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Mailafia: NBC fines Lagos based Radio station, N5M.

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The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined a Lagos-based radio station – Nigeria Info 99.3 FM N5 million.

In a statement obtained by Channels Television on Thursday, the commission said the fine was imposed as a result of unprofessional broadcast by the media outfit.

It explained that Nigeria Info was not professional in the handling of its morning show aired between 8.30am and 9.00am on Monday.

NBC stated that the station provided its platform for its guest and a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr Mailafia Obadiah, to promote “unverifiable and inciting views,” saying such could lead to public disorder.

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It added that the action of the radio station was in violation of some sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code

According to the commission, the fine imposed on Nigeria Info will serve as a deterrent to all other broadcast stations are quick to provide platforms for “subversive rhetoric and the expositions of spurious and unverifiable claims”, to desist from such.

A file photo of the acting Director-General of NBC, Professor Armstrong Idachaba. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

This comes a week after the Federal Government launched the reviewed sixth Broadcasting Code of the NBC.

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the government had raised the fine for hate speech from N500,000 to N5 million.

Read the full statement signed by the management of NBC below:

PRESS RELEASE

THE NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMMISSION FINES Nigeria Info 99.3FM FOR UNPROFESSIONAL BROADCAST

The National Broadcasting Commission has noted with grave concern, the unprofessional conduct of Nigeria Info 99.3FM, Lagos, in the handling of the Programme, “Morning Cross Fire”, aired on August 10, 2020, between 8.30am and 9.00am.

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The station provided its platform for the guest, Dr Mailafia Obadiah, to promote unverifiable and inciting views that could encourage or incite to crime and lead to public disorder.

The Commission, again, wishes to reiterate that Broadcasters hold Licenses in trust for the people. Therefore, no Broadcast Station should be used, to promote personal or sectional interests at the expense of the people.

Dr Mailafia Obadia’s comments on the “Southern Kaduna Crisis”, were devoid of facts and by broadcasting same to the public, Nigeria Info 99.3FM, is in violation of the following sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code:

3.1.1 No broadcast shall encourage or incite to crime, lead to public disorder or hate, be repugnant to public feelings or contain offensive reference to any person or organization, alive or dead or generally be disrespectful to human dignity;

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3.1.2 Broadcasting shall promote human dignity, therefore, hate speech is prohibited;

3.3.1 (a) The broadcaster shall ensure that any information given in a programme, in whatever form, is accurate;

3.3.3.1(b) The Broadcaster shall ensure that all sides to any issue of public interest are equitably presented for fairness and balance;

3.11.1(a) The broadcaster shall ensure that language or scene likely to encourage or incite to crime, or lead to disorder, is not broadcast;

3.11.1(b) No programme contains anything which amounts to subversion of constituted authority or compromises the unity or corporate existence of Nigeria as a sovereign state;

5.4.1(f) The Broadcaster shall not transmit divisive materials that may threaten or compromise the indivisibility and indissolubility of Nigeria as a sovereign state.

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Consequent on these provisions and in line with the amendment of the 6thedition of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, Nigeria Info 99.3FM Lagos, has been fined the sum of N5,000,000.00 (Five Million Naira), only.

This is expected to serve as a deterrent to all other broadcast stations in Nigeria who are quick to provide a platform for subversive rhetoric and the expositions of spurious and unverifiable claims, to desist from such.

The Commission wishes to put it on record that it will not hesitate to suspend the Broadcast Licence of broadcast stations that continue to breach the Code.

Stations are, by this statement, admonished to desist forthwith, from airing unwholesome content or be ready to face appropriate sanctions.

Signed:

MANAGEMENT


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UNILAG Vice chancellor protest sack | Video

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UNILAG union members protest sack of embattled vice chancellor.

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Some union members at the University of Lagos marched with Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe on Thursday, protesting his sack as Vice-Chancellor.

The University’s Governing Council on Wednesday had announced the removal of Professor Ogundipe as Vice-Chancellor.

However, the union members – from the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) – asked the Federal Government to rescind the sack.

They gave their position after a Congress held on Thursday at the University.

In a joint communique produced after the meeting, the Unions said “the council violently and most lawlessly violated the law in the said removal of the Vice-Chancellor.”

They added that no notice had been served to Prof. Ogundipe on the allegation against him, no fact-finding mission was set up and no formal report was produced to substantiate the sack.

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They concluded that the Professor hadn’t been afforded a fair hearing.

Professor Ogundipe’s sack was announced after a meeting of UNILAG’s Governing Council chaired by the institution’s Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Dr. Wale Babalakin.

Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe was sacked by the University of Lagos’ Governing Council on August 12, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

The meeting was held on Wednesday at the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The Federal Ministry of Education, however, said it is yet to be briefed on the developments at UNILAG.

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It, however, affirmed that the university’s council has the power to hire and fire, but that due process must be followed in doing so.

Noble Reporters Media learnt that seven members of the council voted for Professor Ogundipe’s removal, while four others voted against it; one member voted that the Vice-Chancellor should rather be placed on suspension.

In a memo dated August 12 and signed by the Registrar and Secretary to the Council, Oladejo Azeez, Professor Ogundipe was “lawfully removed by the Governor Council at a meeting fully attended by all members.”

Azeez also announced the appointment of Professor Theophilius Omololu Soyombo of the Faculty of Social Sciences as Vice-Chancellor of the University “in an acting capacity.”


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Lagos govt give reasons for demolition of kiosks, shanties in Agege.

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The Lagos State government on Wednesday demolished over 150 shanties, kiosks, and shop extensions around Arewa Community Central Mosque, popularly called Masalashi Allhaja, in the Agege area.

Defending the exercise, Chairman of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit Taskforce, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, described the shanties as illegal and an environmental “eyesore”.

Egbeyemi, in a statement, said relevant stakeholders, including Alhaji Musa Muhammad Dogon Kadai, the Sarki of Agege, were notified before the demolition was carried out.

The Lagos State Government demolished about 150 kiosks and shanties in the Agege area of Lagos State on August 12, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

“The Mosque had been sealed for over four months due to the attack on officials of the Lagos State COVID-19 Taskforce by some worshippers while enforcing the lockdown directives by the State and Federal Government,” Egbeyemi said.

“The area has since become eyesore and security threat to residents including members of the public as the entire area including the surroundings of the mosque had been occupied by miscreants and illegal traders,” he added.


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Just in: Diesel truck crashes in Apapa, Lagos State.

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A truck ferrying Automotive Gas Oil, also known as diesel, has crashed in the Apapa area of Lagos State after its brakes failed in transit.

The incident was confirmed by the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu in a statement on Thursday.

According to the agency, no deaths or injuries were recorded in the incident.

“Distress calls were received at 12.05 am concerning the above incident and upon arrival at the above-mentioned scene, it was confirmed that a truck with an unknown registration number loaded with AGO had fallen due to suspected brake failure,” the LASEMA statement said.

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“This resulted in the obstruction of free vehicular activities along the corridor.

“A multi-stakeholder team comprising Agency responders, LRU Firefighters, Lagos State Fire Service, LASTMA, LSNC, and the Nigerian Police worked together to evacuate the impediment off the road.

FILE: This picture shows a heavy-duty truck at the scene of an accident involving a petrol-laden tanker in the Mile 2 area of Lagos on August 7, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

“The Agency heavy-duty equipment (Super metro) was used for Recovery, while the area has been blanketed to prevent any secondary incident. The operation concluded with no loss of life or injury.”

Apapa, which is host to some of the largest ports in the country, is notorious for its truck accidents despite several interventions by State and Federal governments to find lasting solutions to its poor road network.


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Breaking: inferno dares 2 Guinness warehouse in Ogba, Lagos

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…. Firefighters struggle.


Two warehouses belonging to Guinness PLC caught fire in Ogba, Lagos, on Thursday morning, the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service said.

According to a press statement put out by the Service, the fire started at about 3 am.

“A distress call was received at about 0330hrs to Wemco Road, Ogba where it was discovered on arrival that twin warehouses belonging to Guinness PLC was on fire,” the Service’s Acting Head, Mrs. Margaret Adeseye confirmed in the statement.

She said that immediately the call was received firefighters, from Alausa and Ilupeju Stations, were deployed to the scene of the incident.

Adeseye added that the cause of the inferno that gutted the warehouses, which are used for storing plastic containers and bottles, is yet to be ascertained at the moment.

While saying that the rescue operations by the firefighters to put off the fire is already at the conclusion stage, she confirmed no deaths or injuries have been recorded as a result of the incident.

…more to come


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2020 postings for Judge members released by Lagos Judiciary.

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The Lagos State Judiciary has released its 2020 posting for judges of the State High Court.

The postings take immediate effect.

The judges of the court will, however, proceed on their annual vacation from Monday, the 17th of August to Friday the 11th of Sept, 2020.

The list and circular of the new postings which was signed by the Chief Judge of the State, Hon. Justice Kazeem Alogba contains the present posting of judges, their new postings as well as the divisions the judges are assigned to.

It also contains the postings for the 8 new judges of the court who were sworn-in on May 12, 2020.

The High Court of Lagos has a total of 61 judges.

According to the Circular, all judges are to move to their new postings, with all their part-heard matters, that is, trials, rulings & judgments which have commenced but are yet to be concluded.


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Ikorodu bois gets tech gadgets as gift from Netflix.

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The online movie streaming giant, Netflix, has delivered tech gadgets to Nigeria’s internet sensation, Ikorodu Bois.

The kids, who are famous for remaking movie clips and music videos, shared the news on Twitter.

The Twitter post showed the boys ecstatically showing off their presents which, at a glance, had the likes of a Voice Recorder, Camera, Boom Microphone, Tripods, iMac computer, and other tech accessories to help with future production.

Towards the end of June 2020, the boys, made up of four filmmakers – a team of brothers and cousins, Babatunde, 23, Muiz, 15, Fawas, 13 and Malik, 10, got international attention when they remade a trailer of Chris Hemsworth’s movie, Extraction.

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Extraction, an action film starring ‘Thor’ star, Chris Hemsworth has become one of the most-watched movies on Netflix.

It was directed by Sam Hargrave and written by the trio of Ande Parks, Anthony Russo, and Joe Russo.

The Ikorodu Bois creatively made use of props and sets that are not so complicated to fabricate as they used easily accessible stuff craftily to recreate the popular film’s multi-million-dollar teaser with little or next to no budget and posted it on Twitter and Instagram.

In the film’s original trailer, for instance, a scene of Chris Hemsworth jumping off a high cliff into a river is recreated by simply dropping a stone into a basin of water.

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The scene where he sits in the water in a yoga position, as if in meditation; the boys remade it to show an actor sitting in a meditative position in what looks like a freshly dug gutter.

Where Hargrave’s film used sports cars for fast-paced chase sequences, the Ikorodu Bois, instead, made do with a wheelbarrow.

In an interview with Hollywood Insider, the Russo Brothers spoke about what they loved about the recreation of the Extraction trailer by the Ikorodu Bois

“These are the future storytellers. They are us when we were kids, with dreams of making movies and telling stories to the world. They are so talented, clever, and driven. They have all the key elements to live out their dreams one day.”


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COVID-19: LG council boss, Babatunde Oke dies, Lagos govt mourns.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed sadness over the sudden death of the Chairman of Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of the State, Hon. Babatunde Oke.

Governor Sanwo-Olu in a condolence message issued on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, said Oke’s demise is a big loss to his council and Lagos State.

Oke, a second term Chairman of Onigbongbo LCDA, died in the early hours of Wednesday (August 12, 2020) from complications arising from COVID-19 infection.

The Governor implored Lagosians to use the death of the council chairman as a reminder that all hands must be on deck in reducing the spread of the ravaging coronavirus pandemic, as well as obeying basic rules and regulations in respect to COVID-19.

He said: “The death of Hon. Babatunde Oke is a painful and great loss to the State. We must however not allow the death of Hon. Oke to deter us from forging ahead in our quest to finding a lasting solution to the dreaded coronavirus, which is ravaging the world. In fact the best way we would preserve the memories of those we have lost to the virus is for the world to find a solution to the pandemic.

Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

“Needless for me to say that I am saddened by the death of this fine gentleman; a loyal party man and committed democrat, who had a deep understanding of local government administration and the political landscape.

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“Hon. Oke was an extremely loyal politician and an invaluable asset to the All Progressives Council (APC). He started his political journey with the progressives and remained in the fold until his unfortunate exit today.

“There is no doubting the fact that he would be missed by the entire political class, particularly Onigbongbo LCDA, Lagos APC family and the State as a whole.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu also condoled with the immediate family of the departed, the National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Lagos APC, Conference 57 and the entire people of Onigbongbo LCDA over the death of the late council boss.

He also prayed that God will grant “the soul of our beloved Hon. Babatunde Oke eternal rest and comfort the immediate and political family of the deceased.”


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Lagos tanker drivers to remain as NUPENG reaches agreement with Govt.

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Fuel tanker drivers under the auspices of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) have suspended their strike in Lagos State.

The union took the decision on Monday following a meeting between its leadership and representatives of the state government.

A communique jointly signed by the Commissioner of Energy and Mineral Resources, Olalere Odusote, and the Deputy National President of NUPENG, Solomon Kilanko, was issued at the end of the meeting.

It contains the seven agreements reached by the union and the government which lead to the suspension of the industrial action of the tanker drivers in the state.

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Some of the challenges faced by tanker drivers such as security agencies, ‘area boys’, ad-hoc levies, bad roads, overloading, the timing of movement, and coordination, formed the critical issues discussed at the meeting.

Both parties resolved that the state government would meet with the heads of all security agencies and secure their commitment to ensuring the free passage of petroleum products vehicles given their importance to the economy.

They also agreed to ask relevant government agencies to tackle the menace of ‘area boys’ and establish a dedicated phone number within the next week, to ensure that petroleum products transporters have prompt access to security agencies.

The meeting resolved to investigate extra-ordinary levies by a particular local government and ask local government authorities to only collect legally due levies.

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On the issue of bad roads, the state government said it would continue to relate with all road users in the planning and execution of road works in the state.

NUPENG, on its part, promised to ensure all tankers were loaded within the capacities provided for in the regulation and communicated by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).

“Lagos State will, within the next one week, review the restriction of the timing of movement of the petroleum tankers and advise a resolution to ease their access to the tank farms. Union also notes that the ongoing road works are a temporary inhibitor of movement.

“Lagos State government will immediately set up a standing committee to relate with the union on an ongoing basis to address any issues as they arise,” the statement read.


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Gist+: Iyabo Ojo packs into her new Lagos mansion. [Video]

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Few weeks after actress, Iyabo Ojo acquired a big mansion in Lagos, the mother of two has revealed she would be leaving her old house to her new home.

In the Tiktok video the mother of two shared on Instagram, she was seen singing and appreciating God. According to the 42 year old, it was her last day in a rented apartment.

She wrote, “My last day in a rented apartment, God you turned my tears into laughter & my pain into Joy, Forget it, God can bless anybody.”

Watch video HERE


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COVID-19: Lagos, FCT records high toll as Nigeria reports 437 new cases.

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Nigeria records 437 fresh COVID-19 cases as total infections tops 46,500.

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437 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-107
FCT-91
Plateau-81
Kaduna-32
Ogun-30
Kwara-24
Ebonyi-19
Ekiti-17
Oyo-8
Borno-6
Edo-6
Kano-4
Nasarawa-3
Osun-3
Taraba-3
Gombe-2
Bauchi-1

46,577 confirmed
33,186 discharged
945 deaths


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News+: Tanker, Truck crashes at OPIC

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Traffic built up gradually on Sunday around the OPIC end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway following an accident involving a truck and a diesel laden tanker.

The accident, which occurred in the evening, took place on the Lagos outbound lane of the highway.

Although no life was lost, the tanker conveying its content to Ibadan, Oyo State capital, and the truck going to Ibafo were said to have made contact while on motion.

The clash left the tanker with a chattered fuel tank, spilling its content on the road while the drivers of both vehicles exchanged blames.

However, men of the Nigeria Police, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), and Ogun State Traffic Control Agency (TRACE) were at the scene to control the building traffic and restore calm.

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COVID-19: Lagos churches reopen

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Worship centres in Lagos have re-opened partially across the state today, after being locked down for several months in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

This follows the directive announced by governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on august the 1st with the provision that worship centers can only fill up 50 per cent of their capacity.

The state government last Thursday released several safety protocols and guidelines numbering 46 that must be adhered to during services at places of worship in the first phase.

Worshippers are seen maintaining their social distance as they partake in worship on Sunday.
Commissioner for home affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, further revealed that the state is not interested in sanctioning any religious house but will encourage them to comply with guidelines for reopening of worship centers.

In a similar vein, the Federal Ministry of Health has urged places of worship to ensure that their members worship in well-ventilated spaces.

According to a Twitter post by the Health Ministry, all worshipers are enjoined to continue their worship safely by maintaining a distance of 2 metres from others.


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MFM in Lagos, Ogun State not to reopen – Media committee says

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The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries has announced it will not reopen its churches in Lagos and Ogun states, despite the federal and state governments allowing for religious centres to reopen.

The ministry, in a statement by the Chairman, MFM Media Committee, Pastor Oladele Bank-Olemoh, on Friday, stated that the church would not reopen in the two states until September 13, 2020.

Bank-Olemoh said, “The leadership of this ministry is aware that the governments of Lagos and Ogun states had announced that churches could resume worship in their physical church buildings as from August 9 and 16, 2020, respectively.

“However, the leadership of MFM hereby states as follows: MFM will not reopen all her regions, zones, branches and facilities in Lagos and Ogun states for now. This period would be utilised to put in place all the necessary COVID-19 preventive and safety protocols as stipulated by the Federal Government, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and state governments.”


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Lagos governor moves to restore Badagry organic farm

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has beamed a special focus on Badagry, one of the five traditional divisions of the State whose mainstay is agriculture and fishing.

The Governor’s pilot agriculture scheme – Lagos Food Production Park – is to take off in Badagry, prompting Sanwo-Olu’s six-hour visit to the town on Friday.

The Governor took a tour of a 279-hectare Avia-Igborosun Organic Farm, which was acquired by the State Government in 2012 for some commercial agricultural projects. He said the Government was ready to revive the abandoned farmland for the take-off of the State’s Food Production Park project.

The Governor disclosed that the State would be engaging the private sector to secure investment into the project, which, when completed, he said, would create thousands of direct jobs and improve the wellbeing of the residents.

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Sanwo-Olu said: “I have been fully briefed about this project but I considered it necessary to personally embark on this journey to Badagry in order to take an assessment and see what exactly we need to do in terms of intervention. After taking a tour of the project site, what I observed is that the entire project looks more like a job that has not been completed. Therefore, we need to improve on the interventions to the Ministry of Agriculture.

“With very minimal resources, we have seen what the Ministry has done to keep the project afloat. The government will raise the resources and turn around this project to the level it should be. We will need to deploy more resources to revive and scale up all the machinery and systems put already in place. We will complete the project and open it for commercial production.”

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The Governor said the revival of the Badagry Organic Farm and creation of more food production parks across the State were part of the strategy designed by his Government to increase food security level from 20 per cent to 50 per cent, thereby raising Lagos’ food sufficiency.

He added that the project would give rise to similar agro-allied businesses that would open up Badagry’s economy for more growth, while also boosting its tourism business.

He said: “Lagos is a big State in terms of population, but we also can intervene in our food production value chain. What we are also trying to do with the revival of the project is that we want to produce various agricultural products we can consume internally in order to reduce our dependence on external food sources. The Food Production Park, which we are creating across the State, will be a trigger to other value-added agricultural production our citizens can provide.”

As part of the move to turn around the Organic Farm, Sanwo-Olu promised a total rehabilitation of Igborosun Road that leads to the farm.

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Some of the agricultural projects to be developed for commercial production in the Organic Farm include fishing, poultry, piggery, and agro-forestry, among others.

Gov. Sanwo-Olu also inspected a 105-bed Mother and Child Care (MCC) recently completed by the State Government in the premises of Badagry General Hospital. The MCC will be commissioned in September, the Governor promised.

During a tour of the hospital, Sanwo-Olu proposed expansion of the Accident and Emergency Department. The project, he said, will take off in the next nine months.

The Governor also stopped at Marina area of the Badagry town, where the State Government will be building a modern jetty. The project, Sanwo-Olu said, is part of his administration’s blueprint to promote waterways transportation across the State.


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“Stay out of Lagos” – NUPENG order tanker drivers

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The national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has ordered petroleum tanker drivers to withdraw their services from Lagos from Monday, August 10.

According to a communique by NUPENG on Friday, the directive comes on the heels of a failure to address three major issues causing tanker drivers pains in the state for months.

The statement titled “NUPENG leadership directs withdrawal of services by petroleum tanker drivers in Lagos State with effect from Monday, August 10, 2020”, was signed by National President Williams Akporeha and General Secretary, Olawale Afolabi.

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“The entire rank and file members of the union are deeply pained, frustrated and agonized by the barrage of these challenges being consistently faced by petroleum tanker drivers in Lagos State and are left with no other option but to direct the withdrawal of their services in Lagos State until the Lagos State Government and other relevant stakeholders address these critical challenges.

“It is sad and disheartening to note here that we had made several appeals and reports to the Lagos State Government and the Presidential Task Force for the decongestion of Apapa on these challenges but all to no avail.

“We resolved to embark on an indefinite strike beginning from 12 am, Monday, August 10, 2020, if there are no decisive and convincing actions from the Lagos State Government to address these concerns and challenges,” the statement partly read


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Tears as Lagos petrol tanker accident kills woman. [Photos]

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A yet-to-be-identified woman has been killed in a tanker accident in the Mile 2 area of Lagos State, south-west Nigeria.

The incident which occurred at about 3am on Friday involved a tanker loaded with 55,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol.

The Director-General of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the incident in a statement hours after it occurred.

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He explained that the tanker rammed into a pothole directly in front of the Nigerian Army Signal Barracks in the area and fell sideways, resulting in its contents spilling out onto the road.

Oke-Osanyintolu said after a team of emergency officials arrived in the area, it was discovered that the driver of the tanker and his assistant immediately fled the scene.

He added that further investigation revealed that a female adult, who was seated beside the tanker drivers, was trapped in the impact and lost her life.

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According to the LASEMA boss, the remains of the victim were pinned to the dashboard from the impact of the tanker head.

“The agency’s heavy-duty equipment (crane) is en route to the scene in order to recover the tanker together with its contents,” the statement said as of the time of this report.

Oke-Osanyintolu, however, stated that transloading of the contents has been placed on hold until the ownership of the tanker and product was determined.

He said firefighters of the agency and officials of the Lagos State Fire Service and the Nigerian Army were on standby to arrest any potential secondary incident.


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Lagos Police intercepts codeine, tramadol filled container in Apapa

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The police in Apapa Area Command of Lagos State have intercepted a 40-foot container laden with drugs suspected to be Tramadol and codeine.

The container was intercepted on water and taken to a bonded terminal in Apapa.

A team of officers from Customs and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) joined the Area B Commander, Olasoji Akinbayo, on Thursday for inspection.

The police, Customs, and NDLEA on August 6, 2020, inspected an intercepted container discovered to harbour illegal drugs. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

The police, Customs, and NDLEA on August 6, 2020, inspected an intercepted container discovered to harbour illegal drugs.
Cartons of scrubbing brushes were included in the illegal container.

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The Area B Commander has recently intercepted similar imports and has transferred the case and two suspects to government prosecutors.

The police, Customs, and NDLEA on August 6, 2020, inspected an intercepted container discovered to harbour illegal drugs.
Some of the cartons from the illegal container

Cartons of scrubbing brushes were included in the illegal container. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

The latest intercepted container is expected to also be handed over to appropriate authorities for further investigation and prosecution.

On Tuesday, the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, hinted that drug trafficking was one of the factors fueling insecurity across the country.

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The police, Customs, and NDLEA on August 6, 2020, inspected an intercepted container discovered to harbour illegal drugs.
A picture showing cartons stacked inside the illegal container.

A picture showing cartons stacked inside the illegal container. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

Drug addiction and trafficking were one of the major issues the Federal Executive Council, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, discussed at its last meeting, according to Monguno.

According to him, Nigeria has moved from a transit hub to a drug production centre.

He noted that 17 meth labs were recently shut down in the country and called for a wholesome national approach to stopping the drug menace.


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Lagos govt officials visits family of 27-year-old killed by loaded fallen truck

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The Lagos State Government has paid a visit to the family of the late Chidinma Ajoku.

The Attorney General & Commissioner of Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) accompanied by some top officials from the state’s ministry of justice visited the family today on behalf of the State Government.

They were received by the late Chidinma’s Mum, Chineze Ajoku.

The Attorney General told her that the State Governor feels her pain and is doing everything to ensure that those responsible for the incident are arrested, prosecuted and that the family gets justice.

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“At the Lagos State Executive Council Meeting, we’ve discussed the issue and the governor was so upset. He said in the law which we are currently amending, we should ensure that containers that are not latched, that if they fall off and injure anyone or damage any property, we will hold the owner of the container responsible in addition to the owner of the truck and the truck driver. So we are going to add that to the amendment which we are proposing to the State House of Assembly”

Mother of the 27-year-old Chidinma Ajoku look at the picture of her daughter on her phone. Chidinma was killed in a Lagos road accident on July 26 while returning from work. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

“This is happening too many times and we will use this incident to ensure that going forward the law will deal adequately with all those responsible. The governor is a parent and most of us in the Exco are also parents. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare to lose a child and we must commend the remarkable courage you have displayed. But know that we are not unconcerned, we will ensure that the people who are responsible face the full wrath of the law. We will brief you on every stage of the matter from arrest to prosecution and I will personally handle the prosecution to show you how seriously we take the matter. Your daughter will not die in vain,” the Attorney-General said.

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In her response, Mrs. Ajoku said, “Please tell the Governor that I am overwhelmed that he took this step to make sure that those responsible are brought to book. I am grateful and my family is grateful. I know that now that the government has stepped into the matter, we will get justice in a short while and this really is all I’m asking. Let them know that there are laws in Lagos because if we don’t use one person as a scapegoat, other people will feel they can do what they like. I am glad that what I want is what is being done”.

Mrs Chineze Ajoku is calling for the prosecution of the truck driver said to have killed her daughter on July 26, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

27 years old, Chidinma, a staff of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) was killed in an accident in the Ilasamaja area of Lagos.

The accident was said to have occurred on the 26th of July when a truck loaded with a 20ft container fell on to a commercial bus which was discharging passengers.


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Lagos govt reviews 2018 land use charge law.

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The Lagos State Government on Wednesday reviewed the 2018 Land Use Charge.

The state government disclosed that the decision for the review was to reduce the financial pressure on Lagosians relating to land use.

In a statement by the Commissioner, Ministry of Finance, Dr. Rabiu Olowo, explained that “In 2018, there was an increase in Land Use Charge rate as well as the method of valuation of properties, this Twin shock had a sporadic increase in Land Use Charge payable by property owners.

“In view of the aforementioned, the current administration decided to review the Land Use Charge law by reversing the rate of Land Use Charge to pre-2018 while upholding the 2018 method of valuation”.

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Read Full Statement Below:

SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE HONOURABLE COMMISSIONER FOR FINANCE AT A PRESS BRIEFING ON THE 2020 NEW LAND USE CHARGE LAW

Gentlemen of the Press, it gives me great pleasure to once again address you since the last time we held our Ministerial Press Briefing to commemorate the first year in office of our Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu.

You will recall that during my presentation at the press briefing, I made mention of some reforms being considered by the Ministry of Finance, one of which is the Land Use Charge Reform.
We considered the Land Use Charge reform very necessary to accommodate the agitations of Lagosians and reduce the financial pressure on citizens as it relates to Land Use. As you are aware in 2018, there was an increase in Land Use Charge rate as well as the method of valuation of properties, this Twin shock had a sporadic increase in Land Use Charge payable by property owners.
In view of the aforementioned, the current administration decided to review the Land Use Charge law by reversing the rate of Land Use Charge to pre-2018 while upholding the 2018 method of valuation.
The reform also considered multiple Land Use Charge payment channels and efficient customer service management by setting up a call centre (0700 LAGOS LUC) in other to ensure prompt issue resolution.
Gentlemen of the Press, permit me to also avail you with some of the new provisions in the new 2020 Land Use Charge Law, the importance of LUC, various channels available for payments, the complaint management process amongst others.

  1. The definition of Pensioner has been expanded to include “all retirees from private and public institutions in the state or any person that has attained the age of sixty (60) years and has ceased to be actively engaged in any activity or business for remuneration”
  2. Property owned and occupied by a pensioner is exempted from paying LUC
  3. Also, the percentage (%) increase in penalties for defaults in paying LUC has been reduced as follows:

Days Outstanding Before Now
45-75 days 25% 10%
75-105 days 50% 20%
105-135 days 100% 50%

  1. In addition to this, there is also a 48% reduction in the Annual Charge Rates as follows:
    Definition Areas Before Now
    Owner-Occupied Residential Property 0.076% 0.0394%
    Industrial Premises of Manufacturing Concerns 0.256% 0.132%
    Residential Property/Private School (Owner & 3rd Party) 0.256% 0.132%
    Residential Property (Without Owner in residence) 0.76% 0.394%
    Commercial property (Used by the occupier for Business Purposes) 0.76% 0.394%
    Vacant Properties and open empty Land 0.076% 0.0394%
  2. Still, on reductions, another major sector that had its charge reduced is the Agricultural sector, which annual charge rate for Agricultural land was reduced from 0.076% to 0.01%. This is an 87% reduction from the old rate.
  3. Penalties for Land Use Charge for Year 2017,2018 and 2019 have also been waived. This translates to N5,752,168,411.03 potential revenue waived by the State.
  4. In addition to the reintroduction of the 15% early payment discount, an additional COVID 19 incentive of 10% will be granted on the total amount payable. This makes the total discount for early payment 25% if payment is made before the due date
  5. The penalty for obstruction of officials and damage to property identification plague has been reduced from N250,000 to N100,000
  6. The penalty for inciting a person to refuse to pay LUC has been reduced from N250,000 to N100,000
  7. The 2020 LUC Law introduced a 10% and 20% special relief for Vacant properties and Open empty land, respectively.
  8. The right of enforcement has been reduced from notification of three (3) default notices to (2) default notices.
  9. Profit oriented Cemeteries and Burial Grounds are no longer exempted from payment of Land Use Charge
  10. Private Libraries are also no longer exempted from paying Land Use Charge
  11. An important section which I intend to bring to light is section 14 of the Law which makes it possible for the Commissioner to appoint any person including an occupier of a chargeable property to be an agent of the owner for the purpose of collecting Land Use Charge.
  12. We have completed the LUC Reform process and review of bills. Property owners should expect to receive their 2020 LUC bills shortly and we expect property owners to leverage on the 25% early payment discount.

Furthermore, The LUC payment can now be made Online via https://Lagos.ebs-rcm.com Payment can also be made using USSD Code to any of our designated banks with the appropriate code stated below:
Fidelity – 7701*7# or *770#
Ecobank – *326#
Unity Bank – *7799*302#

MOBILE BANKING PAYMENT OPTIONS
GTB
UBA
FIDELITY
POLARIS
ZENITH
FCMB
KEYSTONE
WEMA

INTERNET BANKING PAYMENT OPTIONS
GTB
UBA
FIDELITY
POLARIS
ZENITH
FCMB
KEYSTONE

Also, the Ministry of Finance has expanded its Complaints Resolution Process and as such, Lagosians are advised to make complaints about their bills through these E-mail addresses: luc@lagosstate.gov.ng, OR citizensgate@lagosstate.gov.ng and Phone call :08058584486, 09086786001

Alternatively, Lagosians can visit any of our Walk –In contact centers in the following areas across the State:

  1. ALIMOSHO (107, Agege Motor Road, Idi-oro, Bus stop, Lagos)
  2. ETI-OSA (9 Ahmed Onibudu Street, Victoria Island Lagos)
  3. ETI-OSA (Connect Center Building KLM 35, Lekki-Epe Exp Way, Eputu, Lagos)
  4. IKEJA (Ministry of Finance Revenue Complaints & Information Unit, Block 12, Alausa Ikeja)
  5. IKEJA (73, College Road, Ifako- Ijaiye, Lagos)
  6. SURULERE (2 Plateau Road, Apapa, Lagos)

While we assure Lagosians that our typical response time will not exceed 24hours, we urge anyone who feels dissatisfied or whose complaint results in a dispute to please contact the Lagos State Appeal Tribunal at Plot 3 Otunba Jobi Fele way (Ampak Plaza) Alausa Central Business District
Phone call :08058584486, 09086786001
Email;lucaat@lagosstate.gov.ng

I extend my sincere appreciation to Lagosians who have been very committed to the payment of their annual Land Use Charge in spite of the challenges posed on every one of us by the covid-19 pandemic.

Let me state that we share in the pain which the pandemic has brought on every household including the government. While we hope for the return of normalcy to business activities across the State, it is important to let you know that, the payment of LUC is not intended to inflict any hardship on anyone, we believe that we are all partners in progress and together, we can achieve a Greater Lagos of our dream.

I thank you all for your attention.

Igbega Ipinle Eko, Ajumose Gbogbo Wa Ni o

Dr. Rabiu Olowo
Hon. Commissioner
Ministry of Finance


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