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Easter’20: Sanwo olu, Fayemi worship from television. [Photos]


Executive governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu alongside his wife, joined other Christian faithfuls in the state in participating in a service online, in commemoration of the Easter season on Sunday April 12, NobleReporters report

The state is currently on lockdown as part of efforts to combat the spread of COVID19 in the state. Religious gatherings in the state have been banned and most churches have taken their services online.

Governor Sanwo-Olu is pictured above with his wife Joke worship during the online service conducted by RCCG General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.


Babajide Sanwo-olu worship online


Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti state governor, also participated in a mass online following the ban on public gathering in Ekiti due to the Coronavirus pandemic


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Lagos: Sanwo-Olu tells prospective corps members to be of Good Conduct.


Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday, charged the newly sworn-in National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members to portray good conduct during their service year.

Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by Mr Taye Bamgbose-Martins, Commissioner for Special Duties, said this during the opening and swearing-in ceremony of the 2020 Batch A Stream 1 corps members.


“Being called up for the National Service is a privilege hinged on the successful completion of various academic programmes,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He congratulated the corps members for their academic achievement, describing it as a first step on a worthy journey in the service of their fatherland.


He urged the corps members to internalise the words contained in the national pledge and uphold the oath of allegiance which they had sworn to.

Newsmen report that the swearing-in oath was administered by Chief Justice Olubunmi Olutoyin to no fewer than 2169 corps members.


Also speaking, the NYSC State Coordinator, Mr Eddy Megwa, said that the camp was free of the dreaded COVID-19 virus.

He assured everybody that there were sanitized at the gate and people were made to wash their hands before coming inside.

Megwa said that the welfare of the staff and the corps members were his deep responsibility throughout the orientation camp period.

He also said that NYSC and state officials had visited the new orientation campsite at Ikorodu and were confident that the 20,000-capacity facility would be ready during the Sanwo-Olu administration.


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COVID-19: Medical test prove 2 Asians Negative in Lagos, Nigeria.


The Lagos State Government on Monday said two foreign nationals suspected to be infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) have tested negative.

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said the two foreign nationals were from a high-risk country in Asia.


The first coronavirus index case in Nigeria was confirmed by the Federal Ministry of Health last week.

An Italian national who arrived the country on February 25 tested positive to COVID-19 and has been isolated and subjected to treatment.


While giving an update on COVID-19 at Alausa on Monday, the governor said that “series of medical examination were carried out on the two suspected patients at the State’s bio-security facility.”

The foreign nationals, who were brought from Ogun State, did not show any sign of COVID-19 infection, Mr Sanwo-Olu said.


He also said that the condition of the Italian national who tested positive to the virus is improving, adding that the incident command centre was satisfied with the recovery of the infected patient.

Mr Sanwo-Olu added that the state government would maintain an open line of communication with the public on the progress being made in containing the virus.


He advised members of the public to disregard any piece of information that did not come from an official source.

Meanwhile, Akin Abayomi, the Commissioner for Health in the state, said 100 persons have been identified to have been in contact with the Italian patient and have been quarantined.


He said the government had intensified its search for all persons that had interaction with the isolated patient. He said the centre is still investigating possible transmission of the virus having identified all the local contacts that interacted with the patient.

“There were 159 passengers in the aircraft and six people that came in contact with him at the airport,” he explained. “There are 25 people who came in contact with him at the factory; there were two drivers and an ambulance driver.”

“We have quarantined those identified so far at our medical facilities and some of them at home. We are calling them twice a day to check if they are okay. If they develop symptoms, we will bring them to our bio-security facility for test.”

Mr Abayomi said the government is making efforts to find the remaining passengers on the aircraft.


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Lagos: 20 faces court over illegal environmental degradation


The Lagos State Government has arraigned 20 persons before the Lagos Mobile Court, Oshodi.

They were dragged before the court by the Lagos State Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Arc. Ahmed Kabiru Abdullahi.


The suspects were arrested in Bogije, Sangotedo and Ajah axis.

They were charged on four count charges of environmental degradation, destruction of infrastructural facilities including roads, shorelines, drainages, pedestrian walkways, illegal dredging activities without approval and regulations, loss of natural resources resulting in massive loss of revenues.

They were fined N7,000 per person or asked to face six months imprisonment.


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Lagos govt denies demanding operational fees from Uber drivers


Uber drivers protest in front of the Lagos State Vehicle Inspection Services office in Ojodu, Lagos.

Lagos State government has denied claims that it was demanding for N110,000 operational licence fees from Uber drivers.


Commissioner of transportation Frederic Oladeinde said the claim is “totally untrue, unsubstantiated, unreasonable and a ploy to win public sympathy.”

“Uber operators are out to make mischief as they would not tell the public that their members whose vehicles were apprehended contravened one law or the other,” Oladeinde added.


This comes days after Uber drivers and drivers of other popular ride-hailing companies marched on the office of the Lagos State Vehicle Inspection Services (VIS) to protest the alleged recent “crackdown” on their operation.

But two officials of the VIS who spoke with The Guardian last week said the recent they were enforcing of already existing laws guiding the operations of professional drivers in the state.


Uber drivers, he said, must have hackney permits since they use their vehicles for commercial purposes. He also said Uber has also not paid an operator license fee to the state government.

“You need to have what we call operator license, which Uber was supposed to pay to the government,” the official said in a telephone conversation with an Uber driver. The Guardian has a record of that phone conversation.


“Uber has no operator license,” the VIS officer said.

A claim that is contrary to the commissioner’s.


Oladeinde rather said the VIS is only facilitating compliance with the “Road Traffic Laws by ensuring motorists possess the stipulated vehicle documents, such as Roadworthiness, Vehicle Licence, Drivers Licence, Insurance Certificate, Hackney Permit and the Lagos State Drivers Institute (LASDRI) card for all categories of commercial commuter vehicles.”

He said almost 1,000 vehicles have been impounded for various offences across the state in the last three weeks.

“Twenty Uber vehicles are among those impounded,” he said.

Moses Ndubuisi, a Uber driver, said he was asked to pay N60,000 into the government’s account before his car was released.


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Okada/Keke Ban: Fashola reveals why he is in support


Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works and Housing, has declared his support for Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s decision to ban Okadas, motorcycles.

Fashola who was governor of Lagos state from from May 2007 to May 2015 and had banned Okada riders during his administration, showed his support behind Governor Sanwo-Olu’s decision when he spoke at the public lecture organised by the United Action for Change (UAC) in Lagos today Thursday February 6th


“If you care about security, you should back your governor on okada ban. As a centre of excellence, okada cannot be part of the plan. I’ve always held this position. Motorcycle have always been a conduit pipe for the opioid crisis among youths. We must act to eliminate anonymity.

I was robbed in my home, in fact on my bed in 1999. Organised crime is dynamic, criminals are aware that people don’t keep money at home again, now they diversified into kidnapping people for ransom. We must have data to identify people. You have SIM cards on your phone. It’s called subscriber identity module which can be tracked everywhere in the world. The attorney-general of each state and legislators should act.

In those days, we used to have licence for bicycles.” Fashola said

On January 27th, the state government banned motorcycles, keke Napeps in six Local Government Areas (LGAs), nine Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) and 10 major highways across the State. Also banned are ride hailing services, OPay and GOkada.


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Lagos Okada Ban: Horse transport from Ikoyi to Obalende, N3,500


A show promoter has claimed that he was asked to pay 3,500 Naira for a horse ride from Keffi street, Ikoyi to Obalende.

Instagram user @Iamstillonstill revealed he waited for a bus for like 30 minutes but when he didn’t see one, he decided to ride on a horse to his destination.

However, when he asked the rider how much it will cost, he was told he will have to pay 3,500 Naira for the short journey.


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Lagos: Okada riders clashes with Police


There is total lockdown at the Iyana Ipaja area of the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway with commercial tricycle (‘Keke’) and motorcycle (‘Okada’) operators barricading the road and destroying commercial buses.

The Okada and Keke operators, armed with guns, machetes, daggers and broken bottles, disrupted commercial activities and vehicular movements on the road.


They were shootings and throwing of stones on passersby and motorists.

The police are presently trying to disperse the rampaging protesters who are protesting the state government’s restrictions on their activities in some local government areas, bridges and routes in Nigeria’s largest city and most populated state.


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Lagos Okada Ban: Sanwo-olu insist, say no going back


Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said there shall be ‘no going back’ on his administration’s decision to ban motorcycles aka Okada and Keke NAPEPs in the state.

Sanwo-olu said this while speaking at the formal launch of LAGFERRY operations, mobile app and commissioning of 14 commercial boats at Badore Ferry Terminal, Ajah on Tuesday February 4th.

In his words ;

Let me tell you about the ban which we just enforced. We will sustain the ban on Okadas and tricycles, mainly because of security and safety reasons. Security and safety of citizens is paramount to any government. As a responsible government, we will not fold our arms and allow any security breach in the state.

“We will continue to ensure the safety of our people on all fronts. There have been reports of serious security breaches and safety concerns in areas where these operators ply. We had to respond to these concerns because life and safety matter to this government”.


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Lagos Okada Ban: Jimi Agbaje’s point of view


Jimi Agbaje has reacted to the ban of okada (motorcycles) and keke napep (tricycles) in Lagos state.

Agbaje, who was PDP’s candidate in the 2015 and 2019 Lagos state gubernatorial election, opined that proper planning is needed in Lagos but banning okada and keke abruptly has negative effects.

He tweeted: “A Lagos City state for the 21st century needs proper planning. The reasons for the ban on commercial motorcycles (Okada) and motor tricycles (Keke marwa) by the Lagos State Government are noted. But what about the people?

“My view is that such outright ban on major routes will be counterproductive and difficult to enforce. It will also have negative ripple effects on the economy with so many already out of work & cause inconvenience to commuters.”

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Lagos Gokada rider: I earn N600k monthly


A female Gokada rider has revealed the staggering amount she is potentially earning daily, working as a gokdada rider. She was among the many Riders of Max and Gokada, motorbike hailing services, that steppped out to protest against the ban on okada in several parts of Lagos state.

Speaking to Newsmen during the protes, the Gokada rider who claims to be a student of one of the polytechnics in the country said that she makes about N20,000 daily from being a rider with Gokada.

Lagos state government earlier announced its decision to implement the ban on okada and tricycle taxis in 15 local councils from February 1.


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FG cannot intervene in Lagos Okada ban – Amaechi


Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation, has said the federal government lacks the jurisdiction to intervene in the recent ban of okada and tricycles in some parts of Lagos state.


The minister said on Monday, February 3, that the matter is strictly a state affair. He said the federal government could not decide whether a state should use okada or tricycles.

Amaechi says the recent ban of okada and tricycles in some parts of Lagos is strictly a state affair


Amaechi stated that it is for the state government to decide what to do about such matters.

The minister, who is a former governor of Rivers state, however, stated that the Lagos state government may have had some reasons for enforcing the ban on Okada.

Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation

He said when he was governor of Rivers state, he also had to enforce a ban on motorcycles because it was being used to commit crimes.

Amaechi also said the orthopedic hospital in Rivers state was full every day because of regular accidents.


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Lagos: Police enforce Okada, Keke ban


Commercial motorcyclists popularly known as okada riders have started leaving Lagos, as enforcement of ban on motorcycle and tricycle operations in major areas of the state took effect on Saturday.

Many okada riders have already surrendered to the enforcement by relocating from Lagos with their motorcycles.


A resident of Ishaga Close, Itire, Yusuf Salau, said that a number of motorcyclists left Igbeyin Adun Street, Ishaga, around 6am on Saturday in two trucks loaded with their motorcycles. NobleReporters learnt

“The majority of them are not from Lagos. They told me they were going back to their states. It is possible some of them would relocate to neighbouring states where there is no ban,” Salau said.


An okada rider, Salisu Garuba, from Nasarawa State, said he just bought his motorcycle and he did not want to lose it to the police.

He stated, “I am going back to my state. Police once seized my motorcycle and I knew what I went through before I got it back. If they seize it this time around, I doubt I would get it back.”


The state government had on Monday proscribed the operations of okada and tricycle riders in Apapa LGA, Apapa Iganmu LCDA, Lagos Mainland LGA, Yaba LCDA, Surulere LGA, Itire-Ikate LCDA, and Coker-Aguda LCDA.

Others are Ikeja LGA, Onigbongbo LCDA, Ojodu LCDA, Eti-Osa LGA, Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA, Iru-Victoria Island LCDA, Lagos Island LGA and Lagos Island East LCDA.


The ban covered 2,000 routes, including major roads, expressways and bridges.

Meanwhile, stranded commuters around the state have expressed discomfort caused by the ban which affects six local governments and nine local council development areas of the state.


A hair stylist in Ogba, Mrs Olabisi David, said that she trekked from her residence in Ikeja GRA to Ikeja under bridge, where she boarded a bus to her shop. N.Rs culled

“I suffered today (Saturday),” David bemoaned. “I was at the roadside for one hour without seeing any tricycle to take to Ikeja under bridge,” she said.


David stated that she later walked down to the Police College, hoping to catch up with any tricycle. She was disappointed. “I trekked down to the under bridge. I was so tired. It is not convenient for me to be walking this long distance every day but I have to go to shop. Government should put a human face to the ban,” she stated.

Between 9am and 10am when our correspondent visited Ogunusi Road, no tricycle rider operated along the highway. People were seen at different bus stops along the route, waiting impatiently for buses, many of which had already been filled up from the take-off point in Ojodu-Berger.


“This (the ban) is unfair. The people are the ones bearing the consequence, not the people in government,” a boutique operator in Ikeja, Faith Akindele, told our correspondent at Grammar School bus stop.

She urged the government to device a better means of enforcing road traffic laws rather than the outright ban. “It is usually tough to get a bus en route to Ikeja from here (Grammar School bus stop) in the morning. So many people boarded tricycles,” she said.


Vincent Cletus, a businessman, who sells printing materials on Agege Motor Road, one of the restricted routes, lamented that he was stranded at a park around Jibowu, where he normally took an okada or tricycle to his shop.

He said, “I had to trek down to the shop for about one hour. There were buses but people were very many at the park and I couldn’t struggle to board a bus. I was running late and customers were already calling me.”


“I just got to my office (at 10am) after I started my journey from Egbe to Bode Thomas. The majority of it was with my feet. I trekked so tey (much) that legs ache. Monday go (will be) hard,” A Twitter user, Urueye Shadrach, wrote.

Our correspondent observed that few okada riders operated along Ogunusi Road and Lagos-Ibadan Expressway using ‘pick-and-go,’ tactic as one of them described it.


“I didn’t wait at bus stops as I normally do. I sighted passengers from distance and quickly picked them. I know it’s risky because policemen were on patrol to enforce the ban but this is the only means of livelihood I have,” an okada rider, Musa Idris, said.

The Chairman, Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, described the compliance level as “fantastic,” adding that his team went to many areas, including Victoria Island, Ikoyi, Lekki, and Ajah.

“The riders complied even though there were pockets of disobedience. We just started today (Saturday). We will not relent. We arrested seven tricycles and three motorcycles but some police divisions would still bring (seized motorcycles and tricycles) to our office.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Bala Elkana, did not pick calls to his mobile and had yet to reply to a text message sent to him on the enforcement as of press time.


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Okada riders, keke causing chaos – LASTMA ..


The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority has accused commercial motorcycle (Okada) and tricycle (Keke) operators of being responsible for the chaos and disruption witnessed on roads in the state.

The LASTMA’s General Manager, Mr Olajide Oduyoye, made this known in an interview in Lagos on Saturday.


Oduyoye said there would not be a fight or argument with any operator who willingly complied with the law.

He said that officers of the authority were on the ground for the enforcement of the extant law on Okada and Keke operations from today (February 1).


“The compliance is pretty good for the first day. We hope to see that a lot will comply more and more. Operators must keep doing what the law says.

“There is no problem; once there is compliance, there is no need for any enforcement. There is no need for any fight or any incident on the road.


“It is just for the people to just comply and that is it,” Oduyoye said.

The LASTMA boss said the enforcement was to control the unrestrained behaviour and recklessness of the operators in the state which contributed to the traffic bottlenecks in the state.


The traffic manager explained that the operations of tricycle and motorcycle riders had also been creating traffic bottlenecks and chaos in the state and accused them of regularly riding against traffic.

“The difficulty we always have is this Keke and Okada riding against traffic and causing a lot of traffic chaos.


“When a minor accident happens with Keke scratching a vehicle and there is an argument, it disrupts the traffic flow.

“That made our jobs a lot more difficult. So, now that they are going to be off the major highways, our work will be much easier.


“The motorists creating traffic chaos will not have Keke or Okada to blame again.

“LASTMA officers are up to the task. We are going to do our job as diligently as we are supposed to,’’ Oduyoye said.


According to him, we will operate where we are supposed to operate and work to make sure that traffic is flowing as much as possible.

“We expect that since so many junctions and corners will be free of Keke and Okada parks and loitering; when enforcement comes up, there will be better traffic flow in Lagos State from today,” Oduyoye said.


N.Rs reports that the Lagos State Government on Monday announced that it would commence enforcement of the extant Transport Sector Reform Law 2018 which banned the operation of motorcycles (Okada) and tricycles (Keke) in some Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) with effect from February 1.

They include Apapa LGA, Apapa Iganmu LCDA, Lagos Mainland LG, Yaba LCDA, Surulere LGA, Itire-Ikate and Coker-Aguda LCDAs and Ikeja LGA,

Others are Onigbongbo and Ojodu LCDAs, Eti-Osa LGA, Ikoyi-Obalende and Iru/Victoria Island LCDAs, Lagos Island LGA and Lagos Island East LCDA.

The state government also listed highways, bridges and roads where the law also banned motorcycles and tricycles from operating in the state.


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Lagos govt ban use of Okada, Keke Napep – Takes effect today ..


The ban on commercial motorcycle and tricycle operations in Lagos State, has taken effect today, February 1.

The state government insists that the ban is for the greater good of the state.

According to the Director of Transport Operations at the Ministry of Transportation, Gbolahan Toriola, who was a guest on Channels TV’s weekend breakfast programme, Sunrise Saturday, the initiative is expected to help reduce traffic congestion on the highways.


Toriola also stated that as an alternative, the state government is working on bringing in smaller buses to ply inner routes.

Meanwhile, some of the transporters who were affected have continued to lament over the situation.

Some of those who spoke to Channels Television, say tricycle and motorcycle operation was brought into Nigeria as part of a poverty alleviation scheme of the National Poverty Eradication Programme and a ban would defeat the purpose for which they were introduced.

They have, therefore, called on the government to provide speedy alternatives as many of them rely on these means of transportation as their source of livelihood.


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No company has the right to run okada, Keke – Lagos Govt ..


The Lagos State Government has stated no one was given the licence to operate commercial services with motorcycles popularly known as Okada, following a ban it placed on the means of transportation in six local governments and nine local council development areas of the state.

Lagos State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Gbenga Omotosho who disclosed this on ‘Sunrise Daily’, said what the government has been trying to do is regulate commercial motorcyclist so that their excesses can be curtailed.


He said;

“You are talking about registration; as far as I am concern, the government has not registered any company to come and be running okada.

“In fact, what the government was trying to look at is how to regulate these people so that their excesses can be curtailed.


“But as far as I know, nobody has been licenced to go and start running okada because it is unfortunate that … the rate at which people are dying; the rate at which people are being robbed on the roads; the police are worried, everybody is worried.”

Omotosho also disclosed that the Lagos State Government decided to enforce the ban after a robust assessment of the debate on the rate of accidents in the state. He alleged that the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) recorded about 104,000 accident cases involving the common Lagosians with broken arms and legs.


The Commissioner also made a clarification on the ban, stating that courier services operators are allowed to ply all routes because they don’t constitute so much danger.

Omotosho added;

“The guys who are doing courier services, for example, they don’t carry passengers and they don’t constitute so much danger. So, those ones are allowed.

“They have to be above 200cc and you have to have a box behind you that you are doing courier service and you don’t have to carry passengers; you have to be well-kitted and wear your helmet.”


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Okada, Keke allegedly banned in 6 LGAs in Lagos ..


Lagos State has banned the operations of commercial motorcycles and tricycles in six local government areas in the state.

The affected LGs are the state capital Ikeja, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, Apapa, Surulere and Eti Osa. The ban will come into effect on February 1.


“After consultations with stakeholders, the State Security Council, in compliance with the extant Transport Sector Reform Law 2018, has decided to commence enforcement of the law which bans the operation of Motorcycles (Okada) and Tricycles (Keke) in the following Local Governments (LGs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs),” Lagos State information and strategy commissioner Gbenga Omotosho said at a press conference.

The ban affects the local council development areas (LCDAs) under the LG. They are Apapa LG- Apapa Iganmu LCDA, Lagos Mainland LG – Yaba LCDA, Surulere LG- Itire-Ikate and Coker-Aguda LCDAs, Ikeja LG- Onigbongbo and Ojodu LCDAs, Eti-Osa LG- Ikoyi-Obalende and Iru/Victoria Island LCDAs, Lagos Island LG- Lagos Island East LCDA.

Omotosho said the ban is the first stage of the state government’s plan to sanitize its “roads and protect Lagosians from the negative effects of these illegal modes of transportation.”

“The Law is very clear. Motorcycles (Okada) and Tricycles (Keke) are banned on all highways, bridges and the listed roads,” Omotosho said.


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Isheri residents warn Lagos, Ogun government


Isheri Estate residents in Lagos and Ogun have called on the state governments to do a proper channelisation of the community and provide basic infrastructure in the area to prevent future occurrence of the flood that ravaged the community in 2019.

They warned that “as it stands today, neither Lagos nor Ogun State could ever muster the resources needed to resettle the people who have built houses in the area, it is cheaper to solve the flooding issue than to contemplate the other options”.

In a statement by Chairman of Riverview Estate Residents and Stakeholders Association, Mr Abayomi Akinde, the residents said that the two state governments erred in allocating the land without first making provision for how water would be channelled in the community and without providing durable infrastructure.


The community however, said that it was not too late for the governments to do the right thing.

It said channelling the water now could be capital intensive but the area was capable of paying for its own development several times over if the two governments could come together and involve stakeholders that have a clear understanding of the issues at stake.

Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo Olu (Left) | Ogun Governor, Dapo Abiodun (Right)

According to the residents, people were not complaining of flooding in the past because it occurred less frequently before the construction of the Oyan dam, adding that there were historical facts that the dam whose function included flood control had contributed significantly to flooding over the years due to its poor management.

The community said that any suggestion that people should give up their houses was in bad taste and an obvious sign of lack of compassion for people who innocently bought into government schemes, invest all of their savings to build a home without knowing the danger they faced.


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Lagos government committed to improve healthcare


Ahead of the plans to utilize Information and Communication Technologies in providing qualitative healthcare for Lagosians, Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has declared the intention of his administration to continue to review strategies, and policies geared towards delivering his electoral promises based on the T.H.EM.E.S agenda.

The Governor stated this today while speaking at the opening ceremony of a three-day Technical Conference on eHealth with the theme “Lagos State Smart Health Information Platform (SHIP)” held at Victoria Island.

Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Kadri Obafemi Hamzat noted that the conference was geared towards developing a sustainable Smart Health Information Platform by connecting and strengthening linkages between primary, secondary and tertiary facilities so as to deliver “better, faster and smarter healthcare.”


L-R: Lagos State Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources, Engr. Olalere Odusote ; Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi and the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat at the 3-day Technical Conference on eHealth held at Habour Point, Victoria Island on Tuesday.

He stated that in line with the T.H.EM.E.S agenda, the conference underscores the importance of the health sector and its critical role in securing the economic and general well-being of residents.


Speaking further, the Governor remarked that though current technological development is essentially limited to developed countries, e-health is a global issue adding that he is elated at the prospect of the conference providing workable strategies and solutions to identified challenges to the establishment of a smart health information platform for the state health sector.

According to the Governor, “To my mind, establishing a Health Information Platform will impact positively on various aspects our state’s health system such as Human Resources Health, Healthcare Financing through our Universal Coverage Initiative; Lagos State Health Scheme, Biosecurity and Biosafety provide employment creation opportunities while opening doors to international collaborations and partnerships towards improving the state of our health service delivery.”

L-R: Senator, Olanrewaju Tejuoso; Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi; Keynote Speaker, Andrew Nevin; the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat and the Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources, Engr. Olalere Odusote at the 3-day Technical Conference on eHealth held at Habour Point, Victoria Island on Tuesday.

He stated that the development of 3,000km fibre optic network will enable public institutions (schools, hospitals, offices etc..) have direct linkages to the internet as part of strategies to make Lagos a Smart City.


While describing Data as the new currency, and key in planning, the governor called on all residents of the Lagos State to register with the State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) in order to assist the state government to have data which will assist the government in the provision of its numerous people-Oriented programmes.

He disclosed that there is an ongoing discussion with NIMC to utilize the infrastructure of the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency for data capture by residents of Lagos State.


Presenting the rationale for the project, the State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi disclosed that the Smart Health Information Platform (SHIP) is an outcome of the Art of Technology launched by the state government last December and is designed to leverage on technology to improve the health sector and ensure that a large number of citizens have access to qualitative healthcare.

Speaking further, he said, the strategy would amongst others things, reduce wastage of scarce resources, prepare to enter the digital age of precision medicine; drive the bio-economy to accelerate human resource development and create global virtual health hub.

In his keynote address, Andrew S. Nevin of PWC urged the state government to become a global leader by measuring not its GDP as the yardstick for growth but rather the sustainable Development Goal levels.

He said the prosperity of Lagos as shown by the GDP has not translated into wellbeing given the low level of life expectancy of 54.6years for Lagosians


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Average of 200 motorcycle accidents recorded monthly – Lagos Government


Governor Babajide Sanwo -Olu of Lagos State has disclosed that the state records an average of 200 motorcycle accidents monthly.

He, however, added that the ongoing enforcement of traffic laws would be stepped up across the state to check motorcycle riders and motorists violating the laws.

In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, the governor bemoaned the era of indecency exhibited by motorcycle and tricycle riders.


“Over 200 cases of motorcycle accidents have been recorded monthly at health facilities across the state in the last three years,” he said.

Meanwhile, the governor has disclosed that he will deliver the Oshodi-Abule Egba BRT corridor by the end of May.

Governor Babajide Sanwo -Olu of Lagos State

Sanwo Olu made the statement when he inspected the BRT corridor along the axis, telling residents within the axis to desist from throwing dirt into the drainage.

He said the 13.68 kilometres of roads is about 70 percent completed and it has14 stations with five bilateral stations facing both sides and nine median stations.


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Babajide sanwo-olu supervise Lagos island site


In line with the administration’s plan to embark on urban regeneration of identified communities in Lagos, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu early yesterday morning visited some locations in Lagos Island.

The governor, who was accompanied by the Deputy Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Honourable Sanni Eshinlokun and some members of the State Executive Council, including the state’s Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, went round the Onala playing ground; the demolished Jankara market; the Isale Gangan regeneration site, Adeniji Adele, Ebute Elefun and some areas around Idumagbo designated for redevelopment.

Sanwo-Olu restated his administration’s commitment to urban regeneration, saying that Lagos truly needs regeneration especially Lagos Island.


The governor assured residents of the affected areas that his administration would ensure a complete renewal of the entire community, emphasising on building of drainage channels, road upgrade and construction to ease vehicular movements of people and goods.

During his campaign for office, Sanwo-Olu spoke on the need for urban renewal especially in some communities in Lagos Island. The governor also said lack of trust was the major issue militating against urban redevelopment in the state.


He said: “When you want to take people’s properties and you want to regenerate, they must first see the sincerity of purpose – what are the additional plans that you have for them before you could regenerate?”

He assured Lagosians that his administration would provide a stop gap for at least two to three years, adding that “you need to do what we call proper enumeration”

Speaking on the governor’s visit, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Salako said Lagos Island regeneration plan is an important focal point for urban renewal of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration, noting that Isale Eko is the heart of Lagos and a historical centre.

Salako said the government has also considered its potentials for socioeconomic and cultural revival, noting that the regeneration of Isale Eko would bring up its thriving arts and cultural vibes with local markets and commercial activities.


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Breaking – Agege Pen Cinema Flyover Bridge to be ready June/July – BSO


Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured residents and motorists plying Agege Pen Cinema axis that the the Agege Pen Cinema flyover bridge will be completed and commissioned for use by June ending or early July 2020.

The governor who toured the project site on Friday in company of his cabinet members said the bridge has reached 70 per cent completion and the June/July date was the commitment given by the contractors.


Sanwo-Olu also visited on-going work at the first segment of construction at the Lagos-Badagry Expressway way which is now open to motorists, where decried the menace of residents and motorists.

The Agege Pen Cinema over pass which connects Oba Ogunji road, where it takes off, and drops off at Agunbiade on the other side also has a railway underpass and three abatements, splitting into adjoining streets all around Agege Pen Cinema.


Sanwo-Olu said, “at the completion not only would we see a major traffic gridlock improvement, we would also see real estate value coming back to the entire neighbourhood here and you could see better quality of life because it is all geared to ensure we continue to build smart environment and smart cities.

“This is one of the major flyovers happening right in the midst of Agege, so what it speaks to is the fact that what is good for the people on the Island is also good for my people right here.


“You can see road infrastructure, bridge infrastructure, all three coming to solve traffic, transportation and movement of human beings from one point to the other, and you can see economies, businesses coming up to flourish here”, Sanwo-Olu said.

He appealed to citizens and residents around the area to bear with the government a little bit more, and to exercise more patience and cooperate with the contractor who has engaged many of them on site.


At the Lagos-Badagry expressway, the governor warned residents and motorists around Mazamaza- Alakija- Agboju against indiscriminate dumping of refuse, open defacation, illegal parking of Tankers and Trucks among other traffic and environmental nuisances on the expressway.

Sanwo-Olu noted that government has kept its promise made in July, last year, to deliver, quality, motorable roads to residents of the area, vowing to intensify enforcement of the state’s traffic and environmental laws.

According to him, before the end of the third quarter of this year, construction work will be concluded on the four point seven kilometres stretch of the Expressway from Agboju to LASU Gate.

The Governor who was accompanied by his Deputy, Obafemi Hamzat and some cabinet members noted that the projects will ease gridlocks and boost economic activities in the areas.


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Sanwo olu’s regime warns Lagos hospitals against rejecting gunshot patients.


The Lagos State Government has strongly appealed to all health care providers, including public and private health facilities operating in the State to stop the trend of rejecting gunshot victims and other trauma patients on the excuse of requiring a police report or the need to provide evidence of funds before commencing treatment.

The State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi who issued these statements on Sunday, December 29th while reacting to investigations by the Ministry of Health revealing that some health facilities in the State are in the habit of rejecting or delaying care to trauma victims which has in some cases resulted in avoidable loss of lives, noted that several times such patients are not in a position to discuss the incidence or finance and are often brought in by good Samaritans.

He urged hospitals, health centres and clinics to offer immediate comprehensive care to gunshot victims and other trauma patients without let or hindrance in line with the Federal Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017.


“These deaths would have been avoided if health care providers were conversant with the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017 which stipulates that victims of gunshot and traumatic accidents should receive immediate treatment when presenting to healthcare facilities”, the Commissioner stated.

He noted that health care providers hold it duty bound according to their professional oaths to first save lives by offering immediate attention to any patient requiring urgent critical and lifesaving supportive care before any other considerations.


“Such critical care should include where necessary all measures to stabilize the patient before onward referral to more equipped facilities. Simple procedures such as attempts to arrest bleeding or intravenous fluids could make all the difference to saving life,” Abayomi said.

The Commissioner explained that the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act makes provisions for obligatory treatment and care for victims of gunshots stressing that the law stipulates that a person with a gunshot wound shall be received for immediate and adequate treatment by any hospital in Nigeria.

Babjajide Sanwo olu | Lagos State Governor

“With this Act, it has become legally wrong for healthcare providers to delay attending to victims of gunshots and any other trauma under any circumstances. It is in this wise that I want to make it clear that the Lagos State Government will not hesitate to explore this law and to apply suitable sanctions against facilities that contravene the principle and body of the act,” Abayomi stated.

While noting that the primary concern of the Act borders on access to prompt medical care, the Commissioner averred that the sanctity of human life should be the first consideration for any healthcare provider irrespective of circumstances leading to incident involving the trauma victim.


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