Connect with us

News

IPC denounces DSS harassment of executive director at Lagos Airport

Published

on

The International Press Centre (IPC) has denounced the recent incident of harassment faced by its executive director, Lanre Arogundade, in the hands of Department of State Services (DSS) officials at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos.

In a statement released on Tuesday, April 16, and signed by Melody Akinjiyan, the Press Freedom Officer of IPC, the organisation expressed concern over the incident which occurred on Thursday, April 11, 2024.

Arogundade was preparing to board a late-night Air France Flight to Berlin, Germany, to participate in the general meeting and conferences of the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) and the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX).

The statement highlighted that Arogundade, a renowned journalist and advocate for social justice and democracy, faced unwarranted harassment despite his notable contributions to journalism and civil society.

Arogundade had previously served as chairman of the Lagos State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists and as President of the National Association of Nigerian Students.

Quoting Arogundade’s account of the encounter in a Facebook post, the statement revealed that he was subjected to approximately 40 minutes of harassment by DSS officials who claimed his name was still on their watchlist, despite assurances two years prior by the Director General of the DSS, Mr. Yusuf Magaji Bichi, that his name had been removed.

Additionally, Arogundade reported that a senior DSS official demanded to see his old passports and threatened to prevent him from traveling unless he complied with the request, which he described as “bizarre and ridiculous.”

IPC asserted that such persistent harassment violates Arogundade’s fundamental right to freedom of movement and undermines democratic principles. The organization called on the Director General of the DSS, as well as his officers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, to cease further harassment of Arogundade.

The incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of safeguarding press freedom and the rights of journalists, both domestically and internationally.

News

Lagos to begin demolition of Oshodi market extensions July 30

Published

on

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.”

Continue Reading

News

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

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

News

Abiodun to commission Hospital road in Ogijo

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

Trending