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“Many political office holders don’t show appreciations, but Makinde is exceptional, l am impressed” – says Alhaji S. A. Muhammed, aka Baba Ile Ogbo

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The All Progressives Congress Apex Leader for Ifako Ijaiye and Ojokoro, Alh. S. A. Muhammed (Baba Ile Ogbo) commends the Lagos State lawmaker, representing Ifako-Ijaiye constituency II, Ojokoro LCDA, Hon. Rasheed Makinde for showing gratifications to all caucuses and party faithfuls who played active roles on his emergence as party candidate in the 2018 primary election.

While delivering his goodwill messages, the apex leader express displeasure over the way the leadership of Ojokoro LCDA maltreated the aspirants of their hard earn resources with fake promises, yet they could not make any moved to pacify the affected aspirants after the contest. The Apex leader gave kudos to Hon. Makinde for his courage to have reconciled with all that contested against him, as he pledged to consolidate on his (hon. Makinde) gains in the reconciliation move to visiting all aggrieved persons.

“Though I felt disappointed of those chanting my name to be indifferent in reconciling all the aspirants. It is to my great dismay when some people gathered themselves under the auspices of Ojokoro leadership and were able to collect over 40million under false pretext from the aspirants and yet they were unable to pacify those that lost out of the contest, whose to blame. I was given 95,000 naira, but I rejected it because in my 30years of leadership I had never demanded money from any aspirant except if they bring it willingly as a form of appreciation. Stressing his comments, Alh. Adelaja later promised to lead reconciliation among all aggrieved members and aspirants as the party moves closer to general elections.

Speaking while hosting hon. Rasheed Makinde and his team, Alhaja Zainab Adefolabi and Hon. James Osatuyi said, they were impressed with the sterling performance recorded so far by Hon. Makinde as they implore him not to see anyone as his enemy, rather he should carry everyone along in his formation.

While reeling out the relationship between Justice forum and hon.
Makinde, the Justice Forum Apex Leader in Ojokoro LCDA, Hon. James Osatuyi said, Hon. Makinde had been fair in his dealings despite he his Mandate caucus. In the primary election of 2014 which we all followed to the end and as a matter of fact, Justice Forum was among the groups that first adopted Hon. Makinde as a sole candidate in 2014 and 2018 respectively, and to the glory of God, Hon. Makinde had never failed us for once and we will continue to give him our support.’’

In her own speech, the Apex Leader of Royal Alliance Ifako-Ijaiye LGA/Ojokoro LCDA, Alhaja Zainab Adefolabi said, “since the demised of our leader, my husband, Hon. Marufdeen Adeola Adefolabi; Hon. Makinde had never forgotten
Royal Alliance for once, as he has always get in touch with the House and we maintain cordial relations, we pray you will not die young and you shall live to take Ifako-Ijaiye to an enviable height.

Also speaking the Lagos Friend Chairman Alhaji Fatai Adedokun condemned the inconsistency of the leadership of the party for not being proactive to reconciliations especially when it matters. He said until the leadership of the party put their hearts together, the party may continue to meet at cross purpose and the followers will be at receiving end.

While addressing the leadership of Ifelodun, Royal Alliance, Lagos Friend and Justice Forum in separate meetings, the lawmaker, Hon. Rasheed Makinde express delight to the leadership and members who stood solidly behind him at the primary election, while urging party faithfuls to work more for the APC victory at the general elections.The lawmaker said continuity is very key for a legislator and his
constituency.

“In legislative business, there is hierarchy, and the more you feature at the chamber, the more you gather experience to represent the interest of your immediate constituency well. I have moved round to houses of my co-contestants except for Mr. shina Are who had refused to be seen, I am imploring all and sundry to also help to pacify him, we are all winner nobody loses. “I appreciate my brothers Hon. Dr. Korede, Hon. Olotu and Hon. Oladapo whom I’ve extended the hands of fellowship to and accepted even before the team commenced the
reconciliation moved. This is height of maturity and submission to the party supremacy, I pray they shall all be celebrated too.”

Hon. Rasheed Makinde and his team also visited the APC Party Chairman,
Prince Adewale Bello, who acknowledged the rumour of PDP moved to lured some of our APC members. He said, the PDP camp is in disarrayed as their Rep candidate is very arrogant, frivolous and even unacceptable by the majority of her PDP members not to talk of the public who are always with the APC.

“PDP is not a threat to us in Ojokoro LCDA, their assembly candidate is not residing in our local government, not known by anybody, even by the PDP themselves, so how do they want to market him, which market are they going to bring their candidates to? A market that is already dominated by APC! No cause for alarm as a grassroots, we are working underground to ensure victory, come February 16th and March 2nd 2019. He commended Hon. Makinde and his team for going round to reconcile with those who lost at the primary election to him, it show we are all working towards achieving success for the party, I appreciate those who led the reconciliation team, they have done a great job” Prince Bello said.

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Coronavirus: Lagos sets date to begin clinical trial

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The Lagos State Government has said it will begin clinical trial for Coronavirus next week in partnership with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.

Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, at a news conference on Monday in Lagos, said the clinical trial would be started with Coronavirus patients and staff in Lagos State.

According to him, “There are a lot of research going on around the world, so it is possible that at some time in the near future, we will have what we may describe as a definitive cure for COVID-19.

“Indeed we are setting up our own clinical trials in Lagos in collaboration with other institutions and the NCDC and hopefully by this time next week, we should have started some clinical trials on our patients and on our staff in Lagos State.”

However, Abayomi attributed the low number of COVID-19 cases it has recorded when compared to other countries where there is an outbreak of the infection, to residents’ level of compliance to the sit-at-home order by the Federal Government.
He noted that the low figures recorded in the State indicated that the strategies adopted and being implemented by the State government was yielding the resources results.
Abayomi explained that the State was succeeding in flattening the steep rise in the curve of transmission.
“We are achieving success in delaying the spread of infection and expanding the time needed to impose social distancing and other measures. This is an indication that we are gradually winning the battle against the spread of the disease,” he observed.
While applauding residents for complying with the restriction order, he lamented that some Lagosians still flouted the stay-at-home instruction as they are seen engaging in activities which contravene the principle of social distancing and other relevant measures put in place by government to check the spread of the virus.
He advised them to adhere strictly to the order which he said has greatly helped in contact tracing of suspected cases and enabled health workers to respond swiftly in locating infected people within the state.
He stated further that the isolation centres in Onikan Stadium which has been completed and delivered will be officially opened Tuesday, noting that an additional 180 bed-space facility at the Gbagada General hospital will also be commissioned by the end of the week.
‘’We have enough facilities to manage the situation. We also have enough Personal Protection Equipment in stock for our health workers. Presently, we are still operating from the Mainland Hospital where we still have 60% of our bed-space available. Our Isolation Centers in Onikan Stadium and Gbagada General Hospital will be opened tomorrow and end of the week respectively. We believe this will provide almost 300-bed space,’’ he said

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FOOD RELIEF PACKAGE IS FOR THE INDIGENT, VULNERABLE ONLY– LASG

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In the past few days, the social media have been awash with biased opinions about the welfare package initiative of the Lagos State Government to support the indigent and the vulnerable.

The welfare package was one of the various decisions taken by the Lagos State Executive Council to ease the discomfort thrust on Lagosians by the lockdown announced by the Federal Government, especially on those who earn daily income.

It has become necessary to reiterate the modus of distribution of the welfare package as well as the category of beneficiaries of the government’s compassionate gesture, which is deliberately being distorted by mischief-makers.

For the avoidance of doubt, the first stage of the welfare package was designed to cater for 200,000 households, comprising of a father, mother and four children across the 20 local governments and the 37 local council development authorities. It is a misconception that it was meant for all Lagosians. No.

All aged residents who are above 60 years old and registered with the Lagos State Residents’ Registration Agency, LASRRA, were sent text messages and requested to confirm the accuracy of their details, such as name and home address. They have since responded to the text messages so as to benefit from the package.

The food relief materials for the above 60 group are being delivered directly to the beneficiaries by representatives of the State Government based on the data with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency.

The other category of beneficiaries comprises the indigent and vulnerable within the various communities at the grassroots.

As part of strategies to ensure that the relief packages reach the deserving beneficiaries, the State government involved Community Development Associations and their Committees as well as Community and Religious Leaders to collate the names of community members who deserve to benefit from the palliative measure.
The CDAs were also tasked to ensure the items were judiciously distributed.

The government is constantly monitoring the process and has observed some lapses that gave rise to the negative comments on some social media platforms.
The issues are being addressed to fine-tune the strategies adopted in getting the food items across to the intended recipients of the package.

In all, about 100,000 households across the State have been reached since the exercise started.

Lagosians should remain confident that the State Government is working to ensure that the lapses are
addressed so that the vulnerable who Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu said will not suffer will benefit from this laudable intervention.

Gbenga Omotoso
Commissioner for Information & Strategy

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COVID-19 UPDATE BY LAGOS INCIDENT COMMANDER, GOVERNOR BABAJIDE SANWO-OLU

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Dear Lagosians, 

I have more great news for you from our Infectious Disease Hospital. Today, additional two female patients have recovered fully, having tested negative twice consecutively. They have been discharged from the facility. 

With the newly discharged patients, we now have a total of 31 people that have fully recovered from #COVID19 in Lagos and discharged to join the community. 

We are full of appreciation to the front line health workers, working hard during this difficult time. Their successful strides in this war against COVID19 brings us joy and hope. I therefore enjoin citizens to continue to listen and obey health advisories issued by our health experts as they coordinate resources to beat #COVID19.

I have no doubt whatsoever that we have the upper hand in this war. We are winning and we will eventually win. 

Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu

COVID19 Lagos Incident Commander

6th April, 2020

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