Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has highlighted key components of his administration, which he said are aimed at delivering his Greater Lagos vision.
The Governor named education, security, improvement of infrastructure as well as upgrading of the environment as some of the sectors his government will invest in to achieve a greater Lagos.
Governor Sanwo-Olu made the revelation while answering questions as a guest on Channels television’s flagship programme, Sunrise Daily on Wednesday.
While enumerating the success story of his administration in the last 196 days, the Governor said a lot of achievements have been recorded in the area of security of lives and property of the residents.
The Governor said: “At a period like this – going to the end of the year, criminal activities are usually on the increase because people want to do things to make quick money. We are working on salvaging the situation. We have a new Commissioner of Police who has hit the ground running from the first day he came in.
“You heard of the unfortunate incident of an expatriate that was stabbed to death by domestic staff recently. I was up till 2am last Friday because we were tracking the suspects. The Commissioner of Police led the team and we were able to apprehend the two suspects.
“Policing and security come in two ways. It comes with intelligence.
What kind of information do you have prior to or after the event. You really don’t know who has a criminal tendency by mere looking at their faces. We must have more men out there on the streets and we must have ability to be able to respond when there is a distress call.
“That’s why we keep increasing the number of vehicles we provide for them. We keep supporting them with a lot of communication gadgets. We keep saying to them that whatever they need to be able to respond when the distress comes, which is often sudden, we’ll give to them. When we do the analysis, it will be an issue of how well we are able to track and get the perpetrators of these acts.”
The Governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to adopt technology to combat crimes and reduce them to the barest minimum.
He said: “One of the things we realise is that security is also going tech. You need a lot of technology and devices to monitor crimes, and whilst we are doing a lot of hard things, we are also building up technology. Next year, we are building a new Control and Command Center as part of our Safe City project and Mega City security deliverables. We are going to bring to Lagos all those security measures you see in developed Nations.
“At the first phase, we will install about 2,200 high definition cameras across the State. From a CCTV, we can view, review, monitor and track incidents as they happen. We will also train officials. These are some of the things that will happen in the first quarter of next year”
On the issue of the Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), the Governor said: “The NURTW is a national body of the Nigerian Labour Congress. It is a registered trade union organization.’’
“Like other unions, they are under the supervision of the State government. We regulate and supervise them. And we have warned that they could be proscribed if they don’t conduct themselves well.
Sanwo-Olu spoke about the State government’s plans for the construction of the 4th mainland bridge, saying his administration will make use of private equity to achieve the project.
“Two weeks ago, we advertised for the expression of interest from construction firms around the world for the 4th mainland bridge project. Our total budget for next year is about $3 billion and that’s the highest in the country. The 4th mainland bridge, from the design, we have seen that it is a 37 kilometre road. We cannot handle it alone so we are going to use private equity.
‘‘We have advertised. We have the alignment, we have the right of way and all of the biometric study. Let everyone worldwide come and play a role.
The Governor also spoke extensively on his plan for the education sector, saying the state government is determined to elevate the status of the primary education to a very competitive level
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ABIODUN LAUDED FOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN SPORT SECTOR, EXTOLS PS’S VIRTUE
The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has been lauded for various achievements recorded in the sport’s sector, since inception in May, 2019.
Commending the Governor during the sent-forth ceremony organised by the Management and Staff of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, in honour of the former Permanent Secretary, Mr. Peter Fagbohun, held at the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Fun turf ground in Abeokuta, the Director Administration and Supplies, Mr. Adetunji Kanimodo, said the State government has invested greatly to the development of sport in the State.
He listed some of the achievements to include; renovation and general beatification, procurement of office equipment, installation of intercom for effective communication in the departments within the Ministry among others.
The Director noted that the successful hosting of the Ultra Race in Sagamu and the 10km race in Abeokuta had open up all the stadia to gain more attention, saying, the recent renovation of the Dipo Dina Stadium in Ijebu Ode was a great achievement.
Kanimodo revealed that all the achievements were made possible through the efforts of the outgoing Permanent Secretary, Mr. Peter Fagbohun, describing him as a purpose driven leader, who has brought improvement to the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the Ministry.
Speaking, Mr. Fagbohun said all the achievements would not have been possible without the moral and financial support of the present administration led by Prince Dapo Abiodun, adding that ‘’the service we render to humanity is the rent we pay in our lifetime as we meet to part and part to meet”.
While appreciating members of staff of the Ministry for their supports and cooperation, he charged them to extend same hand of fellowship to the new Permanent Secretary, Engr. Olayiwola Abiodun, assuring that he is forging ahead to continue in his service to the development of the State’s Civil Service.
In his address, the newly Permanent Secretary, Engr. Abiodun said he was surprised at the level cooperation and understanding between the outgoing Permanent Secretary and the Staff, saying that the cordiality should be maintained for further development of the Ministry and the sport sector.
The event witnessed presentation of gift to the outgoing permanent Secretary, Mr. Peter Fagbohun by members of staff and management of the Ministry.
OGUN CJ PROMISES TO BRING JUSTICE CLOSER TO PEOPLE
The Ogun state Chief Judge, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu has promised to bring justice closer to the people of state, saying that ignorance of the law was not an excuse and as citizen, it was a collective responsibility to abide and obey the law.
Justice Dipeolu made this known at the public presentation and launching of a book, titled “The Law At Your Fingertips”, held at Ogun state Judiciary Complex, Kobape, Abeokuta, the state capital.
She said the idea for the simplified version of the law series was a culmination of the mustard seed that was sown by her administration’s desire to bring laws to the doorsteps of the common man.
“The law at your fingertips initiative; its an initiative, geared towards aiding the common man’s access to the law, and justice in general”, she said
She added that the initiative was also aimed at simplifying all laws of the state to ensure compliance in order to make the state work for everybody, and not only just a selected few.
She said the book came at a time where various reforms, initiatives and innovations geared towards a better and more efficient administration of justice were being carried out within the state judiciary.
She noted that these various reforms, initiatives and innovations would not only create a conducive environment for the efficient administration of justice, but it would more importantly, bring justice closer to the entire people of state.
She said that the state’s Judiciary also identified the need to establish a sex offenders’ registry in the state, especially in line with the incessant number of sexual offence cases within society, where a sex offender would be convicted, noting that the name and conviction of such a convict shall be inputted on the sex offenders’ register.
She said that all the laws of the state were considered within the context of length, technicality, desired audience relevance, frequency of offences and other socio-economic factors, noting that she would not only simply the laws to make it understandable to the common man, but would also transcribe same into Yoruba language and Pidgin English.
She then implored and pleased with everyone to familiarize themselves with the “Laws at your fingertips”, especially the Kabiyesis, Iyalojas, Religious leaders, to also bring these laws to the attention of friends, relatives, neighbours, church members, townspeople, villagers and brethren, saying lowering the spate of crime, would go a long way in creating a better and more conducive society for all.
Meanwhile, the state judiciary has proposed a total of N3.24B for the fiscal year, this was made known at the Budget defense before the Ogun state lawmakers, held at House of Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta,
Presenting the Budget analysis before the lawmakers, the Deputy Chief Registrar, Ogun state Judiciary, Mrs. Adeola Adelaja, explained that personnel cost would gulp N1.65B, while the overhead cost and capital expenditure estimated to N987M and N657M respectively.
The House of Assembly Chairman on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Olakunle Sobukanla, charged the state judiciary on quick dispensation of justice, so as not to slow down the administration of justice in the state, saying that they should also put more effort on training and retraining of their staff.
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