Lagos To Host President Buhari On Two-Day Working Visit

Muhammadu Buhari, LagosThe Lagos State Government will formally welcome President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, May 23, on a two-day working visit to the state.

It will be President Buhari’s first official visit to the state since he assumed office about a year ago.

A statement by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, stated that this is the first time in about 15 years, a sitting President would be visiting the state on a working visit.

Mr Ayorinde said that was a testimony to the landmark achievements of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in the last one year and the good working relationship between Lagos State and the Federal Government.

He added that the President during the visit, would formally commission the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Rescue Unit in Cappa Oshodi, built by the state government to ensure prompt and swift response to emergency situations in the state.

The Commissioner said President Buhari would thereafter, commission the newly constructed Ago Palace Way in Okota, Isolo after which he would pay homage to the Oba of Lagos, Oba Babatunde Rilwanu Aremu Akiolu.

He stated further that the President would later in the day be hosted to a reception rally by the state government at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) in Lagos, where he would also commission and hand over security equipment and vehicles contributed by the Governor Ambode led administration to securities agencies to beef up security in the state.

The statement added that activities for the first day of the President’s visit would be rounded up with a State Banquet in his honour at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island.

The President would on Tuesday, participate as the Special Guest of Honour at a breakfast session with Corporate Lagos to be hosted by Governor Ambode at the Lagos State House in Marina after which he would have a short session with the public service at the State House in Alausa-Ikeja.

The Commissioner quoted Governor Ambode as being joyous over this landmark presidential visit to Lagos State that contributed so much to his emergence as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He added that Lagosians (the state residents) were looking forward with excitement to receiving the President, just as he urged them to bear with law enforcement agents and traffic control authorities, who would effect road diversions in some of the routes that the President motorcade would pass through during the visit.

NSCDC Parades Suspects Of Illegal Oil Bunkering

nscdcThe Lagos State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have paraded 23 suspects, including 5 Togolese, allegedly involved in illegal bunkering of petroleum products, between January and February 2015.

The suspects were arrested by the Nigerian Navy at various points on the high sea and within Lagos waters, before they were handed over to the NSCDC.

A total of 378 drums, each of 250 litres, containing petroleum products were recovered during the operations.

Also paraded were 14 suspects involved in vandalism of electrical installations, illegal connections and by-passing of prepaid metres in Isolo, Abule Egba and Oworonsoki areas, belonging to the Ikeja Electric Distribution Company.

The NSCDC is a paramilitary agency of the Government of Nigeria that is commissioned to provide measures against threat and any form of attack or disaster against the nation and its citizenry.

The NSCDC was first introduced in May 1967 during the Nigerian Civil War within the then Federal Capital Territory  for the purpose of sensitization and protection of the civil populace.

Parts of its statutory empowerment includes legal proceedings against any person or persons suspected to have committed an offence, maintain an armed squad in order to bear fire arms among others to strengthen the corps in the discharge of its statutory duties.

Channels Book Club Features Young Authors, Software Engineer

On this edition of Channels Book Club, we feature three guests.

One is a talented software engineer and writer, Rotimi Ogunjobi, who presented six books in one day!

The other two are 9 year old prodigies; Ijeoma Nwaogu, the author of ‘the lost girl’ is a primary 3 pupil of SOS Hermann Gmeiner primary school, Isolo. Tobi Osinubi, the author of ‘the royal recount’ is a student of Leicester high school for girls in south Knighton, Leicester, UK.

If you are one of those who have been procrastinating forever on writing your own book, these gifted girls will nudge you to get cracking! And if your own 9 year old has not particularly started writing, Ijeoma and Tobi will inspire him or her.

VIDEO: Two sisters killed in another building collapse in Lagos

Two sisters have been confirmed dead with their mother injured after a two storey building collapsed in Jakande Estate, Oke-Afa, Isolo, Lagos.

The siblings, Toyin and Bukola Coker -both female in their late 20’s-lived with their mother, who sustained injuries at Flat 4, Block N20 of the collapsed building.

According to eyewitness account,  the building caved in at about 12 midnight killing the sisters and leaving their mother with serious injuries.

A picture of the late sisters obtained by Channels TV

Their bodies have been deposited at the Isolo General Hospital mortuary.

Residents within the estate told Channels TV that the building had showed signs of weakness and one of the tenants had just moved out.

The South-West Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Iyiola Akande, confirmed that there are no more bodies under the building’s rubble.

The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has ordered occupants of structures near the collapsed building to vacate their premises within the next 48 hours.

This is about the fifth building collapse in Lagos this year alone.

Overnight downpour causes flood and traffic gridlock in Lagos

Residents in Lagos on Thursday witnessed an unusual heavy downpour that started on Wednesday night, causing massive floods in parts of the city.
A number of houses and roads were submerged by the flood caused by the rain that lasted for several hours.

Sections of Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway were cut off on both sides by the flood, leading to a gridlock.

Many road users were forced to  return home or seek alternative routes while others remained at the spot, waiting for the flood to abate.

A portion of Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road by Mobil Filling Station was submerged, as were some areas in Mafoluku and Oshodi.

Seven-day rainfall
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) recently warned that residents in Lagos would soon experience a seven-day rainfall.

Abayomi Oyegoke of NIMET Central Forecast Unit, Oshodi, Lagos had said that a total of 570 mm of rainfall had been recorded in Lagos State between January and June.

He explained that the rains being experienced in state were the beginning of a seven-day rainfall.

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Comments from Facebook.

Segun Quadri wrote:  flood in Opeilu area of Agado crossing Ogun State.

Chuks Harrision wrote: Ojodu Alagbole/ Akute bridge is a no go area. Flood has covered everywhere no movement for cars, Okoda and passerby.

Oluwadayo Oluwanifemi Ajadi wrote: The flood in Onajimi street, Pedro road Bariga is much.

Ladi Awotinde wrote:  The canal arear of Gbagada especially the right handside after Charly Boy is flooded. many residents around the area are counting their losses now.

Adekunle Oluwadamilare Yomi wrote: Is terrible here in ado ekiti, so many people are spreading there beds outside now. Some people can’t take there car out today because the car is trapped in flood.

Adebayo Afeez wrote : Here in apete ibadan nothing to write home about on d issue of flood

Oluwasina Oluwaleke wrote : Flood has taken over Adeyinka st, off Arida b/s. Idimu-Ikotun Road. Alimosho local govt area. Many people have packed out of their house, goods and properties have been submerged in the flood. Lagos state govt, pls do something immediately.

Omooba Adesanya wrote: Here in Sagamu! Falilat Ogunkoya Av. road From Sabo to Ode lemo is full of flood. And same to NNPC, Ogijo.

Kufre Abasi- Paulinus wrote : Odo-olowu, Ijesha, Surulere no go area 4 som house, no house xcluded wit d flood @ Oke Oloruntedo street

Oge Uwakwe write: Jimoh bustop,near vulcanizer bustop ,egbeda.never seen anything like it.its massive a flood.

Ariyibi Abiodun wrote: Chemist bustop in Agric road,Egan in Igando is seriously flooded and igbo Anglican church along Lasu Iba road is seriously flooded.

Nofin Adeniji wrote: Flood is terribly disturbing us here in Aboru, Iyanu Ipaja.