Lagos Assembly to re-order Sanwo-Olu’s N1.168trn budget

…as lawmakers mourn Muse   Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has directed House Joint Committees on Budget and Economic Planning and Finance to re-order the budget of the state for year 2020 from N1.68 trillion to N920.5 billion. The Speaker gave the directive after conducting a voice-vote based on a request for the budget re-ordering as contained in a letter sent to the House by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. The letter was read on the floor by the Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez…

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Governorship primaries: APC leaders threaten revolt against Tinubu over Ambode

Members of the political family of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu have threatened to vote against his choice, should he back the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, for a second term. The decision followed pressures being mounted on the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Tinubu, from different quarters to back Ambode for second term. New Telegraph gathered from a reliable source in the party that Tinubu’s loyalists, who are majorly in Mandate Movement, held a meeting in Lagos yesterday and unanimously decided to challenge their leader if he…

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PHOTOS: Theresa May visits Lagos, meets with Ambode

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has arrived in Lagos State. She was received at the Murtala Mohammed International airport by Governor Akinwumi Ambode. The Prime Minister and Governor Ambode later held a brief meeting at the presidential wing of the airport, discussing trade and business-related issues. May is expected to later visit Salvation Army Headquarters in Lagos, where she will meet with some victims of modern day slavery. Theresa May earlier arrived in Nigeria today and met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja.

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DPO, 30 others injured as Lagos communities clash

More than 30 people, among them a Divisional Police Officer (DPO), were injured when youths of neighbouring communities at Ajegunle – Layinka and Olumokun – area of Lagos clashed yesterday. The warring factions burnt a police van, vandalised some buildings, including worship centres, and shops. There has been a long standing supremacy battle between youths of both sides. But yesterday, it was learnt that youths from one of the two communities crossed the Layinka Bridge, which serves as the boundary between the communities, to collect money from some residents. Their…

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Lagos denies plans to place religious leaders on salary

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday debunked viral report on the social media suggesting that it was planning to commence paying salary to religious leaders in the State, saying the claim was totally untrue and misleading. Commissioner for Home Affairs, Mr. Abdulateef Abdulhakeem who made the clarification while speaking on a television programme monitored in Lagos, said there was no iota of truth in the said report, and urged members of the public to disregard it in its entirety. He said: “The clear position is that the Lagos State Government…

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Again, Lagos rewards school debate winners with N10m cash

For the second time in one week, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has demonstrated his passion for education by rewarding handsomely finalists in the state’s schools debate in the three categories – primary, junior and secondary schools.   Apart from winning prizes ranging from N1 million cash prizes for overall winners in the three categories, and N750,000 and N500,000 for the first and second runners-up respectively, all schools that came fourth in the contest got N250,000 each for their efforts.   Each of the 19 students in the final round…

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Lagos High School Music Challenge kicks off

High school students and lovers of live music are in for exciting times as a novel Lagos High School Music Challenge (LHSMC) kicks off. LHSMC is a unique music contest aimed at harnessing music talents among children and teenagers in the state while empowering and offering early guidance into the ever growing and exciting world of live music. The program which is opened to secondary students in Lagos will officially debut today at the Multi-Purpose Hall, EKO FM, Agidingbi, Ikeja, with over 30 contestants vying for honors and various goodies…

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Lagos, UNWTO to promote tourism world-wide

Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili yesterday said that Lagos state would play a pivotal role in the organisation’s quest to promote new tourism destinations across the world.   Pololikashvili, who made this known when he led a high powered delegation, consisting eight Ministers of Tourism and representatives from 44 countries across Africa on a courtesy visit to Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, said the Technical Visit to the state as part of activities for the just concluded 61st UNWTO/CAF Meeting in Abuja,…

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Lagos, Kogi, Ebonyi and Yobe hold parallel congresses

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The political crises in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in Lagos, Ebonyi, Kogi and Ondo, Yobe states deepened yesterday as two parallel executives emerged in each of the states during the state congresses held at different locations.   In Lagos, the homestead of the APC National leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, emerged as party chairman at the state congress held at the party’s secretariat in Acme, Ikeja, which was conducted by the Lagos State Congress Committee set up by…

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Lagos laments inadequate maritime infrastructure at port

Lagos State Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives has lamented inadequate infrastructure at port. Its Commissioner, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, explained that the inadequate port infrastructure has largely reduced the country’s ability to harness the full potential inherent in the maritime industry. Oladunjoye, who called for investments in ports and terminals at the Lagos Maritime Week, also sought cargo handling equipment, channels and harbours, warehouses, vessel repair and ship building yards, port access roads, intermodal transport, ICT, deep seaport, power and water. In her welcome address, the convener of the forum,…

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