The Lagos State Government on Thursday said that there would be partial restriction of movement on Ikorodu Road to enable it replace the dilapidated and disused steel pedestrian bridge at Fadeyi Bus Stop with a new footbridge.
In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Olujimi Hotonu, the Government said that in its continuous drive to protect the lives of pedestrians on the highway, the disused pedestrian bridge would be pulled down to give way for a new one worthy of the status of the State.
To effect the removal of the bridge, the State Government said the main carriage lanes of the Ikorodu Road would be closed to traffic for two nights on Saturday, 23rd September, between 11pm and 6am, and Sunday 24th between 11pm and 4am, while the service lanes will be open to traffic.
The Government also said all traffic both inward Lagos and outward Ojota will be diverted to the service lanes.
While soliciting for the cooperation and support of all road users especially motorists plying the corridor to observe all the precaution signs on the road, the State Government said it had put in place effective traffic management strategies to manage the traffic during the period of closure.
The Government said the notice of partial restriction of the road became expedient to enlighten motorists and other road users to utilize alternative routes to avoid delay as well as obey traffic officers deployed on the road to ease movement.
While regretting the inconveniences the partial restriction would cause, the Government appealed for caution, noting that the ultimate goal of the plan was to safeguard lives and improve traffic along the corridor.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday counseled victims of breast cancer not to see the disease as death sentence but rather embrace early medical solution to overcome it.
Governor Ambode, who said this while receiving the wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Akeredolu at Lagos House, Ikeja on courtesy visit with members of the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), said it was time for people to see solution to the disease from medical point of view and not only view it from spiritual or cultural points.
The Governor said though it was true that there is spiritualism, but that the common-sense approach to overcome breast cancer is to seek early medical solution.
He said: “This is more about the people at the lower level. People talk so much about spiritual issue on cancer. Yes, there is spiritualism but again there is common sense. This is obviously more about common sense and we don’t want to continue to lose our people.
“On our part as government, we will do more of public enlightenment, we will do more of advocacy and whatever it is that the association is doing, I want to be put in the front burner because I want to be a partner in this. I believe that anybody having good health, there is hope for good life and that is the way we should treat every citizen that we come across in the course of our duty.”
The Governor commended Mrs. Akeredolu for coming up with the initiative to raise awareness about breast cancer, and pledged to do everything necessary to support the overall objective of the group.
He said: “The most significant part of this is that you (Akeredolu) happen to be the President of the association, not because you are the First Lady of Ondo State, but because of the fact that you have been a survivor and an advocate of the issue of breast cancer prior to becoming the First Lady and that is very significant for me.
“I say this not because you are a survivor but because you are a proud one at that and also trying to send a message that breast cancer is not a death sentence. Twenty years after surviving it, you are seated here and we are propagating something that we should also sell to all Nigerians.
“The strong point of this association is more about advocacy to liberate our people from all these cultural myth and things that have actually held us down and eventually allowing Nigerians that have been held down by this to become part of the productive sector of the country which is the main purpose.
“When we are able to solve this; when we are able to advocate very well on the issue of cancer, we are technically increasing the GDP of Nigeria because it then means that more people will be part of the production sector,” the Governor said.
He said the State Government, through the Ministry of Health and other agencies was already doing a lot on issue of breast cancer, but that more efforts would be geared toward scaling up the advocacy especially at the grassroots.
Besides, Governor Ambode also appreciated the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu for his efforts in securing the release of the six students of Igbonla-Epe Model College.
Earlier, Mrs Akeredolu said she was at Lagos House to introduce BRECAN to the Governor as part of activities marking the formal launch of the Lagos State chapter of the association on Friday, as well as seek the support and partnership of the State Government to jointly tackle cancer in the country.
The Ondo First Lady, who formed the association twenty years ago after surviving breast cancer, said the main objective of BRECAN was to raise awareness and advocacy about the issue, saying that early detection and medical solution is key to save victim.
“People now misconstrue the issue of breast cancer to be a cultural issue or spiritual attack and so they resort to prayer centres. But the truth is that breast cancer is a medical issue. Early detection and care is key. If you notice any unusual change in your breast, go for check-up and not prayer centres,” she said.
…To Clamp Down On Okada Plying Restricted Routes
The Lagos State Government has set up a Joint Tactic Squad comprising of officers of all the security agencies to heighten security within and around Model Colleges and all schools in the outskirts, riverine and other vulnerable areas of the State.
Briefing Government House Correspondents after the monthly Security Council Meeting chaired by the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and attended by commanders of security formations operating in the State, the State’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal said the State Government has also resolved to vigorously enforce the State Traffic Law prohibiting operation of commercial motorcyclists popularly known as Okada riders in certain routes across the State.
Edgal, who briefed journalists alongside other security chiefs in the State, said the enforcement of the ban on Okada would take place immediately after another round of public enlightenment campaign on the dangers and security implications of plying Okada on restricted routes.
On security along the coastal areas, Edgal said in the past few weeks, a lot of efforts have been put in place toward fortifying security in the riverine areas, including Model Colleges and schools in such areas.
“Security around our coastal areas has also been fortified and the Council deliberated extensively about this particularly as it relates to security of all our Model Colleges and other schools that are situated in vulnerable areas.
“I have taken a tour of all the Model Colleges; all lapses observed have been noted by the Council and the Governor has given instruction that all those lapses be taken care of immediately. We now have Joint Tactic Guards of both the police and the military in all Model schools to heighten security,” he said.
The CP said the Council also deliberated and reviewed the security situation in the State especially now that the Ember months had set in, and resolved to increase police presence across the State.
“We have noticed heightened security across the State; there is high visibility of police and other security presence across the State; government has been taking over spaces across the State. Recall that most of the bridges are being cleared. This effort is geared towards displacing hoodlums who might want to use such areas as hideouts.
“We also talked about the influx of commercial motorcycle operators known as Okada riders. The Council has resolved to enforce the Lagos State Traffic Law prohibiting their operations in certain parts of the State. The enforcement will come up very soon after a lot of enlightenment because we have noticed that with the ban on commercial motorcyclists in some other states of the federation, there is that tendency that they might want to migrate towards Lagos,” he said.
Besides, Edgal disclosed that the Council has approved the resuscitation of the Joint Inter-Agency Raids Committee that will take care of raids on areas that are designated as black spots where criminals hibernate, such as uncompleted buildings, markets, among others to ensure that all areas where hoodlums hide or hibernate in the State are adequately protected.
He also said that the Council has approved partnership with the informal policing sector in all neighborhood across the State to stop the trend of residential robberies.
Also, the CP said all those involved in the heinous murder of the winner of 2007 Gulder Ultimate Search, Hector Jobateh have been arrested including the principal suspect who fired the shot that killed the victim, saying that all the suspects would soon be charged to court.
He, however, urged members of the public to continue to support the police with useful information and tips.
“Let me use this opportunity to appeal to Lagosians to be vigilant at this time. If you see something, you must say something. You must partner with the police and security agencies. Partnership is key because it is the only way information can flow and I want to assure residents that information given freely, the confidentiality of the informant will be taken with utmost seriousness.
“I have told my officers and men and I know my colleagues in the other agencies have done so. We cannot win the trust and confidence of the people if we do not dispense with unethical conduct such as divulging sources of information,” Edgal said.
Also speaking, Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello said the Council deliberated the recent restriction order on inter-state buses along Ikorodu Road, saying that all the identified setbacks have been considered and were being addressed.
…Set To Launch Compendium Of Artisans
The Lagos State Government has concluded plans to launch a compendium of registered artisans in the State to scale up the informal sector with the overall objective of increasing job opportunities and growing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the State.
Speaking with Government House correspondents on Tuesday at Lagos House, Ikeja after a meeting between Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and members of Lagos State Council of Tradesmen and Artisans (LACOSTA), the State’s Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Dr Babatunde Durosimi-Etti said the compendium was part of the initiatives of the State Government to assist artisans to promote their businesses.
He said the compendium, which will be launched during the Artisans’ Day coming up in October, will comprise the list of all registered artisans in the State, their locations, business details and other necessary information.
According to the Commissioner, the compendium when fully launched will go a long way in increasing number of artisans to access the Employment Trust Fund (ETF) set up by the present administration in the State, and as well help residents and potential customers to locate artisans in any part of the State.
He said: “Governor Ambode at the meeting with the members of the association, said the setting up of the ETF was part of the inclusive policy of his administration and the Governor was also briefed that the association was collaborating with the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment to come up with a compendium of artisans whereby you probably be having state registered artisans which will be launched during the Artisans’ Day coming up in October.
“The compendium will have every artisan having a registration number and can be a sort of reference point for the Employment Trust Fund in assisting artisans to access capital,” Durosimi-Etti said.
He said the Governor also assured the artisans that all necessary efforts would be put in place to give them access to market, as part of initiatives to encourage and promote home-made.
On his part, LACOSTA President, Alhaji Nurudeen Buhari said the courtesy call by members of the association was basically to appreciate Governor Ambode for all the initiatives he
had brought up since the inception of his administration to support not only the artisans but the good people of the State.
He said the meeting was also to assure the Governor and the State Government that members of the association were very much committed toward contributing their quota to the growth and development of the State.
“We had fruitful deliberation with the Governor and he promised to build up the skill of our members as well as the compendium that will help our members to benefit more from the ETF. Most of our members have benefited already from the ETF loan and they are happy. And with the new compendium, I think more of our members will benefit and we want to thank the Governor for that,” Buhari said.