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Sanwoolu urges diasporans to invest funds, ideas to develop Nigeria



Mr Germaine Sanwoolu, the Senior Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Diaspora and Foreign Relations, has urged Nigerians in Diaspora not to just invest money, but also ideas to develop Nigeria.

Sanwoolu made this call in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency , on the sidelines of the 2019 National Diaspora Day in Abuja.

“It is an opportunity for Nigerians in Diaspora to come to Lagos in particular to invest not only money but also their ideas.

“In a city that is the fifth largest economy in Africa; promising and bursting with opportunities, people and dynamism.

“Diasporans, who have great ideas for businesses, who want to invest in local businesses and who also have ideas on how we can make Lagos better, have this opportunity to come right now and make Lagos succeed,” he said.

The governor’s aide said Lagos State offers an environment conducive for investors, which promises economic growth and development.

He added that with its multi-ethnic and multi-cultural environment, the state is welcoming interested Diasporans.

He further said that though there were some challenges in the country with regards to security, however, there is relative peace and security in Lagos.

Edited by Felix Ajide

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Ambode hands over to Sanwoolu



Mrs Bolanle Ambode, wife of the out-going governor of Lagos State and Chairperson of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) has handed over to the wife of the governor-elect, Dr Ibijoke Sanwoolu.

Ambode at the ceremony in Ikeja on Sunday urged Sanwoolu to take the committee to greater height.

She lauded the vision of the founding mothers of the committee, which was to complement the efforts of the government in critical areas that were women and children friendly.

Ambode remarked that the committee, under successive leaderships had continued to pursue a lofty vision.

According to her, this has led to remarkable improvements in the lives of women, girls and children in vital areas of health, empowerment and education.

She thanked members of the committee for their support over the past four years, lauding her predecessors for their advice and words of wisdom.

Ambode wished Sanwoolu the best and implored members of COWLSO and women in the state, to extend same measure of love, support and cooperation to Sanwoolu.

“My dear sister, the incoming first lady of our great state as you settle down to this office, I wish you all the best.

“Very importantly, learn to enjoy the journey you are about to embark upon.

“Always remember where you are going but never forget where you are coming from.

“I wish you good health, divine protection and guidance for great successes,” Ambode said.

Sanwoolu commended Ambode for taking COWLSO to an enviable height, promising that she would not deviate from the ideals of the committee.

“I thank my big sister, Mrs Bolanle Ambode for the great steps she has taken to move the committee to its current level.

“I thank her for the words of encouragement that I should not be scared about the challenges of that office.

“I will do my best, God helping me, to move COWLSO to the next level,” said Sanwoolu.

Highlight of the event was the presentation of charity grants to 29 orphanages and the less privileged.


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Sanwoolu continues to lead in Lagos as INEC declares results of 15 LGAs




Lagos, March 10, 2019 Mr Babajide Sanwoolu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State leads in 15 local government areas of Lagos State.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that APC won in all the local government results declared so far in the much awaited collation.

NNN reports that Sanwoolu defeated his closest rival of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mr Jimi Agbaje in the Epe, Ikorodu, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikeja, Lagos Island and Lagos Mainland Local Government Areas (LGAs) election results announced and submitted.

Other local governments where the APC led are Agege, Apapa, Amuwo-Odofin, Oshodi-Isolo, Mushin, Kosofe, Somolu, Eti-Osa and Surulere.

In Epe LGA, APC scored 35, 609 votes to defeat its closest rival, the Peoples Democratic Party, which polled 6, 464 whereas in Lagos Mainland LGA, APC polled 27,333 and PDP scored 7,265.

In Lagos Island LGA, APC polled 31,991 with the PDP scoring 4,346; in Ikeja LGA, APC polled 28,592 and PDP scored 8,109, while in Ikorodu LGA, APC polled 45,879 and PDP got 14,769.

In Apapa LGA, APC polled 20, 469 with the PDP scoring 5, 959; in Somolu LGA, APC polled 40, 408 and PDP scored 9,991, while in Agege LGA, APC polled 38, 515 and PDP got 8, 371.

In Amuwo-Odofin LGA, APC polled 23, 267 with the PDP scoring 13, 700; in Ibeju-Lekki LGA, APC polled 23, 298 and PDP scored 3,320, while in Eti-Osa LGA, APC polled 30, 504 and PDP got 10, 678.

In Oshodi-Isolo LGA, APC 39,945 polled with the PDP scoring 12, 585 ; in Mushin LGA, APC polled 51,899 and PDP scored 8751 while in Kosofe LGA, APC 44, 423 polled and PDP got 14, 351.

In Surulere LGA, APC polled 39, 986 with the PDP scoring 13, 733.

Other political parties across each LGA scored less than 1000 votes each including the Action Democratic Party (ADP)

The election results were presented and accepted by the state Returning Officer, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, the Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Osun.

Ogunbodede gave room to political party agents to make and observations before admitting the results.

Earlier in his opening remarks, Ogunbodede assured the stakeholders that the exercise would be transparent as much as possible.

The exercise, which commenced at 10:15 a.m.on Sunday, at the INEC Office, Yaba had been nonstop.

Oloye Gboyega Adeniji, the gubernatorial candidate of Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) and party agent at the collation centre decried the low voter turnout saying the people stayed in their houses because of intimidation and fear of not being killed.

“This is not fair in democracy; there must be opportunity for everybody to vote without intimidation. This is not fear. We are heading to one party state, we are heading to anarchy,’’ Adeniji said.

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APC has done well for South East, says Igbokwe



A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr Joe Igbokwe, on Tuesday said the South East had benefited immensely under the APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He made the statement in Ikeja while speaking with newsmen during the inauguration of new executives of Ndigbo APC in Lagos State.

Igbokwe, who is the leader of the group, said the South East had gotten more projects under the APC government than any other government since 1999.

He said the APC government would soon deliver the Second Niger Bridge after several failed promises by previous governments.

Igbokwe, also the Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Drainage and Water Resources, urged more people from the South East to join the APC as the party meant well for the region and the country in general.

“I want more of our people to join the APC given what is happening in the South East now in terms of development.

“I do not think there is any project bigger than the Second Niger Bridge in Nigeria now; the bridge is getting to completion.

“I know that by next year, the government would have finished the bridge. The same bridge that was used to dupe our people for 22 years will soon be completed,” he said.

Igbokwe said the inauguration of the executives was to further strengthen Ndigbo in APC Lagos to take the party to greater heights both in the state and at the national level.

He added that the group had the mandate to mobilise Ndigbo for the APC to ensure the party’s continued foothold in Lagos and the nation.

Igbokwe charged the new executives to discharge their duties without let or hinderance and ensure the growth of the party “from strength to strength”.

He dismissed reports in some quarters that there was division in Ndigbo APC in Lagos State.

The governor’s aide said that whoever was parading himself as apex leader of Ndigbo in Lagos APC outside of the group was an imposter as the group was not factionalized.

Igbokwe said he was the face of Ndigbo in Lagos APC as he had done a lot for the party and that he was recognised as leader by all Igbo political stakeholders in APC.

He called for support for Gov. Sanwoolu, saying the governor was doing his best to take the state to greater heights.

Speaking on behalf of the newly inaugurated executives, the Coordinator, Chief Uche Dimgba,  thanked all members of the group, particularly Igbokwe, for the confidence reposed in them.

He also thanked the National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for giving all members of the party a sense of belonging.

Dimgba promised that he and other executive members of the Ndigbo in Lagos APC would do their best to move the party forward.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports the 15-member executive include Chief Chris Ekwulo(Deputy Coordinator);Princess Oby Onu(Women Leader);Chief Uche Babatata(Organising Secretary);and Mr Leo Obasi(Assistant Youth Leader).

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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APC lauds Lagos govt. over COVID-19 response



The Lagos State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended the state government for its courageous , inspiring , professional and reassuring response to the coronavirus scourge in the state.

In a statement on Sunday through its  spokesman, Mr  Seye Oladejo, the APC recalled that the state government before the report of the Italian index case on Feb. 22 had set necessary machinery in motion to protect the lives of its citizens in case of a full outbreak.

The party lauded Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu  and all those in the  frontline of the battle to protect residents of the state.

“They are in our prayers and we reassure them that they have a special place in history for this great effort.

“We also appreciate our law enforcement agencies for an incident-free first few days of the lockdown. We urge them to remain calm and professional all through, ” it said.

The party commended the display of collaboration between the executive and legislative arms of government in the overall interest of the state.

It said that the speed and the smooth passage of the bills to facilitate the fight against the coronavirus further underscored the commitment of the law makers.

The party further commended the state for setting  up temporary food markets in some schools across the state to cushion the effect of the closure of major markets in the state.

“In furtherance if its social intervention efforts, the state government provided food stimulus package for Lagos residents targeting 200,000 households which is highly commendable

“Without any doubt, the events of the past few days has underscored the fact that leadership is earned in unusual trying moments as the COVID- 19 scourge represents.

“Governor Sanwoolu has led the battle from the front by his provision of the wherewithal for our medical practitioners to deliver, provide succour for the vulnerable and by his time to time interaction with the citizens.

“The Lagos state government’s approach to battle COVID- 19 has since become the model highly commended by the World Health Organisation (WHO)  and the international media like the CNN,” it said.

The party, however, enjoined  all  residents  to continue to cooperate with the government in the battle against COVID -19 by obeying all measures put in in place.

” We should continue to stay at home, observe social distancing and hygiene tips and call the emergency phone numbers provided if need be.

“We urge all and sundry to provide the needed cooperation at all times. We shall win this battle together,” it added.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Mufutau Ojo)

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COVID-19: LCCI donates food, medical supplies to Lagos govt.



The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has donated food and medical supplies to the Lagos State Government in support of its efforts at containing the spread of COVID-19.

Mrs Toki Mabogunje, President of LCCI, said in a statement on Sunday that the donation would help to mitigate the challenges of the pandemic and alleviate the economic hardship of the less-privilege in the state.

She said the supplies, inclusive of bags of rice, several cartons of noodles and alcohol-based hand sanitizers, were received on behalf of the Gov. Babajide Sanwoolu by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Gboyega Soyanwo and Commissioner for Transport, Dr Frederic Oladeinde.

Mabogunje said the donation became imperative in view of the global outbreak of COVID-19 and the present challenging social, economic and public health realities.

“It has become imperative for us at LCCI as a socially responsible organisation to support the efforts of government in helping to cushion the effects of the pandemic on Lagos residents.

“We commend the combined efforts of the Federal, Lagos and other states, and their ministries and agencies, notably, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Federal Ministry of Health, for being front liners in the war against the pandemic.

“The business community will continue to support the government at all levels to subdue the ravaging pandemic,” she said.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi

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Lagos governor, wife, test negative for coronavirus



The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his wife, Ibijoke, have tested negative for the coronavirus disease.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, made this Known on his official Twitter account under his #COVID19Lagos Update tweets on Friday.

Abayomi also revealed that personal aides of the governor and the first lady who got tested for coronavirus were all negative.

”I am happy to announce that #COVID19Lagos Incident Commander, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu @jidesanwoolu, the first Lady of Lagos @jokesanwoolu and their immediate family members as well as aides have all tested negative to #COVID19,” he tweeted.

The commissioner thanked Lagosians for their support and show of understanding as the state government continued the battle against the spread of the virus.

He, however, urged Lagosians to keep up with the social distancing practice, as the state was poised to winning the battle against the coronavirus.

”We thank Lagos residents for their concern and support. We urge all to maintain social distancing.

”Together we can defeat #COVID19! Please stay safe #ForGreaterLagos,” Abayomi tweeted.

Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Wale Ojetimi

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COVID-19: LIRS extends Annual Returns filing deadline to May 31



The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) says it has extended the deadline for filing of Annual Returns for Individual taxpayers, including self-employed persons, to May 31, 2020.

The Chairman of LIRS, Mr Ayodele Subair, in a statement on Tuesday said that the extension was necessary in view of the coronavirus pandemic that had altered the socio-economic activities around the world.

He said that  filing of annual returns expires March 31 of every fiscal year, and attracted stiff penalties for defaulters.

According to him, with the two months extension by LIRS, taxpayers are given a breather from the altering socio-economic activities.

”The extension of deadline of the Annual Returns is in response to appeals made by taxpayers as well as a policy shift by the agency to assuage the effect of COVID-19 on the taxpayers and residents of Lagos State.

”We implore the taxpayers to access our eTax platform for all tax operations and administration matters, including filing of annual returns from the comfort of their homes and offices.

”They can do this, by simply logging on to the eTax platform via or calling our Customer Care Centre on 0700 CALL LIRS ( (Phone/Email) ),” he said.

The chairman said that further updates on business operations and alternative payment platforms of the service could be obtained by visiting the LIRS website, (, and its various social media handles.

Subair appealed to the residents of Lagos State to support the efforts of the Lagos State Government ably led by Gov. Babajide Sanwoolu by adhering strictly to the COVID-19 safety guidelines as issued by relevant health authorities.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Wale Ojetimi

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Nigerian woman shares her COVID-19 experience, journey to recovery on Twitter



Mrs. Oluwaseun  Osowobi, believed to be the third person to be tested positive for the COVID-19 in Nigeria on Monday, took to Twitter to share her experience and journey to recovery. In her series of tweets, Osowobi, who is a gender equality advocate, confirmed that she had returned to the country after attending the Commonwealth Day 2020 as earlier reported by the Punch Newspaper.

Osowobi, who hopes her story might calm people’s fears and inspire hope, said that COVID-19 is not a death sentence and people can survive it.

“Life finds ways of throwing LEMON at me. I’ve struggled with coming forward, but I want to inspire hope.

“I returned to Nigeria from the UK post-Commonwealth event (I totally enjoyed) & fell ill. As a responsible person, I self-isolated. “Days after, I TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19.

“Before returning, I had planned several interviews, I was scheduled to start a fantastic consultancy job & was also expecting to sign a contract worth millions.

I lost them all!!! I had to self-isolate and also inform people I came in close contact with to get tested. #COVID19

“My friend & I kept [email protected]get tested?

” What if we didn’t persist? No info on my test result. At 12am, an ambulance was at my house. I woke from sleep & was crying. I got to isolation center, but no one was there to receive me. I waited in the ambulance for TWO HOURS.

“The nurses eventually came out & treated me like a plague. I sat in the ambulance feeling rejected.

“No questions about how I felt. So many questions about my travel history. Same information I had provided to NCDC & Lagos State Government during profiling. Lack of data sharing!

“After two hours, I was taken to my space. I felt lonely, bored & disconnected from the outside world. Few days after, another patient came in. We bonded. Days later, patients trooped in.

“Are people observing self-isolation & social distancing?” I was so scared for Nigeria.

“The next days were tough. No appetite. The nausea, vomit & stooling was unbearable. I’m a blood type A & #COVID19 dealt with me.

“I’ll share daily symptoms & recovery process in a video tomorrow.

“I thought I was going to die & contemplated a succession plan for @StandtoEndRape.

“I was on drugs daily. Sometimes, I‘d take 8 tablets in the morning, 13 tablets in the afternoon, 10 at night. My system threw everything out! Water, food, soap & all disgusted me. But I’d look at the wall & force myself to stay hydrated — drank ORS. I FOUGHT TO LIVE! I FOUGHT!!.

” Today, I am PROUD to inform you that I MURDERED COVID-19 & have tested NEGATIVE TWICE! I HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED!

” I bless God for His mercies.

” The nurses at IDH Yaba were fab. They deserve accolades for their hardwork. Thank you Governor @jidesanwoolu for coming to see me,”

The gender equality advocate wrote on her Twitter page @AyodejiOsowobi

She advised people with suspicious symptoms to her tested and also practise social distancing to stop the spread of the dreadful virus.

Osowobi also emphasised that people should make healthy lifestyle choices.

“We should encourage people to get tested & stop the stigma.Practise social distancing and stop the spread.

“@NCDCgov & State Governments need to improve their testing capacity. Test mild/asymptomatic cases too. “Sending strength to everyone who is fighting to beat #COVID19.

“To every young person out there, please give your lungs a chance to beat this.

“Can I encourage you to stop smoking & live a healthy life at this time? A healthy lungs is KEY! This another phase of my life & I HAVE won! I celebrate my resilience and strength. Call me SURVIVAYO, ” she tweeted.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Osowobi, who was the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2019, bore the Commonwealth Flag at the summit.

Edited By: Mufutau Ojo)

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COVID-19: LAWMA dislodges scavengers from Lagos landfills



The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) says it has dislodged scavengers from landfills as a precautionary measure against further spread of coronaviru‌s and other dangerous diseases.

 LAWMA Spokesman, Kayode Akinleye, said in a statement that the agency swooped on the dump sites and chased away the scavengers who prowl the sites for valuable items.

According to the statement, LAWMA Chief Operating Officer, Ibrahim Odumboni, said the action was necessitated by the need to comply with the governor’s directive for the prevention of coronavirus.

Odumboni said Gov. Babajide Sanwoolu had directed that all necessary steps be taken to prevent the spread of corona virus and other dangerous diseases in the state.

He said that the prevailing situation required that no opportunity should be created for the virus to spread further through any outlet.

According to him, this action is a precautionary measure to prevent any possible hazard.

“We know that there are a couple of scavengers on the landfills and the nature of their work exposes them to danger, and we do not want a situation where a problem breaks out and begins to go round the city.

“It is a pro-active step to prevent any untoward development,” Odumboni said in the statement.

He said further that LAWMA would continue to work round the clock to ensure clean homes and environment, which are highly essential to curbing the further spread of COVID-19 and other dangerous diseases.

Odumboni said that the Private Sector Participation (PSP) operators would be operating throughout the sit-at-home period to ensure that waste is promptly evacuated and properly disposed.

He, however, urged everyone to properly sort their waste and put them into containers for easy evacuation and disposal by assigned PSP operators. .

Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Wale Ojetimi

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