The Nigeria News Agency reports that the forum, held at Ikorodu Town Hall, was attended by senior state health officials, traditional rulers and community leaders in the area.
Speaking at the meeting, Dr Adebayo Aderiye, Chairman, Lagos State Health Service Commission, urged residents to exercise patience when visiting government hospitals and advised health officers to also exhibit good attitude towards the patients.
According to Aderiye, there are not enough medical personnel in all general hospitals in Lagos to cope with the overwhelming large numbers of patients.
He commended the the management of Ikorodu General Hospital and urged them to continue to improve their service delivery.
“The message to is to let people understand that the hospital belongs to them, we are there because they are there.
“We have started training medical officers on attitudinal change, so I advise the public to be patient anytime they get to the hospital,” he said.
Speaking at the meeting, Ikorodu monarch, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, urged indigenes to study medicine to bridge the skills gap, while private universities should reduce tution to attract more students.
The monarch, who was represented by Chief Kayode Olomo, Baale Ojogbe, promised to provide a piece of land to build hospital in Igbogbo-Baiyeku council area.
A stakeholder, Imam Bashir Maja, appealed to the Lagos State Government to build more hospitals in Ikorodu division in view of the rising population of the area.
Maja said that government should also recruit more health personnel to give more patients access to medical services.
The Iya Oloja of Ikorodu, Alhaja Taofikat Allinson, appealed to the state hospital management to give more attention to aged people.
Mrs Elizabeth Otenaike, a retired nurse, advised the hospital management to digitize their medical procedure to reduce bureaucracy in health service delivery.
Responding, the Medical Director, Ikorodu General Hospital, Dr Olufunmilayo Bankole, promised that all the suggestions at the meeting would be priotised and given prompt attention.
Bankole said that the stakeholders’ meeting was to get feedback to enhance service delivery as well as ensure that the services were tailored towards their needs.
She advised residents to be patient and abide with the laid down procedure as well as the hospital appointment process.
“We are passionate about improving the health care delivery service that we are rendering to our clients.
“What we are aiming at is to actually exceed the expectations of our clients and we are working tirelessly and will do anything we need to do to get to that level.
“We have noted some of their suggestions and will begin to implement them one after the other, by God’s grace when next we are having this meeting, we will be counting on our successes.
NAN reports that the hospital management also sensitised the stakeholders on the dreaded coronavirus and how to prevent it.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
Strike: NMA warns LASG against escalating impasse with medical doctors
The NMA leaders said that this was to prevent avoidable escalation of the issue.
Adetunji and Moronkola had closely monitored the developments surrounding the ongoing industrial dispute between Lagos State employed doctors, under the auspices of the Medical Guild and the state government.
“We are aware of the extension of the ultimatum set by the Medical Guild for the LASG to address its demands.
“Indeed, we were optimistic that the window would be explored by both parties to critically and dispassionately address the demands of the Medical Guild.
“Sadly, that was not the case,” the NMA leaders said.
They noted that the Guild had on Monday declared a three-day warning strike after what appeared to be an unwillingness of the state government to address its demands.
“It is, however, curious that the same strike elicited a rather robust response from the LASG in the form of a press release.
“Why was the two weeks window not explored for robust engagements with the Medical Guild in order to avert this avoidable disruption of the healthcare system in the state?
“While the efforts of LASG in responding to the demands of the press release are noteworthy, the use of unflattering language in the said release betrays an intention to antagonise rather than seek to dialogue with the Medical Guild.
“Words are powerful which makes the careful use of it imperative,” the NMA leaders said.
They expressed optimism that both parties would go back to negotiation table under an atmosphere of mutual respect and goodwill.
“The hitherto goodwill enjoyed by the LASG among its doctors was seriously damaged by reports of the unceremonious disengagement of doctors working in isolation centres and their summary eviction from their hotel accommodation.
“This is just one of the several grievances of the Medical Guild,” the NMA leaders said.
They affirmed to the state government that the Medical Guild was an affiliate of the NMA, thus entitled to and had been reassured of the support of NMA.
“While we do not wish for an escalation of the ongoing dispute in order not to jeopardise the healthcare of Lagos people, we however, have, as stated above, obligations to the Medical Guild,” NMA leaders said.
NAN recalled that doctors under the aegis of the Medical Guild had on July 13 commenced a three-day warning strike that would end on July 16 over issues that affects their safety and welfare.
The Guild, however, exempts its members working in the state’s COVID-19 isolation centres from the strike.
Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
Strike: Striking doctors call for robust engagement with LASG
“We still remain committed to peaceful resolution of issues that we have raised with the state government.
“Our position is that there is a need for proper engagement, negotiations and implementation of agreements, in order to make progress in the state’s health sector,” Sodipo said.
According to him, part of the challenges that led to the present situation is the refusal of some government officials to engage the Guild, in spite of its concerted efforts to engage them.
On the state government position on the Guild’s grievances, Sodipo said that some of the issues referred to in the government’s statement were not correct.
“We feel that the statement was not in the spirit of the efforts of the Medical Guild to deescalate the situation, and get solution to the critical issues raised,” Sodipo said.
He affirmed that the meeting held with the state government on July 12, ought to have taken place before then to avert the current situation.
“There was an acknowledgment from the state government side during the meeting that there ought to have been more engagements with the Guild to avert the strike.
“We had an agreement after the meeting with the government to take the resolution to the Guild Council, we intend to hold a meeting on July 14.
“However, members of the Guild are worried that government was not ready to discuss some of the critical issues raised by the Guild, and unfortunately that was the picture painted in the press release,” he said.
Sodipo expressed optimism that the critical issues raised by the Guild would be discussed with the relevant officials, negotiated and communicated to the state Governor with the hope of resolving the impasse.
He, therefore, appealed to the state government to shift ground on pending critical issues that affects health workers, citizens and development of the health sector.
NAN recalled that doctors under the aegis of the Medical Guild had on July 13 commenced a three-day warning strike that would end on July 16 over issues that affects their safety and welfare.
The Guild, however, exempted its members working in the state’s COVID-19 isolation centres from the strike.
Reacting to the warning strike, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, had urged the doctors to suspend the warning strike and return to work.
Omotoso said that the state government was disappointed at the warning strike embarked upon by the Guild.
He said that most issues raised by the Guild had been resolved, while unresolved issues were still being deliberated upon.
Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
LASG to enforce demolition of distressed buildings
The commissioner made this known during a visit to the site of the two-storey building which collapsed in the early hours of Saturday on Freeman St. Lagos Island.
“When we capture a building as distressed, people need to be moved out immediately, which we have been doing.
“However, when you move them out, they will still come back after the officers from these emergency management agencies leave,” Salako said.
He said that the agency would soon carry out an advert which would earmark over 100 distressed houses to be demolished
“The greed of developers, economising building materials for maximum gain also led to easy collapse of these buildings,” he said.
Salako said government would be at the forefront of detecting these distressed buildings and demolish them.
Oke-Osanyintolu said that combined efforts of different emergency management agencies helped in rescuing the survivors who were being attended to medically.
“The Ministry of Physical Planning, LASEMA, the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army amongst others, helped to rescue nine people who are presently receiving medical treatment and are in stable course,” he said.
“LASBCA had served the occupants quit notice and the Ministry of Physical Planning had informed the occupants to leave the building because the house was in distress.
“They, however, refused to adhere to the warnings which had resulted in the loss of lives and property,” he said.
Oke-Osanyitolu said that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had made sure that the safety of lives and property remained paramount to his administration.
“There are laws and building regulations on ground to ensure security of lives and property which people must adhere to.
“We are appealing to the people of the state to live in a responsible way and ensure that safety is paramount to what they are doing.
“In as much as the government has done the needful, our people need to abide by the rules and regulations of the state,” the LASEMA boss said.
Allison, who narrowly escaped death, is an occupant of the destroyed bungalow.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
LASG seeks residents’ cooperation in rebuilding Otto-Wolfe/Mba-Cardoso Road
The Lagos State Government on Friday appealed to residents of Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government Area to cooperate with it during the reconstruction of the Otto-Wolfe/Mba-Cardoso Road.
Dr Idris Salako, the state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, made appeal at a stakeholders’ meeting at the council’s secretariat in Ajegunle.
He was represented by a director in the ministry, Mr Bola Aliu.
The News Agency of Nigeria repirts that Otto-Wolfe/ Mba-Cardoso Road links Apapa-Oshodi Expressway and serves as a major bypass connecting Ajegunle through Boundary to Lagos Island.
Contract for the 3,550-metre road was awarded to Messrs Banci Nig. Ltd. in March 2020 with a completion period of 18 months.
Salako said the state government required the residents to remove all encumbrances on the way of the project because the road was vital for rapid economic growth.
“It is important that we all give our full cooperation for the project to come into fruition so that we can reap its many benefits.
“In this regard, your total support is very essential,” he urged.
Salako said the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration was committed to even infrastructure development of the state.
“The reconstruction of the road represents another giant leap that will enhance the transportation and socio-economic development of this community and its environs.
“The administration of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has, as a matter of deliberate policy, articulated the THEMES Agenda and maintained a consistent focus on improving the intermodal transportation system of the state,” Salako said.
Salako said the state government had within 13 months constructed and rehabilitated many major roads to ease transport across the state.
He said that the stakeholders’ meeting was held to establish mutual understanding and cooperation required for the smooth execution of the project.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye, said that the project was intended to bring succour to the people of the area by enhancing connectivity and socio-economic activities.
Adeyoye promised that the government would do its best to minimize inconveniences during the construction.
Mr Lukman Olumoh, Lawmaker, representing Ajeromi-Ifelodun Constituency 1 in the state House of Assembly, lauded the government for the project.
He assured of the community’s cooperation during the road construction.
Edited By: Joe Idika/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)
Tree Planting Day: LASG to plant coconut seedlings, fruit crops
The Lagos State Government says it will plant coconut seedlings and other fruit-bearing trees during the state 2020 Tree Planting Day, on July 14.
Mr Dapo Olakulehin, General Manager of Lagos State Coconut Development Authority (LASCODA), made this known to newsmen on Friday in Lagos.
Olakulehin said the exercise would be carried out in collaboration with Lagos State Parks and Gardens (LASPARK) in the 57 council areas of the state.
He said that fruit-bearing trees would be planted because they would provide nutritional and health benefits to the citizens on maturity.
According to him, over 100,000 coconut seedlings will be planted during the exercise.
“Fruit trees and coconut seedlings will be planted in 2020 edition to provide nutritional and health benefits to the citizens when the trees mature.
“In addition, household will be encouraged to plant the seedlings through the distribution of free seedlings to interested residents,” he said.
He said the exercise would be done by few state officials in order to maintain social distancing, adding that they must use face masks in accordance with COVID-19 protocols.
The general manager said that some tertiary institutions, beach managers and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs)would also be involved.
He said the Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, and top officials of the ministry had visited the LASCODA coconut seedlings production stations at Oko-Oba, Agege and Mowo, Badagry, to assess the seedlings.
He said the visit was also to ascertain the level of preparedness of the authority for the tree planting exercise.
He quoted the acting commissioner as expressing delight at the progress of work and the number of seedlings ready for the exercise.
Edited By: Joe Idika/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)
Impending flood: LASG urges residents in 4 LGA to relocate
By Aisha Cole
Lagos July 9, 2020 (NAN) Lagos State Government has urged residents of four local government areas to relocate from a highly probable flood risk expected between now and September.
Mr Tunji Bello, Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, made the appeal in a statement on Thursday in Lagos.
Bello said that should the residents fail to relocate, they should of wary of the impending flood.
He said that Lagos Mainland, Mushin, Ibeju-Lekki and Ikorodu would witness more high intensity rainfall between now and September.
He, therefore, urged the residents, especially those with structures in low lying areas, to relocate during this period to avoid any untoward incident such as loss of lives and property.
He said that forecast from the Annual Flood Outlook released by the Hydrological Services Agency on May 28 this year said the four councils would be most hit by flood.
The commissioner also identified 14 other local government areas as likely to face probable flood risks this year but might not be severe as the four forewarned.
He listed the 14 local government areas included Lagos Island, Alimosho, Amuwo Odofin, Ikeja, Kosofe, Eti-Osa, Apapa, Ojo, Oshodi/Isolo, Agege, Ifako Ijaiye, Badagry, Surulere and Ajeromi-Ifelodun.
Bello stated that the ministry would clear and clean the drains of pet bottles and styron foams as exemplified by the efforts of the Emergency Flood Abatement Gang all over the black spots in the state.
He added that it was regrettable that several heaps of pet plastic bottles and solid waste were daily being excavated from the drainage channels in areas like Mushin, Idi Oro, Idi Araba, LUTH and Mile 2.
He stressed that investigation had showed that some traders, especially in Mushin, dump waste from their daily sales and articles straight into the drains, thus inhibiting the free-flow of water into the channels.
He urged residents to desist from clogging drainage channels with refuse, especially those cleaned up recently, adding that the unpatriotic act of some residents had put the lives of those working on the drains in danger.
Tunji Bello said anyone caught dumping refuse in any drainage channel would face the full wrath of the law.
He appealed to residents of Bariga who had been adversely affected by sand filling being carried out in the area to bear with the state government.
Bello said that the ministry was working assiduously to ensure that the alignment in the area was properly restored. (NAN)
Edited By: Joe Idika/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
WAEC: MSSN cautions LASG against ‘hasty’ school reopening
By Mercy Omoike
Lagos, July 9, 2020 (NAN) The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Council, has advised the state government against ‘hasty’ reopening of schools.
The group’s Amir (President), Dr Saheed Ashafa, gave this advice in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday in Lagos.
Ashafa said this in reaction to the Federal Government’s decision not to allow students to sit for the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) amid rising cases of COVID-19 in the country.
He cautioned that schools should only be reopened when adequate preparations had been made to prevent spread of the disease among students.
According to him, many schools lack adequate facilities that will enable them to comply with the COVID-19 preventive guidelines.
He also queried the motive of reopening schools for graduating students’ due to “external pressure” from WAEC.
Quoting data from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) website to substantiate the group’s call, Ashafa said time was not ripe for the reopening of schools in the state.
“According to the NCDC, as of Thursday, July 9, 2020, Lagos has recorded 11,670 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
“Out of these cases, 133 are dead and 1,701 have recovered.
“This means that there are still 9,836 active cases of coronavirus in Lagos.
“From data gotten via the World Health Organisation website, Lagos has more cases than all other countries taking WASSCE, except Ghana.
“The state has, however, recorded more deaths than Ghana.
“In fact, if the COVID-19 cases in all other countries taking WASSCE, except Ghana are added together, Lagos will still have more COVID-19 cases,’’ Ashafa said.
He further called on the Lagos State Government to toe the line of the Federal Government in postponing the reopening of schools nationwide.
This move, he said, would ensure the protection of lives and limit the spread of the pandemic in the state.
“Since the government is expected to protect the lives of the people, it should weigh the available options, do the analysis and come out with a conclusion on whether it is more beneficial to take examinations at this moment or not.
This, he said, is more appropriate, rather than following a bandwagon announcement of school reopening.
“It may be honourable for the state to toe the line of the federal government by cancelling its plans to reopen schools for graduating students.
“We also understand that WAEC has assured the public of ensuring the best of COVID-19 protocols, but what about the mental wellness of the students.
“We are certain that it will not benefit anybody, parents, students, government and the nation to approve the taking of examinations and lose lives.’’ (NAN)
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
LASG, Amuwo Odofin LG train 1,000 business owners on COVID-19 guidelines implementation
The theme is, ‘COVID-19 Safety Protocol Training for Business Owners’.
The training is taking place in batches throughout the duration of the programme in order to observe social distancing.
In his remark, the Chairman of the council, Mr Valentine Buraimoh, said the programme was aimed at keeping the participants abreast with the latest ways of doing business in the community.
“We all have a role to play as the business community to reduce the further spread of COVID-19,” he said.
Mr Ugochukwu Nwaelele, Director, Clarionttech Services, told the participants to ensure that they, as well as their customers were safe while doing business.
Nwaelele, who is also a Safety Consultant, advised that though the World Health Organisation had said COVID-19 was not airborne, having the mentality of it being spread through that means would make people more cautious.
He urged employers to ensure that they provided Personal Protective Equipment for their employees and items such as water, soap and sanitiser for their customers.
Mr Kadiri Shamusideen, Principal Consultant at Zub Chord Tech Ventures, told the participants to further enlighten their customers by putting up anti-COVID-19 signages in their business premises.
Shamusideen advised the participants to register on the LASG platform so their premises could be inspected for reopening of business.
A Participant, Mr Samuel Idowu, praised the organisers for having the interest of the business owners in the community at heart.
Idowu urged fellow business owners to ensure that they worked with the council in enforcing the guidelines against spread of the virus.
“As business owners, we shouldn’t compromise but go all out in the implementation of preventive measures against COVID-19,” he said.
Edited By: Razak Owolabi/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
LASG empowers 300 victims of Abule-Egba pipeline explosion
The Lagos State Government has empowered over 300 victims of the Abule-Egba pipeline explosion with vocational training for them to be self-employed.
The Director-General Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the training would prepare them for life after leaving the Internally Displayed Persons (IDPs)camp at Igando.
Oke-Osanyintolu told NAN, on the sideline of graduation ceremony of the trainees, on Wednesday that the state government had provided equipment to all the victims, having acquired necessary skills and vocation in several crafts.
“This is part of steps to prepare for reintegration back to the society after the unfortunate explosion that disrupted their lives,’’ the DG said.
He explained that that the graduation was taking place after four weeks intensive training conducted by officials of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, in partnership with LASEMA.
“The four-week training has enabled them to acquire requisite skills and knowledge in different vocations that included soap making, batik/tie-and-dye, hairdressing, fabric design, Ankara craft, throw pillow, event decoration, catering, stoning and make-up/gele-tying.
“The training started on June 15 and is terminating today, after their six months sojourn in LASEMA’s Igando relief camp where their psychological, physiological and mental well-being had been catered for by the state government.
“Today, 300 beneficiaries received between N150,000 and N250,000 financial assistance.
“The financial assistance, coupled with the skill acquisition and vocational training programme is for the total benefit of victims toward their easy reintegration back into the society.’’
Also speaking, the LASEMA Camp Commandant, Mr Bosun Olukolade, described the relationship between officials and the victims at the camps as one of the best in terms of cooperation and compliance to the rules of the camp.
He urged them to emulate good etiquette they had learnt in the camp, reminding them of maintaining social distancing and avoiding crowd environment.
The Chairman Community Development Area (CDAs)Abule-Egba Pipeline, Mr John-Taiwo Okunebe, commended the Lagos state government, LASEMA and other stakeholders for their support throughout their stay in the camp.
Okunebe commended the state government for providing working tools to the 300 victims, who participated in different skills to help them face the society again.
The chairman, however, pleaded with the government to provide good roads around the pipeline areas to curb the illegal vandalism.
Okunebe said that illegal activities of hoodlums had resulted in the explosion which had rendered many of the people homeless while some lost their love ones.
One of the beneficiaries, a 15-year-old victim, Michael John, appreciated the government and promised to establish himself on catering skills that he had learnt.
Another beneficiary, Ms Abraham Cecilia, a 28-year-old single mother said she was grateful for the opportunity rendered to her by the state government.
Cecilia added that although she love fashion, “now I can make hairstyle and get some money to care for her three years baby’’.
She said that during her six months stay at the camp, she learnt how to relate with many people and to be tolerant with one another.
Evangelist Olasunkanmi Ibitola, who lost his building during to the explosion, said he could make soap and was ready to expand the soap business.
NAN recalls that a pipeline exploded in Abule Egba area at about 8.00 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, killing some people and displacing scores others. .
Edited By: Benson Iziama/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Director-General Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu while appreciating the skill samples produced by the Ebule-Egba pipeline explosion victims on Wednesday in Lagos.
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