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Determined to ensure that only road worth vehicles ply the state’s roads, Lagos State Governor Mr Akinwunmi Ambode today started the inauguration of eight computerized vehicle inspection centres spread across nooks and crannies of the state.

The exercise, which would be rounded up tomorrow would put an end to human-error prone testing in checking the health status of vehicles on the roads.

The eight centres located in Oko- Oba; Ayobo-Ipaja; Oko-Afo; Badagry; PWD; Gbagada; Agric-Isawo and Epe added to the two centres – Ojodu and Odogunyan- Ikorodu commissioned in April last year.

With the centres in place, the government plans to completely eradicate physical inspection of vehicles while the issuance of road worthiness certificate would be hinged on the inspection of vehicles at any of the testing centre.

Ambode who was represented at the opening which is still ongoing as of the time of filing this report, by the Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson said before the end of the year, 10 more centres would be opened.

The governor said it is the plan of his government to replicate the centres in all the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas.

He said, “We’ve taken this route to ensure that there’s a departure to happened between 2013 and 2016, when over 416 lives were lost and 2,498 were injured due to road crashes caused by human errors which research has proved to be responsible for 90% of accidents while mechanical and environmental factors account for only 10%.”

He disclosed that since the opening of the two centres at Ojodu and Ikorodu, 93,768 vehicles were inspected between April 2017- December 2017. Of these, 53,970 vehicles passed, 39,798 failed and 29, 977 of those that failed had a retest and passed.

“It is noteworthy that over 60% of the vehicles that failed were as a result of faulty brakes while others failed due to issues relating to lighting, suspensions, tyres and so on. This effort has been tripled with the launch of these 8 new centres which will provide a faultless and human error-proof system that will indicate the state of your vehicles in the following areas among others: Emission system, the beam (lighting focus and aim), braking system, suspension system, body, tyres, etc.”

He appealed to Lagosians to patronize the centres “so that our commitment to a safe, secure, reliable and efficient transport system will bear the expected fruits.

“This is because vehicle safety is a key component for total safety on the roads. As always, I wish to remind you that the government cannot do it alone. It is therefore the responsibility of all vehicle owners to maintain their vehicles”, he added.

He called on major stakeholders and partners in road transportation such as NURTW, RTEAN, Taxi operators and other road users to take advantage of our gesture through patronage of these 10 centres.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Taiwo Olufemi Salam said the state government is leveraging on technology to reduce road carnage and improve road safety which is one of the administration’s watchwords.

Managing Director of the Lagos State Computerized Vehicle Inspection Service (LACVIS), Prince Segun Obayendo said each of the centres has capacity to inspect 80 vehicles per day.

He commended the Governor for putting in place the safety infrastructure which he described as a project to save lives.

“This is about doing the right thing to get the right result by checking the health status of our vehicles. Unfortunately we have not been doing this in the country, we have compromised on this”.
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Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service Hameed Ali said yesterday that only lazy Nigerians can be hungry.

According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari had done so much for agriculture that farmers are now rich.

The government, he said, has provided the enabling environment for all.

Col. Ali (trd) made the remark when he led the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) on a visit to President Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

He said: “Mr. President, our economy has grown all because of the discipline you have instilled in the financial sector. All those nonchalant attitudes, all those days of siphoning money are no longer feasible.

“Mr. President today, I have to ration the rice, that is fiscal discipline.

“Mr. President, today we are seeing physically where people are rejecting foreign rice for local rice. Today Mr. President if you go to some of our houses, what you will see is local rice and that is wealth for our people.

“Last year, during the Hajj period when I went home, many farmers came to me that they have never had it so good, so much so that the first 25 people that paid up their money when Hajj fares were announced, were rice farmers. What more can we say in terms of growth of wealth?

“People say we are hungry, of course the lazy must be hungry because if you do not work hard, manna doesn’t fall from heaven. So, when people say we are hungry, there was never a time in Nigeria that food is dropped in the mouth of the people and there will never be.

“I can go on and on and enumerate what you have done in just three years of your administration but three is not enough to undo what was done in 16 years. The destruction, the monumental stealing that we have witnessed, the destruction of our structures and our system, it takes more than eight years to be able to address them and I believe in three years you have done wonderfully well.” he said

Ali added: “People may ask why are you so passionate about change. Why were you so committed in 2014 and why are you so committed in 2018, this is because you are a man of integrity, of honesty and above all, Mr. President you love this great nation.

“I have said it and I will repeat it here, Mr. President, with all due respect, at 70 plus, with a good retirement benefits and with your house in Daura, if I were you, I will see no reason to be in this arena. But why are you here? It is because you love this great country. You left your comfort zone to serve Nigeria and that is why for those of us who love you for who you are said we must follow you and ensure that your second term in this country becomes a reality.

Three years into Buhari’s administration, he said,  tremendous achievements have been made.

Ali said: “We have laid the foundation, we have started building roads but, Mr. President, we must complete the building.

“What do we need to do? We must as your loyalists and people who believe in this country, tell you that we are with you shoulder to shoulder and ensure that you are elected. And then the building will be completed so that never again will there be cause to destroy Nigeria.”

He noted that the President has been his mentor in service and out of service.
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Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has granted the best graduating student of the Lagos State University a scholarship for Masters Studies abroad and five million naira.

The offer was in response to the plea of the student, Ogunsanya Fuhaf Adetoro, who during his valedictorian speech sought an opportunity for his Master’s degree program abroad.

Adetoro, who is of the Faculty of Management Sciences, was announced as the best graduating student at the 22nd convocation ceremony held at the Auditorium Complex of the University in Ojo having scored CGPA 4.78

He recalled his stay on the campus through sheer hard work and determination which he deemed important to honour his parents.

Responding to Adetoro’s request for scholarship to go for masters’ study outside the country, Governor Ambode said he would personally finance the student’s education in any university of his choice anywhere in the world.

“In response to the best graduating student’s request, Lagos State Government does not generally give scholarship anymore but only bursary. So, I adopt him.

“His story is too compelling and it reflects on my own story. So, any university he wants to go, I will do it personally; I will be responsible.

“In addition to that, because he is the best graduating student, I dash him N5million,” Governor Ambode who is the visitor to the institution said.

The cash award and scholarship is in addition to the one hundred thousand naira Adetoro already got for being the best graduating student.

The Governor said occasions such as university convocation deserved necessary attention as the future of any nation could only be guaranteed when its youths, who form a majority of the population, are educated enough to contribute to the economy and the continued sustenance of the country.

Recalling the pledge to construct 6000 capacity hostel for the institution, Governor Ambode said it was gratifying to report that preliminary works had already been concluded on the project, while work would start in few months, adding that other ongoing projects in the university were on course and would also be delivered on schedule.

“Our State has always been a trailblazer in various spheres of life and in order to consolidate on the economic gains made so far, the education of our youth is paramount.

“We seek the cooperation of all Lagosians to ensure we eradicate illiteracy in the State, groom the next generation of leaders and captains of industry as well as position our State as the standard bearer for the nation in the provision of qualitative tertiary education,” the Governor said.

Besides, Governor Ambode said he was encouraged by the successes so far recorded through Ready.Set.Work (RSW), an initiative of the State Government targeted at equipping penultimate and final year students of public tertiary institutions in the State with employability and entrepreneurship skills.

While lauding LASU management, staff and students for the feats recorded by the institution, Governor Ambode assured of continuous support in ensuring accreditation of courses and completion of all ongoing projects in the University.

In his opening remarks, Chancellor of LASU, Justice Adesola Oguntade (Rtd) lauded Governor Ambode for the RSW initiative introduced by the present administration in the State, saying it was gratifying that the scheme keeps getting bigger and better.

He said the initiative had turned out to be a game changer in the lives of students, adding: “It is rapidly changing the thinking of students from being job seekers after school to job producers even while in school.”

Besides, Oguntade charged the graduands to make integrity their watchword, broaden knowledge by reading very well, be bold to take risk and never be afraid of failure, just as he urged them to strive to create a better world for incoming generations.

Also, LASU Vice Chancellor, Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun said the graduands have been found worthy in learning and character, saying they have been adequately schooled to contribute to the development of the country.

He said due to reforms put in place, the institution ranked first among state universities in the 2018 maiden edition of National Universities Commission (NUC) ranking, while LASU was also selected by NUC as lead institution for the development of blueprints on how to ensure health security by 2050 and blueprint for transportation in Nigeria.

He lauded Governor Ambode for the various initiatives designed to promote education in the State and projects executed in LASU especially the RSW through which over 1500 students of the institution had been trained in employability and entrepreneurship skills and Code Lagos programme, among others.

A total of 29,710 students graduated with 201 awarded diploma; 21,481 first degrees; 7982 Post Graduate Diploma (PGD); and 46 Doctorate Degrees. In all, 26 students graduated with first class.
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Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachukwu

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and oil companies release fund within a very short period for the clean-up of Ogoni community.

The Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachukwu made this disclosure Wednesday in the first part of an 8-Part Series Podcast that focuses on the Niger Delta and security.

He insisted that the president is committed to the success of the Ogoni clean up, noting that his ministry was working with the Ministry of Environment to continue the exercise.

His words: “The president is completely committed to the success of this. And we are working with the Ministry of Environment to continue the Ogoni clean up. The President has just directed that funds necessary for this must be released within a very short period of time so that this Ogoni clean up can actually move from the drawing board to actual practical reality. In fact, both the oil companies and NNPC to fund this sufficiently for us to move forward.”

The minister added that the ministry has commenced a Programme to engage Ogoni in order to secure the community buy-in and participation when there is any problem.

The plan to make communities have faith in the government, according to him, is not restricted to Ogoni.

Continuing, Kachikwu said that government is currently working on a framework for a community based participation in oil and gas pipelines and oil and gas assets.

Following the realization from inter-agencies researches that challenges were still lingering in the Niger Delta even as over $40billion had been spent in the region in 15 years, the ministry is working with the Office of the Vice President, the Ministry of Niger Delta, Niger Delta Development Commission and the corporation to do more of capacity building and economic empowerment, he said.

He said that from the reports, the ministry has seen the past expenditure and what is still available in the states of the region.

The minister said that he has set up technical committees in Edo, Delta and Imo States that are working with the governors as the chairmen to look at the volume of oil available and produced in the states, the opportunities, economic empowerment and the burning issues in the states.

The committee, which has oil companies, the ministry and government agencies as members according to him, will also carry out the assessment in other oil producing states in order to develop a blueprint for engagement and intervention in the region.

He said that “If we succeed in doing that, for the first time, what we are going to have is a complete blueprint, complete local engagement, complete intervention and supervision of the Niger Delta Development module. And that is something that can be sustained for posterity.”

The minister said that the ministry has approved the establishment of 10 modular refineries out of which two have begun construction. Kachikwu said that the two that sited in Kwale, Delta State and Ogbere , Rivers State will start yielding results within one year.