President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of a mother and her child as a result of an oil tanker accident in Onitsha, in Anambra State. Reacting to
The Federal Fire Service (FFS) has said that a mob stopped its men from getting to the scene of Wednesday’s fire incident at Ochanja Market, Onitsha, in Anambra. Spokesperson of
Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra, has sympathised with the family of a woman and her child burnt to death in a truck accident in Onitsha, the commercial city of the
Chief Edward Onoja, Chief of Staff to Gov. Yahaya Bello, has resigned his position less than one month to the Kogi governorship election. Onoja resigned to enable him emerge as
James Hope College Acquires American International School Lagos Property, Offers Full Scholarship To 40% Of Students
The James Hope College (JHC) has announced the acquisition of the American International School Lagos (AISL) Lekki Campus facility to establish James Hope College in Lagos. This was disclosed at
Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has re-ordered the 2019 Budget of the state with a letter to the State Assembly seeking a loan of N250 Billion. According to the letter
The Chairman of Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, LASUBEB, Mr. Wahab Alawiye-King has advised parents to expose their children to basic education at an early stage, saying that early
Presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in the 2019 presidential election, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu has resigned from the party. Moghalu who announced his resignation from the party via
. . . 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
The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has organized a three-day training program for highway sweepers’ supervisors in the state, to equip them with basic health and safety skills needed for optimal performance and safety at work.
According to the managing director of the agency, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, LAWMA was totally committed to ensuring good welfare and safety of highway sweepers, working relentlessly to ensure that every nook and cranny of the metropolis was cleaned up.
He noted that the three-day training provided a platform for proper re-orientation of the supervisors, who would impart the knowledge gained to the sweepers under their watch, adding that this would go a long way in implanting safety consciousness in the minds of the sweepers.
“The train-the-trainers program, apart from equipping our workers on the highways with the right health and safety techniques, would also pave way for improvement on the job being done, to ensure a cleaner and livable Lagos,” Dr. Gbadegesin said.
He urged the participants to imbibe the culture of safety consciousness in the course of their duties, stressing that most work-related accidents were caused by ignorance and carelessness.
He mentioned the dangers inherent in not following safety rules at work and urged the participants to pay necessary attention to health and safety tips in their assigned beats.
Different professional facilitators from relevant agencies also engaged the supervisors on key topics as “Basic Safety and Health at Work Place”, “Work Ethics and Environment”, and others.
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.
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on Monday launched its indigenous ‘Unity Board’, a technology hardware platform for teaching emerging technologies.
The agency launched the board as part of its activities at the 39th ongoing Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) holding in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).
GITEX is a global technology exhibition that brings together over 200,000 trade visitors, investors, innovators, IT experts, countries, Information Communication Technology startups from over 145 countries of the world to share trends in ICT and ways of advancing technology innovations.
Nigeria’s participation in GITEX, which is driven by NITDA, is a week-long programme holding from Oct. 6 to Oct. 10.
The launch of the board was targeted at attracting novel investors toward promoting the indigenous product and showcasing the capacity of Nigeria in developing home-grown technology.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the board is an initiative of the present Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Pantami, when he was the Director General of NITDA.
Dr Agu Collins, the Director, Corporate Planning and Strategy Department, also a co-author of the unity board, said it would ensure the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) from the basics.
He said “STEAM Education Kit is to drive learning and teaching of Internet of Things (IoT), Robotics and Artificial Intelligence to accelerate local content development and indigenisation of technology through human capital development in emerging technologies.
President Muhammadu Buhari has been commended for his continued support and sustainance of the Amnesty programme through adequate funding.
The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide hailed the president for providing funds in the 2020 Budget Proposal for the Amnesty programme under the leadership of Prof. Charles Dokubo.
The group noted that the huge amounts voted by the Federal Government in the 2020 Budget demonstrates the President’s commitment to the peace in the Niger Delta and prosperity of the nation.
A statement signed by the spokesmen of IYC, Daniel Dasimaka explained that the budget would enable the Prof. Charles Dokubo-led Amnesty office to build the capacity of more delegates of the programme
“The Government has provided the sum of of N65 billion for the Presidential Amnesty Programme in the 2020 Budget that was presented to the National Assembly on Tuesday.
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has advised all 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates not yet enrolled for the National Identification Number (NIN) to visit any NIMC office nationwide and enrol.
Mr Chuks Onyepunuka, the Information Technology/Identity Database Officer, NIMC gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to Onyepunuka, NIN is mandatory for the UTME examination, hence obtaining the NIN qualifies candidates for its registration. Read more
A business woman has narrated to a Magistrate’s court in Ojo, Lagos State how she slept with her creditor to pay off a N1.1 million loan.
Ejioma Ahibafu, 49, told Court that she was taken to a hotel on three occasions where she slept with her creditor as part of the loan repayment.
Ahibafu, a trader who sells bags of rice, pleaded not guilty to a two-count charge of obtaining money by false pretence and stealing brought against her.
She spoke in pidgin, telling the court that the said loan was obtained after a friend introduced her to the complainant. Read more
Kiki Mordi, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) investigative journalist that uncovered the sexual harassment in universities has revealed that she has received subtle threats since the report went viral.
According to the journalist, her interest in the investigation was driven by her personal experience which saw her dropping out of the University and yet to become a graduate.
In a chat with Sahara Reporters, she said; “I have received subtle threats since this work was completed but I am not bothered because the BBC takes the security of employees seriously.
Before embarking on this project, the team prayed a lot and also sang because it helped to calm the nerves. Read more
Delivered By His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria At the Joint Session of the National Assembly, Abuja Tuesday, October 8, 2019
1. I will start by asking you to pardon my voice. As you can hear, I have a cold as a result of working hard to meet your deadline!
2. I am delighted to present the 2020 Federal Budget Proposals to this Joint Session of the National Assembly, being my first budget presentation to this 9th National Assembly.
3. Before presenting the Budget, let me thank all of you Distinguished and Honourable Members of the National Assembly, for your avowed commitment to cooperate with the Executive to accelerate the pace of our socio-economic development and enhance the welfare of our people.
4. I will also once again thank all Nigerians, who have demonstrated confidence in our ability to deliver on our socio-economic development agenda, by re-electing this Administration with a mandate to Continue the Change. We remain resolutely committed to the actualization of our vision of a bright and prosperous future for all Nigerians.
5. During this address, I will present highlights of our budget proposals for the next fiscal year. The Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning will provide full details of these proposals, subsequently.
OVERVIEW OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS IN 2019 Read more
Nigeria’s leading financial institution, Zenith Bank Plc, has introduced Z-Money, which brings banking services closer to its customers and enhance financial inclusion among the under-banked and unbanked populace of the country.
Z-Money is an agency banking product of the bank which entails the onboarding of agents who are expected to render basic financial services on behalf of the bank.
Through the bank’s network of agents spread across the urban and rural communities in the country, customers are able to open accounts, deposit cash into any account, withdraw cash from any bank account, transfer funds, buy airtime, pay bills, and do so much more in a convenient way. In order to engender trust among its customers, the Bank ensures that all transactions done through the agents are PIN protected and safe. Read more
The Tutor-General and Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Education District III, Dr. Olayimika Ayandele has expressed the need to change the negative impressions associated with the teaching profession, stressing that all hands must be on deck to revamp the profession to take its rightful position of pride.
Ayandele, who made the call while speaking at an event organised by the District to appreciate Teachers and Principals of District III at Silverbird Gallery, Victoria Island, said that her intention is to make the teaching profession very attractive to the younger ones and make it a profession of choice for all.
…‘You Are Our Role Model’, Lagos Governor Tells DPO
An act of kindness rendered to a robbery victim by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the Ogudu Police Station in Lagos was on Monday rewarded by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who personally invited the kind hearted police officer to the State House for an honour.
Sanwo-Olu described Mrs. Celestina Kalu, a Superintendent of Police (SP), as “a humane police officer”, saying her decision to save the life of an orphan, Friday Ajabor, shot by a two-man robbery gang in Ojota, was a “matchless trait of compassion”.
Ajabor, a 25-year-old orphan from Edo State, was at the Ojota with his friend at about 8pm on September 19 when two men of the underworld waylaid them, attempting to dispossess them of their valuables. They struggled with the robbers, until the assailants overpowered them.
Ajabor’s friend managed to escape from the scene with their personal effects, leaving him at the mercy of the robbers armed with a local pistol. For struggling with them, the robbers shot Ajabor in the bowel at a close range and disappeared from the scene.
A team of policemen from Ogudu Police Station led by Mrs. Kalu arrived at the scene about 30 minutes later, meeting the hapless victim in a pool of his blood. The policemen, it was learnt, rushed the victim to two hospitals where he was rejected for lack of bed space.
About 90 minutes after, the victim was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja, where he underwent a series of surgery, the cost of which was personally defrayed by Mrs. Kalu.
This extra effort by the police officer saved the life of the orphan whose relatives could not be reached at the time he was admitted into the ICU. Read more
Ministering: Pastor E.A. Adeboye
RCCG October 2019 Holy Ghost Service
Theme: His Power and Glory
Bible Text: Matthew 6:9-13
God is like a bird with wings.
Every bird flies with 2 wings;
For God, His wings are His Power and His Glory. John 11:40
If you want to see the Glory of God, BELIEVE.
If you want to experience the Power of God, BELIEVE. Mark 9:23.
Central requirement to enjoying the power and glory of God is having Faith. Psalm 62:5.
There are two types of Faith:
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