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Lagos Demolishes Structures As Rehabilitation Of Igbogbo-Baiyeku Road Begins



The Lagos State government has begun the rehabilitation of the Obafemi Awolowo Way in the Igbogbo-Baiyeku Local Council Development Area of the state.

The rehabilitation, which kicked off with demolition of structures around the road, began on Thursday, August 11, 2022.

It was gathered that shops, makeshift structures and perimeter fences of some buildings on either side of the road were being demolished by men of the Lagos State Public Works Corporation.

Owners of some of the demolished structures as well as structures marked for demolition were seen watching the process while a few of them were busy removing their goods from the shops. Some of the traders who spoke to our correspondent hailed the Lagos State government and the LCDA government for “finally remembering” Igbogbo-Baiyeku.

“Thank God, and we thank the government for finally remembering us in Igbogbo-Baiyeku after many years that the road has been in this terrible state,” said a trader who pleaded anonymity.

Another trader, whose shop was demolished, said, “It is painful because some of us spent a lot of money to put our shops in place. Also, we’re going to lose many of our customers because we will need to relocate now. Apart from that, I think it is a good thing that the road will finally be done.”

Also, speaking to our correspondent, a commercial tricyclist, who gave his name as Akorede Adetunji, lauded the Lagos State government and the LCDA authorities for the move, saying, “It is a welcome development. It is long awaited and we’re happy it seems the construction is about to become a reality.”

Adetunji, who lamented that the bad road got his previous tricycle, also known as Keke, damaged, said it would have been more appreciated if the government could fix alternative routes within the metropolis and make them motorable while the construction of the major road was ongoing.

“Only one alternative route is motorable in the whole of Igbogbo,” he lamented.

“We need other inner roads to be fixed so that the suffering that might come as a result of the major road construction will be lessened. Even if it is some palliative works, we are pleading with the government to consider making these alternative routes motorable.

“Akin Ogunlewe and Selewu roads are impassable when it rains. Even without rain, the deplorable state of the roads are spoiling our vehicles.

“Selewu road is like a major alternative route that leads to Agunfoye and Baiyeku. Fixing that road will go a long way to cushion the effect of the suffering that the construction of the road will bring.

“Offin and Oreta roads are also there. While we thank the government and believe that this project will not be mere campaign gimmicks, we’re appealing that they should help us make alternative routes motorable.”

Chairman of Aseyege Community Development Association, one of the CDAs in the LCDA, Alhaji Adewale Gbadamosi, commenting on the project, said the LCDA Chairman, Sesan Daini, had asked representatives of the Community Development Committee in the LCDA to appeal to residents of the LCDA to cooperate with the government when the project would commence.

Gbadamosi stated that the government had assured that no residential building would be demolished in the ongoing project.

While thanking the state government as well as the LCDA government, Gbadamosi also appealed to residents to bear the momentary inconvenience that the project would cause them, stating that it was all for good.

Also, the Chairman of the CDC, Pastor Abayomi Adelakun, commended the Lagos State government led by Governor Babajide Sanwi-Olu for fulfilling its promise to the people of Igbogbo-Baiyeku LCDA.

Adelakun said, “When Mr Governor visited the LCDA some time ago, he promised to fix that road. I’m happy that he’s fulfilling his promise now. We can all heave a sigh of relief now.”

He added that residents needed to endure whatever inconvenience the project might cause, stating that it would result in the collective good of everyone.

Speaking to our correspondent on the project, Adewale Bolowotan, the Chief of Staff to the Igbogbo-Baiyeku LCDA Chairman, Sesan Daini, said the ongoing demolition would not affect any residential building. He stated that only shops, makeshift structures and perimeter fences that encroach on the road would be demolished.

Bolowotan said, “No residential building will be demolished. We are removing shops and fences so that we can expand the road and have a dual carriage road.”

It was also gathered that the perimeter fence of the LCDA secretariat, which was recently built, was also demolished. Asked if the LCDA authorities were not aware that the road construction would soon commence before building the new secretariat and if it was not a waste of public funds, Bolowotan said, “We don’t want to be selfish.”

“We don’t want to just have a single road but a dualised road, and if we must achieve that, we need to sacrifice the fence. If you noticed, the fence of the Mobile Police Force station over there was also affected, including the fence of the new market. It is all about sacrifice.”

Asked about alternative routes for motorists to ply while the project is ongoing, Bolowotan said that was being taken care of.

The Chief of Staff also said the project was being handled solely by the Lagos State Public Works Corporation, adding that, “It is the first ever full road construction that the Public Works will embark upon since creation.”

He stated that the LSPWC had hitherto been involved in road repairs and palliatives while outsourcing full road constructions, but it was undertaking the current task fully and solely.

Asked about when the road would be completed, Bolowotan said, “The project will last for 22 months. But as an LCDA government, what we have done is to support the state government and the Public Works to see if the duration can be reduced. But 22 months have been stipulated for the completion of the project.

“The project is in two phases. The first phase spans from Cemetery to Prince Ogunlewe Estate, and that is what has been scheduled to be completed in 22 months. The second phase, which may not commence until the commencement of the construction of the Fourth Mainland Bridge, will span from Prince Ogunlewe Estate down to Baiyeku.”

Efforts to get a reaction from the Lagos State Public Works Corporation were unsuccessful as inquiries sent by text message and WhatsApp message had yet to be replied to as of the time of filing this report.

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Stand-Up Order: Afenifere Condemns Obasanjo, Says Apologise To Yoruba Obas



Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, has condemned Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, for ordering some monarchs in Yoruba land to stand up and sit down during an occasion.

Obasanjo, some weeks ago asked the monarchs, who attended a road inauguration, in Iseyin, Oyo State, to stand up and sit down when he and Governor Seyi Makinde entered the venue of the event.

To that end, the Afenifere demanded the former president apologize unequivocally to the allegedly insulted monarchs.

This was part of the resolutions of the association contained in a communique issued at the end of its monthly meeting, on Wednesday. The meeting was held at the residence of the National Leader of the group, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, in Akure, Ondo State capital.

The communique was read by the Publicity Secretary of the association, Mr Jare Ajayi.

The communique read in part, “Afenifere was taken aback by the avoidable and unwarranted incident that took place at Iseyin, Oyo State on Friday, September 15, 2023, where former President Olusegun Obasanjo commanded Royal Fathers at the gathering to stand up (and after complying), were ordered to sit down. It was as though a military commander was giving orders to his troops.

“We Yorubas respect our traditional institutions, the arrowhead of which, are our traditional rulers, who, traditionally and spiritually, have acquired the status of deities. It’s not surprising that they are referred to as ‘Igbakeji Orisa’! (Second in command to the god).

“In view of the attempt to ridicule the respected Obaship institution in Yorubaland, Afenifere hereby demands an unreserved public apology to Obas from former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Our tradition describes who we are.

“As such, no effort must be spared to prevent the rubbishing of our noble tradition. In that wise, it’s hereby recommended that royal fathers are spared the trouble to stand up at public functions as obtained in the United Kingdom among others.”

On insecurity and banditry, the Afenifere called on the Federal Government and security agencies in the country to be more decisive and more proactive in tackling insecurity in the country.

The group stated, “Four approaches are hereby recommended for immediate deployment of anti-terrorism devices and proper motivation of security personnel as well as immediate engagement of local leaders in areas where insecurity is rife.

“Deliberate efforts should be made to get the youths gainfully engaged so as to make them unavailable for anti-social and inhuman activities.

“Cases of banditry and terrorism be discharged expeditiously. Perpetrators of banditry should be made to pay heavy prices.”

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Wike Sacks Heads Of FCT Agencies, Parastatals



Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, has relieved the heads of 21 parastatals, agencies, and government companies of the FCT Administration of their appointments with immediate effect.

Mr Anthony Ogunleye, Director of Press, Office of the Minister stated this in a press statement in Abuja on Wednesday.

Ogunleye identified the affected heads of the agencies as follows:

1.     Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Abuja Investment Company Ltd

2.     CEO/Managing Director, Abuja Markets Management Ltd

3.     MD/CEO, Abuja Urban Mass Transport Company

4.     CEO/MD, Abuja Property Development Company

5.     CEO/MD, Abuja Technology Village Free Trade Zone Company

6.     CEO/MD, Abuja Film Village International

7.     CEO/MD, Powernoth AICL Equipment Leasing Company Ltd

8.     MD, Abuja Broadcasting Corporation

9.     MD, Abuja Enterprise Agency

10. General Manager, FCT Water Board

11. Director-General, FCT Emergency Management Agency

12. Executive Secretary, FCT Primary Healthcare Board

13. DG, Hospital Management Board

14. Director, Abuja Environmental Protection Board

15. Director, FCT Scholarship Board

16. Director, FCT Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board

17. Director, Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board

18. Coordinator, Abuja Infrastructure Investment Center

19. Director, FCT Health Insurance Scheme

20. Coordinator, Satellite Towns Development Department

21. Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council

The director of the press said that the affected appointees should hand over the affairs of their offices to the most senior officers in rank.

He added that appointments in the offices would be made in due course.


Credit: NAN

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MOHBAD: I’m Ready To Return If My Safety Is Guaranteed — Naira Marley [VIDEO]



Azeez Fashola alias Naira Marley, a Nigerian artist, has stated that he is willing to return to Nigeria to clear his name in the death of his former label signee, Mohbad.

Naira Marley made the revelation during an interview with social media influencer Reno Omokri on Wednesday.

Since Mohbad’s death, there has been social media outcry as various videos emerged showing the late singer accusing Naira Marley of orchestrating his gang-beating.

Again, in his first interview since the saga began, the label boss stated that there is a lot of mob poisoned by the media against his person and stated that he will return to the nation if the authorities guarantee his safety.

He also alleged that Mohbad struggled with suicidal thoughts while he was alive.

He said, “There was another time when I was in America and his girl called me to say he locked himself in the toilet and he wanted to kill himself or something like that. So, I called him from there and recorded the conversation, asking him: “Why did you want to kill yourself? You are a king, if your family is stressing you out(because this time, he was with his family and all his family was around him) just tell them to chill, you can do what you want to do, do not stress yourself, if you kill yourself now, what do you want people to say.

“I was so concerned so I called him to try to give him rest of mind, if your family is stressing you out, leave.”

“He wanted to commit suicide, in the video, I was just trying to find out what was wrong with him.”

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