The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has pledged his support for the Operation Crocodile Smile IV of the Nigerian Army, saying it was a right move to ensure peace and security in the South-West and the South-South regions.
Sanwo-Olu, who spoke during the inauguration of the Nigerian Army 81 Division’s Operation Crocodile Smile IV for Lagos and Ogun states held at Takwa Bay, Lagos, said his administration would help the army to intensify security duties in the state.
The governor, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, for his foresight which brought about the exercise.
He said, “From antecedents, security issues prevalent in the Yuletide are not lost on any of us as men of the underworld tend to perpetrate criminal acts during this period. Crocodile Smile IV is a welcome development that promises to ensure that these blackheads of the society have no safe haven within the period.
‘‘When the residents see something, they should say something. The police and other security personnel are not magicians and they don’t consult the oracle; they act on information. It is for all of us to comport ourselves and be our neighbours’ keepers.”
Buratai, who was represented by the General Officer Commanding, 81 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. John Irefin, said the exercise was in furtherance of the Nigerian Army’s commitment to combating security challenges in the country.
The Lagos State Government has urged residents to make sacrifices so as to achieve the ”Greater Lagos of our dream.”
The State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, made the plea on Friday while presenting the 2020 Budget to the State House of Assembly. Sanwo-Olu said that Lagos faced an “existential threats”, arising from the interplay of demographic and climate change.
According to him, Lagos is and will continue to be a magnet for multitudes within and outside Nigeria in search of jobs and economic prosperity.
He said that these levels of migration put a phenomenal strain on the physical and fiscal resources of the state. ”The choice before us is simple – we can either allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by the challenges, or boldly confront them.
”I am energized because, all through the course of history, communities have faced existential threats at some point or the other.
”What has made the difference time and again is an acknowledgment of the threats, and the collective will-power to take decisive action, however seemingly difficult it may be in the short term.
”It is, therefore, time to imagine a new Lagos – A ”Greater Lagos”. It is time to create and realize new and audacious dreams, targets and goals.
”We have seen societies transform, within the course of two generations, from being trapped in a cycle of wars, mindless plunder, high rates of poverty, illiteracy and crime, into livable, high performing and world-dominating economies. Lagos will do it too.
”But like all great things, this will come at a cost. We have to make sacrifices for it. We have to reinvent and rethink Lagos,” Sanwo-Olu said.
He said that with Lagos’ very small landmass and very dense population, there should be a rethink of the land use. The governor said that there was a need to rethink inter-communal relationships, infrastructural development, and transport systems.
”We have to rethink our well-being. We have to move from glib statements about Lagos as a center of excellence, Lagos has to be truly excellent in something. Something positive, remarkable and admirable. In other words, a Greater Lagos.
”It is on this plank that the ”2020 Budget of Awakening to a Greater Lagos” is premised,” he said.
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The Lagos Kids Mini Marathon has come to an end with winners emerging in the various categories.
The Lagos Kids Mini Marathon has kicked off in the Ikoyi area of the state.
This year’s event, which is the third in its series, is ongoing with scores of children participating.
Accompanied by their parents, the kids arrived at the event as early as 6:30 am to race for the top prizes in various categories of the marathon.
The athletes took part in an early morning drill after which they were grouped into various categories just before the race commenced.
The race, which covers 3km to 5km, comprises three age segments – seven to eight years, nine to 12 years, and 13 to 15 years and above.
It also features a new category called Walkaton – covering 1.2km for kids between ages four and six.
According to the organisers, all athletes will be given medals but the winners in each segment would be awarded active gold, silver, and bronze medals according to their positions.
The Lagos Kids Mini Marathon is hosted by St Saviour’s School, Ikoyi Endowment Fund with an objective to promote active kids and encourage them to run for a charitable cause.
The Kids Mini Marathon is a fun family annual event organised to inspire kids to be more active and health-conscious.
The maiden edition of the race held in November 2017 and is the first inter-school 5km run in the country.
In 2018, it was bigger and had more participation from young athletes and schools among others.
This year’s edition also features hundreds of participants drawn from over 150 schools, as well as over 250 volunteer adults.
A breakdown of the figure of the participants reveals that about 50 per cent are between four to eight years, 35 per cent are in the range of nine to 12 years, while the remaining fall between 13 and 16 years.
Worried by harassment and violent attacks from hoodlums, including people claiming to be working for Ojo Local Government, a group of Igbo traders in Alaba International market has appealed to Lagos State. Governor Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu to come to their aid by taking urgent steps to save their lives and their means of livelihood.
Making the appeal on behalf of Alaba Igbo Traders Association, the chairman of the group, Chief Valentine Obasi, lamented that he and members of his association are not only being prevented from carrying out their legitimate businesses but are also being harassed and persecuted on a daily basis by hoodlums and people who claim to be working for the Local Government.
Describing the experience of members as agonising and traumatic, Obasi called on Governor Sanwo-Olu to intervene and ensure that those behind the attacks on the traders are brought to book.
‘’These people attacking us are behaving as if they are above the law. We have reported them to the Ojo Local Government Chairman on several occasions but no action has been taken against them. Last year they vandalized my plaza, and goods worth over N7.5 million were carted away. This is how they also attack other members of my association almost on a daily basis. I have been appealing to my members to remain calm in the face of these provocative attacks because we are law abiding. Our association is duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission, and we are Nigerians. So why are we being harassed and persecuted in the same market where Hausa and Yoruba traders are not being disturbed? We want Governor Sawo-Olu to order the Ojo local government Chairman to let us be. We are bonafide citizens of Nigeria, they should stop disturbing us,” Obasi complained.
The businessman further declared: “We don’t want a situation where there will be violence, and breakdown of law and order because my members are fed up with harassment by these hoodlums. My members are peace loving. We are citizens of Nigeria, and we pay our taxes and levies as at when due to both Lagos State Government and Ojo Local Government that controls the Alaba market, so we don’t see any reason why our members should be disturbed or be harassed.’’
Obasi says that those behind the traders ordeal have been making attempts to run him and other members of the association out of business by falsely accusing them of being IPOB members.
‘’These people are desperate to destroy us and our businesses. They falsely accused us of being IPOB members. Not only that, they also falsely accused us of not supporting All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State. All these are tissues of lies. We have been supporting APC in Lagos State since the time of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Lagos State Governor in 1999. We supported former governors Babatunde Fashola and Akinwunmi Ambode, and we are also fully supporting Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who is the current governor of Lagos state today,” he said.
The national president, Campaign for Dignity in Governance (CDG), Razaq Olokoba, has commended Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his commitment to the payment of the new N30,000 Minimum Wage, and for declaraing of a state of emergency on Lagos roads.
In a statement at the weekend, Olokoba said that with the issue of Minimum Wage and road rehabilitation, Governor Sanwo-Olu is already fulfilling his campaign promises. According to him, a state that accounts for more than 50 percent of the country’s economy needs good roads as wasting time in traffic reduces productivity.
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Against this backdrop, the people of the state are expected to reciprocate Sanwo-Olu’s good gestures by doubling their support for him to encourage him to do more. We have to understand that Lagos is an entity within an entity and thus should have glaring limitations when the issue of solving the state’s problems arises.
“So, looking at some of the steps he has taken so far, not a few people would agree with me that, if he sustains the tempo, in the next one year, Lagos would have moved higher than the level we are expecting it to be. Therefore, he needs our supports, words of encouragement, useful advice and constructive criticism for him to remain more focused.”
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The Lagos State Government has directed major food vendors, who sell meat in the state, to henceforth submit a ‘veterinary health certificate for trade of meat’ to the inspecting veterinary personnel in the state Ministry of Agriculture.
Gbolahan Lawal, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, made the announcement on Sunday, in Lagos. He said that the state government would confirm the certificates to ascertain that the animal had been duly slaughtered under hygienic conditions.
He noted that this policy, apart from being part of the new strategies the government was adopting, was also aimed at sanitising the meat value chain. Gbolahan said that the policy was in conformity with Section 4, Cap M3, Meat Inspection Law of Lagos State and the Fourth Schedule (Regulation 33) of the Law.
He added that the policy change was informed by reports about the terrible state of sanitary affairs in some abattoirs in the state and the embarrassment it could cause for the image of the state and the confidence in the meat value chain.
“Veterinary divisional heads have also been mandated to identify meat vending outlets that are major distributors and retailers of meat within their respective divisions. They are to issue letters of notice containing a moratorium on the need for them to change their meat supply protocol to reflect the new policy.
“We have mandated our veterinary officers to do periodic and systematic inspection of these facilities within their jurisdictions. They must ensure that meats emanating from their divisions, which must come from mechanised facilities, are issued the veterinary health certificate for trade of meat,” he said.
Lawal warned that any officer who breached the code by signing off on carcasses and other by-products of meat that were slaughtered from any facility other than government-approved abattoir facilities, would be guilty of gross misconduct. He said such officers would be sanctioned accordingly and prosecuted, if need be.
The commissioner also urged food vendors not to breach the code by purchasing meats that were not duly inspected or that did not come with the legal certificates. According to him, any food vendor that does this will not only be guilty of an offence, his/her facility will also be shut down.
“Any food vendor who breaches this code by purchasing meat that was not duly inspected or that did not come with the legal certificates will be guilty of an offence and his/her facility will be liable to be shut down,” Lawal said.
The commissioner added that all heads of approved abattoirs in the state, who did not possess clean hygienic mechanised facilities, would not be issued with the certificate. He said they must henceforth refer slaughtering for the purpose of supply to such mechanised facilities.
“It is our hope that strict adherence by the concerned stakeholders and implementation by our veterinary officers of this policy will drive slaughtering activities towards more hygienic facilities”, the commissioner said.
Lawal disclosed that a stakeholders’ meeting of the meat value chain would soon be convened in order to have their buy-in on the new reforms before its full implementation. He added that a sensitisation exercise of members of the public would also be fully embarked upon in order to ensure the success of the policy change.
Lagos State Government on Thursday, October 3rd a issued seven days ultimatum to traders, transporters and others obstructing traffic in some areas of the state to vacate road sides or face the wrath of the law.
The identified areas that will be affected by the ultimatum for now are Iyana Ipaja bus stop, Ikotun bus stop, Oyingbo, Yaba, Ketu and Ikorodu roundabout and Lekki/Ajah area. The government said at the expiration of the ultimatum, enforcement would begin immediately to decongest the areas in a bid to free up traffic.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting on the traffic management intervention of the government in Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic Oladeinde said the essence of the meeting was to intimate stakeholders on the readiness and plan of the government to unlock traffic on the above locations.
“In dealing with these identified locations, we will serve a seven-day abatement notice to all concerned locations effective from 4th October, 2019 and thereafter prepare them for full enforcement of traffic laws and their attendant fines and penalties.
“The full force enforcement would commence at the expiration of the seven days on 11th October 2019. Be also informed that enforcement team would have its members drawn from road union members, traders across different locations, task force, police, traffic management agencies and other stakeholders in the transport sector,” he said.
According to Oladeinde, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Olawale Musa, it was not uncommon to see vehicles illegally parked on either side of the road, with some even driving in such a careless fashion that made nonsense of traffic law, while others drive on or across the road medians, among others.
He said it was for this reason the government embarked on the spot assessment of traffic situations across the state, saying that during the exercise, the traffic management teams were able to identify 60 gridlock locations across the state and that 75 percent were largely caused by identified activities.
The commissioner said decongesting the affected areas was a task that required the support, collaboration and cooperation of all the stakeholders by ensuring that they obey all traffic laws and regulations by desisting from any activity capable of undermining government’s efforts at improving the traffic situation.
He said the government would continue to implement programmes and policies that would not only be beneficial to all stakeholders and players in the transport sector, but place the transportation system on a large pedestal that would make it rank among the best in the world.