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Lagos begins training of LASDRI drivers

Lagos state has commenced training of the first batch of Lagos State Drivers Institute (LASDRI).

The batch consists of 63 drivers and will go through the Mandatory Drivers Training and Recertification Exercise.

The measure is part of the plan to maintain safety and security by the operator of the Lagos Ride Taxi Scheme, “IBILE Holdings”.

Welcoming the drivers, the General Manager, LASDRI, Mrs. Afusat Tiamiyu, admonished them to see their participation in the Institute’s training programme as a golden opportunity to improve their driving skills and techniques.

The General Manager stressed that the training would expose them to recognition of more road signs, basic vehicle maintenance, road culture and sanity among the motoring public.

She said the Institute would also conduct eye-screening tests to know each participant’s vision status, saying that it is a prerequisite for recommendation as a good driver.

Tiamiyu stated that the ride-hailing taxi initiative, which was designed and operated on a lease-to-own basis, is a component of the State Government’s multi-modal transportation blueprint being executed under the Traffic Management and Transportation pillar of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda of Governor Sanwo-Olu’s administration.

She, however, implored the drivers not to see the vehicles leased to them as government property but as their own and must, therefore, be security conscious and protective of them as an investment.

Recall that the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, recently launched the ride-hailing service taxi scheme known as “Lagos Ride” at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, with the roll-out of the first batch of 1000 brand new GAC automobiles.

The initiative is a partnership between Lagos State-owned IBILE Holdings Limited and CIG Motors Company Limited, with the sole objective of providing new, clean, and reliable means of taxi movement across the metropolis at an affordable cost.

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Lagos Govt reopens Chrisland schools shut down over sex video


The Lagos State Government has ordered the reopening of all Chrisland Schools in the state that were earlier shut down following the viral sex video of some pupils of the school.

The state gave the order for the reopening of the school in a statement released by the state Commissioner of Education, Folasade Adefisayo.

Recall that the state government had on Monday, April 18, ordered the closure of the school’s branches in Lagos state following the leaked sex video. Some students of the school were taken to Dubai to represent the school in a sporting competition. However, they got there and engaged in immoral acts that they filmed and also shared online.

A statement announcing the reopening of the school reads: “The Lagos State Ministry of Education has directed that all Chrisland Schools shut for alleged misconduct of some students in Dubai be reopened from Monday, April 25th, 2022.

The directive follows a review of the ongoing administrative investigation into the incident. Besides, it is to ensure that students are not denied access to learning when the new term begins on Monday 25th April 2022.

The State Government shut the schools for the safety of students and the staff and to ensure unhindered investigation of the incident.

The Ministry of Education and other relevant agencies of the State, in conjunction with the school’s Parent Teachers Association, will be working on scheduled psychosocial support for the students.

An extensive assessment of the school’s procedure, especially on external trips and excursions, is being made to identify safety gaps and prevent such incidents.

Besides, the Ministry will launch the reviewed guidelines/protocols governing private and public schools across the state within the next one month.

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Lagos Govt ordes all schools to resume Monday for second term


All public and private schools in the state are to resume on Monday, April 25, 2022, the
Lagos State Government has directed.

This was contained in a statement by the Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Ms. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, titled, ‘LASG public and private schools resume for third term on Monday 25th April, 2022’.

In the statement issued on Friday, Ayeni urged all proprietors and administrators to ensure compliance with the resumption directive.

“Office of Education Quality Assurance, Ministry of Education hereby notifies all public and private schools in the State to resume on Monday 25th April, 2022 in line with the Harmonized Academic Calendar for the 2021/2022 session.

“The second term holiday which started on Friday 8th April 2022 ends on Friday 22nd April 2022 as stated in the 2021/2022 academic calendar, while the third term begins on 25th April, 2022. The public holidays within the term such as Workers Day, Eid-El-Fitr and Eid-El-Kabir were put into consideration and embedded in the calendar,” the statement read.

The Director-General advised students to shun all forms of social vices as they prepare for resumption and that parents should monitor the activities of their wards at home.

” As schools resume, proprietors and school administrators must ensure strict compliance with the Lagos State Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy. Schools are also to ensure full compliance with all safety protocols on their premises toward a safe learning environment as the State Government is committed to the delivery of quality education,” the statement added.

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Christland Schools: Lagos Govt to jail anyone caught with child porn 14years


The Lagos State Government has warned anyone caught with children pornography risks 14 years imprisonment even as the Christland School ten-year-old girl was violated.

“We also use this medium to remind the general public that any person who engages in any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a child, commits an offence and is liable to custodial sentence of fourteen (14) years. This includes “producing, distributing, receiving, or possessing an image of child pornography”, said Commissioner for Education, Folashade Adefisayo.

Recall that a ten year-old student of Chrisland school was allegedly raped by his fellow students when they travelled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Miffed with the incident, the mother of the victim appealed to Nigerians to assists her get justice for her daughter.

She accused the school of negligence and poor communication. In a video clip shared by Ubi Frankin, Nigeria Music Executive, the mother of the girl accused Mrs Azike, the head teacher, of threatening her daughter, saying that her daughter (name witheld) told her that Mrs Azike warned her never to speak to anyone about the incident.

Reacting to the story, Lagos State Government has ordered the immediate closure of all Chrisland Schools within the state pending further investigations into alleged sexual assault.

Below is the statement:

“The attention of the Lagos State Government has been drawn to the alleged sexual violence case involving students of Chrisland Schools which occurred in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

“It is pertinent to note that all allegations are being investigated by the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies, including Ministry of Education, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Ministry of Justice and the Lagos State

“Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, whilst the criminal allegations have been escalated to the Commissioner of Police.

“In view of the allegations, we are committed to ensuring that adequate medical and pscyho social support is provided.

“This is to reassure members of the public of the State Government’s commitment to safety and child protection, especially in ensuring that all child-centered institutions within the state, formulate and implement policies and systems that are compliant with the Executive Order (NO.EO/AA08 of 2016), Lagos State Safeguarding and Child Protection Program.

“We also use this medium to remind the general public that any person who engages in any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a child, commits an offence and is liable to custodial sentence of fourteen (14) years. This includes “producing, distributing, receiving, or possessing an image of child pornography”.

“Meantime, all Chrisland Schools within Lagos State are hereby closed, pending further investigations.”

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Money Ritual: Man had sex with girlfriend’s corpse for six days after killing her

A young man, identified as Ifeanyi Njoku, has been arrested by the police for allegedly killing his 24-year-old girlfriend, Precious Okeke, in an estate situated at Badore, in the Ajah area of Lagos State.

It was gathered that Njoku killed his girlfriend for ritual purposes and had sex with with her corpse as instructed by a native doctor who was helping him with the process.

He had slept with his girlfriend’s corpse for six corpse before the stench emanating from his apartment caught the attention of his neighbors and prompted them to report to the estate’s management.

An eyewitness who spoke with Punch said, “The boy killed his girlfriend about six days ago, and he confessed that he wanted to use the girl for money rituals. He said he was told that he should have sex with his girlfriend’s corpse for seven days, but he was caught on the sixth day. Today (Monday) is supposed to make it the seventh day.

“The smell of the corpse had been disturbing neighbours in the compound and other residents. So, they called the estate chairman to help in confirming what was going on in the apartment and while searching the apartment, they found the girl’s body.

“The boy was arrested and taken to the Lamgbasa Police Station and during interrogation, he confessed that he killed his girlfriend six days ago.

“We learnt that the boy offered N6m to kill the case; we also learnt that he brought the girlfriend from the village and they just moved into the estate.”

The spokesperson of the Lagos State Police Command, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirming the incident disclosed that they were a live-in couple.

Hundeyin said; “Two suspects, Ifeanyi Njoku and Mbam Atunmufor, 36, have been arrested. They have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for further investigation. Njoku was the one that rented the apartment.”

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SDP elects new excos in Lagos


The Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Lagos State has elected new council members to steer the affairs of the party.

The newly elected State Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Shina Oludare disclosed this in a statement in Lagos on Monday.

Oludare, a multiple award winning sports journalist, said that the new excos emerged at the State Congress held on Saturday at Ogba in Lagos state.

Oludare said that Miss Dabiraoluwa Adeyinka emerged as the chairperson of the party in the state while Messrs Ishmael Taqwallahi and Mayowa Akinbode were elected as Deputy Chairman and General Secretary respectively.

He said that other elected officers were Susan Lawanson (Treasurer), Kolade Adepoju (Youth Speaker), Tolulope Osundolire (Woman Speaker), Nelson Fadeni (Legal Adviser) and Ibeh Kamsi (Organising Secretary).

The rest include Dr Adefemi Adeniran (Labour and Civil Society), Omobolanle Tajudeen (Financial Secretary), Samuel Isah (Assistant Financial Secretary), Chioma Ojibah (Auditor) among others.

According to him, the congress was supervised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and notable SDP stalwarts including the National Legal Adviser of the party, Mr Joseph Abu.

He added that the congress also had in attendance the immediate past Lagos State Chairman, Mr Femi Olaniyi as well as party leaders and supporters across various councils.

Oludare said: “This is a call to serve and I promise to give it my all so we ensure our set goals are accomplished.

“I want to say a big thanks to the members of SDP, Lagos State Chapter for their trust.

“This is a strong indication that they believe in youth and that accentuates the fact that there is hope again.

“I will enjoin my fellow youth to key in SDP’s work of remaking Nigeria great again – block by block, brick by brick. For this is the true genius of this great nation.”

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Lagos Govt. sets up 25-member Parks Management Committee


The Lagos State Government has set up a 25-member Parks Management Committee to oversee the affairs of all motor parks and garages in the state.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, said in a statement on Thursday that the committee was in fulfillment of government’s promise to ensure that events in the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) were not allowed to threaten law and order in the state.

Recall that the state government on March 10 suspended NURTW operations in all parks and garages, following the tension sparked by some events in the union.

Omotoso said that the government had, therefore, exercised its constitutional powers to ensure that no vacuum, which could disrupt the peace of the state, was allowed to exist in the parks.

He said that ensuring peace in the state was a duty government owed all residents and visitors.

According to him, members of the committee have been selected following consultations with stakeholders in the sector.

The committee members include Mr Hakeem Odumosu (AIG Rtd), as Government Liaison Officer; Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya – Chairman; Alhaji Sulyman Ojora – Deputy Chairman, Dr. Taiwo Olufemi Salaam – Secretary.

Others are Mr Olayiwola Lemboye, Alhaji Mustapha Adekunle; Alhaji Ganiyu Shittu; Alhaji Mukaila Runsewe; Alhaji Sulyman Yusuf; Alhaji Mufutau Mutiu; Alhaji Yinka Hassan; Alhaji Sunday Ogunleye; Alhaji Moshood Omojowa; Alhaji Ismaila Aigoro and Alhaji Ibrahim Yusuf.

Also in the committee are Alhaji Akeem Tijani; Mrs Omolabake Adelakun; Mr Kazeem Hassan; Alhaji Wasiu Amole; Alhaji Ganiyu Ayinde, Mr Anthony Adeboye; Mr John Owolabi; Mr Saburi Salami; Mr Ibrahim Onitiju and Mr Gbenga Odusanya.

Omotoso said that members of the committee were to report to the Ministry of Transportation, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja.

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Illegal construction: Lagos govt. issues stop work order on petrol station


The Lagos State Government says it has issued a stop-work order on a petrol station illegally under construction without approval in Ajao Estate, in Isolo area of the state.

The state’s Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, in a statement on Thursday, said the order was important to avert disaster.

“The facility is being erected without any approval or stage-by-stage inspection by the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) to ascertain quality of materials used.

“As a matter of fact, we cannot even be talking about checking for compliance against approval that was never given in the first place, and this is dangerous for the built environment as the safety and structural integrity of the facility can not be guaranteed,” he said.

Salako said the unapproved construction had become a growing concern for residents of the area, who petitioned the government against its continuation.

While reiterating the importance of building right, the commissioner emphasised that no construction should be carried out in Lagos State without Planning Permits and Stage certification by the regulatory authorities.

He said the Owner/Developer of the petrol station would be sanctioned for ignoring several warnings issued against the construction by LASBCA, which served contravention notices and stop-work orders on the builder.

Salako urged Lagos residents, particularly stakeholders in the built environment, to build right and support government’s efforts to combat building collapse.

He urged them to support efforts to ensure “a livable and sustainable physical environment as enshrined in the THEMES Agenda of the Lagos State Government”.

The statement was signed and made available to journalists by Mr Mukaila Sanusi,
Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.

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Money laundering trial of ex-Lagos Speaker Ikuforiji stalled


The money laundering trial of a former Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, was on Thursday stalled due to its non-appearance in the cause list.

Ikuforiji is facing a N338.8 million money laundering charge before a Federal High in Lagos State.

The former speaker is charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside his former Personal Assistant, Oyebode Atoyebi, on 54 counts.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty before Justice Mohammed Liman and were allowed to continue on earlier bail granted them in 2012 when they were first arraigned.

On Thursday, although EFCC counsel, Mr Ekene Ihenacho, was in court, the case was not in the cause list for the day.

A new trial date will be communicated to parties in the suit, according to source in the court.

The last adjourned date on March 17, 2021, the EFCC closed its case after calling its second witness, Mr Adewale Olatunji, a former Clerk of the House of Assembly.

Meanwhile, Justice Liman, who has been presiding over the trial, was in 2021 transferred out of the Lagos jurisdiction, but he is still handling the case on a fiat.

NAN reports that the defendants were first arraigned on March 1, 2012, before Justice Okechukwu Okeke on a 20-count charge bordering on misappropriation and money laundering.

They pleaded not guilty and were granted bail.

They were re-arraigned before Justice Ibrahim Buba following a re-assignment of the case.

Buba granted them bail in the sum of N500 million each with sureties in like sum.

On Sept. 26, 2014, Buba discharged Ikuforiji and his aide of the charge, after upholding a no-case submission by them.

Buba held that the EFCC failed to establish a prima-facie case against them.

Dissatisfied with the ruling, the EFCC through its counsel, Mr Godwin Obla (SAN), challenged the judgment in a Notice of Appeal dated Sept. 30, 2014.

EFCC argued that the trial court erred in law when it held that the counts were incompetent because they were filed under Section 1(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004, which was repealed by an Act of 2011.

The commission further argued that the lower court erred when it held that the provisions of Section 1 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004 and 2011 only applied to natural persons and corporate bodies other than governments.

The commission also submitted that the trial judge erred by holding that testimonies of prosecution witnesses supported innocence of the defendants.

In its judgement in November 2016, the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal upheld EFCC’s submissions and ordered fresh trial of the defendants before another judge.

Following the decision of the Court of Appeal, the defendants headed to the Supreme Court, seeking to overturn the decision.

In its verdict, the Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal and ordered that the case should be sent back to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court for reassignment to another judge.

According to the EFCC, the defendants accepted cash payments above the threshold set by the Money Laundering Act, without going through a financial institution.

The commission also accused the defendants of conspiring to accept cash payments in the aggregate sum of N338.8 million from the House of Assembly without going through a financial institution.

It equally alleged that Ikuforiji used his position to misappropriate funds belonging to the Assembly.

The commission said that the defendants committed the offences between April 2010 and July 2011, in contravention of the provisions of Sections 15 (1d), 16(1d) and 18 of Money Laundering Act, 2004 and 2011.

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Police Command in Lagos gets new PPRO, Benjamin Hundeyin


A new Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, on Wednesday assumed duty at the Lagos State Police Command.

This is contained in a statement by the Command’s Administration Officer, DSP Stephen Kuti.

“Hundeyin holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Language from the Lagos State University, and an MSc in Legal Criminology and Security Psychology from the University of Ibadan,” the statement indicated.

“He also holds a Certificate in Civil-Military Coordination from the Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Training Centre, Jaji, Kaduna State.

“He is equally an Associate of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) and a member of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM).

“He was one-time PPRO at the Zone 2 Command Headquarters, Onikan, Lagos, and was a member of the Nigerian contingent to the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), in Sudan in 2020.”

Until his recent appointment, he was the Administration Officer at the Force Public Relations Department, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

Kuti said that the public can reach the new PPRO (Hundeyin) on the telephone number 07062606717 or benjamin@hundeyin.com.

The outgone PPRO, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, who spent seven months in office, will remain in the Command until his new redeployment is confirmed.

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Expert tasks residents on new Lagos mapping information


Mr Ibikunle Adaranijo, Lagos Chapter Chairman, Association of Private Practising Surveyors of Nigeria (APPSN), on Wednesday advised residents to seek information to understand adjustments to property locations in the new Lagos mapping.

Adaranijo gave the advice at the association’s 2022 Annual General Meeting and Luncheon with the theme “Professionalism and Longevity; Addressing the Dimensions of Wellness and Personal Health”.

APPSN is a subgroup of Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS).

He said that Lagos State Government had done new survey mappings which had changed the measurement parameters, thereby affecting Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) issued as far back as 30 to 40 years ago.

Adaranijo explained that the new survey mapping had slightly adjusted physical location of property which required different technological equipment for surveyors to be able to catch up with taking accurate measurements.

“They remapped the whole of Lagos and if there is a new owner and he wants to do a change of title, the location would have been shifted, so the new technology is helping us in solving the problem.

“We will continue to enlighten our clients.

“We realised that Lagos State Government has done another mapping, so, it has changed the whole coordinates.

“That is why we created this new Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) we are using in Lagos State and with that, there is no way we can use the old instruments,” he said.

Adaranijo said instrument procurement was one of the problems, hence, the association’s partnership with instrument vendors to procure RTK Multiband GPS (Emlid) receiver for members to pay in installment.

“This instrument procurement scheme till date has about 45 subscribers while over a 120 surveyors are currently accessing the CORS service even from the Office of the State Surveyor-General,” he said.

He advised property owners to seek clarification from surveyors on how to have a reassessment of their mapping.

Speaking on the proposed Surveyors Estate, he said, over 520 practising surveyors in Lagos deserved decent affordable homes, saying that the project would take off before July.

“My main aim is for those who are still tenants,” Adaranijo said.

He said the Association was adopting measures to ward off quacks while appealing to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos to ensure surveyors were engaged in all projects.

He also called on all tiers of government to carry surveyors along in roads, housing and all projects to stop building collapse and construction failure across the nation.

“Even when constructing bridges, surveyors must be involved because we are the ones that have the instrument and can know where the soil is sinking to avert building collapse or construction failure.

“Surveyors are the foundation of everything. If you want to construct a road, you must call a surveyo even before an engineer,” Adaranijo said.

He also gave details of health care plan for members while reeling out achievements of his administration last year.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that health checks were carried out during the programme for surveyors in attendance.

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Lagos government suspends operations of NURTW on Lagos Island

The Lagos state government has suspended the operation of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) on Lagos Island indefinitely.

The activities of the transport union was grounded particularly on Church Street, Eyin Eyo, and Idumota bridge indefinitely due to the recent clashes that crippled activities in Idumota axis of the state. The violent clash also led to the death of two people.

The decision to ban their activity was taken at a stakeholders meeting comprising of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Central Business District (CBD) and Lagos State Market Women Association (Iya Oloja General and Iya Oloja of Lagos Island) at the Bagauda Kaltho Press center.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Hon. Oluwatoyin Fayinka who meted out the ban, also said the activities of the transport union at Church Street and John Street particularly Keke Marwa and Mini Buses (Korope) are suspended.

The statement released by Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on New Media, Jubril Gawat, read;

Lagos State Govt has suspended the operations of the Transport Union (NURTW) in Lagos Island particularly on Church Street, Eyin Eyo, and Idumota bridge indefinitely due to the recent clashes that crippled activities in Idumota axis of the state.

At a stakeholders meeting comprising the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Central Business District (CBD) and Lagos State Market Women Association (Iya Oloja General and Iya Oloja of Lagos Island) at the Bagauda Kaltho Press center to tackle crisis often caused by the activities of the union, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Hon. Oluwatoyin Fayinka meted out the ban to prevent further acts of violence at idumota, adding that the Lagos State Parks Monitoring Authority will resume at Eyin Eyo.

Fayinka further stated that the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) will station an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) on Idumota Bridge to deter motorists from driving against traffic in compliance with traffic Rules and Regulations and to enforce the suspension of the NURTW within the axis and simultaneously flush out the Oju Opake boys lurking along Plaza around Church Street axis.

Also suspended are the activities of the transport union at Church Street and John Street particularly Keke Marwa and Mini Buses (Korope).

The Transport Special Adviser added that the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) in collaboration with the State Police Command will ensure Safety of lives in the area.

‘State Security Operatives are hereby put on Red Alert to ensure Safety and Security of lives and property in Lagos Island and environs’ Fayinka stated.

Appreciating the position just taken by State Government, the Iya Oloja, Lagos Island Alhaja Risikat Odumosu while expressing her displeasure at the wanton looting and destruction of their goods in shops around Idumota area, begged the State Government to come to their rescue adding that they will not stand back and watch their properties destroyed by miscreants whom they had never seen before.

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Lagos Govt to demand COVID-19 vaccination cards at parties, social events


The Lagos State government has issued directives to attendees of parties and other social events in the state to present their COVID-19 vaccination card before having access.

The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu released new COVID-19 guidelines for social events and gatherings in the festive season, disclosing that all social events in the state must be duly registered to obtain an event safety clearance from the Lagos State Safety Commission website.

The governor, who said this on Tuesday in a press statement by the Commissioner for Information, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, said that every attendee of a social gathering must now present their evidence of vaccination.

He said, “Where possible events should be held in an outdoor space. Occupancy limit at any event must not exceed 60 per cent of maximum design capacity of the commission.

“Every attendee of a social gathering must present their vaccination cards or digital bar code page, showing at least first dose but preferably double dose full vaccination. In unvaccinated people, a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction within 72 hours will be an exemption.

“Everybody irrespective of vaccination status must be subject to Rapid Diagnostic test (antigen) to be conducted at the event venue within 24 hours prior to the event at the laboratories listed below. (Request for rapid tests at the venue requires an application through the LSSC).

“Under 18 years of age are unvaccinated and the above applies. Guests and service providers with high temperature (above 37.5) are to be politely turned back and referred to paramedics or the emergency response team on ground.”

Sanwo-Olu added that all-inbound passengers who refused to adhere to COVID-19 protocols would be prosecuted.

“While it is a stringent requirement that all inbound passengers perform a day two test within 48 hours of arrival into the country; and an additional day seven PCR test for all partially or unvaccinated inbound passengers, we cannot stress enough how important the strict adherence to these protocols are.

“These tests are mandatory to assist the state monitor the inflow of positive passengers, which we have identified as a veritable source of our waves and community spread.

“Based on this, we will commence the prosecution of those who refuse to submit themselves for these mandatory tests by blacklisting their passports for a period of one year. This would be carried out in partnership with the Presidential Steering Committee.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has also declared that visitors and guests without proof of vaccination would be barred from its buildings as a tougher measure to curb the spread of the virus.

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EndSARS panel report: Victims awarded N410m as Lagos releases White Paper


The Lagos State Government has released its White Paper on the report by the EndSARS panel that probed the Lekki toll gate incident of October 20, 2020.

The Babajide Sanwo-Olu government faulted the panel’s report that nine persons were killed at the toll gate when soldiers stormed the protest ground to disperse the protesters.

According to report by Punch, the government described the claim of the panel that nine persons were shot dead as “assumptions and speculations”.

The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS-related Abuses and Other Matters had on November 15, 2021, submitted its report after which Sanwo-Olu set up a White Paper committee.

The four-member committee was led by Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN).

Other members of the committee are; Commissioner for Youths and Social Development, Mr. Segun Dawodu; Special Adviser, Works, and Infrastructure, Engr. (Mrs) Aramide Adeyoye and Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office, Mrs. Tolani Oshodi.

According to the leaked report of the judicial panel, at least nine #EndSARS protesters were killed at the Lekki tollgate on October 20, 2020.

The report listed 48 names as those who were casualties of the Lekki incident of October 20, 2020.

Among the 48 casualties listed, 24 sustained gunshot injuries, while 15 others were assaulted by soldiers and police.

The judicial panel was inaugurated on October 19, 2020, to look into complaints of citizens against human rights abuses by the police. But following the incident at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020, the Terms of Reference of the panel were expanded to cover that incident.

The panel sat for over one year, listening to testimonies of petitioners, witnesses, experts, and lawyers.

The panel treated 235 petitions and awarded N410 million as compensation to 70 victims.

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Kano, Lagos States demand 1 per cent in Revenue Allocation Formula —- Gov Ganduje


Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, says Kano and Lagos States are demanding for 1 per cent in the new nation’s Revenue Allocation Formula.

The demand is contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor, Mr Abba Anwar, issued on Tuesday in Kano.

Anwar said that Ganduje made the case when his Lagos State counterpart, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, paid a condolence visit over the death of Aliko Dangote’s brother, Sani Dangote.

He quoted Ganduje as saying, “looking at the population size of Kano and Lagos states and other similarities of mega cities, both states demand for 1 per cent in the new nation’s revenue allocation formula. We have already made our submissions.”

He noted that the two states were lucky to have the highest number of members of House of Representatives in the country.

Ganduje pointed out that both Kano and Lagos States have 24 legislators, each, in the Green Chamber.

In the statement, Anwar said that Gov. Sanwo-Olu revealed that both states were mega cities.

“While Lagos is the most populous city in Nigeria and in West Africa, Kano is the second after Lagos.

“We have similarities and we also have same problems.

“Problem of managing population, problem of providing social services to people, and you cannot determine who will use your facilities, your services because people are coming into our cities for almost 24 hours.

“Every second, people are entering the two cities of Kano and Lagos, and you have no control over that. They also have to get the security services.

“Since there is now an attempt to review the revenue formula in Nigeria, Lagos and Kano are demanding for 1 per cent.

“That will enable us to take care of the circumstances of mega cities,” the governor said.

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Lagos to host 2022 NAFEST


Chief Olusegun Runsewe, Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), says Lagos State will host the 35th edition of the National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST) in 2022.

Runsewe said this at the closing ceremony of NAFEST 2021 late Saturday night.

The festival with the theme, “Celebrating National Unity in Diversity”, commenced on Nov. 14 and ended on Nov. 22.

NCAC is responsibile for organising the annual cultural festival.

“The 2022 edition of NAFEST will hold in Lagos State.

“Lagos is waiting for the world and we are going to Lagos with an advanced NAFEST, we will do something bigger than what we have had in the past,” he said.

Runsewe said that NAFEST remained a veritable tool for uniting the nation, adding that such cultural festivals would stop agitations for separation.

“We will get Nigeria united by all means, we must remove that spirit of dishonesty, hatred and fake news, all must go now.

“The story been carried around that Nigeria is going to be divided, you can see 31 states in Ekiti, this is to tell us that nothing can divide this country, the country will remain.

“I thank Ekiti people and the government for receiving the 31 states and giving us the impression we need, it is a big statement and I remain grateful.

“There is no reason to disagree among ourselves considering the beauty of this nation, rather, we should stand together in love, peace and harmony,” he said.

Runsewe noted that over 450 Ekiti indigenes had been empowered with some forms of skills like wig and bead making, tailoring, cosmetology, shoe making and conversion of waste to wealth.

He added that the festival had raised the income of Ado-Ekiti residents especially those in hotel, transportation and other businesses. According to him, with such festival, Nigeria will be stronger and better again

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EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu vows to release panel report to public

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the final report of the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution, formed after the EndSARS protest in 2020, is being awaited.

On Thursday, he assured that the state government would make full disclosure of the report to the public.

The governor guaranteed that his administration would not make an attempt to cover up the findings and recommendations.

Sanwo-Olu said the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing the re-occurrence of the civil unrest.

The governor explained that the panel was set up to probe allegations of rights abuse against the police and determine the cause of coordinated attacks on Lagos.

“We do not know the content of the report, but we want to say publicly that, upon the handover of the report, we will be making it public.

“We will not cover up anything. This is not who we are and that is not what our government stands for. We will make full disclosure of recommendations”, Sanwo-Olu said.

The judicial panel, chaired by Justice Doris Okuwobi, concluded its sittings on Monday, one year after it was constituted.

The members include retired DIG Taiwo Lakanu (Police), Lucas Koyejo (National Human Rights Commission), Segun Awosanya (Segalink) and Oluwatoyin Odusanya (Citizens Right).

Others are Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), Patience Udoh (Civil society), Rinuola Oduala and Temitope Majekodunmi (Youths reps). Oduala stepped down in February, alleging “cover-up”.

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Metro

Lagos, Kano alone have 50% of Nigerian vehicles – Official


Of the 13 million vehicles on Nigerian roads, about 50 per cent of them, representing 6.5 million, are in Lagos and Kano states, the two commercial nerve centres of the country.

While Lagos is the commercial hub of the country, Kano State is the commercial centre of the northern part of the country.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by the officials of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) to the governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, in the state recently, the commissioner for insurance, Mr. Sunday Thomas, said Kano was leading in many fronts in the country, stressing that Kano and Lagos states alone have almost more than 50 per cent of vehicles plying the Nigerian roads.

While persuading the state government to partner with the insurance industry in a bid to insure all vehicles in the state, he added that this will significantly impact on the Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state even as it will equally boost revenue of all stakeholders.

Speaking further, he said: “The issue of collapsed buildings has continued to be one of the problems in our big and major cities in the country that seems to have defied solutions and checks put in place by the authorities.

“The commission is collaborating with some federal agencies like the Fire Service, Police and relevant professional associations like COREN to ensure provisions of the law regarding the insurance of public buildings against 3rd party liability and all buildings under construction that are above 2 floors are strictly adhered to.”

While soliciting for the cooperation of Kano State governor to work closely with the insurance sector on adoption and enforcement of insurance to ensure safety and protection of lives and properties in Kano State, he noted that NAICOM was planning to organise a one-day sensitisation workshop for permanent secretaries and directors of all MDAs in the state in order to sensitise them on the need and benefit to adequately protect and insure strategic government assets and human resources.

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Lagos CJ inaugurates LG Elections Appeal Tribunal

The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba, on Friday inaugurated the Local Government (LG) Elections Appeal Tribunal.

The tribunal will hear petitions emanating from the LG elections which took place in the state on July 24.

FELLOW PRESS reports that the five Lagos State High Court judges will oversee the tribunal.

They are Justice Morenike Obadina, Chairman, Justice Beatrice Oke-Lawal, Justice Olubunmi Fadipe, Justice Wasiu Animahun and Justice Jubril Bashua.

The inauguration ceremony, which held at the Ikeja High Court, was attended by Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), the Attorney-General of Lagos State, judges and members of the Lagos State Judicial Service Commission.

According to the chief judge, the setting up of the tribunal is one of constitutional provisions for conducting LG elections in the state and is pursuant to the Election Petitions Law.

Alogba said that two tribunals will be set up; one to sit at the Ikeja High Court and the other at the High Court Annex located at the Central Business District, Alausa, Lagos.

“I have carefully thought about the antecedents of all the judges we are putting forth today. I am deeply satisfied with their integrity, hard work, impartiality and their honour concerning justice delivery.

“It is a task you are called upon to do for the sake of integrity. The judiciary is not a money making arm of the government, the task you are asked to perform is to further cement the relationship with the citizens of the state,”

Alogba noted that the tribunal is the last hope of citizens who are dissatisfied with the results of the LG elections as there would be no further appeals thereafter.

He urged the judges to be just in their adjudication.

Following the taking of their respective oaths of office, Justice Obadina, the Chairman of the Lagos State Local Government Elections Appeal Tribunal, gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the other members.

Obadina expressed gratitude for the opportunity given to her and the other judges to serve on the tribunal.

“I want to pledge that I am going to do all that is within our power to work expeditiously on all the cases that will come before the tribunal and to work within the timeframe, as mandated by law.

“I want to assure my lord, the chief judge, and the good people of Lagos State that the will of Lagos residents will be fulfilled,” she said.

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IPAC says, Lagos assembly’s passing of VAT, anti-open grazing bills will aid development


The Lagos state chapter of the Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) has commended members of the Lagos state House of Assembly for passing the Value Added Tax (VAT) and the Anti-Open Grazing bills 2021, respectively, as they were ‘timely and met the yearnings of the people’.

Mr Abiodun Salami, IPAC’s publicity secretary, in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, in Lagos, described the action of the House as a bold step towards bringing a harmonious relationship among all the ethnic groups in the state.

According to IPAC, the “bills would not only enhance the economy of the state, but also guide against lawlessness.
With the Anti-Open Grazing bill, the peaceful coexistence of farmers and herders would further promote unity and development.

“The VAT bill is long overdue and we support the action of the lawmakers, because the bill would promote fiscal federalism, which the people have been yearning for.

“The VAT bill is long overdue for us in Lagos because majority of the monies collected as VAT by the federal government were from Lagos,” the group said.

IPAC noted that despite Lagos’ huge contributions to VAT, only a meagre sum was always given to the state, which is unacceptable, painful and a huge loss to the state.

The group expressed confidence in the quick assent of the bills by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu as this would aid the development of the state.

“Now that the bill has been passed and which is certain to be assented to quickly by the governor, development will continue to spread across the state, because Lagos will have more money to execute more infrastructural projects in all areas of the state.

“The Anti-Open Grazing bill will also promote the economics of cattle rearing and crop farming. It is a bill which benefits both the pastoralists and crop farmers in the state,” he said.

IPAC specially commended the Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, for his leadership and intellectual sagacity in ensuring that the Assembly remained ‘above the common standard’.

“Obasa remains a blessing to the state and Nigeria at large”, the IPAC statement added.

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Metro

Collapsed building claims 7 lives in Lagos – LASEMA

Collapsed building claims 7 lives in Lagos – LASEMA The Director General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, has confirmed that seven people died in a collapsed building in Lagos on Sunday.

Oke-Osanyintolu made the confirmation as the LASEMA Response Team tried to clear the debris of the building.

He said that the uncompleted building, at 60 Odo Street, Obalende, Eti-Osa Local Government Area, partially collapsed and injured 15 people.

“Immediately we received a distress call at about 4:30p.m. on the incident, we activated our emergency response team and all responders headed for the scene.

“Rescue operation is still ongoing while initial findings are as follows: 10 Casualties treated with minor injuries, five severely injured persons exhumed from the remains and transferred to hospital,” he said.

Oke-Osanyintolu said that seven fatalities were discovered, six male and one female.

The body of another male victim was discovered at about 8:14 p.m., bringing the total number of fatalities to seven.

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Ikosi Isheri LCDA rehabilitates five roads, distributes seven utility vehicles to Police, others

The Ikosi Isheri Local Council Development (LCDA) of Lagos on Saturday opened five rehabilitated roads and distributed seven utility vehicles to the police and other stakeholders within the council area.

At the event, Princess Samiat Bada, the Executive Chairman of the council, said that the projects were carried out to ensure that the people enjoy the dividend of democracy.

She said: “Our projects were meant to ensure that our people enjoy and continue to feel positive impacts of government at the grassroots.

“Using my slogan ‘My heart is where my community is’ as my guiding light and with support from God, my supervisors, our legislators, the management staff, we were able to record some landmark achievements in the first six months,” she said.

According to her, some of the projects were started and completed during the COVID-19 pandemic “which is still very much with us”.

The council boss said that some of the roads rehabilitated are Ademola Oshinowo, Aromolate, Olayemi Odutayo, Balogun and Femi Ogun Street.

She said that the roads rehabilitated were painstakingly selected because of their importance to the reduction of traffic congestion and boosting economic activities in the communities where they were located.

“We were able to acquire seven operational vehicles, three of which were allocated to our three area offices to assist our revenue officials in their efforts to improve internally-generated revenue of the council.

“The Police also received on vehicle because of the important role they play in enhancing peace and security in the community.”

The council boss, who also opened the first Customary Court within the council Secretariat, added that her administration has remodeled the Ikosi Market and ultra modern three-storey office complex at the council secretariat.

Bada, who thanked Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for giving her the opportunity to contribute her quota to the development of the council, assumed office on January 31, 2020.

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COVID-19: Lagos approves full reopening of worship centres, cinemas and gyms

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state has granted approval for churches and mosques in the state as well as gyms and cinermas to resume full services.

He announced the approval at a press briefing on Saturday September 19. He said mosques can hold their prayers five times daily while churches can also commence weekly services.

Worship centers were restricted to one gathering weekly after they were allowed to reopen following lockdown to check coronavirus in the nation.

Governor Sanwo-Olu also announced that public and private schools can resume fully on Monday, September 21, 2020.

The governor also announced that cinemas, gyms, spas and recreational centres in the state can now reopen for business at 33 percent capacity which is one-third of their capacity.

For cinemas and gyms, Governor Sanwo-Olu said: “If they have gotten safety protocol clearance, from tomorrow, Sunday, they can resume.

Their resumption is only at 33 per cent of their capacity, meaning its only one-third capacity that you have at the various cinemas” the governor said

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Education

COVID-19: Lagos orders reopening of tertiary institutions on September 14

Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered the reopening of tertiary institutions in the state effective Monday, September 14.

The governor disclosed this development during a regular briefing on the state’s COVID-19 status on Saturday, August 29.

During his address, the governor announced that primary and secondary schools are also tentatively scheduled to re-open from September 21.

He explained that the decision to re-open schools in the state was based on indications that the pandemic has peaked in the state as the number of new cases continues to steadily decline.

“This decision is not cast in stone and is subject to review of our ongoing modelling and what procedure comes out from the Ministry of Health,” he said.

He further reiterated that restaurants are now permitted to open for in-dining services in the state, although they must continue to ensure spaces are only filled up to 50 percent capacity at all times.

The governor said a review will be done in September to decide whether to allow a re-opening of event centers, bars, night clubs, beaches, cinemas, and other public spaces.

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Over N1bn paid to 218 retirees, says Lagos Govt

The Lagos State Government says it has paid over N1 billion retirement benefit bond into the Retirement Savings Account (RSA) of 218 retirees under the state public service for the month of August.

The Director-General, Lagos State Pension Commision (LASPEC), Mr Babalola Obilana made the disclosure at the 78th Batch Retirement Bond Presentation on Thursday in Lagos.

He said that N1.01 billion was paid and assured that the commision would continue to be resolute in forging ahead with the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS).

Obilana noted that the scheme was sustainable and had resolved the challenges of the past pension scheme administration which, being non-contributory relied totally on budgetary allocations from the government.

According to him, the state government through LASPEC is committed to ensuring that retirees are paid their terminal entitlements as and when due without any hiccups.

“We remain committed to our ideals of making Lagos State a role model for others to follow on pension matters.

“In Lagos state, our employees are our greatest assets.

“This is why we are not only passionate about providing good conditions of service, but also fully committed to ensuring that their entitlements are paid when they exit the public service,” Obilana said.

The director general advised the retirees to be mindful of fraudsters who come with the idea of unknown businesses.

He also implored them to be careful with the disclosure of information about their bond benefit entitlement in order not to fall into the hands of people with ulterior intentions.

Obilana appreciated the state Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for his unrelentless efforts toward the plight of retirees in the state.

He announced that the commission had changed its mode of distributing bond bertificates to pensioners due to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic, where it handed over the distribution to the Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs).

Obilana explained that the retirees would now be attended to in batches by the commision as it was usually done, but in compliance with the social distancing rules of the state government.

“The new process adopted by the commission nullifies the initial arrangements where the presentation of bond certificates was handled by the PFAs of concerned retirees or beneficiaries.

“The commission initiated the new process to ensure that the senior citizens are not exposed to the Coronavirus, and to also comply with the state government’s directive on the restriction on large gatherings,” he said.

Obilana said that with the new process, the initial method of releasing bond certificates to PFAs who had been inviting beneficiaries to exit meetings to access their lump sum and monthly pensions had been changed. (NAN)

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Lagos Assembly Service Commission promotes 103 staff

The Lagos House of Assembly Service Commission (LAHASCOM) has promoted 103 officers and urged OMMthe newly promoted management and senior staff to be good ambassadors in the discharge of their responsibilities.

The Commission’s Chairman, Chief Wale Mogaji, gave the advice while congratulating the 103 officers comprising 44 management staff and 59 senior staff.

The chairman said they were promoted after the recent first virtual promotion exercise conducted by the commission in conjunction with Public Service Staff Development Centre (PSSDC).

He advised the promoted officers to be more dedicated and conduct themselves as true ambassadors of the state government wherever they were in order to justify their promotion to higher levels.

Mogaji described the Virtual Structured Training Programme (Promotion exercise) as successful.

The chairman argued that the mode adopted was born out of the commission’s desire to comply with the state’s directive on the need to rid the State of COVID-19 pandemic.

Mogaji said it was a unanimous agreement by all the state’s commissions to conduct a virtual promotion exercise.

He said: “This was to comply with the governor’s directive and the Federal Government’s guidelines on maintaining social distance.

“Virtual assessment is not enough for individual appraisal but can be improved upon to meet up with international standards, because the old method of assessing officers for promotion is more result-driven.

“There is nothing wrong with virtual training but there must be a way to structure the time whereby individual contributions will be better assessed.

“The strength of individual participants may not be determined within a short period but can be improved upon and restructured in a way that participant can be assessed objectively.”

Mogaji said the old method was designed to effectively appraise leadership qualities, competence and comportment for better critical assessment of each member of staff which could be achieved via virtual assessment.

He, however, said that the Virtual Training Programme had satisfied the purpose for which it was formulated, due to the emergence of the novel COVID–19.

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Metro

COVID-19: Lagos discharges 27 Nigerians, 5 foreigners

The Lagos State Government has announced the recovery and discharge of 32 COVID-19 patients, consisting of 27 Nigerians and five foreigners.

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu said in a statement on Saturday in Lagos that the patients were discharged after testing negative twice to the disease.

”Good people of Lagos, today, 32 #COVID-19 Lagos patients; 12 females and 20 males, including five foreign nationals were discharged from the isolation facilities to reunite with society.

”The patients – one from Agidingbi; eight from Onikan; five from Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba; nine from Gbagada, four from Vidic Centre and five from LUTH Isolation Centres were discharged after full recovery.

”Being worried about or afraid of the global pandemic are valid emotions and being conscious of the existence of #COVID-19 is fine but don’t let it overwhelm you.

”#CalmDown. Don’t give in to fear. #CalmDown. Don’t Panic. Everything will turn out fine at the end.

”#TakeResponsibility. #ForACOVID-19FreeLagos, Let’s #Staysafe!,” Sanwo-Olu said.

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Lagos Govt increases public gathering to 50 person

The Lagos State Government on Saturday announced the increase of the permissible capacity of public gatherings from 20 to 50 persons.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced this at the Lagos House, Marina, during the 17th update on the management of coronavirus in the state.

Sanwo-Olu said that the increase applied to a wide range of events from Annual General Meetings (AGMs) to funerals.

He said that there had been a general decrease in positivity rates of COVID-19 cases in Lagos State over the past two weeks.

According to him, the decrease, when combined with the increase in testing numbers, paints a very encouraging picture of the outcome of government’s response strategy.

He said that the state government would continue to fine-tune its efforts and strategies to build on the successes and close any existing gaps.

”Dear Lagosians, having carefully reviewed the current scenario in Lagos State, we have taken some important decisions in line with the ongoing objective of calibrating an effective balance between the competing demands of safeguarding lives and enabling livelihoods.

”We are increasing the permissible capacity for public gatherings from 20 to 50 persons. This applies to a wide range of events, from AGMs to funerals.

”Lagosians should please continue to keep in mind that there is documented evidence that mass gatherings can increase the spread of infectious diseases, such as coronavirus.

”As such, all standard prevention and control measures must be strictly adhered to: physical distancing, mandatory temperature checks and use of masks in public places, regular disinfection of premises, and strong personal hygiene.

”Restaurants will now be permitted to open for in-dining services, from the 14th of August, on the proviso that they maintain a 50 per cent occupancy capacity.

”The restaurants must have also obtained a Provisional Safety Compliance Certificate through the registration portal of the Lagos State Safety Commission: www.lasgsafetyreg.com,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He added that Social Clubs and Recreational centres would also now be allowed to open from Aug. 14, on the condition that they had applied for and obtained a Provisional Safety Compliance Certificate.

According to him, these Safety Clearance Certificates are at this time being issued only to Social Clubs with Registered Trustees.

He said that clubs and centres that reopen without complying with these mandatory requirements would be shut down and dealt with according to the law.

”Note also that the closure of all spas, bars, lounges, night clubs, cinemas, games arcades remains in place. The possible re-opening of these places will be further reviewed before the end of the month.

”As a State Government we will be ramping up our monitoring and enforcement work, to ensure that all our guidelines and directives are complied with to the letter.

”The relevant agencies will be carrying out spot checks and random inspections of businesses and facilities, and defaulters will be sanctioned appropriately,” the governor said.

He also said that secondary schools in Lagos would reopen, as earlier communicated by the Ministry of Education, from Aug. 3, for Exit Classes only – SS3 and Technical Studies TEC3 students only.

Sanwo-Olu said that the resumption date would allow them two weeks to participate in revision classes and examinations in preparation for the forthcoming West African Examinations (WAEC), which would start on Aug. 17, 2020.

He said that all COVID-19 standard precautions must be put in place by school authorities, as officials of the Lagos State Government would be inspecting all qualifying schools to ensure that these requirements were fully met.

Sanwo-Olu said that the state government would make face masks available to all schools to which this reopening exemption applies, for the duration of the reopening.

Meanwhile, the state has also announced August 7 and 14 for reopening of worship centres and restaurant for in-dinning customers.

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COVID-19: Lagos Govt closes Eti-Osa Isolation Centre, relocates to bigger capacity centre

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, says the Eti-Osa Isolation Centre has been closed down, with effect from Friday night.

Sanwo-Olu announced the closure at Lagos House, Marina, during the 17th update on the management of coronavirus in the state.

The governor said that the Agidingbi Isolation Centre would also be closed and the patients relocated to a large capacity centre – Indo-Centre in Anthony area, which would be soon be inaugurated.

“Over the last four, five months, we have built excess capacity centre, but that is only the way to go, you cannot over-prepare.

“We have got to a stage where we need to balance the economics of this and which of these facilities do we need to keep running.

“Some of them now are having less than 20 per cent of occupancy.

“This is why we reach a conclusion to shut Eti-Osa facility and another one in Lekki,’’ the governor said.

He explained that the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) in Yaba “is now also gradually being reverted back to its former status as a hospital to cater to all forms of infectious diseases’’.

He added that the Ca-COVID dedicated tent on the IDH grounds would, however, remain strictly for COVID-19 cases.

Sanwo-Olu said that in June, the government further expanded COVID-19 testing capacity in Lagos with the accreditation of seven private laboratories.

According to him, in the week ended July 26, the government successfully tested close to 9,000 samples in Lagos State, across the public and private sector laboratories.

He said that it showed a 50 per cent increase from the approximately 6,000 samples tested in each of the preceding two weeks.

The governor said that the increase in testing would lead to an increase in the number of daily confirmed cases of the virus in the state.

According to him, this is a welcome development, since the government’s capacity to contain the pandemic depends significantly on how successful it is in identifying all the existing cases.

“I must, however, also mention that we have seen a general decrease in positivity rates in Lagos State over the past two weeks, which, combined with the increase in testing numbers, paints a very encouraging picture of the outcome of our response strategy.

“We will continue to fine-tune our efforts and strategies to build on our successes and close any existing gaps.

“It has now been five months since the first case of coronavirus was recorded in Nigeria.

“Since then, Nigeria has seen more than 43,000 infections and significant disruption of social, religious, educational and economic life, like every other part of the world.

“As at July 31, Lagos state has had a total of 15,150 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 10,835 persons who have recovered and discharged.

“We have sadly lost 194 persons to the virus.

“This leaves us with 1,813 active cases in community and 96 under management across various isolation centres in the state,’’ he said.

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Lagos reopens worship centres August 7 and restaurants August 14

The Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced the reopening of worship centers in the state beginning from Friday, August 7.

Governor Sanwo-Olu announced this at a press briefing today August 1.

While mosques will be reopened next week Friday August 7, the governor said churches will follow suit on Sunday, August 9. He said religious leaders must make available hand sanitizers, thermometer guns, adding that the state government will ensure that social distancing is maintained.

“PLACES OF WORSHIP IN LAGOS WILL NOW BE OPENED FROM FRIDAY, THE 7TH OF AUGUST FOR OUR MUSLIM WORSHIPPERS, AND ON SUNDAY, THE 9TH OF AUGUST FOR OUR CHRISTIAN WORSHIPPERS. WE WILL ONLY BE ALLOWING A MAXIMUM OF 50% OF THEIR CAPACITY” HE SAID

He said night vigils and other services are still suspended. Citizens above 65 years old are to stay at home. He said handshakes, hugs and ”hi-fives” are banned during services. The Governor has also increased public gatherings capacity from 20 to 50 people.

The governor also announced that restaurants will resume eat-in services in the state beginning from August 14.  Social clubs and recreational centers would be allowed to reopen beginning from August 14.

He said along with the Federal government directive, schools in the state will reopen for exiting classes beginning from August 3.

The governor said Night clubs, cinemas, game houses, and spas in the state are to remain shut

 

by Linda Ikeji
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Properties destroyed as fire guts foam market in Lagos

Properties worth millions of Naira have been lost after fire gutted a section of the popular foam market in Mushin, Lagos state today August 1.

Men of the Lagos state fire service are on ground to put out the fire. Watch the video below

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COVID-19: Only SS3 students to resume in Lagos, Ogun States

Only students in Senior Secondary 3 classes will resume in Lagos and Ogun states.

This was confirmed by the Lagos Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, on Tuesday, according to The Nation.

The Federal Ministry of Education has earlier given go-ahead for resumption of JSS3 and SS3 classes in secondary schools.

The Special Adviser to the Ogun State Governor on Education, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo, also confirmed resumption for only SS3 pupils.

However, the Ekiti Education Commissioner, Mr. Foluso Daramola, said a decision would be taken on JSS3 classes after a meeting with Governor Kayode Fayemi.

“I am just coming from a meeting at the Governor’s Office on the issue. We will make a statement on it,” Daramola said.

Federal Government Colleges (aka Unity Schools) will resume August 4 for SS3 pupils only.

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10 escape death as boat capsizes in Lagos

No fewer than 10 passengers escaped death on Tuesday’s evening, when their boat capsized on Lagos Waterways, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said.

Alhaji Ibrahim Farinloye, NEMA Acting Coordinator in Lagos State, who made this known in a statement, said, “10 passengers were rescued live when their boat capsized.

According to him, the boat took off from Lagos Island going to Ikorodu before it capsized.

Farinloye said that with the special support by operators and volunteers, they pulled resources together, and rescued the passengers.

Also confirming the incident, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), said that the authority was still compiling information about the accident and the cause.

Emmanuel said the boat left Lagos Island, which experienced a lot of water activities.

The general manager, however, revealed that he would make further pronouncement on the accident later.

LASWA had on June 18, celebrated zero record of boat mishap in the last six months in the state waterways.

On June 23, a local boat with four adult males on a boating expedition capsized due to water turbulence; three of the passengers were rescued while one was missing.

Also, on July 3, a-20 capacity passenger boat with the name “Lalek Marine” said to have left Ebute Ero Jetty around 8.00p.m. after the approved sailing time of 6.00p.m, did not arrive at its Ikorodu Terminal.

Twenty-one people were on board of the ill-fated boat, in which 14 were rescued, while seven died.

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Metro

Commission seals 10 clubs, religious centres in Lagos over non-compliance of COVID-19 protocols

The Lagos State Safety Commission has sealed over 10 social and religious centres over non-compliance with the directive on social distancing and ban on social and religious gathering.
The enforcement team, led by the Director- General of the commission, Mr Lanre Mojola, disclosed that the commission sealed the Harvest Lagos, Bay Lounge, The Heavens Suites, Angle Villa Bar, Ehi Guest House and Gardens Egbeda, Mountain Top Hotels and Suites Ojodu.
The Technical Adviser to the Commission, Mr Seun Awojobi, explained that while carrying out the enforcement on Friday night, the team was allegedly attacked and shot at Osigold Hotels and Bar in Baruwa Ipaja, Lagos.
He said the hotel had over 100 people clubbing and dancing within its premises, flouting the state government’s directive and contravening the Infectious Disease Law of the state.
The Director-General affirmed that the hotel was sealed, saying that the team was determined to ensure that relevant laws and safety guidelines were strictly adhered to.
”Citizens should take responsibility and fight against the COVID-19 more seriously to complement the efforts of the government to curb spread of the virus,” he said.
Mojola enjoined the public to continue to register their businesses in line with the ”Register to Open lnitiative” of the government on www.lasgsafetyreg.com, to ensure adequate space management and preparation against when such businesses will be allowed to open.
He sounded a note of warning to other facilities in the state, stating that the commission would continue to shut down erring and non compliant facilities across the state.
Mojola reiterated the importance of wearing a face mask always “as it ensures that you are keeping yourself and other people around you from being infected”.

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Lagos Govt urges striking doctors to return to work

The Lagos State Government has urged striking doctors under its employment to suspend their three days warning strike and return to work.

The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, made the plea in a statement in Lagos released on Monday night.

Omotoso said that the call became necessary after a joint meeting between the State Commissioners for Health; Establishments, Training and Pensions, and Head of Service with the Medical Guild, Association of Resident Doctors and relevant stakeholders on the warning strike.

He noted that the state government was disappointed at the warning strike embarked upon by the Guild.

The commissioner said that most issues raised by the Guild had been resolved, while unresolved issues were still being deliberated upon.

On some issues raised by the Guild, Omotoso said that the state was currently rotating health workers engaged in providing care at its isolation facilities.

He said that health workers were not being unceremoniously dismissed from the isolation centres, but returned to their primary posting to reduce fatigue and burn out among them.

According to him, the healthcare workers were being rotated to build capacity for treatment of COVID-19 across the health workforce, and to ensure that many health workers benefit from the additional allowances.

“Mr Governor has been extremely supportive of health workers being mindful of the extreme sacrifices that healthcare professionals are demonstrating in the COVID-19 response,” he said.

On the non-payment of COVID-19 allowances for May and June, Omotoso said that the state government started paying extra special COVID-19 allowances for frontline workers who were involved directly with the state COVID-19 response.

“This was put in place before any other state in the country, with payments as high as N672,000 per month, in addition to their normal remuneration packages for each cadre.

“This represents financial incentives over and above that paid by their federal counterparts,” he said.

On the Skipping Policy that places federal healthcare workers a Grade Level above their state counterparts, Omotoso said the policy was responsible for the disparity in the salary of state and federal doctors.

“It is important to note that this is not in conformity with the Scheme of Service agreed by the National Council of Establishment and is a subject of litigation in the Federal Court of Appeal.

“Therefore, the State Government cannot implement such a policy until judgment is delivered,” he said.

Omotoso maintained that a meeting had been scheduled with officials of the Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) to explore ways of reducing the tax burden on healthcare workers.

He noted that the state government would fast track testing of health workers on a weekly basis, adding that emergency testing of health workers would also be arranged when necessary.

“The Lagos State government recognising that the state is the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic in the nation has gone over and beyond its duty of care to ensure that welfare of the medical workers in the state is placed as top priority,” he said.

The commissioner said that the governor had given approval to the Health Service Commission to employ over 760 health workers of which at least 400 were doctors.

Omotoso, however, said the pandemic had made the government to adjust the recruitment procedure, adding that it would conclude the first batch of recruitment within a month.

He noted that all frontline health workers in isolation centres had been insured by a consortium of insurance companies, adding all civil servants in the state, including all health workers, had also been insured by LASACO.

Omotoso stated that the state government was committed to ensuring it won the COVID-19 battle.

He advised the Guild to continue to explore dispute resolution processes provided by the state government to resolve all issues.

The commissioner urged the Guild to bear in mind that this was an unusual time for the nation and the world.

Omotoso assured citizens that services at all state-owned health facilities could still be accessed while negotiation was ongoing with the Guild.

The Medical Guild had on July 13 commenced three days warning strike over issues that affects their safety and welfare.

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Lagos records 12 Coronavirus deaths within 24 hours

12 COVID-19 related mortality were recorded within 24 hours in Lagos State on July 12, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed on Monday.

The NCDC made the disclosure in its COVID-19 Situation Report for July 12.

According to the centre, 16 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours in four states: Lagos has 12, Abuja two, while Enugu and Gombe recorded one death each.

It said that the new deaths had increased the numbers of COVID-19 related mortality in Lagos to 172.

NCDC also disclosed that on the reported day, Lagos recorded 152 new COVID-19 infections from the 571 infections confirmed from 20 states.

It said that the new infections had increased the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 12, 427.

The NCDC said that the state also recorded 111 new recoveries, thus increasing the number of patients who had been successfully treated and discharged in Lagos to 1,897.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Lagos remains the epicentre of Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases with 12,427 of the total 32,558 cases in the country.

Also, data from the World Health Organisation (WHO), Africa Region, shows that there were 594,285 confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent, with more than 298,000 recoveries and 13,203 deaths.

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COVID-19: Lagos discharges 47 Nigerians, 9 foreigners

The Lagos State government, on Sunday, announced the recovery and discharge of additional 56 more coronavirus patients, comprising 47 Nigerians and nine foreigners, after testing negative twice for the disease.

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu said in a statement issued in Lagos that a total of 1,897 patients had been discharged from the isolation centres.

”The good people of Lagos, today, 56 #COVID19Lagos patients; 12 females and 44 males, including 9 foreign nationals, were discharged from our isolation facilities to reunite with the society.

”The patients; 25 from Gbagada; 5 from Agidingbi; 8 from Eti-Osa (LandMark); 3 from Onikan and 15 from LUTH isolation centres, were discharged after full recovery and testing negative for COVID-19.

”This brings to 1,897 the number of #COVID19 confirmed cases that have been successfully managed and discharged from our isolation facilities.

”Remember, COVID-19 is real! Let’s continue to adhere strictly to all public advisories given by government #ForACOVID19FreeLagos,” Sanwo-Olu said. (NAN)

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One-storey building partially collapses in Ikotun, Lagos (Photos)

A building partially collapsed in the Ikotun area of Lagos State on Saturday, July 11. In a statement released by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, the one-storey building with nine shops and 15 rooms collapsed from the back of the building. Thankfully no life was lost or anyone injured in the incident.

According to the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Response Agency (LASEMA), the building was found to be conspicuously distressed as many cracks were observed on the walls, pillars, and decking.

He said all the occupants have been evacuated while the building has been cordoned off. This incident comes after a three-storey building collapsed in Lagos Island killing three persons and leaving many others injured.

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Lagos House of Assembly suspends legislative activities till July 20

The Lagos State House of Assembly has suspended all legislative activities, for one week, until July 20.

The suspension was announced in a statement signed by the Clerk of the Assembly, Mr Azeez Sani on Friday night in Lagos.

“All committee meetings, assignments and visit to the Lagos State House of Assembly is hereby suspended.

“The suspension takes effect from Monday, July 13 to Sunday, July 19, while legislative activities shall resume on July 20,’’ Sanni stated.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the suspension of legislative activities might not be unconnected with the death of one of the lawmakers, Mr Tunde Buraimoh.

Late Buraimoh reportedly died of COVID-19 on Friday morning.

Until his death, Buraimoh was the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Security and Strategy.

He had been laid to rest at the Ikoyi Cemetery in Lagos on Friday evening. (NAN)

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Breaking: Lagos announces school reopening August 3

The Lagos state government today announced it would be reopening schools for only transitional classes SS3 and TEC3 beginning from Monday, August 3.

The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced this at a press conference this afternoon. He said SS3 and TEC3 students will be allowed to come in for revision and their examination and that two weeks later, JSS3 and Primary six students will be allowed to resume for classes.

For the avoidance of doubts, students in impacted by this directive will be in the transitional classes JS3, SS3 and TEC3 in Technical Educational schools.

The commencement date for this will be Monday, August 3, 2020. SS3 and TEC3 will be the ones to start but for JS3 and Primary six, we will wait for another one or two weeks to see how we take in the first set of TEC3 and SS3 before they now subsequently reopen.

This permitted openning will apply only to day school. No boarding activity of any sort is permitted at this time” he said

The governor added that tertiary institutions in the state remain closed for now

”Tertiary institutions will remain closed. We continue to support online teaching during this period.” he said

He said school authorities are expected to prepare well from now till August 3.