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As part of efforts to sustain effective sanitation, the Ogun State Ministry of Environment has begun clearing illegal structures and shanties constituting environmental nuisance and insecurities in school areas, markets, and roadsides.

Speaking during an enforcement tour to Sagamu and Siun areas of the State, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Environment, Hon. Farouk Akintunde said the exercise would ensure security mostly in school areas, as well as clear the roadsides of illegal trading causing traffic obstructions.

He stated that it would further curb indiscriminate trading that could endanger lives and property of citizens and aid development, adding that apart from defacing the school structures, erected shanties at entrances of schools could also divert the learning mentality of learners.

Akintunde who decried the state of the market, as traders did not observe the weekly sanitation exercise, added that all markets in the State were supposed to remain closed on Thursday till 10:00 am to allow for the cleaning of the environment, saying “we are not trying to make life difficult for anyone but trying to avoid an epidemic”.

In an interview with OGEPA’s Press Officer, Mrs Busola Morakinyo, a transport commuter, Mr. AbdulRahman Lasisi lauded the State government for clearing Siun roadside of illegal street trading, saying the exercise would allow free flow of vehicular movements.

Also speaking, a trader, Mr. Olusegun Ogunyebo commended the efforts of the Ministry for ensuring a safe and cleaner environment.


BreakingNews: Foremost Traditional Ruler, Alaafin Of Oyo Joins Ancestors



Foremost traditional ruler in Yoruba land, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, has joined his ancestors.

Alaafin, a prominent monarch of the Yoruba race, who is also the permanent chairman Oyo State council of Obas joined the ancestors in the early hours of Saturday 23, April.

The 84 years old man was born to the family of Raji Adeniran Adeyemi the former Alaafin of Oyo who was deposed and exiled in 1954 for sympathizing with the National Council of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC).

As at the time of this report, there has not been an official report from the palace as touches his death.

Details later.

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Death: Eze Griefs over Chuka Mbamaluh Callys



Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress and erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze has mourned the death of Mr. Chuka Callys Mbamaluh, a seasoned Journalist with a touch of professionalism.

In a statement made available to media houses in Port Harcourt, the APC chieftain said he received the news of Cally’s demise with a rude shock from which he is yet to recover given the strong tie that united them during his sojourn on earth.

“Oh! Cally, your death has left me devastated, prompting me to rethink the essence of life. I was tipped by the Holy Spirit to send some funds to you not knowing that you are in danger after which your wife called to inform me that you have been hospitalized. Since then, my family and I have been praying for you.

When I spoke with your wife in the morning of your departure to meet with our Lord, she gave me the impression that you were getting better that you could now partially recognize people and all of a sudden your sister whom you asked me to give some assistance called me later in the day to say that you are gone.” …what is this life, it’s even like a vapor that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away after a while…”

“I am very pained by your departure, particularly your promise to ensure that the launching of my recent book on Amaechi will receive a desired publicity and with your departure, I wonder who will fill your gap and wear the big shoe that you have left behind.” Who will give the type of titles you normally give to my statements that made me call you “The Old Soldier” now that you are gone? Death why this type of blow!

Describing Mr. Chuka Callys Mbamaluh as an extraordinary Journalist who has carved a niche for himself in the art of journalism, Eze said the deceased was unassuming and amiable personality who had in various ways encouraged and motivated him in the struggle to enthrone true democracy in Rivers State and Nigeria at large.

While I take solace in the word of God which states that “blessed are the dead who died in the Lord”, I return thanks to God that you are now resting peacefully in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“As we continue to mourn your departure, be encouraged that one day we will meet not to leave each other again.”

Rest Continually in Peace Callys.

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Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has urged leaders and members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State to unite and work for the victory of the ruling party at the local, state and national levels, especially for the presidential aspiration of the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

He made the appeal while on a working visit to Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area and Oriade Local Council Development Area (LCDA) on Wednesday, during which he commissioned the Senator Oluremi Tinubu Primary Health Center in Festac town.

Governor Sanwo-Olu also implored APC members and Lagos residents, especially the people of Amuwo-Odofin Local Government and Oriade LCDA to participate in the ongoing registration of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) for them to exercise their civic responsibilities in the 2023 general elections.

He said: “We have a lot to be proud of in Lagos. We have a lot to make bragging right both at the state and also at the national level. We should see that sacrifice of our National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will certainly not go in vain and that is why I am encouraging everyone that the journey we have started at ensuring that we have Asiwaju (Tinubu) representing us at the center is on the right course.

“As individuals and community, we all have a role to play. We all have a duty to ensure that the ongoing registration in INEC and the collection of your PVC is important because it is only when you do this that you can exercise your civic responsibility. I want to assure you that once you have that, nothing will stop us from achieving this agenda.

“I think it is also important at this point to admonish some of our leaders to close ranks and work for the victory of our party, APC and presidential aspiration of our leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. All the leaders in Amuwo-Odofin and Oriade should come together. We must put our house in order and unite without allowing anything to divide us. There are enough benefits if we work together. We are not aspiring to win Lagos alone; we are also working to go to Abuja. So, I want to appeal to all leaders to do all that is required for our party to be stronger. We should not speak with two voices.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu, who urged all traditional leaders to work with government at local and state levels for development in their communities, commended ethnic nationals for the unity, peace and progress that are being enshrined in the community and urged them to do more.

He said: “I want to urge all traditional leaders to work with the government at local and state levels. We should work together for development in our communities. I want to encourage all other ethnic nationals – the Ndigbo Community, South-South Community and Arewa Community. I want to thank all of you for the unity, peace and progress that is enshrined in this community but I want more.

“I want us to continue to live in tolerance, peace and harmony because it is only when we do this that more community development will come to this locality and community. So, I am going to extract that from you today, that whatever misgivings that you might have among yourselves, make sure we can resolve the issues and we can enshrine a more mutually beneficial rewarding relationship among all of us.”

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