Nothing Like Multiple Taxation In Lagos – Sanwo-Olu

Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Muhammad Mamman Nami, with Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu during a courtesy visit to the Governor at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

 

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday said there is currently no multiple taxation in Lagos State revenue system.

According to him, his administration will always improve on the ease of doing business in the state rather than stifle the economy with loaded taxes.

He disclosed this while receiving the Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, (FIRS) Mr. Muhammad Nami at his office in Ikeja, the state capital.

“We will make sure that there is the ease of doing businesses, especially start-ups, that are always scared that they have multiple taxation. There is nothing like multiple taxation in Lagos.

“It is clear that they are exempted but that doesn’t stop them from doing proper filing and ensure transparent reporting at whichever level of their business.

“We will also use this opportunity to encourage our citizens that it is only when they play their own part as responsible citizens both at the corporate and individual level that the government can come up and discharge its responsibilities.”

Sanwo-Olu also stressed that development can only take place in a state when taxes are promptly paid by the citizens.

“It is only when we collect reasonably amount of tax that we can introduce development both at the infrastructure level and more importantly on security so we cannot but ensure that we collaborate and corporate with you,” he added.

The Governor promised that Lagos State Government would continue with the existing relationship and further collaborate with the Federal Inland Revenue Service in sharing information to aid revenue collection and ensure deliverables were met.

Responding to the FIRS Boss on the N8.5 trillion target set by the President, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the country has the capacity to generate such amount but warned that it must be done cautiously.

Nami said the aim of the visit was to ensure effective performance of the service in meeting its target and in its request to share information, collaborate in building capacity as well as engage the private sector on the Value Added Tax collection.

PHOTOS: Sanwo-Olu, Buratai, Others Attend Lagos City Marathon

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu exchanges pleasantries with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Burutai during the Lagos City Marathon on February 8, 2020.

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai joined other dignitaries to attend the 2020 Lagos City Marathon.

The race, which kicked off in the early hours of Saturday at the National Stadium, Surulere, took participants through the Lekki roundabout by the Ikoyi-Lekki link bridge up to the Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island, which was the finishing point.

In the men’s category, Kenya’s David Tumo came first after breaking the Marathon’s record finishing after two hours, 10 minutes and 23, while Debeko Dakamo and Paul Chege came second and third respectively at the fifth edition.

Also, Kenya’s Cherop Sharon Jemutai became the first female to cross the finish line, while Kebene Urisa came second and Tanui Jekporir emerged third in the female category.

The first, second and third positions went home with the cash prizes of $50,000; $40,000 and $30,000 respectively.

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We’re Not Going Back On Okada, Keke Ban – Sanwo-Olu

File Photo: Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

 

The Lagos State Government says it will not reverse the ongoing enforcement of its Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018, which restricts the operations of commercial motorcycles, popularly known as Okada and tricycles, popularly known as Keke NAPEP in 15 local councils across the state.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said this on Tuesday while speaking at the official launch of commercial operations in water transportation by Lagos Ferry Services (LAGFERRY) at an event held at Badore Ferry Terminal in Ajah.

The governor said the state government would not give in to the “blackmail and uninformed criticism” of its decision to restrict tricycles and motorcycles on the highways, saying the enforcement became necessary in the face of growing threats to the security of lives of residents.

According to him, the scary figures of accidents resulting from Okada riders’ recklessness and the disobedience to traffic laws necessitated the enforcement of the laws.

Although the governor admitted that the decision was a tough one, he maintained that his government would not compromise on the issue of security and safety of residents.

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“I agree it’s a tough decision we made regarding the restriction of Okada and Keke in some parts of Lagos. But I want to say some facts, which people can debate. The restriction that we have done is primarily based on security and safety of lives of residents. We took the decision based on the level of danger we have seen to have happened to our people,” he said.

“As a responsible government, we will not fold our arms and allow Okada riders put our lives in danger. One life is more important to us than all the economic benefits to be made if we allowed them to continue. We understand that investment too can be critical, but keeping people alive and safe is more germane.”

Speaking further, the governor sympathized with commuters affected by the Okada restriction and announced that the government would be deploying over 500 buses to the routes listed in the restriction directive as alternatives to ease movement.

He added that the launching of commercial operations on waterways by LAGFERRY was another programme introduced by the government to address congestion on the highways.

Okada Ban: Sanwo-Olu Launches Ferries To Ease Transportation

 

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday launched eight newly acquired speed boats at Badore Ferry Terminal in Eti-Osa Local Government Area.

This according to a statement by the state government marked the commencement of commercial operations in waterways transportation and will be operated by the Lagos Ferry Services (LAGFERRY).

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The Governor also launched a mobile application designed to facilitate easy access to water transportation services.

The statement which was signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile added that the design and fabrication of the new boats were worked out by two local boat manufacturers.

Sanwo-Olu described the launch as a “great leap” in his administration’s strategy adding that this will rid Lagos roads gridlock and congestion.

“The narrative of transportation in Lagos is about to change for good, as we are set to take full advantage of the water bodies to decongest our roads and substantially reduce travel time for commuters.

“Today, we are launching eight units of additional ferries to complement the existing six ferries in the fleet of Lagos Ferry Service. It is glaring that for Lagos to be a functional smart city that we desire, there must be diversification of the mode of transportation. There must be interconnectivity of the rail, road, and water transportation systems.”

The Governor observed that the commencement of commercial operations on waterways would promote healthy living and restore the aesthetics of the environment through the reduction of carbon emission.

He called on private investors to move in and harness opportunities in the value chain, noting that the Government had solved the teething problems associated with the mode of transportation and infrastructure.

The Governor added that the State would drive full compliance on measures put in place to ensure the safety of commuters using the waterways, adding that the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) was being strengthened to effectively discharge its monitoring and regulatory duties in line with best practice.

Sanwo-Olu also promised that modern jetties would also be built in Badagry, Lekki, and Ajegunle, pledging that the one being built in Ijegun would be completed.

 

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Lagos Is The Second Worst City To Live In – Rewane

The CEO of Financial Derivatives Company and a member of the Economic Advisory Council (ECA), Mr Bismarck Rewane, says Lagos State is the second-worst city to live in.

Rewane who was a guest on Channels Television’s Business Morning, which aired on December 25, said the city follows Damascus in Syria.

While citing the Economist Pocket Book, the ECA member noted that the nation’s commercial capital deteriorated from being the third-worst in 2018 to its current position now.

“In the world, Lagos in 2018 was the third-worst city to live in, according to the Economist Pocket Book. Now, Lagos deteriorated to become the second-worst city to live in.

“The city which beat Lagos is Damascus in Syria which is a war zone. So there are many things happening in Lagos,” he stated.

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While commenting Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration for some achievements recorded upon assuming office in May, he, however, wants the state government to tackle insecurity for businesses to thrive.

The CEO of Financial Derivatives Company and a member of the Economic Advisory Council (ECA), Bismarck Rewane, says Lagos State is the second-worst city to live in.

Speaking on Nigerians seeking political asylum, the economist said the figure dropped from 60,000 in 2018 to 57,000 currently.

According to him, the decrease in the statistics is as a result of the decline in the misery index which translates to political asylum seekers.

On the life expectancy rate in Nigeria, Rewane explained that Nigerians live at 56 years compared to 54 years in 2018.

VIDEO: Sanwo-Olu Gives Update On Fourth Mainland Bridge Project

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday featured as a guest on Channels Television breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.

During the one-hour-long interview, the governor gave an update on the progress made regarding the Fourth Mainland Bridge project and other critical issues affecting the state such as security, traffic, and the environment.

He noted that the state government began a campaign two weeks ago, in line with the Public-Private Partnership scheme to embark on the construction of the 37-kilometre bridge.

“It’s not just Fourth Mainland Bridge, we want to make it a ring road that would take the back of Ikorodu, come out at Agric Isawo, and now further take you to Badgary Expressway,” the governor explained.

He added, “We cannot handle it alone, let’s use private equity. We’ve advertised two weeks ago and we did that internationally to say that we have the alignment, we have the right of way for the Fourth Mainland Bridge, we have all of the biometric studies that we have done; let everybody come and play in it.”

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Although he didn’t give a specific timeframe as to when the project would begin, Governor Sanwo-Olu was confident that a good job would be delivered with the approach being taken by the state government.

He was happy that the advert has generated a lot of interest and insisted that the government would only patronise qualified contractors who meet up with its expectations.

The governor said, “The fourth Mainland Bridge, by the grace of God, we should be able to close up on the commercials by the middle of next year. We’ve given a four-week deadline… a lot of people are interested.

“We do not want to do fourth Mainland Bridge under the table or just people that we know, we want the best quality at the cheapest cost and at the closest timeframe for Lagosians.”

Apapa Gridlock Will Persist Without Alternatives For Trailers, Says Sanwo-Olu

 

The executive order on the Apapa Road may not be enough to address the traffic problem in that axis without the appropriate measures being put in place.

This was the view of the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday.

He explained that the state government has been making efforts to provide infrastructure for the trailers on the road, giving assurance that it would go a long way in taking the challenge.

“First, we are also trying to see how to provide infrastructure for these trailers because if you don’t provide alternatives, they will keep coming back,” the governor stated.

He added, “We have identified a trailer park that is going to take 6,000 (trucks), investments have been put together and the construction will start in earnest.”

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Governor Sanwo-Olu noted that the Federal Government had set up an enforcement team to manage the situation.

In a bid to ensure that the action was consistent, he said the state government constituted another team to fully complement the Federal Government’s effort.

The governor, however, highlighted the major factors that contributed to the traffic congestion in Apapa, one of which he said was the operations inside the ports themselves.

According to him, the turnaround inside the ports brings a lot of clog out on the road while truck drivers are struggling to get back to the port with empty containers for demurrage.

Governor Sanwo-Olu also decried the attacks on personnel of the Lagos State Traffic Management (LASTMA) and other government officials in the area.

Despite this, he stressed that the government would continue to live up to its responsibility and called for a review of the operations around the ports for better traffic management.

He said they were working with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council for a long-lasting solution.

The governor who did not give a timeframe for how long the problem would persist proposed the construction of more ports in the state.

He said, “The current capacity of the two ports we have has been well outstripped. The current capacity is way beyond what they are currently doing.

“The long term solution is to decongest the port and have other ports in Lagos being built. So we’ve started construction of the Lekki Deep Port, it’s to also quickly finalise conversation on the Badagry Port.”

Slums: Thousands Of People Come Into Lagos Without A Plan – Sanwo-Olu

 

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has blamed the challenges of slums and shanties in the state on those coming into the state aimlessly.

He stated this on Wednesday during his appearance on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

“Thousands of people come into the city without plans, and we do not have any border control to mitigate this,” the governor decried.

He added, “A lot of people come into Lagos and they really don’t even have a place (to stay). They do not have a means where the next meal is going to come from; they do not know where they are going to sleep and that’s the reality.”

 

A Huge Challenge

The governor, who gave an overview of his plan for the environment, stressed the need to put measures in place to prevent a situation that could lead to population explosion.

He noted that one of the efforts by his administration was to appeal to residents to ensure they register with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) for proper capturing and planning.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu also disclosed that the government has been sending out officials in the middle of the night to sensitise those living in shanties across the state.

On the contrary, he noted that they have moved in to pull down slums under the bridges, only to find out that such structures were rebuilt shortly after.

“People have started to build on the Right of Ways but it is a corridor that has been preserved for future development. We are going to take them out,” the governor insisted.

He stressed, “We go round 2am, 3am to ask ‘why are you under the bridge, why are you sleeping here?’ … it’s a huge challenge.

“People erect makeshift shanties but you also have NGOs that say you can’t remove them. We want to provide better amenities, but the truth is that the government cannot do it alone.

“We need to continue to engage with the private sector to see how we can provide job opportunities and skill acquisition.”

Security: Lagos To Build New Control Centre, Install Over 2,000 Cameras – Sanwo-Olu

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says his administration has put certain measures in place to improve the security situation in the state.

He revealed that by 2020, the state government would build a new control and command centre, as well as install over 2,000 cameras across the state.

Governor Sanwo-Olu who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday explained that this was part of his administration’s safety project.

He said, “One of the things that we realised that is happening every in the world is that security is also going tech; you need a lot of devices to be able to monitor all of it.

“Next year, we are building what we call a new control and command centre as part of our safe city project, as part of our megacity security deliverables. We will have up to 2,200 high definition cameras across the state.”

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The governor also gave an overview of his plan for the environment and called for measures to prevent a situation that could lead to a population explosion.

He noted that one of the efforts by his administration was to appeal to residents to ensure they register with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) for proper capturing and planning.

Governor Sanwo-Olu said the government has been sending out officials in the middle of the night to sensitise those living in shanties across the state.

On the contrary, he noted that they have moved in to pull down slums under the bridges, only to find out that such structures were rebuilt shortly after.

The Governor said, “Thousands of people come into the city without plans, and we do not have any border control to mitigate this.

“A lot of people come into Lagos and they really don’t even have a place (to stay). They do not have a means where the next meal is going to come from; they do not know where they are going to sleep and that’s the reality.”

Sanwo-Olu Renames Onikan Stadium After Mobolaji Johnson

File photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday renamed the popular Onikan Stadium after the first governor of Lagos State, Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson.

Sanwo-Olu made the announcement during the Day of Tribute for the late Johnson at the newly reconstructed Onikan Stadium.

In a video, shared on Twitter by Jubril Gawat, his New Media aide, Sanwo-Olu said that the stadium would now be known as Mobolaji Olufunso Johnson Stadium.

 “Going forward, Onikan stadium will be called ‘Mobolaji Olufunso Johnson Stadium,” Sanwo-Olu said.

 

Johnson died on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at the age of 83.

Born on February 9, 1936, he became governor of Lagos State in May 1967 until he retired from the Nigerian Army in July 1975 during the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon (rtd).

LASTMA Attack: We Cannot Condone Reckless Killing – Sanwo-Olu

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has warned that the government will not condone any form of attacks on the state’s law enforcement agencies in the line of duty.

Governor Sanwo-Olu while reacting to the killing of late Ola Ganiyu Oyeshina – the slain officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), who died last Saturday after an attack on him by two trailer drivers in Sifax-Iganmu area of Apapa, stressed that the government will thoroughly prosecute arrested culprits.

Late Oyeshina was buried today in the presence of a tearful gathering.

The Governor who paid a condolence visit to the family of the slain LASTMA officer in Lagos expressed his displeasure over the gruesome killing of Oyeshina, said the incident of his unfortunate death is a wake-up call to all Lagosians, describing the attack on the LASTMA officer as “mindless and callous.

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“In the last 48 hours, we’ve had heavy brutality on men of LASTMA who were doing their work. We’ve had people whose legs have been amputated in the last 48hours whilst on the assignment that was given to them to bring about enforcement of our laws and orders.

“I think this is the level at which we need to make this very stern warning that we will not stop at ensuring that we implement and enforce our laws not minding which force is involved. Lagos will not condone people that will not obey our laws.

He added: “We cannot be condoning reckless killing and sending our young men to an early grave. This government certainly will not stand for that.”

Rape, Domestic Violence Offenders Won’t Go Unpunished – Lagos Govt

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his wife, Dr Ibijoke, and Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Mrs Yetunde Arobieke, during the march against domestic and sexual violence in Ikeja on November 26, 2019.

 

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has promised to wield “the big stick” on perpetrators of rape, domestic violence and child abuse in the state.

He also pledged the support of the state government for the police and the judiciary to ensure the crime was brought to the barest minimum.

The governor gave the warning on Tuesday after leading the “Walk To Commit and Act” rally organised by the state government through the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) of the Ministry of Justice.

He explained that the government commemorating the day in line with the United Nations declaration against gender-based violence.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu added that the state was working hard with the Police Command and all relevant agencies to bring the crime to a zero point.

He warned that no offender would go unpunished, stressing that rape, domestic violence, and child abuse were crimes and must be treated as such.

“Lagos State government through the Ministry of Justice and other arms of the government, deem it fit that we need to have this walk to further confirm and to indicate our full support for advocacy around the talk of child abuse, the advocacy around rape, against women and girl, the talk around domestic violence, sexual violence and all other vices that are around abuse of children,” the governor said.

He added, “Our government by this walk confirms that we are totally against it, we stand against everything about this issue and we are going to ensure that we have zero tolerance against it.

“It is a crime against humanity. When you are caught in the act of sexual violence, child abuse, domestic violence, you will be made to pay dearly for your crime.

“So, we are using this advocacy to warn and to tell people to desist because the full arm of the law will be brought to bear on anybody or institution found wanting in any form.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu encouraged victims of such acts to open up to necessary authorities with an assurance that the government would take up such issues.

According to him, it is about time people lived in civil society and ensure they end the silence.

“Come forth if anything happens, speak up, and you can rest assured that you’ll be protected and the government will take up your issue.

“For people that have been all shut out that don’t know who or how to go about it, we have phone numbers that you can call.

“You can call our 112 or you can call the toll-free number which is 08137960048. You can also send your text to 6820. Be rest assured that somebody is on the other side, that will pick up your case and we’ll see to it that justice is served in any way where we found anybody culpable,” the governor said.