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Sanwo-Olu recommends tree planting to tackle climate change



Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Sunday said tree planting remains a strong tool to tackle the effect of climate change.

Sanwo-Olu spoke at the 2019 Tree Planting Sensitisation Campaign with theme: “Clean and Green is Our Perfect Dream’’, organised by the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) and held simultaneously in key locations across the state.

The governor, who was represented by his wife, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, at the exercise held at Bisola Durosinmi-Etti, Off Admiralty Way, Lekki, described climate change as the most significant material risk to the future.

He noted that all  hands should be on deck to combat it.

Sanwo-Olu said: “It is no longer plausible to continue to pretend that we have a society at ease with itself, as climate change pose most devastating threat to human survival.

“Let us be reminded that there is no short or long term benefit of cutting down trees. The notion that when a tree is cut down, five trees should be planted as a replacement is grossly inadequate.

“The truth is that, while tree replacement may perfectly rekindle our hope, they are not equal in biodiversity.

“Man-made forest do not compensate for the damage and degradation done to the ecosystem through land clearance. Therefore, when primary tropical forest is lost, they can never be recovered,’’

Sanwo-Olu said government was aware that substantial progress had been made toward optimising economic values of green spaces globally.

He said developing new opportunities around green spaces to propel the green economy was cardinal to his administration’s developmental policy.

“Indeed, the green economy will provide another platform for our ambitious city to promote its green credentials, improve citizens’ health and sustain the environment,’’ he said.

Sanwo-Olu, therefore, called on the people to establish the right attitude that supported government policy on the environment.

He specifically urged residents to join hands with his administration to rid the state of waste, as well as improve the aesthetics of the environment by adorning it with ornamental plants, beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees.

Speaking on the theme, the governor said it was apt and in line with his THEMES agenda for the state especially in terms of ensuring a cleaner, greener, healthier and safer environment.

He noted that achieving an eco-sustainable development that would make enduring impact was only attainable through collective consistent stride of all residents to do little things that had major impact on the mother earth.

“Whatever memorable event that we do, let’s endeavour to mark it with planting of trees. This little act of benevolence to nature can actually save our planet from further destruction.

“We must be aware that this symbolic planting ceremony would amount to nothing if these trees are not accorded adequate care.

“I, hereby, encourage all Lagosians to see this act as a pride by caring for these trees and see them grow to maturity for the benefit of humankind,’’ Sanwo-Olu said.

The governor said in furtherance of his commitment to a green and sustainable environment, the state government would soon re-launch the ‘One House, One Tree’ Campaign across the state.

He said the development would ensure that every house in Lagos possessed at least one tree which would go a long way to intensify the greening project.

Earlier, the General Manager, LASPARK, Mrs Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, said the motive behind the yearly tree planting campaign was to inculcate its importance into the minds of Lagosians.

She said July 14, of every year had been set aside by the state government to carry out ceremonial tree planting across various locations in the state.

Adebiyi-Abiola said trees were planted simultaneously in 77 locations across the state to mark the day.


Sanwo-Olu expresses sadness over Sen. Osinowo’s death



Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed sadness over the sudden death of Sen. Sikiru Adebayo Osinowo, who passed away on Monday at the age of 64.

Osinowo, who died after a brief illness, was representing Lagos East Senatorial District at the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.

Sanwo-Olu, in a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, described Sen. Osinowo’s death as a rude shock.

He said Osinowo’s death came at a time when the state and indeed the entire nation had just started benefiting from his wealth of political and administrative experience.

The governor said that Osinowo’s demise had thrown the state into mourning.

He urged Lagos residents, whose interests the late lawmaker represented at the National Assembly, to use his death as a reminder that the battle against the ravaging coronavirus pandemic was far from being won.

”The death of Sen. Osinowo is painful. He died at a time when we have just begun to consolidate on our successes and see a ray of hope in our fight against the COVID-19.

”We must not allow his death to deter us from forging ahead in our quest to finding a lasting solution to the dreaded disease.

”I am saddened by the death of this fine gentleman; a loyal party man and committed democrat, with a deep understanding of the state’s social and political landscape.

”Sen. Osinowo was an extremely loyal politician, who started his political journey with the progressives and remained in the fold until his unfortunate exit today.

”There’s no doubting the fact that he would be missed by the entire political class, particularly his immediate constituents in Kosofe, the Lagos East Senatorial District and the state as a whole,” Sanwo-Olu said.

The governor said that the best honour to give the deceased would be for the government to speedily achieve a turn around in the state’s health sector, by ensuring that no single life was lost on the account of poor health.

”We will continue to give priority attention to our health sector, improve on service delivery, trainings and other critical areas in the sector, so as to ensure that no life is lost due to poor health facilities,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu condoled with the immediate family of the deceased, ex-governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and president of the Senate, Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan over the loss of a ”dear colleague”‘.

The governor also sympathised with members of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos and at the national level, as well as the Lagos State House of Assembly.

”I pray that Almighty Allah grants the soul of our beloved Bayo Osinowo eternal rest and grant him a place in Aljannah firdaus,” Sanwo-Olu said.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
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Democracy Day: Sanwo-Olu promises to uphold tenets of democracy



Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has reiterated the commitment of his administration to upholding the tenets of democracy in the state.

Sanwo-Olu said this on Friday during the Lagos State Government Youth Pro-Democracy Webinar in Commemoration of the 27th Anniversary of June 12 and Democracy Day 2020.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the online celebration, with the theme, ”June 12: Learning From the Past, Shaping the Future,” was moderated by Dayo Israel, a United Nations Special Representative and British Council Global Change-Maker.

The governor said that the state government would ensure that governance was for the greatest good for the greatest number of people.

”As your governor, I assure you that the tenets of democracy will continue to live. We will continue to make democracy our guiding principles, that it is the greatest good for the greatest number.

”We will ensure that the sacred ballot that our citizens has given to us will be held to the highest level of responsibility and we will hold it with the highest level of commitment to ensure that the commitment that was given to us by the people is not thrown away,” Sanwo-Olu said.

According to him, democracy is about governance for the people and by the people, hence, government must ensure that the people are at the front burner of whatever they do.

He said the whole essence of democracy was for the vulnerable, the voiceless in the society, hence, they must not be left behind.

”As your governor sitting here today, that is what I have signed to, those are my commitments to all of you and I keep saying there are opportunities to work it and nothing will stop us until we achieve a democracy that we look forward to,” Sanwo-Olu said.

The governor said it was important that the younger generation understood the conversation that led to the struggle around June 12.

”It is important that they appreciate what June 12 was all about, what led to the struggle – Pre and Post June 12 – and being able to tie it to the democracy we see today,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu said there was need to give credit to the people that ensured that democracy came to stay in the country.

He said that there was need to continue to talk about the struggle around June 12, 1993, as it was the reason why some people were in full elective positions today.

”We have seen elections that has now happened back-to-back in the country, we are now in 21 years of untruncated, unaborted democratic process, so we need to give credit to the people that ensured that democracy came to stay in the country.

”We believe that democracy in Nigeria has come to stay, it is important that the younger generation understand the conversations that led to the struggle around June 12,” Sanwo-Olu said.

In his closing remarks, Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, appreciated all those who sacrificed for the emergence of democracy, adding that their labour would not go in vain.

Hamzat stressed the importance of data, as it was extremely essential for the development of a nation.

”Data gathering will allow transparency, planning and efficient record keeping. It will help for proper planning and documentation purposes,” he said.

The deputy governor appealed to veteran journalists such as Dele Alake and Babafemi Ojudu, who were part of the June 12 struggles and the emergence of democracy, to write memoirs for younger generations to learn more about the history.

‘The state government will work toward building a museum but through your memoirs which can be bought or accessed via social media, the younger generations will learn about the history of Nigeria and appreciate it,” he said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
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Blocks of 113 Classrooms in 7 schools ready for commissioning — Sanwo-Olu



Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Friday said blocks of 113 classrooms in seven schools in the state were ready for commissioning.

Sanwo-Olu made this known in his Democracy Day speech tagged: ”Great Leap Towards A Greater Lagos.”

He said that education was the third pillar of his administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda, and investment in the education sector would continue toward a better learning experience.

”In the area of Education, our Third Pillar, our investment in revamping and upgrading infrastructure in the sector continues with these completed projects ready for commissioning, 18 Classroom Blocks at Muslim Junior College, Egbe and 18 Classroom Blocks at Maya Secondary School, Ikorodu.

”Also, 18 Classroom Blocks at Eva Adelaja Junior Secondary School, Bariga, Block of 20 Classrooms at Bashua Military School Primary School, Shomolu and 13 Classrooms at Saviour Primary School, Ifako-Ijaiye LGA.

”Ready for commissioning are also Block of 20 Classrooms at Ayanleye Memorial Primary School, Ifako-Ijaiye LGA and Block of 6 Classrooms at Ansar Ur Deen, Ibonwon, Epe,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu said that his administration had equally made remarkable inroad in the training of teachers for 21st century competence.

He said that through the EKO EXCEL training initiative, 3,000 primary school teachers had been trained on how to competently utilise technology in teaching, for better educational outcomes for the children.

”The results have been amazing. Enrolment rates into our public primary schools have risen, while attendance rates have also improved remarkably.

”I have visited some of our public schools to see EKO EXCEL at work, and I am happy to report that we are on a transformative journey in public education in Lagos State,” Sanwo-Olu said.

In the area of technology, he said that with the current trend in the globe, his government was also keen on making Lagos the fortress of digital enterprise.

Sanwo-Olu said that his administration was geared towards making Lagos State an urban hub of technology-driven creativity, innovation and commerce.

This, he said, would in turn become a magnet for domestic and foreign investment.

According to him,  the government has set up the Lagos State Science Research and Innovation Council (LASRIC), with start-up funds in excess of $600,000.

”The fund is to drive investment in research and development of tech-focused solutions across the six pillars of our administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S agenda.

”With this structure in place, tech start-ups and young innovators in the state now have the opportunity and available funding to push their entrepreneurial skills to the next level,” he said.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
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Conform to rules, Gov. Sanwo-Olu’s Aide tells real estate practitioners



The Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Housing, Mrs Toke Benson-Awoyinka, on Thursday said real estate practitioners must conform with rules and regulations to be recognised in the state.

Benson-Awoyinka made the remark at the Official Launching of Website/Payment Portal and unveiling agency’s logo by the Lagos State Real Estate Regulatory Authority (LASRERA) in Ikeja.

She said Nigerians had fallen victims of fraudulent manipulation in the real estate due to some inadequacies.

Benson-Awoyinka said: “The main objective of the law is to create a regulatory frame work for the practice of real estate agency in Lagos State.

“Registered estate agents in the course of their business shall abide by the code of conduct. Therefore, before carrying out the business of estate agency, obtain a licence from LASRERA.

“They must have an ascertained business premises/office within Lagos State. Any property developer that wants to practice the business of estate agency in the state must obtain a licence from the authority.

“Where a prospective tenant does not get physical possession of what he has paid for within fourteen days of payment, the licensed estate agent involved shall refund the payment to the perspective tenants.”

She added that government would not allow its citizens to be manipulated by those who did not have any genuine business to do in the real estate.

The adviser urged Lagos residents to patronise registered agents by visiting LASRERA websites, where all the information required for real estate practice would be obtained.

“All manners of person, some of them jobless, now parade themselves as estate agents, moving from one place to the other without specific office, where they can not be pinned down after dubious acts,” the adviser said.

Benson-Awoyinka said that part of the sanitisation efforts was to come up with a minimum standard before any agent or property developer could practice.

She said that the website/payment portal would ease property buyers and developers the unnecessary bureaucracy of having to physically visit LASRERA’s office to transact business.

The adviser said that property buyers and developers would find the website convenient, particularly at this period of Coronavirus pandemic when social distancing was expected to be fully observed.

She said that the minimum requirement for real estate agent and property developer was the secondary school certificate holder and must have an office, where they could be located at any given time.

Benson-Awoyinka, who noted that the requirement for the registration would be free, added that the money paid in the course of the transactions would be reviewed according to the laid down rules and regulations.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
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