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We’ll harness power of Chess for Youth Devt, curb menace of drug abuse — LASG



The administration of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu will harness the power of Chess as a tool for fostering social inclusion and integration on a grander scale among the youths across Lagos State,” the Lagos Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr Mobolaji Ogunlende has said.

Ogunlende said this while playing host to Founder, Chess In Slums Africa, Tunde Onakoya and Vice President of Nigeria Chess Foundation, Mr Adeyinka Adewole at Ikeja, the State Capital.

Ogunlende stated that beyond being just a pastime people engage in while away time, the game of chess would be explored by the Ministry as a dignified source of employment and income for the youths.

He added that it was towards ensuring that the youths are well engaged that the Lagos State Government (LASG) established Youth Centres in all the three Senatorial Districts where they are offered opportunities not only to enjoy sporting activities, but also to acquire a skill.

In his words: “Youth engagement is one of the developmental pillars of the THEMES + Agenda which our Ministry is statutorily saddled with the responsibility.”

On their part, Tunde Onakoya and Mr Adeyinka Adewale stated that they decided to leverage the game of chess to help the youths in the State particularly those living in slums.

In her remark, the Permanent Secretary, Pharm (Mrs), Toyin Oke-Osanyintolu disclosed that the Ministry would utilise chess to engage most of the youths who have the propensity of going into drug abuse due to idleness.

She said, “As a Ministry, we are going to engage the youths in the State with chess. This is really a profitable activity that can help keep the minds of the idle ones among the youths from going into drug abuse.You know an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. So, we are going to take full advantage of chess to curb the menace of drug abuse in our society.”

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Lagos Govt synchronises NG-CARES with THEMES+ agenda for livelihood improvement



The Lagos State Government (LASG) has said it has carefully synchronised the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (CARES) with the THEMES+ agenda of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration to improve livelihood  of vulnerable households in the State.

It described the NG-CARES initiative as a transformative scheme, serving as a catalyst for empowerment that addresses not only immediate needs, but creates a pathway for sustained prosperity.

According to the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Sustainable Development Goals, Dr. Oreoluwa Finnih, under the “unwavering commitment” of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration to shared prosperity, the NG-CARES social impact initiative has become one of the driving forces in realizing the vision of the T.H.E.M.E.S+ Development Agenda, “standing as a testament to our dedication to alleviating poverty and fostering sustainable livelihoods.”

Finnih speaking at a-one day sensitisation programme at Ikeja, the State Capital, organised for the new 1,716 beneficiaries admitted into the NG-CARES Labour Intensive Public Workfare (LIPW) DLI 1.2 across 20 Local Government Areas of the State, explained that the social intervention programme as a support system is providing opportunities for meaningful engagement and breaking the cycle of poverty across the State.

Speaking on the essence of the sensitisation exercise, she stated that beneficiaries need to be enlightened about the myriad opportunities and benefits associated with their participation in the programme, maintaining that beneficiaries must understand the profound impact their dedication to the project can have in the life of the larger community.

“As beneficiaries, you are not just workers; you are integral members of a larger community working towards a common goal. We believe in your ability to make a positive impact. Your commitment to self-improvement and community betterment is commendable and serves as an inspiration to us all,” she enthused.

While maintaining that the transformative initiative which is being midwifed by the Office of the SDGs has achieved a significant milestone with the graduation of over 1,700 beneficiaries in the first phase, Finnih explained that the inclusion of new set of beneficiaries underscores the programme’s scalability and its potential to reach an even larger audience.

“This expansion reflects our dedication to inclusivity and our firm belief that the benefits of sustainable development should be extended to as many individuals as possible. This platform has already graduated over 1,700 beneficiaries from various communities, working with organizations like LAWMA, Public Works, Ministry of Transportation, LASPARK, Primary Health Cares, and other intervention agencies,” she noted.

She disclosed further that as the state continues to navigate emerging challenges, the government remains steadfast in its dedication to the well-being of every Lagosians, laying the groundwork for lasting positive change in the lives of our people at the grassroots level.

On her part,  the Permanent Secretary, Office of Sustainable Development Goals, Mrs. Tolani Oshodi affirmed that enrollment of the new beneficiaries into the Labour-Intensive Public Workforce is an essential step to extend the benefits of the social intervention and involve more vulnerable Lagosians in the project.

Represented by the Director, Administrative and Human Resources, Office of SDGs, Mrs. Nike Akanji, the Permanent Secretary revealed that the delivery platform plays a pivotal role in the overall implementation of the NG-CARE project, adding that the scheme has significantly enhance the socio-economic well-being of vulnerable members of our society and alleviate their challenges.

“The administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is responsive to the necessities of the people and we are dedicated to providing opportunities to achieve a state of well-being and socially acceptable standards of living for all our citizens,” she stated.

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LASG to convert Ijora under-bridge into recreational space



The Lagos State Government (LASG) has announced plans to convert under-bridge Ijora which was recently cleared and sanitised to a recreational space.

The government had last week after a five-day quit notice, destroyed illegal shanties occupied by squatters under the bridge.

The state Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, had earlier lamented that block moulders, fuel sellers, and miscreants occupying the space under the bridge pose a security risk, stressing that the government would not allow it to continue.

Giving an update on the development, Wahab in a post on his X (formerly Twitter) handle revealed that the cleared space will be used for the public benefit of Lagos residents.

According to him, the endeavour which aims to restore the public space for the benefit of Lagos residents, will have community members also participating in the inspection and planning process.

“Following the expiration of the Commissioner’s five-day notice to unauthorised inhabitants of the Ijora Under-Bridge, the Special Task Force, under the direction of ACP Bayo Sulaiman, executed the removal of makeshift structures. Subsequently, the Lagos Waste Management Authority swiftly commenced the removal of debris.

“This initiative, however, extends beyond mere demolition and clearing. Guided by the directives of Governor #jidesanwoolu and HC #tokunbo_wahab, a team comprising the General Manager of LASPARK, Hon. Adetoun Popoola; the Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Hon. Mobolaji Ogunlende; and the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Abiodun Ogunleye, has embarked on a mission to transform this area into a recreational space.

“This endeavour aims to restore the public space for the benefit of Lagos residents, with community members also participating in the inspection and planning process.

“The transformation of Ijora Under-Bridge is poised to complement the adjacent National Theatre Complex’s ongoing refurbishment, and further enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Lagos,” he added.

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Lagos disburses N398.83m to 136 beneficiaries of deceased public servants



The Lagos State Government has disbursed the total sum of N398,833.591.81 as insurance benefits to 136 beneficiaries of 85 deceased public servants who died while in service of the State Government.

Speaking at the presentation of cheques to the beneficiaries, the Honourable Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Abayomi Oluyomi stated that the payments to families of deceased staff are clear manifestations of the humane nature of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration towards its vibrant workforce.

Imploring the beneficiaries to see the payment as a seed, which is to be invested wisely, Oluyomi emphasised that the Lagos State Government gives priority to insurance welfare packages for its workforce and also to government property. The insurance packages for staff include Group Life and Group Personal Accident, amongst others.

His words: “Payment of the Insurance Death Benefits to the congregation of beneficiaries is to serve as succour to their immediate families to help in the education and general welfare of the younger children.”

The Finance Commissioner also commended LASACO Assurance PLC and Consortium of Underwriters/Brokers for playing their parts in ensuring the sustenance of best practices towards making life much better and rewarding for families of the deceased staff of the State Government under the Global Insurance Policies.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mr. Temitope Hundogan appreciated the Lagos State Governor for his empathetic and kind gesture of ensuring prompt approval of the insurance premium, just as he encouraged the beneficiaries to put the money into good use.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Managing Director, LASACO Assurance Plc, Mr. Abiodun Razzaq applauded the Lagos State Government for putting smiles on the faces of beneficiaries who lost their loved ones while in active service of the State Government.

He emphasised that Lagos State remains the flagbearer and is always at the forefront in the payment of Insurance Death Benefits.

The event was also attended by Hon. Femi Saheed, Chairman House Committee on Finance.

One of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Abisola Magaret Ogunlola, on behalf of other beneficiaries, expressed her appreciation to the Lagos State Government for the kind gesture.

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