THISISLAGOS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE MARCH 19, 2018
Ambode harps on interpersonal relations amongst civil servants (Leadership)
Lagos Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has said there is need to inculcate and sharpen the vital interpersonal human relations skills and values that officers of the state civil service require to properly and fully serve the government and people of Lagos State.
The governor said this in his keynote address at the training of top civil servants, which took place at Ikeja, with the theme: “Building Values and Sound Human Relations Skills in Lagos State Civil Service.” Read more
Ashafa lauds transport commission bill passage (Punch)
The Senator representing the Lagos East in the Senate, Gbenga Ashafa, has lauded the passage of the National Transport Commission Bill, saying the country is ready for “positive development” in the transport sector.
The Senate on Thursday, March 15, 2018, passed the bill after it was read the third. The National Transport Commission Bill was first sponsored in 2008 but could not be passed till the end of the seventh Assembly. Read more
Corruption in Judiciary real – Justice Bello (Leadership)
A retired Customary Court of Appeal president, Justice Moses Bello, has admitted that corruption in the judiciary is real.
But Justice Bello, who retired about two months ago after serving as President of the court for 25 years said only a few bad eggs are dragging the name of the third arm of government in the mud through corrupt practices. Read more
Why Buhari’s re-election declaration is delayed (ThisDay)
The presidency at the weekend in Abuja disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to keep Nigerians in suspense on his re-election bid was a deliberate ploy to avoid sabotage.
Making this disclosure in an interview with select State House correspondents, the Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the president would continue to keep his intentions close to his chest because those opposed to his re-election could exploit his declaration to sabotage the country. Read more
Ambode seeks youths, elders’ partnership in politics (Punch)
The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, says the experience of political elders and the innovative ideas of young people are crucial to achieving good governance in the country.
Ambode stated this on Saturday in his goodwill message at the second edition of the Bola Tinubu Youths Summit at Onikan, Lagos. Read more
Unilever, dental association hold health walk (Nation)
Unilever Nigeria Plc, producer of top toothpaste brand, Pepsodent, has partnered the Nigeria Dental Association and other stakeholders for the Oral Health Walk in Lagos at the weekend.
The event was meant to commemorate the World Oral Health Day and advocate for good oral hygiene among Nigerians. The health walk started at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja, the state capital, and ended at Johnson Jakande Tinubu (JJT) Park at Alausa, also in Ikeja. Read more
How to achieve good governance by Ambode (Nation)
The combination of the experience of political elders and the creative and innovative ideas of young people is crucial to achieving good governance and sustainable development in the country, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has said.
He said while delivering goodwill message at the second edition of the Bola Tinubu Youths Summit, held at the weekend at MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos. Read more
UNILAG’s Engineering Alumni to hold lecture (Nation)
The Faculty of Engineering Alumni Association of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) will next Saturday hold its second alumni lecture at the Julius Berger Lecture Theatre of the faculty.
The lecture, titled: Alumni Association: A Veritable Tool for Networking and Promotion of Professionalism, will be delivered by the Managing Director of Kresta Laurel Limited in Lagos, Dideolu Falobi. A statement by the Chairman of the association’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Dr. Oye Eribake, said the event will start at 11 a.m. Read more
Land Use Charge: Real estate chiefs laud 50% reduction (Nation)
Through their local chapters in Lagos, major players in the real estate sector have lauded the slashing of the Land Use Charge rates by the state government. It was at a stakeholders’ meeting at Protea Hotels in Ikeja.
The chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors & Valuers (NIESV) in Lagos, Olurogba Orimalade hailed Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for slashing the Land Use Charge (LUC) rate for commercial properties by 50 per cent and other categories of property owners. Read more
Court sentences apprentice to six months (Nation)
A Federal High Court in Lagos State has sentenced a 43-year-old man, Yinusa Ajibade, to six months’ imprisonment for trafficking in 700 grammes of Indian hemp.
The convict, a mechanic apprentice, was arraigned by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) before Justice Hadiza Rabiu-Shagari, on a one count charge of dealing in restricted narcotics. He pleaded guilty. After his plea, the prosecutor, Mr. Jeremiah Aernan, reviewed the facts of the case. Read more
‘Lagos Water Corporation making presence felt’ (Nation)
Lagos Water Corporation (LWC) is making its presence felt, because in the last three months, it has taken great strides in moving forward, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Muminu Adekunle Badmus, has said. Badmus, an engineer, who spoke at the headquarters in Ijora, Lagos, during the presentation of the fourth batch bond certificates to five retirees and launching of the agency’s Service Intensive Mechanism (SIM); said LWC’s achievements should not come as a surprise because the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration made them possible. Read more
CBN fixes April 3 and 4 for MPC meeting (ThisDay)
Following the concession made by the Senate to screen and confirm the nominees of President Muhammadu Buhari to fill the posts of deputy governors of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the four members-designate of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), the CBN has said it will hold its first meeting of the MPC this year on April 3 and 4.
This is just as Standard and Poor’s (S&P) has affirmed its ‘B/B’ long and short-term sovereign credit ratings on Nigeria. The agency also assigned a “stable outlook” on the country. Read more
Troops arrest six nomads destroying farmland in Benue (Guardian)
Troops of 707 the Special Forces Brigade say they have arrested six herdsmen destroying farmland in Benue State.
In a statement yesterday in Abuja, the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen Texas Chukwu, said his men, during a patrol of Kwata Sule on March 17, 2018 arrested the herders in the course of their nefarious act. He added that after an initial interrogation, the suspects were handed over to the police for further action. Read more
NASS divided over passage of 2018 budget (Leadership)
Barely four days after the leadership of the National Assembly met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa to discuss some burning national issues, including the 2018 Appropriation Bill, the two chambers of the federal legislature are divided over the passage of the budget.
According to a source in the Senate, there is no way the 2018 budget can be passed before June this year, contrary to the ultimatum given to ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) by the Red Chamber two weeks ago to submit their budget estimates latest Friday this week in order to pass the budget. Read more
Firm unveils network to enhance women’s participation in management positions (Guardian)
It is a fact that access to management positions in any organisations is not an easy task for lots of women in Nigeria.
This has led to relatively low representation of women in top management at work places compared to their male counterpart.
AXA Mansard an insurance company, bothered with this trend and set out to curtail it recently launched a women’s network tagged: Super Heroes Everyday (SHE). Read more
DSS nabs alleged gunrunners in Benue, Plateau, Taraba (Guardian)
The Department of State Services (DSS) said it has arrested some suspects who engage in gunrunning, kidnapping and armed banditry operating in Plateau, Nasarawa, Taraba and Benue states.
This comes as the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris’s order for vigilance groups in the southeast to turn in their weapons, continues to stir controversy, with the Ohaneze kicking against it. Read more
Excessive intake of local herbs causes kidney damage-Expert (DailyTrust)
A medical expert, Dr Stephen Aderemi of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), has warned people against excessive consumption of locally prepared herbs to avoid causing serious damage to their health.
Aderemi gave the warning Monday during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin on Monday. Herbs are plants with savoury or aromatic properties used for flavouring food, in medicine, or as fragrances. Read more
Ex BBNaija Housemate,Leo loses mum (DailyTrust)
Leo Da-Silva, one of the contestants at the ongoing BBNaija ‘Double Wahala’ reality show has announced the death of his mother Mrs RMO Sanni.
Leo was recently evicted from the show and was just settling down after spending more than six weeks in the BBNaija house.
He broke the news on his Instagram on Sunday with a photo of his late mother. Read more
Zimbabwe to hold elections in July, confirms Mnangagwa (ENCA)
Zimbabwe’s first presidential and parliamentary elections since the end of former strongman Robert Mugabe’s long rule will take place in July, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said.
The polls will be the first major test of the new leader, who took power in November after a de facto military coup forced the 94-year-old Mugabe to resign. They will also be the first without Mugabe’s name on the ballot since independence from Britain in 1980. Read more
New Caledonia to vote on independence from France in November (ChannelNewsAsia)
Lawmakers on the tiny French overseas territory of New Caledonia voted on Monday to hold an independence referendum on Nov 4, the culmination of decades of campaigning by separatists to break from their old colonial master.
Better known for its stunning lagoons, pristine Pacific beaches and diverse wildlife, New Caledonia has seen years of bitter political feuding between independence advocates and those who are determined to remain part of France. Read more
PSG Punishes Mario Balotelli for Loose Tongue (SputnikNews)
The 27-year-old had suggested Paris Saint-Germain have gotten too big for their boots domestically and could use a better team spirit, according to Téléfoot.
The capital side had the last laugh though, beating Nice 2-1 and moving closer to a Ligue 1 title after the Italian striker trolled the Parisians prior to the matchup.
Balotelli, who was left out of the most recent Italy squad, also said he sees PSG as just another Ligue 1 team. Read more
Poland V Nigeria: Super Eagles’ camp opens in Wroclaw today (ThisDay)
Super Eagles players invited for the international friendly between Nigeria and Poland scheduled for Friday March 23, 2018 are expected to troop into the Radisson Blu Hotel camp in Wroclaw this afternoon.
Chelsea wing-back, Victor Moses, who was in action for 120 minutes in English FA Cup quarter final clash against Leicester City last night, and his compatriots Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi, are expected to lead the list of 28 players to camp today. Read more