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“We need someone like Tinubu in 2023” -Idimogu

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Hon. Emeka Idimogu, representing Oshodi/Isolo Constituency 2 in the Lagos State House of Assembly believes that Nigerians are more divided now than before.

The lawmaker, who was speaking about the nation’s 61st independence anniversary recently, frowns at the North/South dischotomy in the country and lamented that the nation is beregt of good leaders.

He speaks more on these and insists that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has what it takes to be the next president of Nigeria.

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As Nigeria is celebrating 61st independence anniversary, do you think we have cause to celebrate?

The truth is that we thank God that we are still together, but some people would say partially. But we have not done well considering what a normal 61 year old man ought to have achieved. However, some 61 year old men have not achieved. We are far below how some other nations rate us on achievements. Yes, in terms of population we are there, but economically and security wise we are not there yet.

We lack a lot that befit us as a nation. The only good thing is that we are still called Nigeria in words, but in our hearts we are not one. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) wants Igbo nation, Sunday Igboho and others are calling for Yoruba nation, while the north is on their own. So we are polarised. In the history of Nigeria, we now have Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp, which never happened about 10 years ago. People are now homeless in their own country and villages and this had never happened before.

We used to read them about other nations. I cannot travel to my state in Imo now, for instance, even if I go by air I would still travel by road within the town, I cannot hang in the air. We should use the independence anniversary to reflect on our past and future.

 

People were thinking that things would have changed 21 years after we got democratic government, what is happening?

The problem we have has to do with leadership. You cannot just brush the other one, leadership comes from the followers, they are Nigerians too. They were followers before they got there. The problem is that we don’t love our country, we are not committed to the problem of the country. If we are committed to the well being of the country, we will not be like this.

Good citizens lay their lives for the country, how many of our leaders can do that. Look at someone like the late Babatunde Idiagbon, he was one of the leaders I know loved the country. I don’t think any other leader has his quality.

He was committed to the well being of the nation. When they overthrew him, he was abroad and they told him not to come back to the country and he said he had no other place and he came back and he was arrested at the airport. How many of our leaders can do that, they have more of their resources abroad, they would have stayed back.

 

What is the solution to all these, we had a constitutional conference and we did not implement the reports?

… Which conference, that is the problem we have in this country. We lie to ourselves. We don’t tell ourselves the truth. Have you seen the report of the 2014 national constitutional conference. What stops the present government from saying that the report should be scrutinized by a committee and then publish it.

 

What is the solution, should we have another constitutional conference?

Why, who will implement it, is it when the government must have gone. There are a lot of reports, what of Justice Chukwudi Oputa reports. We are not truthful to ourselves, we don’t love ourselves. There is corruption, they take Nigerian money abroad and run there later. How many people come here from abroad even for medical check-up.

 

Do we then blame the political class because they have been around since 1999?

I will not say the politicians are free, but it is not all of them that are guilty. How long have they stayed in office, 21 years. What does a 21-year-old child know. Has he reached marriageable age, it is when you get to 30 or more that you can start thinking of marriage. But our learning process is slow. Until we decide to be truthful to ourselves or we decide to be one things might not get better.

We are polarised, look at the issue of choosing presidential candidates for the 2023 general elections, there is fight between the South and the North over it. Does it really matter, they are now talking about constitution. When they were doing there own in 2014, was it in the constitution that we should choose a northerner then? Whoever says there is no zoning in Nigeria is lying, why do we have federal character? We have it from day one, so it matters. How can a particular zone or family say they want to be ruling.

Is it not federal character that brought about quota system, but now that it is zoning to the South, they are rejecting it. That is the problem, insincerity. Why can’t we tell ourselves the truth. APC would have had a northerner as president for eight years in two years to come now, why can’t they support the South now for the 2023 elections? It is not fair, they should not say rotational presidency is unconstitutional. The youths are watching us. If there is no quota system or zoning, then they should remove it everywhere.

We need a leader that is strong and forthright to lead us. I don’t know why they are afraid of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is a resourceful person.

He is experienced, human beings builder and a nation builder. He is well experienced based on where he has worked. For Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to have worked in Mobile Producing, an international organization then it means he is very good. You cannot use man knows man there.

For you to work there, you must have performed, they must have tested you. So what are we saying? We need someone like Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 2023. He knows what to do, you don’t need to tell him anything. I know he must have had a blueprint of what to do for Nigeria now. He has friends locally and internationally. He is willing to help the country, he would bring experts and work with them. The current President Muhammadu Buhari attempted to be President on three occasions and he failed until Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu supported him and he won in 2015.

Former president Goodluck Jonathan would have won a second term if not that Tinubu turned his back to him. Why are we not being truthful to ourselves, what are we afraid of. If he is willing and he is ready, let us give him the chance. We are far behind, look at insecurity, they have started kidnapping in Lagos now. We need people that are sincere and ready, the country is dying now. Look at the prices of bread, sachet and table water. There is hunger in the land, Nigerians are suffering. If the situation does not change I wonder what would happen next year.

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I will deliver personal intervention programme to my people …Osolana

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Hon.Sola Osolana the Peoples Democratic Party’s standard flag bearer for Agege Federal Constituency has declared his intention to attract federal presence in Agege, if elected as House of Reps member at 2023 general election.
The astute politician who convincingly won party primaries twice, owing to a rerun election, said that in spite of the over 24 years of electoral experience, Agege has not really benefited any federal presence in terms of infrastructural development which in his view is tied to lack of true representation.
Osolana made the assertion at a press conference to unveil what he tagged : ‘Covenant With The People of Agege’, held to herald his campaign programme on Wednesday at his constituency office in Agege.
According to him he is bringing on board a clear departure from the fraudulent and deceptive style that characterizes politicians in Agege, who basically deceive people to steal their mandate.
Osolana said: “This is a covenant to respect the sanctity of electoral mandate, to truly serve and create a marked departure from the sordid political experience, Agege people have not really benefited, there are few or no federal presence since over 24 years of electoral experience.
“A patriotic call-This our Federal constituency requires intervention at this time.
“In order for Agege to have true representation, I offer myself, please give me your mandate, I will serve you with a representation that will connect us to the federal and lobby others to bring goodies to Agege, through promotion legislation that has direct impact for constituents.
“More federal government funded projects that will affect Agege positively will also be attracted.
“Agege is water logged during the raining season as there are no good and functional drainage systems.
The vibrant politician also notes the dearth of mentors and apprenticeships for the youths which in his view could have helped to cure a lot of social malaise, given the required guide.
“I will however continue with my direct personal intervention via youth empowerment, access to health care. I will be giving a revolving loan to boost my constituents businesses between 50,000 to 1 million naira.
Osolana also reaffirmed his trust in the unbiased mien of INEC while stating that unlike the previous council election where the LASIEC helped to manipulate things for the ruling party, the game has now changed.
He promised that as the campaign kicks off today, his message will revolve around critical issues of governance and what PDP intends to do.
He however, tasked Agege eligible electorates to create time and visit the INEC office to collect their alleged over a million Permanent Voter Cards yet to claimed.
On his plans to aide the growth of sports as a tool to boost quality human capacity development, Osolana stated his poise to give more encouragement to primary school Inter House sports, as well as encouraging existing sports clubs through facilitation of a Sporting Academy.

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Top Secrets surrounding rental property investment in Lagos

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Buying a rental property is a good step in the real estate business. However, I would advise that you shouldn’t barge into it without having some knowledge of what you are getting into. Despite having many people successfully running a rental property, still, it’s not easy money. There are obstacles, losses, risks, etc. but if you can figure it all out, then, you find it a successful investment.

Now, what do you need to know?

1. The property has to fit into what the people around want

This is very crucial. If you are buying a property close to the campus, be rest assured that 95% of potential tenants will be students. If you intend to make it a family home, then, you may find it difficult to get renters who are not students.

If people around are working class with good jobs, this will increase your property value because renters will be ready to buy at a premium price.

You need to put people whose population is higher into consideration before buying a property for rent. If it works, you can go ahead.

2. Location is as important as the air we breathe

If you want to get a good return on your investment, you need to be keen on location. Location can strengthen your investment, and at the same time kill it. It determines what value to be placed on it. If you buy a rental property, renovate and furnish it in underdeveloped areas, you may be disappointed in hearing the value people place on it. Also, if your rental property is in a place that is not all that motorable due to bad roads, or the roads always get flooded during heavy rainfall, this may be a huge obstacle to getting renters that would be willing to pay something worthwhile. And what is a business if you are not getting anything from it?

3. Check out the taste of structures within the locality

This should be highly considered because it’s a great determinant of having people interested in your property. Can you afford to have the property renovated up to taste? The property you are buying is not a new model, it is best to check out for structures around so you can make an adaptation or do something better. This helps you get renters easily and also willing to pay its value.

4. Renting property is dicey

The truth is you can’t be good enough, smart enough, and do everything right. Just a little mistake might make you lose the property. The fault may be or may not even be from the tenants or anyone.

Major damage such as fire outbreaks can ruin your investment. An economic downturn caused by anything, for example, a pandemic may make you lose money because if your tenants are unable to pay or move out without anyone showing interest in occupying, it’s a big loss on your part.

5. You are responsible for maintenance

As much as landlords try to avoid this part but at the end of the day, it falls back to you as the owner of the property. This is where you are reminded that it is your house and the responsibility to keep it together lies with you. This is a major reason some landlords take maintenance fees from tenants in case there is damage. However, this fee can just cover a little of the damage.

The major repairs still lie with the landlord whether he is willing to or not.

Apart from having damages, maintaining a house is the only means to keep a property whole.

Things have to be checked, adjustments have to be made and repairs have to be done.

All of these rest on the shoulders of the property owner.

6. Get everything documented

Everything about your property has to be documented. One of such is “agreement.” In Nigeria, many people take things for granted which may turn out to be a bigger issue sooner or later. Some houses have no landlord-tenant agreement for whatever reason. This shouldn’t happen in normal circumstances. When push comes to shove, that agreement which seems like a piece of paper to many might be the only evidence to bail you out.

And all documents concerning tenant evaluation and rent must be considered too.

Dennis Isong is a Real Estate Professional. He advises that before you buy any property in Nigeria, ensure you read this Real Estate Guide.CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO  DOWNLOAD  FOR FREE  https://landproperty.ng/free

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Why you should buy a property for rental income in Lagos

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Lagos is a state in Nigeria that is highly populated, modern, full of prospects, and everything good. Just like they say that you can achieve anything in New York, Lagos is a city where you can achieve a lot because the city provides lots of opportunities and accessibility to getting closer to your dreams. 

This has motivated people all over Nigeria to migrate to Lagos because they see the city as their greener pasture.

In a place where the population keeps rising, it is expected that there would be a demand for houses for rent. 

Rental property is the new oil money in Lagos. And no matter how high your rent is, you already have a population that is ready to go for it.

So, why should you buy a property for rental income in Lagos?

1. Rapid economic growth

Lagos is leading in terms of business which helps the economy. The city is also considered Africa’s eighth-fastest-growing town in terms of population and is expected to be the world’s third-largest by the year 2050. The numbers speak for themselves with Lagos being responsible for more than 53% of production jobs, generating 25% of the national GDP, and consuming over 60% of the electricity of the country. Lagos is host to more than 2000 manufacturing businesses, and 200 financial institutions, and is also host to Africa’s biggest concentrations of small and medium-sized businesses.

2. The important need for rental properties

The rates of leasing in this city keep rising rapidly and this stands to promote the fact that a lot of people in Lagos are opting to rent over buying out properties. This is largely due to the usually massive cost of homeownership, high costs of land, and staggering costs of building construction. Developers are aware of this direction the industry is headed as approximately 75% of landowners already have plans to develop rental properties due to their ability to quickly provide a return on their investments as well as a large supply of the populace available to rent the very second construction is complete.

3. Stable political environment

Lagos has the most stable political environment when compared to other states in Nigeria. Since the return of democracy in 1999, Lagos has been under the control of the same political party and this ensures a continuum in governance, this is good for the real estate market because projects and developments are implemented according to the master plan. It also means that important projects that drive growth are not altered because of politics.

4. Infrastructural value

At this point, the biggest reason why Lagos is a great location for investments is an almost ridiculous rate of return of investments on real estate properties. The Lagos State Market Analysis presents Lagos as having some of Nigeria’s largest estate prices. The Lagos estate industry remained buoyant and, in some cases, flourished even when the value of the real estate in other states across the nation plummeted from the latest economic recession. A plot of land bought for 5 million in Lekki in the year 2006 could go for an average of 75 million now. It’s no surprise because real estate transactions occur dozens of times every day as more and more people seek to stake their piece of the blossoming city.

5. Bustling population

A population is undoubtedly a significant engine of development for the real estate industry, Lagos is easily Nigeria’s most populated state. The megacity has risen to about 22 million today from 1.4 million residents in 1970. Projections have estimated that at least 89 people move every hour to Lagos, which is more than 2000 people every day and nearly a million people every year. That’s a constant flow of bright-eyed citizens looking for accommodation, purpose, and fulfillment. 

Dennis Isong helps individuals invest right in Real estate. For questions on this article or enquiring about Real estate. Follow him on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/landpropertyng , Email Dennis@Landproperty.ng or Whatsapp/Call +2348164741041

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