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Girls Education Critical To Progressive Society – Sanwo-Olu
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Girls Education Critical To Progressive Society – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to quality education and promotion of equal opportunities for the girl child. Speaking after a close-door meeting with the United Kingdom (UK) Minister for Africa, Mr. James Duddridge; Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Nigeria and Special Envoy for Girls Education, Helen Grant and British Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Ben Llewellyn-Jones, at Lagos House, Ikeja on Thursday evening, Governor Sanwo-Olu said giving quality education to girls is critical to having a progressive society with shared prosperity. The Governor said the meeting was “in furtherance of previous engagements on the UK’s partnership with Lagos in areas of mutual interests, especially on the Future Cities Project, optimisin...
Over 1 Million Jobs Will Be Provided From Digital Switch-Over – FG
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Over 1 Million Jobs Will Be Provided From Digital Switch-Over – FG

The Federal Government announced, on Saturday, that it will commence the Digital Switch-Over (DSO) in Lagos, on April 29, as the country gradually transitions from analogue to digital broadcasting. It also said over one million jobs are expected to be provided from the scheme. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this when he led the Ministerial Taskforce of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture on Digital Switch Over (DSO) on a courtesy visit to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos House, Marina. Mr Mohammed said that the decision to transit to digital television followed an agreement signed at the Regional Radio Communication Conference (RRC-06) in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 16, 2006, to usher in ‘all-digital’ terrestr...
Nigeria’s Democracy not complete without Tinubu – Sanwo-Olu
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Nigeria’s Democracy not complete without Tinubu – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has lauded the contributions of Bola Tinubu to the development of Nigeria, saying the country’s democracy cannot be complete without him. Sanwo-Olu made this known on Sunday via a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, while felicitating with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on his 69th birthday. While describing Tinubu as a visionary leader and a rare mentor with exceptional abilities in various areas of human endeavours, he said the APC leader is a political pathfinder, nationalist and detribalised Nigerian, who has contributed in no small measure to the socio-political and economic growth of the state and Nigeria as a whole. “The story of...
My Refinery Will Be Completed By The End Of 2021 – Dangote
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My Refinery Will Be Completed By The End Of 2021 – Dangote

President, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote yesterday said the multi billion dollars and 650,000-barrel per day (bpd) integrated refinery and petrochemical project will be completed by the end of this year, just as granulated urea fertiliser plant at Ibeju Lekki corridor will begin production of fertiliser products next week. This was even as the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu promised to support the ongoing multi-bilion dollars investments on the axis with massive road infrastructure to further open up the economy of the axis and create a more conducive environment for the industries springing up in the area. The duo spoke with journalists during Governor Sanwo- Olu’s two-day working visit to the Lagos Free Zone, saying that the investments would turn around the ...
COVID-19: Our Vaccine Experience, By Sanwo-Olu, Hamza
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COVID-19: Our Vaccine Experience, By Sanwo-Olu, Hamza

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat said they felt no side effects whatsoever three days after taking the COVID-19 vaccine. This came as Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, his deputy, Mr. Philip Shaibu, Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma, his wife Chioma, deputy governor Prof. Placid Njoku and Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong on Monday took their own shots. Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat and Commissioner for Health Prof. Akin Abayomi took the vaccine on March 12. Sanwo-Olu, who addressed reporters at his office on Monday, said he felt no side effects contrary to widespread speculation that the vaccine comes with side effects. He said: “It has been three days since I got the AstraZeneca vaccine. I can confirm to you that I felt no after-effects....
Sanwo-Olu Approves 21-Year Jail Term For Cultists, Signs Anti-Cultism Bill
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Sanwo-Olu Approves 21-Year Jail Term For Cultists, Signs Anti-Cultism Bill

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has signed the bill for the Prohibition of Unlawful Societies and Cultism of 2021 into law, approving 21-year jail term for convicted cultists in the State. The State’s House of Assembly, in February, passed the anti-cultism bill, which also stipulates 15-year jail term for anyone found guilty of abetting cultists and residents who willfully allow their properties to be used as meeting points by cultists. Sanwo-Olu assented to the bill at the swearing-in event for newly appointed members of the State’s Public Procurement Agency Governing Board and two Permanent Secretaries held at Banquet Hall in the State House, Alausa, on Monday. At the event, the Governor also signed three other bills into law. They are Lagos State Audit Servic...
Sanwo-Olu To Commission Agege Pen Cinema Bridge Today
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Sanwo-Olu To Commission Agege Pen Cinema Bridge Today

In line with the current Lagos State Government’s stand on improving transportation, road infrastructure and traffic management (which are entrenched in his THEMES agenda), Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu will tomorrow commission the very pivotal and important Agege Pen Cinema bridge which was initiated by the last administration. Work on the bridge started in 2017 and upon assumption of office, Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu visited the site in May 2019 promising to complete the project. This was cheered by all and helped in pacifying residents of Agege and commuters who were unsure about the Governor taking up the project, let alone completing it. As at the time of Mr Governor’s visit, the project was about 40 percent completed. With a population of over 1million residents made ...
Sanwo-Olu To Name And Shame Beneficiaries Of Apapa Rot
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Sanwo-Olu To Name And Shame Beneficiaries Of Apapa Rot

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has threatened to name those benefitting from the perennial traffic gridlock and disorderliness experienced along the Apapa corridor in the state. Sanwo-Olu stated this on Wednesday in Lagos while commending the Nigerian Ports Authority for the new E-Call Up system for trucks going to the ports. The Apapa area of the state is notorious for chaos over the haphazard operations of container-laden trucks around the seaports. At an event in Lagos today, the governor said, “We will name and shame them. We will bring out their names, be it a corporate organisation, be it a company, be it a Lagos State officer, be it a police officer, whoever it is, be it a union that will say that the solution that we have brought about will not work. “The...
Lagos To Lay 4th Mainland Bridge Foundation Before End Of 2021 – Sanwo-Olu
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Lagos To Lay 4th Mainland Bridge Foundation Before End Of 2021 – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday said that the foundation for the proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge would be laid before the end of year 2021. Sanwo-Olu made this known during the 16th Executive/Legislative Parley, with the theme: ”A Consensus Agenda for Rebuilding Lagos”, organised by the Office of Civic Engagement. He said that the government was determined that execute the Fourth Mainland Bridge, as it would improve movement in the state. ”We did not politically promise Fourth Mainland Bridge but we are going to do Fourth Mainland Bridge. ”With your prayers and by the grace of Almighty God, we shall turn the sod and lay the foundation for the building and construction of that Fourth Mainland Bridge before the end of this year. ”We are on course and...
Sanwo-Olu Shows Off Table Tennis Skills With Chief Of Staff
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Sanwo-Olu Shows Off Table Tennis Skills With Chief Of Staff

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday commissioned the remodelled Abesan Youth Centre in Mosan Okun-Ola LCDA, Alimosho Local Government Area. The centre is strategically located within the Abesan Housing Estate to serve its host community and teeming youth. Social media aide to the governor Jubril Gawat shared a photo of the governor and his chief of staff Tayo Ayinde testing their skills on table tennis at the centre. “Governor @jidesanwoolu and his Chief of Staff today testing their skills at the newly commissioned Abesan Youth Center in Alimosho LGA this afternoon,” Mr Gawat said. The centre is equipped with a skill acquisition/multi-purpose building, children play area, multi-purpose court, football pitch, spectators pavilion, ICT room, gymnastic hall, lawn tennis...
Sanwo-Olu, Tinubu, Fayemi, Others Attend Jakande’s 8th-Day Fidau Prayer
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Sanwo-Olu, Tinubu, Fayemi, Others Attend Jakande’s 8th-Day Fidau Prayer

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led state officials on Friday to the Ilupeju residence of the late ex-governor of Lagos Lateef Jakande for his eighth-day fidau prayer. Jakande died on February 11 at the age of 91. He was buried the following day at the Vaults and Gardens private cemetery Ikoyi, Lagos. Also present at the fidau prayer was former governor of Lagos Bola Tinubu, Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, former Ogun State governor Olusegun Osoba, former inspector-general of police Musliliu Smith among others. Commissioner of police in Lagos Hakeem Odumosu led security presence at the Jakande’s residence. Fondly called Baba Kekere, Jakande was the first civilian governor of Lagos between October 1, 1979 and December 31, 1983. https://youtu.be/BPj7PYUJamg
Those Who Brutalised #OccupyLekkiTollgate Protesters Won’t Go Free – Sanwo-Olu
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Those Who Brutalised #OccupyLekkiTollgate Protesters Won’t Go Free – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said policemen who allegedly brutalised #OccupyLekkiTollgate protesters at the Lekki tollgate last Saturday won’t go free. Information and Strategy Commissioner Gbenga Omotoso stated this on Monday at a media briefing organised by the Lekki Concession Company (LCC). He said Sanwo-Olu never directed the police to assault anyone and would not stand by and watch Lagosians being brutalised. Omotoso and LCC Managing Director Yomi Omomuwasan were responding to the controversy surrounding the firm’s repossession of the Admiralty Circle Toll Plaza, called Lekki Tollgate Plaza. The firm regained possession of the facility following a February 6 ruling of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS-related ...
Former Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, is dead
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Former Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, is dead

The first Civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, is dead. Announcing Lateef Jakande's death on Twitter, the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu wrote: With gratitude to God for a worthy life well spent in the service of Lagos State, Nigeria and humanity, I announce the death of a venerable statesman, outstanding politician, public administrator and the first Civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande. He reportedly died on Thursday at the age of 91. Jakande, aka Baba Kekere, brought a lot of development to Lagos as governor between October 1, 1979 and December 31, 1983, in line with the five cardinal programmes of the Unity Party of Nigeria founded by a former Premier of the Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
OccupyLekkiTollGate: Nobody Will Bring Lagos Down – Gboyega Akosile
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OccupyLekkiTollGate: Nobody Will Bring Lagos Down – Gboyega Akosile

The Chief Press Secretary to the Lagos State Governor, Gboyega Akosile, has reacted to the planned protest slated for Saturday, February 13, 2020, against the reopening of the Lekki tollgate in the state. The organisers of the protest are angered by a ruling for the tollgate to be reopened as issued by the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses. The control of the tollgate, which was the epicentre of the October 2020 #EndSARS protest against police brutality and bad governance in Nigeria, was ordered to be returned to the Lekki Concession Company. Not pleased by the panel’s decision, some Nigerians on Twitter threatened to occupy the tollgate on Saturday to express their displeasure. Reacting to the planned protest, Akosile,...
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu Gives An Update On COVID-19 In Lagos
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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu Gives An Update On COVID-19 In Lagos

Lagos State continues to be the epicentre of the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria . As of the 29th of January 2021, Lagos State had recorded a total of 47,871 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of this number, 34,094 have recovered in community, while 9,856 are currently active in community. Over the last 12 months, about 3,988 COVID-related patients have been admitted into the various care centres across the State; with a registered fatality rate of approximately0.63% (301 deaths). TESTING Currently, Lagos State has 21 private and 4 public health laboratories accredited for Covid-19 testing. So far, a total of 316,801 samples have been tested, with 47,871 diagnosed as Positive. The test positivity ratio for January 2021 is 24%, which means that one out of every four tests returns positi...
Lagos State University (LASU) Tuition Fee To Be Reduced
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Lagos State University (LASU) Tuition Fee To Be Reduced

The Lagos State Governor has approved the reduction of the tuition fee for students of Lagos State University (LASU). Office of the special adviser to the governor on education, Tokunbo Wahab, disclosed this on Friday via Twitter. Flash: Lagos State government reduces tuition fee for students of Lagos State University
Lagos In Talks With COVID-19 Vaccine Manufacturers – Sanwo-Olu
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Lagos In Talks With COVID-19 Vaccine Manufacturers – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo -Olu , says his administration has started making contacts with Covid vaccine manufacturers including Pfizer, Oxford– AstraZeneca , Moderna, amongst others . He said the government planned to vaccinate up to 50 per cent of the population of Lagos to develop ‘ herd immunity’ to the virus . The governor spoke on Channels Television ’s Sunday Politics programme monitored by The PUNCH. Sanwo- Olu said the organised private sector have expressed interest to support the funding of the purchase of the vaccines asides from the ones planned by the Federal Government . He said, “ We actually want the Federal Government to take the lead and rightful so . As a sovereign, they have all of the contacts and protocols to make that happen . And we are gi...
Sanwo-Olu Vows To Put An End To Maternal, Child Mortality
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Sanwo-Olu Vows To Put An End To Maternal, Child Mortality

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) has vowed to do everything within his power to put an end to the twin issues of Maternal and Child mortality in Lagos State. The Governor, who disclosed this today in Badagry while unveiling a new Maternal and Childcare Centre and the School of Anesthesia located within the premises of Badagry General Hospital, stated that Lagos State under his leadership will change the narrative of the disturbing maternal, newborn and child mortality indices. He averred that the completion of the Badagry Maternal and Child Centre by the present administration is a critical indicator of its commitment to eradicating maternal and child mortality as well as his determination to consolidate achievements recorded in improving maternal and ...
Any Malaria-Like Symptoms Should Be Considered To Be COVID-19 – Sanwo-Olu
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Any Malaria-Like Symptoms Should Be Considered To Be COVID-19 – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday said any malaria-like symptom should now be considered and treated as COVID-19 until proven otherwise. The governor, who briefed newsmen at the State House, Ikeja on COVID-19 update in the state said such symptoms should be considered COVID-19 virus infections unless proven otherwise. “In this second wave of the current pandemic, any malaria-like symptoms should be considered as COVID-19 virus infection unless and until otherwise proven. Any affected individual with COVID-like symptoms should proceed to any of our public health facilities and/or laboratories to get tested for free,” he said. The governor also said it was important that people did not stigmatise or discriminate against anyone affected by the virus, as it is no...
COVID-19: Lagos Orders Civil Servants To Work From Home Till Feb 1
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COVID-19: Lagos Orders Civil Servants To Work From Home Till Feb 1

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has directed civil servants on Level 14 and below to work from home till February 1, 2021 as part of measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease amid the second wave of the pandemic. This was contained in a statement signed on Saturday by the Head of Service in the state, Hakeem Muri-Okunola. Muri-Okunola, however, noted that the directive excludes staff on essential duty as well as first responders. He said, “Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved a further extension of the work-from-home order to all State Public Servants on Grade Levels 14 and below from Monday, 18th January 2021, to Monday, 1st February 2021, to curtail the spread of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. “He urged all public servants to stay ...
Lagos To Give Ndubuisi Kanu A Befitting Burial – Sanwo-Olu
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Lagos To Give Ndubuisi Kanu A Befitting Burial – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday said the State Government would participate fully in all the programmes leading to the final burial of the former Military Governor of the State, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (rtd). He said the State has set up a four-man committee led by the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, to work with the deceased family and other stakeholders to immortalise and give late Ndubuisi Kanu a befitting passage of exit. Ndubuisi Kanu, an elder statesman and leader of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) died on Wednesday at 77. Speaking during a condolence visit to the family of Ndubuisi Kanu at the deceased residence in Victoria Island, Lagos, Governor Sanwo-Olu who was accompanied by his deputy, Dr. Obafemi H...
Governor Sanwo-Olu meets Buhari in Aso Rock (Photos)
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Governor Sanwo-Olu meets Buhari in Aso Rock (Photos)

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, met at the State House, Abuja, on Thursday. The reason for the meeting is yet unknown as at the time of filing this report. President @MBuhari received in audience @followlasg Governor, @jidesanwoolu at the State House, Abuja.
We Don’t Want Another Lockdown – Sanwo-Olu Warns Lagos Residents
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We Don’t Want Another Lockdown – Sanwo-Olu Warns Lagos Residents

Following the second wave of the pandemic in Nigeria, the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has warned residents of the state to take the COVID-19 protocols seriously as the state government is not interested in going on another lockdown. Sanwo-Olu made the appeal on his social media handles on Tuesday night, January 5. He wrote on his Instagram handle: "Dear Lagosians, There is urgent need for us to be more circumspect in the way we live, interact and socialize with our friends and family. Many people are ignoring #COVID-19 warnings and guidelines, thereby exposing themselves and others to the virus. We are well into the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic which came between November and December 2020. Yesterday, Lagos scarily recorded its highest number of infecti...
Lagos To Commission 377 Projects In The Next Few Months – Sanwo-Olu
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Lagos To Commission 377 Projects In The Next Few Months – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday assured residents of a quantum leap in provision of groundbreaking infrastructure in 2021, saying major projects designed to uplift the welfare and living standards of the people would be unveiled this year. The Governor, who spoke at a special hybrid New Year thanksgiving service of the state held at Football Pitch of Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, said some of the projects would be commissioned this month. 350 participants were physically present at the venue which has the capacity to accommodate 5,000 people, while about 1,000 participants joined virtually. According to Sanwo-Olu, "Starting this month, Lagosians are going to see renewed efforts that have been put into uplifting their welfare and living standards. "Over t...
Lagos Bye-elections: Sanwo-Olu Congratulates Abiru, Saheed
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Lagos Bye-elections: Sanwo-Olu Congratulates Abiru, Saheed

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Mr. Tokunbo Abiru, on his emergence as the Senator-elect for Lagos East Senatorial District. The Governor also congratulated the APC candidate for Kosofe State Constituency II, Mr. Obafemi Saheed, who emerged victorious in last Saturday's by-election. According to the results announced by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday, Abiru defeated his opponent by wide margin in all the five local government areas in the senatorial district, polling a total of 89,204 votes against his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival, Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi, who secured 11,257 votes. Saheed polled 12,494 votes to beat his rival, Mr. Sikiru Alebiosu of PDP who got 2,068...
No Pardon For Rapists – Sanwo-Olu
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No Pardon For Rapists – Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said no offender indicted in reported cases of rape and gender-based violence will go scot-free under his watch. The governor spoke on Thursday when he received a 54-page compendium on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence compiled by the Stakeholders’ Committee set up by this wife, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, to give recommendations on how the fight against the crime can be won. Sanwo-Olu, who is the incident commander for gender-based violence in Lagos, reiterated his administration’s commitment to protecting the vulnerable demographics and getting justice for victims violated. The governor said, “I am delighted by the work done by the Stakeholders’ Committee to bring attention to the problems facing voiceless adults and children in our...
Obedience To Law Crucial For Our Development – Sanwo-Olu
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Obedience To Law Crucial For Our Development – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has urged Lagosians to be law-abiding as the State can only prosper in an environment of peace and security. Sanwo-Olu made the plea today, while speaking during the passing out parade of the Year 2020 graduating participants of the Lagos State Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI) held at the Public Service Staff Development Centre, (PSSDC), Magodo. Speaking through his deputy, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, the Governor stressed the need for citizens to always obey the law, adding that his administration recognises the need for an effective security system that promotes a peaceful and prosperous society. According to the Governor, “Our administration recognises the need for an effective security system as sine-qua-non to a...
Lagos state governor unveils first electric car assembled in the state
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Lagos state governor unveils first electric car assembled in the state

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday unveiled the first electric car to be assembled in Nigeria. The car was assembled in Nigeria by the Stallion Group Automobile Factory in Ojo area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria. Gbenga Akosile, Chief Press Secretary on Media to Sanwo-Olu, displayed a video of the unveiling on his twitter handle on Friday. He said with the unveiling, Nigeria could now drive electric cars, as Lagos remains the hub for the nation’s economy and a pacesetter in industrialisation. The governor had earlier arrived the Stallion Group Automobile Factory in Ojo for the launch of a wide range of the group’s products.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Mci (@...
Delta Has No Plans To Stop Pensions To Past Governors And Their Deputies – Okowa
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Delta Has No Plans To Stop Pensions To Past Governors And Their Deputies – Okowa

The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, says his administration has no plan to stop pensions of past governors and their deputies. Okowa, who stated this on Wednesday in Asaba, stressed that his counterpart in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, may have reasons to repeal theirs. He said, “There is an existing law in Delta State on what accrued to the governors and their deputies, that I don’t want to touch. We are not thinking in that direction, my counterpart in Lagos may have reasons why he wants the law repealed but we in Delta don’t want to go into that. “I don’t want to comment on the decision of Lagos State Governor. Each state has the power to make a decision concerning its governance.” On the approval given to Zamfara State Government to manage their resources b...
EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki – Gen Ndagi
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EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Called Me To Say Col Bello Was Shooting At Lekki – Gen Ndagi

The Commander, 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Brig Gen Musa Etsu-Ndagi, representing the Nigerian Army on the Lagos State Security Council, has said he received a phone call from the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, around 7.23pm on October 20,2020 informing him that a certain Lt Col Bello was reportedly shooting at the Lekki tollgate where #EndSARS protesters were gathered. Etsu-Ndagi said he immediately called Bello, who is the Commanding Officer, 65 Battalion, Bonny Camp, Victoria Island, and he (Bello) told him that he only fired blank ammunition into the air. Etsu-Ndagi, who is one of the top four military officers listed as witnesses of the Nigerian Army before the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the Lekki tollgate shootings, stated this in his statemen...
Sanwo-olu Signs Executive Order To Rebuild Lagos
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Sanwo-olu Signs Executive Order To Rebuild Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday signed an executive order for the rebuilding of the state as a result of the massive destruction inflicted by hoodlums during the #EndSARS protests. Sanwo-Olu also constituted the Lagos State Rebuilding Trust Fund to oversee the rebuilding of every aspect of the state and also look at the future and healing of wounds.
Hoodlums Wearing Army Uniform Behind Lekki Shooting – Malami
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Hoodlums Wearing Army Uniform Behind Lekki Shooting – Malami

Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), says it is likely that hoodlums wearing military fatigues — and not soldiers — shot #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos state. About two weeks ago, protests calling for the disbandment of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) took flight across the country. The police unit was disbanded but the protests persisted as citizens demanded reforms in the force. Protesters converged on the tollgate for 13 days before they were forcefully dispersed by soldiers. There are reports that some of the protesters were killed by the soldiers who stormed the tollgate on October 20, 2020, but there are disparities in the number of casualties and no clear evidence has been produced. Speaking with journalists on Monda...
Sanwo-Olu Flags Off Reconstruction Of Ibeju Lekki-Epe Expressway
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Sanwo-Olu Flags Off Reconstruction Of Ibeju Lekki-Epe Expressway

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, rolled out a major infrastructural overhaul in the Epe Division of the State, flagging off the reconstruction of Eti Osa-Lekki-Epe Expressway 40 years after. The Governor flagged off the first phase of the road project on Sunday at a ceremony held at the Pan African University in Eleko, Ibeju Lekki area. The first phase, which will be completed in 20 months, will cover 18.75 kilometres, stretching from Eleko to T-Junction in Epe. The residents, who heaved a sigh of relief, thronged the ceremony where Sanwo-Olu formally kick started the project. The road was constructed in 1981 as a single carriageway, but underwent an upgrade to a two-lane carriageway in 2006. Its condition, however, became deplorable as a result of population growth...
Tinubu Denied Me Oniru Stool To Protect His Business Interests – Prince Of Iruland, Hakeem Ajasa
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Tinubu Denied Me Oniru Stool To Protect His Business Interests – Prince Of Iruland, Hakeem Ajasa

A Prince in Iruland, Hakeem Ajasa, who is a member of the Abisogun ruling house, has written a pre-litigation letter to All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, and Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, accusing them of manipulating the process of selecting the Oniru, Oba Omogbolahan Lawal. The letter was also addressed to the local government chairman, Eti Osa local government area, Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, the Attorney-General of the state, the current Oniru and the Elegushi of Ikate Land In a letter dated October 27, 2020, Ajasa claimed he had been selected as the next Oniru but Tinubu called him to a meeting and informed him that he would have to give up his ambition because his business partners were not happy with his emergence. Ajasa said ...
Sanwo-Olu Directs Level 12 Civil Servants, Others To Resume
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Sanwo-Olu Directs Level 12 Civil Servants, Others To Resume

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved the resumption of all civil servants on salary grade one to 12. This was contained in a circular by the by the Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, on Saturday. In the circular with Ref. No: CIR/HOS/20/Vol.1/115, the civil servants were asked to resume on Monday, November 2, 2020. The PUNCH reports that civil servants on grade level 12 and below had been asked to work from home since March in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state. The circular read, “Sequel to the informed recommendation of the Presidential task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 and the state ministry of health advisory on same, it is hereby notified for general information that Mr. Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved that all public serva...
Sanwo-Olu To Flag Off 18.74km Eti-Osa-Lekki-Epe Expressway Project
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Sanwo-Olu To Flag Off 18.74km Eti-Osa-Lekki-Epe Expressway Project

A new motoring experience is on the way on the Eti-Osa-Lekki-Epe Expressway with the Lagos State Government’s plan to rebuild the major road. The flag-off of the reconstruction and upgrade of the important road is Sunday, November 1, 2020. Speaking during an inspection of the road earlier today, the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Engineer Aramide Adeyoye, said that despite the economic recession, dwindling financial resources occasioned by the COVID 19 pandemic and the most recent unwarranted violence unleashed on government infrastructure, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu remains focused on promoting economic prosperity through the provision of sustainable road infrastructure throughout the State. Mrs. Adeyoye said Governor Sanwo-Olu will fla...
Sanwo-Olu In TVC, Consoles Management And Staff
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Sanwo-Olu In TVC, Consoles Management And Staff

The broad hole left on the double-layer wall of the central studio of the Television Continental (TVC) told the extent of the wreck inflicted on the station. No thanks to the arsonists who invaded the TV station located in Ikosi area of Lagos State in the wake of the violence that erupted last week in the State. Transmission gadgets, state-of-the-art studios, production rooms and operational vehicles, all gone up in flames by the time the hoodlums left the station’s premises. Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday, visited the management and staff of the TV station to console them over the incident. TVC’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Andrew Hanlon, led top management staff of the media organisation to receive Sanwo-Olu and his team, among which included t...
Agwu Abunike: “SARS Detained Me For 48 Days” – Victim Narrates Ordeal To Lagos Panel Of Inquiry
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Agwu Abunike: “SARS Detained Me For 48 Days” – Victim Narrates Ordeal To Lagos Panel Of Inquiry

OKOLI Agwu Abunike, a resident of Okokomaiko and father of five has narrated to the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses in Lagos State that he was detained for 48 days by two officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos State governor had on October 19 inaugurated an 8-man Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution to receive and investigate complaints of police brutality in Lagos. While having the first sitting on Tuesday, four cases of police brutality were mentioned before the panel led by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi but only that of Abunike was heard by the panel. Abunike in the first hearing with petition number LASG/JPI/01/2020 said Inspector Sunday and ASP Haruna allegedly arrested him, detain...
Sanwo-Olu Approves Full Resumption Of All Markets In Lagos
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Sanwo-Olu Approves Full Resumption Of All Markets In Lagos

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved the full resumption of operations of both food markets and non food markets. They are now to open daily. #ForAGreaterLagos In a statement announcing this, the commissioner for local government and community affairs, Dr Wale Ahmed, said Mr Governor took the decision to further enhance trade and commerce and mitigate the hardship of recent times and ensure that Lagosians can recover fast. Dr Ahmed pointed out that Mr Governor also advised the continued observance of all safety protocols. He noted that traders and their customers mu st adhere strictly to the covid 19 protocols for their safety and the citizenry at large.
Fashola Discovers Mystery Camera At Lekki Toll Gate During Inspection
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Fashola Discovers Mystery Camera At Lekki Toll Gate During Inspection

The Minister for Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola on Sunday, discovered a hidden camera at the Lekki Toll Gate, Admiralty Circle, in Lagos. Fashola, led a Federal Government delegation on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to commiserate with the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu over the loss of lives and destruction of properties in the violence that rocked the state last week. Fashola who discovered the camera during an on the spot assessment at the Lekki Toll Gate, subsequently, handed it over to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for forensic analysis and further investigation. Fashola said the camera must have been planted by some subversive elements priory to the reported shootings for ulterior motives. The minister, who picked up the camera with ...
Survivors Of Awkuzu SARS Said Squad Sold Body Parts Of Executed Victims
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Survivors Of Awkuzu SARS Said Squad Sold Body Parts Of Executed Victims

Okechukwu Nwanguma is the Executive Director, Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre, an organisation that promotes justice for victims of human rights violation and has handled several cases of human rights violation by the Nigeria Police. He tells ALEXANDER OKERE how the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the security agency became an organised ‘criminal entity’ How would you assess the government’s reactions to #EndSARS protests, especially with the replacement of Special Anti-Robbery Squad with the Special Weapons and Tactics unit? I am happy that after many years of apparent docility and passivity, Nigerian youths eventually experienced a reawakening, found their voices, picked up the gauntlet and rose to the occasion. I never thought that this day of renewed co...
“You Can Now Write Petition Against SARS, Lekki Shooting”- Sanwo-Olu To Lagosians
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“You Can Now Write Petition Against SARS, Lekki Shooting”- Sanwo-Olu To Lagosians

Lagos state residents who have been abused by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) can now write petition against the police unit. Also, Lagosions can now claim compensation from the government if their complaints warrant it. To achieve this, Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has set up Judicial Panel to investigate brutality and rights violation by the officers. IgbereTV reports that the governor has mandated the panel headed by Justice Doris Okuwobi to invetigate all of the issues that happened at the Toll Plaza. Going further, he revealed that the panel will start sitting on Monday, October 26, at the Lagos Court of Arbitration International Centre in Lekki. Sanwo-Olu wrote on Twitter: "We have expanded the terms of reference for the Judicial Panel of Inqui...
Sanwo-Olu Confirms Two Deaths From Lekki Shooting
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Sanwo-Olu Confirms Two Deaths From Lekki Shooting

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said two deaths have been confirmed from the Lekki shooting that occurred on Tuesday. Mr Sanwo-Olu said this in an interview with Arise TV on Thursday. He had earlier said there was no death from the Lekki shooting. On Wednesday, however, Mr Sanwo-Olu said one death was recorded in the hospital but the state was still investigating whether it was as a result of the shooting. “Information reaching us now is that a life was lost at Reddington Hospital due to blunt force trauma to the head. It is an unfortunate and very sad loss. This is an isolated case. We are still investigating if he was a protester,” he posted on his Twitter handle. On Thursday, Mr Sanwo-Olu said two deaths have now been confirmed among the protesters i...
Lagos Government Condemns The Vandalization Of The Palliatives Warehouse At Maza Maza
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Lagos Government Condemns The Vandalization Of The Palliatives Warehouse At Maza Maza

Lagos State Government has today condemned the vandalization of the warehouse at Mazamaza housing the food palliative packages donated to the State government by the Private Sector Coalition against COVID-19 (CACOVID) group. The State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had on September 22nd 2020 formally taken receipt of the food palliatives from the CACOVID team meant for distribution to the indigent. The Government notes that the warehouse in question is not State owned and its usage was made available to the CaCOVID group. The State Government had been allowed to commence rebagging of food items allotted to it from the quantities meant for South West States. The rebagging was being done to account for each beneficiary receipt, as was required and monitored by the CACOVID team. ...
Lekki attack: I called Buhari twice, he wasn’t available – Sanwo-Olu says
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Lekki attack: I called Buhari twice, he wasn’t available – Sanwo-Olu says

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Thursday said he called President Muhammadu Buhari, to inform him of the killings of #ENDSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, by the Nigerian Army on Tuesday, but was told he was not available. “I made calls to the President twice yesterday but was told he wasn’t in the office. The second time he was said to be at the FEC meeting; I haven’t spoke to him directly but I have reached the Chief of Staff to the President”, he said in an interview with Arise TV. When asked to explain why CCTV at Lekki Toll Gate was removed before the dastardly act, he said: “The cameras removed were not security cameras, it is a laser camera for cars; it picks tags for cars and plate numbers; it is not a security camera; it is an infrared camera; security cam...
Mob vandalizes Lagos Governor Sanwo-Olu’s family home on Lagos Island
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Mob vandalizes Lagos Governor Sanwo-Olu’s family home on Lagos Island

A group of people on Wednesday, October 21, gathered around the family home of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Omididun Street, Lagos Island, throwing stones at the house.   The attack on the Lagos State Governor's family home came after #EndSARS protesters were shot at at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos.   Prior to the shooting, the governor had imposed an impromptu curfew on the state. However, the End SARS protesters refused to leave the protest ground. Subsequently, men arrived and removed the security cameras at the toll gate, then the lights were put off and gunshots were fired at protesters in the darkness.   Some people were killed and even more people were injured.   In anger, youths took to the Governor's family home. &nbs...
Lekki Toll Gate On Fire After Security Agents Reportedly Kill EndSARS Protesters
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Lekki Toll Gate On Fire After Security Agents Reportedly Kill EndSARS Protesters

The popular Lekki toll gate has been burned down shortly after armed security agents opened fire on #EndSARS protesters earlier this evening. Over Nine people have been confirmed dead after the massacre. Their corpses were seized by military personnel and emergency services were blocked from attending to the injured. This development is coming shortly after Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwoolu, issued a curfew after hoodlums attacked protesters in the state.  
Governor Sanwo-Olu presents demands of Lagos #EndSARS protesters to President Buhari and IGP
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Governor Sanwo-Olu presents demands of Lagos #EndSARS protesters to President Buhari and IGP

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has presented the demands of Lagos #EndSARS protesters to President Buhari at the Presidential villa.   Sharing photos from the meeting on Instagram, the Lagos state Governor said President Buhari restated his commitment to embark on a total reform of the entire Police Force with immediate effect.   Sanwo-Olu also revealed that the President has approved constitution of a panel made up of Civil Society leaders to look at all the cases of abuse and intimidation by the police, with a view to finding a lasting solution to it.   He wrote;    I met with His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari after my meeting with the IGP, to present the demands of the Lagos #SARSMUSTEND protesters. The President restated his commit...
EndSARS: Lagos Sets Up ₦200m Compensation Fund For Police Brutality Victims
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EndSARS: Lagos Sets Up ₦200m Compensation Fund For Police Brutality Victims

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday announced the setting up of a N200 million fund to compensate families of victims of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) killings. Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced this while addressing the EndSARS protesters at the Lagos House of Assembly gate, Alausa, Ikeja. The compensation fund will be completely supervised by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) appointed by members of the public. Sanwo-Olu called on the protesers to send the list of everyone that had fatal encounters with SARS in Lagos. He said that government would identify the families and ensure that they were compensated. The governor said that he fully identified with the EndSARS struggle, knowing that many youth had been battered, and he felt their pain. He said tha...

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