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Coronavirus: Lagos govt suspends boat regatta

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The Lagos State Government has said that it will restrict participants for the Greater Lagos Regatta and Festival earlier scheduled to hold during the Easter period to local tourists, and fun lovers alone. 

The development according to the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Pharmacist (Mrs.) Uzamat AkinbiIe-Yusuf is part of measures to prevent the spread of the globally pandemic Coronavirus among tourists and entertainers who would willing to participate in the event.

The Commissioner, who addressed a Press Conference today at Alausa Ikeja, disclosed that the three days event, Greater Lagos Regatta and Festival has been put on hold pending when the issue of Coronavirus ravaging the world generally subsides. 

She said that the State government is not cancelling the event but would disallow participation from foreign countries in view of the dimension which the Covid19 is gaining globally at the moment. 

The Greater Lagos Regatta and Festival which is an initiative of the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture is being jointly organized in collaboration with a consulting firm, Gradient Hill Company Limited and has been designed to espouse the tourism potentials of Lagos State, celebrate the Aquatic splendor of the Centre of Excellence and market the brand of Lagos to tourism investors across the world.

AkinbiIe-Yusuf stated that arrangements had already been concluded to give a wider coverage to the event through various media platforms including online streaming in order to give the event a wider reach and global participation. 

“Our intention is to market Lagos tourism to investors beyond the shores of this country, we want them to see and appreciate the rich cultural heritage and Aquatic endowment of the State. “While we are being restricted to limit participants for this event to tourists and fun lovers within Nigeria, because we do not want to expose Nigerians to the raging Coronavirus across the world, we believe that a good media coverage could still help market the tourism potentials of Lagos State to the international audience,” the Commissioner explained.

She said that the State government prioritizes the well-being of its citizens and would not compromise the live of any resident of the State or organise an event without due consideration of the health implication of such event on the entire populace. 

Speaking on the preparedness of the State Government for the event, the Commissioner stated that adequate measure is being put in place to guarantee the safety of participants at the event. 

In her words; “We have concluded plans to provide a section where people can wash their hands, in addition to this, we are equally going to have enough provisions for sanitizers to complement other precautionary measures that would still be put in place through our working relationship with the Ministry of Health.”  

Speaking on the new innovations added to celebration, the Commissioner explained that the idea of extending the celebration to three days as against a single day is to allow Lagosians have maximum period for fun, enjoyment and entertainment from the Festival Village to the Children’s corner through Concerts and Talent Hunt among other activities and side attractions for the event..

“It is our hope that the project will showcase the physical and natural attributes of Lagos, the endearing and welcoming spirit of the people, the already established reputation of Lagos as the primary entertainment destination in Nigeria and to ensure not only the success of the programme but to keep the event going well into the future,” the Commissioner maintained. 

Highlighting major activities for the Festival, Akinbile-Yussuf stated that there will be Conference on Tourism and Business Opportunity on Lagos Waterways at Eko Atlantic, Victoria Island, cultural display from all the representatives from all the divisions of the State and the general public, Boat Regatta display, parade and racing and concert that will feature grade A Artists.

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Lawmakers call on Sanwo-Olu to investigate viral video on LAWMA sweepers protest

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The Lagos State House of Assembly has urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the state to investigate those behind a viral video, where some sweepers working the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) were protesting the non-payment of their salaries.

This was contained in the Lagos State House of Assembly Motion Number 22 moved by Hon. Desmond Elliot (Surulere Constituency 1) along with other lawmakers during plenary on Monday 6th July.

The motion was entitled; “Need to Enhance Waste Management In Lagos State.”

Hon. Desmond Elliot stated that the House resolved to commend the efforts of the Lagos State government on waste management in the state.

Elliot stressed that the House condemned those behind the videos that went viral on the issue of non-payment of the salaries of sweepers by LAWMA and that the House called on the Governor and the Ministry of the Environment to look into it and bring the people behind it to book.

The House then called on Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu of the state to direct the Commissioner, Ministry of Finance, Accountant General, State Treasury Office, the Commissioner, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, the Acting Managing Director, Lagos State Waste Management Authority and other relevant Agencies to expedite action on the payment of all outstanding allowances of the sweepers.

“Governor Sanwo-Olu should direct the Commissioner, Ministry of Information and Strategy in conjunction with the relevant agencies to sensitize members of the public on the need to dispose their refuse properly and the importance of having waste bin in their respective houses; and mandate the Committee on the Environment to investigate the immediate and remote causes of these irregularities in LAWMA with a view to finding a lasting solution to the matter,” he said.

While stating that the House was mindful of the modern technology means deployed by the state government to ensure a cleaner Lagos, he said that the Governor should mandate the Committee on the Environment to investigate the activities of LAWMA to make their job more effective.

Elliot added that everything was going smoothly before COVID-19, and that with COVID-19, the state suffered a lot over IGRs.

In his comment, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa stated that there was need to address the issues raised by the staff of LAWMA.

Obasa stated sweepers were employed to sweep Lagos State roads based on humanitarian gesture of the state government, which he said had the alternative of using mechanized ways of removing wastes in the state.

“The state can come up with mechanized ways of removing wastes. We also want to reduce crime, which was why we are doing the job manually.

“We should condemn those behind the video because there are many ways of making their grievances known. The issue started during the break out of COVID-19 and everybody was affected. Those behind the video should be brought to book. We should condemn those going to the media to embarrass the government.

“For those who played roles in the delay of the salaries of the sweepers, the committee could see how they could be held responsible,” he said.

In his contribution, Hon. Rotimi Olowo (Shomolu 1) said that policing the canals and primary drainages in the state required more attention, and that the motion should be supported.

Hon. Kehinde Joseph (Alimosho 2), in his comment, said that the matter should be investigated, but that the government should not stop the salaries of the sweepers in the process.

Also Speaking, Hon. Ajani Owolabi (Lagos Mainland 1) said that Coronavirus pandemic restricted the efforts of the state government to deal with some issues.

Ajani said that the major challenge with wastes in the state had to do with plastic wastes.

“The roads are usually being flooded. We can monetize the plastic waste, and we can call on the Governor to look at this in a way that we can monetize plastic wastes,” he said.

Also contributing, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa 2) said that the viral video could not be ignored.

Yishawu then supported the resolve that the money of the staff should be paid.

He added that the sweepers were front line officials that worked during the lockdown, and that the matter should be investigated as suggested in the third leg of the resolve.

Some other lawmakers, who contributed to the motion included Hon. Jude Idimogu (Oshodi/Isolo 2), Hon. Olayiwola Sobur (Mushin 2), Hon. Temitope Adewale (Ifako/Ijaiye 1), Hon. Saka Solaja (Ikorodu 2) and Hon. Adedamola Kasunmu (Ikeja 1).

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11 of the 24 allegations that nailed suspended EFCC boss, Magu

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The suspension of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu by President Muhammadu Buhari has once again signalled the seriousness of the Federal Government in the fight against graft.

Recall that Mr Magu was arrested yeaterday in a gestapo manner, although his agency claimed he was invited by the Presidential panel investigating certain allegations levelled against him. There was also a report that the EFCC chief was detained at the villa till this morning.

As discussions continue on the reasons for his suspension, GidiNews decided to highlight some of the allegations brought against Mr Magu.

One of them is that Mr Magu has remained insubordinated to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice,Abubakar Malami and his office.

Another allegation is that, the embattled EFCC boss is in the act of favouring of some investigators called Magu Boys, which enjoy his support and protection regardless of situations.

He was also accused of seling some seized assets to his cronies, associates and friends, without recourse to the law or morality.

According to the the list of allegations, Magu does not also respect a court order to unfreeze a N7b judgment in favour of a former executive director of a bank.

Other allegations include:

Alleged discrepancies in the reconciliation records of the EFCC and the Federal Ministry of Finance on recovered funds

  • Declaration of N539b as recovered funds instead of N504b earlier claimed
  • Not providing enough evidences for the extradition of Diezani Alison-Madueke
  • Alleged late action on the investigation of P&ID leading to legal dispute
  • Alleged delay in acting on two vessels seized by Navy
  • Reporting some judges to their presiding officers without deferring to the AGF
  • Alleged issuance of investigative activities to some media prejudicial to some cases

Ibrahim Magu was appointed EFCC acting chairman on 9 November 2015.

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“We were never deceived by Iyaloja-General” – Computer Village Market Board Spokesman

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The computer village market board in Ikeja has debunked the report on the Iyaloja-General Chief (Mrs) Folashade Tinubu-Ojo deceiving traders in the hub, which appeared on some social networks.

The computer market board spokesman, Godwin Adezi urged media platforms to reject any fictitious stories concerned with the tussles in the market as the market is in the good hand of the Iyaloja and Babaloja officially installed by the Iyaloja-General of the Lagos state market board.

The market according to Mr Adezi has strong loyalty to their leaders led by the the Iyaloja-General and would not allow anyone or anything to tamper with that loyalty and support.

Adezi also highlighted some of the situations involved during the meeting held with Iyaloja and members of the computer village ikeja. According to him “During the installation of the market board in the market, the associations that were in existence had crisis at the court due to leadership tussles before the Iyaloja were installed by the Iyaloja general Folashade Tinubu Ojo, legally, the association tried to challenged the legality of the Iyaloja and Babaloja of the market,which lead to a stakeholder meeting at Folashade Tinubu ‘s residence.”

At the meeting held with Mrs Folasade-Ojo, some of the groups comprised of the Igbo leader groups, the association of computer traders, the community development association CDA and the market, expressed their concerned over the creation of the board, but Folashade was quick to respond on the fictitious news indicting her person over the request made to the traders demanding for #5m and also told them the CDA can not be in charge of the market since there is an existing board.

Earlier, computer traders led by Mr Timi Famoroti had a press conference accusing the Iyaloja general Chief (Mrs) Folashade Tinubu-Ojo of demanding for #5m from them, which was illegal but at the scheduled meeting Famoroti and his group spokesman were made to postrate and apologized to the general for character assassination, and were urged to conduct another media interview to rebuff the fake news over social media.

Chief (Mrs) Folasade-Ojo also called on all the groups to bring up a list of individuals that will be inaugurated under the existing market board led by the digital iyaloja Bisola Isokphi and Mr Olusoji Adeniyi, babaloja which the collation traders and the Igbo leaders agreed to present a sole list a soon as the resolution was made.

The digital hub market board which presently controlled by Bisola Isokphi as iyaloja and Mr Sola Adeniyi as babaloja cleared the air on the issue they were sent to collect money from traders by the general the traders, according to Soji “we were not sent to collect #5m from anyone as calmed by some people, so we called on the general public to reject any story of such as our Iyaloja general Folashade Tinubu Ojo is not a deciever as put by some unknown forces but an actualizer and a woman of peace, unity and love”, bisola also assured the traders that everyone will be carried along as the market board progresses”.

The Iyaloja-General told gidinews.com that she still awaits the reconcilation list of all the groups which is yet to get to her, before moving to the next level, so who is decieving who?

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