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Lagos, March 12, 2019 Some Lagos residents on Tuesday urged the governor-elect in the state, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and incoming lawmakers to make welfare of the people their priority when they assume office.

 

They spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews in Lagos.

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Sunday declared Sanwo-Olu winner of the March 9 governorship election and returned him elected.

 

Sanwo-Olu, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), polled 739,445 votes to defeat Jimi Agbaje of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 206,141 votes, and other contestants in the election.

 

Forty winners have also emerged in the State House of Assembly elections conducted in Lagos on the same day.

 

A Primary school teacher, Mr Timileyin Adenekan, said that the elected candidates should endeavor to keep various promises they made during campaigns and make citizens’ well-being their major concern.

 

Adenekan said: “The elected candidates should not concentrate or allocate all resources to construction of bridges, but they should also invest in agriculture to ensure food sufficiency for people.

 

“They should also consider people that live below poverty line, and they should ensure payment of civil servants salaries as and when due.”

 

Adenekan scored INEC high in the conduct of the 2019 elections, saying he believed the elections were largely free and fair.

 

“The elections were free and fair in most parts of the country, even though some political parties still engaged in vote-buying,” he said.

 

Oyinwanwa Phillips, a student, told NNN that he expected Sanwo-Olu and the incoming legislators to carry out their duties effectively.

 

He said that candidates elected at the federal level should also work together to ensure greater success of the anti-corruption war.

 

“The elections were good, although there was violence in some places; but we thank God it was successful.

 

“I expect the newly elected candidates to carry out their duties accurately.

 

“When they assume office, the elected candidates should provide basic amenities to citizens and improve infrastructure to provide conducive environment for investment, business and location of manufacturing industries.

 

“I also urge the Federal government not to relent in its anti-corruption war in the country.

 

“Government should support small and medium scale business owners financially through grants and loans, and also educational systems must be upgraded to improve education standard in the country,” Phillips said.

 

Mr Francis Duru, a photographer and graphic designer, said newly elected candidates at both state and federal levels should try their best not to make life difficult for commoners, and strive to achieve better than their predecessors.

 

“Government should invest in the economic sector to provide employment and improve standard of living in the country,’’ he said.

 

Duru urged the federal government to balance national security with human right imperatives, and enhance safety of residents in parts affected by insurgence and herdsmen killing.

 

Miss Aminat Raimi, a student, appealed to Sanwo-Olu to pay attention to areas where Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode did not pay enough attention to, and work on them.

 

She urged him and the others elected to keep the promises they made during campaigns and make life better for the people.

 

Raimi said that the election that brought them in was free and fair, and commended security agencies for maintaining peace during the exercise.

 

Mr Godwin Idamarhare, a drycleaner, told NNN that he would like the incoming governor to deal with unemployment, food shortage and bad roads in the state.

 

At the federal level, he said that the fight against corruption should be intensified and those found wanting should be prosecuted.

 

Mr Pelumi Baba, an artist, urged Sanwo-Olu to work on the education sector and improve lives of people at the grassroots.

 

He advised him to keep his campaign promises and manifesto, which earned him the people’s votes.

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Sanwo-Olu delivers 1,576 new homes, promises affordable mortgages

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The Lagos State government, on Tuesday, said it had delivered 1,576 new homes to residents within the first year of the Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration, as part of its affordable mass housing scheme.

The state’s commissioner for Housing, Mr Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, said this during the Ministerial Press Briefing in Lagos to mark the first year of Sanwo-Olu in office.

He said the government had completed housing schemes in six locations.

Akinderu-Fatai listed the sites to include Igando in Alimosho, Idale in Badagry, Iponri in Surulere, Igbokushu in Lekki Phase 1 and Lekki Phase 2 in Eti-Osa Local Government Areas, and Igbogbo in Igbogbo Baiyeku Local Council Development Area.

“Provision of decent housing for Lagosians is an integral part of the transformation agenda of the present administration. Housing being a critical need of humans forms the bedrock of other developmental efforts, hence the great attention given to it by the present administration.

“The strategies deployed in meeting this agenda are building through Direct Budgetary allocation for the completion of existing housing schemes as well as through Public Private Partnerships.

“492 of the homes located at Lateef Kayode Jakande Gardens Housing in Igando and 360 at LagosHoms Igbogbo 2b were actualised through Direct Budgetary allocations while the rest were made possible through joint ventures with private investors,” he said.

Akinderu-Fatai listed 724 homes in various estates, which were achieved through partnerships with Lagos State Property Development Corporation, Le Grand Property Development Company, Step Development, Echostone Housing and Messrs Lekki Ultimate Constructions.

He commended the partners and called for collaboration with more investors to speedily bridge the huge housing deficit in the state.

The commissioner explained that more housing schemes would be completed before the first quarter of 2021 to produce additional 2,284 home units.

He listed the additional projects to include LagosHoms estates in Sangotedo with 1218 homes, 660 homes at Odo Onosa /Ayandelu in Agbowa LCDA and 36 units in Lagos State University main campus.

Others are: Egan Igando Scheme with 270 homes and Epe Housing Scheme in Itamarun Epe local Government with 112 homes.

The commissioner said the government was upgrading skills of 1,000 artisans in the building sector to improve their efficiency and income generation capacity.

Akinderu-Fatai emphasised that the state government’s housing policy focused more on first time home owners who were residents and could be captured under suitable mortgage systems or had capacity to make outright purchases.

The State Government has strengthened its convenient mortgage system under the Rent-to-Own Scheme under the Lagos State Mortgage Board to bring as many people as possible on the Home Ownership ladder.

“Within the period under review, a total of 1,332 Lagosians benefited from the Rent-to-Own Scheme. With an initial payment of five per cent of the homes and monthly payments spread over 10 years, more Lagosians can become homeowners without experiencing serious financial hardship,” he said.

He added that the state would pursue various programmes to make social housing accessible to the less privileged and vulnerable in the state.

Special Adviser to Gov. Sanwo-Olu on Housing, Mrs Toke Benson-Awoyinka, commended the administration for establishing the Lagos State Real Estate Regulatory Authority (LASRERA) to regulate real estate businesses and practitioners.

With the promulgation, the Authority is now empowered by Law to register Real Estate Practitioners/Property Developers across the state and issue licenses annually to genuine practitioners,” she said.

Benson-Awoyinka also said LASRERA investigated complaints and petitions against licensed and unlicensed Real Estate Practitioners /Property Developers and imposed sanctions in accordance with the law where necessary during the period under review.

She said various stakeholder engagements were held and an online portal www.lasrera.lagosstate.gov.ng was launched for the registration of practitioners in the property market and real estate business.

“The seamless and robust platform has been put in place to gather data of genuine stakeholders in the industry for the purpose of planning and promoting ease of business.

“More importantly, it was also a way of addressing the issue of sharp practices in the sub sector in which many innocent citizens in search of accommodation, purchase and sale of properties have been criminally defrauded by fake/dubious practitioners,” she said.

Benson-Awoyinka said series of interactive sessions were carried out with various government agencies and leadership of local governments for proper regulation and actualisation of the vision of the agency.

She added that the state was working on the Mortgage and Property Law Cap M5 Laws of Lagos State, 2015, established to ensure accessible and affordable mortgage/charges.


Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Salif Atojoko (NAN)

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Osinbajo, Sanwo-Olu, ASUU hail Unilag VC at 60

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Lagos State Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu have prayed for more wisdom, strength and  favour for the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, as he clocked 60.


In a congratulatory message made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, Osinbajo thanked God for Ogundipe’s life. and prayed Him to grant the vice chancellor more grace.

Dolapo and I, congratulate you heartily on your 60th birthday anniversary.

”We bless the name of the Lord for his great favour and mercy over your life in the past years. God is truly worthy of praise.

”As we celebrate with you and your family and friends as you attain this milestone, we pray that as your days are, so shall your strength, wisdom and favour with God  be, in Jesus name,” Osinbajo prayed.

Similarly, Sanwo-Olu  congratulated the vice chancellor, saying that he  (Ogundipe)  belonged to the privileged class of ‘Nigeria’s Independence’ children.

”You were born in the same year the country emerged as an independent nation, bearing the hopes and aspirations of the African continent and the entire black race.

”By your towering and exceptional achievement as a foremost man of God, scholar, administrator and patriot, you stand tall today.

”I have followed closely your transformational strides at Unilag, which happens to be my alma mater.

‘’Under your watch, the institution entered the 2020 Times Higher Education Ranking of the best 1000 universities in the world, for the first time,” Sanwo-Olu said.

The governor said that the vice chancellor

had registered his footprints  on the sands of time, by his achievements.

“I am proud of the work you are doing,  and grateful that the Almighty God  has spared your life to see this Diamond Jubilee,” he said.

The governor prayed God to continue to grant Ogundipe grace and wisdom  to take the university to greater heights.

”On behalf of my wife, Ibijoke, and myself, I congratulate you and the entire Ogundipe family on this milestone, and wish you many more glorious years,” Sanwo-Olu said.

Also in a congratulatory message, the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) wished Ogundipe more years of experience and diligence.

”The association rejoices with the vice chancellor. We believe he is 20 years old, plus 40 years of experience. We look forward to another 40 years, when we will come back to celebrate him.

”We wish him the very best in office as he continues to pilot the affairs of the Great Akokites,” ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said.

NAN reports that Ogundipe clocked 60 years on Sunday.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

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1st Anniversary: Sanwo-Olu virtually inaugurates 18 projects across Lagos

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Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday inaugurated 18 projects in commemoration of his first year in office.

The inauguration was held virtually in line with the demands of COVID-19 in which the state remained the epicentre in the country.

The projects inaugurated included a concrete jetty with shoreline protection at Ikorodu, rehabilitation, upgrading and construction of road projects at Somolu, Mushin and Badagry.

Also, over 500 houses and apartments in various parts of the state and construction of classroom blocks in both primary and secondary schools in various local government areas and local council development areas of the state.

Sanwo-Olu said that the cardinal part of his ‘Greater Lagos’ vision was infrastructure development and his government had worked assiduously to achieve the numerous of infrastructure inaugurated.

If Lagos is to sustain its Centre of Excellence status in the country, vital infrastructure must be carefully built across all sectors.

”Universally, infrastructure development is critical to achieving human capital development. The economic impact that infrastructure improvement has on nation-building cannot be over-emphasised.

”Without doubt, the growth of any country’s economy hugely depends on the status of its infrastructure. The dearth of needed infrastructure in a given society places serious limitation on human capital development.

”It is in view of its crucial role to achieving rapid economic growth that advanced nations of the world commit huge investment to infrastructural development.

”Essentially, the prosperity of a nation depends on the state of its infrastructure

“From the ancient Roman Empire to the super economic powers of the 21st century, it has been clearly demonstrated that no nation can accomplish true greatness without evolving pragmatic strategies for long-term infrastructural development.

”Therefore, the virtual commissioning of some vital projects on the occasion of the 1st year of our administration clearly amplifies our resolve to build first-class infrastructure across the state,” he said.

The governor urged Lagos residents to take proper ownership of the projects in their respective communities, as the projects were collective heritage.

According to him, in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic and its attendant economic challenges, the government will not stop work on all road projects across the state.

Similarly, Sanwo-Olu also unveiled two major publications, ‘Towards a Greater Lagos’ and ‘Testimonies: Indisputable Proofs of Dividends of Democracy’, which had been specially produced to highlight the major strides of the administration in the last one year.

He said that the two anniversary publications were veritable sources of information about the policies, programmes and projects of the administration in the past one year.

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Sanwo-Olu dedicates first anniversary to frontline health workers in Lagos

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Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday,  dedicated his administration’s first anniversary in office to frontline health workers in the state.

Sanwo-Olu, said this at the State House, Marina, during a simple ceremony to mark his administration’s first year  in office.

He said the frontline health and emergency workers had paid great sacrifices in giving their all to the response in containing the Coronavirus pandemic in Lagos state.

The governor honoured leaders of various medical teams deployed to isolation facilities across the state, presenting them with plaques in appreciation of their sacrifices in the battle against the pandemic.

The 10 health workers who  received the plaques represented over 800 personnel deployed by the state to the frontline in the battle against COVID-19.

Sanwo-Olu described the health personnel as ”a dedicated team of professionals”, whose commitment and selflessness, helped the government to properly manage the healthcare sector in a critical period.

”The current pandemic ravaging cities and communities all over the world is something we have not seen in the last 100 years.

”As the epicentre of the outbreak in the country, Lagos has taken charge and offered the leadership required in the response to stop the virus.

”As a demonstration of our commitment to winning the battle, we felt the least we can do on the occasion of our first anniversary is to select representatives of the frontline health workers for appreciation.

‘The selected personnel are not the only persons deserving of the honour, but this is a testimony to our resolve to show appreciation to all the frontline workers.

”We have not come out of the pandemic or reached the peak, but we certainly cannot wait until the crisis is over before we start acknowledging the sacrifices of the committed people.

‘Each team of medical personnel deployed has played their roles well and we will not forget your sacrifices. On behalf of the people and government, I thank all frontline workers for their sacrifices,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu said the period of health emergency had given the state an opportunity to appraise its emergency response mechanism and the need to overhaul the public health infrastructure.

He said that his administration would not leave anything to chance to prepare the state for future health emergencies, as lessons learnt would lead to changes in the handling of infectious diseases to prevent lapses in future responses.

”It is not only about COVID-19, but about the entire health infrastructure. We have taken lessons from the response toward containing the virus and we are taking the lessons beyond the pandemic.

”As a government, we will not leave anything to chance; we will continue to raise the bar.

”In the revision of the state’s 2020 Budget, it is only health sector that has seen growth in their numbers, both in capital and recurrent expenditures.

”We believe the sector needs all critical support around improving the skills of personnel and facilities, providing infrastructure and ensuring technology is playing lead role in managing health crisis.

”We have dedicated teams of medical personnel and I’m convinced we will survive this pandemic,” the governor said.

He re-emphasised the need for residents to keep to public health guidelines issued by the state government, adding that the use of face masks in public places and keeping social distancing remained compulsory in the state.

Presenting the health workers for the honour, Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said the team leaders had displayed uncommon passion and commitment in discharging their duties in the period of public health crisis.

Those honoured include a Principal Medical Officer 1, at Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Dr. Sunday Adesola; an Apex Nurse at Mainland General Hospital in Yaba, Mrs Basirat Adeoye; a Pharmacist, Mr Folarin Amosun; a renowned virologist, Prof. Sunday Omilabu; and a medical waste cleaner, Mr Olufemi Akinade.

Others are,  Dr. Bisola Adebayo, a Consultant Public Health and Community Medicine Physician; Mr Olanrewaju Aladetuyi, a laboratory scientist; Mrs Abiola Adeloju, a hospital administrator; Mr Alaba Anago, an ambulance driver, and Mr Tajudeen Bankole, a gatekeeper at the Mainland General Hospital in Yaba

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

 

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Anniversary: RTEAN commends Gov. Sanwo-Olu on road reconstruction, COVID-19 response

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marks   the first year in office of Babajide Sanwo-Olu as  the incumbent Govenor of Lagos State.

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Gov. Sanwo-Olu inaugurates 264 units of flats in Lekki

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Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday inaugurated 264 units of flats in Lekki, pledging his administration’s commitment to build affordable and accessible houses for residents.

This was revealed in a statement signed by Mrs Adeola Salako, Director, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Housing.

The inauguration is part of the activities marking the first anniversary of Sanwo-Olu’s administration.

Sanwo-Olu, who inaugurated two different estates, said his government was positioned to bring about even development across the state.

He said that the project was a manifestation of his administration’s much- publicized need for public-private partnership, which would be encouraged in all sectors of governance to bring rapid growth and mutual benefits to all parties.

“We need to continue to genuinely think through affordable housing, and that is our commitment for our people, because it’s not everybody that will have the ability to pay for housing estates such as this.

“Therefore, we must give them opportunities for installmental payment, so as to make it affordable and accessible for them.

“I inherited this amongst several other projects and the critical challenge we had to contend with was lack of funds.

“To surmount this challenge, we had to look towards the private sector and adopted the public-private partnership (PPP) model. It was there that we were able to mobilize the needed funds and put life back to the construction site.

The Lekki Apartment is thus another manifestation of the possibilities attainable when the public and private sectors come together to pursue a mutually beneficial goal.

“This cooperation remains a veritable means of meeting the shortfall in the supply of public utilities and social infrastructure”, he said.

The governor advised the allottees of the estate to put the facilities to proper use and conform to laid down rules for appreciation of value.

Sanwo-Olu congratulated the allottees, while commending the Ministry of Housing, Lagos State Development Property Corporation and the private developers for the success in one year of his administration.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Housing, Mr Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, praised the foresight and confidence of the governor on the success of the project to prove his commitment to providing affordable houses for Lagos residents.

Akinderu-Fatai said the project which started six years ago experienced some delays, but got a boost from Sanwo-Olu’s administration.

When Mr Sanwo-Olu resumed as MD/ CEO of LSDPC in 2016, he immediately set about putting into motion the financial engineering and design modification required to complete this estate.

“Today’s event is actually to the credit of the Governor who ensured that all the hurdles to the completion were surmounted,’’ he said.

NAN reports that the estates, Courtland Luxury Villas and Ikate Elegushi Lekki Apartments, provide a total of 264 units of flats.

They consist of one bedroom to four bedrooms for upper and middle-income earners working around Lekki and Victoria Island of Lagos.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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1st Anniversary: Ex-lawmaker commends Gov. Sanwo-Olu’s innovative leadership

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Mr Dipo Olorunrinu, a former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, on Thursday commended Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his first year  anniversary achievements as Governor of the state.

Olorunrinu, who represented Amuwo-Odofin Constituency I in the Eight Lagos Assembly, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that Sanwo-Olu had been setting pace for innovative leadership.

The lawmaker, who moved from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) few days to the expiration of his tenure, commended Sanwo-Olu’s insistence on completion of projects started by his predecessor.

“I want to sincerely commend Gov. Sanwo-Olu for his resolve not to abandon any of the projects by his predecessor.

“This is noteworthy and commendable. A deviation from those projects would have wasted public funds.

“I think the governor has done well in the last one year in spite of the disturbance and distractions the coronavirus has caused.

“He has made his marks in traffic management by employing more traffic managers, repair and construction of roads and improvement of some roundabouts.

“We can also see that the governor has employed more teachers and health workers, not to mention his impact in security. However, there are still more to be done.” Olorunrinu said.

The lawmaker, who noted that the governor came on board when most road infrastructure had failed, said that the repair of these infrastructure had brought relief to the residents.

He said that the governor’s commitment to infrastructure renewal programmes in the state should be intensified in the second year of his administration.

Olorunrinu, who commended the governor for the implementation of the new minimum wages for workers in the state in his first year, called for more welfare packages for the poor and the vulnerable.

He advised the governor to continue to demonstrate competence in the management of the resources to transform the state’s road infrastructure, health, education while also empowering youths and women.

“I advise the governor to continue embarking on many life-transforming projects that will make Lagos a truly Smart City and rekindle the hope of the common man,” Olorunrinu said.

Edited By: Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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Address water scarcity affecting Agboyi-Ketu Community, residents urge Gov Sanwo-Olu

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Residents of Agboyi-Ketu, a Lagos suburb, on Thursday appealed to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to address scarcity of water affecting the community.

The residents, under the aegis of Joint Action for Good Governance, a civil society organisation (CSO),
made the plea on Thursday in Lagos, as the governor commenced activities marking his first year in office.

Its National Vice President, Mr Abdulwaheed Odunuga, in a statement, described the situation in the community as an irony.

“We live in a city that is surrounded by water, yet we find it extremely difficult to get potable water for drinking and other domestic uses.

“There has been no water supply to the residents of Agboyi-Ketu and its environs for almost two weeks now. We want to tell Gov. Sanwo-Olu that we need water.

“Residents of these communities and its environs now depend on water vendors known as ‘Mairuwa’ for their daily supply of water, while others patronise water tanker vendors.

“So bad, we don’t even know the source of water we buy.

“We cannot ask anybody and the only affordable and accessible well/borehole water is not drinkable,” Odunuga said.

According to him, the group’s investigations revealed that water scarcity is hitting some parts of the state due to non-supply by the Lagos State Water Corporation.

He said that lack of water was now a frequent phenomenon as the corporation had been struggling to maintain supply for about two years.

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“Currently, none of the pumps is effective from our investigations. Water is not just an essential need for all human and animals, but also a necessity as a means of survival against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The state government is doing everything possible to flatten the curve of the pandemic.

“But the current non-supply of water to the residents is a leaky bucket strategy of fighting the anti-human virus.

“All efforts to get the resolution plans for the non-supply of the essential resource has only earned the common chorus ‘we are working on it’ from the staff of the corporation.

“The worst we had under the eight years of former Gov. Babatunde Fashola’s administration was 2/3 days of non-supply of water,” he said.

Odunuga advised the governor to also prioritise water supply as he celebrates his first year anniversary in office, saying this become imperative during this trying time of the global pandemic.

“I appeal to all relevant Lagos State Authorities to immediately restore water supply to all affected areas.

“This is to prevent health hazards such as typhoid, gastroenteritis, diarrhoea, other related water-borne diseases and prevent future preventable deaths,” Odunuga said.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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Sanwo-Olu commiserates with New Telegraph over editor’s death

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Lagos State Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has commiserated with the management and staff of the New Telegraph newspaper on the death of its former Saturday Editor, Alhaji Waheed Bakare.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, on Tuesday, the governor described the death as painful.

He said that Bakare was a prolific writer, who had a promising journalism career.

He said that the demise of Bakare was a rude shock to his family, friends, colleagues and associates, but should be accepted as the will of God.

”We should be consoled by the modest achievements of the late editor. Death is inevitable, as we all will die.

”Our goal in life is not to live forever, but to create something that will outlive us, bearing  in mind that it is not the length of life that matters but the depth.

”Waheed lived an exemplary life. He was a devout Muslim, a dutiful husband and a good father.

”Above all, he touched millions of lives through his chosen profession as a journalist, who rose to the position of Saturday Editor of a national newspaper,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu also consoled with the Lagos State chapter and the national body of the Nigeria Union of Journalists as well as the Nigeria Guild of Editors.

”No doubt, the Nigeria Union of Journalists both at the state and the national levels, as well as the Nigeria Guild of Editors will by now be mourning the loss of an illustrious member. I pray that God will comfort you.

”May God comfort his immediate family, friends and associates. May God grant them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.

”May He grant the soul of Waheed al-Jannah firdaus. Amen,” the governor said.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

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