Over 8,000 Disaster Victims Recorded In South-west Nigeria – Nema

nemaNational Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said it recorded over 8,000 disaster victims majorly from fire and windstorm disasters in Lagos, Ogun and Oyo State, in the first two months of the 2015.

Giving a breakdown of the victims figure, the agency  said 8,046 persons were affected in seven major different incidents with Lagos State having 1,064 victims.

Iwaya community recorded 652 persons, while Berlin fire had 412 traders.

The NEMA said  it had provided relief materials to the victims of these disasters, through Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).

In Ogun State, Igbo Aje Market, Ilaro had 306 traders affected by a market fire outbreak that occurred on January 27.

About 6,676 persons were affected in four different incidents of wind and rainstorm disasters that occurred in 6 communities of Ilaro in Afijio Local Government Area (LGA); Lagbondoke and Agunpopo communities of Atiba LGA, Irewole and Isokan communities in Oyo West LGA and Oko town in Surulere LGA in Oyo state.

All these incidents occurred between February 9 and 10, 2015.

The assessment of damage extent showed that two persons were injured in Irewole Community of Oyo West LGA.

About 1,251 shops were affected in all these three states.

Meanwhile, NEMA said it had delivered relief materials to victims of fire disaster at Iwaya Community in Yaba area of Lagos State, through Lagos State Government.

The relief materials includes: 300 bags of cement, 400 bundles of roofing sheets, 500 pieces of wax prints as women wears, 200 pieces of Guinea Brocade as men wears, 100 pieces of Children wears, 100 bags of garri, 40 cartons of three-in-one tea, 60 packets of zinc nails, 60 bags of three inches nails, 150 bags of rice, 500 pieces of blankets, 500 pieces of mosquitoes treated nets and other assorted consumables were handed over to LASEMA, for distribution to the Iwaya community victims in conjunction with the respective Local Government and community authorities.

Also, NEMA released 400 bags of cements, 300 bundles of roofing sheets, 100 bags of rice, 100 bags of garri, 250 pieces of Mosquitoes treated nets, 500 ceiling boards, 100 bags of three inches nails, 20 bags of sugar and 75 cartons of Indomie to LASEMA to be distributed to the victims of Fire disaster at Berlin market, Marina, Lagos.

NEMA is imploring Nigerians to embark on tree planting, as a measure to guard against wind/rainstorm as well as prevent soil erosion while creating serene environment for all.

2015 Elections: Fayose Challenges PDP Leadership Against Imposition Of Candidates

The Ekiti State Governor-elect, Ayodele Fayose, has challenged the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), against imposition of candidates in the build up to the general elections, saying that all aspirants jostling for various political offices must be given a level playing ground. 

He was speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital at a grand reception organized in his honour by the Ogun State chapter of the PDP, held at the state party secretariat located along the Presidential Boulevard in the state capital.

Mr Ayodele Fayose, while addressing party members, attributed his victory at the Ekiti State governorship poll to the glory of God but was quick to warn against imposition of candidates by the party leadership in the build up to next year’s elections.

Addressing party members, which included former Deputy Governor of the state, the PDP South-West Chairman, Ishola Filani, and other top members of the party, the National Auditor of the PDP, Fatai Adeyanju, also asked members to close ranks to reposition the party for victory.

The occasion witnessed the defection of a 3-time member of the Federal House of Representatives, representing Ipokia/Ilaro Federal Constituency, Mr Abiodun Akinlade, from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC to the PDP.

Former Speaker Dimeji Bankole Preaches Unity In Ogun PDP

download (1)Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Dimeji Bankole, has challenged members of the Ogun State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to be steadfast, remain focused and resolute towards redeeming its fortunes in the 2015 general elections.

The former Speaker, at a unity meeting of the party held in Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government area of Ogun State, said that without peace no meaningful development could be made by the party.

While calling for unity of purpose among party members, Mr Dimeji also asked members to go spiritual and pray fervently for unity and progress of the umbrella party in the state.

Party leaders and groups agreed to work together to once again bring it into limelight and ensure a resounding victory for the party in the coming elections.

The party has also begun restructuring and reconciliation of various groups and aggrieved individuals in the build up to the general elections.

Ogun Govt. Moves to Decongest Prisons

amosun_waveThe Ogun State Government has put in place modalities that will ensure speedy dispensation of justice towards decongesting prisons in the state.

Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mrs Abimbola Akeredolu, who stated this to newsmen yesterday said the government also aims at reducing the large number of inmates awaiting trial.

She said Governor Ibikunle Amosun, who granted amnesty to 15 inmates and commuted death sentences passed on nine convicts to life imprisonment in commemoration of his third year in office, was moved by the deplorable condition of prison formations and has met with stakeholders in the criminal justice system, including the Chief Judge, Controller of Prisons, Commissioner of Police and herself.

“Our people should expect that justice will begin to be dispensed more speedily. Case files will be brought to court faster, so that the number of those awaiting trial will be significantly reduced in the very near future,” Akeredolu said.

She also said that the Governor, during his visit to prison formations in Oba, Ilaro and Abeokuta had deployed health officials to attend to inmates with bad health conditions.

The Ogun State Controller of Prisons, Mr. Joseph Olanrele, also revealed that 450 inmates were awaiting trial, stating however, that the State Governor has mandated stakeholders to ensure that those who were not supposed to be behind bars are not kept there unnecessarily.

Olanrele called on the populace to join the Nigeria Prison Service in its efforts at providing vocational skills to inmates, noting that the provision of adequate training facilities would help empower the inmates.