We Will Focus On Developing Power, Transport In Two Years – Ambode

National Unity: Ambode Praises Osinbajo's EffortsLagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has said that his administration would prioritise attention to the Power, Environment and Transportation sectors in the next two years to drive all round development of the state.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Habib Aruna, noted that Governor Ambode, made this known during an interview session with journalists.

He said the three sectors were crucial to driving every other social infrastructure which the State Government intends to address headlong.

“The last two years, what we have done is just to create a foundation of a vision that drives Lagos to the next 50 years. There is nothing that we can do in the next two years that is ever going to be enough.

“There are three things I want people to watch out for in the next 12 to 18 months, the issue of power, the issue of environment and the sanitation and issue of transportation. I believe those three sectors are the key sectors that can drive every other social infrastructure that we will be dealing with in Lagos.”

Speaking on the environment, Governor Ambode said it was pertinent that the State must strive to be cleaner and safer not just for residents alone, but also for visitors and investors willing to do business in the State.

“Lagos must get cleaner, safer and the way people commune from one place to another and one thing with Lagos, the more success you record, the more people want to come into the city,” the Governor said.

Earlier, the State Government had already concluded plans to commence the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, a brain child of the present administration.

The initiative was aimed at improving the environment to make it cleaner, safer and healthier for all Lagosians by promoting a harmonised and holistic approach to the challenges; and as a result, improving operational efficiency.

Speaking on the interventions ahead on the transportation sector, the Governor said the Bus Reform initiative would take off before the end of the year with the introduction of modern buses that would not only transform the transport system, but also make it easier for Lagosians to move from one place to another.

On the power sector, the Governor said efforts were ongoing to ensure stable power supply for all industries in the State adding that the intention was to create embedded power in clusters in the city.

Governor Ambode, however, noted that despite the successes recorded, the State was also willing to learn from other States, just as it has also extended same to other sister States.

“There are also things that we are looking at from other States. We do not know everything. So, there are other States that are doing some things better than us. So, we must be submissive enough to learn from them and the same thing with other States from us. And that is whole lesson about leadership, leadership is about learning, it is about listening and which is what we do very well in Lagos,” he said.

National Development: Soyinka Advocates Religious Tolerance

Wole Soyinka on BBOG activitiesNobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has condemned the killings in some parts of the country, which he believes have occurred in the name of religion.

Soyinka made this comments in Abuja on Thursday at a book presentation on religion and the making of Nigeria, written by Professor Olufemi Vaughan.

The event which was also attended by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, attracted a lot of other dignitaries.

Soyinka believes that in order for Nigeria to move on, and to ensure national development, there must be religious tolerance.

In the last few years, Nigeria has witnessed an upsurge in the level of insurgency with the likes of Niger Delta militants, armed herdsmen and Boko Haram Terrorists especially, whose activities were believed to have a strong religious undertone.

The abduction of over 200 girls, from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, a town in Borno state, on April 14, 2014, appears to have been one of the most disheartening acts carried out by the insurgents.

Also, herdsmen attacks in the southern Kaduna region, terrorist explosions in the northeast, as well as attacks on oil installations in the Niger Delta are all events that have continued to threaten the peace of the nation.

Professor Urges Federal Government To Engage Youths Creatively

Professor, Federal government, youths, As part of efforts to address the challenges of unemployment and increasing internal insecurity Nigeria‎ is faced with, Professor Oculi has advised the Federal Government to device ways to creatively engage the nation’s youths.

This was according to a Professor of Political Economy from Uganda, Professor Okello Oculi, while delivering a lecture at the Institute of Security Studies in Abuja.

He said the increasing number of youths engaged in road side hawking are potential tools in the hands of aggrieved politicians.

He therefore opined that engaging them more creatively would enhance productive ventures that would further increase the nation’s wealth.

On the sidelines, Mr Oculi advised the Federal Government to aggressively promote the culture of patronizing ‘made in Nigeria’ goods, as a means of reviving the manufacturing sector and also creating massive employment opportunities for Nigerian youths.

Economic Recession

In the face of the current economic recession, the nation has seen an increase in criminal activities over the last couple of months, as a number of youths in the society, have been engaged in various vices as a means of sustaining themselves.

With various experts, political as well as economic leaders, throwing up various suggestions on how to reflate Nigeria’s economy, the nation hopes to overcome the situation in short while.

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In a conference that recently took place in Abuja, a lack of political will, to develop the manufacturing sector of the economy, was one of the major reasons
pointed out for the recession.

Prior to that, many leaders have continuously harped on the need for the government to explore the manufacturing as well as private sectors.

While some have said that the recession may linger over the next couple of years, if the captains of the economic team fail to re-evaluate Nigeria’s economic policies, the IMF on the other hand, predicts that Nigeria could be out of recession by 2017 

This analysis which was contained in the October issue of the World Economic Outlook released by the IMF, gave the government as well as Nigerians a ray of hope while working towards national development.

Urban Agriculture : Inspiring And Innovative Hydroponic Farming System

hydroponic-farming-systemAgriculture and Agribusiness are two words that have become prominent in Nigeria at this time, with government harping on the need for more people to buy into its economy diversification plan, which largely promotes agriculture. 

The government believes agriculture is a huge money earner for its teeming youth seeking employment.

This call, however, requires a new generation of farmers to come up with innovative ideas, to sustain the nation’s economy which largely relied on agriculture for revenue before the discovery of crude oil.

One of such innovations is that of an epidemiologist who has decided to contribute her quota to providing fresh food for urban areas like Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, using a hydroponic system that enables her grow plants without soil.

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Angel Adelaja

Her efforts help to conserve land and water while providing a viable means of survival for the crops as well as creating job opportunities for the people.

Oil-rich Nigeria, which at the moment solely depends on crude-oil as its major source of revenue, has to diversify its economy in order to save it from recession.

The nation is exploring other means of revenue generation and youth empowerment with an intensified focus on agriculture sector.

Several reasons in time past, have forced youths to shy away from agriculture. However, it is slowly being embraced even more by the younger generation.

Epidemiologist turned environmental activist, Angel Adelaja, admits to the difficulty of accessing land, water and other things necessary for effective agriculture in the earlier stages.

She said these were some of the reasons she decided to explore the green housing system of agriculture.

In the bid to practice agriculture in a more simplified but efficient way, she sought to lower the barrier to entering into it, by reducing certain risks through the use of hydroponics and containerised farming.

A system generally known as Urban Agriculture, whereby plants are grown with their roots in mineral nutrient solutions and water only.

Urban Agriculture yIelds More benefits

According to her, the nutrients are from organic waste as well as other biodegradable wastes.

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Lettuce from Angel’s farm

She gathers them from her poultry house, and deposits into the compost pit where she draws the solution which she adds into the hydroponic system.

So far, she has enjoyed more results than if she were operating in the traditional methods of agriculture.

She said it helped conserve space while yielding more crops.

In her words: “You would notice that one acre can usually do about 2,000 heads of lettuce, but with what we’re doing here, one container is doing 3,000 heads of lettuce”.

In a country such as Nigeria where food insecurity, poverty and migration have been persistent issues, Adelaja has been able to create a sustainable environment for not just herself but for her immediate community.

She yields at least 120kg per harvest monthly, and has slowly built a steady patronage from companies and individuals who purchase her vegetables.

Minimal pest attacks on her crops, land and water conservation, and a maximum eco-friendly practice are amongst some of the major benefits she enjoys from Urban Agriculture.

Buhari Congratulates NBA On Inauguration Of New Executive

Buhari, NBA, Inauguration, executiveThe President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday congratulated the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), on the inauguration of its new executive.

He celebrated the new administration led by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud, during the 2016 Annual General Conference held in Port-Harcourt.

The President also commended the outgoing executive, led by Augustine Alegeh for the resourceful exchange of ideas, commitment and support for national development.

He urged the new President of the NBA to use his vast experience in private practice, and public service, garnered over the years to build on the legacies of his predecessor, and contribute to reforms across Nigeria.

As the new executive settles down to work, Buhari looks forward to having a strong and sustainable relationship with the leaders, especially in jointly tackling the challenges currently facing the nation.

The 56th edition of the NBA conference, has attracted lawyers from across the country and beyond.

So far, the conference has been considered as possibly the largest gathering of legal practitioners, with this year’s edition, focusing on democracy and economic development.

The President prayed that the almighty God would grant the new NBA executive, the wisdom to realise their vision for the association and Nigeria.

The week-long conference, which started on August 21, has featured variety of activities ranging from seminars, lectures, and the election exercise, amongst others.

At the end of the conference, the Governor of the state, Nyesom Wike, is expected to produce a blueprint for national development.

He, however, expressed his enthusiasm towards jointly tackling some of the current issues facing the nation, and assured the people of sustainable development in the state, through the execution of projects that would positively impact lives.