Images of the two-day workshop on Development of Guidelines for Menstrual Hygiene Management held recently at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI), Alausa, Ikeja.

Lagos State Government, in collaboration with United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), is set to pioneer the guidelines for menstrual hygiene management in Nigeria.

The Director, Family Health and Nutrition, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Dr. (Mrs) Folashayo Oludara, disclosed this at a two-day workshop on Development of Guidelines for Menstrual Hygiene Management held recently at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI), Alausa, Ikeja.

She explained that the workshop, organised by the Ministry of Health, was a follow-up to the Y2021 study on Menstrual Hygiene Management amongst girls in Public Schools in Lagos, which revealed that 55.4% of the sample population lack adequate information on Menstrual Hygiene Management.

Dr. Oludara stated that the aim of the event was to generate guidelines on menstrual health management as a means of addressing physical, emotional, psychological and financial challenges, as well as threats to menstrual health and hygiene of adolescent girls in Lagos State and Nigeria.

She pointed out that the State Government had earlier embarked on various activities designed to promote menstrual health and hygiene in Lagos.

Her words: “The Ministry has organised health talks and distributed sanitary pads in various junior and senior secondary schools in Lagos. It commemorated the World Menstrual Hygiene Day, on 28th May, 2022 at some schools and Ikorodu Youth Hub for out-of-school youths. There are other activities ongoing and we hope to reach all menstruating girls across the State with adequate information”.

Mrs. Oludara, therefore, enjoined participants and stakeholders present at the event to come up with specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and sustainable guidelines for the management of menstrual hygiene in Nigeria.


Earlier, Dr. Amaka Haruna, a representative of UNFPA, acknowledged the efforts of the Lagos State Government in spearheading the development of guidelines for Menstrual Hygiene Management, which will be the first in Nigeria.

She said: “At the national level, there are no menstrual hygiene guidelines, but some countries like India and South Africa have something going including how to guide a girl when she starts her menstrual period as well as introduce her to the reproductive cycle. This is the beginning and introduction of adolescent to sexual reproductive health”.

Haruna explained that the initial study and findings on menstrual hygiene needs of girls in Lagos and Southwest States did not comprehensively address the issues, stressing that there are a lot of ways to standardise the process in terms of supporting young girls when they experience their menstrual periods.

Dr. Toriola Femi-Adebayo, a Community Health and Primary Healthcare Consultant from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) enlightened participants on the study conducted in Y2021, especially on some important key points to note in the course of formulating the guidelines.

She stated that the workshop was organised to address the needs of adolescent girls as well as bridge the information gaps on menstruation, good menstrual hygiene practices as well as guidelines that enable a safe, private and clean environment for the duration of the menstrual period.

“Menstrual hygiene is the practice of using clean materials to absorb menstrual blood that can be changed privately, safely and hygienically as often as necessary for the duration of the menstrual period. These include regular change of clothing and underwear, change of hygienic pads every three to four hours, daily showering especially in instances of menorrhagia, adequate washing of the genitalia after each voiding of urine or faeces as well as continuing normal routine and daily activities while maintaining a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables rich in iron and calcium”, Dr. Femi-Adebayo said.

Officials from various Ministries, Department and Agencies, UNFPA, UNYPP, DAI, YAC, UNICEF, Action Health Incorporated, Private Sector Organisations, adolescent girls and other stakeholders brainstormed on several ideas and lines of action towards achieving effective Menstrual Health Management in Lagos.



The Lagos State Ministry of Education has concluded plans to host an Education Summit between Tuesday, 30th and Wednesday, 31st August 2022.

A statement by the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, said the summit with the theme: “Creating A Sustainable Fit-for-Purpose Education Model”, is geared towards providing a platform for public and private education stakeholders to co-create ideas and solutions.


According to her, the event will attract various speakers from both the public and private sectors on the main and various sub-themes relating to the development of a fit-for-purpose education framework and partnership.

Mrs. Adefisayo also revealed that the summit will also deliberate on stakeholders’ collective commitment to advocacy in order to achieve quality and equitable education in the State.



The Lagos State Government, in furtherance of its resolve to create access for residents to enjoy quality healthcare, has launched its ILERA EKO Mobile Customer App, EkoTeleMed App, USSD code and voucher gateway.

Speaking at Ikeja during the launch on Thursday, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said the State government is continuously making efforts via technology to promote seamless health services and easier access to quality healthcare.

The Commissioner commended the General Manager of LASHMA, Dr. Emmanuella Zamba, and her team for their various innovations in making health insurance widely accepted in the State, urging Lagos residents to embrace ILERA EKO.

Prof. Abayomi said: “It is better to have health insurance in one’s pocket as you never know when you may need it. When you are sick and you use your health insurance, you will find out that you would be grateful that you have ILERA EKO health insurance. Health is expensive, whether in private hospitals or public hospitals, and the bill of modern medicine is extremely expensive”.

The Commissioner commended Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu for transforming the medical and health infrastructure for the benefit of citizens, saying “One of the major things we are doing as a government is to provide an environment that is conducive for health professionals to practice effectively”.

LASHMA Board Member, Barr. Ayo Adebusoye, earlier in his welcome address, said that the ILERA EKO Mobile Customer App, USSD and EKOTELEMED App, would increase the uptake of health insurance in Lagos State remarkably and ensure customers have easy access and exploration of services from the comfort of their homes.

He noted that LASHMA, as the supervising agency for ILERA EKO, has been at the forefront of enrolling residents by deploying multiple channels across all Local Governments (LGAs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), emphasising the need to accelerate enrolment and deploy seamless means of registration via technology-enabled platforms.


Adebusoye pointed out that the technology platform would also provide Lagos residents with the ease of uptake of health insurance for access to the mandatory enrolment demand of the new National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA).

In her remarks, Dr. Emmanuella Zamba said that the newly launched ILERA EKO Customer App and EKOTELEMED App would engender a better customer experience without any visit to LASHMA offices, as subscribers would be able to use self-services from the comfort of their homes and save a lot of time.

While urging the public to enroll through the newly introduced products which have made ILERA EKO registration faster, easier and convenient for the residents, Zamba said that the ILERA EKO USSD and voucher, which were also launched alongside the mobile apps would be accessible to the informal sector, in particular, and can be accessed with the code 6700006# on any type of SIM.

The features of the USSD code, according to her, include registration of users, the addition of dependents, premium payments, policy information confirmation and previous payment details, among others.

The General Manager listed some of the benefits of the App as cost-effectiveness, ease of enrollment, easy access to policy information and payments as well as guaranteed cash rewards on policies purchased.

She disclosed that ILERA EKO Mascot Drive would be introduced to schools in order to include the younger ones in the overhaul of health management in Lagos State.

Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ms. Olayinka Fashola, said that the State is revamping the business of governance with technology.

She, therefore, implored everyone to sign up for the Apps, saying it will benefit residents in the area of health and general wellbeing.

Dignitaries present at the event include members of the State’s Body of Permanent Secretaries, LASHMA Board Members, Chief Medical Director, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Prof. Adetokunbo Fabanwo; representative of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Nigeria Country Office, Bukunmi Ajeyigbe; LASHMA partners, Trade Union Congress and business stakeholders among others.



The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has urged the Christians, as well as other residents in the State, to provide relevant information that will assist the government and security agencies in ensuring that the safety and security of citizens are not compromised.

Governor Sanwo-Olu made the call in his address at the 46th Annual Convention of The Apostolic Church, held recently at its headquarters in Alapere, Ketu, adding that the State Government would continue to improve the security situation across the Lagos metropolis.

He also enjoined all religious organisations to support the government with prayers for peace and harmony to continue to prevail in Lagos, imploring the congregation to be more vigilant to ensure that the State remains safe and secure for more development and progress across all strata.

Sanwo-Olu, represented at the event by his Special Adviser on Chieftaincy Matters, Prince Bayo Osiyemi, highlighted the developmental strides of his administration in several sectors, especially education, health and road construction, promising that the State Government would soon complete its mass transit rail transportation system from Okokomaiko to Marina and from Yaba to Agbado.


Appreciating the State government for the visible developmental projects in all sectors as well as its assistance to the Church, the Vice President and Territorial Chairman of the Apostolic Church, Dr. E.S. Awojide, urged Governor Sanwo-Olu to fulfil his promise to provide a pedestrian bridge in front of the church to avoid crossing the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in Ikosi-Ketu.

Pastor Awojide assured the State government of its support, praying for its continued success in all areas.

Dignitaries in attendance at the event include the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop Stephen Adegbite and the National President of the Apostolic Church, Nigeria, Pastor (Dr.) S.E. Igwe among others.



The Lagos State Government has paid the sum of N1,113,899,432.36 to 295 retirees under the Contributory Pension Scheme.

Speaking at the 96th Retirement Bond Certificate presentation to retirees of the Lagos State Public Service at an event held in Ikeja, the Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle, said the present administration recognises the plight of workers who have served in the State Public Service and the need to safeguard their financial security after service.

This, she said, necessitated the implementation of the minimum wage six months after the new wage bill was adopted as law, just as an amount higher than the recommended figure was approved for payment in response to global and national economic challenges.

“The State Government also implemented the upward review of pension contributions of employee and employer to 8% and 10%, respectively. This is in line with the administration’s vision to cater for its workforce even in retirement’’, the Commissioner explained.

Ponnle also stated that the State Government, through the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA), has launched an upgraded Lagos State Residents Identity Card (LAG ID Card) with benefits such as subsidised healthcare and transport services for retired Public Servants.
She, therefore, enjoined the retirees to register with LASRRA to enjoy the inherent benefits.


“Let me assure you that Lagos State has not forgotten you. Your welfare and wellbeing are top-priority and the State Government is relentless in its pursuit to improve your retirement life”, Ponnle stated.

Advising the retirees to carefully review the retirement savings options available for effective utilisation of their money, the Commissioner urged them to contact the Lagos State Pension Commission (LASPEC) and the Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions for clarifications or advice on retirement-benefit matters.

In his remarks at the event, the Director-General, Lagos State Pension Commission (LASPEC), Mr. Babalola Obilana, commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the constant payment of pension obligations and the various policies initiated to better the lives of senior citizens.

Obilana averred that one of the strategies initiated to accomplish Mr. Governor’s goal of the immediate payment of pension entitlements after retirement from the Public Service is the constant review of the business process by LASPEC to ensure enhanced service delivery to retirees.

He said: “Mr. Governor approved the automation of business processes at the Lagos State Pension Commission to ensure first class service delivery to our dear retirees in order to accomplish the State Government’s goal of immediate payment of pension entitlements upon retirement from the Public Service”

The Director-General also advised the retirees to shun individuals or associations claiming to have affiliation with the State Government or LASPEC to fast-track their pension entitlements, saying: “All enquiries should be directed to LASPEC via our website: Our email address is or you can contact us through our official phone numbers with you”.

One of the retirees at the event, Mr. Julius Akinwande from Education District VI, commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration for the prompt payment of retirement benefits, and LASPEC for making the process easy and effective.



…Marks World Breastfeeding Week

Lagos State Government has advocated the sustenance of breastfeeding by strengthening the capacity of stakeholders, including policymakers, healthcare providers and community influencers, to promote and support the practice across different levels of society.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Olusegun Ogboye, spoke at a Press Briefing organised to outline planned activities of the State Government to commemorate the Y2022 World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), noting that the government would continue to inform, educate and empower sector players to provide and sustain breastfeeding-friendly environments.

He said: “The theme for the Year 2022 World Breastfeeding Week, ‘Step Up for Breastfeeding: Educate and Support’, was carefully selected as it focuses on strengthening the capacity to protect, promote and support breastfeeding across different levels of society. These actors make up the warm chain of breastfeeding support, and they include policymakers, healthcare providers and influencers in communities”.

The Permanent Secretary explained that exclusive breastfeeding must be undertaken from the first hour of birth up to six months of life and sustained for up to two years of age, just as complimentary feeding must commence from six months of age for optimal growth and development.


Dr. Ogboye outlined some of the strategies for creating a breastfeeding-friendly environment such as increasing public awareness of the importance of exclusive and continued breastfeeding with complementary feeding, as well as ensuring that caregivers are conversant with information to enlighten patients at all healthcare service delivery points, among other initiatives of the Lagos State Government.

“Breastfeeding prevents hunger and malnutrition in all its forms and ensures food security for babies. Breast milk is readily available, pure, safe and in the right mixture that is adequate for babies”, he said.

Noting that exclusive breastfeeding protects babies from severe complications arising from gastro-enteritis, pneumonia and other childhood killer diseases, the Permanent Secretary revealed that about 60% of under-five mortalities are largely due to malnutrition caused by poor breastfeeding practices and inadequate complementary feeding.

Speaking in the same vein, the Director of Family Health and Nutrition in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Folashade Oludara, tasked nursing and breastfeeding mothers to adopt proper positioning and attachment of the child when breastfeeding to allow for comfortability and prevent irritability.

“I want to encourage our nursing and breastfeeding mothers to always bring the baby to the breast and let them latch themselves. It is a common practice to lean the breast forward into the baby’s mouth; this is wrong and should be avoided, as this can lead to poor attachment. Your baby needs to get a big mouthful of breast. Placing your baby with their nose level with your nipple will encourage them to open their mouth wide and attach to the breast well”, she said.

Also present at the event were the representative of the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, Mrs. Simisola Otuyalo; Chairperson of Lagos State Chapter of Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN), Mrs. Cecilia Penny; and State Coordinator of the Lagos State Chapter of Civil Society Scaling Nutrition in Nigeria, Adebayo Adeyelu, amongst others.



•LSDPC, Private Real Estate firm complete 38-flat scheme in V.I

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, opened a mini-housing scheme in a residential neighbourhood of Victoria Island, further raising the housing stock of the State.

Channel Point Apartments are a composite housing project jointly developed by the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (LSDPC) and Brook Assets and Resources Limited, a private real estate developer.

The housing scheme, located in Sinari Daranijo Street, consists of twin blocks of 38-unit two-and three-bedroom flats on a land size of 2,832 square metres.

The project makes it the 16th housing project completed and commissioned in the last three years by the Sanwo-Olu administration.

The Governor said the new milestone showed the result of collaboration between Government and the private sector, noting that his administration’s drive to provide affordable and decent housing for the residents through public-private collaboration had yielded positive outcomes.

Sanwo-Olu said the urban renewal agenda of the State Government remained on course, adding that the overall goal of provision of modern housing and infrastructure was to ensure that the State sustained its growth and the megacity status.

He said: “I congratulate LSDPC and Asset Brooks and Resources Limited on the successful completion of this edifice. Progress is, indeed, achievable when public and private sector enterprises come together, bringing their core strengths to the table, for the good of the entire society. This positive outcome is yet another testimony to the effective collaboration between Government and the private sector in the implementation of our agenda to provide affordable and decent housing for our people.


“I am impressed by the quality of work done by the contractor, which reflects the quality of monitoring and supervision by the LSDPC, which has sustained the high standards set long before now. We shall continue to pursue and implement this tried-and-tested model of public-private collaboration, as it has proven to be a potent strategy for keeping up with the rate of demand for housing by our rapidly increasing population.”

Sanwo-Olu said his administration had pursued its urban renewal policy vigorously, which resulted in rehabilitation and reconstruction of various infrastructure across the State.

He promised to continue to provide a supportive environment for business and investment to flourish, while improving life expectancy in the State.

The Governor said the ongoing automation and digitisation reforms in property records and land administration in Lagos were already yielding positive outcomes, stressing that the Enterprise Geographic Information System (e-GIS) being introduced by the State Government for transparent land allocation would be ready before the end of the year.

“We are giving commitment that before the end of the year, our e-GIS platform, which will unlock openness and raise efficiency in processing of property titles within weeks at applicant’s comfort zone, will be delivered. Disagreements over land titles will be a thing of the past,” Sanwo-Olu said.

The Governor assured residents that provision of decent, affordable housing remained a key priority for his administration, disclosing more housing schemes were due for completion across the State.

LSDPC Managing Director, Mr. Ayodeji Joseph, described the project as “another progress” recorded by the Sanwo-Olu administration in closing the housing deficit in Lagos.

Development of the Channel Point Apartments, the agency boss said, was conceptualised during Sanwo-Olu’s tenure as the Chief Executive Officer of LSDPC. He said the site of the project had two bungalow houses before the agency converted it into a mini estate.

Managing Director of Brook Assets and Resources Limited, Ms. Lanre Sola, said the scheme offered luxury accommodation for the comfort of the allottees.

“Despite the challenges we encountered in the course of the development, including the paucity of funding occasioned by the outbreak of COVID-19, we were resilient and showed great commitment to deliver the project,” she said.

The mini estate has modern facilities, such as a water treatment plant, LPG Reticulation Service, fitness gym, swimming pool, roof-top cinema, sit-out space and two elevators per block.



Lagos State Government has flagged off the Lagos State School Sports Intervention Programme (LASSIP) designed to reintegrate sports into the school curriculum.

Speaking at the official commencement of the initiative held at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, the Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Olusegun Dawodu, stated that LASSIP, conceived two years ago, is another of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s unprecedented investments in youth development designed to provide more options and opportunities for students to excel in sports and academics.

He explained that the initiative introduced by the present administration through the Lagos State Sports Commission, in partnership with the Lagos State Ministry of Education, would deepen the commitment to developing and transforming school sports.

The Commissioner emphasised the importance of the programme to the Greater Lagos vision, adding that LASSIP will provide an opportunity for the schools to groom students who will excel in Sports and Education, noting that the programme will be held in different batches for over 400 Games Masters and Physical Education Teachers.


Also, the Executive Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Sola Aiyepeku said LASSIP’s broad vision includes leveraging sports to promote physical fitness and wellness, alternative career paths for young people and a sustainable pipeline of talent discovery and development.

The LSSC boss stated further that through the partnership with the Ministry of Education and collaboration of the six education districts, the Statewide training programme will attain its full potential through the training of over 400 sports masters and physical education teachers across Lagos as a first step in the deployment of the LASSIP.

“We are also planning to educate the parents so that they can allow the children to participate in Sports and the Career paths that exist in it”, Aiyepeku added.

The Permanent Secretary, Education District I, Mrs. Titilayo Solarin, commended the LSSC for working closely with the Education Districts since the inception of the present administration, just as she applauded the LASSIP initiative.

Solarin also acknowledged the efforts of the present administration, through the LSSC, for the training of Games Masters/Mistresses and Physical Education Teachers towards contributing meaningfully to the development of School Sports in Lagos State.

2023 Elections: LASG takes PVC sensitization campaign to LASU, LASUED ~Ajasa-Info


…. Urges students to participate in nation building

As the 2023 general elections draw closer, the Lagos State Government has taken its on- going residents sensitization programme on Permanent Voters Card (PVC) registration and collection to the Lagos State University, Ojo and Lagos State University of Education, Ijanikin, where the students were urged to join hands with Government in building a new Nigeria.

The State Government overnment noted that registration and collection of Permanent Voters Card is a guaranteed license for participating in the nation’s electoral process, urging them to go out and register for their PVCs or pick them up from the INEC office if they have registered before.

The Special Adviser to Governor Sanwo –Olu on Education, Tokunbo Wahab who led top government officials to LASU yesterday to sensitize the students, stressed the need for more students’ participation in the electoral process and task of nation building.
According to him, since youths/ students represent about 53.5% of the total population of the country, there is the need to carry them along and give them adequate orientation and enlightenment on leadership role and the need to participate in the electoral process towards choosing a God fearing leader that is committed to infrastructure development and good governance.

The sensitization programme which was at the instance of the Office of the Special Adviser on Education (OSAE) in conjunction with the Students Union Governments (SUG) of both the Lagos State University (LASU) and Lagos State University of Education ( LASUED) Ijanikin Campus have large turn- out of students who turned the sensitization programme into a carnival like across all Faculties and Departments of the Universities.
Wahab who commended the Managements of the two institutions, (LASU and LASUED) for maintaining absolute peace on their campuses, promised that the State government would not relent in implementing policies that would prioritize the welfare of both students and staff of all the State owned institutions, while he commended them for not joining the on- going Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike in appreciation of Governor Sanwo-Olu’s sustainable educational development policies in the State.

The Special Adviser charged the students to take advantage of bringing registration centres to their campuses to register and collect their PVCs, noting that their PVC is the major weapon with which they can fight hunger and poverty while it could be used as well to sustain good governance.


In her remarks, the Ag. Vice Chancellor of the Lagos State University of Education, LASUED, Ijanikin Campus, Professor Bidemi Bilikis Lafiaji-Okuneye stated that the sensitization of students for PVC collection is a welcome development as it would give them the opportunity to perform their civic responsibility as citizens o the country.
Professor Lafiaji-Okuneye commended INEC for bringing registration centres to the two campuses, which she noted would help students to have easy access to registration.
In the same way, the Special Adviser to Governor Sanwo-Olu on students Affairs and Tertiary Education Matters, Mr Omotayo Sanya Olu said the sensitization programme is one of the Governor Sanwo-Olu administration’s efforts at carrying the youths along in crucial matters that have direct effect on their developments.

Sanyaolu who urged the students to make effective use of the exercise to register and obtain their PVCs reminded that with their PVCs, they have been given the power to decide who should be their leaders.
While assuring that the All Progressives Party in Lagos State under Samwo-Olu would continue to place youths at the centre of its development programmes, urged them to continue to support the State government and keep campuses peaceful for improved and better development.

In his response, President of LASU Students’ Union, Adeoye Moses, a 400 Level student of Theatre Arts Department, commended students of LASU for coming out in large number to register for their PVC, adding that LASU students were always at alert when it comes to progressive development, adding that the SUG under his care would ensure that his colleagues fully participate in all future elections in the country to bring about good government.

He commended the State government for upgrading LASU infrastructure and creating enabling environment for research Developments, noting that LASU under Sanwo-Olu has remained one of the best in the country in academic and moral excellences.



Inter-agency collaboration is one of the many ways in which the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda has had great success under Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s leadership. Promoting a dynamic working relationship between M.D.A.s and other agencies has led to improving outcomes and achieving desired goals from the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda.

LASWA is one of the many agencies that has made these collaborative efforts to achieve its goal of making the inland waterways more sustainable and prosperous for all its users. LASWA has integrated with many other agencies such as Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA), and a host of others; together achieving the full range of multiple missions.

All collaborations have been knowledge-centric, creating enabled and quick decisions, reducing operational risk, and general effectiveness of joint agency’s operations.