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Lagos State RTEAN Executive Council stands dissolved, National President insists

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Mr Osakpamwan Eriyo, the National President, Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), on Tuesday insisted that the Lagos State Executive Council of the association stands dissolved.

In a statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja, Eriyo cautioned the public not to deal with the dissolved Alhaji Musa Mohammed-led Lagos State Executive Council.

He said that the dissolution of Lagos State Executive Council followed the expiration of their tenure.

The RTEAN boss said a committee had been put in place to conduct election within 60 days, adding that” every member of the union has right to contest, including members of the dissolved executive.”

On the claim that the dissolution was not ratified by RTEAN’s National Executive Council (NEC), Eriyo said that Article 9(I) of the union’s constitution as amended in 2013, empowers the National President to dissolve any state executive that the tenure elapses.

“When President, Secretary General, Financial Secretary, Treasurer, Deputy President (Operations), and some state chairmen and secretary are sitting, NEC is conveyed.

“We also have members of the National Executive Council on ground in Lagos State; so, what are they talking about?

“Overall, we advice the general public not to deal with the dissolved Lagos State Executive Council, led by Alhaji Musa Mohammed. ‘’
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COVID-19: Lagos, FCT, Kano, account for 64.2% of total cases, Nigeria records 11,166

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday said that Lagos, FCT and Kano state accounted for  64.2per cent of the total number of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic recorded in the country, 

The NCDC, on its website, said as at June 3, it recorded 348 new cases bringing the total total number of infection in Nigeria now at 11,166.

The NCDC noted that Lagos recorded  5,440FCT 763, while Kano state  recorded 970, which amounted to 11,166, making the two states plus the FCT to account for 64.2 per cent of the total number of infection in the country.

According to the agency, 33 states accounts for 36 per cent of the total infection in the country.

The NCDC said that the new cases take the country’s total infections cases to 11166, out of which 3,329 have been treated and discharged with 7,522 active cases in the country.

According to the health agency’s report, 163 of the new cases were recorded in Lagos, 76 in the FCT and 23 in Ebonyi.

Other affected states were Rivers with 21 cases, Delta, Nasarawa and Niger with eight each, Enugu with six, five each in Bauchi, Edo, Ekiti, Ondo and Gombe, four in Benue, two in Ogun, and one each in Osun, Plateau, Kogi and Anambra.

The NCDC noted that 75 per cent of COVID-19 cases in the country have unknown sources of infection.

It said that this was normal for a respiratory virus and suggested ongoing community transmission in the country.

NAN reports that the health agency has said that for families with loved ones abroad or in another state, who have passed on due to complications from COVID-19, transporting the remains is a tough process.

The NCDC has developed a guide to ensure efficient transportation in compliance with regulations.

The interim guidance is based on what is currently known about COVID-19.

The virus is spreading through contact with contaminated respiratory droplets released when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or from contact with contaminated hands, surfaces or objects.

It said that Funeral directors and mortuary personnel were less likely to contract COVID-19 from deceased persons infected with the virus if they adopt appropriate infection control procedures and wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The health agency said precautionary strategies should be used to minimise public health risks and to prevent further spread of the disease.

“Contact and droplet infection control precautions should be used when handling deceased bodies confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19.

Wear appropriate PPE at all times without contaminating environmental surfaces,” it added.

The NCDC noted that for transport and storage, the body must be placed and secured in a bag or wrapping in a manner that prevents leakage; double bagging may be required to achieve this.

“The body bag should be labelled COVID-19 – Handle with care. Avoid unnecessary manipulation of the body that may expel air or fluid from the lungs.

“Embalming of a body confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 is not recommended,” it said.

It noted that family viewing of the deceased may occur; however, family members should avoid any contact with the body.

The agency stressed the need to maintain the recommended social distance from families and friends of the deceased.

 


Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

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2,000 Lagosians benefit from ”Eko Cares” initiative — Official

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The Lagos State Government said that a total of 2,000 vulnerable residents have benefited from its ”Eko Cares” initiative.

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

Adebowale said that the initiative was part of the social inclusion programme of the Sanwo-Olu led administration.

She said that the office of Civic Engagement introduced and organised a financial assistance programme with business component tagged, ”Eko Cares”, with the theme – ”Go Forward, Grow Lagos”.

”The programme, aimed at empowering the vulnerable ones in the state, involves provision of financial assistance, up to N20,000 per beneficiary.

”This money is to be disbursed partly in cash and partly in the form of micro-investment.

”In the first phase of the programme, some Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies were on hand to provide instant investment in micro-distributive trade by supplying their goods to the 2,000 beneficiaries.

”The essence of this is to have a populace that can feed themselves, contribute to the development of the state and promote a stable and secured society,” the special adviser said.

On efforts at stemming the spread of COVID-19, she said the governor had approved the production and distribution of 100 units of handwashing stations at markets, bus-stops, hospitals and other high traffic public places within the state.

Adebowale said that these handwashing stations were innovatively made by local fabricators with regular supply of dispensable soap and reticulated water supply (hand free).

According to her, the deployment of these handwashing stations is aimed at fostering the culture and practice of promoting good hygiene among the citizenry, toward curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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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


Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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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.


Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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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.


Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Peter Dada (NAN)

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