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Lagos appoints Folashade Adesoye new head of service 

Ambode appoints Folashade Adesoye as HoS

Folashade Adesoye

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday approved the appointment of Mrs. Folasade Sidikatu Adesoye as the 20th Head of Service in the State.

Her appointment follows the statutory retirement of the outgoing HoS, Mrs. Olabowale Ademola on November 10, 2017.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Habib Aruna, in a statement said Mrs. Adesoye’s appointment will take effect on November 11, 2017.

The new HoS was first appointed into the Lagos State Civil Service on December 28, 1983 as an Accountant and has served in several ministries.

She was elevated into the Body of Permanent Secretaries in 2010 and was deployed to the Civil Service Pensions Office where she served until August 2015 when she was deployed to the Office of Local Government Establishment, Training and Pensions Office. In 2016, she was asked to serve in the same capacity as Permanent Secretary, Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

Until her appointment, she was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Governor Ambode thanked the outgoing HOS, Mrs. Ademola, for her meritorious service to the State and wished her well in her future endeavours.



Lagos to experience eight days of darkness as Ikeja Electric announces interruption of supply 

Lagos to experience eight days of darkness as Ikeja Electric announces interruption of supply 

Ikeja Electric Plc on Wednesday said there would be an interruption of power supply to some parts of Lagos from November  3 to 10.

Head, Corporate Communications, Mr. Felix Ofulue, said in Lagos that the outage was part of the strategic efforts to improve power supply to consumers across the network.

Ofulue said in a statement in Lagos that the company would carry out a complete rehabilitation of Maryland Injection Substation.

He said this would involve the replacement of obsolete switch gear panels at the switch room.

“The rehabilitation will affect power supply to Mende, Anthony, Maryland, Ikeja GRA, Shonibare Estate, parts of Ojota, Ketu, Ikosi, Demurin and environs.

“Power supply will be restored immediately after the completion of the exercise.

“We solicit the understanding and cooperation of all our consumers that would be affected by this outage,’’ he said.

Ofulue said IE had put in place arrangements to ensure that the rehabilitation was completed within the stipulated time.

He assured consumers that regular update would be made available through various channels of communications, especially to the Community Development Area chairmen and other stakeholders.


Married lovers found dead in vehicle after making love

Lagos : Married lovers found dead in vehicle

Afeez Hanafi

Abisogun Leigh Street, Ogba, Lagos State was the cynosure of all eyes on Sunday when two apparent lovebirds were found dead in a Toyota Corolla parked by the roadside.

Although the names of the deceased had yet to be revealed, they were said to have been respectively married.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the man was found in the driver’s side, half naked, with his private parts showing, while the woman, who wore a gown, reclined in the passenger seat next to him.

The scene of the incident was behind the headquarters of the Area G Police Command, Ogba, Lagos State.

Our correspondent gathered that a tricycle rider, who was plying the street, noticed that the headlamps of the car were on around 8.30am.

When the light remained on about 30 minutes after, the rider reportedly drew the attention of an executive member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers to the car.

It was gathered that the executive member and the rider went to the scene, peeped into the car and observed that the lovers were motionless. They were said to have immediately alerted the police at the command.

The car had been moved to the premises of the Area G Police Command when our correspondent visited the scene around 2.30pm, while the corpses of the duo were said to have been deposited in a morgue.

The NURTW member, Adewale Sofuyi, told PUNCH Metro that he alerted the Area G Command to the incident.

He said, “A tricycle rider approached me around 9am. He said the headlamps of a Toyota Corolla by the roadside were on and that he had knocked at the car door without getting response from the occupants.

“I followed him to the scene and confirmed what he said. The man wore a shirt only; he did not cover his private parts. The woman was in a gown. They were both in the front seats. The seat where the woman sat had been adjusted so that she reclined on it. From all indications, they had had sex with each other before their deaths.

“I went to report at the area command and some policemen followed me. When they opened the car, a bottle of an alcoholic brand – Best – was found there. Their phones were also recovered. They moved them to the back seats and drove to the station. The police contacted their families through their phones.”

Sofuyi stated that when families and relatives of the deceased arrived at the command, they were shocked to know they were in an amorous relationship.

“According to the families, both of them lived in the same building in Ogba. The woman’s husband said he had suspected that she had extra-marital affairs, but decided not to confront her.

“The man’s wife is a nursing mother. She cried profusely. I learnt that the man’s father is the landlord of the house where they both lived.”

Our correspondent, who went to the Area G Command, was told by the policemen at the entrance that the Area Commander was not around.

“She (Area Commander) went to the police command headquarters in Ikeja over the incident. You can come back,” one of the policemen said.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the deaths.

He, however, said he had yet to be fully briefed on the matter.

He said, “They (the lovers) were taken to a hospital, where they were confirmed dead. Autopsies will be conducted on them, while investigation is ongoing to ascertain the cause of death. I don’t have their names for now.”
Source: The Punch 


Tragedy! Two dead, four hospitalised after eating amala in Osun

2 dead, four hospitalised after eating amala in Osun

From Clement Adeyi, Osogbo

Tragedy struck in Ibokun, Obokun Local Government area of Osun State yesterday when two persons died and four others were hospitalized after eating yam flour also known as amala with stew. Saturday Sun gathered that one of those that died, Mrs Kehinde Fasanya, was a staff of Obokun Local Government Council.

However, the identity of the second person could not be ascertained at the time of filing this report.

Their bodies have been deposited at the Osun State General Hospital morgue at Asubiaro in Osogbo, for autopsy to determine the real cause of their death.

Four others that ate the food were rushed to Our Lady of Fatimah Hospital at Jaleyemi area in Osogbo for treatment against suspected poison.

The doctors at the hospital said their cases could not be handled and referred them to the Wesley Guild Hospital of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital in Ilesa for treatment.   

There was palpable tension in Ibokun and its environs as well as Osogbo yesterday as residents were seen warning their relations within and outside the state not to buy yam flour or eat amala for now.

The Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Rafiu Isamotu said proactive measures had been taken with a view to unveiling the circumstances that led to the incident.

He therefore advised people not to panic.

He said preliminary findings revealed that the family members had been eating  the same yam flour in the past few weeks.

He said that the poison could be in the stew that the victims used to eat the amala.

Source: The Sun


​No going back on relocation of Computer Village,  Lagos government insists

No going back on relocation of Computer Village, says Lagos government
By Gbenga Salau and Godwin Dunia | 

Ikeja Model City Master Plan designated the computer village for residential use and that the government would adhere to the plans to make the area more organised and habitable.

Election tribunal begins sitting over council poll

The Lagos State Government yesterday said it would not reverse it decision to relocate the Computer Village from its present location at Otigba, Ikeja.

This, it stated, was in its commitment to achieve the objectives of the renewed Ikeja Model City Master Plan originally conceived to address infrastructure challenges in the city.

A statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was desirous of making Ikeja a model city and would leave no stone unturned in actualising the relocation of the Computer Village to the new site in Katangowa, Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area in line with the new Master Plan.

He said the Ikeja Model City Master Plan designated the computer village for residential use and that the government would adhere to the plans to make the area more organised and habitable.

Ayorinde, however, explained that the state government had not given permits to any individual or organisation for the construction of an ICT specialised mall directly beside the newly built Ikeja Bus Terminal, adding that such move was not in line with government’s regeneration plan for the capital city.

He disclosed that the government had met with the executive members of Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) where it reiterated its commitment to the relocation plan.

Meanwhile, the Local Government Election Petition Tribunal will commence

sitting from today, August 7 to August 11, 2017 in line with provisions in the electoral law for aggrieved parties that participated in the July 22 council election to seek redress.

A statement from the Chief Register of the High Court of Lagos State, Mrs. A.O Soladoye, said: “The tribunal is a platform for those who participated in the election to seek redress through a legal process and in accordance with relevant laws and legislations”.

The statement added that the tribunal under the Chairmanship of Justice Olateru Olagbegi (rtd), will be sitting at High Court 1 Igbosere, Lagos.

Also, the Ikeja Division of the Election Petition Tribunal under the Chairmanship of Folasade Adetiba would sit at the Roseline Omotosho Courthouse in Ikeja.
Source: The Guardian


Why Lagos building collapsed, death toll now eight

Lagos Building Collapse Day 2: Death toll rises to 8, 16 rescued
By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Two more bodies were, yesterday, recovered from the debris of the collapsed building at 3, Massey Street, Lagos Island, bringing the death toll to eight.

Among the dead was an 11-year-old boy, whose body was reportedly recovered at about midnight, while 16 people were rescued alive from the rubble.

According to eyewitnesses, the building went down at about 2.43p.m., Tuesday, during a rainstorm. Two bodies were recovered in the evening of the same day.

The rescue effort, which lasted throughout the night till the early hours of yesterday, saw many more bodies recovered.

Lagos building collapse

This is just as, yesterday, survivors, relatives and sympathisers wailed uncontrollably while the rescue operation lasted.

Telecomm mast

Meanwhile, Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, has said the building came down due to the additional load on its foundation brought on by the telecommunication mast mounted on the building two weeks ago.

Corroborating this point, one of the residents of the area, Mr. Yusuf Align, blamed the collapse on greed by the landlords.

Align said: “They know it is an old building and they allowed one of the communication networks to erect a mast on top of it. Even if they have paid them N10 million or more, what have they gained now?”

This was confirmed by Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, General Manager, Mr. Adeshina Tiamiyu.

He said that some of the residents explained that the building collapsed on Tuesday, exactly two weeks after the community rejected a generator brought there for the mast.

Tiamiyu said the community believed that the building was not strong enough to carry the generator as it vibrates whenever the power generating set was on.

The LASEMA chief said after the rescue and recovery operations, the agency will carry out its investigations to ascertain the cause of the collapse.

He said the investigation will be done with other emergency management agencies to ensure that the number of families living in the building tallied with the community’s account.

It used to be a bungalow —NEMA

Also speaking on the incident, Alhaji Ibrahim Farinloye, the South-West spokesman for National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, said integrity test will be carried out on other buildings in the area to prevent recurrence of the incident.

Farinloye said the collapsed building was initially a bungalow before it was converted to a four-storey building with a penthouse.

He said the required six feet between buildings was not observed in the area, adding that the adjacent building was also under threat of collapse.

Farinloye advised the Lagos State Urban Renewal Agency to prevail on house owners to renovate their buildings regularly.

He said the advice followed the challenges of climate change, which might have effects on buildings in view of high volume of rainfall this year. He urged building contractors to avoid the use of substandard materials in their construction works.

LASG fumes

Meanwhile, worried by continued rising cases of building collapse in the state, Lagos State Government, through the state’s Building Control Agency, LASBCA, has warned building owners and developers to desist from adding unapproved floors or structures to old and existing buildings.

The agency’s General Manager, Engr. Olalekan Shodeinde, who handed out the warning, said approvals are given for additional floor(s) after a thorough engineering appraisal and integrity test on the structure.


Commenting on the collapsed building at Lagos Island, Lagos, Shodeinde said the building, a four-floor structure built with bricks, collapsed due to foundation failure when the bearing capacity of the soil could not sustain additional structure.

The occurrence, he stated, was due to the additional load on the property resulting from a communication mast erected on the building two weeks ago.

Shodeinde said several inspections conducted on the same property in the past did not reveal any signs of distress even though the structural members were constructed with gravel.

According to him, “the additional load imposed on the structure added to the previous design capacity, as such the extra load being transferred through the structural members made the building heavier than the capacity of the soil, which is the ultimate load bearer.”
Source: Vanguard


Five tips on driving safely on flooded road

Five tips on driving safely on flooded road
Tunde Ajaja

Photo courtesy Joe Akintola

Daniel’ s journey back home on Saturday was smooth and fun – filled. He had his children and lovely wife in the car , thus , they chatted and cracked jokes . They had gone to attend a wedding in Ibadan and looked forward to being home in Lekki, Lagos in about one and a half hours .

They were already at the popular Redemption Camp in Mowe , Ogun State when the rain started . For someone driving a relatively new saloon car , Daniel foresaw no trouble . Even when the rain was becoming heavy , Daniel was confident they would be home in record time . And given the intensity of the rain , he had to drive at snail speed .

But as they got to Ozumba Mbadiwe Street in Victoria Island , Daniel ran into troubled waters. He kept driving until he made it to the Lekki – Epe Expressway where his car stopped working suddenly .

He recalled , “ I thought we could go through it till we would be home, but the rain didn ’ t subside. The flood was much , especially when we got to the Lekki- Epe Expressway . At that time , some vehicles had already broken down on the road , but I trusted my car . But close to Law School Bus Stop , the vehicle stopped moving and the engine went off. By that time , the water had reached my bonnet . ”

Still at loss as to what could have happened , he tried switching on the engine but it never responded . Thus , they had to remain there for a long time until help came their way . “ At the end of the day , we had to tow the vehicle and as I ’ m talking to you , the vehicle is still in the mechanic ’ s workshop , ” he added .

It is inevitable to drive in the rain , but it is not uncommon to see people run into such troubles in the rainy season , even when they follow traffic rules and their vehicle is in good condition . However , to avoid being stuck , there are tips that could help :

If your vehicle stops in a flood :

Like Daniel , many people driving in the rain have found themselves in situations whereby the vehicle would stop working . To a large extent, one could surmise that something could have gone wrong with the vehicle ’ s electrical system . However , if it happens , the Chief Executive Officer , Automedics , Mr . Kunle Shonaike , says the worst thing to do would be to make an attempt to restart the vehicle , as people are wont to do . He said , “ If your vehicle stops in a flood , please make no attempt to start the engine , have the battery completely removed and arrange a tow . Any attempt to start the engine will cause grave damage that will cost a lot of money . So , remove the battery to avoid electrical short circuits and minimal damage to electronic control units. Check the presence of water inside the transmission , if your finding is positive, early repairs may save you buying another transmission . Also , have the transmission system scanned to know what is faulty apart from water in the transmission system . ”

Pull over if the water level is much:

If Daniel had known confidence and optimism would not be enough to drive a saloon car through flood , he probably would have pulled over and wait for the rain and the flood water that accompanied it to subside. According to experts , this is one option people rarely consider , because they think there should be no trouble . They warned that it is best to pull over once you find yourself on a flooded road and the rain is not subsiding or if it’ s gaining intensity. According to an auto expert and Chief Executive Officer , Auto Care Ltd . , Rasaq Toriola , people could discontinue their journey if the rain is continuous and the road is flooded already . He added , “ If your vehicle is in good condition , you can give a try, say if you are familiar with the terrain . But people who have bad sight or vision impairment should not try it. Stay where you are until the atmosphere is clear . ” He added that driving on a flooded road in traffic has its bad side . He added, “There are things to consider . If there is no traffic jam and you are just driving through the water , which should be at a reasonable level , there should be no problem . But if there is traffic jam, I would advise you not to go inside it because staying there might affect the engine , and the water might find its way into the vehicle. ”

Know the level of water that is too much for your vehicle :

Driving on a flooded road can be a tough task , but it should be noted that not every flood water on the road poses danger to the vehicle . According to Toriola , for a sport utility vehicle , the level of the flood water should not be above three feet. Also for a saloon car , the level of the water should not be more than between 1 ft. and 1 . 5 ft. He said anything more than these could pose danger for the vehicle, as it could get to some components and cause some damage . “ In effect , once the water rises to the level of the vehicle ’ s bumper, there could be trouble because the water could get into some parts of the engine that could eventually damage. ”

Don ’t drive in flowing flood water :

Over time, people have believed that the weight of a vehicle is enough to withstand any flowing water , and some people would even speed while driving on flooded roads . But perception might be wrong after all. Video evidences and people’ s personal experiences have shown that fast -moving water could sweep off a vehicle . Toriola said the best way out is to avoid such situation. He said , “ If the volume of water is much and it is moving with speed, it can sweep a vehicle off the road. The volume of the water , its speed and how big the vehicle is matter in this regard. But overall , people should avoid finding themselves in that situation. If it happens , you need to navigate yourself to a safe place. Once you feel something is not right with the way the water is pushing your vehicle , especially towards its direction of flow , you should navigate to a safe place. The most important is your safety . ”

Avoid speeding :

Sometimes people dare the odds to speed even when it’ s raining , especially when the vehicle is in good condition and the tyres are very okay . But according to experts , that is not the right way to drive at such times . Toriola says once it is raining , people should drive at relatively low speed . He said the average speed should be between 40 and 60 km / h . “ In some cases, the road could be slippery and the break might be bad . If you are on speed and there is sudden occurrence , how do you handle it without running into another vehicle or an obstruction ? Driving at low speed enables the driver to be in firm control and that is important at such times , especially when you are not familiar with that environment . ”

Meanwhile , Toriola advised further that people make sure their vehicle is in good condition before driving in the rain . “ If the vehicle is not in good condition and you are stuck , then you have to do double work, ” he added . He explained that people should make sure their wiper is effective and efficient , and that people should endeavour to use their air -conditioning system so they could have a clear view of the road ahead . He added , “ The purpose of having the air conditioning on is to clear the windscreen. If the water level is okay , I don ’ t see any reason why you shouldn ’ t use it. It’ s when the water level is above the normal level that you have to think twice because you don ’ t want the water to knock off the compressor . ”
Source: The Punch