Sanwo-Olu Raises Alarm Over COVID-19 Third Wave, Reactivates Restrictions

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

 

Lagos State Government has raised the alarm of a possible third wave of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, following a sharp increase in the number of positive cases recorded in the last few weeks.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday, imposed restrictions and sanctions after disclosing that the State’s daily cases of COVID-19 confirmation had shot up to 6.6 per cent over a period of one week.

The development may not be unconnected to the careless attitude of air passengers from countries in the “high risk” zones and the complacency by the residents to follow the protective protocols issued by the Government after the end of the second wave.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that 18 percent of 50,322 air passengers of interest, who arrived in Lagos via the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), could not be reached for COVID-19 status monitoring by EKOTELEMED because they supplied wrong contact details.

Going forward, the Governor ordered sanctioning of in-bound air passengers that failed to provide verifiable contact details, including accessible phone numbers they can be reached for monitoring.

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Sanwo-Olu said air passengers would face prosecution, including fines and imprisonment in line with the Lagos State Coronavirus Law of 2021.

The Governor said: “In spite of our hard work and dedicated efforts towards sustaining the return to normalcy, over the last three months, after the flattened the curve of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, we are now finding ourselves at what appears to be the start of a potential third wave of the pandemic in Lagos State. From the beginning of July, we started to experience a steep increase in the number of daily confirmed cases.

“The rapid increase within a week gives great cause for concern. Also, within the last two weeks, the occupancy rate at our isolation centres increased to an average of six per cent. This is the disturbing reality that now confronts us. As directed by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC), passengers from red-listed countries (India, South Africa, Brazil, and Turkey) are required to observe mandatory isolation.

“We have successfully isolated 2,386 passengers in Lagos. Of this number, 15 per cent have absconded. Sanctions are being recommended and have already been meted out to defaulters. Revocation of Permanent Residency and deportation are being meted out to foreign nationals defaulting the protocols. For Nigerians, there will be prosecution to the full extent of the Lagos State COVID-19 Law of 2021.”

The situation at hand, Sanwo-Olu said, required reactivation of full compliance with all protective protocols already outlined by the State Government.

The Governor said there should be compulsory use of masks in all public places, while also directing social distancing, compulsory temperature checks, provisions for hand-washing and sanitizers, and maximum of 50 per cent occupancy in enclosed spaces.

Sanwo-Olu urged worship centres to be particularly vigilant, advising them not to be carried away by the illusion that all activities were back to normal.

He said: “It is understandable that many are tired and want their old, pre-pandemic lives to return. Unfortunately, we do not have a choice in this regard, and fatigue is not an option. We cannot afford to be tired, frustrated or distracted. Without the cooperation of the public at large, we stand the risks of losing both lives and livelihood, on a devastating scale.

“The enemy (COVID-19) is formidable and opportunistic. The pandemic will only go as far as we allow it. Having triumphed over the first and second waves, we must now find within ourselves new reserves of energy to quell this emerging third wave before it snowballs out of control.”

The Governor decried the low vaccination rate in the State, pointing out that only a fraction of the populace received the recommended doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine being rolled out to achieve herd immunity.

This, he said, is not adequate, adding that the State Government was exploring all avenues possible to ramp up access to vaccine to reach the immunity target of 60 per cent coverage.

Sanwo-Olu said Lagos would continue to work with all partners across the Government and private institutions to ensure permanent isolation of the virus.

Ibeju Lekki-Epe Highway Project Will Be Delivered By First Quarter Of 2022, Says Sanwo-Olu

Special Adviser to Lagos Governor on Works & Infrastructure, Mrs. Aramide Adeyoye; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and representative of the contractor, Craneburg construction during an inspection of the ongoing rehabilitation and upgrading of the Lekki-Epe expressway

 

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured Lagosians that the 18.7 kilometres six-lane Ibeju Lekki-Epe highway project will be delivered by the first quarter of 2022.

Sanwo-Olu was excited by the pace of work on the road, persuading the contractor handling the project to increase its momentum in order to push the progress to an encouraging level before the end of the year.

The Governor flagged off the first phase of the expansion on the Lekki-Epe Expressway last November, kick-starting the rehabilitation of the 40-year-old infrastructure. The second phase of the project, which will start later this year, stretches 26.7Km from Eleko Junction to Abraham Adesanya Junction in Eti-Osa axis.

Ongoing rehabilitation and upgrading of the Lekki-Epe expressway (Eleko Junction to Epe T-Junction) inspected by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and members of the State Executive Council on Monday, June 14, 2021.

 

At the time of the Governor’s inspection, the contractor had completed a stretch of 3km on the lane from Eleko Junction inward Epe, while the right-of-way for the entire project has been fully cleared.

After communicating the work progress to the Governor, representatives of the contractor led Sanwo-Olu and cabinet members on legwork for assessment of features on the completed stretch, including drainage channels, kerb and segregated lane for heavy-duty vehicles.

The Governor was optimistic the project would be delivered on record time, charging the contractor to scale up the pace of work.

Ongoing rehabilitation and upgrading of the Lekki-Epe expressway (Eleko Junction to Epe T-Junction) inspected by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and members of the State Executive Council on Monday, June 14, 2021.

 

He said: “This exercise is an on-the-spot assessment to view the status of the 18.7Km six-lane rigid pavement road construction we are doing from Eleko Junction to Epe. The contractor has been active on-site in the last six months, and they have touched every part of the entire stretch. We are currently assessing the project from the 3km lane already completed. On either side are three lanes.

Two lanes are for cars, while the last lane is for heavy-duty vehicles. There will be a 1.5km pedestrian walkway on both sides.

“We are happy with the progress of the project because the contractor works day and night. I believe the work is on track. Residents on this corridor are also happy with the level of work done. They are waiting on us to hand over this important infrastructure to them in earnest.

“The beauty of the work is that it has reduced the journey time, even as the road is still being constructed. There is no hindrance on the road; motorists have the right-of-way for free movement.

Not until when we finish the entire construction, we would have the full benefit of this investment. We are happy with what we have seen and we believe that the contractor should be rounding off the work by the end of this year or first quarter next year.”

Sanwo-Olu Congratulates Wahid Oshodi On Election As ATTF Deputy President

File Photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu 

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has congratulated former Lagos State Commissioner for Sports and Ex-President, Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) Wahid Enitan Oshodi on his election as Deputy President of the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF).

Governor Sanwo-Olu in a statement issued on Tuesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, to facilitate with Oshodi, said the elevation of the ex-President of NTTF to continental level is well deserved.

Oshodi was unanimously elected as the Deputy President of the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) at the recent virtual General Assembly of the continental body.

Governor Sanwo-Olu in his message said Oshodi deserves the continental position, having contributed immensely to the growth and development of sports, especially the tennis federation at national and international levels.

Sanwo-Olu also congratulated Egypt’s Khaled El-Salhy on his re-election for a third term in office as the President of ATTF, as well as other new officers of the Federation.

He said: “On behalf of the Lagos State Government and millions of Lagosians, I felicitate with a worthy citizen of our dear State, Wahid Enitan Oshodi on his election as the Deputy President of the African Table Tennis Federation.

“The elevation of Oshodi to the position of Deputy President of ATTF is good news to us in Lagos. He really deserves the elevation, having distinguished himself in the sports industry, especially at the Tennis Federation with a high level of professionalism and integrity.

“We are proud of him and we believe that he will use his new position to lift the fortune of table tennis and raise the bar of the sport in Africa to compete with the rest of the world.

PHOTOS: IGP Visits Governor Sanwo-Olu In Lagos

Inspector-General of Police, IGP Alkali Baba Usman with Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu during the IGP’s visit to the Governor, at the Lagos House, Marina,

 

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Alkali Baba Usman on Wednesday visited the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The IGP during his visit at the Lagos House, Marina, was presented with a plaque from the state governor.

Inspector-General of Police, IGP Alkali Baba Usman receiving a plaque from Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu during his visit to the Governor, at the Lagos House, Marina,

 

He was received by Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu; Lagos Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Assistant Inspector General in charge of Zone 2 (Lagos and Ogun), AIG Johnson Kokumo.

Sex Scandal: Sanwo-Olu Hails UNILAG On Discipline

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

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has hailed the University of Lagos (UNILAG) for entrenching the culture of discipline and sustaining the school’s academic excellence.

The Governor particularly praised the university management for the recent disciplinary action taken against two erring academic staff indicted in a sex-for-mark scandal that rocked the school. He said the sanction would not only serve as a deterrent to members of the school that may have a similar tendency but also redeem the reputation of the university.

Sanwo-Olu spoke on Thursday when he received members of the Federal Government’s Visitation Panel for UNILAG who came on a courtesy call at the State House in Marina. The panel members were led by the chairman, Lt. Gen. Martin Luther Agwai (rtd).

The Governor said: “It is a thing of joy to see a reputable citadel of learning managing its affairs properly and sustaining the culture of academic excellence. The school has maintained high discipline, as seen in the media reports about two days ago where lecturers who want to bring down the image and name of the school.

“The management of the school has been firm in ensuring that nobody is above the law. These are parts of the commendable steps which the school management has taken to ensure the standards are sustained.”

Sanwo-Olu reiterated his administration’s commitment to raising standards of education and academic research in the State, pointing out that the State Government had committed more investment in the sector to provide infrastructure in schools.

The Governor said the State Government would fulfil its pledge to UNILAG on the construction of a standard jetty at the school waterfront, stressing that another infrastructure around the campus was being ramped up. He cited the ongoing reconstruction work on St. Finbar’s Road and Iwaya Road, and other adjoining areas around UNILAG.

This effort, Sanwo-Olu said, is to give members of the campus community a feel of the impact being made by the State Government.

The Governor added that the metropolitan fibre optic cables currently being rolled out across the State would help improve academic research in tertiary institutions.

Agwai described Sanwo-Olu as an “education-friendly Governor, acknowledging the strides attained by Lagos in the education sector.

He said the panel was raised by the Federal Government to carry out a full assessment of the administration of the school to know the challenges it is facing in delivering on its mandate.

He said: “We are also mandated to carry out an assessment on the resources available to the university and how they have been utilised. We are looking at the laws setting up the school and relationship of the university with statutory bodies and its host community.”

Two lecturers dismissed

The Governing Council of the University of Lagos, at its meeting on Monday, May 31, 2021, approved the immediate dismissal of Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu of the Department of European Languages and Integration Studies, Faculty of Arts and Dr. Samuel Omoniyi Oladipo of the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, from the services of the University.

Council, at its meeting, considered the Report and findings of the Senate Committee set up to investigate allegations of sexual harassment levelled against them in a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World Service Investigative Series titled AFRICA EYE (which centred on sexual harassment in tertiary institutions).

The Council consequently decided and approved that both Dr Boniface Igbeneghu and Dr Samuel Omoniyi Oladipo be dismissed from the services of the University for misconduct, with effect from Monday, May 31, 2021, in line with section 18 of the University of Lagos Act 1967.

Council further directed that the Management should review the Sexual harassment Policy as may be necessary and institute effective strategies to prevent future occurrence.

We’ll Create Safe, Secure Economy For Foreign Partners, Says Sanwo-Olu

File  Photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu 

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday said the State Government will partner with the Czech Republic on technology, agriculture, transportation, health and business opportunities that will lead to growth and development of the State.

He said Lagos State Government will create an economy where foreign partners will feel safe and secure with their investment and also enjoy the ease of doing their businesses in the State.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Nigeria, Mr. Marek Skolil, and the Deputy Head of Mission, Mrs. Hana Trousilova, at the Lagos House, Ikeja on Wednesday, Governor Sanwo-Olu spoke about his administration’s achievements in line with the THEMES developmental plans, especially in health, transportation, and agriculture.

He said: “We want to create an economy where foreign partners will not only feel safe and secure in Lagos but will also enjoy the ease of doing their business. Whatever we need to do to make your business safe and secure, we will do it. If you also want us to help you reach out to other neighbouring states in terms of the partnership, we will do it.

“We are open for business and we are open to more engagements from your side. Lagos and the Czech Republic will look at areas of businesses we can carry out together as sub-national. The market is here and Lagos is open for business.”

Speaking earlier, Mr. Skolil said he came to Lagos with his delegation to discuss business opportunities with the business community in the State and make plans to replace his country’s Embassy, which used to be in Lagos.

He said Czechoslovakia has a good relationship with Nigeria and they enjoy cooperation with the country in the areas of science and development, technology, agriculture mechanisation, energy, and security.

The Czech Republic Ambassador to Nigeria had the Chairman of Access Bank Plc, Mrs. Ajoritsedere Awosika, in his delegation to discuss partnership and business opportunities between Lagos State and the Czech Republic.

Sanwo-Olu Sympathises With Pastor Enoch Adeboye Over Son’s Death

Late Pastor Dare Adeboye.

 

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has commiserated with the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, and his wife, Pastor Folu Adeboye, on the death of their beloved son, Pastor Dare Adeboye.

Pastor Dare Adeboye, an Assistant Pastor in charge of Youth in Region 35 of RCCG and third surviving child of the renowned cleric, died in his sleep on Wednesday in Eket, Akwa Ibom State. He was 42-year-old.

Governor Sanwo-Olu in a statement issued on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, expressed his heartfelt sympathies, urging the deceased family, friends, associates, and entire members of RCCG to take the death of Pastor Dare Adeboye in good faith.

Governor Sanwo-Olu said: “no doubt the death of a loved one is usually painful as it is irreparable but we must always take solace in God especially if the deceased had lived a good life, just like the late pastor Dare Adeboye.”

He said “The pastoral and wise counsel of Pastor D as he was fondly called will be sorely missed by his family and the entire members of RCCG, especially in Eket, Akwa Ibom, where he played active roles as a cleric before he passed on.

“I sympathize with Pastor Enoch Adeboye, his wife, siblings, and widow of the deceased and the entire members of RCCG. I pray that God will grant the late Pastor Dare Adeboye eternal rest and grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

Uphold The Legacy Of Late Odumakin, Sanwo-Olu Tells Politicians

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu .

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has asked politicians and members of the Civil Society Organisations, to uphold the legacy and struggle of the late Yinka Odumakin, former National Publicity Secretary of pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere.

The governor stated this on Thursday while speaking at the lying-in-state, day of tributes and service of songs as parts of the funeral rites for the late human rights activist, Governor Sanwo-Olu urged ‘comrades of like minds’ not to abruptly end what Yinka Odumakin believed, stood and worked for during his lifetime.

The Governor also charged them to keep working hard for a Nigeria that will be a land of justice, fairness, and where equity would become the watchword and reflect true federalism.

He said: “Yinka was one-half of the most formidable couple that we have seen in our history and the other half is his beloved wife, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, who now sadly has to continue this struggle without her husband, fellow comrade and big friend that I know he is to her. My sister, you will continue to push on strongly in the trenches.

Governor Sanwo-Olu speaks with the wife of late Yinka Odumakin, Joe

 

“We are passionate about what he believed in and what he stood for. He wanted the best for Nigeria. He wanted the best for his Yoruba nation but he was completely detribalised and he used his voice to advance the cause and the needs of the voiceless. Until the very end, he kept going.

“He kept speaking up, he kept working hard for a Nigeria that we all can be truly proud of.

A Nigeria that will be land of justice, a Nigeria that will be fair, a Nigeria where equity would become the watchword, and a Nigeria that will truly reflect true modern federalism.

But the Almighty God who we cannot query did not allow Yinka to finish. As some people have said, he was a fighter who fell in his prime.

“At a time like this, we are all short of words but we will continue to hold on to the legacy and what he believed and lived for. All comrades of like minds should ensure that they don’t abruptly end what Yinka Odumakin stood for, what he believed in, and what he had worked for. That is a charge for each and every one of us.”

Speaking at the event, Afenifere Leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, who shed tears uncontrollably while paying tributes to his organisation’s spokesman said ĺOdumakin is an irreplaceable material.

Adebanjo, who broke the barrier of culture to attend the funeral rites, urged human rights activists to continue in the spirit of Yinka Odumakin, by being courageous and fearless if they truly love the deceased.

“I am not God, I am a human being. There is nothing impossible for God to do but as a human being, I will say it will be difficult to replace Yinka. Where can we find a young man of his age, not materialistic pursuing a cause he believes in selflessly, courageously, relentlessly, and consistently? Yinka, God knows you are a blessing to Nigeria,” he said.

Speaking in tears, Adebanjo said: “It is not easy to talk about Yinka. Yinka is an irreplaceable material. Why should I be here? You can’t question him, leaving a man of 93 to take a man of 55-years. God, you are omnipotent, please replace him quickly for us.”

Also speaking, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila said he left the Green chamber where he was presiding to pay last respect to the late Odumakin, who he described as “a man of courage, integrity, true democrat and a man who stood for truth and nothing else”

The Speaker, therefore, charged Nigerians to make a positive impact during their lifetime by rendering service to humanity so that they can be remembered after their demise.

The widow of the late Afenifere spokesman, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, who described her husband as an “encyclopedia of positive activism” said the tributes by Nigerians will continue to embolden her to do more by continuing what her husband fought and stood for.

“One thing that will never make me break down is that his ideals will live forever; his legacy will remain. All that he has lived for remains. Yinka, you are not dead; you are alive, you will continue to live in our unconsciousness. And to live in the unconsciousness of the people is to live forever. Yinka Odumakin, my comrade lives on,” she said.

The lying-in-state, day of tributes and service of songs was attended by Mr. Tayo Ayinde, the Chief of Staff to Governor Sanwo-Olu; former governors –Mr. Peter Obi (Anambra), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), and Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), ex-Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Senator Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele; Pastor Ituah Ighadalo of Trinity House Church, Afenifere chieftains, politicians and human rights activists among others.

Sanwo-Olu Assents To Bill Regulating Lotteries, Online Gaming Services In Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu the Lagos State Lotteries & Gaming Authority and the Public Complaints & Anti-Corruption Commission bills into Law

 

Lagos State has moved to deepen the culture of accountability and transparency in the expenditure of appropriated public funds, with the signing of a bill by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday, establishing an anti-corruption commission in the State.

The Governor assented to Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission Bill of 2021 at a brief ceremony held in Alausa. The legislation, sponsored by the executive arm of the Government, was signed into law days after it was passed by the House of Assembly.

With the legislation coming into force, the anti-corruption commission, which will be formally set up in the coming days by the Governor, is backed by the instrument of law to investigate and prosecute officials of the State Government and registered contractors indicted for economic crimes and financial misappropriation.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu signing bills into Law: the Lagos State Lotteries & Gaming Authority and the Public Complaints & Anti-Corruption Commission, flanked by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (left) and Attorney General/Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyo Onigbanjo, SAN (right)

 

Also, Sanwo-Olu assented to the Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority Bill of 2021, initiated by the executive arm to coordinate activities of lotteries agencies operating within the State.

After the signing of the two bills into law, Sanwo-Olu said the action was a testimony to the State Government’s effort towards entrenching accountability in governance and checking malfeasance among officers entrusted with public resources.

He said: “The bill establishing Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission is an important legislation critical to the delivery of quality services to the citizens. When we came in, we had said we would be accountable and responsible in the appropriation of the State’s resources. We want to stand in front of the citizens to give account on how public funds are being spent.

“To give credence to this promise, the executive arm initiated the bill and sent to the Assembly for approval. We believe that this law would not only ensure accountability of public funds, responsibility of public office, but also promote dialogue among public officers to keep the trust of the people in the discharge of their duties in line with transparency. The anti-corruption commission will ensure that all approved activities are implemented in accordance with budgetary allocation.”

Sanwo-Olu said the anti-corruption commission would be independent in its operations and functions, pointing out that the agency would complement efforts of similar agencies in the police and federal establishment.

The Lotteries and Gaming Authority Bill of 2021, the Governor disclosed, is to simplify and incorporate technological innovations in the gaming sector.

The law sought to harmonise five gaming and lottery formats, such as casino, jackpot, pool, lotto and sports betting, thereby regulating the sector and checking fraudulent activities of unregistered game centres within the State.

Sanwo-Olu said the former lottery law of the State did not meet the contemporary needs in the industry, which was why the executive initiated the bill to accommodate technology in regulating the business.

“As a forward-looking Government, we are doing the needful to ensure fair play, regulation and monitoring is brought back into the gaming industry. The law is not in any form to stifle investment, but to offer better platform for lottery companies to enhance equity, transparency and make their investment more rewarding,” the Governor said.

Sanwo-Olu reiterated that his Government’s actions would continue to be taken in a way that would boost confidence of the public and promote accountability in governance.

He thanked the Speaker and members of the Assembly for cooperating with the executive arm and consistently prioritisng executive bills aimed at delivering good governance.

Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, said the two bills signed by the Governor made it 10th legislation sponsored by the executive and passed by the House of Assembly to strengthen good governance. Twenty-six executive bills, he said, have been initiated since inception of the current administration.

He said: “The anti-corruption commission agency to be established is akin to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to prosecute misappropriation of public funds in the State. The chairman of the agency will be appointed by Mr. Governor, subject to the ratification of the House of Assembly. If the investigation leads to prima facie case, the offender will be prosecuted in the court.”

Chairman of the House Committee on Finance, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, and his counterpart in Public Complaints and Judiciary, Hon. Victor Akande, attended the event.

We’ll Provide Support For Digital Switch Over In Lagos, Sanwo-Olu Assures Residents

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.

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu says his administration will support the Digital Switch Over (DSO) being embarked by the country, saying it would enhance job creation and content development.

Governor Sanwo-Olu who acknowledged that the DSO would be of immense benefit to residents said Lagos State would be providing publicity support for the rollout.

Speaking on Saturday when the Ministerial Taskforce of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture on Digital Switch Over led by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, paid him a courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Marina, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the DSO will provide job opportunities for youths and many businesses, especially those in the entertainment and tourism industry.

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He said the DSO will also provide opportunity for government to use the content to inform and engage the citizens as well as bring governance closer to the people.

Governor Sanwo-Olu who advised the Ministerial Taskforce on the Digital Switch Over to make the FreeTV box and after sale support easily accessible, said making the FreeTV Set Top Box a one-off payment with a yearly renewal, will provide opportunity for millions of Nigerians who cannot afford to pay the subscription fees being charged by the PayTV platforms to enjoy the benefit of digital television.

He said: “The movement from analogue set up that we currently have to digital is apt and it speaks to reality of what we have today. Everywhere in the world, technology is now a fundamental and critical deliverable of government. It presents an opportunity for citizens to have access to local, national and international space.

“As a forward looking state, we are in partnership and we see it as bringing the future to our citizens, so we do not have a problem with it at all. Even for us as a state, we have been developing our metropolitan fiber optics to provide fiber connectivity as one of the solutions for our citizens to have access to cheaper data.

“We will support the DSO. We want Lagos to continue to set the pace for the nation. We will help our people to be exposed to modern and international best practices. We will be willing to work with you and ensure that we deliver jointly on April 29.”

Speaking earlier, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the proposed rollout in Lagos would be a critical milestone for the DSO and the creative industry as over one million jobs would be provided nationwide.

He said with the FreeTV of the DSO, Nigerians would have opportunities to watch over 60 channels with great contents at a cheaper rate and without subscription to pay TV.

Mohammed who presented Governor Sanwo-Olu with the Set Top Box for the DSO said it would also enable government to get the data of every household with television, thereby making the collection of television and radio licenses easier, adding that the Nigerian Broadcasting Code (NBC) had been amended to make provisions for the switch over from analogue to digital.

The Minister of Information and Culture also disclosed that six months after the rollout of the DSO in Lagos, the NBC would ask television stations to shut down their analog broadcast equipment, thereby making more spectrum available for data and other telecommunication services.

Mohammed who noted that the DSO is relevant to the Lagos Smart City Project and the Lagos Broadband initiative, urged Governor Sanwo-Olu to direct the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA) to provide out-of-home boards, lamp post and other publicity support for the DSO launch for at least three months.

He said: “The rollout in Lagos reflects our decision to take the DSO to commercial centres across the country. With a population of over 20 million, and projected TV Households of over five million, the launch of FreeTV in Lagos State will be a critical milestone for the DSO and for Nigeria’s broadcast and creative industry.

“Lagos State, which is the hub of the Creative Industry, will take a large share of the 1 million jobs to be created. Since FreeTV helps to provide Value Added Services, the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 LCDAs in Lagos State will be supported in the collection of Television and Radio Licenses from residents. With FreeTV’s push system for information services, the FreeTV platform can be used to broadcast information on Lagos State activities to all viewers.

“A major advantage of the DSO is that viewers will not pay subscription fees. Once they have acquired the Set Top Box and pay the once-a-year access fee, which is a token, it is free viewing all the way. Millions of Nigerians who cannot afford to pay the rising subscription fees being charged by the PayTV platforms can now enjoy the benefits of digital television. This is the meaning of bridging the digital divide.”

‘Football Is National Treasure’: Sanwo-Olu Hosts Super Eagles

The players also presented a signed jersey to Governor Sanwo-Olu and his wife.

 

Ahead of Super Eagles’ first game in Lagos in 10 years, players and officials of the team on Wednesday paid a visit to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The Super Eagles were led by the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, and hosted at the Lagos House in Marina.

The governor after hosting the players shared photos on his official Twitter handle noting that Football is a national treasure for Nigerians.

“We held a reception for our dear Super Eagles at the State House in Lagos as they prepare for their AFCON Qualifiers.

“Football is a national treasure for us as Nigerians and Lagos has historically favoured the Super Eagles so we wished them well with prayers and good cheer,” the governor posted.

 

The players also presented a signed jersey to the governor.

The Super Eagles, three-time champions of Africa is scheduled to play Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium for Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.

Sanwo-Olu Approves 21-Year Jail Term For Cultists, Signs Bill Into Law

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu signs

 

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved a 21-year jail term for cultists and signed the bill for the Prohibition of Unlawful Societies and Cultism of 2021 into law.

The governor signed the bill on Monday at the swearing-in event for newly appointed members of the State’s Public Procurement Agency Governing Board and two Permanent Secretaries held at Banquet Hall in the State House, Alausa.

At the event, the Governor also signed three other bills into law.

They are Lagos State Audit Service Commission (Amendment) Law of 2019, Lagos State Public Procurement Bill of 2021 and Coronavirus Pandemic Emergency Law of 2021.

The State’s House of Assembly, in February, passed the anti-cultism bill, which also stipulates a 15-year jail term for anyone found guilty of abetting cultists and residents who willfully allow their properties to be used as meeting points by cultists.

The anti-cultism law repeals the Cultism (Prohibition) Law of 2007 (now Cap. C18, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015) and provides for more stringent punitive measures, as well as makes its application all-encompassing and applicable to the general public, as against the restriction of the previous law to students of tertiary institutions.

Sanwo-Olu said the State had suffered the negative effects of unlawful societies and cultism, stressing that the new law sought to make parents more responsible and show more interest in the upbringing of their children and wards to ensure that they do not become a burden to the society.

Speaking on the appointment of the procurement agency’s Governing Board members, the Governor said their selection was predicated on their track record of integrity, experience, and professional competence.

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He said the Board’s duty was to oversee the procurement process, by ensuring that public funds were judiciously expended in a manner that would promote accountability, transparency, and value for money.

Sanwo-Olu said: “Your major responsibility as members of the Public Procurement Governing Board is to ensure strict adherence to the provisions of the State Public Procurement Law. You hold a crucial and strategic role in preventing wasteful spending and corruption in public procurement. The State Government and taxpayers count on you to keep the procurement process as transparent as possible.”

The Governor said the appointment of the two Permanent Secretaries into the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure was part of the move to restructure the ministry into two distinct offices, as necessitated by the need to engender improved efficiency and faster delivery of key projects under the purview of the Ministry.

“I challenge you to utilise your wealth of knowledge and experience for the expedited and seamless delivery of works and infrastructure projects; you must ensure that we achieve our purpose for restructuring the two offices,” Sanwo-Olu charged the appointed Permanent Secretaries.

The bill to amend the State’s Audit Law of 2015 was initiated by the executive to address observed flaws hindering the successful implementation of the extant Audit Law, Cap. A13, Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

With the amendments, the Central Internal Audit (CIA), which was a department in the Ministry of Finance is now a department under the Audit Service Commission. This is to bring auditors under one body for effective administration and independence of internal auditors in line with best global practice.

Lagos State Public Procurement Agency Law originally enacted in 2011, forms the legal bedrock for the public procurement regime in the State. The Law was based on the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) model which is a properly regulated procurement system standard on international best practice.

The Public Procurement Agency Governing Board members are the Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Rabiu Olowo (chairman), Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Sam Egube, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, Mr. Fatai Onafowote (General Manager), Mrs. Foluso Onabowale, Mr. Foluso Mustapha, and Mr. Lanre Olusola.

Each Governing Board member has a term of three years to serve on the Board.

The two Permanent Secretaries are Arc. Adebayo Odusanya (Office of Works) and Engr. Rotimi Thomas (Office of Infrastructure).