Third Mainland Closure: KAI Orders Traders Off Oyingbo Road

Oyingbo road is known for street trading.

 

The Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) has warned traders to stay off Oyingbo Road following the partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge for routine maintenance by the Federal Ministry of Works.

The Corps Marshal of the Agency, CP Akinpelu Gbemisola (retd) disclosed this at the Command Headquarters, Bolade-Oshodi.

According to her, “Oyingbo-Iddo via Carter Bridge is one of the alternative routes to ease traffic movement into the Island during the repairs and as such, the Agency operatives tagged OYINGBO RESCUE TEAM who have been stationed in the last three months to curb the activities of these recalcitrant traders would be fortified to ensure significant improvement is achieved towards reducing to the barest minimum, the activities of the traders and drivers who disrupt free traffic movement around this axis’’.

While noting that the agency in past engaged in series of meetings coupled with advocacy and sensitisation in and around the Lagos Mainland Local Government Area (LGA) in line with the mandate of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu towards ensuring general cleanliness of our roads and free vehicular movement in the State.

Akinpelu further stated that the Agency would be working with other enforcement agencies such as the Police, Lagos State Neighbourhood and Safety Corps (LNSC), Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Central Business District (CBD) and other security operatives to prevent any trading activities before, during and after the closure across the State.

She also noted with dismay at the unending issue of traffic, reduction in road capacity, general obstructions as a result of commercial activities (indiscriminate parking and trading) especially during this Sallah period saying that necessary action will be taken against any erring individual or group of persons.

The Corps Marshal, however, reiterated the determination of the agency to ensure that all citizens in the State abide by the stipulated environmental laws of the State.

Third Mainland Bridge Partially Closed 

Concrete barriers were on Friday placed to block off the mainland inbound traffic at the Adeniji end of the Third Mainland Bridge for repairs.

The Federal Controller of Works, Olukayode Popoola, said the diversion was created for the contractor handling the repairs to commence work on the outward lane of the island.

He explained that the inward lane has been left open to enable motorists to ply the road with ease while going to work.

“In the morning when you are going to resume your work, right from Oworonshoki, you use the same line that you normally use to go and work.

“By 12 in the afternoon, we close this lane so you can now divert. We have created diversion as you can see it,” he said.

LASG Presents Cheque To Family Of Slain Kai Official

A file photo of Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
A file photo of Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

 

The Lagos State Government has presented a cheque of Five Million Naira to the family of late Mr. Moshod Ayeni, a Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) official who died in active service and lawful duty on Tuesday, 23rd of May, 2017.

Speaking at the presentation, at the Command Centre, Bolade, Oshodi, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Chief of Staff, Mr. Olawale Musa who was represented by Mr. Akinrinmade Morakinyo; Director, Special Service, in the Office, said that the gesture is in line with the philosophy of the present administration to supports staff of her agencies that fall victims of injustice while on active service to the state.

While reiterating the commitment of the State Government to the provision of adequate welfare packages for its workforce, Mr Musa said care for the families of any worker of the State who died in active service is of utmost importance to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration.

According to Musa, “it is sad that Ayeni lost his life in active service to the state. The administration of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu will continue to show his support for the family left behind by officers who lose their lives while on duty.

“Lagos State is charging all the law enforcement officers in all the state-owned agencies not to feel deterred by what has happened but be resolute in doing their best to the service of the state”

He admonished the beneficiaries to effectively and judiciously utilize the money in a way that will gladden the heart of the late Ayeni by catering for the family he left behind.

In her own remarks, the KAI Marshal, CP Akinpelu Gbemisola (retd) expressed gratitude to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for consistently compensating beneficiaries (Next of Kin) of civil servants that passed away in active service in the State.

She explained that the incident that led to the death of Ayeni and the supportive gesture of the State government has further encouraged other officers of the Agency to rid the State of hawkers, street trading and other environmental nuisances which have constituted a menace to the security and well-being of motorists and road users in Lagos.

She affirmed that violent individuals will not be spared and be brought to book as the Agency exercise her mandate to rid the State of street trading, adding that this kind gesture is a morale booster from the Governor and it will go a long way to alleviate the suffering as well as support the deceased’s families.

Late Mr. Moshood Ayeni, died on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, after an unfortunate attack by illegal and defiant hawkers in the State.

Kogi State To Host 2014 National Environmental Sanitation Day

The Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada
The Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada

The Kogi State Government says it has adopted a participatory approach towards getting its indigenes involved in cleanliness and environmental sanitation.

The State Deputy Governor, Yomi Awoniyi, stated  this when he received in audience, the Minister of Environment, Mrs Laurentia Malam, who was represented by Mrs Funmilayo Oyeyipo.

Mrs Oyeyipo, who is the Team Leader of the NESD Organizing Committee, was in Kogi State to hold consultations, and deliberation plans towards the forthcoming commemoration of the National Environmental Sanitation Day 2014, which Kogi State has been selected to host.

In her speech, she described environmental sanitation as an essential factor contributing to the health of Nigerians, stating that Kogi State was selected to host the 2014 National Environmental Sanitation Day in recognition of the proactive environmental protection policy of the Capt. Idris Wada-led administration.

While giving his key note address, the Deputy Governor, who represented Governor Idris Wada, revealed that Kogi State was in the process of procuring equipment to embrace refuse collection and disposal of waste in the state capital.

Awoniyi stated that the state never had a refuse dump since its creation but that the present administration has made beautification and sanitation a key component in its transformation agenda by establishing a refuse dump.

The Deputy Governor then asked for greater collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Environment, describing the visit by the ministry as a harbinger of better things to come in the sanitation of the state.

Fashola Commissions 16 Roads In Mushin, Upgrades LASTMA/KAI

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday handed over a total of 16 completed inner city roads in Mushin to the residents in a bid to add value to their living standards.

Addressing a large crowd of residents, including traditional rulers, clerics, opinion leaders and community development associations as well as Government officials, Governor Fashola said it was not enough to build and handover roads to the communities, pointing out that the most important thing was to ensure that the roads were put to proper use for the good of the residents.

He, expressed regrets that over time, with habits like dumping refuse on the roads, trading by the side of the streets, washing cars in the middle of the streets and turning the roads into warehouses; life has become a little more difficult than it should be because the roads no longer serve their purpose.

“This pedestrian walk is not a trading place. Let us understand that not everybody has cars, that those who have cars, those who have okada (motorcycle) and those who do not have cars all pay taxes. For those who do not have cars, this is their own road, they should be able to walk without motorists disturbing them”, the Governor said.

The Governor also advised those wishing to lay internet cables to approach the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to tell them where the ducts meant for such cables are, under the roads. He said: “We need the internet and we also need the road. And we cannot have internet and then lose a road that we have built. So, it must be a win-win situation for us all the time to add onto what we have by putting on more”.

In his earlier welcome address, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, said that by building the roads in Mushin, the State Government has demonstrated its recognition of the need to move the Local Government forward.

“As a Government, we believe that we must transform our city roads and Mushin happens to be one of them”.

The newly handed over roads include Badejo Kalesanmi Street, Kelani Street, Akinyemi Street, Paul Okuntola Street, Apesin Street, Folarin Street, Ajana Street, Akendo Street, Eniola Street, Ishaga Road, Ronke Street, Akinlawon Street, Olanibi Ojekunle Street, Oyewuwo Street, Kekereowo Babalola Street and Sadiku Street.

In a separate ceremony Governor Babatunde Fashola also launched the Lagos State Law Enforcement Training Institute and presided over the graduation of its first 3,311 graduates.

He also announced the creation of a Law Enforcement Cadre in the State Public Service to ensure career progression for all the officers of the two agencies who have been absorbed as permanent staff.

Speaking at the ceremony which took place at the Sir Molade Okoya Thomas Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, the Governor stated that the new public servants will be entitled to all the benefits every public servant had including pension rights under the contributory scheme.

“We have created a new cadre of employment in the Lagos State public service. We have created the law enforcement cadre for you alone. As I said, it has been two years of brutal work but I think we have arrived at a safe destination from which to take off and so people will come in with a right of election into the public service to say they want to be in the law enforcement cadre and as such after the training, the choice of posting will determine whether you go to LASTMA or KAI”.

Continuing, the Governor explained that the cadre had been designed to take cognizance of the various levels of academic qualifications that applicants may present. “There will be threshold entry levels so that school certificate holders do not lead graduates and we would encourage in service training so that you can rise from rank to rank until you reach the pinnacle of your career”, he reiterated.

Governor Fashola however, underscored the need for the officers to rise up to expectations noting that as the State Government offers the incentives it also expects the officers to do the job with passion, pride, dignity and fear of God for the citizens who employed them.

“As you go out remember this day and this people so that you resist whatever temptation you come across. Not to let yourself and them down. Please be reminded that in the public space there is no hiding place. It is not only these cameramen and photographers that engage in this profession.  Everybody now has a camera phone”.

In a speech, the Commencement Speaker and Editor of the Law Section of the ThisDay Newspaper, Mrs Funke Aboyade said that she was very impressed by the training that the officers had undergone since September 24, 2012, when the programme began.

She noted that as the graduates would begin work with and within communities as advocates of enlightenment they would begin to change the attitude of fellow Lagosians and would also begin to see that the public treatment and perception of them would change for the better.

Don’t Deport Citizens, Aka Ikenga Urges Fashola

The President Aka Ikenga, a think tank group of the Igbo people, Goddy Uwazurike, on Monday said the Lagos state government had good intentions for ridding the metropolis of destitutes but the victims of deportation should have been taken to a homeless shelter, which is the primary responsibility of any government.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Uwazurike said that the situation should not be a case of Lagos versus Anambra state government but rather, it should revolve around the legality of relocating citizens of Lagos, against their wish.

At a meeting between Governor Babtunde Fashola of Lagos and the group, Mr Uwazurike said that it was stated that “it is not a question of Lagos state government versus Anambra state government. It is a question of residents of Lagos. Why should they be moved in the first place?

If they are sick, take them to the hospital. If they are destitutes, take them to a rehabilitation home”.

The Governor however responded that he, as a Senior of Advocate of Nigeria, would not do anything to offend the constitution.

He said both parties agreed that there were many bad eggs in the Lagos state government agencies like Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) and Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).

Mr Uwazurike called on the Lagos government to rehabilitate as many who do not have shelters of their own; he added that ‘living under the bridge’ is not healthy.

Meanwhile, Governor Fashola has said that “14, not 70 or 72 destitutes were picked up on the streets of Lagos as part of a continuous exercise to assist vulnerable citizens who roam our streets without food, or shelter and a number who have medical ailments, usually in the nature of mental infirmity.”

The Lagos state government has deported recently deported some Igbos from  Lagos to the Bridge head at Onitsha, Anambra State.

Policeman kills community leader during Makoko demolition

A Police officer on Saturday allegedly shot dead an Egun community leader in Makoko during a protest staged by residents of the waterfront over the on-going demolition in the area.

The late Otun Baale,Timothy Hunpoyanwa

According to eye witnesses, the victim who was identified as Timothy Hunpoyanwa, was said to be conducting residents of the troubled community who were on a peaceful protest before the police corporal shot him.

The deceased was the assistant Baale of Makoko with the title Otun Baale.

He reportedly gave up the ghost on the way to Gbagada General Hospital.

The Lagos state government began the demolition of the waterfront shanties last Monday, claiming that structures built within 100 metres from a power line installed on the lagoon would be demolished.

It was however gathered that on Saturday morning, a joint task force consisting of police, officials of the state Ministry of Environment and Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI), extended the demolition and this led to a scuttle and protest by the residents.

Confirming the unfortunate incidence, a statement signed by the Police PRO, Ngozi Braide, named the alleged police officer as Corporal Pepple Boma. He is said to be attached to the Marine Police, Oworonsoki Division and was posted on special duty with the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) on the demolition exercise at the water front of Makoko.

According to the statement the police officer “allegedly shot a man in the stomach. The victim was rushed to the General Hospital, Gbagada where he was later confirmed dead. The corpse has been deposited at the General Hospital, Ikeja for post-mortem examination, while the suspect has been arrested and detained at the State CID Panti, Yaba.”

The Police Command appealed to Lagosians to “maintain peace and remain calm as justice must be done in this case” adding that investigation has commenced in the matter.

According to some residents, the incident, which reportedly happened at about 1pm, was unprovoked.

Appealing to the state government, one of the residents, Peter Hunsa, said “we only went out to plead with the government to keep to their word and stop the demolition.”

According to him, “before the demolition, the state government told us that only the structures under a high tension power line would be demolished.”

“So, those of us that were not under the power line did not bother but we were surprised that the demolition has continued beyond the power line and it seems they want to demolish every of our houses,” he said.

“It was a very peaceful protest. Nobody fought them and while we gathered, they still continued the demolition undisturbed. All of a sudden the police came and started shooting and Timothy was killed,” he said.

Since the demolition started, some of the displaced residents have been sleeping outdoor inside the wooden canoes.

A youth in the community, who declined to give his name, was quoted to have said “government needs to appreciate the maturity of the community’s youth because we could have pushed those police officers inside the lagoon and drown them.”

“They cannot swim better than us but we just wanted peace to reign” he added.

12 others residents of the waterfront were also arrested during the protest as KAI officials continued to demolish the shanties.