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Sanwo-Olu: We’re Committed to Effective Administration of Justice in Lagos

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu in fulfillment of his administration’s promise, on Tuesday commissioned five newly constructed High and Magistrate Courts complex.

The new Court complex, which was named after Justice Christopher Olatunde Segun, is situated at Ajah-Badore, Eti-Osa Local Government area.

The building will house the Assistant Chief Registrar, Office of the Public Defender and the Nigerian Bar Association, Eti-Osa Branch.

The Governor assured that the Executive Arm will continue to cooperate with the Judiciary to ensure the Rule of Law remains the centrepiece of Judicial reform in Lagos, saying his government is committed to effective administration of Justice in the state.

He said: “We are here today to commission newly constructed High Courts and Magistrates’ Courts, in fulfilment of our administration’s promise to ensure easy access to the administration of justice for all in Lagos State.

“I recall that upon assumption of office, I promised my full support to the Judiciary, in order to enhance Lagos State’s position as a model of judicial administration.

Today’s commissioning, coming shortly after the commencement of the 2019/2020 Legal Year, is in fulfilment of that promise.

“There is more to be done, and I would like to assure you that we will not relent or rest on our oars. What we have done here in Ajah-Badore will be extended to other areas in due course.”

The Governor noted that the new Court Complex has the necessary facilities to enhance the performance of every personnel within the judicial circle who would be using them.

“The New Court House Complex being commissioned today consists of two High Courts and three Magistrates’ Courts. The Complex also boasts of ancillary services to enhance the administration of justice: a well-equipped law library, conference room, and facilities to accommodate the Nigeria Bar Association.”

The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba, who expressed joy at the Governor’s gesture towards the Judiciary, thanked him for delivering the High Courts and Magistrate’s Courts in record time, stated that the new courts will further help the Judiciary to do a better job in the State.

“Lagos State Judiciary by this gesture has been placed on a good stead to offer efficient and effective service which will reflect in our productivity especially in the Eti-Osa axis of the State.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, in his remarks noted that the project is a commendable one that will facilitate smooth administration of justice in the State.

He added that the courts will make it unnecessary for lawyers in the Ajah area of Lagos to seek judicial services in Lagos Island and other parts of the state.

He said: “Nothing of this nature has been done in a long while in this axis. This Court House represents a significant and remarkable landmark in the history of judicial intervention and infrastructure in Eti-Osa and Lagos State as a whole.”

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Lagosians host Tinubu as he promises massive youth development

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The Lagos city that 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 for the president.

“Aside being a visionary leader, Tinubu has also been an advocate of unity and a figure who has stood firm in support of national cohesion. We are all witnesses to all outstanding achievements to his name. His reputation stands tall among his peers And he is the right man for the job.”

Tinubu took to the podium to share message of “Renewed Hope” with the mass of young people at the rally. He said his administration’s priorities would focus on improving human capital development and harnessing energy of the youth through job creation to accelerate economic growth. 

His capacity to lead the country, the APC presidential candidate said is not in doubt, noting that Lagos’ growth trajectory from a State in deficit to one of the six largest economies in Africa best demonstrated his ability to drive the needed change to put the country on the path of prosperity. 

When elected, Tinubu said he would do his best to change the country’s fortunes, but noted the task would not be easy at the start. 

He said: “I stand before you all with a solemn promise that when we are elected next year, we will continue and build on the progressive path laid forth by our party since 2015. We have clear agenda for the future of the country and with your support, we will work to achieve a better future for you and your family.

“Nobody will be forgotten when we roll out our development plans. We have great plans for our youths in education and employment. You will not be forgotten. Economic growth is one of our biggest priorities. We will do our best to solve the contemporary challenges facing us, but it will not be easy at the start.”

Tinubu, again, took a swipe at Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, calling on the electorate to use their votes to retire him finally. The APC presidential candidate said PDP spent 15 years of excuses and forgot the mandate given them to better the lives of Nigerian in the era of boom. 

Under the PDP, Tinubu said major infrastructure projects were left to rot with no plan for their rehabilitation, including Lagos-Badagry Highway.

“Rejecting Atiku with your votes and retiring him will be the final step to take in burying PDP for life,” Tinubu said.

The APC National Leader passed a vote of confidence on Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, saying the Governor had become symbol of good governance.

Tinubu said PDP would repeat another outing of failure in Lagos gubernatorial election, stressing that the opposition party did not have enough strength to stop Sanwo-Olu’s re-election 

PCC Director-General and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, described Tinubu as a “consummate manager of people and resources” with capacity to change difficult situation. 

Lalong said Tinubu’s greatest success as former Lagos governor was his ability to groom brilliant successors that expanded his ideas to the next level. 

Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, said Tinubu’s winning the party presidential ticket took him out as the most investigated politician the Fourth Republic.

Despite series of wild allegations being bandied against Tinubu, the Speaker said none had been proven to be true. The APC presidential candidate, Gbajabiamila said, would win the election with convincing margins.

He said: “This is not the main rally for Lagos. We are energising the base with this large turnout witnessed here today. When the main campaign is held, it will be the double of the crowd we see here today.”

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APC set for mass rally in Lagos

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All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state, has expressed its readiness to hold campaign rally for its presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Saturday.

The party made this known on Wednesday at a press conference held in Ikeja, Lagos.

Addressing journalists, the Director General of the State Campaign Council, Senator Ganiyu Solomon, discllsed that the rally would be held at the Teslim Balogun stadium.

Solomon said that the rally would be homecoming for Tinubu, adding “The rally holds a promise for mass attendance by members of our great party and members of the general public because of the popularity of our Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who has remained the most consistent, the biggest contributor and the most visible democratic icon since the advent of this dispensation in 1999″.

He added  “You may wish to recall that Asiwaju Tinubu excelled as a Senator of the Federal Republic representing Lagos – West Senatorial District, and as the Governor of Lagos State between 1999 and 2007. Therefore, the event is like a homecoming for our leader and mentor who has become a national pride.

” As a responsible political party, it is imperative to seek the cooperation of members of the general public as regards the need for temporary diversion of traffic and mass movement of supporters within the vicinity of the rally

” We need to reassure you that the Nigerian Police Force, LASTMA, and other law enforcement agencies will be fully mobilized to ensure an event devoid of the security infractions and traffic disruptions.

” It is also important to enjoin all participants to be of good conduct and display our characteristics peaceful conduct at our party.”

On security measures regarding the rally, the state party chairman, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, said that the party would put in place measures for adequate security for all attendees.

“On the issue of security, we will try to make the venue very conducive for all. The question of number being anticipated is very simple. This is a homecoming for our national leader. This is also the first time Lagos state will be presenting a presidential candidate who has become a household name not only in Lagos state but in Nigeria.

”  We are not ruling out a huge number of attendees. We can assure you there will be a massive turnout and adequate security for all attendees. You just come and see the love the people of the state will show to Asiwaju Tinubu.

” Lagosians want to hear from the presidential candidate of the party. We have made adequate arrangement for everybody that will be at the rally”, said Ojelabi.

Also, the State Publicity of the Lagos APC, Mr Seye Oladejo, said that the police, LASTMA and other security agencies would be mobilised to ensure the rally was devoid of all infractions.

Oladejo said “There will be formal accreditation for journalists. We believe we should have an orderly event. The accreditation will be held tomorrow. We have learnt from previous campaigns we have held and we are paying attention to the wellbeing of all attendees.”

The National youth leader of the party, Dayo Israel said, “The national chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu and other chieftains of the party will be in attendance.

“In Lagos on Saturday we have a duty to turn up for Asiwaju Tinubu. A victory for Tinubu is a victory for Lagos. We can show the world that Lagos is for Asiwaju a hundred per cent

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PDP assembly candidate, Giwa promises purposeful representation

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Assembly candidate for Ifako-Ijaiye constituency 2 Chief Dr.Adeshola Giwa in the 2023 general election has vowed to bring about quality representation, describing previous representatives as mere placeholder.

Giwa made this disclosure in a chat with newsmen ahead of the commencement of his campaigns,he maintained that the ruling party’s style of governance have not been a purposeful one.

He also cited the dearth of state government developmental impact in the constituency which prides itself as the tenth largest council area in Lagos State with a population well over 500,000 residents.

The PDP candidate-Chief Giwa popularly known as SG Omo Adugbo,who boast of having lived over 30 years in the locality highlighted the abject neglect suffered by the constituency and constituents thus far, on account of representatives who really care less about the people welfare.

“Ifako-Ijaiye local government is the tenth largest in Lagos state and also the highest producer of protein as well as the major source of water supply in the state,yet nothing good to show.

“We need good representation, not one that will only be handed the seat for pecuniary gains alone.Ifako-Ijaiye has been neglected for far too long,all the bridges around fall within Agege-Alimosho axis and the other in Agege.

“Our people need to know, we are suffering and really need a break, we are located on the fringe of the state which ought to translate to better development as link points into the state.

“Instead all we got is deplorable roads, no bridge in the heart of the constituency, no electricity, no potable water all this must change.

“Imagine Ifako-Ijaiye constituency II only has two secondary school complex this is a far cry from what is needed.

“We promise true representation with deep sincerity rather than a government void of purpose like the one in power now. Technology will be profusely used to give better access to our constituents once we get there across the constituency,” Giwa said.

Also commenting on the personality of the PDP’s presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubarka the Waziri Adamawa, Giwa took a swipe on the ruling party for the show of lack of purposeful governance.

He noted that if Atiku emerges President major problems confronting Nigeria will be surmounted within the shortest possible time, as he who was the brain behind privatisation during the era of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, with the reins of power in his hands he will do the needful and reposition Nigeria for good.

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