Lagos Govt To Begin Work On Fourth Mainland Bridge December

The Lagos State Government has said construction works on the Fourth Mainland Bridge will begin before the end of the year.

Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Adebowale Akinsanya, in an address noted that the state government is embarking on projects which would impact positively on the masses, as well as improve  accessibility to goods and services.

“Towards improving on the achievements recorded so far, the state government is putting plans together to implement 10 major projects in 2018, including construction of Fourth Mainland Bridge, Opebi-Ikorodu Road/Third Mainland axis link bridge.

“It will, also, include dualisation of Lekki-Epe Expressway, from Eleko Junction to T-Junction in Epe, upgrading of Adeniji Adele Road, Agboyi Ketu Road, Ishefun-Camp Davis Road, Oke-Ira-Nla-Saliu Obodo/Mojeed Road, Glover Memorial Hall and expansion of Lagos-Badagry Expressway (Okokomaiko-Seme Boarder segment),” he said.

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Understanding The Process Of Purchasing Property In Lagos, By Olusola Oduleye

Nigerians abroad and those living in the country have been scammed several times trying to purchase a property. This can be traced to either they don’t understand the process involved in acquiring a property or chose not to carry out due diligence.

As a property professional, I have seen people fall prey to scam and other dubious acts making them lose millions of Naira. Even though we know that government have not played its role in providing affordable housing, the onus is up to individuals and corporate organisation to know the process involved in buying a property. With this knowledge, they would know if they are involved in the right transaction or are being scammed.

After several years as a Real Estate consultant, it is no news that the government is not taking the appropriate step to combat the bureaucratic process involved in verifying a property and the lack of affordable housing in Nigeria.

Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs puts shelter as a basic need for every human. Without shelter, a man’s social activities and other areas of life will be distorted. Also, adding to the fact that man needs a place to rest after the day’s work.

What should have been a basic provision by the government has become a den of lions for scammers and fraudsters who claim to be Real Estate professionals.

According to 2011 housing survey report, there is 17million housing deficit in Nigeria. These challenges of housing in Nigeria can existed in previous administrations. In 1991 the government of Ibrahim Babangida promulgated the National Housing Policy aimed at making housing affordable and accessible, but the policy failed. I would not bore you with the failures of the past administrations. Even the current administration under the leadership of Babatunde Fashola as the Minister of Works, Power and Housing also introduced a policy to address the challenge of housing in the country, you can tell the result. The foregoing shows that Nigeria is not bereft of policies. And I’m sure it’s not stopping soon; this is the reason I believe you should understand the process involved in purchasing a property of your own so you are not scammed.

What both the state and federal government have failed to address is an indicator of the many abnormalities that happening in the housing industry.

Every adult at a time or another would get involved in housing transaction, either for outright acquisition (purchase) or on Lease (rent).

My focus as a practising real estate professional is to explain the p process involved in the acquisition of properties (Virgin Land or a House). And to help individuals and corporate organisations who want to buy properties have the basic knowledge of what to look out for when involved in buying a property. I tailor this article to properties in Lagos, but I’m sure it can be applied in other parts of the state.

When considering buying a property the first process is to sort out the aspect of finance, location & housing type. Immediately you find a property of interest and have agreed on a purchase price, quickly request for the copy of the subsisting Title or registration details of the property for a Title search at the Lagos State Lands Bureau.

 The essence of Title verification at the Lands Bureau is to ensure that there is no encumbrance(s) on the property. You may not do this yourself; the service of a Professional is required in the verification of Title. This is one of the most important aspects of buying a property, in the real sense; it is the residual interest in the property that will be transferred. This aspect must be handled with utmost professionalism. The realtor handling this process must be detailed & ensure that the buyer is protected from any provision(s) that may serve as an additional burden if the property is acquired.  If possible, apply for the Certified True Copy from the Lagos State Land registry; the buyer and the realtor must be satisfied with the existing Title before going ahead with the transaction. Most potential transactions end at this stage when the buyer is not satisfied with the documents provided.

However, the process is different, where the property does not possess a registered Title and requires a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) after purchase. In such situation, a copy of the Survey is taken to the Surveyor-General’s office for charting. This is to establish whether the property falls within the Government Acquisition Scheme or not. This is because not all properties within the Government acquisition scheme are rectifiable.

Another basic consideration when buying a property is the issue of Development Permit. The purpose of buying a property is specific, it is best to find out whether the development permit for that area will allow the intended development. Things to consider include: prevailing Land use zoning, Height restrictions (permissible number of floors), the allowable number of units, Car parking requirements, Setbacks/ Airspace considerations and Landscape requirements. If all the issues stated above are not considered, the application for Town Planning approval to develop from the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning & Urban development may not be granted. This is a serious issue.

The next is to carry out due diligence on the owner of the property. It is important to establish that the person selling is the owner or has instruction. Sometimes people bear the same name, impersonation or fraud. Where it is established that the Assignor (The person assigning his/her interest in a property) is not available and has confirmed his/her representative to the Assignee (The person acquiring the residual interest in a property), a Power of Attorney is required, authorizing the person to act on behalf of the assignor. When the property belongs to a family, there is need to establish that the people selling are the accredited representatives of the family, to avoid dispute from an aggrieved family member(s) or Litigation after the purchase.

After you have confirmed the documents, make sure that your payment goes through bank clearing, payment is acknowledged once received by the assignor/his representatives and the signing of the Deed of Assignment is done when the assignor has received value on the payment.

Finally, once the Deed of Assignment has been signed, the assignee takes physical possession of the property and commences the Title perfection process at the Lagos State Lands Bureau.

I’ll advise you to follow these processes to secure your transaction.

Olusola Oduleye has a Masters Degree in Urban & Regional Planning from the Centre for Planning Studies, Lagos State University. He has over 19 years of experience in Town Planning & Real Estate Practice. He can be contacted on 08023026848, 08098213273.

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Lagos Govt Earmarks N1.24 billion For 183 Retirees In March

The Lagos State Government says N1.24 billion has been released to pay its retirees for March.

Mrs Folashade Onanuga, the Director-General, Lagos State Pension Commission ( LASPEC ), said the money was released to pay 183 retirees under the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS).

Recall that the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, at the 49th Benefit Bond Certificate Presentation (BBCP) on April 4, reiterated his commitment to pay pensioners in the state promptly.

He said that despite the high funding obligations of the state, it had been consistent in paying retirees.

“Our commitment stems from the understanding that the greatest asset a state has are the employees. Their well-being in and outside the job is our priority.

“We urge retirees to take informed decision of the choice of either Programme Withdrawal or Annuity Plan.”

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My Administration Is Committed To The Welfare Of Youths, Says Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, said his administration is committed to the welfare of youths in the state and has plans for youths resident in the state.

Ambode said this on Monday while inaugurating the newly built Aiyetoro Bridge as part of the 21 Lagos-Ogun Boundary Network Roads in Alimosho Local Government Area of the state.

“65 percent of the people who are living in Lagos are below the age of 35 years. And that is why we need to plan for them. That is where the future lies.

“Not all of us can become graduates, but we can all have technical skills to earn a living. That is what this government is all about, that is what we want to do and that is what we will do,” he said.

According to the Governor, the younger generation needs an adequate plan by the Federal Government hence the need for his administration to plan for them.

“We need to start planning for the younger ones so that they can have something to do. When they leave school, we should be able to plan for them,” he added.

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Lagos Task Force Nab Notorious Traffic Robber

The operatives of the Lagos State Task Force nabbed a notorious traffic robber who pretended to be selling ‘Soft Drinks and pure water’ to motorists at Oshodi bridge.

Chairman of the State Task Force, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, disclosed that the traffic robber was apprehended by officers of the Agency who were positioned at Oshodi bridge to check criminal activities of these traffic robbers.

He stated that the traffic robber was arrested after he had broken a driver’s side screen of a Toyota Corolla car with hammer and snatched 2 phones and a bag containing valuables.

The Chairman stated further that immediately the suspect was arrested and every items stolen recovered the owner was called on phone to pick up her bag and 2 phone at Task Force office, Bolade, Oshodi.

SP Egbeyemi who commended Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for providing necessary modernised security tools however assured members of the public that the Agency will not relent in its efforts to completely rid Oshodi and the State as a whole of such unscrupulous elements activities.

He confirmed that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police Edgal Imohimi, has directed that the arrested traffic robber be charged to court for prosecution and other syndicate in this shady act should be arrested within Oshodi and it’s environs.

Arrested traffic robber Mr. Oluwole Kayode (27 years) who hails from Abeokuta in Ogun State confessed to have been using a hammer on motorists who refused to voluntarily released their belongings during traffic at Oshodi bridge.

“Yes i used hammer to broke her vehicle side screen because the woman refused to surrender her bag and 2 phones when I approached her during traffic when it was raining”

The owner of the snatched bag and 2 phones Mrs Hadizatul Jiddah commended the Lagos State Commissioner of Police for his fforts of ridding Lagos of crime and State Task Force for prompt action taken.

“If not for the prompt interventions of personnel of the Lagos State Task Force my bag and 2 phones would have gone”

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Stop Using Eko Atlantic Project For Propaganda, ADP Tells Ambode

The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has urged the Lagos State Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to desist from using the Eko Atlantic project for personal propaganda in his bid to project himself as a performing governor.
The spokesman for ADP in Lagos, Prince Adelaja Adeoye who spoke on Sunday during the party’s Easter broadcast message to Lagosians, said that Nigerian leaders should emulate Jesus’ exemplary life and that truth must be the bedrock of governance in the country.
While engaging with journalists on the controversial commissioning of the Eko Atlantic Project, Adelaja said it is rather too shameful that a project that was commissioned in 2013 is brought up for another commissioning by the Lagos State government just to deceive residents that they are working.
ADP said the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) is fast becoming unpopular and that they now resort to all manner of deceitful acts to hoodwink Lagosians so that they can continue in office. He also said that the governor is using the state’s funds to sponsor endorsements to make Nigerians believe that they are still popular. According to him, Lagosians are truly fed up with the APC’s parasitic hold on the state.
ADP however said the governor must apologize to Nigerians for creating an impression that the Eko Atlantic Project was initiated by his government, while also tasking President Buhari and his team to do due diligence to avoid such embarrassments in the future.
The party said that the APC led government should stop making Nigeria a laughing stock before the international community due to their lack of coordination and spurious propaganda. The ADP reveals that on one part, Lagos State government claimed that Eko Atlantic was commissioned while the Presidency on the other hand refuted the claim that the president just took a tour round the facility. The two contradicting messages were posted via the official Twitter handles of the Presidency and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
ADP has however advised Governor Ambode to get to work and stop the showmanship. The party tasks him to focus on all the abandoned projects littered all over Lagos including the Ilubirin Housing Estate project and the speed rail left hanging. The party says that these are the kind of projects the President should be invited to commission and not “bus parks.”
ADP says Lagosians should be hopeful that in 2019, they will be delivered from the hands of oppressors holding the state down.  The party claims that ADP is a special purpose vehicle  that God will to use to deliver Lagos and bring good governance that will affect the lives of all Lagosians.
The party has urged all Lagosians to be armed with their PVCs because that is the only way to bring about the desired improvement in the state.
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Lagos NBA Resist Police Attempt To Arrest Ogunlana, Vows To Go Ahead With Protest Against Land Use Charge

The Ikeja Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has said no degree of police intimidation will halt its planned protest against the Land Use Charge introduced by the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

The planned protest coincides with the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Lagos, who is scheduled to commission the Ikeja Bus Terminal and Chair the Bola Tinubu Colloquium which is holding today at the Eko Hotel and Suites.

On Wednesday, about 50 policemen had laid siege at the Bar Centre in Ikeja, in a desperate attempt to arrest its Chairman, Mr. Adesina Ogunlana.

Recall that on March 13, the NBA and human rights groups had took to the streets of Lagos to protest the over 400 per cent hike in land use charge and other taxes by the Lagos State Government.

In a surprising move, the police invasion came few hours after Ogunlana addressed a press conference stating the resolve of the NBA to return to the streets on Thursday in continuation of its protest against the new Lagos State Land Use Charge 2018.

Mr Ogunlana, who was held up in his office subsequently reached out to members of his Exco and other members of the branch who turned up in large numbers to prevent his arrest.

He said when the police authorities noticed this, they promptly sent a letter written by the Commissioner of Police, Lagos, Imohimi Edgal asking him to report to the police headquarters.

The letter titled “Invitation Letter, Re: Case of Threat to Public Peace /Conduct likely to cause breach of peace” reads in part, “This office is investigating the above-mentioned case reported through a petition to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Ikeja.

“In furtherance to my investigation, you are requested to report to the undersigned on the 28th of March, 2018 by 1900hrs through O/C “X” Squad, who has been detailed by the Commissioner of Police to investigate the case. Your co-operation in this regard will be highly appreciated please.”


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We will Commission Gigantic Projects In Lagos, Not Bus Parks, ADP Tells Ambode

The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has taken a swipe at the Lagos State Governor Mr Akinwunmi Ambode over the invitation extended to President Buhari to come and commission a newly built bus park in the state on Thursday.
Speaking to newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday, Prince Adelaja Adeoye, the spokesman for the party said, “it’s rather low on the part of Governor Ambode to invite the President to commission a ‘mere bus park’ and that declaring a public holiday for such is rather wasteful and unnecessary.”
ADP said, they will take over the reign of Lagos in 2019 and invite their own President to come and commission laudable projects that will have a direct impact on the lives of Lagosians. The party maintained that locking down the state over a Presidential visit is pathetic and a sign of desperation to promote a party that has lost all of its goodwill. The party says that, this same APC led government in Lagos vilified former President Goodluck Jonathan for doing same during the last dispensation.
The Party says that it’s preposterous to shut down economic activities in the State because of a Presidential visit that will not add value to the lives of residents. The ADP says that Lagos should be a shinning light for all others in terms of leadership and infrastructural development and not this joke of commissioning bus stops.
ADP also reminded President Buhari that it would have been a thing of honor for him if he had not stopped the rail system conceived by the former Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande when he brutality seized power via a military coup and that this bus park is of no consequence.
ADP says that it is time for Lagosians to rise and demand accountability from those that lead them. The party argues that with the massive revenue been generated in Lagos, the state should be competing with some world renowned economies, and that the average Lagosian should feel the impact of governance through the redistribution of wealth.
ADP has charged Lagosians to get ready for real development that will change their lives for good. The party says that they will present a more qualified candidate for the 2019 election.
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Ambode Tasks Youth On Political Participation

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Sunday said that the combination of the experience of political elders and the innovative ideas of youth was crucial to achieving good governance and sustainable development in the country.

Ambode said this at the second edition of Bola Tinubu Youth Summit in Lagos.

The governor represented by his Deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule, explained that the summit was to enlighten the public on the Nigerian political, social and economic systems.

According to him, it is part of the activities lined up for the 66th birthday celebration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu.

Ambode said he would continue to run a government of inclusion with a level-playing ground for everyone to contribute to the growth and development of the state and the nation at large.

He stated that the summit was apt especially with the clamour for increased participation of youths in governance and the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Bill that was fast gaining ground at the National Assembly.

“I urge youths in the country to be steadfast and continue to demonstrate good character in their quest to make positive difference in governance.

“Show strong determination and draw inspirations from leaders who are selfless with positive ideas, policies and ideologies” he said.

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Skill Acquisition: Pathway To Economic Prosperity For Youths, Says Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday identified skills acquisition as a sure pathway to economic prosperity and personal development of the burgeoning youths in the State, saying his administration will continue to support initiatives towards that drive.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the graduation ceremony/job fair of the first set of trainees from the Lagos State Employability Project (LSESP) held in Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos, said the graduation of 540 graduants was one of the primary goals of the Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) set up by his administration two years ago to address the issue of unemployment among youths.

He expressed excitement that while many residents and entrepreneurs have taken advantage of the fund, the LSESP was providing a viable platform to bridge the gap of shortage of skilled and employable labour required to fill the needs of the job market and also provide 10,000 new jobs for youths by 2019.

“While the business ecosystem in the State has improved over the years, a manpower skills gap remains a significant issue for businesses operating in Lagos. Several firms and industries across the country are unable to find graduates and non graduates with requisite skills to fill key positions. Paradoxically, there are thousands of unemployed youths out there desperate to find a job, any job,” the Governor said.

Governor Ambode, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Mrs. Oluranti Adebule, said through the successful graduation of the 540 trainees, his administration was laying the necessary foundations for steady and sustainable economic growth in Lagos State.

He said each of the graduates would be awarded a certificate endorsed by both the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) and the Australian Vocational training and Employment Group (AVTEG), which according to him, would affirm them as globally competitive and employable.

“The Employability Support Project will continue to support these young men and women through job placement initiatives. With twin aims of capacity building for Lagos State youths and the provision of employment opportunities for them, the project aims to provide 10,000 new jobs by 2019,” he said.

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Mischief Makers Using Land Use Charge To Misinform Residents, Says Ambode

The Lagos State Government has said that some mischief makers were desperately exploiting the challenges posed to the government by the new Land Use Charge Law which seeks to raise more money for the provision of public infrastructures for the benefit of all, to misinform the public.

It would be recalled that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had also debunked insinuations that many tax items were reviewed upward, saying that the claim was not true.

Speaking to journalists after leading a symbolic walk against sexual and domestic violence on Monday in Alausa, Governor Ambode said his administration was very sensitive to the people, and would not go all out to deliberately overburden them.

“I want Lagosians to understand one particular issue. We have over 300 tax items for which nothing has been touched apart from this Land Use Charge and maybe one other. But again, we are a very responsive government; we are very sensitive because at the end of the day, governance is about the people; it is about what they want.

“Yes, people might like that infrastructural development is on the progressive chart in Lagos but also it comes with a price. But notwithstanding in the middle of all that, a responsive government will listen to the yearnings of her people.

“At the end of the day, it’s all for the development of Lagos. What this government is interested in is to create a trajectory and framework of permanent prosperity for Lagos. It is not about today, it is about the future and if there is going to be permanent prosperity in Lagos, some things have to be done but I can tell you based on the dialogue and the things we have been receiving on the Land Use Charge, obviously we would respond positively to those yearnings,” Governor Ambode said.

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