Dr Olajide Adediran, PDP governorship candidate in Lagos, has decried the rising spate of building collapse in the state and delared that the incidences were preventable.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that another uncompleted seven-storey building collapsed in the state in the early hours of Sunday claiming no fewer than six lives.
Adediran, the Convener of Lagos4Lagos Movement, who is popularly called ‘Jandor’, in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos, particularly regretted that many lives were being lost to the disasters he said were preventable.
The statement was signed by Mr Gbenga Ogunleye, Head, Media and Communication of the campaign organisation.
“This is not the best of times for the good people of our dear state.
“The high spate of preventable loss of lives from incessant cases of building collapse in the Centre of Excellence is quite worrisome, saddening and disheartening.
“The clear show of insensitivity and ineptitude on the part of the state government is very disturbing,” Adediran said.
He said that all well-meaning and all right-thinking Nigerians were concerned about the problem that seemed to have lingered.
“The recent case of the building collapse in Victoria Island where six people died is one case too many.
It is obvious that the death of the victims was preventable,” he added.
Adediran said that the admittance of the government that the building had no relevant building approvals showed dereliction of duty.
He said: “It is not enough that the government official assigned to the ministry concerned, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, has resigned.
“Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has failed all Lagos residents, not only the victims of this current incident and the many others who died in about 47 cases of building collapse between 2019 to date.
“It is expected that the Governor himself should have resigned instead of the arranged scapegoating of asking his commissioner to quit.
” The governorship hopeful explained that the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG), an advocacy group of building environment professionals, in 2019 had revealed that 36,000 buildings were waiting to collapse in Lagos.
He said that between 2019 and the recent incident, Lagos State officially recorded about 47 building collapse cases, not taking into account those that were not reported such as the Itamaga, Ikorodu incident, Idumota partial buildings collapse, and another at Shangisha, Magodo among several others.
He described PDP as the only credible alternative that would birth a breath of fresh air and champion the cause of the masses.
Adediran sympathised with the families of the victims and assured all residents of the state that the government of the PDP would put a stop to the painful episodes if elected into office.
Five persons died in a multiple auto crash at Iju area of Idiroko -Ota Expressway on Wednesday.
The accident, involving a Mack tanker, a Volkswagen Golf, a tricycle and a motorcycle, was said to have occurred at about 10.35 a.
m.The Zonal Commander, Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Mr Adekunle Ajibade, confirmed the accident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota.Ajibade said that one person also sustained injury in the accident, which involved 11 persons — eight male and three female.
The zonal commander said speeding and loss of control was the likely cause of the accident.
“Some of the occupants of some of the vehicles were fortunate to escape death while five of the vehicles’ passengers were unfortunate.
“The corpses have been deposited at the morgue of General Hospital Ota and the injured is receiving treatment in the same hospital,” he said.
Ajibade said that TRACE had to deploy a crane and a flat bed vehicle to remove the vehicles from the ditch.
He said that the evacuation of the vehicles had been completed, except for the tanker, as TRACE had to wait for NUPENG officials for transloading before total evacuation.
Ajibade advised motorists to always adhere strictly to traffic regulations and refrain from speeding to avoid loss of lives.
The Police Service Commission (PSC) says its recruitment portal for constables into the Nigeria Police is still running with over 60,000 applications received.
Mr Ikecchukwu Ani, the Head of Press and Public Relations PSC said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said the commission had no intention to abdicate its constitutional mandate to recruit Nigerians into the Police Force.
Ani called on interested Nigerians to continue to avail themselves of the opportunity to pursue a career in the Nigeria Police Force.
He said the portal, which was opened on Aug. 15, would be closed on Aug. 26.Ani said the Commission’s Plenary would consider promotion examinations for Police Officers in line with the provisions of the Public Service Rules.
The PSC spokesman said the idea was to entrench merit in the conduct of police promotions.
He pledged the commitment of the Commission to continue to work to improve the overall performance in the Nigeria Police while providing the necessary platform for collaboration between the Police and PSC.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that, in reaction to advertisement by PSC for commencement of the recruitment process for Constables, the Nigeria Police urged the public to disregard advertisement.
The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, had in a statement said the force had not commenced its recruitment process.
Adejobi said the advertisement had no connection with the Nigeria Police or being in tandem with the Police recruitment process.
He said the Nigeria Police had not commenced recruitment process for the 2022 batch of Constables, contrary to the advertisement placed by the PSC.
The Sokoto State Commissioner for Energy and Petroleum Resources, Alhaji Balarabe Dandinmahe, has called on Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company to upgrade electricity installations across the state.
Dandinmahe made the call at Kaduna Electric Customer Engagement Forum for consumers from Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States in Sokoto on Wednesday.
He emphasised the urgent need for the company to consider upgrading, refurbishing and total overhaul of the installations as many were over 40 years old.
He said the poor condition of equipment, erratic power supply, possibility of expanding the distribution services to equate the growing population are urgently desirable for Kaduna Electric.
The commissioner noted about 80 per cent installations were done by either state or local government areas in Sokoto State, indicating the need for the company to reciprocate the efforts by providing incentives to citizens.
According to him, the company should also prioritises relationships with customers in the state and ensure that its workers possess good human relations.
Dandinmahe further appealed to the company to redesign, improve metering system, saying that Sokoto was far left behind in the ongoing digital system.
Earlier, the Chairman, Board of Directors of Kaduna Electric, Alhaji Abbas Jega, said the forum was routine efforts to obtain direct public complaints, suggestions and other concerns from customers with a view to improve the services.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event witnessed questions and answers, resolutions, forwarding of individuals and groups’ complaints on electricity, payments, recorded damages and poor conditions of facilities.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive of Kaduna Electric, Mr Yusuf Yahaya, along with distribution managers from the three states led intensive interaction between company officials and the public.
They pledged to make adjustments as well as enhance the services.
Mr Clement Nze, Director-General, Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) on Wednesday, warned of more impending flood disasters in the near future as above-normal rainfalls and lack of adherence to warnings persist.
Nze gave the warning at a media briefing in Abuja, on Thursday.
He stressed that flood related disaster would only be minimised by strict adherence to warnings from relevant authorities and extra preparedness by states could also avert most of the looming disasters.
“Virtually all flood incidents already experienced in most parts of the country are caused by overflow of silted rivers especially those within localities and poor urban drainage systems.
“As of today, flood disasters have occurred in many states and the worse hit state is Jigawa with 16 local government areas affected and more than 50 lives lost, with property, livelihoods and infrastructures damaged.
“Meanwhile, both local and International dams are yet to release any water, what most states are experiencing right now are due to poor or lack of drainage systems and overflow from heavy local rainfalls.
“As of today, both Kainji and Jebba Dams on River Niger are still impounding water into their reservoirs, Shiroro Dam and River Kaduna are equally impounding water and there is no release of water from any of the dams within and outside Nigeria,” he explained.
The News Agency of NIgeria reports that ,Lagos is the worst hit after Jigawa, with 14 LGA’s affected by flood already and many casualties recorded with some residents displaced by the flood.
NAN reports that other flood hit states include, Nasarawa (Keffi), Anambra (Onitsha), Imo (Owerri), Abia (Aba), Kwara (Ilorin, Offa), Kaduna (Kaduna), Rivers (Bori), Enugu (Enugu), Ogun (Ijebu Ode), Defta (Asaba), Taraba (Jalingo), Yobe (Gashua), Ekiti (Ado Ekiti), Borno, Ondo (Akure town), Oyo (Iseyin, Eruwa), Katsina, Maiduguri.
” “It should be noted that at this period of the year impoundments of water into the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon is still in progress, under normal circumstances, it is usually around the third week of September that the Dan reservoir could approach an elevation of 213metres,” he said.
According to him, spillage of water takes place once the reservoir level approaches 216m, therefore, no release of Water from the Lagdo Dam has occurred, a situation that is closely monitored,” he added.
“The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adwmu, had warmed earlier in the year ,that 32 states and 233 local government areas, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were at a high risk of flooding in Nigeria” he said.
The Annual flood outlook (AFO) has it that 233 Local Government Areas in 32 states of the Federation and the FCT fall within the highly probable risk areas, while 212 Local government areas in 35 states, including FCT, fall within the moderately flood risk areas
The Naira on Wednesday maintained its negative performance against the dollar at the InvestorsThe Naira on Wednesday maintained its negative performance against the dollar at the Investors and Exporters window, exchanging at N436.50 against N436.00 on Tuesday, representing 0.11 per cent depreciation.
The open indicative rate closed at N431.88 to the dollar on Wednesday.
An exchange rate of N437.50 to the dollar was the highest rate recorded within the day’s trading before it settled at N436.50. The Naira sold for as low as N418 to the dollar within the day’s trading.
A total of 82.23 million dollars was traded at the official Investors and Exporters window on Wednesday.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has named Mr Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, an engineer, as the new Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development.
He replaces Mr Idris Salako, whose resignation as commissioner was announced on Monday.
Salako’s resignation came on the heels of the collapse of a seven-storey building at Oba Idowu Abiodun Oniru Road, Oniru Estate on Victoria Island.
Lagos has been faced with recurring cases of building collapse in recent times.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, said in a statement on Wednesday that Bamgbose-Martins, the new appointee, had been the Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations since inception of the present administration.
Omotoso said that Bamgbose-Martins was born on June 3, 1957, in Lagos, had his Primary Education at St. Mary’s Private School, Lagos and went to St. Gregory’s College, Lagos for his secondary education, which he completed in 1974. He said that the new commissioner obtained his First Degree, Bachelor of Science (B.
Sc Hons) in Civil Engineering from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) and a Master of Science Degree (MSc.) in Civil Engineering from the University of Lagos, majoring in .
According to him, Bamgbose-Martins’ constant quest for knowledge led him to embark on several post-qualification programmes such as Infrastructure Development at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.
”He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), a Member of the Institute of Highway Transportation (MIHT) and a Registered Engineer (COREN).
”Bamgbose-Martins is an astute Civil Engineer with over 33 years of professional experience as a Public Servant.
”He has served the Lagos State Government in various capacities, such as Engineer, Director of Planning and Design, General Manager, Lagos State Ferry Services, Executive Secretary and Vice Chairman, Lagos State Roads, Bridges and Highway Infrastructure Private Sector Participation (PSP) Board.
”He rose through the Public Service ranks to become a Permanent Secretary in 2005 and headed at different times, the Ministry of Rural Infrastructure, Ministry of Housing and Ministry of Works and Infrastructure from where he retired in 2015. ”He was appointed by the present administration as a member of the Lagos State Project Finance and Process Compliance Audit Committee,” Omotoso said.
Today, Ambassador Teferi Melesse met with MP Gavin Williamson and briefed the latter on current political developments in Ethiopia, including the conflict in the north.
The meeting has come before the parliamentarian's visit to Ethiopia in a couple of weeks.
The Ambassador spoke at length about the background to the conflict, which he noted is rooted in the TPLF's refusal to integrate into the Ethiopian body politic following the 2018 leadership change in Ethiopia.
The Ambassador also described the recruitment of child soldiers by the TPLF, the violation of the humanitarian truce and the diversion of humanitarian aid and fuel for military purposes, while presenting Ethiopia's commitment to resolve political differences through dialogue in the AU framework.
Despite the conflicts and negative rhetoric about Ethiopia, the Ambassador noted some encouraging developments, including the Green Legacy initiative that culminated in the planting of 22 billion trees across the country in four years and the rainfed farming practice that it is believed that it guarantees food sufficiency.
The parliamentarian, for his part, thanked Ambassador Teferi for the briefing and wished the conflict to be resolved soon and those positive achievements to be maintained while he offered to support Ethiopia in any way possible.
The Centre for Earth Works, a non-governmental organisation, says it has engaged 800 school children on enlightenment project.
It says the programme — “Project nature in schools” is to enlighten young people on approaches toward addressing climate change.
The Team Lead of the organisation, Mr Benson Dotun, announced this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Jos. He said that the project, also known as green schools, had engaged school children in Jos East, Jos South and Jos North local government areas on its advocacy campaigns on sustaining the environmental.
“ The idea is to form green schools, have young people enlightened on how the natural world works and their roles in trying to address the manmade problems we face in our environment.
“This includes the issues of climate changes, waste and renewable energy such as solar,” he said.
He described young people as the future of the society who are critical in preserving the environment through engaging in tree planting, advocacy on environmental issues and proper disposal of trash, recyclables and hazardous household waste among others.
He said that the organisation had also trained 20 scavengers in Jos North Local Government Area to build their capacity on identifying waste and the need for proper separation.
He noted that the organisation had also conducted training on eco literacy for scavengers in the local government.
The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) has cautioned residents of communities in Cross River where erosion sites are completed to desist from illegal sand mining and dumpling of refuse in drains.
The Cross River NEWMAP Communications Officer, Mrs Affiong Ani, gave the warning during the handing over of six sites to the communities for ownership in Calabar.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the six communities are, Atakpa, Ikot Anwantim, Nyangasang, Federal Agriculture, Ikot Ekpo and Edim Otop gully erosion site.
Ani frowned at the continuous sand mining in some of the communities.
She said that in spite of several warnings, some persons in the communities were still mining sand which she said was undermining the good work of NEWMAP.
“We are very lucky with these sites that are completed.
The people should be very appreciative.
“We have also noticed that residents dump refuse into the drains of these sites that are just completed.
“You will see where people mine sand.
Clan heads, residents of these communities, we are pleading with you, form a vigilante, let them look into problems of sand mining.
“This is because if nothing is done, the erosion control works that have been done in your community will be undermined, causing a more devastating degradation,” she warned.
Earlier while commissioning the Ikot Ekpo site and handing over, the Commissioner, Ministry of International Development Cooperation, Dr Inyang Asibong, urged the communities to guide the sites by ensuring that refuse were not dumped in the drainages.
“Having successfully completed work on the six sites, it is therefore imperative for NEWMAP to handover the sites to the relevant stakeholders and end users for maintenance and sustainability.
“Government resources have been sunk into the project, “It behoves on the relevant stakeholders to jealously guide the sites and ensure that refuse are not dumped into the drains as this will undermine the work already carried out,’’ the commissioner said.
Asibong who doubles as the Project Coordinator, commended Gov. Ben Ayade for providing the counterpart funding and also the World bank for its massive support.
Speaking on behalf of the six communities, the Chairman of Ikot Ekpo Development Association, Dr Victor Odor, thanked God for the completion of the projects.
“These sites were pathetic in the past and the people lived in fear especially when it rained.
“Thank God for NEWMAP, World Bank and the Government of Cross River.
Our hope is renewed; we have a good tarred road with drainage systems,” Odor said.