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Don calls for immortalisation of Mobolaji Johnson, first governor of Lagos

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A don, Prof. Siyan Oyeweso, on Thursday called for the immortalisation of the first Military Governor of Lagos State, Brg. Gen. Mobolaji Johnson, in recognition of his outstanding achievements.


Oyeweso, professor of history at Osun State University and Fellow, Nigeria Academy of Letters (FNAL), made the call at the colloquium on the life and legacies of the departed Lagos State military governor in Ikeja.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the the colloquium was organised by Methodist Boys High School Old Boys Association in collaboration with Department of History and International Studies, Osun State University.

The colloquium, with the theme “A Toast to Discipline, Integrity and Leadership”, had friends, scholars and associates of the late general in attendance.

Prof. Oyeweso said that the giant strides and legacies left behind by the departed Johnson was worthy of emulation.

“Gen. Johnson administered Lagos well during his lifetime.

“From the beginning of his tenure to the end, he displayed a rare sense of integrity that is wanting in the society today.

“He was a man of integrity who will not want his name soiled in the garment of corruption even when he was wrongly accused, he was exonerated with a letter from the Head of State.

“The then Head of State, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, had to personally write a letter to exonerate him; that is his level of integrity, he was a man of his word.

“The late Johnson laid a solid foundation for the socio-economic development of Lagos State in the area of industry, housing, education, health and transportation being the pioneer governor.

“He developed all the ministries he created to make the state self-sustainable, and many commended him for his steadfastness, honesty and truthful nature,” he said.

Oyeweso said that Johnson was much confident of his integrity and was always ready to defend it, citing an example of the letter he wrote to the then Head of State, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo.

“The late general would not allow his name to be dragged in the mud and when he was in an unpleasant situation that warrant breach of trust on his personality, he wrote a letter to clear his name.

“He was someone who would not enrich himself with the public funds at his disposal, he had what he wanted to do with the funds allocated for the state for its development only.

“Late Gen. Johnson’s family history is important which should be in books because of his vision for Lagos State, so we call on the state and federal government to immortalize the great icon,” he said.

Edited & Vetted By: Buhari Bolaji/Wale Ojetimi
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8 burnt to death in Lagos-Ibadan expressway accident 

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Eight persons were on Saturday night burnt to death in a lone accident involving a Mazda bus on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.


Mr Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abeokuta on Sunday.

Umar explained that the accident, which occurred at about 8:45 p.m. near Saapade bridge, was caused by tyre burst.

This, he said, resulted in the bus summersaulting and bursting into flames.

The sector commander added that 11 people were involved in the accident made up of three male adults,  one female adult,  one child and six unidentified persons.

“The suspected cause of the lone accident involving the Mazda bus marked AAA 249 VX  was  tyre burst which led to loss of control before crash and bursting into flames immediately,” he said.

He said that FRSC operatives contacted the Sagamu Fire Service immediately for a joint rescue  operation.

Umar said that three injured victims were taken to Idera Hospital, Sagamu, for medical attention while the Health Department of Remo North Local Government Area was contacted on the burnt victims.

He  advised motorists to drive cautiously, obey traffic rules and regulations and ensure that their tyres were in good condition.

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Edited By: Mufutau Ojo)
Source: NAN

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Newborn safely delivered under Ajah bridge

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The Lagos State Emergency Managment Agency (LASEMA) has said that its ambulance team at Eti-osa delivered Ms Blessing Emmanuel, a 35 year-old woman of a live male baby.


Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu,

LASEMA, told Newsmen on Saturday that the baby was delivered at about 4:30 p.m under the Ajah Bridge.

”The lady, who has no home nor family in Lagos, is from Cross River State.

”Mother and baby are fine and have been taken to Island Maternity where they will get expert care,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Omowole
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NCDC records 189 new COVID-19 cases, total now 57,145

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 189 new cases of COVID-19 infections in the country, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 57,145.


The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Saturday.

“As at Sept. 19, 2020, 189 new confirmed cases and one death was recorded in Nigeria.

“Till date, 57,145 cases have been confirmed, 48,431 cases have been discharged and 1,095 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.

The agency stated that the 189 new infections were reported from 15 states of the federation.

The NCDC said that the figures also showed that Lagos, Plateau and the FCT accounted for 131 out of the 189 new cases.

“Lagos (70), Plateau (37), FCT (24), Kaduna (19), Rivers (12), Oyo (5), Ogun (4), Ebonyi (3), Katsina (3), Ondo (3), Osun (3), Imo (2), Yobe (2), Ekiti (1), Nasarawa (1),” it said.

The agency said that cloth masks provide protection when properly worn and cared for.

“Wear mask covering your nose and mouth, handle mask with clean hands and wash cloth face masks after each use.

“MaskOnNaija with other preventive measures. Learn how to make your own face mask: covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/media/files/DI… ,” it advised.

The NCDC advised older persons, especially those who were living with health conditions such as Diabetes, Cancer and Hypertension, not to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“TakeResponsibility and adhere to all non pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19 if you must travel,“ it said.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujini/Sadiya Hamza
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COVID-19: Lagos govt reopens cinemas, gyms

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The Lagos State Government on Saturday permitted the reopening of cinemas and gyms, with a maximum of 33 per cent occupancy.


Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu said this during the 18th update on the management of coronavirus in the state.

Sanwo-Olu said that in October, the state government would announce the decisions regarding the reopening of other sectors of the economy.

”Dear Lagosians, henceforth, cinemas and gyms are permitted to reopen as soon as possible, with a maximum of 33 per cent occupancy.

”This means that there must be a minimum of two empty seats between occupied seats; and in the case of gyms, there must be constant disinfection of machines and equipment throughout the course of the day.

”Next month, October, we will announce the decisions regarding the reopening of other sectors of the economy: night-clubs, bars, event centres, spas, public parks and so on.

”For now, these will continue to remain closed, until fixed plans for reopening are announced in October 2020,” he said.

Accordings to him, places of worship are also permitted, while the mosques to resume their five times a day prayers; the churches are permitted to resume their mid-week services.

”We must not forget that the coronavirus pandemic is still very much with us, and we must therefore strive to prioritise the safety of all our children, teachers, parents, and the entire society.

”All of these resumption guidelines and protocols must be strictly adhered to by the various stakeholders,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu said that the state government was committed to continuing the maintenance of a balance between the safety of lives and the sustenance of livelihoods.

He said that the state would continue to make adjustments as required, but the gradual resumption of social, educational and economic activities must never be taken as an excuse to let down the guard against the pandemic.

According to him, some parts of the world are seeing a resurgence of infections, and rising possibilities of the kind of hard lockdowns being experienced a few months ago.

”Let me make it clear that if we do not continue to maintain our guard, and sustain the adherence to all required protocols and guidelines, we will find ourselves in a situation where fresh lockdowns are inevitable.

”The only way to avoid this is to continue to act responsibly: maintain the required levels of hygiene, through regular handwashing and use of sanitisers, wear masks in all public places, avoid non-essential public gatherings, and maintain the prescribed levels of physical distancing at all times,” Sanwo-Olu said.

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