Tuesday, 30 May 2017

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT FLAG OFF ADULT LITERACY PROGRAMME AT IGBOGBO/BAIYEKU LCDA. | Shakiru Seidu We'll provide free stationeries for any interested students. -Basorun

The Palace of the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo kingdom was full to capacity on Tuesday, 30th of May, 2017, when it played host to the initiative of the able Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode who is determined to eradicate illiteracy out of Lagos State to the nearest minimum, if not total.

The "Eko Nke Koo" (Lagos is Learning) initiative was launched October last year to tackle the menace of illiteracy in Lagos State, this was in line with the determination of Governor Ambode to lead an inclusive government with an unwavering resolve to build a State that works for all.

The programme was declared open through the prayer said by Sheik Dhikirulahi Andu, the Chief Imam Igbogbo Central Mosque, while the welcome address was given by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Special Adviser on Education, Dr. Shamsideen Olalekan Allison who was glad with the mass turn out of the people to welcome the gesture of the Governor.

However, when it was time for the goodwill message the Sole Administrator, Igbogbo/Baiyeku LCDA, Chief Mrs. Bolanle Basorun expressed her gratitude and delight of such laudable programme initiated by the Governor for the good people of Igbogbo/Baiyeku LCDA. She assured the provision of the free stationery for any interested students.

She therefore appreciated the Governor and the Royal fathers, HRM Oba Abdulsemiu Orimadegun Kasali, the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo kingdom and HRM Oba Richard Ogunsanya, the Olubeshe of Ibeshe.

Shortly after this,  the President, CIIDU, Igbogbo, Barrister Adeboye Dankuwo also thanked the Governor for his brilliant ideas and promised that the programme will be given adequate support by CIIDU and the people of Igbogbo kingdom to make sure the objective of the programme will not be defeated.

The Special Adviser to Gov. Ambode on Education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh, thank His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for this initiative and the wonderful support given by the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo.

"Already, we are making remarkable progress towards achieving our goal. Last year, 10,143 neo-literates out of 11,492 who enrolled for the programme graduated successfully, most of which have also enrolled for the vocational education programmes delivered by Lagos State especially through the Agency for Mass Education. We aim to make them more self-reliant and active contributors to the economic well being of the State," he said.

Bank-Olemoh further explained that they have also established 250 new literacy centres to make the programme more accessible to Lagosians. "In January this year, Two Hundred and Fifty (250) new adult facilitators were trained and are already deployed to Literacy centres spread across the State. It’s my pleasure to inform you today that 10 of these new centres are located within Igbogbo town while more centres will be established in coming weeks and months; especially in the rural areas", he added.

He therefore urged the stakeholders in the society, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Faith-Based Organizations, and trade unions as well as market women and mechanic associations, not to leave the responsibility of eradicating illiteracy from Lagos State to the government alone.

There was an interlude of a cultural display by the students of the premier school, Ikorodu, Oriwu Senior Model College which add glamour to the event.

The Director, Agency for Mass Education (AME) and also a proud daughter of Igbogbo, Mrs. Oluwakemi Yetunde Kalesanwo said Igbogbo is the take off point of the programme. She equally intimated everyone that Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode is adequately funding the adult education programme, hence, it is free.

When speaking with Mr Shakiru Seidu, the Publisher, Igbogbo/Baiyeku Info Magazine, Mrs Kalesanwo reinterated that the objective of Governor Ambode is to eradicate illiteracy in Lagos State. She further said this can be made possible when people are able to read and write.

On the final note, the official flag off of the scheme was carried out as the tape was cut by HRM Oba Abdulsemiu Orimadegun Kasali before the official registration of students by Oba Kasali, Oba Ogunsanya, Bank-Olemoh, Mrs Basorun respectively.

Among those that graced the occasion were the traditional rulers, Community Initiative for Igbogbo Development Union (CIIDU), Igbogbo Development Association (IDEA), CDAs, Muslim Community, top government functionaries, Olojas, among others.

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Saturday, 27 May 2017


The much awaited APC Local Government Election in Lagos State was today, Saturday, 27th of May, 2017, turned violent at Teslim Balogun Stadium when some aggrieved delegates disrupted the process.

The Primaries which started under a peaceful atmosphere saw the electoral Committee that screened all the delegates at the National Stadium before moving to Teslim Balogun Stadium.

The anger erupted when the Electoral Committee stated calling the names of endorsed Candidates by the Party leadership for ratification. This infuriated some aggrieved delegates to approach and destroyed the podium before beating the Chairman, Electoral Committee, Sen. Tokunbo Afikuyomi and almost got him naked.

Delegates and Party Leaders at the Stadium were rescued by the security men. The venue is therefore emptied with only security men mounting the premises to forestore further damages.

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Ijede Community Hall was full to capacity on Thursday, 25th of May, 2017, when Hon Emmanuel Aguda, the Sole Administrator, Ijede LCDA, gave good account of himself since he assumed office, this was done in commemoration of 50years anniversary of Lagos State.

The Town Hall Meeting was no doubt a gathering of the reputable personalities in the Ijede Kingdom. The opening prayer session was rendered by the Chief Imam, Ijede Central Mosque, while the welcome address was immediately given by the Sole administrator, Hon. Emmanuel Aguda. In his address, he gave accounts of stewardship of the Council over the past eleven months of his administration with the following score cards:

• Computerization of accounting system 
• Direct collection of revenue 
• 2016 Budget session 
• Procurement of kits for security guards 
• Procurement of public Address System and Generator for information unit. 
• Construction of Gate House for Security Guards. 
• Design and hosting of Council’s official Website. 
• 2017 Budget Stakeholders’ Forum. 
• Staff training & development programs for Junior & Senior Staff.
• Enumeration & Creation of Data Base for Revenue Collection. 
• Implementation of E-Billings System of Revenue Collection.
• Participated in public Servant Day – LAGOS @ 50 

• Monthly Environment Sanitation Exercise before it’s cancellation. 
• Desisting of blocked drainage at various locations.
• Clearing of proposed State Fire Service Station. 
• Clearing of Library Premises.
• Participation in 3rd Quarter 2016 LASG Safety Walk 
• Distribution of free refuse Bags to members of our Communities.
• Approved LASPARK Garden for the LCDA. 

• Regular Stakeholders’ Sensitization Meetings 
• Community Peace and Reconciliation Meetings 
• Peace and Security Meetings with CDAs and the Police. 
• Participated in Community Day – LAGOS @ 50 
• Establishment of Community Security Trust Fund. 

• 2016 Bursary Award to forty (40) Students 
• First Graduation Ceremony for Graduates of Ijede LCDA Vocational Training Centre. 
• Facilitated the renovation of Anglican Pry Sch., Ijede. 
• Facilitated the renovation of Ijede Library. 
• Financial Assistance to all public Schools on a termly basis. 
• Donations to Methodist Primary School & Anwar-Ul- Islam Primary School for Classrooms Renovation. 
• Provision of free JAMB Forms for thirty (30) Students 
• Organised 2017 Spelling Bee Competition. 

• Participated in 2016 Tree Planting Program. 
• Participated in 2016 World Food Day Program – 3rd Position in acquaculture 
• Certification of over 75 registered Community development Associations. 

• Renovation of Ijede LCDA Market. 
• Commissioning of 2 Street Roads (114 Roads)
• Participated in Ikorodu Master Plan Project. 
• Survey Plans for proposed State Fire Service Station and Police Area ‘N’ Command.
• Provision of Boreholes for Igbe-Oloja, Oke-Eletu, Abule-Eko, Igbopa & Ipakan Communities. 
• Renovation of Ijede & Egbin Town Halls. 
• Construction and painting of collapsed fence at Oke-Eletu PHC.
• Facilitated approval of Fire Station for Ijede LCDA.
• Beautification of Garage Roundabout, Madan.
• Grading of Street Roads. 

• Commissioning of 20KVA Generator @ Oke-Eletu PHC 
• Procurement of 72 Chairs for Ijede PHC 
• Participation in 2016 LASG Health week. 
• Participation in 2017 Immunization Plus Day. 
• Participation in 2017 Medical Mission.

On security, Hon. Aguda revealed that the Security statistics in Ikorodu division has the highest crime rates and security threats in Lagos State and Ijede is on the top list of security threatened communities in Ikorodu. Hence, the setting up of Community Security Trust Fund to tackle and combat the menace is desirable.

A trust fund is a special type of legal entity that holds property for the benefit of another person, group, or organization but in the case of Ijede LCDA, we are not only creating a trust fund, but that which is targeted at complementing State efforts toward funding and ensuring security of lives and property of the good people of Ijede LCDA, he explained.

"We shall create an endowment which all its benefits shall be used to fund logistics for all legitimate security operatives in our communities so as to augment the efforts of the State Government towards our security. We will not only fund this endowment but also source for funds from other avenues to achieve this," Aguda added.

The Area Commander, Ijede Area N, Mr A. Garba, enunciated that Ikorodu Division has suddenly become a major concern as the security is being compromised. He therefore implored the residents to adequately furnish the Police with needed information to work with while they should also refrain from harbouring criminals. He further explained that the rate of kidnapping, murder, and other social menace are on the increase in Ikorodu division.

However, he was so affirmative that certain groups of people living within the community are tarnishing their image thus maligning their progress work in the division. He made it clear that the community will bear the brunt as they often demand for the release of some criminals who are threatening the peace of the people.

'There has not been a single filling station to have given the Police fuel to run their vehicles.' Area Commander further said. He urged the residents of Ikorodu division not to condone the bad elements in the Police force; he obliged them to report any erring officer when necessary. On his final note, he advised the residents not to apply for the bail of any supposed criminal.

Mr Olapade of Neighborhood Watch Ijede LCDA intimated the gathering that documentation of recruitment exercise was in progress but promised that work would commence soon. Mr Akilo suggested the uses of whistle blowing to ensure alertness among residents.

Immediately after this, there was a call for donation on Security Trust Fund which received a lot of acceptance as people were donating generously.

Shortly after this, there was an inauguration of the Board of Trustee, the swearing in process was done by the Sole Administrator. The event didn't end without the cutting of cake of 50th Anniversary of Lagos State.

The meeting ended with a vote of thanks made by H. O. A, Mr Niyi Olowu.

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Friday, 26 May 2017

COMPLETION OF AGUNFOYE ROAD, ADDITIONAL TRANSFORMERS, WILL BE AMONG GOVERNMENT'S PRIORITY IN 2018: SHOLAJA ASSURED AGUNFOYE ELDERS COUNCIL, IGBOGBO. | Shakiru Seidu The half-done bridge is adding to our suffering whenever it rains. -Odofin Primary Health Center Agunfoye needs urgent attention. -Iyaloja

It was an august visit on Wednesday, 24th of May, 2017, when the representative of Ikorodu Constituency II at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon Nurudeen Sholaja-Saka visited the Elders Council, Agunfoye on the matter affecting the residents of the community.

The crucial meeting commenced as Mrs Aisha Bello, the Iyaloja of Agunfoye gave the opening prayer.

The Odofin of Igbogbo, High Chief Tajudeen Onasanya in his charismatic style expressed his gratitude for the display of humility of Hon. Sholaja to have paid them august visit while they anticipating to visit Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odofin did not hesitate to explain the efforts of the elders Council Agunfoye on the road construction. He further elaborates the role played by Hon. Adebimpe Akinsola and Prince Adesegun Ogunlewe on Agunfoye road.

The road has been abandoned halfway which is beginning to be deteriorating. It was a promise made that the road will be tarred but nothing of such was done. In his final submission, Chief Odofin complained of shortage of transformers in the area. A single transformer, serving three communities shouldn't be heard of this jet age.

Furthermore, Mr Abel Iyasele, CDA Chairman from Agunfoye Gegenla narrated their ordeals on several efforts made to the government for transformers but all efforts proved abortive, but thank Hon Sholaja for his visit because they are optimistic that it will yield a positive result.

The Chairman, Lantan CDA, Mr Adeola Olagunju revealed that 1,614 houses are on one face/leg of the only transformer serving the whole community in Lantan alone. He further established that the government had abandoned them since 2007.

Mr W. A.. Adekoya, another CDA Chairman from Ire Community buttressed the argument of Mr Adeola to further ascertain the urgent need of more transformers while Prof. Boyejo, a senior citizen, accused the government of marginalization of Agunfoye, as such, the CDAs and individuals have been responsible for the welfare of the community.

However, Mr Olaonipekun emphatically said that they would need up to 4 transformers so as to make life bearable for them.

In response to all, Hon. Nurudeen Sholaja-Saka thanked everyone for their contribution and applauded Hon Adebimpe Akinsola's efforts. He assured Agunfoye residents that the road completion will be included in the 2018 budget of Lagos State.

Hon. Sholaja further informed them that their letters must pass through their representative if their needs will be met urgently. He therefore assured the Elders in Council of 2 transformers when given.

The erudite legislator also intimated the Elders that the government of Lagos State is working assiduously round the clock to make life meaningful for its inhabitants. Although, the PHCN isn't encouraging but they will not relent until the right things are done. Sholaja further urged the Elders and residents of Agunfoye to vote for APC in the coming election so as to avert set back.

The Iyaloja of Agunfoye affirmed that the only Primary Health Center, Agunfoye had been neglected for years and needs immediate resuscitation.

The Baale of Agunfoye Gegenla, Chief Jamiu Abass gave a vote of thanks before Hon Sholaja went for another official assignment.

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OBA KASALI HOLDS TALK WITH SECURITY OPERATIVES ON FORMIDABLE SECURITY ALERTNESS OF IGBOGBO KINGDOM | Shakiru Seidu The Police are frustrating our good efforts. -Onyabo Warn your children against any criminal acts. -Neighborhood head

Wednesday, 24th of May, 2017, was another great moment in Igbogbo kingdom when HRM Oba Abdulsemiu Orimadegun Kasali, the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo called peace talk meeting bothering on security challenges.

The meeting commenced with an opening prayer by Chief Jelili Oduntan, the Balogun of Igbogbo kingdom.

The Baales of various communities under Igbogbo kingdom were immediately obliged to air their views on the challenges confronting their community.

The Baale of Alaketu, Chief Solomon Ayanilowo was the first to open the floor by complaining about the attitude of the local Security, while the Baale of Igbe, Chief Aniyikaye Dawodu followed suit and he complained of the increase rate of stealing despite the presence of Onyabo in his domain. He further questioned the recruitment process into Onyabo group.

However, Baale Lajo Community, Chief Waliu Oduntan intimated the Adeboruwa-in-Council with the statement of the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, who said that the Obas and Chiefs will be accountable for their community.

In the same vein Chief Saheed Ajibode, Baale of Baiyeku Community urged the security operatives to be cautious in the discharge of their duty. While Chief Monsuru Alimi, the Baale of Offin charged the security to be thorough in any issue bothering on security threat and stealing.

Chief Kehinde Faniyi (Iya Tomoturo), obliged the group to ensure proper scrutiny in the recruitment process into the group so that the security of the community is not further compromised.

The Balogun of Igbogbo kingdom, Chief Jelili Oduntan was of the opinion that the security groups must identify with Kabiyesi and the chiefs to ensure proper planning of securing the community. He also implored them of diligence at work.

Furthermore, the Oluwo of Igbogbo, Chief Obafemi Obayomi opined that capable people who are conversant with the profession should be recruited. While Chief Sidikat Orepekan urged the security groups to be honest and embrace unity.

Moreover, the High Chief Tajudeen Alade Onasanya, the Odofin of Igbogbo kingdom was concerned about the remuneration of the security groups, how they're being engaged in the service and what necessitated the division of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) and the Onyabo group.

When it was time for response, Chief Shina Olusanya, head of Onyabo, Igbogbo/Baiyeku LCDA, agreed with the division of Onyabo and how HRM Oba Kabir Adewale Shotobi had settled the rift among them. He established that the central body under the leadership of Bombata usually carry out the recruitment exercise. While it was equally affirmed that the efforts of the Police are not really encouraging.

The Adeboruwa-in-Council was also intimated that salaries are being paid to the Security groups through the CDAs. They expect the Police to ensure adequate abolishment of criminals in the community.

On the other hand, the head of Neighborhood Corp, Igbogbo/Baiyeku LCDA, Mr Rotimi Douala advised that all the security operatives must work in harmony. The Area Commander, Neighborhood Corps, Ikorodu Division, Alhaji Abdulyekin Olukokun sues for unity among the security and changed everyone to give their children proper orientation and to stay away from crime.

Chief Tajudeen Onasanya however urged that stealing of Motorcycles, Tricycles, Motor Batteries, others, should be put to halt as a matter of urgency. He frowned at multiple groups of security in a street to avoid conflict of interest.

Nevertheless, HRM Oba Abdulsemiu Orimadegun Kasali was excited with various contributions and responses. He appealed passionately for adequate cooperation among the security groups. He intimated all that government want other groups to work in alliance with the security Corp (Neighborhood). Kabiyesi assured them that the Palace of Adeboruwa has good plans for the security groups and further thanked them for their relentless efforts so far.

In the absence of further deliberation, the meeting was called to a close as Chief Jelili Oduntan gave the vote of thanks.

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IKORODU CENTRAL CHAIRMANSHIP SEAT: JINADU WOOS THE PARTY DELEGATES | Shakiru Seidu He will deliver his campaign promises, Olowu, Olufowora, Jokomba, Ogunfodunrin, Olosugbo, others, assured

As the APC primary election set to hold on Saturday, 27th of May, 2017, aspirants are not leaving any stone unturned as they're all moving around to woo the party delegates.

Wednesday, 24th of May, 2017, was a historical day in Ikorodu Central when Alhaji Riliwan Ishola Jinadu stormed the APC party Secretariat, Oke Ota-Ona, Ikorodu in a large crowd to woo the Party Delegates.

The journey began at his Secretariat, Olubi street Ikorodu and they proceeded to the party secretariat at Ogunsanya's compound to sensitize the party excos to elect a credible leader.

Hon Azeez Olosugbo and Hon Shokunbi (Kalokalo) anchored the proceedings in the presence of over 100 Excos that present. The DG of Jinadu Campaign Team, Alh. Jokomba outlined the process of voting for Jinadu as being the right man for the Ikorodu Central Chairmanship seat.

However, Chief Adenrele Olowu, one of the political strong men from Igbogbo threw his weight behind the candidature of Alhaji Riliwan Ishola Jinadu. He was so excited at the turn out of his supporters. He therefore urges the delegates to ensure their votes go to Jinadu. He sounded very sure that Jinadu  will not let them down.

Alh. Olufowona from Ward F in the same vein assured R. I.Jinadu  of his victory at the poll. While Mr Ogunkoya, the Olubi Board President and Alh. Afeez Opere assured everyone of Jinadu's competence and for the compassion he always exhibit towards the people around him.

Shortly after this, Alhaji Ajayi prayed the prayer of uncommon success for both Wards and LGA Excos.

When it was time for Jinadu  himself to address the party faithfuls, he was so amazed of their turn our and he graciously thanked Alh. Taiwo Longe (LGA Chairman) and other LGA Chairmen from other Local governments, the party leaders, LGA and other 7 wards excos, Olubi Board members, Amicable Club 1980 and others were greatly appreciated.

He therefore promised that he will never degrade the mandate, rapid improvement in the education standard, youth and women empowerment, taking care of aged ones, infrastructural development and adequate collaboration with NGOs is certain.

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Thursday, 25 May 2017


Lagos State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, on Tuesday warned Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) in the state police command to shun bribery or leave the state.

Owoseni stated this during a lecture on Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officers at the Police Officers’ Wives’ Association (POWA) Hall, Ikeja.

He warned that the era of impunity and corruption among cops was gone, appealing to his subordinates to come for transfer if they would not want to play by the rules in the state.

He said: “I am tired of hearing about shooting or killing of innocent persons. No one has the right to take another man’s life. It is only God that has the right to take life.

“It is your responsibility as a DPO to know those who are collecting bribe under you. If you refuse to stop them, they will stop you from being a DPO.

“It is embarrassing to see policemen collecting bribes and chasing yahoo yahoo boys for a DPO. I would not cover any DPO. I will expose you. Just leave Lagos before I get to your station. I cannot share out of your misconduct. I will give your photographs and details to journalists to expose you.

“I am shocked to hear that some Area Commanders and DPOs are on the pay rolls of fraudsters. I am investigating. Just pray that I don’t get you. Just know that you are causing pains for taxpayers if you are intimidating them and collecting bribe from criminals.

“It is a curse to build a house with the money. The building would collapse on your head. Some of you even take people to the bank to collect money. If you train your children with the money, they won’t be useful to you.

“If those who were in the force before us bastardized it, we would not have the opportunity to be enlisted in the police. I am tired of pleading with police victims because you are doing what you are not supposed to do. Remember, one day, you are going to die and give account to your creator.

“Go back to your areas of jurisdiction and warn your men against brutality, indiscriminate use of handcuffs on pregnant women, elders and persons with disability.

“Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) should take note. I will not tolerate any act of indiscipline.

“Learn a lesson from DPO Ijeshatedo, who shot dead a fashion designer. He is in our custody and we are compiling charges against him. He would soon be arraigned in court.

“All DPOs in Ikorodu should use all resources within their disposals to fish out Badoo cult group that has been causing havoc in the community. I am giving you all 48 hours to decongest your cells. Nobody should be detained more than 48 hours. I will conduct checks on the cells.”

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

LAGOS STATE GREATNESS LIES IN ITS MELTING POT FOR ALL CULTURES - AMBODE ...Claim Of Lagos Being No Man's Land Misleading, Confrontational - Akiolu, Fasinro, Okunnu

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday attributed the greatness of the State to its ability to be the melting pot for all cultures, just as he said that the people of the State over the years have distinguished themselves in making others feel home away from home.

Speaking at the Lagos History Lecture held at Eko Hotels and Suits with the theme: "Lagos: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," as part of activities marking Golden Jubilee anniversary of the State, Governor Ambode recalled that since inception, Lagos had effectively transited from an administrative entity to become the melting point of cultures and the socio-political and economic jurisdiction of global significance, rated today, as the fifth largest economy in Africa.

He described the lecture as an opportunity to have an introspection into the past, engage in an objective appraisal of the present and, a realistic prognosis of the future of another fifty years. 

He said such necessitated the assemblage of knowledgeable royal fathers, elder statesmen, jurists of distinction and Lagos indigenes of repute to trace the history of the State and proffer insights as to the areas to concentrate on for the future.

Going down memory lane, Governor Ambode said: "It is important for us at this epochal gathering to refresh our memory about the beginning; the journey of how the AWORI played an important role in the evolution of what we call Lagos today: 

"The same applies to the evolution of the EKO Royalty with the coming of the Bini from present day Edo State and even the momentous role played by the TAPPA in the making of our dear State. 

"Our greatness is in our ability to be the melting pot for all cultures and as at today, there is no tribe in Nigeria that is not represented in Lagos. From the Hausa/Fulani to the Igbo to the Kanuri to the Ibibio, the Nupe, the Berom, the Igala and so on and so forth all have spaces to live and live well in our dear State. 

"Lagos is not just national in outlook. It is international. The Americans are here; the British are here; South Africans are in their thousands; the Chinese are not in short supply; and the Indians even have a community in Lagos. 

"With all sense of modesty, there is no other State like Lagos in Nigeria. Some may say we owe this to the fact that Lagos used to be a Federal Capital Territory. But I really do not think so. While that may have contributed to our greatness, we are also a unique people ready to make fellow human-beings from other lands feel home away from home," the Governor said.

While noting the progress which Lagos had witnessed politically, socially and economically, Governor Ambode said he was certain that the progenitors of the State would be happy in their graves with the tremendous progress in all spheres of governance that have elatedly become the lots of the State.

In his keynote lecture, Professor Hakeem Danmole traced the history of Lagos since the inception, saying that it was commendable that the legacy of achievement has been sustained in the State.

Going foward, Danmole, who is the Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, said the State must strictly adhere to rules and regulations, adding that for Lagos to reach greater heights, developmental plan must be followed.

While calling on the Federal Government to collaborate with the State Government to fast-track development in Lagos, Danmole urged the State Government to fully utilize its God's given environment especially in area of water transportation.

Responding to a call by Governor Ambode for the notion of Lagos being a no man's land to be addressed, first Town Clark of the Lagos City Council, Senator Habib Fasinro and former Minister of Works, Alhaji Femi Okunnu (SAN) said those behind such claim were ignorant.

They said such claim was not only misleading but confrontational, as same abused the history of the indiginous people of Lagos such as the Aworis, Egbas, Binis, Ijeshas, Nupes, Brazilian returnees, among others.

On his part, Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu corroborated Fasinro and Okunnu, and urged the National Assembly to reconsider the motion to grant special status to Lagos, saying doing so would be in best interest of Nigeria.

Monday, 22 May 2017

WE’LL RESIST ANY COUP ATTEMPT, TINUBU VOWS …Ambode Hails Lawmakers As Assembly Holds Session For Lagos@50

National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Monday called on the Military to perish any attempt to lure it to stage a coup against the democratic process, vowing that such attempt would be vehemently resisted.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai had recently revealed that some military officers were hobnobbing with politicians ostensibly to overthrow the present democratically elected government.

But speaking at a Special Parliamentary Session organised by the Lagos State House of Assembly to mark the Lagos@50 celebrations and the second anniversary of the 8th Assembly, Tinubu advised those behind the attempt to truncate the democratic which Nigerians fought hard for should perish such idea in their best interest.

He said: “But amidst the celebration, I will like to sound a caution to us all the precious thing we have – democracy that we are now trying to perfect is not guaranteed to us. We must sweat hard yet think wisely if we are to keep it.  There will always be some people who want to undermine democracy. These people gain more from the government in the dark.

“Just a few days ago, we had a warning that some people were trying to entice the military out of the barracks. I say don’t try it. I want to add my voice to that warning. Those who think they can break the democracy so many of us labored and for which too many people died, sacrificed their lives, they are sure mistaken.

“Nigeria has come too far for such a thing to happen. Those people behind such idea will find no fertile ground to plant their seed in Lagos. We will not buy their bad product; whatever they want to sell is a bad product and we are going to reject it. We tell them, move away from here because Lagos State will resist it, Lagos State is saying move away from it, don’t think about it, we are all staying together to grow our democracy,” Tinubu said.

Speaking on the Lagos@50 celebrations, Tinubu said going by achievements recorded in the last five decades, there were so much reasons to celebrate, but that in the midst of the celebration, it was important to place emphasis on the need to create more opportunities for the people.

“We also have realized that we need to do more in order to create more opportunities, better education, improved housing and more jobs for many of our people so that all can witness the full blossom of growth and prosperity,” he said.

Also speaking, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode said since creation, the State had been a shining example and critical hub of socio-economic and political development, saying that the harmonious relationship between the three arms of government in Nigeria which is reflective in the governance model of Lagos State promoted the interest and welfare of the people.

“Today, we are celebrating the contributions of the Lagos State House of Assembly, particularly the 8th Assembly in the last two years, to the true principles of democratic governance through passage of Bills that advance the principle of governance and promotion of social welfare of the people within the ambits of the Law.

“It is on record that military incursion into governance has always made the legislature its first victim by suspending the constitution with all powers against the wishes of our people. Therefore, the Legislature can be said to be the most exposed in governance model in the current democratic dispensation, if we have to give its true meaning and relevance in a representative government,” he said.

Governor Ambode added that in spite of this chequered history, the first to eighth Assemblies of the Lagos State House of Assembly had been the benchmark for assessing legislative business in governance of the Nigerian State, stressing that the 8th Assembly, in particular had been highly responsive and innovative in fulfilling its constitutional obligations and meeting the aspirations of our people for the dividends of democracy.

“The superlative performance of the 8th Assembly, including previous Assemblies, can be attributed to the quality of leadership that has been produced through a matured and democratic process with the purpose of providing a democratic process that would benefit our people.

“Over the years, the Legislative arm of government in Lagos State has been a shining beacon of democratic independence and responsiveness. It has never shirked its assigned role or responsibility even in the face of provocation. It has continuously engaged the electorate in the process of making laws through interactive engagements and contributions to the making of Laws,” he said.

The Governor said that the synergy between the three arms of government, particularly the Executive and Legislature had become the benchmark of the democratic process in Nigeria, saying that as the State celebrates its Golden Jubilee, it had laid the building blocks for the next fifty years.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

EMINENT DIGNITARIES ENCOMIUM AS FOLAHANMI OTEJU WEDS ABIODUN KAZEEM IN A UNIQUE STYLE. | Shakiru Seidu JB, Agunbiade, Jinadu, Ibikunle, Erogbogbo, Anifowose, Others, graced the occasion.

"What God has joined together, let no man put asunder." This played itself out in a conjugal bliss of the newest and latest couple in Town. No sooner than when Folahanmi Oteju and Abiodun Kazeem said I do as they were both pronounced as husband and wife.

All roads led to the Musical Village Event Center, Ikorodu, where all and sundry and the cream of the society converged to felicitate with the new couple on Sunday, 21st of May, 2017.

In fact, marriage is indeed an institution by which everyone must enrol in. Virtually most of the calibre of people who graced the  ceremony without any iota of doubt were not without their spouses and this made the occasion glamorous. Fabrics and attires of different colours rented the air and the guests were beaming with smile. The families of Oteju and Kazeem, were full of praises to the Almighty Allah for making the dream come to reality.

When the Publisher, Igbogbo/Bayeku Info Magazine, Mr Shakiru Seidu, spoke with one of the Senior Legislative Aides of Hon. Babajimi Benson, MHR, who his blood brother is the Bride's father, Mr Bayo Oteju, he thanked Almighty Allah and gave special tribute to those that honoured the occasion despite their tight schedule.

The Musical Village Hall was agog with dignitaries, prominent personalities, philanthropists and people of works of life to celebrate with the newest and latest couple in town, among whom were the Member, House of Representatives, Ikorodu federal Constituency, Hon. Babajimi Benson, the Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. SOB Agunbiade and his amiable wife, Alhaja Tairat Agunbiade, Chairmanship Aspirant and the longest serving Party Chairman in Ikorodu, Alhaji Riliwan Ishola Jinadu, former SSA on Education, Lagos State, Hon. Saheed Ibikunle, Sole Administrator, Ikorodu West LCDA, Hon. Segun Anifowose and the Senior Officer of iCARE Foundation, Mayor Deen Sanwoola.

Others were Alhaji Damilola Olowosago, Mr Erogbogbo, Hon Bosun Agoro, Comrade Kehinde Okeowo, Mr Wole Ajifowoke, Alhaji W. A.. Yusuf, Princess Oredoyin, Mr Musbaudeen Alejo, Alhaji Oriare, and lots of well wishers.

The attendance will not be completed without mentioning the Principal, LASU International School, Mr Taiwo Odumbo, Abuja based technocrat, Mr Abdulateef Bello, other friends of Mr Bayo Oteju from home and abroad, families and lots of well wishers.

Comprehensive story on this memorable wedding would be published in the coming Edition of Igbogbo/Bayeku Info Magazine.

Publisher, Igbogbo/Bayeku Info Magazine,
The genuine VOICE of Ikorodu Division