LAWMA EXTENDS ADVOCACY ON WASTE PACKAGING TO LEKKI, IBEJU-LEKKI LCDA ~Ajasa-Info

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…Seeks Attitudinal Change On Disposal of Refuse
Residents of Lekki and Ibeju-Lekki Local Council Development Areas, have been advised to acquire waste bins for packaging their waste pending evacuation by the PSP operators.

The Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, counselled members of the public during stakeholders’ meetings in different Council Secretariats within the Lekki axis.


Odumboni, who was represented at both events by LAWMA’s Executive Director of Finance, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi, stated that a major cause of waste migration and indiscriminate disposal is the non-availability of bins in most homes, warning that abatement notices would soon be served on defaulting homes while prosecution follows early next year.


“Ownership of waste bins is a must for all homes and defaulters will soon get abatement notices, to be followed later by the prosecution from January next year”, he said.
The LAWMA helmsman also appealed to residents to change their attitude as recyclable waste is a source of income, urging Lagosians to cultivate the habit of waste sorting from source in order to reduce the volume of waste going to the landfills.

His words: “We have the mandate to visit all the 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas of the State, and that is why we have come to your community, to sensitise and enlighten you on the importance of proper waste management. Effective waste management in your community can help prevent the spread of diseases such as cholera, typhoid, Lassa fever e.t.c. in your environment, hence, the need to have a bin in your homes, to shut out rodents getting in contact with your waste, and also to aid easy evacuation by PSP operators”.


Charging the Councils to mobilise the youths in their communities for local policing of blackspots and apprehending defaulters caught dumping waste indiscriminately, Odumboni pointed out that there is value in items discarded in homes, such as cans, papers, cartons, pet bottles, glass etc.

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He advised residents to sort waste properly before disposal and use the PAKAM APP to request the pickup of recyclables.
In his welcome address, the Executive Chairman of Ibeju Lekki Local Government (LCDA, Mr. Sesan Olowa, commended the efforts of the Authority towards ensuring a cleaner environment, especially on the road medians, adding that the stakeholders’ meeting would bring a mutually rewarding benefit.


“I got the idea of Cleaner Lagos from LAWMA and decided to replicate it in Ibeju Lekki. So far, we have employed about 300 sweepers and 30 gardeners, who help in keeping our environment clean. Also, I have mobilised youths in the community to police blackspots and arrest violators caught dumping waste indiscriminately. These youths were specially trained by LAWMA on waste policing and arrest of violators”, he said.


Olowa added that the task force has been effective and defaulters are being arrested and fined appropriately.
On his part, Chairman, Lekki Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Mr. Bamidele Kasali, commended the authority for ensuring a livable environment, urging members of his community to appreciate the services of LAWMA by patronising assigned PSP operators and paying their waste bills promptly.


“I believe your visit to our community will be of benefit to us. I commend the efforts that LAWMA has put in place to ensure our environment is always clean. I also appeal to the members of the community to reciprocate the services of LAWMA, by ensuring that they pay their waste bills promptly”, he said.

In attendance were senior Council functionaries, traditional rulers and senior LAWMA staff including Assistant General Manager, Performance Management, Mrs. Bimbo Opayemi; District Head West II, Mrs. Tawa Oyekanmi and District Head East II, Mrs. Bola Adewunmi, among others.

BACK TO SCHOOL: PEPC FOUNDATION SET TO DISTRIBUTE SCHOOL MATERIALS TO STUDENTS IN LAGOS ~Ajasa-Info

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A non-profit organization, PEPC Foundation set to distribute 5000 school materials to students in Lagos ahead of their September resumption.

The group’s founder, Barr. Luqman Akinsanya, made this known in an announcement video recently shared on social media.

According to him, this year’s edition of the annual Back-To-School project will target no fewer than 5000 students who will be presented with the special packs comprising of needed school items.

The distribution will take place in the Ikorodu, Ibeju Lekki and Alimosho areas of the state.

The exercise will be held on Tuesday in Ibeju Lekki, and the following day, on Wednesday, the train moves to Ita Elewa Youth Centre, Ikorodu, while the distribution for Alimosho will also be held in the week.

Source: Blackbox NG

SENATOR ABIRU GIVES ACCOUNT OF STEWARDSHIP IN THE LAST 14 MONTHS IN OFFICE ~Ajasa-Info

…Remodelled Oluwo Fish Market, 960-spectator capacity mini stadium in Epe has been completed, to be Commission soon.

…N300Million Constituency Intervention Revolving Loan Scheme will be unveiled next month.

The Senator representing Lagos East at the 9th National Assembly, Senator Adetokunbo Mukhail Abiru, gives account of stewardship in the last 14 months in office, during a media parley with press men yesterday at his constituency office.

The Senator also took the Press men to the THE INNOVATION SPACE which is tagged Senator Abiru Innovation Lab SAIL where the following five pilot programmes takes place:

– Tech Talent Development
– Business 101 for Artisans and Creatives
– STEM Education for Senior Secondary School Students.
– Lagos East Teachers’ Fellowship
– Startup Accelerator

It was the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics STEM program, the press men were able to witness and their facilitator was able to explain how it is being run.

Senator Abiru said the reason STEM was run on a Saturday is because, the students will be in school From Monday to Friday, it is only on that Saturday is the convenient day for the pupils.

The Distinguished Senator Adetokunbo Mukhail Abiru FCA gives his account of stewardship which goes thus:

Dear esteemed Editors, it gladdens my heart to welcome you to this parley to give a record of my stewardship in the last 14 months in the saddle as the Senator representing the good people of the Lagos East Senatorial District in the National Assembly.

Recall that I was sworn-in on the 15th December 2020 as the Senator of the Federal Republic. I came in at a critical period in the nation’s history. It was a time we were slowly coming out of recession, which was also worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.


It has indeed been a trying period for many households and the nation at large. What we as the Trustees of the Peoples’ sacred mandate have tried to do, is to deliberately and continuously keep the hope of the people alive by working assiduously to deliver on the promises I made to our esteemed constituents during the 2020 Lagos East Senatorial By-election electioneering campaign.


In fulfilment of our legislative agenda, I have sponsored many Bills and motions which cover different sectors including banking and financial services, the economy, copyright, health, infrastructure and the provision of the legal framework for the reduction of the cost of governance. We have also endeavoured to offer our possible best towards providing effective representation for our people.



EFFECTIVE REPRESENTATION OF CONSTITUENCY

As a member of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, one of my primary responsibilities in the National Assembly is that of effective representation. In this light every matter that concerns my constituency has received its deserved and prompt attention and has always been treated as such, like the petition I recently presented on the floor of the Senate on behalf of the Magodo Residents Association over the invasion of the estate by security agents from the Office of the Inspector General of Police and the Attorney General of the Federation.

My commitment to our people and indeed Lagos State is that I will continue to provide effective representation.

I am of the firm belief that holders of political positions are in and hold a position of trust and must therefore fulfill the people’s aspirations. In the course of my campaigns and interaction with our people, I made promises as to my legislative agenda and I have within the limits of this short time tried to fulfil them.

In October 2021, I was made the substantive Chairman of the very important Senate Committee on Industries whose jurisdiction shall include:

Standardization and quality control:
Industrial development matters generally;
Incentives for, industrial development;
National industrial planning;
Small-scale industries;
Aid to industries;
Heavy industries set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria;
Participation of small business enterprises, procurement and government contracts;
Promotion and administration of technology transfer programmes;
Industrial financing;
Privatization and commercialization:
Industrial Training Fund;
Annual Budget Estimates.

I have within this period brought to bear my background and experience in the discharge of my responsibilities as the Chairman. Already the Committees intervention is yielding fruits as the importance of industries to national development as a driver of industrialization through creation of jobs, generation of wealth, diversification of the economy, import substitution and enhancement of exports among others is gaining prominence in our national life and receiving attention.

I am committed to working assiduously collaborating with the leadership of the Senate and the National Assembly, Ministries, Departments, Parastatals and Agencies under the purview of the Committee to continue to sustain our journey of transformation and attain our goals of industrialization

BILLS AND MOTIONS

The primary function of a lawmaker is to make laws. The expansion of government services and functions has contributed to an endless procession of ideas for laws. During the campaigns and at the commencement of my tenure in the Senate, I set a legislative agenda highlighting my core legislative interests.

The Bills and motions in focus for my legislative tenure which are already before the Senate for consideration and passage include the following Thirteen (12) Bills and Four (4) motions:

BILLS

Copyright Act repeal and re-enactment Bill, 2021 (read the second time)

Dishonored Cheques Act Cap D11 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2021 (read the first time).

Federal High Court Act (Amendment) Bill 2021 (read the first time).

The Federal Polytechnic Epe (Establishment, etc) Bill 2021.

The Utilities Charges Commission Act (Repeal) Bill, 2021.

The Control of Delegated Legislation (Control and Procedure) Bill, 2021.

The National Boundary Commission, Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

The National Economic Intelligence Committee (establishment, etc) Act (Repeal) Bill, 2021.

The National Economic Reconstruction Fund Act (Repeal) Bill, 2021.

The National Productivity Centre Act (Repeal) Bill, 2021.
The National Metallurgical Development Centre Act (Repeal) Bill, 2021.

The Energy Commission of Nigeria Act (Repeal) Bill, 2021.

MOTIONS

Motion on the ban of cryptocurrency in Nigeria.

Motion on the urgent need for the rehabilitation of the Ikorodu-Shagamu and Ikorodu-Itoikin-Epe roads to further bridge the infrastructural gap and enhance economic growth in Nigeria.

Motion on the need to position Nigeria and Nigerian businesses for continental growth through the African continental free trade zone (Afcftz)


STATUS OF BILLS AND MOTIONS

All the bills have been read the first time on the floor of the Senate while the Copyright Act (repeal and re-enactment) Bill, 2021 has been read the second time with the public hearing concluded and is awaiting presentation of the report on the Bill by the Committee.
Also, sequel to motion I moved calling on the Federal Government to urgently intervene in the Ikorodu/Sagamu Road and Ikorodu/Itoikin/Epe Epe Road, our intervention with necessary follow-up and leveraging on our network has yielded positive outcomes as the Federal Government has included the funding of Ikorodu-Shagamu, in the SUKUK Financing program and the Ikorodu-Itoikin in the 2022 budget.


THE NEEDS ASSESSMENT

Our leadership approach is modelled around Human-Centered Design. This approach mitigates against assumption of People’s needs and planning of solutions without their involvement.

Therefore, shortly after my inauguration, I commissioned an extensive NEEDS ASSESSMENT survey to ascertain the most pressing challenges facing respective communities under my district.

The scientific study supervised by competent Researchers revealed startling and disturbing facts about the state of public infrastructure, and socio-economic conditions of our people at the grassroots.

Based on the findings of the NEEDS ASSESSMENT , in January 2021, I kicked off the COVID-19 Relief Scheme for the vulnerable people in the Lagos East Senatorial district and it has been running since then. The beneficiaries include widows, women, unemployed youth, aged and people with physical disabilities drawn from the 98 wards in the 16 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas. As of today, we have about 2,500 vulnerable members of the society being catered for.

EDUCATION

In Ikorodu Central, Aga Primary School located in Borokini area was overstretched due to high enrolment of pupils. The four classrooms in the schools had become distressed and inadequate. I facilitated four blocks of 24 classrooms equipped with complements of furniture and 16 toilets and Solar-Powered Borehole. The infrastructure has greatly improved learning outcomes in the school.

In Ibeju-Lekki, two blocks of 6 classrooms have been completed at RCM Primary School Iwerekun, Ibeju-Lekki. In Agboyi-Ketu LCDA, 1 block of 3 classrooms have also been delivered at Ajelogo Primary School. An ICT centre has also been facilitated at the Igbobi Junior High School, Somolu Lagos.

HEALTH

The yearnings for health facilities by esteemed constituents were also heeded. I facilitated the construction of a 40-bed Health facility and Dental Centre at the Ikorodu Campus of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), now known as the Lagos State University of Science and Technology. A 200-solar-powered street lights were attracted to the institution.

In the same manner, another 30-Bed Health facility at Mascara Health Centre in Agboyi Ketu LCDA was also provided to the people. Likewise, another 40-bed is under construction at Isiu, Ikorodu North LCDA.

L-R : Dr (Otunba) Saheed Oladapo Ibikunle, Special Adviser on Constituency Matters to Senator Abiru, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, Senator representing Lagos East, Mr Bosun Odeyemi, TACT Brand Manager, Mr Enitan Olukotun, Media Aide to the Senator, Mr Adedeji Abisola, TACT Programmes Consultant



SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

In Epe, a 960-spectator capacity mini stadium was also facilitated for the benefit of people, especially the youth. The two-pavilion sport facility is equipped with Basketball and Volleyball courts, and is almost ready for commissioning.

Equally, the popular Oluwo Fish Market in Epe has also been remodeled. I have rehabilitated the entire market and increased the number of shops from 259 to 319 comprising of lock-up shops, open sheds and 48 toilets.

To further empower businesses to thrive through the creation of enabling environment, we facilitated the supply and installation of transformers in several locations in the District including:

Ito Progressive CDA, Ito Isiu
Igbopa Ifesowopo CDA, Ijede
Ire Ifelodun CDA, Igbogbo-Bayeku
Magodo Community CDA Oke Ota Ona, Ikorodu
Ikorodu GRA 2, Ibeshe Igbogbo-Bayeku
Ifeloju Abule Eko,Ijede Ikorodu
Sekungba CDA ikosi Ejirin
Isale Agoro CDA, Epe LGA
Ideraoluwa CDA, Eredo LGA
Olugayan CDA, Imota




The supply and installation of transformers to other communities like:

Idegun CDA, Imota
Gbaga Olorunda CDA
Adamo (Ikorodu North)
Agura Central Gberigbe ( Ikorodu North)
Garden Estate (Agboyi Ketu LCDA)
Agunbiade CDA ( Somolu)





TOKUNBO ABIRU CONSTITUENCY TEAM FOUNDATION (TACT FOUNDATION)

Education and Youth development being part of the cardinal areas in our constituency services, through my Foundation, TACT(Tokunbo Abiru Constituency Team) Foundation, in October 2021, six hundred (600) brilliant but indigent students also benefited bursaries from the endowment instituted.

In a deliberate move at spreading prosperity across the Lagos East Senatorial District, my office in partnership with The Fate Foundation and Chartered Standard Foundation organized a Business Workshop/Clinic for 1000 MSMEs across the Senatorial district.

The training which attracted Executive Leadership of business-related regulatory agencies and partners like; BOI, SMEDAN, CAC, LIRS, NAFDAC and LSETF greatly enhanced the capacity of MSMEs in the district.

In addressing the dearth of knowledge which is one of the major reasons why MSMEs fail, a knowledge pack containing seven valuable books covering areas like; Financial Management, Human Capital, Legal, Strategy, Marketing and Communication, Digital Technology and Tax Management authored by reputable corporations including Deloitte, KPMG, Verraki among others were given free of charge to all trainees.

Participants also received Enterprise Development Certificates after the training.

I went further to announce a N100Million (One Hundred Million Naira) Constituency Intervention Revolving Loan at a very low concessional 6% interest rate per annum, which will be topped by additional N100 Million from the Bank of Industry (BOI) and the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund(LSETF) has also graciously pledged to add N100Million totaling N300Million.

The N300Million Constituency Intervention Revolving Loan Scheme will be unveiled next month, April for the benefit of MSMEs, Artisans and tradesmen in Lagos East.

In the same manner, I have set up a Community Innovation Space known as Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL) in partnership with a renowned technology and Social Enterprise company, The Co-creation Hub (Cc-HUB) in Lagos to train youths in the senatorial district on relevant digital and innovation skills, and build the best entrepreneurs that can compete in the ever-dynamic global economy.

The Center is currently situated in Ikorodu within our district, starting from the constituency office but planning to move into a bigger facility by July 2022. Five (5) pilot programmes have been put together with a view to proffer solutions to some of the challenges identified and many of our youths have started applying for opportunities to participate in the programmes.

Over Four Thousand (4,000) young people across the Lagos East Senatorial District applied for the SAIL programmes. Currently, over One Hundred Fifty (150) students are participating in the Five (5) Pilot Programmes at the SAIL Centre in Ikorodu while over One Thousand (1000) eligible applicants will be trained online.




The programmes are as follows:

Lagos East Teachers’ Fellowship – a programme aimed at equipping Educators with new skills that would lead to better learning outcomes. It is for Teachers who are interested in inquiry-based learning, and want to use technology in their classrooms to the benefit of their students.

Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education for Senior Secondary School Students – a programme designed to introduce students between the ages of 13-18 years to the concept of physical computing.

Business 101 for Artisans and Creatives – this programme is designed for creative startups in the fashion, crafts, or design sector in order to upscale the approach to business in a fast-evolving world. This training will help creatives better understand how to use technology to improve their businesses.

Tech Talent Development – is aimed at identifying young people who are interested in a career in technology. Selected candidates will be taken through a learning plan that will transform them from complete novice to entry level software engineers in 6 months. At the end of the training programme, they will be fully qualified for an entry level job or internship.

Startup Accelerator for Businesses – is for young people who have business ideas that can be amplified by technology. The aim is to accelerate their growth with hands-on business support. For those who have a prototype, we will help them with product-market fit as well as build their capacity to be able to attract funding and support for their business. For those who don’t yet have a prototype, we will support them to develop their ideas for the testing phase.

These programmes shall run for between 3 – 6 months and more applicants shall be admitted in the subsequent classes after this pilot phase.

For this year 2022, through collaboration with the leadership of the Senate, the National Assembly, Ministries, Departments, Parastatals and Agencies, we are determined to facilitate people-oriented projects in our other LGAs/LCDAs in the areas of; Health, Education and other required infrastructure.

I have been able to facilitate projects worth over 1 Billion Naira in key areas for our constituency in the 2022 Appropriation Act. (Attached)



Ladies and gentlemen of the press, I will be the first to admit that the economic and security challenges facing the county are daunting. Indeed, at no time in our recent past has the nation’s economy, well-being, peace and unity been so vigorously and persistently challenged. I however urge you not to despair but to remain hopeful. I believe that as we work conscientiously and openly, and together with unity of purpose and solidarity and with God on our side, we shall overcome all these challenges facing us.

The next few months is a time to strive to be better people and to also leverage on the lessons of the preceding months. Importantly it is not a time to be wasteful or careless about our economic activities, rather a time to harness every economic growth that the realities of the past years have thrown in our hands.

As we also know that 2022 is the penultimate year to the general elections of 2023, it is important to begin to assess our individual aspirations towards ensuring that Nigeria becomes a better place and this can only be achieved by ensuring that we all get registered as eligible voters and prepare to exercise our civic responsibilities without fears.

In conclusion, I pledged that we will work even better this year to provide better and more robust effective representation for the people of Lagos East Senatorial District and “ensure greater good to a larger number of people”.

I assure you that I will not let our people down. In 2022, the tempo of #DoingGood won’t wane. We will not be distracted nor deterred. Expect More!

God bless you all.

Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA
Lagos East Senatorial District
Chairman, Senate Committee On Industries
Saturday, 19th March, 2022.

Senator Abiru Graciously Continues COVID-19 Financial Support Scheme In 2022 For 2500 Beneficiaries As Impact Of Pandemic Persists ~Ajasa-Info

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing the Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA has continued his COVID-19 Financial Support Scheme in the year 2022.

The scheme was earlier planned to terminate in December 2021, but the Senator has graciously continued in the new year as the economic headwinds occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic are yet to fully abate.

Senator Abiru said his concern for the plight of the poor during the current fuel scarcity and the record food inflation necessitated the continuation of the financial support to ease the hardship of the vulnerable at the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid.

Today, the batch B beneficiaries in the 2500 pool of vulnerable constituents drawn across 98 wards in the 16 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas received direct credits in their bank accounts.

For *fourteen (14)* consecutive months, People with physical disabilities, widows, aged, unemployed youth and women have been receiving support from Senator Abiru on a monthly basis. The scheme has been on since January 2021.

The #DoingGood Senator who has been delivering on his mantra of , ‘ Greater good to the larger number of people’ , has been greatly commended for his novel interventions and programmes.

For the records, the Senator recently established an Innovation Hub in the Lagos East district, known as the Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL) in partnership with a renowned technology and Social Enterprise company, The Co-creation Hub (Cc-HUB) to train youths in the senatorial district on relevant digital and innovation skills, and build the best entrepreneurs that can compete in the ever-dynamic global economy.

Over *Four Thousand (4,000)* young people across the Lagos East Senatorial District applied for the SAIL programmes. Currently, over *One Hundred Fifty (150)* students are participating in the *Five (5) Pilot Programmes* at the SAIL Centre in Ikorodu while over One Thousand (1000) eligible applicants will be trained online.

These programmes which shall run for between 3 – 6 months are as follows:

1. *Tech Talent Development* – is aimed at identifying young people who are interested in a career in technology. Selected candidates will be taken through a learning plan that will transform them from complete novice to entry level software engineers in 6 months. At the end of the training programme, they will be fully qualified for an entry level job or internship.

2. *Startup Accelerator for Businesses* – is for young people who have business ideas that can be amplified by technology. The aim is to accelerate their growth with hands-on business support. For those who have a prototype, we will help them with product-market fit as well as build their capacity to be able to attract funding and support for their business. For those who don’t yet have a prototype, we will support them to develop their ideas for the testing phase.

3.*Lagos East Teachers’ Fellowship* – a programme aimed at equipping Educators with new skills that would lead to better learning outcomes. It is for Teachers who are interested in inquiry-based learning, and want to use technology in their classrooms to the benefit of their students.

4 *Business 101 for Artisans and Creatives* – this programme is designed for creative startups in the fashion, crafts, or design sector in order to upscale the approach to business in a fast-evolving world. This training will help creatives better understand how to use technology to improve their businesses.

5 *Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education for Senior Secondary School Students* – a programme designed to introduce students between the ages of 13-18 years to the concept of physical computing .

Massive global opportunities and guaranteed job placements await successful participants who deeply applied themselves to the training and acquired the high-demand tech and digital skills.

In April this year, a *N300 Million* Constituency Intervention Revolving Loan at a low concessional interest rate of Six (6) percent per annum will be unveiled for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the district.

“We shall continuously look out and champion policies and legislative agenda that will be of benefit to the greatest number of our people”, the Senator assured.