Representatives of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum on Saturday visited the Abule Ado explosion site in Lagos for an on-the-spot assessment of the devastating effects of recent gas explosions that claimed many lives and destroyed several properties worth billions of naira.
Led by the NGF chairman and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the three-man team comprised the Governor of Kano State, Dr. Umar Abdullahi Ganduje and Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and were received Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Fayemi expressed shock at the magnitude of devastation in comparison to the casualty figures. He thanked God that the number casualties did not exceed what was recorded, saying with what they met on ground, more lives would have been lost.
The NGF chairman praised the Lagos State Governor for his prompt response to the disaster and for setting up a relief fund that would help mitigate the hardship of the victims.
He also commended the Lagos State government for the decision to take immediate action and ensure that the issue of building on pipelines corridors are averted.
The NGF chairman however blamed the incessant explosions on the disagreement between States and Federal Government on ownership of land.
While commending the Lagos State Government for the attention given to the place, he promised that such issues would be addressed going forward.
While announcing a donation for the sum of N200 million on behalf of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Fayemi expressed satisfaction that a more decent and modern community will evolve from the misfortune.
The Governors sympathised and commiserated with those who lost loved ones and properties destroyed by the unfortunate incident and expressed hope that it never occurs again.
Earlier, Governor Sanwo-Olu took the visiting Governors round the explosion site, explaining in details what led to the disaster and how the State Government plans to avert a re-occurrence in the future.
Also in the delegation were the Director General of the NGF, Asishana Okauru and NGF’s Head, Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo.
Lagos Assembly Correspondents Mourn Lawmaker, Tunde Braimoh
Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly Correspondents’ Association (LAHACA) have condoled with the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, other lawmakers, staff of the assembly and family members of the late Hon. Tunde Braimoh over his sudden death on Friday July 10, 2020.
LAHACA members described the death of Hon. Braimoh who was the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Publicity, Security and Strategy as unexpected, sad and a great loss to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the parliament in Lagos State in particular, and Nigeria in general.
In a statement issued by the Chairman of LAHACA, Mr. Olanrewaju Adesanya, he said that the late Hon. Braimoh was an ebullient, eloquent personality and a wordsmith who spoke the English Language with dexterity.
“When Hon. Tunde Braimoh spoke, you just had to listen to him. He was blunt, effervescent, and persuasive. He was careful with his words.
“He was the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Publicity, Security and Strategy. In that capacity, we became closer and we realized that he was good-natured.”
“In my last chat with him weeks before his sudden demise, I got a feel of how conscious he was about the wellness of his people and the residents of Lagos State in general. We spoke at length on the need for him to relate more with members of the press covering the Assembly,” the statement read.
The LAHACA Chairman then urged members of the Assembly community, his family members, his associates and friends to see his death as the will of the Almighty God, while praying that God would give his family members the fortitude to bear the loss.
Mr. Adesanya said that members of LAHACA would miss the late lawmaker and prayed that “God would give the Lagos Assembly community and the family members of the deceased the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”
AGF Malami should not be paid back with evil, group tells fake news peddlers
Group under the auspices of Network Against Cyber Bullying (NACB), has cautioned fake news and unfounded allegations peddlers to desist from attacking the person and personality of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice; Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) on social and other media platforms.
The group in a statement signed and made available to journalists by the duo of Adamu Musa, Chairman; and Kesley George, Secretary; said, “We the members of the Network Against Cyber Bullying (NACB), have noticed a recent systematic attack on the person of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice; Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN). Fake news and unfounded allegations have been circulating on the social media. This is coming days after a very top Government official was suspended, on the recommendation of a committee setup by the president, which the Attorney General chaired. The very successful Senior Advocate of Nigeria has served our country for so long and shouldn’t be paid back with evil”
The recent publications, emanating from known radical online platforms have been countered by the Attorney General. In a statement recently released by his spokesman, Mr Malami (SAN) denied all allegations.
The statement read: “The attention of the Honorable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has been drawn to a mischievous, deceitful and perfidious publication by the notorious factory of fake news in Nigeria, the Sahara Reporters with an intent to spread lies.
“It is regrettable that the information communication technology tools have been hijacked by disgruntled elements in spreading fake news and blatant lies.
“The report by these media platforms is a clear violation of ethical journalism practices on verification of facts and authentication of claims. It evinces lack of professionalism and exposes rash and reckless presentation of figment of imaginations shrouded with bigotry and bundled with sentiments of unscrupulous questions.
“For instance, who is the vendor of the purported house bought for the son of the Minister in Abuja at N300m? Where is the so-called mansion located in Abuja? Where are the title documents?
“While refuting the claim, Malami said “God knows that I did not purchase any house for him in Abuja. Not even a rented house was secured for my son in Abuja, because he has no plan to live in Abuja”.
“The allegation of hiring private jets for the marriage was preposterous. It is common knowledge that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice had neither a father nor mother anywhere in Nigeria to be conveyed to Kano for the wedding. Who, then is the Attorney-General is using the chartered flight to convey? Which jets are chartered? Who paid for the charter? Through which means was the money paid?”
“Looking at the Minister’s response; Valid questions were asked, and we are sure the peddlers of this deceit, don’t have the answers.
“It may interest the public to know that this 53 year old SAN, is a successful lawyer with a lot of legal victories to his name. As far back as 2014 Mr. Malami aspired to be the Governor of Kebbi State but lost out at the primaries. He is a successful lawyer with a strong network.
“We call on the Attorney General to follow all legal procedures to stop this attack. Enough is enough for peddlers of fake news. Enough is enough for platforms who gain from blackmailing government officials.”
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