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…Says COVID-19 Has Shown People Need To Pray, Serve

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has charged Nigerians, especially Christians to pray to God, serve and do their best for the growth of their respective faith, State and the nation at large.

Speaking on Monday at the official opening ceremony of the second Session of the 34th Synod of the Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) at Our Saviour’s Church, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, Governor Sanwo-Olu said COVID-19 has shown in reality that people need to pray and therefore implored the people of Lagos State to continue to pray.

The Governor, who disclosed that Monday September 7, 2020 would be the first day in over six months that he is entering into “House of the Lord,’ thanked God for sparing his life and millions of Lagosians, especially members of the Diocese of Lagos to witness this year’s Synod even as Lagos State continues to see a reduction in the numbers of confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Stressing the need for Christians to pray and serve in reference to the Synod theme “Pray, Serve and Grow” with Romans 12:11 as reference scripture, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the theme of the Synod was apt because for all to build a ‘Greater Lagos’ there is need for people to pray to God, serve and do their best for growth of the State.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, who started his Goodwill Message with songs and appreciation to God, said: “Following the rude, unexpected and difficult events of COVID – 19 which we have all witnessed in Year 2020 beginning from early December 2019 in Wuhan city of China, there can be not better befitting theme for our Synod than to “Pray, Serve and Grow (Romans 12:11 says ‘not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.’

“We are to pray in order to acknowledge our limitations as human beings because God remains sovereign. He remains the Supreme God; He knows it all and he is in charge of all circumstances we human beings might face.

“Service to the Lord is serving one another; it is about loving one another, supporting one another. Serving the Lord is serving one another in active ingredients of the work of our faith, which without one another, we are all dead as said James 2:17 ‘Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.’

“It is therefore pertinent to say that we can surely grow spiritually and in every wise, when we pray and serve the Lord. As we begin to regain our lives again as a Church, State and nation, the best way possible for us is to stand on our feet and to stand resolute in faith and believing that God is always with us.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu while stressing the importance of prayer and service to growth of Lagos State, said: “For us in Lagos, to build a ‘Greater Lagos’, we certainly need to hold on to God. We certainly need to pray. We certainly need to use God as an instrument of contact for all of us because of what we have gone through in 2020.

“It was said that we would be taking dead bodies on the streets. But thank Almighty God, He kept all of us during the COVID-19 pandemic. We had less than two per cent of fatality in Lagos when the statistics had projected we would have 10 to 15 per cent.

“What we preach and heard in the Bible is here with us in today’s reality. COVID-19 has shown us in reality that we need to pray and this is why we will continue to pray in Lagos State. We need to serve wherever we find ourselves. Whatever we found our hands to do, let us do it well. Let us do it for the best of intentions because we do not know who is watching.

“And of course we need to grow. We need to grow in the house of God. We need to grow as a people. We need to grow as a nation. We need to grow as a denomination. We need to grow as a Diocese.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu commended all the frontline workers for their readiness to serve the State passionately during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Service in the context of the times we are in and in line with Apostle Paul’s admonition to the Romans to serve eagerly and earnestly is being exemplified by our frontline health workers who have remained steadfast in offering selfless service even at the risk of their lives and those of their families,” he said.

The Governor also commended religious leaders in Lagos State, especially the Diocese of Lagos for their support and cooperation in ensuring strict adherence to the directive of the State government in respect of COVID 19 pandemic.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, said despite over 18,000 people testing positive to coronavirus infection, the State recorded less than two per cent fatality.

He therefore commiserated and sympathised with the families, congregation, friends and people of all faiths and tribes that lost their loved ones during the pandemic.

Governor Sanwo-Olu also appreciated all the good works of the Diocesan and Missioner of Diocese of Lagos, The Rt. Rev Humphrey Olumakaiye and promised to contribute his quota to the ongoing Centenary City project of Diocese of Lagos as a member of the diocese, noting that “Anglican Communion, especially the Diocese of Lagos is a church with foresight and a pacesetter in holistic evangelism.”

In his address, Bishop Humphrey Olumakaiye, who described Governor Sanwo-Olu as indefatigable and result oriented, said the governor had approved the construction of the road leading to the Centenary City of the Diocese and mobilised contractors to move to site.

He also commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for showing leadership in managing the COVID-19 pandemic in Lagos State as well as delivering on some of his campaign promises in line with “Greater Lagos” agenda, which is being carried out through the T.H.E.M.E.S. developmental agenda of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration.

Also speaking at the event, Primate and Metropolitan of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev Henry Ndukuba, who was represented by the Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos West, Rt. Revd. Olusola Odedeji, wished the Diocese of Lagos a fruitful synod and also commended Governor Sanwo-Olu’s administration.

The Dean Emeritus and the immediate past Bishop of Diocese of Lagos, Most Rev Ephraim Ademowo commended Bishop Olumakaiye for the great works he is doing in the diocese, noting that he is happy that the incumbent bishop has taken the Diocese of Lagos to a greater height.








  • Governor Makes Case For Remodelling Of Lagos Airport

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, met with the management team of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) ahead of the next Saturday’s re-opening of airspace for international flights.

Discussions at the meeting focused partly on actionable steps being put in place at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) by the Federal and State governments to give travellers comfort and better experience when the facility is opened for air traffic.

The FAAN team, led by its Managing Director, Captain Rabiu Yadudu, also made requests to the Governor for interventions germane to the seamless operations of the Lagos airport, which contributes 70 per cent of FAAN’s total revenue.

Sanwo-Olu said officials of the State Government have been working round the clock with the Federal Government to initiate safety protocols in place at the airport and drive compliance. The effort, he said, will be followed by a joint assessment of the airport facility with FAAN and other agencies.

The Governor used the occasion to explain the development activities embarked on by the State Government to ensure travellers have better experience while passing through the airport, disclosing that the State had already started the construction of a world-class bus terminal close to the airport.

The bus terminal, the Governor said, will serve as holding station for international passengers who will not be driving into the airport. He said the bus station would be complemented with rail infrastructure to shuttle air passengers from the metropolis departure terminals.

He said: “An airport is a gateway that defines the nation, because it is the first facility to be seen by international travellers. The Murtala Mohammed International Airport is an important asset, not only to the Federal Government but also to Lagos State. The strategic use of this airport should necessitate that need for us to fully harness the asset and make it a bubbling destination for tourists and businessmen coming into the country.

“As a State Government, we are taking complementary efforts to ensure the airport promotes business and is safe for travellers. We have started the construction of a massive bus terminal along the airport road, which will be complemented with a rail project. The rail project is part of the Red Line Rail project which will start from Ebute Metta and pass through Oshodi. The right-of-way of this project has been determined and we are hoping the project will start before the end of the year.”

Sanwo-Olu charged FAAN management on remodelling of the airport’s facilities to become a hub of business and tourism. He said some of the facilities installed in the airport at inception were due for modernisation and upgrading.

The Governor particularly made a case for the provision of fast free internet connectivity within lounges at the airport, noting that the era of passengers sitting for long without internet access had passed.

He said the functionality of the airport must be fully explored, urging the management to invest in facilities that would drive more passenger traffic to the airport.

He said: “Travellers across the world are looking for destinations where things they enjoy in their comfort zones are provided. When we provide services and infrastructure that will drive traffic to our airport, not only will it triple the revenue generated for the Government, it will also improve the status of the airport within the continent.”

Yadudu used the opportunity to thank the State Government for the construction of the airport road from Oshodi, noting that the intervention had strengthened the partnership between Lagos Government and FAAN.

The FAAN boss, however, pleaded with the Governor to intervene in ensuring smooth safety compliance and provision services as the airport prepared to re-open for commercial activities.

Some of the FAAN requests included provision of BRT buses to commute passengers from car park to departure and arrival halls, expansion of strategic airport roads, and halting of encroachment on the airport land around Ajao Estate and Shasha, among other.

Governor promised further engagements with Aviation Minister on ways to resolve other issues around the Lagos airport.






President Buhari Will Leave Legacy of Massive Infrastructural Development – Minister


President Muhammadu Buhari is making great efforts to leave a legacy of massive infrastructural development across the country, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said.


The Minister stated this on Thursday during a media tour of the 1.8-km Loko-Oweto Bridge across River Benue, along with the Ministers of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, and Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume.


He said the inspection is part of the ongoing media tour of federal government infrastructure projects, which was kick-started two weeks ago with the tour of the Lagos Ibadan Standard Gauge Rail Project.


Alhaji Mohammed disclosed that the bridge, which is being funded from the proceeds of the Sukuk Loan, is 97.3% completed.


He said the Loko-Oweto Bridge is part of a network that includes the 106-kilometre road from Oweto to Otukpo, which is completed, and the 76-kilometre road from the Loko end of the bridge to Nasarawa, which is at 20% completion stage.


“What this bridge is achieving is that it is linking the Northern part of the country and the Southern part of the country. Even though we call it Loko-Oweto Bridge, which is linking Nasarawa and Benue States, it goes further to link the South-South and the South East.


“The communities (some members of which welcomed the Ministers) have been able to highlight how this bridge has also helped in the area of curbing insecurity, as well as fostering integration and friendship between the two communities,” the Minister said.


He said the government will continue to showcase to Nigerians how it is judiciously utilizing the loans it has taken to develop infrastructure across the country, instead of exchanging words with naysayers.


In his remarks, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Fashola, explained that while the bridge itself has been completed, the link roads on both ends should be ready by the end of the year.


He said in addition to attracting development, the bridge will provide the needed infrastructure for the agrarian communities in the area to transport their farm produce to the market.


Mr. Fashola said the bridge is one of the 37 bridges across the country that are either being constructed or rehabilitated by the Federal Government, listing others as including the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos, the Second Niger Bridge, the Ikom Bridge in Cross River, the Murtala Mohammed Bridge in KotonKarfe, Kogi State, the Tatabu Bridge linking Niger and Kwara States, the Isaac Boro Bridge in Port Harcourt and the Tamburawa Bridge in Kano State.


Also speaking, the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator Akume called on the people of Benue and Nasarawa States to remain peaceful in order to attract more projects to the area.


Mr. Igor Zavodchiki, the Chief Engineer of the construction company handling the Loko-Oweto bridge, Mssrs RCC Nig. Ltd., pledged to deliver the project, including the approach roads, by the end of the year.


He said the second lane of the bridge has already been opened for vehicular movement.


The Loko-Oweto Bridge project consists of two dual-lane bridges, tagged Northern and Southern bridges.


Segun Adeyemi

Special Assistant To The President (Media)

Office of the Minister of Information and Culture

Loko-Oweto Bridge (Across River Benue)

27 Aug. 2020



…Urges New Council Boss To Priortise Welfare Of The People

…I Will Discharge My Duties In Accordance With LG Administration Laws, Chairman Assures


Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sworn-in Hon. Oladotun Olakanle as the new Executive Chairman of Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in the State, urging him to make welfare of the people his priority.


Speaking during the swearing-in ceremony held at the Lagos House in Ikeja on Thursday, Governor Sanwo-Olu urged Hon. Olakanle to prioritise the welfare of the people and always be guided by the principles of transparency, accountability and probity in the management of public resources entrusted in his care.


Hon. Olakanle, a former Vice Chairman of Onigbongbo LCDA became the new council boss following the demise of the immediate past Chairman, Hon. Babatunde Oke, who died on Wednesday August 12.


Governor Sanwo-Olu while stressing the need for continuity of good governance in Onigbongbo LCDA, implored Hon. Olakanle to see his emergence as council chairman as “Call to Duty” with a benchmark for performance already established by his predecessor in line with the incumbent administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S development agenda.


He said: “I congratulate you on your elevation to the position of Chairman of Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area. I urge you to carry on the good works which you were part of the process of initiation and implementation as Vice Chairman before your swearing in today.


“To succeed in this new position, you must see yourself as a team leader and not take for granted the goodwill of the people of Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area. The best way to achieve this is to prioritise the welfare of the people and always be guided by the principles of transparency, accountability and probity in the management of public resources that has been entrusted into your care.


“I charge you to see this opportunity as a ‘Call to Duty’ with a benchmark for the performance already established by your predecessor and our administration’s governance template and vision for a Greater Lagos encapsulated in the T.H.E.M.E.S development agenda. If you look at our T.H.E.M.E.S. agenda, you will always have things to take on there, to work and administer to your people.


“You are expected to land on your feet, running from Day One and let the residents and citizens of Onigbongbo LCDA feel your impact. They do have high expectations of you. I have no doubt in my mind that you will not betray their trust.”


Governor Sanwo-Olu also gave assurance that his administration would continue to sustain the synergy it currently has with the 57 local government chairmen.


“I want to affirm the commitment of our administration to ensure that the socio-economic welfare of our citizens in Lagos State is paramount to us. We will continue to sustain the synergy that we currently have with our local government chairmen. Indeed we expect that the dividends of democracy would not only be what the state government would do but would also be what the local governments would do,” he said.


Speaking on the former chairman, Governor Sanwo-Olu, who observed a minute silence in honour of the deceased, described late Oke as an affable and committed party man who had fantastic dreams for his people.


He said the state government would continue to remember the lasting legacies he left behind, adding that “the greatest respect we can render to his memory is to continue with the vision of development that he had for the Local Council Development Area.


“We will continue to remember the lasting legacies he left behind and the greatest respect we can render to his memory is to continue with the vision of development that he had for the Local Council Development Area.”


Giving a vote of assurance, Hon. Olakanle, who described his emergence as Chairman of Onigbongbo LCDA as a divine offer, assured Governor Sanwo-Olu that he would work towards the actualization of T.H.E.M.E.S. development agenda in Onigbongbo LCDA.


He also appreciated God and commended the support of the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who he described as father of democracy, for giving him the opportunity to serve where he started from and where he is today.


“I want to assure Mr. Governor that in this assignment that I am being given to do now, I will do it with justice. I will do what I am supposed to do and I will try as much as possible to discharge my duties as enshrined in the administrative guidelines of the local government.


“This is an opportunity I never envisaged. Because of this, I am seeing this as a divine offer, which by the special grace of God I am not going to take for granted. I am going to commit myself to the service of my local government and in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S. agenda of the present administration in Lagos State,” he promised.





AUGUST 27, 2020


…Inaugurates Governing Councils For Lagos Tertiary Institutions


It’s a new dawn in tertiary education in Lagos State, with the appointment of new members of Governing Councils for four State-owned institutions by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.


On Tuesday, chairmen and members of Councils for the Lagos State University (LASU), Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), and Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED) were officially inaugurated at a ceremony held in the Banquet Hall of the State House, Alausa.


Governor Sanwo-Olu said the composition of the Councils marked a watershed in his administration’s drive to repositioning the State-owned tertiary institutions from regular degree-awarding schools to world-class citadels of innovation and invention.


He said smooth running of tertiary institutions remained critical to achieving the education blueprint of his Government, which, the Governor said, aims to accelerate the growth of the State economy by nurturing young people to become innovators and wealth creators.


The Governor charged the Councils’ members to key into his administration’s reform agenda and bring their “outstanding achievements” to bear in changing the narrative of the schools.


He said: “We have taken pain to select distinguished and outstanding Nigerians to be the heads and members of Governing Councils of our tertiary institutions. I have no doubt that we have chosen wisely with the calibre of people we have picked. The appointment is a call towards the effort for the advancement of tertiary education in Lagos State and comes with huge responsibilities that must be discharged with integrity, foresight and dedication.


“Tertiary institutions are critical in nurturing individuals to become innovators and wealth creators who will contribute to accelerate the growth of the State economy. Education and Technology forms the third pillar in our development agenda, known as Project THEMES, and our goal is to turn around our schools to become a model of excellence in the delivery of high-quality education.


“I have absolute confidence that members of the Councils will help enable the reforms required to deliver quality teaching and learning in line with the demands of the 21st century. With these appointments, the Councils’ members must familiarise themselves with policies and initiatives of our administration in the education, and help build academic institutions that will compete favourably on the global platform.”


Sanwo-Olu charged the Councils’ members with a responsibility to set the tertiary institutions on the platform of self-sustenance by leveraging their network in global academic and business circles to attract endowment and research grants to the schools.


The Governor pledged that his administration would neither relent nor abrogate its statutory responsibility on the institutions, promising that he would make necessary material and financial resources available to ensure the institutions become places of reference.


He said: “Another important responsibility is to ensure the implementation and monitoring of systems of control and accountability. You also have a role to play in setting out a practical yet ambitious vision for the near and distant future.


“Therefore, your assignment as members of Governing Councils is critical to the success of our Government. We will do everything to support you and ensure that the access required is provided. This Government is ready to work with the Councils and ensure all students who pass through our schools are fully equipped for the future.”


The Governor described technological education as a “new normal”, saying the State had targeted key tertiary institutions in the ongoing deployment of metropolitan fibre optics. Provision of digital infrastructure, Sanwo-Olu said, would enable Lagos realise its Smart City programme and deliver critical components of its education blueprint.


Sanwo-Olu said the Councils’ members were carefully selected and picked to carry out the responsibility of administering the affairs of the schools based on their track records in their respective professional and commitments of education.


He urged them to discharge their duties with “utmost” integrity, accountability, dedication and commitment, while also charging them work in cooperation with managements of the schools and promote peace.


Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Hon. Tokunbo Wahab, said the Governing Councils were constituted with the objective to work in line with the Governor’s vision to reposition the schools.


Speaking on behalf of all the appointees, Pro-chancellor of LASU and chairman of Council, Prof. Adebayo Ninalowo, said education remained the bedrock of development.


He said members of the Councils remain fully equipped and ready to set the institutions on the direction of development.


“At the end of our tenure, I assure that Lagosians would be proud of our service,” Ninalowo said.


Governor Sanwo-Olu also appointed Prof. Gbolahan Elias, SAN, as the Chancellor of LASU. He will be succeeding Justice George Oguntade (rtd) whose tenure expires next month.


The following list contains names of the appointees



Prof Adebayo Ninalowo (Chairman)

Prof Shafiudeen Amuwo

Mrs Adenike Yomi-Faseun

Dr. Adetugbobo Hakeem

Mr Sule Tolani

Mrs Folashade Adesoye

Mr Karl Tokun Toriola

Mr Kunle Soname

Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odili

Mr Adebayo Akinsanya

Mrs Mojisola Tolagbe Taiwo

Mrs Moronke Williams

Mr Anuoluwapo Esho

Mrs Foluke Kafayat AbdulRazaq



Prof Rasheed Kola Ojikutu (Chairman)

Dr Mrs Awonuga Abiola Olawunmi

Bldr. Saabi Olakunle Alaba

Mr Habeeb Aileru

Prince Adesegun Ogunlewe

Mrs Iyabo Kuteyi

Mr Nurudeen Oluseni Olaleye

Mrs Olayinka Babalola



Prof Nuru Olasupo (Chairman)

Mrs Riskat Akiode

Mr Olaolu Mudashiru

Dr. Wole Ajifowoke



Alhaja Sekinat Yusuf (Chairperson)

Mrs Victoria Mopelola Perigrino

Mrs Folashade Agbalajobi

Hon. Toun Adediran

Mr Johnbull Adebanjo

Dr. Waliu A. Ipaye





AUGUST 25, 2020



Minister Pushes For Private-Sector-Driven DSO


The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said with the planned settlement of outstanding debts, the Digital Switch Over (DSO) in broadcasting will transit to a private-sector-driven enterprise in order for it to be sustainable.


The Minister stated this in Abuja on Tuesday, at a meeting with stakeholders in the DSO Project.


“While looking for funds to pay outstanding debts and re-start the process, I want to put it on record here that we will be pursuing a full private-sector-driven DSO and there will be no more subsidies, either of Set Top Boxes or of Signal carriage. This process must be self-sustaining,” he said


Alhaji Mohammed said he is working with the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning as well as the Federal Executive Council as part of efforts to secure the funds to re-start the process, which has been stalled since the last rollout in Osogbo, Osun State, in 2018.


He said lack of funds has hindered the commencement of the process of Analogue Switch Off, which will in turn free up spectrum for resale, deliver the benefits of Digital Television and stimulate Nigeria’s digital economy, adding that the Ministry is prioritizing the DSO project because it is critical to the post-Covid prosperity of the Creative Industry


The Minister said the ministry has started the process of implementing Audience Measurement, which will go a long way in driving advertising spend to the DSO platform, thus helping the channels to fulfill their obligations to the Signal Distributors.


He charged the meeting to come up with a creative strategy of implementing the DSO with an expressed commitment to continue with the process until every state has been covered.


“Ladies and gentlemen, going forward, the bottom line is that we need to think out of the box if we are to complete this process. Nigerians have waited far too long to enjoy the benefits of Digital Television. The Analogue to Digital Switch Over must not be delayed any longer than absolutely necessary,” Alhaji Mohammed said.


The DSO, which was launched in Jos, Plateau State, on April 30th 2016, has so far rolled out in Abuja, Kaduna, Ilorin, Enugu and Osogbo.


Segun Adeyemi

Special Assistant To The President (Media)

Office of The Minister of Information and Culture


25 Aug. 2020

FG Commences Rehabilitation of Radio House


The Federal Government has commenced the first major rehabilitation of the 14-Floor Radio House Complex in Abuja since it was constructed 33 years ago.


The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced this on Monday in Abuja during a tour of the edifice under rehabilitation.


“Since the Radio House was built about 33 years ago, this is the first time the edifice is being given a major facelift,” he said.


Alhaji Mohammed said the rehabilitation work, which was supposed to be carried out in twelve weeks, was slowed down by the Coronavirus outbreak.


He however said with the strict observance of the COVID-19 safety protocols and the drafting of more workers to site, the contractor has assured that the project will be delivered in a few weeks time.


“From what I am seeing in the model, in a few weeks’ time, we are going to have a brand new Radio House,” the Minister said


He said the contract for the rehabilitation, which will be done in phases, was awarded by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to Messrs Blue Furniture at a cost of N449,565,505.88.


The scope of the project include: demolition and alterations of aluminum roof, walls, tiles, paint and conduit pipes; Roof construction and covering using ArmorThane coating; Supply and fixing of steel doors and aluminium windows; Rehabilitation of three kones Lifts/ Elevators; Supply and installation of 30Kva Ups for Lifts and A/Cs; Removal and replacement of industrial air expellant system; General repair of toilet and plumbing work and Supply and installation of pole breakers ABB for High Tension and Low Tension Room.


Other components of the contract are: Fixing of LED corridor spotlight; Finishing of floor, wall and ceiling internally; Repainting and decorating internally; and Entrance refurbishment.


The Radio House Complex houses the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture; Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria and the Voice of Nigeria.


The Minister was accompanied on the visit by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Deaconess Grace Isu-Gekpe, and other management staff of the ministry.


Segun Adeyemi

Special Assistant To The President (Media)

Office of The Minister of Information and Culture