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Ehingbeti: Sanwo-Olu officially presents 30-yr Dev’t plan, receives federal approval for Lekki-Epe airport

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…Says Lagos now racing to future

By Moses Adeniyi

Just as he presented the awaited 30-year Development Plan, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, received the Federal Government’s instrument authorising the State to commence the Lekki-Epe airport project.

The federal approval recently granted the Lagos State Government to embark on the development of a passenger and cargo airport on the Lekki-Epe axis of the State.

Minister for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, presented the document to the Governor on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari at the ongoing Lagos Economic Summit (Ehingbeti) 2022 taking place in Lagos.

Lagos Government initiated the aviation project, through a Public Private Partnership (PPP), in response to the pace of development on Lekki-Epe axis, which is now a fast-growing hub of commerce and industrial activities.

According official information, the entire airport infrastructure will be sited on 3,500 hectares, with the first phase of the project estimated to cost $900 million.

It was gathered some private consortia have already expressed their interests in developing the airport, but the State Government is yet to decide on which investors to partner on aviation infrastructure.

According to Sanwo-Olu, the approval is another “successful step forward” towards delivering his administration’s agenda of Greater Lagos and keeping the State on the path of irreversible economic prosperity.

The Governor said the development was a triumph for the vision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who initiated the Lagos Economic Summit where the idea of the airport started.

He said, “Granting the licence for the airport project is a right step in the right direction. For us, it is all about partnership for the greater good of our State.

“The real beneficiaries are the citizens and the businesses that will be using the infrastructure to activate more economic prosperity.

“We are bringing the Government to tap business opportunities, while also providing platforms for businesses to flourish. That is how great economies are developed.

“The foundation of growth is building requisite infrastructure and creating platforms for businesses to thrive.

“This aviation infrastructure will reduce journey time and make commercial hubs in Lagos easily accessible. It would help investors to make best local and international business decisions, given all the investments that have been brought to the Lekki Free Trade Zone.”

On his part, the Minister of Aviation said the federal mandate to Lagos Government on the airport project enjoyed accelerated approval, because of the growing need to further link Lagos and Southwest to international markets and regional trade.

The project, the Minister said, would transform the GDP of Lagos and create jobs for the national economy. He said the airport would complement the existing Murtala Muhammed International Airport whose operation is overstretched.

“There has been an expansion in Lagos, from Eko Atlantic City to Lekki Free Trade Zones. This growth necessitated the need for another airport in Lagos. We will deploy our statutory agencies to ensure the project is done in compliance with international standards,” Sirika said.

Declaring the two-day summit open, Sanwo-Olu said Lagos had begun its race to building a prosperous future with the introduction of a 30-year growth plan that would bring the State on the same pedestal with developed cities in 2052.

He said the government’s pathways to the future were planned based on the projection of creating and implementing localised solutions within the context of unique socio-economic realities facing the state.

Sanwo-Olu who said the state would have an allowance to look outside for inspiration, however stressed that all suggested ideas must be considered on the foundation of deep local context and adaptation.

He said, “Over the next two days, we will listen to policy-makers, thought-leaders, futurists, disruptors, innovators, investors, and economists among others; all united by an abiding focus on the development trajectory of Lagos.

“They will share insights and offer perspectives on Lagos’ pathways to the future, most especially the solutions that can be readily implemented within the context of our unique circumstances. Indeed, the emphasis on ‘home-grown’ and localised solutions is very important.”

Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Sam Egube, said the summit had offered Lagos a better deal in growth prospects, as the state harnessed robust conversations with key private sector players.

Egube said the State Government had implemented 210 of the 222 resolutions reached in the past eight editions of the economic summit, adding that the engagement with the private sector had helped improve accountability in governance.

The summit Chairperson and Partner, PwC Nigeria, Mrs. Mary Iwelumo, said the ongoing event, which is the 9th edition in the series, recorded historic participation of 30,000 participants within the country and overseas.

The summit attendees include members of the State Executive Council, current and past elected public office holders in Lagos, captains of industry, business leaders, diplomats, entrepreneurs and investors.

Discussions at the Lagos Economic Summit (Ehingbeti) 2022 have been slated to centre on the 30-year Development Plan, as captured in the theme “Lagos 2022-2052: Charting the Paths to Sustainable Socioeconomic Growth, The Future is a Hope We all Have.”

Recall that the disclosure of the blueprint for another 30-year journey in pursuit of physical development, social growth and economic prosperity, was made known by Governor Sanwo-Olu in June, 2022.

While speaking on the plan to business leaders and the organised private sector at an interactive meeting, Sanwo-Olu had said the Lagos State Development Plan 2052, will be officially rolled out at the 9th Economic Summit of the State – Ehingbeti.

The 30-year plan, according to him, was developed with clear objectives from four strategic dimensions aimed at positioning the State to achieve its vision.

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Ogun Family, Osho-Leragun appoints family head, other principals

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By Omobolaji Adekunle

An Ogun family, Osho-Leragun family, at Omi Leragun in Obafemi Owode local government area of Ogun state has appointed a new principal officer to represent the interest of the family.

The family which comprises 6 branches after nominations selected Mrs Hawulatu Osho-Leragun emerged as the family head, while Iyabo Leragun and Kayode Leragun were appointed as the Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

The family after the selection said the process is necessary to ensure that the interest of the family is protected.

The new Head of the family, Mrs Hawulatu Osho-Leragun, in her remarks, thanked family members for the confidence repose in her to steer the ship of the family, while seeking for collaboration and support from all members to move the family name upward.

“I want to appreciate all family members present today for this historic preservation of our common rights, customs and norms.

“The task before me is to further unite us, and protect our common interest against external factors. I hereby promised not to abuse this trust repose on me,” she said.

Speaking earlier, the legal counsel to the family, Barr. Toriola Williams, from the chambers of Chief Taiwo Hassan Legal Office, noted that the decision of the family to select a head is in fulfilment of the constitutional rights of the family, and in accordance with the laws and native customs of the land.

“As representative of the Osho Leragun family, in Obafemi Owode local government area of Ogun state. Today is a milestone in the history of the family as they appoint the family head to lead the family. The selection is devoid of any rancour, this is more of a consensus from the family.

“This exercise has not in any form means excise their properties, or family land to anyone,  but in conformity with the law and the native customs, this is why they have appointed principal officers of their family,” he said.

Meanwhile, the representative of the family oldest progenitors, Akeem Leragun affirms the consent of the popular progenitor, simply identified as Baba Leragun in the activities leading to the selection of the family head.

He added, “Baba would have loved to be here but we all know he is of advanced age, and could not come out due to his ill health.

“He however sent his words through me, saying that he completely gives consent to all that is happening here today. He wished us well while counting on the selected leaders of the family to live up to the family values.”

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Adeleke’s CoS to chair implementation committee of Staff Audit Report

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By Ismail Azeez, Osogbo

Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has set up an action committee to review and act on the recommendations of the state staff audit as the consultant submitted the final report.

It would be recalled that Adeleke’s administration flagged-off the staff audits across the state public service last June held by Sally Tibot Consult.

This was contained in a statement signed by Governor’s Spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, said the action committee to be chaired by the Chief of Staff, Hon. Kazeem Akinleye to review and act on the recommendations.

The Governor said, “I thank the consultant for finally completing the assignment. Our administration is committed to pursuing public service reform to a logical conclusion.

“We have done a lot to reposition the public service. I am encouraged to drive the reform further because we have the full support of the public servants. I have received several commendations for our emphasis on workers’ welfare.

“We are not only paying salaries regularly but we are repaying inherited salary and pension debts. Our government remains committed to workers’ welfare as a priority.

“Above passion for workers is why we are blocking all loopholes in the salary system. Let me reaffirm that the process is not meant to witch hunt anybody. The process is for our collective good.

“To review and act on the staff audit report, I hereby set up an action committee on the staff audit report.

“The terms of reference of the committee are as follows: study the report and assess the recommendations ;consider the implications of the recommendations on the public service; take action to implement the recommendations; interface with stakeholders to ensure effective implementations; and consider all other issues related to the subject.”

The members of the committee are as follows: Alhaji Kazeem Akinleye (COS) — Chairman; Dr. Biyi Odunlade; Mr.Ayanleye Aina — HOS ; Mr. Remi Atolagbe — AG’s Office ; Mrs.Linda Bibilari; Comrade Christopher Arapasopo — NLC Chairman ;Comrade Lasun — JNC Chairman ;Comrade Fasasi — TUC Chairman; Mrs.Eniola Omotosho; Comrade lyabo Olanrewaju — NLC; Prof. Anthony Ola Olusanya; Comrade Atoyebi Oyetunde; Mrs .Adepeju Ogini; — Asst. Secretary; and Hon Bamkole Omisore -Secretary.

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Makinde commissions new palace for Olubadan ahead of coronation

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Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde on Wednesday commissioned an ultra modern palace for the Olubadan.

Oba Olakulehin, the Olubadan-designate will be the first Olubadan to reside in the palace as plans have been concluded for him to move into the property immediately after his coronation on Friday.

The new structure is the second but newest modern Palace to be inhabited by the Olubadan located at the Oke Aremo area of the capital city.

Governor Seyi Makinde, the Olubadan-designate, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, Chief Bode Amao, members of the Olubadan-in-Council led other dignitaries from all walks of life to the event.

Oba Olakulehin was represented by the Osi Balogun, Oba Lateef Adebimpe who presented a speech on his behalf.

Speaking at the Commissioning, Makinde thanked every indigene who had contributed to make the project a reality.

He thanked his predecessor in office, late former Governor Abiola Ajimobi for taking the bold step that set the project in motion.

He said the second phase of the palace project will see to the renovation of the Bowers Tower, to attract tourist to visit the palace and the state, adding that he will expand the economy of the state through tourism.

He added that a maintenance mechanism to ensure the palace is well maintained has also been put in place with monthly contributions expected from the 11 local government areas in Ibadan.

Makinde said: “This palace, we have put in place a maintenance system because it usually affects projects like poor maintenance and we have asked the 11 local government areas in Ibadanland to bring something every month to maintain the palace.

“The nearby Bowers Tower, we will fix it because tourism is one of the things we would use to expand our economy and that will be part of the second phase of this project.

“I thank all those who have put in efforts that culminate in this palace today,, but there are two people I want to thank specifically for their roles and effort in actualisation this project.

“First, I want to thank my predecessor in office, late former governor Abiola Ajimobi. He was bold in his action by kick-starting the process.”

“The second person I want to thank is Chief Bode Amao. He contributed so much in all areas and I recognise that he is an asset to Oyo state and Nigeria as a whole.

“For all Ibadan indigenes who contributed to the success and actualisation of this project, I thank you all.”

In his remarks, the Olubadan-designate said the idea of the palace was conceived nine years ago during the time of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

Olakulehin noted that former Governor Rashidi Ladoja gave approval of the allocation of land for the Palace.

He said the story of the palace will not be complete without appreciating the effort of governor Makinde, adding that Ibadan will remain grateful for the effort of the governor towards the completion of the project.

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