Appeal Court Affirms Lagos Traffic Law On Okada Restriction

Appeal Court Affirms Lagos Traffic Law On Okada Restriction

The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos on Thursday affirmed the judgment of a Lagos High Court upholding the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Lagos State Road Traffic Law 2012 which restricts commercial motorcycles popularly known as Okada from plying some routes in the State.

The Appellants (The Incorporated Trustees of All Nigerians Autobike Commercial Owners and Workers Association (ANACOWA) and other persons via an Originating Summons, had approached the High Court of Lagos State contesting that Section 3 of the Lagos State Road Traffic Law 2012 violated their right to freedom of movement and sought an order of the Court to declare the said Section as unconstitutional.

However the Court of Appeal held that Section 3 of the Law was not ultra vires the powers of the Lagos State House of Assembly to enact laws for the State.

The Court further ruled that the Law was enacted with the overriding intention to protect the interest of the public, provide environmental sanity and reasonably justifiable for a society like Lagos State.

In a related development, the Appeal Court in Lagos has upturned the judgment of a Federal High Court in Lagos awarding $5,707, 297.90 (about N2bn) against the Lagos State Government over a disputed property in Victoria Island area of the State.

Former Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Dan Abutu, had in a judgment delivered on November 2, 2007 awarded the sum as special damages and N10,000,000 as exemplary damages against the Lagos State Government over alleged illegal entry into the said property located at No.1A Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island, Lagos by men of the State’s Special Task Force on Environment.

The plaintiff in the suit, Zanen Verstoep had in 2006 dragged the State Government to Federal High Court claiming the sum of $5,707, 297.90 (US Dollars) as general damages and N200,000,000 as well as N300,000,000 as exemplary damages for the said alleged illegal entry.

Dissatisfied with the judgment of the lower court, the State Government filed a notice of appeal, and asked that the judgment be reversed for lacking in merit.

The Appeal Court, in its judgment delivered on June 23, 2016 by Justice S.C Oseji upheld the arguments of the Honourable Attorney General of Lagos State, Mr Adeniju Kazeem, saying that there was merit in the appeal.

In arriving at the decision reversing the judgment of the Federal High Court, the Appeal Court held that the contention of the Lagos State Government that the respondent failed to strictly prove the special damages it claimed was justified, adding that this was fatal to the first Respondent’s ( Zanen Verstoep) case.

Address Delivered By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor Of Lagos State On The Occasion Of The 2016 Public Service Day Celebration At The Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, The Secretariat, Alausa, On Thursday, 23rd June, 2016

Address Delivered By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor Of Lagos State On The Occasion Of The 2016 Public Service Day Celebration At The Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, The Secretariat, Alausa, On Thursday, 23rd June, 2016

June 23rd of every year is a day to remind all public servants across the globe about the virtue and nobility of service. It is a time to review and take stock of our service delivery to the public. Today, Lagos State joins the global public service to celebrate our accomplishments and recognise those who have demonstrated uncommon zeal in the discharge of their duties.

We felicitate with all public servants in Lagos State and all public sector employees across the world on this special Day dedicated to celebrate them by the United Nations. Lagos State public servants have, over the years, continued to work hard and distinguish themselves, delivering quality services to the public which has confirmed our State as a true “Centre of Excellence” and our Public Service as second to none in terms of productivity and efficiency.

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The theme for this year’s celebration ‘Inclusiveness and Public Service Delivery’ reflects some of the goals of our administration which are to deliver first class service to all Lagisans and to run a government of inclusion that would leave nobody behind.

This celebration is another opportunity for us to reflect on the journey and progress made so far in transforming our Public Service. For development to occur in any society, the Government must continually overhaul its machinery of service for efficiency.

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This informed our decision to introduce some reforms on assumption of office. The result of these efforts is that our government has become more responsive to the yearnings of our people. We have brought openness and inclusiveness to governance to increase involvement, enhance wider citizen participation and thereby contribute to the emergence of useful innovations. The impact of social media on good governance is instructive here.

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It is no longer acceptable for the provision of public services to be marred by bureaucracy or red-tape. At every point in the execution of a public servant’s duties, the paramount consideration must be the need of the general public to enjoy better services. I therefore urge you to rededicate yourselves to the goal of delivering quality service in an honest, effective and transparent manner always.

I must say that we are yet to witness a full-cycle of CHANGE in attitude of our Civil Service. I am hopeful that the message of improved quality service delivery will permeate the rank and file of the entire service.

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We thank you all for the significant progress that our Administration has achieved so far. It has been made possible by your commendable perseverance, support and abiding faith in our policies and programmes, as well as your dedication to duty and unflinching loyalty to the State.

We shall continue to build incorruptible institutions and systems in the coming years that will respond to the needs of Lagosians. Our wish is to see all government ministries and agencies become veritable tools of growth and development.

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We congratulate all Public Servants on the successes recorded during the week-long celebration. We expect that the gains derived from this celebration will translate to better results for the Service as a whole, and the collective good of our people whom we have pledged to serve.

Once again, I say a big congratulations to all public/civil servants in the State.

Thank you.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo jewa l’ogun!

Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

 

 

23rd June, 2016.

Remarks By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor Of Lagos State At The Public Presentation Of A Publication “Cascade Of Change” By Mr. Steve Ayorinde At The Nigerian Institute Of International Affairs (NIIA), Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island On Thursday, 23rd June, 2016

Remarks By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor Of Lagos State At The Public Presentation Of A Publication “Cascade Of Change” By Mr. Steve Ayorinde At The Nigerian Institute Of International Affairs (NIIA), Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island On Thursday, 23rd June, 2016

This is a presentation of a compilation of thoughts from the mind of a prolific writer and social commentator who got caught in the “wind of change” in a defining era of governance and politics in Nigeria.

Looking back at the activities of the last twelve months, it seems just like yesterday. It is quite amazing what has been accomplished by the combined “will” of a people who desired “CHANGE”.

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Steve Ayorinde is an unassuming personality whose professional work has impacted on our national life in many ways as a social commentator, moderator of social commentary and now as the Chief Information Manager of Lagos State Government.   I am sure the fire that runs through his veins have been compressed to flow through his latest publication “Cascades of Change”: A Decade of Liberal Thoughts”.

The participation of Steve Ayorinde in the campaign that brought this government into office, as the arrowhead of the media and strategy team, brought him closer to me as we traversed the landscape of Lagos politics. His efforts were instructive of what we can achieve as a team if we key into the same focus.

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Steve Ayorinde represents a generation of conscious journalists who have committed to working towards a better society. We are proud to have him in the Lagos State Executive and he has been involved in various stages in the implementation of our Change Agenda. He has deployed his professional skills, competence and experience in promoting our socio-political reforms through a liberal and focused policy implementation strategy.

I am sure that this book, a collection of articles written over a 10 year period, will make interesting reading to any student of history and politics. As you can imagine, the articles of the past two years had strong political leaning, echoing the call for “CHANGE” at the Federal level and a “Continuity with Improvement” in Lagos.

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Lagos State has the largest collection of media houses in Nigeria and this implies massive media coverage of all activities in the State. Every Journalist, Editor, Columnists and Blogger has a role to play in the development of Lagos State.

This calls for transparency and constructive engagement with the media to spread our message. Our government will always do its part and we call on the media to be our partner as we build a Lagos State where everybody has a voice, a chance and opportunities.

In the last one year we have laid the foundation to make Lagos a globally competitive City-State. In the coming years, we will build on this foundation to move Lagos to the next level, a level of first class infrastructure, services, economic growth and opportunities for all.

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Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to share in the joy of the author of “Cascade of Change: A Decade of Liberal Thoughts” I have no doubt that this latest publication will enhance knowledge, shed more light on issues of public discourse and enrich policy design and implementation process.

I urge you all to enrich your personal libraries with this book. I also encourage public spirited individuals and corporate organisations to purchase copies and endow the libraries of tertiary institutions in Lagos State for the benefit of the students who are the future of our society.

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I congratulate the author for a job well done and I say on behalf of the government and people of Lagos State that we are proud of you.

Thank you.

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

 

Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

23rd June, 2016.

Residents Laud the Lagos State Government Over Repair Of Oshodi-Apapa Expressway

Residents Laud the Lagos State Government Over Repair Of Oshodi-Apapa Expressway

A cross section of Lagos State residents on Wednesday lauded the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for keeping to his promise of repairing the failed portions of Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, saying that the development has transformed the economic landscape of the axis.

Governor Ambode and his team, had about five weeks ago, made an unscheduled inspection of the road while returning from a function, where he expressed dissatisfaction at the deplorable state of some portions of the road.

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Governor Ambode not only directed the officials of the Ministry of Works to immediately move to site, but also ordered that an immediate palliative measure be put in place to alleviate the sufferings of motorists who have been complaining about the deplorable state of the road through various means.

The spokesperson for the Governor had specifically stressed that the Lagos State Government could not afford to ignore the road due to its strategic importance to the economy of the State.

A total of 4klm was repaired on the long stretch of the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway between Berlett, Ilasa and Cele Bus stops inward Oshodi. The blocked drain which caused the damage to the road was repaired while work is currently ongoing on the service lane of the road.

Speaking with newsmen on Tuesday, a trader who deals in office equipment in the area.

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Mr. Akeem Abolarinwa said the repair of the road in less than five weeks was a miracle, and it only confirmed the genuine intention of Governor Ambode to transform the State.

He said: “We are very happy with the repair of this road. This road has been in very deplorable state for long and we have been enduring untold hardship as a result of the sad development.

“I remember very well just about five weeks ago when Governor Ambode passed through this area and saw the deplorable state of the road. He came down from his vehicle and inspected it and promised us that work would start on it. Here we are today enjoying the good road. Our businesses have witnessed quantum boost since the completion of the repair work and I just want to pray that God will continue to grant Governor Ambode wisdom and strength to lead the State,” Abolarinwa said.

Another trader in area, Alhaji Sani Wasiu, who sells home and office furniture, commended Governor Ambode for keeping his words just within three days after inspecting the road.

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He said: “This is a good development. In fact, I don’t know how to appreciate the Governor. He made a promise and fulfilled it. This road was repaired in less than five weeks and this has never happened before and it is a big surprise to every one of us in this area.

“When the Governor said repair work would commence on the road immediately, we thought it was a joke and just after three days that he visited the road, we saw massive mobilization of Julius Berger to the road and they commenced work immediately.

“Everything has changed since the repair of the road. Even security has improved in this area and we now have more people coming to patronize us. I just want to give kudos to him,” Wasiu said.

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On her part, a resident of the area, Mrs Ronke Onaopepo said the quality of work done on the road within few weeks was commendable and an eloquent confirmation of the fact that the Governor is passionate about the development of the State.

She said: “We have had instances of containerized trucks falling off the road and causing traffic gridlock for hours due to the deplorable state of the road. But now, that is a thing of the past and our story has changed for the good all thanks to a compassionate Governor in charge of Lagos

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Honours 555 With Long Service Merit Award

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Honours 555 With Long Service Merit Award

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday presented long service merit awards to 555 public servants who had distinguished themselves over the years, just as he restated his commitment to the welfare of workers in the State.

The Governor who spoke at the Merit Awards ceremony held at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, congratulated the recipients of the award, saying that their diligence, hard work and sacrifice has contributed immensely  to the success story of the State since its creation in 1967.

Chairman, Local Government Service Commission, Alhaji Babatunde Rotinwa; Representative of Lagos State Governor, Commissioner for Establishment & Training, Dr. Benson Akintola; Head of Service; Mrs. Olabowale Ademola; Chairman, House Committee on Establishment & Training, Hon. Adedayo Famakinwa and Chairman, Audit Service Commission, Alhaji Wasiu Onibon during the Long Service Merit Award as part of activities marking the Y2016 Public Service Day with the theme Inclusiveness and Public Service Delivery, at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
Chairman, Local Government Service Commission, Alhaji Babatunde Rotinwa; Representative of Lagos State Governor, Commissioner for Establishment & Training, Dr. Benson Akintola; Head of Service; Mrs. Olabowale Ademola; Chairman, House Committee on Establishment & Training, Hon. Adedayo Famakinwa and Chairman, Audit Service Commission, Alhaji Wasiu Onibon during the Long Service Merit Award as part of activities marking the Y2016 Public Service Day with the theme Inclusiveness and Public Service Delivery, at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

He said, “This occasion provides another unique opportunity for me to put on record my heartfelt appreciation for the contribution of the Lagos State public servants to the success of this administration in the last one year. The modest achievements for which I have received accolades could not have been possible without the hard work and commitment of the engine room which the public service represents.”

Governor Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Establishment and Training, Dr. Benson Akintola, also seized the occasion to charge public servants to continue to show good examples as law abiding citizens of the State and work together to strengthen public trust and confidence in public institutions by being proactive, diligent, responsive, innovative and timely in service delivery.

“This is the desire goal of the various reforms and restructuring that we have introduced and implemented in the last one year,” he said.

He reiterated the commitment of his administration to the welfare of workers in the employ of the State Government, saying that it would continue to remain top priority of his administration.

Cross section of the award recipients during the Long Service Merit Award as part of activities marking the Y2016 Public Service Day with the theme Inclusiveness and Public Service Delivery, at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
Cross section of the award recipients during the Long Service Merit Award as part of activities marking the Y2016 Public Service Day with the theme Inclusiveness and Public Service Delivery, at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

“We shall adequately reward diligence, hard work and exceptional performance. Conversely, negligence, indiscipline and abuse of trust shall be sanctioned appropriately in line with rules and regulations of the public service.

“Once again, I congratulate all the awardees for the meritorious service to the State. I wish you good health and great years ahead as you look forward to glorious end of your career in the State Public Service,” Governor Ambode said.

Earlier the State Head of Service, Mrs. Olabowale Ademola said the objective of the award was to encourage diligence, commitment and loyalty among public servants in the State with the belief that it would spur both recipients and non-recipients alike to continue to put in their best at all times.

She said since the inception of the Award in 2006, several public servants have benefitted from the gesture, adding that this year’s edition was the 10th in the series.

Ademola also encouraged public servants yet to be honoured to continue to discharge their duties to the best of their abilities so as to merit such honour in the nearest future.

L-R: Chairman, Local Government Service Commission, Alhaji Babatunde Rotinwa; Representative of Lagos State Governor, Commissioner for Establishment & Training, Dr. Benson Akintola; Head of Service; Mrs. Olabowale Ademola and Chairman, House Committee on Establishment & Training, Hon. Adedayo Famakinwa during the Long Service Merit Award as part of activities marking the Y2016 Public Service Day with the theme Inclusiveness and Public Service Delivery, at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
L-R: Chairman, Local Government Service Commission, Alhaji Babatunde Rotinwa; Representative of Lagos State Governor, Commissioner for Establishment & Training, Dr. Benson Akintola; Head of Service; Mrs. Olabowale Ademola and Chairman, House Committee on Establishment & Training, Hon. Adedayo Famakinwa during the Long Service Merit Award as part of activities marking the Y2016 Public Service Day with the theme Inclusiveness and Public Service Delivery, at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

“Let me assure you that the State Government on its part will continue to provide the necessary and conducive environment for the attainment of your lofty goals. Government will also continue to place a high premium on the welfare of its staff with a view to enhancing efficiency and effectiveness in order to bring out the best in them,” the HOS said.

Responding on behalf of the recipients, Mr. Ola Micheal-Dawodu, Permanent Secretary who had put in 35 years of service, thanked the HOS and the Governor for giving them such honour, assuring that they would continue to make themselves available for service when called upon.