Road construction: Lagos Govt pays N11.85 bn as compensation

The Lagos State Lands Bureau on Tuesday said that over N11.85 billion had been approved as compensation for properties and owners affected by the alignment and right of way for construction, reconstruction and dualisation of roads. The Special Adviser to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode on Urban Development, Mrs Yetunde Onabule, disclosed this to newsmen at the ongoing Ministerial Briefing to mark the governor’s third year in office in Alausa. Onabule, however, noted that payment of compensation would be with the presentation of all necessary documents as might be required, evidencing ownership…

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Lagos to host boat regatta on Easter Sunday

As Nigerians join the world to celebrate Easter, Lagos State government has announced the staging of this year’s Easter Boat Regatta, which is billed for Easter Sunday, April 1, at the Lagoon Waterfront, Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi. According to the state Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Steve Ayorinde, tomorrow’s boat regatta is open to the public as a cultural and entertainment funfair meant to showcase part of the state’s rich aquatic cultural asset. Ayorinde said that the water regatta will also serve as family recreation for the benefits of…

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My takeaways from “Lagos Means Business” forum

  My first impression was that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is very passionate about development, uplifting the lives of the ordinary citizen and he is in a hurry to move Lagos to the next level of development.     Take away number 1:   The Governor is very worried about security; he is not looking just at the physical security infrastructure, he is looking at the fabric of society. Speaking candidly, he used the phrase Arabian Spring. His thinking is that if something is not done now, the middle class may…

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Long road to new terminal completion

Nigerians have long waited for the completion of four of the new airport terminals. WOLE SHADARE writes that despite many assurances, the completion date remains uncertain     Fresh hope Last week, the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Saleh Dunoma gave assurance that the new airport terminals at the Lagos and Abuja airports would be commissioned July 2018. He said that the Ministry of Aviation and Federal Capital Territory are working on integration of the Abuja light rail project with the terminal when completed. Dunoma stated these…

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BREAKING: NBA, others protest against “Land use charge”, “Borehole tax” in Lagos (PHOTOS)

The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Ikeja Branch has commenced a protest against the reviewed Land Use Charge Law in Lagos. The protest had earlier generated speculations regarding its possible commencement but But Mr Adesina Ogunlana, the branch Chairman took to his Facebook page on Monday assuring the bar that it will go on as planned. Attempts by the Lagos police boss to stop the protest also failed but the police agreed to provide security cover. Addressing the protesters this morning, Mr Ogulana urged them to be peaceful and focus on…

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Kano, Lagos sign MoU for economic partnership, investment

The Lagos and Kano State Governments on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for economic partnership and to jointly explore investment opportunities aimed at creating jobs and facilitating growth and development. The MoU, which was signed by Governors Akinwunmi Ambode and Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Lagos and Kano States respectively, at the closing ceremony of the inaugural Lagos-Kano Economic and Investment Summit held at the Jubilee Chalets, Epe, seeks to create a common platform for exploring, expanding and developing areas of economic development and Investment. According to the MoU, the two…

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Waste mgt: From cleaner to ‘dirtier Lagos’

It has been mixed tales from residents, government, service providers and stakeholders over sudden reappearance of refuse heaps on Lagos streets. DAYO AYEYEMI reports   When the Lagos State Government floated the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) last year to improve waste collection and management in the metropolis, residents and other stakeholders bought into the idea, looking forward to a cleaner, safer and healthier environment with Visionscape Sanitation Solutions providing the management services.   Four months after the commencement of the new waste collection and management scheme, residents have not stopped…

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Benson-Awoyinka: Opposition lacks presence in Lagos

Barr. Toke Benson-Awoyinka, a lawyer and politician, is the Assistant Legal Adviser of the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC). She speaks with TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE on women participation in politics and governance in the state   Would you say that Nigerian women have been given enough opportunity to participate in politics?   Definitely not! Pesently in the Lagos State House of Assembly, I believe we don’t have up to 10 female legislators there.   In the House of Representatives, Lagos State does not have any female member.…

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Building collapse: Lagos begins post-construction audit

Lagos State government yesterday said that it had begun post-construction audit of all buildings in the state to ascertain the structural integrity of all houses. Government, therefore, called on all property owners to submit their building permits.   This was as the officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) evicted the property owner of the two-storey building which caved in the early hours of Sunday at Alagbado area to carry out test on the main building still occupied by the residents.   The General Manager, LASBCA, Olalekan Shodeinde,…

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Lagos reads riot act to butchers

As part of measures towards the actualization of the mega city status of Lagos state, the state government, its various agencies and parastatals have adopted the people oriented governance as priority thus endless stakeholders meetings and workshops are held at regular intervals.   This is done to sensitize the people on how collaborative efforts help to move the state forward. Few days ago, the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture organized a one-day workshop for Oko-Oba Agege butchers stakeholders on the theme, ‘Lagos state abattoir and lirage complex, Oko Oba: Current…

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