Ramadan: Thousands Of Muslims Pray For Nigeria, Break Fast Together

About 3000 Muslims have gathered in Lagos State to pray for the progress of Nigeria and also broke their fasts together.

The Muslims converged at a free feeding programme tagged ‘Iftaar 5000’ at the Lagos State Secretariat Central Mosque, Alausa, Ikeja, according to a press release by the organisers on Thursday.

The programme, which held amidst euphoria and excitement, saw the Muslims had a special prayer session tagged “Prayer for the Nation,” where they jointly supplicated for sustainable peace in Nigeria.

Dr Saheed Ashafa Amir (President) of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) Lagos State Area Unit, who organised the programme, urged Muslims to dedicate few minutes of their time to intercede for Nigeria before breaking their fast daily.

Ashafa said the feeding programme was intended to inculcate the culture of charity, welfarism and love in Muslims.

He urged Muslims to imbibe the spirit of good neighbourliness in their daily engagement with people.

“Good welfarism will solve many socio-cultural problems confronting the masses in the country. Islam prioritises welfarism of the masses and workers in a social system. The concept of welfarism is an indicator to nation building,” he added.

Noting that welfarism and charity were major lessons of Ramadan, he urged Muslims to sustain the culture even after Ramadan.

Delivering a lecture on the theme of the programme, ‘Towards a good living in Nigeria’, an international scholar, Sheikh Abdul Ganiy Abdul Ha’di, urged Muslims to be politically conscious and keep up with happenings in national and global politics.

He, however, called on the government to establish a synergy with religious leaders in order to ensure a crisis-free society.

“As Muslims, our responsibilities are enormous. People have expectations for us and that’s why we have to be models for people in the society by way of doing the right things at all times. We have to live to expectations. We’ve got to be tolerant of adherents of other religions. That’s how we can be better as a people and nation,” he added.

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New Lagos APC Chairman, Tunde Balogun Unsettles Party, Moves To Annul Congress Results

The newly sworn in Lagos State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress,  Chief Tunde Balogun is already causing ripples in the State Chapter of the ruling party less than two weeks after assuming office.

Chief Balogun’s autocratic tendencies has been brought to the fore as he has allegedly vowed not to recognise the results of validly conducted wards and Local government Congresses in some parts of Lagos.

In a statement being widely circulated within the APC in Lagos,  well meaning stakeholders in the State have raised alarm over the plan by Alhaji Tunde Balogun to tamper with the results of  the peaceful, free and fair election held in Lagos for both the Wards and LGA Congress election.

He has vowed not to inaugurate the LGA chairmen of the following Local Governments:Iru/Vi, isolo, Apapa/Apapa Igunmu, Ikosi Ejirin, ikorodu, Bariga, Shomolu, itire/Ikate Local Governments and few others. When asked how he intends to effect the change in Abuja,  the Chairman retorted that Abuja cannot dictate to him what to do in Lagos.The Local Government of the Ex-Chairman,  Henry Ajomale which is Isolo LCDA was also not spared of the disruptive interference of the new Chairman.

Mr Balogun’s dictatorial tendencies is already causing disaffection in the Lagos APC State Exco as members are peeved by what they describe as the Chairman’s high handedness and moves to disrupt the peace of the party.

Some chieftains of the APC who pleaded anonymity also questioned the allegiance of the new chairman as they alleged he might be working for the renegade faction of the party backed by some political appointees in Abuja.

Chief Balogun also reportedly stated that he is now in charge of APC and calls the shot,  hence he will determine who gets what,  irrespective of the wish of party members as expressed in the just concluded ward and LG congress.

Political stakeholders in the State are calling in the leadership of APC including Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to immediately intervene and save the party from imminent chaos should the chairman go ahead with his plan

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Democracy Day: 5,000 Muslims To Pray For Nigeria, Break Fast Together In Lagos

No fewer than 5,000 fasting Muslims will on Tuesday gather in Lagos State to pray for Nigeria and break fast together.
This is contained in a press release by the organisers, headed by the Amir (President) of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria in Lagos State, Dr Saheed Ashafa, on Monday.
Ashafa said the programme, ‘Iftaar5000’, which coincided with Democracy Day in Nigeria, will see fasting Muslims converge on the Lagos Secretariat Central Mosque, Alausa Ikeja Lagos at 4pm to intercede for the country.
According to him, the 5000 Muslims who will be attending the programme will be making a huge sacrifice for the nation.
This, Ashafa said, was because one of the periods that the fast of a fasting Muslim is accepted is at the point when he/she wants to terminate his/her fast.
He explained that breaking fast together by the Muslims was also a means to emphasise the importance of unity among all religious faithful.
He said, “Iftar 5000 is obviously the largest gathering of Muslims in Lagos State. Before breaking our fast together, we will be praying for Nigeria and will also listen a soul inspiring lecture.  We want our coming together to also encourage love and tolerance among Nigerians.
“You will agree with me that our dear country is currently experiencing difficult times, which is undoubtedly affecting all spheres of affairs, particularly the economy and security of lives and property, despite President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment and efforts towards finding lasting solutions to such problems.
“We can continue to count many mind-boggling challenges bedevilling the country. In fact, some Nigerians have already lost hope in Project Nigeria, but we believe in the Nigerian dream. We believe that the prayers of fasting Muslims have the capacity of healing the nation.
“Whatever the problems, national and immediate family problems alike, we must not despair. Instead, we should rely on Allah’s power to do all things, even when people think it is over. Allah says: ‘Do not give up and do not be downhearted. You shall be uppermost if you are believers’.”
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Lagos Govt Spends N4.8bn On Rehabilitation Of Schools

The Lagos State government says it has spent about N4.8 billion on the rehabilitation of schools in the last one year.

The State also reiterated its commitment to improve the learning environment, by upgrading existing infrastructure and providing new ones in order to create conducive teaching and learning environment for teachers and pupils in the State.

The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule gave the remarks while chronicling the activities and achievements of the State in the development of Education in the past year.

According to her, “the Lagos State placed premium on the development of education and is investing in infrastructure and human capacity to upscale the sector.

“The resolve of this administration to improve the learning environment and create a favourable working corridor received a boost as about 160 projects awarded for rehabilitation of schools were completed.”

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Lagos Workers Get N100 Million Housing Subvention

The Lagos State Government says it has increased the budgetary provision for housing loans for its staff from N50 million to N100 million to improve the welfare of its workers.

Lagos State Head of Service, Mrs Folasade Adesoye made the remarks at a Ministerial press conference in Alausa, Ikeja, an event organised to mark the 3rd year in office of the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode.

Adesoye who explained that the current Staff strength is about 100,000 said that the Staff Housing Board had so far disbursed loans to about 280 public servants from various Ministries, Departments and Agencies, amounting to over N95 million in the last one year.

“I am extremely delighted to inform you that the budgetary provision for Housing loan has increased from fifty million to One hundred million Naira, laying credence to government’s commitment to staff welfare,” she said.

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Lagos Rakes In N34bn Monthly IGR

The Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade, has said the state has generated a monthly internal revenue of N34 billion in 2018.

Ashade, who disclosed this, yesterday, at the ongoing annual ministerial press briefing, to mark the third anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration, held at Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, in Alausa, attributed the gradual improvement to the impact of the ongoing reforms and growth in the state’s economy.

He said: “Based on our first quarter results, Lagos state has, so far, achieved an average monthly IGR of N34 billion in 2018, compared to monthly averages of N22 billion, N24 billion and N30 billion, in 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively.”
The commissioner expressed optimism that the IGR will continue to rise as the state continues to implement the various reforms, driven by wider technology adoption and innovation, adding that the target to grow the IGR to N50 billion by next year is well on course.

“The target we set for ourselves is N50 billion, but, we all know the kind of push backs we have experienced, including people going to court. Our commitment is not for now, its for the future of Lagos. We know it is a marathon; we would win some and lose some, but, we are very committed towards ensuring that we meet the target. If we don’t meet it this year, definitely, there would be another year; but, we believe we will succeed in the target we set for ourselves,” Ashade said.

On federal transfers, he said since Lagos joined the league of oil producing states, the government has received N327 million revenue, comprising N197 million and N130 million received in 2017, and first quarter of 2018, respectively.

“Furthermore, we are have ongoing discussions with the Federal Government towards obtaining a refund for expenditure totalling N51 billion, which was incurred by the state government on behalf of the federal government for infrastructure development projects in the state. We are optimistic of successful discussions which will result in the approval and payment of the amount owed the state government by the federal government,” he said.

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Lagos Govt To Institute Whistleblowing In Revenue Generating Agency

The Lagos State government has announced plans to introduce a whistleblowing framework in one of its revenue generating agencies, the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, (LIRS).

The Commissioner for Finance, Mr Akinyemi Ashade who made this known in Alausa, Ikeja during the annual Ministerial briefing said when implemented, the framework would help maximise revenue by curbing evasion, under-declaration of assets and income as well as other corrupt behaviour.

The LIRS is the highest revenue generating agency of the State Government.

Mr Ashade said to block leakages, a new governance and remuneration structure to motivate LIRS staff to become more productive would be implemented soon.

He said the State has achieved an average monthly Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, of N34 billion this year compared to monthly averages of the last three years.

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Lagos Police Command Arrest Nine-Man Gang In Jakande Estate

The Lagos State police command, on Wednesday morning, arrested members of a nine-man gang during an early morning raid on their hideout around Jakande Estate, along Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos.

The Guardian gathered that a locally-made single barrel gun and several rounds of ammunition were recovered during the raid which was carried out around 5:30 am.

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Lagos Govt To Provide Viewing Centers For World Cup

The Lagos State Government (LASG) on Tuesday said it would provide viewing centres in three locations, Ajegunle, Alimosho and Mushin, for the World Cup matches during Russia 2018.

Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commssion (LSSC), Kweku Tandoh, said this at the 2018 ministerial press briefing at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja.

The ministerial press briefing was in commemoration of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode’s third year in office.

Tandoh said that the state government considered providing the viewing centres due to the importance of football.

According to Tandoh, the viewing centres will also give those who cannot afford to own a Pay TV decoder opportunity to view the matches.

“Lagos State government has concluded plans to construct viewing centres in three locations, Mushin Alimosho and Ajegunle, for the people in those areas to view the world cup.

“This will give opportunity to those that cannot afford the Pay TV to watch those matches live. This will give them a chance to watch those matches via the centres government will provide.

“We know the importance of football in the heart of the people, hence, the government has made the provision so that our people will enjoy the world cup,’’he said.

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Macron To Visit Lagos June

The Lagos Government says it will be playing a major role in hosting the French President, Emmanuel Macron who is scheduled to visit Nigeria next month.

The Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr Steve Ayorinde made this known in Ikeja during a news briefing on the activities of the Ministry in the last one year.

The French President is reported to have worked for six months in Abuja earlier in his career

Mr Ayorinde explained that President Macron had showed interest in the African Culture as his country has released plans to dedicate the year 2020 to celebrating African Culture.

According to the Commissioner, Lagos had already been invited to participate actively in the pre-event activities

Mr Ayorinde who stated that restoration work on the Badagry Heritage Museum and complimentary facilities was completed during the period under review said in addition to the financial support from Ford Foundation, the State had also secured partnership of major museums in Britain, the USA and France for the construction of the Lagos Museum on Lagos Island.

“Governor Akinwunmi Ambode will perform the ground breaking of the Lagos Museum this July” he said.

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‘I’m Not A Shareholder In VisionScape,’ Says Tinubu As He Assures Synergy With Waste Managers

The National leader of the  All Progressives Congress, (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, denied the rumor  =that he was a shareholder in VisionScape, the foreign waste manager currently handling waste collection in Lagos State.

The former governor said this when members of the Association of Waste Manager of Nigeria, (AWAN) association paid him a visit at his residence in Ikoyi.

Admitting that the current administration has failed in the evacuation of wastes generated in the State, Asiwaju Tinubu promised to discuss the issue with Governor Akinwumi Ambode and Members  of the State Assembly.

Tinubu further assured members of the association that their jobs  would be restored to achieve a cleaner and healthier environment in Lagos State.

He also noted that that the partnership between private waste managers and the  Lagos State Waste Management Authority,  LAWMA, did not only ensure a cleaner and healthier environment, but it also created jobs for many residents.

In his remarks, the Vice Chairman of the Association, Mr. David Oriyomi assured Asiwaju Tinubu that the association would work round the clock to ensure a cleaner Lagos.

Mr. Oriyomi stated that if government could provide effective recycling facilities, the wastes generated across the State could be used to generate energy which would boost outputs in the industrial sector in the State.

Following the restructuring of LAWMA in 2016 under the  “Cleaner Lagos Initiative” members of AWAN were stopped from carting waste.

Their abrupt disengagements turned the State into one of the dirtiest in the country, a situation which the new firm has not been able to resolve

 

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Lagos 2019: We Have No Governorship Candidate Yet, Says ADP Chairman

The Action Democratic Party (ADP) Lagos State Chapter has debunked the rumour making the rounds that it has picked a candidate who will be the flag bearer of the party for the Lagos State gubernatorial election in 2019.
The State Chairman of the party, Barrister Nasir Adewale Bolaji while addressing a cross session of journalists on Thursday at the state secretariat of the party, made this clarification.
Bolaji said that the ADP in Lagos has not conducted primaries to determine the flag bearer of the party; putting an end to what he described as an unfounded rumour. He said that ADP is a party that operates strictly according to the tenets of democracy and will never compromise on constitutionality and the rule of law. Adewale says that his party will never drench itself in the gutters of impunity and that as a lawyer, he understands the implications of these things.
ADP says that the platform is open to every interested member of the public with the capacity, character and competence to make a positive difference in the lives of Lagosians and Nigerians as a whole. He said categorically that all elective positions from state House of Assembly, House of Reps, Senate and the Governorship are all still open for interested aspirants. He however admitted that some aspirants have been showing interest to fly the party’s flag but that due process must prevail, he noted that Lagosians are intelligent people who won’t take less but the best from every political parties. .
The party’s boss in Lagos has said that when the time comes, every aspirant will have to go through primaries as stipulated clearly in the Nigerian Electoral Act and that of the party. He says that the ADP constitution allows every card carrying member of the party to participate in the selection process for candidates.
Bolaji also assured Lagosians that his party, the ADP will present best candidates for all the elective positions in the 2019 polls. He says that the aim of the ADP as a fastest growing political party is to bring forward competent Nigerians that can easily connect with people, provide good governance and be accountable to the people of Lagos and all of Nigeria.
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