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Lagos Assembly wants Sanwo-Olu to remove all slave-trade reminders across the state

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 The Lagos State House of Assembly has called on Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to direct the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture to liaise with the Attorney-General/Commissioner for Justice to look at the listed sites (Prevention) Law, 2015 with a view to removing all vestiges of slave trade and colonialism superiority.

This Motion was moved by the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Noheem Adams representing Eti-Osa constituency 01 at the plenary on Tuesday 30th June, 2020.

In the Motion, the lawmaker recalled the gruesome killing of George Floyd, who was killed on Monday 25th May, 2020 at Minneapolis, Minnesota United States of America by a white man named Derek Chauvin.

“The Assembly further noted that this brutal and callous murder of Floyd triggered worldwide condemnations, demonstration, and protest against the continued police violence and racism of blacks in US and Europe without provocation.

“The House is aware that these protests further drew attention to the reality of systematic racism, oppression and domination of blacks by whites in spite of abolition of vexatious slave trade and related activities since the 18th century.

“This House is further aware that the demonstration brought about the pulling down of status of Edward Colston notable slave trade into a river in Bristol, London, while the British authorities removed from her museum status of another prominent slave master and promised a review of history pertaining to slave trade monument and sites,” he said.

In his comment, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa stated that the intendment of the Motion was not about history,  and that history could not be changed. The rt hon speaker Mudashiru Obasa called on the President Muhammadu Buhari to come up with an executive order that will change the names of these foreign monument due to some lasting impact it create in the mind of Nigerians, also it will give our children a better learning of being superior, instead of looking at themselves as inferior.

Obasa added that statues are not our history, and that Africans should give backing to the blacks that are fighting for the rights of blacks.

He added that the kind of treatments meted to George Floyd must be stopped and that we should support those who protest against such an act.

“South Africa got independence much later after the rest African countries and they are not talking about black lives matter campaign.

“We must protect the interest of our people all over the world. So many statues in London and other places are being brought down. We should change the names of some of these buildings. We cannot bring down the buildings because they were once used by colonial masters.

“We can change the names of some of these buildings and streets. Some of the names remind us of these people that enslaved our people. What do the names say to your minds.

“We need to change the names, but it does not affect our history. We should look at the history,” he said.

The Speaker further asked why the discovery of River Niger was being ascribed to foreigners, adding that the name Nigeria was said to have been given by the colonial masters.

“It is what you believe that says who and what you are. It is about what you believe and what you can do on your own.

“You need to exhibit your own beliefs and culture. Most times, we speak like foreigners and some of our children cannot speak our mother tongues.

“We are saying that our own language is inferior to their own language. We should let our children know that we are superior.

“The motion is about us, about Africans. We have to tell the world about our own civilization. The resolve is not broad enough. It is not about Lagos State alone. We have to tell African Union about reparation started by the late Chief M.K.O Abiola

“Those who dehumanized Africans should not be celebrated. Our people who were used negatively by the colonial masters should apologize to our people,” he said.

In his submission, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu representing Eti-Osa constituency 02, who supported the motion said that history that makes the black to feel superior should be changed.

“This is a right step in a right direction and we need to change our psyche and history that will not make to feel as human being. We need to change the narrative that connotes superiority in our history. I want my colleagues to support the motion,” he said.

However, Hon Setonji David (Badagry 2) said, “I want to support the motion to some extent but we need to check ourselves especially the black man. We need to look at the way we treat ourselves. Do we really value ourselves? Why do we have to scratch the surface?”

He therefore stated that there was no need to remove the vestiges, “We should fight for a better government to value of people. Removal of vestiges does not address the main issue.”

Also toeing the same thought, Hon Bisi Yusuff (Alimosho 1) said, “What we are witnessing today is because of lack of justice. When there is no justice, there can’t be peace. I have not seen anything changing the monuments but what we have in our brains.

“Neo-colonialism is worse than colonialism, we should wage war against our own minds. History is there, we can’t erase it,” he submitted.

Hon Olayiwola Sobour (Mushin 1) also emphasized on the need for racial discrimination, urging the Nollywood industry to focus on promoting our culture instead of using western ideology in place of our culture”.

Noheem on Tuesday moved the motion based on the protest across the world over the George Floyd by some white police in USA, he spoke on the international protest across all the state, which has cause revolution toward the manhandling and maltreatment of blacks in different foreign countries

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Lagos Univeils plans for Nigeria @60 Independence Celebrations

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The Lagos State Government has set in motion,programmes to celebrate Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary.

The state Commissioner for Tourism, Pharmacist Uzamat Yusuff, who unveiled the plans on Wednesday said the celebrations will open with a two-day event to be hosted by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture on the 30th of September and 1st of October.

According to her, the Day 1 of the event which is on the 30th of September, 2020 will be the parade of lead voices in Nigeria’s Entertainment scene. “On this day, the likes of Juju Maestro, Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey, King Sunny Ade, Sir Victor Uwaifo and Onyeka Onwenu would thrill Lagosians and indeed the entire world to lofty tunes which the celebration will be a mix of the old and up-coming musicians that will feature some Grade A Musical Artists, World famous Ali Baba, Kenny Blaq, DJ Neptune, DJ Kaywise, DJ Biggy, some Nollywood celebrities and Dance Groups are billed to perform at this event that will be a packed 12 hours entertainment, beginning from 12noon to 12midnight to usher in October 1st in a grand style.

“In addition to the above, the Ministry will also be extending invitation to renowned Social Clubs in Lagos State whose social gatherings had be interrupted since covid-19 pandemic some months ago.”
She added that “It is our belief that these musicians especially the very old names in the industry should be a part of this milestone celebrations. As a matter of fact, their songs have been very significant in promoting One and indivisible Nigeria for the past decades.

“Let me state categorically that we are mindful of the prevailing covid-19 among us and as such the event would be streamed live on Lagos State Government Social Media Platforms as well as on Television Stations for wider participation by members of the public while invitation would only be extended to a very few individuals in compliance with the State Government’s existing guidelines for social gatherings” she said.

Pharmacist Akinbile also said “The main Independence celebration on 1st of October will be held at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere for wider participation by members of the public, that will lead a new narrative of an emergent Nigerian, inspired to taking positive action and achieving great feats.

“Hence, Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babjide Olusola Sanwo-Olu will graciously attend the two days event as a way of demonstrating his interest to the promotion of Entertainment being one of the pillars of his THEMES agenda.

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School building collapses in Ejigbo, no casualty recorded

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By Kareem Hassan, Ikotun

A three-storey building has collapsed in Ejigbo.

The building, located at 15 Ansarudeen Street, Ile-Epo Bus Stop, Ejigbo was housing a private school.

According to the Director General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu who confirmed the incident,  the building collapsed at about 8:15am.

Witnesses said prior to the collapse, the building had shown signs of distress and the school was planning to renovate and refortify the structure.

The three-storey building has two wings conjoined, the wing that collapsed has seriously affected the second wing as visible cracks can be seen on the walls, pillars and decking.

Dr Oke’-Osanyintolu saud: “Fortunately, nobody was trapped, no injuries and no fatality has been recorded. Responders to the incident scene are LASEMA, LASBCA, Police (Ejigbo Division),”

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Lagos, FG seek partnership for infrastructural development

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The Federal Government and Lagos State Government have found a common ground to address degeneration of infrastructure in Festac Town – a federal housing estate situated in Amuwo-Odofin area of the State.

The resolve by the two parties to jointly confront the inordinate property development and facility deficit in the housing estate was the outcome of a meeting, held on Wednesday, between Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Managing Director of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Senator Gbenga Ashafa, signaling an end to the lingering disagreement between the State and the Federal Government over the matter.

Ashafa led top officials of FHA – a department in the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing – on a courtesy visit to the Governor at the State House in Alausa. FHA’s Executive Director for Business Development, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, was in attendance.

The FHA team presented four partnership requests to the Lagos Government, among which include knowledge sharing and technology transfer, cooperation on infrastructure delivery and quick resolution of development crisis in Festac Town.

Sanwo-Olu said the State Government took land administration and property development as critical, stressing that his administration’s urban renewal project was being implemented with the objective to open up remote communities for healthy living and investment drive.

The Governor described development crisis in Festac Town as “unpleasant”, pointing out that the population growth and influx of people led to the degeneration of the neighbourhood. He also said failure of oversight on activities of property developers in Festac Town distorted the original master plan of the area.

He said: “Festac Town as it is today is not what it looked like from 1970s to 1990s, given the degeneration of infrastructure and the unpleasant development observed in the community. The original master plan did not consider population growth, which reflected in the calibre of allotees that got the property then. As a result of lack of monitoring and enforcement, people took advantage of this weakness to build indiscriminately on every available space.

“I think we can still correct this irregularity and regenerate the entire area for healthy living and business, now that the Federal Housing Authority is headed by a highly knowledgeable indigene of Lagos. Once the Federal Government is ready, Lagos State will cooperate fully and work through our Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development on agreed plan. We are ready to give waiver on statutory issues that may aid the progress of this move. Lagos is not the owner of the estate but we have a sense of duty to prevent the depreciation of the asset on that corridor.”

The Governor also conceded to FHA’s request to collaborate in the area of technology transfer, pledging to work with the federal housing agency to raise its capability by creating electronic solution that would further ease allocation of property, land administration and approval of survey plan.

He added that the State would be willing to work with the federal housing agency on estate property development in the Lagos East and West senatorial districts.

Sanwo-Olu praised President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister for Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN, for the choice of Sen. Ashafa as the head of the federal housing agency, noting that the FHA boss’ tenure as Executive Secretary on Land Matters in Lagos boosted the value of land and property in the State.

The Governor said: “We want you to succeed in this new assignment you have taken up, because we believe that you have vast knowledge in land administration matters. Development is critical to us in Lagos, and we will be willing to cooperate with you for more development. We are convinced that your tenure will bring about solution to challenges the nation faces in land administration.”

Ashafa, a former Senator representing Lagos East, said FHA was ready to resolve all lingering crises delaying the re-modelling and regeneration of Festac Town, expressing confidence that the mid-way approach adopted by the agency would yield positive outcome for the both Governments and residents of the estate.

He described his meeting with the Governor as “productive and fruitful”, pledging to take the discussion further.

He said: “ All the four issues we presented were taken in by the Governor positively. With some of the relevant cabinet members in attendance at the meeting, we will be engaging in further discussions on how to go about our plan for urban regeneration in Lagos.”

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