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LAWMA urges residents to monetize waste, clears Adeniji Adele canal

Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, has initiated the clearing of Adeniji Adele canal “to pave way for a cleaner and healthier Lagos.

The agency took this exercise up in furtherance of the executive Governor’s order on zero tolerance for reckless waste disposal which was recently signed by Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

In a statement released by LAWMA spokesperson, Folashade Kadiri, “We embarked on this campaign pursuant to the executive order signed by His Excellency to pave way for a cleaner and healthier Lagos. This shows total commitment of the State Government to environmental sustainability.”

LAWMA furthering gave their words that the exercise will not end there as it will extend to other drainage channel of the state.

This was with the motive of ensuring that no part of the metropolis was left behind in LAWMA’s quest to ensure clean environment in the state.

“The clearing of the canal would be extended to other clogged canals in the state. The exercise will allow free flow of water and help mitigate the problem of flooding. We therefore appeal to residents to shun the habit of throwing their waste into canals and drains as this causes huge problems for the environment and people”, LAWMA added.

…LAWMA urges residents to monetize waste

During this exercise, the agency urges residents to make money from their recyclable items, instead of dumping them in canals.

Residents were advised to think of making money from their recyclable items, instead of dumping them in canals.

Most of the waste cleared are recyclable materials and PET bottles which posed great dangers to the environment.

Residents commends the for the timely intervention and suggested that the exercise should be a continuous one.

They also promise to join hands with the government in its quest for a cleaner, healthier and sustainable environment.

Reno Omokri

Since I was born, I have never seen an Igbo beggar – Reno Omokri

Areuthor and lawyer, Reno Omokri has showered praises on the Igbo people among other tribes and ethnics in Nigeria.

Reno distinguished the Igbo from the whole saying he has never seen an Igbo beggar since he was born.

He said the ethnic group native to the present-day south-central and south-eastern Nigeria for their hard work.

Reno claims that the Igbo ethnic group are the most enterprising and African ethnic nationality that have produced more US dollar multimillionaires.

He posted:

“The Igbo are an African ethnic nationality that has produced more US dollar multimillionaires, per capita, through their apprenticeship system, than @HarvardHBS

“Business School. Igbos prove that WHO you know takes you farther than WHAT you know

“Since I was born till today, I‘ve NEVER seen an Igbo BEGGAR. Africa should study this most enterprising ethnic nationality. Nigeria had her fastest GFP growth in 2003-2007 and 2011-2015 under the hand of an Igbo @NOIweala. It can’t be a COINCIDENCE!

“Nigerians STRUGGLE in Nigeria, but when they RELOCATE to America, they become the MOST SUCCESSFUL IMMIGRANTS (not one of the most, the most, BAR NONE, according to US census bureau). Nigerians prove that LOCATION affects your VOCATION and OCCUPATION

“If a FISH befriends a FROG, the FROG will take it out of WATER and the FISH will FAIL, because God made it to SUCCEED only in WATER. Many people FAIL because they befriended FROGS that took them out of the natural HABITAT God made them to THRIVE in” 

Lekki toll gates

Gov Sanwo-Olu declares another toll-free passage at Lekki, Ikoyi on Wednesday

In furtherance of Lagos State Government’s real time traffic simulation survey being carried out with the aim of reducing traffic congestion around the Lekki-Epe and Ikoyi axes, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, today, Tuesday, July 16, has again approved the opening of Lekki and Ikoyi toll gates during peak hours on Wednesday, July 17.

In a statement signed by the Governor’s Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile stated that a toll-free passage at the toll plaza on Lekki-Epe Expressway and the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge would run between 6:30am and 9:30am in the morning, and also at the peak period in the evening (4:30pm to 7.30pm).

The statement reads:

“Lagos State Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has declared toll free for all motorists going and coming out of Lekki axis during rush hours tomorrow, Wednesday 17th of July 2019 to allow the State’s consultants complete the traffic simulation survey that was started a couple of weeks ago.

“The toll free hours, Sanwo-Olu stated, is to allow traffic consultants to the government carry out a comprehensive study of traffic flow around Lekki-Ikoyi-Victoria Island axes, which is part of the initiatives the government is bringing to diffuse vehicular gridlock in major Business Districts in the State.

“According to the Governor, the cost of the toll fees for the study period will be borne by the government.

“Recall that Governor Sanwo-Olu said the State was undertaking a traffic study with a group of experts to know where the traffic would go when the tollgates are left open for steady movement.

“It is only when we do this activity at the peak hour that we will be able to understand how to deal with congestion in these places,” Sanwo-Olu said.

The Governor said the undertaking was necessary for the government to take actions that would lead to reduction of traffic on the axes by 50 per cent. The resultant effect, he said, would lead to decrease in travel time and improved productivity.

“We are restating our commitment to bringing about a quick journey time through our traffic solution. The way we want to do it is to have an online real-time study of what the issues are. We are going to analyse the dimension of observed challenges and discuss next steps of solution we are bringing,” the Governor said.

PHOTO NEWS: Deputy Governor Hamzat receives UK Minister of State of Africa, Foreign Commonwealth office

Lagos State has been said to benefit from £38 million United Kingdom mobile development programme which led to the visit of Harriett Baldwin to the State House.

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Hamzat and Baldwin

Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (right), presenting a souvenir to the UK Minister of State for Africa, Foreign Commonwealth Office and Minister of State for Department of International Development, Rt. Hon. Harriett Baldwin during a courtesy visit to the Deputy Governor at the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

Obafemi Hamzat and Harrieth Baldwin

Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, flanked by the UK Minister of State for Africa, Foreign Commonwealth Office and Minister of State for Department of International Development, Rt. Hon. Harriett Baldwin (left) and Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs. Folasade Jaji (right) in a group photograph with officials of the Lagos State Government and the British High Commission during a courtesy visit to the Deputy Governor at the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

Hamzat and Baldwin

L-R: British Deputy High Commissioner, Harratt Thompson; UK Minister of State for Africa, Foreign Commonwealth Office and Minister of State for Department of International Development, Rt. Hon. Harriett Baldwin; Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs. Folashade Jaji during a courtesy visit to the Deputy Governor at the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

£38 million UK mobile development programme to benefit Lagos State

Owing to its socio-economic and political significance as the commercial nerve centre of the country and sixth largest economy in Africa, Lagos State Government is to benefit from the United Kingdom £38m extended programme on mobile for development in Nigeria.

This was disclosed today by the United Kingdom Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign Commonwealth Office who also doubles as Minister of State for Department for International Development, Harriett Baldwin during a courtesy visit to the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat in his Alausa Office.

According to the Minister, the Mobile for development programme is to enable a lot of people access financial services through their mobile phones and buy things like solar system for their homes and businesses.

She added that owing to the significant impact of the programme on the people, the UK government is extending the programme to further affect positively the lives of other twenty-seven million people around world including many in Lagos noting that the programme was exactly designed to absolutely impact the grassroot.

In addition, she said, the programme would enable women in the market to use the financial services in investing in solar fridges, solar freezers and something that will really help them in their homes in areas where they dont have access to reliable electricity.

It will also help everyone with the ambition to ensure that they are able buy health insurance and mobile financial services is the future, emphasizing that Lagos is very often at the cutting edge of some of this investment in technology which is why the UK Government is basing our science and technology centre in Lagos.

Describing Lagos as amazing and vibrant city, Baldwin noted that the UK government is willing to learn from some of the state’s innovation and share some of theirs.

Responding, the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat assured the United kingdom team that Lagos State Government is set to collaborate with their government in any area that will be of immense benefit to the good people of the state.

While emphasizing that the programme is an extension, Dr. Hamzat stated that the state government will embark on sensitizing her citizens to understand the benefits of the programme and take advantage of it.

He added: “With the population advantage of Lagos, any developmental programme embarked upon would be of great benefits to the residents by empowering them. This would also be of imminence benefits to every Nigerian and foreigners based in the state’’, said Hamzat who expressed gratitude to the visiting team.

Fasoranti’s Daughter: We’ve arrest some suspects – Police

Ondo State Police Command has revealed that arrests has been made on some suspects who are linked to the killing of the daughter of Afenifere leader Pa Reuben Fasoranti, Funke Olakunrin.

The state Police Command through its spokesman, Femi Joseph, yesterday, July 15, said the police has been very busy to ensure that the attackers are brought forward to face the law.

Joseph furthered as he disclosed that the Inspector General of Police, has drafted some detectives from the Force Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and some officers from the Technical Intelligence unit to assist and complement the officers on ground in the state on the investigation.

More so, he decline to give the number of arrested suspects for security reasons.

The deceased was reportedly shot Friday, July 12, along the Kajola-Ore road after she went to the United States to celebrate her grandaughter’s 1-year birthday a week before her death.

In our earlier post, Joseph on July 13, revealed how Funke Olakunrin died.

“Tree planting, an efficient tool to tackle climate change, global warming” – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday, flagged off a Green Campaign to plant 350,000 trees across the state in response to changing ecosystem and climate conditions.

The campaign with the theme: “Clean and Green is our Perfect Dream”, kicked off at an event held in Lekki Phase 1 to commemorate the state’s Tree Planting Day – an annual programme initiated 10 years ago by the administration of Babatunde Raji Fashola, with the objectives to galvanise policies and actions towards mitigating the effects of climate change.

The commemorative tree planting activity was held simultaneously in seven other locations across the state, including Costain area of Ebute Metta where the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, anchored the exercise.

The Governor, represented by his wife, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, said maintaining green environment was a cardinal agenda of his administration, reiterating his commitment to achieve cleaner and greener ecosystem.

He said tree planting remained an effective strategy to combat the effect of climate change and global warming, stressing that the sustenance of the initiative was a testimony to the foresight of the previous administrations to ensure Lagosians live in healthy environment.

He said: “We cannot keep on ignoring the effects of climate change, which is the most significant material risk to our future; it is also the world’s most devastating threat to human survival. As we increase effort to rid the state of waste, all hands must be on deck to also improve the aesthetics of the environment by adorning it with ornaments, plants, beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees.”

Sanwo-Olu noted that there would never be a short- or long-term benefit of cutting down trees under the guise of development, pointing out that the notion of planting five trees in replacement for a tree pulled down was inadequate to address the problem of environmental degradation.

He said: “The truth is, when tree replacement may perfectly rekindle our hope, it does not equally compensate for the damage done to the soil’s biodiversity and the degradation done to the ecosystem. When primary tropical forest is lost, they can never be recovered. As a government, developing new opportunities around green spaces to promote the green economy is cardinal to our development agenda.”

The Governor praised the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) for the mileage it had achieved in helping the government to realise the green objectives, noting that seven million trees had been planted out of the 10 million targets by 2020. He observed that achieving a green credential would help the government to improve healthcare and sustain the environment.

State To Re-Launch ‘One House, One Tree’ Campaign

Besides, Sanwo-Olu said in furtherance of his commitment to a green and sustainable environment, the Government would re-launch ‘One House, One Tree’ campaign across the state, saying the move would ensure every house in the state plants one tree to intensify the green project.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Mr. Biodun Bamgboye, described trees as “essential” to the ecosystem in which they are planted, noting that the yearly event was aimed at building enduring environmental legacy in the state.

Since the tree planting campaign started, Bamgboye said the state had pursued “aggressive Green Initiatives and Policies” in its communities, with the aim of stabilising climate conditions and transforming Lagos into a cleaner state.

He said: “We can never overemphasize the importance of trees in our lives. Trees are essential to ecosystem in which they reside. They have natural ability to control climate and mitigate the effects of sun, rain and wind. Trees also absorb and store rain water which prevent transport of chemicals into drinking water.

“It is instructive to note that putting up ultramodern factories, large shopping malls, beautiful mansions, car parks and mega petrol station without any reservation for green will not compensate what has been taken away from nature. When we make it green, we have made environment safer and healthier for our people.”

The Permanent Secretary urged residents to reserve significant space in their homes for tree planting in line with the Physical Planning and Urban Development Law of the state.

He noted the best achievement recorded by the state in its drive for greener environment was the acceptance of the initiative by majority of residents to promote sustainable ecosystem.

Joining hand with government to achieve the objectives of the green initiative, various private sector corporations, religious bodies and non-governmental organisations have volunteered to plant tree across the state.

Gokada, a tech-driven commercial motorcycle service, said it had mapped out strategy to deploy its members to plant 100,000 trees across the state. This gesture was applauded by the Governor, who urged other private companies and non-state actors to emulate in promoting sustainable environment.

Chairman of Eti-Osa Local Government Area, Hon. Saheed Bankole, urged residents to take actions that would keep their environment friendly. He said the people had a responsibility to work with the state government and the council in implementing policies that would prevent environmental abuse.

Chairman Eti-Osa East Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Hon. Rafiu Olatunji, described tree as “life-saving”, saying: “Anyone who plants a tree has planted a life; we must take a cue from today’s event and plant trees in our neighbourhoods. This is one of the best ways to maintain healthy living and safe environment.”

On her part, chairman of Iru/Victoria Island LCDA, Princess Rasheedat Adu, said tree planting had become a ritual in her local council.

Seeks Residents’ Support To Rid Lagos Of Waste, Improve Aesthetics Of Environment

She said: “We are passionate about keeping the environment in its natural form. We believe that whatever we take away from the environment should be returned it to keep it natural. Victoria Island is below the sea level and because of this, all hands are always on deck to ensure that we clear our drainages and keep environment safe. We regularly roll out programmes that sensitise residents on how properly to dispose of refuse and maintain healthy environment.”

The event was graced by dignitaries and traditional rulers, including the representatives of Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, and Onitedo of Itedo Land, Oba Tajudeen Elemoro, among others.

PHOTO NEWS: Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu at Mobilizing Domestic Resources to end TB in Nigeria’s Dinner Forum

Mobilizing Domestic Resources to end TB in Nigeria

L-R: Executive Director, Stop TB Partnership, Geneva, Dr. Lucica Ditu; representative of wife of the President, Dr. Florence Ajimobi; First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu and Board Chair, Stop TB Partnership Nigeria, Prof. Lovett Lawson during a Dinner Forum with Corporate Sector on mobilizing Domestic Resources to end TB in Nigeria at Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Sunday, July 14, 2019.

Mobilizing Domestic Resources to end TB in Nigeria

L-R: Vice-Chairman, Zankli Medical Centre Abuja, Dr. Funke Lawson; First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; representative of wife of the President, Dr. Florence Ajimobi and Board Chair, Stop TB Partnership Nigeria, Prof. Lovett Lawson during a Dinner Forum with Corporate Sector on mobilizing Domestic Resources to end TB in Nigeria at Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Sunday, July 14, 2019.

Mobilizing Domestic Resources to end TB in Nigeria

R-L: First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, being inaugurated as TB Champion for Lagos State by representative of Wife of the President, Dr. Florence Ajimobi during a Dinner Forum with Corporate Sector on mobilizing Domestic Resources to end TB in Nigeria at Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Sunday, July 14, 2019.

Mobilizing Domestic Resources to end TB in Nigeria

First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu (right), being welcomed by Board Chair, Stop TB Partnership Nigeria, Prof. Lovett Lawson (left); Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Health Service Commission, Dr. Eniayewun Ademuyiwa (2nd left) and his counterpart in the Lagos State Ministry of Health and representative of Lagos State Governor, Dr. Titilayo Goncalves (2nd right) to a Dinner Forum with Corporate Sector on mobilizing Domestic Resources to end TB in Nigeria at Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Sunday, July 14, 2019.

Mobilizing Domestic Resources to end TB in Nigeria

R-L: First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; representative of wife of the President, Dr. Florence Ajimobi; former member, House of Representatives, Hon. Folake Oshinowo and Chief (Mrs) Genny Adeosun during a Dinner Forum with Corporate Sector on mobilizing Domestic Resources to end TB in Nigeria at Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Sunday, July 14, 2019.

Mobilizing Domestic Resources to end TB in Nigeria

L-R: Vice-Chairman, Zankli Medical Centre Abuja, Dr. Funke Lawson; First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu and former Minister of Commerce and Industry, Chief (Mrs) Onikepo Akande, during a Dinner Forum with Corporate Sector on mobilizing Domestic Resources to end TB in Nigeria at Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Sunday, July 14, 2019.

PHOTO NEWS: Another Uniben student jumps from a building, dies instantly

A fresh report just came in that another student of University of Benin, UNIBEN, has committed suicide.

The student whose name is still unknown jumps from the last floor of a building and dies instantly.

According to records, this is the third suicide in a month.

Students around the vicinity said he jumped from the third floor of Faculty of Arts and gave up the ghost immediately.

Its becoming scary and frightening as students kill themselves every week. It’s getting out of hand.

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Olamide to drop new song “Shibinshi” featuring DJ Enimoney, Reminisce

YBNL boss, Olamide Baddosneh is on the brink to drop another song featuring DJ Enimoney and Reminisce on the track.

The song is titled “SHIBINSHI” and it’s produced by Young John (the wicked producer).

With new post on Olamide’s Instagram page, where he post the art design of the song.

DJ Enimoney also share the same photo on his page too but Reminisce is yet to post the music art at the time of posting this news.

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