Lagos Traffic Radio has clinched the year 2021 Marketing Edge Summit and Awards as ‘Innovative Traffic Radio Station of the year 2021’.

The General Manager of the Station, Mr. Tayo Akanle, in the company of some management staff, received the award on behalf of the station at the event held at D”Podium International Event Centre, Aromire Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos.

In his remarks, Akanle thanked Marketing Edge Publications Limited for the Award, saying that it will spur the Station to do more in providing real-time traffic updates for Lagos residents.

He added that the Station will continue to work in tandem with the T.H.E.M.E.S Development Agenda of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration.

Earlier, the Publisher/Chief Executive Officer, Marketing Edge Publications Limited, Mr. John Ajayi, noted that Lagos Traffic Radio was recognised for attaining a high level of performance and achievements over the years by revolutionising its sub-sector as an iconic brand.

Ajayi maintained that the station has brought so much innovation to Programme/Product development, Programming, Service offering, Branding, International Standard Compliance, and Customer Service, which has elevated its position among others in audience reach and market penetration.


. . . Issues Stop-Work Order at 10 Dredging Sites in Awoyaya, Environs

The Lagos State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has embarked on a monitoring exercise to Awoyaya area of the State and its environs, where “stop-work” orders were issued to 10 illegal dredging sites.

Speaking on the incident, the Director of Mineral Resources and Solid Minerals, Geologist Emilio Cardoso said the visit resulted from several petitions notifying the Ministry about illegal dredging activities causing environmental nuisance and degradation in the area.

Cardoso, who led the enforcement team, maintained that the government will ensure that dredging activities are conducted lawfully so that roads, public infrastructure and the wetlands are preserved.

Advising interested persons to obtain necessary dredging permits from the Federal Government, through the National Inland Water Authority, Cardoso emphasised the need to comply with stipulated laws without constituting any threat to the environment.

He said: “We are collating all necessary data as I speak, to first of all know the number of dredging companies we have; after that, we can now separate the illegal ones from the legal companies. In fact, some of these operators we are talking of, don’t even have licences from the Federal Government.”

The Director noted that operations of dredging companies have affected their host communities, making it difficult for residents to commute within their environment easily.

“Landlords are complaining that tenants are beginning to leave their flats for other places because of the situation of the environment”, he said.

Clarifying that the issuance of permits and licensing falls within the purview of the Federal Government, Mr. Cardoso stated, however, that activities of the dredging companies must not bring discomfort to the citizenry or affect government property.

“We have not come here to harass anyone. For now, we have realised the need to convene a stakeholders’ meeting where we will further engage the operators on the appropriate way to carry out their businesses. But for now, all dredging activities will stop until the needful is done”, Cardoso asserted.


The Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism Arts and Culture, Pharm (Mrs) Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, has extended condolences to the entire entertainment family, especially the immediate relatives of the late musical icon, Victor Uwaifo whose death was announced in the early hours of Sunday following his demise on Saturday 28th of August, 2021.

The Commissioner said that the late guitarist who died at a ripe age of 80 years, was full of life till his demise.

Recalling the last live performance by the Edo-born musicologist, during a 12-hour non-stop entertainment evening hosted by Lagos State Government to celebrate Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary last year, Akinbile-Yussuf described Victor Uwaifo as an entertainer who understood the art and act of music.

She said: “Papa Uwaifo knows how to combine music with entertainment to thrill his audience. His performance during the 60th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria at Lagos Theatre in Oregun was such that would forever be remembered by everyone present at that event. Seeing a man of almost 80 years performed the way he did at the event last year September, shows that the deceased enjoys the grace of good health even in his old age.

“He did not only play good music but also teaches music, he understands what good music is and that is why some of his hit albums remain evergreen and he would forever be remembered for contributing his quota to the music industry”, she added.

A First Class graduate of Visual Arts from UNIBEN, the late Victor Uwaifo who played the guitar with dexterity and kinetic dancing steps, was once the Commissioner for Arts and Culture under Governor Lucky Igbinedion in Edo State. His tracks ‘Joromi’ and ‘Mammy Water’ were hits till his demise.

Until his death, Professor Victor Uwaifo, was a multi-instrumentalist, great lyricist, melody maker, and a renowned virtual artist.

MKD ARAOYE Foundation’s Empowerment Programme Set to Hit Ekiti East LGA ~Ajasa-Info

In continuation of the series of empowerment programme aimed at helping the vulnerable, and empowering young people to lead more productive lives, MKD ARAOYE Foundation is set to hold an Empowerment Programme for the people of Ekiti South Senatorial Constituency, to be hosted in Kota, Ekiti East Local Government

The founder of MKD ARAOYE Foundation and chieftain of the APC, Honourable Makinde Araoye explained that his motive for the project is to lift as many people out of poverty as possible and help them live their lives in dignity. “I am not doing anything new. This is what we have consistently done since 2010, as true progressives and humanitarians, and it is patterned after the good work our Governor, H.E. Dr. Kayode Fayemi is doing”.

The event which holds on Thursday, 2nd of September, 2021 would strictly follow all COVID-19 prevention protocols.

MKD ARAOYE Foundation


… Issues 21-Day Removal Notice To Illegal Occupants

The Lagos State Government has served the traders and residents of Akilo Road, Agege and its environs abatement notices for structures illegally erected under the powerline and canal setbacks.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Mr. Oluwatoyin Fayinka, who disclosed this during the inspection of the land earmarked for the development of Mechanic Villages and Infrastructural facilities, now illegally occupied by traders and residents of Akilo Road, Ogba, without prior approval by the State Government.

He explained that the visit was necessitated in response to the growing threats posed by some lawless activities, which border on safety and security of lives and property in the State, adding that urgent action needs to be taken hence the inspection tour.

“Upon inspection of the land by our team recently, it was discovered that structures not approved by the Lagos State Government have sprung up in contravention of the usage of the power line corridor by traders and residents of this axis”, Fayinka said.

While warning occupiers on the imminent enforcement, the Special Adviser urged residents of the State to abide by the provisions of the Lagos State Traffic Laws in order to achieve the development plans of a sustainable, organised and livable environment.

Also speaking during the inspection tour, the Chairman, Agege Local Government, Mr. Kola Egunjobi, appealed to the residents of Agege to comply with the 21-Day notice issued by the Ministry and ensure that all illegal structures under the power line and canal setbacks are removed.

Also present during the tour were the Council Manager, Agege Local Government, Mr. Dipe Adekunle and Directors in the Transportation Ministry.


The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has warned the general public to be wary of fraudsters extorting money from residents under the guise of being debt recovery agents for the Agency.

A release signed by the Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, stated that the Agency has not given any third party the responsibility of collecting waste bills from residents and businesses in the State, aside from LAWMA officers assigned for that purpose.

Odumboni said: “The residents should disregard any person, group of persons or firm, parading themselves as agents of LAWMA or Lagos State Government, assigned to collect or recover waste bills from residents. We say categorically that such persons or firms should be reported to the nearest police station, as LAWMA has not assigned the responsibility to any external individuals or bodies”.

“We are also sounding a note of warning to those criminals, masquerading as agents of the State, to desist from their fraudulent acts or face the full wrath of the law. We hereby restate for emphasis, that no other agency or organisation is mandated to collect waste bills in the State, except Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) officers duly assigned to carry out the task”, he added.

While assuring residents that the Authority would not rest on its oars in ensuring that every part of the metropolis is rid of waste, Odumboni appealed for continuous support through residents’ patronage of assigned PSP operators and prompt payment of waste bills.

He enjoined Lagosians to call LAWMA toll-free numbers: 07080601020 and 617, for all inquiries and complaints in their respective areas.


… Maiden Edition of Civil Service Insurance’s Week Ends

The Lagos State Government has said that adequate insurance arrangements helped the State underwrite losses incurred during the #EndSARS protest.

Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Rabiu Olowo, who stated this in a keynote address at the grand finale of the Lagos State Civil Service Insurance Week with the theme, “If You Can Be Insured: We’ll Bear Your Risk”, explained that the State’s insurance policy helped Lagos with the challenges of replacement, reinstatement and repairs of damaged government property in the aftermath of the protest.

“Also, the COVID-19 pandemic that is still ravaging the entire world is another challenge that was catered for by the insurance industry. The consortium of underwriters provided a ‘special package’ for medical personnel involved in the treatment of COVID patients. This was done in the form of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)”, he said.

The Commissioner, corroborate the views of Governor Sanwo-Olu, saying that embracing an appropriate insurance policy is one of the prudent decisions that anyone can make because different forms of unfortunate incidents happen that cannot be controlled.

He averred that Lagos is forward-thinking and particular about the safety of its workforce and, therefore, insures them against any unforeseen occurrences, just as it pays benefits of deceased employees.

Olowo revealed that the intention of the State Government, as well as that of its partners, to raise the level of awareness on the importance of insurance will be achieved even beyond the expected threshold.

He said, “In addition to raising public awareness about insurance, I am glad to inform this gathering that to make the process of accessing insurance claims by government employees less cumbersome, the Lagos State Ministry of Finance, through its Insurance Department, has concluded zoning the activities of the Department, thereby decentralising its operations.

“The planned decentralisation will take into cognisance the five ‘IBILE’ divisions of the State, where zonal officers will report activities and claims to the headquarters for promptness, efficiency and effectiveness. With the initiative, distance will no longer be a limiting factor to access insurance claims by government employees”, the Commissioner noted.

Also speaking at the event, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Oyeyemi Ayoola, unveiled the digitalised insurance platform for Lagos civil servants.

“The Ministry saw gaps in the system and wants to digitalise its insurance processes and remove every form of delay in processing civil servants’ benefits in the State. The unveiling of the initiative will enable each civil servant to fill in details of their beneficiaries using their mobile phones”, she said.

The highpoint of the grand finale of the event was the Raffle Draw segment where Mr. Salawu Dirisu Anataku, a Porter with the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment and Mrs. Tawakalitu Akindele, Principal Executive Officer with the Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations emerged winners of a car each.

Also, Mrs. Mobolaji Felicia Olabisi and Mr. Adeyemi Akeem Babatunde won two and three bedrooms apartments respectively at the event.


Lagos State Deputy Governor Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Chief of Staff to Lagos State Governor Tayo Ayinde, APC National Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Deputy Chief of Staff to Lagos State Governor Gboyega Soyanwo, and Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Education Tokunbo Wahab, during the Lagos state Government officials to the APC Apex Leader in London, on Sunday.

Source: The Guild


The Management of Ikosi-Ejinrin LCDA has issued a 14 days ultimatum against indiscriminate parking of trucks on the highway of the LCDA especially at Itoikin Village. The ultimatum was issued at the meeting held with representatives of Sinoma Ports, Itoikin, on Wednesday 25th of August at the council Secretariat.
The LCDA had invited the Chinese company in a bid to address some concerns which were raised by residents of Itoikin community. the concerns range from indiscriminate parking of trucks on the highway by sinoma and her associates, bastardization of public facilities by truck drivers, cases of sexual harassment and abuse, neglect of host community by the company amongst others.

In the words of the Chairman “This Government frowns at indiscriminate parking of trucks on our highway as many lives has been lost due to this act and we will not condone it any longer. We will not hesitate to take decisive actions against defaulters after the expiration of the 14 days ultimatum given which starts from today. In as much as we are a business friendly government, we do not want the development of our community to come at the expense of the lives and properties of our people, we are not a government for the elites alone, we are a government for all irrespective of religion, class and race”

The council Mayor Hon. Wale Raji Anomo also enjoined the company to be corporately and socially responsible to her host community. he further said “ Itoikin community has been without electricity for more than a year, it does not speak well if Sinoma, a multinational hosted by the community has continued to turn a blind eye to it. There are different CSR that could be done for the community. It is not out of place if Sinoma decides to construct a fence for the primary School in the community, assist with palliative measures for the deplorable roads or purchase a transformer for her host community.” He concluded.

Speaking on behalf of Sinoma Ports, Barr. Sanni appreciated the management of the LCDA for the warm reception, reiterated the commitment of Sinoma Ports to abide by extant laws and regulations of government at all levels and assured the council Management that very soon, the Company will carry out her CSR.

The meeting was concluded after the Sinoma team were informed of their outstanding taxes and rates which they promise to look into and pay accordingly.
Members of the Management team at the meeting include the Vice Chairman, Council Manager,Chief of Staff, Council Treasurer, Legal Adviser, Area officers, Internal Auditor, H.O.D’s of Environment and Budget department respectively. While Mr. Austin and Mr. Raji Olanshile came with Barr. Sanni as Sinoma representatives.