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Lagos Island Rotary Club refurbishes school toilet facilities

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Rotary club of Lagos Island refurbishes Teslim Elias School toilet facilities

The Rotary Club of Lagos Island has renovated toilet facilities at Dr Teslim Elias Primary School, Isale Eko, Lagos, in a bid to curb open defecation and toilet infections among the pupils.

Mr Vipul Agrawal, President of the club, told the News Agency of Nigeria that over N2.5 million was spent on the project to ensure the pupils of had access to hygienic toilet facilities.

He said that the entire blocks of toilets for the boys, girls and teachers were abandoned for years and in dilapidated state before they were renovated by the club.

According to him, the club fixed water closets (WCs), wall and floor tiles, doors, windows, roofs, ceiling, electricity and provided borehole water, soak away pit, septic tanks, plumbing and some sanitary fittings.

He thanked Lagos Island Local Government for giving the club an opportunity to impact on the lives of the pupils while reiterating the club’s commitment to work tirelessly to provide for more schools.

“We are here to serve humanity; we are happy that the children can have hygienic toilet system again and we hope to do more for other schools,” he said.

Earlier, Mr Hiro Rupchandani, the Project Director, said that the project was completed within a month and promised that few more toilets within the school premises would be renovated soon.

He said that the club would continue to provide some sanitary materials for the school to ensure that the renovated toilets were well maintained.

“The Rotary Club is the largest Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Africa and we are committed to making the society a better place to live in.

“We will be providing more materials for the school to maintain the toilets,” he said.

Mr Abdulwadood Bashorun, Vice Chairman, Lagos Island Local Government, who inaugurated the renovated toilets, commended the club for the kind gesture extended to the school and the local government.

He urged NGOs to extend such heart of kindness toward schools that needed similar assistance.

“I want to appreciate the Rotary Club of Lagos Island for this beautiful project, it is quite a commendable one and we seize this opportunity to call on more philanthropists to assist more schools,” he said.

Earlier,  Mrs Nkemakolam Okere, the Headmistress of the school, commended the Rotary Club, adding that the club intervened at the right time when the school needed help.

She said the school toilet facilities were in bad condition as the entire school was stinking because pupils were defecating anywhere around the school and the septic tank was in bad state.

According to her, the pupils’ parents had engaged cleaners who would ensure that the renovated toilets were well cleaned and maintained.

“Am grateful to Rotary Club, God has used them as instrument to help these little children and I pray that God supplies the needs of each of the members of the club.

“ Am happy now because children will no longer defecate anyhow, the environment will be cleaner and the fear of contacting toilet diseases will be minimised,” she said.

One of the pupils, Samuel Williams, thanked the club and vowed to ensure that he encouraged other pupils to maintain the toilets.

Edited by Gregory Mmaduakolam/Wale Ojetimi

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Lagos records 17 COVID-19 related deaths in 2 days

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Lagos State has recorded another eight COVID-19 related deaths, increasing the infection mortality in Lagos to 67, says the state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi.

Abayomi stated this in his verified twitter handle on Tuesday, adding that the deaths were recorded on Monday, June 1.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalled that Abayomi had earlier announced that the state recorded nine COVID-19 related deaths on May 31.

Currently, the total COVID-19 related deaths in Lagos now stands at 67.

Abayomi, however, did not give additional information about the sex, age, nationality or medical conditions of the deceased.

The Commissioner added that the state recorded 192 new COVID-19 infections, increasing the total number of cases in Lagos to 5151.

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COVID-19: Lagos discharges 30 Nigerians, 3 Indians

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The Lagos State Government on Tuesday announced recovery and discharge of 30 Nigerians and three Indians who tested negative twice to Coronavirus.

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu said in a statement that a total of 908 COVID-19 patients were now discharged.

Good people of Lagos, I bring you great news from our isolation facilities. Today, 33 fully recovered COVID-19 Lagos patients; 7 females and 26 males including 3 foreign nationals – Indians -have been discharged to join the society.

The patients; 21 from Onikan, 9 from Eti-Osa (LandMark), 2 from Lekki and 1 from Gbagada Isolation Centres were discharged having fully recovered and tested negative to COVID19.

”With this, the number of patients successfully managed and discharged from our Isolation facilities is now 908.

”As our frontline health workers records successes in this battle against #COVID-19, we urge citizens to adhere strictly to our public advisories and directives, as this is the only way we can break the chain of transmission of the infection,” Sanwo-Olu said.


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Lagos rehabilitates 1,983 destitute persons in 1 year

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The Lagos State Government said 1,983 beggars, destitute persons, mentally-challenged people and urchins were rescued off the streets of Lagos within one year.

The Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr Olusegun Dawodu, disclosed this on Tuesday during the 2020 Ministerial Press Briefing marking the one year anniversary of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu in office.

Dawodu said that Lagos had recorded a noticeable reduction in the number of destitute persons, beggars and street children across the metropolis in the last one year.

He attributed the development to the continued rehabilitation, social integration and rescue missions, which had consistently ensured that these categories of people were constantly taken off the streets and given adequate attention.

The commissioner said that the ministry remained committed in its resolve to creating an enabling environment that promoted youth and social development services to give succour to the vulnerable members of the society.

Dawodu said that the rescue and rehabilitation efforts by the ministry were still ongoing in different parts of the state.

He added that state ministry would continue to strive to be the model Youth and Social Development Agency in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The commissioner said that among those reunited with their families and reintegrated into the society were 31 persons under Institutional Care, 51 persons under Rehabilitation and 18 persons under Child Adoption/Care, making a total of 100 persons.

”We have also rescued 228 children, comprising of 110 males and 118 females, from different forms of abuse,” he said.

Dawodu said that the ministry had also provided guidance and meeting the school children’s individual, intellectual, social and emotional needs during the period under review.

He said that a total of 1,856 children benefitted from individual and group counselling in different areas ranging from absenteeism, cultism and sexual abuse among several other vices.

The commissioner said that apart from its several rescue missions, the ministry, in partnership with some private organisations, was also addressing the rate of unemployment among youths.

According to him, over 500 were trained in various vocations ranging from Makeovers and Gele Tying, Photography, Tailoring, Beads Making, Cosmetology, Art and Designing, GSM Repairs, Child Care Training, among others.

The commissioner said that some youth centres were currently undergoing reconstruction and renovation.

He said that the centres at Abesan, Lafiaji, Campos, Ojo-Oniyun and Ikeja, were being renovated and equipped to train young people within the areas, thereby promoting social integration and reducing restiveness.

Dawodu said that the state government had commenced the construction of Adult Day Care Centres to complement the services rendered by the State-Owned Old People’s Home, Yaba, in order to expand the net of beneficiaries of vulnerable senior citizens’ care by the state government.

According to him, 145 senior citizens are now benefiting from the services rendered in the Old People’s Home, Yaba.

The commissioner said that the ministry was also responsible for the registration, monitoring, regulation of Homes, Orphanages, Crèche’s and Foundations.

He said that within the last one year, the ministry granted a total of 137 Provisional Approvals to these private establishments out of which 94 were in favour of daycare, creches and playgroup centres.

Dawodu disclosed that the state government, within the last one year, released 105 children for bonding, 89 for local adoption and 16 for international adoption.

”A total number of 116 adoption cases were legalised at various Family Courts, 86 for Local Adoption, 28 for International Adoption and two for Relatives’ Adoption,” he said.

Speaking on the achievements of the Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs (LASODA), an agency under the supervision of the ministry, the commissioner said that 300 Persons Living with Disabilities (PWDs) were trained in January 2020 and empowered with equipment in different vocations.

The Vocational Training Programme took place at three centres across the state, namely; Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for Persons with Disability, Owutu, Ikorodu; Spinal Cord Injury Association of Nigeria, Amuwo-Odofin; and Epe Recreation Centre, Epe.


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Lagos 4th Mainland Bridge construction begins early 2021

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The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, says the construction of Fourth Mainland Bridge will start in the first quarter of 2021.

Hamzat said this while discussing Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu/Dr Obafemi Hamzat’s administration in the last one year on an online show tagged: ”Covinspiration” on Tuesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the show was moderated by Dayo Israel, a UN Special Representative and British Council Global Change-maker.

Hamzat noted that the 4th Mainland bridge was central to the present administration as the state was aggressively pursuing various infrastructural renewal programme to make life abundant for the residents.

The deputy governor said the bridge was an important programme for the administration, saying that its completion would help break traffic gridlock and ease transportation in the state.

He said: “The project is key for our administration and we flagged the construction of regional roads within VGC two days ago, the project has been awarded to Hi-Tech Company.

“First Quarter of next year (2021), we will be able to start. Early next year, construction will start on the 4th Mainland Bridge.

“Regional Road is to be done for the survival of the Fourth Mainland Bridge to help us break away traffic from the Lekki-Epe Expressway. Regional road will increase the viability of the 4th Mainland Bridge.”

According to him, that there is hope that by November or December, plans will have been concluded for work to begin.

According to him, 32 Consultiums put in interest in the bid and the government had been able to reduce them to nine.

He described the project as huge, which would involve a lot of money, adding that the government was looking for partnerships with private organisations.

Hamzat, who noted that the government had been funding aggressively road infrastructure, said that the Lagos -Badagry Expressway would unlock the tourism potential in Badagry.

He assured that the administration will continue to grow better, especially in terms of infrastructure while also dealing with deficits.

Speaking on the management of traffic in the state, the deputy governor said that the administration had been able to reduce traffic lockjam by 15 per cent to 20 per cent.

“In order to expand roads and give room for free vehicular movements, we have been able to remove some of the roundabouts which include Allen Roundabout, Ikotun Roundabout, Lekki, Abraham Adesanya Roundabouts are all gone.

“We are fixing major roads and reducing traffic congestion and making sure that drainages are cleared,” he said.

Hamzat said that the government was commited to mass transportation, saying that Oshodi-Abule Egba, BRT corridor would soon commence for mass movement along the corridor.

According to him, the government is also “funding aggressively” the Blue Line Rail for mass movement of people.

He said that 600 buses procured by the government had been cleared at the port, saying that the government was also procuring small buses for its ‘Last Mile’ transport programme.

Hamzat said that the government was working to have the buses manufactured in the state to create employment for the residents.

On water transportation, Hamzat said that the government had procured ferries to move people along the waterways.

The deputy governor said that the Okada ban had not only reduced Okada-related accidents from about 21 monthly to one, but had also reduced crime rates in the state.

“Before the ban, on the average of 21 lives were lost monthly to due to Okada accident but after the ban it has reduced drastically to one.

“Crime has also reduced in the state, the NDLEA (The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency) report says that narcotics are transported through the use of Okada as a means of transportation.

“There was need to ban Okada, especially at this period with the outbreak of COVID-19. There is no way one can maintain social distancing on Okada,” he said.

The deputy governor emphasised the need for data for efficient planning and delivery in the state, saying that data gathering would allow transparency, planning and efficient record keeping.

“It (data) is the new currency for us and it drives all that we are doing. We should be able to have a database in order to manage the citizens better. Data would help for proper planning and documentation purposes.

“For example in education, there is the need to check the number of population in each area in order to plan accordingly. It makes the system run faster and more efficiently.

“Data is key, that is why we are pushing LASRA(Lagos State Residents Registration Agency) to get information about our citizens. It is also necessary for us to have a robust data governance and protection,” he said.


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Lagos to build more general hospitals — Hamzat

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The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, says the state will build more general hospitals in order to boost health care delivery.

Hamzat made this known on Tuesday while discussing Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu/Dr Obafemi Hamzat’s administration in the last one year on an online show, tagged: ”Covinspiration”.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the show was moderated by Dayo Israel, a UN Special Representative and British Council Global Change-maker.

“We have gotten experts and they have done the design and Mercy Hospital has been mapped out, as we are building another Mercy Hospital.

“Also, we are building a general hospital in Ojo because we discovered there is none around that axis and we are also expanding the general hospital in Gbagada.

“We are building a spinal cord hospital in the Gbagada General Hospital,” he said

The deputy governor added that the government was also building Infectious Disease Hospital at Yaba – a permanent isolation centre and Institute of Research.

Speaking on power, Hamzat said the administration was working on ensuring that people were adequately metered across the state.

He said that the government was procuring meter in order to stop the challenges of estimated billings and to enable the power distribution companies to take more electricity from the power generation companies.

He said that the challenge with power sector was money, saying that power distribution companies are rejecting power because of money.

“We are discussing with the two Discos, the Eko and Ikeja Discos.

“People are not ready to pay if you send them estimated bill but by helping with the procurement of metres, it will go a long way to light up Lagos.

“We want to work with the Discos on procurement of metres.

“The capacity to get 2000 megawatts is there but the challenge is funding,” he said.

Hamzat, however, noted that the outbreak of COVID-19 had slowed down the process but he assured that work was ongoing.


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

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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.

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Lagos recruits 3,000 teachers in 12 months

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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.


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Lagos govt trains 2,200 vulnerable females 

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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.


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

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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.


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