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LASG seeks residents’ cooperation in rebuilding Otto-Wolfe/Mba-Cardoso Road

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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)

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LASG holds consultative forum for Y2021 Budget, adopts holistic approach to COVID-19

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The Lagos State Government says it is engaging a holistic approach to restarting the state’s economy and re-imagining its operations toward surviving the COVID-19 pandemic in its year 2021 budget.


Mr Samuel Egube, the State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, made this known at the 2021 Budget Consultative Forum on Tuesday in Lagos.

Egube said that in order to minimise the effect of the pandemic, the state government had implemented interventions along the line of aggressive healthcare responses, business support, sustainability measures and relief to the poor.

“The state government has increased commitment to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs to help them during and post COVID-19.

“We intend to adopt consolidation and tactical redirection to areas that would help employment, food production and security, particularly to overcome the effects of COVID-19.

“We are going to flag off our internship programme by the Ministry of Wealth.

“The idea is to get people to work, and the state government will pay them, while working for SMEs to gather experience and tackle unemployment,” the commissioner said.

He said that for half of the year 2020, the state recorded a budget performance of 57 per cent (N334. 838bn), which was in absolute terms higher than the 73 per cent (N316.676bn) for the same period of 2019.

“The COVID-19 pandemic with its resultant health and economic impacts greatly affected the state, like other geographies around the world and changed the context within which we execute development agenda.

“Within this very difficult context, LASG was able to achieve greater revenues, while managing expenditure with revenue stronger by six per cent against the approved budget.

“In view of the dwindling revenue of the State’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) due to the pandemic, LASG is committed to growing the state’s IGR to sustain its developmental projects.

“We will continue to minimise wastage through tighter expenditure controls and promote prudent spending.

“Plans to invest in comparative advantage areas such as aquaculture for quick wins was underway,” he said.

For the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), the commissioner said that the state was providing wage subsidies based on maintaining payroll and enhancing the access of SMEs to short term funding through the State Empowerment Trust Fund.

He added that the state also focussed on agriculture as plans to finish the Rice Mill at Imota and undertake a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) concession afterwards was underway.

“Rice Mill at Imota is expected to employ 300, 000 people and is at 75 per cent completion.

“It is expected to produce 120, 000 Metric Tonnes annually, and increase local rice production by 75 per cent.

“Efforts are also ongoing to train rice farmers on the right variety of rice to produce to feed the mill,” he said.

The commissioner said that continued efforts to digitise the state were ongoing.

On the economic outlook for year 2020, he said that forecasts suggest 2020 GDP growth would be severely impacted followed by a sharp rebound of 3.5 per cent.

Earlier, Mr Adebayo Sodade, Special Adviser on Economic Planning and Budget, said the forum was an avenue to update the stakeholders on the half year performance of the budget.

Sodade said it also brought to general knowledge the resources available for the next budget, taking into cognisance all economic variables and externalities such as crude oil prices, inflation, interest rates and the effect of COVID-19 on the economy.

“Rubbing minds with you also provides us an ample opportunity to share ideas geared toward the greater Lagos project, while ensuring that your desired interests are adequately captured in the development agenda,” he said.

Sodade urged citizens to fulfil their civic responsibilities through regular payment of taxes, monitoring of government projects and reporting observed lapses.

He also called for the protection of public facilities and infrastructure, obedience to traffic and safety rules and regulations, ensuring environmental friendliness and security consciousness for a greater Lagos.

The special adviser said government had planned to improve revenue and overall service delivery by widening the tax base to meet citizens’ expectations.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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Employee absconds with employer’s N199, 500

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A 37-year-old employee, Yinusa Mohammed, who allegedly absconded with his employer’s N199,500, was on Tuesday charged before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.


 

Mohammed, who resides in Ojota area of Lagos State, is facing a charge of stealing.

 

The Prosecutor, ASP Rita Momoh, told the court that the accused committed the offence on July 14 at Winfords Ltd., Ojota.

 

Momoh said that the defendant, who worked as an accountant at the said company failed to remit N199, 500 being proceeds from sales.

 

“The accused who was employed sometime last year absconded with the money.

 

“Efforts made by the company to get the money were unsuccessful as the defendant refused to pick calls made to his cell phones.

 

“He was later arrested and handed over to the police,” she said.

 

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 287 (7) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015(Revised).

 

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the section stipulates seven years’ imprisonment for stealing.

 

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

 

In her ruling, the Magistrate, Mrs O.M. Ajayi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.

 

Ajayi said that the sureties should be gainfully employed with an evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government {LASG}.

 

She adjourned the case until Aug.11.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Peter Dada (NAN)

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LASG rescues 3 trafficked children, seals 4 estates, 22 high-rise buildings

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The Lagos State Government ( LASG) on Thursday rescued three trafficked children serving as  workers in a construction  site in Lekki axis  of  Lagos State .


The Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory (LSMTL) that effected the rescue also sealed  22 high-rise buildings and four estates for non compliance to quality assurance in the area.

Dr Afolabi Abiodun,  the General Manager of LSMTL during the enforcement warned developers against child labour, stating that defaulters would be prosecuted.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the minors, who were  from Benin Republic were rescued during enforcement visit to the construction sites by LSMTL.

NAN also reports that LSMTL sealed four estates and 22 houses in the Lekki axis during the exercise while it collected  water samples  from the sealed construction sites for analysis.

Abiodun stressed the need for safe water during  construction.

The general manager reacting to the rescued children serving as labourers  said, “It is child abuse, developers should not use children for construction.

“Look at the children, if we estimate, they are less than 10 years old. What will a 10-year- old be doing  on a construction site,” the LMSTI boss said.

He said that the enforcement was necessary to assess  the structural integrity of buildings, to stem the tide of building collapses, in line with Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s  zero tolerance for building collapse  in the state.

He called on owners of completed high-rise buildings to carry out non destructive tests every five years, to ensure the  structural stability of their  buildings.

Abiodun advised construction companies, developers, estate agents, builders and other stakeholders in the built environment to comply with the directive for testing their construction materials.

He said that such tests should be for ongoing and completed buildings to avert  the danger of building collapse in the state.

The general manager said that some estates had in the past refused officials of the LSMTL to carry out tests on their building materials and also ignored notices served on them to submit samples for testing.

He told  the workers on a site near the popular 1,004 Estate,  along the Ozumba Mbadiwe Way,  that it was on record that the place had been served notices.

“What we have done here is partial sealing because we understand that you must go in and out.

“Tell your engineer to bring evidence of all tests conducted to the  Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory”, he said.

Abiodun also  said that  his team discovered  that on some of the sealed sites, the engineers used 10mm iron rods for columns of buildings where the least thickness required was 16mm.

He decried the wrong foundations being laid for buildings on the axis which are mostly wetlands, adding that, the LSMTL was going to carry out urgent tests on some of the foundations to avert risks of collapse.

Property owners who did not ascertain the structural stability of their buildings risk sanctions,” the general manager said.

He noted that using the right materials and carrying out the required soil tests would prevent construction failure.

Abiodun urged the public to patronise the LSTML to ensure that they test their construction materials for quality to guarantee structural integrity to avert building collapse.

However, some of the trafficked children working as construction workers told journalists they were working as brick layers and painters on site.

They said their daily wages of N400.00  per child were usually paid to their masters while they remained on site to work.

/ PAD

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Peter Dada (NAN)

 

 

 

 

 

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Strike: NMA warns LASG against escalating impasse with medical doctors

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has appealed to Lagos State Government to speedily and holistically address the demands of the striking doctors, under the aegis of Medical Guild.


The NMA made the appeal in a statement jointly signed by Dr Adenekan Adetunji and Dr Ramon Moronkola, the Lagos State Chairman and Secretary of the association respectively.

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 was done without thoughts to the danger they might constitute to their loved ones, if they returned home without being properly screened for COVID-19.

“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)

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