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Third Mainland Bridge Repair: Lagferry Sensitises Residents on Water Transport

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The Lagos State Ferry Service (LAGFERRY) has sensitised   Lagos residents to embrace water transportation as a means of decongesting the roads and a cheaper alternative.

The Managing Director, LAGFERRY, Mr Abdoulbaq Ladi-Balogun, said this in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday.

Ladi-Balogun said they held a stakeholders meeting with community leaders and residents on Tuesday at the Love Lagos Jetty, Bariga /Ilaje Waterfront.

He pleaded with the Bariga community to take charge of the Love Lagos Jetty to ensure a smooth and easy mode of transportation.

Ladi-Balogun stated that the Agency chose to hold the sensitisation meeting before the six months closure of the Third-Mainland Bridge for repairs.

“As the State government is paying priority to rehabilitate the Third-Mainland Bridge, it will be expedient at this moment for the people to make use of the waterways, especially when commuting to Lagos Island, Ikorodu and Badagry.

* LAGFERRY boats are readily available at the Love Jetty here in Ilaje-Bariga with adequate car park facilities. They are safe, comfortable, timely and efficient,” he said.

He noted that over 24 routes had been created within Lagos Waterways and  emphasised that it was a faster and safer means of transportation, over road.

“In every area of the operations of LAGFERRY, with our fleet of 20, first by any sub-nation, safety is paramount.

“With compulsory wearing of life jackets, regular maintenance of our boats, safety is actually the first factor we consider in everything we do.

“Part of the safety measures also include personal accident insurance package. For every passenger coming on board LAGFERRY boats, on every trip and every route we currently ply, all passengers are fully insured”, Ladi-Balogun said.

The representative of the Commissioner for Transportation, Mrs Fadekemi Emmanuel, assured residents of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s love and support.

Emmanuel said that government had achieved the integration of different modes of transportation which include road, rail, waterways and air transportation, for ease and convenience of Lagos residents.

She said that LAGFERRY had 50 per cent discount on fare, using the Lagos Cowry Card.

“So, if you’re to pay N1,000, that means you’ll be charged N500,” she said.

Highlight of the event was introduction of a boat cruise tour slated for Dec. 16 and Dec. 17, tagged “Sail the Love Lagos Water Experience”, which is expected to take off from Bariga Waterfront Jetty and terminate at Takwa Bay Island beach. (NAN)

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Home Owners Protest Against Alleged Exploitation by Estate Developer

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Residents of Urban PrimeTwo Estate at Ogonbo road, Abraham Adesanya in Ajah, Lagos, have staged a peaceful protest against alleged exploitation and highhandedness by the management of Landwey Investment, the estate developer.

The residents came out en masse on Thursday around the environment to speak publicly against the action of the estate developer and seek for justice.

Mr Alfred Igoba, Vice-Chairman, Resident Association of Urban PrimeTwo Estate, said that the developers had cut off water supply for the residents for almost one week.

 Igoba said that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Landwey, Mr Wale Ayilara, had requested the home owners pay N10,000 monthly, totaling N120,000 yearly before they could have access to water.

He stated that they were surprised at such request, because they bought the water pump and were also paying for the electricity bill for the pumping of the water monthly.

According to him, they decided to negotiate with Landwey management since they claim that they own the borehole, to accept N5,000 monthly for their facility, while the residents use the balance to get the water treated for consumption because it was very bad.

Igoba explained that they also offered an alternative to Landwey, that they would pay the N10,000 on the condition that they would get the water treated for consumption, but the CEO allegedly refused to accept either of the offer.

“To our surprise, the company came and cut-off the water supply in the estate which comprises about 420 units, leaving families, most especially women and children, to suffer for water.

“ We went to Ogonbo Police Station to report the incident and the DPO called him to appear for resolution, but he declined.

“ On getting to the borehole facility now, we discovered that the developer has removed the water pump and disconnected the cables, so that we are unable to reconnect it,” he said.

According to him, the home owners have been patronising the services of water tank suppliers at a the cost of N10,000 daily for each trip.

“This has become too unbearable and discomforting for ever family living in the estate,” he said.

He said that the developer had not also provided electricity for the residents since October 2023 due to a damaged transformer.

He said the situation had forced the residents to resort to renting a transformer at N2 million monthly.

According to him, the action of Landwey management is against the agreement entered into at the purchase of the property.

Igoba said the agreement explicitly stated that the estate developer would provide not less than 22 hours electricity supply daily for the home owners through the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC).

He said the home owners were paying IKEDC for the monthly power consumption through the developer.

“As at that time, IKEDC was charging us N74 per kilowatt and Landwey was charging us N150 per kilowatt because if there is no electricity supply, they would power the estate with generator.

“On Oct. 3, 2023, our old transformer got burnt and three days later Landwey brought another transformer, which also burnt due to a damaged cable by a company operating around the vicinity.

On service management of the estate, Igoba stated that Landwey in October 2023 wrote the residents that it could no longer manage the estate through its service manager, named Wey Facility.

He appealed to the Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Real Estate Regulatory Agency (LASRERA) and the judiciary to wade into the matter and deliver the home owners from the developers.

Reports says that home owners paid within the ranges of N55 million to purchase four bedrooms apartment in the estate, N38 million for three bedrooms and N27 million for two bedrooms apartment.

They also paid developmental levy of N1.5 million, electricity connections and other services, totalling about N5 million for facility in the estate at the point of purchase.

Reacting, An official of LandWey Investment Ltd., Ms Mabel Mayokun, in a statement made available to newsmen, explained why the estate residents’ water was disconnected.

Mayokun stated that the disconnection was due to the inability of the Residents Association Executives to settle utility bills.

She expressed worry that the dispute between the two parties threatened the harmony and operational efficiency of the community, adding that the estate’s residents had gotten increasingly concerned of the development.

“LandWey Investment Ltd., known for its significant contributions to the community and the development of UrbanPrime2 Estate, is dismayed over the actions of the executives.

“Our commitment has always been to the well-being of the residents and the prosperity of UrbanPrime2.

” It is regrettable that such tactics are being employed,” Mayokun said. (NAN)

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Wike Suspends all Events at International Conference Centre

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The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Nyesom Wike, has suspended all events at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

Wike announced the suspension after he inspected the centre in Abuja on Monday.

He explained that the suspension was to enable Julius Berger to carry out holistic rehabilitation of the centre.

The minister had terminated the contract of Messrs Integrated Facility Management Services Ltd, assigned to manage the centre.

Mr Anthony Ogunleye, Director of Press, Office of the Minister, who announced the development on April 4, added that Julius Berger had been contracted for the immediate renovation of the centre.

After going round the facility, the minister described it as a mere conference centre, “There is nothing international about the centre.

“When we came here for the ECOWAS inauguration sometime last week, with President Bola Tinubu, no right-thinking human being would see the state of this facility and be happy.

“In fact, during the inauguration, Tinubu drew my attention to the rot. Even the lighting system was so poor.

“This is unacceptable. There is no way we can accept this as an International Conference Centre.

“You cannot call it a conference centre but not international, because there is no standard compared to any international conference centre”.

He added that the FCT Administration would not continue to be embarrassed by the poor state of the centre.

“So, we are sorry to announce this; every booking made here is cancelled.

“We will start immediate rehabilitation of the centre to meet up with international standards,” the minister said.

He said that Julius Berger had been given eight months to complete the total renovation of the centre.

The goal, according to him, is to transform the facility into a befitting International Conference Centre that Nigerians will be proud of.

He said that Julius Berger was called back to rehabilitate the centre because it was the company that built the edifice.

“We believed that in the next seven to eight months, the company would do something that Nigerians and the international community would appreciate,” he said.

On the management of the centre, if the rehabilitation was completed, Wike said that the Managing Director of Abuja Investment Company (AIC), Amb. Maureen Tamuno knows what to do.

“If she does not do it well, well, we will have no choice but to wade the big stick; but I believe she has the capacity to run it well,” the minister said.

He explained that he would not probe anybody on what led to the rot of the centre, but to move on, get the job done and give the country a befitting international conference centre.

Reports says that Tamuno, an experienced public officer, entrepreneur, and diplomat was appointed as new head of AIC on April 4.

She was the Nigerian High Commissioner to Jamaica, Belize, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. (NAN)

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Wike Appoints Amb. Tamuno MD Abuja Investment Company

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The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Nyesom Wike, has appointed Amb. Maureen Tamuno as the new Managing Director of Abuja Investment Company Limited.

Mr Anthony Ogunleye, Director of Press, Office of the Minister, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, said that the appointment was with immediate effect.

Ogunleye said that Tamuno, an experienced public officer, entrepreneur, and diplomat, was the Nigerian High Commissioner to Jamaica, Belize, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.

The director also announced the termination of the contract of Messrs Integrated Facility Management Services Ltd, for the management of the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

He said that the termination was with immediate effect, adding that Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, has been contracted for the immediate and comprehensive renovation of the centre. (NAN)

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