Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Celebrates Democracy Day With Physically Challenged Persons

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Celebrates Democracy Day With Physically Challenged Persons

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday celebrated Democracy Day with persons living with disabilities, saying that the decision to host them was not only in line with the commitment to run an all-inclusive government but to emphasise his pledge to give every individual a voice in his administration.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at an event held at the Lagos House, Ikeja, tagged ‘Ability in Disability’, said he had specially requested to mark his first year anniversary with persons living with disabilities to showcase their talents just as he enjoined Nigerians to encourage and show love rather than pity them.

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Governor Ambode, who called out four persons living with disabilities to join him on stage which included Dr Waheed Oki, a medical doctor who runs one of the largest clinics in Badagry; Shade Sulaiman, a programmer with Lagos Television; Akin Akinloye, leader of Sugar Band and a successful lawyer, Leila Atake.

He said: “These are people who are successful in their own right. Dr Oki for instance is from Lagos Island and I have known him now for over 42 years. We were in the same class in form one.

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“So I have lived all my life growing up with people with disabilities and that is why I doing this for them. I just want to honor all of you for your chosen careers and for living it up and allowing your abilities to actually triumph over your disabilities.

“I am committed to doing this and I know that with the position that I have, I am your partner and all the ones that are out there also, Lagos State will partner with all of you and you will all live your lives to the fullest.”

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He said the erroneous impression most people have about persons living with disabilities often result in discrimination and exclusion on a daily basis, saying it was high time Nigerians began to embrace them as part of the society.

“They are faced with barriers to education and training which limit their job opportunities, leading in turn to poverty, social exclusion and restricted access the basic human rights which we all take for granted. This is unacceptable. People living with disabilities have a right to live a decent life and enjoy the benefits of good governance and as much as anyone else.

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“Physical disability is not inability and should not be seen as an inhibition from achieving something positive in life. The theme of this event tells the story – “Ability in Disability”. People living with disability have special skills and talents which if properly harnessed will make a huge difference not only in their lives, but to the society,” he said.

He assured that his administration would remain committed to the welfare of all people without discrimination, saying that his government owes a duty to protect and provide for every individual and group in the State; especially the vulnerable ones.

Governor Ambode also seized the occasion to launch a N500million support fund for persons living with disabilities saying it was in line with provisions of Section 12 of the Special People’s Law, just as he called on individuals, corporate organisations, Non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders to support the fund to maximise the disabilities of challenged persons.

“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, let me use this opportunity to appeal to all Lagosians to embrace people living with disabilities. Do not discriminate against them. All they require is care, support and opportunity to live a fulfilled and productive life just like any of us,” he said.

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Governor Ambode also commended the tireless effort of the General Manager and all Officers in the Lagos State Office of Disability Affairs (LASODA) for their persistence and commitment towards effective implementation of the Lagos State Special Peoples Law of 2011, saying the registration of all persons living with disabilities in the State would ensure effective planning for the needs of Special People in the State.

Earlier, General Manager of LASODA, Dr. Babatunde Awelenge commended Governor Ambode’s magnanimous gesture and support for persons living with disabilities, saying he has truly given them a course to smile with policies that ensures their wellbeing is protected.

Highlights of the event include special performances by several groups from Pacelli School of the Blind, Kelly Blind, Sugar Band led by Akin Akinloye, veteran saxophonists, Kunle Ajayi and Yemi Sax, among others.

Pictures: Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At the First Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Exclusive Fair at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Ikeja

The Lagos State Government has commenced implementation of the National Policy on Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with the inauguration of the Lagos State Council on MSME.

On Wednesday, 5th of May, 2016, His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was at the First Lagos Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Exclusive Fair at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja. During his visit, he took out time to listen and interact with many of the manufacturers and marketers of several locally made products present at the fair.

Governor Akinwunmi encouraged and pledged the support of his administration to the manufacturers present at the Exclusive Fair. He said his administration will do everything possible to support and boost patronage for products of MSMEs.

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Lagos Evacuates 1, 340 Beggars, Destitutes In One Year

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said a total of 1, 340 beggars, destitute and mentally challenged persons were rescued off the streets of Lagos in the last one year, just as it said about 73, 664 patients were screened and helped to trace their homes through various media platforms.

Speaking at the ongoing 2016 Ministerial Press Briefing held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa to commemorate Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s one year in office, Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Pharm. Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf said the Government, in the period under review, released and re-united 590 rehabilitees with their relations for re-integration, while 1, 228 persons were rehabilitated at the Rehabilitation and Training Centre in Majidun.

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Commissioner for Youth & Social Development, Pharm. (Mrs.) Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf (middle), with Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (left) and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth & Social Development Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola (right) during the Y2016 Ministerial Press Briefing to commemorate the First Year in Office of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

Akinbile-Yussuf, who addressed the briefing jointly with the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, said many of the rehabilitees were subsequently placed on vocational training to make them contribute positively to the society, adding that 43 drug dependents rehabilitees, who probably had lost hope, were restored back to their functional ability and another 20 placed under vocational training at the Rehabilitation and Vocational Training Centre in Isheri.

The Commissioner, who reeled out many other social interventions which the Ministry embarked upon in the last twelve months, said the development was part of the vision of Governor Ambode to create an environment that is safe, conducive and prosperous not only for investors but the citizenry in general.

Besides, the Commissioner reminded residents that the law banning street trading and begging is very much in force in the state, warning that government would not hesitate to apply the full wrath of the law when necessary.

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Commissioner for Youth & Social Development, Pharm. (Mrs.) Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf (middle), with Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (left) and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth & Social Development Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola (right) during the Y2016 Ministerial Press Briefing to commemorate the First Year in Office of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

She said: “In the last one year, the Lagos State Government under the leadership of His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode recorded many achievements in the area of social welfare and for instance, I can categorically tell you that a total of 634 Juvenile cases were successfully handled under the Family Social Services, while a total of 110 applications for adoption were successfully screened.

“Also, 150 reputed cases of sexual abuse and physical abuse were treated, while five pregnant school children were assisted to access adequate antenatal and delivery services. They were also assisted to be integrated back to school,” Akinbile-Yussuf said.

In the same vein, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Lola Akande, while giving account of stewardship of her Ministry in the last one year, explained that the Ministry in its continuous child prevention, rescue and rehabilitation programmes successfully treated about 589 cases ranging from sexual abuse, physical abuse and child labour cases.

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Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (left); Commissioner for Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation, Hon. (Mrs.) Lola Akande; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Nike Odunwole and Director, Public Affairs Office, Ministry of Information & Strategy, Mrs. Toro Oladapo during the Y2016 Ministerial Press Briefing to commemorate the First Year in Office of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

She said the Ministry also received 382 cases of domestic violence out of which 234 cases were successfully treated, which among others include physical and emotional pains, harm, injury, humiliation and degradation, permanent and partial disability, separation, divorce and needless loss of precious lives.

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L-R: Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Nike Odunwole; Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde; Commissioner for Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation, Hon. (Mrs.) Lola Akande and Director, Public Affairs Office, Ministry of Information & Strategy, Mrs. Toro Oladapo during the Y2016 Ministerial Press Briefing to commemorate the First Year in Office of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

While fielding questions from journalists, Mrs. Akande tasked members of the society to come up with useful information on sexual violence not only against women, but men and other social vices including any suspected illegal baby factory.

Fuel Scarcity: Lagos Bans Indiscriminate Queues At Petrol Stations

Fuel Scarcity: Lagos Bans Indiscriminate Queues At Petrol Stations

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said it would no longer allow indiscriminate parking of vehicles on the road networks across the state on the basis of queuing up for Premium Motor Spirit otherwise known as  fuel, just as it threatened to sanction any erring filling stations and motorists who flout the directive.

Rising from the weekly State Executive Council Meeting, the government said it can no longer tolerate the attendant traffic gridlock associated with the indiscriminate parking of vehicles on the road, adding that the enforcement on the directive would commence immediately from today (Thursday).

While addressing a joint press briefing at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Dayo Mobereola, said as much as the government empathized with the people on the difficulties they have been subjected to as a result of shortage of petroleum products, it would however not watch and allow the situation cripple the flow of traffic in the state.

Mobereola, who addressed journalists alongside the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde and heads of all the government agencies involved in traffic management in the state, said the resolution of the State Government was borne out of the need to prevent the fuel shortage from degenerating into a state of anarchy.

He said: “Having empathized with the citizens, we are all aware that it is important to keep certain things in check and this is why we are addressing this press briefing in sync with the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC) and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to send a strong signal to those who do not appear to be very mindful of the law particularly in the manner in which they are administering the sale of fuel all over time.

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Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Dayo Mobereola; Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde and C.E.O, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr. Chris Olakpe during a media briefing on the traffic gridlock in the State as a result of the fuel crisis, at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Wednesday, April 06, 2016.

“In essence, what we are saying is that we will no longer accept indiscriminate queues that result in blocking traffic and easy flow of movement all over the state and that wherever this happen, we would have to deal decisively with any erring filling or petrol stations according to the law”.

Giving further details, Mobereola clarified that the action of the State Government became imperative owing to the fact that the state had been almost at a standstill as a result of fuel dispensation, saying it was the responsibility of dispensing filling stations to ensure that same was managed appropriately.

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Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Dayo Mobereola (middle), flanked by Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (left) and Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Prince Anofi Elegushi (right) during a media briefing on the traffic gridlock in the State as a result of the fuel crisis, at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Wednesday, April 06, 2016.

On the vehicles forming more than one lane, the Commissioner said: “Let me make it very clear that we will apprehend the vehicles that are going beyond one lane in queuing up for fuel. We will tow them away, charge them and fine them appropriately.

“The truth is the ease of making traffic easy is the responsibility of everybody starting from the state, the filling stations and the users. The indiscriminate queues has been going on for too long and it must stop because the minority cannot be punishing the majority and that is the problem the state has been facing and this has to stop.

“We have all our enforcement agencies with us; we have spoken to the PPMC and DPR as well and so from tomorrow, we are stating it categorically that all dispensing filling stations must maintain one lane and any vehicle that we see that is forming the second lane or going to the exit to want to go in to the filling station will be apprehended, towed away, fined and we are going to make sure that our Mobile Courts are working and punishing any erring motorist,” Mobereola said.

On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr. Chris Olakpe reminded motorists that the fine for willful obstruction of traffic ranges from N10, 000 to N100, 000, while owners of impounded vehicles would also pay fines for towing ranging from N10, 000 to N100, 000 as the case may be.

Lagos State Government Urges Precaution Against Change In Climatic Condition

Lagos State Government Urges Precaution Against Change In Climatic Condition

The Lagos State Government has urged Lagosians to take precautionary measures against the changes in climatic conditions over a period of time.

In a statement signed by the Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, the government said the changes in climatic conditions is a result of prolonged period of excessively hot weather, accompanied by high humidity.

He said the changes has been noted in the past four to eight weeks, which has led to an increasing trend in high-humidity heat waves, characterised by the persistence of extremely high night-time temperature.

Adejare said, “These extreme weather conditions can make for a deadly paring, offering no relief and posing a particular threat for the elderly and the children alike.

“The State Government is therefore urging Lagosians to take precautionary measures and safeguard their health by taking more water especially the elderly, pregnant women and the children,”.