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Akpabio tasks South-South APC state chairmen on party unity, cohesion

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Senate President Godswill Akpabio has charged state chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-South geo-political zone to work toward uniting the party and gaining more grounds.

Akpabio gave the charge when the APC chairmen paid him a visit in Abuja on Sunday.

While acknowledging the challenges faced by the chairmen, he assured them that a meeting of critical stakeholders from the region would soon be convened.

“The meeting will work out modalities to support the party at various state chapters to engender unity and understanding among members.

“The major focus is to foster social cohesion between the party and elected/appointed officials in government,” he said.

He commended the APC chiefs for the visit and explained that the President Bola Tinubu-led government was working on an economic prosperity agenda that would return Nigeria to greatness.

Akpabio thanked Tinubu for the Lagos-Calabar coastal road, describing it as very visionary.

In his remarks, Mr Alphonsus Ogar, the APC Chairman in Cross River, commended the harmonious working relationship between the Senate President and the only governor from the zone, Cross River’s Bassey Otu.

Expressing solidarity with the President of the Senate, he recalled that the South-South geo-political zone last held the seat in 1979, 45 years ago.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the chairmen declared total support for Akpabio’s commitment towards the growth of the area, and particularly commended the federal government for the Lagos-Calabar Coastal road and railway line project.

They declared that the completion of the project would imortalise President Tinubu in the hearts of the people of the region

Minister donates N3.5m to victims of attacks in Kogi

Minister of Steel Development, Prince Shuaibu Audu, has donated the sum of ¦ 3.5 million to the victims of attacks in Kogi.

This is contained in a statement issued by the minister’s Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Lizzy Okoji, on Sunday in Abuja.

Okoji said that Audu made the donation during his visit to Omala Local Government Area of Kogi to sympathise with the victims over the incident.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that bandits had, on April 4, attacked Abejukolo and Agojeju communities in Omala council area of the state during which no fewer than 25 persons were reportedly killed and several others injured.

Okoji said that the minister, an indigene of the state, made a personal donation of ¦ 2.5 million and some relief items to the victims in Agojeju-Odo community.

NAN reports that the victims are currently staying in the internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp, while some were in the hospital.

She said that Audu also donated ¦ 1 million to some people in the community, adding that the gesture was aimed at alleviating their plight.

The media aide further stated said that the minister’s visit was expedient as their representative at the Federal Executive Council, to commiserate with them and conduct an on-the-spot assessment of the level of destruction.

NAN reports that the minister had earlier condemned the attack and enjoined the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Kayode Egbetokun, and Gov. Usman Ododo to take necessary actions to enhance security in Kogi communities.

The minister, who met with the Chairman of the local government council, traditional leaders and other key stakeholders, said that the move was to understand the root cause of the crisis.

He also said that it was to enable them make informed decision in determining the best interventions and solutions.

“Coming here today, I have listened to all that the local government chairman has said, explaining the root cause of these lingering clashes.

“Be sure for me to take this to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the Executive Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency, Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo, for their prompt intervention,” he said.

Audu urged the affected communities to disregard the blackmail and narratives being spread on social media about the situation and remain resilient in contributing to the progress of the state.

“There are lots of stories and blackmail that are being conducted and peddled around the social media space, which I urge you all to disregard.

“It is in our interest to put in place things that will move our Igala nation forward,” he said.

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Lagos to begin demolition of Oshodi market extensions July 30

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The Lagos State Government is set to begin the demolition of Oshodi Market by July 30.

This was disclosed by the General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency, Gbolahan Oki, on Monday.

He said, “The Lagos State Building Control Agency, in conjunction with the Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Council Authority, has embarked on the sensitisation of property owners, residents, shop owners, and market women and men on the removal of illegal structures, extensions built on road setbacks, shops, buildings, and public school premises around the Oshodi-Isolo LCDA.”

Oki noted that the expiration period before demolition compensation is July 30.

He said, “The expiration period that we are looking at is July 30, and the action we are taking is to remove all the attachments.

“As you can see, some buildings are right on the road, and it is because of these attachments. Some believe that the attachment is part of the building.”

The general manager asserted that change was the simplest thing but very difficult to achieve.

He added, “If we want change, it is going to affect us, and we are going to have that change at all costs.

“All these extensions are on work, which should not be.

“People selling on the road is unnecessary, and that is what we are trying to put in place; it is not a tribal issue. We must all comply with the rules and regulations.”

Oki urged traders without building plan approval to leverage the 90-day amnesty period given by the Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Sanwo-Olu.

“The reason we are here is to enforce; the directive of the governor is very clear; there is no attachment.

“Nothing should disrupt the flow of movement, which is very important, and that we stand on.”

The Executive Chairman, Oshodi-Isolo Local Government, Kehinde Oloyede, said in every market, accessibility was essential.

He said, “For market women to maximise whatever they are selling, they need access to the road.

“The state government believes that good access to roads would better help them in the performance of their duty, particularly agencies like the fire service.”

Speaking on the local government partnership with LASBCA, Oloyede asserted that the state government had given the traders grace until after the festive period.

He added, “The local government is partnering with LASBCA to the end that we have been given grace that after the festive sale ends in July, the state will intervene.

“However, before then, the local government would see to it that most of these extensions and attachments were removed.

“Those that fail to comply, then the Lagos State Government will take charge and do what they deem fit.”

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Lagos Govt returns 11,957 children to school under project zero initiative, establishes nine new schools

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By Sodiq Adelakun

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced that his administration’s Project Zero initiative has successfully helped 11,957 out-of-school children return to their studies.

This achievement was revealed on Monday during the Children’s Day celebration parade and rally held at Police College, Ikeja, where the Governor was represented by his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat.

In addition to the success of Project Zero, the Governor highlighted other efforts made to improve children’s access to education. These include the establishment of nine new schools in busy and remote areas, which now cater to 4,588 students, comprising 2,310 girls and 2,278 boys.

“We have also improved many existing schools, completing over 1,500 projects that include building, renovating, and providing new furniture,” he said.

The governor said public schools are now secured with fences, CCTV cameras, and other safety measures, noting that it was working closely with security agencies to keep students safe.

“For our older students, we have hired over 2,000 new teachers in subjects like STEM, History, Yoruba, French, and Geography since May 2023,” he said.

Mr Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the new Digital Situation Room had also been established to monitor school performance and ensure smooth operation.

The governor charged children to continue to dream big, strive for goals and surpass imagination, assuring them that his administration would continue to advocate the mantra, “No Child Is Left Behind”.

He stressed that the state government was fully committed to providing the children with the environment, skills, opportunities and security to achieve their dreams.

The governor explained that the yearly celebration rededicated the government’s responsibilities to the children by preparing them for the challenges of the future in an ever-changing and increasingly competitive world.

He stressed that the 2024 theme, “Advocate for Children: Policies & Actions that Protect and Support Children’s Well-being,” encouraged all to speak up, take action, and always stay safe, happy, and thriving.

Earlier, Jamiu Alli-Balogun, Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, urged students to maintain excellence in both their academic and co-curricular pursuits, emphasising that they represent the future of the state and nation.

Mr. Alli-Balogun praised the Sanwo-Olu administration for its dedication to the education sector and acknowledged the crucial role teachers play in guiding and mentoring the students.

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Abiodun to commission Hospital road in Ogijo

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The Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun is set to commission the newly completed Hospital Road in Ogijo.

The event is scheduled for today, May 28, 2024, at 2:00 PM.

In an official invitation, Hon. Babatunde Olaotan, HBO, Special Adviser Government House and General Services, extended the invitation on behalf of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG).

This commissioning marks a significant milestone in the state’s infrastructure development, reflecting the governor’s commitment to improving road networks and enhancing the quality of life for Ogun State residents.

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