Sanwo-Olu Sympathises With Oko Baba Fire Victims, Promises Relief

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has sympathised with residents of Oko Baba in Ebute Metta, Lagos Mainland, over the fire incident in the community.

All structures in the community were completely razed in the inferno caused by sparks from electricity cables. The incident occurred last Friday.

Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday, sent a delegation of three cabinet members, led by the Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Rabiu Olowo, to deliver his message of sympathy and to also take stock of the destruction in the community, with the aim to assuage the pain of the affected families.

The Governor’s emissaries arrived at the community at 3:15pm amid tight security. The victims of the inferno trooped out to receive the government officials, pleading with authorities for assistance over property lost to the fire.

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Olowo described the incident as “unfortunate”, noting that the Government would reach out and bring relief to victims whose means of livelihood were destroyed.

He said: “We have come here to sympathise with the affected residents the community as directed by Mr. Governor. We are also here to understudy the situation, so that we can know what to do in bringing succour to the victims who lost property and means of livelihood.

“We have just inspected the site of the incident to take stock of the destruction; the situation we witnessed was not very good. We will get to the root cause of the fire incident in order to prevent future occurrence.”

“We will be meeting with the representatives of the victims to understand their wants and what we need to do to bring immediate relief.”

Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, noted that the destruction was monumental because of the wooden material used in building most of the structures.

He said Government would be considering a complete regeneration of the area. This, he said, will be done in collaboration with the residents, adding that none of the residents would be dislodged from the community.

It was learnt that some aggrieved victims, on Sunday morning, clashed with scavengers who moved to the scene of the fire to pick iron materials.

Some people were injured in the ensuing melee.

The Governor’s delegation sued for peace, while urging the police to maintain peace in the area. The delegation also visited the hospitals where some of the injured residents are receiving treatment.

Some victims relived the incident, recounting how the fire spread quickly from its source to other structures.

A Muslim cleric in the community, Imam Abdulhakeem Thanni, said the incident was the third in three months, describing the tragedy as an “act of God”. He urged the Government to help the residents.

A victim, Sherifat Balogun, said: “The fire started in the morning when most of the residents had left to their places of work. It was from sparks from electric cable after electricity was restored.

Majority of us lost everything to the fire. Even some who were around could only pick a few personal effects, because the fire spread faster than we imagined.”

Other top Government officials in the delegation include Special Adviser on Civic Engagement, Princess Aderemi Adebowale, Chairman of Lagos Mainland Local Government, Mrs. Omolola Essien, and Vice Chairman, Mr. Jubril Emilagba.

Appeal Court Affirms Sanwo-Olu’s Election, Fines Appellants N2.4m

Lagos Election: AD, LP Candidates Challenge Sanwo-Olu's Victory At Tribunal
A file photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

 

 

The Court of Appeal in Lagos has dismissed an appeal filed by the Labour Party (LP) challenging the judgment of the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal which affirmed the election of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the governor of Lagos State.

In a unanimous decision on Saturday, the five-man panel of justices held that the appeal filed by LP lacked merit and “sank never to rise again, even on appeal.”

The party and its candidate in the March 9 governorship poll, Mr Ifagbemi Awamaridi, had appealed the judgment of Tribunal delivered on September 23.

They insisted that Sanwo-Olu was not qualified to contest the election and that the governor did not win the poll.

The respondents in the appeal included the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Governor Sanwo-Olu, All Progressives Congress (APC), INEC’s Residential Electoral Commissioner in Lagos, Returning Officer for the Lagos State Governorship Election, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, and the Nigerian Army.

Justice Hannatu Sankey, who read the lead judgement of the panel, however, affirmed the decisions reached by the Tribunal.

According to the court, LP failed to produce any oral or documentary evidence through witnesses and other channels to establish the fact that Sanwo-Olu was not qualified to contest the election or did not win the poll.

It ruled that the petitioner went on a “Columbian journey of making assertions with nothing to back it up,” and thereby dismissed the appeal in its entirety.

Dead On Arrival?

 

The appellate court also upheld the Tribunal’s decision that no proof of allegation of collusion and assault against officers of the Nigerian Army was provided by the appellants.

It added that no sufficient fact was provided to substantiate the allegation of electoral malpractices at the polling units against the respondents.

“The appeal is lacking in merit and is hereby dismissed. I hereby uphold the judgment of the Lagos State Election Petition Tribunal,” Justice Sankey held.

All the other four justices of the court affirmed and concurred with the lead judgement.

In a related development, the court also dismissed an appeal filed by the Alliance for Democracy (AD) and its governorship candidate, Owolabi Salis, also challenging Governor Sanwo-Olu’s victory.

In a unanimous decision, Justice Ayobode Shodipe, who read the lead judgement, held that the appeal of AD lacked merit and was “dead on arrival.”

“The appeal is seriously lacking in merit and is hereby dismissed. The seven issues of the appellant (Salis) are hereby resolved against him,” Justice Shodipe ruled.

Meanwhile, the appellate court ordered that a cost of N200,000 should be awarded against the appellants in favour of each six of the seven respondents.

The Commissioner of Police in both appeals was, however, exempted while the total cost awarded against the appellants was N2.4 million.

Lagos To Tackle Floods With N9bn, Proposes N1.168trn 2020 Budget

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, presents the 2020 Budget estimate at the Lagos House of Assembly in Alausa, Ikeja, on November 8, 2019.

 

 

The Lagos State government has revealed plans to aggressively tackle the floods that hit parts of the state recently.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu gave the indication while presenting a budget proposal of N1.168 trillion for the 2020 fiscal year to members of the State House of Assembly on Friday.

He explained that his administration has tripled the funds earmarked to address the recurrent challenges of flooding in the state.

“In response to the perennial challenges of flooding in the metropolis, we have to triple the capital budget provision to tackle these observed problems from N3 billion in 2019 to N9 billion in 2020.

“We are embarking on massive desilting of major drain systems across the state next year,” the governor was quoted as saying in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile.

He also unveiled the plan to accelerate the growth of the state’s economy by proposing aggressive investments in critical areas of priorities – physical infrastructure, environment, human capital, and security.

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According to Governor Sanwo-Olu, the 2020 budget will be funded from a projected Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of N1.071 trillion while a budget deficit of N97.53 billion will be financed through internal and external loans.

Besides, he disclosed that the fiscal proposal also included a provision for the new minimum wage.

A breakdown of the budget tagged “Awakening to a Greater Lagos”, revealed that 62 per cent, representing N723.75 billion of total spending was earmarked for capital expenditure while recurrent expenditure will take N444.81 billion, representing 38 per cent.

Further analysis shows that about N167.81 billion of the recurrent expenditure will go for personnel costs and other staff-related expenses, representing 22.02 per cent of the total revenue.

The governor noted that this was within the acceptable wage policy which benchmarked 25 per cent staff overheads in the budget.

He was hopeful that the proposed budget would help the state achieve a sustainable social investment and scale up private sector-led economic growth through investment in infrastructure and security.

Governor Sanwo-Olu added that the budget would improve civic engagement in governance and foster partnership with the Federal Government and the civil society.

He noted that Lagos had been facing combined threats from population explosion and climate change, stressing that his administration would earmark huge funds to the environment and public infrastructure.

“Lagos faces an existential threat, arising from the interplay of demographic and climate change. Lagos will continue to be a magnet for multitudes within and outside Nigeria, in search of jobs and economic prosperity.

“These levels of migration put a phenomenal strain on the physical and fiscal resources of the state,” the governor said.

He added, “This budget seeks to aggressively invest in and develop our education, health, and other physical infrastructure sectors.

“As of September 2019, our capital expenditure on works and infrastructure was just N31 billion, which is less compared with N78 billion proposed in the current year. It is our intention to spend N115 billion on physical infrastructure in 2020.”

In his remarks, the Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, praised the governor for accepting the responsibility to tackle the challenges in the state.

He believes Governor Sanwo-Olu’s activities since his assumption of office have re-assured residents of his zeal to fix the inherited problems.

Obasa promised that the Assembly would ensure the speedy passage of the budget and make it a “New Year” gift for the people.

ICYMI: Sanwo-Olu Asks To Be Addressed As ‘Mr Governor’

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A file photo of Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Ol.u

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has asked Lagosians to address him simply as ‘Mr Governor’, saying only God is the ‘Most Excellent’.

Governor Sanwo-Olu in a signed statement said that the title ‘His Excellency’ has been seen as a symbol of authoritarian disposition, disregarding the reason to serve the electorate.

He also explained that the new title will constantly remind him that he has been chosen out of so many “fellow compatriots to lead a collective salvage of our political economy”, and an executive order will be formally issued to ensure full compliance.

Sanwo-Olu said, “The office of the Governor has been celebrated as the paragon of excellence, a temple of perfection and a throne of purity. This demi-god mystique spreads over the entire machinery of the executive arm of the government, symbolising an authoritarian disposition on the governed. It has deformed the orientation of elected and appointed persons who are paid from the taxes of the people to see themselves as oppressors who can do no wrong and must be served, rather than serve the people.

“Whatever might have been the reason for this myth, let us be honest, the office is occupied by a mortal who has been called upon to serve the electorate with humility – and sincerity. The office of Governor is a public trust that calls for sacrifice, modesty, and willingness to add value to the lives of the people.

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“Fellow Lagosians, I have come to the conclusion that for us to change the narrative of governance, we have to strike down this seeming symbol of executive arrogance that commands popular obeisance and undermines the democratic role of citizens as the masters of those they have elected and appointed to serve. It is a conviction that I believe will send the right signals to all politicians and civil servants that service to the people has brought us here. It is the duty we are obliged to do. It is the responsibility that we bear wherever we find ourselves; whenever we are called to serve.

“Only God, the Almighty, the Creator, the Protector is the Most Excellent. No man can share His eternal qualities.

“Thenceforth, I wish to be addressed simply as Mr. Governor, a title that will constantly remind me that I have been chosen out of so many fellow compatriots to lead a collective salvage of our political economy; a salutation that sanitises the paraphernalia of office and reminds us all of our imperfections and mortality. To give official effect to this announcement, I shall issue tomorrow an executive order that will formally ensure full compliance with this new policy.

Balogun Market Fire: Sanwoolu Visits Scene As Emergency Operation Continues

Twenty four hours after fire erupted in a section of Balogun Market, Lagos Island, emergency management officials are still at the scene as smoke is still billowing from one of the buildings.

Heavy duty cranes and equipment are seen spraying water into the areas where smoke is being detected.

Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has also visited the scene and directed that integrity test be carried out on all the buildings affected by the fire.

The governor said although the cause of the fire yet to be ascertained everyone at the scene needs to be careful because the scene is still a ‘live site.’

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He advised traders and everyone at the scene to allow rescue operators work without hindrance.

“We all need to be very careful, people should move away and allow emergency operators do their work. The buildings are clustered together so we need to conduct integrity tests on the buildings,”  the governor said.

The fire which started on Tuesday morning has, however, led to the death of a police officer who was on duty at the scene. The officer died late last night after a section of the burnt building caved in during rescue operation.

Traders in the market are, however, counting their losses as they say goods worth several millions of naira were destroyed.

The buildings affected by the fire is a high-rise building with huge commercial activity. Rescue operation is still ongoing as at the time of this report.

Sanwo-Olu Declares Emergency On Lagos Roads

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu flanked by Lagos State government officials and heads of engineering firms during the Governor’s declaration of emergency on road construction and rehabilitation across the State.

 

Lagos State Government has declared a state of emergency on various dilapidated highways and carriages within the State.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday at the Lagos House Marina, ordered massive construction work on critical roads and highways across the State, beginning from Monday (tomorrow).

The Governor’s directive followed the conclusion of his series of meetings with eight multi-national engineering firms, which began a few weeks back. After his final meeting with the contractors on Sunday, which lasted for about three hours, Sanwo-Olu declared the commencement of major construction work on the identified highways considered critical to the reduction of traffic congestion in the State.

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The Governor said all the eight engineering firms had been given the mandate to immediately mobilise their equipment on the sites and commence major construction works on the identified roads.

He said: “This afternoon, we have just concluded meeting with various reputable construction companies and all of them have been given the brief to immediately commence major construction work in various parts of the State. The exercise will begin tomorrow with palliative work on the selected roads, which are both on the Island and mainland divisions of the State.

“The contractors have been given the mandate to start mobilising their equipment to their respective sites without further delay. Their activities must first give our people an immediate relief on the affected roads so that there can be free flow of traffic even during the rehabilitation work.”

To complement the major construction work on the highway, Sanwo-Olu said Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC) would be carrying out repairs of 116 inner roads across the State. This, he said, would be in addition to over 200 roads already rehabilitated by the corporation in the last three months.

The Governor said he was not unaware of the pain experienced by road users in the past few days, which was compound by persistent downpour. He appealed to residents to bear with the Government while efforts were being made to assuage their pains and bring permanent relief to them.

He said: “We expect the rains will begin to subside in this month of October and this is why we are mobilising our contractors to immediately start the major construction work on the identified highways and bring permanent relief to residents. I am giving all Lagosians the assurance that the contractors will start the construction in earnest and will deliver on the terms of agreements reached with them.”

Sanwo-Olu said officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) will be working round the clock to control traffic on the areas where the construction would take place.

Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Aramide Adeyoye, listed some of the critical highways and roads to be constructed to include Ojota stretch of the Ikorodu Road, Motorways-Kudirat Abiola Way, Apogbon Highway, Babs Animashaun Road, Agric/Ishawo Road and Ijede Road in Ikorodu, and Lekki-Epe Expressway from Abraham Adesanya to Eleko Junction.

She added that there would be massive re-construction work on a network of roads in Ikoyi, Ikeja GRA and Victoria Island.

The contractor deployed by the Government included Julius Berger, Hitech, Arab Contractors, Metropolitan Construction, Slavabogu Construction, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), Rajaf Foundation Construction, and RCF Nigeria Limited.

U-20 Women Tourney: In Few Months, We Will Be Super Ready – Sanwo-Olu

 

Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has stated readiness to host the Under-20 Women World Cup that will be hosted by Nigeria in 2020.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, during a tour of facilities and stadiums on Sunday alongside the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, said the State has started to put all facilities required to host the sporting fiesta in place ahead of its take-off.

“Lagos is getting to a state of full preparedness for the Under-20 Women World Cup. We have started to put facilities in place for the event and we need to do more. Some are wondering if we have the capacity and willingness to do it. I said yes; it is for us to turn our talk into action by preparing the sports facilities to be used for the event within the State.

“In a few months, we will be super ready. We have seen on this pitch that everything is working; we only need to see what other infrastructure we need to bring to all our stadia as soon as possible. We need to see what other uplift and upgrade we need to put up in these places and other training pitches around.

“This tour is to let Nigerians see the level of preparedness and know where we need to upgrade and get these facilities to the level the FIFA wants us so that we can be compliant as required of us.”

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He added that said the State Government would be partnering with hotels and stakeholders in the transport sector to create a seamless movement for participants to and fro the event venues, adding that the accredited medical teams and security operatives would be working assiduously to ensure the sporting fiesta conforms to standards which FIFA would proud of.

On the part of Mr. Dare, “The Lagos State Government is a major stakeholder in any process concerning the national stadium and it is factored in the exercise to upgrade the facility. This process will be accelerated and it would signpost what will happen with other stadia across the country. Today is historical and we will go forward from here to do what is necessary for turning around the stadia. Our transaction advisor and relevant stakeholders will help us to accelerate the process.”

The visit to the stadium by Sanwo-Olu and Dare came two months after FIFA delegates declared Lagos fit as one of the host cities of the competition. After visiting the stadium, the FIFA officials were led to the Governor’s office by the president of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Pinnick.

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We’ve Created Stable Environment For Business, Says Sanwo-Olu

 

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State says his administration has created a stable environment for businesses to strive.

The governor who spoke on Thursday at the Turkey-Nigeria Business Roundtable held in Victoria Island said the state government would remain open and willing to partner with investors in any sector of interest.

Sanwo-Olu believes there is the need to scale up the ease of doing business by continuous review of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) policy in the state.

“Lagos will remain open for business and we will always be willing to partner with prospective investors. I am using this opportunity to assure prospective investors that there will be continuous improvements in the business environment to encourage constant flow of capital and returns on investments,” the governor as quoted as saying in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile.

“This decision will give investors the confidence on our readiness and allow them to see opportunities to apply their capital. We have the Free Trade Zone, which is about the biggest commercial avenue in the country; it hosts the Dangote refinery, which will be about the biggest refinery in Africa.”

Speaking on the creation of seaports, Sanwo-Olu explained that beyond the two main seaports owned by the Federal Government in the State, his administration had embarked on building additional ports in Lekki and Badagry to fast-track movement of goods to the international market.

According to him, Lagos has maintained a booming market, given its population size.

He added that the capacity of government institutions and agencies statutorily empowered to ensure smooth business operations were being strengthened and improved upon, while reviewing related commercial policies to address bottlenecks.

He however advised private organisations interested in construction and transportation to key into the State’s PPP policy for “robust partnership”.

“We have a lot to do in construction and there are opportunities for private individual and organisations to tap into in this area through our PPP policy. We have a lot in our transportation master plan, which will see us expanding the capacity of waterways and rail project. These are areas that can be looked into,” he said.

Joe Igbokwe, Others Make Sanwo-Olu’s Cabinet Nominees List

 

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos, Joe Igbokwe, has made the list of cabinet nominees of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

This comes a day after Igbokwe had said that anyone with the “insinuation that President Buhari’s government has not done well is ‘a liar from the pit of hell’ during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today – a comment which has since sparked controversy.

The final list of nominees was transmitted to the State House of Assembly on Tuesday, four weeks after the Governor had sent the first batch of nominees list for screening.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by his Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile.

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According to him, 13 Commissioner-and Special Adviser-designates made the second list.

“The second list had names of accomplished politicians and technocrats who “understand the current need of Lagos” and the development agenda of the Governor,” Akosile said.

He further explained that the selection process was rigorous, “because of the need to constitute the best team that would serve Lagos in line with the Sanwo-Olu administration’s vision of delivering a city-state that will rank among the top- most liveable cities in the world”.

Below are names in the second batch of nominees:

1. MR. OLADELE AJAYI
2. MR. OLUWATOYIN FAYINKA
3. MRS. YETUNDE AROBIEKE
4. MR. OLANREWAJU SANUSI
5. MR. JOE IGBOKWE
6. MR. BONU SOLOMON SAANU
7. ARC. KABIRU AHMED
8. MRS. LOLA AKANDE
9. PRINCE ANOFI OLANREWAJU ELEGUSHI
10. MRS. SOLAPE HAMMOND
11. MR. MORUF AKINDERU FATAI
12. MRS. SHULAMITE OLUFUNKE ADEBOLU
13. MR. TOKUNBO WAHAB

Appeal Court Upholds Petitions Challenging Sanwo-Olu’s Victory

Swearing-In: Salis Is Seeking Relevance After Election Loss, Says Sanwo-Olu
A file photo of Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

 

 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos has set aside the judgment of the Lagos State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal which dismissed the petition of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) and its candidate, Mr Owolabi Salis.

The court lead by Justice Hussein Mukthar also set aside the judgment in the appeal filed by Labour Party and its candidate, Mr Ifagbemi Awamaridi, challenging Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s election.

In a unanimous judgment delivered on Tuesday by the five-man panel, the court held that the petitions have merit.

It, therefore, remitted them back to the lower court for expeditious hearing.

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Apart from Justice Mukthar who presided, the four other justices of the appeal court include Justice Daniel-Kalio who read the judgment of the AD, Justice O. Ogbuinya who read the judgment for the Labour Party.

Others are Justice Stephen Adah and Justice B. Aliyu.

On June 17, the Lagos State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in the Ikeja dismissed the petitions filed by the two political parties and their governorship candidates challenging the return of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the March 9 election.

A three-man panel headed by Justice Terhemen Asua held that the failure of the AD and Salis to file applications for pre-hearing conference after the close of pleadings within seven days as prescribed by law rendered their petition incompetent.

The Tribunal also held that a timely application for pre-hearing conference was a condition precedent to the hearing of the petitions and without it, the petition cannot commence or get to judgment stage.

The Petitioners, AD and Salis, had in their petitions challenged Sanwo-Olu’s victory on the ground that he was not competent to run as a governorship candidate in the election.

They also claimed that the March 9 poll was marred by violence, voting irregularities and that Sanwo-Olu could not vote or be voted for as he had no valid voter’s card.

The petitioners joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Governor Sanwo-Olu, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the INEC Residential Electoral Commissioner for Lagos State as respondents to the petition.

Also joined as respondents were the Returning Officer for the Lagos State Governorship Election, the Commissioner of Police and the Nigerian Army.

But the governor, through his counsel, Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN), noted that the petitioners had not filed applications for pre-trial conference hearing within seven days after the close of pleadings as stipulated by law.

The petitioners responded by quoting Section 285(8) of the Fourth Alteration of the 1999 Constitution which they said does not permit any electoral petition to be terminated at the interlocutory stages.

But the Tribunal held that the section was not applicable because an application for the pre-hearing conference was a precondition for election petitions.

Sanwo-Olu Forwards Tunji Bello, 24 Other Names For Appointment To State Assembly

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has forwarded a list of 25 names, to the House of Assembly for ratification as Commissioners and Special Advisers.

On the list include Tunji Bello, a former Secretary to the State Government of the immediate past governor, and Commissioner for Environment to former Governor, Babatunde Fashola.

According to a statement by the Governor’s Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, Sanwo-Olu carefully picked the nominees based on their cognate experience in their respective professions.

The statement said: “We took our time to pick the best hands for the tough job Lagosians have elected us to do. The nominees for the twenty-five Commissioner and Special Adviser positions include women and men who have made their mark and at the zenith of their professional callings.’’

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He further disclosed that the new cabinet would be unique, because of its diversity. Quoting Governor Sanwo-Olu, he said Lagos would continue to take the lead in innovation, gender-balance and youth inclusion in the administration of the State.

“We have a blend of youth who are under 40 among nominees for Commissioners and Special Advisers. Women too are well represented in the list. We believe Lagos deserves the best and we cannot give the people anything less than that,” the statement said.

Below are names of the nominees:

  1. Mr Rabiu Olowo Onaolapo
  2. Mrs Folashade Adefisayo
  3. Prof Akin Abayomi
  4. Dr Idris Salako
  5. Mr Tunji Bello
  6. Mr Gbenga Omotoso
  7. Mrs Toke Benson-Awoyinka
  8. Mrs Bolaji Dada
  9. Mr Lere Odusote
  10. Dr Frederic Oladeinde
  11. Mr Gbolahan Lawal
  12. Ms Adekemi Ajayi
  13. Mr Femi George
  14. Dr Wale Ahmed
  15. Mr Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN)
  16. Mr Hakeem Fahm
  17. Mrs Ajibola Ponnle
  18. Engr. Aramide Adeyoye
  19. Mr Segun Dawodu
  20. Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf
  21. Mr Sam Egube
  22. Ms Ruth Bisola Olusanya
  23. Princess Aderemi Adebowale
  24. Mr Tunbosun Alake
  25. Mr Afolabi Ayantayo

We Did Not Visit Ijegun, Because It Is A Crime Scene, Says Sanwo-Olu

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has cleared the air on why he didn’t visit the scene of the Ijegun fire incident.

During a visit to the hospital where some of the victims are receiving treatment the governor said, “My deputy and I did not visit the site of the incident, because we didn’t want to make a camera show at the scene.

“This is not because we don’t have empathy or we are not doing what is required of us.

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“It is a crime scene and security operatives are at the site for investigation. We don’t want to disrupt that process.”

The governor noted that the issue of pipeline vandalism is a criminal issue being dealt with by the Federal Government.

He also disclosed that the government had resolved to foot the bills of the survivors who are receiving treatment at the state’s medical facilities in Ikeja and Gbagada.

Ten more persons were confirmed dead following the pipeline explosion in the Ijegun area of Lagos State Government Thursday, July 4.

The victims died due to severe and high degree burns suffered from the inferno.

Out of the 22 victims rescued by the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS), nine were taken to LASUTH, while 12 others were taken to Trauma and Burns Unit of Gbagada General Hospital and one to Alimosho General Hospital.