Lagos State, FG Partner on Affordable Housing for Federal and State Civil Servants

Lagos State, FG Partner on Affordable Housing for Federal and State Civil Servants

The Lagos State Government and the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation on Thursday commenced talks on partnership for the massive provision of affordable housing for Federal and State civil servants to address housing deficit especially for workers in the State.

Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, who disclosed this while leading a technical delegation to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the Lagos House in Ikeja, said the decision to go into partnership with the State Government followed the need to key into the housing programme of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

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She said under the scheme known as the Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) programme, the Lagos State Government will be required to provide land for development of affordable housing for Federal civil servants, while 10 to 15 percentage of the scheme will be made available for civil servants in the State, who will benefit as the State’s equity contribution to the scheme.

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The Federal HOS, who was received by the Lagos State Head of Service, Mrs Olabowale Ademola and top government functionaries in the housing sector on behalf of Governor Ambode, said the decision to partner with the State Government was borne out of the fact that many civil servants were willing to own properties in Lagos, being the commercial capital of Nigeria.

Oyo-Ita said: “We are here today to introduce to you Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) Programme which is a welfare programme for federal civil servants that aspire to provide affordable housing for civil servants.

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“Lagos State is critical to this scheme and it is so because Lagos is the commercial capital of Nigeria and apart from the fact that quite a number of Lagos State indigene who are federal civil servants would want to own their homes here in Lagos State, there is a cross-section of Nigerians like somebody like me who grew up in Lagos who will like to have homes in Lagos State,” Oyo-Ita said.

She added that aside the fact that Lagos stands to benefit immensely from the scheme in terms of property tax and income tax, arrangement was also ongoing with the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) and other international agencies to grant single digit loan to estate developers to develop the scheme.

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Responding, Mrs. Ademola said the deliberations at the meeting would be conveyed to the Governor and assured that appropriate communication would soon been made.

Mrs. Ademola alongside other top government functionaries in Lagos State, however raised enquiries as to the benefit for civil servants in the State, after which the Chairman of the FISH scheme and Permanent Secretary in the office of the Federal Head of Service, Mr. Yemi Adelakun assured of 10 to 15 per cent reservation for State civil servants.

It was also agreed that a joint technical committee should be set up to work out and fine tune the process in terms of benefit to State civil servants.

Address Delivered at the Commissioning of the Helipad  at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) on Thursday 11th August, 2016

Address Delivered at the Commissioning of the Helipad  at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) on Thursday 11th August, 2016

Barely a month ago, a 27-bed Critical Care Unit was commissioned here in LASUTH to provide life/organ support system for critically ill patients who require intensive monitoring and post-operative treatment.

Today, we are commissioning a Helipad to facilitate medical evacuation and air ambulance transfer of patients to Trauma Centers.

The provision of these facilities is consistent with our commitment to raise the service delivery capacity of LASUTH and other Lagos State health facilities to international standards to save lives of our people.

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This Helipad being commissioned today is a lifesaving asset and critical complement to the efficient functioning of this Unit and other emergency services being rendered by the State. The Helipad will also aid the movement of patients from remote areas where healthcare facilities to provide the level of emergency medicine required are not readily available.

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Over the years, we have witnessed emergency situations which require timely movement of victims to appropriate medical facilities. Keeping in mind that every minute matters in securing the lives of people involved in these incidents, the usual movement by road is not the best option in such situations. Helicopters have therefore become an efficient and reliable option which can only be made possible with the availability of helipads within the hospital environment.

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Given the status of LASUTH, as the State flagship tertiary health institution, offering referral services for other public and private medical institutions, it was obvious the helipad had to be located here.

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This facility will be operated by specially trained personnel who will give us 24-hour service, guarantee expert medical care during emergency transfer and safe landing at all times. In addition, government will intensify efforts to acquire an Air Ambulance to complete the cycle.

DSC_0548In furtherance of government’s efforts to strengthen the health facilities in the State, the Bola Tinubu Health and Diagnostic Centre will soon become operational. The rehabilitation and upgrading of the 24/7-bed and Five (5) Theatre Suit for pregnant women, popularly called Ayinke House, is on-going and should be ready for use by June 2017.

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In addition, approval has been granted for the rehabilitation, upgrade and bulk purchase of medical equipment required in 20 Secondary and 21 Primary health facilities across the State.

With the recent execution of a Memorandum of Understanding with selected investors, Lagos State is on the verge of becoming a hub for medical tourism once our Medical Park at the old School of Nursing, Ikoyi comes on stream.

DSC_0540With the support of our hardworking and dedicated personnel in the health sector, we are confident that we will achieve our set objectives in the health sector, save lives and guarantee a healthy State.

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Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, it is now my pleasure to formally commission this Helipad in the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital to the Glory of God and benefit of humanity.

Thank you.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa l’ogun!!!

 

 

Akinwunmi Ambode 

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

 

11th August, 2016.

Newly Built Lay-by at Berger Bus Stop, Iyana Oworo

Newly Built Lay-by at Berger Bus Stop, Iyana Oworo

Following the monumental success recorded on the segregated lay-by constructed by the Lagos State Government at Iyana Oworo which greatly reduced traffic faced by motorists descending the ever busy Third Mainland Bridge, the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode again thought of the need to have a replica of the segregated park at the other side of the axis.

 The modern segregated lay-by has been completed on the other side of Iyana Oworo inward Third Mainland Bridge, and motorists plying the route are already testifying to the free flow of traffic since the construction of the Park.

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Newly built segregated lay-by to ease the flow of traffic at Berger Bus Stop, Iyana Oworo by the Lagos State Government, on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.
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Newly built segregated lay-by to ease the flow of traffic at Berger Bus Stop, Iyana Oworo by the Lagos State Government, on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.
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Newly built segregated lay-by to ease the flow of traffic at Berger Bus Stop, Iyana Oworo by the Lagos State Government, on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.
Pictures: Completion of Pedestrian Bridge at Berger Bus-stop

Pictures: Completion of Pedestrian Bridge at Berger Bus-stop

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Pedestrian Bridge at Berger bus stop being used by the people shortly after completion along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway by the Lagos State Government, on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.
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Pedestrian Bridge at Berger bus stop being used by the people shortly after completion along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway by the Lagos State Government, on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.
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Pedestrian Bridge at Berger bus stop being used by the people shortly after completion along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway by the Lagos State Government, on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.
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Pedestrian Bridge at Berger bus stop being used by the people shortly after completion along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway by the Lagos State Government, on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.
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Pedestrian Bridge at Berger bus stop being used by the people shortly after completion along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway by the Lagos State Government, on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.

 

 

No Hiding Place for Criminals in Lagos

No Hiding Place for Criminals in Lagos

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday warned that any building used as hideouts by kidnappers, vandals and other criminal elements in any part of the State would henceforth be confiscated and taken over by government.

The State Government, while vowing that it would henceforth scale up enforcement of restriction of commercial motorcycles, popularly called Okada, on certain routes and ban on street trading, said security agencies have been placed on red alert and that there shall no longer be any hiding place for criminal elements in any part of the State.

Rising from the monthly State Security Council Meeting chaired by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the government said it had resolved to henceforth embark on massive and aggressive confiscation of properties used as hideouts by criminal elements in the State.

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The State’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, who briefed journalists at the end of the meeting alongside heads of all security agencies in the State, said the decision of government followed recent security threats in the State, and the need to take strong and decisive action to address the situation.

According to Owoseni, “The take away for today after the Security Council Meeting is for us to look at all the strategies that we have been employing in tackling the security challenges that we had in the State and to further strategise with the view to sustaining those measures that would put all the criminal elements in check and the Security Council of the State has come out to let our people know emphatically that the State is more poised at tackling all the criminal challenges and making sure that all the criminal elements that are going about in the State will not be allowed any free reign; they will not be given freedom of space to practice any of their criminal acts.

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“There is no hiding place for criminal elements again in the State and as we get them, they would be made to face the full wrath of the law. In addition to that, the Council resolved that any structure or any places of hiding that criminal elements are using in the State, the State will not hesitate, in the interest of the public, to take over those safe havens, structures or houses that these criminal elements are using as hiding places to perpetrate their criminal activities.”

The CP added that the Council also resolved that in as much as government had been enforcing the Okada restriction with human face, the law would henceforth be scaled up to achieve the purpose of its enactment.

He said: “The State still want to use this opportunity to further enlighten the public on the need to observe those laws that have been made in order to make life easy for the good people of Lagos.

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“The two particular ones that we have looked at is the restriction of the commercial motorcycles to certain routes in the State and of course the activities of street traders. What we want people to know is that the State is not sleeping on its enforcement duties but government is just trying to be responsible in the way these laws are enforced.

“The Security Council wants us to seize this opportunity to let the people know that these laws are made to be complied with and that we will not stop at making sure that they are enforced as they are supposed to be, and that elements that contravene these laws would also be made to face the law.”

He debunked insinuations as to whether there were challenges in enforcing the laws, saying that government was only trying to enforce the law with human face and urged the people to cooperate with government.

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Owoseni also advised criminal elements in the State to turn a new leaf and get themselves meaningfully engaged, as there is no hiding place for them in the State.

He further charged residents to be security conscious, saying that security starts with the people.