the fact that yes, we are having some challenges in the area of waste management in Lagos, today. We all live in Lagos, but I want to reaffirm that we are doing everything to ensure that this becomes a thing of the past,” he said.

Even though the state government, through the CLI, quickly swung into action to clear the accumulated waste, the rate of clearance has not outstripped the rate of waste generation, especially in communities and areas where waste cannot be collected at night.

As a result of this, public health physicians have expressed concerns over the state of Lagos environment that is currently in squalor. They warned that the new outbreak of Lassa fever in some states across the country might happen in the state amidst heaps of loose rubbish around major markets and streets.

Akin Osibogun, public health expert, said improperly disposed refuse could cause common hazards such as  breeding of vermin’s and vectors of disease. Vermin (colloquially varmint or varmit) are pests or nuisance animals that spread diseases or destroy crops or livestock. He explained that common houseflies that are in abundance at sites of improperly disposed refuse could also transmit diarrheal causing agents of disease. “Rats will breed rapidly in the presence of improperly disposed refuse,” he said.

He stressed that environmental factors obviously have impact on human health and, therefore, the general public should all be concerned about the state of their surroundings. Other determinant of one’s health includes human genetics, individual lifestyles, and health care system of the people.

“We know that rats are associated with the spread of diseases such as Lassa fever, and Leptospirosis. Rats also cause economic losses by consuming and spoiling household food items. In addition, improperly disposed refuse also pose fire hazards and can be the source of physical injuries to man in addition to its unsightliness and the psycho-social aversion it creates.

“It can also cause blockage of drainage systems with resultant flooding during raining seasons, which also lead to an increased incidence of diarrheal diseases as a result of contamination of food and drinking water sources,” he said.

Osibogun advised individuals and communities to be properly organised to dispose of their refuse in hygienic manner to prevent the spread of diseases related to improper refuse disposal. “Individuals can bag their refuse in polythene bags or stored in covered bins that prevent access by rats and vermin’s. There must also be organized mechanisms for the removal and disposal of refuse in every community.”

Agege Township Stadium ready for CAF Champions League in February – Official

 

THE Lagos State Government says efforts are on to ensure the completion of the upgrading Agege Township Stadium and ready for CAF Champions League in February.

Bolaji Yusuf, the Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode on Facility and Infrastructure, gave the assurance at an interactive session with newsmen during facility tour of the stadium.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the stadium is the home ground of the Nigeria Professional Football League Club, Mountain of Fire and Miracle (MFM) FC.

The  MFM FC (also called Olukoya Boys) finished second in the Nigeria Professional Football League 2016/2017 season.

Yusuf said: “The stadium will be ready before the first home game of the team in CAF Champions League.

“The major upgrading work is completed; more than 60 per cent of structural work is done already.

“ By Monday (Jan. 29) the new extension roof will be covered, leaving room for the remaining 40 per cent, which involves fittings.

“It would only remain minor details to bring the stadium to CAF standard.

“The stadium upgrade is expected to be completed and handed over by Feb.19.

“A test match will take place on Feb. 20 to test run the facility ahead of the CAF league match.’’

NAN reports that the upgrade works at the stadium include: relocation of the dressing room, referees room and addition of a doping control room.

“There will also be improvement in the security for players of both the home and visiting teams to restrict fans from having direct access to the dressing room and the referees’ room.

“The work when completed will be a fulfillment of the promise made by Ambode to MFM FC players and management after the club picked a slot in the CAF champions league,’’ Yusuf said.  -NAN

 

– Jan. 25 2018 @ 13:15 GMT

 

Butchers agree to partner Oyo State Govt. on centralised abattoir

OYO State Butchers Association has agreed to partner with Oyo State Government on the feasibility of the proposed centralised abattoir in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state.

The butchers conveyed their position at a news briefing on Friday in Lagos after a facility tour of the Lagos State Centralised Abattoir situated in the Oko-Oba neighbourhood of the state.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the delegation of butchers, led by Alhaji Abidemi Siyanbade, the Special Adviser to Gov. Abiola Ajimobi on Community Relations, was in Lagos to understudy the operations of the centralised abattoir.

Siyanbade told newsmen that the visit, which was at the instance of the governor, was aimed at enlightening the butchers and state government on how the Lagos centralised abattoir worked.

“Today, we have established the fact that Ibadan Central Abattoir in Akinyele Local Government can function effectively and efficiently in a similar manner. We learnt that Oko-Oba Abattoir is the only centralised abattoir in Lagos.

“We were told that it was only last year that the Lagos State Government decided to establish modular types of abattoir at some areas in Lagos and all, including the Lagos centralised abattoir, are run via a Public-Private Partnership,” he said.

The special adviser expressed optimism that the central abattoir in Ibadan would soon be functional since the butchers had established that a centralised abattoir could also work in Ibadan.

Alhaji Abdul-Azeez Adekunle, the Chairman, Oyo State Butchers Association, pledged that the association would partner with the government to ensure that the state’s abattoirs functioned well.

Adekunle, who was represented by Abdulfatai Adekunle, said that the butchers were impressed about how the Lagos centralised abattoir functioned effectively, particularly its mechanised animal slaughtering lines.

“We came to see how they are doing it in Lagos, particularly the mechanised slaughtering model. Today, we are very much impressed with what we have seen.

“We were exposed to the mechanised and conventional methods; we hope to partner with the government to make our abattoir in Ibadan function well.

“We just have to move forward and from the old way of doing things; we just have to sit down together and agree on some important issues,’’ he said.

Also speaking, Mr Yinka Fatoki, Executive Secretary, Oyo State Bureau of Investment Promotion, said that the visit was part of the ongoing stakeholders’ engagement on the desirability and workability of a centralised abattoir in a metropolitan city like Ibadan.

“We have come here with some members of the butchers association, some local government chairmen and some government functionaries.

“It is good to know that since 1995, the Oko-Oba Abattoir has been the only centralised abattoir in Lagos,’’ he said.

Mr Adekunle Oladeji, the Chairman of Aare Latoosa Local Council Development Area, called for a synergy between the butchers and government.

“What we saw here today is worth being emulated. I think the butchers will agree with government and ensure the workability of the abattoir,” he said.

Earlier, Dr Micheal Adeyemi, a Deputy Director, Veterinary Services, Lagos State, and Mr Adesegun Bello, Managing Director, Harmony Abattoir Management Services, urged butchers in Oyo State to embrace the centralised abattoir model.

Adeyemi said that there was no better abattoir model than the centralised abattoir, adding that several benefits abounded in it.

Also, Alhaji M.B Yusuf, who represented the Chairman, Lagos State Butchers Association, urged their Oyo State counterparts to embrace the modern abattoir system.

Yusuf recalled how the Lagos State Government facilitated their trip to Kenya and Botswana to understudy the mechanised slaughterhouse system.

“There are several advantages for the butchers, people and government in a centralised abattoir.

“I, however, implore the government to establish a ‘Butchers Academy’ as well as the Butchers Insurance Scheme,” he said.

NAN reports that the delegation was conducted round the abattoir and its facilities by the management of the Lagos Abattoir.

NAN recalls that the Oyo State Government has repeatedly directed butchers in Ibadan to relocate to the centralised abattoir in the Akinyele area of the city.

However, the butchers have tacitly refused to comply with the directive, claiming that a centralised abattoir cannot work effectively in the Ibadan metropolis. (NAN)

–   Jan.  19 2018 @ 20:48 GMT

Sweet Sensation Confectionery Counts its blessings at Thanksgiving Service

TO USHER in the new business year; essentially, on a spiritually recharged platform for greater brand capacity leveraging and satisfying, customer centric service delivery, Sweet Sensation Confectionery; a leading player in Quick Service Restaurant in Nigeria held her 2018 prayer and thanksgiving service on Thursday, January 18, in the Banquet Hall of her magnificent head office complex at Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos State – Nigeria.

The Sweet Sensation Confectionery Prayer and Thanksgiving Service is the Brand’s yearly event with goal to thank God Almighty, for His divine blessings and providence; from the preceding years to the current year. It is an inspired, appreciative corporate spiritual devotion to commemorate the new business year.

In attendance were Yinka Kamson, the chairman of the board of directors; Kehinde Kamson, the managing director/CEO. Other board members and directors in attendance were Tunji Sab Kamson; Mr. and Mrs. Gbadebo; the entire management team and members of staff of Sweet Sensation Confectionery; Saheed, Bidemi Adekoya, the officiating ministers and other distinguished guests and well-wishers.

Sweet Sensation offers satisfaction and well-being through her wide range of healthy meals, pastries and unique services.

In her opening remark, Kehinde Kamson stated the dawn of a new year offered opportunities for spiritual upliftment and re-dedication to service. She said the event was symbolic in its spiritual, moral, business and communal essence. The event also served as a forum to celebrate the brand’s achievements and re-enforce the vision and mission; and present awards to deserving staff members.

Yinka Kamson noted that success comes with determination and implored everyone; especially the members of staff to be more creative and open to new ideas. He said success would always come in due time and season to all who are diligent and committed in their duties; no matter wherein they might be called to serve.

In declaring divine providence in the 2018 business year, the MD flagged off the brand’s 2018 BRAND Declaration by launching project PROM as the 2018 strategic plan for Sweet Sensation Confectionery.

According to her, the P R O M acronym stands for:

  • P — Pursue
  • R —Recover
  • O –Overtake
  • M –Maintenance

She enjoined everyone to imbibe these values and re-dedicate themselves to a better life of individual and corporate service for a successful business year.

The event came to a close with a visit to Little Saints Orphanage Home, Abule Egba, Lagos State where several gifts ranging from food items, beverages, toys and toiletries were presented. The Team was led by Adewole Ojo, AGM front operations, who on behalf of the board and management of Sweet Sensation Confectionery expressed appreciation on the efforts of the management of Orphanage Home in showing love, care and well-being to the children and assured them that Sweet Sensation Confectionery would always support the home and other public spirited ventures as the year 2018 unfolds.

–   Jan.  19 2018 @ 19:35 GMT

Information Commissioner pledges LASG Support for Community Media

 

 

KEHINDE Bamigbetan, Lagos State commissioner for information and strategy,  today in Lagos, pledged the State government’s support and cooperation for community media in recognition of their role in history.

At an interactive session with the publishers of Community Newspapers in his office, Bamigbetan underscored the importance of Community Media in information management, explaining that from inception they always provided relevant information and have a longer lifespan as they can be read at any time thereby essential in passing information to the grassroots.

He stated that the support for Community Media by the current administration in the State was in line with its policy of the government of inclusion, pointing out that the Ambode administration has continually used community-driven policy as its competitive edge in governance.

He tasked the publishers to take advantage of the huge population of the State and improve their production, while not sidetracking high ethical standards and training for operators.

He said that Community Media is even more relevant now that some of them have gone online thus making their information global and advised the operators to develop their entrepreneurial skills, which he said, if well developed could make them print at least 500,000 copies per day.

Also, the Commissioner urged the operators to get acquainted with the laudable projects of the State Government and communicate this effectively, stressing that the policy thrust and the vision must be well understood by the residents for a better appreciation of government projects and programmes.

On the issue of refuse on some streets of Lagos, the Commissioner stated that the government has put in place a clear vision to improve waste management, emphasizing that Lagosians will begin to enjoy the well-packaged waste management measures being rolled out by the State very soon.

Earlier, the publishers took turns to applaud Mr. Bamigbetan’s appointment as the Commissioner for Information & Strategy and commended him for bringing Community media to limelight under the current administration.

Monsur Olowosago, publisher of Oriwu Sun, stated that the appointment is a right step in the right direction in view of the vast journalistic experience of Mr. Bamigbetan and his ability to mobilise the people of the grassroots.

Olowosago commended him for his role in standardizing the operations of Community media in the State and for creating a platform of engagement for the operators while also assuring the Commissioner of their support and cooperation.

 

 

–  Jan.  18, 2018 @ 13:35 GMT /

 

 

Customs officials kill man in Lagos, flee

 

SOME operatives of the Nigerian Customs Service on Wednesday shot a man to death in the Oko-Oba area of Lagos State.

The officials had reportedly chased a yellow commercial bus, popularly called Danfo, to the spot and opened fire on it.

It was learnt that the yet-to-be-identified victim was on the bus suspected to be carrying smuggled bags of rice

The officials were said to have fled the scene after shooting the man in the head.

Angry youths made bonfires on the road in protest but were later dispersed by policemen.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, confirmed the killing.   –   Punch

 

–   Jan. 17, 2018 @ 13:28 GMT

 

Court dismisses Evans’ N300m suit against police

 

THE Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday dismissed the N300million fundamental rights enforcement suit filed against the police  by suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans.

Justice Abdulazeez Anka dismissed the suit for lacking in merit.

Evans had in June last year filed the suit to challenge his detention for 11 days “without charge.”

The kidnap kingpin also alleged that he was subjected to media trial during his arrest.

He argued, through his counsel, Mr. Olukoya Ogungbeje, that the detention from June 10 was a violation of his fundamental rights enshrined in sections 35 (1) (c) (3) (4) (5) (a) (b) and 36 of the Constitution.

For his alleged unlawful detention, he asked the court to award N300m damages against the police.

The IGP, Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Commissioner of Police in Lagos State and Lagos State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) were the first to fourth respondents.

However, the police through its counsel, Emmanuel Eze, urged court to discountenance Evans’ application and dismiss same accordingly, for lacking in merit, “as no infraction was committed as claimed by the kidnapper.”

Delivering judgment, Justice Anka held that in the circumstances of the case, Evans could not rely on Section 35 and 36 of the Constitution.

The judge ruled that the decision of the police to detain Evans from June 10 to 22 was reasonable, as they had an order to detain him for 90 days.

On the media trial, the judge said there was no law that stops the media from carrying out their constitutional duty.

Justice Anka said: “This case does not succeed and is accordingly dismissed. All parties have the right of appeal.”  –  The Nation

 

– Jan. 16, 2018 @ 17:43 GMT

 

Dopemu residents protest against estimated bills

 

TIRED of continuous waiting without success over installation of prepaid meters, the residents of Dopemu, under the aegis of Dopemu Community Development Association (Dopemu CDA), Agege Local Government in the Ikeja Division area of Lagos State, recently protested against estimated bills, has said “no more to crazy and estimated bills” from Ikeja Electric (IE).

The residents, in thousands, marched to the headquarters of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company chanting “enough of crazy and estimated bills”.

According to the CDA Secretary, Seyi Lasisi and the Youth leader of the community, Sulaiman Alao, the community had waited endlessly since 2011 when they said IE promised to install prepaid meters in their community, but long after the device was installed in Ikeja and its environs, the company abandoned their area and continued with estimated bills.

“We are saying that it is either the DisCo installs prepaid meter to our respective houses or stop the outrageous estimated billing system. “

We are tired of being given estimated bills! We want prepared meters!  If there is no prepaid meters, please don’t come to our community for anything!    –  Vanguard

 

– Jan. 13, 2018 @ 04:35 GMT |

 

Funke Akindele to star in Hollywood movie, Avengers

 

NOLLYWOOD actress, Funke Akindele, popularly known as Jenifa has been named to be among stars who will feature in Marvel’s  Avengers: Infinity Wars.

Akindele’s name was published on a website, IMDB, the movie database website owned by Amazon.

Jennifer will be a member of ‘Dora Milaje’, a team of women who serve as personal bodyguards of the Black Panther, the spiritual leader of Wakanda.

The actress will act alongside Scarlett Johansson, Bernicio Del Toro and Chris Evans.

The storyline of the new series reads, “The Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain. ”

Funke Akindele was born on August 24, 1977, in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria .She came to limelight after featuring in popular United Nations Population Fund sponsored TV series I Need to Know, which ran from 1998 to 2002.

She currently plays the lead character in the hit TV show Jenifa’s Diary which is one of Nigeria’s most interesting comic series.  –  Punch

 

– Jan. 11, 2018 @ 14:05 GMT /

You are our partners in development of Lagos, Ambode tells religious leaders

 

GOV. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, has extolled the contributions of religious groups towards the development of the State.

Ambode made the remarks  at an inter-faith parley he held with religious leaders at Lagos House, Ikeja.

He described the spiritual leaders as great partners and pillars in the effort to bring greater progress and prosperity to the state.

The governor commended the religious leaders for their roles in sustaining and promoting  peaceful coexistence and religious tolerance in Lagos.

This, he said, has greatly aided government’s efforts in the delivery of services and dividends of democracy to the people, especially those at the grassroots.

Ambode remarked that the gathering was a “thanksgiving’’ for the mercy and blessing of God, who created an atmosphere of harmony that is making it possible to bring greater gains to the people.

He also appreciated the spiritual leaders for their roles in building this state of peace in Lagos and “for fine-tuning strategies and harmonious relationship among Lagosians’’.

“I thank you all for your ceaseless prayers and for all the spiritual efforts through the power of the pulpits and for sensitising your followers to follow the path of civility and lawfulness.

“The commendations and awards the State Government received from the National Hajj Commission and the Christian Conscience Group are all testimonies to your efforts and conduct as understanding and tolerant believers,’’ Ambode said.

According to him, it would not have been possible for anybody to successfully deliver, in vast and complex megacity as Lagos, without special spiritual touch.

He thanked God for the inspiration and spiritual direction that has given him the bigger space to touch many lives and advance humanity.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr AbdulHakeem Abdul-Lateef, praised the people of the state for choosing Ambode as the Governor of Lagos State.

“The clamour for a Christian governor during the electioneering period in 2015 was a justified request.

“I make bold to say that the governor did not disappoint the Christian and Muslim faithful, who vigorously requested for a Christian governor.

“Gov. Ambode has made both Christians and Muslims very proud,’’ the commissioner said.

Also speaking at the parley, Prof. AbdulLateef Adetona, the Head of Religious and Peace Studies, Lagos State University (LASU), recommended that the state government should encourage the teaching of religious studies in public schools.

Adetona said teaching religious studies would instil good morals in the minds of the children at their formative years.

He also called on leaders of religious groups to see themselves as partners in building a sustainable and enviable Lagos.

The don appreciated Gov. Ambode for decentralising activities of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) to all the Local governments in the state.

“This is a right one in the right direction,’’ Adetona said.

Rev. Kehinde Babarinde of the Baptist Conference Lagos Central delivered a lecture titled “The Role of Religious Leaders in Nation Building’’.

Babarinde extolled the good efforts of the governor, describing his achievements as “life touching and very impactful to Lagosians’’.  – NAN

 

–  Dec 14, 2017 @ 08:42 GMT

 

 

Ambode presents N1.046trn for 2018 budget

 

MR. Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos State Governor, has presented N1,046,121,181,680, Year 2018 Appropriation Bill to members of the state House of Assembly for consideration and subsequent approval.

Ambode had on November 26th, 2017 presented N813 billion Year 2017 Appropriation Bill to members of the assembly.

Also, he had previously, on December 17, 2015 presented N662.588billion Year 2016 Appropriation Bill to the Assembly.

The Appropriation Bill, tagged, “Budget of Progress and Development,” while presenting the bill today, Ambode noted that the budget proposal marked another basic point of reference in the progressing radical transformations and change that residents have been witnessing in the state since the inception of this administration.  – Vanguard

 

–  Dec 11, 2017 @ 16:47 GMT |

 

 

LASG advocates sanitation practices

 

THE Lagos State Government today joined the rest of the world to mark the World Toilet Day by emphasizing the need to promote healthy sanitation practices among Lagosians.

Speaking during at an event to mark the 2017 World Toilet Day at Ojodu-Berger Bus Terminus, Samuel Babatunde Adejare, the commissioner for the Environment, maintained that the celebration brings to the fore issues such as water, sanitation and hygiene.

According to him, proper handling of these critical issues would help reduce government expenditure on treatment of diseases and make more money available for other important public uses.

While emphasising the need for proper sanitation habit, Adejare said that by the United Nations estimate, 2.5 percent of the world’s seven billion people, mostly in rural areas, do not have proper sanitation while 1.1 billion people still defecate in the open.

“This has significant impacts on human health, dignity and security as well as the environment, social and economic development. The countries where open defecation is most widely practised are the same countries with the highest mortality rate of children under five, high levels of undernutrition and poverty as well as large wealth disparities,” he said.

The commissioner stated that sanitation and toilet issues required urgent actions to stem the tide of diseases and bring about a healthy citizenry.

“This staggering statistics no doubt calls for urgent action among all stakeholders to prioritise toilet and sanitation issues, enhance access to water and sanitation facilities and as well spread awareness of the ills of undesirable sanitation practices.”

Adejare said that the present administration was making determined efforts to eradicate the menace of open defecation and urination through the provision of public toilets and upgrading of already existing facilities across the state.

“All public institutions in the State such as petrol filling stations, eateries and shopping malls are mandated to maintain clean toilets and give access to members of the public. We have also ensured that non-compliance attracts appropriate sanctions,” he said.

He said that Lagos State government’s commitment to attaining the smart-city status could not be sacrificed at the altar of poor sanitation and inefficient solid waste management, stressing that the environment remained the State’s priority as it was important for maintaining a secure and more prosperous state.

He enjoined Lagosians to join the state crusade of attaining a cleaner, healthier, functional and sustainable environment, capable of promoting economic growth and well-being of the entire citizenry.

 

– Nov. 24, 2017 @ 13:16 GMT /

 

Panic as Two Naked Lovers are found Dead in Car

 

A MILD drama occurred on Sunday morning at Ogba, Ikeja, Lagos State, following the mysterious death of two lovers inside a Toyota Corrola car.

An witness said the man and his alleged mistress, believed to be a married woman with kids, were having sex in the car when they suddenly died. They were allegedly found
naked.

The duo was reported to have driven to an area behind the Nigeria Institute of Journalism, NIJ, to engage in sex.

By the time passers-by saw them, the car engine was still running and the air conditioner was on and working, indicating they did not die of suffocation.

The witnesses raised the alarm and reported to the Area G Police Command. Policemen promptly rushed to the scene.

When contacted, Famous-Cole, Lagos State Police Command Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Olarinde  said the corpses had been taken to the mortuary.

Famous-Cole: “Yes it is true. When information got to the area command, our men raced to the scene, and conveyed the corpses to the mortuary. Police commenced further investigation and an autopsy would be carried out on the corps

– Oct 30, 2017 @ 08:23 GMT |