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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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Lagos state will continue to Experience a Greater Lagos Rising …..Gov Sanwo.

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Crowd at APC flag off lagos

The Governor of Lagos state Mr Babajide.Sanwo olu have harped on making tge people of the state enjoy more dividend of democracy as he seek for re election into the lagos house come 2023.

Mr Sanwo assured his people more capital development as he flagged up his Rally in Lagos state on Saturday at the Onikan stadium in Lagos state .

He said that the state was able to surmount the global challenges and carried out populist projects, saying that

Sanwo-Olu said that the state is rising because of the projects and achievements that were recorded so far, adding that there are still much to be done to keep the state rising.

” You have seen what we have done across all local governments. New roads were constructed, existing ones were completed. New fire stations were built in Ajeromi/Ifelodun, Iru/Victoria and others, the health facilities were strengthened and many more.

” It is time for us to take this campaign to the doorstep of our neighbours, and voters. Tell them what we have done and about the Greater Lagos Rising. Let us all go out to talk to all our friends out there to vote for us on election day.

” We appreciate your love, support and solidarity for us. We urge you to vote all our candidates in the coming 2023 general elections, from presidential to the House of Assembly elections. You have always been voting the APC in Lagos. We want you to work with us and as well journey with us by giving us your mandate”, said Sanwo-Olu.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), Prince Tajudeen Olusi, said that if Lagosians want to continue to enjoy a better Lagos, they should re-elect Sanwo-Olu.

Olusi said that over 160 new roads were constructed under the Sanwo-Olu administration and that more of that can only be done if the governor is re-elected.

He, however, urged the people to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and vote for the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, saying that Lagos had never presented presidential candidate since 1999.

Also, a member of the GAC, Cardinal James Odunmbaku, said that the 2023 presidential election would be a payback time for Tinubu for his contribution to the development of democracy in Nigeria, saying that the party is targeting 5million votes in Lagos.

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APC Rally : we are showing our loyalty to Tinubu and sanwo olu …monarch declared

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..vowed to canvass en mass

The Monarch of Iba kingdom in Ojo local government in lagos state , Oba Sulaimon Raji , Oniba Ekun have called all resident of ojo and lagos state to rally around the APC Presidential candidates Bola Ahmed Tinubu ,shettima,Governor Sanwo olu , Adebule and all candidates in the state in the coming 2023 Election .

Oba Raji , chairman of the Lagos Monitoring Park Authority (LASMPA) ,a break out of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (Rtean )made the appealed to the Electorate at a walk Rally organized by the group on Wednesday at iyana iba, lagos, according to Oba Raji
“We have called out our people today to walk with their king and support our candidates ,in APC , Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu have done so well for our people in Iba kingdom, so also our amiable Governor Babajide Sanwo olu , so we are using this walk to rededicate our stand for him , that the people of Aworiland are strongly with him” , Oba Raji said .

Oba Jafo as popularly called ,also held a carnival show to sensitized the people on why they should vote for APC in all the political office , he urged all traders motorist , and commuter to get their PVC set as 2023 ,Elections will be berthing on the PVC . The chairman of lagos state APC , pastor cornilius Ojelabi and the DG of lagos state Campaign committee senator Ganiyu Solomon was Represented by the Deputy DG ,Mr Fuad Oki , while candidates for Lagos state house of Assembly were also in the walk .

Highlights of the rally was a mega musical show featuring Fuji musician Pasuma , and his counterpart Malika ,and other artist .

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Tinubu urged Youth to collect their PVC and vote for progressive

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As Sanwo-Olu, descrined him to Progressive Governors: ‘He’s country best choice for president’

The Lagos state hosted the first All Progressives Congress (APC) convention after the party was formed in 2014 – became a beehive of political carnival on Saturday.

A mammoth crowd thronged the main bowl of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, as the ruling party returned to the city for its inaugural 2023 presidential rally in the Southwest region.

Clad in various shades of APC-branded vests, caps and Ankara brocade, a mass of the party’s supporters, who filled the 24,000-capacity stadium to the brim, defied the searing heat from the sun to receive the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his running mate, Sen. Kashim Shettima, members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) and the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) team.

At 12:45, Tinubu’s motorcade made a grand entry into the venue, moving the crowd into a spontaneous excitement. The APC presidential candidate arrived in company of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, and members of Progressive Governors’ Forum led by their chairman, Gov. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State.

The huge turnout at the rally again confirmed Tinubu’s popularity at his political base. The APC presidential candidate hails from Lagos and was a two-term Governor of the State.

Sanwo-Olu opened the floor with his short remarks, thanking Tinubu for laying the foundation for the physical and socio-economic growth being witnessed in Lagos since 1999.

The Governor, who described the APC presidential standard bearer as “architect of modern Lagos”, said Tinubu’s vision, character and tenacity stood him out among presidential contenders, urging Lagosians to elect the candidate with unprecedented number of votes at the polls.

Sanwo-Olu said: “Tinubu is the builder of the modern Lagos we are all enjoying today. For implementing his vision through character and tenacity, and pushing his ideas to what we can physically see, our candidate is the best choice.

Meanwhile., the chairman of Arewa communities APC lagos state have described asiwaju bola Ahmed as a saviour to Nigerians . Engr saadu Yusuf Gulma while adddressing journalist at the rally called on all Arewa in south west and Lagos state to look beyond all odd and sugggested that Arewa commmunities are set to deliver votes en mass to both the incoming President senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate kashim Shettima also the Governors of south west , including Mr Babajide Sanwo olu .

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