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Sanwo-Olu’s wife pledges support for doctors on health initiatives

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Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday expressed readiness of the state government to collaborate with medical practitioners to scale up health initiatives in various fields, to the ultimate benefit of the people.

Sanwo-Olu spoke at the Lagos House, Alausa, when she received leadership and members of the Lagos State Chapter of Medical Women Association on a courtesy visit.

She recalled the various medical mission programmes held across the state during electioneering, especially on cervical and breast cancer screening.

Sanwo-Olu said she would be willing to further collaborate with the association in implementing more health initiatives to allow more people benefit.

“In the area of health screening, that is one thing that we really capitalise on, especially in the Medical Women Association.

“We did a lot during the campaign period too on cervical and breast cancer screening, and let me use this opportunity to assure you that we would be willing to further partner to ensure that more people benefit in this regard,” she said.

Sanwo-Olu urged more female doctors to join the association and lend their voices to issues in the medical field, apart from working in the hospitals.

“All we know to do is to work, work, work and keep patients all the time, then forget ourselves, and then we grumble all the time that our presence are not being recognised wherever we are.

“So, I want to encourage more medical women to be up and doing. Apart from just working inside the hospitals, we should be a voice out there in terms of advocacy on medical field,” she said.

Sanwo-Olu commended members of the association for their laudable work and sacrifice to humanity.

She urged them to continue with the selfless service to the people.

“I am happy to see all of you. Thank you all for the wonderful works you are doing in the association. You sacrifice a lot of time, energy and finances too.

“It has been a long time I have been able to attend the meetings but I am with you in spirit though not physically present all the time,” she said.

Earlier, leader of the delegation, Dr Omowunni Bakare, congratulated Dr Sanwo-Olu and her husband for successfully taking over the mantle of leadership in the state.

Bakare expressed the readiness of the association to work with the state government to deliver on their health initiatives.

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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.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

 

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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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We will make Lagos 4th Mainland Bridge a reality — Sanwo-Olu’s Aide

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Mrs Aramide Adeyoye, Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Works and Infrastructure, says his administration will make the Lagos 4th Mainland Bridge a reality.

The governor’s aide said this during an online CovInspiration Show organised to mark the first year in office of Gov. Sanwo-Olu.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the social media show, moderated by UN Youth Ambassador, Dayo Israel, was stream on Youtube, Facebook and Instagram in compliance with physical distancing rules occasioned by COVID-19.

Adeyoye said: “I can tell you we have begun to see the projects that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Dr Obafemi Hamzat are putting together – projects like Fourth Mainland Bridge.

“I pray that it comes up alive! In December, we opened up bids and after evaluation, 31 people came up.

“It will be my greatest joy when I see that project come alive even if it is not finished in this first four years.”

The special adviser said that the preferred bidder for the project would be made known soon.

According to her, the government is in the process of awarding contract for the regional road project that will be a relieve to the residents along the Lekki Epe Expressway.

Speaking on Sanwo-Olu’s achievements in the last one year in works and infrastructure, Adeyoye said that the governor had done a lot through the Public Works Corporation (PWC).

“The Ojota Road is under construction, four roads will be commissioned in Shomolu, Ladipo and Akinwunmi in Mushin.

“Epeme in Badagry, which is a six kilometer road; this is a road that will boost the tourism potential in Lagos State.

“Also, 31 networks of roads in Ojokoro, all these roads were in the last one year either being commissioned or to be commissioned,” she said.

According to her, work is ongoing on Ijede road in Ikorodu, while the Pen Cinema Bridge and Lagos Badagry Expressway will be completed by July/September, respectively.

Adeyoye, however, urged residents to desist from throwing refuse in drainages and burning tyres on the road, saying it affects the durability of the roads.

Adeyoye also noted that burning of tyres on road did not only affect the durability of road infrastructure, but also led to pollution and environmental hazards.

“It behoves on all to keep the road in good condition and we should all be responsible and take ownership of those assets.

“When drainages are cleaned regularly, the roads are likely to last longer,” she said

On Abule-Egba-Oshodi Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) road, the special adviser said that contractors were working and that the project would be completed.

LAMATA is up and doing on the supervision of the project and it will be completed soon. l assure you that all projects will be completed, government is a continuum,” she said.

Earlier, the host, Israel, said that the decision to host the cabinet members on CovInspiration (Online) show was to ensure sustenance during COVID-19 partial lockdown.

Israel, who is a Board Member of State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), said that the show afforded cabinet members opportunity to stay in their comfort zones and speak with viewers.

Gov. Sanwo-Olu has announced plans to commission some projects in the state to commemorate his first year anniversary on Friday.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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