The Lagos State Government on Sunday issued a seven-day ultimatum to the authorities of Lagoon Hospital in Apapa, Lagos, to remove trailers and containers in the hospital’s car park.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who gave the ultimatum while inspecting road projects in Apapa, said the hospital’s car park had been turned to a container terminal.
Sanwo-Olu warned that the land would be revoked by government and turned to public use if within seven days, the hospital failed to convert the property back to its original use as car park.
He condemned the act of turning the car park to a container terminal, saying that the development was obstructing traffic on Liverpool Road.
”I don’t want to destroy anybody’s brand. But we noticed that at the Liverpool Roundabout, a company has a car park and the car park has been converted to what seems like a container terminal.
”Apart from the fact that it is obstructing traffic, it is not what it is meant to be.
”We have gone inside that company and we have given them seven days’ notice that they need to convert it to its original use.
”It is meant to be an ordinary car park for the hospital’s patients and staff. That is what it is meant to be.
“If they don’t comply, we will not only revoke the land, we will turn it to public use.”
The governor said that illegal parking of trailers on the road and on other unauthorised places was the main cause of the gridlock in Apapa.
Edited By: Silas Nwoha (NAN)
Lagos Speaker greets Oluremi Tinubu at 60
The Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, on Monday felicitated Sen. Oluremi Tinubu on the occasion of her 60th birthday celebration.
Obasa, who is also the Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, disclosed this in a congratulatory message in Lagos.
The speaker described Mrs Tinubu as a priceless gift to Lagos State and a great source of inspiration for women.
He said: “Your tenacious and resilient commitment to the cause of girl-child education is widely acknowledged.
“You have continued to work hard for the well-being of others with unquantifiable zeal, and with zest for the less privileged.
“You have been doing this with a large heart pulsating with care and compassion for all, regardless of class or creed.
“Your motherly disposition to societal welfare is legendary and your exemplary character is worthy of appreciation and emulation.”
Obasa prayed that Almighty God would continue to bless Sen. Tinubu, be with her and grant her divine enablement in her unrelenting quest for a better life for all.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Wale Ojetimi
Expert calls for more awareness on dementia
Dr Idris Giwa, a general practitioner in Lagos, has called for creation of more awareness on dementia in order to ensure healthier living by the elderly.
Giwa who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday, said that stigmatistion and lack of information surrounding dementia, remained a global problem that called for a global action.
Dementia is a group of progressive neurodegenerative condition characterised by impairment in at least two brain functions such as memory loss, thinking, problem solving and cognition which interferes with daily function.
“Dementia is common in the elderly over 65 years, but it can also occur in those younger.
He said that about 60 per cent to 80 per cent of alzheimer disease, the most common form of dementia cases was a progressive disease that involved memory disorders and loss of other cognitive functions.
“Vascular dementia the second most common cause of dementia is due to blood vessels leakage into the brain,” he said.
Giwa explained that the brain had many distinct regions responsible for different functions, and added that when cells in a particular region were damaged, the region would not carry out its functions normally.
The general practitioner said most changes in the brain from dementia were permanent and worsened over time.
He however said that memory loss and thinking impairment caused by other conditions like vitamin deficiencies, thyroid problems and excessive intake of alcohol could be reversed.
Giwa further said that aging and genetics were the most important risk factors in dementia.
He added that lifestyles like healthy diet, regular exercise as well as smoking and alcohol cessation, might decrease the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.
Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Ejike Obeta
COVID-19: Centre harps on care for the elderly in society
The Centre’s Project Coordinator, Mr Olusesan Olukoya told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that such support would aid the elderly in their ageing process.
“We all have a vital role to play to raise awareness of the condition of older people and support them.
“The elderly, as we all know, are part of the most vulnerable people in the society, coupled with the fact that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which makes their survival more difficult.
“A proper care and support from the government at all levels, community and healthcare providers will help to reduce the effect of the pandemic on them,” the coordinator said.
Olukoya said the centre had concluded arrangement to hold a public lecture to commemorate the 2020 International Day of Older Persons marked every Oct.1
According to him, the theme of the public lecture is: ‘Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing,” holding in Ikorodu.
He said Rt. Rev. Sampson Bamgbose, Provost of the United African Methodist Church Theological College, would deliver the lecture.
“We are having a special programme on the elderly to inform participants about the strategic objectives for the decade of Healthy Ageing.
“We will create awareness on the special health needs of older persons and of their contributions to their own health and to the functioning of the societies in which they live.
“Also, awareness and appreciation of the role of the healthcare providers in maintaining and improving the health of older persons, with special attention to the nursing profession.
“There is the need for increased understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on older persons and its impact on health care policy, planning, and attitude,” he said.
Olukoya, however, urged the elderly to observe all the health guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the Health Ministry to curb the pandemic.
Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Wale Ojetimi
Bye-elections: Lagos East has about 1.4m registered voters -INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)says no fewer than 1.4 million registered voters will participate in the Oct. 31 bye-elections of the Lagos East Senatorial District.
INEC spokesman, Mr Femi Akinbiyi, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Monday.
Akinbiyi added that 280,363 registered voters from Kosofe State Constituency II would participate in the Lagos State House of Assembly’s bye-elections, holding the same day.
According to him, not all the registered voters are, however, in possession of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to participate in the elections.
He said that the registered voters in the Lagos East Senatorial District spread across the five local government areas comprising: Somolu, Kosofe, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikorodu and Epe.
He said that the registered voters for the Kosofe Constituency II bye-election are spread across the six Registration Areas (Wards) located in : Ketu-Alapere, Ikosi/Ketu, Isheri/Olowo-Ora, Agboyi I, Agboyi II and Odo-Ogun/Ajegunle.
NAN reports that candidates from 12 political parties will be contesting in the forthcoming Lagos East Senatorial bye-elections.
Eight candidates from various political parties will also be contesting the Kosofe Constituency II, Lagos State House of Assembly bye-elections.
Others are: Adebowale Ogunlaru, Action Democratic Party (ADP); Adetokunbo Abiru, All Progressives Congress (APC); Olusola Babatope, Allied Peoples Movement (APM); Mrs Florence Trautman, Labour Party (LP) and Ms Adijat Lawal, New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
The rest are: Babatunde Gbadamosi, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Olakunle Adisa, National Rescue Movement (NRM); Saheed Aluko, Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Taiwo Temitope, Young Progressive Party (YPP).
The eight contestants for the Kosofe Constituency II bye-election are: John Akerele, AA; Sadiq Olawale, AAC; Wasiu Saheed, APC; Adekunle Oladapo, LP; Muyideen Agoro, NNPP; Ademorin Adelaja, NRM; Sikiru Alebiosu, PDP and Mrs Mary Abojeh, ADC.
The two bye-elections, slated for Oct. 31, became necessary following the demise of the former occupants.
Edited By: Moses Solanke/Peter Dada