Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday, December 14, 2017, said his administration will leave no stone unturned and continue to deploy more technologically advanced techniques and equipment to ensure that the safety of lives and property of 22 million residents in the State is secured.
Governor Ambode, who spoke at the 11th edition of the Town Hall Meeting on Security, organised by the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) and held at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House in Ikeja in Alausa, said policing the State requires all and sundry to join hands with Government to ensure that the peace being enjoyed in the State is not compromised.
Alluding to the fact that criminal elements despite efforts by the Government have continue to perpetrate their nefarious activities but that his administration is prepared to do whatever it takes to make it exceedingly difficult for these criminals to succeed in their evil plots and in the event that they do, they are apprehended and brought to justice.
He therefore said that Government was investing heavily in technology equipment and strategies to aid security agencies carry out their primary function of policing the State efficiently.
“Technology can reach where man cannot. This is why your State has invested in mobile CCTV vans with control units, provision of drones, robotic bomb disposal equipment, tracker, bomb detectors, mobile scanners etc. The State has also commenced the installation of CCTV cameras and is in talks for the purchase of surveillance aircraft that carry special cameras with 3D imagery, infrared and thermal imagery which can effectively gather intelligence in all parts of the State and would assist significantly in dealing with the menace of kidnapping,” Governor Ambode said.
The Governor, however, seized the occasion to urge owners of businesses and organisations to install CCTV cameras in their premises to help expand the reach of law enforcement agents in the event of any security breach.
“We still need your continued support in providing equipment and logistics for the police and other security agencies through your contributions to the Lagos State Security Trust Fund.
“Be assured that the Lagos State Government is committed to rid our society of those that opt for crime. Our continued provision of equipment and logistics for the security agencies operating in Lagos is evident to this. Our government will also continue to provide state of the art infrastructure in order to achieve our vision of making Lagos a safe, prosperous and smart mega city,” he said.
Speaking on the plan by the Federal Government to demolish Jibowu and Costain bridges in Lagos, Governor Ambode said the development is necessary to give way for the new rail project which according to him, will be beneficial to the economy of the State and Nigeria as well.
“The Jibowu and Costain bridges will give way for the laying of tracks of a Lagos-Ibadan rail project. The demolition would give room for a track that would stretch from the old Fela Shrine to WAEC end and the track will be constructed in such a way that no vehicle can cross it,” Governor Ambode said.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr Edgal Imohimi, said the introduction of community policing and the increase in police visibility had resulted in 35 per cent decline in crime in the State.
Imohimi, however, said that despite massive contributions by the State Security Trust Fund, dearth of patrol vehicles remained a challenge.
“Many vehicles attached to the divisions have become rickety and unserviceable due to old age and over usage,” he said.
Imohimi, however, said the command would not relent in its efforts to consolidate on the achievements recorded so far, but would appreciate if additional critical fighting equipment were provided saying that it would help to improve on the successes so far recorded in the command’s fight against crime and criminality.
Also speaking, Secretary of the LSSTF, Mr Abdulrazaq Balogun, said there was need for organisations to engage in consistent and sustainable security model, expressing optimism that it will go a long way to enhance strategic planning for improved security in the State.
Kunle ADELABU, Seun AJAYI, Oluwatobiloba ALAKE & Joseph FOLARIN
-Parents call for reintroduction of discipline, levy, infrastructure development in public schools
Parents in Education District II have again called for the reintroduction of discipline in public schools and enjoined the Lagos State Government to provide more infrastructures and make school environment more conducive for learning for the teachers and students.
They made these requests at the interactive session they had with the Tutor-General/Permanent Secretary (TG/PS), Education District II, Mr Olaniyi Gbemi, and education administrators in the district.
The meeting, which was held at the Oriwu Model College Ikorodu hall on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, was also attended by principals and parents across the three zones (Ikorodu,Kosofe and Somolu), in Education District II, Maryland.
Mr Gbemi, while addressing the parked hall, highlighted some of the achievements of the district and urged parents to be more committed in looking after their wards and assisting the government.
The TG/PS also informed the gathering of the government’s readiness to provide befitting structures in some schools, particularly those in Ikorodu.
He also reiterated government’s policy of non-levying of students in public schools, stating that parents could assist in infrastructural developments voluntarily without victimizing others.
“The ban on levying any student in Lagos State public schools is still in force and I have warned my principals and teachers not to violate this law”.
“The government is prepared to give our students and teachers conducive environment for learning and teaching. And we also welcome assistance from our parents”.
“Such assistance must be voluntary among the parents and must not lead to any rancor or victimization of any student whose parents do not participate in such voluntary donation”, he warned.
Mr Gbemi also enjoined the parents to stop dragging his principals into the politics of the Parents’ Forum.
“I also want to appeal to you to stop dragging my teachers into your politics. The forum is for you to operate and organize in such a way that would promote harmony among the parents, school and the government”.
“You should endeavour to comply with the digital age development where you don’t have to contribute to school development by collecting cash. It is advisable for the parents to contribute via internet banking and deposit into a dedicated account of their choice without bringing any of the principals or teachers into it”.
He also warned against the development where some parents parade themselves as chairmen of both junior and secondary schools.
“It is an aberration for any particular parent to be parading his/herself as chairman in both junior and secondary schools of a particular school. It is against the rule. The chairmen and other executives of the junior and senior schools must differ from each other and I have directed my principals to make reversal where such is happening”.
On security challenges in Reri Senior Secondary School in Igbogbo/Bayeku Local Council Development Area (LCDA) and other schools , Mr Gbemi assured that the government is on top of the situation as it is reviewing security systems in schools.
In the area of structures in schools that are lacking, TG/PS announced that the state of structures and learning environment in schools like Agbede, Maya and others are of great concern to the government and that work would begin soon to give them befitting structures.
Parents’ Forum in schools like Shamsideen Senior Secondary School in Ikorodu, Odogunyan Junior Secondary in Odogunyan in Ikorodu North LCDA and few others received commendations from the TG/PS for their assistance and support.
Parents in those schools had constructed and donated block of classrooms and one hundred and fifty chairs with other ongoing projects.
During the interactive session, peakers after speakers called for the reintroduction of levying in schools to assist the government, provision of infrastructures, readmission of teachers into the parents forum, reduction of students in a class for effective monitoring, improved security in schools and prompt medical attention for students when admitted into school clinics and public hospitals.
“We are pleading with the government to bring back disciplines into our schools. Even the Bible supports that disciplines should be meted to children to purge them of truancy. A situation where students go about threatening to report teachers if he/she is beaten is not helping our educational system”, a parent stated at the forum.
Mrs Alabi Adebomi in her own remark stated, “Government will have to reintroduced levy in order for parents to assist with developmental projects like building of block of classrooms because some of our schools are overcrowded”, she appealed.
Mr Omotayo Adeola, while also contributing, called for the reintroduction of levies and prompt attention for students on medical admission.
Alhaji Shittu S.O from Yewa Grammar School and Mr Ogundele from Odogunyan Secondary School complained about poor security in their respective schools and pleaded with the Tutor-General to help speak with the government for improvement.
Some parents in schools like Ayedere Secondary School, Offin Ile Junior Secondary School, Shamsideen Secondary School, Agbede Secondary School and some others also called for improvement of infrastructures in schools, especially where increase in number of students have overstretched existing facilities.
Meanwhile, Funke Omojua, from Keme Balogun Secondary School, Ibeshe, expressed great joy over the intervention of the state government in the development of the school, stating that this has opened the door for improvement of teachers and admission of more students into the school.
Kunle ADELABU & Wale JAGUN
-His impeachment was in Ikorodu’s interest, we were not sponsored – Councilors
Members of the Ikorodu Local Government Legislative Arm have reinstated the impeached Council Leader, Hon. Salman Ayobami, following the intervention of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Lagos State House of Assembly and the Chairman of the ruling party in Ikorodu, Alhaji Taiwo Longe.
He was reinstated on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, during the plenary sitting in the Councilors’ Chamber.
Some members of the Council’s Legislative Arm had on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 impeached the Leader and changed other principal officers.
THE IMPACT gathered that at the sitting which commenced at 10.56am and had the presence of all the seven Councilors, it was resolved that the purported impeachment of Hon. Salman should be reversed.
Hon. Omotayo Awolesi moved the motion calling for the reversal of the purported impeachment while he was seconded by Hon. Banwo Azeez.
By this, the embattled Council Leader again assumed the leadership position of the Ikorodu Local Government Legislative Arm after a week of his controversial impeachment which did not receive the blessings of the party and majority of the Ikorodu residents.
Consequent to the reversal, all changes that were effected in the leadership positions of the house due to the impeachment have equally been reversed.
Hon. Adebowale Adebola who has been occupying the position of Leader of the House in the last one week has returned to his former position as Deputy Leader, Hon. Omotayo Awolesi who was elected the Deputy Leader has also returned to his former position as the Majority Leader while Hon. Shokunbi Toheeb maintained his position as the Chief Whip.
The former Minority Leader, Hon. Banwo Azeez, joined the two senior Councilors, Hon. Gbenga Awobajo and Hon. Olohunwa Oshodi, as floor members.
According to a reliable source within the Chamber, Hon. Banwo had effectively vacated his former position as Minority Leader the day he crossed carpeted to the ruling party, APC.
The source also informed that he has been denying the position of the Minority Leader before what he tagged as “the palace coup’ which temporarily ousted Hon. Salman.
In his speech at the end of the proceeding, THE IMPACT gathered that the Council Leader appealed to all the Councilors to work together as a team and should not allowed external forces to infiltrate the Hallow Chamber.
We also gathered that he pleaded for cooperation among members so as to prevent disunity which might hamper the discharge of their primary responsibilities to the public.
Intrigues, Politicking In Hon. Salman’s Impeachment As Ikorodu LG Council Leader
THE IMPACT further gathered that the decision to remove Hon. Salman as Leader of the Council was hatched between Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3, 2017, following the decampment of Hon. Banwo Azeez, the former Minority Leader, from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to APC alongside his political leader, Sen. Musliu Obanikoro.
It was alleged that after the decampment, the decampees across the state were directed to work with the camp where the sitting chairmen in the 57 Local Government and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) belong.
The embattled Councilor was impeached on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, by five of the seven elected members of the Ikorodu Local Government Legislative Arm for what the local legislators termed incompetence.
THE IMPACT gathered that Hon.Salman was alleged by his colleagues to be incompetent among other allegations.
It was also gathered that while the Councilors were carrying out the impeachment process, Asiwaju Tinubu was in a meeting with the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly and other principal officers of the State Assembly on the composition of the local government cabinets across the state.
It was gathered that the matter was brought to Tinubu’s attention when pictures of the change of guard in the Council was posted on the net and he ordered for the immediate reversal of the impeachment decision.
The alleged directive by Sen. Obanikoro, according to report, changed the political calculation in Ikorodu Local Government where the seven councilors were affected by the leadership tussle within the APC.
It was alleged that the impeachment and the change of leadership was sponsored by the executive arm of the council who wanted majority of the councilors on its side. An allegation which has since been debunked.
Before the impeachment, Hon. Salman’s camp was in the majority with four Councilors while the three other Councillors, who were said to be loyal to the Council Chairman, belong to another.
While the embattled Council Leader with Hon. Gbenga Awobajo, Hon. Omotayo Awolesi and Hon. Banwo Alade Azeez belong to a particular camp, Hon. Adebowale Adebola who emerged the Council Leader after the purported impeachment, Hon. Olohunwa Oshodi and Hon. Shokunbi Toheeb belong to another camp.
We also gathered that the impeachment succeeded because of the absence of Hon. Awobajo in the Legislative Chamber on the fateful day. It was also gathered that the impeachment of Hon. Salman would have taken place weeks back but for the opposition of Hon. Awobajo, who is respected by the councilors and also seen as the pillar of support for the Council Leader.
Hon. Awobajo, it was gathered, arrived at the Council while the Councilors had impeached Hon. Salman and were on recess. We also gathered that he was allowed into the Chamber as an observer after the recess.
It was also reported that the initial plan of the three Councilors who initiated the impeachment move was to install Hon. Olohunwa Oshodi who,along with Hon. Awobajo, had earlier jostled for the position but was dropped because he is a non-indigene like Hon. Salman.
The embattled leader, who was present during the process of his impeachment, was said to have watched five of his colleagues carrying out the impeachment process without putting up any resistance.
After the impeachment, Hon. Adebowale Adebola, the former deputy leader, emerged the Council Leader while the former Majority Leader, Hon. Omotayo Awolesi, emerged the Deputy Leader.
Also, Hon. Banwo Azeez emerged the Majority Leader while Hon. Shokunbi Toheeb retained his position as Chief Whip.
One of the Councilors, who spoke with THE IMPACT, denied that they were sponsored by the Council Chairman or external forces to impeach the Leader.
“The fact is that Hon. Salman is incompetent and cannot represent our interest. He lacks the leadership qualities to lead during session and in the public. He doesn’t come to office regularly and cannot query the executive arm when it oversteps its boundaries. These, among other reasons, necessitated his impeachment”.
The Councillor also admitted that the non-indigeneship status of the embattled leader was also responsible for his impeachment.
“Of course, I will admit that( non indigeneship status being one of the reasons for Hon. Salman’s impeachment) because he has not been acting like someone who has the interest of Ikorodu at heart. The only place where Hon. Salman feels at home is his ward. We have called his attention to several issues but he has always been afraid to act on them as he always told us that he is afraid to face the Council Chairman. How can the head of the legislative arm be afraid of the executive and you expect him to perform his primary duty as expected?”, he queried.
Reliable sources also told THE IMPACT that the plot was planned by three of the seven councilors with the support of some party leaders who are interested in taking control of the Council.
More so, the alleged sponsors are said to be at loggerhead with the Council Chairman over the award of contract for the construction of proposed two roads in the council.
According to report, the leaders, who are said to be political contractors, plan to have their candidates, who are indigenes and who they can control, in the leadership positions of the Council as a way of protecting their own interests.
They were said to have sponsored the impeachment of the embattled Council Leader on the ground that he is a non-indigene whose continuous occupation of the exalted position is seen as sacrilegious.
In an online interview with Hon. Adebowale Adebola, he told THE IMPACT that the decision to impeach the Leader was a collective one.
“Certainly, it’s a decision taken by the whole house. Majority carry the vote as far as legislative business is concerned”, he stated.
“We did it without any consideration for our factions or groups. We have a common goal as far legislative arm is concerned. We speak same language”, he added.
He also added that their decision to impeach the leader was in the interest of Ikorodu.
“What we did is for the benefits of Ikorodu and it’s in accordance with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We have breached no law or rule of legislative engagements”, Hon. Adebowale declared.
He also challenged our reporter to do an independent findings if he’s unsure of the incompetence of the embattled Council Leader.
The Deputy Leader also debunked the allegation that they are being sponsored by Hon. Wasiu Adeshina, the Council Chairman.
“Chairman has nothing to do with legislative business. It was solely our decision”.
Also,on the allegation that they were being sponsored by some party leaders who are allegedly at loggerhead with the Council Chairman, Hon. Adebowale also debunked the allegation as untrue.
Meanwhile, Alhaji Taiwo Longe, APC Chairman in Ikorodu, while speaking with THE IMPACT, before the reversal, described the allegations against Hon.Salman as spurious and not enough to impeach him.
Alhaji Longe stated that the party is supreme and such a process cannot be complete without the involvement of the party.
“Well, they have been told to reverse the process because it did not have the blessing of the party. Our national leader has also directed them to reverse it because we cannot afford to start another round of problems, he stated.
“There has never been a time they brought to the party’s notice any allegation against him (Hon. Salman) and you don’t just act without carrying the party along. We have intervened by asking them to correct the mistake so that we can move on” ,Alhaji Longe stated.
Alhaji Longe added,”They have assured us that they will reverse the process last Friday but due to some circumstances, they were unable to sit and they did communicate back that the sitting had been adjourned till December 12 which is the deadline we gave them”.
Also, it was gathered that the reversal of the impeachment would have been done last Friday, December 8, but for the absence of the three Councilors(Hon. Olohunwa Oshodi,Hon. Adebowale and Hon. Shokunbi Toheeb) who allegedly engineered the impeachment process.
This, however, necessitated the adjournment of sitting to December 12 which was the expiration of the deadline given the councillors by the party for the reversal of their impeachment decision.
It was also gathered that the Lagos State House of Assembly and the leadership of the party at the state level have also intervened and ordered for the reinstatement of Hon. Salman.
Meanwhile, in a phone chat with the Council Chairman, Hon. Wasiu Adesina, he denied sponsoring the impeachment of Hon. Salman.
“Why will I sponsor his impeachment when he has done nothing to offend me. I was elected as the Chairman of the Council and not as a member of the legislative arm and I don’t have any imput in their activities. It was the decision of the Councilors and we have appealed to them to reverse the process. In actual fact, they have returned him”, Hon. Adeshina confirmed to THE IMPACT.
“I personally intervened on his behalf with his colleagues that they should act in ways that would not further divide the party. I told them that it is too early to impeach the Council Leader because that would create another round of problems. So, anybody saying I was involved in his impeachment is just making political statement”, the Council Chairman stated.
Attempts to speak with Hon. Salman Ayobami after the impeachment and before his reinstatement proved abortive.
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Organized by YBNL, Pentagon, Red & Axla, Western Lotto, Kwese Sports and Powered by the Lagos State Government, this year’s edition is on a track to set standards, break existing records, and give fans what they truly crave for and deserve.
Wale JAGUN, Seun Ajayi & Joseph Folarin
As a way of appreciating God for preserving his life to witness another year and in recognition of the role teachers played in his life, Comrade Lateef ‘Arizona’ Sholanke, on Tuesday, December 12,2017,organised free medical tests and drugs distribution for the teaching and non-teaching staff in three schools in Ikorodu.
The event, which featured Health talk, free medical checks, free diabetes test, free HIV test and free drugs distribution, was in the commemoration of his birtrhday.
The programme was tagged, ‘A Date With My Teachers’ and held within the premises of the Holy Trinity/Anglican and Muslim B Primary Schools. It also witnessed a high turnout of teachers from the three schools.
Also benefiting from the free health programme were the celebrant’s friends and several residents of Anibaba area in Ikorodu.
Speaking with THE IMPACT, the celebrant stated that the free medical programme was his own little way of giving back to the society that made him.
“The idea of the free medical programme was conceived by me and my wife as our way of celebrating my birthday by giving back to the society”.
“I believe that in life, we should always think about giving back to the society, and on the occasion of my birthday, my wife and I agreed to visit the primary school I attended and celebrate with the Teachers there”.
“ It is an avenue for me to celebrate my teachers for their positive impact on me while in the school for my primary education. It is important for everyone in our society to learn to put a smile on people’s faces by contributing to the society one way or the other” , Sholanke stated.
One of the beneficiaries and a teacher, Olusegun Simeon Taiwo, said that, “It is a good initiative that the programme is brought to our school because teachers are not often privileged to go to the General Hospital for medical checks due to our busy shedule and time constraint. I want to thank the initiator for organising this programme for us”.
Rasheed Adedeji Fatuga, Chief Administartor of Ikorodu Ambassadors Group, commended Arizona for being actively involved in community services and encouraged other youths to emulate his good gesture.
“The celebrant is a wonderful person, very vibrant, and courageous. He’s been actively involved in community services throughout his life and for today’s occasion; I think it’s a very good idea that I will emulate”, Fatuga stated.
“I want to implore our youths to emulate this kind of gesture. It is a good project and it is a way through which we can give back to the society. It’s not about politics alone, there are several other ways we can impact our community positively so that it can become a better place” , Comrade Fatuga advised.
-Says fans will witness organic concert
Again, the leading music act in Nigeria and Africa, Olamide is set to shut down the Centre of Excellence in a very big way that would have a reverberating effects come Sunday, December 17, 2017.
This time, he is partnering the Lagos State Government to achieve an historic concert that would be the talk of the town for sometime.
With Olamide Live In Concert 4 (OLIC4), the hottest music act in Nigeria music industry is planning to crown a successful year and celebrate the festive period with his teeming fans.
The concert, which is billed for the 25,000 capacity Main Bowl of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.
According to the concert’s organisers, many streets in and around Ojuelega and Surulere would be shut because of the expected crowd.
Olamide and his team are looking forward to breaking boundaries with OLIC IV as they set to stage a concert that has never been witnessed before in the history of concert organization in Nigeria and the rapper has urged his loyal fans to anticipate the surprise of a lifetime.
According to his media managers, “By all standards, OLIC I was an absolute success, OLIC II was a massive shut down of Lagos and Nigeria while OLIC III made history as one of the biggest concerts ever”.
Speaking at a press briefing, Olamide said that the concert, like previous editions, would be organic, adding that he would give his best for the concert alongside his crew.
He expressed confidence that his fans would come out in their thousands for the concert and that he would ‘shut down’ the stadium as he believes the “streets have always been loyal to him”.
“The connection I have with my people is genuine, it is organic and anyone who identifies with me will be present”, he said.
The hiphop artiste assured that some of his colleagues, including top artistes, would turn up to support him as performers at the concert.
“My colleagues that have supported me in OLIC 1,2 & 3 will be there to perform,” Olamide assured.
Also speaking, Olamide’s Manager, Alex Okeke, assured that the concert would live up to the expectations of the people.
“We promise to stage a concert that will forever be in the minds of many people. Lagos is number one in entertainment in Nigeria and Africa.
“Bringing OLIC to a more spacious place like Teslim is a good thing for us; it’s about taking it to another level,’’ she said.
Meanwhile the Acting Commissioner for Tourism/Special Adviser on Arts & Culture, Hon. Adebimpe Akinsola, has revealed that the Olamide Live In Concert falls within the Ambode’s government’s plan of promoting tourism, arts and sports sectors in Lagos State.
“The concert falls within the vision of Lagos State Government to promote entertainment and using it to drive tourism in the state”.
“At the inception of Ambode’s administration, he promised some cardinal economic drive to boost the state economy which is “T.H.E.S.E’’ (Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment, Sports and Excellence).
“Olamide’s show falls within this and we are aware of the crowd that this show will attract to Lagos and maybe expecting more guests from all over the world next year.
“We believe that the creative industry will provide the needed entertainment because they can provide the needed revenue to support the government”.
“All plans is now concluded to have a hitch-free concert for everyone, they should only come and enjoy the show,’’ she said.
“We have been supporting entertainment for some time now, people can see our intervention in supporting the Nollywood and others and now Olamide has bought into the vision,’’ she said.
Akinsola said that part of the government’s initiatives at supporting entertainment to boost the economy of the state also included Arts Theatres, with four almost completed.
“Part of the government’s efforts at supporting entertainment industry is the construction of six Arts Theatres across the state and I can assure you that four of them will be ready by the first quarter of next year”.
“The arts theatres are evenly distributed in the state and there is no particular area left out in the distribution”.
At the well-attended press conference on the concert, the LASTMA representative, who also responded to questions from the media, announced that some roads in and around the venue of OLIC4 would be shut in order to experience hitch-free concert.
The police representative also assured the teeming fans that would be gracing the concert of safety of lives and properties.
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The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has denied the speculation that he may be picked by President Muhammadu Buhari as his running mate in 2019
In a statement released by Asiwaju Tinubu’s media office on Wednesday and signed by Tunde Rahman, the report was described as sensational and ridiculous.
He said he was not planning to replace Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as Buhari’s running mate in 2019
Tinubu said he and the people of the South West “have absolute confidence and are exceedingly proud of the excellent job Professor Osinbajo is doing as Vice President of Nigeria”.
SUN in a front page lead story on Wednesday claimed that Osinbajo was considering returning to full church work and that Tinubu was being mooted as a replacement for him “as a way to have a solid South West support for the APC, in the face of a South East/South South alliance in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party”.
The statement, entitled: “Asiwaju Tinubu Debunks SUN Report on 2019 VP Slot,” reads:
“The attention of the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Media Office has been drawn to the front page lead story of The SUN newspaper of yesterday, December 13, 2017, which sensationally and ridiculously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari may pick Asiwaju Tinubu as his running mate for the 2019 election. This is a classic case of utterly and irredeemably fake news.
“There is no empirical or logical basis for this mischievously speculative story. Is it even conceivable, as the story recklessly insinuates, that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo would be considering returning to full church work rather than run with his boss, President Buhari for a second term if the latter so decides without as much as discussing such a sensitive issue with his party and with Asiwaju Tinubu? In any case, is this story not entirely unwarranted and indefensible as the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket has an electoral mandate of four years out of which it has spent only over two years and a half years?
“This is clearly an attempt to distract the APC Federal Government from the yeoman’s job it has been doing in rescuing the country from the deep rooted socio-economic, political, security and moral mess inherited from the PDP’s 16 years misrule of Nigeria, instigate crisis within the party, stoke dangerous embers of religious disaffection within the party and the country generally and stem the remarkable progress being made in the reinvention and revitalization of Nigeria.
“The SUN newspaper, through this kind of story, does great discredit to Nigerian journalism, which has made considerable strides towards greater professionalism and excellence over the years. For the avoidance of doubt, Asiwaju Tinubu has absolute confidence and faith in both President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo who have been working hard harmoniously in offering inspirational leadership to Nigeria at a most critical period in her history. The hemorrhaging of the national economy through the wanton and unprecedented corruption that obtained before the advent of the APC Federal Government has been stanched.
“There is greater sanity, accountability and transparency in the management of the country’s finances. The Boko Haram insurgency has been substantially contained. We should not allow ourselves to be derailed from the job we are effectively undertaking in fulfilling our campaign promises anchored on the tripod of containing insecurity, taming the scourge of corruption and resuscitating the economy.
“The Buhari and Osinbajo-led Federal Government is deftly steering the country out of an economic recession that was the result of the ineptness of the PDP years of the locusts. Asiwaju Tinubu will never support any attempt to distract Buhari and Osinbajo from the job they are passionately doing through the kind of false report carried by the Sun. In particular, this story does great injustice to Vice President Osinbajo. Here is a man of the highest integrity, moral rectitude, amazing humility, high intellect and unimpeachable credibility. Here is a man of fierce loyalty and absolute trustworthiness who will never do anything in word, thought or deed to undermine his boss. His unquestionable dependability and indisputable fidelity to his oath of office was demonstrated beyond question by his honourable conduct during the President’s medical vacation. Asiwaju Tinubu and the people of the South West have absolute confidence and are exceedingly proud of the excellent job Professor Osinbajo is doing as Vice President of Nigeria.
“Asiwaju takes serious exception to the insinuation by the Sun and in some other quarters that there was ever any so-called frosty relationship between Buhari and Tinubu. We challenge the Sun to provide any evidence where Tinubu has ever complained of any grouse against Buhari. As Asiwaju had cause to point out recently, having been elected President, Buhari had to be given the space to run his government. There have always been and will always be channels of communication between Tinubu and Buhari as members of the same party. Their interaction must not necessarily always be conducted in the public space.
“Contrary to the impression the Sun seeks to create, Asiwaju’s politics is not that of unbridled personal ambition for selfish interest. When at some point in the build up to the 2015 election, President Buhari offered him the Vice –Presidential ticket, Tinubu gratefully and publicly thanked the President. When it turned out that such an offer would not be in the interest of the party and would play into the hands of enemies of change, Asiwaju unreservedly and passionately threw his support behind Osinbajo as the best man for the job. His opinion has not changed. Indeed, his confidence and belief in Osinbajo has been amply justified by the latter’s sterling performance in the office. This attempt to cause disaffection between the duo cannot and will not fly.
“As Asiwaju firmly asserted in a public statement on December 17th 2014 endorsing Professor Osinbajo for the position of running mate to President Buhari “After all the political calculations are made and the dust of competition has settled, it must be this nation and its people who stand first and foremost. The question becomes whether we stand strong, able to shape ourselves into our best future or will we stand frail and trembling, burdened by the abject failure to surmount the multiple problems confronting us…For me, political ambition will never triumph over patriotic conviction. This delicate moment affords no space for emotion to intrude to blind us from what is best. The APC is the best and only vehicle to enact the progressive and broad change this nation cries for. I eagerly lend myself to this fine cause without me having to be on the ticket. This is a time for cohesion and an overriding sense of mission. We must defeat the foe before us and resist all temptations intended to entice us to fight among ourselves”. As it was then so it remains today and on this patriotic and selfless commitment Asiwaju stands unshakably.”
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, officially unveiled an ultra modern recreational park in Alausa, Ikeja, in honour of three former Governors of the State, Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson Rtd, Alhaji Lateef Jakande and Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Governor Ambode, who spoke at a ceremony to unveil the park known as Johnson, Jakande, Tinubu Park (JJT Park) and located in front of the State House of Assembly and a few metres away from Lagos House, said it was part of efforts by his administration to immortalise heroes who worked hard for the emergence of Lagos as not only the Centre of Excellence, but also one of the most prominent City States in Africa.
He said the three former Governors were outstanding in their contributions to the development of the State and wrote their names in the sands of time, especially during their time in office.
Governor Ambode said: “One of the hallmarks of any progressive society is to always recognise and reward the efforts of heroes who contribute to the growth of that society. In the case of Lagos State, we have so many heroes who toiled and laid a solid foundation for the Lagos we enjoy today.
“Today, we are here to celebrate and honour three past governors of our dear state who were outstanding in their contributions to the development of Lagos Sate. These eminent Lagosians are some of the very few brave men that stood to be counted on the side of justice and even by their performances while in office have written their name in gold for future generations.”
“The roles played by Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson Rtd., the First Governor and Military Administrator of the State; Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the First Civilian Governor of Lagos State; and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governor and Architect of modern Lagos; can never be forgotten. They are the true legends of our State, and architects of the Lagos we are proud of today.”
Going down memory lane, Governor Ambode said Brigadier Johnson, laid the foundation as the pioneer Governor of the newly created Lagos State in 1967 and constructed the 60.7-kilometre Lagos–Badagry Expressway linking Nigeria with countries in the West African sub region, the Itoikin Bridge linking Epe and Ikorodu; the Eko Bridge and a network of roads and bridges that opened up the new Lagos.
He said Alhaji Jakande, the first elected Civilian Governor of Lagos State, who held office for four years introduced masses-oriented programmes particularly in the education, housing and health sectors.
Governor Ambode added that apart from the successful implementation of the Free Education Programme, Alhaji Jakande’s administration also established new neighbourhood Primary and Secondary schools, and also constructed over 30,000 housing units indifferent parts of the State for the benefit of low income earners.
“His tenure also witnessed the completion of the General Hospitals in Gbagada and Ikorodu as well as the establishment of about 20 health centres within the State. Alhaji Lateef Jakande conceived and initiated the Metro line transit system that would have provided a solution to the challenge being experienced in the transportation sector today,” he said.
The Governor while describing Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the architect of modern Lagos, said his tenure witnessed the development of a blue print for the future development of the State and which successive administrations have continued to build upon and actualize today.
“One of the remarkable achievements of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration was the reform of the State Tax administration system which resulted in the State attaining the status of the most viable and self sustaining State in Nigeria. He also made huge investments in education and initiated new road constructions, required to meet the needs of the fast-growing population of the State.
“Asiwaju also established the institutional framework which ensured that the State was properly and efficiently run. It was under Asiwaju’s government that institutions like LIRS, LAMATA, LASTMA and many others came into existence,” Governor Ambode said.
Presenting plaques of honour to representatives of the three former Governors, the Governor said his administration decided to honour the trio while they are alive, just as he expressed optimism that the Park would serve as a constant reminder of their sacrifices and the need to protect and preserve their virtues and what they stood for.
“More importantly, it will serve as a reminder and a source of inspiration for leaders who would have the honour and privilege to occupy the seat that was once occupied by these great men of history.
“On behalf of the government and the very appreciative people of Lagos State, I want to say a big thank you to these living legends for their sacrifice, commitment, dedication and passion for the growth and development of Lagos State. You will continue to be remembered and celebrated by men, women, and children, young and old from any part of the world who step into this garden which has been dedicated to you,” Governor Ambode said.
Earlier, in her welcome address, General Manager of the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK), Mrs. Bilikis Adebiyi-Abiola said the park aside being strategically located showcases the State Government’s resolve to make parks available for recreation, for relaxation as well as social events.
She said it was also a testament that Governor Ambode has placed a high premium on the quality of life of Lagosians, adding that the Government was poised to capture more degraded areas for beautification and landscaping projects.
She said the JJT Park, which occupies a total land area of approximately 21,880sqm, among other things, has two waterfalls, a children’s playground and free Wi-Fi access.
Members of the Ikorodu Local Government Legislative Arm has reinstated the impeached Council Leader, Hon.Salman Ayobami following the intervention of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Lagos State House of Assembly and the Chairman of the ruling in Ikorodu, Alhaji Taiwo Longe.
Some members of the Council Legislative arm had on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 impeached the Leader and changed other principal offices.
Some members of the Council Legislative arm had on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 impeached the Leader and changed other principal offices.