New National Museum Will Create Job For Youths, Artisans

New National Museum Will Create Job For Youths, Artisans

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday explained the rationale behind his decision to transform the National Museum in Onikan, Lagos to a world-class edifice, saying the development would go a long way in creating jobs for the lower strata of the society and in turn boost the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the state.

The Governor, who spoke during a joint inspection of the museum alongside the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the decision of his administration was born out of the drive to deploy culture, tourism, hospitality, entertainment, arts and sports to tackle the problem of unemployment, especially among the youths, artisans and young professionals, among others.

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It would be recalled that Governor Ambode had pledged to transform the National Museum into a modern-day cultural edifice which would be of international standard during a courtesy visit paid on him at the Lagos House, Alausa by Mohammed about two weeks ago.

Governor Ambode, who spoke after he was conducted round the premises of the museum by the Director General of National Museum, Mallam Abdallah Yusuf, said his vision was to combine everything at the disposal of government to address unemployment and also develop the talents of the people.

He said: “We are here to inspect the state of things and what we have found out is that we actually have enough space that can accommodate a new museum and the partnership is something I think will benefit the whole country.

“We have behind us here a project that is going on and it is a multi-layer car park which will go a long way to compliment what we plan to do here. So, this is a new beginning. With this kind of partnership, we hope to achieve a lot for the state and the nation,” Governor Ambode said.

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While fielding questions from journalists, the Governor assured that the project would be completed before the celebration of 50 years anniversary of the state next year, and that the whole idea was also aimed at bringing consciousness of the people to the historical facts about the state and the nation.

He added: “Again, we are not just doing this because we plan to complete the new museum for the  Lagos@50 celebration, but this is more or less a legacy for the state government.

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“We actually have a program called THEAS which stands for Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment and Arts and Sports for excellence but the truth of the matter is that this is not only about revenue generation; it is about job creation. My emphasis is about creating jobs for the lower strata and that is where you are going to get all our athletes, the younger ones, our drivers, our artisans and so on to be busy and keep them moving by combining everything that we have from sports, from tourism and so on and before you know it, the GDP of Lagos grows,” the Governor said.

On his part, Mohammed assured that he would spare nothing in ensuring that the project is a reality, and that serious efforts would be put in place to ensure the completion within the stipulated time frame.

He commended Governor Ambode for walking the talk barely two weeks after promising to transform the museum to world-class, saying the project was the biggest collaboration so far between the state and federal government on tourism and culture.

The Minister added: “For the Governor to come here today is eloquent confirmation that he is ready to walk his talk. What we are aiming up for here is another hub for culture, another hub for arts and another hub for entertainment and if you look at the location of this National Museum, this is where the history of Nigeria started.

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“Around us here are historical monuments and what we are trying to do about it is to bring all these historical monuments like the lsland Club, like the Yoruba Tennis Club and the old Brazilian culture together in a lovely form and I must again thank the Governor of Lagos State for not just his generosity but for the vision.

“He has looked at the big picture not just the small picture. He is not looking at four years or eight years but he is looking at what legacy can we bequeath for Nigeria and Nigerians and I can assure you that this is one project that will be devoid of bureaucracy. We already have a timeline within which to achieve this and the fact that the Governor is here just in two weeks after his promise to transform the National Museum speaks volume about his intention,” Mohammed said.

Pictures: Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode Visits Scene Of Dispute in Agiliti, Mile 12

Pictures: Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode Visits Scene Of Dispute in Agiliti, Mile 12

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left), Area Commander, Area H, Ogudu-Ojota, ACP Aliyu Garba; Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni and Commanding Officer, 9 Mechanized Brigade, Brigadier General Bulama Biu during the Governor’s visit to the scene of dispute in Agiliti, Mile 12, Lagos on Sunday, March 06, 2016.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), flanked by the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni (left) and Commanding Officer, 9 Mechanized Brigade, Brigadier General Bulama Biu (right) during the Governor’s visit to the scene of dispute in Agiliti, Mile 12, Lagos on Sunday, March 06, 2016.

Rescue of School Girls: We Have The Capacity To Fight Crime

Rescue of School Girls: We Have The Capacity To Fight Crime

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday said his administration has the will and capacity to fight all forms of crime and criminality in the state, just as he read the riot act to persons who have taken to kidnapping, warning that there would be no hiding place for such act.

The governor, who addressed journalists on the safe rescue of the three girls abducted by gunmen from the Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School in Ikorodu last Monday, warned that the state government will spare nothing to clamp down on all forms of crime in the state.

 “Let me warn that the State Government will not tolerate kidnapping or any forms of crime in the State. Our position is clear and unambiguous, Lagos state has the capacity and the will to go after every form of crime and criminality in order to safeguard lives and property in the state.

He expressed relief and excitement at the rescue of the girls by security operates in the early hours of Sunday, just as he commended the efforts of security operatives who led the rescue efforts.

“The Lagos State police Command, the Department of State Security and members of the Armed forces worked tirelessly round the clock in the last six days to secure the release of the children. I thank them for a good job.

“The three girls have been safely re-united with their families and the Government wishes to assure Lagosians that their security is top priority and it will not relent in ensuring that Lagos remains safe and secure,” he said.

Governor Ambode said one of the suspected kidnappers – one Emmanuel Arigidi, was arrested during the operation by security operatives to release the abducted children.

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“As our daughters are re-united with their mothers and other members of their families, I would like to seize this opportunity to wish all mothers in Lagos State and Nigeria at large a happy Mothers’ Day,” he said.

Also, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni said three suspects were arrested in the operation that led to the rescue of the girls, adding that one of the suspects (Emmanuel) was actively involved, while two others – Seun Akanji and one Henry were conspirators who aided the kidnapping one way or the other.

Owoseni disclosed that the girls were rescued around Imota in Ikorodu, but declined to disclose further details in order not to jeopardize ongoing investigation.

He said: “With respect to the state of the girls, they are very well and they are stable. I can confirm that immediate medical attention just to test them up has been given to them by the police medical team and I can as well tell you that as we picked them up, one of the questions we asked the girls was whether they were molested in any way and the three of them stated unequivocally that they were not molested in any way.”

When asked if ransom was paid, Owoseni said nothing of such happened as police deployed intelligence-led policing using the platform of technology and partnering with members of the community to put pressures on the kidnappers to secure the release of the girls.

He added: “When you talk about ransom in cases like this, you are glorifying kidnapping. We should not be talking about ransom anymore in this country because if you do, you are telling others that kidnapping is viable and you can be going and kidnapping people to collect money.

“But I want to also say that what was employed in rescuing the girls is more of application of intelligence-led policing using the platform of technology, partnering with members of the community and pressures on the kidnappers because what we have done with other security agencies is that we also went for members of their families including their mothers, their fathers, their children and with that pressure they found out that there was no way again for them to keep on keeping the girls and that was what led to the success we recorded in rescuing the girls,” the CP explained.

He assured residents that Lagos remains safe and secured saying that the state government and security agencies have the capacity to pursue any criminal who dare at all to come and disturb the peace or to commit crime in the state.

When interviewed by journalists, the prime suspect, Emmanuel Arigidi said twelve people were involved in the operation and that the operation was planned at Majidun area of Ikorodu.

He said: “We went to Maya bridge to enter Canoe and went to the school around 8pm. After we gained entrance into the school, we took away three girls and we took them to our hideout. But along the line, we had disagreement between ourselves and I was actually the one that started it. I told other members of the gang that what we have done is not good and that I don’t like it.

“I know that security in Lagos State is now tight and I was telling others that there was no way we would get away with this kind of job considering the level of security in the state. When I told them that we should end the assignment, other members of the gang threatened to kill me and then I took Canoe to run away.

“Three days after I ran away, operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) then arrested me somewhere in Majidun and that was how I told them how we planned the attack. One thing I will like to say is that if not for the fact that I was arrested, they would not have seen the girls because I was the one that revealed everything to the police,” he narrated.

Address Delivered By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor Of Lagos State on the Rescue of the Three School Girls of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu On Sunday, 6th March, 2016 At Lagos House, Ikeja

Address Delivered By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor Of Lagos State on the Rescue of the Three School Girls of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu On Sunday, 6th March, 2016 At Lagos House, Ikeja

The Lagos State Government is extremely pleased to announce that the three students of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School in Ikorodu who were abducted by Gunmen on Monday 29th February, 2016 were rescued by security operatives in the early hours of today, Sunday, 6th March, 2016.

The Lagos State police Command, the Department of State Security and members of the Armed forces worked tirelessly round the clock in the last Six days to secure the release of the children. I thank them for a good job.

The three girls have been safely re-united with their families and the Government wishes to assure Lagosians that their security is top priority and it will not relent in ensuring that Lagos remains safe and secure.

I am reliably informed that one of the suspected kidnappers – one Emmanuel Arigidi was arrested during the operation to secure the release of the abducted children.

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Let me warn that the State Government will not tolerate kidnapping or any forms of crime in the State. Our position is clear and unambiguous, Lagos state has the capacity and the will to go after every form of crime and criminality in order to safeguard lives and property in the state.

As our daughters are re-united with their mothers and other members of their families, I would like to seize this opportunity to wish all mothers in Lagos State and Nigeria at large a happy Mothers’ Day.

Thank you.

Brief Report on the Activities of Lagos State Public Works Corporation From Monday February 29th–4th Friday March 2016

Brief Report on the Activities of Lagos State Public Works Corporation From Monday February 29th–4th Friday March 2016

Lagos State Public Works Corporation this week carried out Maintenance/Palliative works on the underlisted roads in the following Local Government Areas.

  1. IKEJA LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Obokun/Abiodun Adeyemi/Baale road network, Ojodu, Ikeja
  • Ologun Street, Oke-Ira, Ogba
  • Oladejo st, Olusosun, Ojota, Ikeja
  • Olowu Street, Ikeja

       2.  ALIMOSHO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

  • Abaranje road, Ikotun, Alimosho
  • Powerline road by Okunola Village Egbeda
  • Aina Obembe Street, Ipaja
  • Abeokuta Expressway, Ile Epo Oke Odo axis inward Iyana Ipaja
  • Abeokuta Expressway, Ajegunle Alagbado axis inward Abule Egba
  • Ikotun Ejegun road, Alimosho
  • Abeokuta Expressway, Aboru-Iyana Ipaja axis inward Dopemu, Alimosho
  • On-going Construction of Ajasa-Command, Alimosho
  • On-going Construction of Church Giwa Road, Off Ekoro road, Alimosho

 

  1. AGEGE LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Abeokuta Expressway, Pako-Iyana Ipaja axis by U-turn Opp UBA, Agege
  • Ijaye road, Medium Housing Estate axis, Agege
  • Abeokuta Expressway, Iyana Dopemu-Pako axis, Agege
  • Sule Street/Adebisi Awosoga, Iloro, Agege

 

  1. OJO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Olojo drive, Ojo

 

  1. MUSHIN LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Alafia Street, Mushin
  • Olorunfunmi Street, Off Association Avenue, Ilupeju, Mushin

 

  1. AJEROMI – IFELODUN LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Ojo road, Ajegunle

REHABILITATION OF BAD PORTION OF IBEH-AKITI JUNCTION

  1. SOMOLU LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Adebiyi Street, Somolu
  • Odulade Street, Somolu

 

  1. KOSOFE LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Muri Folami/Salaudeen Akano, Ogudu, Kosofe
  • Irawo Osan Street/Idowu Layemo Street, Ketu
  • Adio Somoye rd network, Ogudu, Kosofe
  • Somide Odujinrin Street, Isheri
  • Alhaji Rasaq Street, Magodo
  • Bankole Street, Isheri
  • Fola Jinadu/Oguntona Crescent, Gbagada

 

  1. LAGOS ISLAND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Igbosere road, Lagos Island
  • Moloney Street, Obalende

 

  • 10. ETI-OSA LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Rumens Street, Ikoyi
  • Adetokunbo Ademola road, Victoria-Island, Eko Hotel Ajose Adeogun junction axis
  • 11. EPE LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Yewa Street, Epe

 

GRADING OF ALHAJI RASAQ ST, MAGODO, KOSOFE LG

12. IKORODU LOCAL GOVERNMENT

  1. Igbogbo Bayeku road, Ikorodu
  2. Omode Street, Igbogbo, Ikorodu

13. IBEJU LEKKI

Ajewole Street, Ibeju-Lekki

 

14. SURULERE LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Lawanson-Itire road, Kasali Street junction axis, Surulere

Oduduwa Street, Surulere

Funso Williams Avenue, Baracks bus-stop axis, Surulere

 

15. OSHODI ISOLO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Eyinogun Street, Mafoluku, Oshodi

Okota road, Ibeh junction-Akiti junction axis, Isolo

January 27 road/Peter Agha, Oke-afa, Oshodi

 

16.BADAGRY LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Marina road, Badagry

Aradagun-Iworo-Ajido road, Badagry