Emir Of Kano Meets Sanwo-Olu

 

Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero on Sunday paid a historic visit to Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The Emir held a meeting with the Governor at the Lagos House in Marina.

Sanwo-Olu’s Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile on Twitter shared a video of the Emir’s visit.

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He said the first-class monarch spoke on the need for a united Nigeria and called on all citizens to eschew violence and tow the path of peace.

 

 

See photos from the Emir’s visit below…

Infected Lagos House Staff Recover From COVID-19

A file photo of a health worker writing on a paper. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

All the 10 staff members of the Lagos State Government House who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have recovered from the disease.

The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, disclosed this to reporters on Sunday at the State House in Marina, Lagos.

He noted that the officials were discharged from the treatment centres in the state after they tested negative to the disease and have returned to their beats.

Governor Sanwo-Olu explained that the disclosure of their present COVID-19 status was necessary to further promote transparency in the reporting and management of coronavirus cases by the state government.

He also called on banks and markets in the state to strictly enforce orderliness in their premises and ensure social distancing as much as possible.

The governor directed that elderly people must be given the priority to transact their businesses in banks and markets between 9am and 10:30am, and other younger customers should be allowed thereafter.

He, therefore, asked the residents not to take the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown for granted, saying everyone residing in the state must collectively take responsibility for public health safety.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu insisted that the use of face masks in public places was compulsory, noting that the state had distributed one million free face masks to residents in the last two weeks.

He added that thousands more would be distributed in the course of the week, stressing that those in public places without face mask were risking their lives.

The governor decried the laxity observed in the enforcement of the ban on interstate movement, stressing that commercial buses still lag in complying with the spacing of passengers and 60 per cent load capacity.

“We are not happy with the level of compliance by yellow buses despite assurance from their union. We do not want to use force to drive compliance; we want it to be self-compliant.

“We have also not seen the level of compliance we wanted for interstate travels. We are seeking collaboration with the Ogun State government and the police to ensure obedience to the directive on this,” he stated.

10 Persons Associated With Lagos House Test Positive For COVID-19

 

 Ten persons associated with the Lagos State House in Marina have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, revealed this through his Twitter handle on Thursday.

“However, 10 persons associated with Lagos State House in Marina have tested positive to COVID-19”.

The Health Commissioner called on Lagosians to observe the precautionary measures such as social distancing, washing of hands with soaps, and use of hand sanitizers.

READ ALSO: Sanwo-Olu, Wife Test Negative Three Times To COVID-19

“I, therefore, implore you all to continue to embrace the #MaskUpLagos initiative and observe all precautionary measures such as physical distancing, hand washing and other personal hygiene.

“All directives on easing lockdown in Lagos State remain in force. It is our collective responsibility to do all we can to stop the spread of the pandemic”.

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Ambode Launches Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem

AmbodeLagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has called for improvement in the welfare of officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

Governor Ambode made the appeal while launching the 2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem at the Lagos House in Marina.

He advocated for increase in the support for the military personnel who are protecting the territorial integrity of the nation and keeping the country united.

“As we speak, officers and men of the Nigerian armed forces are on the battle field. They have continued to demonstrate bravery, courage and value in order to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our nation. They do this on our behalf that we may continue to live in peace and security.

“As we flag off this remembrance week celebration with the Emblem Appeal Launch, I urge you all especially our corporate organisations to donate generously to this noble course in recognition of the sacrifices of our fallen heroes,” Ambode said.

The Governor emphasised the need for all citizens to appreciate the gallant fallen heroes through donations for the welfare and upkeep of their families.

He added that the appreciation was imperative particularly at a period when the nation was faced with the challenges of insurgency in some parts of the country.

“Today, we make a clarion call to all citizens to demonstrate our appreciation of the efforts of these gallant fallen heroes through donations for the welfare and upkeep of the families they left behind especially their widows and children.

“We must continue to acknowledge and show appreciation, not only for what has been done in the past but also to assure those that are still in active service that their efforts and sacrifices will not be in vain,” the Governor said.

Ambode Inaugurates Committee To Boost Power Supply

ambodeLagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday inaugurated a committee to boost household and business power supply.

He also charged them to work assiduously to create an enabling environment that will ensure 24-hour power supply to residents in the state.

The Governor, speaking at the Lagos House, Ikeja, during the inauguration, said that the issue of power challenge must be addressed, in order to achieve sustainable economic growth and development in Nigeria and Lagos State in particular.

Governor Ambode said that in view of the importance of the Lagos economy to the nation and the concerns that have been expressed particularly by the business community, his administration has considered it expedient to constitute an advisory committee on power.

He added that no state in the federation is more affected by the state of the power sector than Lagos.

A statement made available by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Habib Haruna, Governor Ambode added that Lagos State accounts for over 60 per cent of the industrial and commercial activities in Nigeria.

The governor emphasised that the energy requirement for the state is estimated at about 5,000 Mega Watts, of which only about 1000 Mega Watts is currently being supplied; hence the need to inaugurate a committee that would ensure the power need of the people is met.

He said members of the Committee consist of representatives from the State Government and industry experts from the private sector, urging them to provide a sustainable guide in the development of a road map for reliable power supply in the state, foster collaboration and develop a congress or platform for all major power stakeholders in the state and the private sector.

Members of the Committee include the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Mrs Oluranti Adebule, the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Wale Oluwo, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem and the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde.

Other members of the committee include representatives of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company, Eko Electricity Distribution Company, Transmission Company of Nigeria, Gaslink Nigeria Limited, Falcon Corporation Limited and Egbin Power Plc.

Governor Ambode, shortly after the inauguration tasked the committee to make electricity available to Lagos residents for both business and domestic use, just as he expressed confidence that they would not disappoint.

The Governor also hinted that in order to underscore his administration’s commitment to security of lives and property, his administration has embarked on an aggressive programme of lighting up Lagos.

He explained that major highways and streets are being connected from point to point, using Independent Power Projects (IPPs) and other means effectively.

He also encouraged individuals, private homes and corporate organizations to take up streets or roads of their choice and light them up with connections to their meters and generators, assuring that the state government will reciprocate the gesture by giving concessions to them in the payment of their annual Land Use Charges.

Police Assure Residents Of Peace During Elections In Lagos  

policeThe Police in Lagos has assured residents of their readiness to work in collaboration with other security agencies, to ensure hitch free elections in the state.

The State Deputy Commissioner of Police Operation, Mr. Johnson Kokumo said this while fielding questions from journalists at the Lagos House, Marina.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police also told journalists that the State Police Command and other security agencies have put in place adequate strategies, to ensure a hitch free exercise and adequate peace before, during and after the general elections in the State.

Reacting to the incident that happened in Oshodi two weeks ago, the Police boss said security has since been beefed up in the area with Armored Personnel Carriers stationed in strategic locations, ensuring the incident would never recur.

The Police boss also said, “already security has been beefed up all over the place; if you go there now you will see things for yourself. We have in place Armored Personnel Carriers, we have adequate number of Police Mobile Force units deployed there along with Intelligence officers who are collecting information to ensure that before any evil plans  are carried out we would have gotten information; meaning that proactive measures are in place.’’

Present at the event are members of the Security Council; Cammander NNS Beecroft, Olokun Apapa, Navy Commodore Teikum Ikoli, Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Major Tunde Panox (Rtd), Commander Airforce Base Ikeja, Air Commodore Lere Osanyintolu, , Commander 9 Mechanized Brigade, Major General Ahmed Mohammed Sabo, Director State Security Service, Mr. Ben Olayi, among others.

 

Fashola Announces 83 Per Cent 2014 Budget Performance

The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, fasholahas announced a 83-per cent cumulative performance for the 2014 Budget.

The performance represents the accomplished Budget in the first, second, third and fourth quarters of the year which stood at 67 per cent, 106 per cent, 84 per cent and 77 per cent respectively.

Addressing a press conference at the Lagos State House, Ikeja, Governor Fashola also announced that the fourth quarter budget performance stood at 77 per cent, saying the impact of the fourth quarter performance of the budget was already visible across the State in projects such as, the completed court buildings in Epe and Ikeja.

Governor Fashola also said that other projects that benefitted from the fourth quarter budget were the solar projects in primary health institution, primary schools, progress in road works across the state such as Agiti, Isheri-Oshun bridge behind Jakande Estate which are completed.

On the priorities of his administration in its last days, Governor Fashola promised to continue to do more of what the administration have done in order to close strongly.

“As I said before, in the rain and in the sun we will continue to provide service; that is the role of government.”

Governor Fashola listed other areas of priority to include settling as many obligations as it could, “in spite of the difficult financial situation,” to contractors to accelerate and complete more on-going projects.

Fashola also declared:  “We are issuing more contracts to support small businesses. We are in procurement now for maintenance contracts for about 606 schools which are contracts that range between N2 million and N5 million for small businesses”.

He said that beneficiaries would be graduates from the State’s technical and vocational centres who have formed small companies, and members of the society who bid for the contracts as well as those who show “demonstrable capacity”.

 

We Will Reduce Crime To Barest Minimum, Police Assure Lagosians  

PoliceThe Police in Lagos have assured Lagosians that they would work in collaboration with other security agencies in the State to reduce crime and criminality to the barest minimum during the “Ember” months comprising September, October, November and December.

Fielding questions from newsmen after the weekly State Security Council Meeting presided over by Governor Babatunde Fashola, at the Lagos House, Marina, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Office of Operations, Lagos State Police Command, Mr. Emmanuel Ngwu, said that the Police was ready and would ensure that Lagosians sleep with their two eyes closed during the period.

Noting that the period was not new to the Police in the state, Ngwu gave assurance of the readiness of the Command and other security agencies to curtail crime in the state during the months leading to the Christmas and New Year festivities, adding that the Police always step up the alertness level as the period approaches.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police advised motorcycle riders (okada) in the State to restrict their operations to the roads approved for them in the Lagos State Road Traffic Law, warning that the Police would continue to enforce the law as long as they continue to ply roads not approved by the law.

“Let us obey a simple law. Lagos State Government has been so magnanimous, they never banned okada. They restricted okada on some routes; let okada riders take only those routes they are allowed to take and stop coming on the expressway and the routes on which they are restricted. If they continue to go on the routes they are prohibited, Police will continue to clamp down on them,'” he said.

On the issue of the use of siren, Ngwu recalled that the former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar Manko, who is currently an AIG, has given the mandate that every person who is not authorized to use siren must now stop using it, “If you are caught, you face the law. That is the definite instruction,” he added.

He said that the meeting also discussed the activities of cultists and street gangs in the state. He disclosed that the Governor had given directives concerning them and that the Police, in collaboration with other security agencies, would implement the directives to the letter.

He declared, “We are not going to fold our arms and watch cult members killing and maiming innocent and law-abiding Lagosians. So, we are moving in conjunction with every other security agency in Lagos State; we are going after them, either they change or we catch them, arrest them and prosecute them in court. That is the directive.”

Fashola Meets With Operators Of Fuel Tank Farms, Calls For Vigilance

Gov-Fashola (1)The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday met with operators of fuel tank farms in Apapa and urged them to be more vigilant around their operational bases also promptly reporting vehicles that cannot be accounted for in their areas of operation to the police and security agencies.

In a meeting with the Tank Farm owners at the Lagos House, Alausa, Fashola urged the operators to ensure that no vehicle that could not be accounted for should be allowed to park within the premises or make use of their facilities so as not to compromise the security of the State.

The Governor who said he had met with various business operators at many levels, told the operators, that “the game must change”.

“We have met with hospitality facilities, we have met with health, we have met with the malls, the motor parks, we are taken every measure and we are not leaving anything to chance. Every information that we get we check. But we need leaders in strategic places because we can’t run your businesses and we need you now to take responsibility in this area and leave the rest to us”.

Pointing out that property values are diminishing in the area as a result of the operation of tankers, the Governor said: “But you know what is going to happen? The demand is going to transfer to the other side of town. So we are all going to pay for it. If I cannot live in Apapa again, the next thing I will do is ask, where else can I live”.

“The question we will ask ourselves is how sustainable is hauling of fuel going to be. It is diminishing the lifespan of our roads and we are continuing and we are heading to a point where we will no longer be able to travel by road again if we don’t change quickly now,” he said, stating that the Federal Government may not be expected to do anything about the problem.

“If you go along Alaka and Barracks you will see that all almost all the street lights have been knocked down mainly by tankers and trailers. We don’t come back to you to say you damaged public property come and repair it. But we should. Driving along Eko Bridge and Apongbon just see the disjoints that are going on; they are not accidents it is tonnage pressure.”

Noting that the fear of the tanker drivers over the new development could be that they would not have any more jobs, the Governor said the drivers could be tanker owners and blend into the business instead of driving on the roads. “If there is an accident, the people who may be affected would be reduced if it is rail transportation”.

He also said that the operators were there because of local content. “Now the local oil companies have outstripped the Texacos, the Mobils and the Totals. But when they started this business about 50 years ago, they transported by rails. We forced them into the roads; but now this generation can do the right thing and go back to the rails”.

At the meeting were representatives of all the major fuel Tank Farm Operators and the Commissioner of Police, Mr Aliyu Mohammed Manko, Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Engineer Taofeek Tijani, Director of State Security Service (SSS), Mr Ben Olayi and Commander 9 Brigade cantonment, Ikeja, Brigadier A.S. Maikoba.

Fashola Receives UEFA Champions League Trophy, Ruud Gullit In Lagos

Fashola GullitLagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Thursday received the UEFA Champions League trophy on a tour of the State from former World Footballer of the Year, Ruud Gullit, with a challenge that Nigerians must take benefit of the power of football as tool for growing economies and alleviating poverty.

The Governor who spoke at the Conference Room of the Lagos House, Ikeja, when he received the trophy team from the Nigerian Breweries Plc. led by the Marketing Director, Mr Walter Direnth, added that millions of kids can be taken off the streets in addition to millions of people who can benefit as jobs could be created in stadia through stewards, food vending and transportation.

He said that the tour of the trophy to the country presents an opportunity for Nigerians to begin to think deeply about how they can turn what is a global passion into a great economic opportunity for the region, state and community.

According to the Governor, though the UEFA Champions League Cup is a European Cup, there are opportunities and lessons that Nigeria could learn from what Europe has done with its club football.

“Can we increase the sponsorship for the African Champions league and can we increase television rights pay offs and so on. It is really in our hands in terms of what to do. We have all of the big brands here, we have television coverage now, the internet reach and the media reach is also increasing”, he stressed.

The Governor explained that the trophy  symbolizes many long nights of engagements and passion in Nigerian homes and communities and thanked the Nigerian Breweries Plc for bringing it to Nigeria and to Lagos and expressed the hope that the inspirational purpose of the trophy’s tour  would be served.

He also sought the possibility of getting some school kids in the state to make contact with the trophy before it leaves the country by arranging a gathering in the stadium with the kids so that they can have a feel of the visit of an accomplished player like Ruud Gullit.

He recalled that some of the things that his administration has done include bringing in players who are still in currency and those who have retired, adding that Rio Ferdinand and Emmanuel Adebayor were in Lagos in the past on similar visits.

According to the Governor, if Ruud Gullit can find the time, government can do something and start off a development, maintaining that he was certain the kids would be thrilled just to run around with Ruud Gullit and that the State would be ready to do everything that it takes to make it happen.

“The Williams Sisters came here and it was a wonderful day sitting back and watching them in the arena, I felt really delighted about that kind of interaction for our children”, he added.

Speaking earlier, a former World Footballer of the year and Heineken Ambassador, Ruud Gullit thanked the State Government for the invitation to the team, restating that he knows how good the Nigerian national team was in the past which produced excellent players some of whom he has played against in charity matches.

He described his footballing experience as unbelievable as it is for any player in the world to have played at the pinnacle and win the Champions League which he has had the privilege of doing twice.

Also speaking, the Marketing Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr Walter Direnth, expressed the gratitude of the company to the State Government for the reception accorded to the team on the trophy tour.

Ruud Gullit later unveiled the trophy before presenting it to the Lagos State Governor, while the guests present including Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Social Development, Mr Enitan Oshodi, former Nigerian internationals Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha and Sunday Oliseh had photo sessions with the trophy.

Fashola Signs Lagos State Consumer Protection Law

Fashola Sings CPLThe Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Monday gave his assent to the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency Bill, stating that the purpose of the law was to protect consumers and to ensure that they get value for their money.

The Governor who spoke at the Conference Room of the Lagos House, Ikeja added that the piece of legislative intervention also aims at ensuring that goods that are put on the market are fit for the purpose for which they are sold.

He explained that consumers must be able to seek relief or remedy against manufacturers who put goods that are substandard or those that are not fit for purpose unto the market, adding that he expects that the law would tell consumers that they should not be helpless against erring manufacturers or vendors or service providers, because the State Government has deemed it proper to give support to them so that their voices can be heard.

“I think everybody benefits because it raises the service levels of providers, it raises compliance levels, it improves the quality and standards of goods that are put in the market and the manufacturers and service providers also now know that there is at least a minimum service level expectation that the market will expect”, he explained.

Speaking earlier on some of the provisions of the new law, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Ade Ipaiye said the new law repeals the Lagos State Consumer Protection Committee Law, Cap. L15, LLS 2003 and does not affect any right that a consumer may have under any other law.

The Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency is also conferred with all the powers of a corporate body and would have representatives of the Ministries of Health, Commerce and Industry, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and Standards Organisation of Nigeria as well as two representatives of recognized private sector organizations, the Attorney-General said.

The Attorney-General added that the agency shall also have power to ensure speedy redress of consumer complaints through negotiation, mediation and conciliation, ensure replacement of hazardous products and their elimination from the market in addition to initiating investigation whether it has received a complaint or not.

He noted that the agency is also empowered to publicize banned, withdrawn, restricted or unapproved products and cause offending businesses to compensate their consumers and also has the powers to apply to court where necessary to stop the circulation of hazardous products.

Section 14 of the new law provides that “if a complaint is filed by one or more consumer, consumer associations, State or Local Government Agency, after due investigation, including laboratory test which gives both sides an opportunity to be heard, the agency may direct the person responsible for the harmful product to remove the defect, replace the products, return the price paid, pay damages and withdraw the product from circulation.”

According to Mr Ipaiye, a person found guilty under the law shall be liable on first conviction to a fine of 500,000 Naira or imprisonment for 3 months, while subsequent conviction attracts a fine of 750,000 Naira or 6 months imprisonment.

The event was witnessed by the Chairman of the House of Assembly Committee on Transport, Commerce and Industry, Bisi Yussuf and Lanre Ogunyemi, as well as members of the State Executive Council, including the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mrs Sola Oworu, Special Adviser on Commerce and Industry, Mr Seye Oladejo and Special Adviser on Political and Legislative Powers Bureau, Muslim Folami among others.

Fashola Signs No Smoking Bill Into Law

The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola has signed into law the No Smoking in Public Places Bill.

Governor Fashola who assented to the bill at the Lagos House, Ikeja, was optimistic that the law would further strengthen the State Government’s commitment towards protecting lives of the citizens.

According to the law, people who smoke in public places will risk a three year jail term.

The bill prohibits smoking in areas designated as non-smoking areas, including museums, public toilets, library, nurseries, day care centers and any facility used for the care of infants.

The law also mandates owners of public places to place signs with the inscription; ‘No Smoking’ or symbols as part of enlightenment for smokers and would-be violators of the law.

It also mandates them to create areas far from the vicinity where people could smoke. Non-compliance by owners of public places, according to the law shall attract a fine of 100, 000 Naira or 6 months imprisonment, or other non-custodial punishment that the judge may deem fit.

In the case of a corporate organisation’s refusal to place a ‘No Smoking’ sign or symbol within its premises, any personnel in the management of the corporate body would be liable to a fine in the sum of 250, 000 Naira upon conviction. This may be a director or manager in the organisation.

According to the bill, anyone who repeatedly violates the provisions of the law, on conviction shall be liable to a fine of 50, 000 Naira or 6 months imprisonment or both. While anyone who smokes in the presence of a child shall be liable on conviction to a fine of 15, 000 Naira or 1 month imprisonment.