PRESS RELEASE:The Debate Podium: What Igbogbo/Baiyeku Local Council Development Area Deserve

Our dear denizens of Igbogbo/Baiyeku LCDA, we have the pleasure to usher you into another voting period, where our fates are determined locally as against the general elections where we have a larger percentage of the nation’s population involved.The implication of this is that we can reach a compromise within ourselves to adopt the best candidate whose precedents, antecedents and proven capabilities reflect the ideals desired of a leader capable of moving the LCDA forward.

It is not fallacious to state that issues bedevilling IGBOGBO/Baiyeku LCDA is aberrant and somewhat outlandish as it is conjectured one of the most backward LCDA’s in terms of infrastructural Development, Good road network and Security inter Alia albeit a mere surmise without statistical basis however the need to get our priorities right at this point is apposite and crucial as this election will either make or Mar the communities image in years to come.

It is apt to apprise you that leadership and efficiency are Siamese twins that no Ben Carson can separate hence the need to conjure a proactive government with Distinct qualities sufficient to transform our Lcda such as Clarity, which suggests being clear and concise at all times and giving members of the community a privilege to digest their goals in order to decide whether or not to support their cause. Decisiveness, which shows a great consistency in their decision,commitment in their struggle and hardly allows backing out or changing their minds until it becomes absolutely compelling. Courage which shows fearlessness to tackle any societal menace and a clear eye to shrewd imposition or obtrusion from power brokers.

In Today’s highly informational and technological environment,it has become increasingly important to have a good communication skills for proper networking as this is akin to the success of any government.we also cannot undermine the need for passion and zeal in the operation of government as it is a proven fact that as long as you are passionate about what you know or care about,it will shine through and people will follow, most importantly while confidence is a very attractive trait in leaders,there is nothing that helps to create a lovable persona than a humble character .Great leaders admit when they are wrong,take criticism as an opportunity for growth, showing the entire world how grateful they are to be where they are demonstrates how much the leadership role is deserved.

The absence of a good action plan is tantamount to failure ab initio and could inhibit the future possibilities of progress for a community headed by such government which is quite inimical, This explains the essence of a POLITICAL DEBATE for all candidate in the Local Government elections in IGBOGBO/BAIYEKU LCDA tagged “The Debate Podium, What Igbogbo Deserve”.The primary objective of this is to create a nexus between candidates and electorates giving them ample opportunity to determine the best candidate with the greatest prospect and is most capable of liberating the community from its present shackles.

It becomes imperative and incumbent on a neutral body like Igbogbo Students’ Union whose ideology was built on a rostrum of being non-partisan to look beyond party affiliation and create a level playing group devoid of bias, sentiment and prejudice and strictly in the best Interest of the community.

The stage is set for the public speaking treatise coming up 1ST JULY 2017 at Adeboruwa Palace by 10am,it Is on a pacifying note that we appeal to all clubs and associations,significant juggernauts and members of the LCDA to come enmasse as we bring the candidates right before them to decide the community’s fate just before the polls.

It is of a fact that a true democratic process must be a reflection of transparency and objectivity, it can be achieved through open societies that share information as when there is information, there is some form of enlightenment. When there is debate, there are solutions however where there is no sharing of power, no rule of law, no accountability, there is abuse, corruption,subjugation and indignation. For the actualization of an innovative and ideologically driven government in IGBOGBO/Baiyeku LCDA, a concerted effort is required and the first step is to join this process aimed at securing the best government for our LCDA.

Signed:
Mr Faniyi Tolulope
Past President,Igbogbo Students’ Union
Chairman,Organizing Committee

A+ Disciples Launched In Igbogbo As Commissioner For Tourism Promises Residents More Developments

Wale Jagun.

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Hon. Adebimpe Akinsola addressing the gathering at the inauguration of A+ Disciples on Tuesday in Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA.

The official launching of A+ Disciples, a political group for the propagation of Mr Akinwunmi Ambode’s ideals and philosophy, was held on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Igbogbo/Bayeku Local Council Development Area (LCDA).

 

At the ceremony which took place at the HOMAT Event Centre, Igbogbo, the acting Commissioner for Tourism/Special Adviser for Arts & Culture who also is the Convener of the group, Chief (Hon) Mrs Adebimpe Akinsola promised residents of Ikorodu division more dividends of democracy from the current administration in Lagos State.

 

“This is the first inauguration of A+ Disciples to be held and it is taking place in Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA. We intend to do similar thing across the division and the state for proper propagation and promotion of the ideals of our amiable and working Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode”, she stated.

 

“We are good disciples of our working Governor. We believe in what he’s doing and our intention is to follow and support him. Our plan is to make his government a successful one and lace him at an advantageous position such that nobody would dream of contesting against him come 2019”,the Commissioner explained to hundreds of people in attendance.

 

“We are proud to have a governor that is working and very soon people of Ikorodu would start seeing developments. The Governor has awarded the completion of Ipakodo-Igbogbo road and the contractor has come to inspect the site. They will be moving to site to start work any moment from now.”

 

“The road is expected to link Bola Ahmed Tinubu road which is also in the government’s plan for reconstruction”, she explained.

 

“The government is also planning to construct a Cinema theatre,two sports stadia among other developmental projects in Ikorodu division”,Hon. Akinsola assured residents.

 

Also speaking at the event, Comrade Sesan Daini, the All Progressives Congress (APC) chairmanship candidate in the coming local government elections, also called for support for Ambode’s government and APC candidates in the coming elections.

 

“I want to use this opportunity to enjoin our people to continue supporting the government of our action governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, so that he can continue his laudable work in Lagos State beyond 2019.”

 

“The launch of A+ Disciples is all about progress and development of Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA, Ikorodu Division and Lagos State in general. It is all about likeminds, irrespective of your political, religion and tribal affiliation,to embrace the ideals of good governance been espoused by our governor”, he stated.

 

While thanking the party leaders and members for his emergence as the chairmanship candidate of the party in the council, Comrade Daini also enjoined his supporters not to relent in campaigning for the victory of APC in the July 22 council elections.

 

“I want to thank our leaders, starting with Oba Semiudeen Kasali, Adeboruwa of Igbogbo, Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun, Chief Dele Olowu, Asipa Kaoli Olusanya, Hon. Akinsola, Hon. Babajimi Benson and Hon. Nurudeen Solaja, our party chairman among other leaders, for their supports for me and the vice chairmanship candidate as the flag bearers of our party. I also thank party members and everyone for your supports. But do not let us forget that there is still work ahead.  We have to work towards ensuring total victory for our party candidates”, he appealed.

 

Councillorship candidates in all the five wards in the council were presented to the people at the well attended ceremony.

 

Some of the party leaders at the ceremony were Hon Sefiu Ogunyemi, APC Chairman, Igbogbo/Bayeku LGA, Hon. Jimoh Ogunmuyiwa, former Chairman, Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA, Hon. Gbenga Basanya, former Chairman, Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA, Comrade Oluwafemi Fakolade, Chairman, NUT Ikorodu and Barr. Ade Ayeni, a Barrister of Law and Politician.

 

 

Accept The Outcome of The Primary Elections, Cleric Urges Aggrieved Members

Kunle Adelabu & Jare Olukotun

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Dr Abdulhakeem Abdulateef, speaking at the 7th SOB Agunbiade Ramadan lecture on Monday in Ikorodu.

Alhaji (Dr) Abdulateef Abdulhakeem, the Commissioner for Home Affairs and Chief Imam, Lagos State House of Assembly Mosque, has appealed to the aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to accept the candidates picked as the party’s flag bearers for the coming council elections.

 

He made the appeal at the 7th Hon. Sanai Agunbiade Ramadan Lecture held in Ikorodu on Monday, June 19, 2017, themed “Steadfastness In The Face of Persecution”. This year’s edition was held in honour of Hon. Agunbiade’s late father,Alhaji Yunus Agunbiade who died in 2016.

 

The cleric also commended Hon. Agunbiade, who is the Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly, for remaining consistent in feeding the Muslim faithful with words of Allah and giving his people and the state quality representation.

 

“I want to appeal to our party people especially the aggrieved aspirants that feel that they deserve the party’s nomination to accept the decision as Allah’s will. At times, Allah will not make our desire as a people come to pass because it would bring negative consequences to us”, he stated.

 

“If it is the will of Allah for you to be there, nobody can prevent you. It is not about who you know, rather, it is what Allah has destined for you.”

 

While commending Hon. Agunbiade, the erudite Islamic scholar stated that only a steadfast person could continue organizing a beneficial programme for the people.

 

“I want to commend Hon. Agunbiade who has been feeding Muslim faithful in the last years with the words of Allah and providing for their Ramadan break. It is not an easy thing to bring these leaders and the people out”, he stated.

 

The lecturer enjoined participants to always put their trust in Allah, give assistance without expecting thanks from people, be prayerful and stay positive if they are to remain steadfast and make heaven.

 

Among eminent religious, political and opinion leaders that graced the event were Alhaji Sefiudeen Olowooribi, Grand Chief Imam, Ikorodu Division, Chief Imam, Ikorodu West LCDA, Alhaji Omotayo Olufowora, APC Chieftain, Alhaji Babatunde Rotinwa, Chairman, Lagos State Civil Service Commission, Alhaji Daisi Waliu, Chairman, Ikorodu NURTW, Alhaji Sheriff Anipole, former Chairman, Ikorodu LG, Alhaji Rilwan Jinadu, former Chairman, APC Ikorodu LGA, Alhaji Taiwo Longe, Chairman, APC Ikorodu LGA, Hon. Adeola Jokomba, former Chairman, Ikorodu North LCDA, Alhaja Abiodun Sherifat Ogunniyi, Principal, Oriwu Senior Model College, Ikorodu and Alhaji Lamidi Folorunsho, APC Chieftain.

 

 

 

LASPOTECH Management, Staff Dispute: ASUP May Call Off Strike On Wednesday

Wale Jagun.

-SSANIP, NASU Called Off Strike As Lagos Assembly Intervene

There seems to be an end in sight to the incessant strike by the unions of the Lagos State Polytechnic(LASPOTECH) due to failure of the management of the institution to pay salary arrears of the CONTISS 15 Migration among other demands by the staff.

 

It was gathered that the suspension of the strike is due to the intervention of the Speaker and members of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

 

The three unions – Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, (ASUP), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnic, (SSANIP) and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) had embarked on an indefinite strike about three weeks ago.

 

Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly had on Thursday, June 8, 2017, while addressing the protesting union members at the Assembly Complex pleaded with them to suspend the strike in the interest of the students.

 

The Speaker also enjoined them to allow the Assembly and the Executive arm of the Lagos State Government to intervene in the matter for peaceful resolution.

 

THE IMPACT gathered that after the protest, the Assembly team had met with the representatives of the unions and an agreement was reached  for the suspension of the strike for peaceful resolution of the disputes between the unions and the management of the institution.

 

It was gathered that SSANIP and NASU had suspended their strike due to the agreement with the lawmakers, while the teaching staff may also follow suit today.

 

According to a senior member of ASUP, a Congress of the union has been called for noon on Wednesday to delibrate on the appeal of the lawmakers.

 

“In principle, we have agreed to suspend the strike and that is why NASU and SSANU suspended their strikes, but we have to feed our members back on the request to suspend the strike. Until then, we are still on strike because it is only the congress that called the strike that can suspend it”, he clarified.

 

It was also gathered that the unions are suspending the strike on condition that their demands would be met within a stipulated time.

 

 

Show Leadership, Professionalism In Service, Ambode Tells New Perm. Sec

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), congratulating the newly appointed Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Fiyinfoluwa Adenike Ogunbanke shortly after being sworn-in at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, presided over the swearing-in of a new Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Fiyinfoluwa Adenike Ogunbanke, with a call on her to bring leadership, hard work and professionalism to bear in her service to the State and Lagosians in general.

The Governor, who spoke at a brief ceremony, held at the Conference Room, Lagos House in Alausa, also added that he was satisfied with the progress the State has made so far, noting, however that there was always room for improvement.

“As it is said, the only room that is never closed is the room of improvement.  I will therefore continue to demand improved performance particularly from the top echelon of the Public Service with regard to the pace at which we currently operate.

“You must continue to show leadership and direction for others to follow.  In this way, we will sustain our unity of purpose and focus towards delivering the dividends of good governance to all our people,” he said.

The Governor said the vision of his administration was being implemented through the various ongoing reforms in critical sectors including transportation, education, environment, justice delivery system and tourism, adding that it was the responsibility of the Public Service to ensure that these reforms are diligently implemented in a way that the desired intention is achieved.

Congratulating the new Permanent Secretary on her well-deserved appointment, Governor Ambode expressed optimism that she would bring her widely acknowledged sterling qualities of hard work, dedication and professionalism to bear on the Public Service and by extension, his administration.

“It is always a thing of joy to be elevated to a position of honour especially that of a Permanent Secretary in Lagos State.  I know this much because I had experienced the joy of this occasion some years back. Once again, I congratulate Mrs. Ogunbanke, her family and friends with whom she is sharing the joy of this moment,” the Governor said.

He said the appointment of Mrs. Ogunbanke, brings to 38, the number of substantive Directors that had been elevated to the position of Permanent Secretary in the last two years. 

In her vote of assurance, Ogunbanke thanked Governor Ambode for the opportunity given to her to serve in the highest capacity in the Civil Service, assuring that she would be dedicated and committed to duty.

“I am sensing this more as a rare opportunity and privilege. I assure you sir of my total commitment and loyalty to the objectives of government,” she said. 

Kidnapped Model College Students To Return Soon, AIG Assures

-Vows To Hunt Down Kidnappers, Other Criminal Elements In Lagos, Ogun

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); Officer-In-Charge Intelligence Zone 2 Police Command, CSP. Dahiru Ibrahim (left); Assistant Inspector General Zone 2 Police Command, AIG Ibrahim Adamu (2nd left); Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCOPS Zone 2 Police Command, Mr. Titilayo Kayode (2nd right) and SP, PPRO Zone 2 Command, Mrs. Dolapo Badmus (right) during the courtesy visit  to the Governor by AIG Zone 2 at the Lagos House Ikeja, on Monday, June 19, 2017.

The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 2 comprising of Lagos and Ogun States Police Commands, Mr Adamu Ibrahim on Monday, June 19, 2017, assured the public especially parents of the kidnapped students of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla-Epe that all hands are on deck to ensure the safe return of their wards.

Speaking to Government House correspondents after a meeting with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at Lagos House in Ikeja, Ibrahim said security agencies were working tirelessly to ensure the return of the students and reunite them with their families.

He said: “Infact very soon, you will hear good news on the issue. We are working seriously on it. At this stage, I will not want to disclose too much because these are security issues but all I want to say is that people should give us a chance and very soon, they will hear good news.”

He vowed that the police in Lagos and Ogun Commands were battle ready and have been alerted to make the zone too hot for criminal elements to carry out their nefarious activities, adding that the police would build on the success of the arrest of the notorious kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike otherwise known as Evans, and hunt down other criminal elements.

According to him, “Security measures are not discussed publicly but what I will tell you is that we are taking all necessary measures to ensure that Lagos is free of crime and criminals. We will rid all these criminals out of this zone.

“So, I will like to send a word to criminals to leave Zone 2 otherwise we will not relent until the zone is completely rid of all these criminals.

“You are aware Evans has already been arrested and he is the most wanted criminal who is into kidnapping. Others too, if they don’t leave this Zone, they will also be arrested,” Ibrahim vowed.

The police boss also commended Lagos State Government especially Governor Ambode for efforts at improving the security architecture in the State.

He said: “People are in fact aware of what the Lagos State Government is doing on security and no other State is doing it. So, all efforts are on to ensure that there is total peace in the State. Lagos is doing perfectly well in assisting security agencies to do their work in the State and we must commend their efforts.”

 

AMBODE SWEARS-IN NEW LASIEC COMMISSIONERS, DG SAFETY COMMISSION, OTHERS

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Mr. Hakeem Olaogun Dickson as Director General of Lagos State Safety Commission, Mrs. Jokotola Ojosipe-Ogundimu as member of Audit Service Commission, Mr. Ayo Adebusoye, Mrs. Iyabo Elizabeth Ladipo and Mr. Bolaji Miftah Are as members of Public Procurement Agency; Prof. Gabriel Olatunde Babawale and Noah Olanrewaju Lawal-Jinadu as members of Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), taking Oath of Office, being conducted by the Director, Legislative Drafting, Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Yejide Kolawole before Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, June 19, 2017

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday swore-in new Commissioners of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) with a charge on the new appointees to add value to the corporate governance, growth and all round development of the State.

The Governor also swore-in members of the State’s Public Procurement Agency, Audit Service Commission, Director-General of the State’s Safety Commission and also inaugurated members of the State Science and Innovation Council.

The newly sworn-in members include Professor Gabriel Olatunde Babawale and Dr. Noah Olanrewaju Lawal-Jinadu as Commissioners of LASIEC; Mr. Bolaji Miftah Are, Mrs Iyabo Elizabeth Ladipo and Mr Ayo Adebusoye for the Public Procurement Agency; Mrs Jokotola Ojosipe-Ogundimu for Audit Service Commission and Mr. Hakeem Dickson as the Director General of the Lagos State Safety Commission.

Governor Ambode, who swore-in the new members of the agencies at the Conference Room, Lagos House in Alausa, said the appointments were strictly informed by the track record of achievements, integrity and credibility of the members.

Noting that the ceremony was in compliance with the relevant laws establishing the agencies, the Governor urged the members to see their appointment as an invitation and a privilege to be part of the future prosperity of the State.

“Your appointment is a call to public service and I am very confident that you will justify the trust the government has reposed in your ability and capacity to add value to the corporate governance, growth and development of the State.

“Let me also add that your appointment is an invitation and a privilege to be part of history as we lay a solid foundation for the future of Lagos, a Lagos that our children and their children will enjoy for many years to come,” the Governor said.

He said the appointment of Professor Babawale and Dr. Lawal-Jinadu to the Board of LASIEC was necessitated by the exit of two members of the Commission who had completed their second tenure, adding that the provision of the law setting up the Commission requires that the Board be constituted by the Chairman and six members.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); Head of Service, Mrs. Olabowale Ademola (right) and Chairman, Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), Rtd. Justice Ayotunde Phillips (left) during the swearing-in of Officials into State Agencies at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, June 19, 2017.  

“With this appointment therefore, LASIEC is properly constituted to conduct the forthcoming Local Government elections in the State,” the Governor said.

Governor Ambode also commended the Chairman and members of the Commission for their efforts so far to ensure that the July 22 local government elections are free, fair and credible.

He said the Public Procurement Agency and Audit Service Commission are two key agencies established mainly to ensure transparency and accountability in the procurement process as well as the management and application of public resources, urging the newly appointees to bring their professionalism to bear to deepen the application of these principles to ensure that the tax-paying public get full value for their money.

He also charged the Director-General of the State Safety Commission, Mr. Dickson to show leadership and deliver on the mandate of the Commission to prepare and adequately handle emergency situations through continuous public education and enlightenment as well as enforcement of safety precautions and rules.

In his vote of assurance, Professor Gabriel Babawale, who responded on behalf of other appointees, thanked the Governor for their appointments assuring him that he and his colleagues would key into his vision to make Lagos a Smart City.

“We would cherish it very seriously and deliver on our mandate. This is a call to duty and we are prepared for the task,” Babawale said.

Governor Ambode, while also inaugurating the Lagos State Research and Innovation Council chaired by Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Lagos, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, urged members of the Council to bring their wealth of experience to bear on the efforts of the State Government to harness the full potentials of scientific research in developing solutions to challenges facing the State.

While noting that there was hardly any area of human endeavour that had not been positively affected by science in the 21st century, Governor Ambode said application of scientific innovation remained the key to achieving efficiency, effectiveness and accelerated development in a knowledge – driven economy.

The terms of reference of the Council among others are to manage the science research and innovation Fund which would be applied towards funding research that have the potentials to directly benefit the citizenry in terms of job and wealth creation.

The Council will also be responsible for promoting research and innovation activities in public and private institutions and identify all research and innovation products that are bankable and translate such to commercial activities with a view to establishing small and medium scale industries, as well as promote science education by organising various scientific activities that will encourage the teaching and learning of science subjects in all public schools in the State.

Other members of the Council are Adenike Fajemirokun, Akeem Adeniji-Adele, Oladokun Oye, Dr Frank Ojadi, Prof Martins Aneiekhai and Mr Sikiru Adegoke. Others representing Lagos State in the Council are Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Olawale Oluwo; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Mrs Olufunmilayo Balogun and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr Adesina Odeyemi.

 

The House of Assembly Investigation into Sabo Market Demolition

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A section of the demolished shops at Sabo market (file picture)

I invite you to recall that on the 4th day of May, 2017, over 100 shops were demolished at the Sabo Market Ikorodu with other incidental losses to the shop owners.

The victims of the carnage cried themselves to a hoax, while accusing fingers started to fly in different directions on social media.

Some, out of mischief and a few out of ignorance,concluded I must know about the demolition, being the representative of the constituency in the House of Assembly. But God bless the very few individuals who were bold enough to educate my accusers on the distinct roles of legislators.

When my enquries at the Ministry of Physical planning and Ikorodu Local Government Council were to no avail, as the Commissioner and the Sole Administrator denied knowledge of the gestapo – like demolition, I only empathised with the victims and promised not to relent, until the perpetrators are uncovered.

Upon this promise, as expected of me as the representative of the people who invested their votes in me, I took the matter to the House of assembly, few weeks after the incident and pleaded for enquiry into the embarrasing matter. The House acceeded and committed the matter to the appropriate committee.

The committe invited the Victims, the market leaders, The Ministry of Physical planning led by the Commisioner and the Ikorodu Local Government led by the Sole Administrator. It is instructive to state here that Wasiu Adesina, the former Executive Secretary of the Council was not invited.

At the sitting of the Committee, I gathered that the Sole Administrator, pleaded that the contract for the redevelopment of the shops demolished was awarded before he became the Sole Administrator and that he inherited the crises.

This I learnt is the reason that Wasiu Adesina being the former Executive Secretary of the Council and the immidiate predecessor to the incumbent Sole Administrator of the Council was invited by the House of Assemby.

Then heaven was let loose by those who feel that once a man leaves office, he cannot be invited for interogations on matters he presided over, whilst in office. Very strange!, but thank God heaven did no fall and will not fall.

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Another section of the demolished market at Sabo market (file picture)

That a man is invited for interrogation does not automatically sign the man in as guilty and qualified for sanctions, the person only needs to have his hands clean to enjoy the magnanimity of the angel called equity. It is only the guilty minds that I know are always afraid of their shadows.

For those who are castigating me for having to take the Sabo Market demolition to the House of Assembly, I wish to remind them that my mandate by votes is to represent the interests of my people in the Assembly and that it is the same Assembly I took the case of the proposed demolition of houses at Lambo Lasuwon to and the Assembly helped out. Same with Aribila case and ditto Parafa Jaiyesimi and New Era Estate cases.

In all, the House of Assembly have assisted me to bring succour to the people of my constituency in moments of grief and tribulations and the beneciciaries of the intervention have always been happy and grateful till date.

It is not as if I am daunted by the blacknmail, threats or name calling, I only set out to controvert the perverted version of the trasaction at the House of Assembly as as being presently peddled in respect of the subject matter of this piece. Of course, a dutiful pet has to be called a bad name to justify a sinister plot to hang it.

But, guess what, I have always known that All powers belongs to God, the Omnipotent and Ominiscience. What he does not give, no one takes, what he gives no one takes away. God reign always.

Agunbiade S.O.B
Lagos State House of Assembly.

LASG Arraigns Suspected ‘Ajagungbale’ Kingpin, Sir kay Oluwo, Six Others

Wale Jagun.

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Alhaji Kamorudeen Lamina alias Sir kay Oluwo (3rd in nicker) during his arraignment with six others on Friday

The Lagos State Government Friday, June 17, 2017, arraigned a suspected land grabber, Alhaji Kamorudeen Lamina alias Sir Kay Oluwo before a Special Offences Court sitting at Oshodi, Lagos, for alleged forceful dispossession of residents of their land.

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Charged with him on a six-count charge by the Special Anti-Land Grabbing Task Force set up by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration were six other men described as his foot soldiers.

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They are: Omotola Ogunsanmi, Samson Shobule (aka Samson Salau), Biliaminu Orega (aka Biliaminu Salau), Jimoh Aromasodu, Wasiu Orenuga and Nurudeen Kasali.

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Lamina, according to counts 1 and 2,is said to have sometime in February 2017 at Mowo Kekere area of Ikorodu LGA, taken over one plot of land from the rightful owner Mrs Ebere Okafor.

In counts one and two, Lamina, sometime in February 2017 in Mowo Kekere area of Ikorodu Local Government, allegedly took over one plot of land forcefully which was sold to one Mrs Ebere Okafor by Ifegbuwa family contrary to Section 2 (1) of the Lagos State Properties Protection Law 2016.

The action was allegedly carried out by Lamina despite the fact that the sale of the land had been ratified with proof of payment.

In count three, Lamina was accused of forcefully taking over and remaining in possession of 200 plots of land in Mowo Kekere belonging to Planet Properties Ltd contrary to Section 2 (2) of the same law, while in count five, the defendants were said to have fraudulently sold 60 hectares of land which had been previously sold by the rightful owner contrary to Section 8 (1) (b) of the law.

The fraudulent sale, which was allegedly carried out in January 2017, was perfected by the defendants fraudulently claiming to be the descendants of Ifegbuwa family. In count six, the defendants were accused of fraudulent selling 25 hectares of land to third parties without any lawful right to do so, an offence punishable under the law.

After the charges were read to them, they all pleaded not guilty, while their lawyers, Mr E. Obatayo and B.O Abdusalam applied to the court to grant them bail in most liberal terms.

The lawyers argued that the offences for which their clients were charged are bailable, and that they were ready to defend the case.

The prosecutor, Ms Mosunmola Balogun from the Lagos State Ministry of Justice did not oppose the bail application but urged the court to impose conditions which would make the defendants available for trial

In his ruling, Magistrate Lateef Owolabi granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N1million and two sureties in like sum.

One of the sureties must be a land owner in Lagos, while the other must be a civil servant not below grade level 15. The sureties must have three years tax clearance and registration with Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA).

The Magistrate also ordered the defendants to deposit N150,000 each with the court, while they are to be remanded in Badagry Prison pending when they are able to meet the bail conditions.

The suspected ‘Ajagungbale’ kingpin, Alhaji Kamorudeen Lamina was arrested on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in his Magodo house.

 

 

Damaged Road On Adeyemi Owuyo Street: Where Are Zenith, Sterling Banks’ Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) In Ikorodu?

Kunle Adelabu.

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This dilapidated portion on Adeyemi Owuyo Street is between Sterling and Zenith on Lagos Road, Ikorodu

It is a sharp contrast when comparing the efforts of the men of the Nigerian Army attached to 174 Battalion, Odogunyan in Ikorodu to make the Shagamu-Odongunyan Road motorable and the neglect by two leading banks located on Adeyemi Owuyo street to the badly damaged road in the community despite making so much profit from there banking operations in the community. The road is between the two banks on Lagos Road, Ikorodu.

 

While the efforts of the men of the 174 Battalion under the command of Lt. Col. Benedict Ezeh, on Saturday, June 10, 2017, in fixing various portions of the Trunk A road, was unusual and very commendable act particularly when one consider the fact that the soldiers have more challenging tasks in dealing with high incidence of crimes and criminalities in Ikorodu and its environs coupled with their primary duty of defending the nation, the non- challant attitude of these two banks towards the bad state of this road should be condemned.

Adeyemi Owuyo street, which connects Lowa area of Ikorodu township to Lagos road,is an important bye-pass to decongest the Garage Roundabout as motorists going to many parts of the town can easily connect the street instead of adding to the congestion at the Roundabout.

 

But the dilapidated condition of the road started from the emergence of small potholes which later turned to  big  ones and the two banks,which owed the  community a responsibility of fixing the road as part of there Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR),neglected it.

 

A residents of the street, who spoke with THE IMPACT, condemned the neglect.“In other areas, you will see banks and other corporate entities embarking on road construction and rehabilitation; provision of good drinking water and ensuring that there is light from night till morning on the  street where they operate but that is not the case with Zenith and Sterling banks. It is wrong”, he said while condemning the banks neglect of the road.

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Another resident, who identified herself as Tola, also stated, “This road has been deteriorating and these banks that are also making use of it are just looking at the other side, expecting the government to fix it. The state of the road is not even good for their corporate image at all. You should come back at night, the whole place will be in darkness. These are banks worth several billions of naira and are also getting so much from the people in Ikorodu, yet, they cannot give little back to the same community.”

 

 

 

“Until residents start boycotting and transferring their accounts to other banks that are responsible to our community, these banks will not take us seriously”,she added.

 

Efforts to hear from the managers of the two banks before press time proved abortive.