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  •  Lagos State PDP Governorship Candidate Dr Abdul Azeez Adediran has given over N500 000 for payment of accumulated mortuary bill of late fashion designer Miss Oluwabamise Ayanwola allegedly murdered by a BRT driver The 22 year old Ayanwola was allegedly raped and murdered in February by a BRT Bus Rapid Transit driver Andrew Ominnikoron The driver is standing trial before a Lagos high court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square Ayanwola s remains are still at the Mainland Hospital mortuary in Yaba The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the fashion designer was found dead few days after she boarded BRT After a meeting of his representative and the deceased s family members at his Liberty House Ikeja Adediran popularly known as Jandor said that he was touched by the family s pain The guber candidate who is observing lesser Hajj in Saudi Arabia was represented at the meeting by the Head of Media and Communications JandorFunke4Governor Campaign Organisation This incident happened about eight months ago and Dr Abdul Azeez Olajide Adediran has been concerned He is a man with milk of human kindness and has visited the family members to commiserate and identify with them He has been keeping in touch to find a way of ameliorating your pain The life of Lagos residents matters so much to Jandor Ogunleye said In his response the deceased s brother Mr Oluwapelumi Ayanwola Abegunde commended the governorship candidate for standing by the family since his sister died Ayanwola Abegunde said that the family members were taken aback when they were notified by the mortuary attendant that the morgue bill had accumulated to more than N500 000 and that the family was expected to pay it He said We were surprised because we didn t take her Bamise to the mortuary in the first place We went to the State Criminal Investigation Department Panti to get clarification but we were told that after the autopsy report the onus lied on us to pay the bill This has been accumulating without our knowledge We are very grateful to Jandor for being moved by the story and offering to assist in upsetting the bill He has been a man full of empathy for the less privileged and the masses Ayanwola Abegunde said According to him the PDP candidate personally visited his family when the news of Bamise s alleged murder was broken He added that the governorship candidate had been in contact with the family since then to know how the deceased s parents were faring he said NAN reports that Mr Andrew Ominnikoron the driver of the BRT bus which Bamise boarded was subsequently arrested by officers of the Department of State Services DSS in Ogun Ominnikoron is standing trail on five charges bordering on conspiracy rape and murder brought against him by the Lagos State Government before a Lagos High Court sitting in Tafawa Balewa Square Bamise went missing after she boarded a BRT bus driven by Ominnikoron at the Ajah axis of the state on Feb 26 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Bamise: PDP guber candidate pays accumulated mortuary bill
     Lagos State PDP Governorship Candidate Dr Abdul Azeez Adediran has given over N500 000 for payment of accumulated mortuary bill of late fashion designer Miss Oluwabamise Ayanwola allegedly murdered by a BRT driver The 22 year old Ayanwola was allegedly raped and murdered in February by a BRT Bus Rapid Transit driver Andrew Ominnikoron The driver is standing trial before a Lagos high court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square Ayanwola s remains are still at the Mainland Hospital mortuary in Yaba The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the fashion designer was found dead few days after she boarded BRT After a meeting of his representative and the deceased s family members at his Liberty House Ikeja Adediran popularly known as Jandor said that he was touched by the family s pain The guber candidate who is observing lesser Hajj in Saudi Arabia was represented at the meeting by the Head of Media and Communications JandorFunke4Governor Campaign Organisation This incident happened about eight months ago and Dr Abdul Azeez Olajide Adediran has been concerned He is a man with milk of human kindness and has visited the family members to commiserate and identify with them He has been keeping in touch to find a way of ameliorating your pain The life of Lagos residents matters so much to Jandor Ogunleye said In his response the deceased s brother Mr Oluwapelumi Ayanwola Abegunde commended the governorship candidate for standing by the family since his sister died Ayanwola Abegunde said that the family members were taken aback when they were notified by the mortuary attendant that the morgue bill had accumulated to more than N500 000 and that the family was expected to pay it He said We were surprised because we didn t take her Bamise to the mortuary in the first place We went to the State Criminal Investigation Department Panti to get clarification but we were told that after the autopsy report the onus lied on us to pay the bill This has been accumulating without our knowledge We are very grateful to Jandor for being moved by the story and offering to assist in upsetting the bill He has been a man full of empathy for the less privileged and the masses Ayanwola Abegunde said According to him the PDP candidate personally visited his family when the news of Bamise s alleged murder was broken He added that the governorship candidate had been in contact with the family since then to know how the deceased s parents were faring he said NAN reports that Mr Andrew Ominnikoron the driver of the BRT bus which Bamise boarded was subsequently arrested by officers of the Department of State Services DSS in Ogun Ominnikoron is standing trail on five charges bordering on conspiracy rape and murder brought against him by the Lagos State Government before a Lagos High Court sitting in Tafawa Balewa Square Bamise went missing after she boarded a BRT bus driven by Ominnikoron at the Ajah axis of the state on Feb 26 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Bamise: PDP guber candidate pays accumulated mortuary bill
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    Bamise: PDP guber candidate pays accumulated mortuary bill

    Lagos State PDP Governorship Candidate, Dr Abdul-Azeez Adediran, has  given over N500, 000  for payment of accumulated mortuary bill of late fashion designer, Miss Oluwabamise Ayanwola, allegedly murdered by a BRT driver.

    The 22-year old Ayanwola was allegedly raped and murdered in February by a BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) driver, Andrew Ominnikoron.

    The driver is standing trial before a Lagos high court sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square.

    Ayanwola’s remains  are still at the  Mainland Hospital mortuary in Yaba. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the fashion designer  was found dead few days after she boarded BRT.

    After a meeting of his representative and the deceased’s family members at his Liberty House, Ikeja, Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, said that he was touched by the family’s pain.

    The guber candidate, who is observing lesser Hajj in Saudi Arabia, was represented at the meeting by the Head of Media and Communications, JandorFunke4Governor Campaign Organisation.

    “This incident happened about eight months ago, and Dr Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran has been concerned.

    “He is a man with milk of human kindness and has  visited the family members to commiserate and identify with them.

    “He has been keeping in touch to find a way of ameliorating your pain.

    “The life of  Lagos residents matters so much to Jandor,” Ogunleye  said.

    In his response, the deceased’s brother, Mr Oluwapelumi Ayanwola-Abegunde, commended the governorship candidate for standing by the family since his sister died.

    Ayanwola-Abegunde said that the family members were taken aback when they were notified by the mortuary attendant that the morgue bill had accumulated to more than N500,000 and that the family was expected to pay it.

    He said: “We were surprised because we didn’t take her (Bamise) to the mortuary in the first place.

    “We went to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, to get clarification but we were told that after the autopsy report, the onus lied on us to pay the bill.

    “This has been accumulating without our knowledge.

    “We are very grateful to Jandor for being moved by the story and offering to assist in upsetting the bill.

    “He has been a man full of empathy for the less privileged and the masses, “Ayanwola-Abegunde said.

    According to him, the PDP candidate personally visited his family when the news of Bamise’s alleged murder was broken.

    He added that the governorship candidate  had  been in contact with the family since then to know how the deceased’s parents were faring,” he said.

    NAN reports that Mr Andrew Ominnikoron, the driver of the BRT bus which Bamise boarded, was subsequently arrested by officers of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Ogun. Ominnikoron is standing trail on five charges bordering on conspiracy, rape and murder, brought against him by the Lagos State Government, before a Lagos High Court sitting in Tafawa Balewa Square.

    Bamise went missing after she boarded a BRT bus driven by Ominnikoron at the Ajah axis of the state on Feb. 26.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  NAN The All Progressives Congress APC Presidential Council for Canada has urged Nigerians to keep themselves abreast of political undercurrents and vote wisely come February 2023 for the party s presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu The Media Director APC Presidential Council for Canada Dr Abiola Oshodi said this in a statement on Tuesday in Akure Oshodi said that Nigeria needed a competent and visionary person as a president to take it to a new level come 2023 Whosoever wins the presidential election in 2023 will be confronted with monumental challenges and opportunities within and outside the country that will test the mettle of such a president Nigeria is at a delicate stage of its developmental process and needs a president with a hand on experience and Tinubu who has governed Lagos the most commercial of Nigeria 36 states deserves to be given an opportunity to pilot Nigeria affairs from May 29 2023 he said According to Oshodi Tinubu adroitly managed Lagos the smallest state in the country but with the highest urban population accounting according to a Lagos official document for the 26 7 per cent of Nigeria s total GDP and more than 50 per cent of non oil GDP He said that Lagos controlled 80 per cent of the foreign trade flow and with an estimated population of 24 million larger than many other economies in the neighbouring West African countries Oshodi a Canada based Psychiatrist and the Convener of the Oshodi for Tinubu Media Group pointed out that Tinubu laid the foundation for the current Lagos that accounted for the chunk of capital importation into Nigeria According to the National Bureau of Statistics NBS for Q4 2021 Lagos State alone was the top destination of 90 66 per cent of the total capital investment Also in Q2 2022 of all the capital importation to Nigeria Lagos alone accounted for 66 66 percent and was followed by Abuja the Federal Capital with 29 57 leaving the rest 35 states to share a paltry 3 77 per cent he said Oshodi described Tinubu as a man with innovative thinking who touched every facet of Lagos as a governor from 1999 to 20 07 an attribute needed by Nigeria at this stage of its development for the desired transformation He created the Ministry of Environment to tackle the issue of flooding head on introduced the one day governor programme that brought young boys and girls into the limelight and reformed the health sector accompanied with the distribution of free eye glasses He created a Housing Ministry to redress the acute shortage of housing in Lagos with a mandate to construct affordable houses and introduced the Independent Power Project and the Bus Rapid Transportation BRT with Lagos State Transport Management Authority Tinubu brought in LASTMA to develop a culture of regulation control management of traffic operations and to ensure hitch free traffic on Lagos roads Tinubu also created 37 more local councils in order to bring government more to the people and brought the Lekki corridor into limelight The Lekki corridor had become a beehive of economic activities with the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals the 650 000 barrels per day integrated refinery the largest single train refinery in the world the Dangote Fertiliser a 2 5 billion dollar investment and the Lekki Sea Port Nigeria s largest multipurpose Port in Nigeria among the and among others he said Oshodi said that if Senator Tinubu was voted as the next president he would replicate all the achievements and even accomplish more at the national level to give the country the leadership that would inspire it to greater glory with new thinking innovative ideas and vision Tinubu has said he would turn Nigeria into a country that future generations would be proud of and has expressed his preparedness to tackle the challenges facing Nigeria Tinubu has spoken of his determination the perseverance and the foresight to identify the problems of Nigeria and take them headlong and make a solution out of them for the prosperity of Nigeria he stated NAN NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Nigerians should vote wisely, vote Tinubu for President- APC Chieftain
     NAN The All Progressives Congress APC Presidential Council for Canada has urged Nigerians to keep themselves abreast of political undercurrents and vote wisely come February 2023 for the party s presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu The Media Director APC Presidential Council for Canada Dr Abiola Oshodi said this in a statement on Tuesday in Akure Oshodi said that Nigeria needed a competent and visionary person as a president to take it to a new level come 2023 Whosoever wins the presidential election in 2023 will be confronted with monumental challenges and opportunities within and outside the country that will test the mettle of such a president Nigeria is at a delicate stage of its developmental process and needs a president with a hand on experience and Tinubu who has governed Lagos the most commercial of Nigeria 36 states deserves to be given an opportunity to pilot Nigeria affairs from May 29 2023 he said According to Oshodi Tinubu adroitly managed Lagos the smallest state in the country but with the highest urban population accounting according to a Lagos official document for the 26 7 per cent of Nigeria s total GDP and more than 50 per cent of non oil GDP He said that Lagos controlled 80 per cent of the foreign trade flow and with an estimated population of 24 million larger than many other economies in the neighbouring West African countries Oshodi a Canada based Psychiatrist and the Convener of the Oshodi for Tinubu Media Group pointed out that Tinubu laid the foundation for the current Lagos that accounted for the chunk of capital importation into Nigeria According to the National Bureau of Statistics NBS for Q4 2021 Lagos State alone was the top destination of 90 66 per cent of the total capital investment Also in Q2 2022 of all the capital importation to Nigeria Lagos alone accounted for 66 66 percent and was followed by Abuja the Federal Capital with 29 57 leaving the rest 35 states to share a paltry 3 77 per cent he said Oshodi described Tinubu as a man with innovative thinking who touched every facet of Lagos as a governor from 1999 to 20 07 an attribute needed by Nigeria at this stage of its development for the desired transformation He created the Ministry of Environment to tackle the issue of flooding head on introduced the one day governor programme that brought young boys and girls into the limelight and reformed the health sector accompanied with the distribution of free eye glasses He created a Housing Ministry to redress the acute shortage of housing in Lagos with a mandate to construct affordable houses and introduced the Independent Power Project and the Bus Rapid Transportation BRT with Lagos State Transport Management Authority Tinubu brought in LASTMA to develop a culture of regulation control management of traffic operations and to ensure hitch free traffic on Lagos roads Tinubu also created 37 more local councils in order to bring government more to the people and brought the Lekki corridor into limelight The Lekki corridor had become a beehive of economic activities with the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals the 650 000 barrels per day integrated refinery the largest single train refinery in the world the Dangote Fertiliser a 2 5 billion dollar investment and the Lekki Sea Port Nigeria s largest multipurpose Port in Nigeria among the and among others he said Oshodi said that if Senator Tinubu was voted as the next president he would replicate all the achievements and even accomplish more at the national level to give the country the leadership that would inspire it to greater glory with new thinking innovative ideas and vision Tinubu has said he would turn Nigeria into a country that future generations would be proud of and has expressed his preparedness to tackle the challenges facing Nigeria Tinubu has spoken of his determination the perseverance and the foresight to identify the problems of Nigeria and take them headlong and make a solution out of them for the prosperity of Nigeria he stated NAN NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Nigerians should vote wisely, vote Tinubu for President- APC Chieftain
    General news2 months ago

    2023: Nigerians should vote wisely, vote Tinubu for President- APC Chieftain

    NAN) The All Progressives Congress (APC),Presidential Council for  Canada,  has urged Nigerians to  keep themselves abreast of political undercurrents  and vote wisely come  February 2023 for the party’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.    

    The Media Director, APC, Presidential Council for Canada, Dr Abiola  Oshodi, said this in a statement on Tuesday in Akure.  

    Oshodi said that Nigeria needed a competent and visionary person as a president to take it to a  new level come 2023.     “Whosoever wins the presidential election in 2023 will be confronted with monumental challenges and opportunities   within and outside the country that will test the mettle of such a president.    

    “Nigeria is at a delicate stage of its developmental process   and needs a president with a hand on experience and Tinubu who has governed Lagos, the most commercial of Nigeria 36 states deserves to be given an opportunity to pilot Nigeria affairs from May 29, 2023,” he said.    

    According to Oshodi, Tinubu   adroitly managed Lagos – the smallest state in the country but with the highest urban population   accounting   according to a Lagos official document   for the 26.7 per cent of Nigeria’s total GDP and more than 50 per cent of non-oil GDP.  

    He said that Lagos controlled   80 per cent of the foreign trade flow and with an estimated population of 24 million -larger than many other economies in the  neighbouring West   African countries.    

    Oshodi, a Canada-based Psychiatrist and the Convener of the Oshodi for Tinubu Media Group, pointed out that Tinubu laid the foundation for the current Lagos that accounted for the chunk of capital importation into Nigeria.    

    “According to the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, for  Q4 2021, Lagos State alone was the top destination of 90.66 per cent of the total capital investment.    

    “Also in Q2 2022   of all the capital importation to Nigeria, Lagos alone accounted for 66.66 percent, and was followed by Abuja, the Federal Capital with 29.57, leaving the rest 35 states to share a paltry 3.77 per cent,” he said.    

    Oshodi described Tinubu as a man with innovative thinking who touched every facet of Lagos as a governor from 1999 to 20 07-an attribute needed by Nigeria at this stage of its development for the desired transformation.    

    “He created the Ministry of Environment to tackle the issue of flooding head on, introduced the one-day governor programme that brought young boys and girls into the limelight and reformed the health sector accompanied with the distribution of free eye glasses.  

    “He created a Housing Ministry   to redress the acute shortage of housing in Lagos, with a mandate to construct affordable houses and introduced the Independent Power Project, and the Bus Rapid Transportation – BRT, with Lagos State Transport Management Authority.  

    “Tinubu brought in LASTMA   to develop a culture of regulation, control management of traffic operations and to ensure hitch free traffic on Lagos roads.    

    “Tinubu also created 37 more local councils in order to bring government more to the people and brought the Lekki corridor into limelight.  

    “The Lekki corridor had become a beehive of economic activities with the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals, the 650,000 barrels per day integrated refinery, the largest single train refinery in the world; the Dangote Fertiliser, a  2.5 billion dollar  investment and   the Lekki  Sea Port Nigeria’s  largest  multipurpose Port in Nigeria among the  and among others,” he said.  

    Oshodi said that if Senator Tinubu was voted as the next president,   he would replicate all the achievements and even accomplish more at the national level to give the country the leadership that would inspire it to greater glory with new thinking, innovative ideas and vision.  

    “Tinubu has said he would turn Nigeria into a country that future generations would be proud of and has expressed his preparedness   to tackle the challenges facing Nigeria.    

    “Tinubu has spoken of his determination, the perseverance and the foresight to identify the problems of Nigeria and take them headlong and make a solution out of them for the prosperity of Nigeria,” he stated.

    ( NAN)  
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  On Sept 1 the second phase of the Lagos State Government s ban on operation of commercial motorcycles popularly called Okada took effect The phase saw the ban on Okada operations in parts of the state gaining more ground with its extension to more areas It was extended to four more Local Government Areas LGAs and six Local Council Development Areas LCDAs The state named the additional areas as Oshodi Isolo LGA Kosofe LGA Shomolu LGA and Mushin LGA Agboyi Ketu LCDA Odi Olowo LCDA Bariga LCDA Isolo LCDA Ikosi Isheri LCDA were also given as the LCDAs affected by the ban Earlier in the year the state government after a critical review of its restriction on Okada activities in the first six LGAs from Feb 1 2020 strengthened it further in the areas It expanded the restriction to a total ban across the highways and bridges within the six LGAs and their LCDAs effective from June 1 2022 The state listed affected LGAs as Apapa Surulere Ikeja Lagos Mainland Lagos Island and Eti Osa Apapa Iganmu LCDA Coker Aguda LCDA Itire Ikate LCDA Onigbongbo LCDA Ojodu LCDA Lagos Island West LCDA Lagos Island East LCDA Yaba LCDA Ikoyi Obalende LCDA Iru Victoria Island LCDA Eti Osa West LCDA and Eti Osa East LCDA were also listed as the LCDAs affected by the ban Gov Babajide Sanwoolu said the ban was to implement the state traffic law and check the threats posed by operations of commercial motorcycles to the state One month after the second phase of the ban took effect motorists riders commuters security agents and others have different experiences For some riders who tried to be intransigent after the ban the security officials have cut many to size The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit said it impounded 150 motorcycles for violating traffic rules in the last week of September alone The unit s spokesman Mr Gbadeyan Abdulraheem said that the motorcycles were impounded after a weeklong operation in parts of the state Abdulraheem stated that there had been about 95 per cent compliance with the ban but that the 150 motorcycles impounded were used to flout the order Others who were in the business have not been daring but taken the ban in their stride settling for other means of making ends meet Dauda Yusuf who rode Okada in Surulere said he usually generated between N5 000 to N6 000 daily Yusuf said he was operating between Bode Thomas and Ojuelegba and used to smile home every day before the ban reached the area With the ban on Okada operations in Surulere I switched to pushing wheelbarrow and selling water I now sell water in Surulere where I am residing I also generate over N1 200 daily through wheelbarrow pushing Yusuf said Tunde Afolabi who operated in Lagos Island between Marina and Adeniji area however said it had been difficult for him after the ban Afolabi pleaded with the government to help and provide them with accessible alternatives to survive Mr Emeka Chibuzor said he operates in Ikorodu where commercial motorcycles still operate being outside the areas so far covered by the ban He however said that they faced challenges of extortion from policemen who restricted their operations unlawfully Chibuzor pleaded with the government to intervene and stop the unlawful restrictions by the police which was hindering their operations Mr Kehinde Omotehinse Coordinator Lagos Community Youth Development Initiative Kosofe chapter said while the ban was well intentioned it took away the livelihood of many families Government should provide an alternative These people are Nigerians they deserve a living too he said But the Lagos State Government in placing the ban had urged the displaced riders to take advantage of the numerous schemes it had in place to empower residents The Commissioner for Information and Strategy Mr Gbenga Omotoso said that the government was not leaving the riders stranded Omotoso said that the riders could approach the government as a cooperative body to get the First and Last Mile buses The Commissioner for Transport Dr Frederic Oladeinde while announcing the second phase of the ban said the government was responsive As a responsive government we are not leaving the affected passengers stranded without any viable means of transportation that is why we have made available alternative and sustainable means of transportation The alternative transportation include the First and Last Mile Bus Transport Scheme the BRT Scheme the Lagos e hailing taxi Scheme LAGRIDE and other acceptable modes of transportation to go about their daily activities The commissioner said that the government s existing interventions aimed at empowering the residents should equally be accessed as alternative means of livelihood for the affected riders These interventions are coordinated by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation WAPA for vocational training the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment for internship programmes Office of Civic Engagement Office of Sustainable Development Goals SDGs Also the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund LSETF for Loan for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs and Lagos Economic Acceleration Programme LEAP the Ministry of Agriculture Agric YES the Ministry of Education for CodeLagos Scheme and many others The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Transportation Mr Sola Giwa said the government had been engaging in skills acquisition for different kinds of artisans Giwa said that after engaging them in the training the government usually gives them incentives to start their businesses Government has been doing a lot with regard to incentives and providing soft loans to artisans Okada riders that are affected by the ban could enrol for training to incorporate them in the First and Last Mile bus scheme of the state where they can get trained and retrained Government has provided lots of First and Last mile buses that can ply routes across Lagos People that are meant to ride the motorcycles should patronise First and Last Mile buses designated to ply inner routes to make Lagos residents more comfortable Giwa said The Lagos State Police Command on its part dismissed fears of a possible negative ripple effect of the ban on crime rate due to the level of unemployment The command s spokesman SP Benjamin Hundeyin said rather than swelling crime the ban had reduced the incidence of traffic robbery in some parts of the state Although we still have pockets of traffic robbery in some areas the ban has reduced it drastically It has helped us channel our energy to other areas so it has been a welcome development he said On its possible effect on other crimes he said there was nothing on ground to indicate an increase Meanwhile some commuters want the government to do more to fill up the gaps the ban has brought to transportation in some areas One of them Mrs Ramota Adeyemi a civil servant said the ban had come with some difficulties to residents According to her the impact of the alternatives promised have yet to be felt on many routes where Okada had been banned from plying I suffer a lot coming and going to work everyday I live in Mushin and I used to take Okada to get to my house from Mushin last bus stop Since the ban I have been trekking So have many she said Some others however appeal to the state government to extend the ban to more council areas A resident of Shomolu Mr Oseni Ajimomuiya said the positive results of the ban in the local government area should inform extension to other parts of the state Ajimomuiya who is media assistant to Chairman of the local government said the ban was for the good of the people The ban on Okada in certain areas is a step in the right direction It is pro people as it is for security and well being of residents Look at Shomolu for instance the compliance here is 100 per cent and we are already seeing the results I was at the Federal Orthopaedic Hospital here in Fadeyi the other day and the CMD told me that emergencies and Okada related accidents have drastically reduced Traffic has been flowing better here since the ban All these show that the ban is for the people The extension of the ban to other local government areas will be for the good of more people he had told NAN Ajimomuiya however said that the state government could support banned Okada riders with more alternatives to take care of themselves and their families Some routes are suffering we must admit Some of these Okada riders want to switch to tricycles but they cant afford it The government should support them he said Mr Haruna Akinwale a civil servant and resident of Maryland said that the ban had brought sanity to his area Akinwale urged the state government to extend the ban to other local government areas in view of the success recorded Mr Edomi Ovie a Lagos based journalist said the ban on operations of commercial motocycles had been justified as it had reduced crime in the areas where it had been imposed He said the use of Okada was not ideal as a means of transportation in the state calling for its blanket ban in all local government areas Mr Wasiu Adesina Chairman Ikorodu Local Government commended the state government for the ban in some local government areas He said the restriction was yielding the desired results in the affected council areas He said the ban so far had not been extended to his local government He said the council was doing everything possible to properly monitor operations of commercial motorcyclists so that they do not pose threats to the people of the area People use motorcycles to perpetrate crime so it is important that we check such things in our community Riders will be penalised for disobeying rules because we do not want our local government area to be operating ground for those banned in other areas he said Adeshina warned Okada riders not to flout the rules guiding their operations in the community vowing that erring riders would be made to face the full wrath of the law Similarly Mr Monsuru Akinloye Chairman Eredo Local Council Development Area commended the state government for the restriction in some areas The ban is commendable but the reasons for the ban are not present here in Eredo in Epe division Eredo is a peaceful place No real issues with Okada riders Accidents are not common we are good here he said He said the council would continue to do its best to ensure that issues did not come up with Okada operations in the area NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lagos ‘Okada’ ban Phase 2 one month after, an analysis
     On Sept 1 the second phase of the Lagos State Government s ban on operation of commercial motorcycles popularly called Okada took effect The phase saw the ban on Okada operations in parts of the state gaining more ground with its extension to more areas It was extended to four more Local Government Areas LGAs and six Local Council Development Areas LCDAs The state named the additional areas as Oshodi Isolo LGA Kosofe LGA Shomolu LGA and Mushin LGA Agboyi Ketu LCDA Odi Olowo LCDA Bariga LCDA Isolo LCDA Ikosi Isheri LCDA were also given as the LCDAs affected by the ban Earlier in the year the state government after a critical review of its restriction on Okada activities in the first six LGAs from Feb 1 2020 strengthened it further in the areas It expanded the restriction to a total ban across the highways and bridges within the six LGAs and their LCDAs effective from June 1 2022 The state listed affected LGAs as Apapa Surulere Ikeja Lagos Mainland Lagos Island and Eti Osa Apapa Iganmu LCDA Coker Aguda LCDA Itire Ikate LCDA Onigbongbo LCDA Ojodu LCDA Lagos Island West LCDA Lagos Island East LCDA Yaba LCDA Ikoyi Obalende LCDA Iru Victoria Island LCDA Eti Osa West LCDA and Eti Osa East LCDA were also listed as the LCDAs affected by the ban Gov Babajide Sanwoolu said the ban was to implement the state traffic law and check the threats posed by operations of commercial motorcycles to the state One month after the second phase of the ban took effect motorists riders commuters security agents and others have different experiences For some riders who tried to be intransigent after the ban the security officials have cut many to size The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit said it impounded 150 motorcycles for violating traffic rules in the last week of September alone The unit s spokesman Mr Gbadeyan Abdulraheem said that the motorcycles were impounded after a weeklong operation in parts of the state Abdulraheem stated that there had been about 95 per cent compliance with the ban but that the 150 motorcycles impounded were used to flout the order Others who were in the business have not been daring but taken the ban in their stride settling for other means of making ends meet Dauda Yusuf who rode Okada in Surulere said he usually generated between N5 000 to N6 000 daily Yusuf said he was operating between Bode Thomas and Ojuelegba and used to smile home every day before the ban reached the area With the ban on Okada operations in Surulere I switched to pushing wheelbarrow and selling water I now sell water in Surulere where I am residing I also generate over N1 200 daily through wheelbarrow pushing Yusuf said Tunde Afolabi who operated in Lagos Island between Marina and Adeniji area however said it had been difficult for him after the ban Afolabi pleaded with the government to help and provide them with accessible alternatives to survive Mr Emeka Chibuzor said he operates in Ikorodu where commercial motorcycles still operate being outside the areas so far covered by the ban He however said that they faced challenges of extortion from policemen who restricted their operations unlawfully Chibuzor pleaded with the government to intervene and stop the unlawful restrictions by the police which was hindering their operations Mr Kehinde Omotehinse Coordinator Lagos Community Youth Development Initiative Kosofe chapter said while the ban was well intentioned it took away the livelihood of many families Government should provide an alternative These people are Nigerians they deserve a living too he said But the Lagos State Government in placing the ban had urged the displaced riders to take advantage of the numerous schemes it had in place to empower residents The Commissioner for Information and Strategy Mr Gbenga Omotoso said that the government was not leaving the riders stranded Omotoso said that the riders could approach the government as a cooperative body to get the First and Last Mile buses The Commissioner for Transport Dr Frederic Oladeinde while announcing the second phase of the ban said the government was responsive As a responsive government we are not leaving the affected passengers stranded without any viable means of transportation that is why we have made available alternative and sustainable means of transportation The alternative transportation include the First and Last Mile Bus Transport Scheme the BRT Scheme the Lagos e hailing taxi Scheme LAGRIDE and other acceptable modes of transportation to go about their daily activities The commissioner said that the government s existing interventions aimed at empowering the residents should equally be accessed as alternative means of livelihood for the affected riders These interventions are coordinated by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation WAPA for vocational training the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment for internship programmes Office of Civic Engagement Office of Sustainable Development Goals SDGs Also the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund LSETF for Loan for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs and Lagos Economic Acceleration Programme LEAP the Ministry of Agriculture Agric YES the Ministry of Education for CodeLagos Scheme and many others The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Transportation Mr Sola Giwa said the government had been engaging in skills acquisition for different kinds of artisans Giwa said that after engaging them in the training the government usually gives them incentives to start their businesses Government has been doing a lot with regard to incentives and providing soft loans to artisans Okada riders that are affected by the ban could enrol for training to incorporate them in the First and Last Mile bus scheme of the state where they can get trained and retrained Government has provided lots of First and Last mile buses that can ply routes across Lagos People that are meant to ride the motorcycles should patronise First and Last Mile buses designated to ply inner routes to make Lagos residents more comfortable Giwa said The Lagos State Police Command on its part dismissed fears of a possible negative ripple effect of the ban on crime rate due to the level of unemployment The command s spokesman SP Benjamin Hundeyin said rather than swelling crime the ban had reduced the incidence of traffic robbery in some parts of the state Although we still have pockets of traffic robbery in some areas the ban has reduced it drastically It has helped us channel our energy to other areas so it has been a welcome development he said On its possible effect on other crimes he said there was nothing on ground to indicate an increase Meanwhile some commuters want the government to do more to fill up the gaps the ban has brought to transportation in some areas One of them Mrs Ramota Adeyemi a civil servant said the ban had come with some difficulties to residents According to her the impact of the alternatives promised have yet to be felt on many routes where Okada had been banned from plying I suffer a lot coming and going to work everyday I live in Mushin and I used to take Okada to get to my house from Mushin last bus stop Since the ban I have been trekking So have many she said Some others however appeal to the state government to extend the ban to more council areas A resident of Shomolu Mr Oseni Ajimomuiya said the positive results of the ban in the local government area should inform extension to other parts of the state Ajimomuiya who is media assistant to Chairman of the local government said the ban was for the good of the people The ban on Okada in certain areas is a step in the right direction It is pro people as it is for security and well being of residents Look at Shomolu for instance the compliance here is 100 per cent and we are already seeing the results I was at the Federal Orthopaedic Hospital here in Fadeyi the other day and the CMD told me that emergencies and Okada related accidents have drastically reduced Traffic has been flowing better here since the ban All these show that the ban is for the people The extension of the ban to other local government areas will be for the good of more people he had told NAN Ajimomuiya however said that the state government could support banned Okada riders with more alternatives to take care of themselves and their families Some routes are suffering we must admit Some of these Okada riders want to switch to tricycles but they cant afford it The government should support them he said Mr Haruna Akinwale a civil servant and resident of Maryland said that the ban had brought sanity to his area Akinwale urged the state government to extend the ban to other local government areas in view of the success recorded Mr Edomi Ovie a Lagos based journalist said the ban on operations of commercial motocycles had been justified as it had reduced crime in the areas where it had been imposed He said the use of Okada was not ideal as a means of transportation in the state calling for its blanket ban in all local government areas Mr Wasiu Adesina Chairman Ikorodu Local Government commended the state government for the ban in some local government areas He said the restriction was yielding the desired results in the affected council areas He said the ban so far had not been extended to his local government He said the council was doing everything possible to properly monitor operations of commercial motorcyclists so that they do not pose threats to the people of the area People use motorcycles to perpetrate crime so it is important that we check such things in our community Riders will be penalised for disobeying rules because we do not want our local government area to be operating ground for those banned in other areas he said Adeshina warned Okada riders not to flout the rules guiding their operations in the community vowing that erring riders would be made to face the full wrath of the law Similarly Mr Monsuru Akinloye Chairman Eredo Local Council Development Area commended the state government for the restriction in some areas The ban is commendable but the reasons for the ban are not present here in Eredo in Epe division Eredo is a peaceful place No real issues with Okada riders Accidents are not common we are good here he said He said the council would continue to do its best to ensure that issues did not come up with Okada operations in the area NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lagos ‘Okada’ ban Phase 2 one month after, an analysis
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    Lagos ‘Okada’ ban Phase 2 one month after, an analysis

    On Sept. 1, the second phase of the Lagos State Government’s ban on operation of commercial motorcycles (popularly called Okada) took effect.  

    The phase saw the ban on Okada operations in parts of the state gaining more ground, with its extension to more areas.  

    It was extended to four more Local Government Areas (LGAs) and six Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).  

    The state named the additional areas as Oshodi- Isolo LGA ,Kosofe LGA, Shomolu LGA and Mushin LGA.  

    Agboyi -Ketu LCDA, Odi-Olowo LCDA , Bariga LCDA,Isolo LCDA,Ikosi-Isheri LCDA were also given as the LCDAs affected by the ban.  

    Earlier in the year, the state government,  after a critical review of its restriction on Okada activities in the first six LGAs from Feb. 1, 2020, strengthened it further in the areas.

    It expanded the restriction to a total ban across the highways and bridges within the six LGAs and their LCDAs, effective from June 1, 2022.   The state listed affected LGAs as Apapa, Surulere, Ikeja, Lagos Mainland ,Lagos Island and Eti Osa.   Apapa Iganmu LCDA, Coker- Aguda LCDA,, Itire -Ikate LCDA,Onigbongbo LCDA ,Ojodu LCDA,Lagos  Island West LCDA,Lagos Island East LCDA ,Yaba LCDA,Ikoyi Obalende LCDA ,Iru Victoria Island  LCDA , Eti-Osa West LCDA and Eti Osa East LCDA were also listed as the LCDAs affected by the ban.  

    Gov. Babajide Sanwoolu said the ban was to implement the state traffic law and check the threats posed by operations of  commercial motorcycles to the state.  

    One month after the second phase of the ban took effect, motorists, riders, commuters, security agents and others have different experiences.  

    For some riders who tried to be intransigent after the ban, the security officials have cut many to size.  

    The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit said it impounded 150 motorcycles for violating traffic rules in the last week of September alone.  

    The unit’s spokesman, Mr Gbadeyan Abdulraheem said that the motorcycles were impounded after a weeklong operation in parts of the state.  

    Abdulraheem stated that there had been about 95 per cent compliance with the ban, but that the 150 motorcycles impounded were used to flout the order.  

    Others, who were in the business, have not been daring, but taken the ban in their stride, settling for other means of making ends meet.  

    Dauda Yusuf, who rode Okada in Surulere, said he usually generated between N5,000 to N6,000 daily.  

    Yusuf said he was operating between Bode Thomas and Ojuelegba and used to smile home every day before the ban reached the area.  

    “With the ban on Okada operations in Surulere, I switched to pushing wheelbarrow and selling water.

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    “I now sell water in Surulere where I am residing, I also generate over N1,200 daily through wheelbarrow pushing,” Yusuf said.  

    Tunde Afolabi, who operated in Lagos Island between Marina and Adeniji area, however, said it had been difficult for him  after the ban.  

    Afolabi pleaded with the government to help and provide them with accessible  alternatives to survive.   

    Mr Emeka Chibuzor said he operates in Ikorodu, where commercial motorcycles still operate, being outside the areas so far covered by the ban.  

    He, however, said that they faced challenges of extortion from policemen who restricted their operations unlawfully.  

    Chibuzor pleaded with the government to intervene and stop the unlawful restrictions by the  police, which was hindering their operations.  

    Mr Kehinde Omotehinse, Coordinator, Lagos Community Youth Development Initiative, Kosofe chapter, said while the ban was well-intentioned, it took away the livelihood of many families.  

    “Government should provide an alternative.

    These people are Nigerians, they deserve a living too”, he said.  

    But the Lagos State Government, in placing the ban, had urged the displaced riders to take advantage of the numerous schemes it had in place to empower residents.  

    The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, said that the government was not leaving the riders stranded.  

    Omotoso said that the riders could approach the government as a cooperative body to get the First and Last Mile buses.  

    The Commissioner for Transport, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, while announcing the second phase of the ban, said the government was responsive.  

    ”As a responsive government, we are not leaving the affected passengers stranded without any viable means of transportation, that is why we have made available alternative and sustainable means of transportation.  

    ”The alternative transportation include the First and Last Mile Bus Transport Scheme, the BRT Scheme, the Lagos e-hailing taxi Scheme (LAGRIDE) and other acceptable modes of transportation, to go about their daily activities”.  

    The commissioner said that the government’s existing interventions aimed at empowering the residents should equally be accessed as alternative means of livelihood for the affected riders.  

    ”These interventions are coordinated by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) for vocational training; the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment for internship programmes; Office of Civic Engagement; Office of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

    ”Also, the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) for Loan for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and Lagos Economic Acceleration Programme (LEAP); the Ministry of Agriculture (Agric YES); the Ministry of Education for CodeLagos Scheme, and many others.

    ”   The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Transportation, Mr Sola Giwa, said the government had been engaging in skills acquisition for different kinds of artisans.  

    Giwa said that after engaging them in the training, the government usually gives them incentives to start their businesses.  

    “Government has been doing a lot with  regard to incentives and providing soft loans to artisans.  

    “Okada riders that are affected by the ban could enrol for training to incorporate them in the First and Last Mile bus scheme of the state where they can get trained and retrained.  

    “Government has provided lots of First and Last mile buses that can ply routes across Lagos.  

    “People that are meant to ride the motorcycles should patronise First and Last Mile buses designated to ply inner routes to make  Lagos  residents more comfortable,” Giwa said.  

    The Lagos State Police Command, on its part, dismissed fears of a possible negative ripple effect of the ban on crime rate, due to the level of unemployment.  

    The command’s spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, said rather than swelling crime, the ban had reduced the incidence of traffic robbery in some parts of the state.  

    “Although we still have pockets of traffic robbery in some areas, the ban has reduced it drastically.  

    “It has helped us channel our energy to other areas, so it has been a welcome development,” he said.  

    On its  possible effect on other crimes, he said there was nothing on ground to indicate an increase.  

    Meanwhile, some commuters want the government to do more to fill up the gaps the ban has brought to transportation in some areas.   

    One of them, Mrs Ramota Adeyemi, a civil servant, said the ban had come with some difficulties to residents.  

    According to her, the impact of the  alternatives promised have yet to be felt on many routes where Okada had been banned from plying.  

    “I suffer a lot coming and going to work everyday.

    I live in Mushin and I used to take Okada to get to my house from Mushin last bus stop.  

    “Since the ban, I have been trekking.

    So have many,” she said.  

    Some others however appeal to the state government to extend the ban to more council areas.  

    A  resident of Shomolu ,Mr Oseni Ajimomuiya, said the positive results of the ban in the local government area should inform extension to other parts of the state.  

    Ajimomuiya,who is media assistant to Chairman of the local government ,said the ban was for the good of the people.  

    “The ban on  Okada in certain areas is a  step in the right direction.

    It is pro-people  as it is for security and well being  of residents.  

    “Look at Shomolu for instance, the compliance here is 100 per cent and we are already seeing the results.  

    “I was at the Federal Orthopaedic Hospital here in Fadeyi the other day and the CMD told me that emergencies and Okada-related accidents have drastically reduced.  

    “Traffic has been  flowing better here since  the ban .

    All these show that the ban is for the people .  

    “The extension of the ban to other local government areas will be for the good of more people”, he had told NAN.  

    Ajimomuiya, however, said that the state government could support banned Okada riders with more alternatives to take care of themselves and their families.  

    “Some routes are suffering, we must admit.

    Some of these Okada riders want to switch to tricycles but they cant afford it.

    The government should support them”, he said.  

    Mr Haruna Akinwale, a civil servant and  resident of Maryland, said that the ban had brought sanity to his area.  

    Akinwale urged the state government to extend the ban to other local government areas in view of the success recorded.  

    Mr Edomi Ovie,a Lagos-based journalist, said the ban on operations of commercial motocycles had been justified as it had reduced crime in the areas where it had been imposed.  

    He said the use of Okada was not ideal as a means of transportation in the state, calling for its blanket ban in all local government areas.  

    Mr Wasiu Adesina,Chairman, Ikorodu Local Government, commended the state government for the ban in some local government areas.  

    He said the restriction was yielding the desired results in the affected council areas.  

    He said the ban, so far, had not been  extended to his local government.  

    He said the council was doing everything possible to properly monitor operations of commercial motorcyclists so that they do not pose threats to the people of the area.  

    “People use motorcycles to perpetrate crime, so it is important that we check such things  in our community.  

    “Riders will be penalised for disobeying rules because we do not want our local government area to be operating ground for those banned in other areas”,he said.  

    Adeshina warned Okada riders not to flout the rules guiding their operations in the community, vowing that erring  riders would be made to face the full wrath of the law.  

    Similarly,Mr Monsuru Akinloye, Chairman, Eredo Local Council Development Area, commended the state government for the restriction in some areas.  

    “The ban is commendable but the reasons for the ban are not present here in Eredo in Epe division.  

    “Eredo is a peaceful place.

    No real issues with Okada riders.

    Accidents are not common, we are good here”, he said.  

    He said the council would continue to do its best to ensure that issues did not come up with Okada operations in the area.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  A prosecution witness in the rape and murder trial of a Bus Rapid Transit BRT driver Andrew Ominnikoron on Thursday narrated how the lower part of the deseased s body was allegedly damaged by the driver and his accomplices Ominnikoron is standing trial before a Lagos High Court on a five count charge bordering on conspiracy murder and rape He is also accused of raping another passenger Miss Maryjane Odezelu on Nov 2021 He however pleaded not guilty to all the counts before Justice Sherifat Sonaike sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square On Thursday the witness Mr Oluwapelumi Ayanwola the deseased s elder brother told the court that his sister s lower body part pubic area was covered in blood and badly damaged He was led in evidence by Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo SAN He testified that the deceased was the last of 10 children The witness said that he found out about his sister s alleged murder on Feb 28 He said that on Feb 27 he received a call from his brother who was based in Kano asking about the deceased I immediately called home to find out about Bamise he said The witness said that while the deceased was on the BRT she exchanged voice notes with one of her friends Felicia I was alarmed when the friend sent the voice notes they shared on WhatsApp he said He said that the following Monday he went to the BRT Terminal Three to report the matter but was directed to the Lagos Bus Service Ltd LBSL We were referred to two CSOs and they said that none of the drivers reported a case of a missing person I asked to have access to their CCTV camera so that we could know what transpired in their vehicles The witness told the court that the officials told him to get a police report to be able to access the CCTV Close Circuit Television camera He told the court that he was badly treated at the police division he went for the report and had to go back to the LBSL where one Mr Aluko admitted that a bus was missing He said that he wrote a letter to the Office of the state Commissioner of Transportation Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority and the state House of Assembly He added that his family also reported the case at the Jakande Police Division where an official said that it was no longer a case of a missing person but a kidnap case On March 7 someone said we should go and check Ebute Ero Police Station On getting there we showed them a picture of my sister I was told she died on the night of Feb 26 and the police took over the body The witness said that he found his sister s body at a morgue and it was tagged unknown The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the voice note exchanged by the deceased and her friend was admitted by the court in evidence In the voice note the deceased said that she was alone in the bus and the driver had refused to pick up other passengers In the second voice note she said that the driver had taken a lady and three males into the bus Then the friend asked her if she had got to her bus stop but the message wasn t replied Describing the damaged pubic area the witness said I saw traces of blood in the lower body part At this point defence counsel Mr Abayomi Omotubora asked the witness to explain what he meant by damaged lower part My sister was a virgin Do you want me to describe how two to three men raped my sister I will not do that the witness said Earlier Omotubora apologised for coming late to court on Wednesday It was due to an unprecedented traffic jam from Ikorodu he said The Judge Mrs Sherifat Sonaike held that due to Omotubora s continued absence in court she had directed someone else to take his position I want to serve a note of warning After today if you fail to attend any of the court proceedings I will report you to the NBA and if you come back thereafter I will report to the appropriate authority she warned Another prosecution witness Mr Ikegwueomu Chukwurah said that he was directed to come and present a statement of bank account of Maryjane Odezulu an alleged rape victim of the defendant The witness a Manager with First Bank of Nigeria presented the bank account statement and the judge admitted it in evidence and marked it Exhibit 7 He told the court that on Nov 25 2021 there was a credit deposit from Ominikoron to the beneficiary Mary Odezulu account During cross examination he told the court that a customer would not need to present evidence of employment to open a savings account with the bank However defence counsel said that all deposits made into the account were withdrawn immediately From the entries in that statement since the inception there has not been a deposit above N15 000 he said On 19th October there was a deposit of N30 000 and on 22nd of October N24 000 the witness replied Those are the only meaningful deposits defence counsel added During the period Yes the witness replied Virtual evidence of another prosecution witness Victoria Anoke could not be taken due to network hitches Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Onigbanjo said that the witness had come to the court three times from Delta without testifying because of defence counsel s absence Again defence counsel Omotubora apologised to the court for his repeated absence NAN reports that prosecution brought six witnesses to court but the court was only able to take evidence from two The trial will continue on Oct 25 www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Oluwabamise’s alleged murder: Lower body part damaged – witness
     A prosecution witness in the rape and murder trial of a Bus Rapid Transit BRT driver Andrew Ominnikoron on Thursday narrated how the lower part of the deseased s body was allegedly damaged by the driver and his accomplices Ominnikoron is standing trial before a Lagos High Court on a five count charge bordering on conspiracy murder and rape He is also accused of raping another passenger Miss Maryjane Odezelu on Nov 2021 He however pleaded not guilty to all the counts before Justice Sherifat Sonaike sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square On Thursday the witness Mr Oluwapelumi Ayanwola the deseased s elder brother told the court that his sister s lower body part pubic area was covered in blood and badly damaged He was led in evidence by Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo SAN He testified that the deceased was the last of 10 children The witness said that he found out about his sister s alleged murder on Feb 28 He said that on Feb 27 he received a call from his brother who was based in Kano asking about the deceased I immediately called home to find out about Bamise he said The witness said that while the deceased was on the BRT she exchanged voice notes with one of her friends Felicia I was alarmed when the friend sent the voice notes they shared on WhatsApp he said He said that the following Monday he went to the BRT Terminal Three to report the matter but was directed to the Lagos Bus Service Ltd LBSL We were referred to two CSOs and they said that none of the drivers reported a case of a missing person I asked to have access to their CCTV camera so that we could know what transpired in their vehicles The witness told the court that the officials told him to get a police report to be able to access the CCTV Close Circuit Television camera He told the court that he was badly treated at the police division he went for the report and had to go back to the LBSL where one Mr Aluko admitted that a bus was missing He said that he wrote a letter to the Office of the state Commissioner of Transportation Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority and the state House of Assembly He added that his family also reported the case at the Jakande Police Division where an official said that it was no longer a case of a missing person but a kidnap case On March 7 someone said we should go and check Ebute Ero Police Station On getting there we showed them a picture of my sister I was told she died on the night of Feb 26 and the police took over the body The witness said that he found his sister s body at a morgue and it was tagged unknown The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the voice note exchanged by the deceased and her friend was admitted by the court in evidence In the voice note the deceased said that she was alone in the bus and the driver had refused to pick up other passengers In the second voice note she said that the driver had taken a lady and three males into the bus Then the friend asked her if she had got to her bus stop but the message wasn t replied Describing the damaged pubic area the witness said I saw traces of blood in the lower body part At this point defence counsel Mr Abayomi Omotubora asked the witness to explain what he meant by damaged lower part My sister was a virgin Do you want me to describe how two to three men raped my sister I will not do that the witness said Earlier Omotubora apologised for coming late to court on Wednesday It was due to an unprecedented traffic jam from Ikorodu he said The Judge Mrs Sherifat Sonaike held that due to Omotubora s continued absence in court she had directed someone else to take his position I want to serve a note of warning After today if you fail to attend any of the court proceedings I will report you to the NBA and if you come back thereafter I will report to the appropriate authority she warned Another prosecution witness Mr Ikegwueomu Chukwurah said that he was directed to come and present a statement of bank account of Maryjane Odezulu an alleged rape victim of the defendant The witness a Manager with First Bank of Nigeria presented the bank account statement and the judge admitted it in evidence and marked it Exhibit 7 He told the court that on Nov 25 2021 there was a credit deposit from Ominikoron to the beneficiary Mary Odezulu account During cross examination he told the court that a customer would not need to present evidence of employment to open a savings account with the bank However defence counsel said that all deposits made into the account were withdrawn immediately From the entries in that statement since the inception there has not been a deposit above N15 000 he said On 19th October there was a deposit of N30 000 and on 22nd of October N24 000 the witness replied Those are the only meaningful deposits defence counsel added During the period Yes the witness replied Virtual evidence of another prosecution witness Victoria Anoke could not be taken due to network hitches Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Onigbanjo said that the witness had come to the court three times from Delta without testifying because of defence counsel s absence Again defence counsel Omotubora apologised to the court for his repeated absence NAN reports that prosecution brought six witnesses to court but the court was only able to take evidence from two The trial will continue on Oct 25 www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Oluwabamise’s alleged murder: Lower body part damaged – witness
    General news2 months ago

    Oluwabamise’s alleged murder: Lower body part damaged – witness

    A prosecution witness in the rape and murder trial of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) driver, Andrew Ominnikoron, on Thursday narrated  how the lower part of the deseased’s body was allegedly damaged by the driver and his accomplices.

    Ominnikoron is standing trial before a Lagos High Court on a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, murder and rape.

    He is also accused of raping another passenger, Miss Maryjane Odezelu, on  Nov. 2021. He, however, pleaded not guilty to all the counts before Justice Sherifat Sonaike sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square.

    On Thursday, the witness, Mr Oluwapelumi Ayanwola, the deseased’s elder brother, told the court that his sister’s lower body part (pubic area) was covered in blood and badly damaged.

    He was led in evidence by Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN).

    He testified that the deceased was the last  of 10 children.

    The witness said that he found out about his sister’s alleged murder on Feb. 28. He said that on Feb. 27, he received a call from his brother, who was based in Kano, asking about the deceased.

    “I immediately called home to find out about Bamise,” he said.

    The witness said that while the deceased was on the BRT, she exchanged voice notes with one of her friends, Felicia.

    “I was alarmed when the friend sent the voice notes they shared on WhatsApp,” he said.

    He said that the following Monday, he went to the BRT Terminal Three to report the matter but was directed to the Lagos Bus Service Ltd. (LBSL).

    “We were referred to two CSOs and they said that none of the drivers reported a case of a missing person.

    “ I asked to have access to their CCTV camera so that we could know what transpired in their vehicles.

    ” The witness told the court that the officials told him to get a police report to be able to access the CCTV ( Close Circuit Television) camera.

    He told the court that he was “badly treated” at the police division he went for the report, and had to go back to the LBSL where one Mr Aluko admitted that a bus was missing.

    He said that he wrote a letter to the Office of the state Commissioner of Transportation, Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority and the state House of Assembly.

    He added that his family also  reported the case at the Jakande Police Division where an official said that it was no longer a case of a missing person but a kidnap case.

    “On March 7, someone said we should go and check Ebute-Ero Police Station.

    On getting there, we showed them a picture of my sister.

    “I was told she died on the night of Feb. 26 and the police took over the body.

    ” The witness said that he found his sister’s body at a morgue and it was tagged unknown.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the voice note exchanged by the deceased and her friend was admitted by the court in evidence.

    In the voice note, the deceased said that she was alone in the bus and the driver had refused to pick up other passengers.

    In the second voice note, she said that the driver had taken a lady and three males into the bus.

    Then, the friend  asked her if she had got to her bus stop but the message wasn’t replied.

    Describing the ‘damaged’ pubic area, the witness  said,  “I saw traces of blood in the lower body part.

    ” At this point, defence counsel, Mr Abayomi Omotubora, asked the witness to explain what he meant by “damaged lower part.

    ” “My sister was a virgin.

    Do you want me to describe how two to three men raped my sister?

    I will not do that,”  the witness said.

    Earlier, Omotubora apologised for coming late to court on Wednesday.

    “It was due to an unprecedented traffic jam from Ikorodu,” he said.

    The Judge, Mrs Sherifat Sonaike, held that due to  Omotubora’s continued absence in court, she had directed someone else to take his position.

    “I want to serve a note of warning.

    After today, if you fail to attend any of the court proceedings, I will report you to the NBA, and if you come back thereafter, I will report to the appropriate authority,”  she warned.

    Another prosecution witness, Mr Ikegwueomu Chukwurah, said that  he was directed to come and present a statement of bank account of Maryjane Odezulu, an alleged rape victim of the defendant.

    The witness, a Manager with First Bank of Nigeria, presented the bank account statement, and the judge admitted it in evidence and marked it Exhibit 7. He told the court that on Nov. 25, 2021, there was a credit deposit from Ominikoron  to the beneficiary (Mary Odezulu) account.

    ” During cross-examination, he told the court that a customer would  not need to present evidence of employment to open a savings account with the bank.

    However, defence counsel said that all deposits made into the account were withdrawn immediately.

    “From the entries in that statement, since the inception, there has not been a deposit above N15,000,” he said.

    “On 19th October, there was a deposit of N30,000 and on 22nd of October, N24,000,” the witness replied.

    “Those are the only meaningful deposits,” defence counsel added.

    “During the period?

    Yes,” the witness replied.

    Virtual evidence of another prosecution witness, Victoria Anoke, could not be taken due to network hitches.

    Lagos State Attorney -General and Commissioner for Justice, Onigbanjo, said that the witness had come to the court three times from Delta without testifying because of  defence counsel’s absence.

    Again, defence counsel, Omotubora, apologised to the court for his repeated absence.  

    NAN reports that prosecution brought  six witnesses to court but the court was only able to take evidence from two.

    The trial will continue on Oct. 25. www.

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  •  The Lagos State Government through the state Employment Trust Fund says it has supported 3 673 businesses with the sum of N1 56 billion as grants Gov Babajide Sanwo Olu of Lagos State made this known at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry LCCI Economic Summit Group LESG Private Public Partnership Pre Ehingbeti Stakeholders Engagement on Tuesday in Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event had the theme Building a Sustainable Future for a Greater Lagos Sanwo Olu who was represented by his deputy Dr Obafemi Hamzat added that the state government had also provided mentorship business advisory to young people to start and grow their businesses According to him the state government also supported 1 835 small businesses with N985 million which has led to the creation of 10 500 direct jobs in the state Sanwo Olu explained that his administration had put N1 billion into Agricultural Value Chain businesses to provide food and create jobs in the state He said the Ehingbeti Summit achieved its purpose through the meticulous and faithful implementation of innovative ideas and suggestions like the establishment of numerous initiatives which included the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund Also Lagos State Security Trust Funds among others that have enhanced the living standard of Lagos residents and the state enviable status as the economic nerve centre of the country The key infrastructure that dots the landscape of Lagos as well as pioneering initiatives that have profoundly elevated the status of Lagos as a functional mega city speak to the quality of resolutions of past summits The governor stated that private public partnership pre Ehingbeti stakeholders engagement was organised to sensitise key stakeholders on the 2022 summit The summit will seek their input on the proposed 30 years Lagos state Development Plan which will be unveiled at the summit for deliberation and final adoption for implementation Earlier in his remarks the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget Mr Samuel Egube assured that the government would continue to collaborate with private sectors not only on the 30 years development plan but on the development of the state in general Egube who is also the Co Chairman Ehingbeti Lagos Economic Summit explained that the summit had played a vibrant role in the development of the state He said Resolutions from past summits have brought developments such as the Ikoyi Link Bridge BRT Project the Red and Blue Rail Project which will commence operation soon Others are Lagos Free Trade Zone and the Imota Rice Mill among many others Similarly the Commissioner for Finance Dr Rabiu Olowo noted that the Ehingbeti Economic Summit was about the state s deliberate agenda for a greater Lagos The commissioner said it had the absolute inclusion of different stakeholders and disclosed that the state government had fulfilled about 90 per cent of the action plans from the last summit This will be reported during the forthcoming summit holding from Oct 11 to 12 Speaking the LCCI President Dr Michael Olawale Cole represented by the deputy president Mr Gabriel Idahosa said that the decision of the state government to collaborate with the LCCI on the 30 years Development Plan reflected government s appreciation and recognition of the Organised private sector in the realisation of the socio economic objectives of the state and nation in general He therefore assured of the chamber s support in ensuring the effective implementation of the state development plan and promised to enlighten the business community of the opportunities and benefits that were in the plan NewsSourceCredit NAN
    LASG disburses N1.56bn as grants to 3,673 businesses
     The Lagos State Government through the state Employment Trust Fund says it has supported 3 673 businesses with the sum of N1 56 billion as grants Gov Babajide Sanwo Olu of Lagos State made this known at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry LCCI Economic Summit Group LESG Private Public Partnership Pre Ehingbeti Stakeholders Engagement on Tuesday in Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event had the theme Building a Sustainable Future for a Greater Lagos Sanwo Olu who was represented by his deputy Dr Obafemi Hamzat added that the state government had also provided mentorship business advisory to young people to start and grow their businesses According to him the state government also supported 1 835 small businesses with N985 million which has led to the creation of 10 500 direct jobs in the state Sanwo Olu explained that his administration had put N1 billion into Agricultural Value Chain businesses to provide food and create jobs in the state He said the Ehingbeti Summit achieved its purpose through the meticulous and faithful implementation of innovative ideas and suggestions like the establishment of numerous initiatives which included the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund Also Lagos State Security Trust Funds among others that have enhanced the living standard of Lagos residents and the state enviable status as the economic nerve centre of the country The key infrastructure that dots the landscape of Lagos as well as pioneering initiatives that have profoundly elevated the status of Lagos as a functional mega city speak to the quality of resolutions of past summits The governor stated that private public partnership pre Ehingbeti stakeholders engagement was organised to sensitise key stakeholders on the 2022 summit The summit will seek their input on the proposed 30 years Lagos state Development Plan which will be unveiled at the summit for deliberation and final adoption for implementation Earlier in his remarks the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget Mr Samuel Egube assured that the government would continue to collaborate with private sectors not only on the 30 years development plan but on the development of the state in general Egube who is also the Co Chairman Ehingbeti Lagos Economic Summit explained that the summit had played a vibrant role in the development of the state He said Resolutions from past summits have brought developments such as the Ikoyi Link Bridge BRT Project the Red and Blue Rail Project which will commence operation soon Others are Lagos Free Trade Zone and the Imota Rice Mill among many others Similarly the Commissioner for Finance Dr Rabiu Olowo noted that the Ehingbeti Economic Summit was about the state s deliberate agenda for a greater Lagos The commissioner said it had the absolute inclusion of different stakeholders and disclosed that the state government had fulfilled about 90 per cent of the action plans from the last summit This will be reported during the forthcoming summit holding from Oct 11 to 12 Speaking the LCCI President Dr Michael Olawale Cole represented by the deputy president Mr Gabriel Idahosa said that the decision of the state government to collaborate with the LCCI on the 30 years Development Plan reflected government s appreciation and recognition of the Organised private sector in the realisation of the socio economic objectives of the state and nation in general He therefore assured of the chamber s support in ensuring the effective implementation of the state development plan and promised to enlighten the business community of the opportunities and benefits that were in the plan NewsSourceCredit NAN
    LASG disburses N1.56bn as grants to 3,673 businesses
    Economy2 months ago

    LASG disburses N1.56bn as grants to 3,673 businesses

    The Lagos State Government through the state Employment Trust Fund, says it has supported 3,673 businesses with the sum of N1.56 billion as grants.

    Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State made this known at  the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Economic Summit Group (LESG) Private-Public Partnership Pre-Ehingbeti Stakeholders Engagement on Tuesday in Lagos.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event had the theme: “Building a Sustainable Future for a Greater Lagos”.

    Sanwo-Olu who was represented by his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat,  added that the state government had also provided mentorship, business advisory to young people to start and grow their businesses.

    According to him, the state government also supported 1,835 small businesses with N985 million which has led to the creation of 10,500 direct jobs in the state.

    Sanwo-Olu explained that his administration had put N1 billion into Agricultural Value Chain businesses to provide food and create jobs in the state.

    He said: “the Ehingbeti Summit, achieved its purpose through the meticulous and faithful implementation of innovative ideas and suggestions like the establishment of numerous initiatives which included the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund. “Also, Lagos State Security Trust Funds among others that have enhanced the living standard of Lagos residents and the state enviable status as the economic nerve centre of the country.

    “The key infrastructure that dots the landscape of Lagos as well as pioneering initiatives that have profoundly elevated the status of Lagos as a functional mega city, speak to the quality of resolutions of past summits.

    ” The governor stated that private-public partnership pre-Ehingbeti stakeholders engagement was organised to sensitise key stakeholders on the 2022  summit.

    “The summit will seek their input on the proposed 30 years Lagos state Development Plan which will be unveiled at the summit for deliberation and final adoption for implementation.

    ” Earlier in his remarks, the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Samuel Egube assured that the government would continue to collaborate with private sectors, not only on the 30  years development plan but on the development of the state in general.

    Egube who is also the Co-Chairman, Ehingbeti Lagos Economic Summit, explained that the summit had played a vibrant role in the development of the state.

    He said: “Resolutions from past summits have brought developments such as the Ikoyi Link Bridge, BRT Project, the Red and Blue Rail Project which will commence operation soon.

    “Others are Lagos Free Trade Zone and the Imota Rice Mill among many others.

    ” Similarly, the Commissioner for Finance, Dr Rabiu Olowo noted that the Ehingbeti Economic Summit, was about the state’s deliberate agenda for a greater Lagos.

    The commissioner said  it had the absolute inclusion of different stakeholders and disclosed that the state government had fulfilled about 90 per cent of the action plans from the last summit.

    “This will be reported during the forthcoming summit holding from Oct. 11 to 12. Speaking, the LCCI President, Dr Michael Olawale-Cole represented by the deputy president, Mr Gabriel Idahosa said that the decision of the state government to collaborate with the LCCI on the 30 years Development Plan, reflected  government’s appreciation and recognition of the Organised private sector in the realisation of the socio-economic objectives of the state and nation in general.

    He, therefore, assured of the chamber ‘s support in ensuring the effective implementation of the state development plan and promised to enlighten the business community of the opportunities and benefits that were in the plan.


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  •  The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority LASTMA has warned operators and drivers of LagosRide Taxi across the state to obey the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018 The General Manager of LASTMA Mr Bolaji Oreagba said this on Sunday in a statement through the Director Public Affairs of the Authority Mr Adebayo Toafiq in Lagos The statement said that Oreagba gave the warning when top management of Ibile Holdings Limited owners of LagosRide Taxi led by its Chief Executive Officer Mr Abiodun Amokomowo paid a working visit to LASTMA Headquarters at Oshodi Lagos during the weekend Oreagba said the warning became very imperative to check excesses of the operators and drivers who did not usually consider the safety of other road users and their penchant for disregarding traffic law while on the road Let me state here clearly that impunity of drivers of these LagosRide Taxi driving on BRT on major roads is becoming alarming and as a responsible and responsive agency of government We would no longer condone their recklessness as we shall continue to apply the full weight of the Law on motorists found contravening any sections of the Traffic Laws The General Manager however commended Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu and Ibile Holdings Ltd for this wonderful initiative at creating jobs for the unemployed in our society The Chief Executive Officer Ibile Holdings Ltd Mr Abiodun Amokomowo said the company was an investment company of the Lagos State Government created to spur its economic growth by supporting commerce viable and strategic industries that were crucial to the socio economic development of State Amokomowo stated that as a way of ensuring the safety of riders and passengers each LagosRide Taxi was installed with a full security gadget including a 360 dashboard camera that would give 24 hours auto visual feeds to the control centre in case of any emergency According to him each driver of LagosRide Taxi undergoes a full verification exercise which includes Lagos State Drivers Institute LASDRI Identity Cards and medical history Amokomowo said that the verification also included verification of NIN and Lagos resident registration numbers and other background checks before being considered for the Lease To Own Taxi scheme He however commended the management of LASTMA and all field officers for the wonderful job they were doing in ensuring proper management and control of traffic on Lagos roads NewsSourceCredit NAN
    LASTMA urges motorists in Lagos to obey traffic laws
     The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority LASTMA has warned operators and drivers of LagosRide Taxi across the state to obey the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018 The General Manager of LASTMA Mr Bolaji Oreagba said this on Sunday in a statement through the Director Public Affairs of the Authority Mr Adebayo Toafiq in Lagos The statement said that Oreagba gave the warning when top management of Ibile Holdings Limited owners of LagosRide Taxi led by its Chief Executive Officer Mr Abiodun Amokomowo paid a working visit to LASTMA Headquarters at Oshodi Lagos during the weekend Oreagba said the warning became very imperative to check excesses of the operators and drivers who did not usually consider the safety of other road users and their penchant for disregarding traffic law while on the road Let me state here clearly that impunity of drivers of these LagosRide Taxi driving on BRT on major roads is becoming alarming and as a responsible and responsive agency of government We would no longer condone their recklessness as we shall continue to apply the full weight of the Law on motorists found contravening any sections of the Traffic Laws The General Manager however commended Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu and Ibile Holdings Ltd for this wonderful initiative at creating jobs for the unemployed in our society The Chief Executive Officer Ibile Holdings Ltd Mr Abiodun Amokomowo said the company was an investment company of the Lagos State Government created to spur its economic growth by supporting commerce viable and strategic industries that were crucial to the socio economic development of State Amokomowo stated that as a way of ensuring the safety of riders and passengers each LagosRide Taxi was installed with a full security gadget including a 360 dashboard camera that would give 24 hours auto visual feeds to the control centre in case of any emergency According to him each driver of LagosRide Taxi undergoes a full verification exercise which includes Lagos State Drivers Institute LASDRI Identity Cards and medical history Amokomowo said that the verification also included verification of NIN and Lagos resident registration numbers and other background checks before being considered for the Lease To Own Taxi scheme He however commended the management of LASTMA and all field officers for the wonderful job they were doing in ensuring proper management and control of traffic on Lagos roads NewsSourceCredit NAN
    LASTMA urges motorists in Lagos to obey traffic laws
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    LASTMA urges motorists in Lagos to obey traffic laws

    The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has warned operators and drivers of ‘LagosRide’ Taxi across the state to obey the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018.The General Manager of LASTMA, Mr Bolaji Oreagba, said this on Sunday in a statement through the Director, Public Affairs of the Authority, Mr Adebayo Toafiq, in Lagos.

    The statement said that Oreagba gave the warning when top management of Ibile Holdings Limited (owners of ‘LagosRide’ Taxi) led by its Chief Executive Officer, Mr Abiodun Amokomowo, paid a working visit to LASTMA Headquarters at Oshodi, Lagos during the weekend.

    Oreagba said the warning became very imperative to check excesses of the operators and drivers who did not usually consider the safety of other road users and their penchant for disregarding traffic law while on the road.

    “Let me state here clearly that impunity of drivers of these ‘LagosRide’ Taxi driving on BRT   on major roads is becoming alarming and as a responsible and responsive agency of government.

    “ We would no longer condone their recklessness as we shall continue to apply the full weight of the Law on motorists found contravening any sections of the Traffic Laws”.

    The General Manager, however, commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Ibile Holdings Ltd. for this wonderful initiative at creating jobs for the unemployed in our society. 

    The Chief Executive Officer, Ibile Holdings Ltd.,  Mr Abiodun Amokomowo, said the company was an investment company of the Lagos State Government created to spur its economic growth by supporting commerce, viable and strategic industries that were crucial to the socio-economic development of State.

    Amokomowo stated that as a way of ensuring the safety of riders and passengers, each ‘LagosRide’ Taxi was installed with a full security gadget including a 360 dashboard camera that would give 24-hours auto visual feeds to the control centre in case of any emergency.

    According to him, each driver of ‘LagosRide’ Taxi undergoes a full verification exercise which includes Lagos State Drivers Institute (LASDRI) Identity Cards and medical history.

    Amokomowo said that the verification also included verification of NIN and Lagos resident registration numbers and other background checks before being considered for the ‘Lease-To-Own’ Taxi scheme.

    He, however, commended the management of LASTMA and all field officers for the wonderful job they were doing in ensuring proper management and control of traffic on Lagos roads.

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  •  The Lagos State Environmental Enforcement and Special Offences Unit impounded 150 motorcycles for violating traffic rules in the last one week The unit s spokesman Mr Gbadeyan Abdulraheem stated on Sunday that 10 persons including motorcyclists and passengers were also arrested and prosecuted for plying the BRT corridor He stated that the motorcycles were impounded after a weeklong operation at Ogba Apapa Trade Fair Elemoro Ojodu and environs Lagos State government banned the operation of commercial motorcyclists on some parts of the state earlier in the year Abdulraheem stated that there had been about 95 per cent compliance with the ban but that the 150 motorcycles impounded were used to flout the order It has come to our notice that commercial motorcyclists have aggressively been returning to the restricted routes Any commercial motorcyclist caught will have his motorcycle crushed Passengers and riders who are caught will be charged in court Ten commercial motorcyclists and passengers were arrested for riding on the restricted BRT corridor They were in court and were fined N50 000 each or serve three months at the Badagry Correctional Centre he stated Abdulraheem reiterated that the unit would continue to enforce the ban to achieve orderliness on Lagos roads No amount of aggression or resistance by commercial motorcyclists can match our determination to create an enabling environment for every law abiding Lagosian he added Abdulraheem told the News Agency of Nigeria that the unit impounded at least 20 000 commercial motorcycles between January and September He said the unit had also made considerable progress in dislodging land grabbers He vowed that the unit would go after any unscrupulous element still involved in the practice and urged Lagos residents to report criminal activities to the police or to the unit NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lagos State impounds 150 commercial motorcycles, arrests 10 for flouting ban
     The Lagos State Environmental Enforcement and Special Offences Unit impounded 150 motorcycles for violating traffic rules in the last one week The unit s spokesman Mr Gbadeyan Abdulraheem stated on Sunday that 10 persons including motorcyclists and passengers were also arrested and prosecuted for plying the BRT corridor He stated that the motorcycles were impounded after a weeklong operation at Ogba Apapa Trade Fair Elemoro Ojodu and environs Lagos State government banned the operation of commercial motorcyclists on some parts of the state earlier in the year Abdulraheem stated that there had been about 95 per cent compliance with the ban but that the 150 motorcycles impounded were used to flout the order It has come to our notice that commercial motorcyclists have aggressively been returning to the restricted routes Any commercial motorcyclist caught will have his motorcycle crushed Passengers and riders who are caught will be charged in court Ten commercial motorcyclists and passengers were arrested for riding on the restricted BRT corridor They were in court and were fined N50 000 each or serve three months at the Badagry Correctional Centre he stated Abdulraheem reiterated that the unit would continue to enforce the ban to achieve orderliness on Lagos roads No amount of aggression or resistance by commercial motorcyclists can match our determination to create an enabling environment for every law abiding Lagosian he added Abdulraheem told the News Agency of Nigeria that the unit impounded at least 20 000 commercial motorcycles between January and September He said the unit had also made considerable progress in dislodging land grabbers He vowed that the unit would go after any unscrupulous element still involved in the practice and urged Lagos residents to report criminal activities to the police or to the unit NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lagos State impounds 150 commercial motorcycles, arrests 10 for flouting ban
    Defence/Security2 months ago

    Lagos State impounds 150 commercial motorcycles, arrests 10 for flouting ban

    The Lagos State Environmental Enforcement and Special Offences Unit impounded 150 motorcycles for violating traffic rules in the last one week.

    The unit’s spokesman, Mr Gbadeyan Abdulraheem, stated on Sunday that 10 persons, including motorcyclists and passengers were also arrested and prosecuted for plying the BRT corridor.

    He stated that the motorcycles were impounded after a weeklong operation at Ogba, Apapa, “Trade Fair’’, Elemoro, Ojodu and environs.

    Lagos State government banned the operation of commercial motorcyclists on some parts of the state earlier in the year Abdulraheem stated that there had been about 95 per cent compliance with the ban, but that the 150 motorcycles impounded were used to flout the order.

    “It has come to our notice that commercial motorcyclists have aggressively been returning to the restricted routes.

    “Any commercial motorcyclist caught will have his motorcycle crushed.

    Passengers and riders who are caught will be charged in court.

    “Ten commercial motorcyclists and passengers were arrested for riding on the restricted BRT corridor.

    “They were in court and were fined N50,000 each or serve three months at the Badagry Correctional Centre,’’ he stated.

    Abdulraheem reiterated that the unit would continue to enforce the ban to achieve orderliness on Lagos roads.

    “No amount of aggression or resistance by commercial motorcyclists can match our determination to create an enabling environment for every law-abiding `Lagosian’,’’ he added.

    Abdulraheem told the News Agency of Nigeria that the unit impounded at least 20,000 commercial motorcycles between January and September.

    He said the unit had also made considerable progress in dislodging land grabbers.

    He vowed that the unit would go after any unscrupulous element still involved in the practice and urged Lagos residents to report criminal activities to the police or to the unit.


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  •  The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said defaulters of the ban on commercial motorcycle operators Okada risked three year jail term as enforcement for the Phase 2 ban starts on Friday The Commissioner for Transport Dr Frederic Oladeinde said this during a news conference in Ikeja adding that the Phase 2 okada ban was in four Local Government Areas and six Local Government Development Councils The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state government in August declared a total ban in another four LGAs and six LCDAs mainly in Kosofe Ikosi Isheri and Agboyi Ketu LCDAs Mushin Odi Olowo LCDA Oshodi Oshodi Isolo and Ejigbo LCDAs and Shomolu Bariga LCDA We implore the general public to comply as both the rider and passenger are both liable to three years in prison if prosecuted Their motorcycles will be impounded and crushed in the public view in line with the provision of Section 46 sub section 1 2 amp 3 of the Transport Sector Reform Law TSRL 2018 We implore the general public to join hands together with the state government by complying with the decision geared towards combating the monster that okada operation has created so that sanity can return to our state Oladeinde said He said that 200 officials of the Lagos Traffic Management Authority LASTMA had been deployed to join other security agencies to enforce the ban in the councils According to him the extension of ban to four more LGAs and LCDAs is in the right direction to ensure security of lives and property As a responsive government we are not leaving the affected passengers stranded without any viable means of transportation that is why we have made available alternative and sustainable means of transportation The alternative transportation include the First and Last Mile Bus Transport Scheme the BRT Scheme the Lagos e hailing taxi Scheme LAGRIDE and other acceptable modes of transportation to go about their daily activities The decision and position of government on okada is very clear and we are not compromising on this decision which is to further consolidate on the achievements made so far with particular reference to the decrease in accidents and crime the commissioner said The Commissioner for Information and Strategy Mr Gbenga Omotoso also reiterated that government was not leaving the okada riders stranded Omotoso said that the riders could approach the government as a cooperative to get the first and last mile buses NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Okada ban: Lagos Govt. says defaulters risk 3 years imprisonment
     The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said defaulters of the ban on commercial motorcycle operators Okada risked three year jail term as enforcement for the Phase 2 ban starts on Friday The Commissioner for Transport Dr Frederic Oladeinde said this during a news conference in Ikeja adding that the Phase 2 okada ban was in four Local Government Areas and six Local Government Development Councils The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state government in August declared a total ban in another four LGAs and six LCDAs mainly in Kosofe Ikosi Isheri and Agboyi Ketu LCDAs Mushin Odi Olowo LCDA Oshodi Oshodi Isolo and Ejigbo LCDAs and Shomolu Bariga LCDA We implore the general public to comply as both the rider and passenger are both liable to three years in prison if prosecuted Their motorcycles will be impounded and crushed in the public view in line with the provision of Section 46 sub section 1 2 amp 3 of the Transport Sector Reform Law TSRL 2018 We implore the general public to join hands together with the state government by complying with the decision geared towards combating the monster that okada operation has created so that sanity can return to our state Oladeinde said He said that 200 officials of the Lagos Traffic Management Authority LASTMA had been deployed to join other security agencies to enforce the ban in the councils According to him the extension of ban to four more LGAs and LCDAs is in the right direction to ensure security of lives and property As a responsive government we are not leaving the affected passengers stranded without any viable means of transportation that is why we have made available alternative and sustainable means of transportation The alternative transportation include the First and Last Mile Bus Transport Scheme the BRT Scheme the Lagos e hailing taxi Scheme LAGRIDE and other acceptable modes of transportation to go about their daily activities The decision and position of government on okada is very clear and we are not compromising on this decision which is to further consolidate on the achievements made so far with particular reference to the decrease in accidents and crime the commissioner said The Commissioner for Information and Strategy Mr Gbenga Omotoso also reiterated that government was not leaving the okada riders stranded Omotoso said that the riders could approach the government as a cooperative to get the first and last mile buses NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Okada ban: Lagos Govt. says defaulters risk 3 years imprisonment
    General news3 months ago

    Okada ban: Lagos Govt. says defaulters risk 3 years imprisonment

    The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said defaulters of the ban on commercial motorcycle operators (Okada), risked three-year jail term, as enforcement for the Phase 2 ban starts on Friday.

    The Commissioner for Transport, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, said this during a news conference in Ikeja, adding that the Phase 2 okada ban was in four Local Government Areas and six Local Government Development Councils.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state government in August, declared a total ban in another four LGAs and six LCDAs mainly in Kosofe (Ikosi-Isheri and Agboyi-Ketu LCDAs); Mushin (Odi-Olowo LCDA); Oshodi (Oshodi-Isolo and Ejigbo LCDAs), and Shomolu (Bariga LCDA).

    ”We implore the general public to comply, as both the rider and passenger are both liable to three years in prison if prosecuted.

    ”Their motorcycles will be impounded and crushed in the public view, in line with the provision of Section 46, sub-section 1, 2 & 3 of the Transport Sector Reform Law (TSRL), 2018. ”We implore the general public to join hands together with the state government by complying with the decision geared towards combating the monster that okada operation has created, so that sanity can return to our state,” Oladeinde said.

    He said that 200 officials of the Lagos Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) had been deployed to join other security agencies to enforce the ban in the councils.

    According to him, the extension of ban to four more LGAs and LCDAs is in the right direction to ensure security of lives and property.

    ”As a responsive government, we are not leaving the affected passengers stranded without any viable means of transportation, that is why we have made available alternative and sustainable means of transportation.

    ”The alternative transportation include the First and Last Mile Bus Transport Scheme, the BRT Scheme, the Lagos e-hailing taxi Scheme (LAGRIDE) and other acceptable modes of transportation, to go about their daily activities.

    ”The decision and position of government on okada is very clear, and we are not compromising on this decision, which is to further consolidate on the achievements made so far with particular reference to the decrease in accidents and crime,” the commissioner said.

    The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, also reiterated that government was not leaving the okada riders stranded.

    Omotoso said that the riders could approach the government as a cooperative to get the first and last mile buses.


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  •   Lagos bans commercial motorcycle operThe Lagos State Government has announced the ban of commercial motorcycle popularly known as okada operations in four more Local Governments LGs and six Local Council Development Areas LCDAs The Commissioner for Transportation Dr Frederic Oladeinde made the announcement on Thursday in Ikeja during a news briefing on the Phase 2 Total Ban on Motorcycle Operations Oladeinde said that the ban which would start from Sept 1 was the second phase of the plan by the state government to gradually phase out okada in the state The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the government has earlier pronounced the total ban of motorcycle operations in six LGs and the respective nine LCDAs under them including all major bridges and highways which had since taken effect from June 1 Oladeinde said that the ban of their operations in another four LGs was in a bid for government to further promote the safety and security of lives and property in the state The four Local Governments and six LCDAs are Kosofe Local Government Ikosi Isheri LCDA and Agboyi Ketu LCDA Oshodi Isolo Local Government Isolo LCDA and Ejigbo LCDA Shomolu Local Government Bariga LCDA and Mushin Local Government Odi Olowo LCDA The commissioner said that the state government held a stakeholders forum on Aug 16 where issues relating to the ban and impact of okada operation on the lingering security challenges bedevilling the nation at large were discussed He said that the major resolution reached at the forum by the public was a state wide ban on okada operations in the state So the ministry in conjunction with the inter ministerial committee on okada having critically accessed these resolutions and the challenges of okada operations on the security architecture of the state recommended to Mr Governor not to go back on the already laid down phased ban in a bid to sustain the gains Based on the apparent positive impact of the ban and the resolution of the stakeholders forum Mr Governor has approved the ban of okada in another four LGs and their respective six LCDAs for the 2nd Phase of the total ban in addition to the ongoing ban in the six LGs and their respective LCDAs This decision is to further consolidate on the achievements made so far with particular reference to decline in accident and crime rate as well as to continue to bring sanity to our communities within the state While the ban is in force the public are advised to resort to alternative and sustainable means of transportation provided in the state to go about their daily activities Oladeinde said He said that residents should use the First and Last Mile Transport Scheme the BRT Scheme the Lagos e hailing taxi Scheme Lagride and other acceptable modes of transportation to go about their daily activities The commissioner said that the government s existing interventions aimed at empowering the residents should equally be accessed as alternative means of livelihood for the affected riders These interventions are coordinated by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation WAPA for vocational training the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment for internship programmes Office of Civic Engagement Office of Sustainable Development Goals SDGs Also the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund LSETF for Loan for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs and Lagos Economic Acceleration Programme LEAP the Ministry of Agriculture Agric YES the Ministry of Education for CodeLagos Scheme and many others He said that the state government had directed the police and other security and law enforcement formations within the State to enforce the fresh ban Oladeinde said they would be complemented by the Anti Okada Squad that would be deployed to the new locations in a bid to stimulate seamless implementation and enforcement of the phase 2 ban in the state It is important to inform Lagosians that our help lines are still very active as your feedbacks will further enhance our strategies as the protection of lives and properties is a collective responsibility of all For complaint and feedback kindly call any of the following lines 09038208154 09169655855 09034810153 or 09033090826 he said The commissioner said that motorcycles impounded would be crushed and the process would be made public He said that the individuals both riders and passengers alike arrested would be made to face the full wrath of the law This he said was in line with the provision of Section 46 sub section 1 2 amp 3 of the Transport Sector Reform Law TSRL 2018 Oladeinde implored the general public to join hands together with the state government by complying with the decision He said it was geared towards combating the monster that okada operation had created so that sanity could return to the state www nannews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lagos bans commercial motorcycle operations in another 4 LGs, 6 LCDAs from Sept. 1
      Lagos bans commercial motorcycle operThe Lagos State Government has announced the ban of commercial motorcycle popularly known as okada operations in four more Local Governments LGs and six Local Council Development Areas LCDAs The Commissioner for Transportation Dr Frederic Oladeinde made the announcement on Thursday in Ikeja during a news briefing on the Phase 2 Total Ban on Motorcycle Operations Oladeinde said that the ban which would start from Sept 1 was the second phase of the plan by the state government to gradually phase out okada in the state The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the government has earlier pronounced the total ban of motorcycle operations in six LGs and the respective nine LCDAs under them including all major bridges and highways which had since taken effect from June 1 Oladeinde said that the ban of their operations in another four LGs was in a bid for government to further promote the safety and security of lives and property in the state The four Local Governments and six LCDAs are Kosofe Local Government Ikosi Isheri LCDA and Agboyi Ketu LCDA Oshodi Isolo Local Government Isolo LCDA and Ejigbo LCDA Shomolu Local Government Bariga LCDA and Mushin Local Government Odi Olowo LCDA The commissioner said that the state government held a stakeholders forum on Aug 16 where issues relating to the ban and impact of okada operation on the lingering security challenges bedevilling the nation at large were discussed He said that the major resolution reached at the forum by the public was a state wide ban on okada operations in the state So the ministry in conjunction with the inter ministerial committee on okada having critically accessed these resolutions and the challenges of okada operations on the security architecture of the state recommended to Mr Governor not to go back on the already laid down phased ban in a bid to sustain the gains Based on the apparent positive impact of the ban and the resolution of the stakeholders forum Mr Governor has approved the ban of okada in another four LGs and their respective six LCDAs for the 2nd Phase of the total ban in addition to the ongoing ban in the six LGs and their respective LCDAs This decision is to further consolidate on the achievements made so far with particular reference to decline in accident and crime rate as well as to continue to bring sanity to our communities within the state While the ban is in force the public are advised to resort to alternative and sustainable means of transportation provided in the state to go about their daily activities Oladeinde said He said that residents should use the First and Last Mile Transport Scheme the BRT Scheme the Lagos e hailing taxi Scheme Lagride and other acceptable modes of transportation to go about their daily activities The commissioner said that the government s existing interventions aimed at empowering the residents should equally be accessed as alternative means of livelihood for the affected riders These interventions are coordinated by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation WAPA for vocational training the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment for internship programmes Office of Civic Engagement Office of Sustainable Development Goals SDGs Also the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund LSETF for Loan for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs and Lagos Economic Acceleration Programme LEAP the Ministry of Agriculture Agric YES the Ministry of Education for CodeLagos Scheme and many others He said that the state government had directed the police and other security and law enforcement formations within the State to enforce the fresh ban Oladeinde said they would be complemented by the Anti Okada Squad that would be deployed to the new locations in a bid to stimulate seamless implementation and enforcement of the phase 2 ban in the state It is important to inform Lagosians that our help lines are still very active as your feedbacks will further enhance our strategies as the protection of lives and properties is a collective responsibility of all For complaint and feedback kindly call any of the following lines 09038208154 09169655855 09034810153 or 09033090826 he said The commissioner said that motorcycles impounded would be crushed and the process would be made public He said that the individuals both riders and passengers alike arrested would be made to face the full wrath of the law This he said was in line with the provision of Section 46 sub section 1 2 amp 3 of the Transport Sector Reform Law TSRL 2018 Oladeinde implored the general public to join hands together with the state government by complying with the decision He said it was geared towards combating the monster that okada operation had created so that sanity could return to the state www nannews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lagos bans commercial motorcycle operations in another 4 LGs, 6 LCDAs from Sept. 1
    General news3 months ago

    Lagos bans commercial motorcycle operations in another 4 LGs, 6 LCDAs from Sept. 1

    Lagos bans commercial motorcycle operThe Lagos State Government has announced the ban of commercial motorcycle (popularly known as okada) operations in four more Local Governments (LGs) and six Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).

    The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde made the announcement on Thursday in Ikeja, during a news briefing on the Phase 2 Total Ban on Motorcycle Operations.

    Oladeinde said that the ban, which would start from Sept. 1, was the second phase of the plan by the state government to gradually phase out okada in the state.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the government has earlier pronounced the total ban of motorcycle operations in six LGs and the respective nine LCDAs under them, including all major bridges and highways, which had since taken effect from June 1. Oladeinde said that the ban of their operations in another four LGs was in a bid for government to further promote the safety and security of lives and property in the state.

    The four Local Governments and six LCDAs are Kosofe Local Government (Ikosi-Isheri LCDA and Agboyi-Ketu LCDA); Oshodi-Isolo Local Government (​Isolo LCDA and Ejigbo LCDA); Shomolu Local Government (Bariga LCDA) and Mushin Local Government (Odi-Olowo LCDA).

    The commissioner said that the state government held a stakeholders’ forum on Aug. 16, where issues relating to the ban and impact of okada operation on the lingering security challenges bedevilling the nation at large were discussed.

    He said that the major resolution reached at the forum by the public was a state-wide ban on okada operations in the state.

    ”So, the ministry in conjunction with the inter-ministerial committee on okada, having critically accessed these resolutions and the challenges of okada operations on the security architecture of the state; recommended to Mr Governor not to go back on the already laid down phased ban in a bid to sustain the gains.

    ”Based on the apparent positive impact of the ban and the resolution of the stakeholders’ forum, Mr Governor has approved the ban of okada in another four LGs and their respective six LCDAs for the 2nd Phase of the total ban, in addition to the ongoing ban in the six LGs and their respective LCDAs. ”This decision is to further consolidate on the achievements made so far with particular reference to decline in accident and crime rate, as well as to continue to bring sanity to our communities within the state.

    ”While the ban is in force, the public are advised to resort to alternative and sustainable means of transportation provided in the state to go about their daily activities,” Oladeinde said.

    He said that residents should use the First and Last Mile Transport Scheme, the BRT Scheme, the Lagos e-hailing taxi Scheme (Lagride) and other acceptable modes of transportation to go about their daily activities.

    The commissioner said that the government’s existing interventions aimed at empowering the residents should equally be accessed as alternative means of livelihood for the affected riders.

    ”These interventions are coordinated by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) for vocational training; the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment for internship programmes; Office of Civic Engagement; Office of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    ”Also the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) for Loan for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and Lagos Economic Acceleration Programme (LEAP); the Ministry of Agriculture (Agric YES); the Ministry of Education for CodeLagos Scheme) and many others.

    ” He said that the state government had directed the police and other security and law enforcement formations within the State to enforce the fresh ban.

    Oladeinde said they would be complemented by the “Anti-Okada Squad” that would be deployed to the new locations in a bid to stimulate seamless implementation and enforcement of the phase 2 ban in the state.

    ”It is important to inform Lagosians that our help lines are still very active, as your feedbacks will further enhance our strategies; as the protection of lives and properties is a collective responsibility of all.

    ”For complaint and feedback, kindly call any of the following lines:​ ​09038208154​; 09169655855​; 09034810153 or 09033090826,” he said.

    The commissioner said that motorcycles impounded would be crushed, and the process would be made public.

    He said that the individuals (both riders and passengers alike) arrested would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

    This, he said, was in line with the provision of Section 46, sub-section 1, 2 & 3 of the Transport Sector Reform Law (TSRL), 2018. Oladeinde implored the general public to join hands together with the state government by complying with the decision.

    He said it was geared towards combating the monster that okada operation had created, so that sanity could return to the state.

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  •  Mr Olabode Duke Garbadeen a former commissioner Lagos State Local Government Civil Service Commission has urged Nigerian youths to be agents of positive change for a better nation Duke Garbadeen who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Epe on Thursday said youths should refrain from acts that could undermine the stability of the country He warned the youth against being used to breach societal peace or cause destructions in their various communities Duke Garbadeen noted that most acts of violence and destruction were perpetrated by young people saying no society could achieve progress with such The burning of BRT buses as well as the destruction of government properties sometime ago in the state was carried out by some misguided youths Acts of violence and destruction are usually perpetrated by misguided young people and this not in their own interest and that of the country Youths should strive to be agents of positive change for societal good and not be used to destroy their communities Nigerian youths should develop their talents for the growth and development of the various communities and the nation in general he said Duke Garbadeen also urged the youth to be actively involved in politics to better contribute their quota to national development The youth should get involved in politics and all activities that would make them relevant in nation building Politics should not be left in the hands of the old alone the youth should get involved to move closer to the corridors of power and decision making he said On godfatherism in politics Garbadeen described the practice as discouraging saying it hindered the emergence of credible leaders The ex commissioner advised all political parties to allow the choice candidates of the people to prevail and stop forcing party candidates on the people and party members He said youths political leaders and the public should allow elected officers to discharge their mandate effectively and stop begging them for money all the time People often beg public office holders for irrelevant things thereby distracting them from discharging their duties and responsibilities to the society This act will not grow the economy rather it will draw the nation backward he said The ex commissioner urged the youth and Nigerians to get their PVC to elect their preferred candidates in 2023 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ex-Lagos commissioner urges youths to be agents of positive change
     Mr Olabode Duke Garbadeen a former commissioner Lagos State Local Government Civil Service Commission has urged Nigerian youths to be agents of positive change for a better nation Duke Garbadeen who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Epe on Thursday said youths should refrain from acts that could undermine the stability of the country He warned the youth against being used to breach societal peace or cause destructions in their various communities Duke Garbadeen noted that most acts of violence and destruction were perpetrated by young people saying no society could achieve progress with such The burning of BRT buses as well as the destruction of government properties sometime ago in the state was carried out by some misguided youths Acts of violence and destruction are usually perpetrated by misguided young people and this not in their own interest and that of the country Youths should strive to be agents of positive change for societal good and not be used to destroy their communities Nigerian youths should develop their talents for the growth and development of the various communities and the nation in general he said Duke Garbadeen also urged the youth to be actively involved in politics to better contribute their quota to national development The youth should get involved in politics and all activities that would make them relevant in nation building Politics should not be left in the hands of the old alone the youth should get involved to move closer to the corridors of power and decision making he said On godfatherism in politics Garbadeen described the practice as discouraging saying it hindered the emergence of credible leaders The ex commissioner advised all political parties to allow the choice candidates of the people to prevail and stop forcing party candidates on the people and party members He said youths political leaders and the public should allow elected officers to discharge their mandate effectively and stop begging them for money all the time People often beg public office holders for irrelevant things thereby distracting them from discharging their duties and responsibilities to the society This act will not grow the economy rather it will draw the nation backward he said The ex commissioner urged the youth and Nigerians to get their PVC to elect their preferred candidates in 2023 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ex-Lagos commissioner urges youths to be agents of positive change
    General news4 months ago

    Ex-Lagos commissioner urges youths to be agents of positive change

    Mr Olabode Duke-Garbadeen,a  former commissioner, Lagos State Local Government Civil Service Commission, has urged Nigerian youths to be agents of positive  change for a better nation.

    Duke-Garbadeen , who made the call in an  interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Epe on Thursday, said  youths should  refrain from acts that could undermine the stability of the country.

    He warned  the youth against being  used to breach societal peace or cause destructions in their various communities.

    Duke-Garbadeen noted that  most  acts of violence and  destruction were perpetrated by young people ,saying no  society could  achieve progress  with such “The burning  of BRT buses as well as the  destruction of  government properties  sometime  ago in the state  was  carried out by some  misguided youths .

    “Acts of violence and destruction are usually perpetrated by misguided  young people,and this not in their own interest and that of the country “Youths should strive to be agents of positive change for societal good and not be used to destroy their communities.

    “Nigerian youths  should  develop their talents for the growth and  development of the various communities and the nation in general ,” he said.

    Duke-Garbadeen also urged the youth to be actively involved in politics to better contribute their quota to national development.

    “The youth should get involved in politics and all activities that would make them relevant in nation building.

    “Politics should not be left in the hands of the old alone , the youth should get involved to move closer to the corridors of power and decision making, ” he said.

    On godfatherism in politics,Garbadeen described the practice as discouraging ,saying  it hindered the emergence of credible leaders.

    The ex- commissioner  advised all political parties to allow the choice candidates of the people to prevail and stop forcing party candidates on the people and party members.

    He said youths, political leaders and the public should allow elected officers to discharge their mandate effectively and stop begging them for money  all the time.

    “People often beg public office- holders  for irrelevant things, thereby distracting them from discharging their duties and responsibilities to the society.

    “This act  will not grow the economy rather it will draw the nation backward,” he said.

    The ex – commissioner urged the youth and Nigerians to get their PVC to elect their preferred candidates in 2023 .


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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