Monarch Lauds Ambode On Development As NIJ Postgraduate Students Visit Epe

The Aladeshonyin of Odo Noforija Kingdom in Epe area of Lagos State, Oba Babatunde Ogunlaja (Kalejaiye II) has declared his support for Governor Akinwumi Ambode to be re-elected in 2019.

The royal father made this known while receiving postgraduate students of Nigerian Institute of Journalism on a courtesy call to his palace on Sunday.

Oba Ogunlaja said the overwhelming achievements of Governor Ambode counts him worthy of a second term in office.

He stressed that all royal fathers in Lagos State are solidly behind him and would continue to give him the support he needs during his second term bid.

The traditional ruler also charged journalists to carry out their duties diligently with professionalism.

He also promised to support journalists just as he donated N100,000 to the visiting students.

Earlier, the son of the soil who is the host to the visiting students, Otunba Gbanga Abass tasked journalists across the country on the need for objectivity, particularly when reporting government policies.

While commending Governor Akinwunmi Ambode quest to transform Lagos for the good of all, Abass said the governor has performed excellently in agriculture, infrastructures, job/wealth creation, and human capacity development and many more achievements.

Abass who was full of praise to Oba Ogunlaja’s warmed reception said the monarch has demonstrated unrivaled love for the ancient town of Epe.

Fire Destroys Shops In Lagos

Early on Tuesday morning at least five shops attached to a Union Bank building on 411 Road Junction, Gowon Estate, Federal Housing Authority, Egbeda were destroyed.

The fire began at the makeshift shops at about 11.20 pm shortly after electricity supply was taken by the providers, Ikeja Electric.

However, many of the shop owners had closed and gone home.

The youth in the area had contained the fire before the arrival of the men of the Lagos State Fire Service about an hour after the inferno started.

The residents and sympathisers, who urged the state government to install water hydrants and fire notices all over the estate, lamented that some of the areas marked for the development of infrastructure for sports, fire service stations and recreation had been sold to individuals by the FHA.

“The areas meant for these purposes have been built up. The last is the Kuwait Field which used to house sports facilities, including football, basketball, tennis and others had been appropriated by land grabbers.

“It has now become a shopping complex cum estate within an estate.

“It is regrettable that the Federal Government and the Lagos State Government are not doing much to ensure that the youth have their future their own way,’’ a resident said anonymously.

A resident of the Union Bank building, who does not want his name in print, said that most of the shop owners did not live in the estate, adding that the cause of the fire has not been identified.

He commended the efforts of the residents, including the youth in containing the fire before the arrival of the men of the fire service who eventually quenched the raging fire.

One of the leaders in the estate, Alhaji Daud Oyebanji, also commended the youth for coming out en masse to contain the fire.

Let Us Try The Lagos Model

From now on, the Rauf Aregbesola administration in the State of Osun enters the last lap of its second term in office. To put it mildly, the first term of four years of the administration has been most defining in terms of its pace and commitment to the highest standard of responsive, value-creating governance. The last three years of the second term has been just as exciting despite the immense fiscal challenges and a distracting propaganda orchestrated by those sworn never to see anything good in the Aregbesola administration.

Seven years on, it is so easy to forget what was and what now is. From a laid-back, socially prostrate state of a few years back, the state marches on, audaciously, confident that the foundation of a prosperous future had been firmly laid. A state that was practically insolvent after inheriting a debilitating loan of N18.38 billion at the time of its inauguration currently has in place a pragmatic fiscal template that keeps governance on an even keel – the aftermath of years of discipline and frugality – and despite the revenue shocks that have knocked the bottom off the finances of all the states of the federation.

Once upon a time, we had a state whose critical infrastructure lay in ruins, whose school structures once looked more like pig-sties than learning environment; where health facilities lay decrepit; a state whose capital Osogbo suffered perennial flooding. Today, the vast transformation is hard to miss – whether in the urban renewal schemes that have changed the face of the major cities in the state; the beautiful ring road that proudly announces the capital city’s romance with sophistication, the rural roads that promises to unleash the latent energies of the rural economy, and no less, the world class classrooms that attests to quality thinking and commitment of the administration to spare nothing in its quest to upgrade the learning environment for our children.

For a state that only a short while ago spoken of in deprecatory terms, we can now talk of a state on a steady cruise, thanks to Ogbeni and his team.

Yet, much as break-taking performance will define the Aregbesola legacy, there is another factor that will be something of an icing on the governor’s cake: His choice of successor. The outcome of the process, aside proving his mettle as a leader, would most certainly make or mar his legacy. If we have any advice to APC as a party and the governor as the leader of the party in the state, it is for them to handle it with utmost responsibility.

Today, Nigerians including the good people of Osun speak glowingly of the Lagos Model of succession. They refer to the carefully planned relay that started with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu with his careful attention to planning, team-building, and execution; then Babatunde Raji Fashola – the actualiser who took the vision farther afield with his spectacular performance; and now, Akinwunmi Ambode who continues to show infinite promises that only an individual which shares in the original promises can.

Between the trio, what we have is a state not only coming to its full potentials but a reference in continuity and excellent performance. We also see this model to a limited extent in Edo State where Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, after eight years of sterling performance handed the baton to a fellow team player, Godwin Obaseki under whom the state continues to coast along.

Our dear state of Osun, we daresay, deserves no less. If we may put it in simple terms: Having seen the sheer toils of the governor, his labour of love of the past seven years, it will be tragic to have either an incompetent, ill-equipped outsider come in to roll back the gains. Moreover, we know how much store the Aregbesola administration places on planning for the future. We know the efforts that went into the making of his Six-Point Integral Plan – the administration’s developmental roadmap.  In the same way that we cannot talk of the Lagos model without the blueprint on which successive Lagos administrations has been running for almost 18 unbroken years, the least the state can wish for is to have a leader that will run on the same development trajectory begun by Aregbesola. The only way to get that done is for the governor to cast his net wide to see which of his team members can build upon the foundation already laid.



Badoo Strikes Again, Kills Mother, Two Children In Lagos

The dreaded Badoo cultist gang have yet again struck in the Ikorodu area of Lagos state.

The cultists killed with a stone, a mother and her two children who were inside a church.

Confirming the attack on Tuesday, Lagos State Police command said that it had arrested two suspects in connection with the killing that was carried out in a church’s premises.

Addressing reporters, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Imohimi Edgal, confirmed the arrest, saying that the incident happened at Temu village in Ikosi Ejirin Local Council Development Area of the state.

While the police boss said that two persons were killed in the attack, residents told newsmen that a mother and her two children were killed in the incident.

Edgal said, “It is a clear case of murder. The landlady has been arrested and an Okada rider has been arrested.

“One of the victims watched television throughout the night with one of the suspects in our custody.

“It has nothing to do with ritual killing as speculated.”

The CP said that investigation had commenced into the killings.

Residents of the community said a woman and her two children were killed by suspected “Badoo” cultists at about 2 am on Monday.

They explained further that the criminals scaled the fence and killed the woman identified as Iyabo; her 4-year-old son David and her daughter, Rachael, 8, with stones while sleeping, a trademark of the badoo group.

It was further learnt that policemen from Agbowa Police Division had evacuated the corpses to the mortuary.

500 Youths Renounce Cultism In Ikorodu, Arms Recovered

Over 500 youths in Ijede town of Ikorodu, Lagos State, renounced their membership of different cult groups and surrendered their weapons to the Lagos State police boss, Imohimi Edgal, who vowed to profile them and put them under close watch.


Some of the weapons submitted to police were AK 47 rifles, pomp action rifles, locally-made pistols, AK 47 magazines, axes and cutlasses. Those who gave up their arms were youths whose ages are between 17 and 35. Leader of Eiye cult in Ijede, Olanrewaju Adesoye, said they were tired of being chased about and needed peace of mind.


“I was the number one man of Eiye. My journey to cultism started from power tussle over boundary issue, but the crisis that followed was not what we bargained for. My appreciation goes to the local government chairman who pioneered this move. We had made up our minds to renounce our membership for a long time but we feared we would be arrested,” he said.


Abdulazeez Densi, a leader of KK cult group, noted that he decided to give up his membership for safety of his life and community. “The crisis is becoming too much. I am tired and I want to be safe. I also want peace to reign in my community.”

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, who received the weapons on behalf of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), said the event marks a new beginning in the history of the area, pointing out that the act was a boost to his much clamoured police public partnership. He urged other local council chairmen to emulate the actions of the Ijede council boss, Salisu Fatiu Jimoh, for pioneering the move.


“Ijede has set the pace for other communities in Lagos. I am, therefore, calling on chairmen of local governments in the state to be at the centre of championing this initiative. They should talk to the youths to shun cultism and drug abuse. We want to stamp out cultism and drug abuse in Lagos State. On behalf of the IGP and AIG Zone 2, I receive these arms for onward transfer to the Lagos State Command armory.”


He directed the Divisional Police Officer, Ijede to commence profiling of those that renounced their membership of cult groups as the first step in the process of reintegrating them back into the society.


“We would place them on police supervision and monitor their activities. We would also have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with those that championed this cause, in order to ensure they engage them in vocational skills.”


Four Story Building Collapses In Lagos

A four-Storey building under construction along Herbert Macaulay way Ebute-Metta, Lagos Mainland collapsed on Wednesday morning. According to the General Manager, Lagos Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Engr. Lekan Shodeinde, the building was under construction when it collapsed and all necessary notices had been served to the developer, including a stop work notice.


Shodehinde further stated that the agency had taken all necessary steps within its limits, including sealing up of the construction site with a caution tape to stop further work at the site. He, however, said there was no casualty at the collapse site since it had been sealed for a while now by the agency.

The General Manager in a statement restated the state government’s zero tolerance to building collapse and avoidable death of its citizenry. He said the agency would not rest till incidence of building collapse was at zero level. He further appealed to Lagosians to take all necessary precautions and steps during building construction.


Lagos To Put Ban On Commercial Motorcycle

The Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force on Enforcement of Road Traffic Laws yesterday said his team will commence the full enforcement of the State Laws of 2012 that banned motorcycle operators from plying certain routes across the state.

Mr Olayinka Egbeyemi revealed this to journalists while answering to an incident that occurred around Mile 2 area of Lagos, where a sister agency raided hideouts of miscreants and hoodlums.

He said the enforcement had earlier occurred when security operatives of the agency invaded 2nd Rainbow along Mile 2 area including Festac and impounded 163 motorcycles with 29 riders arrested

He said, “There must be a synergy between all security agencies of government in order to collectively fight the menace of these motorcycle operators on all restricted routes across the state.

“There were series of complaints from members of the public on criminal activities perpetrated by some of these motorcycle operators.

“Complaints by the residents of snatching of bags, phones, wallets, and jewelry around these areas at night are on a rampage.”

He advised members of the public to desist from patronizing commercial motorcycle operators on restricted routes as anyone arrested will be prosecuted in accordance with the Law.

He added that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Legal Imohimi has directed the 29 arrested motorcycle operators immediately charge to court for prosecutions.

26 Vehicles Stolen In Lagos, Recovered In Ondo – Police

The Onikan Zone 2 Police Command in Lagos said 26 cars stolen in the last eight months in the Oworonshoki, Bariga and Somolu areas of Lagos State have been recovered by operatives of the Zonal Intervention Squad.

The state command said the cars were stolen in the communities by members of a syndicate, who usually sneaked into the neighbourhoods with master keys to open cars, adding that the vehicles were sold to buyers in Ondo State.

Arrested members of the syndicate are Joshua Adeleke, Moses Ofoke, Oluseye Arokoyo, Ahmed Ali, Folorunsho Ojowuro and Samuel Bolanle.

The police said it recovered 13 Toyota Camry, three Toyota Corolla, one Toyota Sienna, one Nissan Sunny and one Nissan Almera.

Others are three Honda Accord, two Toyota Sienna, one Nissan Pathfinder and one Mazda 626.

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of the command, Adamu Ibrahim, said the police got information about the gang on October 6, 2017.

He said, “We learnt the robbers snatched a Toyota Camry big daddy from Lagos around 2.45pm on that day and were heading towards Sango Ota, Ogun State.

“A team of ZIS operatives was detailed to track down the hoodlums and three of them were arrested. They confessed that they specialised in removing vehicles by roadsides and that they operated in the Bariga, Oworonshoki and Somolu areas of Lagos State.”

The suspects, who were paraded at the ZIS office at Obada Oko, Abeokuta, on Wednesday, said difficult situations of life pushed them into crime.

The leader of the gang, Adeleke, said he took 11 cars from the Oworonshoki and Bariga areas between March and October 2017, adding that he sold them for between N100,000 and N300,000.

He said, “I started doing this job after I lost my job as a driver at a company on Victoria Island, Lagos. I was sacked because I stole N200,000. A friend introduced me to this work in

March 2017. I have stolen 11 vehicles in Oworonshoki and Bariga.

“A man made a master key for me and my gang members. We bought the key for N2,000. What we do is to go out by 2am. We open cars parked by roadsides and start the vehicles with the master key. We don’t rob at gunpoint.

“We send the cars to Ondo State where we have ready buyers. The first car we took to Ondo State was a Nissan product, which we sold for N100,000. We also sold a Toyota Camry for N200,000.

“We were four members of the gang; my wife does not know this is what I do for a living.”

Another member of the gang, Ali, an indigene of Ogun State, said he became a member after Adeleke assisted him with money.

The 23-year-old barber explained that he followed the gang leader to Ondo twice to sell some of the stolen vehicles.

The third suspect, Ofoke, an indigene of Izzi, Ebonyi State, said he joined the gang after he lost his job as a private security guard.

One of the receivers of the stolen cars, Ojowuro, said he bought seven cars from the suspects, adding that while he resold some for profit, he converted the rest to private use.

The Igbokoda, Ondo State indigene, denied knowing that the vehicles were stolen until he was arrested by the police.

“They told me that the vehicles were seized from smugglers by customs. One of the boys said he was a soldier and he wore military camouflage to deceive me. The cars I bought for N100,000, I sold for N250,000. The ones I bought for N300,000 I sold for N400,000,” he said.

The AIG said the suspects would be soon be arraigned

Otunba Runsewe Lauds Passage of Yoruba Language Bill

The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) Director-General  Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, has applauded the Lagos State House of Assembly for passing the Bill making Yoruba Language compulsory in Lagos schools.

The statement was made in Abuja, where Runsewe said if the Bill is given assent by the State Governor, it will greatly enhance young people’s proficiency in the use of Yoruba Language in the state.

Otunba Segun Runsewe, Director-General, National Council for Arts & Culture. He lamented that many youths in Nigeria could no longer express themselves in their mother tongues, adding that Nigerian youths are now being educated with borrowed culture.

“Our language is the primary vehicle for our cultural expression and identity as a people and to abandon our language is to endanger our cultural heritage,”

Runsewe said. The NCAC boss pointed out that many indigenous languages in Nigeria are today facing the danger of extinction because the family and the educational institutions have relegated our indigenous languages to the background.

Runsewe stated that the bold step taken by Lagos State will not only restore the dignity of Yoruba language but will also engender academic scholarship in the language and make teaching and be learning a lot easier.

He noted that learners assimilate better and faster when the language of instruction is the mother tongue than when it is a second or foreign language.

The Director-General called on other states to emulate a good example of Lagos State, stressing that no nation can aspire to any meaningful development without a strong cultural base of which language is very critical.

“The Lagos State example is very significant to our efforts at reviving our fast eroding cultural values and our search for our true identity as a people,”

Runsewe concluded. It would be recalled that on Thursday, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, ordered the Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni to send a clean draft copy of the Bill of making the teaching of Yoruba language compulsory in Lagos schools, to the State Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode for assent.

The Bill stipulates a fine of N500, 000. 00 for corporate offenders while schools in the State which fail to comply with the law face closure and a fine of N250, 000.00.


Guns, Drugs Recovered As Task force Demolishes 2,500 Illegal Structures

The demolition of illegal structures at Ijaiye and Bode Thomas in Ojokoro and Surulere local councils this weekend by the Lagos State task force lead to the recovery of guns and wraps of illicit drugs recovered by the operatives. The task force also arrested suspects named; Mr Saka Lawal, Mrs Tawa Lawal and Miss Kausara Saka in connection with the recovered gun and illicit drugs.


The demolition was sequel to the directive by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who tasked the agency to remove illegal structures across the state, especially those under high-tension cables. Confirming the exercise, the task force chairman, Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Superintendent of Police (SP), said over 2,500 structures were demolished with Dane guns and wraps of illicit drugs suspected to be Indian hemp recovered from Powerline Street at Ijaiye.


According to him, before the agency embarked on the demolition, all occupants of the demolished structures were served with ‘Removal Order’ notice by the government. He said: “The demolished structures and containers constructed under the high tension cables were an eyesore with miscreants freely smoking Indian hemp, including prostitution by underaged boys and girls around the area.


“Wraps of substances suspected to be Indian hemp and other outlawed drugs such as Tramadol-200 Super, Tramadol Capsules RG11 and Analgin Injection 500mg were recovered from the notorious cult group called Adura Boys, who have been terrorizing the area in Ojokoro.”


Egbeyemi called on landlords, local councils, traditional rulers and other stakeholders to stop allocating lands indiscriminately and collecting money from innocent citizens in order to erect illegal shanties/structures under high tension cables as anyone caught would be arrested and charged to court.


A resident of the area, Mr Eniola Augustine, commended the government for the demolition. He lamented that apart from people risking their lives by living or trading under high-tension cables some members of the dreaded Adura Boys usually escape into these illegal structures after attacking innocent citizens with dangerous weapons.

On Lagos’ New Lease Of Life For Education By Adesegun Ogundeji

According to famous American scientist, George Washington Carver, ‘education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom’. Really, education is critical to the growth and development of any society. It empowers the individual with necessary knowledge and set of skills to actualize potential and maximize opportunities in life.  It is for this reason that governments across the world devote a good chunk of available resources to the development of the educational sector.

In Nigeria, Lagos is unarguably the State with the highest number of public schools, students and teachers. It has consistently been churning out the highest number of candidates for public examinations in Nigeria since 1967.  As a melting point with a burgeoning population in excess of 20 million, provision of qualitative education in Lagos State has been a daunting task.

The current administration in the state clearly understands that the task of making Lagos State “the model of excellence in the provision of education in Africa” requires meticulous attention. To this end, the sum of 92.4 billion naira, representing 11.37 percent was allocated to the education sector in the State budget for 2017.

Government has directed the policy toward ensuring equal educational opportunity in the State, encourage parents who might otherwise neglect their children’s education to send their children to school and making education affordable for everyone. So, within the halftime of the administration’s tenure, the wheels of what is mutating to be a historic education revolution in Lagos were rolled off with an aggressive rehabilitation of public schools throughout the length and breadth of the state.  Several hundreds of classroom blocks have been built and renovated while thousands of students and teachers furniture supplied to various primary and secondary schools.

In line with the commitment of the present administration to expand access to knowledge for Lagosians, the State’ science laboratories are now better equipped and the enthusiasm of students to be science inclined has become very high with a lot of success recorded. Equally, the state government has completed the renovation and upgrade of public libraries in eighteen secondary schools across the State with top-class facilities. Lagos Digital Library, an online repository of education content, is ready and will as well be launched in February 2017.

The Lagos state government appreciates that as much as physical infrastructure is important, adequate and quality teachers in schools are as important.  Thus, as part of measures to bridge the gap in the teacher/pupil ratio in the state, the government recruited one thousand, three hundred (1,300) teachers for primary schools while another 1000 teachers were recruited for public secondary schools in 2016. Similarly, the government has been paying attention to teachers’ welfare.

Also, since April 2017, Code Lagos centres have been launched in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions (private and public) across the State, as well as in all public libraries and ICT spaces. The ultimate goal is for one million students in the state to have access to the coding system by the year 2019.

Cheeringly, the dividend of the state’s investment in education is paying off. For instance, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was declared the “Teachers Most Friendly Governor” by the Nigeria Union of Teachers during the celebration of the last World Teachers’ Day in Abuja. The same day, President Muhammadu Buhari rewarded the hard work, high performance and high productivity of three Lagos State School teachers and administrator with the “President’s Teachers and Schools Excellence Award”. Nominees of the State clinched three out of the nine categories of award available to contestants from 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The awardees, Mrs. Lufadeju Dolapo Olufunke received the Best School Award on behalf of Ojodu Junior Grammar School, Ikeja. The “Best School Administrator Award” (Senior Secondary School category) went to Mrs. Oluderu Bilikisu Oluwaseyi of Magbon Alade Senior Grammar School while Mrs. Adelegan Moronike Sarat of Civil Service Junior Model College, Igbogbo was selected as the First Runner up, Best Administrator of the Year 2017.

Earlier, five students of Lagos State public secondary schools had excelled at the Y2017 National Robot Olympiad and qualified to represent Nigeria at the World Robot Olympiad to be held in Costa Rica. It is worthy of note that Lagos State has been representing Nigeria in this competition since 2015.

On September 22nd, 2017, Oluwasegun Durojaiye of Lagos State Model College, Igbokuta qualified to represent the South-West Zone at the National Finals of the NNPC Science Quiz Competition and Atabo Ufedejo of Model College, Kankon emerged one of the best students at the national finals of the 2017 Oluwole Awokoya Chemistry Competition held in Kaduna from 17th to 22nd September, 2017.

Lagos State took the first position in the National Free Choice (Senior) Project presented by the students of Government Technical College, Agidingbi at the 2017 National Junior Engineers, Technicians and Scientists (JETS) competition in March, 2017. The State won 10 trophies and 10 medals at the event and 7 of the trophies won went to State public schools students.

Also, Seven Students/Teachers from the State Public Schools were awarded medals and Certificates at the 2017 edition of National Mathematics and Science Olympiad award ceremony organized by the National Mathematical Centre, Abuja.

The Key Performance Indices of the Education Sector is not limited to competition awards as the State has made tremendous progress in external examinations since Y2015. The result of the States performance at the 2017 WASSCE is put at 66% pass in at least 5 subjects including English and Mathematics, compared to the 50.41% in 2016, 37.27% in 2015 and 21.22% in 2014.

The question that comes to mind from the above is this: Is there a nexus among these various achievements? The answer, of course, is yes! Teachers’ training and staff welfare have been given priority attention with teachers’ salary being consistently paid regularly on the 23rd day of every month.

It is also on record that all eligible teachers since 2015 to date have been promoted as at when due while 2,320 (Two Thousand Three Hundred And Twenty) Officers were trained between May 2016-17 and much more has been done thereafter.

Car loans were awarded to 425 beneficiaries to the tune of N30, 302, 252.75k, N30 million Housing Loan was approved for 55 (fifty-five) beneficiaries in the teaching service and 4601 pensioners on the payroll of the Teachers Establishment and Pensions Office were paid regularly.

To further encourage service delivery, Education Merit Award is organized annually in honour of outstanding performers in the various categories of Award in the Education Sector of Lagos State. More than 100 Education Merit Awards are given out with the Star prize being a brand new car awarded to the Best Teacher in both the Primary-Secondary School Categories.

Apart from improved teachers’ welfare, the state government’s huge investment in education infrastructure contributed immensely to the improved status of education in the State. Fortunately, the state government isn’t resting on its oars as it is poised to do more in the months ahead.