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Expect more road repairs in 2020, lawmaker tells Lagosians



The Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Works and Infrastructure has assured Lagosians that the state government would embark on more road rehabilitation works after the passage of 2020 budget.

Chairman of the committee, Mr Abiodun Tobun, told newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday that adequate fund had been earmarked in the 2020 budget for massive road construction across the state.

The lawmaker, representing Epe Constituency I, said the rehabilitation works would help to put some of the deplorable roads in good shape before another rainy season.

According to him, the state would spend N115 billion on road construction in 2020 as against the N78 billion spent in 2019.

He said the committee would continue to exercise its legislative oversight function to ensure good governance and accountability.

Tobun said the Ministry of Works had assured the legislature during its budget defence that most of the on-going projects in the state would be completed in 2020.

The state Ministry of Works has assured us that in 2020, most of the ongoing projects will be completed based on the budget presented by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The government is ready to work on the link roads and urban regeneration. If you look at the quality of the roads, they are not the kind of roads that would wash away soon.

Therefore, there will be massive construction of roads and there would be operation banish all potholes in the state. Lagosians should expect the best from this government,” he said.

Tobun said the House would slso monitor the budget performance of the executive to ensure full implementation.

The lawmaker said: “It is a periodic monitoring. We cannot be going to site on a daily basis to monitor the granite on site or what they do.

They give us reports, may be quarterly, then we will go and check what they have done. We can carry out integrity test on what they have done.

Our power is to appropriate and monitor their jobs. Once we detect anything, we will call them to explain.

For those saying we are not doing enough on our oversight function, it is because they do not understand the work of the parliament.

We don’t go to site with them. We will ask them to explain what they have done. We will ask them if they have done what they ought to do.

Tobun said he could not determine when the Agege-Pen Cinema flyover bridge would be completed but assured that work had started on Agric- Ishawo Road in Ikorodu while the Marina-Okokomaiko light rail project was work in progress.

Edited by: Edwin Nwachukwu/Wale Ojetimi


Fidau prayer: Reps member, others extol late politician, Lanre Razaq



Mr Wale Raji, the member of the House of Representatives representing Epe Federal Constituency, on Saturday described the late political icon, Lanre Razak, as a remarkable leader, who devoted his life to the progress of Epe and beyond.

Raji said this during the eight day fidau prayer for late Lanre Razak held in Epe.

He said that Epe division had truly lost a great leader of the people that was highly respected during his life time.

“My heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, associates and good people of Epe,” he said.

Also, Mr Abiodun Tobun, the Lagos State House of Assembly member representing Epe Constituency 1, said that until his death, Lanre Razak was an integral member of the Governor’s Advisory Council ( GAC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state.

He said that his death had create a vacuum which would be difficult to fill, owing to his dedication and wise counsel.

“We will forever miss his calm nature, his wisdom, knowledge of the state and political experience.

“As we mourn at this time, my prayer is for Almighty Allah to grant him Aljannah Firdaus and give us,all including his family and the state, the fortitude to bear this huge loss,” he said.

Mr Adedoyin Adesanya, the Chairman of Epe Local Government, said that the deceased was an illustrious son of Epe, a quintessential Lagosian and a renowned politician and an administrator.

He said that his death had deprived the state of his wealth of experience at a time his services were needed most.

Adesanya said that during the tenure of late Lanre Razak as the executive Chairman of Epe Local Government between 1994 and 1995, he proved his mettle as a worthy administrator and distinguished himself as a manager of human and material resources.

“His contribution to the development of the local government and its people will remain a reference point for many generations of politicians and administrators,” he said.

Earlier, Mr Abiodun Olukoya, the Director of Social, Concerned NationBuilders Initiative (CNI), said that the deceased life was characterised by an incalculable breath, depth and height of devotion and services to Nigeria, Lagos state and Epe Division in particular.

He said that the late Lanre Razak was indomitable in courage, unflagging in zeal, steadfast in purpose, total commitment, clear sighted in vision, irreplaceable in character and yet simple in manner.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Peter Dada (NAN)
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COVID-19: Expect palliative after total lockdown – Gov. Badaru



Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa on Tuesday said the government was yet to provide palliative intervention to residents as the state was not yet in ‘total lockdown’.

Badaru, who spoke with newsmen in Dutse, said economic activities were still going on across the state, enabling residents to fend for themselves.

He, however, said the government was receiving donations from individuals, corporate bodies and  organisations.

He assured that the donations would be used as palliative should the state happen to go into ‘total lockdown’.

“As you are aware, Jigawa is not in total lockdown. Minor economic activities are going on.

“We only suspended major markets, because we cannot control them.

“We will wait and see if it necessitates complete lockdown, then we put some palliative intervention to the people of the state.

“We have donations from different individuals in case of total lockdown to support our people to stay at home,” the governor said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state had closed schools and land borders as part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus to the state.

The government had also suspended all weekly markets across the 27 local government areas of the state, as well as limited the number of people during social gatherings, like funeral prayers, naming and wedding ceremonies.

Edited By: Moses Solanke (NAN)
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 Expect your payment alerts on Tuesday: Minister tells 500,000 N-Power enrollees



Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, says N-Power enrollees across the country, should expect credit alerts for outstanding payments of their monthly entitlements from Tuesday.

Farouq gave the indication in a statement signed by her Special Assistant on Media, Mr Salisu Dambatta, on Tuesday in Abuja.

She said that the mandate for the outstanding payment to the 500,000 enrollees had been signed after all due processes, in line with the rules guiding Federal Government’s public financial expenditure.

“Those responsible for processing the payment must do it in conformity with the necessary rules and regulations to ensure accountability.

“Now that the rules were followed strictly and the process concluded, I was given the assurance that they will start receiving credit alerts from their banks today, Tuesday, April 14, 2020,” Farouq said.

She said the creation of the ministry was leading to the institutionalisation of the programme which entailed that payments for N-Power participants or their enrolment, must be through transparent processes, in line with the relevant rules to ensure accountability.

The minister restated the resolve of the current administration to overhaul the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIPs) including the N-Power component.

Farouq said the measure was to ensure transparency, effectiveness, accountability and judicious application of public resources in running the programmes.

“The ministry will along with relevant partners drive the overhauling process to ensure that the expected benefits of the NSIPs are realised in full,” she said.

The N-Power programme is a job creation and skills empowerment programme of the federal government for young Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 35.

It is designed to help young Nigerians acquire and develop life-long skills to become practical solution providers in their communities, enabling them to become innovative players in the domestic and global markets.

Enrolled participants are weaned off the programme after every 24 months and replaced by another batch of youths drawn from across the country. Each participant is paid N30, 000 monthly allowance. (NAN)

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
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Explosion: Build fire stations across 57 LCDA, Lagos Assembly urges Sanwo-Olu



The Lagos House of Assembly has passed a resolution urging Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to set up fire service stations in all the 57 council areas in the event of  fire disaster in the state.

The House also resolved that the governor should direct the Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Seye Oladejo, to ensure that all public and private institutions provided functioning fire extinguishers in their domains.

Mr Akeem Shokunke (Oshodi-Isolo I), Chairman House Committee on Health,   who moved the motion during plenary on Thursday, said fire incident was becoming too frequent in the state.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Abule Ado gas plant explosion occurred around 9 a.m., on Sunday after a truck hit some gas cylinders in a gas processing plant.

The gas plant was located near the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s System 2B pipeline’s right of way.

No fewer than 20 persons had so far been confirmed dead and several victims were injured.

More than 170 buildings in the area were affected by the explosion, as hundreds of residents were rendered homeless.

Shokunle explained during plenary that there was need for drastic measures to be taken by ensuring that each local government development area in the state had its own fire station in the locality.

He said: “There has been incidents of fire disaster in the state and the government has expended huge amount of money on every occurrence.

“The House, therefore, calls on the state governor to direct the Ministry of Special Duties to carry out sensitisation on danger inherent by failure to have fire extinguishers in schools, markets and others.

Contributing, Mr Abiodun Tobun, said fire usually starts on a light mode but escalates if not contained.

Tobun said government should compel every household to have fire extinguisher so such equipment could easily minimize the incident of fire disaster.

On his part, Mr Olayiwola Olawale said there should be adequate sensitisation for residents to take precautionary measures.

The motion was supported by all the lawmakers present at the plenary session through a voice vote.

The Speaker of the House, Mr

Mudashiru Obasa,

then ordered the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni to send a message to the governor on the issue as agreed upon by the lawmakers.

Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Wale Ojetimi
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