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Sports Is Tool For Youth Development -Lagos Lawmaker

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Sports has been identified as a tool for youth development and for the promotion of global peace, and it is a way of keeping the youths busy as well as discovering new talents.

Hon. Adedamola Richard Kasunmu aka ARK, representing Ikeja Constituency 2 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, stated this in his speech at the opening ceremony of the maiden edition of ARK Football Competition at RVTC Mini Stadium, Ojodu Berger on Wednesday, and added that the competition would extend to generations unborn.

Kasunmu revealed that he wanted to consolidate on the efforts of the government of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state on youths and sports development, adding that the competition is targeted at discovering and empowering sports talents in the state.

He emphasized that he was passionate about issues affecting the youths and that he would continue to do his best to champion their cause.

“I am a youth, so I should be promoting youth football and sports, where the yearnings of the youths could be met. It is a way of bringing the youth together.

“The 32 teams that would participate in the competition were carefully selected and scrutinized by an experienced football personality, Dosu Joseph (MON).

“About 60 teams competed and and they came up with 32 teams for the main competition through the scrutiny.

“We will continue to collaborate with the government to promote programmes to benefit the youth,” he said.

The lawmaker, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Youth, Sports and Social Development, noted that the competition is part of the sustainable development that would be achieved in the nearest future.

He stressed that he is an intermediary that would serve as the pivotal tool to make sure that there is a cordial relationship between the youth and the government.

Also speaking, son of a late member of the Federal House of Representatives under the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Adewale Elijah, Mr. Adewale Adedeji commended Hon. Adedamola, who he described as his good friend, for coming up with such a competition.

Adedeji added that he was not surprised with what ARK was doing, and that he has been able to empower the youth through the competition.

‘It is a good one and I hope that something like this would continue for a long time to come.

“We are very sure that this would keep the youth busy and I want to say that the state government should continue to bring the youth together and keep them engaged, he said.

The competition was declared open with a football match between Bola Ahmed Tinubu Football Academy and Future Stars Football Academy.

Present at the event were sports personalities such as former Super Eagles goal keeper, Peter Rufai aka Dodo Mayana, Chairman of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Dr. Rauf Ladipo, politicians, youths, residents of the area and numerous others.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu presents N1.168 trillion budget for 2020

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday, November 8th presented a budget of N1.168 trillion to the Lagos State House of Assembly for approval for the 2020 fiscal year.    

The proposed budget is to be funded by a projected Total Revenue of N1.071 trillion and a deficit amounting to N97.53 billion. The budget size is higher than the 2019 budget by 34%. Capital Expenditure amounts to N723.75 billion while the Recurrent Expenditure is N444.81 billion, giving a 62:38 capital to recurrent ratio.

According to Sanwo-Olu, “This, in our view, is strong for development. We have placed an increased focus on wealth creation where we will take deliberate steps in courting a partnership between our people and various development institutions.  

“In line with this, we have provided N11.8bn as counterpart funds in preparation for various social impact schemes. In addition, we have made provisions for N7.1bn this year, to provide for industrial hubs, parks, graduate internship programs and virtual markets for artisans. This is in support for Micro, Small and Medium enterprises which are the engines for both economic and employment growth.  

“It is equally proposed that a total of N167.81 billion of the Recurrent Expenditure shall be applied towards personnel costs and other staff-related expenses. This represents 22.02% of the proposed Total Revenue, which is within the acceptable wage policy of 25% of Total Revenue, and includes a provision for the new minimum wage.  

“The budget deficit of N97.53 billion will be financed by both internal and external loans. Since revenue generation is the spine of any budget, this budget supports investment in our revenue generating agencies. This budget seeks to aggressively invest in and develop our education, health and other physical infrastructure sectors. Although our capital spent on works and infrastructure was just N31 billion as at September 2019, as against the 2019 budget proposal of N78 billion, it is our intention to spend N115 billion in 2020,” he said.

The governor said Education would see a significantly increased capital budgetary allocation of N48 billion, an increase of 60% over the 2019 provision of N30 billion, adding that “we must improve the standard and relevance of our education outcomes to our industries. We will work together with our Local governments to strengthen early child education and teachers training/administration, leveraging technology.

“Similarly, in healthcare, we have provided for a capital expenditure of N33 billion, compared to the 2019 budget proposal of N21 billion. We will ensure that our primary health care institutions remain active and attractive to the primary health care needs of our people. Lagos belongs to us all; we will continue therefore to drive partnerships with the private sector in promoting health services within our institutions.  

“Given the perennial challenges of flooding in the metropolis, we have tripled the capital budget provision to tackle this from N3 billion in 2019 to N9 billion in 2020,” he added.

Sanwo-Olu stated that wider consultation was made in the three senatorial districts, in addition to taking memoranda and feedback from stakeholders’ meetings organized by members of the House within their constituencies, which were also attended by Cabinet members, adding that the 2020 Budget would be supported by a Performance Management System that would ensure that, by December 2020,” we shall achieve an optimal budget implementation when compared with previous years. This is in line with our commitment to transparency and accountability in the management of public finances.”

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Oniru Throne: Abisogun Family Members At War Over Succession!

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Less than 40 days after the death of a first class monarch in Lagos State, the Oniru of Iruland. His Royal Majesty, Oba Idowu Abiodun Oniru, serious war has reportedly broken out in Abisogun Ruling House over his successor.

It will be recalled that the respected and powerful monarch died in late September, 2019 at the age of 82 after a brief illness.Under the reign of the monarch, Iru land, the host of the highbrow Oniru and Victoria Island, became a mega location with investments and buildings worth hundreds of billions of naira.

We were reliably informed that a tussle has broken down over the throne with many candidates showing interest in the coveted seat.Some of those said to have shown interest in the obaship seat included Wasiu Ogunbambi, Jamiu Adelakun and Saliu Abisogun.Others included Hakeem Ajasa, Fabayi clan, Giwa Otto clan amongst several others.

Reliable sources informed us that lobby has started in high places as some of the candidates were said to have circulated their curriculum vitae among the kingmakers and have started talking to top officials of the Lagos State Government in-charge of chieftaincy affairs in the state.It was gathered that the matter has torn the family apart as none of the candidates was willing to step down for another.Our sources added that what baffled watchers of events in the area is the fact that the crisis broke out just few weeks after the death of the Oba of the town.

“It was only on Friday November 1, 2019 that we did the final burial of Oba Idowu Abiodun Oniru in Eko Hotel. So it is surprising that the candidates for the throne could not even wait for some time before they start fighting over the stool.”Were they waiting for the Oba to die? We all know that the throne is lucrative, but that does not mean that they should start fighting immediately. It is uncalled for,” said a source.

It was however, gathered the kingmakers have started necessary consultations both traditionally and officially, and that the needful would be done in due course, while those interested in the office “have been cautioned to allow the people in-charge due their work so that Iru land would have the right traditional ruler at the right time.”

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First Military Governor Of Lagos State Dies At 83

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Mobolaji Olufunso Johnson, a retired Nigerian army brigadier-general and the first governor of Lagos state, is dead.

Family sources said that Johnson died on Wednesday around 4pm.

He served as governor of Lagos between May 1967 and July 1975 during the military regime of Yakubu Gowon.

He became a director of construction giant, Julius Berger Nigeria in 1979 and its chairman in 1996; a post he held until 2009.

He was aged 83

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