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Badagry rainstorm: Lagos govt compensate victims with cash.

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Lagos State government has put smile on the faces of victims of the rainstorm that occurred in Badagry, when it gave cash support to those who suffered losses.

Those compensated were grouped into three, with those whose buildings were severely damaged getting N500,000, while those who suffered moderate and mild damages got N400,000 and N200,000 respectively. The four communities affected by the rainstorm are Iragon-thogli, Iragbo, Iragan-Igboiji and Kemu.

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, represented by the Special Adviser, Culture, Mr. Solomon Bona, presented cash support to those whose buildings were damaged by the rainstorm.

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He said the state government deemed it fit through the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) to compensate the victims, to alleviate their sufferings and reduce the negative impact of the incident.

He implored beneficiaries not to divert the money to marry new wives or to host parties, but that the money should be judiciously used to rebuild their damaged houses.

The Special adviser thanked the governor for coming to the aid of his people, as the cash donation would be a huge relief to many affected by the storm. He said because the governor cares about the people, reason he also got the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to give food and item to the victims.

The Director General of the LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said the victims would get the palliatives in two batches.
Oke-Osanyintolu, represented by the Director, Administration of the agency, Mrs. Olaide Osifeso, said the victims were grouped into mild, moderate and severe. He added that the cash support was outside some minor infrastructural repairs that the state government is undertaking in the community.

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The House of Assembly member representing the affected four communities, Hon. David Setonji, noted that the day the incident happened was a sad day for him and many residents of the communities because of the level of damage.

Thanking the state government for supporting the victims, he implored residents to remain calm and peaceful, promising that all the victims would be catered for.

Baale of Iragon-thogli, one of the affected communities, Chief Sedowhe Francis, also thanked the state government for aiding the victims, as many had not been able to rebuild their houses after the incident.

One of the beneficiaries, Napolean Samuel, a resident of Iragan, thanked the state government for the support, revealing that he had seen the good side of the community he has stayed for 30 years, despite being from Delta State.


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Lagos governor moves to restore Badagry organic farm

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has beamed a special focus on Badagry, one of the five traditional divisions of the State whose mainstay is agriculture and fishing.

The Governor’s pilot agriculture scheme – Lagos Food Production Park – is to take off in Badagry, prompting Sanwo-Olu’s six-hour visit to the town on Friday.

The Governor took a tour of a 279-hectare Avia-Igborosun Organic Farm, which was acquired by the State Government in 2012 for some commercial agricultural projects. He said the Government was ready to revive the abandoned farmland for the take-off of the State’s Food Production Park project.

The Governor disclosed that the State would be engaging the private sector to secure investment into the project, which, when completed, he said, would create thousands of direct jobs and improve the wellbeing of the residents.

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Sanwo-Olu said: “I have been fully briefed about this project but I considered it necessary to personally embark on this journey to Badagry in order to take an assessment and see what exactly we need to do in terms of intervention. After taking a tour of the project site, what I observed is that the entire project looks more like a job that has not been completed. Therefore, we need to improve on the interventions to the Ministry of Agriculture.

“With very minimal resources, we have seen what the Ministry has done to keep the project afloat. The government will raise the resources and turn around this project to the level it should be. We will need to deploy more resources to revive and scale up all the machinery and systems put already in place. We will complete the project and open it for commercial production.”

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The Governor said the revival of the Badagry Organic Farm and creation of more food production parks across the State were part of the strategy designed by his Government to increase food security level from 20 per cent to 50 per cent, thereby raising Lagos’ food sufficiency.

He added that the project would give rise to similar agro-allied businesses that would open up Badagry’s economy for more growth, while also boosting its tourism business.

He said: “Lagos is a big State in terms of population, but we also can intervene in our food production value chain. What we are also trying to do with the revival of the project is that we want to produce various agricultural products we can consume internally in order to reduce our dependence on external food sources. The Food Production Park, which we are creating across the State, will be a trigger to other value-added agricultural production our citizens can provide.”

As part of the move to turn around the Organic Farm, Sanwo-Olu promised a total rehabilitation of Igborosun Road that leads to the farm.

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Some of the agricultural projects to be developed for commercial production in the Organic Farm include fishing, poultry, piggery, and agro-forestry, among others.

Gov. Sanwo-Olu also inspected a 105-bed Mother and Child Care (MCC) recently completed by the State Government in the premises of Badagry General Hospital. The MCC will be commissioned in September, the Governor promised.

During a tour of the hospital, Sanwo-Olu proposed expansion of the Accident and Emergency Department. The project, he said, will take off in the next nine months.

The Governor also stopped at Marina area of the Badagry town, where the State Government will be building a modern jetty. The project, Sanwo-Olu said, is part of his administration’s blueprint to promote waterways transportation across the State.


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Lagos boat capsize: Ten loses to death; Four missing

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Ten people have been confirmed dead and four others missing as a boat conveying passengers to Badagry, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, capsized.

The incident was said to have occurred on On Wednesday.

It was reported that an open boat carrying 19 passengers capsized at about 6.00pm while enroute Badagry from Kirikiri.

A statement issued by Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority, on Friday, said a survivor’s account stated that the boat’s Captain got distracted trying to collect fares from a passenger and that the boat was overturned by the current while most passengers were yet to put on their lifejackets properly.

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“Rescue effort was immediate as the boat was just a few metres from the landing in which they left from but only 5 people were able to be rescued.

Emergency workers rescuing passenger from water.

“A total of 19 persons were involved in the incident, 5 were rescued with 10 persons confirmed dead and 4 still unaccounted for, including the boat deckhand,” Emmanuel said.

He said LASWA had apprehended the boat captain and had handed him over to marine police for further investigation and sanctions.

“The Emergency and Regulatory Authorities are still on a search and rescue operation,” he said.


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Onimeke lament over big potholes in Badagry Expy

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A Badagry monarch, Oba Abraham Ogabi, has urged Federal and Lagos State Government to call back to site the contractors handling Lagos – Badagry expressway to alleviate suffering of motorists on the highway.


The Onimeke of Imeke Kingdom said on Saturday that motorists were facing untold hardship since the contractors abandoned the highway linking Nigeria with other other ECOWAS countries six months ago.

“The contractors should be mobilized back to continue the abandoned work on the road.

“The condition is worse now that the rainy season has started.

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“The little they had done on the expressway before COVID-19 pandemic has been eroded by the six-month abandonment,” said the Oba of Imeke, where the famous seaside resort, Whispering Palms, is located.

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NRM learnt that Lagos State Government is responsible for the Iganmu – Okokomaiko section of the highway while Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) is handling Okokomaiko – Agbara axis of the road.

Also, the federal government in 2018 awarded the reconstruction of 46km Agbara – Seme section of Badagry expressway to CGC Nigeria Limited.

Many transporters and other motorists have also continued to decry the deplorable state of the Lagos – Badagry expressway, describing the highway as a death trap.

Although some road users, who spoke with Media known to Noble Reporters Media, commended FERMA for repairing Okokomaiko – Agbara section, they decried the slow work pace on Agbara-Seme and Alakija – Okokomaiko axis of Badagry expressway.

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Mr Isiaka Lawal, an official of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NUTRW), said passengers were avoiding Badagry expressway because of the deplorable state of the road.

“Since contractors abandoned the road, it has become worse as passengers have opted to using flying boats between Badagry and Marina, Lagos.

“Since morning, we have just loaded two passenger buses instead of 10 buses on a normal day.

“The road is terribly bad and also there are many security check points on the way; so one spends between four to six hours on a trip of less than 60 kilometres.

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“Besides, this bad road is damaging our vehicles,” the NURTW official said.

He appealed to Federal and Lagos State Government to mobilse the contractors back to site to complete their jobs.

Mr Miyise Fasinu, a regular user of the road, said motorists had been facing untold hardship since construction workers left the site early this year.

“The road is so bad that we are held up in gridlocks for close to four hours, thus making one to miss important appointments.

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“Government should come to our aid by recalling the workers back to site, enough is enough,” he said.

Meanwhile, CGC Nigeria Limited, the company awarded the 46km Agbara – Seme section of Badagry expressway, said the workers were taken off the site due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Yunus Oloolu, Spokesman for CGC Nigerian Limited, told Media that workers would return to site when it was safe to start work on the road.

He appealed for understanding from the people plying the road, adding that the situation was not their own making.


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God’s spiritual relationship with COVID-19 – By Iyabo.

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Name: Iyabo.

Age: Undisclosed

Marital Status: Married

Language: Egun, Yoruba

Gender: Female

Occupation: Undisclosed.

Community/District: Mowo, Badagry Lagos State, Nigeria.

Interviewer: Noble Reporters


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As the troubles caused by the COVID-19 pandemic persist, NobleReporters correspondence, Olamide Noble and Adii Noble went for community interviews (opinion poll) whereby seek people’s opinions on COVID-19 and possible solutions.


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Mummy, do you know what causes COVID-19?

  • I don’t know what could have cause COVID-19.

So, ma you just know there is COVID-19?

  • (Chuckles), we only heard that there is COVID-19, we don’t know what could have be its cause.

How do you see this Lockdown? What can you say of it?

  • Sighs! It’s for our safety.

And you support it, do you think it is a good idea?

  • Hah!.. what can we do, what can we say since it’s an order from above, all we pray for is God’s grace to overcome this pandemic.

Ok, Talking of Lockdown, was it a good move to have shut worship centres? (Churches and Mosques).

  • No! I disagree, it wasn’t a nice move, since we all needed prayers so this disaster can vanish. Not going to worship centres is now turning us to pagans.

Ma, according to you, can you tell us if there is truly COVID-19 or not?

  • I don’t know if there is coronavirus or not – I will not be infected, only God knows the truth.

Can we say COVID-19 is the reason for inadequate power supply in the community?

  • I don’t know, maybe the PHCN are also affected by the pandemic.

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[Nigeria] Famous Land Saler Is Dead


Mr. Sola Oyewole, who was known for his consistent sale of lands around Badagry axis, Lagos State allegedly died as confirmed by NobleReporters today during a phone conversation.

The desist was in an argument and disagreement with some set to land salers over some lands during his lifetime, cause of his death still unknown.

More to follow…


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Fuel Scarcity: NUPENG suspends distribution to petroleum stations in Badagry


Most of the petroleum stations in Badagry communities have closed as the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers of Nigeria (NUPENG) suspended distribution of fuel to the city.

Mr Tayo Aboyeji, Chairman, South-West Chapter of the union said. NobleReporters learnt.

In Badagry that the suspension was due to harassment and molestation of its members by men of Customs and Army in the area.


The chairman said that the customs under the Joint Border Patrol operations arrested a tanker driver who missed its way in Badagry and drove it to Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

The customs was of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’ in Ikeja.


“A tanker driver from Port Harcourt was sent to Badagry to deliver petroleum to a station, unfortunately, he missed his way and while asking for direction, the tanker driver was arrested by the men of joint border patrol.

“The tanker was taken to FOU in Ikeja. I wrote to the Controller on the issue and met DC Enforcement on the matter and I was directed to the Officer in Charge of Legal issues in same office.


“OC Legal told me that he had not received the file from joint patrol operation office and promised to call me later.

“But surprisingly, our enforcement unit in Agbara stopped a tanker to check his paper to find out if its delivery documents were intact, but there were errors in his documents,” he said.


Aboyeji said that the NUPENG enforcement team thought it was a stolen product, adding that they did not know that it was a product that was under investigation that had been sold to a buyer.

” Thinking that it was a stolen product, they drove it to Area K Police Command in Morogbo.


“I wrote a petition to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police as regard to the incident.

“Surprisingly, soldiers under the drilling exercise came to police station beat my members and forcefully drove away the tanker with its contents.


“We later heard that the tanker was used to remove the petroleum of a filling station in Badagry that had been sealed since Feb.1.

“Both the products and the tanker have not been found, this is not done in a civilized society, a product under investigation to be sold out just like that,” he said.


According to him, we have directed our members to stop distribution of petroleum to Badagry until justice is done.

He said NUPENG will be forced to extend the suspension to Lagos as a whole if nothing to correct the injustice was done to members.

“An injury to one, is an injury to all,” he said.

Meanwhile, all efforts to get Mr Jerry Attah, the Spokesman for FOU Zone A Ikeja to react to the allegations proved abortive as he did not respond to calls and messages sent to him


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