-As Residents Welcome Restriction Along Ikorodu Road
The Chairman of Lagos State Branch of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Tajudeen Agbede on Tuesday said the inter-state transport park at Odo-Iyaalaro in Ojota is now ready to receive the operators banned along Ikorodu Road.
Speaking through the Secretary of Ojota Main Garage Branch, Comrade Francis Olasanoye, Agbede said after the State Government issued the ban, concerted efforts have been in place by the government in partnership with the Union to prepare the Ojota park, and that all was now set for the inter-state operators to relocate.
“Last Friday, the Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Anofiu Elegushi visited this area with the State Chairman and we have cleared the new place where those affected by the ban will be operating from. We are fully ready to receive them and want to thank the State Government and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for this development,” he said.
Meanwhile, some Lagos State residents have lauded the decision of the State Government to restrict the operation of inter-state buses and vehicles operating along Ikorodu Road from going beyond Ojodu Berger and Ojota Motor Parks.
The State Government had last week announced the ban and hinged the decision on the need to free up the Jibowu and Yaba axis of the State, as well as protect the environment.
Specifically, the State Government also issued a seven-day ultimatum to the operators to relocate to the designated inter-state motor parks at Ojodu Berger and Ojota, after which stiff sanction would apply to defaulters.
Speaking on the development, a resident who lives around Yaba axis, Mr Akindele Ojo said the ban was a welcome development, as it had significantly reduced traffic gridlock.
Ojo, who is a publisher, said: “As a matter of fact, the action is very good because since the time government announced the ban, there has been free flow of traffic in this axis especially in Jibowu, no issue again.
“Before the ban, we used to face a lot of traffic gridlock but now even if you pass through this axis around the night during peak period of traffic, this area is now very free. The action is the best as far as I’m concerned.”
Another resident, Dr Nwabueze Innocent said the ban had both advantages and disadvantages, but that it was in the overall best interest of the people. He said it would no doubt go a long way in reducing traffic but urged the State Government to put measures in place to mitigate the impact of the ban on travellers.
On his part, Mr Olowookere Olusegun commended the State Government for the bold initiative to come up with the ban. Olusegun, who is a bread producer, said with the ban, sanity and a lot of positive change had been effected in the area.
“Since the ban, we have seen positive changes in the Jibowu and Yaba axis. Everywhere is now neat and everything is moving fine. The area used to be very rough but since the ban, everywhere is now tidy and neat,” Olusegun said.
Also speaking on the ban, Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Anofiu Elegushi assured that the space at Ojota Park was more than enough to accommodate the inter-state transporters currently operating from Jibowu and Yaba axis.
He said efforts were ongoing to re-arrange the Ojota Park with the view to properly utilize the available space, saying that all the affected operators needed to do, is to approach government for allocation of space to continue their operations.
While justifying the ban, Elegushi said: “There are two basic reasons for the ban. One, it has to do with the transport policy of removing inter-state vehicles from Lagos metropolis and taking them a little bit to the outskirt of Lagos so that buses with other colours will not come into the State and run intra-city transport.
“We are already constructing modern inter-state bus terminal at Ojodu Berger and we are planning to construct more in Epe, Badagry and other areas, and also properly plan our roads.
“Secondly, the ban has to do with the Master Plan of the State and there is no provision in the plan for such operation in Jibowu and Yaba axis. Most of the buildings the inter-state operators are using were formerly residential and we know the effect of their operation on the traffic and public infrastructure in the axis. If you look at the big buses, they don’t have enough clearance that will accommodate their turning radius and that is the reason for the damage on the public infrastructure,” the Commissioner explained.
The Lagos State Government has concluded plans to launch a compendium of registered artisans in the State to scale up the informal sector with the overall objective of increasing job opportunities and growing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the State.
Speaking with Government House correspondents on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at Lagos House, Ikeja after a meeting between Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and members of Lagos State Council of Tradesmen and Artisans (LACOSTA), the State’s Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Dr Babatunde Durosimi-Etti said the compendium was part of the initiatives of the State Government to assist artisans to promote their businesses.
He said the compendium, which will be launched during the Artisans’ Day coming up in October, will comprise the list of all registered artisans in the State, their locations, business details and other necessary information.
According to the Commissioner, the compendium when fully launched will go a long way in increasing number of artisans to access the Employment Trust Fund (ETF) set up by the present administration in the State, and as well help residents and potential customers to locate artisans in any part of the State.
He said: “Governor Ambode at the meeting with the members of the association, said the setting up of the ETF was part of the inclusive policy of his administration and the Governor was also briefed that the association was collaborating with the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment to come up with a compendium of artisans whereby you probably be having state registered artisans which will be launched during the Artisans’ Day coming up in October.
“The compendium will have every artisan having a registration number and can be a sort of reference point for the Employment Trust Fund in assisting artisans to access capital,” Durosimi-Etti said.
He said the Governor also assured the artisans that all necessary efforts would be put in place to give them access to market, as part of initiatives to encourage and promote home-made.
On his part, LACOSTA President, Alhaji Nurudeen Buhari said the courtesy call by members of the association was basically to appreciate Governor Ambode for all the initiatives he
had brought up since the inception of his administration to support not only the artisans but the good people of the State.
He said the meeting was also to assure the Governor and the State Government that members of the association were very much committed toward contributing their quota to the growth and development of the State.
“We had fruitful deliberation with the Governor and he promised to build up the skill of our members as well as the compendium that will help our members to benefit more from the ETF. Most of our members have benefited already from the ETF loan and they are happy. And with the new compendium, I think more of our members will benefit and we want to thank the Governor for that,” Buhari said.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has announced the suspension of it nationwide industrial action.
The union directed university lecturers to resume duty from tomorrow, Tuesday.
The suspension of the strike was announced on Monday evening after a meeting with the government delegation.
Like the Biblical David, the Israelite king and the first monarch of all the Israelite tribes, Mr Olusegun Olasunkanmi Bajulaiye Iluyombo, Jpil., believes rightly so that praise and worship of God include music and dance. And in celebrating his 50th birthday, he rolled out musical instruments and mobilized hundreds of his family members, friends and well wishers to rejoice with him on Thursday, September 14, 2017.
The special Community Hymn Singing Service was held at the African Church Bethel Cathedral, the seat of the Lagos West Missionary Diocese, Aga, Ikorodu, which was filled to its capacity as it accommodated the presence of eminent dignitaries, politicians of note, captains of industries, professionals, community activists and a host of others.
The uncommon celebration also witnessed generous donations by guests towards the development of the Church in honour of the celebrant.
THE IMPACT gathered that Mr IIuyombo had written to his guests to convert their birthday gifts for him to cash for the Church development to mark his birthday celebration.
Among hymns sang in praising and appreciating God’s faithfulness and mercies in the life of the “birthday boy” at the special Community Hymn Singing Service were: ‘Come Sing With Holy Gladness’, ‘A F’ope F’Olorun’ introduced by Elder Timothy A.G. Okeowo, ‘E Je Ka Jumo F’Olorun’ introduced by Mr Bilewu Olukayode Abiodun, ‘Jesu My Lord, My God, My All’ introduced by Engr Folabi Jinadu, ‘Grace ‘Tis charming Sound’ introduced by Mr Olusegun Oloyemi Kafaru and ‘O Happy Day’ introduced by Barr. Saheed O.K. Shillings among others.
The celebrant read the only Bible passage at the special service, Psalm 90: 1-17, while Venerable Adebayo Ologun from The African Church Cathedral, Broad Street, Lagos, delivered the sermon.
Among other guests at the service were Chief (Hon) Mrs Adebimpe Akinsola, acting Commissioner for Tourism/Special Adviser on Arts & Culture, Lagos State, Prof Kunle Ade Wahab, former Head, Due Process in the Presidency, Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun, Lagos State APC Chieftain, Prince Jamiu Saka, Chairman, Ikorodu Chamber of Commerce, Alhaji Mukaila Afolabi, Chairman, Labi hotel, Alhaji Gafaar Sule Aremu, President, Oriwu Club, Dr. Lateef Jokomba, Former Clerk, Lagos State House of Assembly, Chairman, IKODASS, Otunba Ganiu Abiru and Hon Lanre Sunmi Odesanya, Commissioner I, Lagos State House of Assembly Service Commission among others.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday, September 18, 2017, said his administration will continue to give utmost priority to the welfare of serving and retired judges in the State so as to enable them continue to give their very best to the economic prosperity of the State.
Governor Ambode, who spoke when the outgoing Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade paid him a courtesy visit at the Lagos House in Ikeja, said his administration on inception in May 29, 2015, embarked upon reforms in the judiciary to improve on their service delivery noting that the Lagos State has become a reference point of how the judiciary should run.
Alluding to the fact that appreciable progress has been made by the judiciary in the last two years of his administration, Governor Ambode said that part of the reforms was to ensure that judges who retire after meritorious service to the State are comfortable after retirement.
“Reforms in the judiciary is a continuous thing and in areas, in which we have not done utmost well as you so much envisioned, we would improve on them and we would also ensure that we make life comfortable for our retired judges as you move into that club. I am very particular about the welfare of judges, that is a very sacred institution that we must continue to ensure that even in retirement there is so much for them to look back for the efforts they have made.
“That is why it is very easy for us to bring some of our retired judges to continue to serve us because that basket of knowledge is not found everywhere and we cannot afford to disconnect with the knowledge possessed by our judges,” Governor Ambode said.
Governor Ambode also underscored the contributions of the Judiciary to the Lagos success story, saying that the harmonious relationship among the three arms of government had placed the State on a steady pedestal of prosperity.
He said the Lagos Judiciary over the years, has maintained a tradition that has made the State an embodiment of law and order, saying that it was only in an atmosphere where the Judiciary is seen to be independent that the State can continue to experience peaceful co-existence and economic growth.
“I want to openly declare here that I’ve had a fantastic relationship with the judiciary and with your good self. One of the things I tried to set out was to emphasize security reforms and judicial sector reforms of which you’ve been a good partner in progress. We have achieved so much in the area of security reforms and you can also attest to the fact that there has been peaceful coexistence of Lagosians in the last two and half years that you have been here.
“I want to say clearly here that if there is actually an arm that I’ve actually had collective responsibility with is actually the judiciary. You have been totally independent and we have not in any way interfered in all the things that have been done in the Judiciary and again everybody see the Lagos Judiciary as the shining example of how the Judiciary should be run,” he said.
Commending the efforts of Justice Atilade, who is expected to officially bow out as the Chief Judge of the State on Sunday, September 24, Governor Ambode expressed optimism that the tradition which the Lagos Judiciary is known for would continue to hold sway long after her departure.
“Collectively, the judiciary, executive and the legislature arms of government, we have done very well in Lagos to keep that harmony and peace, ultimately for the prosperity of Lagos. I want to thank you for serving this State,” Governor Ambode said.
Earlier in her remarks, Justice Atilade said the visit was to thank Governor Ambode for providing a conducive atmosphere and cordial working relationship between the executive and the judicial arm of government in the State during her period as Chief Judge of the State.
‘On behalf of the Lagos State Judiciary, I’ll like to say a big thank you to His Excellency for all he has done, he is doing and will continue to do for the Lagos State Judiciary. I pray that as I leave, the cordial relationship between the three arms of government would continue and become better,” she said.
Oba Kabiru Shotobi Independence Day Marathon: Official Mascot Unveiled As Ayangbure, Elesho Commend Hon. Agunbiade’s Ambassadorial Roles
His royal Majesty, Oba Kabiru Adewale Shotobi, the Ayangbure of Ikorodu, and Hon. Sanai Agunbiade,Majority Leader of Lagos State House of Assembly,in conjunction with other eminent personalities in Ikorodu, unveiled the official mascot of the 3rd edition of Oba Kabiru Shotobi Independence Day Marathon on Saturday, September 16, 2017.
At the event which took place at the Ultra Modern Ayangbure Palace were officials of the Justrite Superstore, the brand sponsor of the annual race.
According to the Planning Committee Chairman, Mr Akeem Bello, the 6km race would commence by 7am on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the Ayangbure Palace where the Ikorodu monarch with other important dignitaries are expected to officially declare the race open.
He added that the aims of the race are to domesticate the Independence Day celebration in Ikorodu and breed future champions.
“Our aim in organizing this marathon is to develop young talents in long meters race for Ikorodu, Lagos and the country and also to domesticate the celebration of Nigeria’s Independence Day in Ikorodu. We tend to give people reason to come out to cheer the young marathoners and be part of the day rather than staying in their houses or go out of town”,said Mr Bello.
“It has been success story since its inception three years ago and to make it better, we have secured partnership with Justrite Store as brand sponsor for this third edition. We are also expecting that it would be keenly contested among the students in Ikorodu division”, he added.
In his remarks, Hon. Agunbiade, the initiator and sponsor of the marathon race, while thanking Oba Shotobi for bringing development into the kingdom since mounting the throne,revealed that the brand sponsor would kit all the marathoners, guests and officials of the race.
“We are very appreciative of your support and drive for development in Ikorodu kingdom and also the relentless efforts of your cabinet and Ayangbure- In Council at ensuring that our division become the envy of others in all aspects. This year’s Oba Shotobi marathon, which was initiated to celebrate the independence of our dear country, will be a great outing because we have ensured new innovation”, he promised.
In his reaction, Oba Shotobi,who stated that he decided to stay back in the country due to the race, expressed happiness at what he called laudable representation of Hon. Agunbiade.
“Today is a very remarkable day in the history of Ikorodu kingdom and this is why I decided to stay back in the country because the unveiling of the last edition was done the same day I was billed to travel abroad”, Oba Shotobi stated.
“Hon. Agunbiade has been demonstrating the worth of his honour as the ‘Opomulero’ of Ikorodu kingdom and I’m very proud of him”, the monarch said while commending Hon Agunbiade.
“The marathon is a very good platform to breed future marathoners for Ikorodu, Lagos State,Nigeria and Africa. In my tme, I want to see our people taking over from people from the Eastern part of the continent and dominating the long distance race. And as time goes on, it will also bring life back into the Independence Day celebration in Ikorodu”,Oba Shotobi stated.
Also speaking, Otunba Ayodele Elesho, former Lagos State Commissioner of Information, described Hon. Agunbiade as ambassador plenipotentiary of Ikorodu division.
“Whenever I think about Ikorodu division’s development, the first person that normally comes to my mind is Hon. Agunbiade. He is the ambassador plenipotentiary of the division. He has been projecting, promoting and advancing the image of the division with relentless efforts”, stated Otunba Elesho.
Otunba Elesho also commended the planning committee for the success of the annual marathon race.
Mr Quadri Agboola, Justrite Superstore Resource Manager,in his own remarks, thanked the planning committee for considering their outfit worthy as brand sponsor for the marathon race despite the interest of big brands.
He pledged the support of the company to any developmental effort in the division.
The Lagos State Government has completed the construction of the first ever high-powered DNA Forensic Laboratory in Nigeria, the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem has disclosed.
The State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode had last year approved the construction of the DNA forensic laboratoty as part of the criminal justice sector reforms designed to solve crime through technology and fulfil an unmet need for DNA profiling which is a unique forensic technique that is now being used all over the world.
Speaking at a press briefing held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, Ikeja to announce activities lined up by the State Government to commemorate the 2017 United Nations International Day of Peace, Kazeem said skeletal work had already commenced in the lab known as the Lagos State DNA Forensics Centre (LSDFC), and that it would be formerly commissioned in coming weeks.
Kazeem, who was represented at the briefing by the State’s Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mrs Funlola Odunlami said the lab, among other initiatives of the State Government, was part of efforts geared toward enhancing peace in the State.
“The DNA forensic centre just opened this month. We are yet to commission it but it has been opened and it is a DNA crime forensic lab and at the same time, it is going to deal with other DNA matters like paternity issue. What we are doing now is skeletal work which we started this month,” Kazeem said.
He recalled that since 2007, the State Government through the Citizens’ Mediation Centre (CMC), an agency under the Ministry of Justice, commenced collaborations with the United Nations Information Office to mark the International Day of Peace as an annual event to propagate the ethos of peaceful co-existence among residents in the State, thereby educating and sensitizing the public on the need for peaceful co-existence and respect for human dignity to engender socio-economic growth.
“The Lagos State Government recognizes the fact that the State is the commercial nerve centre of the sub-Saharan Africa where all races converge for various purposes such as business, hospitality, tourism among others, and has put in place mechanisms that will foster development and promote economic activities in the State by instituting agencies that will attend to matters relating to Land Grabbers, Special Task Force, donation of police vehicles for security, introduction of DNA Forensic laboratory to archive blood samples of criminals, among others.
“All these actions are geared toward enhancing peace in Lagos State,” Kazeem said.
Speaking on activities to mark the 2017 edition of the day tagged “Together For Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity For All,” Kazeem said on September 18, there would be a Walk for Peace/Legal Clinic on Ikorodu Road precisely from Funsho Williams Avenue through Ojuelegba to Yaba, while on September 19, a second Walk for Peace/Legal Clinic will hold at Jubilee Under-bridge in Ajah through Ibeju Lekki Expressway and back to the bridge.
On the same day, Kazeem said the CMC will hold a Legal Clinic at both venues where free legal services and mediation services will be rendered to residents of the State, while on September 21, the 18th Stakeholders’ Conference and Book Launch will hold at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium in Alausa to mark the day.
Every year, September 21 is observed as the International Day of Peace as declared by the General Assembly of United Nations as a day devoted to strengthening ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has directed the State Ministry of Agriculture to commence and ensure a non-stop sales of Lake Rice in all the designated sales centre across the State just has he approved the creation of more sales centres.
Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatyin Suarau, who disclosed this at the weekend in Lagos while reviewing the plans of carrying out the governor’s directives, noted that the directive was part of the strategy to increase access to the product and ensure effective distribution of the rice across the State.
He said that the newly created sales centres aside the existing designated centers in the 57 local government and local council development areas in the state that would be used for the non-stop sales of the products were, Farm Service Centre Odogunyan-Ikorodu; Farmers Mart Surulere; Agric Input Supply Authority (LAISA) Ojo; Agricultural Development Authority (ADA) Oko Oba, Agege and Lagos Television (LTV) Complex, Agidingbi-Ikeja.
While assuring that the state government would do the needful to ensure the continuous availability of the product in both existing and new sales centres, Suarau said that work was in progress to ensure adequate supply of the product across the State.
“The need to ensure that Lake Rice circulate into the nooks and crannies of the state is key in our drive to attain food sufficiency. Food production and self-sufficiency have been given priority attention at State’s policy and strategic levels, this is aimed at sustaining Lagos because our state is the largest consumer of food commodity in Nigeria,” he stated.
According to the commissioner, the price of the rice had not changed, stressing that the state government would continue to maintain the price of the product to make it affordable to citizens.
He added that the essence of the Lagos-Kebbi partnership was to ensure food security and show case the ability of Nigeria to become a producing nation.
“Logistics have been put in place to ensure a hassle free purchase of the product in an atmosphere devoid of rancour in all our approved sales centres thus making the processes of purchase a lot more easier for everyone”, Suarau said
Publisher and Chairman of Ovation Media Group, Mr. Dele Momodu on Friday, September 15, 2017, commended Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode saying that he has succeeded in proving that governance in Nigeria is not rocket science.
Momodu, who led members of the Ovation Media Group on a courtesy visit to Governor Ambode at the Lagos House in Ikeja to formally present Ovation Magazine’s Lagos @ 50 Special Edition, said that the visible achievements in the State in the last two years was a testament to the fact that the Governor has kept his eyes on the job.
Momodu said, “I wrote an article not too long ago, you have made us proud, you have shown us that governance is not rocket science, you make it look so simple and people wonder how you do it. But I think the secret is that you are hands on, you go out to see for yourself so nobody is going to come and embellish anything. Please continue doing what you are doing sir.”
The Ovation International Magazine publisher, who presented a copy of the special edition of the Magazine dedicated to the Lagos @ 50 celebrations to Governor Ambode, said they decided to be part of the project to amplify the achievements of the Governor and promote it to a global audience.
“The hallmark of greatness is not just about your achievement, it’s about how many people you are able to touch and your leadership is touching a lot of people and that is why Ovation decided that we would do our little bit to enhance and amplify what you are doing and promote it to a global audience”, Momodu said.
“What we want to do is to make a formal presentation of the magazine; the world must see what is happening in Lagos. When we were coming I was telling my colleagues that you can lay a good foundation, but a foundation cannot guarantee a good building. You (Governor) met a good foundation, but what you have done now is to produce a far better building that what we expected,” he said.
Responding, Governor Ambode thanked the Ovation Team for deeming it fit to partner the State Government to document the landmark celebration of the State’s Golden Jubilee, saying that it would go a long way to tell the story to the generation yet unborn.
“I believe also that this particular special edition is going to go down as a historic edition and I don’t want to miss that point because it’s something that we must be able to put in all our institutions so like I said we are going to get many copies to be able to give to embassies, our hotels, our schools, our libraries, all our institutions, in the secondary schools and also to be able to keep for those yet unborn to be able to see in pictorial form of the things we have tried to do in the last 50 years and maybe inspire some other people to do greater things than what has been recorded here,” the Governor said.
Governor Ambode said his administration has operated on a mantra to demystify governance and make life better for Lagosians by providing platforms through which they can channel their positive energy to the development of the State.
The Governor also commended Momodu for sustaining the legacies of the Ovation Magazine, saying that over the years, it had become a tool to project the image of what Nigeria is truly about to the rest of the world.
“I have found something significant about what you have done in the last 20 years. You have also shown as a person that believes so much in the Nigerianess of this nation which is something very scarce and you have actually used your own talent to promote what a lot of us associate with.
“So, when the offer came that you are going to do something for us, I knew instantly that this is something that cuts across countries and also it’s a soft instrument that we can use to project the vision of Lagos. Giving me this magazine today even after the major event of Lagos at 50 has actually closed, is reminding us that 2017 is actually the year of celebration which did not end in May 2017, so it’s like a recount of all the things that has happened.”, Governor Ambode said.
The Lagos State Government has implored citizens to be supportive of the recent environmental initiatives and laws being implemented.
The plea was made by the Special Adviser, Office of Civic Engagement, Hon. Kehinde Joseph at a One-Day Enlightenment Programme on Lagos State Environmental Management and Protection Law held at Yaba Local Government on Thursday.
In his address at the the event, Hon. Kehinde said that the sensitization programme was organised in line with the policy of the present administration’s resolve to ensure that Lagos is not only clean and beautiful but that citizens understand and key into its new Environmental Protection and Management Law and Cleaner Lagos Initiative.
Hon. Joseph disclosed that the holistic approach for a healthier Lagos will give room for private investors’ participation in solid waste management and encourage the adoption of best practices in the management of the environment especially in the deployment of equipment for solid waste collection and disposal.
He also implored Lagosians to embrace the new law and contribute their quota as the Ambode-led administration believes that this new approach would also create business and job opportunities for the rising population in the State.
The Special Adviser, therefore, advised residents against indiscriminate dumping of refuse on Lagos roads, drainages and canals in order to avoid sanctions from law enforcement personnel.
Also speaking at the forum, Director for Legal Matters in LAWMA, Mrs. Yinka Adeyemi reiterated the essential role of sensitization in environmental programmes, stressing that, Lagos State must sustain its position as the fifth on the list of world’s fastest-growing economies by ensuring that the environment is conducive for foreign and local investors.
Adeyemi urged business owners, marketers and right thinking members of the State to support the changes in the environmental law by encouraging and cooperating with the State agencies in charge to engender a cleaner and healthier environment.
Also present, was the Chairman, Yaba Local Development Area, Hon. Kayode Oluwole who appreciated the State government for putting together a programme aimed at informing and sensitizing the people on the need for a safer environment.
The highlights of the awareness programme included the lecture on the roles of Cleaner Lagos Initiative and LAWMA in the scheme; how to ensure effective waste management; the plans of the Lagos State Government on Recycling and the new law backing the initiative.