We Are Still Committed To Fulfilling Promises, Sanwo-Olu Assures Lagosians

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 

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday assured Lagosians that his administration is committed to fulfilling all his promises despite disruption occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges that were not envisaged.

The Governor said fulfilling the promises in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S development agenda for ‘Greater Lagos’ would be delivered by the incumbent administration, despite the reduction in the budget as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, knowing fully that no excuse will be tenable to the residents of the State.

Speaking during the opening ceremony of the first Lagos State two-day Ministerial Performance Review retreat being held at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa on Monday, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the State Government is determined to step up the tempo of governance through innovative and inclusive policies.

He said: “I want to assure you that despite disruption occasioned by COVID-19 and other challenges that we did not envisage, we are still committed as a government to fulfilling the promises we made to people knowing fully that no excuse will be tenable to our citizens.

“We must be determined to step forward, heighten the tempo of governance and continue to create opportunities through innovative policies that are not only inclusive but provide sustainable solutions for this present administration and lay a foundation for future administrations coming behind us.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu also implored members of the state executive council and other public office holders to be committed to the incumbent administration’s effort to meet the yearnings and aspirations of Lagosians, especially the electorates who elected him to govern the affairs of the state.

He said: “Let me emphasise that our yardstick for performance assessment will not be based majorly on the amount of money expended or Budget but the outcome of our various interventions that we have had; what measures the impact that touched the lives of citizens that we swore to serve.

“One of the promises we made at the inception of our administration and in line with the principle of continuity was to ensure the completion of projects that were inherited from the last administration. A significant part of our efforts and resources was devoted towards fulfilling this promise and taking government to another level.”

The Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat in his address enumerated all the government achievements in the last one year and four months in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S. agenda the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration promised the people of Lagos State.

The THEMES development agenda are; Traffic Management and Transportation, Health and Environment, Education and Technology, Making Lagos a 21st Century Economic, Entertainment and Tourism, and Security and Governance.

Hamzat said: “We should understand that our focus should be Lagosians, Lagosians and Lagosians because ultimately, they will define what we do and they will grade us. So, we are like in an examination now and examiners don’t have deep knowledge into the operations of how we actually do things but they only measure it by perception and of course by what they see.

“And as such, our job is to make sure that we set that perception right and then we give quality things in dimension; that at the end of the day our integrity will be intact and then they can say the party has done very well and this government has done very well,” he advised the participants at the retreat.

Also speaking, the Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, said the COVID -19 pandemic has adversely affected governments and institutions globally bringing in its wake, a new normal, adding that Lagos State, which is not left out, was the epicentre of cases in Nigeria for a long.

She therefore commended the State Incident Commander, Governor Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, as well as the entire health sector family in Lagos State for the outstanding management of the pandemic, which was acknowledged statewide, nationally and internationally.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected not only the health sector, but also the economic sector and how we work. Therefore, our trajectory for implementation of the THEMES agenda to achieve ‘A Greater Lagos’ is going to change as we operate within the new-normal to deliver the dividends of democracy to the good people of Lagos State.

“I believe in the capability of the Executive Council members, to prolifically deliver as political heads in our various MDAs and of course with the support of all others present for this retreat. I also believe that when objective feedback is given and taken in good faith, it can only lead to improved performance,” she advised.

In his address, the Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola stressed the importance of a harmonious and effective working relationship between Permanent Secretaries who are Accounting Officers of Ministries and the Political Heads who are members of the State Executive Council.

He said: “While the Permanent Secretary has overall responsibility for the day to day administration of the Ministry as Accounting Officer and in addition to advising the Commissioner on public service processes and procedures, it is critically important that the responsibility of the political Head for the implementation of Government policies is duly recognised and the right balance and conducive atmosphere for a cordial and productive working relationship is established.”

The Head of Service also disclosed that “the core objective of this two-day retreat is to conduct a forensic review of the present administration’s scorecard along the five Pillars of our strategic development plans in the last one year. We are here to provide a honest and unemotional review of how have we fared sector by sector. Have we achieved our set targets in different sectors? If yes, what are the enabling factors that have been instrumental in the successes recorded? If we have failed to achieve set targets, what have been the factors that militated against attainment of set targets?”

He said the main thrust of the present administration is to make the Lagos economy a 21st-century economy, adding that “In this regard, the State Government has invested heavily in infrastructure renewal and roads rehabilitation across the five divisions of Lagos, not forgetting invitation for expression of interest in the 4th Mainland Bridge.”

We’ll Work Closely With Creative Industry, Says Sanwo-Olu

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

 

Lagos State Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday reiterated his administration’s commitment to work collaboratively with the creative industry, saying that his government will do all that is possible to ensure that the sector thrives in the State.

The Governor stated this during a virtual meeting with members of the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria, CEAN, and other key stakeholders in the Nigerian film industry.

Sanwo-Olu said Government is mindful of the economic impacts of the COVID-19 lockdown on the entertainment industry particularly the cinema sector, promising to work with the association to achieve a win-win situation.

Representatives of CEAN during the meeting, expressed concerns about their sector, appealing to Governor Sanwo-Olu to reopen the cinemas and open up the sector for business. They promised to adhere strictly to the laid down COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Speaking on behalf of the association, Mr. Moses Babatope said the cinema owners are ready to reopen.

He said: “We are ready to open our cinemas any time today or tomorrow. Cinemas outside Lagos are already open and they are complying with all the necessary protocols. We understand that your office is being careful about the health and safety of Lagosians but we also assure you that these are top considerations for us too.”

The association also requested that the Governor set up a film office whose function would include liaising with foreign investors while also serving as a major hub for the film industry in Lagos.

A filmmaker and one of the participants at the meeting, Omoni Oboli appealed to Governor Sanwo-Olu for tax waivers, saying that no one in the film industry has earned revenue in the past six months.

“Mr. Governor, we want you to help us with some tax break. As you may be aware sir, none of us has earned any revenue in the past six months. We want you to use your good office to help our industry.”

Responding, Governor assured the film industry experts that he would ensure that the government continues to protect their interest, saying he is a new convert having seen the level of creativity and economic importance of the sector.

He said: “We would work collaboratively with your industry. I am aware of the enormous challenges you face especially in this period of the COVID-19 pandemic. But as you know, we have to do what is right to protect the lives and property of millions of Lagosians.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu promised to look into all the requests made and return to them in due course.

Filmmaker and television host, Mosunmola Abudu, popularly called Mo Abudu moderated the meeting.

Sanwo-Olu, Amaechi Visit Site Of Train Accident In Oshodi

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has visited the site of the Monday fatal accident involving a commuter train and two vehicles.

Two persons reportedly died in the accident, which occurred along the driveways into the Nigerian Army Shopping Arena in Oshodi.

Minister of Transportation, Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi was in the company of the governor during the on-the-spot assessment of the site.

The victims, a father, and a son were said to be driving into the shopping arena when they were caught up by the speeding train. Their Highlander Jeep got stuck on the rail track.

All the six persons in the other vehicle – a passenger bus – escaped with different degrees of injuries after the train dragged the commercial bus 800 meters away from the point of collision.

Sanwo-Olu sympathised with the families of the victims while noting that the accident was regrettable. The Governor said the incident happened on the day the State Government and the Federal Government reached an agreement to close down the shopping complex’s gates at the railway line because of safety concerns.

He said: “This incident is regrettable because it happened on the day all stakeholders reached a consensus to close down the gates into the shopping arena. And this is part of the concerns we have been raising about commuters’ safety on this axis. We need to act fast. This fatal accident should strengthen our resolve to do the needful and prevent a repeat of the sad incident in the future.

“It is also a clarion call on our people to be safety conscious whenever they need to drive across the rail tracks. If there is a slow movement of vehicles at any railway bypass, then there is a need to keep a safe distance from the rail tracks. We have been rolling out advocacy on this and we will intensify efforts on it. Safety of the people is paramount and we will do all required to ensure we put a stop to this kind of accident.”

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the State Government and the Federal Government were on the move to create alternative entry and exit driveways for the shopping arena and other vulnerable points along the railway corridor.

This effort, the Governor believed, will strengthen the safety of commuters and motorists along rail corridors.

Prior to the visit by the Governor and the Minister, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) had evacuated the mangled vehicles from the rail track.

Those injured had been treated and discharged by medical personnel deployed to the site of the accident.

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Sanwo-Olu Pledges To Gift 20 Cars To Outstanding Teachers

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

 

The 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 asked 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.

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 the different degrees 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 a 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.

Sanwo-Olu Inaugurates Task Force To Curb Human Trafficking

Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola; Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Attorney General and Chairman, State Task Force on Human Trafficking, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) and Director-General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Mrs. Julie Okah-Donli

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday inaugurated members of the State Task Force on Human Trafficking to curb the menace of human trafficking and irregular migration in the State.

Speaking during the inauguration of the task force at the Lagos House, Ikeja, Governor Sanwo-Olu urged all members of the task force to see their appointment as a call to service.

The Governor also charged members of the Lagos State Task Force on Human Trafficking to come up with brilliant ideas, innovations, and policies that will assist the State Government in curbing the menace.

He said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated many global inequalities and plunged many economies like ours into recession, leaving millions of people at greater risk of being trafficked for sexual exploitation, forced labour, forced marriages and other crimes. What this implies is that the pandemic has created more economic difficulties for many especially women, young ladies and children who are the most vulnerable and might become exposed to the perils of human trafficking in a bid to seek better lives.

“Given this, I strongly believe that this initiative of constituting State Task Forces on Human Trafficking could not have come at a better time than now when it is needed more than ever that we put human dignity and human rights at the forefront and governments across all levels need to join hands and make collaborative efforts to put an end to the scourge of human trafficking.

“The Government and people of Lagos State understand the value of partnership as an inestimable tool in combating the transnational organised crime of human trafficking and as a result, we use this opportunity to assure you of our unwavering support, collaboration and strong partnership in providing all that is needed to ensure we bring an end to the menace of human trafficking in our society.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu also expressed his worry on the menace of human trafficking, which according to him has become a profitable venture for criminals who exploit people by kidnapping them and selling them into forced prostitution, forced labour and modern-day slavery.

He said: “Every day, in every country of the world, at least a person is reported as a victim of human trafficking while several other cases go either unnoticed or unreported. The menace of human trafficking has not only become a sad reality, but it has also sadly become a profitable venture for criminals who exploit people by kidnapping them, selling them into forced prostitution, forced labour and also until very recently into modern-day slavery. Unfortunately, human trafficking has now become that bitter bile that is not felt by the victims alone, but rather affects humanity in general as it encroaches on our rights and dignity as a people.

“For years, local and international media have been awash with horrifying stories of people especially Nigerian women and girls who have been trafficked for sexual and labour exploitation, and also of migrants trapped in Libya in slavery-like conditions or dying as they crossed the Mediterranean Sea.

“These stories, however, sadly reflect the large and increasing problem of human trafficking within and from Nigeria in recent years and also gives certain credibility to the recent statistics by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) that there has been a 600 per cent increase in the number of potential sex trafficking victims arriving Europe by sea, with most of them arriving from Nigeria.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu who noted that the situation of human trafficking has become a nightmare commended the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for their relentless efforts in the fight against human trafficking and irregular migration.

He also appreciated NAPTIP for the ways they have been rendering assistance to human trafficking victims that are being rehabilitated.

“I must applaud you for this brilliant idea of re-constituting State Working Groups on Human Trafficking into State Task Forces that will be equipped with the requisite skills and technical support to provide a platform to articulate and consolidate our Government’s policies and programmes aimed at countering the terrible scourge of human trafficking,” he said.

In her address, the Director-General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, said the problem of human trafficking and irregular migration has become a great national concern, especially with a large number of Nigerians trapped in sexual and labour exploitation in various African and European countries, apart from the hundreds that continue to die in the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea.

She said: “The State Task Forces on Human Trafficking have a pivotal role to play in ensuring adequate sensitisation at the grassroots and among vulnerable groups, providing services and support to victims who have been rescued and returned, as well as information sharing and law enforcement. This requires strong political will and budgetary provisions on the part of the State Government, in addition to the commitment of traditional institutions, religious and community leaders.”

Okah-Donli also commended Governor Sanwo-Olu and members of his cabinet for partnering with NAPTIP to stem the tide of the twin evils of human trafficking and irregular migration in Lagos State and Nigeria.

“Lagos State has in the past supported the operations of the Lagos Zonal Command of NAPTIP and I would like to appeal for stronger collaborations and support to enable the agency to achieve its mandate in Lagos, which unarguably is the commercial business capital of Nigeria,” she noted.

Also speaking the Counter-Trafficking Officer of International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Bertha Kaluocha Ngurulu, said migration is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be managed and therefore promised continued partnership with federal and state government in facilitating humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all.

She disclosed that IOM since 2011 has been providing support to Nigeria’s Government in areas of migration and development as well as facilitating migration, regulating migration and forced migration, assisted voluntary return of both irregular and regular migrants in need of protection.

Lagos State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of the State, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), who is Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force on Human Trafficking, assured Governor Sanwo-Olu and NAPTIP that his team will work tirelessly to fight the pandemic and ensure that people feel the impact of the task force in the State.

The inauguration of the Lagos State Task Force on Human Trafficking was attended by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola and Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Titilayo Shitta-Bey, among other government officials.

Among the member of the task force, which is made up of officials from security agencies, government agencies and civil society and community-based groups are; Chairman, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), representing Lagos State Ministry of Justice; Co-chairman, Mr. Daniel Atokolo (NAPTIP), Mrs. Olufusayo Adejoke Alabi (Ministry of Women and Poverty Alleviation), ACP Oladotun Odubona and CSP Ighodalo Margaret (Police), Mrs. Toyin Odusanya (Citizens Right), Rev. SR. Patricia Ebegbulem (Bakhita Safe House), Mr. Adegboyega Bajulaiye (Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps, LSNC), Dr. Iyabo Ogundiran (Legal Hub on Anti-Trafficking), John Deborah Chigozie (Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC) and Mrs. Ogunluyi Titilope (National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA).

COVID-19 Has Shown Us We Need To Pray, Sanwo-Olu Tells Nigerians

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

 

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has charged Nigerians, especially Christians to pray to God, serve and do their best for the growth of their respective faith, State and nation at large.

Speaking on Monday at the official opening ceremony of the second session of the 34th Synod of the Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) at Our Saviour’s Church, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, Governor Sanwo-Olu said COVID-19 has shown in reality that people need to pray and therefore implored the people of Lagos State to continue to pray.

The Governor, who disclosed that Monday, September 7, 2020, would be the first day in over six months that he is entering into “House of the Lord,’ thanked God for sparing his life and millions of Lagosians, especially members of the Diocese of Lagos to witness this year’s Synod even as Lagos State continues to see a reduction in the numbers of confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Stressing the need for Christians to pray and serve in reference to the Synod theme “Pray, Serve and Grow” with Romans 12:11 as reference scripture, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the theme of the Synod was apt because for all to build a ‘Greater Lagos’ there is need for people to pray to God, serve and do their best for growth of the State.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, who started his Goodwill Message with songs and appreciation to God, said: “Following the rude, unexpected and difficult events of COVID – 19 which we have all witnessed in the Year 2020 beginning from early December 2019 in Wuhan city of China, there can be no better befitting theme for our Synod than to “Pray, Serve and Grow (Romans 12:11 says ‘not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.’

“We are to pray in order to acknowledge our limitations as human beings because God remains sovereign. He remains the Supreme God; He knows it all and he is in charge of all circumstances we human beings might face.

“Service to the Lord is serving one another; it is about loving one another, supporting one another. Serving the Lord is serving one another inactive ingredients of the work of our faith, which without one another, we are all dead as said James 2:17 ‘Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.’

“It is, therefore, pertinent to say that we can surely grow spiritually and in every wise when we pray and serve the Lord. As we begin to regain our lives again as a Church, State, and nation, the best way possible for us is to stand on our feet and to stand resolute in faith and believing that God is always with us.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu while stressing the importance of prayer and service to the growth of Lagos State, said: “For us in Lagos, to build a ‘Greater Lagos’, we certainly need to hold on to God. We certainly need to pray. We certainly need to use God as an instrument of contact for all of us because of what we have gone through in 2020.

“It was said that we would be taking dead bodies on the streets. But thank Almighty God, He kept all of us during the COVID-19 pandemic. We had less than two percent of fatality in Lagos when the statistics had projected we would have 10 to 15 percent.

“What we preach and heard in the Bible is here with us in today’s reality. COVID-19 has shown us in reality that we need to pray and this is why we will continue to pray in Lagos State. We need to serve wherever we find ourselves. Whatever we found our hands to do, let us do it well. Let us do it for the best of intentions because we do not know who is watching.

“And of course we need to grow. We need to grow in the house of God. We need to grow as people. We need to grow as a nation. We need to grow as a denomination. We need to grow as a Diocese.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu commended all the frontline workers for their readiness to serve the State passionately during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Service in the context of the times we are in and in line with Apostle Paul’s admonition to the Romans to serve eagerly and earnestly is being exemplified by our frontline health workers who have remained steadfast in offering selfless service even at the risk of their lives and those of their families,” he said.

The Governor also commended religious leaders in Lagos State, especially the Diocese of Lagos for their support and cooperation in ensuring strict adherence to the directive of the State government in respect of the COVID 19 pandemic.

Governor Sanwo-Olu said despite over 18,000 people testing positive to coronavirus infection, the State recorded less than two percent fatality.

He therefore commiserated and sympathised with the families, congregation, friends, and people of all faiths and tribes that lost their loved ones during the pandemic.

Governor Sanwo-Olu also appreciated all the good works of the Diocesan and Missioner of Diocese of Lagos, The Rt. Rev Humphrey Olumakaiye and promised to contribute his quota to the ongoing Centenary City project of the Diocese of Lagos as a member of the diocese, noting that “Anglican Communion, especially the Diocese of Lagos is a church with foresight and a pacesetter in holistic evangelism.”

In his address, Bishop Humphrey Olumakaiye, who described Governor Sanwo-Olu as indefatigable and result oriented, said the governor had approved the construction of the road leading to the Centenary City of the Diocese and mobilised contractors to move to the site.

He also commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for showing leadership in managing the COVID-19 pandemic in Lagos State as well as delivering on some of his campaign promises in line with the “Greater Lagos” agenda, which is being carried out through the T.H.E.M.E.S. developmental agenda of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration.

Also speaking at the event, Primate and Metropolitan of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev Henry Ndukuba, who was represented by the Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos West, Rt. Revd. Olusola Odedeji, wished the Diocese of Lagos a fruitful synod and also commended Governor Sanwo-Olu’s administration.

The Dean Emeritus and the immediate past Bishop of Diocese of Lagos, Most Rev Ephraim Ademowo commended Bishop Olumakaiye for the great works he is doing in the diocese, noting that he is happy that the incumbent bishop has taken the Diocese of Lagos to a greater height.

APC Will Win Ondo Election By Landslide, Says Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu speaks during the inauguration of the 104 members of the APC National Campaign Council for Ondo State Governorship

 

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Campaign Council for the Ondo State governorship election and the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is optimistic that the party will win the October 10 election by a landslide.

Governor Sanwo-Olu said APC’s confidence in the governorship election is further buoyed by the giant strides of Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) in different areas of human endeavours during his first term in the State.

Speaking during the inauguration of the 104 members of the APC National Campaign Council for Ondo State Governorship election by the party’s Caretaker and Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee headed by Governor Mai Mala Buni at APC’s Secretariat in Abuja on Saturday.

He assured President Muhammadu Buhari and APC leadership that Ondo will remain within the fold of the All Progressives Congress.

In his acceptance speech, he pledged the commitment, passion and dedication of the National Campaign Council members to deliver Ondo State to APC come October 10.

“Today, our great party the All Progressives Congress has begun a march to another victory in Ondo State. I have described this journey as a repeat performance of what we did less than four years ago when the people of Ondo State filed out in their numbers to elect my brother and friend, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu (Aketi) as their sixth executive governor. The only difference in this year’s experience is that our victory will be a landslide.

“Four years ago, the residents of Ondo State affirmed their belief in progressive governance and today, that belief, the validation of our party, the APC as an assemblage of well-spirited Nigerians who are poised to serve the humanity has yielded positive results with several achievements recorded by the Governor Rotimi Akeredolu-led administration.

“The need for us to do more and because we know that we can do more for the people is the reason why our party is confident of victory at the polls. The party’s confidence is further buoyed by the giant strides of Governor Akeredolu in different areas of human endeavours”, he said.

Governor Sanwo-Olu stressed further that: “Since APC-led Government of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu was sworn in on the 24th February 2017, Ondo has moved from her hitherto parlous state and has returned to a trajectory of growth and development. This is a major feature of our party. We pride ourselves as harbinger of peace, progress and purposeful leadership wherever we have our foothold.

President Muhammadu Buhari receives the Express of Interest form of Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu on June 16, 2020..

“Mr Chairman, let me assure you that the tasks you have given us will be approached with the highest sense of responsibility. We know that the people of Ondo State cannot afford to return to retrogressive life after experiencing progressive governance offered by the All Progressives Congress. Therefore, all the 104 members will roll up our sleeves and work hard for the victory that we truly and genuinely deserve.

“On behalf of members of the National Campaign Council, I hereby pledge our commitment, passion and dedication as we take up this national assignment to deliver Ondo State to the All Progressives Congress.”

Speaking on the task given to him to head the campaign council, Governor Sanwo-Olu said he is deeply honoured to be appointed as Chairman of the APC National Campaign Council for the October 10 Governorship election in Ondo State.

He said it is humbling to lead a team of very experienced women and men who would be working with his other colleagues and stakeholders for APC to retain Ondo State in the coming election.

“This is a moment of personal honour for me, but also of deep personal responsibility. I do not take this lightly and I believe every member of this high-level committee feels the same way.

“I will like to thank our great party, APC, for giving us this great opportunity to serve at the national level. It is a rare privilege and we will not take it for granted. We also thank the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led National Convention Committee for believing in us to retain Ondo State for our party.

“We wish to send a message of assurance to the President, Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) that Ondo will remain within the fold of the All Progressives Congress.

“On this note, I wish to invite all party faithful to join the committee to achieve this task that has been placed before us by the leadership of the party. I will end by saying we are on the march to victory in Ondo State.”

Sanwo-Olu Felicitates With Senator Adeola On 51st Birthday

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

 

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has congratulated Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, who clocks 51 on Monday.

Sanwo-Olu, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, on Monday, noted that Senator Adeola, who is currently representing Lagos West Senatorial District in the Upper Chamber, has contributed “immensely to the growth and development of Lagos State as a two-term member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, member of the House of Representatives and currently a senator since 2015.”

The Governor said ‘Yayi’ as Senator Adeola is popularly known, has utilised his vast knowledge in the private and public sectors to make his more than 17 years in legislative business memorable, contributing largely to bills that impact positively on the development of Lagos State and Nigeria.

He said: “Senator Solomon Adeola as a two-term member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, representing Alimosho State Constituency II contributed immensely in the legislative chamber toward the growth and development of Lagos State.

“He was instrumental to the enactment of the law that strengthened the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, legislation that catapulted the revenue of the state from N5 billion monthly to over N20 billion at that time.

“Senator Adeola as a chartered accountant and specialist in tax matters was also part of the team that passed the Fiscal Responsibility Act and the Public Procurement Act of Lagos State.

“He was a good ambassador of Lagos State in the House of Representatives Seventh National Assembly and as a first time member of the House; he served as chairman of the only constitutional committee, the Public Accounts Committee of the House. His brilliant representation at the Green Chamber contributed to his elevation into the Red Chamber in 2015.

“I hereby join family, friends, and political associates of the distinguished Senator in celebrating his 51st birthday. I wish him more prosperous years in excellent health as he continues to serve our dear nation, State, and mankind.”

Sanwo-Olu Moves To Revive Badagry Organic Farm To Boost Food Security

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has beamed a special focus on Badagry, one of the five traditional divisions of the State whose mainstay is agriculture and fishing.

The Governor’s pilot agriculture scheme – Lagos Food Production Park – is to take off in Badagry, prompting Sanwo-Olu’s six-hour visit to the town on Friday.

The Governor took a tour of a 279-hectare Avia-Igborosun Organic Farm, which was acquired by the State Government in 2012 for some commercial agricultural projects. He said the Government was ready to revive the abandoned farmland for the take-off of the State’s Food Production Park project.

The Governor disclosed that the State would be engaging the private sector to secure investment into the project, which, when completed, he said, would create thousands of direct jobs and improve the wellbeing of the residents.

READ ALSO: Lagos Government Reviews 2018 Land Use Charge

Sanwo-Olu said: “I have been fully briefed about this project but I considered it necessary to personally embark on this journey to Badagry in order to take an assessment and see what exactly we need to do in terms of intervention. After taking a tour of the project site, what I observed is that the entire project looks more like a job that has not been completed. Therefore, we need to improve on the interventions to the Ministry of Agriculture.

“With very minimal resources, we have seen what the Ministry has done to keep the project afloat. The government will raise the resources and turn around this project to the level it should be. We will need to deploy more resources to revive and scale up all the machinery and systems put already in place. We will complete the project and open it for commercial production.”

The Governor said the revival of the Badagry Organic Farm and creation of more food production parks across the State were part of the strategy designed by his Government to increase food security level from 20 per cent to 50 per cent, thereby raising Lagos’ food sufficiency.

He added that the project would give rise to similar agro-allied businesses that would open up Badagry’s economy for more growth, while also boosting its tourism business.

He said: “Lagos is a big State in terms of population, but we also can intervene in our food production value chain. What we are also trying to do with the revival of the project is that we want to produce various agricultural products we can consume internally in order to reduce our dependence on external food sources. The Food Production Park, which we are creating across the State, will be a trigger to other value-added agricultural production our citizens can provide.”

As part of the move to turn around the Organic Farm, Sanwo-Olu promised a total rehabilitation of Igborosun Road that leads to the farm.

Some of the agricultural projects to be developed for commercial production in the Organic Farm include fishing, poultry, piggery, and agro-forestry, among others.

Gov. Sanwo-Olu also inspected a 105-bed Mother and Child Care (MCC) recently completed by the State Government in the premises of Badagry General Hospital. The MCC will be commissioned in September, the Governor promised.

During a tour of the hospital, Sanwo-Olu proposed expansion of the Accident and Emergency Department. The project, he said, will take off in the next nine months.

The Governor also stopped at Marina area of the Badagry town, where the State Government will be building a modern jetty. The project, Sanwo-Olu said, is part of his administration’s blueprint to promote waterways transportation across the State.

Lagos Government Reviews 2018 Land Use Charge

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

 

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday reviewed the 2018 Land Use Charge.

The state government disclosed that the decision for the review was to reduce the financial pressure on Lagosians relating to land use.

In a statement by the Commissioner, Ministry of Finance, Dr. Rabiu Olowo, explained that “In 2018, there was an increase in Land Use Charge rate as well as the method of valuation of properties, this shock had a sporadic increase in Land Use Charge payable by property owners.

“In view of the aforementioned, the current administration decided to review the Land Use Charge law by reversing the rate of Land Use Charge to pre-2018 while upholding the 2018 method of valuation”.

 

Read Full Statement Below:

SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE HONOURABLE COMMISSIONER FOR FINANCE AT A PRESS BRIEFING ON THE 2020 NEW LAND USE CHARGE LAW

Gentlemen of the Press, it gives me great pleasure to once again address you since the last time we held our Ministerial Press Briefing to commemorate the first year in office of our Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu.

You will recall that during my presentation at the press briefing, I made mention of some reforms being considered by the Ministry of Finance, one of which is the Land Use Charge Reform.
We considered the Land Use Charge reform very necessary to accommodate the agitations of Lagosians and reduce the financial pressure on citizens as it relates to Land Use. As you are aware in 2018, there was an increase in Land Use Charge rate as well as the method of valuation of properties, this Twin shock had a sporadic increase in Land Use Charge payable by property owners.
In view of the aforementioned, the current administration decided to review the Land Use Charge law by reversing the rate of Land Use Charge to pre-2018 while upholding the 2018 method of valuation.
The reform also considered multiple Land Use Charge payment channels and efficient customer service management by setting up a call centre (0700 LAGOS LUC) in other to ensure prompt issue resolution.
Gentlemen of the Press, permit me to also avail you with some of the new provisions in the new 2020 Land Use Charge Law, the importance of LUC, various channels available for payments, the complaint management process amongst others.

1. The definition of Pensioner has been expanded to include “all retirees from private and public institutions in the state or any person that has attained the age of sixty (60) years and has ceased to be actively engaged in any activity or business for remuneration”

2. Property owned and occupied by a pensioner is exempted from paying LUC

3. Also, the percentage (%) increase in penalties for defaults in paying LUC has been reduced as follows:

Days Outstanding Before Now
45-75 days 25% 10%
75-105 days 50% 20%
105-135 days 100% 50%

4. In addition to this, there is also a 48% reduction in the Annual Charge Rates as follows:
Definition Areas Before Now
Owner-Occupied Residential Property 0.076% 0.0394%
Industrial Premises of Manufacturing Concerns 0.256% 0.132%
Residential Property/Private School (Owner & 3rd Party) 0.256% 0.132%
Residential Property (Without Owner in residence) 0.76% 0.394%
Commercial property (Used by the occupier for Business Purposes) 0.76% 0.394%
Vacant Properties and open empty Land 0.076% 0.0394%

5. Still, on reductions, another major sector that had its charge reduced is the Agricultural sector, which annual charge rate for Agricultural land was reduced from 0.076% to 0.01%. This is an 87% reduction from the old rate.
6. Penalties for Land Use Charge for Year 2017,2018 and 2019 have also been waived. This translates to N5,752,168,411.03 potential revenue waived by the State.
7. In addition to the reintroduction of the 15% early payment discount, an additional COVID 19 incentive of 10% will be granted on the total amount payable. This makes the total discount for early payment 25% if payment is made before the due date
8. The penalty for obstruction of officials and damage to property identification plague has been reduced from N250,000 to N100,000
9. The penalty for inciting a person to refuse to pay LUC has been reduced from N250,000 to N100,000
10. The 2020 LUC Law introduced a 10% and 20% special relief for Vacant properties and Open empty land, respectively.
11. The right of enforcement has been reduced from notification of three (3) default notices to (2) default notices.
12. Profit oriented Cemeteries and Burial Grounds are no longer exempted from payment of Land Use Charge
13. Private Libraries are also no longer exempted from paying Land Use Charge
14. An important section which I intend to bring to light is section 14 of the Law which makes it possible for the Commissioner to appoint any person including an occupier of a chargeable property to be an agent of the owner for the purpose of collecting Land Use Charge.
15. We have completed the LUC Reform process and review of bills. Property owners should expect to receive their 2020 LUC bills shortly and we expect property owners to leverage on the 25% early payment discount.

Furthermore, The LUC payment can now be made Online via https://Lagos.ebs-rcm.com Payment can also be made using USSD Code to any of our designated banks with the appropriate code stated below:
Fidelity – *770*1*7# or *770#
Ecobank – *326#
Unity Bank – *7799*302#

MOBILE BANKING PAYMENT OPTIONS
GTB
UBA
FIDELITY
POLARIS
ZENITH
FCMB
KEYSTONE
WEMA

INTERNET BANKING PAYMENT OPTIONS
GTB
UBA
FIDELITY
POLARIS
ZENITH
FCMB
KEYSTONE

Also, the Ministry of Finance has expanded its Complaints Resolution Process and as such, Lagosians are advised to make complaints about their bills through these E-mail addresses: [email protected], OR [email protected] and Phone call :08058584486, 09086786001

Alternatively, Lagosians can visit any of our Walk –In contact centers in the following areas across the State:

1. ALIMOSHO (107, Agege Motor Road, Idi-oro, Bus stop, Lagos)
2. ETI-OSA (9 Ahmed Onibudu Street, Victoria Island Lagos)
3. ETI-OSA (Connect Center Building KLM 35, Lekki-Epe Exp Way, Eputu, Lagos)
4. IKEJA (Ministry of Finance Revenue Complaints & Information Unit, Block 12, Alausa Ikeja)
5. IKEJA (73, College Road, Ifako- Ijaiye, Lagos)
6. SURULERE (2 Plateau Road, Apapa, Lagos)

While we assure Lagosians that our typical response time will not exceed 24hours, we urge anyone who feels dissatisfied or whose complaint results in a dispute to please contact the Lagos State Appeal Tribunal at Plot 3 Otunba Jobi Fele way (Ampak Plaza) Alausa Central Business District
Phone call :08058584486, 09086786001
Email;[email protected]

I extend my sincere appreciation to Lagosians who have been very committed to the payment of their annual Land Use Charge in spite of the challenges posed on every one of us by the covid-19 pandemic.

Let me state that we share in the pain which the pandemic has brought on every household including the government. While we hope for the return of normalcy to business activities across the State, it is important to let you know that, the payment of LUC is not intended to inflict any hardship on anyone, we believe that we are all partners in progress and together, we can achieve a Greater Lagos of our dream.

I thank you all for your attention.

Igbega Ipinle Eko, Ajumose Gbogbo Wa Ni o

Dr. Rabiu Olowo
Hon. Commissioner
Ministry of Finance

Eid-El-Kabir: Sanwo-Olu Calls For Moderate Celebrations

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has rejoiced with Muslims across the country on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir festival, urging them to celebrate moderately in the wake of the rise in cases of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor also advised Nigerians, especially Muslims to imbibe the lessons of the sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim and work for the unity and progress of the nation.

Sanwo-Olu, in his Eid-el-Kabir message released on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, congratulated Muslims in Lagos and advised them to continue on the path of spirituality and peaceful co-existence.

He said Eid al-Adha became a symbolic event in the history of mankind, given the bountiful rewards that followed the patience and perseverance of Prophet Ibrahim, who held on tenaciously to his faith in God despite being afflicted.

Sanwo-Olu, therefore, urged Lagosians to draw lessons from the prophet’s examples by eschewing tendencies that could severe the unity and stability in the country.

“Today, I join millions of people around the world, to wish our Muslim brothers and sisters in Lagos State and in Nigeria happy Eid-el-Kabir, which comes with significant lessons for mankind. For Muslims, today’s celebration is very unique.

“This symbolic Islamic festival is a reminder to us that, there will always be great rewards when we have abiding faith and patience in trying periods; persistence in prayers and tenacity in our belief.

“It also reminds us of the sacrifice we are expected to make not only for the purpose of spiritual fulfillment but also for the progress of mankind and the development of our society.

The governor also reminded Nigerians, especially Lagosians of the need to reflect on the new reality caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, saying it has altered the way we live, work and celebrate.

He said: “Traditionally, Eid-el-Kabir is marked with fanfare, where thousands of worshippers head to various designated praying grounds in their localities for special Eid prayer, followed by festive gatherings, visits to families and friends, gift exchanges, feasts among friends, neighbours and relations.

“However, these activities, which are a reflection of joy and happiness of the season, cannot hold this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Let us reflect on the last four to five months of our lives as individuals, as a state and as a nation. We should also remember our health care workers, and thousands of COVID-19 patients who would have loved to be at home to celebrate with us at this moment.”

Sanwo-Olu also advised Nigerians to support the government’s efforts in building a nation that would work for all, adding that the need to keep Nigeria on the path of development is a collective responsibility of all citizens.

“On behalf of my family and the Government of Lagos State, I wish all Muslims a happy and peaceful Eid al-Adha celebration,” he said.

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’.”