The Governing Board of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has commended the Lagos State Government (LASG) for absorbing corps members posted to state for the one year service programme.Amb. Fatima Abubakar, Chairman of the Board, gave the commendation on Monday while addressing the 2022 Batch ‘C’ Stream 1 members of the scheme at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Iyana-Ipaja.Abubakar, who led a nine-member team, said that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had assured the board that he would do everything necessary to make every youth corps member posted to Lagos State comfortable.She said that the team paid a courtesy visit to the governor and appealed to him to remain committed in building the NYSC permanent orientation camp.“We know that he has been doing a lot for NYSC in Lagos; from our going round and findings, Lagos State is the only state where corps members posted to government establishments are never rejected.“And that is very good for us because the reverse is the case in other states. LASG is accommodating, in fact, they are even asking for more corps members to be posted here.“This is because the state believes that it’s big enough to accommodate more corps members, on behalf of the NYSC scheme, we thank the LAGS and are happy with what we have seen on ground."We also appealed to the governor to provide an Ambulance for the camp and a 32-seater bus as requested need by NYSC Lagos Coordinator during our discussion in the visit," she added.Abubakar also expressed satisfaction with the state of the orientation camp, said that she was impressed with the neat state of environment and activities displayed by the corp members.Meanwhile, Mrs Yetunde Baderinwa, NYSC Lagos Coordinator, said that the corps members who resumed at the orientation programme on Nov. 2 had shown immeasurable eagerness to learn.Baderinwa said that the corps members, from different tribes, were one big family, and had imbibed the spirit of nationalism, dedication and absolute resolve to serve their fatherland.She described their conduct as impressive, being well disciplined and resourceful.“Our target at the end of the orientation is to have well groomed corps members that will make us proud.“All corps members, camp officials and collaborating agencies are doing exceptionally well in the discharge of their duties, so far we have had security, safety, drug prevention, traditions and integrity lectures.“We have had motivational lectures, and most importantly, the corps members have been introduced to Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) as some have already started picking areas they want to major,” she said.(NAN)
LASG, LFTZ stakeholders meet, seek solutioThe Lagos State Government says there is a need for communities around the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ) to have a clear understanding of the ongoing development in the area.
The Managing Director, Global Impact Environmental Consulting (GIEC) Ltd., Dr Babatunde Osho, who represented the Lagos State Government, gave the advice at a stakeholders meeting in Lagos on Wednesday.
Osho said the stakeholders needed to provide lasting solutions to some of the challenges confronting the host communities.
The GIEC boss said that information from the community stakeholders showed some issues between the government, community and the Free Zone tenants.
He noted that this informed the need for a laid down framework guiding the operations between all parties involved in the development of Lekki Free Zone.“Before any development can take place, we need to find out the needs of the communities and sign a MoU before going further.
“Based on the challenges emanating from the development of the zone, government needs to assess the plan on ground and its responsibility toward addressing the challenges to provide solution.
“Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is trying to be proactive looking at the kind of investment that will take place along Lekki axis and understand that such development comes with both the positive and negative.
“This meeting is so we have the laid down plan that will guide the government in view of future occurrences,” he said.
He noted that in developed countries, before setting up a Free Trade Zone, strategy environmental and social assessment policy was embarked on.
Osho said that the company would come up with a framework that would tackle how government could address the challenges confronting the affected communities.
He said that the issue of land acquisition would be addressed with recognition to the international best practices in view of recommending Land Acqisition and Resettlement Policy Framework.
Osho said that there was need for predictive studies based on the gradual development at the free zone, to avoid disaster in the future.
He said that government also wanted to document various vegetation that had gone as a result of the development and find ways to preserve such.
The Director, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Omololu Obayomi, said the Lagos State Government had engaged in a separate master plan for Lekki area due to the development emanating lately.
He urged communities affected to cooperate with the government as the incoming development would provide jobs for their youths and develop their environment.
A representative of the Ministry of Transport, Assistant Director, Transport Operation Department, Mrs Fausat Jenty, urged the community to be law abiding and obey road signs to avoid accidents along the trade corridor.
A representative of the Ministry of Trade Commerce and Industry, Sector Unit Head, Mr Abiodun Okesanya,pleaded with the community to cooperate with the Lagos State Government to enable them to benefit from the development.
Mr Wasiu Ayeola, of Lekki Costal, urged government to apply global practices to any development that would be taking place in their community.
Ayeola called for signing of Memorandum of Understanding with the government for future development, to achieve set desiredHe urged government to intervene on the issue of employment and land acquisition.
The Community Leader, and Chairman Lekki Worldwide, Chief Tajudeen Jegede, called for establishment of traditional leaders in Lekki communities to improve further development.
Chief Morufu Alowonle, from Tiye community, Lekki, said that there was no development in Lekki after the commencement and relocation due to the trade zone.
“Initial agreement with tenants at free zone is that they will help us to train our children from secondary schools to university level.
“We gave them list of 666 students, they shortlisted to 444 and later came back and told us that they would train only 160 students,” Alowonle said.
The Women Leader, Origero Community Lekki, Madam Olubunmi Giwa, said they did not have primary schools in their community and had no market for them to trade.
Giwa urged Government to intervene in getting jobs for their children.
She said that an idle mind is the devil’s workshop, adding that if they remained idle that they could become miscreants which they never prayed for.
She urged Government to intervene and provide lasting solution to their challenges and improve their livelihood in the affected communities.
The General Manager, Lagos State Parking Authority (LASPA) Mrs Adebisi Adelabu, has said that the organisation will begin full implementation of its policies in the second quarter of 2023.This, she said, would help to improve the parking culture in the state.
Adelabu made the disclosure during a media conference where she reeled out the mandate, functions and strategies of the Authority in Lagos, on Thursday.
She said that the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was committed to creating a well designed and coordinated parking management system for the state.
Adelabu said that LASPA was to assist Lagos residents to be mindful of parking their vehicles appropriately, as this would impact positively on the environment and the roads.
“The Lagos State Parking Authority is an Agency of Government created by law, under the leadership of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, with the core mandate to regulate and manage all forms of Parking, register existing private, public parks and holistically tackle the menace of parking.
“There was need for our establishment to regulate parking because, we have Vehicle Inspection Authority, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, but parking is essential to tackle traffic congestion.
“If one really wants to address traffic challenges, we need to start from parking problem and that is why LASPA was established.
“We are working with the Local Government to achieve their mandate in terms of parking,” Adelabu said.
She said that the agency was not a revenue generating one, adding that people had been paying for parking since time imemorial in Lagos.
The official said that nobody, however, knew who they paid to, as it was the norm in Lagos for anyone to collect money.
She said that government believed it was important to address unauthorised collection of parking fees and there was the need to change the habit of parking cars all around in Lagos.
Adelabu said that LASG was working towards decongesting Lagos roads by investing on multimodal transportation.
She said that LASPA was created to assist Lagos residents to consider factors attached to parking cars.
Adelabu said LASPA was established in 2021 and had been taking time to sensitise Lagos residents with various means of communication.
According to her, it will continue to do so till the second quarter of 2023, before they begun operations.
She said that there would be penalties for offenders when they begin operations.
Adelabu said that the Lagos State Government would be creating employment directly with the operation and involvement of concessionaires.
She said that over six concessionaires had been awarded to create parking places around Ikeja, Surulere, Apapa among others.
The official said that there would be a certain place where one would be able to park within slated periods of time.
LASG wants collaboration for inclusion of mental healthcare in insurance scheme – Commissioner L-R: Head of Special Projects and Mental Health and representative The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, says the state government is encouraging collaborations that will allow health insurance scheme to be part of mental health services.
The commissioner, represented by Dr Tolu Ajomale, Head, Special Project and Mental Health, Lagos State Ministry of Health, made this known at a launch organised by the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba on Tuesday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lecture was organised to mark the 2022 World Mental Health Day (MHD) with the theme: `Make Mental Health and Well-being for All A Global Priority’.
The event featured the unveiling of a book, `Resilience In Surmounting Adversity’, written by Dr Ougbenga Owoeye, Medical Director, Federal Neuro-psychiatric Hospital Yaba. Abayomi said that a lot of patients were unable to pay for the kind of mental healthcare that they needed.
According to him, there is an increasing demand for mental health services as against the decreasing supply of the services due to the brain drain challenge being experienced in the health sector.
The commissioner attributed the increased demand for mental health services to the greater awareness education that had been created around mental health issues.
“A lot of patients who are suffering from mental health challenges are unable to pay for the kind of care they need; hence the need for creating a platform that can alleviate the financial burden.
“So, we have been working and will continue to encourage collaborations that will allow health insurance scheme to cover for healthcare particularly for patients living with mental health challenges.
“There are a lot of private healthcare providers who are willing to render healthcare services around that corridor.
“The objective is to ensure that every patients with mental health issue have access to the kind of he needs,” Abayomi said.
Speaking, Owoeye advised Nigerians to guard their mental health jealously irrespective of life’s challenges in order to avoid mental health problems.
Owoeye decried the poor attitude of the public toward their mental health, saying that majority of Nigerians perceiveg mental health evaluation as only meant for mad persons.
According to him, the Nigerian society is a culture medium for organisms that put people at risk of mental illness.
He said that the devastating effects of insurgency, insecurity, kidnapping, economic downturns and other challenges across the country, had left several people in need of psychiatric evaluation.
According to him, every Nigerian and indeed all humans are prone to mental illnesses because there is no immunity to mental illness.
He also appealed for prioritisation of mental health assessment among the citizens.
“Every individual irrespective of status, background, tribe, religion is expected to have access to quality mental healthcare.
“This is because every human irrespective of class faces one societal ill or the other, stress and other challenges that could affect mental health wellbeing.
“Such challenges are predisposing factors to depression, anxiety and could lead to suicide, if not properly checked.
“However, the book contained approaches to be taken when faced with mental health predisposing factors,” Owoeye said.
Also, the Head, Clinical Services in the hospital, Dr Stephen Oluwaniyi, urged Nigerians to change misconception and mindset that only mad people need psychiatric services or were expected to go to psychiatric hospital.
Oluwaniyi said that everyone including the foetus in the womb needed psychiatric care.
According to him, a pregnant woman needs to receive some kind of psychiatric care and avoid certain things that may affect the mental well-being of the child in future.
“Mental health maintenance culture in Nigeria is very low; making it difficult for people to access health care or get diagnosed or even acknowledge the fact that they may be suffering some kind of mental health issue.
“When a typical Nigerian hears the word ‘mental illness’ his or her first thought would be madness or some sort of aggressive behaviours.
“This is a misconception and wrong belief that need to be changed,” he said.
The Managing Director of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, says the Nigerian recycling industry is worth N18 billion with inherent job creation potential.
Odumboni said this at the inauguration of the Lagos Recyclers Association (LAGRA) at the Muson Centre on Wednesday in Lagos.
Commending the efforts of the association on the recycling sector and job creation, Odumboni urged Nigerians to tap into the lucrativeness of the industry.
“I enjoin all stakeholders in the sector to join hands to support LAGRA so that it can be bigger, better and stronger.
So, it can be an example for other states as well.
“With the inauguration of LAGRA, we can begin to enforce the circular economy policies of LASG; we can begin to see the circularity in sight.
“There are lots of opportunities to be tapped from the circular economy in Lagos alone.
As at last year, we recorded about N18 billion in value of the recycling economy in Lagos.
“Recycling is an opportunity for every Nigerian youth out there; they can be entrepreneurs from recycling activities.
Recycling and waste generally has a lot to do with job creation,’’ he said.
According to him, the Lagos Government is proud to be associated with LAGRA.
adding that its birth was closely linked to LAWMA’s influence based on the need to have a working relationship with recyclers.
“There are enormous opportunities in recycling but it is time for Nigerians to grab the opportunities therein.
In the nearest future plastic pollution will be a thing of the past,” Odumboni said.
In his welcome address, Dr Femi Idowu-Adegoke, President of LAGRA, said it was time to nurture the recycling in order to unleash its potential to boost the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“Recycling in Nigeria has been in existence for decades but most people have been engaging in it informally, hence the need to formalise the sector with the inauguration of LAGRA.
“We have come together to make a formidable force because if we do continue doing it individually, the industry will not experience the kind of growth that is expected.
“Recycling has environmental, social and economic benefits.
Recycling is a huge industry and it is worth over a billion dollar in Nigeria,’’ he said.
Idowu-Adegoke urged the association to continue to nurture the recycling industry in the country.
“In the next five years, the industry will be amazing what recycling will be able to do to our GDP as it will be a major employer of labour.
“Within one year, from five registered recycling companies, we now have about 104 recycling companies and over 6,000 informal recyclers.
So, you can imagine the employment they create.
“Recycling is an export driven activity and recently we have began to see a lot of young people export products from recyclables,” Idowu-Adegoke said.
Mr Olalekan Fatodu, Senior Special Assistant to Lago State Governor on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said the pursuance of a circular economy was one of the policy goals of Lagos State Government.
“Creating a circular economy is one of the most important development collaboration that we have in Lagos state and we are grateful to LAGRA for putting this together.
“We cannot overemphasis the need for resource management and responsible consumption and production.
“I believe some of the efforts and actions of LAGRA will lead to ways to beat plastic pollution in Nigeria with Lagos serving as a pilot copy.
“If we do not come together to take a more decisive action on the issue of waste management, resource preservation and management, we will be faced with another danger that will be difficult to control,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that LAGRA was formed in April 2021 to further propagate the Municipal Solid Waste Recycling Programme of Lagos state.
It is dedicated to promoting waste reduction, reuse, recycling, salvaging and composting.
LAGRA inaugural conference with the theme: “Highlighting the Lagos Circular Economy,’’ was attended by various environment stakeholders from the government and private sectors.
LASG donates boat lifejackets to Jagaban MaritiThe Lagos State Waterways (LASWA) has pledged to donate boat lifejackets to Jagaban Maritime Network to enhance safety on waterways.
The General Manager, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, made the promise during a Town Hall meeting with the theme: “Maritime for Asiwaju Day Towards the Forth Coming Election,” held in Lagos on Thursday.
He said that many states across the country had been seeking support from Lagos State on how to improve their states’ water transportation.
Emmanuel said that it would have not been possible for the states seeking support without the legacy and foundation laid by Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the former Governor of Lagos State.
“Lagos State has built more than five terminals with more than 40 jetties, donations of free standard lifejackets to jetties from time to time.
“We are working towards replicating inland structure on national level to Lagos State because of the increase in population on daily basis.
” Lagos State Government will like to make commitment to support Jagaban Maritime Network towards office and providing boats to enhance their ports operations because your safety is our concern.
“I use this opportunity to commend our leader Asiwaju who had strategy to manage Nigeria and I also commend Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for being a listening leader, otherwise we can not achieve much,” Emmanuel said.
He said that the State Government had done a lot to stop constant gridlock along Apapa port area which many people could testify to.
Emmanuel said Tinubu was aware of challenges facing port operators, adding that he would solve them on getting to the federal level.
Director General, Jagaban Maritime Network, Mr Olu Adefioye, said the association was created under Maritime Ambassador for Good Governance.
Adefioye said it was a coalition of people and maritime stakeholders to join Tinubu to lead the country.
“our members are all registered APC members spread in all Nigeria seaports, airport, land boarders and riverine areas with over 10,000 membership strength and more than 5 million votes.
“We are grassroots mobilisers as we have intensified our sensitisation campaign to all the transport sector, including air transport, to vote for APC and if elected will turn things around positively.
“We are requesting for three things such as suitable Secretariat, two local boats, one of the boats will ply Apapa to Ikorodu while the second boat will ply Tincan port to Badagry,” Adefioye said.
He said that the third request was to include their members in the campaign structure from national, state and local government levels.
The Deputy National Coordinator (South), Tinubu support Organisation, Mrs Ayodele Fatusin, noted that they had the best leader coming from the south.
She said nobody was competing with Tinubu, adding that they were on ground and he would become the president by the special grace of God.Fatusi said that APC was still the best party in Nigeria to vote in, adding that Tinubu would come up with updated policies that would suit the economy.
“All we are asking for is for Nigerians to vote for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who is capable with versatile experience to move the country forward.
Mr Adebusayo Adeleye, Publicity Secretary of Jagaban Maritime Network, urged Tinubu to assist them in making Tincan port road motorable to reduce stress of getting to port.
The Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) has called on unemployed persons, the under-employed and those patiently waiting for white collar jobs to learn a vocation.
Mrs Cecelia Dada, Commissioner for WAPA, said this on Tuesday at the end of a 4-Week Short-Term Skills Acquisition Programme for Nigeria Army Officers’ Wives, Ikeja, held in the Command Secondary School, Maryland, Lagos.
Dada said that the Lagos State Government (LASG) embarked on vocational trainings for women, men and youths to curb unemployment and empower citizens towards self-reliance to enhance a viable economy.
According to her, one of such socio-economic intervention programmes by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state is the four weeks short-term skills acquisition programme.
She said, “the specific target for this economic empowerment and elevation of recipients’ status from the state of dependency, to resourcefulness in providing the needs of their respective families.
“There is a dearth of ‘white collar’ jobs also, it is in realisation of this economic reality, that the LASG established 19 functional Skills Acquisition Centres across the state, with 20 vocations being taught at these Centres.
“With yet additional yet-to-be Commissioned Centres at Agidingbi Road, Ikeja and one more Centre at Ibeshe, thereby creating an avenue of self-sustainability for the Lagos Citizenry.
“Gov. Sanwo-Olu has taken Women Empowerment as one of its focal policies in order to mitigate the effects of poverty prevalence among women.
“We also realise that when women are economically empowered, there is less tension in the home front and obvious reduction in Domestic Violence.
” Dada, who congratulated the 250 graduands, wished them progress in their various businesses, also applauded the teachers and instructors who ensured that participants were well taught and thoroughly grounded in their chosen vocations.
“You have a gold mine deposited in you through the just concluded training, dig out, explore, package yourself, your handwork well and use it to better your lives and those of the people around you.
“You must not forget the days of your little beginning as you have been well thought on the basics of your skill, it’s now left for you to bring in your creativity,” she said.
The WAPA Commissioner, who noted that 250 beneficiaries were being trained at each of the identified Centres in the current quarter, added that the Short-term programme being conducted every 3 months, afforded different skills acquisition for the trainees.
She said the areas included Events Decoration; Tie and Dye; Catering; confectioneries; Gele-Tying; Make-Up Application; Ankara Craft and Leather Works; Hair Dressing and Wig making.
Others are Fabrics Stoning and Embellishments; Throw Pillow making and Interior Decorations; Production of Soap and Pomade and household Products; and Adire making.
Dada said that no fewer than 11,750 have been trained with certificates of participation and empowered under the Short-Term Skill Acquisition programme since 2019 of the present administration.
“The success stories of these trainings is that several letters of recommendations have been flowing in, one of such letters is appreciation Letter from the Management of Lekki Worldwide Investment Limited.
“It stated that amongst the recently concluded Short -Term Skills Acquisition and Empowerment programme, six of such beneficiaries are doing very well in their craftsmanship with the aid of the free work tools by WAPA,” she said.
Speaking, Mrs Ndidiamaka Akpaumontia, wife of 9 Bridge Commander, who commending the LASG and WAPA, described the programme as topnotch in women empowerment.
Akpaumontia said that women held very sensitive position in the family and nation at large, adding that by empowering women the nation was also empowered because of the roles of women in the family and nation.
She said that LASG had been so good to women and did a lot to encourage and get them meaningfully engaged, adding that “Lagos State is number one in all ramifications”.
“From this little beginning, we are looking forward to seeing these women being industry holders in Nigeria, people that will put things together and restore the glory of our nation,” she said.
The wife of the 9 Brigade Commander charged the women to continue with commitment and speed exhibited during the training so as to excel.
Mrs Josephine Ijie, who majored in in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria described the programme as wonderful initiative as both the training and start-up kits extended to participants were all tuition-free “This a wonderful programme, those of us that have benefited will show people in our communities and out there what we can do with our hands to generate money and address needs in the family,” she said.
Ijie, however, urged the LASG to consider a market space strictly for hand-made , art and craft.
According to her, the idea is to promote the skill and encourage quality and quantity sales.
She said that such markets were obtainable in Burkina Faso, Ghana and some other countries for citizens of the country to grow in business and boost the economy.
Engineers urge LASG to take action on supply of potable water L-R: Mrs Monsurat Alagbe, Lagos Chapter Chairperson, Association of Professional Women Engineers;Mr ChrisThe Apapa Branch of the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) has appealed to the Lagos State Government to do everything within its power to make potable water available to residents.
The NSE Apapa Branch Chairman, Mr Christian Ufot, made the appeal in an interview in Lagos on Monday.
He spoke on the sidelines of a news conference organised to announce activities lined up for the celebration of the 2022 Engineering Week in Lagos.
According to him, the society has continued to focus on the welfare of the masses, as well as proffering solutions to challenges associated with public service delivery.
He said that an area of concern had been the supply of pipe borne water to residents across the state.
According to the chairman, it is the main reason the society usually pays courtesy visits to key organisation every year, as part of activities to celebrate the Engineering week.
“We will suggest that government makes potable water supply to residents a top priority.
“The indiscriminate drilling of boreholes across the state is as a result of non availability of potable water, and I must say that this act of drilling causes underground water pollution,” he said.
The chairman said that when there was provision of a better alternative, it would become easy for anyone to discard the existing one.
“At the moment, the pipe borne water is not available, so, when you tell people not to drill boreholes, how then are they going to survive without water?
So, the people are looking for a way to survive.
“The way forward is just for government to strive hard to provide residents with potable water, and when this is done and anyone choses to still go ahead to drill borehole, the government has every right to query such person,” he said.
Ufot recalled that in the time past, there used to be pipe borne water, and then a time came when it was no more available, and as a result, people resorted to catering for themselves.
“So, with that, we decided that we needed to pay a visit to the state Water Corporation, and during the visit, we were able to identify challenges being faced by the corporation.
“One of such challenges is finance; the budgetary provision for the corporation is really not sufficient, that is on one part.
“On the other part, facilities that have been there probably in the 1960s, such as pipes, are already rusted and leaking.
“So, when water is pumped and distributed through those pipes, maybe, up to about 50 per cent will be wasted through such leakages.
“So, in our houses, when water should be flowing, it is gushing out into the gutter somewhere and not getting to the end users,” Ufot stated.
He noted that these, coupled with the massive increase of population in the state, were some of the challenges facing the corporation.
The chairman said the corporation needed funds to replace pipes.
According to him, the corporation has also been making their own presentation to government in a bid to ensure that the challenges are tackled.
He added that much as it sounded good and commendable, the government too may be faced with paucity of funds, as there were many other issues too jostling for its attention.
“You know when you talk of resources, particularly funding of projects, the state government too may be looking at other areas of urgent attention and therefore, to release funds for that, may not be as much as expected.
“However, having said this, there is the need for government to pay urgent attention to issues concerning water in the state because, water is life.
“Without water, many negative things can happen.
Diseases that are water-related, most likely, could come up.
“The most pressing is that of leakage and insufficient fund.
Something should be done and urgently too, to ensure quality service delivery, as well as better welfare for residents.
” He also gave a breakdown of the activities lined up for the celebration of the Engineering Week. The chairman said soon after the news conference, members would pay a visit to the Atunda Olu School for the Physically and Mentally Challenged Children, in Surulere.
According to him, on Tuesday, members of the branch will also pay an industrial visit to the Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC.
He noted that one of the major reasons for the visit was to avail members the opportunity to develop and sharpen their skills.
The chairman said on Wednesday, there would be a hybrid public lecture with the theme: 21st Century Professional Development Vehicle, to be delivered by Mrs Uchechi Edosomwan.
He said that this would be followed by indoor games.
Ufot said that Thursday, the grand finale, would feature the society’s Annual General of new executives, as well as audit committee members.
He said that members of the society were in partnership with both secondary and tertiary institutions in the state.
This is in a bid to further enhance professionalism in the various sectors of the economy and engender national development.
“You know the NSE embraces all the various disciplines of Engineering.
We plan to visit the Lagos State University, (LASU) again.
“We did that two years ago and we plan to do so again as we seek to support some students in their research work “We had initiated this at the Epe campus of the institution and hope to collaborate with the university’s Engineering students, just like we have been doing in some selected secondary schools in this area.
“It is all about telling them the benefits of Engineering as a discipline,” Ufot said.
LASG, NPA, Dangote Group collaborate on Tin-Can-Mile 2 road construction -R The Head of Engineering, GDNL Terminal, Mr Bolaji Akinsanya; the Tin-Can IslanThe Special Adviser to the Lagos State Government on Transportation, Mr Sola Giwa, on Monday said the state government had intensified efforts to remove bottlenecks hindering the completion of Tin-Can Island-Mile 2 road.
Giwa said this at a round table meeting with the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Dangote Group and the Hitech Construction Company Ltd. in Lagos.
He said the Lagos State Government was optimistic of the completion of the road and was ready to fix the challenges facing the contractor.
He said that the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had promised Lagos residents a more decongested traffic situation at Tin-Can Island port road just as they had done at Apapa Wharf.
Giwa said that the contractor had assured the state government that both sides of the Tin-Can Mile 2 road would be completed before November.
“Motorcycles are not supposed to ride on the expressway and we will continue to arrest them until we get rid of them from the roads.
“Before now, we have collaborated with NPA, seeing that the parks are there and it is not possible to use the port without passing through the parks.
“The truckers and tankers queuing on the ports road were trying to engage in another second leg of business which was constituting traffic along the port road.
“We are engaging the truckers and the tankers drivers this week at a stakeholders’ meeting to see how we can achieve ease of doing business in the ports area.
“Truckers or tankers drivers need not stop other people from using the road as the road is constructed for everybody to use,” he said.
He said that in going forward, the state wanted to partner with the construction company to direct the traffic manager to support in traffic diversion while the construction is going on.
Also speaking, the Tin-Can Island Port Manager, Mr Jubril Buba, said that the collaboration between the state government and stakeholders was yielding positive result.
He said the authority would improve on collaboration to enable business flourish at the port.
Buba explained that operators faced the challenge of bad roads, saying that completion of the road would improve revenue earned by government.
He advised Lagos State officials to carry along the Controller of the Federal Ministry of Works in charge of the roads to enable them work on the same page.
The Project Manager, Hitech, for the Tin-Can-Mile 2 road, Mr Wills Barkhuisen, said that the company had been able to fix three sections of the road and was left with one section of the road.
“Our challenges are the indiscriminate parking of the trucks and the issue of getting materials to the site every day.
“We are on the fast track system to enable us finish the remaining work.
“We have been able to complete sections four, three and one, remaining section two, which is 9km from Beach bridge to Cele area,” he said.
The General Manager GDNL Terminal, a subsidiary of Dangote Group, Mr Akin Omole, who was represented by the Head of Engineering, Mr Bolaji Akinsanya, said that Dangote company was financially responsible for the fixing of the Tin-Can Island -Mile 2 road.
Akinsanya commanded the efforts of the Lagos State Government in its assistance to ease the traffic congestion along Apapa port.
He urged the government to continue his effort in ensuring that Tin-Can Island road was motorable and seamless for port operations.
Akinsanya mentioned extortion, illegal check points and illegal operation of miscreants along the carriage way.
He also noted that many tankers and trucks had been disturbing the project.
Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, wife of Lagos State Governor, has encouraged graduands of the state’s 19 Skills Acquisition Centres to cultivate positive attitude, start small and grow big.
Sanwo-Olu gave the advice at the Year 2021 graduation ceremony of 3,986 students, organised by Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), held at Isheri-Olowora, Ojodu Berger on Wednesday.
She was represented by Mrs Oluremi Hazmat, wife of Lagos State Deputy Governor, who was the special guest of honour.
“I congratulate you, having worked day and night to acquire knowledge and skills in 20 different vocations at the 19 Skill Acquisition Centres across the state and awarded Lagos State competence certificates.
“I salute your courage and determination to make something meaningful out of your life and pray that this knowledge will be a stepping stone to greatness for all of you,” she said.
She noted that the Lagos State Government (LASG) understood the prevailing economic circumstances and challenges faced, hence the creation of 19 functional Skills Acquisition Centres across five Divisions of the state.
According to her, 20 skills are being offered tuition free for the benefit of women, young persons and the indigent across the state.
This, she said, was for the purpose of empowerment and upgrade of their status from dependency to self reliance.
She applauded Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, describing him as ‘he for she advocate and champion of women and young persons’.
“My special appreciation to my Mr Governor, my darling husband, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, members of State Executive, critical stakeholders and WAPA for working in various capacities to complement efforts of the state government in our dear state,” she said.
Also, Mrs Cecilia Dada, Commissioner for WAPA, said that the graduands had been trained and equipped with skills and equipment needed to make a living for themselves as well as compete favorably in the labour market.
“It will be recalled that a total number of 6,252 graduated from the skills acquisition centres in year 2019 and 3,262 in year 2020, and today, 3,986 students will be graduating for year 2021 session.
“We are all aware of the unavailability of white collar jobs in our society and challenges in getting professional jobs.
“This programme, bridges the gap between young school leavers, drop -outs and vulnerable young men and women, who are not academically inclined or were not able to pursue their educational goals due to financial restrictions or poverty.
“These skills include Hairdressing and Cosmetology Catering and Hotel Management, Computer Training,Textile Designing, Hats making, Beads stringing, Barbing, Printing Technology, Shoe Making and Leather-works, Furniture and Woodwork, Welding, Tile Laying and Adult Literacy.
“Others are Aluminum Fabrication, Rubber Marcaine and Graf, Fashion making, Photography, Repair of Refrigerators & Air-conditioning, Wheel balancing, Brick Laying,” she stated.
According to her, some of the skills being taught, like welding and fabrication, vulcanizing and even brick laying, seem masculine, but women are engaged on them, provided such trainees are willing to learn.
Dada urged the graduands to use the opportunity provided by the Lagos State Government to become employers of labour as well as support their families financially.
She mentioned another state intervention programme in the ministry, the Micro-Enterprise Support Initiative, where vulnerable women and the Indigent are empowered with working tools as setup packs.
The commissioner said the tools include grinding machines, sewing machines, hair dryers, barbing sets with generators, sharwama makers, cassava cutters, fryers, pressers and cake mixers.
She said they were provided with these for financial sustainability.