World football governing body, FIFA, has endorsed the maiden edition of the Aisha Buhari Invitational Tournament as a ranking tournament.
With this endorsement, the women’s football competition scheduled for 15th – 21st September in Lagos has gone beyond attaining bragging rights and will become more competitive.
The information from FIFA was contained in a letter sent to the Director of Organization of the tournament, Ms Aisha Falode and signed by Sara Booth (MBE), Head of Competitions (Women’s Football Division).
The letter read, inter alia: “We are working very closely with CAF on this particular topic as we want to make sure that all African teams that are playing friendly matches are eligible for ranking points.”
FIFA has also given the local organizing committee authorisation to go ahead and stage the one-week tournament which will take place at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena and Agege Stadium.
Hosts Nigeria, Cameroon, South Africa, Mali, Ghana and Morocco are the six teams to battle for honours at the tournament being staged in honour of the country’s First Lady, Dr (Mrs) Aisha Muhammadu Buhari.
The Lagos State government has opened the dual carriageway flyover and five other roads at Pen Cinema in the Agege area of the state to residents for use.
Speaking at the commissioning of the roads on Friday, the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, noted that the government was aware of the challenges residents in the area faced.
According to him, residents and road users along the axis have clamoured for a solution to the suffocating nature of the perennial gridlock occasioned by the huge human and vehicular traffic, flowing through the intersection.
To address the challenge, the governor explained that his administration decided to continue with the construction of a precast and pre-stressed reinforced concrete dual-carriage flyover and ramp, with road works in the area.
He stated that this was in the government’s quest to achieve the Transportation and Traffic Management Pillar (T) in its strategic THEMES Agenda.
Governor Sanwo-Olu stressed that the government deliberately focused on the provision of infrastructure to achieve preconceived targets of reducing travel time and save important man-hours that would have been otherwise lost to traffic.
He added that they intended to provide better riding surfaces leading to reduced maintenance costs, boost inter-connectivity, and generally make life more meaningful to commuters in the state.
The governor noted that in the days ahead, commuters would testify to the improved vehicular movement and traffic flow with the attendant positive impact on businesses and living in the area.
He was hopeful that the project would inject considerable life into the socio-economic activities of thousands of people who live, do business, or use it to connect their various destinations.
Governor Sanwo-Olu commissioned the project in company with a former governor of the state, Bola Tinubu, and top government officials in the state.
Read the full text of the governor’s speech at the event below:
ADDRESS BY THE GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE, MR BABAJIDE SANWO-OLU ON THE OCCASION OF THE COMMISSIONING OF DUAL CARRIAGEWAY FLYOVER AND FIVE NETWORK OF ROADS AT PEN CINEMA IN AGEGE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA ON FRIDAY 5TH MARCH 2021.
In our quest to achieve the Transportation and Traffic Management Pillar (T) in our Administration strategic THEMES Agenda, we deliberately focus on the provision of infrastructure to achieve preconceived targets of reducing travel time – save important man-hours that would have been otherwise lost to traffic; provide better riding surface leading to reduced maintenance cost; boost inter-connectivity and generally make life more meaningful to Commuters in Lagos State.
In line with the State Strategic Transport Master Plan (STMP), we deployed a two-pronged approach to infrastructure delivery, so as to bring immediate impactful succour and relief to commuters.
We prioritise the continuation of strategic ongoing roads and link bridges, as well the development of new roads.
We also listed many roads for urgent maintenance, and continue with the provision of ongoing strategic offices and public buildings.
One of the most critical challenges being experienced on daily basis by residents/road users along the Agege Pen Cinema axis over the years was the heavy traffic volume occasioned by the geometric increase in traffic volume.
Residents and road users along this axis have clamoured for a solution to the suffocating nature of the perennial traffic gridlock occasioned by the huge human and vehicular traffic, flowing through this intersection.
To address the challenge of this huge traffic burden, our administration decided to continue with the construction of a precast and pre-stressed reinforced concrete dual-carriage flyover and ramp, with road works, across the Agege Pen Cinema intersection which was then at about twenty per cent completion.
This is in line with the first pillar of the THEMES Agenda which targets the provision of roads as a critical infrastructure that will support economic activities, enable commercial interactions and ensure ease of commuting from one part of the state to another through the elimination of traffic gridlocks
Prior to the construction of this flyover, the increase in traffic volume across this critical business hub and the resultant congestion was a serious challenge to commuters who throng the axis for businesses and the residents.
As part of efforts to eliminate gridlocks on major roads around the axis, we identified for reconstruction works some major arterial roads with good connectivity to adjoining roads that could serve as alternative bypasses to other arterial roads, especially during heavy/peak traffic periods, thus helping to free up more traffic
The bridge alignment is along Agunbiade Street (along Oke-Koto junction) and spans across the intersections of Old Abeokuta Road, Railway Corridor and Iju-Isaga Road and terminates near the entrance gate of Ijaiye Low-Cost Housing Estate along Oba-Ogunji Road.
The Bridge is also designed to convey traffic from Oba-Ogunji Road into Old Abeokuta towards Abule Egba through a ramp across Railway Corridor.
This ramp will greatly enhance vehicular movement towards Abule Egba, Fagba and its environs just as it would reduce incessant traffic gridlocks being experience over the years in the area.
To provide some context, the 1.4km Flyover Bridge has a dual carriageway with two lanes of 3.65m width each includes the improvement of road surface around the Agege Pen Cinema axis.
It also consisted of dualisation, expansion, construction and rehabilitation of five network of roads and junctions with turning radius improvement.
Provision of a new drainage system; re-routing some roads and traffic signalisation are some of the innovative solutions that were carefully designed to ease the daily gridlock being experienced by commuters in this area.
I have the pleasure to stand before you today, and confirm that through the delivery of the Pen Cinema Flyover Bridge which was conceived to transmit vehicular traffic across the intersections at Agege, we will be resolving the perennial traffic gridlocks arising from the huge human and vehicular traffic, flowing through the Agege Pen Cinema intersection.
In the days ahead, commuters will bear witness to the improved vehicular movement and traffic flow with the attendant positive impact on businesses and living in the area.
As transportation is the livewire and wheel that moves every economy, this project will inject considerable life into the socio-economic activities of thousands of people who live, do business or use it to connect their various destinations.
It will enhance productive exchanges, boost trade, eliminate the traffic bottleneck and stress previously associated with commuting through the intersection and improve the quality of life of all users.
To date, our administration has continued to provide the necessary infrastructure for coordinated and sustainable development, thereby offering relief to our people and promoting our performance index on the Ease of Doing Business matrix.
Also, through the delivery of this project, we have been able to demonstrate the linkage of delivery of road infrastructure to employment generation, (creating jobs for about 380 persons (including engineers, supervisors, artisans and others). It also shows a component of continuity in Governance,
A key outcome emanating from the strategic execution of this of the Pen Cinema Flyover Project is that our administration has again demonstrated the topmost priority it accords to the welfare and well-being of the people. It is a testament to our commitment to the Greater Lagos Vision
I urge you all, the good people of Lagos to join hands with us as we continue to promote economic prosperity through sustainable road infrastructure all over the nook and cranny of the State.
The Operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) over the weekend demolished over 1700 illegal shanties and containerised shops around Fagba Railway lines, Agege.
This was disclosed on Sunday, in a series of tweets by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Lagos on New Media, Jubril Gawat.
During the demolition exercise, the Chairman of the Agency Olayinka Egbeyemi disclosed that owners and occupants of these illegal shanties and containerised shops had been served a seven-day ‘Removal Order’ by the government based on series of complaints about criminal activities around Fagba, Agege.
He added that after the expiration of the removal order, the government gave them additional 21days grace to remove their belongings and vacate the entire area before embarking on the demolition exercise.
“These illegal shanties and containerised shops were occupied by miscreants and hoodlums who terrorise innocent citizens around Fagba, Iju-Ishaga, and Pen-Cinema area, dispossessing them of their valuables, especially early in the day and late at night,” Egbeyemi said.
He averred that investigations conducted had revealed that miscreants and hoodlums occupying these illegal shanties were responsible for the destructions of public properties and looting of shops immediately after the recent ‘EndSARS’ protest around Agege.
The Chairman confirmed that suspected illegal substances (Indian hemp) and other dangerous drugs such as Codeine, Skunk, and Tramadol were recovered during the demolition exercise.
The Lagos State government on Wednesday demolished over 150 shanties, kiosks, and shop extensions around Arewa Community Central Mosque, popularly called Masalashi Allhaja, in the Agege area.
Defending the exercise, Chairman of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit Taskforce, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, described the shanties as illegal and an environmental “eyesore”.
Egbeyemi, in a statement, said relevant stakeholders, including Alhaji Musa Muhammad Dogon Kadai, the Sarki of Agege, were notified before the demolition was carried out.
“The Mosque had been sealed for over four months due to the attack on officials of the Lagos State COVID-19 Taskforce by some worshippers while enforcing the lockdown directives by the State and Federal Government,” Egbeyemi said.
“The area has since become eyesore and security threat to residents including members of the public as the entire area including the surroundings of the mosque had been occupied by miscreants and illegal traders,” he added.
The Lagos State COVID-19 Taskforce, on Wednesday, arrested more than 50 youths for violating directives on the lockdown in the metropolis.
According to a Twitter post by the the Lagos State Government, the youths had attended a party at 84, Parks and Gardens, Idi-Oparun Bus Stop, opposite Abattoir at Abule Egba, Lagos in violation of the lockdown directives of the Federal and State governments.
Confirming the development, the Lagos State Police Command noted that the suspects who were between the ages of 16 and 45, were arrested for holding a birthday party and consuming some substances suspected to be hard/illicit drugs.
According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, some of the youths were found in the swimming pool catching fun, in total neglect of the social distancing regulations and the lockdown order.
The Lagos State COVID-19 Taskforce, on Wednesday, arrested more than 50 youths who had attended a party at 84, Parks and Gardens, Idi-Oparun Bus Stop, opposite Abattoir at Abule Egba, Lagos in violation of the lockdown directives of the Federal and State governments#CovidLASGpic.twitter.com/bVLEbg1h1v
Police within the Agege area of the Lagos metropolis have arrested a man who dresses up in military regalia as a guise to operate his motorcycle business.
On the 6th of March, operatives of Alagbado Police Station on enforcement of restriction order on Motorcycles along Madalashi Bus Stop, Agege motorway, Alagbado intercepted Mr Yusuf Bello, a 38-years-old who hails from Gwoza in Borno State.
In a statement by the Lagos Command, police say the suspect was dressed in military uniform and was carrying passengers on an unregistered Bajaj Motorcycle.
“The suspect usually carry passengers from Apapa to Agege up to Ogun State.
“He was arrested and the motorcycle was impounded.
“Peers of military camouflage and naval uniforms were recovered from him.
“The suspect was also in possession of fake military identity card,” the statement read in parts.
Police say an investigation is ongoing to ascertain the source of the military uniforms and the link the suspect has with other criminal activities like traffic robbery. Adding that the suspect will soon be charged to Court.
The Lagos State Government has announced that there will be a further restriction of vehicular movement in Agege area of the state.
The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Mr Jimi Hotonu, who announced the restriction in a statement on Friday, said it would ensure that the Pen Cinema Flyover is completed on schedule.
According to him, the restriction will affect the Agege Intersection, between Railway crossing and Church Street along Agunbiade Street in the axis.
Due to the restriction, vehicles coming from Ipaja Road towards Ogba would no longer be able to turn left at Oke-Koto.
They would be required to go straight towards Agege Motor road and take a left turn to connect the alternative route beside the Agege Post Office to link Moshalashi Alhaji and continue their journey.
The Permanent Secretary advised motorists coming from Old Abeokuta Motor Road (Abule Egba) towards Oke-Koto/Alfa Nla roads to turn right at Abattoir into Oko-Oba road to link Orile Road and further their journey to NITEL and then turn into Fagbola/Adejobi Street, to navigate into Agege Motor road via Kasumu Street, Off Agunbiade road.
The state government regrets the inconveniences the restriction would cause motorists and residents in the area and appealed to them to remain calm and cooperate with traffic and security personnel deployed to ease their movement.
He assured the affected persons that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration remained committed to delivering the project on schedule, to make life easy and improve traffic along the corridor.
The Lagos State government on Monday allayed the fears of property owners whose structures were removed for the construction of the Pen Cinema Flyover.
In a statement by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Abiola Anifowoshe, the government said it has fully commenced compensation process.
Mr Anifowoshe, however, denied reports suggesting that government was unnecessarily delaying compensation, reiterating that those whose structures were demolished would be paid.
He said government had earlier held a stakeholders’ meeting with the affected property owners during which the details of the flyover project were presented to them.
“It was instructive that the stakeholders at the meeting welcomed the development and the Lagos State government secured their buy-in,” the commissioner said.
“The government representatives at the meeting also urged the people to submit all relevant documents showing proof of ownership. Our officials served all the statutory notices and even gave more than enough time for the affected property owners to be aware of the removal.”
Anifowoshe stressed that the construction of the flyover was in a bid to bring about development and end the perennial traffic situation in Agege axis of the state.
He explained that government went an extra mile to remove its own staff buildings belonging to the Lagos State Development Property Corporation (LSDPC) just to give way for the project.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to all residents of LSDPC in Agege that the Lagos State government will compensate everyone involved and also to all other privately-owned property owners that the government understands their plight and is working tirelessly to ensure that those affected are compensated,” he said.
The commissioner further pointed out that prompt submission of relevant documents would facilitate the process of payment.
“We like to urge them to submit their documents to the Office of the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Block 15, The Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja to ensure that all affected owners are compensated appropriately.
“In conclusion, the Lagos State Government hereby reiterates its commitment towards ensuring that there is even development across the state.
“By the time the Pen Cinema Flyover construction is completed, there will be traffic decongestion on the axis and this will enhance the socio-economic development of Agege and environs,” Anifowoshe said.
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has assured Lagosians that the Pen Cinema, Agege Flyover will be ready in about 10 months.
He said this on Tuesday during an inspection of the construction sites in the company of key members of his cabinet.
They included the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Olujimi Hotonu, Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Adebowale Akinsanya.
According to the governor, the flyover will run from Agege down to the Abeokuta Expressway to address the perennial traffic often associated with the area.
“You know, I’ve always wanted to do something in this community, I want to reduce the sufferings that arise from the traffic congestion in this neighbourhood, so I have decided to do the Pen Cinema Flyover starting from the beginning of this road by Total and then run straight for one kilometre down and then an additional 400metres, totalling 1.4km to decongest this neighbourhood up to the Abeokuta Expressway.
“But you can see that I have inconvenienced you by the demolition that has taken place here. It is temporal. In the next 10 months by the grace of God, we will deliver this project by November 2018,” he said.
The governor also revealed that some parts of the road will be closed from Thursday (January 4), to allow the contractors work faster.
He also assured residents whose properties were demolished that they would be adequately compensated.
“They are going to work day and night. But why am I here? First to appeal to you for those that we have demolished their properties, we will compensate you fully. Secondly, starting from Thursday, January 4, there would be partial closure of some of the roads here, so we have provided alternative routes where your vehicles will be passing. So, we would do this month by month, so that the area that we have finished, we would come back to the main road and Agege would never be the same again.
“We are bringing prosperity to your doorstep and I have come to appeal to everybody, community leaders, all our school children that you should not worry, it has come with a little pain, but by the time we come back at the end of the year, Agege will look like Victoria Island and Ajah.
“Everywhere we go, we know there is economic prosperity around that neighbourhood, so my coming here is to plead with you to bear with us and cooperate with us,” the Governor said.
The Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Mr Ade Akinsanya, assured residents that on completion, the construction will permanently address the gridlock in the Agege axis.
Akinsanya said the planned restriction of movement will enable the contractor take full advantage of the weather and space to deliver seamlessly the critical aspect of the flyover construction that falls within the Pen Cinema roundabout and railway crossing at Old Abeokuta Road junction.
Governor Ambode also inspected the ongoing construction of the Oshodi Transport Interchange which is expected to be delivered by July 2018. The project, according to him, will create a world class central business district with focus on transportation, security, environment and urban renewal.
The interchange has three-multi-story bus terminals with waiting area, loading bays, ticketing stands, drivers lounge, parking areas, conveniences, surveillance tower and CCTV gadgets.
Other features include accessible walkways, pedestrian bridges/sky-walks to link the three terminals, shopping malls with street lighting and a dedicated security team on ground.