Lagos Bans Open Procession, Fireworks During Yuletide

Lagos Bans Open Procession, Fireworks During Yuletide

…Counsels Residents Against False Alarm

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday warned residents to desist from holding open processions during the yuletide season, urging them to limit such gatherings to the enclosure of the venue.

Briefing Government House Correspondents shortly after an emergency State Security Council meeting, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said the Council decided to stop any form of procession due to the intelligence reports on security, which indicated the possibility of such processions being hijacked by hoodlums and criminal elements.

He said that inasmuch as the government would like residents to celebrate the yuletide with all the fanfare associated with the season, the security situation across the globe requires everyone to be on red alert so as to prevent unscrupulous elements from unleashing terror on innocent citizens.

He however said the state was not under any special security threat, but that proactive measures have been put in place to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

“We all know that Christmas and New Year are fast approaching. Looking at what we have on ground in terms of strategies and logistics, the Council is convinced that we can reassure people in Lagos that this period of yuletide will be celebrated without let or hindrance”.

“But most importantly, we’ve also looked and considered some of the intelligence reports that are flowing in from different groups of people apart from the normal terrorist alert that is being raised, different groups of people wanting to come out under different kinds of names to foment trouble. The Council feels that we should tell members of the public that with all the situations that are on ground now, we know activities that are connected with Christmas and New Year such as carnivals, town hall meetings and so on”.

“All those outside processions should be limited, outside procession should cease. If anybody is holding a town hall meeting, new yam festival, they should limit those meetings to the venue and enclosure where they are having such meetings. The situation we have now does not allow us to permit open procession on the road”.

“These events can be hijacked, terrorists elements and other kinds of insurgents. We want to appeal to our people that inasmuch as we want them to celebrate and jubilate, we would not allow open procession of any kind. Carnivals that are going to be done or any meeting, for their security and safety, they should please tell security agencies, they should let the police in the area or the headquarters know, so that they can secure the area”.

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He specifically said that security agencies in the state have been mandated to restrict social gatherings including open carnivals however urging organisers of such events to let the Police in the know for adequate security arrangements to be put in place.

On the issue of false alarm, the Police Commissioner said the security agencies in the state are in position of intelligence reports to the effect that some miscreants are planning to raise false alarm and take advantage of such situation to rob their victims.

He urged residents to be mindful and thoroughly scrutinise any alarm raised especially in public places.

While insisting that the order restricting the use of fireworks in the state is still in force, Owoseni alongside heads of other security agencies in Lagos said that law enforcement officers have been sent out to arrest those selling and distributing the device in the market.

Yuletide: Lagos Warns Against Reckless Driving, Use Of Fireworks

Yuletide: Lagos Warns Against Reckless Driving, Use Of Fireworks

…Says Law Enforcement Agents All Out to Arrest, Prosecute Defaulters   

Reassures Residents On Traffic, Crime Free Festive Season

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday reassured residents of the readiness of the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration to ensure the yuletide season is devoid of traffic gridlock and criminal activities across the metropolis.

Briefing journalists at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa Secretariat, Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-governmental Relations, Mr. Seye Oladejo, said the government was concerned about the menace which petrol tankers and other articulated vehicles have become on Lagos roads, as well as the incessant fire incidents and needless road traffic and accidents which have led to loss of lives and properties.

To this end, he said the state government has put adequate measures in place to ensure that residents go about their activities with much ease during the festive period including total enforcement of the traffic and safety laws.

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“It is not enough to have safety regulations, they must be enforced and complied with to prevent avoidable loss of lives, properties and injuries”.

“As a government which cares about the safety of lives and properties, nothing short of strict adherence to safety rules will be acceptable, relevant provisions of the law will be applied against erring individuals and organisations”, he said.

Oladejo said the provision of the Traffic Law 2012 which prohibits tankers from plying within the hours of 6am -9pm daily will be totally enforced, warning that according to the law, defaulters risk a fine of N50, 000 or six months imprisonment.

He said the law also specifies punitive measures for persons who drive in a reckless manner without reasonable consideration for others, driving above the speed limit on highway or driving unlatched containerized vehicles.

The Commissioner also stressed the readiness of the government to enforce the ban on the use of fireworks popularly known as “Biscoe and Banger” due to the potential hazard of the device to the people and the environment.

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He recalled the December 26, 2012 fire outbreak caused by storage of fireworks in Lagos Island which led to loss of lives and properties worth millions of naira.

He said the danger associated with the dropping of cigarette tubs or fireworks indiscriminately, especially at this period of harmattan pose a great challenge which could lead to fire outbreak.

Oladejo also urged residents to be vigilant especially when in a large gathering such as religious programmes, carnivals, clubs, event centres and restaurant,  however assuring that the state remains safe and secure for people living an doing business in the state.

He appealed to religious bodies, cub owners and event centres to work with the state government and security agencies to monitor activities around them and report suspicious and unusual activities during such gathering that may compromise security of lives and properties.

He said the state government will not also hesitate to close down event centres, malls, casinos, cinemas, restaurants, hotels and clubs who fail to comply with the standard practice of having more than one exit.

“The State Government is coming out fully to implement all these laws through our relevant government agencies and the security operatives such as the Nigeria Police, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), Task Force on Environmental and Special Offence, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Neighbourhood watch by assisting the government in apprehending defaulters of these laws and be prosecuted accordingly”, he said.

Oladejo was joined at the briefing by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, General Manager of LASTMA, Mr. Bashir Braimah, General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr. Micheal Akindele, Chairman of Task Force on Environmental Offences, Olubukola Abe, Commander, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Olatunji Disu, Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Mr. Rasak Fadipe, among others.

The Speech of His Excellency Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the Launch of the Revised Laws of Lagos State 2015 on Tuesday, 8th December, 2015

The Speech of His Excellency Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the Launch of the Revised Laws of Lagos State 2015 on Tuesday, 8th December, 2015

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the launch of the Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015. Lagos has always taken the lead in Legislation and Law Reform initiatives in the Nigerian Federation.

The need for legislation to be up to date and relevant cannot be over-emphasised in ensuring the necessary legal infrastructure for socio-economic transformation. Lagos as the commercial capital of Nigeria faces enormous challenges in ensuring the security and economic well-being of its residents.

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The publication of the 2015 Laws of the State, marks the beginning of the process of continually making the Laws accessible to the general public not only in Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole, but also beyond its borders globally.

The State Government has resolved to also make the Laws of Lagos State available online and accessible from any part of the world.

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To this end, Lagos State Law Reform Commission is at an advanced stage of developing an online platform for accessing the Laws of the State and downloading such laws. The online platform will also provide access to all the Laws that have operated in the State since inception in 1967. This will fulfil the obligation of the Lagos State Government to create easy access to the Laws of Lagos, thereby promoting a platform for accountability and responsibility.

More importantly, creating an online access to the Laws of Lagos State will be of a great service and benefit to investors and would-be investors in the State. Not only will such a platform enable investors to make informed decisions about investing in the State, but it will also help them to appreciate the various legal protections available for their persons and investment.

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Furthermore, the publication of the Laws of Lagos State is a step in the direction of the justice and security sector reforms which the present administration promised it will pursue in order to strengthen the rule of law in Lagos State.

The publication of the 2015 Edition would not have been possible without the cooperation and hard work of the Lagos State House of Assembly for passing the laws contained in the compilation. The passage of the Laws by the State House of Assembly attests to the fact that it is the most active and vibrant legislative body in the whole of Nigeria. We cannot also but commend Lagos State Law Reform Commission for the initiative and effort resulting in the publication of the Laws of Lagos State 2015.

On this note, I whole-heartedly commend the Laws of Lagos State 2015 to the general use of all of us.

Thank you

His Excellency,

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State

8th December, 2015

The Coronation of the New Ooni of Ife, at the Ooni’s Palace, Ile-Ife, Osun State, on Monday, December 07, 2015

The Coronation of the New Ooni of Ife, at the Ooni’s Palace, Ile-Ife, Osun State, on Monday, December 07, 2015

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (left) and Oyo State Governor, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi (right), during the Coronation of the new Ooni of Ife, at the Ooni’s Palace, Ile-Ife, Osun State, on Monday, December 07, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), discussing with the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (left) during the Coronation of the new Ooni of Ife, at the Ooni’s Palace, Ile-Ife, Osun State, on Monday, December 07, 2015. With them is Wife of Osun State Governor, Alhaja Sherifat Aregbesola.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right); Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and Oyo State Governor, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, during the Coronation of the new Ooni of Ife, at the Ooni’s Palace, Ile-Ife, Osun State, on Monday, December 07, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right); Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and Oyo State Governor, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, during the Coronation of the new Ooni of Ife, at the Ooni’s Palace, Ile-Ife, Osun State, on Monday, December 07, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right); Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; Father of Ooni of Ife, Prince John Ropo Ogunwusi and Step Mother, Mrs. Margaret Oyebukola Ogunwusi, during the Coronation of the new Ooni of Ife, at the Ooni’s Palace, Ile-Ife, Osun State, on Monday, December 07, 2015.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, during the Coronation of the new Ooni of Ife, at the Ooni’s Palace, Ile-Ife, Osun State, on Monday, December 07, 2015.

Brief Report On The Activities Of Lagos State Public Works Corporation From Monday November 30th – Friday December 4th, 2015

Brief Report On The Activities Of Lagos State Public Works Corporation From Monday November 30th – Friday December 4th, 2015

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

  1. IKEJA LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  2. CIPM Ave, CBD, Alausa Ikeja
  3. Akanni Doherty Street, Ogba

CIPM AVENUE, CBD, ALAUSA IKEJA LG

  1. IFAKO-IJAIYE LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  2. Old Abeokuta road, Agege inward & outward Abule Egba
  3. Iju road, Elliot inward Fagba
  4. Yisa Oladimeji Street, Ifako
  1. MUSHIN LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  2. Ilasamaja/Da-silva/Iyalla/Alafia/Cameroon, Mushin
  3. Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government
  4. Mba Cardoso Road, Ajeromi.
  1. KOSOFE LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  2. Somide Odujinrin Street, Omole Phase II, Kosofe LG
  3. Pariola Street, Ogudu

 

REPLACEMENT OF MANHOLE COVER AT IKORODU ROAD

  1. OSHODI/ISOLO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  2. Salamotu/Taiwo rd network, Ilasa
  3. Abimbola/Bello Road network, Ilasa
  1. ETI-OSA LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  2. Thompson Avenue, Ikoyi
  3. Akiogun Street, Lekki alternate route Victoria Island
  4. Federal Secretariat Road, Ikoyi
  1. LAGOS MAINLAND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  2. Makoko road, Yaba
  3. Makoko road/Olumo/Birrel Avenue Yaba
  1. LAGOS ISLAND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  2. Apongbon Inward and outward inner Marina
  1. IKORODU LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  2. Agbede/transformer road network
  3. Ijede road, Ikorodu
  4. Itoikin to Ketu, Ikorodu
  5. Ireshe road, Ikorodu

IJEDE ROAD IKORODU LG

  1. AGEGE LOCAL GOVENRMENT
  2. Oko-oba road, Agege
  3. Oba Akran road, Agege
  4. Oba Akran/Akilo by Mobil Road

 

REHABILITATION OF AFA-NLA ROAD AGEGE LG

  1. EPE LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  2. Uraka Street, Epe
  3. Epe Ijebu Ode Road, Noforija Odomola Axis
  4. Ketu-Epe road, Epe

SOMIDE ODUJINRIN STREET, OMOLE PHASE II, KOSOFE LG

Yomi Oladapo

Head PR Unit.

04/12/15