LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT GIVES UPDATE ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE 4TH MAINLAND BRIDGE ~Ajasa-Info

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The Lagos State Government through the Office of Public Private Partnerships is given the update on the construction of the 4th mainland bridge in Lagos.

Speaking at a media brief in Lagos today, the Special Adviser to the Governor on PPP, Mr. Ope George gave a brief history of the 4th mainland bridge project.

According to him, the 4th MB is a proposed Public Private Partnership transport infrastructure development, which includes the construction and operation of a greenfield tolled road and bridge with a design speed of 120kmh, including the development of adjacent real estates. According to Mr. George, the bridge is expected to become the 2nd longest in Africa, featuring three toll plazas, 9 interchanges, a 4.5km lagoon bridge and an eco-friendly environment.

It is expected to span about 37 kilometers, starting from Abraham Adesanya in Ajah, on the Eti-Osa-Lekki-Epe corridor and transverse the North West towards the lagoon shoreline of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway via Owutu/Isawo in Ikorodu.

It aims to relieve severe congestion on the existing 3rd Mainland Bridge; whilst opening new areas for the future development. The project is expected to cost us $2.5billion.

Mr. Ope George further disclosed that the 4th MB project has gone through the competitive bidding process, the request for proposal Stage 1 (RFP 1) and the request for proposal Stage 2 (RFP 2). The RFP Stage 2 was then issued to three shortlisted bidders, namely:

1. Mota – Engil (Nig & Africa) CCCC & CRBC consort.

2. CGGC – CGC Joint Venture.

3. CCECC & CRCCIG Consortium.

Conclusively, the Special Adviser disclosed that the Evaluation Committee, which comprises of representatives from the LASG, Ministry of works, OPPP and the project Advisers, commenced the evaluation of the submitted RFP Stage 2 documents on the 17th November, 2022, with the announcement of the preferred bidder to be publicised before the end of the year 2022.

LAGOS SET TO HOST THIRD REAL ESTATE MARKETPLACE CONFERENCE, EXHIBITIONS ~Ajasa-Info

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Lagos State Real Estate Regulatory Authority (LASRERA) has concluded plans to host the third edition of the Lagos Real Estate Marketplace Conference and Exhibitions.

The Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Housing, Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka disclosed this at the weekend in Ikeja, stating that the event has been scheduled for Tuesday, 7th and Wednesday, 8th December 2022 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island.

Benson-Awoyinka added that discussions at the event will be in the form of a Town Hall Meeting, themed: “The Lagos Real Estate Emerging Markets – Mitigating Potential Risks”.

She emphasised the need for stakeholders in the Real Estate Market to protect the sector from impostors whose actions portend great risk to the Real Estate Market in the State.

The Special Adviser revealed that seasoned speakers are already billed for this year’s Conference and Exhibition to deliberate on potential risks in Real Estate Transactions and Laws that protect Real Estate investment Transactions, Policies and Guidelines about Lagos State Real Estate Sector.

Benson-Awoyinka stated that the event is meant to redefine the Lagos State Real Estate Market to meet developmental standards and to attract more international investment opportunities for the State Real Estate.

While assuring that LASRERA will continue to play its role as the State Government’s Regulator in the Built Sector by strengthening and curbing the potential risks for investors/investees in the Market, she urged individuals/organisations that are yet to register with the Agency can do so at the event.

The Special Adviser, therefore, promised that the Lagos State Government will continue to sustain the platform of the annual conference for stakeholders to brainstorm on how to ensure that Real Estate Business Transactions meet the Smart City vision as conceptualised in the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of the State Government.

She also implored interested persons willing to participate in the two-day Conference and Exhibitions to register via: https://3rdlagrealconference.eventbrite.com free of charge.

LAGOS RECORDS LOWEST ROBBERY INCIDENTS IN DECADES ~Ajasa-Info

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…Sanwo-Olu: ‘LSSTF model largely successful, its triumphs justify donors’ confidence’

…149 robberies foiled by police, cache of arms recovered

For the third consecutive year, Lagos State has recorded no single case of armed robbery attacks on banks and other financial institutions operating within its boundary. The development hinted a significant improvement in security surveillance and the sustainability of measures adopted in checking organised crimes.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday, shared the progress with stakeholders in the security circle and private sector donors at the 16th Town Hall Meeting on security organised by the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) at Civic Centre in Victoria Island.

Sanwo-Olu said his administration adopted a technology-driven strategy that enabled the security agencies respond proactively ahead of potential breaches at vulnerable spots, including a web of undercover operations to frustrate armed attacks on possible targets. This, he said, has bolstered the confidence of the financial institutions to freely move their cash around the State with limited risks.

The Governor said the collaborative security approach had yielded significant results in crime fighting, leading to a sharp reduction in rate of criminality across Lagos.

In the last 12 months, the State recorded only 21 incidents of armed robbery – the lowest rate in the last decades. From last year November till date, the police and combined team of security agencies have foiled 149 armed robbery attempts across communities.

Sanwo-Olu said the State had not only boosted the morale of the security personnel with constant training and provision of equipment, but had also raised its capacity to contain emerging threats.

He said: “As a Government, our approach to security is holistic and collaborative. Our security policy is driven by the need to engender a wholly secure environment that enables the wellbeing, prosperity and fulfilment of all the residents. We consider no amount of investment too big to be put forward in ensuring the progress we have achieved since inception is sustained. In the last three and a half years, we have continued to maintain the record of zero incident of robbery attack on banks or any other financial institution operating in our State.

“LSSTF has been at the forefront of these security efforts. Through the agency, we have continued to provide interventions to the police and other security agencies operating in Lagos in the areas that include operational capacity, training and logistics. Our efforts have yielded encouraging results in crime fighting, as Lagos remains largely safe for business and living. This relative peace and safety that we have been experiencing in this massive mega city will not be compromised. We will continue to strengthen the security operation to ensure the progress recorded is not reversed.”

Next week, the Governor said Divisional Police formations will get 25 new pick-up trucks to assist in quick response to security threats in their areas of operation.

Sanwo-Olu said the State Government’s intention to employ digital surveillance in combating emerging crimes had started to take shape, given the phased rollout of technology tools, including high-definition cameras to monitor strategic locations across the State.

The Governor sent a loud warning to criminals still operating in Lagos to vacate the State before the law caught up with them. He pledged not to spare any effort in making the State unsafe and inhabitable for criminals.

Provision of security, Sanwo-Olu said, should not be seen as a one-way process, urging residents to collaborate and provide information to security agencies whenever they notice suspicious activities within their communities.

He said: “I am sending a strong and loud message to all purveyors of crime and criminality in Lagos. We will stay ahead of your intentions and actions, and we will fight you with everything we have. There will be no room for actions that undermine our well-being and our capacity to achieve our dreams and aspirations.”

The Governor said the LSSTF model adopted by the State in raising security standards had been effective, urging private sector donors to contribute their quota for the sustainability of the Fund.

LSSTF Executive Secretary, Dr. Abdur -Razaq Balogun, noted that the constraints necessitating the establishment of the Fund were far from being fully addressed, but said there was no alternative to the resource model in scaling up security response.

Since 2019, Balogun said LSSTF had provided 240 units of fully equipped operational vehicles to all security agencies in Lagos, in addition to provision of 230 units of motorbikes and security accessories, including 100 digital walkie-talkie, 167 cellular communication gadgets, 2,000 units of Level 4 bulletproof vests and ballistic helmets, among others.

Despite the successes achieved in the year, the LSSTF boss said the Fund had received the lowest public donation to the tune of N153 million, representing 6.3 per cent of public donations received in 2021.

Appealing for more funding from the private sector, Balogun said: “The necessity for crime-fighting agencies is continuous, as we must accept that crimes are still with us. As this is an election period, political violence is another clear danger we are facing. There is need to raise the capabilities of our security agencies to contain these threats as we approach general elections.”

Reviewing of crime report between November 2021 till date, Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi, said Lagos Police Command arrested 146 armed robbers in 149 foiled attempts. In the same year, Lagos recorded 52 cases of cultism-related attack, with 240 suspected cultists arrested and charged.

The police chief disclosed that 89 high-grade arms and 376 assorted ammunitions were recovered, while 280 dangerous weapons, including cudgels, were seized from criminals.

Alabi said: “In the period under review, Lagos Police Command recorded a remarkable feat in crime fighting when we began checkmating the activities of commercial motorcycle riders, following Mr. Governor’s proscription of Okada in the State. Crimes being committed using motorcycles have reduced. Out of 8,105 Okadas we impounded from last year, 4,815 were seized between June and September 2022.”

The Commissioner appreciated the Governor for material and logistic support rendered to the State Police Command, assuring that his men would not rest on their oars towards ensuring peace and safety in Lagos.

NEIGHBOURHOOD SAFETY AGENCY DECORATES OFFICERS WITH NEW RANKS ~Ajasa-Info

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The General Manager of Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Agency (LNSA), Prince (Dr.) Ifalade Oyekan has charged newly decorated Rank Officers to embrace hard work, saying that the new ranks come with the challenge to work harder towards enhanced service delivery and security for all residents of Lagos State.

Prince Oyekan gave the advice on Wednesday at the safety Arena Complex, Bolade Oshodi at the decoration ceremony of 11 newly promoted officers with their new ranks, imploring the Officers to live by example and be role models to their junior colleagues.

He added that the new rank comes with respect and additional responsibility, particularly from members of the public, provided the Officers do what is expected of them in the community they are serving.

Oyekan further advised them to carry out their responsibilities diligently and within the ambit of the law, urging the officers to always display a high level of professionalism and competence as first responders in most emergency cases before the arrival of others.

While urging the Officers to maximise the opportunity inherent in their new ranks, the General Manager added that the promotion received will not only enhance their professional careers but also embolden them to secure the community, gather useful information for the Police and bridge the gap of trust between law enforcement agencies and the public.

He also acknowledged the commitment of the State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to the welfare and improved performance of officers of the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Agency officers.

‘DON’T GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS’, SANWO-OLU TELLS RESCUED STREET KIDS ~Ajasa-Info

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…Governor Supports Initiative For Rehabilitation, Reintegration Of Vagrants



It was an emotional moment for Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, when he listened to firsthand stories of young boys and girls retrieved from the streets in different parts of Lagos.

The Governor literally winced in discomfort, as he paid attention to heartbroken narratives of how the youngsters suffered social exclusion and ended up on the streets.

Some of them were victims of low parental attachment and family disintegration. Others left home after suffering abuse, while some took to surviving on the streets when they became orphans. They had their hopes dashed and dreams shattered; they constituted urban nuisances and were seen as menaces before they were rescued.

The victims’ stories are now turning positive through “Eko Inspire Me” – a project single-handedly sponsored by Gov. Sanwo-Olu.

About a thousand of the street children are now being redeemed through the social initiative envisioned by a female talking drum artiste, Aralola Olumuyiwa, popularly known as Ara. The urchins are being rehabilitated, trained in vocation and empowered to be responsible citizens.

Sanwo-Olu hosted 120 of the rescued vagrants at the State House in Alausa, where the Governor reassured them of his commitment to their full rehabilitation and reintegration back to the society.



He said the project had offered the victims an opportunity to rebuild their lives and become useful to themselves. Sanwo-Olu said the Government had not only focused on addressing issues leading to social exclusion, but had also focused on rehabilitating and changing the lives of victims.

He said: “The Eko Inspire Me project being championed by Ara has been making our work a lot easier. This is the effort of someone which God has led to change many people’s stories to positive ones. The minimum we can do as a Government is to lend our support and make life better for the victims. Through this initiative, we have connected with a community of homeless individuals aimlessly roaming the streets.

“Lagos has inspired so many people and elevated them to great positions from their humble beginning on the streets. As victims of social isolation, your stories must not be different. Ara is using her voice and wisdom through this initiative to help you and turn your situation around for good. The least that is required of you is to show your commitment to this effort, which is targeted at changing your situation.”

Sanwo-Olu told the rescued street children not to give up on their hopes and dreams, urging them to take advantage of the initiative to develop their talents.

The Governor thanked the artiste for creating the platform for redemption of street kids, pledging more support for the initiative and using it as a good example to drive social change.

Sanwo-Olu approved provision of working tools and equipment for 100 of the street children trained in various vocations.

Ara relived how she envisioned the initiative 10 years ago after her mother’s experience with street children in Oshodi, noting that she almost gave up on the project because of lack of funding.

The artiste disclosed that Sanwo-Olu was the first Governor to offer her a listening ear and support the project, describing the Governor as “a man who cares for vulnerable young people”.

She said: “A lot of homeless children on the streets are not born in such conditions. They are individuals who found themselves homeless because of issues beyond them. We are using this project to lead them back home as responsible members of the society.

“We are empowering and encouraging them to discover their skills in sports, entertainment and other areas through this project. It takes a caring father to understand and help these children grow out of their mistakes. If truly we desire change in this country, we must see these victims as those who deserve a chance to live.”

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE LATE OLUWABAMISHE AYANWOLE’S COURT PROCEEDINGSTHE STATE OF LAGOS V ANDREW NICE OMINIKORON ~Ajasa-Info

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PRESS STATEMENT ON THE LATE OLUWABAMISHE AYANWOLE’S COURT PROCEEDINGS
THE STATE OF LAGOS V ANDREW NICE OMINIKORON – CHARGE NO LD/18316C/2022
 
1. As we approach the first post-humous birthday of Oluwabamishe Ayanwole, the Lagos State Government again empathizes with the family on the incident that led to the untimely death of their loved one. The Government wishes to reiterate that it will, through the Ministry of Justice, leave no stone unturned in ensuring the diligent prosecution of the Defendant- Andrew Nice Ominikoron.
 
2. Towards fulfilling this obligation, the Defendant was arrested by the Police on the 7th of March, 2022.
 
3. A five-count charge, which includes the offences of Murder, Rape, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony and Sexual Assault, was preferred against the Defendant and he has since been arraigned before Justice Sherifat Sonaike of the High Court of Lagos State on 22nd of March 2022.
 
4. In the proof of evidence, the State lined up nine (9) witnesses to testify. Trial commenced on the 9th of May, 2022 and from the time of arraignment till date, the case has come up eleven (11) times. The State has called seven (7) witnesses with thirteen (13) exhibits tendered. PW7 whose examination-in-chief was concluded on 31st day of October, 2022 is now being cross examined by defence counsel and the case stands adjourned till 5th of December, 2022 for continuation of trial.
 
5. The matter is being personally handled by the Honourable Attorney General & Commissioner  for Justice, supported by the DPP and a team of lawyers from the office of the DPP in demonstration of the importance and priority given to the case by the State.
 
6. The family of Oluwabamishe Ayanwole is represented by Mr. Adeshina Ogunlana or counsel from his chambers. The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Lagos Branch, also sends a legal team to observe the proceedings.
 
7. Remarkable progress has been made in the matter and the State has demonstrated its readiness and determination to ensure the matter is prosecuted to its logical conclusion by ensuring that all its witnesses are available and ready to testify. Between date of arraignment (March 2022) till date, 7 witnesses out of 9 have testified.
 
8. The family of the deceased as well as members of the public are hereby assured that the trial of the Defendant is ongoing and the Lagos State government will not relent in its effort to ensure that justice is speedily served in the case.
 
Dated this 20th November, 2022
 
 
T.K. SHITTA-BEY (MS)
Solicitor General/Permanent Secretary
Lagos State Ministry of Justice

LAGOS LAUNCHES FRANCHISE FRAMEWORK DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE FOR MSMES ~Ajasa-Info

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As part of efforts to upscale the growth of entrepreneurship in the state, the Lagos State Government has concluded plans to launch a franchise framework development initiative for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the State.

According to a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Sustainable Development Goals and Investment, Mrs. Solape Hammond, the programme is designed towards expanding the frontiers of the local market, noting that the initiative evolved out of the need to strengthen the existing public-private business ecosystem with the aim of developing the sub-sector.

Her words: “Out of the need to strengthen the existing public-private business ecosystem with the aim of developing the sub-sector, Lagos State Office of Sustainable Development Goals and Investment, in partnership with Franchiser and Distributor Forum, will be launching an initiative tagged: ‘Franchising as an Investment Alternative in Lagos State: A Capacity Building for 300 Lagos MSMEs”.

She revealed that the programme is targeting MSMEs in the classic franchise domains including products manufacturing, services, food and drinks, health and wellness and other personal care services, professional services, investors/commercial banks, cooperative societies, media as well as other MSMEs and individuals within the value chains.

The Special Adviser stated that the pilot scheme which is designed to expose 300 MSMEs to the franchise business system will support these Lagos-based franchises to develop their unique franchise model and help them get investment-ready. There will also be a periodic financing forum for both franchisors and franchisees to help deepen opportunities to collaborate.

“Part of the plan is to identify 20 MSMEs with the strong potential of growing between five outlets in the first year and 10 in the next 30 months and then provide the structure and franchise growth support including various intellectual property registrations”, she revealed.

Hammond, who explained that the business model is crucial to job creation, economic diversification, creativity and income redistribution, stated that the State has shown tremendous interest in helping SMEs get access to affordable financial and other institutional support they need to create wealth and employment for the youth.

She said: “Lagos being the hub of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the West Coast, with a concentration of 3,224,324 micro operators and over 11, 663 SMEs operators will benefit from this business model as part of efforts towards building an inclusive economy”.

Remarking that there is a need for a fair platform for partnerships and linkages between operators and government agencies to discover innovations and opportunities that will boost the economy, she said the simplicity of franchising makes it a very good way to unleash the growth potential of MSMEs.

On the criteria for selection, the Special Adviser stated that aside from having been in operation for a period of 24 months with sound management prospects, the MSME must have the potential for attracting investors/franchisees with a progressive annual revenue, adding that they must also be based in Lagos and ready to expand around and beyond the state.

Mrs. Hammond pointed out that the initiative will enhance the rightful role of SMEs in wealth and job creation, poverty reduction and stimulation of growth of the domestic economy as this administration is committed to building a 21st-century economy.

She maintained that the initiative will offer a genuine path for wealth creation and scale-up business activities around MSMEs, stressing that the most critical factor in franchising is the discipline that must be learnt to successfully run franchises.

While encouraging entrepreneurs in the focused sectors to take advantage of the scheme, the Special Adviser revealed that interested organisations should apply via: http://www.lagosfranchisepilot.com/apply

Founder, FRANDIS Forum, Mr. Tayo Adelugbe remarked that the programme is designed to support the growth of MSME businesses in alignment with the government’s economic vision through a result-oriented and impact-driven franchise strategy.

He disclosed that the scheme is inspired by the need to have the State Government spearhead a momentous and transformative movement to build a thriving and sustainable franchise industry in the country.

“The collaborative model we are adopting is to establish a franchise culture and mindset as part of the overall entrepreneurship values that drive the growth of the MSMEs in the state”, Adelugbe stated.

SANWO-OLU PREACHES UNITY, TOGETHERNESS, AS NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CULTURES KICKS OFF IN LAGOS ~Ajasa-Info

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• ‘We’re ready to Showcase Tourism, Export Creative Ideas to Global Market’ – Governor

Lagos State, on Wednesday, became the convergence of Nigeria’s diversity and cultures. The State literally turned the centre stage for the exhibition of local customs, arts and traditions in what appeared to be the largest cultural carnival in the country.

An array of elegantly dressed troupes from 29 states of the federation kept the guests’ attention hooked to flamboyantly rehearsed pageantry, flaunting the nation’s rich cultural heritage in the full glare of local and international audience.

The contingents are participants in the week-long festival tagged “EKO-NAFEST 2022”. The 35th National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) is being organised by the Lagos State Government in collaboration with National Council of Arts and Culture (NCAC).

Top Government officials, foreign envoys, traditional rulers, cultural ambassadors, NGOs, and schoolchildren made the roll call of guests at the festival’s opening ceremony held Mobolaji Johnson Pavilion, Onikan.

Lagos became the fourth time host of NAFEST, a cultural fiesta initiated in 1970 to foster national integration, strengthen understanding and unity among diverse ethnic groups and promote the peaceful co-existence.

The event will feature various competitions and non-competitive activities, including excursion trips to various tourist sites in the host city.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu declared the fiesta opened, charging the participants and audience to exhibit “true spirit of Lagos”, which he explained to be the State’s “accommodating nature” towards visitors.

Sanwo-Olu said Lagos Government accepted the event’s hosting right in demonstration of its love for cultural advancement and promotion of togetherness.

As melting pot of culture and hub of commerce, the Governor said Lagos would continue to export the nation’s rich heritage and entertainment to the global market, thereby attracting foreign investment into the local creative and entertainment sector.

He said: “Lagos State Government is proud to be hosting NAFEST for the fourth time, having hosted the first edition in 1970. The foundational objectives of the festival is in line with our administration’s goals for the promotion of entertainment and tourism, which are a key pillar of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda. We are deliberate about promoting every aspect of tourism, arts and culture, which is why we make it a practice to support, partner and collaborate in activities that would further strengthen our cultural heritage and promote our unity in diversity.

“For the next seven days, delegates from the states across the federation will be showcasing and celebrating our country’s cultural heterogeneity. As headquarters of entertainment and foremost commercial nerve centre of Africa, Lagos will continue to represent our country globally in creativity, music, films and culture. As a State, we are committed to supporting local talents and help them to export their creative ideas to the global market where they can exchange them for values.”

Sanwo-Olu re-echoed the need to use the cultural platform to engender peaceful co-existence and promote unity. He told the cultural troupes to eschew issues that that promote division and stoke tension.

As 2023 general elections draw close, the Governor urged the participants to use the opportunity to support leaders that would leverage the multi-cultural heritage and language to unify the country and bring back the spirit of togetherness among all citizens.

Rather than allowing differences in language and culture to divide them, Sanwo-Olu told participants to see the diversity as resources to be developed for collective advantage.

He said: “We are in the campaign season as our nation’s general elections has been scheduled to hold within the first quarter of next year. As political office holders continue to engage the electorate at this period, it is important to re-echo the message of unity and peaceful co-existence which NAFEST platform provides.

While we celebrate the Nigerian heritage and cultural diversity here today, my clarion call is that we take this an opportunity to elect leaders who will recognize and take advantage of our rich, multi-cultural heritage and language to unify us as a people and as a nation which was the intention of our founding fathers.”

Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, advised the cultural to use the opportunity of the festival to explore the tourism sites in different parts of Lagos, especially the waterway transportation system being developed by the State Government.

She said peaceful co-existence remained the catalyst for national development, urging the delegates to engage in dialogue and activities that would guarantee the peace throughout the period of the event.

NCAC Director General, Otunba Segun Runsewe, expressed appreciation of the Council to Gov. Sanwo-Olu and members of the Local Organising Committee for putting necessary facilities and logistic arrangements in place for the hosting of the event.

He said: The contents of EKO-NAFEST 2022 have been deliberately drawn to reflect and resonate the importance of peace across our nation. The event also emphasises the need to mobilise our collective conscience to fully embrace our diversity in the interest of progress and prosperity.”

SANWO-OLU INAUGURATES MINI HOUSING SCHEME, VOCATIONAL CENTRE IN SURULERE ~Ajasa-Info

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…LSDPC Regenerates Criminal Hideout, Builds 20-Unit Apartments For Residents



From the dust of a filthy parcel of land emerges the Love Garden – an elegantly designed residential development in Surulere built by the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (LSDPC).

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, led members of the State cabinet to commission the 20-unit two-bedroom apartments located on Olorogun-Allen Street, Surulere.

The opening of the mini-housing scheme was greeted by spontaneous jubilation in the neighbourhood. Residents, in their number, trooped out to receive and appreciate Governor Sanwo-Olu for transforming what used to be a criminals’ hideout into a cosy residential asset.

The suspended twin three-storey development sits on 2,719.30m square land belonging to the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

Besides, the Governor also opened a vocational training centre built by LSDPC on Owolewa Street in Surulere.

Sanwo-Olu said the redevelopment of the abandoned land had not only provided accommodation for residents, noting that a major security threat in the area had also been solved.

The Governor said the transformation further reiterated the commitment of his Government to urban regeneration and infrastructural renewal. He commended the two agencies for the collaboration that led to the development.

“The land on which this project is sited used to be a security liability for residents of this neighbourhood. It was previously a massive school compound before the school was moved out of the site. The land was taken over by people of questionable character, who committed all sorts of atrocities and constituted threats to the residents’ peace. We had a conversation with SUBEB for the conversion of this fallow asset into a living asset.



“Today, the elegantly designed residential edifice is the outcome of the collaboration between LSDPC and SUBEB. We have created an enabling environment for Government agencies to collaborate with the private sector in order to reduce the housing needs of our people. Now, the beneficiaries of this scheme can raise their family in this nice ambience and serene environment. Community members will also live in harmony, as we have eliminated a major threat to their peace.”

Sanwo-Olu said the provision of safe and comfortable housing schemes for the citizens remained a key objective of his Government’s programmes, noting that the intervention had helped his administration to raise standards of living.

He said the State Government remained committed to scaling up access to safe and convenient housing while strengthening partnerships with the private sector to meet Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

More housing projects, the Governor said, will be inaugurated before the end of the year. He charged beneficiaries to maintain the structure and encourage activities that would sustain the investment.

“For residents living in this neighbourhood, this development presents an opportunity to key into the Government’s urban regeneration programme and improve their environment to raise the quality of living. We must join hands to ensure the mega status of Lagos is sustained,” Sanwo-Olu said.

LSDPC Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Hon. Ayodeji Joseph, said the housing scheme was built to reflect simplicity and elegance, while also being complemented with contemporary infrastructure. The apartments, he said, have dedicated uninterrupted power source in addition to being connected to the national grid.

Joseph said the Owolewa Vocational Centre was built by LSDPC as a Corporate Social Responsibility to give back to the Surulere community to further aid the State Government’s efforts at empowering young people with modern skills.

“I salute the maturity and cooperation displayed by the SUBEB management during the period of discussion to change the use of the property and rights to acquire it. Today, the outcome has become a win-win situation for both the LSDPC and SUBEB,” Joseph said.

Facilities in the mini scheme include a security section, water system, expansive car parking space and electricity supply system.

COS: SANWO-OLU PAYS N70 MILLION COMPENSATION TO FAMILIES OF SLAIN POLICE OFFICERS ~Ajasa-Info

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The Chief of Staff to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Tayo Ayinde has disclosed that the present administration under Mr. Governor has, since its inception, paid N70 Million compensation to the families of Security Officers who died or were injured in the line of duty in Lagos.

Ayinde disclosed this at the presentation of another N5 Million Cheque to the family of a Rapid Responses Squad (RRS) Officer, Superintendent of Police Oluwatobi Peters who died in active service.

He described the State Government’s monetary support as a gesture of goodwill to the family left behind, maintaining that no amount of monetary gift can make up for lost lives and the gallantry of the fallen patriots.

Ayinde further disclosed that the State Government has also made adequate provisions for medical care to security operatives who were injured while discharging their duties across the state.

The Chief of Staff added that the gesture is in tandem with one of Governor Sanwo-Olu’s policies as conceptualised in the State Government T.H.E.M.E.S agenda on Security and Good Governance, adding that they are also to encourage Security Officers for effective performance in protecting lives and properties of residents across the State

He gave the assurance that the State Government would ensure that the State remains secure and safe with far-reaching support to security operatives in Lagos.

In his own remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Chief of Staff; Mr. Olawale Musa expressed the commitment of the present administration to always provide the needed support and compensation to the families of Police Officers who lose their lives in active service in the State.