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Transportation Master Plan’ll make Lagos FDI Paradise — LAMATA




The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) on Tuesday said that the state government’s master plan on transportation would transform Lagos to a Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) paradise.

The Managing Director, Mrs Abimbola Akinajo, said  this at the handing over of three blocks of flats to the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) in Agege, Lagos.

She said that the Lagos strategic transport master plan provides for six rail lines, one monorail, 14 Bus Rapid Transit routes and over 20 water terminals.

Akinajo assured Lagos residents that before long, one of the proposed modes of transportation would get to their areas to cater to their mobility needs.

Akinajo said that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration was committed to using an integrated transportation system to drive the growth of Lagos.

“The Lagos State Government, as part of the negotiation for co-sharing the NRC’s rail track and building the infrastructure for the Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) Red Line rail project, acquired the NRC staff quarters at Ikeja.

“The Ikeja train station is currently being built, with a promise to replace the staff quarters at another location close to their station.

“The new staff quarters made up of three blocks containing 16 units of two-bedroom flats and four units of one-bedroom flats are located on Shiaba Street around the Babatunde Raji Fashola Train station at Agege,” she said.

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The LAMATA boss said that the handing over of the building was indicative of the present administration’s move to complete the Blue and Red line rail projects at the end of this year, for operations to begin within the first quarter of 2023.

She said that transportation was very essential to civilisation, and a good integrated transportation system would give citizens more transport options for their mobility.

“This is what this administration is committed to bequeathing to residents.

“I appeal to residents to own the rail projects and ensure that the infrastructure are protected.

The Managing Director, NRC, Mr Fidet Okhiria, thanked the Lagos State Government for keeping its promise to rebuild the acquired staff quarters at another location and close to NRC’s facility.

He assured the government of NRC’s continued cooperation and warned allottees not to sublet any part of the building or deface the aesthetics of the environment.

 “We thank the Lagos State Government for this privilege, for letting us (NRC) and LAMATA leave this legacy.”

” LAMATA and NRC are one family, we pursue the same goal, which is to make transportation easy and make commerce within the environs boom,” Okhiria said. (NAN).


Salem Varsity VC Bags Platinum Leadership Award




From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

Prof Alewo Johnson-Akubo, Vice Chancellor (VC), Salem University, Lokoja, Kogi, has bagged the Sir Ahmadu Bello (Sardauna of Sokoto) Platinum Leadership Award by the Northern Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN).

Our correspondent  reports that the award, which was conferred on Johnson-Akubo in his office on Monday, was accompanied by a Medal of Honour as the “Garkuwan Matassan Arewa/Icon & Cynosure of Educational Transformation.

Presenting the award to Johnson-Akubo, the NYCN President, Dr Isah Abubakar, explained that the VC’s choice for the prestigious award was sequel to his outstanding achievements as a Nigerian youth in the position of leadership.

“Sir, your lofty induction into Northern Youth Council Hall fame today, Sept. 26 is in recognition of your immense contributions towards purposeful leadership and youth empowerment.

“You are, indeed, the youngest Vice Chancellor in Nigeria today, and your life is already a blessing and role model for others to emulate.

“As a youth, you are Nigeria’s pride being a man of strong and good character doing marvellously in Salem University, Lokoja,” he said.

Abubakar, who was represented his Vice, Mr. Victor Adodo, urged the VC to remain focused and committed to the wonderful works he was doing at Salem University, which he said had become a known citadel of education in Nigeria.

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Responding, Johnson-Akubo, thanked the council for counting him worthy for the prestigious awards and pledged not to let the Nigerian youths down.

The VC said he was surprised when he was first told about his choice by the council to honour him, but that it had not only encouraged him to do more as a leader but to stand for honesty, sincerity and hard work.

“My word of advice to your council is that you too should continue with the good work you’re doing as it serves as an encouragement to those of us in the position of leadership in this country,” he said.

Johnson-Akubo lamented the involvement of youths in various social vices such as kidnapping, cyber crimes, thuggery, drug abuse, among others.

He said, “integrity is key to a man’s success in life simply because once you have integrity nothing else matters.

“Therefore, our fellow youths, who are the leaders of tomorrow, should keep their integrity intact and be prepared to take the Nigerian nation to an enviable height.

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Poor Parenting, Bullying, Sexual Assaults Prevalent against Children in Kwara




From Alfred Babs, Ilorin

Female children in Kwara State on Tuesday identified poor parenting, bullying and sexual harassment as some of the child abuse issues prevalent in the state.

The children bared their minds during a programme organized by the state government in collaboration with Olive Community Initiative (OCDI) on curbing child abuse and gender-based violence (GBV) in the state.

One of the girl-child who participated in the event, Mariam Danmaigoro from Ilorin East Local Government Area identified poor parenting as one of the child abuse issues in the state.

She noted that some parents are guilty of sending their children on errands in night hours.

Morenike Kasim  and Oluwabukola Rajin  identified bullying and sexual assaults as other forms of child abuses prevalent in their localities.

The programme themed “State of The Nigerian Girl Summit Songs 2022” is aimed at documenting various issues of child abuse in the state

Films and videos were shown to the participants on documented cases of gender-based violence and child abuse.

Declaring the programme open, an assistant director, Child’s  Directorate Ministry of Women Affairs, Hajia Idiat Alabi-Amuda,  urged the participants to feel free to disclose the abuses they had suffered in their respective localities.

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She said the programme was organized in furtherance of the state government’s efforts at eradicating gender -based violence (GBV) in the state.

The representative of Olive Community Development Initiative, Blessing Akanbi urged the children to always cry out whenever anybody abuse or attempt to abuse them.

Explaining that any violence against any woman is a violence to all women,she urged the participants  to help any woman who suffers abuse by exposing the perpetrator of such act.

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Abuja: FCTA  Impounds 75 Motorcycles over Ban




By Laide Akinboade, Abuja 

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) last week impounded 75 motorcycles, better known as “Okada” for constituting security threat in strategic areas.

The FCT Administration has resumed it zero-tolerance enforcement against recalcitrant commerical motorcyclists in some areas in Abuja. 

This came as the combined team of the administration recently seized 94 motorcycles in Kubwa, Bwari Area Council of the territory.

During the fresh exercise,  at Dutse-Alhaji Junction, Arab Road Junction, Jahi  and Kubwa Phase 4,  Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring,  Inspection and Enforcement to the Minister of FCT, Ikharo Attah said  the enforcement followed FCT Minister’s directives to the key components of the administration to mop up commercial motorcycles in the city.

He stated that the operation which would be  sustained, became imperative following the unruly activities of okada in areas where they are not supposed to operate.

According to him, the menace of okada in Kubwa was gradually coming to an end.

“The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello has given a clear directive to key officials of the administration particularly the Director, Directorate of Road Traffic Services and other components to go out and mop up the commercial motorcycles from areas they are not supposed to operate.

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“The areas are Jahi, Dutse-Alhaji Junction and parts of Kubwa. The good news filtering out from Kubwa is that, crime wave is reduced, even if we had not done up to 11 per cent, there is success.

“The good thing is that the okada menace is brought to a halt. The unruly okada behaviour in those strategic areas is over, if you go there you will think we have not done enough but we have done well, we will sustain it”.

The head, Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) operation, Mrs Deborah said: “The exercise of the operation is to rid off the city of the menace of okada riders, and some areas that the Minister has pronounced ban on them, Kubwa and Dutse-Alhaji. It is an ongoing operation, we will keep it up”

On sustaining the operation, Adamu Shehu, Head of the DRTS Task force Team, said the DRTS under the current Director, Abdulateef Bello is concerned about ending illegal activities of automobiles within the city.

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