Boat Mishap: Group Plans Life Jacket Manufacturing Plant In Honour Of Victims

Boat Mishap: Group Plans Life Jacket Manufacturing Plant In Honour Of Victims

A group, AMBSAM Memorial Foundation on Thursday said it would establish a life jacket manufacturing plant in honour of five persons who died in a boat mishap which occurred on March 28, 2015 in Epe area of Lagos State.

The victims had met their tragic death while on an assignment to monitor the 2015 Presidential and National Assembly election exercise conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Foundation, which was named after the victims, also said as part of its long term project, it would establish a memorial park with a state-of-the-art swimming pool which would be accessible to members of the community whereby they can learn how to swim.

Coordinator of the Foundation, Otunba Tunji Abass, who stated this while addressing a press briefing on the activities lined up for the formal launch of the Foundation on March 28, 2016, said the planned manufacturing plant, when operational, will produce only quality and efficient life jackets.

 He said the Foundation will also distribute about 100 life jackets free to residents during the formal launch which will be held at the VIP Chalet in Epe, adding that the Foundation embark on aggressive and massive mobilization of waterways users and operators on international best practices and safety tips.

 Abass added that the Foundation would also partner with elected representatives on enactment of a legislation that would position the waterways practice to present dynamics and promote enforcement through the introduction of stiffer penalties for operators.

 He said the basic objectives of the Foundation included immortalising the victims of the said boat mishap and catering for the up-keeps of their immediate dependants, as well as to create a scholarship scheme to take care of educational needs of the dependants of the deceased and other indigent students in the entire Epe division.

 He further said the Foundation would also be a platform to provide succor to the less privileged in the Epe division and beyond who might have suffered a similar fate.

Besides, Abass lauded the support which the Foundation had received so far from eminent Nigerians including Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.

 He said: “I want to specifically thank Governor Ambode for his support. AMBSAM would not have been in existence without his initial support because when we approached him and said this was what we planned to do, he said go ahead, you have my support.

 “One other thing about his style of governance is that he is a Governor that truly cares about the underprivileged; he is a Governor that truly has a compassionate understanding of the sufferings of the underprivileged; he is a Governor that truly wants to serve to make an impact in the lives of those who do not have a voice in our society and so I’m not really surprised that he has given us the go ahead to form the Foundation.

 “The Governor needs our support; he needs our prayers. I consider him to be a silent revolutionary. He is changing the face of Lagos State and he is doing it silently without any propaganda,” Abass said.

 The AMBSAM Foundation was established in memory of late Adewale Olakunle, Mogaji Gbolahan, Bello Muiz, Salau Tunde, Agoro Shamuseen and Mogaji Wale.

We’ll Make Our Youths Wealth Creators, Innovators

We’ll Make Our Youths Wealth Creators, Innovators

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday said his administration will continue to explore various avenues and partnerships to make youths in the state acquire the necessary skills to be gainfully employed as well as become job creators and innovators.

The Governor who spoke when he received the Director General of the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Mr Olusegun Oshinowo and representatives of various multinational companies at the Lagos House, Ikeja, said youth unemployment is one of the tripod of development on which his administration is committed to tackle headlong, aside security of lives and property and improving social infrastructure.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), presenting a State plaque to  Chairman/MD, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Mr. Clay Neff during a courtesy call to the Governor, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, March 17, 2016.

Welcoming an offer by the NECA to partner the State Government to enhance youth productivity and skill acquisition, Governor Ambode said the rate of unemployed youths in the country could spin negatively if collaborative efforts between government and the Organised Private Sector (OPS) are not geared towards addressing it.

“We also have a situation where we have the resources, but we do not have the institutional framework and what we have done in the last nine months is to try and find a way to create the institutions and then the framework around it.

“You have come with the whole load of institutional framework, so obviously this is a partnership that is made in heaven for the people that are out there. I want to give an official commitment that we have to improve upon this relationship, it’s a partnership that we must commit ourselves to as a government, whatever it is that you have stated here, I want to tell you that you are just fusing into that whole network of how to take out these younger ones from the unemployment market. I want to give you my commitment and you will see also the way we are driving this project, goes to show that we are serious about what we are saying,” he said.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (4th right), in a group photograph with Chairman/MD, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Mr. Clay Neff (6th left); Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources, Mr. Wale Oluwo and others during a courtesy call to the Governor by Management of Chevron Nigeria Limited, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, March 17, 2016.

Governor Ambode said with the establishment of the Employment Trust Fund (ETF) and the inauguration of the Board to manage the fund, his administration is fully committed to issues bothering on youth unemployment, just as he directed the Board of the ETF and the Ministry of Wealth Creation to explore the partnership with NECA.

“We have established the Employment Trust Fund with a very good team there and I have passed the N6.2billion for this year to them. Year one is almost going so they need to hit the ground running.

“But because you already have an established framework, we officially direct the ETF and the Ministry of Wealth Creation to quickly start that partnership today because it would take us a huge cycle to start looking for the multinationals and other stakeholders who already have the infrastructure in place,” he said.

He said the long term goal of his administration is to make youths less dependent on white collar jobs and channel their energy on utilizing their skills to become innovators and employers of labour.

“That you are able to offer us this opportunity shows that Lagos is up for prosperity. This has not happened before, where you have eminent collaboration coming from employers and also us from a government.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), with Chairman/MD, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Mr. Clay Neff during a courtesy call to the Governor, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, March 17, 2016.

“In areas of skill acquition, you have so much to offer and the truth is we need to dissipate the energy of our young ones to different things that can enhance their creativity and that way we are better way as older people to live a more comfortable life. On that note I want to say that we are willing as a government to take on your offer that you are giving us, it’s collaboration in the best interest of all of us,” the Governor said.

Earlier, DG of NECA, Mr. Oshinowo said that creating jobs for youths will go a long way to address issues of insecurity, commending the efforts made by the state Government so far, especially the setting up of the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment.

He said the Association has designed a practical model, which if implemented will go a long way to take youths off the streets and turn them into wage earners and entrepreneurs.

Oshinowo said NECA which has over 3000 major enterprises and businesses cutting across all sectors of the economy, said the association is partnering with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to provide the resources to drive the programmes geared towards creating jobs for youths.

The Chairman and Managing Director of Chevron Nigeria Limited also paid a courtesy visit to His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, to express his appreciation of the existing business relationship between the Chevron Nigeria Limited and Lagos State Government and to explore further areas of co-operation and mutual understanding.

Mr Clay Neff also stated that Chevron has been in Nigeria for 50 years and currently has its head office in Lagos state. The company strives to be the most admired energy company for people partnership and performance.

Governor Ambode said that Chevron Nigeria has been a good corporate citizen in the area of health and in being responsive to societal demands in the state. He added that this relationship can be advanced to move the nation forward as Lagos is growing into an oil producing state. The governor also encouraged other corporate organizations to imitate the spirit driven by Chevron Nigeria in their activities.

Courtesy Visit by Mr. A.O Oshinowo – Director General of Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA)

Courtesy Visit by Mr. A.O Oshinowo – Director General of Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA)

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday restated the willingness of his administration to fully support the infrastructure provided by the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, stating that the partnership would enrich the progress of Nigeria.
 
The governor who spoke when he received the Director General of Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, Mr. A.O Oshinowo during his courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Ikeja, gave his official commitment to improve the synergy between Lagos State government and NECA, so as to get youths off the streets.
His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said the Lagos State Government recognizes the convergence of vision and passion on youth unemployment by the Lagos state government and NECA, and his administration is already hitting the ground running so as to empower youths and equip them for a better tomorrow.
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L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), in a group photograph with Chairman/C.E.O, Kamjay Farm, Alhaji Bode Oyedele; Acting Director General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Mr. Dickson Onuoha; Director General, Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), Mr. Olusegun Oshinowo; Founder, Ruff & Tumble, Mrs. Adenike Ogunlesi; Commissioner for Wealth Creation & Employment; Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti; Head of Service, Mrs. Olabowale Ademola; Commissioner for Establishment & Training, Dr. Benson Akintola and others during a courtesy call to the Governor by Management of NECA, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, March 17, 2016.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode further explained that his government has established the Employment Trust Fund with a very good team there, emphasizing that he has passed the N6.2billion for this year to them. “We are on our road to prosperity because the young ones are going to be empowered through this partnership by enhancing their skills to give them work 24/7.” Says Ambode.
 
 
“The first importance of employment is to ensure security. Security is important for investment to take place, as investors become more confident when security is guaranteed.”, says Mr. Olusegun Oshinowo. He further emphasized that “Jobs for the youth engages them in positive activities, thereby reducing crime and improving security” He reiterated his support to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode  to create jobs for the unemployed youth in Lagos state, stating that a financial model is required to support the vision to train the youths and provide jobs, that the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has been vital in that regard.
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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with Director General, Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), Mr. Olusegun Oshinowo (left) and Founder, Ruff & Tumble, Mrs. Adenike Ogunlesi (right) during a courtesy call to the Governor by Management of NECA, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, March 17, 2016.
Oshinowo equally expressed that NECA as a business membership organisation is offering to collaborate with the relevant agency of government to uncover those skills required in Lagos state to drive the economy. Stating that  “NECA is working with the Lagos State Government to identify the particular skills and technical proficiencies that are in demand in the state, so as to properly organize training workshops for youth to equip them with the necessary skills for the labour market.
Mile 12 Market Re-Opened Mile 12 Market, Bans Street Trading In Market Environs

Mile 12 Market Re-Opened Mile 12 Market, Bans Street Trading In Market Environs

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday approved the immediate re-opening of Mile 12 Market which was shut following a violent clash which led to loss of lives and property.

The Governor, in a statement by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said the decision to re-open the market followed satisfactory meeting and agreement reached with all the stakeholders involved in the operation of the Mile 12 Market.

Ayorinde added that the re-opening was also as a result of the outcome of the stakeholders meeting held between the Market Men/Women, traditional leaders in the Agiliti and Maidan communities, residents and Community Development Association (CDA).

The Commissioner said as part of measures aimed at bringing sanity into the market, the government and the market leaders have agreed that henceforth, all activities relating to the market shall be confined within the market area, and that street trading would no longer be allowed in the area.

The Commissioner added that it was further agreed trading activities in the market would henceforth be carried out in a clean and hygienic environment.

According to Ayorinde, other major agreements arrived with a consensus amongst the various stakeholders include: “Relocation of the Market to another suitable location as the existing market can no longer contain the traders; ban on the use of Commercial Motorcycles (Okada Riders) in the area; peaceful co-existence amongst all ethnic groups in the Market and environs; and removal of all shanties and illegal attachments/structures within the Market area.”

Ayorinde further said that the stakeholders agreed that it is only in an atmosphere of peace and co-existence that their various business and trade can thrive.

He assured that Lagos is a home for all, and the State Government will continue to provide the enabling environment for every investor to thrive, as the promise of the Governor to run a 24/7 economy is sacrosanct.

Governor Ambode had shut the market on March 3, 2016, after a clash between residents and Okada operators in the Mile 12 area.

Lagos, Community Leaders, Traders Agree On Relocation Of Mile 12 Market

Lagos, Community Leaders, Traders Agree On Relocation Of Mile 12 Market

Realizing the strong need to move the popular Mile 12 Market from its present location, community leaders and traders in the area on Wednesday agreed with the plan of the State Government to relocate the market to another suitable and more convenient location within the state.

The leaders and traders also consented to the ban on use of commercial motorcycle popularly called Okada as a means of commercial transportation in the area.

The community leaders said the decision became imperative owing to the fact that the Mile 12 Market which had been in existence for decades has outgrown its present location and available infrastructure, hence the need to reason with government.

While addressing a press conference at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, the traders and community leaders said they were in total support of the ban on Okada because of the flagrant disobedience to traffic laws by the riders and the frequent road accidents which had resulted in many deaths and left many hospitalized.

Financial Secretary of Mile 12 Market, Alhaji Shehu Usman, who addressed the briefing alongside other leaders of the market, said contrary to widespread assertion that the recent civil disturbance in the area which led to the loss of lives and property was a fight between Yoruba and Hausa Communities, the truth was that both tribes including Igbos and other ethnic groups have been living and doing business together in the area in peace before the ugly incident.

He said: “This mayhem is highly regrettable and we wish to extend our condolences to those that lost their loved ones and properties in the fracas. We wish to reiterate here that we the joint leaders of the affected communities and our members out-rightly condemn this kind of barbaric acts in the strongest possible terms.

“We also wish to express our gratitude to the State Government under the able leadership of His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for his prompt response in dispatching the men of the State Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and other security agencies to quell the mayhem and bring the situation under control,” Usman said.

He added that the joint leaders of the area specifically agreed with government on four measures to be adopted going forward which included ban on Okada operations in the area, relocation of Mile 12 Market, peaceful co-existence amongst all ethnic groups and removal of all shanties and blighted areas within the area which may be harbouring miscreants and eliminate their illegal activities.

He said: “These shanties are illegal structures which are unsuitable for human habitation and are prone to landslides and other environmental problems (e.g flooding). The removal of the shanties will greatly enhance the security of lives and properties in the neighbourhood.”

Besides, Usman said the market executives would dialogue with the state government on the relocation programme which would help increase the economic growth and development, provide better infrastructure and reduce traffic congestion.

The briefing was attended by Baales and community leaders from Agiliti and Maidan, as well as all the Mile 12 Market leaders, and government officials led by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello.

Also speaking, Bello warned that government would deal decisively with any group or persons bent on disturbing public peace in the area and all parts of the state, just as he urged the leaders to talk to their people to be law abiding and maintain peace.

On relocation of the market, Bello said the State Government will finalise on the new location and time frame when the traders will be relocated, saying that the public will be adequately notified in due course.

When asked on compensation for traders and members of the communities who lost items and properties due to the clash and closure of the market, Bello said government will look into it and compensate those with genuine claim.