LASG: Lagosians To Have 20 Hours Electricity Daily
The Lagos State Government has disclosed plans to deliver 50 MegaWatt of electricity for 20 hours daily to residents through the Lagos State Electricity Policy.
Governor of Lagos, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu made this known in a statement on Saturday signed by Mr. Kayode Oyekanmi, Director Public Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives (MCIC).
Sanwo-Olu said the development was part of the efforts of his administration to accelerate industrialization within the state.
READ ALSO: Nigeria Air To Commence Operations With 49% Foreign Ownership
The Governor added that the Lagos State Electricity Policy framework was set to create a sub-national electricity sector that would be entirely off the national grid and cater to the needs of households in the state.
Commending the creativity and resilience of young industrialists, Sanwo-Olu urged them to tap into the opportunities made available by the state government.
He said that some of these were finances, entrepreneurship, and technical support.
Sanwo-Olu said they could use these to provide workable solutions to the challenges of industrialization in the state and country at large.
“It is time to think outside the box. You can for instance begin to think of developing machines that refine raw materials in small qualities to start with, but run solely on solar or other forms of clean energy.
“It is not the time to think of things we don’t have, rather, it is the time to maximize the opportunities at our disposal”, Sanwo- Olu said.
“I want you to know that we, the society, expect more from you in terms of innovation and creativity that will put an end to the challenges of industrialization in Africa”, he said.
He assured that his administration would continue to give listening ears to all ideas put forward by industrialists and also give maximum support to develop them into the next big invention.
Also, Commissioner, MCIC, Dr. Lola Akande pledged the ministry’s commitment to continue to facilitate a conducive environment for commerce to thrive.
She said that the state was ready to provide necessary promotional support through policies and programs in order to attain a sustainable business environment.
Akande charged stakeholders and blue-chip companies to rise to the challenge of mentoring and supporting young industrialists in the state to improve the productivity of industries.
Delta Govt Denies Deportation Of Beggar
The Delta State Government has denied reports that it deported a female beggar allegedly constituting a nuisance in Asaba, the capital city.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, refuted the alleged deportation in a statement late on Sunday in Asaba.
He stated that the 32-year-old Ogochukwu Nwabude, who always clutched a baby, stayed at the Inter Bau Roundabout on the Asaba-Okpanam Road, for about two weeks begging for alms.
He contended that the insinuations in some quarters that the woman was deported by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa or the Delta Government were most uncharitable.
According to Ifeajika, a check was conducted on the woman by officials of the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.
“After observing her for a period, it was revealed that she was stable and of sound mind, but needed financial help.
“And moved by her need, and as with standard procedure in handling such matters, the ministry gave her some assistance, especially as she was with a baby.
“Thereafter, it returned her to its counterpart Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in Anambra for necessary support,” he added.
Ifeajika explained that the measure was a routine activity on similar cases, which often transpired among states in the country and the Federal Capital Territory.
“The Anambra State Government was grateful to its Delta counterpart for the effort and promptly began the process of assistance to the woman.”
“The Delta government acted in good faith and within the ambit of regulations, which the Anambra State Government acknowledged with gratitude,” he stated.
Ifeajika added, “It is necessary to state that other states in the country had returned some of our citizens to us at different times and still do.
“It is a normal routine that should not be politicised because it bothers on serious humanitarian service.
“What the Delta government did was the routine procedure in rehabilitating persons of that nature and it is the standard practice among states in the country.
“We provided her with some assistance and returned her to her state of origin to ensure that she is properly re-integrated into society.”
Abiodun Promises Quality Roads For Ogun People
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has promised more quality rural roads for villagers along the Mosa Junction-Ijana Alapako Oni Road in the Obafemi Owode Local Government Area.
The governor said this while introducing the contractor awarded the Mosa juncture-Ijana Alapako Oni road.
The contractor, Messrs. Springview Concept Nig. Ltd, was introduced to the traditional leaders in the Obafemi Owode LGA.
Abiodun, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development, Adetayo Adewale, said the commencement of the road under the direct supervision of the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project would lead to job creation and bring about development along the corridor.
He said the government prioritised the road because of the abundant farm produce being cultivated along the corridors.
He said, “Our governor has graciously approved the commencement of this road as a demonstration/pilot project under the RAAMP because of the abundance of farm produce in this axis.
“I can allay the fears of our baales about the quality of the job we shall deliver here. It cannot be different from the durable job this government is known for in the past four years thereabout.”
Jega, Former INEC Chairman Appointed Chancellor Of Kano University
Prof. Attahiru Jega, a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, has been named chancellor of Sa’adatu Rimi University of Education, Kumbotso, by the Kano State Executive Council.
After the state’s Executive Council meeting, Malam Muhammad Garba, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Internal Affairs, made the disclosure, as the council also named Oba Dr. Moshood Aliiwo to be the university’s chancellor.
The approval, according to him, was granted after the National Universities Commission designated the institution as the 222nd university overall and 61st state university in Nigeria.
READ ALSO: Manual Transmission Of Election Result is Full Of Fraud – Jega
Garba also added that the appointments followed Part III Section 22 of the Sa’adatu Rimi University of Education Kumbotso Law.
“Sections 1, 2, and 3 of the second schedule of the law provides that ‘the visitor, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje shall appoint the Chancellor, Pro-Chancellor/Chairman of the council and external members of the council,” he said.
He noted that the Pro-Chancellor and members of the External Council will be appointed for terms of four years, extendable for a second and final term of four years.
READ ALSO: Manual Transmission Of Election Result is Full Of Fraud – Jega
Garba noted that the council also approved the appointment of principal officers by the visitor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
The appointed officers include;
- Prof. Isa Yahaya Bunkure – Provost of Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education, Kumbotso, and Vice Chancellor of Sa’adatu Rimi University of Education.
- Dr. Kabiru Ahmad Gwarzo as Deputy Provost (Academics), Deputy Vice-Chancellor;
- Dr. Miswaru Bello as Deputy Provost (Administration), Deputy Vice-Chancellor;
- Saminu Bello Zubairu as Registrar, Kumbotso, Registrar;
- Ibrahim Muhammad Yahaya as Bursar, Bursar
- Mabruka Abubakar Abba as College Librarian.
The Vice-Chancellor, Registrar, Bursar, and Library are appointed for terms of five years, while the Deputy Vice-Chancellors for Academics and Administration are appointed for terms of two years each.