As schools set to resume nationwide, Ogba Junior High School, Lagos, has been given a clean bill of health by the Lagos State Government.
This was after the incidences of gaseous emission earlier in the year which led to some students being hospitalised.
The General Manager of Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Engineer Adebola Shabi, gave the hint when Channels Television paid him a visit at his office.
He said that the agency had carried out some evacuation at the school premises and also done some routine checks to ensure the students’ safety.
In the same vein, the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye, as well as the State Emergency Management Agency boss, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, both assured parents of a thorough job done at the school.
Over 20 students and two teachers of Ogba Junior School passed out after inhaling fumes of toxic chemicals discharged into drainage around the school’s premises.
Governor Babatunde Fashola is campaigning for a Lagos where motorists will drive without using horn or siren on the road.
The Governor, who was present at the finals of the Be Road Friendly competition held for schools, pointed out that horns are hardly used in Europe and that similar situation can be achieved in Lagos.
The Governor spoke at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, venue of the Fifth anniversary of the Be Road Friendly Competition (BRF), noting that the programme was not just a competition but represents the best infrastructure that the state could build.
He noted that whilst the government could build halls, bridges and highways, such infrastructure don’t save lives themselves as only committed and reformed people would put them to work.
“Getting the mind of the people ready is the hardest job any government can have. I call it building infrastructure of the mind. It is the toughest to build. It is persuasion and consensus building that it is possible, let us do it”, he stressed.
Fashola asked people to visualize the possibility of driving in Lagos without the indiscriminate blaring of horns from anywhere, adding that in Europe, he has experienced over 10 days without horns on the highways when he travelled.
He stressed that it was a matter of what the people decide to do, because the refusal to use a horn by motorists at any particular time would not prevent him from reaching his destination.
“Anybody who says something is impossible is only making an excuse for not trying. They once said we cannot have streetlights at night in Lagos but we now have it. They also said that we cannot have traffic lights and that Lagosians would not obey them, but everything that they said is impossible is now possible.
“When I assumed office, no one believed a public office holder could operate without using siren but I have demonstrated that it is possible. Seven years after, I have not used siren. It is possible for us to have a horn free day, a horn free month, a horn free year and possibly a horn free state”, he added.
He commended the men of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) for the job they are doing, adding that if there was any change in the mindset of the children, it was the LASTMA operatives who have been training them that should get the credit.
Be Road Friendly Competition is a School Traffic Safety Advocacy programme designed as a competition among school children to create awareness about responsibility on the roads.
The competition was won by a team which comprised of six pupils from different schools, whose theme was safety on the roads which they backed up with graphic illustrations.
The event was attended by members of the State Executive Council including the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Special Duties, Dr Deremi Desalu and Transportation, Mr Oluseyi Coker as well as pupils and teachers from the participating schools in the state.
The Lagos State Government has promised to continue seeking ways of ensuring food security and reducing unemployment in the state.
Governor Babatunde Fashola revealed this at the graduation ceremony of 285 youths from the state Agriculture Youth Empowerment Scheme, AGRIC-YES in Epe.
Speaking at the ceremony, the governor said that the progress and achievements recorded by the AGRIC-Yes programme in such a short time showed that what is needed to boost food production in the country was “a clear idea, a clear plan and unflinching commitment to implement those plans”.
In his words, “If we do not produce food, the factories will shut down, if we do not produce food and go back to the land, there will be no rubber to make tyres to even drive those luxury cars. That was the simple idea behind the AGRIC-YES, to go back to the land, to create dignity and honour with the land so that young people will have a new focus and a new beginning”.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Prince Gbolahan Lawal, had charged the graduands to use the skills which they have acquired to be the change they want to see in the world.
The graduates who are now full-fledged agropreneurs, six months after undergoing an intensive training on different aspects of agriculture, also expressed joy at the opportunity given to them by the state government.
In her remarks on behalf of other graduands, one of the best graduating students, Miss Oloko Olanrewaju, expressed gratitude to the governor for the privilege given to them, pointing out that they have been well trained during the course and promising to put their best to achieve food security in the country.
Also present at the ceremony were Secretary to the State Government, Oluranti Olugbile, Commissioner for Education, Olayinka Oladunjoye, Chairman House Committee on Information, Segun Olulade, members of the State House of Assembly, Chairmen of Local Governments, parents and guardians as well as relations of graduands and other stakeholders.
After the graduation ceremony, Governor Babatunde Fashola took time out to commission several projects in the farm settlement: 32 tonnes capacity quality cassava flour factory, 50,000 capacity automated 5-unit broiler houses, ram, cattle ranch and feed mill including 2.34km network of road within the institute and a 200 units two bedroom apartment for the farmers