Orelope-Adefulire Asks Private Sector To Support FG On SDGs

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire speaks on realisation of the SDGs during the 50th anniversary of UNILAG Alumni in Lagos on October 24, 2019.


The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire on Thursday called on stakeholders in the private sector to support the Federal Government in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS).

Orelope-Adefulire made this call while addressing participants at the golden anniversary of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Alumni association.

Speaking on the topic, “How Nigeria can achieve the sustainable development goals by 2030,” the presidential aide noted that the private sector is the driving force of the SDGs.

She explained that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were set up by the United Nations in 2000 to ensure that all 191 member states achieve the goals by 2015.

The goals include eradicating extreme poverty and hunger; access to universal primary education; promoting gender equality and empower women.

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Others include: reducing child mortality; improving maternal health; combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases; ensuring environmental sustainability; and developing a global partnership for development.

The presidential aide also noted that when the world leaders met in September 2015 in New York to address the journey so far, the world realised that the private sector can help the government greatly in achieving the SDGs.

“I know quite sure that on September 25, 2015, the (world) leaders met again at the United Nations General Assembly to review and adopt the SDGs.

“In the heart of the SDGs is the private sector because under the MDGs, there was no discussion of the private sector. The world believes that the private sector, with their expertise, resource mobilization, tenacity they can help the public sector (by) working together to achieve the SDGs,” she said.

Orelope-Adefulire also revealed how her office was created by the Federal Government of Nigeria when they realised the importance of the SDGs.

The SDG office was created by the Federal Government in 2015 to ensure that the institutional framework, action plan, and network were in place to achieve the SDG goals.

Lagos State Powers Model College With Solar Energy

IMG_8315Lagos State in south-west Nigeria has introduced Solar energy powered panels in public schools to give the students and their teachers uninterrupted power supply.

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday inaugurated the first of the panels installed in Model College, Meiran, promising that 172 of such panel would be installed in different secondary schools across the State in the first phase.

At the school in Meiran, Agbado Oke- Odo Local Council Development Area, the Governor,  said it was the State’s answer to the failure of steady public power supply and also part of adaptation in order to respond to current global environmental challenges on reducing carbon dioxide emissions across the world.

He explained that the school would now be powered by renewable energy and that with very reliable maintenance, the unit would serve the College for the next 25 years.

He added that the project would cover all the schools in the State and some critical health facilities.

“We have done the one for the Epe Health Centre last week. We are flagging off today the first one of the 172 schools that are in the first phase.”

The Governor commended the Tutor Generals for their contributions and urged the students to continue to work hard, expressing delight in the progress that has been made since 2007.

He expressed satisfaction with the performance of students who have done well, saying: “Some see it as failure and that is the advertisement that you get but I am proud that from seven per cent we have climbed to 45 percent pass. We got on that ladder and we will get to the top of that ladder and this investment will help us consolidate those gains and now provide reliable internet services that already are existing in your schools”.

Partnership With Google

In her address while conducting the Governor round the facility, the General Manager of Eko Electricity Project, Mrs Damilola Ogunbiyi, said the facility would give the pupils improved access to the internet.

She added that the facility, which had been provided in conjunction with EKO Project, would serve as an outdoor resource room where all the pupils would  be able to have all their textbooks on a tablet and can also go online to check different things and different books.

She explained that through the project, the EKO project had also established a partnership with Google which would allow global students who would have access to all the different projects and all the titles from primary through secondary to tertiary level. she said that the students could always go back to the materials and check on their titles and the different ways things work.

In an interview after the commissioning, Governor Fashola said the new initiative was a planned and organised approach to resuscitating education from its challenges.

“It started in 1999 with rebuilding the schools, rebuilding the classrooms, furniture, books, teacher training welfare, and now the results have improved as a result of it.

“Apart from the fact that the world is moving on and the ability of Nigeria to leapfrog with technology is dependent on technology and electricity and one can buy all of the technology in the world and connect to the internet or the hotspot but what is uppermost is how to get electricity to power it,” Governor Fashola stressed.

He reiterated that while opponents condemned the results in public examinations, the State saw them as progress because for the state it was a journey from seven per cent to 45 per cent pass and one that had increased the people’s confidence in public schools.

He added that over 50 per cent of people now say they prefer their children to attend public schools at primary school while over 60 per cent say that they prefer them in public secondary schools compared to the number available before.

He said the Solar project was about sustaining what the State Government had been able to achieve, adding that credence has been given by the testimonies of the teachers that EKO Project has brought a lot of benefits to the public schools in Lagos.

The governorship candidate  of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Mr Akniwunmi Ambode, who was also at the handing over ceremony, said Lagos had established a tradition of excellence and that his main message was about continuity of that tradition.

He said the people of Lagos do not want to tag along or be subjected to a situation where their leader would come and practice governance of trial and error.

“The state had made tremendous progress in education which would continue,” he said, apparently referring to his chance of taking over from Governor Fashola.

The event was witnessed by members of the State Executive Council including the Deputy Governor, Hon (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope- Adefulire, Commissioner for Education, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Lateef Ibirogba, Special Adviser on EKO Project, Ms Ronke Azeez and teaching staff of the institution among others.

Synagogue Building: Jonathan Promises To Investigate Cause Of Collapse

Goodluck_Jonathan_@_Synagogue_Church_of_All_Nations2President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to investigate the cause of the collapse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations six-storey building.

The President who made this declaration during a condolence visit to the General Overseer and members of the church, also promised to collaborate with state governors to put measures that will check the illegal building of high rise buildings in the country.

While expressing condolences to the families of the victims,The president assured that the FG will deploy every necessary to ensure that investigations into the cause of the collapse are treated speedily.

The president says he Will convey a meeting with state governors to discuss the need for advice or measures that will help check the illegal erection of high rise buildings.

The President was accompanied by the national chairman of the PDP, Adamu Muazu and the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire,  to the site of the collapsed structure.

President Goodluck Jonathan and Prophet TB Joshua at the site of the collapsed building.

Meanwhile, the South African ambassador to Nigeria has dismissed fears of a diplomatic row between Nigeria and South Africa as a result of the incident.

He also revealed that 84 south Africans have been confirmed dead in the incident. This figure however conflicts with the figures released by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

The South West Spokesman of the Agency, Ibrahim Farinloye, told reporters in Lagos that the death toll stands at 78.

‘Strange Aircraft’ Responsible For Collapse

The Founder and General Overseer of the church, Temitope Joshua, popularly referred to as T.B Joshua, has linked the collapse  to a “strange aircraft” which he said hovered around the building before it collapsed.

While briefing journalists on the incident, the pastor provided a video evidence, showing a flying aircraft, to back his claim.

Synagogue collapsed building
The building, which has been reduced to rubble and cordoned off.

In the video, a plane was seen flying over the collapsed guest house belonging to the church at four different times, between 11:30 am and 11:54 am – on Friday morning. The building collapsed at about 1pm, on the same day.

He further alleged that he was the target of the hovering jet.

Building Plan Was Not Approved

The Lagos State Commissioner for Town Planning and Urban Development, Mr Toyin Ayinde, on Wednesday said the state government will investigate the authenticity of the clip showing a helicopter hovering over a building minutes before it collapsed within the premises of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), adding that the collapsed building has no approval from the state government.

Mr Ayinde noted that “that particular structure does not have approval. Because if it came for approval, we will have a name of the designers, structural engineers, architects and so on. But on our records we don’t have that and somebody has to explain what was done and what was not done”.



President Jonathan Visits Lagos

jonathan-goodluck-Nigeria-PresidentPresident Goodluck Jonathan is in Lagos on a private visit.

He arrived at the presidential wing of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport around 5pm on Friday.

On hand to receive the President were the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, and the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, among other important personalities.

The President later left for the State House, Marina aboard a helicopter.

No official present would give reasons for his visit.

Lagos: Fashola Commissions Network Of Roads In Eti- Osa, Preaches Peace

Fashola LangbasaLagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Thursday handed over the Ado Kekere, Langbasa, Kajola network of roads in Eti- Osa Local Government Area, reiterating the need for all residents of the state to be vigilant, tolerant of one another and live in peaceful co-existence.

The Governor, who spoke at Langbasa, explained that the community was being opened up towards bringing development to the area, noting that in addition to roads, the state was also opening up the area by water as work was virtually completed on the Jetty in Badore to start extensive ferry service to Ikorodu.

Fashola appealed to the people, that if the roads were well maintained, they would last for no less than 30 years. He added that under no circumstance must the walkways be converted to trading posts.

Fashola, while speaking on the state of insecurity in the country, noted that every community goes through some challenges at one time or the other, adding that Government was doing everything to keep the people, the city and the communities safe.

According to the Governor, he had already held a meeting with all leaders of the unions and motor parks in the state and security would be heightened at the motor parks. While advocating vigilance among the citizenry, he said that the catch word should be: “If you see anything unusual, say something about it”.

“What we are going to do is that for everybody who is travelling, you have to be vigilant, if you get to a park, take a look at the person sitting next to you. Look at him or her again. We have to be aware now, we can’t pretend anymore. If you see anyone dropping a bag, call him to come and carry his bag. If you see anything unusual, say something”, he said.

Also emphasizing the need for religious tolerance, Fashola implored the people to ignore all those preaching issues of religion because what should be of utmost importance was the people’s security and prosperity.

“Leadership is not about how people worship, did you elect leaders to go and be praying? You elected them to do this kind of work, to give you electricity, to give you roads and to secure you”, the Governor said.

Speaking earlier, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, said that the network of roads that consist of Langbasa, Ado Kekere and Ajah Badore that was handed over before were some of the strategies of the State Government to connect communities and make transportation network easier through road works and complimenting the ongoing road development of Lekki Epe Expressway.

The event was witnessed by the Deputy Governor, Mrs Adejoke Orelope Adefulire, members of the State Executive Council, including the Commissioners for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Ben Akabueze; Commerce and Industry, Mrs Sola Oworu; Establishment, Training and Pensions, Mrs Florence Oguntuashe; member of the House of Assembly representing Eti Osa, Gbolahan Yishawu; and the Olumegbon of Lagos, Chief Fatai Olumegbon and several residents of the area.

Before the commissioning, the Governor and members of the State Executive Council had undertaken an inspection of the State Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme units in Lekki Peninsular II and Sangotedo.

He was conducted round the structures by the General Manager of the New Towns Development Authority, Mr Adeyemi Isiba and Special Adviser on New Towns Development Authority, Mrs Felicia Awofisayo.

Battered Pregnant Woman: The Law Will Take Its Course – Lagos Deputy Gov

Lagos State Deputy Governor, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire has stated that the law against domestic violence and violence in work places is still in force in the state, warning that offenders will be prosecuted according to the provisions of law.

Adefulire made this known on Thursday, while addressing a press conference at the Governor’s Office at Alausa. She noted that the recent case of violence against one Mrs Alexandra Ossai, who was allegedly battered and brutalized by her boss, is already receiving government’s attention and all relevant agencies of Government have been mobilized to investigate the matter with a view to prosecuting the offender.

On the victim, the Deputy Governor informed that she is currently in government’s custody at one of the newly built homes for victims of domestic violence and other related issues, adding that government has also taken care of the medical expenses incurred in the course of her treatment.

“I can confirm to you that Mrs Ossai is in one of our homes and receiving all the necessary attention for her full recovery, while we have also settled all her medical bills at the hospital she was rushed to for attention”, Adefulire declared.

She assured the public that the law will take its course once it is established through an independent investigation by law enforcement agents that the boss actually abused the woman violently in the course of discharging her duties to the alleged offender’s company.

The Deputy Governor also appealed to members of the public to report issues of violence anywhere around them to the government, noting that government has made adequate provision for rescue and rehabilitation of such victims, while an enabling law is in force to also prosecute offenders.

“We require adequate information to be able to act; once we get such information, our rescue team will assist such victims and take them to any of our homes built for such services with a view to rehabilitating the victims, while we also go a step further to investigate such cases and ensure the prosecution of offenders in accordance with our domestic violence law”, she stated.

She assured the public that the State Government would continue to ensure the full protection of all residents of Lagos State, regardless of origin or tribe, while also appealing to the citizens to continue to live in peace and mutual respect for one another.

Fashola Calls For State Police To Protect Vulnerable Citizens

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on Wednesday re-emphasized the need for State Police in the country, arguing that the venture would be justifiable if they were used for the protection of women and children.

Governor Fashola, made this call at the 12th Anniversary of Ms Funmi Iyanda’s Change-A-Life Programme at the Nigerian Television Authority Network Centre, Victoria Island on January 1.

He pointed out that what is lacking in giving adequate protection to vulnerable members of the society was the capacity to enforce the law, adding that the Police, who are engrossed with the task of fighting kidnappers and other violent crimes, would have no time to engage in the processes of enforcing the law on domestic violence.

He said, “if we really want to protect women, we must look again at the prospect of State Police because even if it is the only responsibility we give them, protection of women and dealing with domestic violence, and leave the Federal Police to deal with all the other violent crimes that we have mentioned, it would be a huge step forward”.

Governor Fashola said although Lagos State has made laws against domestic violence and criminalized certain acts in the administration of Criminal Justice Law in the State, with laws now against the abuse of children, the problem remained in the enforcement of the laws.

“One of the responsibilities that the Police have in the law protecting women against domestic violence is to file a complaint on behalf of the victim before a court and to seek restraining order against the respondent who is the aggressor. But how many of those cases really come up to the court”, he said.

Pointing out that it is only the reported cases that Government could deal with, the Governor paid glowing tribute to the Deputy Governor, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, who supervises the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation and the Director-General of the Office of the Public Defender, as well as the volunteer lawyers who work in the Office of the Public Defender “for the selfless work that they have done”.

He said: “It is when the citizens are safe that you feel free to embark on capital intensive development, providing Education and other opportunities for them to find their way in life; the real empowerment of people and looking after their welfare. From there we go on to growing the economy, Power, Agriculture, Transportation, and Housing; and in that way and from it we create a large theatre of opportunities where people can find their way.”

He continued, “I think the opportunity to make a better choice in 2014 is heavy on us, it favours us. The difference between success and failure, for me, is how people react to opportunities. This is the season that offers us the opportunity to do so many good things. But they would happen if we make the choices, seize the opportunity to revalue hard work, to revalue knowledge, revalue the dignity of life, and put appropriate value on our common humanity and to place less value on those things that have taken our focus away from things that are important”.

Maintaining that the Year 2014 would be a better year, Governor Fashola, declared, “But it will not happen by mere wishes. It will happen by making very clear choices individually and collectively…if we unite our minds to the kind of values that we want and unite our minds to achieving those value choices, it will surely happen”.

Highlight of the programme was the presentation of the Remi Lagos Award of Academic Excellence to two most outstanding students of Funmi Iyanda’s Change-A-Life Foundation, Miss Olatunji Fumilayo and Miss Umoh Victoria Uwana.

Also present at the occasion were, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, the Executive Director of the Foundation, Mrs Jumoke Giwa, guests like Mrs. Susan Eyo-Honest, Board members, beneficiaries of the Foundation and their parents, among others.