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Achievement of AKINWUNMI Ambode as Governor of Lagos state

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Governor Ambode’sconscious efforts in the last three and half years of his administration to practice inclusive governance in which no sector or section is left behind in developmental and transformational strides in Lagos is a potpourri of positively impactful infrastructural renewal as well as focused and dynamic leadership in all sectors and sections of the city-state.

The governor, in coming up with the policy framework of his administration, had hinged it on security, job creation and infrastructural renewal. According to him, when there is security of lives and property, more businesses will spring up and such will facilitate job creation.

As a public financial expert extraordinaire, Ambode’s came up with checks and balances for revenue inflow and also introduced the Treasury Single Account which in turn blocked revenue leakages and loopholes. This development ensured that there were funds to carter for government activities, while he immediately followed same with N11billion approval to offset arrears owed since 2010, not only for Lagos State Government mainstream retirees but also retirees in Local Governments and other government agencies.

In March 2017, the governor donated 48 Patrol Vans, 385 Willkie Talkies, 11 Base and Repeater Stations, 1,150 uniforms, 570 handcuffs, 1,150 Belts, berets and boots to boost the operation of the Neighborhood Watchers to keep all the communities in Lagos safe. It must, however, be noted that the Neighborhood Watchers have been rebranded and transformed to Neighborhood Safety Corps Officers with 171 Vehicles fitted with communication gadgets, 377 Motorcycles, 4000 Bicycles, Metal Detectors, 7000 members of staff, among others to improve security in all communities in the state.

As part of the transport reforms in the state, the governor in another unprecedented move commissioned the Mile 12-Ikorodu Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Extension Project and injected 434 new air-conditioned and comfortable BRT buses into the transport scheme in November 2015.

As part of the integrated transportation system aimed at ensuring intermodal transportation of rail, water and land, Ambode re-launched the Blue Line Rail Project which upon completion will ease connectivity in the state as over 500,000 passengers would be conveyed daily between Marina and Okokomaiko. The project is to be followed by the second phase which is the Red Line Rail Project from Alagbado to Lagos Island.

To ease traffic, the Ambode’s administration constructed several laybys and modern segregated bus parks across the state in Ikeja, Oworonshoki, Lekki-Epe expressway, Ogudu, Alapere, among others, while in a move to find a lasting solution to the perennial traffic gridlock along Ikorodu Road, Ambode on November 9, 2017 commissioned multiple layby and slip road in Alapere.

On the same day, the governor also launched the Intelligence Transport System (ITS), the e-ticketing for commuters using the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), the Ojota BRT Depot and the new complex for the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority known as LAMATA Place. The road sector is perhaps, the biggest beneficiary of the administration as no part of the state was left behind in the last three years.

In the health sector, the governor as early as 2015 commissioned 20 Mobile Care Units Ambulances and 26 Transport Ambulances which were deployed across the various general hospitals and primary healthcare centers in the state. He also approved the purchase of generators and x-ray machines for all general hospitals to ensure 24-hour power supply. The first state-owned helipad for medical emergency was also constructed within the premises of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), among others.

To ensure food security, the governor entered into a strategic partnership with Kebbi State in 2016 which brought about the famous Lake Rice. This initiative forced down the price of rice in the market. The governor built on that to install 32 metric tons per hour rice mill in Imota, a suburb of Ikorodu.

It was projected that when operational from February 2019, the mill will ensure availability of rice in the market and will also facilitate the creation of about 200, 000 jobs across the agric value chain, while it will also bring about cultivation of 32,000 hectares of farm land to produce rice paddy equating to an estimated 130million kg of processed rice per year (an equivalent of 2.6million 50kg bags of rice). Also, the scheme was aligned with the Western Nigeria economic integration agenda whereby the states in the South-west will supply the mill with rice paddy.

In the power sector, the government through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has done a lot. First, the governor unveiled the Light up Lagos Project with three-pronged approach focusing on street lightening, community electrification and embedded power programs. Through the street lightening component of the scheme, major highways and streets were well lit at night thereby enhancing security and improving aesthetics of the environment.

On the community electrification component, many communities across the state have so far been connected to the national grid and many others had their either moribund or non-existent transformers replaced with new ones.

Education also did receive the needed attention with completion of new model colleges, revamping of infrastructure in public schools and ingenuity in coming up with innovative initiatives such as Ready, Set, Work (RSW), Code Lagos, among others. The RSW is an intervention designed to equip graduates of tertiary institutions in the state with knowledge, skills and attitude required to gain employment upon graduation.

Ambode in his Administration of inclusion also invested massively in housing, environment, entertainment and sports.Despite thehiccups and poor handling of waste management aside, Lagosians are in agreement that Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has done a great job, noting these One thing that is clear from his efforts so far that he is determined to leave Lagos better than he met it.

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BREAKING: RCCG Overseer, Adeboye’s son is dead

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Pastor Dare Adeboye, the son of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Worldwide, Enoch Adeboye, is dead.

The 42-year-old, who was the third surviving child of the revered cleric, died in his sleep on Wednesday in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, where he was based with his family. Punch reports.

Our correspondent gathered from reliable sources in the church that the deceased, who was the Assistant Pastor in charge of Region (Youth) 35, had ministered the previous day.

He was said to have retired to his bed and did not wake up.

His wife, Temiloluwa, was said to have raised the alarm.

“He was not sick and did not complain of anything before the incident. Pastors in the church were summoned to pray for him, all to no avail,” a source added.

Several leaders of the church, who confirmed the incident, said they could not comment on it.

The Head of Media and Public Relations, RCCG, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, however, confirmed the tragedy on Thursday morning.

He said, “It is true. The incident happened in Eket where he was based. I don’t have the details for now. Maybe before the end of today, we will issue a statement.”

Dare would have been 43 years old next month, June.

Last year, on his 42nd birth, his dad, Adeboye on a social media post described him as his first miracle child.

He wrote on his Facebook page, “Our first miracle child. We pray that God will keep his miraculous working power in your life and all those who need a miracle today, will use you as a point of contact for their own in Jesus’ name. (Amen) love from Dad, Mom, and the whole Adeboye dynasty.”

Dare was happily married with children.

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Father Mbaka’s followers on rampage after Catholic church suspends him over row with Buhari

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The Catholic Diocese of Enugu has suspended Father Ejike Mbaka from church activities for one month, Peoples Gazette can reports.

This follows the controversial priest’s political escapades that continually overshadow his theological obligations on a scale that nurtures unending concerns amongst his senior clerics.

 

Mr Mbaka was asked to proceed on suspension with effect from May 3 after being summoned by Callistus Valentine Onaga, the diocesan bishop.

 

 

Mr Onaga called Mr Mbaka following his repeated clashes with President Muhammadu Buhari and warned that his conduct was smearing the image of the church, the largest of any Christian organisation worldwide, church officials familiar with the matter told The Gazette.

 

Mr Mbaka sparred with Mr Buhari’s aides in a series of verbal fireworks that included the Nigerian presidency threatening to blackmail the priest as a political jobber and public contract racketeer. Mr Mbaka denied the allegations.

 

Still, Mr Onaga and other senior reverend fathers of the Enugu Diocese were compelled to step in and mitigate the unfolding public perception tumult that could have far-reaching consequences for the conventional but unofficial church and state relationship.

The church leaders recognised that Mr Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry as an independent congregation that does not fall directly under the main church’s control, he could still be reined in as a priest under the Roman Catholic’s certification, officials said.

Following his suspension, Mr Mbaka returned to his ministry that lies north of the outskirts of Enugu city centre, where he subsequently incited his members against the bishop, sources said.

Mr Mbaka’s followers claimed without evidence that he was kidnapped by Mr Onaga and handed over to the State Security Service. They subsequently marched on the premises of the bishop on Wednesday morning, looting and destroying assets therein.

The mob also descended on the Holy Ghost Cathedral, again looting and destroying items in the building. The members also went to town to allege that the SSS had arrested Mr Mbaka — generating widespread media reports despite lacking requisite corroboration. The Gazette did not publish the claim.

A spokesman for the SSS denied taking Mr Mbaka into custody or coming in any contacts with him when reached by The Gazette, contrary to his followers’ rumours.

A spokesman for the diocese did not immediately return a request seeking comments. Mr Mbaka’s line was switched off when dialled by The Gazette on Wednesday night.

Before falling out with Mr Buhari recently, Mr Mbaka was an ardent supporter of the president. He endorsed his campaign in 2015 and claimed his blessings played a role in its success.

But as Mr Buhari’s regime failed to tackle acute poverty and insecurity, Mr Mbaka said he was compelled to speak up and distance himself from his regime, describing it as evil and satanic and calling on the president himself to vacate office.

Mr Buhari’s controversial spokesman Garba Shehu subsequently issued a statement, claiming Mr Mbaka’s comments were out of anger for his unsuccessful attempts to corner lucrative federal contracts. The priest denied the allegations but confirmed that he recommended a group of security contractors to the president whose proposals were not acted upon.

Church sources said Mr Mbaka’s latest suspension was being viewed as significant for its undertone, but not the first time the fiery priest would face administrative action.

“We know people will link this to his confrontation with Buhari, but he was once demoted from a parish priest to a deputy under a parish priest,” a church official said. “He had also been transferred from bigger parishes to smaller ones for his frequent infractions in the past.”

Still, church officials admitted Mr Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry has been a cash cow for the Enugu Diocese, even though it was built by Mr Mbaka and not directly under its control.

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Power generation falls further by 27%

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Nigeria’s power generation, has dropped in one day by 27 per cent to 3,567.30 megawatts, MW, as at 06hours compared to the 4,557.50MW peak generation at 22hours the previous day.

 

Latest data obtained by newsmen from the Independent System Operator, ISO, showed that the peak generation on Sunday was also less than the 4,700MW recorded on Saturday at 01hours.

According to the ISO data, total energy sent out on Sunday was 94,378.72MWH out of the total energy generated which was 96,115.73MWH.

The data also showed that the previous day, total energy sent out was 103,941MWH from total energy generated which was 105,784.19MWH.

Despite this however, electricity distribution companies took 4,170.93MW of the power generated on Sunday with Ikeja DISCO and Ibadan DISCO leading with 693.24MW and 548.14MW respectively.

The data also indicated that Eko DISCO and Abuja DISCO took 546.04 and 446.32MW respectively with Yola DISCO taking the least power at just 126.92MW.

Further checks showed that Benin DISCO and Enugu DISCO took 364.94MW and 369.94MW respectively while Jos DISCO and Kaduna DISCO took 223.02MW and 304.40MW respectively.

Kano DISCO and Port Harcourt DISCO were reported to have taken 304.40MW and 243.57MW respectively.

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