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Lagos govt. inaugurates 31 strategic roads in Ifako-Ijaiye LGA


Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said at the inauguration that the provision of road infrastructure was central to the delivery of the THEMES agenda of his administration.

He said good roads would help reduce traffic induced health challenges and travel time to access health facilities and educational institutions.

To back up his earlier statement on Monday he inaugurated a network of 31 strategic roads in Ojokoro LCDA in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area of the state.

According to him, the drainage that comes with the roads help to de-flood the environment, while the streetlights complement the security architecture of the state.

”It is common knowledge that tourism and entertainment are better appreciated and attract more people when access to the venue is relatively stress-free.

”To this extent, the prioritization of infrastructure, especially, road, rail, and water transportation facilities, is predicated on its multiplier effect and direct relationship to other pillars of the THEMES agenda.

”This Ojokoro LCDA is a strategic settlement with a fast growing population and huge need for infrastructural renewal.

”The 31 network of roads being commissioned today was specifically executed to offer traffic relief to this rapidly developing area.

“It will improve the socio-economic activities and connectivity within this axis and its neighbouring Ogun state through Segun Adetiba Road and the bridge across Ilo River.

”The completion of the network of roads will also complement other completed roads within Ojokoro LCDA,” he said.

The governor said that the network of roads would help unlock perennial traffic gridlock along Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway with resultant reduction in travel time along that corridor.

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He called on the residents to ensure that projects in Ojokoro were used judiciously because they had been put in place with commonwealth.

”I urge all community/religious leaders and the people of Ojokoro and others that will ply these roads to guard  jealously the infrastructure being commissioned today and those that would be provided in future.

“Together, we shall build a greater Lagos State,” Sanwo-Olu said.

The Special Adviser, Works and Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye said that road infrastructure in particular remained a crucial engine for economic growth and social development.

Adeyoye said that, the inauguration of the roads lend credence to the administration’s commitment to complete all projects left behind by  predecessors and embark on new projects.

”The 20.216km network of roads including Alh. Luqman Avenue, Odun Alayo street, Santos Avenue and Amusa Agbaje street, Orotayo street, Unity road to mention but a few are connected to each other.

”It will help to ease traffic logjam and also help save travel time to its bearest minimum, improve road connectivity within the environs.

”Let us protect our network of roads by ensuring that drainage channels are not turned into dump sites. Streetlights must be protected from vandalism.

”Any motorist who damages the poles should be handed over to law enforcement agents to ensure that they pay for the repairs.

”It is your dividend of democracy, let us ensure it is used for the purpose it is meant for,” she said.




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COVID-19: Bauchi deputy governor tests positive



COVID-19: Bauchi deputy governor tests positive

The Deputy Governor of Bauchi state, Mr Baba Tela, has tested positive to the novel Coronavirus, a statement issued by the state government revealed on Wednesday.

The statement, signed by  Mr Muktar Gidado, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on media to the state governor, indicated that test by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the development.

According to Gidado, Tela, who is also the Chairman, State Task Force Committee on COVID-19, was tested after exhibiting noticeable symptoms of the virus, adding that all his primary contacts had been taken for screening.

“This is to inform the general public that His Excellency, Sen. Baba Tela, Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, was confirmed positive of Coronavirus.

“The confirmation was sequel to a test carried out on him by NCDC when he exhibited noticeable symptoms of the disease.

“He contracted the disease while discharging his onerous responsibility as Chairman of the State Committee on COVID-19.

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“Consequently, he has gone into self-isolation in Bauchi and health professionals are properly managing his situation.

“Similarly, samples of all his primary contacts have been taken by NCDC for tests and they are advised to remain in isolation pending the outcome of their results,” Gidado said.

The SSA further stressed that Gov. Bala Mohammad had sympathised with his deputy and solicited for prayers from all for his speedy recovery.

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He said that the governor also called on the citizens to adhere strictly to the protocols against the dreaded virus to curtail its spread in the State.

Newsmen report that Bauchi state, as at Tuesday, June 2, had recorded a total 241 cases of COVID-19, out of which 221 had been discharged while eight had died.

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Lagos 4th Mainland Bridge construction begins early 2021



The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, says the construction of Fourth Mainland Bridge will start in the first quarter of 2021.

Hamzat said this while discussing Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu/Dr Obafemi Hamzat’s administration in the last one year on an online show tagged: ”Covinspiration” on Tuesday.

Reports have it that the show was moderated by Dayo Israel, a UN Special Representative and British Council Global Change-maker.

Hamzat noted that the 4th Mainland bridge was central to the present administration as the state was aggressively pursuing various infrastructural renewal programme to make life abundant for the residents.

The deputy governor said the bridge was an important programme for the administration, saying that its completion would help break traffic gridlock and ease transportation in the state.

He said: “The project is key for our administration and we flagged the construction of regional roads within VGC two days ago, the project has been awarded to Hi-Tech Company.

“First Quarter of next year (2021), we will be able to start. Early next year, construction will start on the 4th Mainland Bridge.

“Regional Road is to be done for the survival of the Fourth Mainland Bridge to help us break away traffic from the Lekki-Epe Expressway. The regional road will increase the viability of the 4th Mainland Bridge.”

According to him, there is hope that by November or December, plans will have been concluded for work to begin.

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According to him, 32 Consultiums put in interest in the bid and the government had been able to reduce them to nine.

He described the project as huge, which would involve a lot of money, adding that the government was looking for partnerships with private organisations.

Hamzat, who noted that the government had been funding aggressively road infrastructure, said that the Lagos -Badagry Expressway would unlock the tourism potential in Badagry.

He assured that the administration will continue to grow better, especially in terms of infrastructure while also dealing with deficits.

Speaking on the management of traffic in the state, the deputy governor said that the administration had been able to reduce traffic lock jam by 15 per cent to 20 per cent.

“In order to expand roads and give room for free vehicular movements, we have been able to remove some of the roundabouts which include Allen Roundabout, Ikotun Roundabout, Lekki, Abraham Adesanya Roundabouts are all gone.

“We are fixing major roads and reducing traffic congestion and making sure that drainages are cleared,” he said.

Hamzat said that the government was committed to mass transportation, saying that Oshodi-Abule Egba, BRT corridor would soon commence for mass movement along the corridor.

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According to him, the government is also “funding aggressively” the Blue Line Rail for the mass movement of people.

He said that 600 buses procured by the government had been cleared at the port, saying that the government was also procuring small buses for its ‘Last Mile’ transport programme.

Hamzat said that the government was working to have the buses manufactured in the state to create employment for the residents.

On water transportation, Hamzat said that the government had procured ferries to move people along the waterways.

The deputy governor said that the Okada ban had not only reduced Okada-related accidents from about 21 monthly to one but had also reduced crime rates in the state.

“Before the ban, on the average of 21 lives were lost monthly to due to Okada accident but after the ban, it has reduced drastically to one.

“Crime has also reduced in the state, the NDLEA (The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency) report says that narcotics are transported through the use of Okada as a means of transportation.

“There was a need to ban Okada, especially at this period with the outbreak of COVID-19. There is no way one can maintain social distancing on Okada,” he said.

The deputy governor emphasised the need for data for efficient planning and delivery in the state, saying that data gathering would allow transparency, planning and efficient record keeping.

“It (data) is the new currency for us and it drives all that we are doing. We should be able to have a database in order to manage the citizens better. Data would help for proper planning and documentation purposes.

“For example in education, there is the need to check the number of population in each area in order to plan accordingly. It makes the system run faster and more efficiently.

“Data is key, that is why we are pushing LASRA(Lagos State Residents Registration Agency) to get information about our citizens. It is also necessary for us to have robust data governance and protection,” he said.

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Black Lives Matter reaches Paris as thousands join banned protest



U.S. anti-racism protests

Thousands of people in Paris on Tuesday evening defied a ban to protest about the 2016 death of a young black man in police custody and alleged racism by security forces.

Many of the overwhelmingly young, racially mixed crowd bore slogans linked to the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S., which has seen large protests in recent days after George Floyd, a black man, was killed by police last week.

The protest near the main Paris courts complex was called by the sister of Adama Traore, who died in 2016 after his arrest by gendarmerie police in a town north of Paris, and supporters.

The demonstration was at first overwhelmingly peaceful and good-humoured, but BFMTV television reported that some demonstrators later blocked the nearby Paris motorway ring road and lit fires before being dispersed by police.

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Police spokeswoman Laetitia Vallar told BFMTV that about 20,000 people took part in the protest.

Police wrote on Twitter that they were intervening because of “incidents on the margin of the #ForbiddenProtest#” and that demonstrators had been asked to disperse.

However, prominent human rights lawyer Arie Alimi, speaking on BFMTV, accused the police of provoking trouble by firing tear gas on peaceful protesters.

In the crowd, before trouble started, one protester, who gave his name as Cyril, said he was there because of the mistreatment of black people worldwide, “notably in the U.S. with the George Floyd case and in France with the Adama Traore case.”

According to Adama Traore’s sister Assa Traore and French media reports, forensic reports ordered by judges and by the Traore family have reached differing conclusions as to whether Adama Traore died because he was asphyxiated by three gendarmes forcing him to the ground or as a result of a pre-existing heart condition.

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Paris police forbid the protest citing coronavirus restrictions that ban gatherings of more than 10 people.

They also argued that the “tone” of the protest call aroused fears of trouble in a sensitive location.

But as large numbers of young people headed towards the location, they appeared to content themselves with monitoring the crowd.

The protest comes amid ongoing controversy about alleged racist discrimination by French security forces, notably a series of alleged acts of police violence in poor suburbs during the country’s recent coronavirus lockdown.

Cyril told DPA that, as a black resident of a public housing estate in the Paris suburb of Boulogne, he had not personally suffered police violence but was frequently subjected to discriminatory checks and insults from police.

“The media won’t be able to close their eyes any more because there are more and more people who are aware of what’s going on,” the 30-year-old agency manager said, predicting a “snowball effect” from the protest.

Marches against police violence, racism and social injustice have gripped U.S. cities for the past week, with solidarity protests held in Britain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, among other places.

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Around 2,500 people peacefully marched through the northern German city of Bremen on Tuesday evening, according to police at the event entitled “Justice for George Floyd.”


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