As part of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration's commitment to Traffic Management and Transportation, pilling works have commenced for the Opebi-Ojota Link Bridge of Lagos State.The Opebi- Ojota Link Bridge, which is one of the legacy projects of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu's administration, is aimed at easing the burden of commuters and decongesting traffic in the Ikeja axis and on Ikorodu road by providing a direct link between Opebi, Mende, Maryland and Ojota to Ikorodu road, reducing the perennial traffic on Mobolaji Bank-Anthony way, and setting precedence for Ojota commuters to link the 3rd Mainland Bridge.The construction of the 3.9km Opebi-Ojota link bridge and approach roads, was flagged off on January 26, 2022, by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who described the project as another milestone in the implementation of the Traffic Management and Transportation Pillar of his administration’s THEMES Developmental Agenda and the State Strategic Transport Master Plan (STMP).Over 100 registered Nigerian Engineers are currently working on the project while students from various universities and members of the National Youth Service Corps are also learning practical aspects of their courses such as Geology and Civil Engineering on the project site.Speaking to journalists at the Mende area of the Opebi-Ojota Link Bridge, when some members of the state executive council inspected the ongoing construction, especially the ongoing pilling works for the bridge, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Engr. (Mrs) Aramide Adeyoye said the bridge would be delivered in June 2023.She said the bridge apart from providing infrastructure and transport solutions to millions of Lagos residents, will also bring to bear innovation, adding that when completed, the bridge would have a positive impact on the health of residents who will have the opportunity to exercise on it, just like the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge.Adeyoye, said the project concept designed by the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure in conjunction with the Ministry of Transportation, will not only provide an infrastructure solution, but also a transport solution that ensures value and relief for the motoring public.She said a lot was put into consideration in the design and construction of the bridge, saying it would have a walkway for residents to jog and keep fit.Adeyoye also disclosed that building the local capacity and content of Nigerian engineers was considered in the award of the contract, adding that aside from qualified Nigerian engineers being empowered through the project; engineering students are being tutored to have practical experiences.Also speaking, Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederick Oladeinde, said the Opebi-Ojota Link Bridge is a demonstration of the Sanwo-Olu administration's plan to regenerate Lagos by providing residents with infrastructure that would be complemented by the recent inter-modal transportation system, befitting of a mega city like Lagos, while also easing gridlock across the metropolis.“When you look at all the projects that we are doing, they are projects that will either connect communities or make our public transport better. So the focus of this project (Opebi-Ojota Link Bridge) is on public transport. We are building infrastructure so that people can move efficiently and conveniently from one point to the other.“This is how Lagos State Government is thinking in terms of all the projects they are doing to ensure efficiency. So when you look at the population of Lagos, you will understand that it is important that we develop our public transportation system. So to develop public transport, you must have good infrastructure.So we are developing the infrastructure required to ensure that we put a decent public transport for our people,” he said. Speaking to journalists, some of the students at the site said they have learned a lot from the ongoing construction of the Opebi-Ojota Link bridges and approach roads, especially in the area of a soil test, drilling, and some civil engineering works.
The Lagos State Government says the Opebi-Mende-Ojota Link Bridge will be completed by June 2023.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye said this at the commencement of bored piling for the Opebi-Ojota Link Bridge at Maryland, Lagos on Friday.
Bored piling can be literally called a form of building foundation that provides support for structures.
Adeyoye said that with a total length of 3.9 kilometres, the project was designed to provide direct link between Opebi, Mende, Maryland and Ojota to Ikorodu road.
She said that the bridge would reduce the perennial traffic on Mobolaji Bank-Anthony Way, and traffic on other roads around the environment.
According to her, the project designed in conjunction with the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation will not only provide infrastructure solution, but also a transport solution that ensures value and relief for the motoring public.
She said the project was a vision to reality, and also brought about innovation, as part of the bridge would be for working and exercising for residents.
Adeyoye said the construction of the bridge would bring about learning opportunities for students and creating of jobs.
On his part, the commissioner for transportation, Mr Frederic Oladeinde said the Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration was determined to provide infrastructure that would be complemented by decent Inter-modal transportation system, befitting of a mega city like Lagos.
Oladeinde described the project as huge, as it would connect communities to Ojota, and enable commuters to navigate from Ikeja to the Island, and at the same time, reducing travel time.
”So when you look at the population of Lagos, you will understand that it is important that we develop our public transport. To develop the public transport, you must have good infrastructure.
”So we are developing the infrastructure required to ensure that we put a decent public transport on our network for our people.
”One of the reasons why we are working with the ministry of works is to ensure that the junction connection is efficient for public transport to take, because we need to give priority to public transportation.
”So when you look at all the projects that we are doing, it is project that will either connect community on our project or will make our public transport better,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on Jan. 26, Sanwo-Olu announced the kick off of the construction of the bridge, which was concieved over 20 year ago.
Sanwo-Olu described the project as a legacy of his administration to ease the burden of commuters.
An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Friday sentenced a UK ex-convict, Ahmed Soetan to one year imprisonment for defrauding Radisson Blu Hotel of N4.4 million.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Justice Mojisola Dada sentenced Soetan after he pleaded guilty to a one-count amended charge of obtaining by false pretence.
“The defendant is hereby sentenced to one years’ jail term, having being on bail till now or pay an option of fine of N2 million.
“All the items recovered from him is hereby fortified to the Federal Government and must right an understatement never to go back to the same crime again,” Dada said.
She also ordered the convict to restitute the sum of N4 million which must be paid within four months.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on May 30, charged the convict on an amended one count charge of obtaining by false pretence.
The EFCC counsel, Mr Ahmed Yerima, said that the Radisson Blu Hotel Management wrote a petition against the defendant to the commission against the defendant, after he defrauded the hotel of the sum of N4.4million.
The prosecution submitted that the EFCC received a report from the hotel sometime in December 2020 and alleged that the defendant who had lodged in their facility, off and on, made payments through credit cards and American Express in favour of the hotel and the q payments were recalled by the unified payment system.
“Based on the information, between Dec. 15 and Dec. 16, 2020, the defendant checked into the hotel again and was arrested based on the earlier allegations against him.
“A search was conducted on him and nine different credit cards, bearing different names, were recovered from him in which six out of the nine were American Express
“Two UK drivers’ licences were recovered from him at the point of arrest, all of which contained the same information, including the picture of the defendant and the only difference was the name.
“The defendant said that the cards were given to him by one Jim Collins, whom he met in the UK and he was aware that the credit cards were not legally issued and that he did not know the owners of the card.
The prosecution further said that an investigation was extended to the National Crimes Agency (NCA) in the UK to confirm the authenticity of the cards, the driver’s license and the criminal record of the defendant, if any existed.
“The team received a response from the NCA stating that the driver’s licences were forged documents, including the credit card.
“NCA also said that the defendant was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment in the UK for offences bordering on fraudulent bank card, motoring offences and others which later resulted in his deportation,” the prosecution said.
EFCC said the offence contravened Section 312 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011
Mr Adedamola Kasunmu, (APC-Ikeja Constituency II) in the Lagos State State House of Assembly, on Thursday implored residents to pick up their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and endeavour to come out and vote on election day to avoid voter apathy.
The two-term lawmaker made the call
at the Eight Annual Constituency Stakeholders’ Meeting organised by the Lagos Assembly simultaneously in all the 40 constituencies of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting tagged: “2023 General Election: The Imperatives of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), was attended by all relevant stakeholders, religious and traditional rulers as well as groups in the area.
Kasunmu told the people to get registered, get their PVCs and come out to vote and protect their ballot.
“I encourage those who are yet to collect their PVCs to do so while those who have collected to exercise their franchise in the 2023 general elections.
“Your vote is your right, get your voters cards and exercise your franchise. It is your right to vote as a citizen once eligible,” he said.
He said there were plans to put machinery in place to mobilise more people to get their PVCs, the moment INEC extended the exercise.
“PVC is another opportunity for people to determine the future they want. We should vote for the government that can take us to the promise land,” Kasunmu said.
Also, Chief Danley Adedokun, an APC Chieftain, in his remarks said that the PVC registration and collection was very important as record keeping would help to build data.
“In Ikeja Local Government Area, there are about 360 polling units, if 3,000 people register and vote, the mandate of the governor as well as that of Bola Ahmed TINUBU will be actualised,” he said.
He said that individual participation was highly needed as well as preparations at
all levels for the 2023 general elections.
Adedokun said that the importance of the PVCs as mentioned in the theme was hinged on the need to ensure that people are eligible to exercise their civic responsibility.
He advised the youth to get their PVCs and ensure they vote for their choice candidates in the forthcoming general elections.
“Your destiny is in your hands. Your vote is your power, use it wisely.
“Although, some people have gotten their PVCs, the number of people who have not collected their PVCs are more than those that have got theirs. So, I encourage them to come and collect it,” he said.
No fewer than 270 residents of Oregun, Ikeja, on Wednesday benefited from the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) free medical care through its Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD).The HIRD is targeted at the grassroots for medical consultation/examination to the people, eye checks, health talk, free drugs and counselling.The inauguration by Oba Oregun, Oba Olusesan Kudoro, in company of Mr Oladotun Olakanle Chairman, Onigbongbo LCDA and NYSC Lagos Coordinator, Mrs Yetunde Baderinwa, was held at the Oba’s Palace.Oba Kudoro commended the NYSC Lagos for bringing the free medicals down to the reach of the people in Oregun community, and solicited for continuity as health was paramount to survival of the people.“We are delighted to have you NYSC members and officials in our midst and most importantly to provide us with free medical examinations, drugs and educating the people on general health care.“It is a laudable initiative and we will like and appreciate if you can sustain this exercise, by coming from time to time with this offer; we are ready to provide the logistics,” he added.The traditional ruler enjoined the beneficiaries to take advantage of the initiative and take proper care of their health, adhere to prescriptions on drugs given and adhere strictly to other medical advice.Baderinwa in response, thanked Oba Kudoro for a warm welcome and creating an enabling environment for the scheme to carry out the outreach throught the volunteers.She, however, promised that more medical outreaches would be carried out periodically to sustain healthcare among the people in the community, adding, “call us anytime, we will be willing to come”.Olakanle applauded the State Coordinator said the Corps members for leaving an indelible mark in the community through the selfless service they have rendered to the people.The Chairman also passionately appealed to the NYSC Lagos Coordinator and solicited that Corps members in the medical field should be deployed to the Local Government Primary Health Care (PHC).“The Onigbongbo council has six wards with seven PHCs and four being functional by every standard but we need doctors and pharmacists to assist in the remaining three, we’ll take care of them.“This is a special and passionate appeal that we are making; we are aware that a batch of Corp members presently in camp will soon pass out for primary assignment,” he added.(NAN)