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Sanwo-Olu Nominates Tunji Bello, Dele Alake’s Son, Toke Benson, 23 Others As Commissioners In Lagos [FULL LIST]

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sent the list of his commissioners and special advisers to the Lagos State House of Assembly, with some of the old faces of the previous Lagos administrations and some making their debut.

Among the returnees are Tunji Bello, lawyer, and journalist who was the secretary to the government under the Ambode administration and also a former commissioner for environment under Raji Fashola.

Prince Gbolahan Lawal had served under Governors Fashola and Ambode. His last portfolio was as commissioner for housing.

Engineer Hakeem Fahm was commissioner for ICT midway under Ambode’s administration and is also returning as commissioner.

Segun Dawodu, son of the late prominent Lagos politician, Alhaji Ganiyu Dawodu, popularly known as GOD, is also on the list. He was a commissioner under the Bola Tinubu administration and had stayed with the Tinubu political clan, despite the political differences between Tinubu and his father.

Among the new faces is Tunbosun Alake, son of Dele Alake, Lagos former commissioner for information and strategy. He featured in the campaign for Sanwo-Olu’s election.

The list contained twenty-five names, who are to assume duty as Commissioners and Special Advisers upon ratification by the legislature.

A statement by the Governor’s Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, said Sanwo-Olu carefully picked the nominees based on their cognate experience in their respective professions.

The list, Akosile said, comprised names of technocrats and politicians, who understand the challenges of the state, noting that the painstaking and laborious selection process was aimed at constituting the best team that will serve Lagos in line with the agenda of his administration vision of delivering a city-state that will rank among the top most liveable cities in the world.

The statement said: “We took our time to pick the best hands for the tough job Lagosians have elected us to do. The nominees for the twenty-five Commissioner and Special Adviser positions include women and men who have made their mark and at the zenith of their professional callings.’’

The aide stated further that the current list is the first batch, saying that consultation was going on with regard to the complete number of the cabinet members.

He further disclosed that the new cabinet would be unique, because of its diversity. Quoting Governor Sanwo-Olu, he said Lagos would continue to take the lead in innovation, gender-balance and youth inclusion in the administration of the State.

“We have a blend of youth who are under 40 among nominees for Commissioners and Special Advisers. Women too are well represented in the list. We believe Lagos deserves the best and we cannot give the people anything less than that,” the statement said.

There are 17 men and eight women that will be sworn in as members of the State Executive Council. Also in keeping his promise of millennial’s inclusion, Governor Sanwo-Olu included youths who are in their early and mid-thirties in the list of nominees.

The State House of Assembly is expected to carry out a screening of the nominees to set the machinery of governance in full swing.
Below are names of the nominees:

  1. Mr. Rabiu Olowo Onaolapo
  2. Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo
  3. Prof. Akin Abayomi
  4. Dr. Idris Salako
  5. Mr. Tunji Bello
  6. Mr. Gbenga Omotoso
  7. Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka
  8. Mrs. Bolaji Dada
  9. Mr. Lere Odusote
  10. Dr. Frederic Oladeinde
  11. Mr. Gbolahan Lawal
  12. Ms. Adekemi Ajayi
  13. Mr. Femi George
  14. Dr. Wale Ahmed
  15. Mr. Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN)
  16. Mr. Hakeem Fahm
  17. Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle
  18. Engr. Aramide Adeyoye
  19. Mr. Segun Dawodu
  20. Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf
  21. Mr. Sam Egube
  22. Ms Ruth Bisola Olusanya
  23. Princess Aderemi Adebowale
  24. Mr. Tunbosun Alake
  25. Mr. Afolabi Ayantayo
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BREAKING: UK Approves Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Public Use

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The UK has approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for public use.

It is the first country to gives its nod to the mass use of the vaccine.

The UK became the first western country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine with its regulator clearing Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE’s shot ahead of decisions in the US and European Union.

The vaccine will be available in Britain from next week, according to a statement from the UK government.

In November, Pfizer announced that it had developed a vaccine that could offer 95 percent protection against COVID-19.

MHRA, the British health regulator, said the vaccine is safe for public use.

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‘I Spent Five Years In Kirikiri Prison Because I Couldn’t Pay N10,000 Bribe, I Hate The Nigeria Police’ —- Man Shares Horrible Tale

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A 39-year-old man, Marc Nwadi, says he has developed hatred for the Nigeria Police Force after he was framed for armed robbery and sent to the Kirikiri Prison for five years.

Recounting his ordeal to the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing allegations of human rights abuses against the disbanded police Special Anti-Robbery Squad on Saturday, Nwadi said he was 18 years old when he was picked by policemen at a bus stop in the Egbeda area of Lagos State in May 1999.

The petitioner said he had just finished his secondary school education at the time and had the ambition of studying journalism.

He said he came from Abia State to Lagos State to look for his brother who was living then in Egbeda, but on getting to the address given to him at about 9.30 pm, one man told him that his brother no longer lived there.

He said the neighbours did not know where his brother had relocated to and because it was already late, he begged a barber operating in the building to let him pass the night in his shop.

Nwadi said he got up the following morning around 5.30 am and headed for the bus stop with a plan to look for his uncle living in Surulere.

He said he was standing at the bus stop with his traveling bag and a polythene bag alongside other persons waiting for a bus when a police vehicle suddenly appeared and stopped and policemen began to arrest people.

Nwadi said on being picked up, he tried to ask questions but was beaten each time he tried to speak.

He said he and five other persons, including some females, were eventually taken to the Idimu Police Station, where one Mr Friday, a policeman, demanded N100,000 from each of them.

He said soon, others were freed but because he had no money, he was kept in the cell and Friday came every day to beat him.

“It has been 20 years, you can still see those marks on my body. The marks have been a horror. Anytime I pull my clothes, my wife and children will be crying,” Nwadi said.

He said after weeks at Idimu Police Station, Monday called him one day and said he would be transferred to the SARS office in Ikeja, except he could pay N10,000.

He said since he had no money, he was transferred to SARS where the torture was worse.

He said he was eventually paired with someone, tagged an armed robber, arraigned in court, and sent to Kirikiri Prison where he spent five years.

“I can’t see clearly now; I am partially blind. I can also not hear properly because of many slaps,” Nwadi said.

He added that a youth corps member, Eric Ugwuoke, serving in the Nigerian Prison Service, who listened to his story, eventually facilitated his release in October 2004.

“It has been a long time but I cannot forget. They killed my ambition. After my O’ Level, my ambition was to study journalism. Since then, I have hated the Nigeria police,” Nwadi told the retired Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel.

The panel adjourned the matter till December 11.




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25 Million Nigerians To Pay N4,000 Monthly For Solar System —- Presidency

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The estimated 25 million Nigerians that will benefit from the Federal Government’s Solar Home Systems that commences this week will be expected to pay about N4,000 monthly, the Presidency has said.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday titled “25m Nigerians to own five million solar systems at N4,000 monthly.”

Akande was giving further insight into earlier reports that the Federal Government would commence the process of installation of five million solar home systems in underserved and off-grid communities across the country.

The installation is in continuation of the implementation of the government’s Economic Sustainability Plan.

The earlier report however elicited questions from Nigerians who wanted to know the cost of owning the solar system.

Akande explained that beneficiaries would be expected to pay about N4,000 monthly over a period of three years.

He said the solar programme nicknamed ‘Solar Power Naija’, for which installations start in December, is being implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency.

“An important aspect of the scheme is the option of outright ownership by beneficiaries at a cost ranging from N1,500 per week to N4,000 monthly depending on the capacities, for a period of three years,” Akande said.

He noted that that the arrangement allowed as many as 25 million Nigerians to own personal solar systems in their homes.




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