U.N. Warns Of Water Crisis In Nigeria’s Megacity Lagos  

U.N. Warns Of Water Crisis In Nigeria's Megacity Lagos  The United Nations (UN), has warned that Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos state, faces a water crisis that is creating unacceptable conditions for millions of people.

According to the U.N, the 21 million residents of Lagos, which is built on a lagoon, struggle to find water suitable for drinking and sanitation.

Estimates suggest only one in 10 people have access to water supplied by the state utility provider.

Reacting to the comments, the Lagos state Information Commissioner, Steve Ayorinde, said the 2017 budget increased spending with the aim of addressing the two key issues of potable water and cleaner environment.

He however said the migration of people from other parts of Nigeria and neighbouring countries had put pressure on the city’s infrastructure.

Lagos To Commence Construction Of Fly-Over Bridge At Pen Cinema

AmbodeThe Lagos State Government on Wednesday announced plans to activate multi-faceted projects designed to improve the standard of living in the State, among which is the commencement of construction of a Fly-over Bridge in the popular Pen Cinema junction of the State.

The Pen Cinema Fly-over is the third, which the Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration in the State will be constructing after those of Abule-Egba and Ajah Roundabout.

The State Government had also constructed a Pedestrian Bridge at the ever busy Berger Bus Stop along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to facilitate easy human and vehicular movement.

Addressing a joint ministerial press briefing at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, the State Government also announced readiness to commence the deployment of 13,000 Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras, additional 6,000 street lights and security sensors for surveillance and crime prevention across the State from October, 2016.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, who announced all the projects, said government is also set to decongest traffic along the Lekki-Epe Expressway through the removal of three roundabouts namely the 4th Roundabout (Elegushi); 5th Roundabout (Jakande) and the 8th Roundabout (VGC).

He said the affected roundabouts would be replaced by the use of traffic lights, expansion of the roads and provision of dedicated turning lanes as well as additional lay-bys.

Ayorinde further disclosed that the State Government has commenced the implementation of the Lagos Enterprise GIS upgrade and the Integrated Land Administration Automation System, which when implemented, would ensure proper monitoring of government infrastructure for optimum benefit, fast-track the ease of doing business and improve government-citizen relationship.

While explaining the scope of the Pen Cinema Fly-over, the State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson, said the government was pleased to announce the approval for the construction, which he said would be completed within 18 to 24 months, adding that the project would commence after the conclusion of the preliminary works.

Johnson said the fly-over would be constructed from Oba Ogunji via Ijaiye Road into Agunbiade, adding that it would be 700 meters long with some junction improvement at Pen Cinema.

“We will expand Oba Ogunji Road and create barriers. The project will also accommodate a generous walkway similar to the Ikorodu Expressway and the bridge will have a free flow all the way to Agunbiade,” Johnson explained.

On his part, Special Adviser to the Governor on Transport, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi said the removal of the roundabouts on Lekki-Epe Expressway was part of the junction works and traffic system management designed by the present administration to enhance free flow of traffic.

Elegushi recalled that when the road was constructed, it was accommodating about 30,000 vehicles per day, adding that the vehicular movement has now increased to over 50,000 daily.

He said the project will be competed in six months, adding that additional lay-bys and other sleep roads have been designed with the project.

Also speaking on the Smart City Project and the Integrated Land Administration Automation project, Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Olufemi Odubiyi, said among many other benefits, the EGIS project would help promote and encourage a secondary mortgage market and facilitate investment in properties.

He added that the project would witness the installation of information highway-metro fibre and deployment of 4GLT across the State, adding that part of what government was trying to achieve was the full implementation of e-services like e-health and e-agric, among others.

While addressing the production of crude oil in Lagos, Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Wale Oluwo, said the State Government is set to access the 13 percent oil derivation, and urged the Federal Government to license more private sector participants in the oil and gas sector.

Lagos State Re-opens Mile 12 Market

Ambode on mile 12The Lagos State government has re-opened the mile 12 market, which was shut following a violent clash in Agiliti area.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, announced the re-opening of the market on Thursday, weeks after it was shut down.

The State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said the decision to re-open the market was reached after a meeting with stakeholders.

He told reporters that agreement was reached with all stakeholders including, traditional leaders, residents and the community development association.

Some agreements reached include: a prohibition on no street trading in the area; all activities relating to the market would take place within designated market premises; a ban on commercial motorcyclists in the area and removal of shanties and illegal structures.

“Relocation Of The Market”

The Commissioner said: “As part of measures aimed at bringing sanity into the market, the government and the market leaders have agreed that henceforth, all activities relating to the market shall be confined within the market area, and that street trading would no longer be allowed in the area”.

The Commissioner added that it was further agreed trading activities in the market would henceforth be carried out in a clean and hygienic environment.

According to Ayorinde, other major agreements arrived with a consensus amongst the various stakeholders include: “Relocation of the Market to another suitable location as the existing market can no longer contain the traders; ban on the use of Commercial Motorcycles (Okada Riders) in the area; peaceful co-existence amongst all ethnic groups in the Market and environs; and removal of all shanties and illegal attachments/structures within the Market area.”

Ayorinde further said that the stakeholders agreed that it was only in an atmosphere of peace and co-existence that their various business and trade can thrive.

He assured the stakeholders that Lagos was a home for all, and that the State Government would continue to provide the enabling environment for every investor to thrive, as the promise of the Governor to run a 24/7 economy is sacrosanct.

Governor Ambode had shut the market on March 3, 2016, after a clash between residents and Okada operators in the Mile 12 area led to loss of lives and property.

Lagos City Marathon Hosts Over 20,000 Athletes

Lagos City MarathonAll is now set as Lagos State Government hosts over 20,000 local and international marathoners in the maiden Lagos City Marathon scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2016.

The race will be flagged off at the National Stadium, Surulere in Lagos and will be terminated at the Eko Atlantic City on Victoria Island, after the marathoners have run through dedicated routes.

The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said that all logistics have been put in place and Lagos is ready to host the event.

He said that the state government has put in place water-tight security measures to protect athletes and other participants in the international event.


Lagos Defends Action On Oshodi Demolition

oshodiThe Lagos State government has come out boldly to defend its action in the demolition of Owonifari market in Oshodi, insisting that the action was taken in the overall interest of public good, safety and security.

The state government made its position known at a joint press briefing addressed by the state’s Ministries of Information and Strategy, The Environment, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, and the Office of Civic Engagement.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, said that there was no illegality in the demolition as the traders were adequately notified before the exercise took place as required by law.

He explained further that government engaged with the leadership of the market severally before carrying out the demolition exercise.

In addition to this, the State Government said it has constructed an alternative market stall for the traders which can conveniently accommodate over 600 shops and hundreds of key clamps.

They agreed to subsidize payment by giving shops at the new market at a monthly give away price of 5,000 Naira.