Fashion Industry Will Be One Of Nigeria’s Biggest Sources Of Revenue – Osinbajo

A file photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
A file photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is projecting that the fashion industry will be one of the biggest sources of revenue to the country in the near future.

“The fashion industry will be one of Nigeria’s biggest sources of revenues and I can assure you, it will be much bigger than all that we see today,” Osinbajo said on Friday at the virtual commissioning of the Fashion Cluster Shared Facility for MSMEs, the Eko Fashion Hub 1, in Lagos State.

“The scheme itself covers a wide range of shared facilities of various kinds. But this one, the fashion hub, is the latest example and it seeks to provide high-quality operating equipment which more businesses can access at a reasonable cost within a conducive space.”

While disclosing that the fashion hub will service three hundred and eighty MSMEs daily, Osinbajo explained that the ripple effects of the shared facility will be felt massively by businesses, especially those around it.

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“The facility will generally help in reducing the operating cost for users, allowing them to invest their savings in expanding their businesses and hiring more staff,” the 63-year-old Professor of Law and former Head, Department of Public Law, University of Lagos, added.

A Deep Commitment 

Although the former Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice admitted that 2020 has been a rough one due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he assured that the Federal Government is deeply committed to helping MSMEs.

“As we all know, MSMEs are the engine of the Nigerian economy. When they strive, the economy strives; when they struggle, the economy struggles,” Osinbajo stressed.

“This is why the Federal Government is deeply committed to ensuring that we incrementally create the best possible environment for MSMEs to do well.

“The administration is doing this in various ways from improving access to credit through the Central Bank, Development Bank of Nigeria and others.”

Osinbajo who in June this year virtually commissioned and handed over the 200,000-capacity Yam Storage Facility at the Zaki Biam International Yam Market in Benue State, disclosed that there are plans to establish more Shared Facilities in other parts of the country.

“We are doing all these to support MSMEs across the country to maintain their staffing levels and keep their businesses afloat through these very challenging times,” he explained during the event.

Sanwo-Olu Pledges 20 Cars To Outstanding Teachers In Lagos

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu attends the Eko Educators Webinar Performance Series 3.3 hosted by the Lagos State Teaching Service Commission. Sept 8.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu attends the Eko Educators Webinar Performance Series 3.3 hosted by the Lagos State Teaching Service Commission. Sept 8.

 

Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has reiterated his administration’s commitment to reward excellence service delivery in the Lagos State Post Primary teaching service, pledging 20 cars to deserving teachers across the six Education Districts in the State.

The Governor made this pledge during the Virtual training of teachers tagged Eko Educators Webinar Performance Series 3.3, noting that teachers are key change agents who will be remembered for shaping the future generation of leaders.

He went further to advise teachers to embrace technology in improving the quality of teaching which ultimately makes them great teachers, indeed.

“This is the era of technology and it is working well for us. Technology has become a very strong tool that we cannot do away within our everyday lives. With technology, we can think locally and act globally”, he said.

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He added that great teachers are always remembered for the lives they shape, deriving satisfaction in their students becoming role models to be proud of.

Also, the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, emphasized that most critical to the success of any school system is the quality of teaching and learning which is exhibited in the quality of teachers with a multiplier effect on our children.

Mrs. Adefisayo appreciated Lagos State teachers for their continual self-development in addition to the government efforts in their development.
She commended TESCOM board for the idea of Virtual training, which she said was doing well for the progress of the Education Sector and Lagos State at large.

She noted that as the pandemic was winding up, teachers are expected as locus paretic to put in their best in bringing up the children who might have gone through different degree of trauma during the pandemic.

The Chairman, Teaching Service Commission, Mrs. Elizabeth Olabisi Ariyo, while welcoming Governor Babajide Sanwo -Olu during the Webinar series, said that the Webinar was a conscious effort of the Commission in improving teaching styles, optimize the teaching profession, turn around the life of our children, and ultimately, impact on our future.

She noted that the Webinar has initiated Post Primary School Teachers in Lagos State to be prepared and proactive in teaching and learning to meet the challenges of the ‘new normal’.

“The platform portends to address teachers’ wellness and wellbeing, update them with trending facts to update their teaching skill, and has had notable distinguished personalities of interest in the public service and society at large to discuss issues”.

She appreciated the magnanimity of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for approval of the Teachers’ Exit Replacement Programme with over 1,000 new appointees, the Retrospective Course approval for over 700 Teachers which had lingered since 2013, Digital training of all Post-Primary Schools Teachers on Microsoft Teams platform, varying Digital Virtual training exposing our Teachers to be digital complaint, various Capacity enhancement of Teachers in Lagos State and a host of others which has upscaled and enhanced proper integration of TESCOM in the “new normal”.

While appreciating the Governor for his visionary leadership and role model, the Chairman urged Teachers and other participants to be attentive and ensure active participation in the course of the session.

The Permanent Secretary, TESCOM, Mrs. Toyin Awoseyi, while applauding the presence of Mr. Governor on the Webinar, affirmed that this was an attestation to the priority placed on Teachers and the Education Sector and opined that to whom much is given, much is expected.

The facilitator, Mr. Fela Durotoye, CEO, Gemstone Group, delved extensively on the topic “The Making of a Great Teacher in the Centre of Excellence”, emphasizing the importance of striving to become ‘’great teachers’’.

“As important as teachers are, teachers cannot be remembered, but great teachers cannot be forgotten”, he added.

Lagos Govt Suspends LSFVCB Boss, Denies 5% Levy On Digital Content

A file photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Lagos State Government has suspended the Executive Secretary of the State’s Film and Video Censors Board agency (LSFVCB), Bamidele Balogun, who signed a memo announcing a five percent levy on all visual and audio content produced in the state.

In a statement on Saturday, the Commissioner for information and strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, denied the claim that the state government gave the directive for the announcement.

He disclosed that an administrative inquiry has been set up to investigate the motives behind the purported move.

“The Executive Secretary, Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Mr Bamidele Balogun, is said to have announced a 5% levy. The Government hereby dissociates itself from the said announcement in the media,” the statement said.

It added, “The Executive Secretary, who was not authorised to make such an announcement, has been suspended, pending an administrative inquiry.

“The fifth pillar of the THEMES Agenda, the development policy of this administration, is Entertainment and Tourism. Practitioners are partners in our effort to ensure that Lagos State remains Africa’s leader in entertainment.”

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According to the commissioner, the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration is sensitive to the fact that the industry has been badly hit by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He, therefore, urged stakeholders in the industry to disregard the publication and continue to remain partners with the state government in achieving its mandate in the entertainment industry.

Channels Television had sighted a memo titled: “Implementation of 5% levy on all audio and visual content on all physical and digital platform,” and signed by Mr Balogun.

In the memo, the suspended LSFVCB boss had said the request for an immediate five per cent payment on the subject matter, included content produced, sold, distributed, marketed, exhibited, streamed, downloaded, and shared across all physical and digital platform within the state.

He also stated that a direct debit mandate form was attached for stakeholders to fill and return to the state agency.

Media Tax: Lagos Distances Itself From Five Percent Levy, Suspends Executive Secretary Of Film Board

A file photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Lagos State Government on Friday said it has no five percent levy on audio and visual contents of physical and digital platforms and suspended the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Bamidele Balogun.

A letter from the film board addressed to IROKO TV’s Jason Njoku, and seeking the payment of five percent levy “on all audio and visual content on all physical and digital platforms” had been circulating on social media this week.

The letter, signed by Balogun, was dated August 31.

In a series of tweets by Spokesman to the Lagos State Governor, Gboyega Akosile, such a levy was not approved by the state government.

 

“There is no levy on Audio and Visual contents of all Physical and Digital Platforms in Lagos State,” Gboyega said.

“The Government hereby dissociates itself from the said announcement in the media. The Executive Secretary, who was not authorised to make such an announcement, has been suspended, pending an administrative enquiry.”

Akosile noted that the administration was not insensitive to the fact that the entertainment and tourism industry had been badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic and would not seek to inflict more pain with taxes.

“All stakeholders in the Entertainment Industry are advised to disregard the said publication,” Akosile said.

Lagos Govt. Kicks Off 2020 Community Clean-Up

A photo showing Lagos state officials cleaning up the streets.
A photo showing Lagos state officials cleaning up the streets.

 

In furtherance of its commitment to establish sustainable solutions to challenges of environmental abuse, the Lagos State Office of Sustainable Development Goals and Investment (OSDGI) has kicked off the 2020 Community based clean-up campaign, imploring residents to take pride in the appearance of their community.

Addressing the media during a sensitization campaign at Alimosho, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Sustainable Development Goals and Investment, Mrs. Solape Hammond described the initiative as an important platform to accentuate the need for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

She explained that the bold commitment to achieving the SDGs, which aspires to ensure healthy living by reducing threats to human life and the surrounding environment that sustains it, is cardinal in the State’s T.H.E. M.E.S Developmental Agenda.

According to her, the current negative trends of environmental abuse is undermining the progress towards 80 percent of the assessed targets of the Sustainable Development Goals related to poverty, hunger, health, sustainable consumption and production, water, cities, climate, oceans, and land.

“The environment is a representation of its residents; we must desist from activities that debase it. The government on its part is intensifying societal awareness and policy action against the scourge of environmental pollution, it is the responsibility of every resident to support the government’s approach to bequeath a safe and healthy environment for development”, the Special Adviser disclosed.

She stated that the essence of the campaign is to unite and inspire Lagosians to cultivate the habit of caring for the environment, adding that developing robust, coherent, and coordinated solutions that jointly address the menace of the environment further makes the state resilient.

“Lagos residents need to note that protecting the environment is, without doubt, the best way to protect themselves against diseases and other harmful environmental hazards. We should be a community that cares for the environment and works together to make a different”, she said.

Highlighting the significance of sustaining a healthy ecosystem in an economically viable city like Lagos, the Special Adviser noted that a clean environment underpins the delivery of quality socio-economic services and provides reliable solutions to challenges related to urban well-being.

While leading members of the State Volunteer Corps and other participants in sensitizing the people, the Special Adviser explained that the current global health issue has given us more reason to be resolute in addressing the crisis facing nature, affirming that the potent weapon to flatten the curve of the disease and protect ourselves against future outbreak is to maintain a litter-free environment.

“The impact of this pandemic which is in no hurry to loosen a grip on mankind is increasingly drawing our attention to the need to protect the environment against abuse from human behaviour and mitigate the adverse impact of climate change. And our response to the pandemic should stem from the desire to protect nature”, she reiterated.

Hammond disclosed further that the multiple economic, social and health service a cleaner environment delivers is overwhelming and as such, the comprehensive plan of action to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals must revolve around the people.

“One of the main challenges of sanitation is sustainability, especially in a metropolitan city like Lagos State. In order to serve the city’s growing population, sanitation has to be adapted to several specific contexts. Increased investment in sanitation must be complemented with citizens’ resolve to approach the environment responsibly”, she explained.

She reiterated commitment on collaboration with the Local Government Authorities and other relevant bodies at the grassroots in encouraging residents to be environmentally disciplined, adding that local business communities, community leaders, market associations, youth organizations, religious institutions must support this effort at achieving an environmentally sustainable society.

In his remarks, the Chairman, Alimosho Local Government Area. Hon. Jelili Adewale applauded the noble role the office of SDGs & Investment is playing towards creating a conducive atmosphere through community mobilization and public sensitization.

“The rewards for routine cleaning of the environment are inestimable and we are glad that the state government is at the forefront of efforts to protect and give value to the environment across the state. The office of SDGs & Investment through this campaign is encouraging citizens to own up to the responsibility of safeguarding their community from filth”, he explained.

While assuring that his office will not relent in supporting initiatives that will improve the wellbeing of residents, the Chairman made a passionate appeal to Lagosians to improve on their hygiene etiquette and sustain the effort.

The annual sanitary campaign which is expected to be carried out in all the 57 Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas of the State will significantly complement the government’s efforts towards the regeneration of the environment.

Truck Which Killed Chidinma, Others Had No Road Worthiness – Lagos VIS

A file photo of a court gavel.

 

 

The Lagos State Government has commenced its trial against the suspected owner and driver of the truck carrying an unlatched container which fell and killed 26-year-old Chidinma Ajoku and two others.

At the State High Court sitting in the Igbosere area on Thursday, the Attorney General of Lagos, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), amended the charge against the two defendants to 7 counts as against the earlier 3 counts filed against them.

In the amended charge, the truck owner and the driver are facing 6 counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of liability for the safety of vehicles which caused the deaths of Chidinma Ajoku, Nnaekpe Victor, and Daniel Okwuoge.

 

Mother of Chidinma Ajoku looks at the picture of her daughter on her phone. Chidinma was killed in a Lagos road accident on July 26 while returning from work.

 

The Attorney General also called the first prosecution witness, a Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) officer, Hamed Baruwa, an engineer to testify.

The witness told the court that investigations conducted by his team showed that the truck which caused the accident had no roadworthiness.

He said “following directives from my boss, Akin George Fashola, I proceeded on August 6, to Ilasamaja Police station, where I met DSP Oluwasola Omololu and he took me to the place they parked the vehicle at Balex Bus stop. When I got there with my team, I saw the Volkswagen commercial bus that had been compressed because of the container that fell on it.

“I asked for the truck and the DSP took me to the place where it is parked; it was a 20 feet container; I noticed that the truck is not road worthy, the front and back fender were not there, the rear lights and backlights were not there, and the shaft of the vehicle had pulled out,” Baruwa stated.

 

The truck said to have killed Chidinma and another passenger on Sunday.

 

The witness said he then went back to the scene of the accident to take a look at the road. He found out that the road has no pothole inward Mile 2. After his investigations, he took photographs of his observations.

When he got back to his office, the Vehicle Inspection Officer said he logged the registration number of the truck, SGM 715 XA, into their detective machine database and discovered that the vehicle license had expired since 2018.

After this testimony, the defendant’s counsel, Mr M. A. Osamede, urged the court for an adjournment to enable him to cross-examine the witness.

Justice Mobolanle Okikiolu-Ighile has adjourned till August 26, for the continuation of trial.

Background

One of the counts of the charge reads, “Sodiq Okanlawon, on July 26, at about 4: 30pm, at Apapa-Oshodi Expressway Ilasamaja, did drive his articulated vehicle with reg no. SGM 715 XA, recklessly without latching the container thereon and caused the container to fall and caused the deaths of Nnaekpe Victor, Chidinma Ajoku and Daniel Okwuoge.”

Another count states that Wasiu Lekan, failed, neglected and refused to ensure that his articulated vehicle with reg no. SGM 715 XA, was roadworthy, which caused the death of the three persons.

The two defendants were also accused of liability for the safety of vehicles, by failing to obtain valid vehicle license, hackney permit and insurance certificate of their vehicle, in conformity with the conditions and standard of commercial vehicles in Lagos State.

The offences were said to have been committed on July 26, 2020, at about 4.30 pm, on Oshodi Expressway, in Ilasamaja area.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to all 7 counts.

COVID-19: Churches Reopen In Lagos State

 

Worship centres in Lagos have re-opened partially across the state today, after being locked down for several months in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

This follows the directive announced by governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on august the 1st with the provision that worship centers can only fill up 50 per cent of their capacity.

The state government last Thursday released several safety protocols and guidelines numbering 46 that must be adhered to during services at places of worship in the first phase.

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Worshippers are seen maintaining their social distance as they partake in worship on Sunday.

Commissioner for home affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, further revealed that the state is not interested in sanctioning any religious house but will encourage them to comply with guidelines for reopening of worship centers.

In a similar vein, the Federal Ministry of Health has urged places of worship to ensure that their members worship in well-ventilated spaces.

According to a Twitter post by the Health Ministry, all worshipers are enjoined to continue their worship safely by maintaining a distance of 2 metres from others.

Sallah: Lagosians Should Emulate Boy In Viral Video And ‘Calm Down’ – Sanwo-Olu

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

 

 

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has urged residents of the state to emulate a boy seen in  a viral video pleading with his mother over a misdemeanor, and “calm down” even as they celebrate the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir.

In the video making the rounds on social media, the little boy could be seen pleading with his mother and telling her to “calm down” after flouting her instructions.

The video did not just end up on social media as the Lagos State Governor, in his Sallah message to residents of the commercial centre, said the boy’s gesture, carries “deeper meaning.”

Describing the exchange between the mother and son as funny, Governor Sanwo-Olu said it reflects the challenges parents go through trying to mold their children into better individuals, saying he wants to meet the boy.

“Interestingly, the video inspired this special message to the good people of Lagos State because of the deeper meaning it conveys,” the governor tweeted on his handle, Wednesday.

“Fellow Lagosians, we need to ‘calm down’ as we enjoy the coming holiday and festivity.”

Sanwo-Olu reminded Lagosians of the sacrifices by Prophet Ibrahim, called on them to emulate such and also demonstrate self-restraint especially as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We need to be moderate in our celebration and observe prescribed protocols towards defeating the deadly coronavirus,” Sanwo-Olu restated.

“The world needs the responsibility and commitment of its people to oust coronavirus.

“I urge every Lagosian to ‘calm down’ and not get carried away. Like the rest of the world, we are still in the middle of a pandemic and need to remain extremely careful to keep the gains of the sacrifices we have all made in the past months,” Sanwo-Olu restated.

“Let’s calm down! As an aside, I would like to meet the young boy since we both now have exclusive rights to the phrasal verb ‘calm down’.”

 

Boat Capsizes In Lagos

 

A boat has capsized at the Marine Police Headquarters, Awolowo Road, in the Ikoyi area of Lagos.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) disclosed this on Wednesday, noting that the incident occurred on Tuesday night.

“On arrival of the Shark Squad, LASEMA Lekki Zonal Office at the incident scene, on the night of Tuesday, 28 July, 2020, investigation carried out revealed that a boat capsized,” the DG/CEO LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu said in a statement.

Oke-Osanyintolu, however, noted that the occupants of the boat were rescued.

Some of them include: Ogungbe Taiwo (Captain of the Boat) Ernest Abode, Anjadick Emmanuel, Isah Obima, Ewere Mashack Bulus Oyefeso, Oluwamayo Owoyemi, Taiwo Peter, Aina Oluwasanmi, Lawal Gbolahan and Chinasa Temitope(female).

The agency also noted that a second boat was recovered from the water, about 10 minutes after the first one which had seven victims on board.

It said the total number of victims recused is now 17 (16 Males and 1 female).

Several Injured In Ajao Estate Gas Explosion

The site of the gas explosion in Ajao Estate, Lagos State on July 28. Photo: LASEMA

 

Several persons have been injured following a gas explosion in Ajao Estate, Lagos.

The incident occurred at about 6:58 pm, barely 24 hours after a gas leakage incident at the Palm Groove Estate.

The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service Agency disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the Ag. Head, Mrs. Margaret Adeseye, the explosion was a result of de-caning of an accytelene gas by one of the victim vendors in an L-shaped row of 27 shops.

Six shops were severely damaged and 21 others were partially affected at Inuwa Muhammed Street, adjoining Gbolahan Primary School on 7 Ashafa Afariogun Street, of the Ajao Estate.

While the statement made no mention of any deaths, it stated that five persons were rescued, of which two had sustained injuries.

 

The site of the gas explosion in Ajao Estate, Lagos State on July 28. Photo: LASEMA

 

“Isolo Fire Station was swiftly mobilized to salvage the situation, and on arrival recovered three adults, two females and a male while two adult males with various degree of injuries were rescued alive and have since been taken to the hospital,” it said.

“The Fire, which emanated from the explosion, severely burnt two cars, a Toyota Camry and Kia saloon cars with registration number LSR 825 FA and EPE 212 CA respectively, a Tri-cycle and some shops”.

Several Injured In Ajao Estate Gas Explosion

According to the statement, the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, LASEMA, LASAMBUS, SHEMU, LASTMA, Red Cross and the Police from Ajao Estate Division collaborated in salvaging the situation from getting out of hand.

It also noted that further investigation would be conducted to avert future reoccurrence.

62 Recovered COVID-19 Patients Discharged In Lagos

 

62 more persons have recovered from COVID-19 in Lagos State.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed this on Tuesday evening, adding that the patients have been discharged from isolation centres.

According to the governor, the patients comprise 19 females and 43 males including 11 foreign nationals.

Breaking it down further, Governor Sanwo-Olu noted that 22 of the patients were discharged from the Onikan Isolation Centre, 10 from the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba; two from Gbagada, four from Agidingbi and 17 from the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

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Lagos has remained the epicenter of the virus with 14,848 cases, followed by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with 3,560, and Oyo with 2,660 cases.

The country currently has 41,804 cases, while 18,764 persons have been discharged and 868 deaths have been recorded.

Bode George Demands Justice For Funsho Williams 14 Years After Murder

Funsho Williams was murdered under controversial circumstances in 2006. 14 years after his death, Politician, Bode George is demanding justice. (File Photo)

 

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Leader of Ọmọ Eko Pataki Forum, Chief Olabode George, has called for justice over the death of Funsho Williams.

In a statement on Monday, George appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to re-open the investigation of the brutal murder of the politician after 14 years of the incident.

He said the law should be animated to fish out those who murdered Williams so that they can pay the supreme price.

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Chief Bode George is demanding justice for Funsho Williams (File Photo)

 

Williams was murdered on July 27, 2006, under controversial circumstances in the run-up to the Lagos State Governorship election for which he was an aspirant.

“It has been 14 years now when a terrible dark cloud fell upon the Lagosian entity and upon all lovers of freedom. It was really a very sad day on that horrific July 27, 2006, as the blood-soaked body of Engineer Funsho Williams was discovered in his Dolphin residence in Ikoyi,” the statement read in part.

“Funsho Williams, the famous Ọmọluabi Eko had been murdered in gruesome circumstances. He was tied, gagged and stabbed by some evil assassins apparently paid to stop his gubernatorial ambition. He was only 58-years-old when he was taken away from us by cowardly men who reposed in dark, brutish villainy”.

While stating that the memory of Williams will never be forgetten, George said the Ọmọ Eko Pataki group will never compromise on ensuring that the “beloved son of Lagos gets a deserved justice”.

See the full statement below.

Funsho Williams: Ọmọluabi Eko Still Waiting For Justice

It has been 14 years now when a terrible dark cloud fell upon the Lagosian entity and upon all lovers of freedom. It was really a very sad day on that horrific July 27, 2006 as the blood soaked body of Engineer Funsho Williams was discovered in his Dolphin residence in Ikoyi.

Funsho Williams, the famous Ọmọluabi Eko had been murdered in gruesome circumstances. He was tied, gagged and stabbed by some evil assassins apparently paid to stop his gubernatorial ambition. He was only 58 years old when he was taken away from us by cowardly men who reposed in dark, brutish villainy.

With the murder of Funsho Williams, who stood at the threshold of triumphing at the general election, a great dream was shattered. The hopes of millions of Lagosians who were hearkening to be rescued from what was then building up as a gradual servitude of the Lagosian natives, was dashed.

We mourn this great Lagosian with a deep, aching wound.

For Funsho Williams was our bright, shining star, a symbol of truth and redemptive thoroughness, our liberative metaphor from the vicious grip of the wandering usurpers.

Funsho was in heart and soul a gentleman of the first order. He was a man of class and nobility; a taciturn original Lagosian whose significant attainments were well woven around his meritorious academic and professional leadership.

He was a mover of men and mountains whose visionary sweep was far beyond selfish political advantages.

He led a superable movement that roused all hearts and souls in Lagos in passionate embrace.

He was a gentle giant with few words, without hate, without malice; stripped of animosity, but strong in purpose, genuine in vision, gallant in spirit, reposed in full selfless candor that is rare in politics.

The Ọmọluabi Eko came to serve. He came to heal the broken places. He came to salvage the ruined house of locusts that the usurpers had turned Lagos into. But this wonderful mission was abrupted by evil men.

Those who killed Funsho Williams might have killed a man. But not his dream of rescuing and salvaging our society. We continue where he stopped.

On this mournful occasion when the wounds are still fresh, we urge those who use Funsho Williams name to push patently untidy, undignified, alleged palliatives agenda to desist forthwith.

This demeans what Funsho Williams represented. It is a mockery of a great dream and a great man. It is self-serving and hideous.

We cry out for justice now. We cry out that the long reaches of the law should be animated to fish out those who murdered Funsho Williams so that they can pay the supreme price.

We appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to re-open the investigation of the brutal murder of Engineer Funsho Williams.

The President has done the right thing by re-opening the investigation of the murder of Chief Bola Ige.

He will be greatly enhanced in historical reckoning and signification if his administration is attested as being the one that finally nailed the evil characters hiding at plain sight who murdered Funsho Williams.

I am particularly passionate about Funsho who many of his acolytes adorably called Captain.

Funsho was my junior at the University of Lagos. We were both Engineering students but sprung from different departments. While he was in Civil Engineering, I was in the Electrical Department.

He was reserved and humble. He was gentle but reflective with sharp analytical convictions. There was always a certain piety about him, an effective calibration in self-effacing innocence. He meant no arm to anyone.

But he was firm, resolved, dedicated to the righteous path.

We will never forget him. We will never compromise on ensuring that this beloved son of Lagos gets a deserved justice.

On our part as Ọmọ Eko Pataki, we will not rest. We will not slumber nor sleep until justice prevails over evil. This is our mission. This is our purpose.