As the world marks this year’s International Youth Day, the Lagos State Government has urged Nigerian youths to imbibe the culture of adhering to road safety guidelines while driving.
Mr Olusegun Dawodu, the Commissioner for Youths and Social Development, delivered the state government’s message on Friday at a ceremony to mark the 2022 United Nations International Youth Day.The ceremony was organised by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in collaboration with Youth WalkThe News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme for this year’s ceremony is “International Solidarity: Creating a World for all Ages”.
Dawodu commended the FRSC’s interest in the fight against road crashes which he described as the highest killer of youths.
He regretted that road crashes had killed many promising youths and emphasised the need to increase enlightenment to safe driving culture.
The commissioner particularly noted that Mr Tayo Sanyaolu, an aide to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was also a victim of road traffic crash, and described his demise as a great loss to the state.
He advised the youth to avoid speeding, driving when drunk and also using the phone when on the steering.
In his remarks, the Lagos State Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr Olusegun Ogungbemide, said that the event was targeted at creating road safety awareness among the Nigerian youth.
Ogungbemide added that the walk was also to commiserate with the Lagos State Government on the demise of Sanyaolu.
In her response, Mrs Joyce Efetie, a FRSC official, appreciated the commissioner for making out time to receive the group in spite of the short notice.
She pointed out that the FRSC was mandated to create a safe motoring environment for everyone, especially the youths.
The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) said it would hold its annual conference to share ideas on how to address changing trends in the industry.
The of CIBN, Dr Ken Opara, made the announcement at a media parley on Friday in Lagos.
He said that the conference to hold Sept. 13 to Sept. 14, would be hybrid, taking place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja and through Zoom Teleconferencing, with dignitaries from around the world in attendance.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the conference will be: “Repositioning the Financial Services Industry for an Evolving Glocal Context”.
“The banking industry has continued to evolve; technological innovation is the thing in the industry.
“The financial system is the only industry today that you can see the kind of innovation that is going on.
It is one of the few industry in the world to have an online real-time payment services as much as possible.
“But we think that the industry is dynamic, changes continue to come up globally.
“You can see what is happening in the supply chain, you can also see what is happening in the Russian- Ukraine space as much as possible.
“So, the idea is basically to have this conference that will provide a platform to share ideas on how to address changing trends in the industry and how things are coming up.
“Also, how do we build capacity, how do we energise our people, how do we ensure that the new generation of people continue to be relevant in the industry,” Opara said.
The event would be organised through a Consultative Committee, chaired by the Managing Executive Officer, Sterling Bank Plc, Mr Abubakar Suleiman.
President Muhammadu Buhari, Prof.Yemi Osinbajo, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Finance, among other dignitaries are expected at the conference.
The Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele, would be the Chief Host of the Conference while Opara would be the host.
The Lagos State Government has partnered with the Choice International Group (CIG) Motors on the establishment of Automobile Assembly Plant in the state.
Speaking during the inspection of the assembly plant in Ogba area of the state, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, said that the plant was expected to produce 5,000 units of new vehicles yearly, when it became operational.
Sanwo-Olu’s visit to the plant came 17 months after he formally sealed a Joint Venture Agreement with the automobile company, for the establishment of a vehicle assembly plant in the state.
It was part of the bilateral agreements reached by the state government and Chinese Investors’ Community in Nov. 2019 during Sanwo-Olu’s business trip to China.
The governor was received by the Chairman of the CIG Motors Company Ltd., Chief Diana Chen, a Chinese investor.
The ancillary facilities already in place in the yard included wheel balancing chamber, spraying booths, maintenance hall, noise testing chambers, sprinkling arena to test for roof leakage, staff lounge and auto parts warehouse.
”This is one of the things we promised Lagosians.
Apart from our relationship with the CIG Motors, there is a partnership in which we are setting up a vehicle assembly plant.
”This is becoming a reality, as the site is live with structures and assembly equipment.
The place has been well prepared for the production of vehicles.
”We initially agreed it would be SKD (Semi Knocked Down) but now the facility has moved to CKD (Completely Knocked Down).
”We are hoping that their first plan is to have a production capacity of 5,000 vehicles, after which it will be pushed to 10,000 vehicles per year,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu expressed satisfaction with the level of work at the site and the commitment of the partner to the project.
According to him, the plan is to stop buying fully built vehicles from abroad; as the state government wants to be able to have an assembly line where citizens can be employed in an automobile production chain.
The governor said that the automobile assembly plant would create employment opportunities for local skilled workers, as 95 per cent of the workforce would be sourced locally.
Also, some of the parts used in the assembly plant would be sourced locally, including air conditioning system, valves, ball joints, bolts and nuts, and batteries.
Also speaking, the Chairman of GAC Motors, Chief Diana Chen, said that the plan was to make GAC motors a household name in Nigeria, as well as the official vehicle for Lagos State.
Chen expressed happiness that the project was taking shape, as it would help to improve economic livelihood and provide jobs.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Thursday said work on the state’s Leather Hub has reached 65 per cent completion.
Sanwo-Olu said this while addressing newsmen at the inspection of the hub at Matori Industrial Area of the state.
He said the contractor remained committed to the December deadline for the completion of the hub which he said, would have about 42 lock-up shops, where finished leather goods would be traded.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the tannery project was conceived by the Sanwo-Olu administration in 2020 for the production of leather products, such as shoes, belts, bags and upholsteries.
The facility would also offer training opportunities for youths to learn skills in leather manufacturing and earn a living in the value chain.
”Our contractor has committed to the December deadline but we will give him one or two months grace, because we are expecting the equipment to be used for the leather production to start arriving from October.
”We should be able to complete this before the end of the first tenure of our government.
”The Economic value of this is that we can start and end the entire production process here in Lagos.
Jobs will be generated and businesses will be developed,” the governor said.
He said that raw leather exported to China and Europe were brought back to Nigeria in finished goods and they were more expensive.
According to him, the state government initiated the idea of a leather hub to break into the economic cycle and add values to raw leather materials produced locally.
”The hub will be a primary manufacturing source for retailers in the ecosystem.
There is a large leather market in Mushin to take up the produce to consumers; traders will no longer be burdened to turn tanned skins to finished products,” he said.
The governor said the completion of the hub would translate to generation of direct and indirect jobs for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the ecosystem.
He said the Lagos Leather Hub when completed and production took off, would be able to train about 100 students in the leather works value chain.
The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has been charged to be more professional and effective in the discharge of their duties.
The new Special Adviser to the Lagos state Governor on Transportation, Mr Sola Giwa, said this in a statement by Mr Olumide Filade, Assistant Director, Public Affairs of LASTMA, on Thursday in Lagos.
Giwa made the disclosure at a roundtable with Heads of Departments and Directors of LASTMA at the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.
The Special Adviser, who started his career as Senior Special Assistant on LASTMA in 2007, reminisced that this was not the way things were in the agency.
“I salute what you are doing, but we need to do more as an Agency.
We need to have a positive outlook and shun all our previous negativism.
“If we change, a lot of things will also change.
Governor Sanwo-Olu as much as he loves us, wants us to make him proud.
” I need not to remind you that Transportation and Traffic Management is not only the first pillar of the THEMES development agenda but topmost in the priority of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration,” Giwa said.
He said he was aware of the challenges facing LASTMA officers in the course of their duties, adding that he would give priority to their welfare, professionalism and discipline.
The LASTMA General Manager, Mr Bolaji Oreagba, assured the Special Adviser of the support of LASTMA Officers.
Oreagba disclosed that lack of inter-agency cooperation and collaboration has hampered the effectiveness and operations of the Agency.
He noted that the destruction of road furniture and street signages by vandals was another challenge that the agency was grappling with.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transportation, Mr Kamar Olowosago, urged LASTMA officials to support the new Special Adviser in repositioning the agency.
The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has hinted that the charge for waste evacuation may increase by 50 per cent from Oct. 1. The Managing Director, LAWMA, Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, gave the hint on Wednesday in Lagos during a news conference on the activities of the agency from Jan. 2022 till date, recent challenges, solutions, as well as sustainability measures that had been put in place.
Odumboni said that the rising cost of operation, the cost of overheads, majorly diesel and spare parts for the trucks that waste managers used for evacuation of wastes, had warranted the increment.
He said that with these realities, a tariff review was under consideration and the upward price review of about 50 per cent would commence Oct. 1. The LAWMA boss said that from Sept. 1, there would be an extensive and consultative review of the tariffs, to meet the rising cost of operations.
He said though Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration planned to support the Private Sector Participants (PSP) in the waste disposal system in the state with fuel subsidy, the review of waste disposal tariff had become imperative.
Odumboni said that poor attitude to waste management, heavy rains and particularly the recent cost of diesel posed huge challenges to the cost of operation.
According to him, the PSP operators and residents’ associations will be allowed to fix increase in tariff for domestic waste, which LAWMA has pegged at 50 per cent maximum.
“PSP, and LAWMA will take part in the review process, we want to appeal to tenements, the quicker we resolve this the better it will be for us in terms of the percentage increase.
“In some cases, it might be lesser than that because waste is dependent on your individual lifestyles.
“We are in the process of extensive and consultative pricing review for PSP services that we offer in household, knowing full well that we are trying to recognise the economic trend in Nigeria.
“We are trying to ensure that we are not introducing any change that will automatically disenfranchise people and cause the menace of waste in our immediate society,” he said.
On efforts to meet up with changing demands such as rising cost of diesel and the demands of clean energy, Odumboni said that the agency had begun processes of dual fuel system for trucks.
According to him, two trucks have already been converted to dual fuel system – 50 per cent diesel and 50 per cent gas for efficiency.
He said that on Oct. 1, abatement notices would be issued to houses without waste disposal bins.
Odumboni said that in the nearest future, the agency intended to operate a two-bin system, whereas one bin would be for recyclables and the other for organic waste.
In his remarks, the Chairman, Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAMN), Mr David Oriyomi, assured residents that with the support of the state government, efforts would be harmonised to address the prevailing challenges.
Oriyomi said that the prevailing challenges were those relating to exchange rate and rising diesel price, which had informed high cost of operation.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Wednesday, said the state government is constructing a new 1.2 kilometer drainage diversion at Ilubirin area of the state.
Sanwo-Olu made this known while addressing newsmen after the inspection of some projects on the Island, which included -popo Adeniji-Adele Road construction, the new Massey Children Hospital, renovation of General Hospital, Odan and laying of three high capacity pumps at Ilubirin drainage site.
He said with the 1.2 kilometers drainage diversion, the issue of flooding at the Lagos Island would soon be permanently resolved.
The governor who was accompanied by some executive members on a four-hour inspection around the facilities, said that with the level of works done so far, the contractors were working as scheduled.
”We are constructing a new one kilometer or 1.2 kilometer diversion in front of the Olubirin Housing Estate that will take a big body of water onto the Lagos lagoon and we are expecting three high capacity pumps that I am told will be arriving next month.
”So the bed for the drainage is what we saw and the construction is ongoing, to be able to receive the main pumps when they do arrive.
”What that means is that issues around flooding and drainage issues can be completely resolved in Lagos Island,” he said.
At the General Hospital, Odan which is the oldest in the state, Sanwo-Olu said that the renovations were being done in phases, adding that when completed the hospital would allow more patients.
He also said that the other general hospitals would henceforth be infused with doctors’ quarters, as the one available at the General Hospital, Odan. ”Just to also mention that for the new hospitals we are building, we are trying to also infuse them with doctors’ quarters.
”We are building one in General Hospital, Gbagada, we are also building another one in General Hospital, Isolo, to be able to accommodate, give residence to doctors and some of our other health practitioners.
So we are building brand new hospital in Ojo that will also have doctors’ quarters ,” the governor said.
He said that in the last three years, the government had been creative in carrying out extensive renovations in phases in the general hospital, Idan. Sanwo-Olu said the first phase of renovation was the the Accident & Emergency ward, the Surgical & Emergency, the training room, including the one that a Foundation built for the hospital, which would be for medical tourism.
”The second phase is the pharmacy, the catering and some other parts.
I think what we are seeing now is the third phase, which has a high clinic, the admin building, the ambulance bay, the patient’s waiting area and some of the wards, children’s ward, surgical – male and female.
”We are going to another phase which will be the fourth phase, even in this last phase, the pathology department is there, and so there are still going to be a few demolitions that will happen in here, to be able to receive additional patients,” he said.
According to him, the assessment of the reconstruction of -popo and Adeniji-Adele Road in Lagos Island shows about 60 to 65 per cent work done, as the contractor has assured completion by end of 2022. On the construction of the New Messey Children Hospital, he said that the building of the nine-storey car park had started, and was on the third floor.
”However, the main hospital construction for the Massey Children Hospital, all the 547 piling caps have been completed and the contractor has moved to site, and they have assured us that they will work even doubly hard to keep up with the terms of the projects,” Sanwo-Olu said.
The Lagos State Government says it will commit more funds in the 2023 budget to run the Blue line rail on Badagry expressway.
It said that this was so, with the Federal Government approval of Badagry Deep Seaport Project under a Private-Public Partnership.
Mr Sam Egube, the Commissioner for Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, disclosed this during Year 2023 Budget Consultative Forum for Badagry Division in Lagos.
According to the Commissioner, the approved Badagry Deep Seaport Project will change the entire Division completely.
“The Blue line rail is going to run on Badagry expressway, we are going to commit more funds in this year’s budget to make sure that we progress the expressway significantly beyond where it is now.
“Though the fund is not enough, but as far as we are concerned, with the commitment we have with the people, we will continue to figure ways to expand our revenue base so that we can continue to serve people better,” he said.
Egube said the forum was to consult the people of Badagry Division on the performance of the government in their communities and what needs to be done.
“Everytime we need to prepare budget, it is important we consult the people because we are not government in the air.
“We are government sitting on the mandate that the people have given us and therefore, we must consult people before we do things.
“This is to tell them how we are doing, especially as a people, government and as a state.
“To let them know how we have performed against the last year plan, and what we have done against what they have told us was their specific interest in 2021 when we were preparing 2022 budget.
“We have to also to listen to them and to be able to have conversations around what is pinching them, what they need and what they want government to do for them,” he said.
The commissioner said Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had insisted since he became the governor that they should always consult the people in all the five divisions to know where the shoes pinches them.
He commended the large turnout of the people of Badagry Division for the forum.
“I feel excited because we have seven traditional rulers from the division here today representing their communities.
“They came with different memoranda and they also reminded us of some commitments we made and we explained where those projects are.
“And we made commitment as to what the remaining months will look like.
“I will like to thank the people of Badagry Division who have come to partner with their State government, for their efforts in their willingness to support us,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that stakeholders at the forum complained on some uncompleted projects in their communities, which the commissioner promised to look into.
Some Chairmen of Community Development Committees, Coordinators of Youth Councils, community leaders and government officials from different ministries and agencies attended the forum.
The lawmaker representing Badagry Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr Babatunde Hunpe, has donated equipment, consumables and adopted a male ward at the General Hospital in Badagry, Lagos.
Speaking shortly after the presentation of the equipment on Tuesday, Hunpe said the initiative was the outcome of a meeting with the management of the hospital with some dignitaries to assist the hospital.
Hunpe disclosed that at the meeting they came up with request that they needed the support and help of the indigenes.
He said they wanted them to be part of the development of the hospital.
“So, I agreed to adopt male ward and we have come here as promised to donate equipment and consumables and also to equip the male ward adopted with beddings, ceiling fans and other modern equipment,” he said.
Hunpe said that the money spent on the hospital equipment was deducted from the 2022 yearly constituency allowance known as the Zonal Intervention Programme (ZIP).
“Parts of the equipment were used to equip Yewanapon primary health centre in Araromi-Ale, Badagry.
“The constituency allowance amounted to N54,600,000 and it was given to the contractor that was awarded the contract to supply the equipment,” he said.
The lawmaker commended the Governor of Lagos, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for his committed to infrastructural development of the hospital.
Responding, Dr Olatunde Bakare, the Medical Director of the hospital, said he was highly excited to witness this kind of gesture for this magnitude.
“Today, our indisputable representative has demonstrated a rare gesture by adopting the hospital male ward; its adoption is not just a lay gesture.
“It comes with a significant rebranding of the ward with beds, and other important worthy equipment.
“It is also note worthy to know that this is the first time such is happening at the General Hospital Badagry.
“Now, you all have just said the hospital has witnessed a lot of transformation; the honour goes to the Governor Sanwo-Olu. “The Commissioner of Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, followed by our Permanent Secretaries in the Ministry of Health and Health Service Commission and all the directors who are just here,” he said.
He commended the lawmaker for the kind gesture in giving back to society.
“We want more to keep coming, and we will honour you and accept it, Lagos State Government will recognise you,” he added.
In his remarks, Chief Sannu Michael, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Badagry, commended the lawmaker for donating the equipment to the hospital.
Michael also thanked Sanwo-Olu for transforming the hospital with modern day equipment.
A political group, the ‘ROT Like Minds,’ organised special prayers on Sunday in Lagos for the success of the APC candidate, Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, at the 2023 presidential election.
Coordinator of the group, Mr Jimmy Akinboro, chaired the joint Islam and Christian special prayers.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the group is made up of supporters of Hon. Rotimi Agunsoye (APC-Kosofe, Lagos Federal Constituency).
Akinboro said the group organised the prayers to seek spiritual intervention for Tinubu’s presidential ambition.
“The group believes that Tinubu’s presidential ambition will become a reality by seeking the blessings of God. “Tinubu is a trusted and tested leader who has touched lives and redefined leadership in and out of political positions,’’ he said.
Akinboro added that the prayer session was also to support Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State’s re-election bid.
“This is not the first time Hon. Agunsoye is organising this type of programme.
“We have embarked upon this prayer session in honour of our principal and our mentor.
“This is because he has unfolded his ambition to become the president of the country by the grace of God. “We are his foot soldiers and we are his loyalists.
All of us have come under the banner of this group to organise this Christian and Muslim prayer session.
“We want to hand over all our affairs to God, so that He can guide us and grant our request.
“This is so that Tinubu can become president to continue to do what he knows how to do best, which is developing people and developing society,’’ Akinboro said.
In his remarks, Mr Adebajo Adetunji, an APC chieftain in Kosofe Local Government Area said the prayer session was to pray for more wisdom, knowledge and for Tinubu’s aspiration to come to reality.
Adetunji said the prayer was to hand over everything to God, the Creator.
“He precisely knows from the beginning to the end, so we are committing Tinubu’s ambition to God to see him through the 2023 election,’’ he said.
In another contribution, Mr Kayode Alegbe, a party leader in Ikosi Isheri Local Council Development Area (LCDA), said “Asiwaju Tinubu has really performed well.
“If you look at his records when he was Lagos State governor, he created the 37 LCDAs. “These councils have created jobs for more people in the state.
“Tinubu groomed many leaders across the country and elevated so many politicians.
“That is why we are also supporting his ambition and also supporting Gov. Sanwo-Olu.’’