The Lagos State Government through the state Employment Trust Fund, says it has supported 3,673 businesses with the sum of N1.56 billion as grants.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State made this known at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Economic Summit Group (LESG) Private-Public Partnership Pre-Ehingbeti Stakeholders Engagement on Tuesday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event had the theme: “Building a Sustainable Future for a Greater Lagos”.
Sanwo-Olu who was represented by his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, added that the state government had also provided mentorship, business advisory to young people to start and grow their businesses.
According to him, the state government also supported 1,835 small businesses with N985 million which has led to the creation of 10,500 direct jobs in the state.
Sanwo-Olu explained that his administration had put N1 billion into Agricultural Value Chain businesses to provide food and create jobs in the state.
He said: “the Ehingbeti Summit, achieved its purpose through the meticulous and faithful implementation of innovative ideas and suggestions like the establishment of numerous initiatives which included the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund. “Also, Lagos State Security Trust Funds among others that have enhanced the living standard of Lagos residents and the state enviable status as the economic nerve centre of the country.
“The key infrastructure that dots the landscape of Lagos as well as pioneering initiatives that have profoundly elevated the status of Lagos as a functional mega city, speak to the quality of resolutions of past summits.
” The governor stated that private-public partnership pre-Ehingbeti stakeholders engagement was organised to sensitise key stakeholders on the 2022 summit.
“The summit will seek their input on the proposed 30 years Lagos state Development Plan which will be unveiled at the summit for deliberation and final adoption for implementation.
” Earlier in his remarks, the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Samuel Egube assured that the government would continue to collaborate with private sectors, not only on the 30 years development plan but on the development of the state in general.
Egube who is also the Co-Chairman, Ehingbeti Lagos Economic Summit, explained that the summit had played a vibrant role in the development of the state.
He said: “Resolutions from past summits have brought developments such as the Ikoyi Link Bridge, BRT Project, the Red and Blue Rail Project which will commence operation soon.
“Others are Lagos Free Trade Zone and the Imota Rice Mill among many others.
” Similarly, the Commissioner for Finance, Dr Rabiu Olowo noted that the Ehingbeti Economic Summit, was about the state’s deliberate agenda for a greater Lagos.
The commissioner said it had the absolute inclusion of different stakeholders and disclosed that the state government had fulfilled about 90 per cent of the action plans from the last summit.
“This will be reported during the forthcoming summit holding from Oct. 11 to 12. Speaking, the LCCI President, Dr Michael Olawale-Cole represented by the deputy president, Mr Gabriel Idahosa said that the decision of the state government to collaborate with the LCCI on the 30 years Development Plan, reflected government’s appreciation and recognition of the Organised private sector in the realisation of the socio-economic objectives of the state and nation in general.
He, therefore, assured of the chamber ‘s support in ensuring the effective implementation of the state development plan and promised to enlighten the business community of the opportunities and benefits that were in the plan.
The Lagos State government said it would unveil a 30-year development plan for the Lagos population expected to hit 40 million by 2050 at this year’s Ehingbeti Summit.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu said this at a Private-Public Partnership pre-Ehingbeti stakeholders’ engagement in Lagos on Tuesday.
Sanwo-Olu, represented by the Deputy Governor, Lagos, Mr Obafemi Hamzat, said the summit scheduled to hold from Oct. 11-12, would cater for the increasing population of the state.
The governor, noting that the state could not stop the influx of people, said the development heralded the need to develop a plan to provide for the increasing future population.
He stated that the forum was organised to sensitise key stakeholders on the summit, and to seek the inputs of stakeholders in the proposed 30-year Lagos development plan.
Sanwo-Olu said the essence of the summit was to provide opportunities for the private sector, individuals, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Lagosians to be part of the developmental process of the state.
“The summit, which is private-sector driven, has achieved its purpose to a very large extent courtesy of the meticulous and effective implementation of various ideas and suggestions.
“These, have emanated from the robust discussions and brainstorming sessions led by highly knowledgeable and experienced personalities from Nigeria and overseas.
“Most of the key infrastructure that have transformed Lagos and pioneering ideas were actually came out of previous summits and it speaks to the quality of the summit, the people that are involved and how Lagosians actually perceive the summit,” he stated.
The governor gave the assurance of his administration’s commitment to taking lessons from the summit through the implementation of its resolutions.
Chairman, Lagos Economic Summit Group, Mr Samuel Egube, said the ninth edition with the theme: “Charting the paths to sustainable socio-economic growth,” was borne out of a strong desire by the state government to accelerate economic growth and development of Lagos.
He said the summit, which started in 2000, had been convening and putting together both local and foreign participants, stakeholders from the public and private sectors, with the interest of the state at heart.
Egube added that the summit had also brought together men and women from the academia, multilateral and other development institutions to add value to Lagos.
“It is the belief of those of us in Lagos that Lagos prospers as a result of the commitment Lagosians show to participate in governnace while also committing their efforts to the future of Lagos.
“The Lagos State government will continue to protect trade, business activities; the future of Lagos relies on economic activities.
“Ehingbeti is proof that we will continue to pursue transparency and accountability to governance,” he said.
According to him, the summit is one of the platforms that demonstrate the commitment of the state government to listening to the people of Lagos in the various sectors of the economy and also a platform to account for what it has implemented.
The Senior Principal, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Mr Olayinka Majekodunmi, said the Lagos development plan would help accomplish the vision of the state to drive inclusive growth and accelerated stability.
Majekodunmi said four strategic dimensions across 20 areas had been prioritised and defined in the Lagos State development plan.
He said the first was to ensure that Lagos had a thriving economy with adequate jobs and strategic investments to sustain the growth of the state.
The second dimension, he stated, was for Lagos to be a human centric city where Lagosians would have access to affordable and world class education, health care and social services.
“The third dimension which is model infrastructure, is that Lagos will have reliable and sufficient infrastructure that is up to the standard of a 21st century city.
“The fourth dimension, which is really foundational, is effective governnace to ensure that Lagos would have a supportive and enabling environment that creates opportunities for all Lagosians,” he said.
The Lagos State Government (LASG) says there is a need for the education sector to be re-engineered.
It says that schools need to be repositioned to deliver competent graduates fit for current and future labour market.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu spoke on these on Tuesday, in his remark at the two-day Education Summit, 2022 in Lagos.
The summit, with the theme “Creating a Sustainable Fit-for-Purpose Education Model”, took place at Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island.
Sanwo-Olu spoke virtually at the event, noting the state’s desire to deliver a bespoke education system.
He said that the system was projected to enhance the quality of teaching, learning and ultimately, the molding of tomorrow’s leaders.
The governor said that the forum was designed to bring stakeholders together to brainstorm and collectively articulate ideas towards improving service delivery in the education sector.
According to him, stakeholders must begin to passionately advocate giving the kind of education that not only prepares beneficiaries for academic excellence.
He said it must also be one that imparts life skills for socio-economic relevance.
“We are set to provide an education model that will enable the younger generation and youth to acquire skills and knowledge necessary to meet current and future global demands.
“Our administration is passionate about education and our aim is to bring transformation that will make our children better ambassadors of the State, country and preparing them with the requisite skills for tomorrow’s jobs.
” Sanwo-Olu said the state’s new school model was an example of the desired Fit-For-Purpose Education System,.
He said the aim was to equip students with skills that would empower them to be productive before they exit secondary school.
“We also introduced the Comprehensive Schools Program aimed at reducing the rate of school dropouts by creating a career path for students through skills acquisition,” he said.
The governor also spoke on investments his administration had made in the sector.
He said that through its EKOEXCEL programme initiative, 15,000 teachers were upskilled through re-training.
Sanwo-Olu said they were encouraged on the use technology, which supports and motivates them to succeed in classrooms.
“Through our T.
H.E.M.E.S Agenda, we designed a new policy development template that has enabled us to take the lead in the fusion of education and technology as veritable tools to navigate the 21st century.
“In our quest to improve teaching and learning in Primary and Secondary Schools, we have commissioned and handed over 1,449 unique projects through prompt construction, renovation, and rehabilitation of dilapidated Public Schools.
“Over 96, 000 composite units of furniture were supplied to schools among other infrastructure projects, we also delivered iconic school projects at Elemoro Community Junior Secondary School, and Vetland Junior Secondary School.
“Let me emphasise that the Vetland school is built with containers and fully kitted with technological solutions in classrooms and laboratories.
“This invention is a Futuristic Plan of how schools will look like in Lagos State,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu assured that the policies and programmes were intended to create enabling environment for teaching and learning in public and private schools for the benefit of children and the youth.
He solicited the cooperation of stakeholders to identify with the vision to grow the education sector, expressed optimism that the policy would create positive chain reactions.
The governor applauded Lagos State Ministry of Education and its agencies for putting the summit together.
He expressed hope that its set objectives would be achieved.
“Education for us, is a must for all and a cardinal objective of the government,” he said.
Also speaking at the event, Prof. Enase Okonedo, the guest lecturer and Vice Chancellor, Pan Atlantic University, commended the State government for the initiative.
Okonedo expressed the hope that the programme would not just be a talk-shop but for everyone to take affirmative actions by thinking of how to invest in the future of the education sector.
”if we recognise the importance of education, then it is something all have to participate in,” she said.
She emhasised on value-based education that would ensure that knowledge was acquired with morals and characters built.
Okonedo said that these were the things needed for the growth and development of the nation.
The Pan Athletic University VC charged decision and policy makers to begin to think of the kind of curriculum that would be fit-for -purpose.
This, she said, should also put into consideration the students that would be taught, developing the teachers that would be using the curriculum, and bridging the digital divide.
“How does our curriculum attend to some basic skills that employers need?
We need to learn by doing and think of how we can use technology for learning and have people who would be globally competitive,” she said.
Cross section of the Panelists with Mrs Adefisayo ( Commissioner for Education) Earlier, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, said Nigeria had the largest number of out-of-school children in the world.
She said this was among other unfavourable key performance indicators of education.
Adefisayo said that the Lagos State Education Summit was important, because some of the outcomes would contribute to the process of framing solutions to the well-known problems in the sector.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the summit had plenary discussions with Mr Samuel Egube, Commissioner, Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, and Mrs Lucy Pearson, British Council, Country Director participating.
Others participants include Mr Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Co-Founder, Future Africa; Mr Laoye Jaiyeola, CEO, Nigeria Economic Summit Group; and Mr Abubakar Suleiman, Executive Officer, Sterling Bank. NAN also reports that the panelists emphasised on solution-based perspectives and the need for collaboration between the private and public sector.
They also recommended that coding classes be introduced and encouraged for students in primary and secondary schools with functional ICT laboratories.
The Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) through Deloitte, a leading professional firm, on Friday unveiled its whistle-blowing tip off channels to drive transparency, accountability and general public inclusivity in the affairs of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that whistle-blowing is the act of drawing public attention, or the attention of an authority figure, to perceived wrongdoing and unethical activity within public, private or third sector organisations.
NAN also reports that the whistle-blowing service provides multilingual, multiple reporting channels such as toll-free hotlines, web portal, email and a mobile application.
Mr Ayodele Subair, the Executive Chairman, LIRS, at the launch of the “Deloitte Tip-Off Anonymous for LIRS” on Friday in Lagos, said the LIRS was chosen for the pilot phase due to its multi-faceted interface with the general public.
The launch, Subair said, asides from seeking to enlighten and sensitise the tax-paying public on the initiative was hinged on the commitment of the agency and the government to ensuring high ethical standards in all its business processes.
He said the LIRS, with the state ministry of finance, having an oversight function, subscribed to the Deloitte Anonymous and Confidental Whistle-Blowing Facility.
Subair said that the facility would promote an enabling climate for employees and other relevant stakeholders to report wrongdoings, illegal actions or financial crimes noticed and or observed in the LIRS administrative and operational activities.
This, he said, would be done without fear of backlash as it would assist in evaluating and improving existing system and assess key practices necessary to create an effective speak-up culture.
Subair said Deloitte’s engagement as independent assessor was to ensure an objective and unbiased review of issues raised.
“This whistleblowing facllity would involve the reporting of acts of commission or omission that border on unethical conduct of employees, management, and other stakeholders by an employee or other interested person(s) through designated channels to appropriate authorities.
“The aim of this policy is to encourage employees and other stakeholders who have serious concerns about any aspect of the agency’s operations to come forward and voice those concerns.
“The facility is designed to ensure that concerns about wrongdoing or malpractice within the agency can be raised by any stakeholder without fear of victimisation, subsequent discrimination, disadvantage of dismissal.
“This facility does not only provide the avenue to report, but ensures credibility of reports through investigation, feedback to the whistle-blower and ensures protection for such whistle-blower from possible reprisals or victimisation for all disclosures made in good faith,” he said.
Subair added that all concerns would be treated in confidence with efforts toward concealing the identity of the whistle-blower with anonymous reports considered for seriousness, credibility and possibility of confirmation from other sources.
He, however, said anonymity would make it much more difficult to protect the position of the whistle-blower or to give feedback.
“The whistle blowing framework is a two-way affair aiming to expose LIRS staff involved with misconduct, employees of business entities who want to report employers who circumvent tax laws.
“It also helps members of the public who want to raise an alarm on persons or entities who wilfully commit financial crimes leading to revenue loss for the state.
“It is noteworthy to mention that all reports must be made in good faith as allegations made frivolously, maliciously or for personal gain would attract appropriate sanctions.
“We are hopeful that all our stakeholders will join us on this journey of purposeful engagements toward achievement of high standards of ethical conduct in the public service space inclusive of dealings with and within LIRS,” he said.
Dr Rabiu Olowo, Lagos Commissioner for Finance, said the state government through the ministry approved the facility to provide channel of reporting by stakeholders, employees and the general public.
Olowo noted that research showed that every minute, in the workplace, wrongdoing was observed daily but people were left with very few choices, leading to the decision to remain silent, concluding that nothing could be done.
He said the initiative would remind people of their civic responsibility to report wrongdoing in workplace or in doing business with the government.
He added that the scheme would create a culture of accountability, raising the awareness of stakeholders on the responsibility of speaking up to foster a sound and effective corporate governance system.
“Without reporting it, there is nothing we can do, so launching this initiative today presents a channel that can be trusted and the least we can do is to discharge them of any reprisal.
“The LIRS was chosen for the pilot scheme because it represents a framework cuts across and interacts with almost all Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
“LIRS has over the years increased the state revenue with its present monthly average at N42 billion and reporting any misdemeanor that is not in line with the ethics of the government can shore up revenue,” he said.
Mr Samuel Egube, Commissioner, Economic Planning and Budget, Lagos, said citizens’ participation in governance via the whistleblower initiative opens up the state to accountability, transparency.
“Citizens’ improved participation through channels like this would stimulate trust and lead to all round growth and development,” he said.
Mr Beulah Adeoye, Partner, Deloitte, said the initiative was a whistle-blowing facility that affords callers the opportunity to raise concerns regarding wrongdoing, fraud or unethical behaviour within the workplace and report it to an independent party.
He listed attitudes depicting fraud to include; asset misappropriation, corruption, embezzlement, forgery, insider trading, maltreatment, money laundering, rebellion, nepotism, threat, and violent behaviour.
Others are dishonesty, bullying, bribery, harassment, expense claim abuse, kickback, stealing, under-invoicing misuse of authority, bribery and over invoicing.
He stated that key notes in making a report taking precautions, no malicious calls, provision of all available information.
“However, a report is not an evidence.
“The charge is when you see something, you say something and when you say something, you must be protected from the backlash that comes from it to foster a more ethical culture in our workplaces,” he said.
ng, an innovative blue-collar online market source, has unveiled plans to empower 36 million Nigerian youths with capacity building certifications to provide employment and stem brain drain tide.
Mrs Olawunmi Akalusi, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Rísé.
ng, made this known at the official launch of the Rísé.
ng Application, on Wednesday, in Lagos.
Akalusi said Rísé.
ng was created to bridge the supply gap for blue-collar jobs and introduce professionalism to the informal sector.
She said that Rísé.
ng empowerment initiative tagged “Project Empower” was aimed at addressing the increasing youth unemployment and lack of startup capital.
Akalusi said the initiative would also equip the Nigerian youths with the necessary skills and knowledge to start and manage successfully their own businesses.
“The programme will transform 36 million youths across Nigeria; one million per state, building their capacity through intensive training and internships.
“Thereafter, listing them on the rise.
ng platform to reach a wider audience for business opportunities,” she said.
Akalusi disclosed that a proposal was in the offing with Harvard University to train youths for three days to enable them deal with customer acquisition and retention.
This, she said, was to engender business sustainability and equip youths with skills that could be achieved exported and at the same time, build the nation.
She called for partnership across private and public sectors to ensure that Nigerian talents were not exported to other countries to build the country’s blue-collar sector.
“There’s no one to help us build our country if we go out to build other people’s countries.
“We, however, want government to help the country by first providing electricity and other aspects would follow for the country to be great.
“On our part, we would continue to promote self-employment among Nigerian youths making them viable assets to the country’s economy,” she said.
Mr Samuel Egube, Commissioner, Economic Planning and Budget, Lagos State, described Rísé.
ng as a solution from the youthful population that would empower artisans and create a market place around work ethics for blue collar jobs.
Egube said the development was in line with the governor of Lagos, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, administration’s agenda for youths, particularly with the launch of the 30-year development plan for the state.
He noted that over 50 per cent of the population in the state were young people.
Egube said the state was paying attention to initiatives around young people that would spur development.
“We are building several stadia, and are working on the technology space to be the technology hub for Africa and it is the reason why we are laying 3,000 kilometers of broadband fibrotic ducts around the city to attract significant investments in huge data centres in the state.
“As we head toward the future, we know that youths own the future and the future belongs to the youth so we are going to be activating several conversations with young people.
“Today, we are about to launch the 30 year development plan in Lagos and that involves the youth and so Lagos is paying significant attention to invest and work together with the youth.
“In Lagos, we want to see Lagos bicklayer, Lagos tilers and Rísé.
ng lays the right foundation for that,” he said.
Alhaji Maruf Arowolo, the President, Motormechs and Technicians Association of Nigeria (MOMTAN), said the platform would enable artisans get reputable customers, provide re-orientation to enable them provide up to date services for the betterment of the country.
By Florence Onuegbu
The Lagos State Government on Thursday said it was set to unveil its advanced open data digitisation programme tagged ”EKO 360” very soon.
The Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Samuel Egube said this in Ikeja, during the 2021 Ministerial Press Briefing to commemorate the second year of Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration in the state.
Egube said that the Lagos State Open Data Agenda, tagged ”EKO 360” is a two year digitalisation programme, which commenced Nov. 1, 2019.
He said that this was with support in three Classification of the Functions of Government (COFOG) sectors (Health, Education & Economic Affairs) from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/Data Science Nigeria (BMGF/DSN) which was meant to strengthen the Lagos Bureau of Statistics.
Egube said the Ministry, through its Lagos Bureau of Statistics (LBS) exhibited her EKO 360 Open Data Project at the Art of Technology (AoT) Lagos 2.0 conference.
The commissioner said it showcased the dummy of the Public Facing Portal and the Analytical Framework.
He said that this would afford the general public access to Lagos State specific data in a richer, faster and timely manner.
According to him, the advanced project is presently in the testing stage of the developed data collection app that is meant to automate the data collection of the state administrative data management system.
While reeling out other achievements of his ministry within the last two years, he pointed to two major state surveys also by LBS.
These are the Poverty Head Counts survey and Household survey across the 57 Local Governments/Local Council Development Areas between August and November 2020.
The above surveys provided government feedbacks and insights from Lagosians and serve as validated facts and figures that would further guide government interventions.
Egube has said that the Economic Development Policy of the State Government which was guided by the State Development Plan (2012-2025), had now been improved on, making it a 30-Year Development Plan (2021-2051).
”This new perspective plan is necessary so as to encourage citizens participation (Build Team Lagos), develop our people to drive productivity and protect the vulnerable (Building our Future), and drive Lagos readiness and openness for business (Building Our Economy).
”It is also necessary to optimising relevant infrastructure to support our growth (Building Our 21st Century Mega-City) and engaging intergovernmental partnership, all these aimed at improving the quality of lives of Lagosians,” he said. (NAN)(NAN)
Two traditional rulers in Lagos State have urged the state government to improve on infrastructure like roads, waste management and waterways, to ease hardship being experienced by residents.
They made the appeal at the closing ceremony of the Lagos Y2021 Annual Budget Consultative Forum on Tuesday in Lagos.
Speaking, Oba Kamorudeen Aminashaun, the Oloja of Epe, urged the state government to address cases of abandoned projects in the state.
Aminashaun listed such projects to include: the Epe Plywood project, Epe Dockyard and Epe Waterways and land security challenges to give residents respite.
He also called for urgent intervention of the state government in the environmental challenges currently facing the locality.
“The drainage system needs to be addressed.
“The Lagos Waste Management Agency (LAWMA) needs to up its game to guard against environmental challenges, which could result in health crisis,” the monarch said.
Also, Oba R. I. Balogun, Elejirin of Ejirin, called on the state government to initiate more youths empowerment programmes and more private sector based investments for economic development during and post COVID-19 pandemic period.
In his remarks, Mr Samuel Egube, the State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, reiterated the government’s commitment to adopting a holistic approach toward restarting the state’s economy during and post COVID-19.
Egube said that to minimise the effect of the pandemic, the state had implemented interventions along the line of aggressive healthcare responses, business support and sustainability measures and relief to the poor.
“The COVID-19 pandemic with its resultant health and economic impacts greatly affected the state, like other geographies around the world and changed the context within which we execute development agenda.
“We, however, are going to flag off our internship programme by the Ministry of Wealth.
“The idea is to get people to work and government pays them while working for SMEs to gather experience and tackle unemployment,” he said.
Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
The Lagos State Government says it is engaging a holistic approach to restarting the state’s economy and re-imagining its operations toward surviving the COVID-19 pandemic in its year 2021 budget.
Mr Samuel Egube, the State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, made this known at the 2021 Budget Consultative Forum on Tuesday in Lagos.
Egube said that in order to minimise the effect of the pandemic, the state government had implemented interventions along the line of aggressive healthcare responses, business support, sustainability measures and relief to the poor.
“The state government has increased commitment to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs to help them during and post COVID-19.
“We intend to adopt consolidation and tactical redirection to areas that would help employment, food production and security, particularly to overcome the effects of COVID-19.
“We are going to flag off our internship programme by the Ministry of Wealth.
“The idea is to get people to work, and the state government will pay them, while working for SMEs to gather experience and tackle unemployment,” the commissioner said.
He said that for half of the year 2020, the state recorded a budget performance of 57 per cent (N334. 838bn), which was in absolute terms higher than the 73 per cent (N316.676bn) for the same period of 2019.
“The COVID-19 pandemic with its resultant health and economic impacts greatly affected the state, like other geographies around the world and changed the context within which we execute development agenda.
“Within this very difficult context, LASG was able to achieve greater revenues, while managing expenditure with revenue stronger by six per cent against the approved budget.
“We will continue to minimise wastage through tighter expenditure controls and promote prudent spending.
“Plans to invest in comparative advantage areas such as aquaculture for quick wins was underway,” he said.
For the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), the commissioner said that the state was providing wage subsidies based on maintaining payroll and enhancing the access of SMEs to short term funding through the State Empowerment Trust Fund.
He added that the state also focussed on agriculture as plans to finish the Rice Mill at Imota and undertake a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) concession afterwards was underway.
“Rice Mill at Imota is expected to employ 300, 000 people and is at 75 per cent completion.
“It is expected to produce 120, 000 Metric Tonnes annually, and increase local rice production by 75 per cent.
“Efforts are also ongoing to train rice farmers on the right variety of rice to produce to feed the mill,” he said.
The commissioner said that continued efforts to digitise the state were ongoing.
On the economic outlook for year 2020, he said that forecasts suggest 2020 GDP growth would be severely impacted followed by a sharp rebound of 3.5 per cent.
Earlier, Mr Adebayo Sodade, Special Adviser on Economic Planning and Budget, said the forum was an avenue to update the stakeholders on the half year performance of the budget.
Sodade said it also brought to general knowledge the resources available for the next budget, taking into cognisance all economic variables and externalities such as crude oil prices, inflation, interest rates and the effect of COVID-19 on the economy.
“Rubbing minds with you also provides us an ample opportunity to share ideas geared toward the greater Lagos project, while ensuring that your desired interests are adequately captured in the development agenda,” he said.
Sodade urged citizens to fulfil their civic responsibilities through regular payment of taxes, monitoring of government projects and reporting observed lapses.
He also called for the protection of public facilities and infrastructure, obedience to traffic and safety rules and regulations, ensuring environmental friendliness and security consciousness for a greater Lagos.
The special adviser said government had planned to improve revenue and overall service delivery by widening the tax base to meet citizens’ expectations.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
The Lagos State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Samuel Egube, says that nutrition is at the heart of government’s
strategy for developing the capacity of its citizens.
Egube said this during an advocacy visit by the Civil Society-Scaling Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) team on Tuesday in Lagos.
Nigeria News Agency reports that CS-SUNN is a Non-Governmental coalition of Organisation with a shared vision to transform Nigeria into a country where every citizen has food and is nutrition secured.
Egube said that nutrition was part of the state’s preventive mechanism for sustainable healthcare system, adding that it had several interventions in nutrition areas, across various ministries, departments and agencies.
“We are intervening already to ensure that nutrition reaches pregnant women, because if the unborn child is not well nourished from the womb, they come out incapacitated and can create a whole cycle of poverty,” he said.
According to him, government is increasing investment in various primary healthcare centres to ensure accessible, affordable and quality healthcare delivery for its citizens.
He added that the state just held the Lagos farmers market to ensure that fresh food direct from the farms were sold to the people to enhance their nourishment level.
Egube said that the state was working with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to develop special processing zones targeted at ensuring that food were cheaper, hygienic, accessible, and post-harvest wastage reduced.
The commissioner noted that the state committed N7 billion yearly to the State Health Insurance Scheme, while urging the residents to participate more in the scheme toward ensuring its success.
Egube stressed that nutrition was a collective responsibility, thus called for more collaboration between government and nutrition stakeholders.
Earlier, Mrs Beatrice Eluaka, Executive Secretary, CS-SUNN, commended the Lagos State government for being the first state to approve six-months maternity leave for women.
Eluaka also praised the state government for approving nutrition budget lines across 10 key line ministries in the state’s 2020 budget.
“It is not just enough to have the budget line. There is the need for the budget lines to have cash backing and to ensure timely releases to facilitate the full implementation of the State Multi-Sectoral Plan of Action for Nutrition,” Eluaka said.
Eluaka also called for improved and greater collaborations among the nutrition line ministries also for the approval of the State Multi-Sectoral Plan of Action for Nutrition currently before the State Executive Council.
Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Wale Ojetimi