Sanwo-Olu Raises Alarm Over COVID-19 Third Wave, Warns Erring Foreigners Of Sanctions

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has raised an alarm over the increasing figure of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state and warned foreigners who violate guidelines that they risk deportation.

At a press briefing on Monday, the governor called on residents to adhere strictly to the guidelines put in place to curb the spread of the virus.

Lagos State, the epicenter of the pandemic in Nigeria has witnessed a rise in positivity rate; from 1.1 percent at the start of July to seven percent by the time the month ended.

This has left the Governor worried.

“As of August 1, 2021, the positivity rate in Lagos is 8.9 per cent. This is an eight-fold increase over the recorded figure a month ago, and it should rightly alarm all of us,” the governor said.

“This has resulted in 4,300 confirmed cases in July alone and 352 admissions into our isolation facilities.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu believes everyone should be concerned about the rising cases, but he does not want people to panic.

A file photo of a healthcare worker holding a COVID-19 test kit. TARSO SARRAF / AFP

 

Instead, he expects them to approach the situation “with a firm resolve and determination to reverse the trend”.

“We have done it before and we can do it again,” he said.

Six Deaths Per Day

The third wave of the pandemic has no doubt hit Lagos State proper and while it has not been as disruptive as the first and second waves, it has led to the reintroduction of restrictions and forced the management of the University of Lagos to send students home.

Governor Sanwo-Olu admitted that the state was already in the third wave of the pandemic but he believes previous experiences battling the disease will help the state prevail over it.

To achieve that objective, according to him, the state and its resident will have to dig deep and summon the will to do everything necessary.

From the start of the outbreak in February 2020, Lagos has recorded a total of 64,032 confirmed COVID-19 cases, out of which 56,336 have recovered and 2,755 being managed actively in the community.

“We have, sadly, recorded 390 fatalities in Lagos State, 30 of which have taken place in this current third wave of the pandemic. Essentially, we have recorded on average six deaths per day since last week,” the governor said.

Over the course of managing the pandemic, about 5,029 patients have been admitted into various care centers in the state.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, briefs reporters on August 2, 2021.

 

Vaccination has played a crucial part in the battle against the pandemic and Nigeria has not been left out.

In Lagos, Governor Sanwo-Olu said 404,414 people and 243,374 residents have received both doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

With an estimated 21 million residents in the state, the Governor is worried that just one per cent of residents have received both COVID-19 jabs, considering that the state was already confronted by a third wave.

To better the statistics, he said the government would explore all avenues possible to ramp up access to vaccination, so as to attain its herd immunity target of administering vaccines to at least 60 per cent of the population.

 

Defaulting Passengers Risk Deportation

A major obstacle to the race to end the pandemic is compliance with guidelines and protocols and the governor is taking a tough position when it comes to violations.

He warned returning passengers from red-listed countries – India, South Africa, Brazil, and Turkey – to observe protocols including mandatory isolation or risk sanctions.

Anyone caught breaching the isolation protocols would be subjected to a host of sanctions and penalties, including fines and possible prosecution under the public health laws, the governor warned.

Already, he said, the state was preparing a list of absconders that would be sent to the Presidential Steering Committee and the Lagos State Ministry of Justice.

A screenshot taken on August 2, 2021, shows a facility in Abuja where the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are stored.

 

According to the governor, defaulting foreigners risk revocation of their permanent residency and deportation while erring Nigerians will be duly prosecuted.

Meanwhile, the vaccination drive received a boost on Monday as the Federal Government received over four million doses of Moderna vaccine donated by the United States Government.

“It is our expectation that as the epicentre of the epidemic, Lagos State will receive a sizeable amount of this allocation,” Governor Sanwo-Olu said, commending the US for the donation.

“This vaccine cannot be mixed with the AstraZeneca vaccine, so it will only be for people that have not been previously vaccinated. We are still expecting the second allocation of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and will inform you when it is received.”

‘People Are Working Behind The Scenes’: Sanwo-Olu On Igboho

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu addressed reporters ​after casting his vote in the Lagos local government elections on July 24, 2021
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu addressed reporters after casting his vote in the Lagos local government elections on July 24, 2021.

 

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Saturday said certain people are working behind the scenes after Yoruba Nation campaigner Sunday Igboho was arrested in the Republic of Benin.

The Governor made the comment after casting his vote at the Lagos local government elections in Ikoyi.

He was responding to a question about the apparent silence of South-West Governors in the Igboho matter.

Mr Igboho has been declared wanted by the Department of State Services (DSS) for threating the sovereignty of Nigeria.

Before fleeing Nigeria for Benin after his house in Ibadan was raided by DSS officials, Mr Igboho had been vocal about the creation of a Yoruba state due to the Nigerian government’s inability to curb herdsmen violence.

Mr Igboho is currently fighting his extradition from Benin to Nigeria.

“These are very difficult times for all of us,” Governor Sanwo-Olu said on Saturday. “And I can assure you that people are working behind the scenes.

“At events like this, at occasions like these, it is not how many press people you call that leads to . . .

“But I’m aware that a lot of people have responses that they are doing quietly and privately, and it doesn’t have to be a public conversation.”

 

Sanwo-Olu’s Convoy Nabs Traffic Robbers In Operation

Sanwo-Olu’s convoy arrests suspected armed robbers  (July 12, 2021)

 

The convoy of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday arrested a group of suspected robbers, whose stock-in-trade is tormenting motorists and pedestrians.

The gang of suspected criminals met their waterloo while attempting to engage in a raid around Ojota in-bound Alausa.

Their attempt was foiled by the security personnel attached to the Governor who swooped in and arrested three suspected members.

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gbenga Akosile made this known in a statement.

Mr. Akosile reiterated the governor’s stance on safeguarding Lagos State from those who wish to perpetuate nefarious acts.

 

“Let me also use this opportunity to sound a note of warning to all criminals who are operating in Lagos State or planning to operate here; all armed robbers, kidnappers, cultists, bandits, and other criminals, we will leave no stone unturned in making this State inhospitable to you.,” he said.

He went further to issue a threat to criminal elements in the state, saying: “we will find you, wherever you may be lurking and we will bring the full weight of the law on you.”

Also on Monday, the Strike Squad of the Lagos State Taskforce carried out a massive raid on motorcycle (okada) riders at Second rainbow and Toyota Bus Stop along Apapa-Oshodi Expressway.

During the raid, which lasted for some hours, a total of 105 motorcycles were impounded. Prior to Monday’s raid, a total of 201 motorcycles were impounded.

Sanwo-Olu Celebrates ‘Lagos Pride’ Fashola At 58

A file photo of Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola
A file photo of Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (L) and former Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh (R)

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday felicitated with the former Governor of the State and current Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on the occasion of his 58th birthday.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, in a statement issued on Monday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, described Fashola as a seasoned administrator, legal icon and technocrat who has used his skills and positions in different capacities for the growth of Lagos State and Nigeria.

He said Fashola raised the bar in corporate governance and administration while serving as Governor of Lagos State, with great records of laudable achievements during his eight years tenure of office.

Sanwo-Olu wished the former Lagos State helmsman more years of joy and good health for a continued service to the State, Nigeria and humanity as a whole.

“On behalf of my adorable wife Ibijoke, the good people of Lagos State as well as the All Progressives Congress (APC), I heartily congratulate my brother and predecessor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on the occasion of his 58th birthday,” he said.

“As a true ambassador of our dear State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) set a high standard in the administration of Lagos State with great achievements and laudable projects, which are visible in different parts of the State.

“Mr. Fashola has sacrificed the greater part of his life in service of Lagos State and Nigeria. He served passionately as Chief of Staff to former Governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his track records earned him the governorship seat in 2007 to continue on the progressive path set by his predecessor for eight years before moving to the federal level in 2015 to serve as Minister of Power, Works and Housing.

“His contributions to the success of the All Progressives Congress-led government at state and federal levels are commendable. He is Lagos State pride in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.”

Igbo People Are Agents Of Development, Not Destruction – Ohanaeze Ndigbo

L-R: President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Ambassador George Obiozor; Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and Dr Pascal Dozie at the Lagos House in Marina on May 13, 2021.

 

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has asked Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to ignore the claim that members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are plotting to attack the state.

It noted that such rumour was a ploy to distract the governor and his administration from providing good governance for all residents of the state.

President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Ambassador George Obiozor, stated this on Thursday during a courtesy visit to Governor Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos House in Marina.

He said, “The dangerous rumour or statement is aimed to cause division, crises and conflict amongst us. Violence in any part of Lagos State is violence on all of us.

“The constant and periodic dangerous insinuations, rumour, gossips and callous statements that Ndigbo in Lagos or any part of Yoruba land contemplate or instigate violence in Lagos or any part of Yoruba land; we wish to state clearly that anywhere this dangerous rumour or statement is emanating from is aimed to cause division, crises and conflict amongst us.

Obiozor stressed that the Igbo people cannot indulge in any act that would harm the harmonious peace and cordial relationship between them and their Yoruba counterparts, especially in Lagos.

Describing the state as the second home of several people in the South East, he stated that the Igbo people were renowned for being agents of development and not destruction.

“We further reassure you that Ndigbo are not violent in nature, neither are we known for acts of violence anywhere we live.

“We think that this rumour is intended to distract the Lagos State government from its efforts to provide good governance for all and cause disaffection between Ndigbo who live in Lagos and their host community which is the second home of several Ndigbo,” the ambassador told the governor.

He added, “The quick denial of this rumour by members of IPOB and Yoruba groups in Lagos and across the South West was a source of relief.”

Obiozor also reiterated Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s total support for the state government and the security agencies’ patriotic efforts to keep everyone safe.

He commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for the leadership he exhibited at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic that ravaged Nigeria, adding that the governor deserved commendation for controlling and restricting the speed of coronavirus spread with his quick response.

In his response, the governor assured the Ohanaeze Ndigbo leadership of continuous good governance, security of lives and properties of all residents in Lagos.

He said he had no doubt that the Igbo people were great, noting that his administration would continue to foster harmonious relationships with all the different tribes and ethnic nationalities in the state.

Sanwo-Olu Commends ASP Sunday Erhabor For Calmness In The Face Of Assault

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has commended ASP Sunday Erhabor, a Police officer attached to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the State Command, who was assaulted by one Victor Ebhomenyen at Four Point by Sheraton Hotel, Oniru last the weekend.

Governor Sanwo-Olu hailed ASP Erhabor for displaying a high level of professionalism and calmness by restraining himself from taking laws into his hands, despite being assaulted while trying to arrest Ebhomenyen for driving against the traffic.

The incident that was captured in a viral video on social media last Saturday, Erhabor while trying to arrest Ebhomenyen for driving against the traffic was violently assaulted and inflicted with severe bodily injuries. But the Police officer, who was armed with his official AK 47 rifle, displayed a high level of professionalism despite the fierce provocations.

Speaking at the Lagos House, Ikeja on Monday while receiving ASP Erhabor, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the action of the Police officer is a testimonial and encouragement for other officers to show that they can be civil in the face of provocation or assault from suspected criminals.

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He said: “This is our own little response to the very condemnable events that happened over the weekend. We are all very quick to condemn men of the Nigeria Police, especially when they are found wanting. We are always very quick to also admonish them. But the event that we all saw over the weekend showed that indeed there are some very commendable Police officers.

“In the real heat of provocation, ASP Erhabor displayed high quality of restraint. He displayed calmness and restrained himself from taking laws into his hands. And I think for that little gesture, it is important for us to bring him out so that we also can use him as a testimonial and encouragement for other Police officers to show that indeed they can be civil and that Police are meant to protect our citizens. They are meant to also be law abiding and the likes of ASP Sunday Erhabor today can be a source of encouragement to others.

“On behalf of the Government and the entire people of Lagos State through the Commissioner of Police, I want to commend ASP Erhabor for show of patience, decorum and what is expected of a Police officer. And I want to implore other Police officers to see that indeed there are times when you may be provoked, restraint is the word and see it that there are some members of the general public that can be very violent, please restrain and let the normal cause of law take its full course.”

“I want to use this medium to commend him, thank him and give him a Governorship handshake or elbow shake as the case might be as a source of encouragement for him and for the Commander of RRS, Chairman of Task Force, the Chief Security Officer and everybody in our Police formation to use ASP Sunday Erhabor as a good case for others.”

Speaking earlier, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu said ASP Erhabor “in the face of provocation and assault on his person displayed high level of diligent and civil oriented professionalism expected in modern policing as advocated by the present Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba.”

‘It Is Long Overdue,’ Sanwo-Olu Backs State Policing To Tackle Insecurity

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu attends the Eko Educators Webinar Performance Series 3.3 hosted by the Lagos State Teaching Service Commission. Sept 8.
File photo of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the State Government House in Ikeja.

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has backed calls for the creation of state police, noting that it is long overdue.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics at the Lagos House, Sanwo-Olu said Nigeria should make state police happen.

“It is long overdue, we should make it happen,” the governor said in reaction to his stance on the creation of a state policing structure in the country.

“In fact, that is one of the critical things that I believe will help us. It has been said over and over again.”

When asked if governors are frustrated that they cannot take 100 percent charge of the security situation in their respective states, Sanwo-Olu replied in the affirmative.

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The Lagos governor believes that once the police outfit is domesticated, it will be easier for officers to effectively tackle crimes in the state since they are already used to their different host communities.

He explained the Lagos State Government has been supporting the Nigeria Police Force in the state with the purchase of vehicles, provision of fuel and allowances which should be done by the Federal Government.

“The last time, we gave them 1,250 constabularies and we are paying their salaries. We paid for everything – uniform, food, etc. So we are actually incurring those expenses already.

“It is really not going to have any bigger bolt on our numbers because that is what we are doing. But it will help us to know that there are state police. What we will do is that somebody grows up in an area, you will understand that area.

“You will know where Okokomaiko is, you will understand the issues around Ojoko, you will know what the problem is in Lagos Island once it is domesticated,” he added.

The governor also spoke on transportation in the nation’s commercial capital, noting that his administration will not scrap the yellow buses popularly known as ‘danfo’, but remodel them to meet modern standards.

He stated further, “It will be unfair for us. These are important stakeholders. They served our citizens. They served Lagosians for a long time. It became the print of Lagos, the yellow buses.

“Let’s be very creative. Let’s see how we can remodel them without scrapping them out. We are collaborating with them. You know that our citizens now deserve newer models of cars.”

The governor said the state has signed an agreement with a local bus manufacturing company to replace buses burnt during the #EndSARS protest.

Lagos Rail Project Costs Over ₦100bn – Sanwo-Olu

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has revealed that the rail projects embarked upon by the state government will gulp over ₦100 billion.

He disclosed this during an interview on Sunday Politics, a political programme which aired on Channels Television on Sunday.

“It is a lot of money, it is well over N100 billion,” he said in reaction to the cost of the rail projects being constructed by the state government.

“I don’t criticise my predecessors but indeed for whatever planning or reasons, he never funded it. When we came back last two years, the contractor has since moved from about 55 per cent to about 93 per cent in terms of the physical construction of phase 1.”

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The governor also accused the administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) didn’t give the state government the right of way for the construction of the light rail.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics which aired on April 18, 2021.

 

Speaking further, Governor Sanwo-Olu said residents of the state should expect the rail project delivered by the last quarter of 2022.

He also spoke on water transportation in the nation’s commercial capital, noting that his administration has targeted a daily movement of 70,000 passengers.

Sanwo-Olu’s remarks come three days after he flagged off the ‘red line’ rail project which, when completed, has the capacity to commute at least one million persons daily.

During the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction, the governor explained that the 37-km Rail Mass Transit will traverse from Agbado to Marina, noting that it would become operational by the last quarter of 2022.

“Since efficient transportation is the backbone of any economy, we are happy to be committing this investment in our transport infrastructure, so that our people can meet their daily targets and aspirations,” the governor said during the event held at the proposed site of the Ikeja Train Station.

“This all-important transport project we are all gathered to witness today represents a major step in this direction.”

 

PDP Govt Never Gave Lagos Right Of Way For Red Light Rail – Sanwo-Olu

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said the administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) didn’t give the state government the right of way for the construction of the light rail.

He disclosed this at the Lagos House during an interview on Sunday Politics, a political programme which aired on Channels Television on Sunday.

“Lagos was not with the Federal Government at that time so the PDP government never gave Lagos the right of way from the red line now which is from Oyingbo, Ebute Metta all the way to Agbado which was where we all grew up, that rail corridor,” he said.

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“When I was in BRF’s government, we never actually started red line then. It was the blue line that we started in 2010. If we step back then, you remember we have always had that rail corridor.

“So the Federal Government never gave us that opportunity to be able to do the red line then. So it is just now that we are doing the red line.”

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics in Marina on January 24, 2021.

 

He recalled that during the electioneering campaign in 2019, citizens of Lagos had always wanted the state government to solve the issue of transportation.

The governor explained that despite the huge capital involved, his administration decided to seek funds to deliver rail, waterways and road transportation.

On the state government’s decision to improve the transport sector, Sanwo-Olu said the move would enhance the economic value of the masses and improve the quality of lives.

“People can pretty much determine their travel time, journey time and have it all set up. We should see the rail movement by the last quarter of next year.

“Once we are able to get the rail movement, the only thing that will probably remain will ensure that civilisation, security components are all proper and we have certified all of the security safety issues that are required.”

 

Sanwo-Olu Launches Body Cameras For Lagos Law Enforcement Officers

Sanwo-Olu launched the body cameras at the Government House in Alausa, Ikeja on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday launched body cameras for security agencies in the effort to enhance security and safety in the state.

The governor during the unveiling at the Government House in Alausa announced that law enforcement officers in the state will now make use of body cameras while discharging their duties.

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He said the use of the cameras will help provide first-hand evidence in the case of any wrongdoing.

“To enhance public safety and increase investors’ confidence, I approved the use of body cameras and mass training of its use for law enforcement personnel in Lagos.

“This move will increase the transparency and accountability in the activities of our law enforcement agencies,” Sanwo-Olu announced in a Twitter post, sharing pictures from the event.

The governor also approved mass training for the state’s law enforcement personnel on the use of body-worn cameras, ahead of the deployment of the digital tools for security operations across the state.

The three-day training, to begin in May, will be facilitated by the Lagos State Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI), headed by Falade Oyekan.

After the training, all state-funded law enforcement officers would be mandated to wear body cameras for their operations.

Sanwo-Olu launched the body cameras at the Government House in Alausa, Ikeja on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

Nigeria’s Democracy Not Complete Without Tinubu, Says Sanwo-Olu

A photo combination of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu and Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo has lauded the contributions of Bola Tinubu to the development of Nigeria, saying the country’s democracy cannot be complete without him.

Sanwo-Olu made this known on Sunday via a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, while felicitating with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on his 69th birthday.

While describing Tinubu as a visionary leader and a rare mentor with exceptional abilities in various areas of human endeavours, he said the APC leader is a political pathfinder, nationalist and detribalised Nigerian, who has contributed in no small measure to the socio-political and economic growth of the state and Nigeria as a whole.

“The story of Nigeria’s democracy cannot be told without the name of the Jagaban Borgu written in gold. Thousands are today direct beneficiaries of his political benevolence,” Sanwo-Olu said.

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“As a pathfinder, Asiwaju charted the developmental trajectory of modern Lagos, raising the bar of governance and public service in the State and indeed, Nigeria. A cheerful giver who cares about the welfare of the people, Asiwaju personifies tolerance and humanity.”

The governor also rejoiced with the family of the former governor, especially his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, friends, political associates, APC chieftains and members across the country on his birthday.

He added, “On behalf of my adorable wife, Ibijoke, the good people of Lagos State and entire members of our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), I felicitate with our leader and mentor on his 69th birthday.

“As you march on to a higher pedestal in life, may The Almighty go with you every step of the way and may you accomplish more in the service of our dear country and humanity.”

Sanwo-Olu Congratulates Aisha Buhari At 50

Aisha Buhari Thanks Nigerians for Supporting Husband’s Administration

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has felicitated with the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Mrs Aisha Buhari, as she marks her 50th birthday.

The governor, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile on Wednesday, celebrated the first lady, saying she has touched the lives of millions of Nigerians, especially women and children, since the assumption of her husband as President of Nigeria in May, 2015.

He described her as a courageous and amiable woman, kindhearted and a strong pillar of support for President Muhammadu Buhari.

“On behalf of the good people of Lagos State and my adorable wife, Ibijoke, I heartily congratulate the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari on the occasion of her 50th birthday celebration,” Governor Sanwo-Olu said.

“Our First Lady attaining the age of 50 years in grace, elegance and good health is worth celebrating. Over the years, you have shown your passion for the needy in our country and as a women’s rights activist and child rights advocate, you are a major critic against child marriage.

“As an advocate of women’s and children rights, your campaign for young girls to get primary and secondary school education before getting married has yielded positive results in the country.

“Your passion for women and children made you establish a Pet Project, ‘Future Assured’ an initiative to continue your advocacy work for the health and well-being of women and children through community mobilisation and health promotion. This programme without any iota of doubt has impacted positively on millions of people directly and indirectly.

“On the political turf, your ideas and contributions on national issues are of good use. You have displayed courage and bravery on many occasions to show your passion for a better Nigeria.

“On this landmark occasion of your golden Jubilee celebration, I pray that God will continue to grant you good health to enable you render more service to humanity.”