Lagos NYSC Coordinator Tasks Corps Members On Positive Conduct

The 2018 Batch “B” Youth Corps members posted to Lagos state have been asked to adhere to the rules and regulations guiding the orientation course to avoid being sanctioned.

The Lagos State Coordinator, National Youths Service Corps, Prince Mohammed Momoh gave the advice at the Swearing-in of the Corps members held at Orientation camp, Iyana-Ipaja Lagos.

He explained that the orientation camp was highly regimented, and as such required that every Corp member must be orderly and disciplined.

Prince Momoh admonished the corps members to participate actively in all activities the campground could offer in order to prepare them adequately for the challenges ahead in their service year.

In a message to the event, the Governor of Lagos state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode also enjoined the corps members to take keen interest in all camp activities particularly, the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development training Programmes so that those that wished to start business of their own after the training could access a start-up funds from the government under the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund.

Governor Ambode also urged the Corps members to be security conscious and report any suspicious movement around the campground to the relevant authority.

Justice Adebisi Femi-Segun later administered Oath of allegiance on the three thousand, eighty -seven Corps members at the event on behalf of the Chief Judge of Lagos state, Justice Opeyemi Oke.

The NYSC dance troupe added colour to the event.

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Five Feared Dead As Boat Capsizes In Lagos

About five persons were feared dead when a boat capsized in Lagos on Wednesday evening.

An eyewitness said that the boat was travelling from CMS to Ikorodu.

Bodies of the victim were brought to the jetty at Ipakodo in Ikorodu outskirts of Lagos.

Lagos State police spokesman, Chike Oti, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) who confirmed the incident noted that 16 persons were rescued alive.

According to Oti, “the information reaching us from the Marine Unit of the command reveals that five persons died in the boat mishap, while 16 persons were rescued.

Our marine team is still combing the waters to see if there are other victims.

“The Commissioner of police, CP Imohimi Edgal, has ordered the officer in charge of the marine unit to investigate the remote cause of the accident,” he said.

This is coming two months after 24 passengers escaped death when two boats collided and capsized in Ojo.

Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) who also confirmed the incident said the boat, ‘Blue Boat Marine’ was travelling from Marina Jetty heading towards Ikorodu Terminal loaded with 20 passengers and two crew members.

According to him, the boat capsized at about few minutes after 5:00p.m. while it was on its last leg of the journey not too far from destination.

“13 people have been rescued while five are dead. There is still a search for remaining two persons,” he said.

He added that the boat has been recovered from the scene while joint rescue effort by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), LASWA patrol team and boat operators was still ongoing.

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Lagos Task Force Confiscates 2000 Articulated Vehicles

Over two thousand articulated vehicles have been removed from the Apapa-Oshodi expressway in Lagos by a joint security taskforce established by the Lagos State Government.

The vehicles were taken off the roads under the “Operation Restore Sanity On Lagos Roads” to ensure free flow of traffic on the service lane in the axis.

The operation which was initially scheduled between Friday and Monday has been extended till Tuesday.

For many months now, Lagosians have been experiencing untold hardship due to the permanent parking of containerized vehicles on the expressway and service lanes in the Oshodi- Apapa axis, Ikorodu road and Eko Bridge inward Lagos Island.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan who said the evacuated vehicles have been taken to seven designated holding bays warned that a Mobile Court would be set up within the axis to try any driver who block the road.

Meanwhile, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is expected to meet representatives of the various Unions in the APAPA Port and other Stakeholders in Alausa, Ikeja tomorrow (Monday) to discuss laying solutions to the activities of truck drivers who are in the habit of parking indiscriminately on roads and bridges in the State.

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Lagos Govt Wants Closure Of Third Mainland Bridge Postponed

The Lagos State government has asked the Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing to consider shifting the proposed closure dates for the Third Mainland Bridge to a later date.

In a statement issued on Thursday by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, the move is to avoid compounding the traffic situation in the state.

The commissioner expressed sadness over the difficulties faced by motorists and commuters seeking the use of the Apapa-Oshodi highway and other routes leading to the ports.

He blamed the renewed congestion on the recalcitrance of owners and drivers of tankers and trucks to fully comply with the subsisting directive that restricts their movement within the State.

He linked the situation to the ongoing industrial action by a section of workers at the Apapa ports which has slowed down the pace of goods clearance as well as the slow pace of repair works on the roads leading to the ports, most of which are federal roads.

He explained that the State Police Command and the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) have been directed to flood the affected areas with sufficient officers to further control traffic and bring sanity to bear “on this hectic situation so as to bring immediate succour to our people.”

The Commissioner said, that “the State Government would urge the and others leading in and out of the ports are experiencing an unusual, albeit, temporary traffic snarl.

“It is indeed pathetic that private firms seeking to make a profit from legitimate commerce would continue to subject the citizens of Lagos State to horrendous pains inspite of the provision of holding bays for their trucks and tankers until it is their turn to pick goods at the ports,”.

He added that the recent rehabilitation of the truck parked at Orile Iganmu, with the capacity to take 3,000 trucks shows the commitment of the Akinwunmi Ambode administration to find a lasting solution to the enormous challenge posed by the indiscriminate use of the highways by articulated vehicles.

According to the Commissioner, the government had hoped that, with the unfortunate loss of lives and property to destruction caused by tanker explosions and truck mishaps, the conscience of the haulage stakeholders would be pricked sorely enough to save Lagosians from the threat of carnage on the highways by adhering to directives and also investing in truck terminals themselves.

He, however, noted that the State Government would not allow its highways turned to death traps while urging speedy delivery of the roads under reconstruction within the axis and full computerisation of the port’s operations in order to save the State from this incessant but avoidable hardship.

“If the powers of the State is inadequate to force these powerful merchants to obey the law, shall we also say that the Federal Government with all the forces at its command, is unable to protect residents of Lagos against this common threat?”

He called on Lagosians to exercise patience, noting that President Muhammadu Buhari had assured Lagos State that the Federal Government would tackle this matter decisively, the latest hardship makes the much-needed intervention extremely imperative.

The Commissioner expressed regrets that ongoing rehabilitation of roads in Apapa and its environs and the efforts towards sanitizing truck entry procedures have pushed the trucks to other parts of the city all because the haulage operators have continued to illegally turn major roads to parks thereby using public facilities to increase their private profit.

“We therefore once again call on the Federal Government to save Lagosians by assisting to enforce the rule that all haulage operators must have designated parks immediately, while we continue to solicit the understanding and cooperation of the general public.”

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Gov Ambode Swears In Six New Permanent Secretaries

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday swore-in six new Permanent Secretaries into the State Public Service, with a charge on them to contribute to the ongoing efforts by his administration to build a modern smart-city for the benefits of residents and visitors.

Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony held at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, Governor Ambode said the vision to transform the State could only be actualized when abilities were matched with responsibilities, and as such it was incumbent on the new appointees to add value to governance and contribute to the realization of the State’s short, medium and long term plans.

“We believe strongly that our State Public Service deserves nothing but the best. Our vision to build a Modern Smart City-State can only be driven and actualized by matching ability with responsibility. This is a key philosophy which has guided all our actions since we assumed office.”

“I have no doubt in your capability to add value to governance and contribute to the realization of this administration’s short, medium and long term plans,” the Governor said.

While congratulating the appointees, Governor Ambode said the decision to elevate them was not only informed by the need to fill the vacancies created by some Permanent Secretaries who recently bowed out of service having attained the retirement age, but more importantly on account of the fact that they possess qualities which stand them out among others.

The Governor particularly urged the appointees to align their actions with the overall policy objectives of his administration which include selfless service, inclusive governance, fair and just distribution of resources among the people as well as deployment of best global practices in service delivery.

His words: “I look forward to seeing your positive impact in the State Public Service especially in the area of improved efficiency and effectiveness with which government business is handled, keeping in mind that we can only be adjudged to have done the right thing when our people are happy and satisfied.”

The new Permanent Secretaries and their portfolios are Mrs Bamidele Fadipe, Office of Civic Engagement; Mr Bashir Braimah, Public Service Office; Mrs Raji Ganiyat, Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment; Mrs Omotola Akinsanya, Local Government Establishment, Training and Pension.

Others are Mrs Olufunmilayo Okeowo, Tutor General/Permanent Secretary Education District Four; and Mrs Adeleye Olatokunbo, Teachers Establishment and Pensions Office.

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Lagos Govt Conducts DNA On Bodies Burnt On Otedola Bridge

The Lagos State Government says it is currently conducting DNA tests on the bodies recovered from the scene of the fuel tanker accident on Otedola Bridge last Thursday.

The Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Mr Seye Oladejo stated this while briefing newsmen in Alausa, Ikeja.

Mr Oladejo said that the nine bodies were burnt beyond recognition and only a DNA test could ascertain their identities.

He therefore appealed to those who are still looking for their missing relatives or those suspected to be involved in the accident to make use of the helpline provided for identification.

As part of measures to curb incessant accidents caused by articulated vehicles, the State Government had directed all drivers of fuel tankers in the State to follow the designated trailer route, which is the Apapa-Oworonshoki Expressway through Ogudu to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Our Correspondent reports that preliminary investigations into the cause of the Otedola Bridge accident shows that the truck, was carrying twice more than the tonnage it was designed for.

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Lagos To Begin Campaign On Drug Abuse

The Lagos State government is set to  inaugurate an advocacy  against Drug Abuse

The Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr Agboola Dabiri, who made this known during a  News Conference at Alausa Ikeja said the advocacy,  known as Lagos State Kicks against Drug Abuse  “LASKADA”. would increase awareness and educate people about  the inherent dangers in drug abuse.

Mr Dabiri explained that the advocacy is particularly targeted at dissuading youths from getting involved in the harmful practice.

The Commissioner said the State government aims to achieve the feat using a Tripod approach of Events, Engagements and Awareness to press home the campaign in the minds of the youths who are the most vulnerable

“What we want to do on Thursday is to launch this campaign and show that we are ready for war against all forms of drug abuse. Once we launch out, we are going to have series of activities on various platforms and we will employ every avenue to ensure that the campaign gets to the nook and cranny in the State,” he said.

According to the Commissioner, the campaign will commence with a one thousand symbolic walk against Drug Abuse on Thursday this week,  while subsequent sensitization would be taken to Churches, Motorparks, Schools and Local government areas.

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Eid-El-Fitr: Tinubu Tasks Lagos Residents To Register For PVC

Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Oluremi Tinubu, has urged voters to take advantage of the Sallah holiday to register for and pick up their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC).

Senator Tinubu, in a statement, also congratulated Muslims in Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole on the successful completion of this year’s Ramadan.

She prayed that their acts of Ibadah “will be accepted.”

“Having had the period for reflection, recommitment and to pray for our wellbeing as a people, it is my hope that beyond this period, we will continue to pray for the security, peace and prosperity of our nation,” Senator Tinubu said in a statement.

She added: “Also important as electioneering season approaches is the need for unity and togetherness. We must also be watchful, refusing to be polarised along ethnic or religious lines, or used to incite violence.

“Beyond this, we must focus on ensuring the progress of Nigeria and her budding democracy by ensuring that only those who have our collective interests are given the privilege of leadership.”

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Lagos Police Command Arrest Man, 45, For Running Illegal Blood Bank

The Lagos Police Command has arrested one Achegbulu Paul, 45, for running an illegal blood bank, and then paying donors small sums before selling their blood on at profit.

Achegbulu was running the operation out of his one-room apartment in Lagos, before the arm of the law caught on him.

According to a police press release, he offered people 2,000 naira per pint which he then sold for 7,000 naira.

The racket was discovered, the release explained, after a 17-year-old was admitted to hospital, having donated four pints of blood in the space of just six days.

The press release said his mother realised something was wrong when he was spotted riding his bicycle “looking like a corpse”.

After he was arrested, Mr Paul, a trained lab technician, told police he had been running the scheme for five years.

However, he said he thought the teenager was 20.

Police say they have started a wider investigation, amid fears that the blood, which was not screened before being sent to a local hospital, could have been carrying infections.

BBC

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Eid-il-Fitri: Ambode To Celebrate With Muslims Faithful Across Lagos

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has promised a beffiting Eid-il-Fitri celebration with the Muslim faithful across the State.

Governor Ambode who will be celebrating along with his wife, Mrs Bolanle Ambode at 20 designated locations said the gesture was in furtherance of his Administration policy of inclusive governance.

In a statement signed by the Public Affairs Officers of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr Lookman Seriki, said that apart from the usual merriment associated with such festivals, Muslims faithful will have the opportunity to pray for sustainability of peace and continuation of unprecedented development for Lagos and for Governor Ambode, as well as his wife and other members of his family for many successes recorded so far in the last three years.

According to him “The Administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode believes that prayer has been playing pivotal roles in the rapid development and tranquility that prevails in Lagos, and has been actively supporting initiatives that will promote socio-economic growth, infrastructural expansion, enhancement of security, increment of safety and happiness of the people.”

“Before the last year celebration of Eid-El-Fitri at the grassroots, State participation in religious festivals was always held at the State House, a situation that excluded participation of large segments of the people.”

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Robbers Invade Desmond Eliot’s Constituency Office, Steal Valuables

Dare devil robbers, in the early hours of Thursday, have reportedly raided the Constituency office of lawmaker representing Surulere Constituency at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Desmond Eliot, and carted away cash, and electronic equipment.

It was not clear at press time, how the robbers gained entrance into the office and had all the time to cart away huge sum of money and some other valuables.

Also, no official statement has been issued by Hon Eliot, on the crime, but Police says investigations are ongoing and assured to bring the perpetrators to book.

 

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Lagos Police Command Arrest Three Cops For Gambling On Duty

Three policemen attached to the Lagos State police command have been arrested for gambling. The cops were arrested at Opebi, Ikeja, after a video on social media showed them counting their wins.

A statement issued by the command’s spokesman, Chike Oti, a Superintendent of Police (SP), said the policemen were alleged to be counting bribes they collected while smoking.

He said: “Based on the allegation, the Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, ordered for their arrest, detention and trial. Preliminary investigation into the case revealed that the men were not counting bribes received as alleged but coupons they collected from a game of gambling, popularly known as Baba Ijebu, which they played.

“The men are currently facing disciplinary actions that could lead to reduction in rank or dismissal. It is wrong to engage in such distracting activity while on duty.

The CP Lagos encourages members of the public to always expose, albeit accurately, indiscipline and unprofessional policemen.”

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