Lagos-East Senate Race: Why Ikuforiji Is The Best Man For The Job, By Oyewole Muideen

Political gladiators are already jostling for the coveted position of Senator representing Lagos-East, made vacant by the unfortunate passing on of Sen. Bayo Osinowo popularly called “Pepperito” due to complications from COVID-19. Amongst the political juggernauts slugging it out, one name stands out, boasting an array of impeccable credentials and vast experience – Rt Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, the erstwhile Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly (2005 -2015).

Rt.Hon. Ikuforiji, a banker, lecturer and businessman with a Bachelors degree and Masters in Economics from Babes-Bolyai University and Bucharest Academy of Economic studies has added other feathers to his cap – bagged a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) in Leadership, John Moore University, England and was recently called to the bar in 2019, after his tenure in office. This shows that the Ex-Speaker, unlike his ilk is in relentless pursuit of knowledge despite attaining enviable political height.

He began his political odyssey as the General Secretary of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN). In 2003, he contested and was elected to represent his constituency, Epe constituency 1 at the Lagos State House of Assembly under the platform of Alliance for Democracy (AD). His leadership skills and astute representation was not lost on the House as he was elected Speaker in December 2005, re-elected for a second term on 4th June 2007 and continued for a third term as Speaker of the 7th Assembly from 2011 till 2015.

An alumnus of John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a cybernetics and computer networking technocrat, Rt. Hon Ikuforiji has effortlessly combined being a consummate political leader with being a technocrat of repute, renowned for his intellectual sagacity, extraordinary administrative and leadership skills, and dedication to public service.

Some analysts, sponsored to diminish his chances have touted the so-called Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) case against the veteran lawmaker as the reason why he should not emerge as the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senatorial candidate in the forth-coming bye-election. Unfortunately for them, Hon. Ikuforiji has not been convicted of any crime, by any court. He is presently defending himself against allegations of malfeasance and until proven guilty, he remains innocent and can run for any office in the land. Rt Hon. Ikuforiji has maintained and nurtured an unblemished record of integrity and accountability all through his professional years, spanning decades, his stint in the House of Assembly cannot be an exception.

Lagos-East Senatorial district has had the privilege of sending its best foot forward to the Senate – those with cognate Legislative experience. Senator Mamora was a product of the Lagos Assembly where he was Speaker before becoming Senator, same as “Pepperito”, who served for 4 terms in the Lagos Assembly before advancing to the apex legislature. Only Rt Hon. Ikuforiji dwarfs the experience of late Sen. Osinowo, and this gives him an edge among those lobbying to replace the deceased legislator.

This is the time for Lagos-East Senatorial district to throw its best foot forward. This is not the time to test an upstart, it is the time to hit the ground running and build on the legacy of late Sen. Osinowo. The only one the cap fits is Rt Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji and that is why he is the best man for the job. Let’s send him forth!

Oyewole Muideen is a member of APC from Lagos

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Waste Management : LAWMA CEO, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin (@muyiwag) Explains Bluebox Initiative

“The cleanliness is essential to conducting nano-scale research.” — George Adams

The Blue Box Program is a single stream recyclable collection program that will encourage separation of recyclable materials from the general waste at the point of generation. Recycling bags will be distributed to households by franchised recyclers for separation of recyclables. The bags would be collected on designated dates by the assigned recycler and transported to the sorting hubs within the area at designated days of the week. Respective recyclers who are franchise holders, would come to pick up the boxes. Colour-coded bags will be distributed by recyclers and Environmental volunteer corps who will educate and encourage participation and also collate data on field. The collected recyclables will then be transported to the Community Recycling Centre in that area, for further sorting and sale to off-takers.

As a way of encouraging compliance, LAWMA would promote the sorting culture with a reward system. Participatory households would accumulate coupons distributed by the franchisee which will be exchanged with several redeemable options, which include but not limited to reduction in amount paid for waste bills.

Distinguished guests, the process is already in the works and it is important to stress, that individuals/Recyclers who exhibit capacity to collect at LGs and LCDAs are expected to have a minimum of 5-ton or 10-ton truck for collection of recyclables from door steps, in addition to a sorting centre measuring a minimum of 1000 square kilometers in the area of operation. The state and local governments will partner to provide space for Community Recycling Centres.

The Community Recycling Centres will be a platform to harness the expertise of the scavengers, where we will re-orientate and reintegrate as resource managers, thereby allaying the negative impact of their means of livelihood. Many of our youth who are jobless will also find employment and livelihood at the Community Resource Centres.

We will engage respective communities and deploy massive public enlightenment and sensitization, to encourage public support and general compliance.

To ensure sustainability of the program, corporate organization would also be co-opted to support the program through introduction of reward system that would further encourage participation.


? To capture about fifty (50) percent of recyclables upstream with zero tolerance for scavenging by June 2021.

? Attract Major investors, create green jobs and further strengthen the sector and reorientation of scavengers and integration as Resource Managers at the Community Recycling centers where their expertise will be needed.

? Reducing the negative impact on their means of livelihood.

? Encourage zero waste generation in the State and promote an healthier and cleaner environment.

? Reduce our carbon footprint.

? Increase economic security by tapping domestic source of material

This is envisaged as a new era, that will usher in the clean city and friendly environment, jobs and lots of business opportunities for all.

I welcome you all once again and I welcome you to the beginning of a new and Greater Lagos. Eko a Sanwa o

Dr. Olumuyiwa Gbadegesin

Managing Director/CEO LAWMA

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Gov Ambode Commends Corp Members For ‘Excellent Contributions’ To 2019 Elections

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has commended the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) for its excellent contributions to the success of the 2019 election.

Ambode gave the commendation in a message to the Swearing-in of the 2019 Batch “A” National Youths Corps members posted to Lagos.

Governor Ambode was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Mr. Jimoh Yusuf.

The Governor said that the conduct of the National Youths Corps members used as INEC ad-hoc staff during the elections was quite commendable.

He urged the new Corps members to to build on the achievements of the National Youths Corps, NYSC, as they commence the one year mandatory national service.

He urged them to be of good conduct during and after the orientation course.

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INEC To Hold Supplementary Election In Ibeju Lekki

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos state says it has concluded arrangements for the conduct of the supplementary election in nine polling units of Ibeju-Lekki constituency 1.

The elections were declared inconclusive due to over voting in nine polling units covering two registration areas of the constituency.

In a statement on Thursday, the commission said it has met with all relevant stakeholders in the area including the political parties and affected candidates, Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) for the local government and other interested groups.

The statement noted that only voters with valid Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs within the constituency will be allowed into the polling units to vote.

The training of ad-hoc staff for the supplementary election has also commenced at the Registration Area Centres (RAC).

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Lagos Police Command Arrest Three Suspected Cult Members

The Lagos State Police Command have arrested three suspects following a raid on cultists and ritualists’ hideout.

The Command’s Spokesperson, DSP Bala Elkana, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

He also said that the raid, which took place on Monday almost led to a serious attack on Imota Police Station in Ikorodu, during which two policemen were injured.

“On March 18, at about 5:30pm, following a tip-off, a team of policemen on surveillance at Adama community, Ikorodu, raided a den of cultists who specialise in ritual murder and kidnapping for ritual purposes.

“On sighting the police, they opened fire and equally used some of their hostages as human shields.

“During the operation that lasted for about one hour, two police officers were injured and three suspects were arrested namely, Ahmed Hassan, Daniel Enyin and Olaniran Alium.

“One Hadiyat Sikiru an SS1 student was hit by a stray bullet. Attempt by other members of the deadly gang to attack our police station at Imota was met with stiff resistance by the gallant officers on duty.

“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu mni, has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of Criminal Investigation, Panti, to take over the case for further investigation,” he said.

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Lagos School Collapse: Parents Appeal To Govt For Aid

Following the collapsed school building on Massey Street in Lagos Island, parents, families and relatives of affected children have appealed to the state government for medical aid.

Mr. Suraju Ogedemgbe who had four children in the school, explained that her wife fainted after loosing three children to the tragic incident while the only one who sustained injury is now stable .

In Gbagada General Hospitals, families of victims of the collapse appealed to government to foot the bills.

The Medical Director of Lagos General hospital, Dr. Ismail Ganikale who confirmed that the patients were recuperating, appealed to Lagosians to support the patients through blood donation.

The Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association, Dr Saliu Oseni, who went round the hospitals to ensure that his members were up and doing, stated that the statistics of casualties could not be ascertained at the moment.

He noted that no victim was brought to the hospital since last night and stressed the need for government to  give necessary support to  families who lost their children and those who were still on treatment.

The families said they were hopeful that others still trapped in the rubble would be rescued.

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Lagos APC Dissociates Self From Campaign Violence

The Lagos State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has disassociated itself from the mayhem that marred the launch of campaign rally of the party in Ikeja, Lagos.

Addressing newsmen at the APC Secretariat in Acme,the Publicity Secretary, Mr Joe Igbokwe, regretted that the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) members took their crises to the campaign ground of the ruling party, despite the security arrangements in place.

He said in as much members of the NURTW, like other professional bodies were recognized as members of the APC, the party does not in anyway tolerate or promote violence.

Mr Igbokwe apologised on behalf of the APC to lagosians and the media over the incident,while sympathizing with the family of Mr Afeez Ismail aka Legacy,who lost his life in the mayhem.

Mr Igbokwe commended the Nigeria Police for demonstrating high sense of professionalism by avoiding use of maximum force, which prevented an escalation of the incident and high number of casualties.

The Lagos APC spokesman further lauded the police for the manhunt of those responsible for the violence, demanding that the law should take its full course,so to exonerate the party as peace – loving.

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Lagos Police Command Arrest Six-Man Robbery Gang In Mushin

The Lagos Police Command has arrested a six-man robbery gang, who allegedly specialised in selling stolen vehicles as scrap at Ladipo market in Mushin, Lagos.

They are Hycient Lawrence, 25; Ernest Ogaba, 30; Clement Ochei, 38; Afeez Akinsoya, 41; Victor Ineh, 32 and Lucky Mgbejume, 28.

According to The Nation, Hycient and Ernest were guards at Green Gate Company, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos.

They allegedly conspired with the others to steal and sell a Hilux pickup truck 2012 model and a Toyota corolla 2003 model parked on the company’s premises.

The keys were kept with them.

Hycient confessed: “I organised the theft and sold the vehicles because my salary is poor. I earn N26,000.”

Lucky said: “My work is to turn vehicles to scrap. I am paid for this. I did not know that the vehicles were stolen.”

Victor said he was sent by one Wale to sell tyres, adding that he did not know that the tyres were stolen.

Afeez said his shop is at 109, Fatai Atere Way where he sells tyres, but did not know that the tyres were stolen.

Ogaba said his role was to lock the gate after his colleagues had removed the vehicles.

Clement said he guards the premises where the vehicles were turned into scrap. He claimed that he did not suspect that the vehicles were stolen because they were brought in by a tenant, Arinze, who is now at large.

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Lagos 2019: SDP Guber Candidate Vows To Build Fourth Mainland Bridge

The governorship candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Lagos State, Dr. Adetokunbo Pearse at the weekend promised to build the Fourth Mainland Bridge and complete the light rail project if elected the governor of the state next year.

Pearse, in an exclusive interview with THISDAY, stated that upon completion, the two projects would ease traffic congestion in the state.

The guber candidate noted that he had an ambitious plan to construct an alternative corridor route from eastern corridor to western part of the state to decongest Lagos-Ibadan expressway.  

“The state’s first civilian governor, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande started the water transportation system. But as soon as some other governors came in, they messed it up.”

“I will renew water transportation so that we can move around Ikorodu and Badagry by water. If there is an emergency, you can move by water. The major problem in Lagos is congestion. If you want to build an economy, you improve transportation.”

He said the gridlock on the state’s roads “is destroying economy. Imagine someone who is ill being trapped in a gridlock. It happened to someone I knew who died in a car after spending three hours in the traffic and this happens all the time.

“The first thing I will do is to build drainage all over the state so that when rain falls, the water will flow into the canal, which will run into the river. Water on the roads damages the roads and create problem of traffic,” he added,

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Police Uncover Fake Wine Factory In Lagos

Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command on Wednesday uncovered a fake wine factory at an uncompleted building at Aboru area of Oke-Odo, Alagbado, Lagos.

Edgal Imohimi, the Commissioner of Police Lagos led the team to the factory owned by one Uju Daniel Ughanze, 47, who is unlicensed to run such business.

Imohimi told newsmen that the command got a credible information about the factory where assorted wine and alcoholic beverages are being produced.

The CP said he directed the Commander of Area ‘P’ in Alagbado to mobilize his men to the scene to search and seal the factory.

“My men executed the search and recovered the following items from the factory: four thousand bottles of already produced, packed and labeled adulterated wine of different brands, one thousand empty bottles, drums of different sizes, various chemical and reagents used as raw materials and other tools used in the production of the wines.”

“Ughanze who is from Obosi in Anambra State, lives in building he uses for both resident and factory with his wife and four (4) children.” he said.

The suspect lamenting in the background claimed he’s yet start selling the wines as he awaits the approval of NAFDAC. He said he uses just fermented fruits for production and the wines are not harmful to the health.

The CP warns Lagosians to be wary of the consumable they buy this yuletide season as people like Ughanze may flood the market with substandard goods.

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Ambode Launches Lagos Health Insurance Scheme

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, Wednesday, launched the State Health Insurance Scheme (LSHS), to give the residents easy access to affordable and quality healthcare services.

Ambode said the scheme was mooted in 1999 under the former administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and established by Law No. 4 of May 2015.

The governor noted that though providing a health insurance scheme for all residents of Lagos State was a tough task, but his administration was committed to executing it.

He added: “We were committed to implementing this programme because the welfare of all Lagosians is of paramount interest to us and we came into office with a promise to make Lagos work for all.

“I am delighted that we have fulfilled that promise and are gathered at this historic and momentous occasion today for the formal launch of the Lagos State Insurance Health Scheme. It is historic because it marks a distinct milestone in the state government’s effort to ensure the sustained provision of a critical social service to our teeming Lagos population.

“The overall goal of this scheme is to ensure that all residents of the state have unhindered access to sustainable, quality and affordable healthcare services with financial risk protection, including subsidy from government subsidy.”

Dignitaries at the event included PharmAccess Foundation; the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS); Government of Netherlands, represented by its Ambassador; World Bank representative, Dr. Olumide Okunola; All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; former Health Commissioner Dr. Leke Pitan; Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu and his white cap chiefs, as well as the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotubi and others.


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Just In: Explosion In Lagos As Vandals Destroy NNPC Pipeline

The Natione newspaper is reporting that there is a raging fire at Ebule Egba caused by activities of pipeline vandals.

Residential and commercial houses allegedly affected. People scampering to safety.

It is alleged that vandals had caused an explosion from the pipelines, which extended to Abule Egba Bus Stop.

Fire said to have started 3:30am.

Uncertain if casualties have been recorded.

Details later…

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