Lagos flags off EkoExcel training programme



Mr Wahab Alawiye-King,  Chairman, LASUBEB said that the initiative by  government was aimed at bridging the gap in the delivery of quality education.

It involves training of primary school teachers on the use of modern-day technology to enhance teaching efficiency. 

EKO EXCEL’ (Excellence in Child Education and Learning) is also aimed at upscaling teachers’ development for global competitiveness.

“It will equip teachers with the needed resources to complement the traditional way of teaching and to keep pupils more engaged in classroom activities,”,  Alawiye-King said.

He reiterated that the training would  afford teachers the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the technology devices that would be deployed for teaching in public primary schools. 

The chairman, therefore, charged the teachers to pay rapt attention and seek necessary clarification in the course of the training, as they are the key parameters in the success of the programme. 

He appreciated the stakeholders and partners for their continuous support and investment in “Eko Excel”, stating that it “takes a whole village to raise a child”.

Alawiye-King promised that the Board will ensure that “no child is left behind” in accessing quality education in the State.

We must realise that our pupils are very expectant and excited about the deployment of technology in their classrooms and are also willing to explore new learning experiences.

At this level, the overall objective of making teaching and learning more effective for the 21st century will hopefully be realised,” he said.

The Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, who flagged off the training, said  that the programme became imperative as outlined in the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda of the present administration in which the third pillar stands for Education and Technology.

According to her, the training programme would incorporate the integration of technology into education from the primary schools level.

“The aim of this training is to deliver on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s commitment to ensuring that every child has access to quality education anywhere in the State”.

Adefisayo said the objective of ‘EKO EXCEL’ was to successfully develop skilled teachers and improve teachers’ quality while leveraging on technology.

Mrs Ajimotu Folusho-Kehinde,  Board Secretary LASUBEB told NAN that the day was significant as history had  been recorded in education in Lagos State.

She said  the training programme which would last for ten days was important to the development of the teachers through the use of technology.

Integrating technology with education will at the end,  aid teachers to step up into the digital world so that they can be at par with the larger world.

This administration has the interest of everybody at heart and once our teachers round up their training and receive the tablets to work,  it will serve as a new era for them,” Folusho-kehinde said.

The programme is expected to train and retrain over 14,000 government teachers across the state using technology-driven devices. 

Edited by: Chioma Ugboma/Oluwole Sogunle

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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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Lagos to transform  judiciary infrastructure



The Lagos State Government on Saturday promised to transform the infrastructure of the judiciary sector of the state.

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, made the promise during an inspection of Lagos High Court, Ikeja and Lagos High Court, Igbosere.

Sanwo-Olu said that the state government was committed to reforming the judicial sector and would change the face of court rooms across the state.

He said that adjudication would no longer take place in an unconducive environment.

The governor said that there would be total transformation of court rooms, buildings and other facilities for speedy dispensation of justice.

He said that the judicial officials, such as judges, lawyers and other workers in the court should operate in an ambiance environment for smooth justice delivery.

Sanwo-Olu said that his administration would continue to deliver dividends of democracy to the people of Lagos State, adding that the judiciary arm would not be left out.

He said the Lagos State Government would set up a joint committee between the judiciary and executive to work toward putting in place a rebranded and renewed physical infrastructure in the judiciary in the week, month and years ahead.

”The whole objective of the exercise (inspection to the courts) is for all us to continue our collaboration between executive and judiciary, understanding fully-well that we are all set up to serve our citizens.

”And the only way we can serve is to ensure that all of us have the right ambience and have the right environment for that service to continue to happen.

”Lagos State judiciary is prized as the foremost judiciary service in the country, not only with the number of judges that we have but the number of caliber of our judges.

”Beyond that, is also to look at both the physical infrastructure and welfare of our judges,” the governor said.

He said that as the infrastructure reformation begin, there would be a bit of displacement and inconveniences.

Sanwo-Olu pleaded with plaintiffs and complainants that come around the court premises, to understand and bear with the inconveniences of scaling up the physical infrastructure of the courts.

”The press should help push out the communication effectively so that the public will know that it is for a better service.

“At the end of the day, the people who come to use our court rooms must also have a feel of the new and refreshing atmosphere.

”We will also be seeing a rebranded, renewed physical infrastructure in the judiciary in the week, month and years ahead,” he said.

The governor was accompanied on the visit by his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat; the Secretary to the Government of Lagos State, Mrs Folashade Jaji; and the Chief Justice of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba, among others.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma
Source: NAN
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Polaris Bank appoints Segun Opeke as Executive Director



The Board of Directors of Polaris Bank Ltd and Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria has appointed Mr Segun Opeke as an Executive Director.

The bank’s Company Secretary, Mr Babatunde Osibodu, announced the appointment in a statement in Lagos.

Osibodu said the development was coming on the heels of the recent appointment of, Mr Innocent Ike, as the Acting Managing Director of the Bank.

He said that Opeke, until the appointment, was the Directorate Head, Lagos Business.

“Opeke has over 25 years of hands-on work experience acquired from leading Nigerian commercial banks with over 15 of these years in Senior and Executive Management roles.

“The Lagos Directorate under his leadership recorded outstanding growth and contributed significantly to the turnaround of the bank, evidenced by its impressive financial performance recorded in the 2019 financial year.

“By this appointment, he is expected to strengthen the bank’s leadership aspirations in the banking industry leveraging his wealth of experience and contributing greatly to its ongoing corporate transformation programme,” he said.

Osibodu said Opeke had occupied strategic roles in various institutions including FSB International Bank, Prudent Bank and Chartered Bank where he started his banking career.

“Following the emergence of Skye Bank in 2006, Segun worked as the Bank’s Treasurer and Regional Director for Victoria Island and Ikoyi.

“He was also the Group Head for Corporate Banking, Aviation and Maritime Group at various times.

“As a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee, he has remained a strong asset for the institution making insightful contributions and bringing real value on board,” Osibodu added.

He said that Opeke’s appointment as Executive Director, Lagos Business, would further strengthen the management and board in actualising the bank’s leadership aspirations.

“Opeke holds a BSc. (Banking and Finance) and an MBA from the University of Lagos.

“He is an alumnus of the Columbia Business School, New York.

“He has attended several professional, management and leadership programmes in world-class institutions including INSEAD and Euromoney, London.

“Opeke is credited with making immense contributions in change management, corporate finance/restructuring and digital transformation.

“Polaris  Bank is a future-determining bank committed to delivering industry-defining products, and services, across all sectors of the Nigerian economy,” Osibodu added.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Oluwole Sogunle
Source: NAN
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LASG seeks quality healthcare service for increased patients’ patronage



The Lagos State Health Service Commission on Saturday charged healthcare providers to uplift medical practices for increased patients’ patronage across all public health facilities in the state.

Dr Benjamin Eniayewun, Permanent Secretary of the Commission, gave this charge as he led a nine-man delegate on assessment tour of public health facilities in line the Hospitals’ Transformation Support Initiative.

Eniayewun said the initiative was proffered by health providers as an aid to qualitative delivery that was measurable with international best medical practices.

“The healthcare business is growing exponentially in a more competitive sphere.

“With the advent of the Lagos State Health Scheme and decline in out-of-pockets payments, it has become more necessary to strategically manage stakeholders’ needs being highlighted by various hospitals towards qualitative development.

“These highlighted developmental plans are identified by the various hospitals under a targeted time span with a view for optimal patients’ satisfaction,” he said.

He said that under Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu ‘s THEMES Agenda, the Commission had identified various yardsticks for excellent health service at all windows of public health using the Transformation Support Initiative.

THEMES is the acronym for the six strategic development agenda of Gov. Sanwo-Olu namely: Traffic Management and Transportation, Health and Environment, Education and Technology.

Eniayewun admonished the medical directors of the state health facilities on astute entrepreneurial skills at ensuring service driven improvement and Internal Generated Revenue of value on added services being rendered to patients.

The permanent secretary said:” There should be a paradigm shift on maximising potentials that are sometimes hyped by the terrain which your hospital is being situated.

“Being a chief executive officer requires foresight and innovation for qualitative service delivery with a view for patients’ satisfaction using the available infrastructure, which basically induces future patronage or not.

“Invariably, it implies you need to add value for services rendered to patients to make them want to patronise your facility as the best choice they are making, certainly, not because they do not have a choice.

“This will indicate impactful delivery, if well adopted,” the permanent secretary said.

At the Ifako-Ijaye General Hospital, he applauded the initiative adopted for patients ‘ privacy at the Physiotherapy Department, while enjoining the management to improve the aesthetic view of the hospital.

Also, Eniayewun commended the obvious medical improvement for qualitative standard exhibited at the Lagos State Accident and Emergency Centre, Ojota, towards optimal patients satisfaction.

The nine-man delegation included: Dr Olumuyiwa Otepola, a former Medical Director of Ketu-Ejirin Hospital; Director, Finance and Accounts, Mr Kajopelaiye Olarenwaju; Director, Nursing Services, Mrs Laide Animashaun; and Director, Pharmaceutical Services, Segun Onakoya.

Other delegates are: Deputy Director, Medical Services, Dr Shola Pitan; Head, Public Affairs Unit, Mrs Abimbola Salehu – Badejo; Mr Emiabata Lawal of the Finance and Accounts Directorate; and Mr Sadiq Ismaila of the Human Resources Directorate.

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