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.

Fire Guts Kontagora House In Lagos

Kontagora HouseReports reaching us says a fire outbreak has occurred at the Mamman Kontagora House located at the Marina Axis is on fire.

The high rise building houses corporate entities, including the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) and the Federal Mortgage Bank.

Eyewitness accounts have it that the inferno started-off around the generator house of the building this morning.

Properties may have been lost in the fire outbreak but officials of the Lagos Fire Service and the National Emergency Management Agency are putting efforts together to douse the fire.

The spokesman for the Lagos State Fire Service said the fire that started at the Kontagora building about 9:13am, had been put off.

“Onikan Fire truck responded with 10,000 litres of water and aerial ladders that can effectively combat the fire at the high-rise Kontagora  building. We have been able to douse the fire,” the Director of the Lagos State Fire Service, Rasak Fadipe said.

He stated that the fire service had detected the seat of the fire, which he was a diesel generated on the the floor that was on fire.

 

Legal Year: Lagos Not Opposed To Judiciary Financial Autonomy – Ipaye

Legal yearThe Lagos State Judiciary held its 2014/2015 Legal Year Ceremony with simultaneous services at the church and mosque.

The Cathedral Church at Marina, Lagos Island, played host to the Chief Judge, other judges and magistrates, lawyers and guests who came to celebrate with the judiciary.

The clergy advised the judiciary to always seek divine wisdom from God in the discharge of their duties.

It was a similar scene at the Central Mosque also on Lagos Island where judges, magistrates and guests of the Muslim faith also held a thanksgiving service.

The State Government, through it’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Ade Ipaye, appealed to judicial workers in the state to shelve their proposed strike as full financial autonomy for the sector was not yet feasible.

He, however, assured the judicial workers that the State Government was not opposed to the financial autonomy of the State judiciary.

The Legal Year celebrations ended with a colourful parade and inspection of guards by the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade.

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.”

President Jonathan Visits Lagos

jonathan-goodluck-Nigeria-PresidentPresident Goodluck Jonathan is in Lagos on a private visit.

He arrived at the presidential wing of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport around 5pm on Friday.

On hand to receive the President were the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, and the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, among other important personalities.

The President later left for the State House, Marina aboard a helicopter.

No official present would give reasons for his visit.

Great Nigeria Building On Fire In Lagos

The Great Nigeria House, a 15-storey building, situated along Martins Street, off Balogun, on the Marina, Lagos Island is engulfed in fire.

According to the Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Mr. Rasaq Fadipe, the fire started at 6:30 am, when fire fighters from Onikan Fire Station responded.

Eyewitness said that the fire started on the 1st floor of the building with many traders and neighbours worried about it spreading to other buildings and trying to salvage their goods. However, the fire fighters were successful in preventing its spread to other buildings around the skyscraper.

The fire, whose cause is not yet known, halted all commercial activities in the popular Balogun market, but no life was lost as the building housing many offices had not opened for business when the fire started.

Although the activities of the firemen was hampered due to lack of adequate access to the building, the Federal Fire Service has been commended for their quick response as they are still battling to put out the fire.

Traders have been advised to vacate the neighbouring buildings.

 

FG Hands Over PHCN To New Owners

The Federal Government of Nigeria has successfully handed over the Eko Distribution Company, Marina, Lagos to its new owners and core investors, West Power and Gas Limited.

The ceremony took place in 10 different venues simultaneously across the country where other PHCN facilities were handed over to core investors and new owners.

Performing the ceremonial handover in Lagos on Friday, the chairman of the National Council on Privatisation, Vice President Namadi Sambo, represented by the Minister of Industry Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, said that the  Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) would monitor the operations of the core investors to ensure they stick to the rules of engagement.

He also expressed optimism that Nigerians will begin to reap the fruits of the privatisation process.

According to a statement by the  Head, Public Communications of BPE, Chigbo Anichebe, the successor companies to be handed over and their new owners are Abuja Distribution Company (KANN Consortium Utility), Benin Distribution Company (Vigeo Power Consortium), Eko Distribution Company (West Power & Gas), Enugu Distribution Company (Interstate Electrics Ltd) and Ibadan Distribution Company (Integrated Energy Distribution & Marketing Ltd).

Others are Ikeja Distribution Company (NEDC/KEPCO Consortium), Jos Distribution Company (Aura Energy Limited), Kano Distribution Company (Sahelian Power SPV Ltd), Port Harcourt Distribution Company (4Power Consortium) and Yola distribution Company (Integrated Energy Distribution & Marketing Ltd).

The Generation Companies are Shiroro (North-South Power Company), Kainji (Mainstream Energy Solutions Ltd), Geregu (Amperion Power Distribution) and Ughelli (Transcorp Ughelli Power Plc).

 

PDP NWC Pay Condolence Visit To Fashola

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Sunday implored Nigerians, especially those who knew his late father, Alhaji Ibrahim Bayo Ademola Fashola, to propagate the virtues of deep love for humanity and very strong moral values which he espoused during his lifetime.

Governor Fashola, who spoke while playing host to members of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, led by the Acting National Secretary, Dr. Charles Remi Akitoye, who paid him a condolence visit at Lagos House, Marina, while thanking the visitors, declared, “The only other point to make is to implore those of you who knew my father to do whatever little you can to continue to propagate the ideals that his life history represented;”.

Governor Fashola, who reiterated some of the virtues that his father displayed while alive including a very deep love for humanity and very strong moral values, as has been testified by many people about him, declared, “Those were things that were never worth the trouble for him when it divided humanity or when it devalued honour and so for me I hope that those are ideals that we can all connect to as we seek better side of the promise for our State and our nation”.

Urging all and sundry to put honour and value ahead of every other thing, Governor Fashola declared, “Everything we strive to build would stand or fall in the presence or absence of those virtues. They start from the family and they are translated to the community and from the community they spread into much more formal government structures like states, local governments, political parties and in that way we can express a stronger side of who we are as Nigerians”.

He further  noted, “I know there are very many people in this country and in this state who believe in those virtues and those values; values where, in the midst of all that may be wrong, they still stand for the good course”.

Governor Fashola thanked the delegation for the courtesy of the visit and expressed gratitude to the PDP National Chairman for the honour he accorded to the memory of the late Alhaji Fashola through the Committee.

His words, “On behalf of the Fashola family, we thank you very much and we thank Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and those of you who have also taken the responsibility to personally bear the condolence message. It is a great honour for our father and our family and on their behalf I express gratitude to you”.

He prayed that the Almighty God would honour members of the delegation both collectively and individually in the way they had honoured the memory of his father.

Speaking earlier, leader of the delegation and Acting National Secretary, Dr. Remi Akitoye said the Committee was sent by the National Chairman of the Party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, whom he said was very a close friend to late Alhaji Fashola, to express his deep condolence to the Governor and the Fashola Family over the passage.

Extolling the virtues of the late Alhaji Fashola, the Acting National Secretary noted that the deceased was a strict disciplinarian and also a lover of children recalling how the late octogenarian used to rebuke them as children if he caught them misbehaving adding that immediately after; he would offer them sweets.

“I benefitted from his disciplinary attitude because I remember in those days we were children in school, he would call us to order and scold us when we misbehaved. But he would soon after call us back and offer us sweets. I learnt from it that he rebuked us because he loved us”, Akitoye said.

He prayed, on behalf of the PDP National Chairman, for the repose of the soul of the departed and that the Almighty Allah would grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Also among the delegation were Chief (Mrs.) Aduke Maina, State Chairman of the PDP, Captain Shelle (rtd), Chief Ola Apena, Deputy State Chairman, Chief (Mrs. ) Bukky Ajomo, Mr. Ebitare Otrofanowei, representing South South, Mrs. Agnes Igbanoi and Alhaji Bode Oyedele among others while the State Commissioner for Home Affairs and Culture, Hon. Oyinlomo Danmole, joined the Governor in receiving the delegation.

Mimiko, Kashim Shettima, Others Pay Fashola Condolence Visit

The Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko and his Borno state counterpart, Alhaji Kassim Shettima, were among scores of dignitaries and organisations who visited Lagos House, Marina, Sunday to condole with Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) whose father, Alhaji Ibrahim Fashola, passed on penultimate Monday in Lagos.

In his remarks, Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, described the passing of the Pa Fashola as a sad occurrence, adding however, that although the death would naturally provoke moments of grief, survivors of the deceased should derive joy from the fact that he lived a good life and left a worthy legacy in the Lagos state governor.

Dr. Mimiko, alongside some members of his Cabinet, told Governor Fashola, “We have come to commiserate with you over the death of your dear father. We have also come to rejoice with you because Papa lived a good life and he left behind a worthy legacy in the Governor of Lagos State”.

Praying the Almighty Allah to grant sweet repose to the soul of the deceased and to grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss, the Governor also thanked God and “the circumstances that produced a personality like Mr. Babatunde Fashola”.

Also in his remarks, the Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, said the father of Governor Fashola lived a good and fruitful life adding that he trained his children well and impacted positively on ordinary citizens, especially the poor and needy in the society.

The Governor noted that the elder Fashola wanted the best for his family and that was why he trained all his children well adding that the deceased lived a very exemplary life of giving to others in need. He prayed for the repose of the soul of the Octogenarian and also that the Almighty Allah would support the Family of the deceased.

Responding, Governor Fashola expressed gratitude to the Governors for their visit and honour done to the memory of his father noting that for the Governors to leave the ever tasking challenges of governance in their various States to come to down Lagos to commiserate with him and the family was, indeed, a demonstration of how deep their honour was.

The Governor told Alhaji Shettima, “There is a lot of history between us and the people of Borno State and I believe that this day’s honour reaffirms the common bond that our ancestors have shared’.

“They are bonds which we must rededicate ourselves to fastening, to tightening and to remolding so that in the fullness of time we may also hand it over to our children. They are bonds that I belief if pursued rigorously, will ultimately bring peace to our nation”, the Governor said.

According to him, “They are bonds of humanity; they are bonds of brotherhoods, they are bonds of love and compassion. Those are the most needed ingredients now, in my humble view, to pursue in order to reach out to the promise of our nation which I see within touching distance”.

Thanking his Borno State counterpart for the visit, Governor Fashola encouraged him, “As you continue to soldier on in the pursuit of love, peace and brotherhood across barriers, I pray that Allah grants you all of the wisdom and strength to discharge the mandate which was so graciously bestowed on you in respect of the people of Borno and, by extension, Nigeria”.

Responding on behalf of Fashola to the condolences of Governor Mimiko, one of his uncles and former Federal Commissioner for Works and Housing, Alhaji Femi Okunnu, expressed gratitude to the Governor of Ondo State for the courtesy and honour of the visit, saying it was a great honour to their Brother and the entire Fashola Family.

Others who paid visit Sunday included a former military administrator of Lagos State, Commodore Ndubuisi Kanu and National Secretary of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) Ayo Opadokun, the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Mr. David Paradang, and Executive members of the Igbo Communities in Lagos, among other prominent members of the society from all walks of life.

 

Fashola Discusses Making Lagos An IT Hub With Google Chairman

Lagos state Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), yesterday had a meeting with Executive Chairman of Google Inc., Eric Schmidt to discuss the deepening of the state’s role as the hub of the multinational internet corporation’s initiatives in Nigeria.

The meeting which held at the State House, Marina had several government officials and members of the Google team in attendance.

The Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr Obafemi Hamzat was in attendance alongside his Science and Technology counterpart, Mr Adebiyi Mabadeje. The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mrs Olushola Oworu, Director, Google Idea, Mr Jared Cohen, Country Manager Google Nigeria, Juliet Ehimuan, Deputy Chief of Staff, Governor’s Office, Ms Moji Rhodes and member, Lagos Innovation Advisory Council, Mr Tomi Davies were all present at the meeting where it was revealed that Lagos is the hub of Google Inc.’s initiatives in the country

 

 

 

 

 

Governor Fashola, while playing host to the team of Google Inc. led by its Executive Chairman, Mr. Eric Schmidt, stated that in spite of the huge investment his administration has made in infrastructure development to meet the needs of the increasing population, it was clear to his team that the future of the State’s economy lay in the development of Information Technology.

According to the Governor, who had earlier asked some members of the State Government’s team to speak on the activities of their Ministries as it relates to information technology, “while we were bringing in economic relief, opening up opportunities, attracting investment, what would be the future on which the economy of our State would be built was clear to us and that is Information Technology.”

Noting that the establishment of an Innovative Council in the State was to explore ways the State could benefit from Information Technology, Governor Fashola said his administration has been working ahead to establish infrastructure for Information Technology in the State.

Governor Fashola, who said that his administration has also taken the IT campaign to the State’s schools, declared, “This is the language our children find easier to communicate with themselves. So, it is no longer about us, it is about them. I do believe we will drive them through.”

He added, however, that the building of infrastructure as well as enlightenment on IT which his administration was engaged in meanwhile were “for the medium and long term” adding, Infrastructure is only the starting point to enable people get in”.

On areas of partnership with the company, Governor Fashola, who listed the State’s University, Ojo and the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), among others, said he would like the focus of the partnership to be on access and the opportunities that the University could get from Google.

He said his administration would also like the company to focus on what to do with the small businesses that already exist “in terms of making them accessible to the current capacity that exists so that people can interlink themselves and thus building a wider pool of businesses”.

According to the Governor, “The reason this is important, especially at the artisanal level, is that we have 17 Skills Development centres training young people in all sorts of basic skills – shoemaking, hat-making, pottery, dress making, plumbing, photography and all that – and the basic course all of them must take, in addition to whatever course they choose to do, is Computer Appreciation Course that teaches them how to keep their accounts and how to use software to propel and develop their market”.

“So there is already a market. We have trained about 29, 000 people who would readily grab the market with both hands to leverage faster internet access much more”, the Governor said adding, “So, all that is sitting and waiting to explode in a manner of speaking”.

Katangowa- A major IT Hub

Governor Fashola also drew the attention of the company to the plans of his administration to make Katangowa, a blighted suburb of the State, “a major IT hub”, saying it would enable the State Government locate the IT appliances, tools and others as well as the market in a residential area.

“For us, it can become a major IT hub. It is a few kilometres away from the State University. We are thinking of an IT warehouse and just taking everybody to the place”, the Governor said adding, “I think what we have decided a few weeks ago is that Government will take the lead and that we are going to put buildings, shops and warehouses there and hope that people will follow us”.

The Governor, however, said power was the only limiting factor at the moment adding that if there were adequate and uninterrupted Power, “everybody will find his point of entry”.

Governor Fashola said the company could not have come at a more opportune time adding, “That is why we are out here on a Sunday because for us wherever opportunities come, we seize it with whatever we have not just with both hands”.

Country Manager, Google Nigeria, Juliet Ehimuan, in her brief opening remarks, said Google has been in Nigeria for about three years and that the work the company has been doing has been helping to build online ecosystem, noting that Nigeria is a vibrant market with lots of opportunities.

In his remarks, earlier, Chairman of Google Inc, Mr. Eric Schmidt, said the company believes there is a huge growth in Nigeria giving Brazil as an example where, according to him, “We started with a smaller size group and we grew incredibly quickly to the point that we have 1,000 people”.