Governor-Elect of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said he will reduce reckless driving in BRT by employing graduates as drivers and adding more dignity to the work.
Sanwo-Olu spoke Saturday during an interactive session with his classmates at the Executive Master of Business Administration class, University of Lagos, 1998/2000 set
Sanwo’s classmates asked Sanwo-Olu how he would address the recklessness of some of the BRT bus drivers.
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“By the time we get the culture of the drivers’ right, the routes are coming up, by the time we finish the Abule-Egba/Iyana Ipaja/Ikeja route, it will boost the number of BRT (buses).”
Accordingly to Sanwo-Olu, Lagos could one day adopt technology to upgrade and model the BRT ticketing system after what is obtainable in the United Kingdom.
At the dinner, the governor-elect also explained his plans to eradicate gridlock around the cit.
He said his administration hoped to, by the middle of next year, complete the blue rail starting from Okokomaiko, through to Mile 2, Orile and Marina.
“The water will work, BRT buses will work and rail will work,” Sanwo-Olu added.
Isiaka Oyetola, Osun State governor, has declared that his administration has no money for capital projects on assumption of office.
Oyetola said that his administration had to seek the intervention of the Federal Ministry of Works for the construction of the long abandoned Iwo-Osogbo Road as one of his maiden capital projects which he embarked upon as soon as he assumed office about seven months ago.
He stated that many people were not aware of the secret for the success recorded on the constriction of the road attributing it to the intervention of the Federal Ministry of Works in Abuja.
Oyetola who spoke while delivering an address at Aragbiji Palace Iragbiji during a Ramadan Lecture, said his government had no money on assumption of office to embark on white elephant and capital intensive projects.
Governor Oyetola further said that his resolve was to promptly pay workers’ salary, adding that the era of ‘half salary’ in the state has finally gone.
Mr. Oyetola also used the occasion to reiterate his commitment to provision of quality health care services in the state at no cost at all for Osun citizenry.
He said, “Everything you need for your sound health is available at all the 332 Healthcare Centres across the state of Osun. Just go to the healthcare centre closest to you to access the healthcare services provided by the government. Others yet to be available would be provided.
“You don’t have to go to Asubiaro Hospital in Osogbo before you can access our healthcare services. The one nearest to you will be equipped with all the necessary health provisions.”
Governor Oyetola, however, sought for the continuation of support of Osun people for his government saying, “A governor is like a driver, who needs the cooperation of all onboard for a safe trip.”
In attendance at the 12th Annual Aragbiji Palace Ramadan Lecture which the Royal Father of the ancient town, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Ayotunde Olabomi, has never missed since he assumed the throne about twelve years ago were the wife of the Governor, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola, Osun Central Senator-elect, Dr. Ajibola Bashir, and other political functionaries.
The Federal Government said on Monday that it has lined up several activities to mark June 12 as Nigeria’s first Democracy Day.
Though it said that May 29 still remains a public holiday in the country and that President Muhammadu Buhari will be sworn in on that day, it nevertheless said major activities of the event will be shifted to June 12.
￼Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohamed, who spoke at a press briefing in Abuja, said both days would be marked as public holiday this year.
But the minister said most of the activities had been moved to June 12, and that the events slated for May 29 would be low key.
￼He said world leaders will only attend the June 12 events.
The minister said the events celebrating June 12 as Democracy Day will kick off on Friday, June 7, with a Historical Exhibition in Arts, Pictures and Immersive Environment and run through June 12.
The event, he said, is slated to hold at the ICC.
It will be followed on Sunday, June 9th by a Youth Concert, Creative Industry and Entertainment Night also at the ICC.
He said, “On Monday, June 10th, there will be a Secondary Schools Exhibition/Panel Discussion at the ICC, and Tuesday, June 11th will feature three events: the PMB Oratorical Contest at the ICC, an Anti-corruption Summit at the Transcorp Hilton and a First Lady’s Commissioning Programme in Yola, Adamawa.
“Wednesday, June 12th will start off with a parade at the Eagle Square, and the Democracy Day programme will wrap up with a Dinner and Gala Night at the State House Conference Centre.”
Workers hoping for the implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage in Lagos State this month will be disappointed as the Lagos State Government is not yet ready for the task ahead.
There have been rumours within the Lagos State Government Secretariat, Alausa, Lagos that the government was not ready to pay N30,000 minimum wage, settling for N27,000.
It was also rumoured that a meeting between the labour and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on the new minimum wage was deadlock as the workers rejected government’s proposed N27,000.
According to rumours within the secretariat, the Lagos State Committee on the new N30,000 minimum wage failed to reach agreement on Thursday 9th May, 2019,.
The is said to comprise Ambode, incoming Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and representatives of the state’s Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and the Trade Union Congress, TUC.
It was gathered that the state initially proposed N25,000, which they later jacked up to N27,000, but the organised labour insisted on the amount signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
After hours of deliberations, it was agreed that the issue be suspended till after the swearing in of the new governor but that the state would pay the leave bonus for all categories of workers this month, with the hope of commencing the new wage in June 2019.
However, Chairman, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, Lagos State Branch, Comrade Olamide Bamidele debunked rumours that the government had settled to pay workers N27,000, saying that no meeting had been held yet.
He, however, said the government tried to negotiate with leadership of the workers at a meeting in Abeokuta before Buhari signed the new minimum wage into law, but that the workers rejected such move.
He said the labour is awaiting the federal committee set up by Buhari to harmonise the new wage increase, saying that Lagos workers would negotiate with the state government base on the federal benchmark.
Bamidele vowed that Lagos workers would not accept anything below the N30,000 new minimum wage.
soon begin collection of Value Added Tax (VAT) on online transactions.
The chairman of the agency, Babatunde Fowler, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York on Saturday.
Mr Fowler said: “Soon, we will ask banks to impose VAT on online transactions for purchases of goods and services.
“Not that it is something new; it actually should be in existence.
“We will certainly follow up to make sure that every VAT that is due to be collected is collected.”
He explained that the move was part of measures by FIRS to meet its N8 trillion revenue target for 2019.
Mr Fowler said the agency had started taking action against companies and businesses that refused to embrace the Federal Government’s tax amnesty programme.
According to him, FIRS hopes to generate between N750 billion and N1 trillion from the clampdown, which includes closure of defaulters’ bank accounts.
“We are going after everybody. I am sure you have heard that we have placed lien on some accounts of defaulters that have a billion naira turnover annually.
“So certainly, we are not leaving anyone out of the tax net,” he said.
It gave tax defaulters a one-year period of grace to declare and settle their unpaid taxes.
There have been complaints by some taxpayers of being wrongly targeted by FIRS in the clampdown.
Mr Fowler admitted there were problems, but blamed them on “administrative error,” arising from the huge number of accounts involved.
“Well, there is certainly one or two instances where we made administrative error, but when you are looking at over 50,000 accounts, there is a tendency that sometimes an error might be made.
On plans by the Joint Tax Board to raise the country’s tax population to 45 million, Mr Fowler said the agency was relying on multiple information sources.
These, according to him, include the country’s Bank Verification Number database and sister agencies with relevant information. (NAN)
African football legends both in Nigeria and abroad will on Saturday, May 18, storm the Agege Stadium in Lagos to feature in the testimonial match organised to honour the outgoing Governor of the Lagos State, His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.
Among the stars that have confirmed their participation for the one day event include The President of Liberian and former World Footballer award winner, George Weah, Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o, Ivorian Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure also from Cote d’Ivoire, Diomansy Kamara, Peterside Idah, Geremi Njitap, Michael Essien, Lomana Lua-Lua, Samuel Eto, Didier Zokora, Kader Keita, Richard Kingston, Christian Karembu, El- Hadji Diouf.
Others include Peter Rufai, Finidi George, Mutiu Adepoju, Samson Siasia, Augustine Eguavoen, Joseph Yobo, Ike Shorunmu, Kanu Nwankwo, Austin Jay- Jay Okocha, Daniel Amokachi, Emmanuel Amunike, Phillip Shuaibu (Deputy Governor, Edo State), Taribo West, Victor Ezeji, Tijani Babangida, Emma Okocha, Ifeanyi Udeze, Uche Okechukwu and Garba Lawal.
In a statement on Thursday signed by the Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, the event tagged ‘Match for Ambode’, is being organised to honour Governor Ambode for his laudable contribution to sports development in Lagos since he assumed office in 2015.
He said the organisers, a group of ex-internationals led by Waidi Akanni have promised to put up a memorable event, adding that all the African football legends who come for the match will have a taste of good hospitality of the government and people of Lagos State.
Tandoh added that the testimonial match would be spiced up with music from a-list artistes including Wizkid, Small Doctor amongst many others.
He also assured that adequate security before, during and after the event which starts by 10am on Saturday have been firmed up.
The Police yesterday paraded 93 suspected kidnappers and armed robbers terrorising Niger, Katsina and Kaduna states, especially on the Kaduna-Abuja highway.
It said 35 AK47 rifles, 21 Dane guns, 500 live ammunition and other weapons, including a rocket launcher, were recovered from the suspects.
Parading the suspects at Katari village on the Kaduna-Abuja highway, Force spokesman DCP Frank Mba said the suspects were arrested in the last two weeks in joint operations in Kaduna, Niger and Katsina states.
He said 35 AK47 rifles, 21 Dane guns and more than 500 live ammunition were recovered from the suspects.
Mba attributed the success to Operation Puff Adderlaunched to dislodge criminals from the Kaduna-Abuja expressway and the country at large.
Mba, who was flanked by the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Aji Ali Janga, said the joint operations comprised policemen from operations, intelligence, technical, counter-terrorism and special protection units, among others.
He said the operation was designed to tackle kidnaping, robbery and banditry, adding that the success recorded so far was huge.
Mba said: “The suspects were arrested from Matari forest, Niger axis and some were pursued to as far as Katsina.
“We are determined to descend very hard on criminals. We recovered 37 AK 47 rifles, 12 locally made guns, a revolver pistol, 60,000 fake US dollars, military uniforms and a foreign made pistol.
“A few days ago, the IG rolled out a new counter kidnaping strategy. It will help us curtail crimes.”
The Force spokesman said the Office of the Inspector General of Police provided supervisory and supportive roles to the operations.
Janga assured farmers at Birnin Gwari and other volatile areas that “it is now safe for them to return to their farms.”
He said the new operations being conducted in synergy with the commanders of various units had achieved success.
“Farmers who farm along Kaduna-Abuja expressway, Birnin Gwari and other volatile areas can go back to their farms. They are now safe,” Janga said.
One of the suspects arrested, Isah, said it was his first time of committing the crime and that he had not collected ransom before he was arrested.
Another suspect, Salisu Abubakar, who claimed to be a cleric, said he was aware that his clients belonged to criminal gangs, but that he only supported them with good luck charms. “I have never participated in crimes,” he added. (The Nation)
The Federal Government has increased the monthly allowance of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to 30,000.
Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja during a press conference where she added that the total sum of N649.434 billion was verified by the ministry as the outstanding balance to be refunded to the state governments.”
She, however, noted that the Federal Government is still working out modalities before the implementation of the new allowance for corps members.
She said, “The other aspect that should be clear is that there is an increase for the NYSC as well because NYSC, by its Act, is designed that they earn the minimum wage.”
“So, NYSC allowance also has to increase to N30, 000. So, I cannot give you projections right now because the negotiations are not yet concluded.”
Barely two weeks to the expiration of the first term and inauguration of the second term of Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, the information commissioner, Patrick Ukah has been enmeshed in series of frauds and corrupt practices running into several millions of naira belonging to his ministry.
Our correspondent reliably gathered that the embattled information commissioner, used the state owned Delta Broadcasting Service, Asaba and Warri as well as the state owned Newspapers, The Pointer to loot millions of naira from the coffers of the ministry through frivolous contracts he was said to have awarded to some of his cronies without any traceable addresses of such contractors.
HardReporters crime correspondent in Lagos, who just returned from Delta state capital, Asaba, Monday, on a fact finding mission to the state owned media houses, gathered that the state information commissioner, had lied in some official documents in his hand over note presented to the state transition committee.
In the documents, according to an impeccable source close to the transition committee, Ukah, lied that he purchased eight cameras at the cost of N18,721,738.00 for Delta Broadcasting Service, Asaba and Warri, purchased some equipment for Delta Broadcasting Service, Asaba and Warri at the cost of N9,654,750.00, repaired the FM coxial feeder line at Delta Broadcasting Service, Warri at the cost of N16,620,000.00, purchased some equipment for Delta Broadcasting Service at N11,553,750.00.
In the documents, Ukah, also lied to have carried out the repairs of the back-up transmitters at Delta Broadcasting Service, Asaba, Ubulu-Uku and Warri at the cost of N43,000,000.00, Mast tensioning, painting and repairs of Delta Broadcasting Service, Asaba at the cost of N11,150,000.00, installation of antenna and repairs of TV transmitters at the cost of N57,240,000.00, brief to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on the 2017 flood disaster in Delta Broadcasting Service, Asaba and restoration of the station back to air at the cost of N17,000,000.00, repairs of faulty back up transmitters at Delta Broadcasting Service, Asaba, Ubulu-Uku and Warri at the cost of N68,380,000.00.
According to reliable sources at the state ministry of information, the documents which is full of discrepancies and fraudulent are currently generating controversy as there are nothing is on ground to show that actually such huge amount running into several millions of naira was expended on the state owned media houses as been claimed by the information commissioner.
A senior director at the Ministry of Information who pleaded for anonymity confided in our correspondent that the information commissioner is currently been investigated by the transition committee.
“As we talk the Delta state transition committee has commenced investigation of the state information commissioner, Patrick Ukah, over his bogus claims made. The documents show that a huge fraud, corruption and sharp practices was carried out by the information commissioner. How can you purchase eight camera for N18.7 million.?
“Our check revealed that each camera, Sony Digital HXR-NX 100 camera, the commissioner claimed to have bought at over N2 million is actually sold for less that N600,000.00. How can you say you repaired FM coxial feeder line at N16,620,000.00, back-up transmitters at N43,000,000.00, mast tensioning, painting and repairs at N11,150,000.00.
“How can you say provision and installation of antenna and repairs of TV transmitters cost you N57,240,000.00, to brief governor Ifeanyi Okowa alone on the 2017 flood disaster in Delta Broadcasting Service, Asaba and restoration of the station back to air cost you N17,000,000.00, repairs of faulty back up transmitters cost you N68,380,000.00.
“The question is how much will it cost to purchase a new transmitter that Ukah has used all these millions of naira to carry out only repairs on these transmitters. The stations can not boast of Outside Broadcast Vans, the staff are not working in a conducive environment, no good equipment and tools to work with, yet Ukah, was lavishing all this millions of naira on frivolous things that have no positive impact on the stations.”, the director said.
Some of the staff of the two state owned media houses in Asaba and Warri who spoke with our correspondent under the condition of anonymity, lamented the current state of the two stations, which they described as a state of “comatose” saying that four years have gone, yet no succour for the near moribund Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS), Asaba, (DRTV), Warri and the Pointer Newspapers, Asaba.
“It is a big shame to an oil rich state like Delta that has always topped the lists of highest receipt of federal monthly allocations running into hundreds of billions of naira with nothing to show.
Times without number we have demands for a more better working environment and equipment, but the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa and the state commissioner for information, Patrick Ukah, have vehemently refused to pay attention to our demands.
“The way and manner governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the information commissioner, Patrick Ukah have neglected and abandoned the state owned media houses is so worrisome and you will be shocked how the governor and the commissioner waste millions of naira on private owned media houses for live coverage of events while leaving the two state owned media houses to go into extinction.
“The two stations can not boast of Outside Broadcast Vans (O.B Vans) used for live events, but rather will spend millions to hire private owned media houses for live coverage of events in the state. After four years, the government media houses are still in comatose, still in shambles, still in slumber and horrible working condition, you see us staff complaining here and there, suffering from bad working environment, what a big shame and disgrace to an oil rich state like Delta.
“Is this not shocking to hear that a whole DBS, Asaba and Warri still go out to hire cameras to carry out their official duties. In the News department, a full broadcasting outfit like DBS, Asaba, and Warri, there are no vehicles, studios in a very terrible and disarray state where cut and nail jobs are carried out and the governor and the commissioner are not bothered. The state government can not beat its chest and tell Deltans that actually they really mean well for these media houses.” one of the staff lamented.
Another senior staff of the station in Warri who does not want her name mentioned stated that “The equipment been used in DRTV in Warri are now obsolete compared to the current modern standard of broadcasting. A visit to AIT, Channels, and Silver Bird Television Stations in Lagos , you will agree with me that Deltans deserve more than a befitting media houses looking at the monthly federal allocation accruing to the oil rich Delta state. The Pointer Newspapers, DBS Asaba and DRTV Warri are gradually going into extinction.
“It is a big shame that for a state like Delta blessed with enormous human and material resources, cut and nail works are still been carried out in its TV and Radio stations even the Pointer Newspapers and the workers work in a very terrible environment, what about the several days the radio station will go off the air and upon all of these, Okowa and Ukah feel unconcerned.
“It beats ones imagination if actually the Okowa government really knows all what dissemination of information is all about or the vital roles of government owned media. On August 27, 2018, Delta state clocked 27 years and in this digital and computer age, the state cannot boast of standard media houses to showcase its activities, what a big shame and disgrace.
“What a disgrace and big shame to Ukah, when Deltans were expecting that his appointment would at least bring succour and face lift to the state owned media houses, after four years in office the state of the POINTER Newspapers, DBS, Asaba and DRTV Warri have become worst. Every year millions of naira is budgeted for the three media houses, yet the failed and inexperienced commissioner, Ukah, cannot give the stations a life line.”
When our correspondent visited the state information commissioner, Patrick Ukah, in his office along Summit road, Asaba before departure to Lagos, Ukah, was not on seat as he was said to have traveled to Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital for an AGM meeting and when calls and test messages were sent to the information commissioner, there was response as at press time.
- SOURCE: HardReporters
LAGOS State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday spoke of fulfilling his administration’s cardinal promises of bringing government closer to the people as he inaugurated some projects in Ikotun-Igando Local Council Development Area.
The inaugurated projects were the Agric Access Road at Egan and the 500-seater Lagos Theatre at Igando. He launched the construction of a bridge linking Egan with Ayobo.
He said the road would address gross infrastructural deficit, flood and erosion in the area
The governor said: “I’m pleased to see that our commitment to make our state globally competitive has been realised.
“We’ve not only prioritised renewal and development of road infrastructure, but we have done so using an all-inclusive approach that has touched rural and urban areas.
“In building this road, we took cognisance of the need to make commuting stress-free for pedestrians and motorists with wider roads and walkways. We have tackled flood by providing covered drains. We have put in place street lights that will guarantee added safety and security for road users.
“By this action, we are providing critical and needed infrastructure, as well as reciprocating the support our government has enjoyed from this constituency in the last four years’’.
The governor said the inauguration of the theatre was in accord with “our promise to create a new economy around tourism, hospitality, entertainment and sports.
“This theatre is one of the five built under this administration in line with our project T.H.E.S.E. This project seeks to engage our active and creative youths, create employment around the entertainment, arts and culture sector, thereby boosting the economy.
“The other theatres are located in Badagry, Epe, Ikorodu and Ikeja’’.