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Family announces burial plans for Tony Ebireri

A popular chemical engineer, banker and brand manager, Mr. Tony Ebireri, is dead.
The man of many talents was 50.
Ebireri died on Tuesday, January 25, 2021 following a protracted illness.
‘’Mr. Anthony Ebireri will be laid to rest on Friday, May 7, 2021 in Ugbimidaka-Elume, Sapele Local Government’’ a statement by the Head of the Family, Mr. Wilson Ebireri, said
‘’The Christian wake will take place at the family compound, 1 Marford Close, Off Reclamation Road, Sapele on Thursday, May 6, 2021’’.
Tony Ebireri began his career with Nestle Nigeria PLC, one of the largest food and beverage companies in Africa, as a brand manager.
He also worked in United Bank for Africa (UBA) PLC as Brand Manager, Prestige Banking and Chief Operating Officer/ Business Manager, Dekento Limited.
A business man and politician, Ebireri earned his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Benin and a Master’s Degree from University of Lagos in Business Administration.
April 29, 2021
Communiqué Issued At The End of the Emergency Meeting of The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Today, Thursday, April 29, 2021.

The National Executive Committee (NEC) after its emergency meeting today, Thursday, April 29, 2021, considered crucial issues regarding the programs of the party as well as extensively reviewed the state of the nation, especially the escalated insecurity engulfing all parts of our country and resolved as follow:
NEC lamented the heightened insecurity pervading all parts of our nation due primarily to the misrule of President Muhammed Buhari and All Progressives Congress (APC) as well as their failure to decisively tackle the menace of terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, bloodletting and acts of violence in our country.
NEC urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately declare a national state of emergency on security.
NEC also urged President Buhari to, without delay, convoke a national conference on Security so as to galvanize ideas and options to tackle insecurity in our country.
NEC further commended the efforts of governors, senators, House of Representatives members and other officials elected on the platform of the PDP in forcefully seeking solutions to the spate of insecurity in our country.
With regard to the programmes of our party, NEC expressed satisfaction with the efforts of the NWC in preparation for the November 6 Governorship election in Anambra state and asserted its readiness to do everything possible, within the confines of the law, to win the election.
NEC also received reports on the e-registration of members as the NWC announced the membership of the committee set up to conduct the exercise.
The Edo State Governor, Chief Godwin Obaseki has been appointed to serve as Chairman, while his Adamawa State counterpart, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, is appointed to serve as Deputy Chairman.
The statutory members of the committee are the National Organizing Secretary, National Treasurer, National Financial Secretary, Deputy National Secretary and the National Publicity Secretary.
Further nominations will be taken from the Board of Trustees, the National Assembly, Forum of State Chairmen as well as the youth and women demography of our Party.
NEC unanimously passed a vote of confidence on the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus as well as the member of the National Working Committee (NWC).
NEC further cautioned party members at all levels to be wary of agents of distractions and division while praising the effort of the NWC for being focused and purpose driven in piloting the affairs of the party.
Signed:
Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

PRESIDENT BUHARI LAUDS SEGUN OGUNSANYA’S APPOINTMENT AS CEO AIRTEL AFRICA

The elevation of the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Networks Limited, Mr Segun Ogunsanya, to MD/CEO of Airtel Africa Plc, has received plaudits from President Muhammadu Buhari, who says the flag of Nigeria has been hoisted proudly across the African skyline once again.
Congratulating Ogunsanya, the President says the appointment has once again proven that Nigeria has a surfeit of quality professionals, who can hold their own in any part of the continent, and even beyond.
President Buhari is sure that, with the cognate experience of the new MD/CEO for Africa, which spans consulting, banking, fast moving consumer goods, and telecommunications, he would acquit himself creditably in his new role, and repeat the strides that made him position Airtel Nigeria as the second largest telecommunications company by revenue, serving over 50 million customers.
He urges younger Nigerians to draw inspiration from Ogunsanya, saying with focus, dint of hard work, and resourcefulness, they would reach the peak of whatever careers they have chosen for themselves.
The new Chief Executive Officer, an electronics engineer and chartered accountant, joins the board of Airtel Africa Plc from October 1, 2021.
“The reward for hard work is more work,” says President Buhari, as he wishes Ogunsanya greater successes ahead.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
April 29, 2021

PRESIDENT BUHARI PLEDGES BETTER COLLABORATION WITH ZAMBIA

Nigeria and Zambia will deepen collaboration between the two countries, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured.
The President spoke Thursday at State House, Abuja, while receiving a Special Envoy of His Excellency, Edgar Chagwa Lungu.
He said the two countries would explore further areas of collaboration for the good of their peoples, and benefit of the African continent.
The Special Envoy, Hon Joseph Malanji, who is Zambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, thanked Nigeria for her “big brother role in ECOWAS and the African continent,” stressing that “equity is when strong ones strengthen the weak ones.”
The Zambian President called for stronger bilateral relations and greater impetus for the Joint Commission of Cooperation between the two countries.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
April 29, 2021

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNOR
PRESS RELEASE

SANWO-OLU MOVES TO CREATE 6,000 JOBS AS LAGOS ADOPTS WASTE CONVERSION
…Adiyan Waterworks Phase II Reaches 85 per cent completion
…‘We Have Stabilised, Restored Confidence in the Environment’ – Commissioner

Lagos State is transiting from traditional waste management to conversion of waste materials – an innovation that is projected to generate 6,000 jobs. The recycling is also expected to promote a cleaner environment, which will promote good health and boost aesthetics.

Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources Mr. Tunji Bello spoke of the development on Thursday at the on-going inter-ministerial press briefing organised to mark the second anniversary of the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration.

Waste conversion, the Commissioner said, is necessitated by the limitation of the State to set up new dumpsites. He said the existing dumpsites had overreached their holding capacities, prompting the switch to waste conversion to reduce the volume of waste being taken to the dumpsites.

Already, the pilot scheme for recycling has been rolled out by the Ministry in organised housing estates, employing a mobile application known as PAKAM, which enables users to request for pick up of recyclable materials from their homes by registered aggregators on the mobile application.

Bello said the mobile app’s usage had been growing organically, stressing that there were over 2,000 kilograms of waste transactions being conducted on the app, which registered 41 recyclers and over 120 aggregators.

He said: “Waste sorting and conversion are very crucial in this period, whether we like it or not. We have begun our waste recycling exercise and the process is activated already. But we are currently focusing on plastic waste because of its non-degradable nature. Waste conversion is our top agenda now and one of the strategies being employed is to start from organised residential areas across the State, such as gated estates where we have residents’ associations.

“We want to see how far we can get the conversation process right from these organised residential places before we start replicating the idea in markets where large tons of waste materials are generated daily. The recycling process has commenced in a number of estates and we have distributed plastic separators to sort waste materials at sources in order to make the recycling process easier.”

Bello explained that circular waste recycling would reduce the amount of waste generated and transported to landfills. He said the Ministry had manufactured a recycling bank in its premises to aid waste conversion, adding that efforts were being made to establish recycling banks in Government-owned estates across the State.

The Commissioner revealed that Lagos had recorded 85 per cent progress towards the completion of 70 Million Gallons per day Adiyan Phase II Waterworks being revived by the Sanwo-Olu administration. The waterworks, Bello said, is expected to serve over three million residents in Lagos communities, including Ikotun, Idimu, Isolo, Agege, Ajegunle, and Amuwo Odofin, amongst others.

He disclosed that the State Government had reached an agreement with its Ogun State counterpart on the right-of-way for reticulation and laying of pipes for the network of Adiyan Phase II Water project. The process, he said, has paved the way for the commencement of laying of pipes for the project.

On efforts put forward by the State Government to address flooding, Bello said: “A total of 42 primary channels were approved and executed under maintenance and dredging of Primary Channels programme; 34 channels were executed by direct implementation while eight channels were executed by contracts. Most of these primary channels span across multiple Local Government Areas and effectively drain several catchment areas simultaneously. We have completed projects of more than 100km in length.”

In the last two years, the Commissioner said, there has been a tremendous progress towards restoring aesthetics and sanity in the environment.

Bello said Sanwo-Olu, after mounting the saddle, quickly moved to tackle the waste management crisis by rejuvenating the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) to efficiently remove heaps of filth dotting the State.

Part of the efforts, the Commissioner pointed out, was boosting human capacity in waste collection, which, he said, generated 30,000 jobs. He added that LAWMA had increased the number of trips completed daily at landfill from 357 to 850 on the average; 87 new waste collection vendors were engaged to drive up efficiency in the value chain.

April 26, 2021
Press Conference
Afegbua’s Allegation Spurious, Irresponsible

The attention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been drawn to a spurious and irresponsible allegation by one Kassim Afegbua, upon which he claimed to have petitioned the EFCC and ICPC, asking that the leadership of the party account for an alleged sum of N10 billion.
According to this Afegbua, the said sum was allegedly realized from the sale of “forms in 2019”.
While the PDP, our leaders and members are aware that there is no truth in the allegation, however for the benefit of the public and our teeming supporters, the PDP states as follows:
The PDP did not raise Afegbua’s fictitious sum of N10 billion as alleged by him. For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP generated the sum of N4.6 billion and raised a budget for its expenditure, in line with all known financial regulations of our party.
This budget passed through the organs of our party and received the approvals from the NWC, the Governors’ Forum, the Board of Trustees as well as other organs of the party.
As a law-abiding political party that respects the doctrine of rule of law and transparency, the budget was presented to the National Executive Committee (NEC) where it also received a final approval.
It is imperative to state that all the sums received and budgeted for passed through the due process of approval by the necessary organs of the party.
Moreover, the PDP has no account under the name or guise of Afegbua’s ghostly Morufu Nigeria Limited.
Having said that, as a political party, under whose administration the EFCC and the ICPC were formulated and established, our party strictly adheres to best practices of transparency, accountability and probity in all issues including our financial administration.
In addition, our party has since submitted the audited account of its financial expenditures to the INEC for 2019, in line with statutory requirements of the law.
The PDP will not in any way be distracted by an inconsequential blackmailer hired to mudsling our party and its leadership, in order to divert attention from the salient issues of insecurity and drooping economy trailing the failures of the APC administration to provide good governance.
For the benefit of unsuspecting members of the public, the activities of a certain Afegbua have always been suspect and we urge Nigerians to be wary of such characters and their backers.
Signed:
Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

SECURITY: PRESIDENT BUHARI ASKS U.S TO RELOCATE HEADQUARTERS OF AFRICOM TO AFRICA, WARNS OF LIKELY SPILLOVERS

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday urged the United States to reconsider relocating US Africa Command (AFRICOM) from Stuttgart, Germany, to Africa, nearer the Theatre of Operation, admonishing the international community to support Nigeria and the sub-region in tackling growing security challenges to avoid spillovers.
President Buhari, in a virtual meeting with the US Secretary of State, Mr. Anthony Blinken, said AFRICOM, which partners with countries to counter transnational threats, should be relocated to Africa to strengthen ongoing efforts to check the security situation, with likely effect on other nations.
“The security challenges in Nigeria remain of great concern to us and impacted more negatively, by existing complex negative pressures in the Sahel, Central and West Africa, as well as the Lake Chad Region.
“Compounded as the situation remains, Nigeria and her security forces remain resolutely committed to containing them and addressing their root causes. The support of important and strategic partners like United States cannot be overstated as the consequences of insecurity will affect all nations hence the imperative for concerted cooperation and collaboration of all nations to overcome these challenges.
“In this connection, and considering the growing security challenges in West and Central Africa, Gulf of Guinea, Lake Chad region and the Sahel, weighing heavily on Africa, it underscores the need for the United States to consider re-locating AFRICOM Headquarters from Stuttgart, Germany to Africa and near the Theatre of Operation,’’ he said.
The President said Nigeria will enhance collaborations in all forms, with friends and strategic partners, to work together for greater security for all, which remain the most significant condition for overcoming the existential challenges.
President Buhari congratulated Blinken on his appointment by President Joe Biden, and commended the United States for the decision to repeal the immigration restriction known as the “Muslim ban’’, re-joining the World Health Organization (WHO) and Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
“Nigeria attaches great importance to its relations with the United States. Let me in this connection express appreciation to President Joe Biden for his welcome and reaching decision to repeal the Immigration restriction known as the ‘Muslim ban’ on travel and visas for citizens predominantly from Muslim Nations and African Countries, including Nigeria.
“I also wish to congratulate the United States for re-joining the World Health Organization (WHO) and Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The leadership of the United States in these two organizations is crucial for international community.
“This action is a demonstration of the United States commitment in championing and supporting international organizations with the aim to build a better world for all,’’ he added.
President Buhari noted that Nigeria remains resolute in her commitment to supporting global efforts as enshrined in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which seeks to limit global warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
According to the President, the convening of the Climate Change Summit last week by President Biden was a strong indication of the renewed interest of the United States to the Paris Agreement.
“I would like to extend our goodwill message to President Joe Biden and his Administration. May I also thank you for initiating this meeting, which I am confident, given your background and current position, you will use to promote the existing bilateral relations between our two countries,’’ the President said.
The Secretary of State said he was pleased to make Nigeria part of his “first virtual visit to Africa,” noting that Nigeria and the United States of America, share a lot in bilateral issues.
He added that he would be delighted to build on the foundation that was laid between the two countries over 60 years ago, disclosing that areas of discussion with Nigeria would include “how to build our economies back after the COVID-19 pandemic, security for vulnerable communities, and climate issues.”
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
April 27, 2021

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT
PRESS RELEASE

LASG HANDS OVER AMPUTEE SACHET WATER HAWKER TO KINSMEN

…Police, NGO, Others Present

The Lagos State Government has handed over Mary Daniel, the amputee sachet water hawker, to the leader of the Igala (Kogi State) community in Lagos State.

The Special Adviser, Office of Civic Engagement, Princess Aderemi Adebowale, while handing over Mary to her kinsmen disclosed that the State government will continue to protect all residents in the state, especially the vulnerable.

Recall that Miss Daniel, whose story has attracted widespread attention, particularly in the social media, has been in the safe custody of the State government in the past two weeks.

Princess Adebowale said Government took the step to shield Daniel from possible fraudsters who may target the funds donated to her by well-meaning Nigerians.

According to the Special Adviser, the ultimate desire of the State government is to ensure that Daniel becomes a civically responsible citizen in the State, adding that “she now has the resources to take care of herself and her baby and have a new lease of life”.

Daniel was handed over to a Committee comprising of the representatives of the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and the Leader of Igala community in Lagos State, Mr. Sanni Yakubu Ejima in the presence of the Divisional Police Officer, Alausa and representative of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command.

Adebowale, while handing over Daniel to the Leader of the Igalas in the State, explained that the police were brought in to demonstrate that the state had taken good care of Daniel while in her custody and to ensure Daniel’s safety thereafter.

Adebowale added that the Committee is to oversee Daniel’s rehabilitation and ensure that the donated funds are judiciously utilized for the improvement of her standard of living and that of her baby.
LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNOR
PRESS RELEASE

SANWO-OLU COMMISSIONS OXYGEN PLANT, BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE OFFICE
…Says Govt Will Continue To Implement Audacious Reforms In Health Sector
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured residents of the State that his administration will continue to ensure that all Lagosians have access to quality healthcare irrespective of their socio-economic status.
He gave the commitment on Wednesday during the commissioning of Blood Transfusion Service Office, Oxygen Plant and Oxygen Triage Centre and ground-breaking of Doctors’ 24-unit staff quarters at Gbagada General Hospital in Lagos.
Governor Sanwo-Olu said the three critical health facilities and state-of-the-art equipment are vital projects that will scale up his administration’s most recent achievements in the health sector to further enhance healthcare service delivery to people of Lagos State.
He said provision of quality healthcare that guarantees comfort and longevity is a fundamental pillar of his administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S developmental agenda, adding that his government will continue to implement audacious reforms in the health sector because the continued wellbeing of Lagosians is non-negotiable.
“As we prepare to celebrate the second anniversary of this Administration, we are more determined than ever before to raise the standard and quality of our healthcare system to meet the healthcare needs of all Lagosians.
“We will continue to ensure that all Lagosians have access to quality healthcare irrespective of their socio-economic status. Although there is still so much to be done, I am proud of the considerable progress we have made in the last two years,” he said.
Governor Sanwo-Olu noted that one of the most outstanding lessons from the coronavirus pandemic is the need to build stronger and more resilient healthcare systems that will stand the test of time and also lead to improved patient care.
He said: “The Gbagada Oxygen and Triage Center being commissioned today (Wednesday) is an essential part of our COVID-19 Management Response Strategy and one of the 10 Permanent Triage and Oxygen Centers we have constructed across the State to provide swift Emergency Oxygen Therapy to those who require it.
“Each of these centers is equipped with beds, oxygen concentrators, thermometers, drugs, and consumables. The centers are managed by qualified medical personnel who have previously worked at the isolation centers across the State.
“The Blood Transfusion Service Office is also a critical facility that will enhance the capacity of our medical personnel to manage emergency situations that require blood transfusion. With this new facility and through voluntary blood donation, we will increase our capacity to meet the estimated 220,000 units of blood required for a population of over 22 million people.”
Governor Sanwo-Olu also commended the leadership and staff of the Lagos State Infrastructure Assets Management Agency (LASIAMA) for successfully coordinating and supervising the construction and installation of the Oxygen Plant donated by the Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation, NNPC/TUPNI and partners.
He also appreciated the management of NNPC and Chevron for donating a two storey-building comprising 24 units of apartments, which will serve as residences for doctors.
Speaking at the event, Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said his ministry is working systematically to rehabilitate Gbagada General Hospital and other hospitals in the State and build new hospitals.
He said with the building of the headquarter of the blood transfusion center in Gbagada General Hospital, there won’t be need for the State to invest in any temporary facility for blood transfusion to address the issue of shortage of blood in Lagos, adding that the Staff Quarters is very important to make medical personnel comfortable and retard the brain drain out of Lagos and Nigeria.
Also, the Managing Director, Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Mike Sangster, who was represented by his deputy, Engr. Victor Bandele, commended the leadership shown by the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration in combating and containing the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the Oxygen Plant is expected to produce an equivalent of 100 bottles of oxygen per day, adding that it is designed to run for 20 hours per day.

SIGNED
GBOYEGA AKOSILE
CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY
APRIL 28, 2021
Press Statement

Oil Spills: Reps Will Ensure Environmental Justice, Welfare Of Host Communities

The House of Representatives Committee on Host Communities has assured that the legislature will not spare any effort to ensure environmental justice and restoration of livelihoods for communities that have suffered oil spills and other forms of negative environmental impact from petroleum exploration and production activities.

The Committee makes this assurance against the background of recent reported oil spills in parts of the Niger Delta Region, including Nembe in Bayelsa State and Gbaramatu in Delta State, among others.

The Committee is dismayed by the grave distortions and desecration of the environment as well as the grievous discomfort, dislocation and despair the spills have effected in the lives and living conditions of citizens and residents of the affected communities.

Being fully aware of its mandate seized upon it by the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives, which includes to cater to the “welfare and protection of rights of oil mineral producing communities,” the Committee on Host Communities has activated measures to intervene on the issue of oil spills to ensure that justice is not only done but seen to have been done.

In this regard, the Committee is not only concerned about the urgent imperative for adequate compensation and environmental remediation but importantly about ameliorating the longer term effects of the spills on local inhabitants, including the unborn while guaranteeing livelihoods for those affected at the instant moment.

The Committee is deeply concerned about reports of denials and counter-denials by companies, communities and regulatory agencies of government and the consequent import of lack of accountability and transparency in the management of oil spills which invariably leave communities short-changed if not completely denied of compensation, remediation and assurance of continued economic livelihoods.

The Committee however appeals to affected communities to keep calm and identify with all legal and meaningful interventions by relevant stakeholders to address the clearly unacceptable situation occasioned by the spills; and that it will certainly do all within its powers to cause positive and sustainable change in the narrative.

Rt. Hon. Dumnamene R. Dekor

Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Host Communities

27 April, 2021
LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNOR
PRESS RELEASE

SANWO-OLU TASKS HEADS OF PARASTATALS ON QUALITY PERFORMANCE
•Urges Them to Deliver Dividends of Democracy to Lagosians

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has tasked heads of parastatals in the State on quality performance, urging them to work tirelessly as a team to make Lagos better than the way they met it.

Sanwo-Olu implored the State’s personnel to work as a team to deliver good governance and dividends of democracy to citizens of Lagos State, who they are appointed to serve in different capacities as heads of government agencies.

Speaking during a meeting with Chief Executive Officers of parastatals at the Lagos House, Ikeja on Tuesday, Governor Sanwo-Olu said they have crucial roles to play in Lagos project and therefore urged them not to rest on their oars until the greater Lagos is achieved.

“You must work as a team because you all have a role to play in good governance in Lagos State. The citizens are looking at us. There is a trophy to be earned. There is a medal to take away. There are people that truly believe that we can make their lives a lot better. Let us make Lagos better than how you met it. We must go out to do it and not disappoint them. If we work together, there is nothing we cannot achieve as a state,” he said.

Speaking at the event, Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, said the vision in Lagos is to make Lagos Africa’s model mega city, a global economy and financial hub that is safe and secure.

He therefore advised heads of parastatals in the State to relate with one another in order to succeed, adding that they must all scale up their activities in their respective agencies by springing up to their responsibilities.

In a paper titled “Private sector management strategies for government parastatals” presented by Publisher of Complete Football and Complete Sports, Dr. Mumini Alao, likened government parastatals to a football team where every individual has a role to play in delivering good governance and dividends of democracy to the people.

The Guest Speaker encouraged the state government to create more avenues to improve sports activities in the State by establishing Lagos Sports Special School and Lagos State Hall of Fame.

He said the Lagos Sports Special School will help in producing more talents in the sports industry while the Lagos Hall of Fame will encourage younger generations to go into sports owing largely to the State Government recognition of those who have made positive impact through Sports in Lagos.

In his welcome address, the Special Adviser, Parastatals Monitoring Office (PMO), Mr. Afolabi Ayantayo, said the office is to promote good governance and therefore urged heads of the parastatals to work toward a better Lagos in line with the THEMES developmental agenda of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration.

SIGNED
GBOYEGA AKOSILE
CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY
APRIL 27, 2021

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNOR
PRESS RELEASE

SANWO-OLU FLAGS OFF UPGRADING OF 107-YEAR MASSEY CHILDREN HOSPITAL, RELOCATES HEALTH FACILITY TO NEW SITE

•New Hospital to be in 7-Storey, Operates on IPP

•Governor Kicks off Massive Rehabilitation of Adeniji Adele Road, Two Other Streets

Massey Street Children Hospital – the century old secondary health facility on the Lagos Island and a birthplace of prominent Lagosians – is now to be upgraded and relocated to a convenient site.

The single-storey 85-bed paediatrics facility, established in 1914, is currently overstretched to meet the care demands of children because of the increasing number of patients it receives daily; the inadequacy prompted the State Government’s move to upgrade the hospital in order to meet the needs of the residents.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday, performed the ceremonial ground-breaking for the reconstruction of the hospital on a new location in Adeniji Adele area, where the hospital can conveniently discharge services being rendered. At the event, the Governor also flagged-off the rehabilitation of a network of three roads within Adeniji Adele axis.

At the ceremony was the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, members of the State’s cabinet, and residents of Lagos Island led by the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu.

The new Massey Street Children Hospital will operate in a seven-storey edifice with 150-bed spaces, Independent Power Plant (IPP), emergency section and multi-level car park. The facility will be completed in 24 months.

Sanwo-Olu said the construction of the New Massey Street Children Hospital reflected his administration’s determination to close access and capacity gaps in the health sector, adding that the repair work on three roads on Lagos Island was to enable an inclusive development on the part of the Lagos State Government.

He said: “The construction of the New Massey Children Hospital reflects our unwavering determination to bridge all gaps in the health sector while the reconstruction of three major roads on Lagos Island demonstrates this administration’s commitment to an inclusive and non-discriminatory developmental agenda for Lagos State. As a responsive government, we identified the inadequacy of Massey Children Hospital to continue to meet the needs of a megacity, particularly the children in need of care.

“As a result of increasing number of patients, who daily throng the hospital to access quality medical services, the capacity has been overstretched and the hospital must be urgently upgraded to meet the patients’ needs. Guided by the second pillar of our T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda, which encompasses Health and the Environment, we are rebuilding, remodelling and repositioning the Massey Children Hospital into a seven-storey, 150-bed, ultra-modern and fit-for-purpose Paediatrics and Emergency General Hospital.”

On its completion, the Governor said the hospital would provide secondary integrated care services and acute care to both in-patients and out-patients in line with international best practices.

Sanwo-Olu said a new and well-equipped Massey Children Hospital would help the State to significantly reduce infant and maternal mortality rate.

The Governor said the upgrade of Adeniji Adele Road – a 2.234 kilometre two-lane single carriageway – and the rehabilitation of Okepopo and Tapa Streets would eliminate the perennial flooding often experienced in the area, while also improving road connectivity and traffic flow for commuters.

He said: “We have engaged Messrs Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, a company with a great wealth of experience working in this terrain, and which incidentally, undertook the initial construction of Adeniji Adele Road. I urge commuters and residents of Lagos Island to bear with the temporary inconveniences that usually characterise road construction works of this magnitude. The contractor is under strict instructions to minimise the pains and has been charged to ensure timely completion of the project.”

Before completion of the projects, Sanwo-Olu assured residents of Lagos Island of complete regeneration of Pelewura Market, Jankara, Idumagbo Avenue, Ojo Giwa Street, Swamp Street, and Anikantanmo Street, noting that the project was the next phase of work on Lagos Island. He also promised to meet with residents of Adeniji Adele Estate on the Government’s move to regenerate the residential neighbourhood.

Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said the upgrade of Massey Children Hospital was the first to be implemented in the master plan approved by the Governor for the transformation of medical infrastructure in Lagos.

The new hospital, the Commissioner said, is being built on 4,000 square metres to create a comfortable environment for medical workers and patients. Abayomi said the new hospital will have fully equipped Accident and Emergency Department and radiology section, in addition to general and private wards among others.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Aramide Adeyoye, said the rehabilitation work on Adeniji Adele Road, Okepopo and Tapa Streets was long overdue, as the roads form a strategic bypass traversing the administrative boundary of Lagos Island Local Government Area and Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area (LCDA).

The conditions of the roads, she pointed out, degenerated over time because of poor drainage and blockage of the water outlet channels.

Adeyoye said the repair effort was a deliberate move by the Governor to activate the complete regeneration of Lagos Island, with an estimated size of 100.42 hectares.

She said: “The roads will be reconstructed and upgraded to semi rigid pavement with reinforced concrete drains, culverts and median barrier, transverse and longitudinal service ducts and installation of Low Emission Diode (LED) powered street lighting. Alternative routes will also be provided for public use in the course of construction, just as relocation of utilities and services will be done before the project takes off.”

Oba Akiolu conveyed the residents’ appreciation to the Governor on the Massey Children Hospital’s expansion and road repair projects, saying Lagos Island remained the heartbeat of the State.

He, however, pleaded with Sanwo-Olu to extend the road rehabilitation to the stretch on Adeniji Adele Health Centre. The monarch also urged residents to accord full cooperation to the contractors handling the projects.

SIGNED
GBOYEGA AKOSILE
CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY
APRIL 28, 2021

ELEGUSHI OF IKATE KINGDOM, ELEVEN YEARS IN RETROSPECT

By Temitope Oyefeso

When Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi was crowned as the King of Ikate Kingdom on this day 11years ago, at the age of 34years, not much was given to chance. As it appeared to naysayers, his choice as the new king and subsequent coronation seems like a mere transfer of power from father to son. If truly that was the case, it was a fulfilment of the dreams of the new king’s father. But there was more to his enthronement.

A few people opined that the new king was too young to rule and was not likely to achieve much given the attendant responsibilities of traditional rulership. At the time, the then prince was just a budding public servant trying to carve a niche for himself in the world of politics under the tutelage of the generalissimo of party politics in Nigeria, the former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Those who expressed doubts were not aware that even the Prince’s ‘godfather’ had seen the allure and halo of royalty in him and believed that he would serve his people diligently and graciously as the occupier of the revered Elegushi throne.

What some cynics and sceptics lost sight of was the God-factor and the fact that Oba Saheed Elegushi was divinely enrobed and equipped for the throne, notwithstanding his youthful age.

Today, 11years on, those who saw through his youthfulness and trusted the process have been vindicated. Oba Saheed Elegushi has not only elevated his kingdom to an enviable standard but the panache and productivity he brought to the throne are also now the reference point for many blue bloods who, hitherto, did not reckon with the traditional institution. Not a few are now angling to occupy traditional stools, which have become more attractive by the carriage and conduct of the likes of the Elegushi of Ikate Kingdom.

In the last 11years, the Ikate-Elegushi Kingdom in the Eti-Osa area of Lagos State has become the premium destination to live and do business. Daily, new constructions are springing up and those in the business of real estate are smiling to the bank. This king means business. He brings his experience and closeness to power to bear, which is why infrastructural development in this area is developing at a quick pace just as the royal family also contributes in no small measure to improving the standard of living of the people within their domain.

In prioritising the wellbeing of his people, Oba Elegushi is currently making efforts to upgrade the primary health centre in the community into a secondary health facility with the provision of modern laboratory and testing facilities. The first step in that direction is that the health centre currently enjoys 24hours uninterrupted power, courtesy of the palace.

While making plans for the aged and sick through this health care facility, Oba Saheed Elegushi recently donated 10,000sqm of land in Ikate to the federal government for the construction of a skill and vocational training centre and a junior and secondary school for the development of the youth and children of the kingdom. This, he said, is the only way we can have a secured future.

At the recently held Elegushi peace cup, a novelty football match between ex-Super Eagles stars and entertainers, Oba Elegushi mooted the idea of a modern sports facility in Eti-Osa, stressing that the message of turning youths away from crime and criminality should be matched with the provision of alternatives for them, not only in areas of education but sports development.

The purposeful leadership of Oba Saheed Elegushi shouldn’t surprise close watchers; it is steeped in the rich pedigree of service and selflessness that he inherited from his late father, Oba Yekini Adeniyi Elegushi, the architect of modern Eti-Osa.

Also, learning from the masters of the game of leadership and public administration – Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) – both of whom he served at different times, prepared him for the throne and, today, the people of Ikate-Elegushi Kingdom are the best for it.

As the people of Ikate Kingdom and Lagosians celebrate a dynamic and committed king, it is evident that the best years are still ahead. As he often reminds everyone, the people remain the core of his reign and he will stop at nothing to continually improve their standard of living.

May your purposeful and peaceful reign continue for eons.

Temitope Oyefeso is the Special Assistant on Public Affairs to Oba Elegushi.


‘Tope Oyefeso (Mr.)
Special Assistant, Public Affairs
Office of The Elegushi of Ikateland
08023839100

April 28, 2021
Killings: Buhari Presidency, APC Insensitive… Accuses APC Of Gagging Members

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the silence by the Buhari Presidency in the face of terrorist occupation, mass killings, kidnapping, acts of banditry and escalated insecurity enveloping all parts of our nation is ominous and further confirms President Muhammadu Buhari as a lame duck President.
The party laments that the decision by President Buhari to recede into the comfort and safety of Aso Presidential Villa and kept silent while the nation burns, had worsened the situation and emboldened terrorist elements to unleash more violence on our nation.
Due to the incompetence, divisiveness and insensitivity of the Buhari Presidency, violence, killings, bloodletting and a gripping reign of terror have seized all parts of our nation and there is no hope in sight.
It is a mark of failure that the Buhari Presidency and the APC appears unconcerned as terrorists and bandits take control of various parts of our country and even hoisted their flags in Shiroro, Niger state, a distance of about 200 kilometres to our Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
The Buhari Presidency and the APC appear unperturbed and are only interested in their 2023 power grabbing plot while terrorists are having a field day plundering and murdering our compatriots on daily basis.
Our party has already been made aware of how the APC has been gaging its members from speaking out against the failure of the Buhari Presidency and the APC to tackle insecurity in our country.
Nigerians are invited to note how APC Senator Smart Adeyemi, who dared to speak out against the failure of the Buhari Presidency on the floor of the Senate, was reminded by Senator Remi Tinubu that he, Senator Adeyemi, is not a member of the PDP and as such should not show concern to the ugly situation in our country.
From the comment of Senator Tinubu, it is instructive to note that the APC and their leaders had turned their backs on Nigerians and that it is only the senators, members and other leaders elected on the platform of the PDP that are concerned about the plight of citizens at this critical time.
It is indeed unfortunate that our nation has found herself in this quagmire and misfortune of having a President such as President Buhari as well as a party like the APC whose divisiveness, incompetence and body language has wrecked our nation and brought us so much anguish and pain in the last six years.
Our party urges Nigerians not to resign to fear and despondency but brace up and work together as a people in the defence of our nation as the Buhari Presidency and the APC have shown that they are not committed to the security and wellbeing of our nation.
Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan

National Publicity Secretary

PRESIDENT BUHARI DENOUNCES THE KILLING OF KADUNA STUDENTS AS BARBARIC TERROR ATTACK
-Directs the deployment of “fiercest show of legitimate force against perpetrators.”
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday strongly condemned the killing of three of the students kidnapped at Greenfield University, Kaduna State.
The President described the students as bright youngsters who were cut down by evil people in their prime.
“My thoughts are with their families in this time of grief. May their souls rest in peace,” said the President. He extended his condolences and that of the Federal Government to the relatives, associates of the murdered students and the Kaduna State government.
On the recurring incidents of kidnappings and killings in Kaduna State in particular, the President condemned them as “barbaric terror attacks,” and described as “unfortunate the tenor of some political and religious leaders that seem to further incite and stoke the pain and anguish of mourning families who are forced to confront these tragedies. Addressing this scourge, requires great show of empathy and coming together as a society to squarely confront these elements and the danger it poses to our democracy and peaceful life in the country.”
He gave strong assurances that those who think that profits can be made, either from money paid as ransom or in politics, “will suffer with equal measure of recompense under the full weight of the law for their wickedness and brutality.”
“Banditry, kidnapping and the politics of murders will be fought with all the resources available to our country,” declared the President.
Garba Shehu.
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
April 24, 2021

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