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Again, Lagos House of Assembly postpones resumption – Official

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The Lagos State House of Assembly again on Monday postponed its resumption for the plenary session earlier scheduled for October 8 to October 15.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Assembly had on July 10 adjourned to September 17 to enable members to go on their annual recess before it later rescheduled it for October 8.

During the period, the House hosted the Conference of South-west Speakers and Conference of Speakers of Nigeria between August 3 and 5 in Lagos.

The conference elected new executive at its 2018 Second Quarter Conference and the Speaker of the Lagos Assembly emerged as its new chairman.

During this period also, members of the Assembly participated in their political party’s primary elections in preparations for the 2019 general elections.

One of the lawmakers, who does not want to be quoted because he was not authorised to speak on the postponement, said that the resumption would be October 15.

“We are not sitting today, we have been informed it has been postponed to October 15. We can’t meet when we are still perfecting the primary elections.

“How can we meet when the issues of primaries are not over? There won’t be concentration on the legislative duties,” the lawmaker told NAN.

A message sent to the telephone line of Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Strategy, Publicity and Security, to react to the issue was not replied.

A correspondent of NAN who monitored the atmosphere in the House, revealed that as at 3 p.m., the door to the house chamber remained shut.

Also, only a few lawmakers came to the office.

(NAN)

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Sanwo-Olu at 54: Celebrating A Man On Mission For A Greater Lagos

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By Gboyega Akosile

A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something special – Nelson Mandela.

The above expression from one of the greatest ethical and political leaders of all-time aptly describes the man Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, the 15th Governor of Lagos State who is today celebrating his natal day.
Truth be told, Governor Sanwo-Olu is an embodiment of a good head, a good heart and of course a literate tongue having been privileged to have experienced the best in terms of education locally and internationally. And the result so far so good has been delivery of democratic dividends and meeting expectations of the teeming population of the State.

Now, some people may argue that it is too early in the day to shower accolades on the Governor but the popular expression that the signs of a beautiful Friday will be noticed from the preceding Thursday clearly exemplifies the actions taken so far by Governor Sanwo-Olu and his amiable and cerebral deputy, Dr Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat since they effectively took charge of the affairs of Centre of Excellence and State of Aquatic Splendor on May 29, 2019.

Like a greyhound after a rabbit, Governor Sanwo-Olu came out of the take off point with some decisive pronouncements and moves that disabused the minds of some doubting Thomases that he is actually prepared and ready for the tasks of administering the most populous State in Nigeria and in fact, a State that has been correctly adjudged as the fifth largest economy in Africa.

I have had the unique privilege of working with Governor Sanwo-Olu at very close range even before he took over the most tasking and challenging job in the State and one thing that is constant is that his passion, zeal and energy for a greater Lagos remain undebatable. I mean people could recall how the Governor vigorously campaigned across the State during the electioneering and the zestfulness on display when he met with the relevant groups and organisations across all the social strata of the State.

The good thing, however, is that Governor Sanwo-Olu has not stopped. In fact, he made it abundantly clear in his inaugural speech, and so far so good, he is walking the talk.

Another critical point which I must not fail to mention is that many who thought that the Governor would be vindictive have been pleasantly surprised as he has shown that nobody in the service of the State would be harassed on the basis of certain interests. Staff can only be reprimanded if they have failed to carry out their duties as professionally expected of them.

The Governor is forward looking and he has carried on with commendable equanimity, focusing on the job at hand rather than looking for who did what during the electioneering.
I have heard him on several occasions, warning that nobody should be hounded or maltreated on the account of working in the immediate past administration.

His Excellency, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu is a personification of humanity, a selfless leader and an uncommon Nigerian, who thinks more about the other person’s feelings than of his own. I have witnessed the display of his kind heartedness many times that I can comfortably say that he is a very good man.

For many who rightly belong to the school of thought that talk is cheap and who were not ecstatic about Governor Sanwo-Olu’s brilliant inauguration speech, which by the way he eloquently delivered, the steady implementation since his assumption can be said to be a worthy consolation.

The speech virtually captured all the key areas that needed to be addressed and the direction that the new government is headed.
By the following day, Governor Sanwo-Olu made some moves which clearly showed that he was ready to walk the talk. The first point of call was a meeting with civil servants where he emphatically told them that the government cannot afford to fail Lagosians at this critical point in time.

One striking thing was the fact that the governor was very much aware of the challenges faced by the civil servants and conversely he knew the areas where workers have to improve in terms of positive disposition to work and so on. So, on 30th of June, 2019, he promised to look into their welfare first with the provision of new buses to convey them to work and within three days, that promise was fulfilled. 35 new buses were immediately handed over to the workers to aid their movement from home to work and back home.
Also as I write this piece, all civil servants have received their salary for the month of June. That is the spirit with which Governor Sanwo-Olu is bringing into governance in Lagos.

Governor Sanwo-Olu also signed an executive order to address issues around traffic management, security and the environment after which he proceeded to Apapa for on-the-spot-assessment of the situation there.
The issue of Apapa gridlock and the state of the environment has for long been a national embarrassment and so it was a brilliant move for the Governor to immediately visit the area where he expressed commitment to his promise to truly put the deplorable and harrowing situation in the area in the dustbin of history, working in concert with the Federal Government and other relevant stakeholders.
It must be added that just two days ago, Governor Sanwo-Olu was back in Apapa with Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and other senior government officials both from the Lagos State Government and the Federal Government, to further assess the progress of work in the effort to restore complete sanity and order in the area.

Another pleasant move by this government is the two-prong approach to traffic management which is enforcement of traffic laws and fixing of potholes. With regards to potholes, the government has already said that two lines would be released to the public through which residents can just take pictures of bad state of any road within the state and then the rehabilitation gangs would be deployed accordingly.

The Governor has boosted the morale of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) officials by increasing their monthly allowance by 100 percent with a promise to revamp all their moribund infrastructure as well as procurement of new equipment for better efficiency.

In the area of security, Governor Sanwo-Olu has also been proactive. As a matter of fact, he has met with all the top security chiefs in the State, with a pledge that the security architecture of the State would be overhauled to address contemporary security challenges including cultism, kidnapping, armed robbery, pipeline vandalism and indiscriminate driving against traffic, among others.

Just under 30 days, there are many positives to draw from the purposeful and inspiring leadership of Governor Sanwo-Olu and one can only imagine the goodies in the offing for residents and investors as there is already a clear roadmap as captured in the six pillars of his developmental agenda for the State otherwise known as T.H.EM.E.S, which stand for Traffic Management and Transportation; Health and Environment; Education and Technology; Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy; Entertainment and Tourism as well as Security and Governance.

Here is wishing my amiable and dynamic boss happy birthday. I wish you sound health and wisdom to deliver on the mission #ForAGreaterLagos.
 
Akosile is the Deputy Chief Press Secretary to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

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Notorious land grabber and hired killer arrested in Lagos

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The Lagos state police command have arrested a Notorious Land grabber/Hired killer, Ojo Adesola. 

A statement from the command’s public relations officer, Bala Elkana, says on Friday June 21st at about 7.00am, a surveillance patrol team from Alagbado Police Station acting on a tip off, arrested Ojo while conveying arms in a white bus, along Amikanle area, Alagbado.

Four locally made rifles and thirty eight rounds of live cartridges were recovered from the bus.

Bala in his statement said the 45-year-old suspect who hails from Ogun state, belongs to a notorious gang of land grabbers and hired killers, terrorizing Ogun and Lagos states.

They act as war lords, waiting to be hired by anyone who can pay for their services to take over lands by force. They engaged in series of killings and maiming of land owners” Bala said

According to the suspect,  they were hired by someone to dislodge land owners at Epe and that he was on his way to pick the other members of the gang for the operation, before he was arrested.

The police spokesperson said the command is on the trail of five other members of his gang who are at large. 

Notorious land grabber and hired killer arrested in Lagos (photos)
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One missing as boat capsize in Lagos

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One person has been declared missing after a speed boat conveying roofing materials capsized at the Ibasa waterfront in Lagos yesterday June 15th.

A statement from the Lagos state police command says at about 12.00noon, a speed Boat with inscription ‘OMOMUMMY MARINE’ mounted with 70HP Yamaha engine, operated by one Muri Jimoh, with two passengers on board, capsized  at Ibasa waterfront due to heavy wave, while conveying roofing materials from Ijegun to Ibasa.

Consequently, the victims overboarded and got drowned.

However, two of the victims were rescued alive by a team of Marine Policemen patrolling the waterways.

One of the victims, a 32-year-old man identified as Rasaki is still missing. Search and rescue operation is still ongoing to rescue him alive. 

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