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Lagos Govt To Demolish Over 10 Distress Buildings

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Lagos Govt To Demolish Over 10 Distress Buildings

As part of the ongoing efforts to rid Lagos State of distressed buildings, the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) said it has marked over 10 structures in the state for demolition.

A statement by the Head, Public Affairs, LASBCA, Adetayo Asagba, said the buildings were marked for being structurally distressed and unsafe for habitation.

The development came on the heels of the demolition of a distressed building located at 47 Jebba Street, Ebute-Metta, Lagos State.

The General Manager, LASBCA, Gbolahan Oki, who spoke during the enforcement exercise, commended the efforts of the community leaders, youths, and residents of the areas for cooperating with the enforcement agents of the agency.

Other buildings marked for demolition before the end of the week by LASBCA are located at 37 Coates Street; 3, Ondo Street; 14 Ondo Street; 16 Church Street; 13, Ibadan Street; 3 Simpson Street; 35 Jebba Stree; 11 Jeba Street; and 19 Ibadan Street.

The LASBCA boss explained that the exercise was a proactive step by the agency to prevent the loss of lives and property due to avoidable building collapses.

He said that the move had become imperative to rid the state of inhabitable structures, promote standards, and attain a livable, organised, and sustainable built environment.

We urge the people to recognise the urgency in this matter as we cannot afford to wait for another building to collapse; because every distressed building is a disaster in waiting,” he said.

Occupants of distressed buildings will keep asking for more time before they vacate but the truth is that we cannot afford to wait in the matter of life and death,” the LASBCA boss added.

Oki said the agency would no longer tolerate excuses by occupants of distressed buildings, who often cited emotional attachments as putative reasons for not being willing to vacate the distressed structures.

He called on owners/occupiers of distressed buildings within the state to vacate immediately, particularly during the rainy season which is associated with more cases of building collapse.

He urged Lagosians to emulate the cooperation of the youths and residents of Ebute-Metta who liaised with the government by reporting distressed buildings within the area to appropriate government agencies.

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Tinubu’s Pride, Lagos Ranked World’s 2nd Worst Livable City

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Tinubu's Pride, Lagos Ranked World's 2nd Worst Livable City

Presidential aspirant, Bola Tinubu‘s pride, Lagos State, has been ranked the second-worst city to city to live in the world.

A global business intelligence, Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked Lagos 171 out of 172 countries in the list of worst liveable cities in the world for the first quarter of 2022.

Going by the latest 2022 Global Liveability Index, the Nigerian commercial hub is the worst in Africa as Damascus (Syria) and Tripoli (Libya) continue to languish at the bottom of the list along with Lagos (Nigeria) as they face social unrest, terrorism, and conflict.

The least liveable cities were Damascus in Syria, Lagos in Nigeria, Tripoli in Libya, Algiers in Algeria, and Karachi in Pakistan, which scored 30.7, 32.2, 34.2, 37.0, and 37.5 respectively.

The EIU further highlighted the top five most liveable cities in the world which are Vienna, Austria scoring 99. 1; Copenhagen, Denmark with 98.0; Zurich, Switzerland with 96.3; Calgary, Canada had 96.3 and Vancouver, Canada with 96.1.

“However, most of the cities in the bottom ten have improved their scores compared with last year, as COVID-19 pandemic induced pressures,” EIU stated.

Newsrand understands that Tinubu, who’s seeking to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, has been using Lagos as a reference point to what he’s capable of doing in governance considering the fact that he was the former governor of the state.

Amongst other things, Tinubu bragged about increasing the state’s revenue from N600 million monthly to billions of naira before he left the office.

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El-Rufai Sacks Over 2,000 Teachers In Kaduna After Failing Tests

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El-Rufai Sacks Over 2,000 Teachers In Kaduna After Failing Tests

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna has sacked no less than 2,357 teachers in the state after they failed the recently-conducted competency tests.

The Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (KADSUBEB) confirmed the mass sacking.

Its spokesperson, Hauwa Mohammed, in a statement on Sunday, June 19, 2022, in Kaduna, said the Board conducted a competency test for over 30,000 teachers in Dec. 2021.

She said that 2,192 primary school teachers including the National President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Audu Amba, had been dismissed for refusing to sit for the competency test.

She said that some 165 of the 27,662 teachers that sat for the competency test were also sacked for poor performances.

Recall that the Kaduna government in 2018 sacked 21,780 teachers who failed a competency test, and replaced them with 25,000 others recruited through vigorous processes.

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Soludo Flags Off Construction Of Pharmaceutical Center

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Soludo Flags Off Construction Of Pharmaceutical Center

The Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Charles Soludo has flagged off the building of the Coordinated Wholesale Centre for Pharmaceutical and Allied Products in Oba.

During the inauguration, the Governor addressed members present that the project is aimed to comply with the National Drug Distribution Guidelines.

He added that Oba will be the center of all drugs market in the state.

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“This project is in line with the plan to build a livable and prosperous homeland in Anambra state. He said.

“The Oba International drug market will be revived to help form the ecosystem for a new technology-driven smart city in Oba.

“At completion, the center will have a perimeter fence, three entrance gates, 2,516 standard shops, and 888 offices.

“It will also provide offices for the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, and other regulatory bodies.

“Other components of the center include, administrative building, Police post as well as a fire station.”

Soludo said that security of lives and property was top on the agenda of his administration, and urged residents of Oba to cooperate with the government.

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