BCLG set to open up opportunities in Lagos Local Governments ~Ajasa-Info


The Body of Computer Cadres in the Unified Local Governments of Lagos State (BCLG) is set to open up the opportunities in Local Governments (LGs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) around Lagos State to the public, through a Public Discourse scheduled for later in March, 2023.

BCLG, a set-up of Lagos State public servants in Local Governments (LGs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state, who handles duties and responsibilities that are Information Technology related. Members of BCLG are the officers of the ICT Unit, newly created in every LGs and LCDAs around the state by the State government in 2022.

The President of BCLG, Ahmed ‘Bola TIJANI, a former Secretary of Nigeria Computer Society, Lagos State Chapter (NCSLAGOS) said that the theme of the Public Discourse is important as it is targeted at exposing members of the public to the new development and possible opportunities at the grassroots government in the state. The theme *”Local Digital Governance for Sustainable Development – Opportunities & Challenges”* will table the opportunities and challenges that can also be converted to more opportunities, especially for those in the tech industry and those willing to invest in Local Governments in the nation’s economic capital.

The BCLG President also informed our correspondent that the push to have this webinar came from the noticed digital inclusivity plan of the Lagos state government. He explained that it was the current Deputy Governor back then as the Commissioner of Ministry of Science and Technology Dr. Femi Hamzat that came up with the idea of establishing ICT Unit in some MDAs of the state, and it was approved by the then governor Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, with the plan to gradually extend to every MDAs of the state and the third tier of government, the Local Governments. Dr. Femi Hamzat, a fellow of the Nigeria Computer Society, now the Deputy Governor was much instrumental in the Unit establishment in the Local Councils, as it has been planned earlier, and also important in the realization of the current Smart City project of the state.

So, this is a working agenda taking shape step by step. BCLG is taking the opportunity to encourage most especially the young tech CEOs in Lagos to not just focus on Lagos State, but have interest in the working Local Governments systems in the state too. And with this plan of the governor, it is believed that the second term in office of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Dr. Femi Hamzat, FNCS more opportunities around the deployment of IT/ICT will be in the forefront, carrying the Local Governments along.

Details of the webinar is as follows;

*Theme:* “Local Digital Governance for Sustainable Development – Opportunities & Challenges”

*Date:* Thursday 30th March, 2023

*Time:* 3:00 PM (Lagos, Nigeria Time)

*Keynote Speaker:*
Rogba Adeoye, FNCS
The Executive Secretary of Information Technology Systems and Security Professionals (ITSSP) and Former Chairman of Nigeria Computer Society, Lagos State Chapter (NCSLAGOS)

*Guest Speaker:*
Prof. Adegboyega Ojo
Canada Research Chair in Governance and Artificial Intelligence, School of Public Policy and Administration, Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada

*The Webinar Link* (Google Meet)

*YouTube Live Streaming Link*

*Register here:* https://bclg.org.ng/local-digital-governance-webinar-registration/

For more info and enquiry
+234 8059134911

More opportunities can be seen at the Grassroots Government in Lagos State through the established Tourism Unit in the LGs and LCDAs by the Babajid Olusola Sanwo-Olu administration also in 2022. This shows the readiness of the government to engage people in the tourism and hospitality field in their coming administration.



Rep. Babajimi Benson Member House of Representatives, Ikorodu federal constituency appreciate the good people of his constituency for electing him to represent them one more time at the green chamber at the just concluded election which took place February 25th and he also appreciate them for electing for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the Nigeria President elect.

In the same vein Rep. Babajimi Benson canvassed for the Re-election of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Gbolahan Ogunleye for Lagos State House of Assembly, Ikorodu Constituency 1, and Aro Moshood Abiodun for Lagos State House of Assembly, Ikorodu Constituency 2.

Speaking at his monthly iCare food bank “Apo Anu” He plead with the people at the event to vote for Sanwo-Olu on Saturday 11th of March He said “Everyone here are the canvassers, let everybody look for ten people each and convince them to vote for APC, as for me I am compiling the names of the polling units with the highest votes for APC before Saturday and we will be compensating them.”

“We scored the highest votes at the just concluded election on the 25th of February, let us increase the 60,000 votes to 100,000 votes, we can do it and we will achieve it by God’s grace “

“The Governor however sent me to you , that he will be compensating the unit with the highest votes, I implore you to vote for infrastructure, electricity and many more good things coming our way.”

Another one thousand food packs were distributed to the residents of Ikorodu federal constituency for the march edition of the iCare Foundation food bank, this has been the monthly routine by the Rep. Babajimi Benson iCare Food Bank, since 2016.



The Igbo community in Lagos State have been advised to go about their normal business without fear of molestation as the state government will continue to ensure the safety of lives and property of all residents.

The assurance was given in Lagos few days ago by the Director General of the Independent Campaign Council (ICC) Lagos APC, Mr Tayo Ayinde when the Igbo community paid a solidarity visit to the ICC office in Ikeja.

Ayinde said the administration of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu had been working assiduously towards ensuring the health and prosperity of all residents regardless of tribe or religious affiliations which means, he deserves the votes of all residents for a second term in office.

Earlier in his address the leader of the political wing of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Solomon Ogbona pledged their unflinching support for the All Progressives Congress, APC in the March 11 Gubernatorial election.

He acknowledged that his people had prospered in Lagos because of the accommodating nature of their host communities.
He urged Ndigbo in Lagos to vote en masse for APC to reciprocate the good gesture.

Also, Mr Ayinde and the ICC leadership visited Agege and Ifako-Ijaye local governments for town hall meetings to review the recently held Presidential election.

Mr Ayinde after a parley with political leaders at the grassroots promised to address their grievances and ensure a more united APC at the state, local government and ward levels.

The grassroots political leaders promised to immediately embark on a house to house campaign to ensure that more Lagosians come out to exercise their franchise in the March 11 gubernatorial elections.

Tinubu/ Shettima and Sanwo-Olu/Hamzat Independent Campaign Council (ICC)



We have got reports of friction in some parts of Lagos this morning. All is calm now.

There is no need for violence, which is not part of our culture.
I urge all Lagosians to go about their businesses without any fear of harassment. Law enforcement agencies have been asked to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order in any part of the state.
I have been your Governor for almost four years, promoting harmony and friendship across ethnic and religious lines without any form of discrimination whatsoever.

Let us remain calm. All will be well. We are a peaceful people and so we shall remain.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu
Governor, Lagos State



SKIBANJ Campaign Group (SCG), a strong and viable political organization in Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area, organised a strategic Door-to-Door Community Mobilization in the area for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Senator Kashim Shettima, the re-election of Gov. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and other APC candidates in Oshodi Isolo towards the forthcoming election.

According to Hon. Adebanji Adetewogbe popularly known as SKIBANJ who is the Assistant Director Deputy Director General office of Tinubu/Shettima & Sanwo-Olu/Hamzat Independent Campaign Council (ICC), the chairman of SKIBANJ group, “This Door to Door campaign is to support our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, our able hardworking Governor Mr. Sanwo-Olu and other APC candidates in Oshodi Isolo.”

“This is a support from SKIBANJ group in Oshodi Isolo, to canvass and persuade our people to come out and vote for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule for Senate and Dr. Bashiru Dawodu for House of Representatives on 25th February and 11th march for Mr. Sellable and Otunba Ogundipe.”

“My advice to the electorates and our party faithfuls is for them to talk to friends and their relatives to come out en mass to vote for all APC candidates.”



The Lagos State Government has noted with deep concern the protests in some parts of the state this morning.
The protesters are said to be angry over the Naira redesign and its consequent scarcity that has caused so much hardship and confusion among our people.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu believes there is no need for violence as the Supreme Court is looking into this controversial matter and will make its position known on February 22.

Lagos State has since joined the legal dispute- all in the interest of our people – in the belief that the highest court in the land has the capacity to adjudicate on the matter.

The fuel situation is easing following some steps taken by the government.

The government praises Lagosians for showing understanding, despite the pains that the Federal Government’s measures have brought. Residents should continue to be law-abiding by shunning any form of incitement by mischief makers.

Mr. Governor is working with his colleagues to ensure that this hardship does not go on.

Gbenga Omotoso
HC, information and Strategy



The Lagos State Government wishes to put on record the patience and calmness of Lagosians following the controversy generated by the Naira shortage crisis.

The State Government has joined the dispute at the Supreme Court, which today adjourned the hearing of the matter till February 22. When the matter first came up on February 8, the apex court said the old notes remained legal tender.

That position has not changed. The State Government hereby warns those rejecting the old notes to desist from doing so or face prosecution. It is against the law to reject the old notes as doing so is contrary to the position of the Supreme Court.

Governor Sanwo-Olu urges Lagosians to remain law-abiding and shun mischief makers who may exploit this temporary situation to promote their anti-people agenda. He is confident that the Judiciary will resolve all the issues around the currency shortage crisis.

To cushion the effect of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) directive on the old notes, especially on the vulnerable among us, Lagos State has started the distribution of the food packs promised by the Governor. The 50% fares slash on all State transportation facilities continues, as directed by Mr. Governor.

Gbenga Omotoso

HC, Information & Strategy



Lagos State Government has commenced the distribution of palliative measures to vulnerable residents in fulfilment of Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu’s promise to cushion the effects of the hardship being experienced by Lagosians occasioned by the fuel scarcity and non-disbursement of currency by the banks.

Speaking at the launch and distribution exercise held today at Adeyemi-Bero Auditorium, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the distribution will be a continuous exercise as the government will be reaching out to religious centres, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and other distribution channels across the State.

Sanwo-Olu, who was represented at the event by his deputy Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, said the targeted beneficiaries of the palliatives include the vulnerable and civil servants, among others, adding that the move is to alleviate the hunger that has been the outcome of currency redesigned by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and other crises associated with fuel scarcity.

In his words, “The purpose of the palliative is to cushion the biting effects of the current scarcity of Naira occasioned by the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) naira swap policy and the lingering fuel scarcity in the State”.

The Governor explained further that the measures became necessary to improve the living condition of the vulnerable residents of the State, saying “We are doing this to alleviate the pains and sufferings of Lagoaians. The distributed boxes contain different food items for the consumption of the vulnerable in the society”.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), Mrs. Cecelia Dada stated that the Lagos State Government has put together the palliative measure for Lagosian, particularly the vulnerable residents in society.

Dada stressed that the present administration is mindful of the welfare of its people and that the challenges faced by citizens are due to the naira swap and difficulties being experienced in accessing their money at the banks.



•Residents applaud Governor’s intervention, ask for more

Praises, encouragement and critical appraisal trailed a heart-to-heart conversation Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had with residents of Eti Osa on Sunday, where the populace expressed their gratitude about the Governor’s unfolding action plan for the development of the corridor.

The Town Hall meeting, held at the Monarch along Lekki-Epe Expressway, also offered the Eti Osa residents an opportunity to air their concerns and share tips on how the State Government can improve infrastructure in the corridor.

Eti Osa is a fast-growing residential and commercial settlement, comprising Ikoyi-Obalende, Iru-Victoria Island, Lekki, Victoria Garden City (VGC), Ajah and communities around Sangotedo axis.

The event was attended by Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, top Government officials, and all the traditional rulers in Eti Osa, their chiefs, and village heads.

The Town Hall meeting adopted a no-holds-barred approach, which gave the Governor the chance to get first-hand feedbacks from the citizens living on the corridor.

Sanwo-Olu used the opportunity to give account of his administration’s development projects executed in Eti-Osa, which included the construction of a network of five roads in Victoria Island-Lekki axis, re-designing of six traffic points along the Lekki-Epe Expressway.

Other projects initiated by the Sanwo-Olu government on the corridor include the ongoing Regional Road construction, improvement of Abraham Adesanya Roundabout, General Hospital at Ikota, completion of Badore Jetty and introduction of Motor Vehicle Administration Agency (MVAA) in Lekki.

The Governor added that his administration had also built schools, rehabilitated over 30 network of roads on the Eti Osa corridor, including desilting and channelisation of Abraham Adesanya canal and McGregor Channel.

Fourth Mainland Bridge, Sanwo-Olu said, will be another major capital infrastructure that would change the lives of the Eti Osa residents, pledging that his Government would compensate property owners whose buildings fall into the project’s right-of-way.

Despite the facility renewal efforts, residents believed the Government needed to raise the bar in infrastructure delivery to address growing population.

Sanwo-Olu spent several minutes, responding to direct questions from the residents raised concerns about inner road connectivity, inadequate health care facilities and schools, recreational facilities, drainage channelisation and environment beautification.

Responding to the complaint about indiscriminate development and the attendant hazard, the Governor said many of the gated Estates in the Eti Osa needed comprehensive regeneration, but said the residents were opposed to the move.

On Coastal Road, Sanwo-Olu said: “We believe Regional Road and Coastal Road will bring huge relief to Eti Osa, but we started from Regional Road which is not as capital intensive and complex as Coastal Road. With the resources available to the State, we can only have bit by bit construction on the Coastal Road, except the Federal Government intervenes.”

On when the Government would start the construction of Saliu Obodo Road in Eti- Osa, the Governor said there would be a stakeholder engagement before the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development would be directed to clear alignment before the project would commence.

He added that plans were being made to start the construction of Orchid Road, but said the project would be done in phases.

Sanwo-Olu said the lack of recreational facilities for the youth in Eti-Osa was due to fast pace of development, stressing that landowners were aiming at selling the reserve that would have been allotted for parks and recreation. He directed the Executive Secretary of Lands Bureau to immediately look for spaces for development of youth centres in Eti Osa.

The Governor acceded to the request by residents of Sea Side Estate in Ajah for a rebate in application fee for land title, expressly approving 10 per cent discount to enable the property owners get titles for their properties.

Thanking the Eti-Osa residents for hearing him out, Sanwo-Olu urged them to keep faith in his Government and political party.

He said: “Lagos has been blessing for all residents and the efforts by the State Government to bring development to all areas of the State has affected the economy positively. The question we should ask ourselves is, why can’t we replicate the development in other parts of the country.

“Lagos is the safest place in the country and it speaks to the effort put forward by the State Government. We have a presidential candidate whose template has brought about these physical developments being enjoyed today. He is the only person that can change the situation of the country. If we care about development, we must support Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to be the next President.”



The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in Lagos State endorsed the candidacy of Tinubu/Shettima presidency, and the re-election bid of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Dr. Obafemi Hamzat as they assembled at the Oduduwa Crescent office of the Independent Campaign Council (ICC).

The apex union of Local Government workers turned up in their numbers to show their support for the cause of actualizing victory at the polls.

The Director General of ICC, Mr. Tayo Ayinde commended the NLC leader in Lagos State, Comrade Agnes Funmi Sessi for her courageous speech. He said the incoming president in the person of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will keep his promises for the local government workers across the country.

The Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress in Lagos State Comrade Agnes Funmi Sessi addressed the gathering in glowing terms. She went to reminiscent that NLC has 57 affiliates in Lagos State, and all the affiliate unions are in support of the candidacy of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for presidency and the re-election of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu.

Sessi noted that Governor Sanwo-Olu donated plots of land to Labour Union to build an estate in Lekki and Badagry. She also mentioned that the governor released land for the construction of Labour Union house in Central Business District, Ikeja.

She declared that despite the fact that Labour Party is owned by Labour Union, she and the entire members of Nigeria Labour Congress in Lagos State are for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and without mincing words for Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu re-election.

The president of NULGE in Lagos State, Comrade Ogunfowora Sewanu Sunday spoke with great enthusiasm that the gathering was just to make an official statement, for in actual fact, the cause of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s mandate is something they all are involved in before now.

Ogunfowora recounted before his people the time Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was the Governor of Lagos State and how he created LCDAs. He noted that the creation of LCDAs gave so many of them employment. He reminded the gathering that the then Gov, Bola Tinubu fought President Obasanjo government to a standstill, yet he was able to pay the salary of workers despite zero federal allocations for three years.

Ogunfowora affirmed that Governor Sanwo-Olu is doing a very good job for all residents of the state. He went on to assure the ICC leadership of total support from NULGE.

The event was occasioned by Labour Union Directorate of the Independent Campaign Council ably led by Mrs. Iyabo Obasa.

Dignitaries at the event were Mr. Tayo Akinmade Ayinde the Director General of ICC, Cardinal James Omolaja Odunmbaku (Chairman ICC) ,Mr. Kola Peregrino (Deputy Director General), Prince Bayo Osiyemi (Director Chieftaincy), Prince Abiodun Abu (Director Volunteers) ,Mr. Akinduro Ibesanmi (Director Office of the Director General), Mrs. Iyabo Obasa (Director Labour Union) , Chief Gani Kayode Balogun( Media Consultant to the DG), Hon. Mrs. Folashade Onajobi (Director of Women Mobilization), Hon. Abdulah Jebe (Director Muslims Affairs), Mr. Jubril Gawat (Director of New Media) among others.


Tinubu/Shettima and Sanwo/Hamzat Independent Campaign Council (ICC)