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“Someone said I slept with the wife of the man who helped my career”, – Perruzi

13 April 2021

Sensational Nigerian music artist, Tobechukwu Victor Okoh, popularly known as Perruzi, on Tuesday opened up about how he was able to give his new single the publicity it needed despite the shocking news of his mother’s death, his unexpected 2baba and Gaaga collaboration, and the unfounded social media speculation about his affair with Chioma.
Amid mourning his beloved mother who had died just two days after the release of his hit single, ‘For your pocket’, Peruzzi explained that having his team handle the song’s publicity afforded him the time he needed to grieve.
“I had just dropped ‘For your Pocket’, and then my mum died two days after. I had to take my time to cry but at the same time try to hide from my guys because we were already tweeting about the release of the new song, and I did not want them to stop. After a while, I had to tell them to allow me when it’s time to cry, and I would not disturb them, but whatever they did, they should not stop tweeting about it. I would go into the shower and cry, allow the water to wash away the pain, but once I was out, it was back to work. It was at that time that Davido posted my song on Snapchat, and that gave my career the boost it needed,” he said.
The musician went on to tell the story of how he got featured in the song that shook the Nigerian music industry in 2018. “Gaaga called me one morning, [saying] that we should vibe in the studio and that 2Baba was going to be there as well, and I said okay. I had already planned everything I would tell 2Baba because I had not met him before that time. When I got there, everything I planned on telling him was what he was telling me. He was bowing his head to me, and I was confused. I just kept saying, don’t do this to me; you are 2 Baba. What he did that day, I will never forget. We released the video, and it scattered Nigeria. Amaka gave me that older and more mature-minded audience. It was a song everyone could relate to, and it skyrocketed my career.”
As one who is not new to rumours, Perruzi still gets shocked once in a while when absurd stories are shared on social media. Speaking on the most interesting one he has heard so far, Perruzi said, “Someone said I had sex with the wife of the man who helped me. Do you know how crazy that is? Even if you hate me, what did Davido do to you? So right now, I am careful of every pin that drops near me.”
As one of Nigeria’s rising superstars with back-to-back hits, Perruzi continues to ride on the wings of his rich network and his exceptional talent.

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SANWO-OLU SUPPORTS PERSONS LIVING WITH CEREBRAL PALSY, DOWN SYNDROME •Promises 30-Year Old Graduate Employment into Civil Service

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has extended financial support to families of persons living with cerebral palsy and down syndrome in the State.

The financial assistance of N1million to N2.5million was given to 15 families of persons living with cerebral palsy and down syndrome.

Speaking during Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and Down Syndrome Day Celebration in Lagos on Sunday, Governor Sanwo-Olu said he is committed to seeing that at least two more special centers that would cater for the care of persons living with these conditions are established in the State.

Governor Sanwo-Olu also promised a 30-year old graduate from the Lagos State Polytechnic, Mr. Anthony Kupe, an employment into the civil service.

The Governor who took time to meet with, listen to, celebrate with and show support to families of persons living with cerebral palsy and down syndrome, was accompanied to the event by his wife Dr. (Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Segun Dawodu; Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Dr. Aina and General Manager of Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs (LASODA), Mr. Dare Ogundairo.

Among the beneficiaries of Governor Sanwo-Olu’s gesture is the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) housing four abandoned children living with Cerebral Palsy.

The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of LUTH who was represented by Prof. Adeyemo informed that the hospital wants the state government to take over the care of the children, saying that the oldest among them has been staying at LUTH for at least 22 years.

During the event, suggestions on creating a hub to develop and expand the creativity of persons with cerebral palsy and down syndrome, capacity building for caregivers, doing more with the inclusive curriculum in education, creating awareness on the kinds of assistive devices for cerebral palsy and down syndrome, as well as creating a Cerebral Palsy unit in all the local government areas were put forward by parents and caregivers.

Senior Special Assistant to Governor Sanwo-Olu on Persons Living With Disability, Adenike Oyetunde-Lawal revealed that the recipients were selected randomly from a wide pool of persons and families with cerebral Palsy, because the governor is keen on interacting with as many as he can to get the best results for all concerned.

Among the organisations and participants who attended the event were Cerebral Palsy Center, Down Syndrome Foundation of Nigeria and Modupe Cole Foundation, among others.

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GBOYEGA AKOSILE

CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY

MARCH 29, 2021

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SANWO-OLU APPROVES 21-YEAR JAIL TERM FOR CULTISTS, SIGNS ANTI-CULTISM BILL INTO LAW

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APPROVES 21-YEAR JAIL TERM FOR CULTISTS, SIGNS ANTI-CULTISM BILL INTO LAW

 

•Governor Appoints Two Permanent Secretaries, Members of Procurement Agency Governing Board

 

•Three Other Bills Signed Into Law

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has signed the bill for the Prohibition of Unlawful Societies and Cultism of 2021 into law, approving 21-year jail term for convicted cultists in the State.

 

The State’s House of Assembly, in February, passed the anti-cultism bill, which also stipulates 15-year jail term for anyone found guilty of abetting cultists and residents who willfully allow their properties to be used as meeting points by cultists.

 

Sanwo-Olu assented to the bill at the swearing-in event for newly appointed members of the State’s Public Procurement Agency Governing Board and two Permanent Secretaries held at Banquet Hall in the State House, Alausa, on Monday.

 

At the event, the Governor also signed three other bills into law. They are Lagos State Audit Service Commission (Amendment) Law of 2019, Lagos State Public Procurement Bill of 2021 and Coronavirus Pandemic Emergency Law of 2021.

 

The anti-cultism law repeals the Cultism (Prohibition) Law of 2007 (now Cap. C18, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015) and provides for more stringent punitive measures, as well as makes its application all-encompassing and applicable to the general public, as against the restriction of the previous law to students of tertiary institutions.

 

Sanwo-Olu said the State had suffered the negative effects of unlawful societies and cultism, stressing that the new law sought to make parents more responsible and show more interest in the up-bringing of their children and wards to ensure that they do not become a burden to the society.

 

Speaking on the appointment of the procurement agency’s Governing Board members, the Governor said their selection was predicated on their track record of integrity, experience and professional competence.

 

He said the Board’s duty was to oversee the procurement process, by ensuring that public funds were judiciously expended in manner that would promote accountability, transparency and value for money.

 

Sanwo-Olu said: “Your major responsibility as members of the Public Procurement Governing Board is to ensure strict adherence to the provisions of the State Public Procurement Law. You hold a crucial and strategic role in preventing wasteful spending and corruption in public procurement. The State Government and taxpayers count on you to keep the procurement process as transparent as possible.”

 

The Governor said the appointment of the two Permanent Secretaries into the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure was part of the move to restructure the ministry into two distinct offices, as necessitated by the need to engender improved efficiency and faster delivery of key projects under the purview of the Ministry.

 

“I challenge you to utilise your wealth of knowledge and experience for the expedited and seamless delivery of works and infrastructure projects; you must ensure that we achieve our purpose for restructuring the two offices,” Sanwo-Olu charged the appointed Permanent Secretaries.

 

The bill to amend the State’s Audit Law of 2015 was initiated by the executive to address observed flaws hindering the successful implementation of the extant Audit Law, Cap. A13, Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

 

With the amendments, the Central Internal Audit (CIA), which was a department in the Ministry of Finance is now a department under the Audit Service Commission. This is to bring auditors under one body for effective administration and independence of internal auditors in line with best global practice.

 

Lagos State Public Procurement Agency Law originally enacted in 2011, forms the legal bedrock for the public procurement regime in the State. The Law was based on the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) model which is a properly regulated procurement system standard on international best practice.

 

The Public Procurement Agency Governing Board members are the Commissioner for Finance, Dr Rabiu Olowo (chairman), Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Sam Egube, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, Mr. Fatai Onafowote (General Manager), Mrs Foluso Onabowale, Mr Foluso Mustapha, and Mr Lanre Olusola.

 

Each Governing Board’s member has a term of three years to serve in the Board.

 

The two Permanent Secretaries are Arc. Adebayo Odusanya (Office of Works) and Engr. Rotimi Thomas (Office of Infrastructure).

 

 

SIGNED

GBOYEGA AKOSILE

CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY

MARCH15, 2021

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LAGOS BEGINS COVID-19 VACCINE ROLL OUT WEEKEND – SANWO-OLU

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNOR

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LAGOS BEGINS COVID-19 VACCINE ROLL OUT WEEKEND – SANWO-OLU

•W.H.O Acknowledges State Govt’s Leadership in Disease Control

 

Lagos State will start rolling out Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines at the weekend, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu confirmed on Wednesday.

 

Sanwo-Olu said a steering committee set up for the vaccine administration was in its final stage of preparation for the deployment of the vaccine, confirming that the State had a clear-cut strategy for the vaccine distribution.

 

The Governor spoke when he received the country representative of the World Health Organization (W.H.O), Dr. Walter Mulombo, in a courtesy visit at the State House, Alausa.

 

The first consignment of 507,000 doses of Astra Zeneca vaccines provided by the Federal Government arrived in Lagos on Tuesday.

 

Sanwo-Olu said he was optimistic that the vaccine rollout would be successfully implemented, adding that the State’s Primary Healthcare Board would lead the effort in achieving herd immunity.

 

He said: “We have instituted a steering committee for the vaccine administration, which comprises health practitioners in the public and private sectors. They have designed a robust vaccine implementation strategy and they have identified various segments of our citizens who need to get first and in what order.

 

“Working with the State Primary Healthcare Board, we will start administering the vaccine by the weekend. We are leading from the front to convince our citizens that the vaccine is needed to build resistance, especially among frontline workers and those who have underlying issues.”

 

The Governor said the curve of the second wave of the virus had been flattened in Lagos, but added that the State still faced some challenging issues in the response. He said the State had put in place an elaborate process to ensure the vaccine administration succeeds.

 

Sanwo-Olu said health remained a critical component of his administration’s programmes in boosting human capital index, while also pledging the State’s readiness to partner with W.H.O in new areas of collaboration.

 

Mulombo said the W.H.O recognised Lagos Government’s contribution towards making Nigeria polio free, stressing that the country had shown courageous efforts in its response to stop COVID-19.

 

The envoy said that United Nations’ agency looked forward to Lagos’ leadership in efficient administration of COVID-19 vaccine.

 

He said: “We are here to re-assure you of UN’s continued support for Lagos State in combating health issues. We look forward to that leadership displayed in the early days of COVID-19 response and urge Lagos to show the same in rolling out the vaccine.”

 

 

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GBOYEGA AKOSILE

CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY

MARCH 10, 2021

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WE’VE RECEIVED LAGOS DOSES OF COVID-19 VACCINES – SANWO-OLU

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNOR

PRESS RELEASE

 

WE’VE RECEIVED LAGOS DOSES OF COVID-19 VACCINES – SANWO-OLU

 

Lagos State has received doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the Federal Government.

 

This was disclosed on Tuesday by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu while speaking at the 2021 International Women’s Day celebration organised by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation held at Police College, Ikeja.

 

Governor Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the State Government received the vaccines at 4am on Tuesday, noting that the vaccines have been kept in a safe place.

 

He assured Lagosians that the State government will soon commence the vaccinations in line with the scheduled guidelines laid down by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

 

Governor Sanwo-Olu also implored Lagosians to continue to keep to all the COVID-19 protocols like wearing of facemasks, washing and sanitising their hands and observing social distance.

 

Recall that last week, Nigeria took delivery of about four million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines as part of an overall 16 million doses planned to be delivered to the country in batches over the next few months.

 

The vaccines were provided by COVAX, in an unprecedented global effort to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday received shots of the COVID-19 vaccines at the State House, Abuja, and since then other eminent Nigerians have also received it.

 

 

SIGNED

GBOYEGA AKOSILE

CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY

MARCH 9, 2021

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LAGOS SET TO PRODUCE BRAND NEW CARS, AS SANWO-OLU SEALS AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING VEHICLE ASSEMBLY PLANT IN STATE

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OFFICE OF THE CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNOR

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LAGOS SET TO PRODUCE BRAND NEW CARS, AS SANWO-OLU SEALS AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING VEHICLE ASSEMBLY PLANT IN STATE

• Governor Unveils New Ride-Hailing Taxi Scheme

• Vehicle Assembly Plant Becomes Operational In 24 Months

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has unveiled a new e-hailing taxi scheme to redefine road transportation in the State. The Governor, on Thursday, signed partnership agreement with CIG Motors Company Limited for the take-off of “Lagos Ride” scheme with pilot fleet of 1,000 units of brand new Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs).

Also at the ceremony held at the State House in Marina, Sanwo-Olu formally sealed a Joint Venture Agreement with the automobile company for the establishment of Vehicle Assembly Plant in the State. In the next 24 months, Lagos will have a jointly-run factory for the production of different classes of brand new cars.

Establishment of the Vehicle Assembly Plant in Lagos was part of the bilateral agreements reached by the State Government and Chinese Investors’ Community when the Governor visited the Asian country in November, 2019.

IBILE Holdings Limited, a State-owned corporation, will be driving the two investment agreements on behalf of the Lagos State Government.

Sanwo-Olu said the new ride-hailing taxi was a social intervention programme initiated with an objective to create jobs and economic opportunities for residents of the State. He said the “Lagos Ride” scheme was in fulfilment of his administration’s desire to give residents a better choice in road transportation by offering a safe, efficient and modern cab model in line with policy thrust of his Government’s T.H.E.M.E.S agenda.

The Governor said the taxi scheme, which is expected to fully take-off in the next 6 months, had been structured along a profitability model and designed to be self-sustaining for expansion and growth.

He said: “I am elated to unveil the Lagos State Taxi Scheme, which is another innovative policy of this administration targeted at making life easier for Lagosians, improving mobility and creating a seamless multi-modal transportation system. The scheme, which is to be known as “Lagos Ride”, is in fulfilment of our desire to give Lagos residents better transportation choices. The modern ride-hailing service is one of the State Government’s socio-economic intervention programmes, which will be professionally managed in line with global best practices

“Our social intervention programmes are tailored towards the eradication of poverty, provision of jobs and other employment opportunities as well as the provision of basic necessities, that make good governance our people’s reality. A major attribute of a modern megacity is a world-class transportation system with inter-connected services and mobility choices for the citizens. The task of bequeathing a safe, efficient, quick, and modern public transportation system is a key thrust of our administration’s development agenda. We are guided by the need for an equitable transportation system with mobility choices for our people.”

Under the taxi scheme, Sanwo-Olu said the Cooperative Society in the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment would give operators brand new SUVs for a period of four years, during which they would pay a monthly installment. At the end of the credit tenure, the operators will have the opportunity to fully own the cars.

The Governor said the scheme would offer operators flexible repayment plan and affordable savings for vehicles’ maintenance.

Sanwo-Olu said the establishment of the Vehicle Assembly Plant was in furtherance of his administration’s economic growth blueprint, stressing that the Joint Venture Agreement would revive industrialisation, drive up skilled youth employment and create wealth, boost tourism, and encourage technology sharing, adaptation, and advancement.

He said: “As we formally sign the Joint Venture Agreement for the establishment of Motor Assembly Plant, Lagosians should expect a roll-out of vehicles from this plant within the next 18 months. I urge other stakeholders and private investors to collaborate with us to sustain the scheme. We have the political and administrative will to ensure business survives in Lagos.”

Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladehinde, said the e-hailing taxi scheme was initiated, following the approval of IBILE Holding Limited’s proposal in the August 31, 2020 State’s Executive Council meeting.

He said the Assembly Plant and the taxi scheme would boost socio-economic activities and support the development of ancillary enterprises in transportation sector.

Chairman of CIG Motors Company Limited, Diana Chen, pledged the full commitment of the automobile firm to the agreement.

Ms Chen, who is also the Vice Chairman of China-Africa Business Council (CABC), disclosed that the automobile firm would sponsor 50 students for a two-year engineering training in a vocational school in China to strengthen its partnership with the Lagos Government.

She said: “My teams are ready to work with 100 percent effort to build GAC MOTORS in Nigeria in the highest level of a brand. This international Joint Venture Project will soon bloom up in the Chinese business communities both in Nigeria and China. I assure you that, we will use this partnership as a best example to introduce and promote a Greater Lagos where greater opportunities abound.”

The highpoint of the event was the signing of the partnership agreements by the Managing Director of IBILE Holding Limited, Mr. Abiodun Amokomowo, and the Vice Chairman of CIG Motors Company Limited, Mr. Linus Idahosa in the presence of the Governor, Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, and Lagos Attorney General, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN.

 

SIGNED

GBOYEGA AKOSILE

CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY

MARCH 4, 2021

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SANWO-OLU, ANOTHER ‘ACTION GOVERNOR’ IN LAGOS, SAYS FASHOLA …As Minister, Governor Canvass Investment in Abattoir Business

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNOR

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SANWO-OLU, ANOTHER ‘ACTION GOVERNOR’ IN LAGOS, SAYS FASHOLA

…As Minister, Governor Canvass Investment in Abattoir Business

 

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has described Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu as ‘Action Governor’ of Lagos.

 

He said Lagos State has always produced Action Governors since the days of the first civilian governor of the State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande noting that Governor Sanwo-Olu, based on his quest to bring development to the people of Lagos State is another Action Governor.

 

Speaking on Friday during the commissioning of the new semi-mechanised abattoir for cows and goats under the Public-Private Partnership in Bariga, Fashola, who was a former governor of Lagos State, commended the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration for providing an enabling environment for Small and Medium Enterprises to thrive.

 

He said: “From Alhaji Jakande’s time till today, when a governor of Lagos State gives his word in public, you can take it to the bank. And that is why from the time of Alhaji Jakande to this time, they have always been called Action Governor. So, this is another Action Governor (Fashola pointing to Sanwo-Olu).

 

“I have nothing but commendation for your (Sanwo-Olu) government for providing an enabling environment for SMEs to thrive and for ensuring that the dream of turning a small butcher’s area into a semi-mechanised abattoir become a reality.”

 

Fashola while commending the facilitator of the semi-mechanised abattoir, Alhaji Olayiwola Niniola, said the essentials of progressive politics is the improvement of the human conditions, noting that the operations of the new abattoir will provide employment for about 800 persons.

 

In his address, Governor Sanwo-Olu said his administration is committed to agriculture, adding that all the plans for the sector would be implemented.

 

The Governor while commending Alhaji Niniola for turning a small butcher’s area into a semi-mechanised abattoir, called on more private investors to contribute to the red meat value chain in Lagos State.

 

He said: “This is a clear example of ‘can-do’ spirit and I must commend Alhaji Niniola for transforming this place. Looking at the state of how this abattoir was years ago, it was such an unpleasant sight but now it is looking good.

 

“Lagos consumes over 50 per cent of animal production in the country. Lagos State has about 16 abattoirs, and about 11 of them are owned by Lagos State Government This is a clear demonstration of how small SMEs can grow into big ones.”

 

Governor Sanwo-Olu also promised that more road construction and other additional infrastructure would be carried out by his administration for development of Bariga and its environs.

 

Also speaking, Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, while stressing the need for more abattoirs in the state to cater for the needs of the people, canvassed for more private investment in the abattoir business.

 

Speaking on need for hygienic processing and marketing of meat, the commissioner warned that illegal slaughter slabs will not be allowed in the state.

 

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GBOYEGA AKOSILE

CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY

FEBRUARY 14, 2020

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LASG SEEKS SYNERGY WITH NIMASA ON WATERWAYS, FERRY SERVICES

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNOR

PRESS RELEASE

 

LASG SEEKS SYNERGY WITH NIMASA ON WATERWAYS, FERRY SERVICES

•Lagos Is Best In Maritime Safety, Security – NIMASA Boss

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday expressed his administration’s readiness to partner and synergise with Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and other federal agencies in areas of comparative advantages for the growth and development of the State and Federal Government.

 

Governor Sanwo-Olu gave the assurance while receiving the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh and other top officials of the federal agency, who paid a courtesy visit to him at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja on Tuesday.

 

The Governor while stressing the need for collaboration between Lagos State Government and the federal agency, enjoined NIMASA to work with the State in the areas of certification and training for small boat operators, removal of wreckages, improved coastline rotation and clearing of the waterways.

 

Governor Sanwo-Olu, who disclosed that Lagos State is responsible for over 70 per cent maritime activities in Nigeria, said the State Government has put in place many plans and policies to improve the blue economy in Nigeria through business opportunities in the maritime sector.

 

He said the Lekki Deep Port will be commissioned before the end of his administration to decongest the Apapa Port, noting that several investments that Lagos is making in the maritime sector when completed will increase businesses and revenues for NIMASA.

 

“We are at the stage of completing 15 jetties in the state. We have moved over 250,000 passengers through our ferry services in less than a year. Our plan is to develop the waterways where people do a lot. It is a deliberate strategy we need to look at.

 

“As a government, we are ready to work hand in hand with you. We will commission the Lekki Port before the end of this administration so we can decongest Apapa. We are willing and ready. We want to see that real synergy,” he said.

 

Speaking earlier, the Director-General of NIMASA commended Lagos State Government for ensuring that the State is the safest maritime domain in the country based on how the Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration has addressed insecurity in the State.

 

Jamoh, who disclosed that 70 to 80 per cent of the goods coming in and out of the country are from Lagos, noted that in spite of high rate of insecurity in the maritime sector in the country, Lagos remains the only state that has the highest maritime security.

 

The DG of NIMASA said the maritime industry, if well harnessed could help the country diversify and end its reliance on oil, adding that the Blue economy, which is the use of the ocean for economic growth, will increase livelihood and enhance the wellbeing of our people.

 

He said the areas of partnership between Lagos State Government and NIMASA, will include fishery, safety on the waterways, ferry services, waste management on the sea, extension and development of the shipping industry.

 

SIGNED

GBOYEGA AKOSILE

CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY

FEBRUARY 9, 2021

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SANWO-OLU WELCOMES FG’S MOVE TO DOMESTICATE COMMUNITY POLICING

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNOR

PRESS RELEASE

 

SANWO-OLU WELCOMES FG’S MOVE TO DOMESTICATE COMMUNITY POLICING

•As Police Engage Lagosians on Framework

•Organised Labour Hails Lagos Governor on Security

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has welcomed the idea by the Federal Government and the Police Force to integrate the concept of community policing into the formal security architecture of the State.

 

The development, Sanwo-Olu said, will allow security agencies to efficiently nip crimes in the bud and swiftly respond to security breaches before blowing out of proportion.

 

The Governor spoke at the event organised by the Police Force and hosted by the State Government to sensitise members of the public on community policing.

 

The event, with the theme: “Understanding Community Policing: A Framework for Action”, was held at the Banquet Hall of the Governor’s office and attended by Commissioners of Police in all the Southwest states, religious groups, traditional institution, labour unions, civil society groups, and chairmen of the 57 local councils in Lagos.

 

The mass sensitisation followed the approval of community policing strategy by the Federal Government to further localise the operations of the police.

 

Sanwo-Olu, represented by the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Sam Egube, said the implementation of the community policing strategy was long overdue, given the nature of crimes and the need to enhance public safety.

 

The Governor urged residents of the State to embrace the initiative and volunteer information that would prepare security agencies to respond and isolate troublemakers in their communities.

 

He said: “The integration of community policing into the formal security architecture is a welcome development and this should be further encouraged with the keen participation of all members of the public, because they are the ones that can identify and provide timely information on security challenges.

 

“Our administration believes in ensuring and enhancing public safety and security as a critical requirement for economic growth and development. We shall continue to provide support for strategies that will ensure and enhance quality and effective security for the lives and properties of all residents.”

 

Sanwo-Olu admonished members of the public to be committed to the campaign in securing their communities in line with extant laws and regulations.

 

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu, represented by Assistant Inspector General (AIG) in charge of Zone II, Mr. Ahmed Ilyasu, said implementation of the strategy was to bridge the gap between the police and communities, stressing that the Police Force was ready to collaborate with critical stakeholders in the communities to achieve the objectives.

 

He said: “The concept of community policing in the 21st century has gone beyond the mundane approach of policing, rather than policing of the community. It is policing within the community that connotes security is every citizen’s business.

 

“Our community policing is a strategy of combating crimes and we are so passionate about it, as it is the only almighty formula in solving crimes, criminality and veritable measure in crises management situation in the nation.”

 

Vice President of Industrial Global Union, Comrade Issa Aremu, praised the police for the mass sensitisation, which he described as “timely”.

 

The trade union activist said it was time for the repositioning of the police for efficient service delivery as the agency at the centre of internal security. He called for more investment in equipment of the men in uniform and a reward system for those who distinguish themselves in the line of duty.

 

Given the Lagos population, Aremu said the introduction of community policing could not have come at a better time. He said the organised labour was proud of Governor Sanwo-Olu’s dexterity in managing the security crises occasioned by Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and EndSARS protest.

 

Wale Okunniyi, who spoke on behalf of the civil society groups, expressed solidarity to the move towards community policing.

 

The event was also attended by Oba of Lagos, represented by Opeluwa of Lagos, Chief Lateef Ajose and AIG in charge Zone 17, Isaac Akinboyede.

 

 

SIGNED

GBOYEGA AKOSILE

CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY

FEBRUARY 9, 2021

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Adeola Azeez, former chairperson of WIMBIZ, discusses major life lessons, and more #WithChude

Adeola Azeez, former chairperson of WIMBIZ, discusses major life lessons, and more #WithChude

 

As she turns 60 and formally retires from her role as deputy managing director of German multinational, Deutsche Bank Nigeria and chairperson of non-profit entrepreneurial network, Women in Business (WIMBIZ), seasoned business leader and financial operations specialist, Adeola Azeez shares many years worth of profound life lessons and wise counsel for the next generation of African business leaders with host and co-founder of Joy, Inc., Chude Jideonwo.

 

Speaking on some of the core values that guided her throughout her career, Adeola said, “Always be prepared. You know yourself, you know your capacity, your ability, what you want and what you don’t want. For the things you still want, always be prepared,” she said.

 

“One thing I have learnt in the past 4 years is to manage my expectations. So when I expect a position or a reaction from somebody that I thought was a walk-over and I don’t get it, I am hugely disappointed. So be prepared, manage your expectations,” she continued.

 

Adeola also implored the younger generation not to be unduly critical of people and situations as criticism breeds ugly results. “We are very judgmental in this environment, so don’t judge,” she said. “Those that judge, sometimes don’t like the outcome of it. When you judge, you already have a mindset about a particular person and then if it doesn’t turn out that way, some harm or damage could have already been done”

 

In her closing remarks, Adeola encouraged the youth to assume leadership positions in their chosen fields while standing on the shoulders of the outgoing ones. In her words, “The young have grown, and they are here to lead. So, you are not the generation of tomorrow. The leaders of tomorrow are here today. The only value that we are bringing to the table is experience.”

 

Even in retirement, Adeola Azeez continues to inspire many professional and entrepreneurial women across Africa, motivating them to take advantage of opportunities and make the most of their -God-given potentials.