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Lagos Recruits 435 Fire Officers, Commissions New Fire Stations




Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has stated that his administration would continue to support the State Emergency Responders System to reduce the casualty figures and losses resulting from disasters.

Speaking through the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat at a Symposium themed: “Emergency Systems and the Economy: Impact and Opportunities”, held on Tuesday at the Marriott Hotel, Ikeja, Governor Sanwo-Olu said this will further boost investors’ confidence and consolidate the State’s position as being investment friendly.

According to the Governor, “For a State with an estimated population of over 20 million people, host to industrial, commercial and economic activities, which translates to multi-billion naira investments, as well as the most urbanised cosmopolitan in the West African sub-region, the responsibility of ensuring the safety of lives and properties in terms of emergency response and management is quite herculean”, he said.

Sanwo-Olu added that like most smart nations and sub-national governments, the State Government has taken steps to invest in risk mitigation against natural and man-made disasters like flooding, fire outbreak, collapsed buildings, and others, which could negatively impact the lives of our citizens, shatter dreams and the hope of the vulnerable.

He noted that his administration, from inception, was very clear about its Strategic Policy Focus, which aimed at repositioning the State Emergency Responders to carry out their onerous responsibilities of providing safety and rescue service in the State.

Sanwo-Olu stressed that his administration is convinced that with modern equipment and well-trained/motivated personnel, response to and management of all kinds of emergencies will improve significantly.

In his words: “Government has stepped up the intervention, by establishing six new Fire Stations, three of which have been completed at Ebute Elefun in Lagos Island, Ajegunle in Ajeromi Ifelodun and Oniru Estate in Iru/Victoria Island. The new fire stations underscore our unrelenting commitment to improve the response time, increase proximity and ensure firefighters get to the theatre of operations in record time”.

“On human capacity, the Governor stated that the State Government has recruited 435 Fire Officers to boost the personnel in the Fire and Rescue Service Agency”, he added.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Mr. Mobolaji Ogbedengbe stated that the need to proffer solutions to the current challenges such as massive changes in the world, climate, and natural elements, from citizens and increasing expectation from the governed witnessed in the world and the state as well, has become more essential.

He noted that the symposium tagged: “Emergency Systems and the Economy: Impact and Opportunities”, has brought together célèbre minds to deliberate on a way forward and to suggest solutions to make Lagos State a better place to live in.

In his goodwill message, Chairman/CEO Sandeco Group Nigeria, Mr. Vincent Southey Effiong stated that the provision of robust emergency systems in the society often has a direct correlation to the outcome of any government’s investment drive, either foreign or local.

Similarly, the Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Mr. Sesan Tunde Ogundeko, said a critical examination of the State’s Emergency Management Architecture is overdue, particularly considering the incidence of flood and other national disasters that have ravaged many states within and outside Nigeria.

The highlight of the event was the unveiling of a new logo for the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service Agency.

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Hoodlums Set Court Ablaze In Ebonyi



Hoodlums suspected to be political thugs have set ablaze a state High Court in Owutu-Edda, Afikpo South Local Government Area of Ebonyi.

Mrs Oluchi Uduma, the Registrar of the court confirmed the incident to newsmen in Owutu-Edda on Tuesday.

She said that the hoodlums invaded the court on Tuesday and set the building ablaze.

Uduma explained that the court building, documents and other valuables were completely burnt.

The Chairman of Afikpo South Local Government Area, Mr Chima Nkama also confirmed the incident, adding that the matter was reported to the police.



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Lagos Archbishop Condemns Ethnic Profiling During Guber Poll



The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins, has condemned all forms of ethnic profiling, utterances, and violence witnessed in some parts of Lagos State, before, during and after the recent elections.

In a statement signed on Wednesday by the Director of Social Communications, Rev. Fr. Anthony Godonu, the prelate urged the state government as a matter of urgency to call all parties to order and to put in place a machinery for the quick restoration of peace and normalcy.

Martins said that if the trend was not urgently checkmated, it could truncate the peaceful co-existence of residents of the state.

He described as unfortunate and unacceptable, the tension, hate speech and violence, especially before, during and after the recent Governorship and House of Assembly elections in some parts of the state.

He implored the law enforcement agencies to safeguard the lives and property of all residents irrespective of tribe, religion, or ethnic groups.

The clergy also urged the residents of Lagos to remain calm and not allow themselves to be divided against their neighbours.

According to him, the ethnic and discriminatory comments making the rounds, particularly on social media, are not a reflection of the true nature of Lagosians, who are known to be peace-loving, accommodating and cosmopolitan, including by promoting inter-tribal marriages for many decades.

“I call on everyone to put a stop to the spread of hate speech and fake news and to shun all forms of rancor.

“The divisive comments and behaviours, particularly along ethnic or tribal line is not conducive to good neigbourliness and peaceful coexistence,” he said.

Martins advised the people of Lagos State not to allow the political class to whip up such divisive sentiments to disrupt their lives and livelihood.

He said that we are equal before God and the only man-made distinction among people was between the poor and the rich, the privileged and the underprivileged.

“We are all equal before God, we are Nigerians and have lived and interacted together as one people for decades in Lagos and other parts of our country.

“With the elections over, we hope that all those who have been fanning the embers of ethnic division will be more circumspect and desist from further heating up the polity.

“We must be law-abiding citizens and not take the law into our hands in any guise,” he said.

Martins commiserated with the families of those who lost their loved ones and whose property were destroyed in the violence in the state and across the country.

He also called on law enforcement agencies to do the needful where offences have been committed, as part of efforts to facilitate a national healing process.

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United States Condemn Violence, Intimidation Of Voters During Lagos Guber Poll



The United States says it is deeply troubled by the disturbing acts of violent voter intimidation and suppression that took place during those polls in Lagos, Kano, and other states.

In a statement by the US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria, which was seen by IfakoIjaiyeNews, the government said the use of ethnically charged rhetoric before, during, and after the gubernatorial election in Lagos was particularly concerning.

The statement read: “Nigeria carried out the second round of its electoral process with gubernatorial and state assembly elections on March 18.  The United States is deeply troubled by the disturbing acts of violent voter intimidation and suppression that took place during those polls in Lagos, Kano, and other states.  Members of the U.S. diplomatic mission observed the elections in Lagos and elsewhere and witnessed some of these incidents first-hand.  The use of ethnically charged rhetoric before, during, and after the gubernatorial election in Lagos was particularly concerning.  We commend all Nigerian political actors, religious and community leaders, youth, and citizens who have chosen to reject and speak out against such violence and inflammatory language, affirming Nigerians’ commitment to and respect for the democratic process.

“We call on Nigerian authorities to hold accountable and bring to justice any individuals found to have ordered or carried out efforts to intimidate voters and suppress voting during the election process.  The United States likewise will consider all available actions, including additional visa restrictions, on individuals believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Nigeria.

“Following the February 25 national elections, the United States joined other international observers in urging the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to improve voting processes and technical elements that experienced flaws in that voting round.  The March 18 elections appear to have had significant operational improvements, as polling stations generally opened on time and most results were visible on an electronic viewing platform in a timely manner.

“The United States renews its call for any challenges to election results to go through established legal processes, which must not be interfered with.  We further call for Nigeria’s people to work together as they participate in and continue to strengthen the country’s vibrant democracy.”

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