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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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Lists Of Roads Lagos Govt Will Be Working On Immediately

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Lagos Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has declared a state of emergency on all Lagos roads and has mandated some selected construction companies to start work on rehabilitation as from today.

The roads that will be rehabilitated and reconstructed include but are not limited to;

IKEJA ZONE – Network of roads in Oregun

IKEJA G.R.A – Network roads in Ikeja G- R- A

Badagry (from Agbara to Badagry) – Agboju to Okokomaiko

IKORODU ZONE – Ketu /Ojota section of Ikorodu – Ijede road to Ewu-Elepe – Oba Sekumade road – Agric Isawo road – Imota to the rice mill

EPE ZONE – Eleko junction to T- junction at Epe – Itoikin- Epe road – Completion of network of road up to Noforija/ Mojoda ( existing contract )

LEKKI AJAH – Abraham Adesanya Roundabout to Eleko Alternative Route to Admiralty circle plaza Lekki

VICTORIA ISLAND – Network of roads in Victoria island – Network of roads in Oniru estate – Water corporation drive

ABULE EGBA – Ekoro bridge, Abule Egba – Lagos Abeokuta expressway from Abule Egba to Sango to tollgate

MUSHIN – Idi Oro road, Mushin

IKOYI – Network of roads in Ikoyi

LAGOS ISLAND – Apongbon road – Idumagbo avenue

SURULERE – Babs Animashaun , Surulere

BADAGRY – Lagos Badagry expressway from trade fair to okomaiko ( existing contract) –

These are some of the roads that will be worked on immediately to reduce the stress people on these roads go through daily. We will update you with images as we get feedback from various locations across the state as work begins

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Sanwo-Olu Okays Alliance With Ijegun Tank Farm Operators

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…Lagos Governor Meets PZ Chairman, Directors

Residents of Ijegun area of Lagos State may now be relieved of the hardship they experience over the activities of oil tank farms and mega depot belonging to Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

On Monday, Lagos State Government and Ijegun-Egba Tank Farm Owners and Operators Association agreed to work together in the regeneration of infrastructure in the area. At a meeting with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Alausa, the leadership of the association requested the approval of the State Government to re-construct and dualise the road leading to the tank farm base in Ijegun.

Sanwo-Olu welcomed the development, saying the State would be setting up a team that would come up the partnership framework with the objective to make the deal beneficial to the residents, the Government and the tank farm owners.

The Governor hailed the tank farm owners for coming up with the intervention, noting that his government would remain open to partnerships that would bring solution to challenges facing people at the grassroots.

He said: “Today, we seem to have achieved significant progress on a conversation we started long before we came into the government on how to bring about a lasting solution to agitations from Ijegun residents over infrastructural challenge in the area.

“We want to see how we can quickly come about a lasting solution to the challenges, which businesses and residents are currently facing in the area. As a government, we have been forward looking to solutions, but we seek to solve the problem by seeking partnership that will benefit all of us. So, we welcome the request and we will set up a team that will jointly review what we need to do in the benefit of all stakeholders.

“It is going to be a partnership in which the Government would play a prominent role and we expect that, as business people, we all should collectively come together and see how we can resolve it in the interest of all stakeholders.”

Sanwo-Olu described operation of the tank farms as “critical component” of the nation’s economy, noting that his administration would not fail in responding to issues that would promote ease of doing business.

“As a Government, we have the responsibility to respond to the concerns of businessmen doing their businesses in Lagos to ensure that their business continue to flourish. But, more importantly, we also have a responsibility to keep protecting our citizens that are all around where the businesses are located to be sure that they are in a very safe and secured environment,” he said.

The association chairman, Mr. Adebowale Olujimi, praised the Governor for assenting to the request, noting that the offer was part of the interventions the tank farms owners were voluntarily engaging in through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) policy to solve challenges of development in Ijegun.

He said the association would be expecting to meet with the government’s team to harmonise the terms of the partnership, which would involve road construction and provision of healthcare facilities in the area.

Earlier, the Governor hosted the chairman of PZ Cussons Plc and members of the manufacturing company’s Board of Directors in his office on courtesy visit.

Sanwo-Olu said his administration’s ongoing drive for infrastructure renewal was aimed at incentivising the private sector to deliver the growth and promote ease of doing business.

The Governor said his government considered it important to constantly review the State’s PPP policy, with the objective to build strong partnership with the private sector players in bridging the development gap.

Chief Kola Jamodu, who led the PZ Cussons’ team, assured Sanwo-Olu that the firm would not be taking its business out of the State. He, however, urged the Governor to sustain his administration’s infrastructural renewal effort and incentivise private sector to drive growth.

SIGNED

GBOYEGA AKOSILE

CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY

OCTOBER 14, 2019

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Three men drown while fleeing police arrest, Lagos police deny incident

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A controversy has reportedly ensued following the Lagos State Police denial of having a hand in the death of three young men who drowned on Thursday October 10, at Apongbon seaside. 

Locals alleged that David, Femi another friend of theirs drowned while fleeing from men of the defunct Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) who stormed the seaside by 1am. To evade arrest, a total of 10 men were said to have ran into the lagoon where they all got trapped.

It was learnt that six men were rescued that day, one was declared missing while three were recovered dead. 

The Lagos state police has however denied carrying out a raid in the community. The state police spokesperson, Elkana Bala who urged people of the community to come forward with their complaints, said the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the area had asked the people to describe the policemen or their vehicle but they couldn’t.

“The problem we are having is that everything is blamed on SARS or police. I have told you we did not have any operation in that area on Thursday. We did not.

“This is a serious issue that no DPO will want to hide. They would have quickly notified the command and put up a defence for their action. But I have called the DPO, he said he also heard it and asked the people who the policemen were but no one could tell him.

“At the moment, we do not even have record of the incident and we do not know exactly what happened. If people can assist us by bringing forth useful information, we will be able to investigate to know exactly what happened,” he told The Nation. 

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