Eniola Akinkuotu


A former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, has advised the immediate past Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, to go and make peace with his former boss, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.Chief-Femi-Fani-Kayode

Fashola, who has been in the news for spending N78.3m of taxpayers’ money on a personal website, www.tundefashola.com, and for spending N139m on the drilling of two boreholes at the Lagos House, Ikeja, is believed to be at loggerheads with Tinubu.

Leaders of the All Progressives Congress who are loyal to Tinubu were also absent at a book launch held in honour of Fashola last week, fuelling speculations that all was not well between Tinubu and Fashola. Read More →



Geoff Iyatse


Since he went online to accept the result of the 2015 Lagos State governorship poll, Jimi Agbaje has abandoned the same digital platforms where he received much attention during his campaign.

At the recent general elections, Agbaje, who contested with the Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, stood tall on different digital platforms, enjoying a huge traffic that came from residents of Lagos and beyond.Internet-Punch-illustration

The pharmacist, alongside a few other politicians, was credited for some of the innovations that shaped online campaign during the elections.

For instance, he was credited for popularising the use of hangout, an online interview forum. The platform, which he used regularly, gave him an opportunity to bring journalists and other members of the public together for an interaction. Read More →



 

There has been considerable interest in Lagos roads in recent times. A number of media houses have focused on the challenges posed by the state of the roads to the commuting public. While we do not seek to join issues with anyone, believing that the interest and focus being served by the publications is to draw government’s attention to the plight of the citizens, we must assure all that government is fully aware of the state of the roads and is poised to address them soon.Ambode

As a matter of fact, some of the roads mentioned are already under contract and work is being affected by the onset of the rains during which only limited meaningful construction can be undertaken. It is also a fact that Lagos rainy days in the last two years have increased giving only about 5 months of the year for road construction activity. Thus contractors may not be on site working at full pace. Apart from this, it is necessary to state that early stages of construction work are done off-site as pre-cast elements except for excavation of drains.Flooded roads are a direct consequence of both the nature of the state’s topography (being 2 metres below sea level on the average) and citizens’ habits. Achieving a flood-free environment with such a topography is a herculean task. This is further made difficult with the bad habit of some residents who turn the provided drainage channels into refuse dumps. Despite the fact that flooding is common during heavy rainfall, the responsibility of government is to ensure that the drainages are desilted. This is already being done on a massive scale to avoid and prevent the frequent flash flood. Read More →



Posted by: Dada Aladelokun


Another tanker laden with petrol fell in front of a filling station at Oribawa bus stop on Lekki-Epe Expressway yesterday.

It spilled its cintent all over the road. No life was lost.Petrol tanker

Immediately, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) cordonned off the area, warning residents, commuters and others to keep away from the scene to avoid fire outbreak.

Victims of last Saturday’s petrol tanker explosion, which razed 34 houses and 70 shops at Idimu, Lagos State, remained in shock yesterday. Read More →



 

Akinwunmi Ambode being sworn in as governor of Lagos State at exactlyAmbodes-inauguration

THE inauguration of Akinwunmi Ambode as the governor of Lagos State and Dr. (Mrs) Idiat Oluranti Adebule as the Deputy Governor took place at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Onikan on Friday May 29, 2015.

The eventattracted dignitaries including the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu 1; Senator Oluremi Tinubu, the Chief Judge of State, Justice Oluwafunmilayo Atilade; Chief Imam of Lagos, Alhaji Garba Akinola; former Deputy Governors Mrs. Serah Adebisi Sosan and Femi Pedro; Commissioner of Police, Kayode Aderanti, among others.Babatunde
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN (middle)taking a salute during the formal swearing-in of the 14th Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Onikan, Lagos on Friday, May 29, Read More →



 

* Ex-Lagos governor now one of the most powerful godfathers

* Seen as favouring technocrats who can solve problems

“I am a talent hunter. I put talents in office, I help them,” says former Lagos state governor and opposition alliance leader Bola Tinubu, being quite open about his role as one of Nigeria’s most powerful political godfathers.Asiwaju-Bola-Tinubu

“I use the best hand, the best brain, the best experience for the job,” he told Reuters after voting this month in a governorship election in Nigeria’s economic capital which, as expected, his hand picked candidate Akinwunmi Ambode won.But it isn’t only in his traditional fiefdom in the ethnic Yoruba southwest that Tinubu has sought to be a kingmaker. His support for former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari was seen as a key factor in the latter’s win against President Goodluck Jonathan in the March 28 presidential election in Africa’s biggest economy and oil producer. Read More →



George Okojie, Lagos

Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola on Tuesday decried the introduction of ethnicity and religious issues into the nation’s politics.

Fashola said this while addressing teeming members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW who embarked on solidarity walk for the All Progressives Congress, (APC) governorship candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode in the Lagos metropolis before converging on the state government, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja.fashola

He said, “those who introduce it didn’t mean well for this country,” lamented that the intention of the proponent of the idea was to disrupt the country’s democracy rather than improve it.

Fashola added, “You see the people who introduce ethnicity and religion into the country’s politics didn’t mean well for us. And that was why I have continued to challenge them that what have they done for the country. Read More →