The Lagos State government has called on residents to ensure mutual respect for the views, culture and religions of one another.
The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, made the call on Saturday, as the state joined other countries of the world to commemorate the 2019 United Nations International Day of Tolerance.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the International Day of Tolerance is celebrated on Nov. 16 of every year.
Akinbile-Yussuf, in a statement issued in Lagos, urged residents to be tolerant of one another, regardless of differences in issues and beliefs, stressing that mutual understanding was a form of respect for human rights.
According to her, if mutual respect is observed by every resident, there will be less conflict and violence in the country.
She said that Lagos, being a cosmopolitan state and home to people of different backgrounds, underscored the need for tolerance during interpersonal relationships.
The commissioner acknowledged the hospitality of the people of the state, especially their receptive disposition to strangers, adding that the trait had earned the state accolades, both locally and internationally.
She commended the role of religious leaders in the state in instituting and maintaining religious harmony in the state.
”It is only in Lagos State that you will have a Muslim marry a Christian and they will live harmoniously without conflict,” Akinbile-Yussuf said.
According to her, the urge of wanting to impose one’s opinion or religion on another person is the basis for conflict and commotion being witnessed in other parts of the world.
The commissioner said that her ministry had put in place programmes to mark the Day, starting with a road walk on Nov. 16 from Ikeja Local Government secretariat to the state secretariat, Alausa.
She also said that there would be a symposium, with the theme: ”Enhancing Harmonious Relationship and Peace among Religious Bodies for Better Socio-economic Development in Lagos State” on Nov. 20, at Ikeja.
Edited by Ekemini Ladejobi and ‘Wale Sadeeq
Residents beg Gov. Abiodun to urgently fix Ilishan – Ago Iwoye road
Residents of Ago Iwoye, Ilishan and its environs have appealed to Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun to urgently fix the deplorable Ilishan – Ago Iwoye road.
The residents, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria , expressed concern that the road had not been fixed for over 15 years in spite of promises by past administrations.
Ilishan -Ago Iwoye road links Ikenne Local Government Area with Ijebu North Local Government Area of the state.
Mr Samson Okulaja, a resident of Ago Iwoye, explained that there had been promises by previous administrations in the state to reconstruct the road but it never happened.
Okulaja stated that the bad condition of the road had affected economic growth of the communities in Ijebu/Remo axis of the state.
He noted that the major economic activity in the area remained timber and semi processed planks, most of which came from Ijebu lgbo axis for delivery in Lagos.
“It is so pathetic that more often, both the load and the carriers terminate their journey on one of the three bridges on this road.
“To this effect, the economic activities on the Ilisan -Ago Iwoye road have, for too long, remained dormant, which is not too good.
“Other economic activity that is facing challenges orchestrated by the poor condition of this road is the movement of our agro products.
“The central market in the entire Nigeria for Kolanut is Mamu market in Ago lwoye. This is the only market throughout Nigeria where both the buyers of Kolanut from the far north and the sellers from the entire south relate.
“All the sellers from Remo axis must pass through this death trap to transport their products to the market in Mamu,” he said.
He appealed to Gov. Abiodun to urgently come to the rescue of the residents and indigenes of Ilisan and Ago Iwoye by reconstructing the road.
He explained that the state of the road posed a great danger to the lives of the innocent students of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye who used the road often.
In his submission, Mr Taiwo Nodiru, also a resident of Ago Iwoye, expressed disappointment over the terrible state of the road, saying that most vehicles had stopped plying the road.
Nodiru explained that a journey of 15 minutes would now take more than an hour, saying that many lives of students and staff of OOU had been lost due to the bad condition of the road.
“OOU community will benefit greatly if the road is completed as many of their staff and students can live in Sagamu, Ikene, Iperu and Odogbolu and work in OOU Ago Iwoye because it will take them 20 minutes to drive to the school from their homes,” Nodiru said.
He stated that economic activities around Ilisan, Iperu, Irolu, Ijebu Ilesha and Ago Iwoye would pick up and improve greatly if the road was completed.
He appealed to governor Abiodun to ensure that the road was given adequate and immediate attention.
Alhaji Kamaldeen Ibrahim, a resident of Ilisan in Ikenne Local Government Area, said that Ago Iwoye farm settlement was also affected, saying farm products could not be transported from the farm settlement to other part of the state.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)https://nnn.ng/residents-beg-gov-abiodun-to-urgently-fix-ilishan-ago-iwoye-road/
Residents laud Gov. Zulum’s achievements in Borno in 1 year
Residents of Borno have commended Gov. Babagana Zulum, for what they described as his ‘modest achievements’ in his one year in office.
A cross section of residents interviewed by the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Maiduguri, said Zulum deserved commendation for his numerous achievements.
Hadiza Ibrahim, a civil servant said that the governor has been able to turn round things in his few months in office.
“He deserves commendation for the way he hit the ground running. He started with civil servants by making them to sit up and exposing late comers.
“He is among the few governors that have implemented the new minimum wage and address the issue of pension, to the extent that when you retire now in Borno, you are automatically switched to start collecting your pension.
”This is unlike before, when you have to wait for months.
“He is a workaholic and rewards hardwork. Look at the way he rewarded Mrs Obiagelli Mazi, a dedicated teacher with money and accelerated promotion,” Ibrahim said.
Mr Habu Ibrahim, a retired farmer said farmers were happy with the governor for his commitment towards full resumption of farming activities in the state.
Ibrahim said he was excited with the governor’s recent visits to farming communities along the Lake Alau and New Marte, to mobilise farmers for his ‘back to farm’ programme.
He urged the governor to intervene in ensuring the supply of adequate fertilisers and other inputs for farmers.
“With adequate inputs and security, in New Marte alone, where there is about 67,000 hectares of fertile land for large scale irrigation farming, many farmers in the state could be transformed.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has just spoken on the need for farmers to produce more food
as government has no resources to continue to import food. This shows that Zulum is on track and we are ready to work with him,” Ibrahim said.
Also speaking, a politician and former Councillor of Hausari ward in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, Malam Nura Salisu, said Zulum has not failed as a grassroots politician.
Salisu said the governor, in spite of prevailing security challenges, visited all the 27 Local Government Areas(LGAs) of the state to identify with the people and assured them of his commitment to fulfil his campaign promises.
“Just before the Sallah celebration he went round six LGAs including Chibok, Askira/Uba, Gwoza, Damboa, Bama and Konduga to inspect projects and ensure government presence at the grassroots.
“He even directed for the establishment of an office in Auno following insurgent attacks in the area, so that he can be coming to work there from time to time, to boost the morale of the people who are deserting the area.
“He is really working and loved by the masses and we are hoping to see more from him in the coming years,” Salisu said.
Mr Yusufu Adamu a businessman, also lauded the governor, saying his recent assessment visit to dormant industries in Maiduguri with a pledge to revive viable ones, to create employment and boost local revenue was a good move.
Mr Joseph Ali, another resident lauded the governor for his efforts in curtailing the spread of coronavirus in the state.
”He did this by involving all stakeholders, including religious leaders in taking decisions.
“The lockdown was given a human face by allowing people to go and restock on Mondays and Thursdays, while everything possible was done to ensure that palliatives reached the needy on time.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)