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LAGOS REVENUE HOUSE READY IN SEPTEMBER – SANWO-OLU

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The comprehensive renovation of Revenue House of the Lagos State Government will be completed by the end of next month, with the contractor putting finishing touches on the imposing edifice located in Alausa, the seat of Government.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday, led an on-the-site inspection of the ongoing renovation work at the eight-storey building formerly known as Elephant House, promising that the building would be open for use fully by September.

Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, and some members of the Executive Council joined the Governor on the inspection.

The Revenue House is a multi-department office complex being put up to accommodate all revenue-generating agencies of the State Government under one roof.

Lagos Inland Revenue Service (LIRS) will be occupying substantial space in the building, while other agencies, including Lagos State Lottery and Gaming Authority, Motor Vehicle Administration Agency (MVAA) and Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LAASA) among others will share the rest of the space in the complex.

Keeping the revenue agencies under a roof, Sanwo-Olu said, is an idea to improve their individual capacity for overall efficiency and collective delivery of their mandates. The Governor said the edifice would offer a one-stop-shop revenue services for individuals and organisations paying taxes to the Government.

He said: “The importance of this Revenue House is that it houses the significant number of our core revenue-generating agencies, with LIRS being the major occupant of the edifice. The whole idea of putting them in one office complex is for them to share facilities together and improve on their individual capacity.

“More importantly, the single-office complex will offer our citizens and organisations a one-stop shop to come in and complete a lot of statutory transactions in this building, which include licence renewal, issues about vehicles, tenement rate, land assessment and general land administration. This is why I am interested to see how faster we can finish this project.”

Sanwo-Olu noted that the renovation work was a bit longer than he had anticipated, but said making the renovation work comprehensive would make the usage of the building to last longer.

The Governor, however, expressed satisfaction on the pace of work, noting that significant number of furniture required in the edifice had been supplied ahead of the completion of the renovation.

What’s left to be done, Sanwo-Olu said, included general cleaning of the interior, exterior painting and fixing the electrical sources.

“By the end of next month, the contractor said the work would be completely done. We will wait patiently by the end of next month, which we hope staff of the agencies would be moving in their numbers,” the Governor said.

Sanwo-Olu also inspected the ongoing construction of a nine-floor multi-agency building being developed in front of the State Government secretariat in Alausa.

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2023: APC unveils Lalong as presidential campaign DG, Keyamo as spokesperson

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Abdullahi Adamu on Thursday unveiled Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State and Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum as the Director General of the party’s presidential campaign organisation.

The National Chairman, who led the presidential candidate of the party Bola Tinubu and his running mate Kashim Shettima to a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in his office in Abuja, made the announcement at a briefing. He equally unveiled the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo as the interim spokesperson of the Campaign Organisation. Barr Hanatu Musa Musa was named the deputy spokesperson.

According to him, the meeting was to brief the President and get his approval on the party’s plans regarding the campaign outfit and organogram. On the single faith ticket, the APC Chairman appealed to APC members to be patient and watch how the party develops. He noted that the party is sensitive to the concerns of Nigerians and assured that amicable solutions to the various sentiments would be worked out before the commencement of the campaign.

Meanwhile, Governor Lalong stated that he was surprised when he heard the announcement, promising to work along the established structure of the party.

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Edo poised to bridge 20% of Nigeria’s supply gap for oil palm products – Obaseki

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The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said that the state is poised to bridge at least 20 percent supply gap of Nigeria’s oil palm market with the inflow of investment into the state through the Edo State Oil Palm Programme (ESOPP).
The governor, who said this in a chat with the Africa Report, a business magazine, noted that the state government prioritized development of oil palm plantations because it has a comparative advantage in the cash crop owing from years of hosting two companies listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, namely Okomu Plc and Presco Plc.
According to him, “One of my campaign promises was to create jobs. With my background as an investment banker, given the vagaries of the Nigerian economy, it was obvious that we needed to pursue diversification.
“With an increasing population, one way to diversify and create employment was to send out youths back to farm and ensure food security.”
He said the government is prioritizing agriculture by ensuring access to land and extension services in order to boost production, adding, “this led to the setting up of the Edo State Oil Palm Programme (ESOPP).”
According to him, “Nigeria has a supply gap of CPO and other products from oil palm. This has led to importation of these feedstock for many companies.
“There is a supply gap of about 650,000mt, which can be closed by cultivating about 350,000 hectares of oil palm plantation. In Edo, through ESOPP, we have already commenced cultivation of 70,000 hectares and will add another 20,000 hectares soon. That means we are closing the gap by 20 percent, with about 100,000 hectares.”
The governor added that the state is keen on sharing its experience in accessing finance and improving access to land with other states so that this would boost local capacity to fill the gap and also accelerate economic diversification in Nigeria.
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U.S. mission welcomes new Consul General in Lagos

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The U.S. mission has welcomed Mr Will Stevens as the new Consul General at the Consulate General in Lagos.

The mission, in a statement, said Stevens arrived in Lagos on Friday, July 29, following consultations in Washington, D.C..

The mission said Stevens had served over 19 years in the U.S. Department of State as a career Foreign Service Officer with overseas experience in South Africa, Russia, Turkmenistan, Israel, and Belarus.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Stevens succeeds Claire Pierangelo, who led the consulate from August 2019 to April 2022.

The mission quoted the new consul general to have said that he and his family looked forward to “getting to know Nigeria first-hand – exploring the region, experiencing the culture, and most importantly, meeting the people”.

NAN also reports that Stevens is the senior U.S. government representative to the Nigerian people throughout the 17 states in the southern part of the country.

He will be responsible for leading and overseeing U.S. government activities that enhance trade and investment relations and bilateral people-to-people ties across the region.

Before arriving in Nigeria, Stevens served as the Acting Consul General in Cape Town, South Africa, where he directed the U.S. government’s engagement in South Africa’s three cape provinces.

Under his leadership, US-South Africa’s trade and investment expanded by 50 percent over two years, and he coordinated the U.S. government’s response to COVID-19 in the Cape.

 

Source: NAN

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