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Lagos AG prosecutes 37 traffic offenders, says zero tolerance for violations

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Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), the Lagos State Attorney-General (AG) and Commissioner for Justice on Tuesday personally handled the prosecution of 37 individuals for various traffic violations.

The cases of the alleged traffic offenders came up  at the Special Offences (Mobile) Court, in Oshodi.

Eighteen of the alleged traffic violators were prosecuted for driving against traffic (one way), 12 for driving on the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor, while the seven others were motorcycle riders.

The offences violate Sections 66(b) 67(8) and 68 of the Transport Sector Law of Lagos State 2018.

Onigbanjo told the Nigeria News Agency that he was personally prosecuting the offenders to underscore the fact that the Lagos State Government (LASG) would  no longer tolerate traffic violations in the state.

“Law abiding citizens of Lagos are entitled to enjoy the use of the roads without any form of assault or obstruction.

“So far as they continue to break the road traffic regulations, we will continue to prosecute them.

“We are happy today that many convictions were handed down, vehicles have been forfeited, fines have been handed out and we will continue to do that until sanity is restored to the roads,” he said.

NAN reports that during proceedings, the Magistrate of the Mobile Court, Mrs Omobola Salau, handed out various sentences to the traffic offenders.

Some offenders were ordered to forfeit their vehicles to the LASG while fines ranging from N15,000 to N20,000 were handed out to some other violators.

Other offenders were also ordered to serve community service ranging from 25 hours to 100 hours.

During proceedings, Salau told the AG that there were no databases for traffic offenders in the state, and the government needed to look into it.

“There are no databases for traffic offenders in Lagos State to ensure effective adjudication of these cases.

“We will appreciate if the Government of Lagos State looks into this problem,” she said. 

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Edited by Edwin Nwachukwu/Oluwole Sogunle

 

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Lagos govt. to reverse Land Use Charge — Commissioner

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The Lagos State Government will soon unveil a reform that will include the reversal of the Land Use Charge (LUC) to the pre-2018 rate, Commissioner for Finance, Dr Rabiu Oluwo has said.

Olowo disclosed this on Wednesday, during the 2020 Ministerial Press Briefing to mark the first year in office of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

He said that the state government had to review the increase in land use charge assessment to accommodate the agitations of residents and to reduce the financial pressure on citizens as it related to LUC.

”As we are aware in 2018, there was an increase in LUC rate and at the same time a revaluation of properties; this twin-shock had a sporadic increase in LUC assessment.

”The soon to be revealed reform will among other things, reverse the rate to pre-2018 rate,” he said.

The commissioner said that the intention of the state government was to keep economic activities of the state going.

He said that this was without necessarily causing any untold hardship that would further aggravate the present financial hardship confronting all sectors of the state’s economy.

According to him, the pre-2018 charges which will soon come into effect will reflect current realities to reduce burden on citizens.

”The reform also considered a flexible land use charge payment and efficient customer service management to ensure prompt issue resolution,” he said.

On procurement process, Olowo said that the review was simplified to reduce the bureaucracy in the state procurement process and accommodate small businesses in accordance with the Procurement Law and Guidelines.

He said that among initiatives put in place in the last one year in the area of revenue optimisation were the deployment of e-tax platform for tax operations.

Olowo noted that there was also administration matters, automation of operations of Lagos Lottery Board and FORCE (Focus On Revenue Creation Everywhere), among others.

The commissioner said that the state achieved 106 per cent performance in first quarter of the year revenue as against budget.

He said that the twin shock of COVID-19 pandemic and the dwindling oil prices which had affected the state revenue necessitated the review of the year’s budget.

”The direct impact of the pandemic is a drop in the state’s IGR and Federal Allocation, which also results in decline of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and increased pressure on income and purchasing power of Lagosians,” Olowo said.


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Immortalise my predecessor, Sen. Tinubu urges Lagos govt. 

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Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, has urged Lagos State Government to immortalise her predecessor, Sen. Muniru Muse, who died on Tuesday.

In her tribute to the late senator,
Tinubu urged the state government to honour Sen. Muse by sponsoring the Muniru Muse U12 Boys and U15 Girls grassroots football tournament at the state level.

She noted that his passion for youth development birthed the Muniru Muse U12 Boys and U15 Girls Soccer Competition, a grassroots football tournament for boys and girls in the Lagos Central Senatorial District.

“In his honour, we have continued to sponsor and organize the competition for the last eight years.

“At the last competition, however, Mr Governor indicated a willingness to take on the competition and organize it at State level for wider reach.

This, I think is a good way to honour a great Son of Lagos,” she said

Tinubu, in her condolence message on Wednesday, described Muse as a
“grassroots politician in every sense of the word.”

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Muse, 81, represented Lagos Central Senatorial District in the 6th Assembly between 2007 and 2011.

The Senator extended her condolences to his Apapa Constituency, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the government and people of Lagos State.

According to her, Muse demonstrated true leadership, was easily accessible and related well with people.

She said: “Senator Muse was an excellent gentleman, astute administrator, committed Nigerian and devout Muslim.
“We
had a good relationship borne of mutual respect. We were in regular touch and communicated a week ago.

“Until his demise, Senator Muse continued to show uncanny team spirit and interest in the development of Lagos Central,” she said.

Tinubu added that Sen. Muse supported and often attended in person the various initiatives and activities of the Senatorial District.
Tinubu prayed God
to comfort his family at this moment.
“He will be greatly missed by all of us, particularly the people of Apapa Local Government, Lagos Central Senatorial District, Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole.
“I pray that God grants the soul of Sen. Muse eternal rest,” she said


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Lagos inaugurates community policing advisory committees

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The Lagos State Government on Wednesday, inaugurated the State Community Policing Advisory Committee (SCPAC) and its operations arm, the State Community Policing Committee (SCPC).

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, while inaugurating members of the committees at the State House, Ikeja, said the step was geared toward improving security in all communities across the state.

Sanwo-Olu said the inauguration marked a turning point in government’s deliberate effort to re-strategize and rethink the security architecture, using Community Policing Initiative as proposed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr Muhammed Adamu.

He said the security initiative was long overdue, and the reform was being implemented with the objective to address inadequacies of the current policing model.

According to him, the current policing model has failed to engage members of local communities and neighbourhoods in knowledge sharing and intelligence gathering that can help in nipping crimes in the bud.

SCPAC, which is co-chaired by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, and Chairman of Council of Obas and Chiefs in Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, would be the custodian of the initiative and it is to maintain highest level of oversight on community policing in the state.

SPAC, on the other hand, would  be responsible for managing and coordinating the state-level operations of the community policing programme.

SPAC would, among other functions, help identify security threats in communities and work with the police and the Community Police Officers (CPOs) in evolving appropriate strategies for addressing them.

Sanwo-Olu said the community policing initiative was conceived and rolled out to achieve fundamental changes in the way government responded to security matters and make security agencies proactive in discharging their statutory duties.

”Today is a particularly important and auspicious day for the good people of Lagos State. We are gathered here to take an important step in the implementation of a long overdue policing reform effort – the community policing initiative.

”In a democracy, the involvement of the people in all matters of governance, especially on issues that impact directly on their well-being is key to achieving good governance.

”One of the inadequacies of our current policing systems has been the inability to tap the knowledge and intelligence that exists at neighbourhood and community level.

‘The work that the police are expected to do becomes more difficult when they are expected to do it alone.

”No matter how well-resourced or technologically advanced a police force may be, there may be no progress without the trust and support of the communities in which they operate.

”Every citizen has a role to play in ensuring that the security architecture functions optimally,” he said.

The governor said that deploying technology and equipping the police with modern gadgets to fight crimes remained a novel idea any government could introduce.

He, however, said that such could not be a substitute for mutual trust and cooperation between the police and members of their host communities.

He said that a citizen-centric approach to tackling crime and criminality would take a lot of pressure off the police and allow them to focus energy and resources on issues that mattered most.

According to him, the community policing model will give every community resident a strong sense of participation in governance and strengthen the social contract between the government and citizens.

”We are implementing this policing initiative with sole objective of creating a platform for citizens’ participation toward improving security in our communities.

We want Lagos State to be a role model for the rest of the country in terms of how community policing should function.

”We want to create an atmosphere of mutual trust and confidence, one that engenders speedy resolution of issues as they arise,” Sanwo-Olu said.

The governor charged members of the committees to discharge their tasks with patriotism, integrity and diligence, as their membership was a ”rare privilege” and an opportunity to serve Lagos and the nation.

”I urge you all to be bold and innovative in the work of developing and implementing the necessary operational guidelines and procedures that will promote and sustain mutual trust, respect and confidence between the people and security agencies, and make Lagos State a no-go area for all those who seek to undermine our security,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu said the state government would be constituting additional committees, which would include: Area Command Community Policing Advisory Committee, Local Government Community Policing Advisory Committee, and Divisional Community Policing Committee.

The governor also used the occasion to reassure all security formations in the state of his administration’s commitment to support their activities by providing equipment and resources through the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) and other interventions.

The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Training at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, Mr David Folawiyo, who represented the IGP, said the nation had reached a point where the police must interface with community members in maintaining social order.

”It is a bottom-up approach that shifts focus on reactive law enforcement to proactive problem solving,” he said.

Other members of SCPAC include: Heads of security agencies in the state, representative of Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Apostle Kehinde Sowemimo, representative of Lagos chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), representative of the Lagos Muslim Community, Sheikh Sulaiman Abou-Nolla and  Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, representatives of three senatorial districts in Lagos.

Membership of SPAC includes: representative of the Commissioner of Police, DCP Etim Oqua Efiom; representative of traditional institution, Oba Momodu Ashafa; Muslim community, Bashorun Sikiru Alabi; CAN representative, Bishop Stephen Adegbite; and PCRC representative, Prince Yemi Adenowo.

Also representative of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Mrs Blessing Abiri; representative of the Lagos Chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Mr Lookman Aminu; representative of People Living With Disabilities, Israel Akiode, representative of the Nigeria Bar Association, Dele Oloke, and representative of the Lagos chapter of National Council of Women Societies, Alhaja Sikirat Agoro.


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Lagos discharges 20 more coronavirus patients

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The Lagos State Government has announced the recovery and discharge of 20 more patients who tested negative twice to coronavirus disease.

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu said in a statement on Wednesday that a total of 928 were now discharged from the isolation centres.

Good people of Lagos, today, 20 COVID-19 Lagos patients; 14 males and six females, all Nigerians were discharged from our Gbagada, Eti-Osa (LandMark) and Agidingbi isolation facilities to reunite with the society.

The patients, 11 from Gbagada, eight from Eti-Osa (LandMark) and one from Agidingbi isolation centres were discharged having fully recovered and tested negative to COVID-19.

”With this, the number of #COVID19 confirmed cases that have been successfully managed and discharged in Lagos is now 928,” Sanwo-Olu said.


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Lagos earmarks N103bn for infrastructure

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The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said it  earmarked N103 billion for the aggressive development of infrastructure across the state.

Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Sam Egube, made this known during the 2020 Ministerial Press Briefing to commemorate the first year in office of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Egube said that huge resources were being injected into infrastructural development to create jobs for millions of residents directly or indirectly.

He disclosed that the state government had realised about N14 billion as donations for the management of COVID-19, and was ensuring prudent management of the fund.

Egube said the state reordered the budget to reflect the economic realities brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that the budget had been carefully reordered to cater for the needs of the people and enhance their living conditions.

‘The agric sector is also a big taker of employment and because food security is important, Songhai farm will be put to work and we have put N1.1 billion around that.

”We are also trying to reorganise the markets and review the market policy to trigger a wholesale market that will facilitate N2 billion into that.

”We have increased the budget for Employment Trust Fund with N1.8 billion and to focus on SMEs to get afloat,” he said.

Egube said that it would be recalled that on assumption of office, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, signed the 2019 Appropriation Bill into Law on June 3, 2019.

He added that it was a budget with total size of N873.532 billion, total revenue of N799.996 billion, Deficit Financing of N73.537 billion, and Recurrent Expenditure stood at N393.841 billion.

According to him, Capital Expenditure was at N479.691 billion which gave a Capital to Recurrent Ratio of 55 per cent: 45 per cent.

“Let me reiterate that the year 2020 Budget was signed into Law by Sanwo-Olu, on 31st December, 2019.

”It was a budget with total size of N1, 168.562billion (N1.168trn). Total Revenue of N1,071.03 billion (N1.071trn) Deficit financing N97.533 billion, Recurrent Expenditure stood at N457.529 billion, while Capital Expenditure was at N711.033 billion which gave a Capital to Recurrent Ratio of 61 per cent :39 per cent ” he said.

Egube, however, said that the year 2020 Budget was reviewed due to the COVID-19 pandemic impact on global economy.

He said that the year 2020 revised budget had been conveyed to the House of Assembly for consideration and approval.

The revised Budget size is N920.469 billion, Total Revenue N812.464 billion, Deficit financing N108.005 billion,  Recurrent Expendture N411.608 billion, Capital Expenditure N508.861 billion, Capital to Recurrent Ratio 55 per cent :45 per cent.

“Furthermore, as part of the effort of the administration to ensure performance in all its projects and programmes, the State Executive Council (EXCO) approved the implementation of the T.H.E.M.E.S. Peer Review Mechanism (TPRM) to MDAs self Assessment programme,” Egube said.


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Lagos to produce first forensic dentist in West Africa — Commissioner

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The Lagos State Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs Ajibola Ponnle, says the state’ s Public Service will soon be producing the first forensic dentist in the whole of West Africa.

Ponnle made this known on Wednesday in Ikeja during the Year 2020 Ministerial Press Briefing to commemorate the first year in office of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

She said the massive investment of the state government in the area of human capacity development of its workforce was already attracting global attention.

‘The state public service will be producing the first forensic dentist in the whole of West Africa soon,” the commissioner said.

She said the state government sponsored one of its staff from the Ministry of Health to study at Masters  level, in Legal Medicine and Forensic Dentistry outside the country in order to bridge an identified gap in the state public service.

“Once the staff completes his course of study, he will be the first forensic dentist (new skill and area of specialisation) in West Africa and this points to the massive investment in human capital development that the present administration is embarking on,” the commissioner said.

Ponnle said the Lagos state government was committed to building a 21st workforce that would deliver dividends of democracy to Lagosians across every area of human needs.

She said that this was by directing its training and capacity development programmes to both generic and technical areas of competency.

According to her, one of the notable achievements and innovations to training programmes under the administration of  Sanwo-Olu is the introduction of on-line learning programmes starting with Webinar series.

Ponnle said this ensured that capacity of the entire workforce were developed even during the period of state-wide lockdown order.

The commissioner disclosed that within the past few months that the Webinar initiative started, 11 different series had been held, 10 Generic and one job specific for teachers.

‘There was also a Virtual Launch of the pilot of the Lagos State Learning Management System (LMS) with over 10,000 members of staff uploaded, giving access to over 500 training courses.

The pilot Phase of Executive Coaching Programme for Executive Council Members was also launched with 30 per cent of cabinet members enrolled.

‘The initiative was in partnership with International Coaching Federation accredited coaches, whereby cabinet members are offered one-on-one coaching sessions to provide support in developing their personal, professional and political aspirations,” she said.

Ponnle said the launch of the Learning Management System and the various Webinar series were aimed at achieving a paradigm shift from learning being an event to being a continuous process.

She said that this would ensure a workforce that was equipped with relevant skills, knowledge and competencies to deliver the dividends of democracy to the teeming population of the state.


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Lagos Taskforce recovers stolen goats from abandoned vehicle

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The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) on Wednesday recovered four goats suspected to gave been stole inside a vehicle in  Ikorodu.

 

Mr Adebayo Taofiq, Head of the  Public Affairs Unit of the Agency, said that the goats were abandoned by the occupants of a vehicle who had  contravened  the Lagos traffic law by driving on the BRT dedicated lane.

 

Taofiq  in a statement  said  that the leader of the Enforcement Team, DSP Anthony Abutu, recovered the  goats, which had their mouths muzzled to prevent them from  making any sound.

 

“The team was on a security monitoring operation in Ikorodu axis when they intercepted a Blue Toyota Camry marked AAA 743 EZ driving on the BRT corridor.

 

“The driver and his colleague immediately abandoned the vehicle on the road and ran away when they sighted the taskforce team.

 

“The action of the two men raised suspicion among the team which led to a thorough search of the vehicle and four goats and food items were recovered from the booth of the car,” he said.

 

Taofiq called on  the members of the public, particularly those residing around Ikorodu axis whose goats were missing,  to report at the Agency’s office at Bolade, Oshodi to collect the recovered animals.

 

He also said that the Lagos State Government had distributed new sets of kits to all officers of the Nigeria Police attached to the Agency in a bid to boost their morale and commitment.

 

“The new kits distributed include sets of uniforms (Camouflage and black), berets, shoulder badges and crests,” Taofiq said.


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Lagos State Govt. feeds 11,965 primary school pupils in 12 months

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The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said that it fed 11,965 pupils in primary schools across the state in the last 12 months.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement, Princess Aderemi Adebowale, disclosed this during the 2020 Ministerial Press Briefing in commemoration of the first year of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration in office.

Adebowale said the the pupils, drawn from Primary Class 4 to Primary Class 6 were fed under the ‘Snacks for Thought’ pilot scheme of the state government.

She said that the scheme was meant for pupils at the crèche and Primary Class 4 to Primary Class 6.

The Special Adviser added that it was meant to complement the Home Grown School Feeding Programme of the Federal Government which covered only pupils in Primary Class 1 to Primary Class 3.

According to Adebowale, the ”Snacks for Thought” initiative was to ensure that all pupils in Lagos State partook in the school feeding programme.

”It is instructive to state that the pilot scheme was held in Lagos Island Local Government Area, where 33 public primary schools participated in the school feeding exercise,” she said.

Adebowale said that the importance of the initiative could not be over-emphasied as the nutritious snacks and juice were to energize pupils for memory retention of lessons learnt.

The Special Adviser also said that the snacks and juice were to improve school attendance and academic performance and serve as an incentive for higher enrolment and retention of pupils in public schools.

Adebowale said that in line with the resolve of Gov. Sanwo-Olu’s administration to ensure safety of students of tertiary institutions, the Office of Civic Engagement organized a sensitization programme on the menace of social vices in tertiary institutions.

According to her, this was with a view to creating awareness on the social and economic costs of engaging in cultism, drug abuse, sexual harassment and examination malpractices.

Adebowale said that such vices were impediments on students’ academic performance, constituted loss of valuable time as a result of school closure, and untimely deaths and disruption of social and economic activities in host communities.

She said that her office would continue to work hard to ensure peaceful co-existence among people, through meaningful engagement and amicable resolution of issues that could lead to breakdown of law and order in the state.


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Lagos govt to enact law to protect crime victims in trauma

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The Lagos State government says it will soon enact a Victims Right Law that will enable victims of crimes receive urgent medical attention in the state.

Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, revealed this on Wednesday while given account of his stewardship to commemorate the first anniversary of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration.

According to Onigbanjo, with the law hospitals in Lagos will render immediate first aid to victims of trauma such as accidents, stab wounds, gunshot injuries and other medical emergencies.

Onigbanjo said the Victims Right Law would form part of the proposed legislative reforms of the state government.

The Victims’ Rights Law is to address situations where victims of crime or emergencies are not given initial medical treatment.

“This is highlighted in the case of late Miss Moradeun Balogun, a 28-year-old lady, who was stabbed by armed robbers in Gbagada area of Lagos and was denied emergency treatment in the hospital.

“Other proposed laws are the Domestic and Sexual Violence law that will lead to the creation of an Agency; Amendment to Cultism Law, Amendment to Administration of Criminal Justice Law to address innovations and developments in Criminal Justice System.

“Others are the Administration of Civil Justice Law to develop and articulate a Civil Justice System and Animal Law to address the issue of domestication of wild animals in the state,” Onigbanjo said.

The commissioner said in the last 12 months, 2,249 offenders were sentenced to community service for various offences.

He noted that the sentences were served at various public institutions, including hospitals, remand homes and markets.

The Community Service Unit participated in a legal clinic to sensitise magistrates and community stakeholders on non-custodial sentencing.

“The unit also supervised the COVID-19 lockdown violators and offenders, including Nollywood celebrities, sentenced to community service recently,” Onigbanjo said.


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