2019: Lagos APC Reps Aspirant Assures Mushin Residents, Stakeholders Of Quality Representation

Ahead of 2019 general elections in Lagos State, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and present Secretary to Mushin Local Government, Hon. Toyin Fayinka, has declared his intention to contest for the Mushin Constituency II seat in the House of Representatives.

Hon. Fayinka, who picked his nomination form at the party’s secretariat in Abuja last weekend, assured constituents and party faithful of quality representation in the next year’s general election should he be given an opportunity to fly the party’s ticket.

Fayinka said his strong conviction was fired by the present agitation for a change in the representation at the Federal House of Representatives as well as his personal relationship with the people and the firm knowledge of the political terrain of the constituency.

The APC aspirant, who vowed to transform his constituency and protect the interest of his people if elected into office, further hinted that he had trained many youths in skill acquisition and encouraged indigent students in his constituency by assisting them pay their tuition in their respective institutions.

“I assure you that I will not disappoint you in this call to represent the people of Mushin Constituency II in the House of Representatives,” Fayinka said.

He added that he would be a good ambassador of Mushin Constituency II at the National Assembly, and grant access to every of his constituent.

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Lagos Govt Releases N720.5m For Retirees In August

Lagos State Government says it has released about N720.5 million to settle backlogs of 190 pensioners’ entitlements under the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS).

Mrs Folashade Onanuga, Director-General, Lagos State Pension Commission (LASPEC), made the disclosure on Monday in Lagos.

Onanuga said the total pension fund released by Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration from August 2015 stood at N39.5 billion.

According to her, “9,591 retirees have had accrued rights of N39,450 billion paid into their Retirement Savings Accounts (RSA) from August 2015, when Ambode assumed the office, till date.’’

Onanuga said that pensioners were on the payroll priority of the state, hence the monthly release of pension payments by the state government.

“Lagos is happy that the backlog which was on ground at the beginning of the administration of Governor Ambode has been cleared,’’ she said.

Onanuga thanked the retirees for their contribution to the development of Lagos State and assured them of the governor’s commitment to their welfare in retirement.

She advised the retirees to spend wisely in retirement, saying “any project you know you cannot finish, don’t put your money into it.’’

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Grassroots Politics, Direct Primaries And The Concept Of Home, By ‘Lanre Bucknor

Politics is local as it is always said!

The Commissioner we are enjoying perks from today hails from the hood.

When all else fails, everyone returns to their home constituency.

Dr. Abdulhakeem AbdulLateef tilted more towards the hood now when he understands the concept of grassroot politics and it’s attendant importance, he found out a little bit late in his political life but early enough to salvage his political grassroot relevance.

Hon. Tony Nwulu that we are trying to replace went to Imo with our commonwealth, how many Jakande Estate, Isolo constituents have you heard the Hon. Idimogu fellow touched directly? You would probably hear good words about him at canoe axis of this divide. Hakeem Muniru will be more tilted towards the people of Isolo when the goodies arrive, he was once at the green chamber and he never knew us, while Ago Okota people will enjoy more if Bola Ahmed Oseni Emerges.

Distinguished Senator Yayi who is supposed to be the senator representing this district at the  hallowed red chamber have never for once even visited us talk more of even touching our lives directly, he will first attend to the people of Alimosho if and when he is not trying to be the governor of Ogun state with the resources that belongs to you and I.

Do you know that Youths in Imo are calling Tony Nwulu to come be the governor? 4 years of our own commonwealth sunk into the governorship ambition of another state.

There’s so much a commissioner can do, it’s an appointment position. There’s so much a legislator can do despite it being a terminal position but if you support your own even if he doesn’t perform up as expected, you would have liberated the generation of one of your own and positively change the story that belongs to us and you can easily call him to question. We need more top class political office holder to come from this hood, the goodies can become bigger and more life reaching. The effect can be more sustainable than these cups of rice, low quality fabrics and a few naira notes.

Have you asked yourself when last we had a member of the green chamber hailed from the hood? Remind me when last for I am waiting.

Food will be digested and defeacated, Money is a temporal thing, it comes and goes irrespective of the level of plans put in place, I read somewhere that Robert Kiyosaki of Rich dad, poor dad fame is bankrupt. Fabrics will fade and pilgrimage will change the life of a selected few but a lasting legacy will remain long after the deed doer have left the shores of Mother Earth.

Asiwaju is a super strategist, he held Lagos down, went back to the drawing board and negotiated sound political deals with having the 4th best economy in Africa. Jagaban was able to do this because he never let go of Lagos even after clinching national relevance, he never sold out on Lagos, his local constituent even for Federal might.

The concept of direct primaries is a strategic game of numbers and this hood have the numbers.

Do not allow one of you use you against one of you for blood will always be thicker than water. The APC prides itself as a broom party signifying togetherness, this hood shouldn’t act otherwise.

Remember and note this day; politics is strategic, politics is not being heedless, politics is a game of number and you have the numbers required to swing this in one of you’s Favour!

Politics is local and when push comes to shove, everyone will return home, for home is where the heart resides!

‘Lanre Bucknor is an Estate Surveyor by profession and practice. He writes from Lagos.

He hosts a wordpress blog www.lordrooz.wordpress.com and tweets via @lordrooz.

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Lagos PDP Chairman Defects To APC

The Lagos State Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Moshood Salvador has officially announced his decision to dump the party for the ruling All Progressive Congress.

He declared this in an interactive with newsmen in Lagos.

Mr. Salvador explained that he left the party due to unending feud with Chief Olabode George.

Mr Salvador pointed out that his supporters are no longer comfortable with greedy leaders who are fond of telling lies and distablising the party for their selfish interest.

According to the Chairman, 50,000 members have pledge their support to decamp with him.

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Two Arrested For Impersonating Immigration Officers

Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Zone A headquarters, Ikeja, Lagos have arrested two suspected fraudsters parading themselves as Immigration Officers.

Assistant Comptroller General, Zonal Coordinator, Mohammed Alhaji Alfa stated this to journalists.

The suspects; Messrs Emeka John, 66 and James Ezeh, 53 were arrested on August 20, 2018, by Immigration officers at a Chinese company while attempting to defraud the company of huge sums of money using forged Service letterhead purported to be signed by a senior Immigration officer.

Investigations revealed that the suspects were in the habit of going to companies to harass and extort money from expatriate employees.

He said the Assistant Comptroller General, Zonal Coordinator, Mohammed Alhaji Alfa directed that the suspects be handed over to the Police for further interrogation.

The Zonal Coordinator advised members of the public especially companies and organisations that employ the services of expatriates to be wary of such suspected fraudsters as they are not sent by Nigeria Immigration Service, as their activities are a source of serious embarrassment to the Service.

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3rd Mainland bridge To Be Temporarily Shut For 4 Days – LASG

The Lagos State Government has said that the 3rd Mainland Bridge will be temporarily shut down for four days, starting from midnight of August 23 to midnight of August 26, 2018 for Investigative Maintenance Test to be carried out.

The State’s Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ade Akinsanya said that the decision was taken after due consultation with the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.

The four-day closure, according to Akinsanya, would enable the contractors assess the true state of the bridge after which works would commence by the end of the year or early 2019.

“The 3rd Mainland Bridge which was opened about 30 years ago by the then military government has had haphazard maintenance and repairs in the past which the present Federal Government is committed to correct by carrying out proper and continuous maintenance and repairs on it,”Akinsanya stated.

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Two Lagos Prison Inmates Enroll For PhD

Two inmates of the Lagos Prisons Command are already pursuing their PhDs at the Kirikiri Maximum Prison, the State’s Controller of the Prisons, Mr Tunde Ladipo has said.

Mr. Ladipo disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Monday in Lagos.

According to him, there is a renewed interest in education among the inmates across the various prisons in the state.

He said that the progress and courage exhibited by the two PhD inmates at the maximum prison had sparked off a new zeal for academic pursuit among other inmates.

“The command is committed in ensuring that no inmate is left behind in terms of education, as this is part of the reformation we are carrying out.

“Sometime around May or June, two of the inmates who have acquired their Masters degrees enrolled for their PhD in the newly established National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) centre at the Kirikiri facility.

“One of the inmates is studying Business Management and the other, Peace and Conflict Resolution, and the Vice Chancellor of the NOUN who personally presented them with the letter approving their PhD courses said it is tuition free.

“To us, this is ground breaking and very encouraging, as they have shown that they are not limited by the situation they find themselves. And that is part of the essence of our on-going reformation across the prisons.

“As a result of this, the command is also witnessing an increase of enrollment of inmates into various categories of learning at the various prisons schools.

“We are indeed happy with the establishment of the new NOUN centre at the Kirikiri Prison, with state-of-the art facilities such as ultra modern and well stocked library, computers and air conditioners,” Ladipo told our reporter.

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Lagos Govt Partners With Foreign Firm On Railway Project

The Lagos State Government has signed a major agreement with an International Railway systems aggregator and rolling stocks manufacturer, Alstom SA of France on the Lagos Rail Mass Transit, LRMT, project as part of efforts to rev up the multi-modal transport system in the State.

Following a comprehensive review of the rail project, which ought to have commenced passenger operation but had been hindered by unforeseen third party issues and other challenges, the State Government said the Marina to Mile 2 section of the project known as the Blue Line Rail, would now be ready for passenger operation by 2022.

The State Government had engaged consultants to carry out a technical review and due diligence on the implementation of the project, which substantially had focused on civil works, and reported back to government that operation of the first phase may only commence in 2022.

Alstom SA France, a foreign firm with over 100 years of railway experience covering 60 countries, was subsequently engaged to review the report of the consultants, while the firm in its report agreed that the first phase of the rail project could only become operational in 2022 based on proposed funding pattern.

During the signing of the agreement with Alstom SA, Managing Director of Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, LAMATA, Mr. Abiodun Dabiri, who signed on behalf of the State Government, said the partnership was the result of the commitment of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode towards the transformation of public transportation in the State.

He said a consortium of experts engaged by the State Government to undertake a technical due diligence on the LRMT Blue Line Project (Mile 2 – Marina) had developed a roadmap which was accepted by the State Government to bring the railway project to passenger operations.

The consortium, according to Mr. Dabiri, in a final report, outlined their findings and proposed a road map to complete the civil infrastructure works and the Operation & Maintenance (O&M) infrastructure that will be needed for the commencement of passenger operation.

According to him, “Based on the final report submitted, the consortium of Alstom Transport SA France has been engaged for the procurement, engineering, construction, installation of Operation & Maintenance (O&M) moveable infrastructure and commissioning of railway systems towards the commencement of passenger operations for LRMT Blue Line project from Marina to Mile 2.”

While highlighting the extent of works to be carried out by Alstom SA, Mr. Dabiri said for ease of implementation, the work plan had been divided into two phases, with phase one aimed at demonstrating the non-public operation of the existing rolling stock before end of second quarter of 2019.

Mr. Dabiri said that the current efforts of Governor Ambode’s administration on the rail project was to bring to fruition the State Government’s commitment to deliver a multi-modal transport system and transform the State’s public transportation landscape with the view to moving it closer to the achievement of the first integrated and multi-modal transport system in Nigeria.

The LAMATA boss specifically appealed to businesses and Lagosians to trust the Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration to bring the Blue Rail Line to passenger operation by paying their taxes since the rail project is solely financed by the State Government through its IGR.

A Director of Alstom SA, Mr. Guy Jean-Pierre,  thanked the State Government for the confidence reposed in the firm and the opportunity given to partner with the State on the Blue Line Rail project.

He assured that Alstom would work to ensure the delivery of the Blue Line to passenger operation by bringing on board required expertise and experience in rail system management.

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2019: Lagos PDP Needs Prayers, Says Ogunlewe

Chief Adeseye Ogunlewe, a former Minister of Works and chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), on Sunday called on party members in Lagos State to pray for peace and unity in their fold.

Ogunlewe, a former senator, said without peace and unity the party could not rise above its present “challenges” toward realising its goal of winning the state in 2019.

“What is needed in Lagos State PDP is prayers, prayers and prayers.

“Members in the chapter should pray together for peace and unity so that the goals of the party can be actualised.

“Members must particularly unite at this challenging period in order to get victory in 2019,’’ the PDP chieftain told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

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AMCON Chairmanship: ADP Urges Lagos Senators To Exercise Restraint

The Action Democratic Party (ADP) Lagos State Chapter has called on the three Senators representing Lagos State at the National Assembly not to allow themselves to be used as sabotage against the interest of Lagosians over their move to block AMCON Chairmanship slot for Lagos.
In a statement obtained from Lagos State Chairman of the party, Nasir Adewale Bolaji, while interacting with Newsmen, leaders and members of the party at the party’s secretariat on Saturday, he said that for the overall interest of Lagosians, Senators must exercise restrain on how they are being pushed by some politicians to work against the nominee from Lagos.
The Statement reads:
I welcome all leaders and stakeholders of our great party, executive members, members and teaming supporters, pressmen and Lagosians to this occasion, an opportunity for our party to address the world on the state of affairs in Lagos State.
Our Party, Action Democratic Party (ADP) is anchored on people’s orientated programmes, that offer direct impacts on the lives of everybody resident in Lagos State rather than satisfying selected individuals or godfathers.
Today also affords our party, Action Democratic Party (ADP), the opportunity to further present ourselves as the ONLY CREDIBLE ALTERNATIVE with the capacity to bring real developments and to free Lagosians who are desirous of positive change and Progress.
Let me assure Lagosians that ADP is positioned to eradicate the scourging poverty, under development, inequality in wealth distribution, substandard education, security threats that is pervasive in the state and to make Lagos a truly mega city where opportunities will be available to all those pursuing their legitimate businesses to succeed in the state.
Our party ADP has become the main opposition political party in Lagos because of our steady resolve and determination to take power back from those who have held the state down for too long. May I also state our resolve to liberate the political space by providing opportunities for those who aspire to contest for one elective position or the other ahead of the 2019 elections, as against the tradition of impunity, and the imposition of stooges across the available spaces, that is the trademark of the failed ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Our party is open to discussion with stakeholders of like minds from other political parties to take back Lagos State. It is our resolve to put Lagos state back on the right pedestrial, Lagos State must claim its rightful place in the country as the center of excellence.
Recent developments in Lagos State has shown that Lagosians cannot continue with the mindless and undermining politics being played by leaders in the ruling APC, whose grip on the state has not actually allowed the full potentials of the state to be realized by all residents in the state.
The time to move away from those who are ready to destroy every opportunities that do not pass through their tables has come and our party, as people’s orientated party accept to lead the struggle for emancipation and continue to support every good idea(s) and opportunities that will add to the advancement of the state. We are not a party to stop the progress of the state for personal gains.
We are aware of a recent move by the three Senators representing Lagos State at the National Assembly of moves to block the confirmation of a nominee from the state for the Chairmanship of Asset Management Company (AMCON), an opportunity being threatened by the greed of those who would rather destroy everything just to score a cheap political point for personal gain.
In as much as we don’t want to interfere in the affairs of the ruling APC, it will be injustice to Lagosians to keep mum as a major stakeholder in the “Project Lagos” knowing that the blockage of the confirmation may be connected with the spat between a National Leader of APC and the former APC National Legal Adviser, Mr Muiz Banire (SAN).
As a party who is concerned with the progress of Lagos state, we find it disturbing that lawmakers elected to serve the interest of the state have descended so low as to abandoned their duties as legislators and decided to serve the interest of their godfather alone. It is the opinion of our party that personal political war between the two political leaders should not be allowed to affect the overall interests of all Lagosians.
We are calling on the three senators representing Lagos State at the Senate to forthwith withdraw their rejections to the confirmation of Dr Muiz Banire, SAN as the Chairman of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON, as further opposition would be construed as a direct assault on the state and its people.
May I warn that ADP would no longer tolerate sabotage of the interest of Lagos state and we will not hesitate to mobilise the people of the state against the Senators if they refuse to refrain from their anti-developments stance.
We take note that Lagos economy has been the most viable in Nigeria with an average IGR of N550b yearly, apart from the several billions from FAAC monthly allocations, grants and donors funds, however, it is frustrating that the level of development in the state is a far cry from what is being generated. Our party is calling on the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode to adopt ‘Open Government’ initiative with immediate effect, as the government owes the citizens the responsibility to render account of their stewardship and how their resources are being managed, which we believe organizing town hall meetings and presentation of vague reports cannot sufficiently answer.
ADP equally asks the Lagos State government to publish the budget of the state with line items on major newspapers, electronics media and state owned website for the world to know, as well as the audited account of the state should be published to know what was actually generated, and what was spent.
In line with our promises to all Lagosians, we would practice a culture of transparency, respect for rule of law, human development via job creation, development of “Inner Lagos” across Local governments. ADP believes that developments should be encompassing and not specific to status as exemplified by APC, we will not only make judicious use of resources of the state but ensure its spread to all citizens, not minding their social status.
We are aware that it won’t be an easy task but we are ready to face leadership for all with the seriousness it deserves because we are ready, especially with piled up domestic and foreign (bilateral and multilateral) debts incurred by the APC government. According to Debt Management Office (DMO), Lagos is owing over N363 billion in domestic loan while foreign debt is also over $1.466 billion. In our opinion, Lagos as a state with highest revenue generation should not have such a huge debt if the humongous resources it generates are judiciously utilised. As we already know, massive corruption, award of phoney contracts, quest to satisfy godfather, leakages and culture of waste are responsible for the high debt profile in the State.
Finally, our Party Action Democratic Party (ADP) will not tow the retrogressive path of the ruling APC but will present brilliant minds with good character, capacity and competence needed to lead Lagos State at various elective positions, most especially for Governor, Senate, House of Representatives and State Assemblies.
Our party when given the opportunity to lead the state, will work with stakeholders in traffic and transport management to decongest traffic gridlock in Lagos state by opening new roads and expanding existing ones. Despite the abundance of water all over the state, it is disappointing that the APC government failed in providing households with drinkable water. ADP would not allow this to continue, we would commit the right resources to ensure that every household in Lagos state have access to portable and hygienic water. Aside meeting the peoples water need, it will serve a purpose of checking diseases that are contracted through water and keep Lagosians safe and healthy.
ADP plans to tackle housing challenges in the state as we will partner private sector to build houses for the safe abode of our people.
Our party will continue to engage stakeholders in the state and also move on with mobilization of members into the party. In no distant time, ADP will unveil it’s road map, economic blueprint and developmental agenda for Lagos State.
I therefore call on all leaders, stakeholders, and Lagosians in general to see ADP as the party of Progress, and the party sent by God to rescue them from the sinking boat of APC, as the party that will end the era of impunity and massive corruption in the state, I call on you to join us in this journey as the ONLY CREDIBLE ALTERNATIVE political party who can provide better service to all Lagosians, join and be a partner in Progress.
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Gov Ambode Approves Recruitment Of Additional 1200 Teachers

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday approved the recruitment of additional 1200 teachers for the Junior and Senior Secondary schools in the State.

The Governor, at the last quarterly Town Hall meeting at Ibeju Lekki, had promised that his administration would employ more teachers into public schools to meet up with the manpower required to cover all public schools in the State.

Confirming the development, Deputy Governor of the State, Mrs. Idiat Adebule said the 1200 teachers was an addition to the 1000 teachers which the Governor had approved for recruitment into Primary Schools in the State.

Adebule, who superintends over the Ministry of Education, said that the guidelines for application would be released soon in accordance with the Civil Service Rules.

The development, she said, would further aid teaching and learning in the public schools which according to her, has been attracting more enrolment in the last three years as a result of the improved infrastructure and welfare of teaching and non-teaching staff.

The Deputy Governor stressed that the improved facilities and staff motivation was evident in the high performance rate of the students of the State in local and international competitions.

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Lagos Govt Shuts Down Illegal Truck Terminal

Lagos State Governor Akinwumi Ambode has shut down an illegal bonded Terminal on Osho Drive at Ajegunle, known as Climax Bonded Terminal.

The Governor who went to Ajegunle due to complaints made by some concerned residents of the area over the activities of container trucks dropping their cargoes at the terminal ordered that all articulated vehicles within the Ajegunle axis should be evacuated within 24 hours while all the illegal terminal in the area should be closed until further notice.

He explained that “It’s bad enough that the roads here are single lanes and then I’ve gone round the whole Ajegunle axis and I’ve seen all the trucks all over the place, so I take over all the places called bonded terminals in Ajegunle from this moment, I shut this place down and all the agencies concerned should take my instructions, I do not no want to ever see this place opened again including all the other places that they have put the terminals and other places they have procured, I would not authorize any place that is residential as a Bonded Terminal, they remain under lock and key until I say otherwise”.

Ambode who ordered the Commissioner of Police to secure the sites, said all the Custom officers Manning the illegal terminal should clear off within thirty minutes.

He added that, there was no document in any of the relevant State agencies to show that the owners of the Terminal sought approval before converting the purely residential area into a business venture.

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