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Eid-el-Kabir: Ex-Lagos Speaker felicitates with Muslims



Rt. Hon. Jokotola Pelumi, former Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly and an aspirant for the forthcoming Lagos East senatorial election, has felicitated with Muslim faithful on Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

Pelumi, in a statement on Friday, urged Muslims to use the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration to diligently hold firmly to the lessons of sacrifice, perseverance, love, tolerance and loyalty to friends.

He also advised individuals to make conscious efforts in observing the COVID-19 protocols spelt out by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and World Health Organisation (WHO) to guide against contacting the disease.

” This annual celebration is here again to remind us of the sacrifice of Prophet Ibraheem and his total obedience to Allah to sacrifice his son.

” Therefore as we join other Muslim faithful in observing this great  celebration, let us diligently hold firm to the lessons of sacrifice, perseverance, love, tolerance, steadfastness, and loyalty to our friends , family, neighbours, colleagues and government at large.

” Let us remember that it is through  Allah’s mercy that we are alive today,” he said.

Pelumi said that the hallmark of this solemn festival as exemplified by the prophet of God ( Peace be upon Him) was total love for Allah.

” It is for us to adhere to all the rules and regulations of flattening the curve of this deadly pandemic by using our face masks, observing social distancing, stay at home if we do not have anything serious to do outside our homes.

” I wish all Muslim faithful a corona virus  free  Eid- Adha celebrations, may Allah accept our sacrifices and  prayers as an act of ibadah,” he said.

Edited by  Wale Ojetimi


Bye-elections: 12 candidates jostle for Lagos East, 8 for Kosofe Constituency II



Twelve candidates will be contesting for the Lagos East Senatorial bye-election slated for Oct. 31.

Mr Femi Akinbiyi, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) spokesman in Lagos State, gave the figure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday.

He also said that eight candidates would be contesting for Kosofe Constituency II, Lagos State House of Assembly bye-election.

“In accordance with Section 31 Subsection 3 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), the commission in Lagos State has published the list of nominated candidates for Lagos East Senatorial bye-election in the five local government areas that constitute the senatorial district.

“We have also published the list of nominated candidates for the Lagos House of Assembly Kosofe Constituency II bye-election in the six registration areas (wards) that constitute the state constituency.

“Twelve candidates of 12 political parties are vying for the Lagos East Senatorial seat, while eight parties are fielding candidates for the Kosofe Constituency II, Lagos Assembly bye-election.

” The local government areas in the senatorial district are Somolu, Ikorodu, Ibeju-Lekki, Epe and Kosofe,” Akinbiyi said.

According to him, the list has been published in all the affected local governments and registration areas (wards) since Sept. 17, being the last day for the publication of nominated candidates for the two bye-elections.

NAN reports that in the final list signed by Mrs Bose Oriaran-Anthony, the Lagos East Senatorial District contestants include, Mr Muyiwa Adebanjo of Action Alliance (AA), Ms Mercy Adeoye of African Action Congress (AAC) and Mr John Kome of African Democratic Congress (ADC).

The others are Mr Adebowale Ogunlaru of Action Democratic Party (ADP), Mr Adetokunbo Abiru, All Progressive Congress (APC); Mr Olusola Babatope, Allied Peoples Movement (APM); Mrs Florence Trautman, Labour Party (LP) and Ms Adijat Lawal, New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

The rest are Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Mr Olakunle Adisa, National Rescue Movement (NRM); Mr Saheed Aluko, Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Mr Taiwo Temitope, Young Progressive Party (YPP).

For the Kosofe Constituency II bye-election, the eight contestants are Messrs John Akerele of AA, Sadiq Olawale of AAC, Wasiu Saheed of APC, Adekunle Oladapo of LP, Muyideen Agoro of NNPP, Ademorin Adelaja of NRM, Sikiru Alebiosu of PDP and Mrs Mary Abojeh of ADC.

NAN reports that out of the 12 candidates contesting Lagos East Senatorial bye-election, three are females, and among the eight contestants for Kosofe constituency II bye-elections only one is a female.

The two bye-elections, slated for Oct. 31, became necessary following the demise of the two occupants of the seats at both the senate and Lagos Assembly.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma
Source: NAN
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Vulture Day: NCF advocates Vulture Conservation



As the world marks the International Vulture Awareness Day, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) on Saturday underscored the importance of Vultures in the maintenance of balance in the ecosystem.

The NCF in a communique released after its five days webinar forum on Vultures and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, noted that vultures were sanitary officers with a clean-up service on the environment.

Dr Joseph Onoja, Director of Technical Programmes, NCF, in his presentation, revealed that nature had bestowed on humanity vultures with the role of environmental sanitary officers with a clean-up service worth $11,000 a year.

Onoja said: “Without vultures, humans are vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases, because in the absence of vultures, dogs and rats become the clean-up crew.

“’The danger in this is that these animals are not equipped for such and are close to human population, exposing us to diseases.”

In his presentation, Mr Aniekan-Abasi Emmah Uwatt, a conservation biologist and ornithologist, observed that human activities were the major drivers to the vultures’ threatened status.

He added that the world could suffer from negligence if something drastic was not done to preserve the remaining vulture species in Nigeria.

“Imagine a world without vultures, it will lead to disease outbreaks such as anthrax; rabies and botulism.

‘“We would also have dirty environment with dead carcasses and foul smells,” he said.

Another facilitator, Mr Apeverga Paul Tersoo, Lecturer, Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State , said that Vultures might not be very appealing by their looks, but these birds, also known as scavengers do the dirty jobs of cleaning our environment.

Tersoo said they do this by taking care of carcasses and preventing the spread of diseases, which in turn keeps the ecosystem healthy.

“’The importance of these natural environmental cleaners cannot be over emphasised because the benefits we derive from them for free will cost us so much that it can only be imagined.

“A case study is seen in India where a crash in the vulture population was observed after the birds fed on carcasses of livestock that were treated with Diclofenac.

“The Indian white-rumped vulture was the most hit, with a decline rate of 99.9 per cent.

“What followed was a surge in population of feral dogs that were infected with rabies from litters of carcasses as a result of the absence of our natural cleaners (the vultures).

“Consequently, an increase in human deaths from rabies nearly caused a public health catastrophe that saw the government of India spending about $34 billion to fight the spread of the disease,” he said.

Malam Samaila Mohammed Alkali, Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Coordinator, Kano Airport, said that aviation was a major threat to the survival of vultures.

“This is due to bird strike. Bird strikes occur when bird physically collide with aircraft,” Alkali said

According to him, approximately 10,692 vultures were killed by aircraft between 2008 and 2015, these may represent 1,500 Vultures killed every year for the period of seven years.

Meanwhile, in his presentation, Mr Adewale Awoyemi, Head of Forest Centre, Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan observed that the vanishing vultures had critical implications on human health and existence.

Awoyemi said that the destruction of their habitats by deforestation was a threat to vulture conservation.

International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) is celebrated on the first Saturday of September every year to reflect on the importance of vultures and the essential role they play in a healthy ecosystem.

It also aims at spreading awareness about range of threat facing vultures and urge the people to take action and prevent extinction of the ecological bird specie.

Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
Source: NAN
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World Clean Up Day: NGO tasks Lagos residents on cleaner, greener environment



Mr Abdulsalam Ashade, the Executive Director, Green Janitor Sustainable Initiative, on Saturday urged people of Lagos State to keep their environment greener and cleaner.

Ashade give the advice at the cleaning up exercise organised by the initiative to commemorate the World CleanUp Day in Badagry.

According to him, environment determines our wellbeing and our live.

“It is the would Cleanup Day and the initiative being a youth-led organisation in Badagry thinks it is important for us to partake in the exercise.

“This is to send signal to everybody that it is our right to keep the environment clean.

“We are also using the avenue to sensitise our people to be conscious of how they dispose their wastes,” he said.

Ashade advised people of Lagos State to desist from their nonchalant attitude and indiscriminate waste disposal.

“It is no longer news that Lagos generated the highest number of waste in the whole country.

“So, what I want people to know is that our actions toward the environment determines a lot of things that is affecting our wellbeing.

“For example, the flooding we had recently in some communities in Lagos were because of people’s nonchalant attitude and indiscriminate disposal of waste,  and were causing all these degradation of our environment.

“Lagos residents should be conscious of their environment and take it as part of their livelihood to make sure their environment is safe, green and clean for everyone to live,” he said.

Ashade said that the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance, Real Act of Kindness Foundation (RAK), Development Foundation and Geocycle Nigeria Ltd. partnered with the initiative to make the exercise a successful one.

Also, Ms Agharese Onaghire, the Executive Secretary, Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance, said the alliance had been working with the initiative in Badagry to mop up post consumers package rate in the town.

Onaghire said the alliance had successfully picked over 33,000kg of waste in Badagry communities.

“Today is World Clean Up Day, it is our collective responsibility to ensure that our environment is clean,” she said.

In his remarks, Prince Olu Kosoko, the Chairman, New Badagry Forum, commended the initiative and the other companies for organising the exercise in Badagry.

Kosoko said he was happy to be part of the exercise to clean up his environment, adding that other youths should emulate them.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the initiative and others move round the ancient town, picking up waste and dropping them in the refuse vehicles for Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA).

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye
Source: NAN
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LASG seals 3 illegal container terminals, 19 additional contravening buildings



The Lagos State Government has sealed three illegal container terminals and two buildings in Amuwo-Odofin area and additional 17 buildings in Oniru Estate, Lekki, due to construction infractions.

Mr Mukaila Sanusi, Spokesman of Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, saint a statement on Saturday, that the Commissioner, Dr Idris Salako, supervised the exercise.

Salako, while sealing off three illegal container terminals along Festac link bridge, Amuwo-Odofin including the one batching sand underneath the bridge, warned against illegal developments.

He noted that “the existence of container terminals and docks must be controlled in order to forestall abuse of the physical environment and ensure environmental sustainability.

“The terminals, some of which also operated unapproved docks, are situated indiscriminately in apparent contravention of the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning Law 2019 which stipulates that prospective developers must obtain lanning Information and Planning Permit as necessary conditions for locating such facilities,” he said.

The commissioner, who noticed a long queue of container trucks along Festac- Mile 2 link bridge, ordered their removal within 24 hours.

“The state government would not condone the existence of illegal terminals or similar facilities, considering their impacts on the infrastructure and natural resources of the state,” he said.

Salako also directed immediate removal of the containers from the inappropriate locations as a precondition for unsealing the facility.

He condemned the terminals operating illegal sand batching and indiscriminate stacking of containers.

Salako advised those interested in setting up such facilities to make enquiries from the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development for Planning.

He added that the ministry would give information to guide on approvable location, and obtaining Planning Permit from the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA).

He also sealed the Festival Hotel and a nine- floor service apartment illegally renovated in Amuwo-Odofin.

Salako continued the clamp down on illegal constructions and sealed off 17 buildings in Oniru Estate, Lekki and several others in Oniru Beach.

Salako was accompanied on the trip by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Ganiyu Adele Ayuba and Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Foluso Dipe.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
Source: NAN
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