1,401 Applicants To Get N25bn Employment Trust Fund Benefits

Lagos State government on Thursday said that a total of 1, 401 applicants have been approved to benefit from its N25bn Employment Trust Fund.

The State’s Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mr. Babatunde Durosimi-Etti said this at a press briefing in Alausa, Ikeja, noting that this was in fulfillment of the government’s mandate on wealth creation to get many young entrepreneurs productively engaged.

Durosimi-Etti said that some applicants had accessed about N1.76 billion as loans, adding ‎that that the state received 1,937 applications with 1,505 on Medium Enterprises scale and 432 on Small and Medium Enterprise category.

‎For the second batch of the pilot project, Durosimi-Etti said the Fund received 1,937 applications, with 1,505 on Medium Enterprises and 432 Small and Medium Enterprises category out of which the board approved 696 applicants.

He added that successful applicants had been contacted to meet the conditions that preceded the disbursement of their loans.

The commissioner explained that ‎in line with the commitment of the state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration to create more employment through training on skills, the ministry in collaboration with Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) also trained Tradesmen and Artisans in the state to enhance their productivity and upgrade their skills.

He added that a total number of 500 artisans were retrained and certified while1,500 artisans were to be trained this year.

“The Fund received 3,758 applications (2,304 MEs and 1,454 SMEs) in the first batch of the pilot project. The Board approved 705 applicants (517 MEs and 188 SMEs) totaling N900, 137,078. The first beneficiaries were presented their offer letters recently. Each of the beneficiaries in the pilot phase received cheques ranging from N50, 000.00 to N5 million to grow and enhance their business and create jobs.

“For the in the second batch of the pilot project, the Fund received 1,937 applications (1,505 MEs and 432 SMEs). Out of these, the board approved 696 applicants (495 MEs and 201 SMEs) totaling N855, 338,037. The successful applicants have been contacted to meet the conditions that precede the disbursement of their loans,” Durosimi- Etti said.

Source: Nigerian Tribune

Lagos To Assist Ondo On Procurement Agency

The Lagos State Head of Service (HoS), Mrs Olabowale Ademola, has said the state government will support its Ondo State counterpart to establish a Public Procurement Agency.

Mrs Ademola spoke yesterday on behalf of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode when she hosted a delegation from Ondo State House of Assembly, led by Deputy Speaker Ogundeji Iroju.

The lawmakers were in Lagos to understudy their host on the establishment of the Public Procurement Agency.

The HoS said the lawmakers’ study visit underscored the need for regional integration and collaboration to further broaden and quicken the pace of Southwest development.

She said: “I will like to welcome you on behalf of Governor Ambode. We are indeed humbled by your visit to Lagos State to understudy the working of our Public Procurement Agency.”

Mrs Ademola noted that the visit will enable the lawmakers to have the first-hand experience on how to ensure the smooth passage of the Ondo State Public Procurement Agency Bill.

Iroju said the visit would enable his team to learn from Lagos State to replicate the agency in the Sunshine State since Lagos is the forerunner in Public Procurement administration in Nigeria.

 

 

Source: The Nations

1004 Estate Residents Protest Poor Facilities, Accuse Management Of Corruption

The residents of the 1004 Estate in Victoria Island, Lagos, on Wednesday protested the alleged mismanagement of the estate by the Home Owners and Residents Association, HORA.

The protesters accused the current management of the estate of being deceitful and corrupt and demanded the building be returned to its former owners for proper maintenance.

The estate residents showed their frustrations by placing a notice across the estate.

In the notice captioned “Enough of Mismanagement of 1004 Estate by Failed 1004 HORA”, the residents under the aegis of 1004 Residents Forum, stated that the situation of the estate has gone from good to worse.

Parts of the complaint on the postal read: “We say enough to this unprecedented levels of mismanagement. When you illegally forced out the original managers, you made us believe things would be better, instead, things have gone from good to worse. The Estate is not designed to be managed by deceitful and corrupt clique of few home owners on the Estate.”

“We say no to bad quality water. You have destroyed new functioning water plant in just one year. We say no to over 50 power shortage in a day by 1G4 Power Limited. We say no to broken down lifts due to mismanagement, and the dirty surrounding.”

“We say no to excessive charge for electricity and fraud of 1G4 Power Limited (owned by one of the HORA executives). We say no to high cost of service charge when the quality of services provided have nose dived.

“We say no to horrible security services with the vandalization of our vehicles and home burglaries.

“We say no to water poisoning of our families and no to electrical fires; We say no to HORA. You are too inhumane and caused us much suffering without a care. Please, return our Estate to the state where everything worked. Give the Estate back to the original legal managers. You have no legitimacy.

“We are tired of your excuses and explanations. The suffering residents in 1004 flats in our forum are more that 40 members that attended your meeting. HORA must go. We have never recognised HORA on our Estate.”

The president of 1004 Estate Residents Association, Lagos, Tayo Soetan, and three others were recently charged with felony offences and were remanded in prison on the orders of an Igbosere Magistrate Court, pending when they were able to perfect the bail conditions admitted to them.

Mr. Soetan, alongside Bosun Sosanya, 47, and a 41 year-old lawyer, Adebayo Ademiluyi, Friday Alika, 48, and Abubakar Audu, 28, were arraigned before the court on offences bordering on felony, conspiracy, unlawful invasion and conduct likely to breach public peace.

The offences, according to the prosecutor, Paul Ogwuba, a superintendent of police, were contrary to sections 411, 52, and 166(d) (b) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.

They had all pleaded not guilty to all the offences.

All five defendants and others at large were also alleged to have an intent to cause a breakdown of law and order and conduct themselves in a manner likely to cause the breach of peace, by forcibly entering the office of Managing Director of 1004 Estate, Samuel Ukpong.

They were alleged to have committed the said offences on December 5, 2015.

 

Source: Prenium Times

Ambode Orders Contractors To Commence Work On Bariga- Ilaje link Roads

Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has expressed displeasure with the state of roads in Bariga axis of the state, ordering contractors to move to the site in the next two weeks to fix them.

Governor Ambode gave the directive on Monday after carrying out an extensive inspection of the roads within Bariga.

He specifically ordered the commencement of work on Ilaje Road and Odunsi Street in the area.

The governor, who had earlier awarded a contract for the construction of Ariyo Road, said the dilapidated conditions of the roads were totally unacceptable in the state.

He said in line with the commitment of his administration to transform every part of the state, a new jetty would be constructed in Ilaje, while a multi-purpose playground and recreation centre would also be constructed in Oworonshoki.

“I have just gone round Odunsi Street, Ariyo Street and then Ilaje Street, all connecting Oworo Bus Stop with Bariga. I am totally displeased with the state of the roads that I have personally seen.

“So, within the next two weeks, contractors will commence work on Ilaje Road and Odunsi Street. We have already awarded contract for the Ariyo Road that will now go under the Third Mainland Bridge after Bertola and to the other side of Oworo.

“In addition to the roads, on this Ilaje Road, we will give you a brand new jetty. Like we have always said, every community in Lagos will not be left behind. We should be able to live in Bariga, work in Bariga and play in Bariga.

“On the other side of Oworonshoki, we are going to sand fill and dredge that other part where the Bus Stop is so that we can have a multi-purpose playground, recreation and entertainment hub,” the governor said

As a swift response to the plea of residents of Soluyi community in Bariga, Governor Ambode also ordered that work should commence on the road network in the axis within the next 21 days to facilitate ease of movement to Gbagada express.

The governor, while acknowledging that the people of the area have been very supportive to the government, urged them to continue to pay their taxes and embrace peace to enjoy more dividends of democracy.

“I know all the people in all these communities have always supported our government and so what we have just come to do is to say a big thank you to you. We are doing the work you have sent us to do.

“All I just want to encourage you is to continue to pay your taxes. I am very happy this neighbourhood is a little bit crime free now and I am enjoying the peaceful atmosphere in this area. When you promise me peace, I will do more for your neighbourhood,” he said.

Sole Administrator of Bariga Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Sanya Osijo, who spoke earlier, expressed appreciation on behalf of the people of the area, saying that it was a thing of joy that the suffering of the people was about to be addressed by Governor Ambode.

Governor Ambode also made an unscheduled inspection to the site of ongoing construction of world class transport interchange in Oshodi, where he directed contractors to work assiduously to meet the completion deadline.

Source: Nigerian Tribune

Lagos To Establish Biggest Rice Mill In Nigeria

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it had started constructing Nigeria’s biggest rice mill, which it said, has a capacity to produce at least 16 metric tonnes per hour and 10,000 metric tonnes per annum.

When completed by December this year, the state government said the rice mill would significantly help the state to actualise its strategic food security plan, which he said, was designed to end hunger.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau, disclosed this at a news conference he addressed at Alausa yesterday alongside his information and strategy counterpart, Mr. Steve Ayorinde and the Special Adviser on Food Security,Mr. Ganiyu Sanni-Okanlawon.

Suarau said the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had awarded the contract for the construction of the rice mill with the capacity to 16 metric tonnes per hour, though acknowledged that the state currently had the capacity to produce 2.5 metric tonnes.

 

He explained that the new rice mill was part of the government’s plan to increase food supply; end the vicious trend of food shortage and equally ensure food security across the state.
He said the state government “is vigorously implementing its Strategic Food Security Plan with programmes and projects that have remarkable impact on food security in the state.”
He added that the collaboration between Lagos and Kebbi States on the development of commodities such as rice, wheat, ground-nut, onions, maize, sorghum and beef “has yielded positive fruits with the launch of LAKE Rice on December 21, 2016.

Since it rolled out LAKE Rice December 2016, the commissioner said the product “has since the launch being on sales at various centres across the State. So far, a total of 32,647 bags of 50kg; 32,539 bags of 25kg and 30,780 bags of 10kg have been sold.”
He said no fewer than 100 farmers through the FADAMA III additional financing programme are producing rice at Itokin in Epe Local Government in furtherance of the state government’s effort to engage youths and boost rice production in the state.

“In all, rice cultivation has so far improved in the state from less than one ton per hectare to about three tons per hectare with double cropping in some areas where irrigation facilities are provided.”
He, therefore, explained different programmes the Ambode administration had initiated to ensure food security in the state, saying food security “is in the front burner of the administration policies to facilitate job and wealth creation as well as poverty reduction.”
He named some of the state’s food security programmes “to include Agric Youth Empowerment Scheme (Agric-YES) and the establishment of infrastructural facilities at Songhai-Avia, Badagry under the Agricultural Youth Empowerment Scheme.

“We have intensified efforts to establish additional farm estates in Eluju-Mowo and Igbodu respectively to foster public-private partnership arrangement. Also we are making efforts to set up a cattle fattening estate in Imota through a public-private partnership.”

Lagos Indigenes Hail Ambode

The Coalition of Lagos State Indigenes at Home and in the Diaspora has hailed Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for his exceptional performance, pledging to support him.

The alliance, operating under the auspices of the Lagosians Future Group and DE Fash Movement,  both comprising the indigenes of Lagos Island and Awori indigenes, said Ambode’s achievements are unprecedented and laudable.

According to a statement by the group’s coordinators in Lagos, Mr. Seyi Bamigbade and his counterpart in the diaspora, Mr. Kunle Salako, the governor has shamed his critics by giving Lagosians the dividends of democracy.

Highlighting some of the achievements of the Ambode administration, the coalition said it has not lost focus on the real essence of governance, especially in the area of improving the lives of the citizenry by ensuring delivery of infrastructural development that will affect the people and improve their lives.

 

Source: The Nation

Lagos Residents Yet To Collect 1.4m Voter Cards

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State says there are 1, 425, 282 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) yet to be collected in the state.

The new Administrative Secretary of INEC in the state, Dr Mudashiru Mustapha disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

He spoke on the sideline of the commission’s Stakeholders’ Meeting with political parties on Tuesday.

The event, which had no fewer than 20 state chairmen of different political parties in attendance, was organized by INEC to seek support for the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR).

The CVR exercise, scheduled to be flagged-off by the commission on April 27 nationwide, will also provide an avenue for people who were yet to collect their PVCs to do so.

Mustapha said: “There are so many PVCs yet to be claimed by their owners in Lagos State. We want residents to go to INEC offices in each of the 20 Local Governments in the state.

“We want to canvass for the support of leaders of political parties for mobilization of eligible residents for the forthcoming nationwide Continuous Voters Registration exercise.

“The commission needs your understanding, support, and cooperation to mobilize residents for this continuous voters registration, even though we have done the needful in an awareness campaign.

“There is no way we can achieve success without leaders of political parties, we want to solicit your support because you are closer to the people and live among them.

“Voter card is the power people have to elect their representatives, they must be encouraged to come out en masse and get registered. Help us sensitize and mobilize the people.”

Earlier, Mustapha assured the party representatives that the commission had put necessary measures to ensure a hitch-free exercise.

Mrs Seye Soriyan, the Head of Department, ICT/Voters’ Registry, also highlighted the eligibility and procedures for the fresh registration, transfer, and distribution of PVCs.

Soriyan said that the exercise would be from Monday to Friday every week between 9 a.m and 3.p.m. at the INEC office in each of the 20 local government areas of the state.

According to her, each of the local governments will have five Registration Area Officers who will register eligible residents and distribute PVCs ready for collection.

Soriyan said eligible persons for registration include those who turned 18 years after the last exercise in 2015 and those who did not register before.

She added that those who want to transfer their voting centers were also free to register during the exercise.

Soriyan explained that those registered would be given temporary Voter Cards before their PVCs became ready after six months.

Party leaders at the meeting had urged the commission to make the exercise less stressful by decentralizing it to the ward level.

Political parties represented at the meeting include All Progressives Congress, Peoples Democratic Party, Accord Party, All Progressives Grand Alliance, KOWA Party, Labour Party, Young Democratic Party (YDP) among others.

Source: PM News

Ambode Orders Repair Of Links Road

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday expressed displeasure at the state of roads in Bariga.
The governor ordered contractors to move to a site in the next two weeks to fix the roads.

Ambode, who spoke after inspecting the roads in Bariga, ordered contractors to begin work on Ilaje Road and Odunsi Street.
The governor, who awarded the contract for the construction of Ariyo Road, said the dilapidated roads were unacceptable to his administration.

He said in line with the commitment of his administration to transform every part of the state, a new jetty would be built in Ilaje, while a multi-purpose playground and recreation centre would also be built in Oworonshoki.

Ambode said: “I have just gone round Odunsi Street, Ariyo Street and then Ilaje Street, all connecting Oworo Bus Stop with Bariga. I am totally displeased with the state of the roads that I have personally seen.

“So, within the next two weeks, contractors will begin work on Ilaje Road and Odunsi Street. We have already awarded the contract for Ariyo Road, which will go under the Third Mainland Bridge, after Bertola and go to the other side of Oworonsoki.

“In addition to the roads on this Ilaje Road, we will also give you a brand new jetty. Like we have always said, every community in Lagos will not be left behind. We should be able to live in Bariga, work in Bariga and play in Bariga.

“On the other side of Oworonshoki, we are going to sand-fill and dredge that other part where the bus stop is so that we can have a multi-purpose playground, recreation and entertainment hub.”

In a swift response to the plea of residents of Soluyi community in Bariga, Ambode ordered that work should begin on the road in the axis within 21 days to ease movement to Gbagada expressway.

The governor urged the residents to continue to pay their taxes and embrace peace to enjoy more dividends of democracy.

He said: “I know the people in these communities have always supported our government. So, what we have just come to do is to say a big thank you to you. We are doing the work you have sent us to do.

We are doing the work you have sent us to do.

“I want to encourage you to continue to pay your taxes. I am very happy this neighbourhood is a little bit crime-free now. I am enjoying the peaceful atmosphere in this area. When you promise me peace, I will do more for your neighbourhood.”

The Sole Administrator of Bariga Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Sanya Osijo, expressed appreciation to the governor for giving the order.

He said the repairs would end the suffering of the residents, Ambode also paid an unscheduled inspection to the site of the construction of world-class transport interchange at Oshodi.

The governor directed contractors to work assiduously to meet the completion deadline.

Source: The Nations

3 Die In Early Morning Multiple Accident In Lagos

Three people died early on Sunday in multiple accidents that occurred around Ilasamaja axis of the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway in Lagos State.

More than eight people, including three drivers and motor boys, were also injured in the accident that created gridlock along the road.

A policeman from Ilasa divisional police station who was drafted to the scene to restore normalcy also had one of his legs fractured in the early morning accident.

It was gathered that a first accident, involving two articulated vehicles fully loaded with vegetable oil and gravel, occurred at about 3:00a.m.

Metro learnt that the police and other law-enforcement officers were trying to control the traffic in the area when another truck rammed into a commercial bus, injuring more than three people, including a policeman.

Metro gathered that a truck loaded with vegetable oil was on a high speed when the driver lost control and rammed into the other from the rear.

The truck reportedly fell on its side while the other one with gravel also blocked part of the highway.

The police and other emergency workers were said to have been deployed to the scene and were trying to evacuate the vehicles and the gallons of vegetable oil on the road when the second incident occurred.

A police source from Ilasa police station told Metro that “the driver of the truck was on a high speed and he disregarded the traffic instruction from our men when he rammed into the commercial bus.”

Metro gathered that the conductor of the commercial bus and two other persons died on the spot, as the bus was said to have somersaulted several times.

Source: Nigerian Tribune

Police Accuse Obas Of Aiding Attacks In Ikorodu

Disturbed by the worsening cases of violence in Ikorodu area of Lagos, the police have accused traditional rulers and chiefs in the area of collaborating with criminals to unleash terror on residents.

“There are Baales (village heads) that are informants and sponsors of criminals in this area,” the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said on Sunday at a meeting with the traditional rulers.

“They allow militants to build houses harboring criminals in the creeks.

“I want the royal fathers to call their chiefs to order. This meeting is convened to tell them that we will no longer tolerate silent conspiracy.

“Traditional rulers cannot tell me they don’t know who is who in their domain; all communities are advised to organize their local vigilantes,’’ Owoseni said.

According to him, most kidnappings, killings and other violent crimes in Lagos State takes place in Ikorodu area and urged the community to be part of the security management.

“In the community, there are hunters and farmers; they can’t say they don’t know criminals in their communities.

“There is a conspiracy of silence on criminal activities and this conspiracy must stop.

“Traditional rulers and religious leaders must unmask the criminals in their communities.

“We have begun operations at Isawo; we need intelligence reports from the traditional rulers.

“Killing for rituals must stop and with your support, we can stop those killings.

“Let us take ownership of our areas and expose the hoodlums amongst you.

“Some of the Baales and chiefs supply foods to these militants; many of them are spies to these vandals and militants,’’ said the police commissioner.

Owoseni warned traditional rulers in Ikorodu area against harboring criminals who were unleashing terror on their subjects.

The police boss expressed sadness over incessant kidnapping, pipeline vandalism, robbery, cultism and killings of innocent persons in the area.

Iba Foundation Said To Curb Malaria In Lagos State

With the wide spread of malaria in the society,  and also mark the world malaria day. Iba foundation initiative a Non-Governmental organisation has taken stringent measures to kerb the virus in Ajegunle community a suburb of Lagos.

As part of an effort to forestall the spread of malaria in the society, and also mark the world malaria day. Iba foundation initiative a Non-Governmental organisation has taken stringent measures to kerb the virus in Ajegunle community a suburb of Lagos.

The organisation embarked on sanitation exercise, distributed about one thousand insecticides treated net, gave out malaria drugs and also sensitise the community on ways to prevent the endemic disease.

Youths within the community turned out En masse for the sanitation exercise even without any form of incentive.

One of the volunteered workers during the sanitation exercise, who identified himself as Festus Labule, said he joined the workforce to render his self-service to the society. He called on the youth to always participate in such imitative because it is the bedrock of a healthier society.

The executive director of the organisation Oluwamayowa Adefojusalu stated that the primary objective of the exercises is to communicate behavioural change, and also help the members of the community develop a healthy lifestyle.

According to him, “Ajegunle is known as the ghetto of Lagos state and it is very dirty, this will ultimately will lead to malaria. We felt that the place needs to be cleaned-up, also educate the people about malaria because a lot of them feels that malaria is part and parcel of their life.

Adefojusalu urged local Government official to tackle malaria in their constituency and quit waiting for state and federal government intervention.

Expressing delight that such an initiative was brought to the corridor of their community, the traditional ruler of Oke Ira Bale Shutairu Hassan Olayeni pledged continuous support to the activities of the organisation in all ramification.

He, beckoned on the government to support such an organisation financially because the well-being of the mass is evidently their topmost priority.

 

Source: The Nation