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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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‘Kunle Poly’ pleads with Lagos youth to maintain the peace

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As normalcy gradually returns to Lagos aftermath of the widespread arson visited on the state by hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protest, an influential youth leader and the branch Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Lagos Island, Alhaji Abdulazeez Adekunle Lawal, popularly addressed as ‘Kunle Poly’ has  expressed sadness over the burning of the palace of the Oba of Lagos and appealed for calm among the riotious youth, while also canvassing for support for the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Kunle poly addressed the Press on Tuesday at his Lagos Island office.

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Alaba Amalgamated Council commiserates with Ojo police station, donates items for rebuilding

…thanks Gov. Sanwo-Olu for re-opening Lagos markets

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By Adeola Oluwaseun Oluwole

A week after a widespread arson which left many public utilities burnt in Lagos including police stations, the Alaba Amalgamated Council of Sectional heads have commiserated with Ojo police station and donated items to fast-track the rebuilding of the station.

The Council which visited the dilapidated police property on Tuesday 27th of October, 2020 to see the level of damage and to show their support to the command also facilitated the re-roofing of the station

The council of sectional heads led by the president Ichie Fabian E. Ezorjika donated office tables, chairs, electronics and a power generating set to the station.

Also, the roofing of the police station was changed and sponsored by Evang. Paulilus Ugochukwu ( a.k.a Sound Prince).

Ojo local government Chairman Hon. Rosulu Idowu donated and an Ilux van to the station as their patrol van was also burnt during the incidence.

In another development, the Alaba International Amalgamated Traders Association (Council of Sections) has expressed appreciation to the Lagos state government, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the promptness in re-opening markets in the state after last week’s riots.

Th association commended governor Sanwoolu for yielding to the cries of its members on the inconveniences the one-day on, and one-day off pattern characterized by the pandemic caused them economically.

They promised to adhere to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)’s rules guiding against Covid-19 and ensure full compliance of traders in tax payment.

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EndSARS: United Action For Change, UAC warns Lagos govt not to politicize support for business owners whose stores were looted

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The United Action For Change, UAC , a non-for- profit organization playing a pivotal role in birthing a new socio-political order in Nigeria has issued a stern warning to Lagos State Government not to politicize its MSME Recovery Fund for businesses owners whose stores were looted by the so-called hoodlums during the #EndSARS imbroglio.

These funds should not be largesse for politicians and their cronies as this would further worsen the trust deficit between the government and its people. Everything should be conducted in a transparent and accountable manner to ameliorate the pains of those who are hurting, the group admonished.

The Statement adds, “We therefore call on the government to set up a credible independent body cutting across various sectors to manage the screening and disbursement of funds to affected businesses, devoid of government influence”. If not out of place, we suggest representative of the market women, journalists union, the Nigerian Bar Association, the Nigeria Medical Association, the Nigeria Labour Congress and two representatives of the Youths.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Wednesday by the Group Acting National Publicity Secretary, Enitan Olukotun and its Secretary General, Michael Popoola Ajayi, UAC commiserates with state government and the people of the state who lost loved ones and properties to rampaging ‘hoodlums ‘who unleashed terror on the people, their businesses and public assets.

The group also commended the Lagos Command of Nigerian Police Force for the professionalism exhibited this time around.

“It is disheartening to know that whilst most of the government’s assets were insured , many small business owners don’t have any insurance cover. Consequently , the real loss actually tilts in favour of the Private entrepreneurs.

“We also demand that more awareness should be created on the fund. Social media especially Twitter is not the most effective medium to reach out to the affected people, particularly market women. Publicity should run in local languages on radio and television so that none of the affected businesses will be left out.

“UAC also objected to Friday 30th October, 2020 deadline for application. The deadline should be extended at least by a week to allow distraught business owners to avail themselves of this opportunity”. .

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