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Before We Close The 3rd Mainland Bridge — By Prince Adeyemi Aseperi.

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Sequel to the notification that the popular and busy Lagos 3rd Mainland bridge will be closed from Thursday, August 23rd to the midnight of Sunday, August 26th, for investigative maintenance test, I write to notify you that there are things to be done before 3rd mainland bridge could be closed to motorists.

I called that the Federal Government had earlier announced plans to close the bridge in July, but had to be shelved after due consultation with the state government and wide deliberations with other stakeholders, who expressed concern about the indiscriminate parking of articulated vehicles on other alternative routes which would have adversely affected motorists.

Subsequently, a Joint Task Force set up to remove the articulated vehicles from the highway was said to have been able to achieve a tremendous success but, the trailers are still on the bridges and the road on ikorodu road.

Once third mainland bridge is closed the only alternative route that Lagos State government will be banking on is the Lagos-Ikorodu road, Herbert Macaulay, Muritala Muhammed into oyingbo ,Iddo towards idumota. Sir those roads need fixing before 3rd mainland can be closed.

However, a critical look at Ikorodu road shows that the level of potholes and at some levels big gullies at the roads from mile 12, Ikorodu road to CMS to Bonny Camp is unimaginable. The same thing with Muritala Muhammed road is equally very bad. The road is worst anytime it rains. These we believe should have been fixed before closing the bridge.

Also, Leventis to Silverbird Galleria, overhead bridges and at some point the light rail construction is making motorists pass through hell along with those routes and blocking this most used bridge without fixing the bad roads and moving the trailers will further compound the hardship being experienced there already.

Meanwhile, a check at the Lagos-Ikorodu road still shows that tanker drivers are still packed on the bridges and along ikorodu road, Yes! This is the true nature of that road. If the 3rd mainland bridge is closed, there is no way Lagosians can withstand the kind of hardship that will be accompanied it. Motorists moving from Mainland to Island will be left with no choice than the Lagos-Ikorodu road via Stadium-Constain which will have a hellish time moving to the island due to the present rehabilitation going on in some areas connected to the road. Part of Harbert Macaulay road and Muritala Muhammed roads are also asking for repairs.

A typical example was when there was rain on Monday, 13th of August, 2018, 3rd mainland bridge and ikorodu roads were locked down due to bad roads and water logs and many motorists and others didn’t get to work until about 12noon.

Meanwhile, the tanker drivers menace needs urgent attention before the close of the 3rd mainland bridge for easy access to the island.

We agree that the decision jointly taken by the Lagos State’s Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ade Akinsanya and the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to close down the 3rd mainland bridge is an excellent idea for assessment and repairs.

Therefore, on behalf of millions of Lagosians /Nigerians using the roads, I will like to suggest to our distinguished governor to please fix the problems on some of the alternative routes we talked about before the close of 3rd Mainland bridge. Otherwise, the good intention may turn out to be a major problem to Lagosians / Nigerians.

I also hope that the 3 days closure of 3rd mainland bridge will be used to fix visible potholes on the bridge.

We acknowledged the work of our distinguishes governor, we also know that closing the road is for the welfare of the Lagosians /Nigerians. Well done for all the wonderful jobs you are doing in Lagos state.

Wishing you more wisdom to govern Lagos state.

Cc. Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing
Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola

Cc. Lagos State Commissioner Works and Infrastructure,
Mr Ade Akinsanya

By Prince Adeyemi Aseperi.

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Dangote Women Empowerment Program Reaches N4.3billion In Disbursement

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The Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) has doled out a whooping N4.2billion as part of its unconditional Micro Grant Programme for empowering women in the rural areas across the country.

Speaking at the flag-off of its one-off unconditional Micro-grants Programme Tuesday in Bauchi, the Chairman of the Aliko Dangote Foundation empowered twenty thousand vulnerable women across the 20 Local Government Areas of the State.

Dangote who was represented by the company’s Group Executive Director Government and Strategic Relations, Mansur Ahmed said so far over four hundred thousand poor women have benefited from the programme in the country.

He said in Bauchi State, N200million is currently being disbursed to vulnerable women across the 20 Local Government Areas.

According to Africa’s top philanthropist, the unconditional micro-grant is aimed at supporting the government effort’s in empowering poor families in the State.

He said the Foundation had earmarked N10billion to be disbursed to vulnerable women across the 774 Local Government Areas in the country.

Dangote said states that have also benefitted from the scheme include: Lagos, Kano, Jigawa, Kogi, Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Niger, Nasarawa, Sokoto, Katsina and Kwara state.

He added that the next states to benefit from the programme are: Osun, Edo, Ogun, Rivers, Anambra and Ebonyi state respectively.

“The Micro-grants programme is one component of the Economic Empowerment pillar of the Aliko Dangote Foundation. It provides disadvantaged and vulnerable women with a one-off, unconditional N10,000,00 cash transfer to boost their household income generation. This we believe will help reduce their vulnerability and meet their livelihood needs,” he added.

He said it is gratifying to note that majority of women who benefitted from the scheme have been able to grow the seed capital.

While thanking Aliko Dangote Foundation to coming to assist the vulnerable women in Bauchi State, Governor Senator Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad said he was very elated with ADF’s intervention across the country and especially in his state.

He expressed optimism that the intervention will support the lives and livelihoods of women, children, and families in Bauchi State.

According to him: “Aliko Dangote is a beacon of hope for the Bauchi people. He has been creating not only business institutions at the highest levels but also touching lives at the lowest level. He seems to understand Nigeria more than some of us who are politicians. He’s supporting our mothers who will help put food on our tables and train their children in schools.

“We’ve just named the school of nursing and midwifery after him. This is to mark his huge contribution to our societies in Bauchi.”

“We are also using this opportunity to inform him that he should come and invest in Bauchi. We have the highest deposit of limestone in the country. We have the largest arable land and the largest forest. Bauchi is also very peaceful and secured.”

The Governor also presented a book to the Aliko Dangote Foundation.

The book was written over 100 years ago by Sheik Uthman Danfodio, and titled: The Principle of Leadership.

Speaking also, the Speaker, State House of Assembly Rt Hon Abubakar Y. Suleiman described the intervention as huge saying it would go a long way in supporting the poverty alleviation stride of the state government.

He said the state will continue to collaborate with the state in the area of economic empowerment of womenfolk.

Commending the foundation, First Lady and wife to the Governor Mrs Aisha Bala Muhammad said the intervention will help lift families from economic problems, even as she urged the women to invest it wisely.

Speaking, one of the beneficiaries Amina Musa, 50, said she would start a micro business and use the profit to support her family.

Another beneficiary Jumai Rabiu, 47, described the intervention as huge and timely, adding that she will use the money judiciously and employ others too.

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Twitter Founder, Jack Dorsey, Liable For EndSARS Losses —– FG

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The Federal Government says Twitter and its founder, Jack Dorsey, are vicariously liable for the losses the country suffered during the EndSARS protest.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this on Tuesday when he featured on “Politics Nationwide,’’ a Radio Nigeria call-in programme monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

Mohammed alleged that Dorsey raised funds through Bitcoins to sponsor the EndSARS protest while his platform, Twitter, was used to fuel the crisis.

He said when he made the allegations earlier, Nigerians did not take him seriously until an online media outfit carried out an investigation and fact-checking.

The minister said the online publication confirmed that Dorsey retweeted some of the posts by some of the coalitions supporting the EndSARS protest.

He said it was also confirmed that the Twitter founder launched fundraising asking people to donate via Bitcoins.

The minister said Dorsey further launched Emoji to make the EndSARS protest visible on the microblogging site.

He said Dorsey also retweeted the tweets of some foreign and local supporters of EndSARS.

“If you ask people to donate money via bitcoins for EndSARS protesters then you are vicariously liable for whatever is the outcome of the protest.

“We have forgotten that EndSARS led to the loss of lives, including 37 policemen, six soldiers, 57 civilians while property worth billions of naira were destroyed.

“164 police vehicles and 134 police stations were razed to the ground, 265 private corporate organizations were looted while 243 public property were looted.

“81 warehouses were looted while over 200 brand new buses bought by Lagos State Government were burnt to ashes,’’ he said.

The minister said it was unfair to conclude that the operation of Twitter was suspended indefinitely because it deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s message.

He said the government was unambiguous that the action was taken because the platform was being used to promote the views of those who wanted to destabilize the country.

Mohammed added that Twitter consistently offered its platform to promote agendas that were inimical to the corporate existence of Nigeria.

“Twitter has become a platform of choice for a particular separatist promoter.

“The promoter consistently used the platform to direct his loyalists to kill Nigerian soldiers and policemen, run-down INEC offices, and destroy all symbols of Nigeria’s sovereignty.

“Every attempt to persuade Twitter to deny its platform to this separatist leader was not taken seriously,’’ he said.

The minister said the Federal Government has no apology to offer to those unhappy over the suspension of Twitter’s operations in the country.

He said a country must exist in peace before people could exercise freedom of speech and fight for a source of livelihood.

(NAN)

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Prominent Businessman and Politician Abisoye Fagade Loses Mum

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Abisoye Fagade, a prominent businessman, PR guru, and new-age politician, is bereaved.

His mother, Deaconess Comfort Omoladun Fagade, died on Sunday, June 13, 2021, after a brief illness.

She was aged 78.

Fagade, the CEO of Sodium Group and convener of Oyo Si Ma Dun, OSMD Network Summit, took to his social media handles to mourn his mother.

According to him, “Goodnight Mummy. You were a mother indeed, an Abiyamo Tooto. You were my teacher, my prayer champion, and my intercessor. You were so beautiful in and out. Thank you for everything. Adieu, Mummy mi.”

A devoted Christian and doting mother, Deaconess Fagade trained as a teacher, where she distinguished herself as a professional with selfless focus and instinctive humanitarian mission.

Upon her retirement from the teaching service as a headmistress, Deaconess Fagade devoted the rest of her life to the service of God, the church, her family, and humanity.

A native of Ibadan, Oyo State, she was widowed after the death of her husband, Pa David Oladokun Fagade, in August 2005,

Deaconess Fagade is survived by six children and many grandchildren.

Her burial ceremony has been slated to hold on August 5 and 6, 2021, in Ibadan.

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