The major opposition party Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lauded the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for abolishing the bogus pension for former governors and their deputies in the state, describing the decision as populist.
The FidelinfoNews gathered that the PDP Publicity Secretary, Taofik Gani, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, while assessing Sanwo-Olu’s performance in 2020.
“As a constructive opposition party, the year 2020 was not satisfactory in terms of dividends of democracy to Lagos residents.
“Most of the local council chairmen performed below average, Sanwo-Olu should look into that because the chairmen are putting too much pain on the people due to their abdication of duties.
“We are indeed very anxious to take over government as an opposition party in Lagos,” Gani said.
According to him, the party shared with the government of the day lots of programmes that will have brought succour to the people of the state.
“We have heard some people commending him, if he can continue in that order, perhaps; he will have the guts to face the problem of godfatherism in his party.
“We want to counsel that he should look away from partisanship and be the governor for everybody, including the Igbo people, the Hausa, the Yoruba and all minority groups in the state,” he said.
Gani urged the government to review downward tuition fees in the Lagos State University, saying that the tuition fees’ increase was done at the wrong time.
The spokesman for the PDP, urged the governor to inspect inner roads across local government areas and council development areas to see their conditions, adding that most them were in very bad shape.
According to him, the governor must roll out a programme to fix inner roads that could serve as alternatives to major roads for motorists in the state.
He called for direct empowerment for traders across party lines, saying that such would help elevate them to pay taxes to government.
He also urged the governor to bridge the gap in transportation, saying that residents of the state were still finding it difficult to move around for businesses.
Gani said that Sanwo-Olu could surpass all his predecessors, including former Gov. Lateef Jakande because of the resources at his disposal.
He described the Eko Atlantic Project as bogus, saying that money being spent on the project could be used to transform the Mainland including Ikorodu, Badagry and Epe with vast land.
Gani said that such fund could be used to build housing estates for low-income earners in the state.
Teenager Drags Father To Police Over Alleged Defilement
A 14-year-old girl (name withheld) has reported her father to the men of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly defiling her.
It was gathered that the incident happened in the Ikorodu area of the state and police operatives attached to Ipakodo Division, Ikorodu, have since arrested the teenager’s father, one 45-year-old Kayode Adeyanju.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, made this known in a statement on Monday titled, ‘Lagos Police Arrest Man For Defiling Daughter.
“The survivor personally reported the case at Ipakodo Police Station, Ikorodu on the 7th June, 2021, after her horrible ordeal in the hands of her father and the police operatives arrested the suspect.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has condemned the act and ordered that the case be transferred to the Gender Unit of the Command for further investigation,” the statement partly read.
“Sen. Lola Ashiru Is A Great Democrat, Committed To Service” – AbdulRazaq
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated Senator Oyelola Ashiru on his 66th birthday anniversary, calling him “a great democrat, an accomplished technocrat, and a fine parliamentarian who is committed to the service of his community and fatherland”.
In a congratulatory message for the senator representing Kwara South, the Governor called him a team player and a statesman who has used his expertise and experience as an A-list architect to promote Kwara for decades. He is one of the state’s success stories in the private sector.
“On behalf of the people and government of Kwara State, I join family, friends and associates of the distinguished senator to celebrate him as he added another year. He stands out for his long-standing passion to serve the public. Apart from his outstanding legislative performance, which is the primary function of a lawmaker, Senator Ashiru has also made significant interventions in human and infrastructural development, which serve to complement our efforts as an administration back home. We thank him for that, and for his commitments to the Otoge ideals,” the statement said.
“I pray Almighty Allah to preserve Architect Ashiru on the path of good, and grant him more strength, good health, and required wisdom in his continued efforts to serve humanity.”
FG To Open Second Niger Bridge By February 2022
The Nigerian government has released a date for the opening to traffic of the 2nd Niger Bridge.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive of National Inland Waterways, NIWA, George Moghalu, announced that the 2nd Niger Bridge will be opened to traffic from February 2022.
He said: “By February next year 2022, the new 2nd Niger Bridge will be opened for vehicular use.
“President Muhammadu Buhari had flagged off the construction of the eastern rail line at Port Harcourt. This will traverse all states in the South-East.
Moghalu reiterated that the administration is committed to transforming the lives of all Nigerians, including those of the South-East.
“The bathymetric survey of the rivers that share a common course is targeted at opening up enormous economic and agricultural activities to boost commercial activities in Anambra State.
“This would also restore the historic water transportation along the course like in the past, which would also reduce pressure on our roads infrastructure, Moghalu added.
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