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Massive road rehabilitation commences in Lagos tomorrow – Sanwo-Olu

. . . Contractors Directed To Move To Affected Roads

Lagos State Government has declared a state of emergency on various dilapidated highways and carriage roads within the State with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s order on Sunday that massive rehabilitation work on critical roads and highways across the State must commence on Monday, 14th October 2019.

Sanwo-Olu’s directive followed the conclusion of his series of meetings with eight multi-national engineering firms and a subsequent directive that work must commence on major highways identified as critical to reduce traffic congestions on highways in Lagos.

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Drug Abuse: Lagos to collaborate with NGOs to fight scourge

Lagos State Government has expressed its readiness to collaborate with members of NDLEA Celebrity Drug-Free Club (NCDFC) and Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria, CRAN, to address the menace of drug abuse among students and youths across the State.

The State Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Segun Dawodu disclosed this on Tuesday while welcoming the executives and members of the two bodies on a courtesy visit to his office at Alausa, Ikeja.

Dawodu, who received the visitors on behalf of the State Governor, Mr. Babjide Sanwo-Olu promised to incorporate the ideas and ideals of NCDFC and CRAN into its programmes, stressing that the endemic nature of the menace in recent times demands a combined force to nip it in the bud.

While noting that the Ministry was already working on a comprehensive and full drug awareness programme that would last for a whole year, the Commissioner declared that it is practically impossible for the government to shoulder the campaign alone without involving members of the public and some other relevant stakeholders.

In his words “Drug abuse is a reality that lives with us now, as much as we are making efforts as a government to change the narratives through adequate awareness programmes, yet we can’t do it alone, this is why the concern shown by NCDFC and CRAN is quite noble and must be commended”.

He noted the State government’s awareness of the dangers posed by drug abuse to the attainment of its programmes, plans and policies, saying the Ministry is tackling the menace headlong through youth engagements, empowerment and job creation to address youth restiveness and aggressive behaviour.

He maintained that the determination of the State government to curb drug abuse made the Ministry initiate a campaign tagged ‘LASKADA’ (Lagos State Kicks Against Drug Abuse) to further raise awareness about drug problems and also assist its victims.

Dawodu, however, appealed to NCDFC and CRAN to use their influence as role models and opinion influencers among the youth population to help re-direct the minds of the youth to a more noble and profitable path.

“I want to appeal to you as influencers in your own rights to use your position to influence these younger ones positively. Some of you have a greater influence on our youth even more than a State Governor, so, the onus is on you not to encourage the use of drugs among youth wittingly or unwittingly”, the Commissioner appealed.

Responding, the National Coordinator of NCDFC, Ighodalo Wilson and the President of CRAN, Odita Sunday both disclosed that the two NGOs would be staging a One-Million-Man Match against Drug Abuse and Mental Health with the theme: “Breaking the Silence and Stigma” on the 30th and 31st October, 2019 with the aim of creating awareness on drugs and substance abuse in Lagos.

The team, whose campaign message is “Drug-Free Lagos for A Greater Lagos”, lamented the uncoordinated manner which these drugs are sold at every corner across the State without any restraint.

An official of NDLEA Celebrity Drug-Free Club (NCDFC), Gbenga Adeyinka, who is also a multi-award-winning Nigerian actor and comedian, stated the belief of the members of the celebrity club that once Lagos State can successively tame the monster of drug abuse, the entire country would be sanitised and free of the menace.

He said, “If you tackle a problem in Lagos, then you would have tackled it nationally, that is why we are calling on the Lagos State Government to be responsive to emerging major drug challenges within the society”.

“We know that the fight is huge and must be collectively fought using multi-dimensional mass awareness campaigns because the affected persons are our children and as such we all should show concern”, he added.

Commissioner urges LG/LCDAS to adopt “Waste-To-Wealth” policy

The Lagos State Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke has called on Chairmen of Local Governments, Local Council Development Areas and other stakeholders in the environment sector to embrace the waste-to-wealth policy of the State government in order to maximise resources.

She made the call during the inspection of drainage channels at Surulere Local Government and Coker-Aguda Local Council Development Areas of the State, saying that the present administration is keen on ensuring that the “Waste-to-Wealth” policy remains relevant and, therefore, should be adopted and replicated at the local government level.

Arobieke explained that the ongoing inspection exercise of wastewater channels in all the LGs and LCDAs is part of efforts to prevent flooding and improve the flow of wastewater in drainage channels across the State.

According to her “One of the adverse effects of climate change is the incessant and heavy rainfall being witnessed in the State. As such, there is a need for a proactive approach to tackling drainage challenges in Lagos State”. Read more

LAWMA Engages Challenged Persons As Sweepers

Desirous of empowering physically challenged persons in the state and keen on integrating them into the Authority’s vision of a cleaner and livable environment, the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has engaged the services of 20 challenged persons as sweepers of pedestrian bridges across the state.

According to the Managing Director of LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, the Authority had stepped up its drive to rid the state of waste and it had become necessary to engage all stakeholders, including physically challenged persons.

“The cleanliness of the Lagos State is a collective responsibility. We need all hands to be on deck to help us realize our vision of building a cleaner city we all will be proud of. That is why we have decided to engage these special sweepers to play their own part in achieving this”, he said.

Dr. Gbadegesin pointed out that LAWMA had engaged the services of the Read more

Lagos Task Force raids illegal brothel at Mile 2

… Arrests 14 Suspects with Illegal Drugs

The operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit (Taskforce) raided an illegal brothel around Mile 2 area of Lagos recently and arrested five notorious miscreants and nine prostitutes with illegal drugs.

Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi said the raid became imperative following complaints that criminal activities around Mile 2 towards Festac were perpetrated by miscreants who reside in the illegal brothel.

Egbeyemi disclosed that the brothel had previously been demolished by the Agency during the clearing of illegal structures, shanties and containerised shops from Eric Moore Road down to Trade Fair axis. Read more

LAWMA Partners stakeholders to clean-up Apapa

The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has conducted a joint clean-up exercise with APM Terminals Limited and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), to rid Apapa of refuse.

Speaking during the exercise organised by the APM Terminals, the Executive Director of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, who represented the managing director, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, observed the need for attitudinal change among residents regarding the way they treat the environment.

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#WorldCleanupDay: LAWMA canvasses cleaner environment for Lagos

Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has reiterated the need for residents to support government’s efforts at establishing a cleaner and healthier environment in the state, on the occasion of this year’s World Cleanup Day.

According to the Managing Director of LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, this year’s event provides the opportunity for people to have a rethink on how they treat their environment, considering the negative implications of improper waste disposal.

He said: “The World Cleanup Day is a global social action program aimed at combating the global solid waste problem and this is good a platform to remind our people of the negative consequences of indiscriminate waste dumping, which affects not only the environment, but the people that live in it”.

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Sort your waste for recycling, LAWMA MD urges Lagosians

The Managing Director of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, has again urged residents to imbibe the culture of waste sorting at source by dropping all recyclable items in one bag and other waste items in another. This comes on the heels of the recently launched Blue Box Program of the state government.

He spoke at Orile bus stop during a road show organized by LAWMA along Lagos Badagry Expressway, to create awareness among residents and to distribute waste bags to them.

According to him, the Authority embarked on the massive sensitization program, to draw the attention of residents in the area to the need for proper sanitation and cleaner surroundings.

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New policies on Okada would be out soon – Sanwo-Olu

…Gov Marks 100 Days In Office

…Says Lekki-Ikoyi Toll Bridge To Become Cashless

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has said that new policies that will regulate the operations of Okada in the state are underway.

The Governor made this revelation on Friday while giving an account of his stewardship in the first 100 days in office at De Blue Roof of Lagos Television in Agidingbi, Ikeja.

The event, which had in attendance artisans, businessmen and women, politicians, as well as residents of the State provided an opportunity for the Governor to enumerate some of the achievements of his administration in 100 days.

Speaking on public transportation and safety, the Governor said: “It has become imperative for us as a government to map out new policies that would guide how okada riders operate in Lagos State. This would further stem the tide of accidents and indiscriminate use of okadas on Lagos roads.

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Cleaner Lagos: Sanwo-Olu unveils Blue Box Programme for waste sorting

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday launched the Blue Box Programme aimed at encouraging waste sorting in a bid to achieve the goal of a cleaner Lagos devoid of filth.

The Blue Box Programme is a single stream recyclable collection programme that will encourage separation of recyclable materials from the general waste at the point of generation.

Speaking at the event, Sanwo-Olu said with huge population, Lagos generated over 10,000 metric tonnes of waste daily, adding that the old method of waste disposal had become old-fashioned.

He said 50 percent of waste generated in the state could be recycled to generate income for the populace, as being done in several parts of the world, stressing that LAWMA was saddled with the task of driving a circular economy.

Sanwo-Olu stated that the bulk of recyclable materials harvested by scavengers were contaminated and unable to pass quality test thereby denying recyclers value for material, stressing that this was what led to the Blue Box initiative, for waste sorting and recycling.

The governor said the programme would kick-off on Saturday with two pilot schemes in Surulere and Victoria Island, as well as some designated estates in the state.

While urging the PSP operators to key into the programme, he added that LAWMA had begun registration of recyclers for the programme, urging them to work with the Local Governments and Community Development Associations, CDAs for the success of the programme.

Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olushola Sanwoolu (m); his wife, Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijoke (2nd left); HC Environment, Mr. Olatunji Bello (L) and MD/CEO Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin (2nd right), inspecting LAWMA’s exhibition stands, during the launching of Lagos Blue Box programme by LAWMA, at Simpson Transfer Loading Station, Sura, Lagos Island, on Thursday, 5th Sept, 2019.

He noted further that the target of the programme was for the state to capture 50 percent of recyclable waste by 2021, as well as create green economy and income for the people. Read more

Lagos Taskforce intercepts truck with 123 men, 48 bikes

Lagos State Environment Sanitation and Special Offenses Taskforce on Friday intercepted a truck laden with 48 motorcycles and 123 men coming from Jigawa State.

The truck was seized, following a tip off by members of the public who raised security concern about the manner with which the occupants of the truck conducted themselves.

After the interception, the truck and its occupants were moved to the office of the Taskforce in Oshodi for interrogation.

Chairman of Lagos State Taskforce, Mr Yinka Egbeyemi, said the trailer was accosted in the wee hours on Friday, after a security alert from the public. He said his team swiftly responded to the information, which led to the seizure of the truck and its occupants at Agege area of Lagos.

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Lagos holds 4-day retreat for cabinet members, Permanent Secretaries

A day after Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu constituted the State Executive Council, members of the cabinet alongside Permanent Secretaries are being hosted to a capacity building retreat to prepare them for the tasks ahead.

The four-day retreat holding in Lagos was organised for Commissioners, Special Advisers and Permanent Secretaries to enable them key into the policy thrust of building a greater Lagos in line with the six Pillars of Development (T.H.E.M.E.S) of the Sanwo-Olu administration. Read more

Sanwo-Olu inaugurates cabinet, charges members on service delivery

…Commissioners, Special Advisers Get Portfolios

All roads led to Alausa – the seat of Lagos State Government – on Tuesday for an August occasion.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu constituted the state’s Executive Council, with the swearing in of 35 cabinet members who took the oath as Commissioners and Special Advisers.

The event, held at Adeyemi Bero Hall in the Secretariat, was witnessed by the leaders and members of All Progressives Congress (APC) from all Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas in the state.

Also at the event included the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, First Lady, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, his deputy, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo, and Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola.
At exactly 12:18pm, Mrs. Yemisi Ogunlola of the Ministry of Justice administered the oath on the appointees, signaling the official take-off of their tenure. Read more

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Lagos appoints nine Permanent Secretaries

….Sanwo-Olu: ‘appointments a call for improved service’

Lagos State Government, on Monday, appointed nine new Permanent Secretaries for key ministries and departments, with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu charging the appointees to ensure Lagos residents get the best of their services.

At the swearing-in event held at the Banquet Hall in the Governor’s Office in Alausa, Sanwo-Olu said the appointees were selected for the position for their “exceptional pedigrees”, which, he said, indicated that the state was in for an enhanced service delivery in its public service.

The Governor said the choice of the new Permanent Secretaries was based purely on merit, pointing out that he had no personal relationship with none of the appointees which could have influenced their appointments.

This, he said, was a departure from established practice in making appointments of such nature, reiterating his administration’s belief in elevating merit and distinction above personal consideration.

He said: “I charge our new Permanent Secretaries to see their elevation as a call for more service and to give their best to the citizens of Lagos. I have no doubt that you all will give in your best at all times. I am convinced that Lagosians are in for a renewed and enhanced public service that will take good governance to the doorsteps of ordinary people.

“These appointments are a demonstration of what is to come in the coming days. With the full cabinet coming tomorrow (Tuesday), the people of Lagos will be better off with this choice and all our promises condensed in Project T.H.E.M.E.S will begin to work fully and make life easy for Lagosians. At the end of our tenure, we want to be seen to have truly improved the quality of life for greater number of residents. Read more

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