By: 'Tunde Ogunmola Political office holders in the country have been enjoined to emulate the uncommon disposition of the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat by giving back to their alma maters. This call was made by participants at the 80th anniversary celebration of Odu Abore Memorial Primary school, Mushin, Lagos, on Thursday, 10th February, 2022. Dr Hamzat had made a glorious return to his alma mater and announced a donation of ICT centre to the school in commemoration of its 80th anniversary, a gesture that was greeted with thunderous applause from the audience. Addressing the invited guests at the august occasion, Dr Hamzat, who revealed that ICT changed his life, went down memory lane recounting his year of enrolment at the school. While he admonished parents to be alive to their responsibilities, he also charged them to take the advantage of the free education in Lagos State to ensure that their school-age wards are supported to have quality education, while he appealed to the pupils to focus on their learnings. “This is where I started in September, 1969 and I thank God. Let’s take care of these children, it’s only God that knows what they will become tomorrow. It’s our responsibility to take care of them, everybody says they’re the future leaders but if we don’t take care of them how can that be possible," Hamzat posited. Continuing, Dr Hamzat appreciated the patriotic effort of the school's founder, late Mr. Iyalla, a Rivers State indigene. "The person that started this school was from Rivers State, Mr. Iyalla; that shows that we’re all the same. How many Rivers State indigenes graduated from this school? I can’t remember of any. But I can still remember my classmates, the likes of Sunday Ajose, Hakeem Bamgbala and others, they are all Yorubas. Don’t let anybody divide us. Now,
Local government is popularly referred to as grassroots government. It is commonly known as the closest government to the people. Viewed from this perspective, local government is a concrete reality to the people not an abstract entity that is detached from them. In view of this, it’s a government that should be able to feel, understand and respond to the needs and expectations of the people under its watch. In the contemporary Nigerian society, not only are the needs and expectations of people at the grassroots are not met, there’s also a sharp disconnect between the local people and many local government administrators in terms of accessibility, policy formulation and provision of services. However, in spite of these identified surmountable challenges, it is definitely not out of place to see some local government administrators in Nigeria who are models for their colleagues and have continued to exhibit good leadership traits and hearken to the yearnings of their people by providing dividends of democracy. One of such local government administrators whose encompassing style of grassroots governance has continually engender him to the people of his community is Hon. Rasaq Olusola Ajala, the Chairman of Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area. Hon. Ajala’s ascension to the exalted seat of Odi-Olowo /Ojuwoye LCDA, in Mushin area of Lagos state, has brought integrated development to the highly industrialized council. He’s currently spending his second term in office as the Chairman of the Council. Broadly speaking, there are two functions that local governments perform. The first group of functions are those enshrined in the Fourth Schedule of the 1999 Constitution. The second group of functions are those that can aptly be described as civic and agency functions. These functions are: provision and maintenance of healthcare services, minor maintenance of state and federal roads, civic mobilization and sensitization etc. Talking about minor
Distinguished Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon popularly called GOS in our political lexicon, turned 62 on December 19, 2021. The current of history has moved him down stream as an authentic leader. He remains a worthy example in leadership by virtue of recent happenings. Senator GOS is always at ease with the people of one of the most disparaged communities in Lagos state, Mushin, his neighbourhood; as well as the people of the state of aquatic splendor. Listening to people and attending to their needs, for him, come with incomprehensible ease and overwhelming satisfaction, such that even years after office, he has continued to receive and attend to people in his palatial mansion in Magodo, when in practical terms, many of his ilk would have shut their doors against the people. A shrewd politician but not the archetypal one, his unassuming nature, enhanced by quiet mien and his capacity to listen to people, no matter what they had to say, offered the kind of strength needed to deliver quality leadership. Senator GOS, a one time Mushin Local Government chairman has weathered the storm as far as politics is concerned in Nigeria. His knowledge of his people, coupled with his ability to manage the various unpredictable tendencies speaks volume of his staying relevance in Lagos political landscape. Senator GOS involvement in politics is not a fluke. His late father, Alhaji Rafiu Ishola Solomon was politically influential in Lagos state and was a contemporary of the first civilian governor of Lagos state, late Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande. Alhaji Rafiu Solomon, wielded enormous influence in Lagos political landscape to such an extent that he recommended people for political appointments. Prominent among such appointments was that of late Oba Alhaji Olatunji Hamzat, the father of Lagos state Deputy Governor, Dr Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat. Alhaji Rafiu Solomon was instrumental to
By Muiz Banire, PhD The Yoruba culture is one that is very deep in fostering values of respect, love and empathy for one another, even in a state of utter disagreement. This might be the same in many other cultures in Africa, which might make it a continental orientation, but my birth, growth and socialization being a process providentially programmed by destiny to be among the noble people of Yoruba descent, have made me deeply appreciative of these values of Omoluabi. Our parents, by patriarchal and matriarchal decrees, instilled in our memory and thinking that the highest virtues and injunctions imposed by the scriptures can find no better practical expression and living than in the archetypal omoluabi. The Wikipedia online dictionary describes ‘Omoluabi’ as “a philosophical and cultural concept that’s native to the Yoruba people. It’s used to describe a person of good character. The Omoluabi concept signifies courage, hard work, humility and respect. An omoluabi is a person of honour who believes in hard work, respects the rights of others, and gives to the community in deeds and in action. Above all, an omoluabi is a person of integrity.” In all situations, whether of peace or conflict, an Omoluabi must not be found wanting in nobility of heart and character. The above cultural review has become quite imperative due to my recent visit to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Governor of Lagos State, under whom I had the honour of serving as a Commissioner for eight good years. This incident would not have been spectacular as to warrant a dedication in this column, if not for the reactions of many people to the visit as my picture with Asiwaju went viral. The said visit to Asiwaju Tinubu, who was receiving treatment and recuperating in London, generated a lot of shock in the system,
The Lagos State Government, through the Office of the Auditor-General for Local Governments, has concluded plans to embark on Statewide Projects Inspection and Asset Verification in all the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas in the State. A statement issued by the Permanent Secretary/Auditor-General for Local Governments, Mrs. Adesumbo Abolarin, said that this year's exercise will hold between August 9 and August 20, 2021, with specific attention to projects undertaken and completed between January and December 2020. Her words: “To ensure a worthwhile eexercise, Professionally Qualified Engineers in diverse fields from the Ministry of Housing, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, New Towns Development Authority and LSDPC have been co-opted to strengthen and add value to the Audit teams' technical competence”. While reminding the LG/LCDAs that the outcome of the inspection exercise will be published and widely circulated, Abolarin enjoined those in authority to cooperate maximally with the Inspection Team towards timely completion of the task.
The Lagos House of Assembly on Monday called on the Governor of the state, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to increase the number of officers in the Neighbourhood Safety Corps. The lawmakers also urged Mr. Sanwo-Olu to equip the state's security agency so that it can adequately protect the lives and property of residents. The House further resolved that the Governor should call on the commissioner of police in the state to intensify efforts to secure the state. The resolutions of the lawmakers resulted from the attempt on the life of Hon. Olawale Rauf Age-Sulaiman, the state's legislator representing Amuwo Odofin 2 on July 8, during a political rally ahead of the forthcoming local government election. While the lawmaker escaped death, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), whose name was given as Kayode Samuel and who stood beside him, was hit and later confirmed dead. Raising the issue as a 'matter of urgent public importance', Hon. Age-Sulaiman narrated how he escaped death from gunshot adding that the incident occurred in Oriade Local Council Development Area (LCDA). "I heard some people making noise while the campaign was on and I called for calm but I didn't know that there were some elements who came with another intention. "We were about going out when somebody told me not to go out and two persons stood beside me and right there I heard a gunshot sound and the next person beside me shouted my leg with blood-stains," he said adding that he escaped by the whiskers. Commenting on the incident, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, condemned the use of thugs to settle political matters. He also urged that security in the county be given more seriousness through the establishment of state police. "The commissioner of police should investigate the issue," he said adding that politicians and other Nigerians are not safe at this period. While
A Chairmanship aspirant under the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ejigbo Local Council Development Area (ELCDA), Lagos, Hon. Peter Ajayi has expressed his best wishes to muslim faithfuls in the local government, State and Nigeria at large, charging them to embrace love for peaceful coexistence. In a statement issued by his media office on Friday, Ajayi admonished residents of the community to continue to uphold the sanctity of the festive season, urging Nigerians to embrace love and forgiveness for peaceful co-existence. "Eld- el-fitri is a blessed season when Muslims around the world reflect upon the divine virtues, wisdom and guidance that come with faith, and the moral obligations that human beings have to one another, and to God", said Ajayi. He stated " Eld-el-fitr is also a divine season of intense devotion, reflection and solemnity – a time when Muslims provide support , love, solidarity and deep forgiveness to others to advance opportunity and prosperity for people all around them. "All of us regardless our religious affinities must remember that Ejigbo of our dream, the community we want to build and the changes that we want to make must begin in our own hearts, and must also be driven by love,forgiveness and peace".
The Lagos State Government launches a new bus system initiative known as First And Last Mile Bus to serve as a replacement for the Tricylces and Bikes which the government banned due to the increased level of insecurity. This new functional and effective intermodal transportation system, First and Last Mile Bus Scheme was launched at the Citizens Mediattion Center, Agege Lagos on the 11th of May 2020 as the Lagos State Acquires 2000 new buses. On the 1st of February 2020, the Lagos state Government banned all activities of commercial motorcycles (Okaka) and Tricylces (Keke Napep) in 15 local government areas in the state and on all highways. This development saw many riders and operators lament as Law Enforcement began to impound bikes and tricyclces during this period. The Lagos State Government has deemed it fit to introduce a replacement for the Bikes and Tricycles with the First And Last Mile Bus which will move in the community-based routes within a distance of 3-4 kilometres. The First and Last Mile Bus scheme will enhance the comfortability and security of the average Lagos State residents and it also promises to be very affordable. The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Government on Civic Engagement, Princess Aderemi Adebowale had this to say regarding the new initiative, “The First and Last Mile Bus Scheme routes, considered as community-based routes within a distance of 3-4 kilometres, are currently served by the Tricycles and Motorcycles. However, following the restriction of the operation of motorcycles in Six Local Government Areas and Nine Local Council Development Areas, it became expedient to conceive FLM scheme which enhances passengers’ connectivity and accessibility to all the bus routes (standard and BRT routes) as well as proposed Rail corridors and waterways in Lagos. To kick-off the scheme, the State Government is facilitating the provision of 2000 buses, in collaboration
The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, has said his dream is to ensure that the state-owned university (LASU) catches up with top with top tertiary institutions across the world. Speaker Obasa said this on Tuesday evening, 9th March, 2021, when he received the Lagos State University Alumni Association led by its vice president, Norrison Quakers, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). Obasa, who noted that majority of the lawmakers in the State Assembly are products of the institution, said the House is poised to make it compete favourably with others across the globe. Currently, according to the Speaker, “There is hardly any institution in the country that lasu cannot compete with shoulder to shoulder.” He commended the alumni association saying it was obvious its efforts have paid off for the institution. “There is need to come together and build the society especially considering the factor that binds us together which is LASU. I cannot disengage myself from LASU and LASU cannot disengage itself from me. “On our own as representatives of the people, we have been doing our best in terms of lawmaking to keep building that institution,” he said citing how the House passed a legislation that resolved the crisis in the appointments of LASU’s vice chancellors. He said the House had always ensured requests involving LASU are made parts of the budget so that the institution would always meet the requirements of the NUC for accreditation. “This shows we are conscious of the need to grow the institution,” he added. The Speaker promised that the House would continue to liaise with the executive arm led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the benefit of the institution and for future generations. Earlier, the delegation commended the Speaker for his effective leadership of the House of Assembly saying his activities as a
The Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwoolu has poured out eulogies on popular prophet, Primate Elijah Ayodele for his various empowerment programme. Governor Sanwoolu who was represented by the Special Adviser on religious affairs at Primate Ayodele’s annual thanksgiving and hosting of the United Nations Flag in Lagos explained that the man of God has restored hope to the hopeless with the many empowerment. He made it known that with his massive empowerment programmes, He has been able to curb the security issues in the community because the youths are being empowered, and as long as that happens, they won’t have the time to cause havoc in the community. ‘I commend you for restoring hope to the hopeless through the various ways you are empowering the less privileged in our society, people without hope are prone to perpetrate criminal or antisocial activities which threatens the peace and security of the community. Today’s programme especially the empowerment will go a long way in restoring hope and promoting peace like the proverb says an idle hand is the devil workshop Empowering the people is giving them hop to look forward to a better future, I wish to note that this program align with this administration to empower the youth, vulnerable, in our society so that they will be financially independent’’ During the annual thanksgiving, some of Primate Ayodele’s church members went home with tricycles, money for their accommodation, GCE form, JAMB Forms, WAEC forms. The height of it all was when Primate Ayodele gave out two cars to two journalists and doled out cash worth 2million naira to 10 journalists.