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Sanwo-Olu Flags Off Construction Of 250 Roads, 23 Power Projects

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday, announced the fulfillment of one of the key promises of his electioneering campaign – the execution of 377 projects across all the wards in the State in front of a modest crowd at the Adeyemi Bero hall of the state Secretariat.

Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, will lead the implementation of the program tagged “Operation 377”, which is said to be the first of its kind in the state, with over 250 roads to be built while 23 power projects will be done.

At the brief but symbolic ceremony at the Adeyemi Bero Hall, Government Secretariat, Alausa, were some members of the Executive Council, All Progressives Congress Local Council chairmen, councilors, and scores of party stalwarts, led by the State’s chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Tunde Balogun.

Sanwo-Olu said the intervention was initiated in response to the series of requests by the various communities across the State to address specific challenges and added that the execution of the projects will change the narrative about grassroots development and the Government’s responsibilities.

These projects according to him are not universal but diverse, reflecting the needs of each ward across the state with implementation to commence immediately after the official flag-off, as contractors have been fully mobilized to move to sites.

He urged residents who are the ultimate beneficiaries of the projects to take ownership of them by monitoring the implementation process and ensure that the jobs conform to the quality and standards specified in the project designs.

Sanwo-Olu said identifying the needs and the design of the projects was in line with the concept of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and participatory governance in which the people are considered as key stakeholders.

He described the grassroots as “the bedrock of development”, stressing that the projects were strategic in promoting the wellbeing of the people across communities.

Dr Hamzat, who is the Chairman of the Projects’ Implementation Committee, said all contractors will move to their sites next Monday, noting that the intervention was in demonstration of the Governor’s campaign promise to run an inclusive administration.

These projects according to him are not universal but diverse, reflecting the needs of each ward across the state with implementation to commence immediately after the official flag-off, as contractors have been fully mobilized to move to sites.

He urged residents who are the ultimate beneficiaries of the projects to take ownership of them by monitoring the implementation process and ensure that the jobs conform to the quality and standards specified in the project designs.

Sanwo-Olu said identifying the needs and the design of the projects was in line with the concept of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and participatory governance in which the people are considered as key stakeholders.

He described the grassroots as “the bedrock of development”, stressing that the projects were strategic in promoting the wellbeing of the people across communities.

Dr Hamzat, who is the Chairman of the Projects’ Implementation Committee, said all contractors will move to their sites next Monday, noting that the intervention was in demonstration of the Governor’s campaign promise to run an inclusive administration.

All the projects, the Deputy Governor said, are distributed across the three senatorial districts. Wards across Lagos Central will be having 94 projects, Lagos East will have 99 and wards AND Lagos West 184 projects.

For his part, the APC Chairman, Tunde Balogun, described the projects as “grassroots-focused”, confirming that the Sanwo-Olu administration was the first to embark on such massive projects across wards in a single move.

By directly engaging the councilors in the execution of the projects, the party chairman said. the Governor has established a strong connection with the grassroots.

Chairman of APC in Ikoyi-Obalende Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Prince Abiodun Abu, who spoke on behalf of all the party chairmen across councils, described the intervention “a new dawn” in the history of governance in Lagos.

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Prosecute Soldiers Involved In Lekki Shootings, Reps Tell Buhari

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The minority caucus of the House of Representatives has called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to order the arrest and prosecution of soldiers who attacked #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday night.

The Minority Leader, Mr Ndudi Elumelu, in a statement issued on Wednesday, “strongly” condemned the killing of “peaceful and unarmed” protesters by security operatives at Lekki Tollgate and other parts of the country.

The protesters were attacked by soldiers, who fired live ammunition at them after the Closed Circuit Television Cameras in the vicinity were reportedly removed and lights were turned off.

In the statement titled, ‘Reps Minority Condemns Killing of Protesters,’ the caucus said, “such wicked act of extrajudicial killing of defenseless citizens by suspected agents of the state cannot be justified or condoned under any rule or guise whatsoever.”

The statement partly read, “As lawmakers and representatives of the people, we cannot accept this gruesome execution of our young ones in their own country by security operatives. Life is sacred and no one has the right to terminate the life of another just because he has the apparatus of state power.

“Such brazen brutally and defilement of right to life, which is at the center of the ongoing protests across the nation, underscores the demand for an immediate and total overhaul of our nation’s security architecture.

“We, therefore, call on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately order the arrest and prosecution of officers involved in the Lekki killing as well as the withdrawal of soldiers from engaging protesters.”

The caucus also restated its earlier call on Buhari to urgently rejig the nation’s security architecture through extensive reforms and urgent replacement of the service chiefs “with more competent and professional hands to assist in effectively handling of the security challenges confronting the nation.”

The caucus commiserated with the families of the victims of “this heinous act” while assuring them of immediate legislative actions that will ensure that justice is served.

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BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Condemns Shooting of Lekki Protesters, Apologises To Lagosians

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Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has condemned the attack on #ENDSARS protesters by security forces on Tuesday evening in Lekki toll plaza.

He also announced the suspension of all state activities for three days in solidarity with the ongoing #ENDSARS protests and agitations across the state.

He stated the flag at all government facilities will be flown half-mast in the next three days.

He made these disclosures in a live broadcast this morning where he also gave updates on the shootings of protesters.

According to Sanwo-Olu, he went out all night with members of his team and they visited hospitals, mortuaries to get first-hand information on casualties

The governor said 24 of the injured were being treated at three hospitals- General Hospital (10); Reddington Hospitals (eight) and another hospital (six) adding that three of the victims had surgery and about four would be discharged today.

Appealing for calm, Sanwo-Olu apologized to the youths, reiterating their anger was justified.

He pleaded with parents/guardians to restrain their children/wards as the government makes efforts to contain the situation.

Details shortly…

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BREAKING: Thugs Attack TVC Headquarters, Set BRT Station Ablaze In Lagos [VIDEOS]

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A Nigerian television station, Television Continental (TVC) headquarters in the Ikosi-Ketu area of Lagos.

The hoodlums also attacked a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) bus station in Oyingbo axis of Lagos State were said to have been attacked by hoodlums in the state.

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