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Lagos AD alleges destruction of candidates’ posters




Lagos AD alleges destruction of candidates’ posters


By Bolaji Buhari

Lagos, Dec. 19, 2018 (NNN) The Lagos State chapter of Alliance for Democracy (AD) on Wednesday alleged that campaign posters and banners of its candidates were being destroyed across the state by unknown persons.

The state chairman of the party, Mr Kola Ajayi, made the allegation while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in Lagos.

Ajayi said the party was concerned about the development as it amounted to a violation of the democratic rights of the party and its candidates.

He said the posters and banners of the party’s governorship candidate, Chief Owolabi Salis, had been destroyed or pulled down by suspected political thugs.

The chairman said the party had petitioned the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, on the development, but that the destruction of posters had not been checked.

“We are alerting the good people of Lagos State on the continued destruction of the posters of our various candidates across the state, particularly that of Chief Owolabi Salis, our governorship candidate.

“This has been happening for some time and it has not abated. We have petitioned the police authorities on this development but the practice is still going on.

“Just two days ago, we woke up to see all the banners of Chief Salis on the Third Mainland Bridge and other parts, pulled down and destroyed.

“This is clearly a suppression of our democratic rights as a party and we urge the police and the relevant authorities to intensify efforts to unravel these anti-democratic forces in the interest of fair play,” he said.

Ajayi accused the Lagos Signage and Advertising Agency (LASAA) of not doing enough to give all political parties a level playing field to display their posters.

He urged LASAA to stay out of politics and collaborate with police and other agencies to stop the destruction of campaign posters.

The chairman said doing this would promote peace and fair play ahead of, during and after the elections.

NNN reports that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mr Jimi Agbaje, had made several complaints about the destruction of his campaign posters. (NNN)
(Edited by Fela Fashoro/Idonije Obakhedo)






‘We were scared upon inauguration in office’, says Lagos Deputy Governor



The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, on Tuesday revealed how Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and himself were scared of the huge challenges and high expectations from the residents on assumption of office.

Hamzat made the remark during an online interactive session marking the one-year anniversary of Gov. Sanwo-Olu-led administration.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the session, tagged ‘Covinspiration’, was moderated by Mr Dayo Israel, the Special Representative to the United Nations, and British Council Global Change-maker.

Hamzat explained that upon the inauguration of the administration, the governor and his team were intimidated by the challenges of people’s expectations from them.

Truthfully, I was scared.

“So, the emotion was not necessarily that of happiness, but I was scared as the expectations were high regarding what we need to do to make sure that we do not disappoint.

“I knew that we had been tutored very well; we have been in government and understand the geography and policies of the government.

“We knew who to call within the civil service to various challenges, but also knew that we are living in a difficult time when leadership is faced with trust deficit. What do we need to do to reduce the trust deficit?

“We knew the extent of the work, but how quickly can we solve some of these problems for our people?

“So, it is a serious job, but we were praying, working and planning every day to make sure that we resolve some of these issues so that the people could see themselves that this is a government that actually has a plan,” he said.

Hamzat said that the state’s challenges were giving Gov. Sanwo-Olu and himself “sleepless nights every time,” adding that the challenges “could be daunting”.

He revealed that the administration often called for advice, where necessary, from ex-governors like Bola Tinubu, Babatunde Fashola, amongst others.

“We don’t shy away from that. We call for advice; ask people even the private sector, on what to do on various challenges and how to prioritise.

“We don’t act like people who think they have a monopoly of wisdom, but we call on people to make sure that we have better understanding before we come out with any policy,” he said.

On the achievements of the government in one year, the deputy governor said that the government had left a footprint in transport, education, health, housing, energy sectors, among others.

According to him, the government has provided employment for a good number of youths and working hard to enhance the capacity of the private sector to provide employment through Small and Medium Enterprises.

On education, Hamzat said that the government had employed technology and trainings to improve teaching and learning process, aside the employment of more teachers into schools.

Edited Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi

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Lagos recruits 3,000 teachers in 12 months



The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, announced on Tuesday that 3,000 primary and secondary school teachers had been recruited by the State Government in the past 12 months.

Addressing a news conference to mark the ministry’s annual ministerial press briefing at Ikeja, Adefisayo said the recruitment was to boost education in the state.

She said that education, which represented the third pillar of the current administration’s `THEMES Agenda’ had aided teaching and learning in the state.

THEMES is a code, representing the six pillars of development as enunciated by the administration of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The code stands for Traffic Management and Transportation; Health and Environment; Education and Technology; Making Lagos a 21st Century state; Security and Governance.

Adefisayo said that training and workshops had also been organised for 4,400 teachers and social officers drawn from various education districts in the state.

According to her, six blocks of 92 classrooms have been completed in some primary schools while 54 classrooms in some secondary schools have been upgraded to ease classroom congestion.

The State Government under the Universal Basic Education Commission and State Universal Basic Education intervention projects has commenced delivery of 10,164 furniture and 60,000 chair-table units to public schools.

Gov. Sanwo-Olu has approved the establishment of well-equipped science laboratories in 11 state senior secondary schools and five Government Technical Colleges.

“In the past one year, the ministry instituted better school governance and administration by launching Eko-Excel (Excellence in Child Education) programme, which are operational in 300 public primary schools in the state.

The State Government also provided two new buses, laptops, photocopying machines to basic education quality assurance officers for monitoring of primary schools.

“These have improved the capacity and welfare of students who have continued to emerge tops at several national and international competitions like the JETS competition, World Robot Olympiad, held at Edutus University, Gyor, Hungary and the Chinese Bridge Proficiency Competition to mention a few.”

The commissioner said that in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, students had remained engaged through electronic learning.

She said that a total of 135,445 pupils were being fed one meal a day in 976 schools across the state through the Home Grown School Feeding Programme.

Edited By: Joe Idika/Silas Nwoha (NAN)


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Lagos govt trains 2,200 vulnerable females 



The Lagos State Government said it had trained 2,200 vulnerable women and young females to be financially independent and self-reliant in past one year.

The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs Cecilia Dada, made this known on Tuesday during the 2020 Ministerial Press Briefing to commemorate the first year in office of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Dada said that the series of programmes were to improve status of women and make them economically independent.

Short-term Vocational Skills Acquisition Training Programmes were organised to tackle unemployment situation of women and young female adults and widows, indigent/vulnerable women.

”The programmes were to tackle unemployment situation of women living with health challenges and disabilities.

“Others were civil servants exiting from active service and women drawn from faith-based organisations and other categories of women in the Lagos State.

”This was done with the assurance that the skills acquired to create income-generating ventures for beneficiaries,” Dada said.

The commissioner said that the training programmes, which spanned for four weeks, included areas as hair braiding/weaving, tie and die, event decoration, cakes and snacks production, soap and pomade making.

She said that at the end of each training programme, which held in Victoria Island, Ebute Metta, Ojo, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Badagry, participants received start-off packs to help kick-start their businesses.

Dada said that in a bid to sustain the general wellbeing of the female gender in the state, the ministry organised medical screening for 500 women and young adults.

According to her, the medical screening are on cervical screening, breast screening, sugar level examination, eye tests and provision of eye glasses, where necessary.

She said that the screening was carried out to ascertain their health status and checkmate bigger challenges that might arise in the future.

The commissioner also said that in a bid to curb the coronavirus pandemic, the ministry produced and distributed 450,000 facemasks and 30,000 hand sanitisers to residents of the state.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)


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COVID-19: Lagos Assembly reduces state’s 2020 budget to N920.5bn



The Lagos House of Assembly has passed a resolution to reduce the size of the state’s 2020 budget from N1.68 trillion to N920.5 billion due to the economic challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic.

The resolution was made following a voice votes conducted by the Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, during plenary in Ikeja on Tuesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, had read a letter by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu requesting the reduction in the size of the budget on the floor by the House.

The Lagos State Government had recently disclosed plans to reorder the N1.168trn 2020 budget following current economic challenges as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

The Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Sam Egube, said the reordering became necessary in view of the slump in oil price in international market as well as the reduction in Internally Generated Revenue.

Obasa, at the plenary, directed that the House Joint Committees on Budget and Economic Planning and Finance to reduce the budget size of the state for year 2020 from N1.68 trillion to N920.5 billion.

The speaker said the committees were to report back to the House within one week.

He said, “Based on the governor’s request, the House will work assiduously to review the budget to refocus, reorder and take into consideration the current challenges.

“We need to do this to give us the best chance of stimulating the economy and ensuring that the post-COVID-19 response economy will be strong and enduring.”

The House also paid  tributes to a former member of the Senate, who represented Lagos Central Senatorial District, Alhaji Muniru Muse, who died on Tuesday at 81.

Speaking on the demise of the politician, Mrs Mojisola Miranda, (Apapa Constituency 1), said that the Senator died in the early hours of Tuesday.

“Senator Muniru Muse was our leader in Lagos Central, Apapa in particular. He was a clerk in the Nigerian Port Authority and he later rose to become the Port Manager.

“He was the executive chairman of Apapa Local Government for two terms, and he later represented Lagos Central at the Senate for one term.

“I want us to observe a minute silence for him and write a letter of condolence to his family,” she said.

The requests were later granted as the Speaker directed the Clerk of the House to write a condolence letter to the family of the deceased.

The House later adjourned sitting until Monday.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)


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Homegrown food distribution, a success in Lagos State – LASUBEB



The Lagos State Universal Education Board (LASUBEB) says  it has recorded success in the ongoing  Homegrown School Feeding Programme launched in Lagos on May 21.

This is contained in a statement by Mrs Eniola Adewunmi, Public Relations Officer of the board, in Lagos on Tuesday.

Adewunmi said  the targeted 37, 589 households of pupils in public primary school. one to three  had been concluded.

She  said the Feeding Programme was anchored and financed by the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development.

She said the programme also   supported by the Lagos State Government through LASUBEB was designed to see to the continued sustenance of primary school pupils in spite of the schools closure.

“Immediately after the flag-off, the distribution of Take-Home Rations to households of pupils started in earnest in 202 centres across the 20 Local Government Education Authorities (LGEA) in the state.

“Each beneficiary received a Take-Home Ration made up of 5kg Bag of Rice, 5kg Bag of Beans, 500 ml Vegetable Oil, 750ml Palm Oil, 500mg Salt, 15 pieces of eggs and 140gm Tomato Paste.

“During the exercise,  the Executive Chairman of LASUBEB, Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King, Board Members, and the Board Secretary effectively monitored the distribution exercise.

“At most of the centres visited, the chairman expressed satisfaction with the conduct of government officials at the various centres as well as the orderliness of the parents being attended to,  describing the exercise as transparent,’’ she said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

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COVID-19: Doctors donate palliatives to IDP Camp at Eleko, Lagos



A Lagos based NGO, Doctors Health Initiative (DHI), has donated some palliatives to families in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp at the Eleko Beach in Lagos, to help cushion the harsh effects of COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Anabel Ozo, who made the donation on behalf of DHI, said on Tuesday in Lagos that the COVID-19 pandemic had created ripple effects on the livelihood and hygiene of vulnerable families and communities.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that over 600 bags of palliative items, including staple food, hand sanitisers, sanitaries and beverages were given to 600 families living in the IDP camp.

DHI is a human rights organisation of medical doctors and other professionals committed to using medical, scientific and social means to serve and develop the society through the family.

It is committed to serving human life by building healthy, free and just societies; their services are aimed at the development and maintenance of healthy families; the fundamental units of societies.

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The Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in their majority are mostly homeless and hungry people who left the North-East, especially Borno in search of greener pastures in Lagos.

“ They reside in settlements along Eleko Beach area.

“They were mostly farmers and have been forced by the Boko Haram insurgents to flee their homes and farmlands and find new skills and livelihood.

“As at five years ago, most of the children were malnourished and suffering from all forms of treatable illness which their parents and guardians couldn’t afford to take them to the hospital for basic healthcare.

“ You can imagine their plights in the unstable and violent situation created by COVID-19.

The Doctors Health Initiative (DHI), through the caring hands of well meaning individuals, organisations and families sought to make a difference in the lives of the families in the IDP camp of Eleko Beach.

“We generated over 600 bags of palliatives consisting of staple food, hand sanitisers, sanitaries and beverages for 600 families living in the IDP settlement.

DHI is dedicated to serving the vulnerable in our communities and people with emphasis on women and family health.

DHI offers medical and counselling services free of charge to the vulnerable and undeserved communities with a special focus on women and children,” she said.

According to Ozo, DHI has carried out health outreaches and service projects for the families in the IDP settlement since 2015.

Responding, Chairman of the camp, Mr Jonah Jonah, commended the gesture of the doctors.

Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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COVID-19: Lagos govt says churches, mosques remain shut



The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said that churches and mosques in the state might not be reopened soon for worshippers.

The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, said this on the sideline of the 2020 Ministerial Press Briefing commemorating the first year in office of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The Federal Government had on Monday, June 1, lifted the ban on mosques and churches in the country, based on guidelines and protocols agreed with state governments.

Elegushi said that the reopening of the worship centres was not possible soon, as the state was the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

”Even before the pronouncement by Federal Government, we have been having meetings with the religious leaders, we even had one with Safety Commission, looking at the possibility of reopening of religious houses.

”We also had one with the leaders of the two faiths and I want to tell you categorically that at that meeting, possibility of reopening religious houses was ruled out totally.

”They claimed that they cannot take such responsibility of ensuring that only 20 or 50 people are praying behind them.

Like an Imam said, he doesn’t know what is going on at the back immediately he is leading a prayer. He said if more than 20 or 50 people are staying at his back  he is not going to take responsibility for their presence.

”So, in the meeting, we ruled out in totality the issue of reopening the religious houses until we have a clear coast for us to do so.

The Federal Government mentioned it, but it never ruled out the state in achieving that pronouncement, so all states will have to look at possibility of doing so in their respective states.

”We all know Lagos is still having more figures. So definitely that will speak to our decision,” he said.

The commissioner, however, said that the governor of the state would come out with further directives on the matter.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Swine fever virus kills pigs worth N7 bn in Lagos farm-AFAN



The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) Lagos State Chapter, says  swine fever virus has killed pigs worth about N7 billion in the Oke-Aro piggery farm during the COVID-19 lockdown in the state.

Dr Femi Oke, AFAN’s Chairman told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Tuesday, that the farm was stricken by the swine fever before the COVID-19 lockdown.

African swine fever virus is a large, double-stranded DNA virus in the Asfarviridae family. The virus causes a hemorrhagic fever with high mortality rates in domestic pigs.

Some isolates can cause death of animals as quickly as a week after infection.

African swine fever is the biggest threat to commercial pig production the industry had ever seen, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health.

Oke said due to the restriction of movement by both the Federal and State governments, many of the affected farmers were unable to visit the farm to attend to the animals which resulted in the death of the animals.

He said some of the affected farmers were now dead, while others were bed ridden  due due to the huge loss in their business and source of livelihood.

He said very few were now struggling to revive the farm which was now in ruins.

According to Oke, about two months before the lockdown, our farmers in Oke-Aro discovered that there was outbreak of swine fever in the farm.

“They tried to contain it and treat the animals but because of the inability of our people to go to the farm during the lockdown, they were not able to treat the animals very well.

“The situation resulted in the death of many of the pigs in the farm and the loss is very huge investments.

“It is a very huge loss to the sector and some affected farmers died of shock.

Oke-Aro market is one of the largest piggery market in the country.

“Many of the affected farmers borrowed money from the banks and have not been able to pay back since the incident occurred.

“We have lost some of our farmers due to the incident, some are in the hospital as we speak and some are still battling with the losses,” Oke lamented.

The AFAN’s chairman said Swine fever virus was a major killer of pigs any outbreak and almost all the pigs would be dead.

Oke described the piggery value chain as very huge, with Nigeria having the biggest producer in West Africa.

“The Oke-Aro piggery farm is in ruins. Our farmers are in pain because they have lost all their live investments,” he said.

“The piggery farm sits on about 10,000 acres of ariable agricultural farm land with about 10,000 active members.

“Members breed top quality pigs for local and export consumption.

“We are still trying to relate the situation to the Federal and State government, the Lagos state government is aware and have been to the farm, as I was reliably informed,” he said.

Oke appealed to the federal and state governments to assist assist the farmers in order to revive the sector as the country battled to recover from COVID-19 pandemic.

“We want to reach out to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development through AFAN, to see what the federal government can do in terms of grants and compensation for the affected farmers.

“We are looking at compensation from the government despite the fact that some have died and others are still battling to revive the farm.

“The loss is very huge and it will have  huge effect on the piggery value chain and the farmers for a long time,” he said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)


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Food security: Lagos vegetable farmers seek access to fertiliser at affordable cost



Some vegetable farmers in Lagos on Tuesday appealed to the State Government to provide fertiliser for them at subsidised rates to ensure bumper harvest.

The farmers told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that lack of access to fertiliser during the previous planting season contributed to shortage and high cost of vegetables in markets.

Mr Abdullahi Azzare, who cultivates variety of vegetables on three hectares on Iba-LASU Road, said that a bag of 50kg of fertiliser now sold for N7,500.

He said that the price was too high for most subsistence farmers in the state.

Azzare said that not less than 23 bags of 50kg fertiliser would be required to ensure good harvest from his farm.

According to him, many farmers have resorted to the use of organic manure from animal waste to enrich the soil to enable them to break even.

“The organic manure application is cumbersome and requires much labour unlike the NPK inorganic fertiliser application that even gives better yield.

“Many of us did not plant this period because of our inability to get inputs at reduced price; that is a threat to food security in the near future,” he said.

Azzarr added that if government could help by bringing the price down, more farmers would cultivate during the late planting season and ensure availability of vegetables all year round.

Mr Danbaba Dogo, whose farm is within the Nigerian Army Barracks, Ojo, said that fertiliser was needed for all year round farming.

Dogo, who said that he hired 15 labourers to assist him in his two hectares, said that fertiliser was essential to enable him to engage them all year round and make profit.

“I want government to sell fertilser to us. I have been going to the government warehouse at Ojo Agriculture Inputs office for the product but there is non there.

“The last time we got fertiliser there was two years ago at N5,000 per bag. It is much better than the rate at the open market,” he said.

The farmer said that availability of the product would encourage many of his colleagues to cultivate more, gainfully engagg more people and make vegetables cheaper in the market.

Also, Mrs Ann Uzoukwu, who plants vegetables in a farm within the Lagos State University, Ojo, said the yield was not enough to meet the demand of the school community.

If I could have access to fertiliser I would cultivate more land to enable me service the university community and its environs.

Meanwhile, Mrs Bisi Lawal, a manager at the state agriculture inputs office, said that the establishment was still expecting supply of the product for the farmers.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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