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Surveyors vow to help Lagos Govt develop Blue Economy

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The Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), on Wednesday, said it was set to assist the Lagos State Government with innovation, towards unlocking the potential of the state’s Blue Economy.

It made this known in Lagos during its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Investiture of the 15th Chairman of the Lagos Branch/swearing-in of other executives.

The event had the theme “Unlocking the Potential of the Lagos State Blue Economy Through Surveying Innovations.”

The Lagos Branch Chairman, Mr Olukolade Kasim, said 25 percent of the state was surrounded by water, hence, the need to explore opportunities to unlock the blue economy.

He said surveyors had a branch called hydrography, which had experts who could determine the depth of water bodies and creeks, to help government chart the navigable paths for water transportation.

He cited the Lagos lagoon as an example of a place surveyors had carried out hydrographic works.

He said the experts could use scanners to check sea beds to explore several opportunities.

“At the end of the day, we want to showcase to the government areas where we can contribute as professionals in that sector,” he said.

Kasim, who was returned as chairman for another tenure, reeled out achievements of his administration and plans for the future.

Chairperson of the AGM, Patricia Okoeguale said people were unclear on the role of Surveyors, adding that their operations extended beyond land to the sea, to harness opportunities hidden in water.

She said Surveyors were needed to tell depth of waters before dredging could take place, while listing other competencies of the experts.

“We have the equipment and we have the human resources to do all of those,” Okoeguale said.

The Guest Speaker, Mr Bankole Falaye, said Blue Economy had to do with how to leverage the resources of the ocean to better human life, to grow its economy sustainably.

Falaye said that the oceans occupy about 70 to 80 percent of the earth surface, adding that more than 80 percent of the world’s resources were hidden in them.

He said the ocean holds gold estimated to cost about $140 trillion, adding that humans had explored only about 30 percent of ocean resources.

Falaiye said there were huge opportunities available for Lagos and Nigeria to tap from.

He said apart from charting the path for transportation, the Lagos State Government could explore tourism, aquaculture and fisheries.

He said the government was trying but could do more offshore, where fishing trawlers were illegally taking fish and other resources free out of Nigeria.

The guest speaker said the government must come up with policies to regulate fishing and other minerals to earn huge revenue.

Falaye stressed the need to develop procedures that will ensure data generation and management for efficiency and precision of locating places underwater.

“Without data, it would be difficult to form the Blue Economy.

“The way the ocean is, we cannot really see landmarks in the ocean, you need position, you need to know where you are, you need to understand the behaviours of the ocean, whether there is going to be a squall, all those facts are data that Surveyors are responsible for,” he said.

He said the blue economy presents immense potential for sustainable development and economic growth.

“Surveyors play a crucial role in the blue economy by providing accurate and essential information for decision-making, ensuring sustainable and responsible development of ocean resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

“By integrating surveying innovations into the policy framework, Lagos State can position itself as a regional leader in harnessing the benefits of the blue economy while ensuring long term prosperity and environmental stewardship,” he said.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development,  Mr Yacoob Alebiosu, said there was so much money in the sector and focus must shift from petroleum.

“If Nigeria can explore the blue economy, it will be a great success instead of having all our eggs in one basket,” he said.

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Rotary executes N68m worth of impactful projects in Plateau

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The Rotary Club of Jos Central, has executed 17 impactful projects valued at N68 million.

Mr Kayode Fasua, the club’s outgoing president, who made the disclosure on Friday evening, at a dinner/award night, said that the projects, spread across Plateau, were in line with Rotary International’s seven areas of priority.

Fasua listed some of the projects executed to include the donation of a motorised solar-powered borehole to the Alheri community, and the donation of medical equipment to some selected secondary schools in Jos.

The president added that under his leadership, the club distributed grinding machines to widows and wheelchairs to disabled persons.

He further said that the club provided uniforms, sandals, socks, school bags, and shoes to 90 students from three primary schools.

According to him, the club also donated 90 modern school desks (30 per school) to three primary schools and also provided 3,000 notebooks, with 1,000 going to each school.

“Additionally, we planted 200 economic trees in Jos East to benefit the environment.

“In addition to N14 million worth of projects, we executed a global grant project in partnership with the Rotary Club of Calgary, North Canada, and Rotary International.

”The project, worth N54 million Naira, was carried out in five communities across Plateau and Kaduna states.

“We trained 10 youths in each community in brick molding technology to help rebuild their communities that were destroyed as a result of attacks.

“We held a medical outreach in Tudun Wada, attending to over 600 inhabitants for various medical interventions, including complex gynecological procedures, thanks to Professor Ishaya Pam, former CMD of Jos University Teaching Hospital.

“We visited internally displaced persons camps in Mangu, providing foodstuffs, sanitary pads, and clothing. We also erected a peace signboard in front of the local government,” he added.

The outgoing president believed that he would be fondly remembered for a major leap in membership recruitment, stating that within one year, the club gained 29 new members.

He pointed out that the feat was the largest recruitment in the entire district, spanning 26 states.

Mr Mike Nwanoshiri, District Governor-Elect for District 9127, lauded the club president’s sterling leadership, which he said would be indelible in the history of the club and beyond.

“However, remember that our work is far from over; there are challenges, needs to be met, and lives to be changed.

“In our collective strength, we will continue to be the changemakers, the vision carriers, and the history makers in communities and beyond,” Nwanoshiri said.

Mr Hilary Ezeadilieje, Assistant District Governor, appreciated all rotarians on the Plateau, saying that achievements would not have been possible without their unflinching support.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that different categories of awards were given to individuals who distinguished themselves during the rotary year.

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Ogun Govt. bars traditional rulers from signing MoUs on land

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Gov. Dapo Abiodun has issued three Executive Orders, an official said on Saturday in Abeokuta.
Two of the three orders are establishing two new agencies, while the third restrains traditional rulers from signing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on land in the state.
Abiodun’s Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Mr Kayode Akinmade, in a statement, listed the agencies as the Ogun State Mineral Resources Development Agency and Ogun State Landscaping and Recreation Agency.
“In addition to the establishment of these two agencies, the third executive order restrains traditional rulers from entering into any form of agreement or MoU concerning mining activities or any other land matters in their domain,” he said.
Akinmade said the Mineral Resources Development Agency would establish a working relationship with host communities in order to conduct geo-technical and geological surveys of solid mineral deposit within their domain.
“The second agency is responsible for sustaining the achievement of the Ministry of Environment in the area of environmental regeneration and restoration and through the provision of parks, gardens and recreational centres state-wide to preserve the biodiversity and ecosystem of the environment,” he added.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor’s aide said the three executive orders take an immediate effect.
“Executive Order One is based on Section 5(2) of the 1999 Constitution which vests in the governor the exercise of executive powers of the state for the purpose of effective governance.
“The agency shall, directly or through qualified third parties, conduct and establish working relationship with host communities and local governments for the conduct of geo-technical and geological surveys of solid mineral deposits within their domain.
“It will conduct geo-technical survey of solid mineral deposits in the state and maintain relevant data in the sector, (and) organise the solid minerals sector to the best interest of the state.
“To realise its objectives, the agency shall be funded through fees generated from regulatory agency, budgetary allocation, grants and financial intervention from both local and international development partners, as well as gifts, aid and other legitimate contributions,” he explained.
Akinmade said Executive Order Two was on the basis of the Ministry of Environment starting a massive and aggressive tree-planting campaign to complement the beautification and landscaping programmes.
”This is to ensure environmentally sustainable, healthier and beautiful society, and the agency shall administer, maintain and manage all designated parks and recreation centres in the state.
“For the purpose of realising its objectives, it shall be funded through budgetary allocation or monies received for services rendered, grants and financial intervention from both local and international development partners, as well as gifts, aids and other legitimate contributions.”
He added that Executive Order Three bars traditional rulers in the state from entering into any form of MoU with reference to mining or any other land matters.
“The State has observes the current trend in which miners and investors circumvent regulations and government oversight by encouraging traditional institutions to interfere with land management by entering into MoUs and other irregular legal arrangements.
“Therefore, all forms of traditional institutions existing within the state are hereby with immediate effect barred from entering into any form of MoU or agreement with any individual, companies or organisations seeking land within any part of the entire state for purposes of mining or industry.
”They are to forthwith refrain from issuing any form of consent letters for mining across the state.
“Any traditional institution or stakeholder in the institution who flouts this order shall be sanctioned in line with the provisions of the Kings and Chiefs’ Law and other relevant criminal statutes.
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Lagos cholera cases rise to 421, as govt intensifies response efforts

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By Sodiq Adelakun

The Lagos State Government has confirmed an increase in suspected cholera cases, with the total number now standing at 421, up from 417 reported earlier.

Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, disclosed this on Saturday via his Instagram handle.

The additional four cases were reported as of June 20, 2024.

The government has activated the Emergency Operations Centre, which is working closely with partners to conduct contact tracing, community-based surveillance, awareness campaigns, sample testing, and ensuring appropriate medical treatment for confirmed cases.

So far, 35 cases have been confirmed, and 24 deaths have been reported across 20 Local Government Areas in the state.

Cholera is a food and water-borne disease caused by ingesting the bacteria Vibrio cholerae in contaminated water and food.

The World Health Organisation has also reported a global spike in cholera cases, with almost 195,000 cases and over 1,900 deaths reported in 24 countries since the start of 2024.

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