Residents of Makoko community in central Lagos enjoyed free healthcare services recently, during a health programme by beverage giant, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, in partnership with the United States Consulate, Lagos.

The two-day health outreach which held at the Makoko Anglican Primary school was managed by civil society organization, the George Kerry Life Foundation and involved free medical check-ups, diagnosis and treatment of common ailments as well as free screening for cervical and breast cancer.

Over 450 residents, mostly women and children, benefitted from the health services provided by trained medical personnel from the Consulate as well as some Nigerian health volunteers.

Speaking on the partnership, Emeka Mba, the Community Affairs Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria remarked that the outreach was in line with Coca-Cola’s commitment to promote wellbeing of the communities in which it operates through health and wellness initiatives. He called for increased Public Private Partnership as means to scale the impact of such interventions. Read More →



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The Lagos State House of Assembly has said it would not just go ahead with disqualifying commissioners and special advisers nominated by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode currently being screened by the House.Lagos-House-of-Assembly

Chairman of the 15-man screening committee and Deputy Speaker of the House, Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, stated this following petitions against some of the 37 nominees, including Dr. Olufemi Onanuga, who was allegedly expelled from the Ikoyi Club for fraud.

As the ad-hoc committee commenced the screening Monday with a mandate to properly screen the nominees with some set guidelines, Eshilokun-Sanni said the committee would give the nominees the opportunity to defend themselves.

The Deputy Speaker described the House as a responsive and responsible institution that would not just automatically disqualify nominees based on petitions. Read More →




Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointments of Mr Rahman Ipaye as Deputy Chief of Staff and Mr Laolu Akande as Senior Special Assistant (Media & Publicity) in the Presidency.

This information is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

According to the statement, the two new appointees will work in the Office of the Vice President.

Ipaye is the immediate past Attorney General of Lagos State.

He studied at the University of Lagos where he graduated with B.A. (Hons) degree in History in 1984; LL.B. Hons (1988) and LL.M. (1991).

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators respectively.

Before his appointment as Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ipaye was employed as a lecturer in the Department of Commercial and Industrial Law, University of Lagos (1992 to 2001). Read More →



By Segun James in Yenagoa

 

 

He didn’t die in my house, says Alaibe Bayelsa Govt: Sad and painful loss

The immediate past Bayelsa State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Col. Sam Inokoba (rtd), whose defection with others to the All Progressives Congress (APC), 19 days ago caused a stir, has died in Lagos.Sam-Inokoba

The announcement came just as the former Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and governorship aspirant in Bayelsa State on the platform of the APC, Mr. Timi Alaibe, on Wednesday denied some online reports that the late Inokoba died in his house in Lagos.

According to a statement issued by his eldest son, Waripamo, Inokoba,his 67-year-old father was said to have slumped and died in Lagos while on a private visit to his family.

Although information about how he died is still sketchy, insinuations flying around political circles has it that he may have died of food poisoning, while others claimed that the deceased’s health was frail and has been a regular visitor to various hospitals abroad, having recently slumped at a public gathering. Read More →




Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, Wednesday, expressed sadness over the death of one of Nigeria’s prominent business mogul and diplomat, Chief Antonio Oladeinde Fernandez.

He passed on at the age of 79 on Tuesday in Brussels, Belgium, following an undisclosed illness.Antonio-Deinde-Fernandez
Governor Ambode in a condolence message signed by his Chef Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, described the deceased as a bureaucrat and experienced diplomat who gave his all to the service of the African continent during his life time.

The Governor also paid glowing tribute to the business tycoon, whom he said offered himself for service to ensure the unity of the nation adding that he would remain a true hero of the country. Read More →



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The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has asked Chief Bode George to keep quiet for now and continue to lick the wounds inflicted on him following the colossal defeat his party suffered at both the national and state level in the just concluded federal elections.Bode_George

In a press statement issued in Lagos by the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, APC noted that Chief Bode George like the Lagos PDP Chairman, Tunji Shelle has just woken up from a chronic hallucination after suffering a choking and devastating defeat in the hands of APC.

“Bode George is yet to come to terms that it is all over for PDP in Nigeria and Lagos. He is yet to believe that Lagos APC has forcefully retired him from active politics for ever in Nigeria and Lagos State,” APC said in the statement. Read More →



 

Lagos – The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday urged legal professionals to reform and renovate the law profession in the country to meet international standards.
Osinbajo made the call at the inauguration ceremony of the Ultra Modern Sir Adetokunbo Ademola Dinning Hall of the Law School, Lagos.osibanjo
The hall was remodeled and refurbished by the South Atlantic Petroleum Ltd. (SAPETRO), founded by a retired Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Theophillus Danjuma.
Osinbajo, a professor of law, said that the legal profession might continue to suffer serious decline and lose its pride of place in the affairs of the country, if fundamental reforms were not implemented.
”This is an institution where we teach the law, teach character and teach discipline. But the declining rate of law education in the country calls for concern.
”The Council of Legal Education is a statutory body charged with the responsibility of ensuring standards in the teaching and learning of legal education.
”I urge members of the Council to ensure that the necessary restructuring and reorganization of the legal education sector is put in place to promote the Nigeria legal system, until it is at par with international standard.
”The laws guiding legal education in Nigeria needed to be updated to reflect the demands of the time. Changes are necessary to bring up the quality of legal education in this country, ” he said. Read More →