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Senate okays bill seeking to upgrade Yabatech to varsity status

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The Senate, on Thursday, passed the City University of Technology (Est, etc) Yaba Bill, 2018 for second reading.

The decision followed a motion by Sen. Gbenga Ashafa (APC-Lagos) at the plenary presided over by Senate President, Bukola Saraki in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the bill essentially sought to transform the Yaba College Technology (YabaTech) in Lagos State, to the City University of Technology Yaba.

Leading the debate, Ashafa, who represents Lagos East Senatorial District, argued that if the bill is considered, it would enhance the capability of the institution to achieve its objectives.
”Nigeria’s steady march towards education for all in the shortest possible time has taken a giant leap with the introduction of this bill.

”I am personally excited by the prospect of transforming this polytechnic to a university of technology because it will motivate both students and academic staff.
”It will also upgrade the facilities and enhance it capability to achieve its objectives.
”Similarly, the new university of technology will encourage the advancement of learning and hold out to all persons without distinction of race, creed, sex or political conviction the opportunity of acquiring a higher and liberal education,” he said.

Citing instances, the lawmaker noted that in similar circumstances in the United Kingdom, most of the polytechnics were upgraded to universities.
”If Nigeria has plan to become one of the world’s leading economies as currently being pursued by government, we must be ready to adjust and position our educational institutions so that its products are geared for the technological challenges inherent in such projections,” he said.

According to him, the attainment of university status would definitely enhance the operations of the Yaba Polytechnic and clarify its mission and vision.
Lawmakers, who contributed to the motion, also supported it.

When the motion was put on a voice vote, it was unanimously adopted by the legislators.
Saraki, therefore, referred the bill to Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND for further legislative action and report back within a week.
Similarly, the Senate also passed a Bill for the Establishment of Federal Polytechnic Iwerekun, Ibeju-Lekki Lagos, sponsored by Ashafa for second reading.

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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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Sanwo-Olu did not buy N187m car, aide replies PDP

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The Lagos State Government has denied a claim by the Peoples Democratic Party that the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, acquired a N187m official vehicle.

The Deputy Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile, in a statement, on Sunday, said the vehicle used by Sanwo-Olu, which he said was “certainly not N187m,” was purchased over a year ago.

According to Akosile, the Lagos chapter of the PDP had started exhibiting signs of “long-term depression” by joining the “infamous league of fake news promoters.”

He said, “As a major political party, one will expect the PDP to be more circumspect in its criticism of the state governor, especially along the lines of progress and development for the state and not reducing itself to purveyor of fake news.

“For the avoidance of doubt, His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, did not buy a N187m SUV as his official vehicle. In fact, the governor has not procured any vehicle for official use.

“The vehicle the governor uses, if that’s what the PDP is referring to, was purchased almost a year ago and it certainly is not N187m. The PDP needs to check well before coming out with fallacious claims next time.”

Akosile, speaking on the PDP’s demand for Sanwo-Olu’s assets declaration, said it was clear that the party and its members are delusional.

He said, “While it’s not legally mandatory for Governor Sanwo-Olu to make his assets declaration public, he is certainly not perturbed about the request. The PDP should know by now that it’s a choice.

“However, Governor Sanwo-Olu will not be dragged into matters that have no direct positive impact on the lives of the people of Lagos State.

“Therefore the PDP should keep its unsolicited advice and concentrate on putting its already collapsed house in order if it hopes to be relevant in the political firmament of Lagos State now or in the future.”

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Sanwo-Olu swears in six newly-appointed Permanent Secretaries

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sworn in the six newly-appointed Permanent Secretaries just as he announced the redeployment of some serving ones.

A statement by the Lagos State Head of Service, Hakeem Muri- Okunola said that the action was to reinvigorate the State’s policy implementation apparatus, adding that the appointment of new Permanent Secretaries took effect from June 1, 2019.  

The newly appointed Permanent Secretaries and their portfolios are: Dr. Ademuyiwa Benjamin Eniayewun, Health Service Commission; Mr. Olumide Olufolami Erinle, Education District IV; Mrs. Okelola Oludara, Education District VI and Mr. Wasiu Adedamola Akewusola, Ministry of Housing.

Others are: Mrs. Yewande Abiodun Falugba – Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation and Mr. Mustapha Abiodun Osi-Efa, Local Government Establishment and Pensions Office.  

The redeployed serving Permanent Secretaries are Mr. Timothy Olukayode Ogunnubi, Local Government Service Commission; Mrs. Samiat Olatokunboh Adeleye, Ministry of Education; Arc. Foluso Adebayo Dipe, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development; Mrs. Maryrose Omotola Akinsanya, Parastatals Monitoring Office.    

Other redeployed ones are: Mrs. Adebunmi  Elizabeth Adekanye, Ministry of Home Affairs; Mr. Segun Olufemi Adeniji, Ministry of Science and Technology; Mrs. Toyin Idowu Awoseyi, Teaching Service Commission. They also include Mr. Abdul-Ahmed Olorunfemi Mustapha, Office of Civic Engagement; Mrs. Boladale Aderemi Dapo-Thomas, Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment; Mrs. Omobolanle Modinat Ogunmola, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives; Mrs. Ganiat Raji, Audit Service Commission; Mrs. Adetutu Abiola Liadi, Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget; and Mrs. Sinatu Bandele Fadipe to Civil Service Pension Office.  

The Governor tasked the new Permanent Secretaries to discharge their duties diligently and see their appointments as service to humanity.

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