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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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Lagos Univeils plans for Nigeria @60 Independence Celebrations

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By Timi Joshua

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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