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Lagos Assembly Orders Probe Of N7bn General Hospital Equipment Abandoned By Ambode

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Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday agreed to probe why equipment at the N7 billion cardio-renal center in Gbagada General Hospital were abandoned.

It followed a report read by the Acting Chairman of the House Committee on Health, Akeem Sokunle, who said members of his committee had embarked on a tour to ascertain health facilities across the state.

“We observed that there is a shortage of manpower, non-functioning ambulances, insecurity, unequipped laboratories and more importantly, abandonment of multi-billion naira cardio-renal facility,” he said.

According to him, most of the equipment in the hospital was not working. “I got a report that the cardiorenal machines only worked for two weeks before the facility was locked up. Also, most of the sensitive equipment are obsolete,” Sokunle said.

On his part, House Majority Leader, Sanai Agunbiade (Ikorodu 1), said if the equipment of such magnitude are cited in the state, it was for a purpose.

He, therefore, moved that the suppliers of the equipment be invited for questioning and that the investigation must attract public participation.

The lawmakers resolved that the House should give the committee the power to invite the Ministry of Health to appear before the committee to give clarification on issues bothering on the N7 billion cardio-renal equipment facility in Gbagada General Hospital.

The Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni, to write a letter to the Ministry of Health and invite necessary stakeholders on the issue.

However, it was reported that Lagos State Cardiac and Renal Centre, Gbagada, a multi-billion naira health facility, is presumed to be one of the signature legacies of the administration of former Governor Babatunde Fashola, neglected by his successor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

But unlike others, the abandonment of this facility has come with a huge cost, especially with the rising statistics of Lagosians and Nigerians, who are battling with various cardiac and renal diseases.

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Lagos Government To Demolish Buildings In Banana Island, Parkview, Ikoyi

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Worried by the persistent violation of building permit laws in Lagos State, the Government has disclosed that it would not hesitate to pull down structures in Banana Island, Ikoyi, Parkview and other highbrow areas.

The announcement came as the State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) intensify enforcement with the sealing of buildings to prevent collapse buildings cases in the state.

Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, disclosed the Government plan in a statement posted on his official twitter handle, lamenting that several buildings within these highbrow areas were erected without permits.

According to him, it is highly regrettable that most of the buildings within these highbrow areas are either without planning permits or built beyond approved units. And this was discovered during our week-long massive enforcement on Planning permit in Ikoyi, Parkview, Banana Island, and environs.

“It was also observed that many commenced construction without recourse to LASBCA as stipulated in the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning Law. In view of this flagrant disregard for the extant planning laws of the state.

“The Lagos Government henceforth will not hesitate to apply the full wrath of the law against such violators and to ensure compliance with the planning laws and regulations in the State”.

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Nigeria May Face Worse Security Problems —- Buhari’s Wife, Aisha

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The first lady of the country, Aisha Buhari, on Monday, warned that Nigeria may face worse security problems.

She, therefore, called for synergy among all security agencies.

Aisha urged them to re-strategize and re-examine the security structure with a view to stemming the rising cases of terrorism in Nigeria.

She made the call at an international conference on state and security held at the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna.

Aisha Buhari urged the government to look into the welfare of security personnel.

“Security in Nigeria remains the biggest challenge, it is high time to explore new strategies and approaches.

“If care is not taken, we will be expecting the worse of the security problems we are facing in Nigeria,” NAN quoted her as saying.

The First Lady appealed to Nigerians to remain vigilant and provide relevant information to security agencies to avert any potential threat.

“All criminals are members of our society and they live in our midst, parents have the responsibility of ensuring that we take exceptional interest in the development of our children”, Aisha said.

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Man Dies After Taking Sex Enhancement Drugs To Satisfy Lady In Onitsha Hotel

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Barely two weeks after a married man was found dead in Lagos, while lodging with a prostitute; another middle-aged man, Paul Okwudili, was confirmed dead Monday morning, after having sex with a lady in Onitsha, Anambra State.

According to a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Anambra Command, SP Haruna Mohammed, Mr. Okwudili’s cause of death may not be unconnected to an overdose of sex enhancement drugs taken to satisfy the lady.

The statement reads in part: “On the 24/2/2020, at about 0:3am, the manager of Plus View hotel in Onitsha reported at Central Police Station, Onitsha that one Paul Okwudili ‘m’ aged about 40years of Ogboliolosi, off Awka Road, Inland town, Onitsha, allegedly took a lady to the hotel and lodged.

“Minutes later, the lady came out shouting for help and the hotel management who went to the room and discovered the man gasping for breath took him to St Charles Boromeo hospital Onitsha for medical attention where the victim was later confirmed dead by a medical doctor on duty.

“Meanwhile, the scene was visited by Police detectives attached to CPS Onitsha and photograph of the victim obtained. No marks of violence on the deceased body but some drugs were discovered in the hotel room reasonably suspected to be enhancement drugs”.

The Police spokesman said, the corpse has been deposited at the hospital mortuary for autopsy, while the lady was arrested for further investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident.

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