Consistent with his aspiration of supporting Nigerian youths in their quest to compete favourably in the global space, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the APC gubernatorial candidate in 2019, has commenced situating Free Wi-Fi at 100 designated locations across Lagos State.
The ‘Free Sanwo-Olu Wi-Fi’ launch, which kicked-off with Surulere Leisure Mall as its inaugural location, became a spectacle as jubilant youths skyjacked the commissioning ceremony. With the overwhelming display of support coming from youths twice within one week, Sanwo-Olu seemed to have struck the right cord with the Nigeria youths and won their support.
In his assurance message to the jubilant youths who welcomed the Lagos State gubernatorial candidate to the ‘Sanwo-Olu Free Wi-Fi’ launch, he said “I am a firm believer in the capacity of Nigerian youths to transform our country if the right atmosphere is created and appropriate empowerment provided. Providing these is our responsibility as an individual and a government”.
“This free Wi-Fi Initiative is an indication of how granular our government will be in providing empowerment for the youths. I recognize internet access as a window through which we can peep into the world of innovation and knowledge. I know that the online world boasts enormous resources. We can, therefore, not afford to be shut-out of happenings in that space”.
“Guys, this Sanwo-Olu Free Wi-Fi is launched to provide you unfettered access to the digital space which is the largest deposit of prosperity and innovation. While some of us that entrepreneurial-minded can leverage this access to make more money, I also encourage the innovators amongst us to harvest ideas and knowledge that we can activate towards taking Lagos to a greater height. If I am elected in the 2019 elections, I will work to expand digital space in Lagos through innovation hubs across the state”, he said.
Two days earlier, Sanwo-Olu had promised to provide institutional and infrastructural support for the technology sector, while addressing start-up tech companies at the Vibranium Valley in Lagos.
His engagements with various stakeholder groups have been roundly described as inspiring and focused. “Sanwo-Olu’s ability to cut-through the audience cluster and identify collaborators in his aspiration of taking Lagos to a greater height attests to his power of focus and determination”.
“This focused engagement of youths, interest in technology, innovation, youth empowerment, and entrepreneurship could be taken as pointers to some of the focus areas his government will face. These are elements of his promised inclusive governance and it is becoming evident that youths will have a seat at the table if he is elected in 2019”, Dr. Adetope Lawson, a political scientist hinted.
2019 Election: There Won’t Be Peace In APC, I’ll Work Against The Party—– Buhari’s Minister, Shittu
Adebayo Shittu, the Minister of Communication, has declared that he will work against his political party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Oyo State during the 2019 election.
The Minister stated this during a media chat in Abuja on Wednesday, accusing the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and the Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi, of blocking him from running for the governorship election.
Recall that the minister lost in the race for the party’s guber ticket in the state during the party primaries.
He declared that “without restitution, there won’t be peace in the APC.”
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, had earlier made the same threat to work against the ruling party.
Get Ready To Go To Jail If You Spend Without Our Appropriation —- Reps Tell Amaechi, Others
Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday told Nigerian Ministers and other public officials working with the Executive arm of government that they were subject to scrutiny at all times on how budgetary allocations to their offices were used and that they will go to jail if they spend money without appropriation.
The lawmakers also said it would be an illegality which attracts a certain jail term should any minister go ahead to spend money not appropriated by the Legislature.
They therefore decided that henceforth, executive officials that fail to give a comprehensive account of allocations made to them would not have their 2019 budgets approved by the House.
Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, Hon. Nkiru Onyejiocha handed down the warning at a public hearing meant to scrutinize chief executives of 4 agencies in the sector on the performances of monies appropriated to them.
The officials included the Directors-General of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN), that of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA); and Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), as well at the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet).
Angry that none of the invited chief executives honoured the invitation sent to them to appear and defend their budget performances of the last 18 months, the committee which refused to take presentations from their representatives ruled that the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, and his aviation counterpart, Hadi Sirika must appear before the lawmakers on Thursday this week.
Traffic Laws: Unruly Motorists Risk Three Years Imprisonment, Forfeiture of Vehicles —– Lagos Government
The Lagos State Government on Tuesday urged motorists to comply with the provisions of the State Traffic Laws, warning that government would not hesitate to bring the full weight of the law on offenders.
In a statement, the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem (SAN), said motorists must be reminded that violators of the law risk between one year and three years imprisonment and forfeiture of their vehicles to the State Government.
Kazeem said the Ministry of Justice, through the Mobile Courts, would intensify effort to prosecute the lawlessness of unruly motorists to restore sanity on Lagos roads.
This development, according to him, is in line with the directive given by Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State, on efforts of the Government to curb the lawlessness of some motorists, which in recent times had led to gridlock and caused untold hardship for commuters in the State.
Specifically, Kazeem said the Ministry of Justice would ensure full implementation and compliance with the Road Traffic Law and other extant Laws on road management applicable in the State.
According to him: “The public is hereby reminded of the provisions of the Road Traffic Law, Laws of Lagos State 2015 and in particular, Section 7 which provides:
“Where an Officer of the Authority is for the time being engaged in the regulation of the traffic on the Highway or where any traffic sign being a traffic sign direction for regulating the movement of traffic or regulating the route to be followed by vehicle has been lawfully placed on or near a Highway in accordance with the provisions of this law, any person driving or propelling any vehicle who —-
“(a) neglects or refuses to stop the vehicle or to make it proceed or to keep to a particular lane or direction of traffic when directed to do so by the Officer in execution of his duties or
“(b) drives his vehicle against oncoming traffic or fails to conform to the direction or indication given by the traffic sign, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction for:
“(i) first offender one (1) year imprisonment and forfeiture of the vehicle to the State
“(ii) second and subsequent offender three (3) years imprisonment and forfeiture of the vehicle to the State.
“(c ) all offenders shall have their data and biometrics captured.”
The Attorney General further explained that Schedule 1 of the said law lists various traffic violations such as disobeying traffic control personnel and assault on their person, parking on yellow line, use of Bus Rapid Transit route by unauthorised vehicle, among others as offences that would be strictly prosecuted.
Kazeem, therefore, advised members of the public to be law abiding and co-operate with traffic officials in ensuring compliance and sanity on the roads.
Failure to do so, according to him, will cause the State to bring the full weight of the law on such offenders, adding: “Lagos State Government remains committed to enforcement of Law and Order to make living in the State an enjoyable and stress-free experience.”
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