Eviction of Residents of Waterfront Communities Must Stop – Amnesty International

Amnesty International, a Human right group, has urged the Lagos state government to stop what it terms the forceful eviction of residents waterfront communities in the state.

In a statement on Monday, the group noted that the latest forced eviction of residents of Otodo Gbame community was carried out despite an ongoing legal suit and mediation process.

“Over 30,000 thousand residents of Otodo Gbame, Ilubirin and Ebute Ikate waterfront communities in Lagos State were forcibly evicted by Lagos State authorities on 9 and 10 November 2016 respectively,” Amnesty International noted in the statement.

Officials of the Lagos State government environmental task force and armed police officers on March 17 began a fresh demolition of houses and destruction of properties at Otodo Gbame, a fishing settlement on the edge of Lagos lagoon, ignoring a court ruling against the forceful eviction of residents.

The Lagos State government denied flouting a court order, insisting it acted to ensure public health and safety.

The recent demolitions came months after a similar exercise by the state government destroyed about 800 homes and rendered almost 10,000 people homeless.

Amnesty International said more than 4,700 people lost their homes and livelihoods during the latest forced eviction.

“In September 2015, approximately 10,200 residents of Badia-East community in Ijora area of Lagos were forcibly evicted, and many of them remain homeless and dependent on family and friends. In September 2016, residents of Ilubirin community were also forcibly evicted from their homes without prior notice.

“The state government is yet to provide any compensation or resettlement to evictees from these demolitions. The Lagos State authorities stated that the forced evictions and demolitions in the waterfront communities is because of the environmental risks these waterfront communities. Over 40 communities and tens of thousands of residents are currently at risk of imminent eviction across the state.

“Nigeria is a party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and other international and regional human rights treaties, which require it to realize the right to adequate housing, and to prevent and refrain from carrying out forced evictions.”

 

Source: Premium Times

Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, a Man of Strong Legacies- State of Osun Assembly

State of Osun House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt.Honourable Najeem Salam has felicitated with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the Celebration of his 65th birthday.

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In a statement signed by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Honourable Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, the Assembly described Tinubu as a quintessential, larger than life politician, with passion for democratic ideals and commitment to national development.
It noted that the former governor of Lagos state is a man of many parts, a bridge builder, philanthropist, master strategist and patriot who in many ways has raised the standard of civilization and human dignity. Osun Assembly maintained that Nigeria owes Tinubu a huge gratitude for his determination, consistency, doggedness, vision and fearless disposition in the strengthening and enthronement of good governance in the country.

The parliament noted that Tinubu, who is acknowledged by friends and foe, far and near, as a rounded politician, pathfinder, investor, generous and people person, said, through his extra ordinarily large heart and unusual magnanimity of character, he had raised countless men from miry clay, produced several remarkable politicians and business leaders.

The statement pointed that Tinubu warm disposition, visionary leadership and cares for the oppressed and the under-privileged had endeared him to all and sundry. The Assembly then advised him to remain focus in the days and years ahead at ensuring that democracy which he bravely fought for is not left to drift or suffer any form of setback. While wishing him many more years in radiant health, State of Osun Assembly added that his many legacies and contributions to nation building, party politics and wealth creation are eloquent testimonies of his great personality as a distinguished Nigerian and pan Africanist.

Ambode Recruits 5,700 Neighbourhood Corps Officials

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, launched the re-branded Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps, with a pledge that the security of lives and property in the state is now non-negotiable yesterday.

A total of 177 salon cars and vehicles equipped with necessary communication gadgets, 377 motorcycles, 377 helmets, 4,000 bicycles, metal detectors for ensuring that illegal weapons are not smuggled into public places, among other operational equipment were handed over to the Corps by the governor.

Speaking at the official launch held at Agege Stadium, Governor Ambode said the move was another giant step towards enhancing security all over the State and a vital part of the ongoing efforts of his administration to reform the security and justice sector. The Governor, who on August 15, 2016 assented to the law that created the Neighbourhood Safety Corps, said the Corps had been designed to provide a second layer of policing in order to ensure that the State and communities are more secure.

He acknowledged the fact that the Nigerian Police had been very supportive to the state government especially in fighting crime, but that the need for the Neighbourhood Corps arose from the identified security challenges confronting the State due to huge population, adding that the members of the Corps would complement police especially in areas of community policing. “Let me, however, make it abundantly clear that the Neighbourhood Safety Corps is not in any way in competition with the regular Police Force. “In actual fact, they are expected to assist and complement the Police by providing useful intelligence for crime prevention and to facilitate the arrest of perpetrators of criminal activities in our communities,”  Ambode said.

He added that in realization of the fact that nothing can be more important in law enforcement than educating the people in charge of enforcing the law, the re-branded Neighbourhood Corps have been trained and equipped with the requisite knowledge and skills to complement the good work of the Nigerian Police.

 

He said in addition to the induction on orthodox community policing techniques, the Corps were also trained on how to mediate disputes and the art of negotiating for peaceful resolution; balancing communal interest in resolving disputes and proactive policing engagement instead of reactive policing. “Special hotlines have also been created direct to the Executive Secretary and senior management of the Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency for easy communication with our communities in the event of any crime. “Any valuable information given to the Corps will attract handsome rewards from the State Government. I therefore call on all Lagosians to join hands with us to say a final no to crime in our State. “All these equipment have been made possible through the judicious use of tax payers money and funds from the State Lottery Fund for good causes. Please continue to pay your taxes for a better Lagos. “I am very happy to state that through this Safety Corps initiative the State Government has created over 7,000 jobs for officers of the Corps, artisans and other support staff. Job creation is at the heart of economic prosperity and we remain fully committed to a more prosperous Lagos for our citizens,” the Governor said.

The Governor, however, charged the Corps not to indulge in brutalizing citizens, but that they should exercise lot of restraint, patience, understanding and maturity while carrying out their duties. Besides, the Governor said in order to further strengthen security, a new executive bill to regulate employment of domestic workers and security guards would soon be forwarded to the State House of Assembly, explaining that the bill, among others, will prescribe regulations for the set of workers and other details to monitor their activities. He also handed over four vans fitted with Close Circuit Television Cameras (CCTVs) to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the State Police Command.

While noting that there is no longer any room for child abuse or under aged workers, Governor Ambode said it had been discovered that domestic workers were largely undocumented and pose a grave security threat in the State. He also said the recruiting agencies, under the bill, would be licensed and regulated to ensure safety.

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Lagos Threatens To Shut Down Ikoyi Federal Marriage Registry

The Lagos state government has told the Ikoyi Federal Marriage Registry, that it would be shut down if they fail to work towards the complains already laid against them.

Lagos state said that the registry will be shut down if an immediate solution is not proffered by the owners as its patrons always constitute a nuisance through indiscriminate parking on the road among other environmental offences.
It also issued 14 days grace to owners of illegal structures on Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Lekki and environs to remove such infractions or face prosecution according to the state’s environmental law. This came following approval by Governor  Akinwunmi Ambode for the commencement of enforcement of the Clean-Up of the inner streets of Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki environs.

The Chairman and Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mr. Tunji Bello who made the remarks yesterday, explained that the measure became necessary in order to restore the original plans of the areas as well as ensure sustainable environment for residents. According to Bello, “The Governor gave the go-head after receiving a briefing from the committee on the completion of the first stage of the exercise which involved the major streets. Meanwhile, the Lagos @ 50 Planning Committee yesterday unveiled range of activities for the final celebration of the State’s Golden Jubilee anniversary.

Addressing a world press conference at the Banquet Hall in Lagos House, Ikeja, Co-chair of the Lagos @ 50 Planning Committee, Mr Habeeb Fasinro said the final lap of the celebration would kick off on Saturday, April 8 and culminate on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Fasinro, who was joined at the conference by other members of the Committee including Professor Ademola Abass, Hon. Adebimpe Akinsola, Mrs. Sarah Boulos, Mrs. Chika Balogun, said the events lined up for the celebration has been carefully selected to tell the story and journey from 1967 when the State was created till date. He said the event would kick off on April 8, with a special Musical Play tagged “Wakaa” produced and directed by ace producer and director, Bolanle Austen-Peters at the Muson Centre, Onikan Lagos.

Pictures of the Unilag student who died after outing with an unidentified man

We brought you reports some few minutes ago about the death of a Unilag Chemistry Education Student, Tope who died after a night out with an unidentified man.

We’ve gotten pictures of the student… and more details. Her name is Temitope Omolara and she was a 100 level Chemistry Education student of Unilag. Temitope Omolara reportedly started “behaving in a strange way” after going out with an unidentified man. Some say the man was her sugar daddy. We have not been able to independently verify this claim.

As at Monday, she appeared sick. This worried her friends. “I’ll be fine,” she reportedly told one, only to die on Thursday night at an hospital off campus. She was buried on Friday.

Temitope’s passing, according to sources, wasn’t easy. She was reportedly in pains and “even vomited blood”.

Friends say she might have fallen victim to ritual killers. We don’t know how that happened, if that was what happened.

Temitope’s death has thrown the Faculty of Education into shock as UNILAG prepares for another examination period. She was a 100 Level student of Chemistry Education.

While some said Temitope was a “runs girl” who stumbled across the wrong “sugar daddy”, Micheal Ogunlaja, argued otherwise.

“I knew her for more than two years,” Ogunlaja wrote in a Facebook post the day Temitope was buried.

“Tope was a good girl, humble, nice and jovial lady. She was a prestigious lady ready to sacrifice everything for someone. I remember those moment we spent together reading, joking, and tackling serious issues.

“Memories of you can never vanish from my life. You never tell me you will go this soon. It was a shock when I heard your death. Why would death pick you? The last time we saw, we talked, joke, laughed and sobered together not knowing that was the last time we were gonna to see. Indeed we lost icon, an Akokite.

“May your gentle soul rest in peace,” he wrote.

Body of Doctor who Jumped Inside the Lagoon has been Discovered

It has been reported that the body of the legal practitioner Allwell Oji who committed suicide on Sunday at about 4:30pm around Adekunle Bus Stop on the Third Mainland Bridge has been recovered by the Officials of the Marine Command of the Nigeria Police, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and local divers immediately after the incident started the search for Oji’s body.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, confirmed the recovery of the body on Tuesday at about 11:30am on Tuesday and have sent for Oji’s mother for proper identification of the corpse.

 

 

Lagos States Rewards Teachers

56 teachers have been rewarded under the Lagos State Ministry of Education for their exemplary contributions to the education sector within the last one year. The reward has been an annual event since 2007 when the first set of most productive staffs and students at various levels and categories within the education family were honored with sumptuous gifts.

The star prize has always been a brand new car and goes to whoever that emerges as the best teacher in the secondary school category. And the winner of this year’s edition is Mr. Ajanaku Babatunde Fatai of Ojota Senior Secondary School, Ojota. He won a brand new Chery E5, 1.8litres Automatic transmission car, valued over N4 million.

Others who included his counterpart at the primary school category-Mr Olusegun Mufutau of Lasa Primary School, Ibeshe, Amuwo-, the best principal, vice-principal, best headmaster and assistant, best non-teaching staff, best student, among others went home with various gift items. These include refrigerators, generators, grinding and washing machines, desk top computers, laptops, and so forth.

Lagos Debt Profile- Highest In Nigeria

Of all Nigerian states in 2016, Lagos State had the highest debt of N603.25 billion,  as against its revenue of N410.5 billion.

Dr Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, the Director, Communications of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, made this known in the latest Quarterly Review of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) by NEITI.

The report, which is the third in the series by NEITI, examined the breakdown and analysis of disbursements from the federation account to the three tiers of government

Delta came second with N331.95 billion debt as against N142.28 of its revenue, NAN reports.

According to the report, Yobe and Anambra stood out clearly as states with the least debt burden, while Yobe was indebted to the tune of N11.74 billion.

Anambra owed N20.60 billion, according to NEITI-FACC report.

NEITI said the debt burden of  Osun, Cross River and Delta states raised major concerns giving the fact that their total borrowings were found  to be more than double the total revenues accruing to them.

NEITI maintained that “considering that most states already have a high debt burden, the possibility of even higher debts for the states remain quite high.”

The report, however, projected that government revenues would increase following upward movement in global oil prices.

‘’Oil production which was down from January to August 2016, has started rising.”

The report noted that there had been a gradual rise in oil prices from 30.70 dollars per barrel in 2016 to 54.58 dollars per barrel in January 2017.

 

Lagos State Law of Environment Still Inaccessiable

Two weeks after it was signed into law by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the Lagos State’s law on the environment is still inaccessible to the public.

The law titled: Consolidated Laws on the Management, Protection and Sustainable Development on the Environment in Lagos State and Connected Purposes, was signed by Mr. Ambode on March 1 after a contentious public hearing organised by the Lagos House Committee on the Environment on February 9 and its subsequent passage by the House on February 20.

Last week, Tunde Braimoh, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, news reaching OSUN DEFENDER said that the clean copy of the new law was with the Executive arm.

“It’s an executive thing, after they sign it they will send it to the Printing Corporation for printing, I don’t know how far they have gone about that,” said Mr. Braimoh (APC, Kosofe II), Chairman, House Committee on Information, Strategy, and Security. Others are Africa Women Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Network (AWWASHNET)

“If you go to Ministry of Justice, they will have it, because they are the people that will send it to the (Corporation).

“What I have is the one that was worked on but if you want to get the gazetted one, you have to go to the Ministry of Justice.”

At the Ministry of Justice, last week, an official said the gazetted law could be available after one week.

However, the official said the document isn’t yet ready.

 

 

Source: Premium time

Lagos City Marathon Organizers Commence Distribution Of Medals To Participants

Successful participants at the recently concluded 2017 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon who finished the race inside seven hours, have started collecting their medals.

The athletes in their numbers began the collection at the Marathon office situated inside the Teslim Balogun stadium in Surulere on Monday.

Head of Communications and media for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Olukayode Thomas who attended to the athletes, urged others who also qualified for the medals to come over for collection.

He stated that the athletes are only required to come with their bib numbers and ID card to get their medals. “Yes, the athletes have started collecting their medals, for others who finished the race inside seven hours, they can also come to the Marathon office from 12 noon to 4.pm this week to collect their medals,” he said.

While thanking Lagosians again for their massive support which led to another successful edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Thomas stated that participants who finished outside the seven hours cut off times are entitled to collect a certificate of participation.

“We have to thank Lagos residence for their massive support again, for those that could not finish inside seven hours, they can also come to the Marathon office to collect a certificate of participation,” he said.

Over 50,000 athletes from at least 24 countries took part in the 2017 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.

 

Source: Omojuwa.com

Why Lagos Needs New Waste Management Policy

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode Lagos state governor on Monday felt the need for the State to evolve a new waste management policy that would not only be befitting for a mega city State but ensure that the State remains clean and safe for healthy living.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday underscored the need for the State to evolve a new waste management policy that would not only be befitting for a mega city State but ensure that the State remains clean and safe for healthy living.

The Governor, who spoke at a Annual Lecture of the Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL) held at Muson Centre in Onikan with the theme: “Living Well Together, Tomorrow: The Challenge Of Africa’s Future Cities”, said government was embarking on massive reform in waste management system, expressing optimism that the plan will fully be actualized by July this year.

He said: “We are also embarking on massive reform in the waste and sanitation management system. I don’t like the way the city is and the Private Sector Participants (PSP) collectors are not having enough capacity to do it but again should I tax people to death, the answer is no. I don’t want to tax people and so we need this partnership with the private sector so that they can invest in the sanitation management of the city and in no time maybe by July, the city will change forever.”

Recently, Governor Ambode directed the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), to stop the collection of waste bills, while instructing that all payments should be remitted to the coffers of Private Sector Participation (PSP) operators, just as the government also canceled the monthly environmental sanitation exercise.

It would also be recalled that the State Government had last year signed a $135 million (N85 billion) agreement with a foreign firm as part of its new waste management policy, a partnership under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative expected to last for four years.

The State’s Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare who also explained the new drive said the investment, which would kick off next year involved the deployment of over 600 Mercedes Benz compactors and the engagement of street sweepers in all wards in the state, while private sector operators would be restricted to handle commercial waste.

Adejare also stated that the new policy would involve closure of existing landfill sites, creation of transfer loading stations in local councils and deployment of over one million ultra-modern waste bins with censors to monitor their movement against theft.

He said this was aimed at introducing new technology into waste management in the state.

He stressed that the decision to contract waste management under a Public Private Participation (PPP) arrangement was because of the high cost which he said the state could not afford because of limited resources.

Under the reform, Adejare said three colour coded waste bags would be distributed to homes for different kinds of waste.

“The result of this new arrangement is that waste disposal will no longer be a challenge as efficient system will be on ground for effective management which will eventually eradicate cart pushers in the process,” he said.