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  •  LASG engages stakeholders on Opebi Mende Link Bridge project Right of Way
    LASG engages stakeholders on Opebi-Mende Link Bridge project Right of Way
     LASG engages stakeholders on Opebi Mende Link Bridge project Right of Way
    LASG engages stakeholders on Opebi-Mende Link Bridge project Right of Way
    General news2 days ago

    LASG engages stakeholders on Opebi-Mende Link Bridge project Right of Way

    The Lagos State Government says it has engaged stakeholders on discussions toward smooth establishment of the Right of Way (RoW) for construction of the Opebi-Mende link Bridge in Ikeja.

    A statement on Saturday by Mr Mukaila Sanusi, spokesperson of the Lagos state Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, said the project was a priority of the Gov.  Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration.

    Sanusi said the Commissioner for physical planning and urban development, Dr Idris Salako, led the stakeholders meeting in Alausa on Friday.

    Salako said the construction of the Opebi-Mende link Bridge and approach roads would ease gridlock and transportion network in line with the THEMES agenda of the Lagos state government.

    “It is a known fact that the people are the ultimate beneficiaries of development projects like this.

    As promised through the THEMES Agenda of the Administration, the government led by Sanwo-Olu will continue to take concrete steps toward ensuring the delivery of the dividends of democracy to our people.

    “Evidently, this particular project, like many that have been executed across sectors, will add on as a good example of making life more abundant for the governed,” he said.

    He urged the stakeholders to grant public officers and contractors working on the site unhindered access for hitch-free operations to ensure the project was delivered on schedule.

    Salako added that as part of the procedure for the establishment of the RoW, officials of the ministry would serve statutory notices on buildings earmarked for removal and mark such affected buildings at the expiration of the notices.

    He added that officers from Lands Bureau would later carry out valuation exercise for compensation purposes before the actual removal of structures.

    The Special Adviser to the governor on E-GIS and Planning Matters, Dr Olajide Babatunde urged all property owners to respect the RoW of public facilities to avoid the removal of their structures.

    The Special Adviser, Works and Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye urged the stakeholders “to take ownership of the project and accord it the deserved support as their inputs and suggestions were factored in”.

    Others at the meeting included: Permanent Secretary, Office of Infrastructure, Mr Olufemi Daramola; General Manager, Lagos State Urban Renewal Agency, Ms Ajibike Shomade and General Manager, Lagos State Planning and Environmental Monitoring Agency, Mr Daisi Oso.
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  •  Dollar scarcity another pandemic against Nigerian tourism DG NTDC
    Dollar scarcity, another pandemic against Nigerian tourism- DG NTDC
     Dollar scarcity another pandemic against Nigerian tourism DG NTDC
    Dollar scarcity, another pandemic against Nigerian tourism- DG NTDC
    General news2 days ago

    Dollar scarcity, another pandemic against Nigerian tourism- DG NTDC

    The Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) says the scarcity of the American dollar has become a worrisome threat to the survival of the tourism industry, related enterprises in Nigeria and third world economies.

    Chief Foluronsho Coker, Director General, NTDC, said this during a breakfast meeting in Lagos on Saturday.

    Coker likened the dollar position,  particularly its scarcity as another COVID-19 pandemic, which had affected the fabric of goods and services in Nigeria in recent times.

    “The dollar has ravaged our industry, from aviation fuel, spare parts purchases, hospitality and recreation services,  transportation, logistics and the entire national economic architecture.

    “This currency has assumed a scarcity presence and snuffing life of the tourism sector,” he said.

    Coker, who also spoke on Nigerian festivals, pleaded that the process and engagement should not have political colouration and undertone to avoid polluting the heritage value chain.

    “I am going on a road show in the south west to appeal to the traditional rulers to hold on to what is true, enduring and beneficial to the growth of our festivals.

    “We should not pollute our local festivals and do not turn festival grounds to political podiums leading to violence,” he said.

    The NTDC DG who was part of the Osun-Oshogbo Festival, which ended on Friday,  informed that Nigeria must not lose sight of the unification process which various festivals in the country desired to promote.

    He berated the disturbing tribal and religious sing song which was fast eating up the fabrics of national unity and cohesion.

    “We grew up in Nigeria not concerned about where anyone comes from, your dialect or those things which irritate relationships.

    “We saw ourselves as neighbours, family and friends, so I wonder at the divisions and acrimonies over ethnic and religious sentiments which unfortunately is eroding the fabric of national unity,  peace and development,” he said.

    Coker commended  the Lagos State Government for reintroducing History and Culture studies in its schools, noting that it was a welcome healing process that should remain.

    He said this will go a long way in teaching and educating children about the richness of Nigerian cultural tourism history and tradition.

    He urged states government to emulate the intervention to the benefit of the country unification process and cohesion.

    “At NTDC, we will help give our people hope and faith in Nigeria, indeed, these are difficult times and people are worried about tomorrow, tourism businesses bleeding.

    But, we shall preach hope,  stand in gap, lift up depressed minds even though we don’t have all the resources.

    “We will try to navigate the process,  collaborate with industry associations and together, we can win these challenges and return our country to winning ways.

    “Nigeria’s image must be salvaged, no controversies about it and we call out all hands on to the rescue efforts,” he said.


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  •  IYD FRSC LASG want youths to imbibe road safety culture
    IYD: FRSC, LASG want youths to imbibe road safety culture
     IYD FRSC LASG want youths to imbibe road safety culture
    IYD: FRSC, LASG want youths to imbibe road safety culture
    General news3 days ago

    IYD: FRSC, LASG want youths to imbibe road safety culture

    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. 


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  •  Ikorodu LG boss urges youths to acquire skills
    Ikorodu LG boss urges youths to acquire skills
     Ikorodu LG boss urges youths to acquire skills
    Ikorodu LG boss urges youths to acquire skills
    General news3 days ago

    Ikorodu LG boss urges youths to acquire skills

    Mr Wasiu Adesina ,Chairman, Ikorodu Local Government, on Friday called on youths in the area to acquire skills to empower themselves and impact their community and the nation Adesina made the call in Ikorodu at the graduation ceremony of no fewer than 100 youths trained in different vocations by the council.

    The News Agency of Nigeriareports that the training of the youths in baking ,catering ,paint making and others,for six weeks , was a collaboration between the council and the Lagos State Government.

    Adesina said that youths were powerful change agents with enormous potential to bring about positive change in the society.

    He said for youths to contribute meaningfully to nation building ,they needed to first empower themselves through skill acquisition and education.

    According to him, the empowerment programme is a redemption of his electoral promise to impact lives in the area.

    “The local government has made empowerment programme one of its main focal points to address unemployment and also engage youths in the community.

    “I urge beneficiaries to use the acquired knowledge from the training to put food on the table for their families, build themselves and the nation”, he said.

    The council chairman urged the beneficiaries to be focused, be up and doing, and use the skills acquired to become self-reliant and employers of labour.

    Ms Abike Oyefusi, one of the beneficiaries,commended the chairman and advised beneficiaries to utilise the opportunity to become independent.

    Oyefusi added that she would share the knowledge and impact others,urging other beneficiaries to do the same.


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  •  LASG promises to complete Central Mosque in Badagry
    LASG promises to complete Central Mosque in Badagry
     LASG promises to complete Central Mosque in Badagry
    LASG promises to complete Central Mosque in Badagry
    General news3 days ago

    LASG promises to complete Central Mosque in Badagry

    The Lagos State Government on Friday promised to complete the Badagry Central Mosque.

    Mr Anofi Elegushi, the Commissioner for Home Affairs, made the promise shortly after observing Juma”at prayer at the Mosque in Badagry.

    “I want to assure all Moslems here today that our Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, a Christian will definitely complete the Central Mosque.

    “This is not a matter of Christian or Moslem, there is no disparity when you are in government.

    “Again we are one in the presence of God whether you are a Moslem or Christian.

    “This central Mosque is unique now because Moslems laid the foundation and a Christian is about to complete it.

    “We can now see that God is great,” he said.

    Responding, Mr Akeem Giwanson, the Chairman, Central Mosque Committee, commended Sanwo-Olu for the kind gesture and accepting to complete the Mosque.

    According to him, we are able to get to where we are today due to assistance from faithful Moslems and philanthropists in Badagry.

    He thanked the governor for developing infrastructure in the coastal town.

    In his message before Juma”at prayer, Chief Abud-Lakim Arikeusola, the Chief Imam of Badagry Central Mosque, gave vivid account of how former Gov. Babatunde Fashola and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu assisted in laying the foundation of the Mosque.

    Arikeusola, however, said that the project was abandoned by the former Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode when he became the Lagos State Governor in 2015. He commended the administration of Sanwo-Olu for working for the progress of Christians, Moslems and traditional worshippers in Lagos.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in company of the commissioner was the former Special Adviser to Gov. Sanwo-Olu on Tourism, Art and Culture, Mr Solomon Bonu, and other political office holders in Lagos
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  •  Lagos CIG Motors plan 5 000 vehicles production yearly
    Lagos, CIG Motors plan 5,000 vehicles production yearly
     Lagos CIG Motors plan 5 000 vehicles production yearly
    Lagos, CIG Motors plan 5,000 vehicles production yearly
    General news4 days ago

    Lagos, CIG Motors plan 5,000 vehicles production yearly

    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.


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  •  Commissioner seeks improved security in sub urban settlements of Lagos
    Commissioner seeks improved security in sub-urban settlements of Lagos 
     Commissioner seeks improved security in sub urban settlements of Lagos
    Commissioner seeks improved security in sub-urban settlements of Lagos 
    Defence/Security4 days ago

    Commissioner seeks improved security in sub-urban settlements of Lagos 

    A Commissioner in the Lagos State Civil Service Commission, Mr Tunde Seriki,  has called for improved security in the sub-urban settlements of the state.

    Seriki made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Epe. He said that the spate of insecurity in sub-urban settlements in the state had become worrisome.

    The commissioner decried the surge in cases of kidnapping, robbery and cultism in the Epe area of the state.

    According to him, high level surveillance and intelligence gathering are crucial to engendering law and order in the area.

    Seriki stated that it was necessary to tackle insecurity in order to promote development.

    ”Every nation is tackling insecurity in their own ways, we cannot afford to fold our arms and watch criminals take over our communities.

    ”Security agencies, local vigilante groups and all of us should work together to fight crime and insecurity before it becomes too late,” he urged.

    The commissioner urged security agencies to establish a stronger presence in the sub-urban areas in order to protect lives and property.

    He also called on members of the public to support security agencies with reliable intelligence to enable them to fight crime more effectively.

    Seriki commended the Lagos State Government for the measures it had  already taken to promote peace, law and order in the interest of the people.


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  •  Lagos NG CARES doll out grants to 455 trained indigents
    Lagos NG-CARES doll out grants to 455 trained indigents
     Lagos NG CARES doll out grants to 455 trained indigents
    Lagos NG-CARES doll out grants to 455 trained indigents
    General news5 days ago

    Lagos NG-CARES doll out grants to 455 trained indigents

    No fewer than 455 trained indigent persons from the Lagos State COVID-19 Action Recovery Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES) short-term Skills Acquisition programme on Wednesday recieved N150,000 grant each to establish some skills.

    Mrs Cecelia Dada, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), while congratulating the beneficiaries in her address, urged them to channel the money to the purpose for which it was given.

    Dada spoke at the closing ceremony of the NG-CARES Programme project  organised by WAPA under its existing platform, held at Skill Acquisition Centre, Apapa, in collaboration with Lagos State Government (LASG), Federal Government and supported by the World Bank.According to the commissioner, the NG-Lagos CARE Project is carried out by Livelihood Support team, assigned with the responsibility of conducting a physical verification exercise for final selection of beneficiaries for the programme.

    She noted that beneficiaries were selected from the Lagos State Social Register and Household Enterprise in the informal sector, adding that there were criteria for household to receive grants.

    “The ability and capability of individuals to be productive agile as well as engaged in some form of micro enterprise, there is an approved grant size to be disbursed.

    “This is ranging from N20,000 to N200,000, based on the screening of micro business plans submitted by beneficiaries, she added.


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  •  Lagos govt consults Badagry Division on 2023 budget
    Lagos govt consults Badagry Division on 2023 budget
     Lagos govt consults Badagry Division on 2023 budget
    Lagos govt consults Badagry Division on 2023 budget
    Economy6 days ago

    Lagos govt consults Badagry Division on 2023 budget

    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.


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  •  Apapa port corridor cleared of shanties trucks in 3 months Jime
    Apapa port corridor cleared of shanties, trucks in 3 months – Jime
     Apapa port corridor cleared of shanties trucks in 3 months Jime
    Apapa port corridor cleared of shanties, trucks in 3 months – Jime
    Economy6 days ago

    Apapa port corridor cleared of shanties, trucks in 3 months – Jime

    The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) says that the enlarged Presidential Port Standing Task Team (PSTT) has rid the port corridor of shanties and trucks constituting nuisance within three months.  

    Mr Emmanuel Jime, the Executive Secretary, NSC, said this during an inspection of the port corridors on Tuesday in Lagos.  

    Jime said that the success recorded would enhance ease of doing business.  

    He noted that the success was recorded along Apapa TinCan to Coconut, Berger yard, Mile 2, Orile and Ijora axis.  

    According to Jime, Apapa is fantastic and it is good they are starting on a positive note.  

    “The journey started three months ago where a lot of people were skeptical whether or not this was going to be successful, owing to the fact that other efforts in the past obviously failed woefully.  

    “The success can be attributed to collaboration among state actors, which shows that if there are group of people that are committed and sincere to the execution of a mandate, anything can be done and that is what the task team have proven,” he said.  

    On inbound traffic and cargo, he said that it was work in progress, adding that they were comfortable where they were with the outbound traffic at the moment.  

    He noted that the next step was to see how they could translate the particular success recorded with the outbound to the inbound.  

    “The formula is clear, all stakeholders must be on board for us to succeed.

    For the first time I can boldly say that this is one team that no one can compromise and that has always been the problem.  

    “Government will set up an agency with very good intentions, usually it’s the implementation that runs into trouble.  

    “Implementation has issues when there are lack of sincerity, honest and commitment and the greed most people bring to bear.  

    “People when they are given an opportunity of service especially at the public sphere, it becomes an opportunity to have a meal ticket for themselves and their families and this should not be so,” he said.  

    Jime also urged the Lagos State Government to deploy technology in collecting tolls to minimsie conflicts on the port corridors.  

    Also, Mr Moses Fadipe, the National Coordinator PSTT, disclosed that going forward, any state actor caught for defaulting would be taken to appropriate authority for prosecution.  

    He said that the successes recorded was not without challenges such as attack on team members but were able to surmount them.  

    “As regards checkmating activities at night, we have our surveillance team on ground to give us happenings at night.

    At the stage we are, we are trying to collate these happenings.  

    “In a short while we are going to commence targeted stink operations to remove those actors there.

    All these things we see at night, there is a control measure, we are working on it,” he said.  

    Mr Olayinka Sakiru, Director in the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, said that the state government was working to ensure that there were other means of collecting tolls rather than along the road.  

    “The success achieved is very noticable, we appreciate the efforts of the port team and we will continue to collaborate to see that the corridor is free of traffic,” he said.  

    Mr Remi Ogungbemi, President Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), said out that some state actors were conniving with non-state actors to cheat truckers.  

    Ogungbemi urged the shippers council to look into the issue.


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