Senator Oluremi Tinubu, representing Lagos Central, Monday, in Lagos, said the emergence of All Progressives Congress, APC, through the coming together of progressive opposition parties, was a divine opportunity for Nigerians to correct all the wrongs that had been hindering the country’s growth.
Speaking at the sixth edition of the Lagos Senatorial District town hall meeting with the theme “Rekindling Hope,” Mrs. Tinubu gave account of her stewardship to her electorate, saying only a change of government could bring about the desired change in the country.
“If you look around the society, there is a lot of restiveness, unemployment, so many ills. But we still believe that if we have good governance, a very strong and capable leader, all sectors of the economy and sections of this country will be positively affected. With unity of purpose, we can all make change happen in Nigeria and rekindle hope. We can all work towards achieving progressive goals; pool our strength together with one clear goal of developing our society through good governance, thereby accomplishing a lot for our teeming masses,” Tinubu said.
Mrs Tinubu promised to work harder to sustain ACN’s progressive views on various issues at the senate, including special status for Lagos, devolution of powers, fiscal federalism, justifiability of social and economic rights and gender issues, as well as the actualisation of constitution amendment, creation of local governments, true federalism, state police, removal of Land Use Act and provision of constitutional roles for traditional rulers.
She also said allocations had been made under the 2013 federal appropriations for the construction and furnishing of three classrooms blocks with VIP toilets and borehole in three different primary schools.
“The schools that are to benefit soon are Victoria Island Primary School, Epe; L.A. Primary School. Kadiri Street, Coker and Irepodun New Settlement Primary School, for resettled people in Ajah.
“This year, the federal budget for education has increased to N426.53 billion. I am happy that this includes N6.6 billion earmarked for the rehabilitation of technical colleges where vocational training will be offered to our teeming youths. We secured funding from TETFUND in the sum of N109 million for the construction of School of Primary and Early Child Care Education at the Sir Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPE). The Lagos State University also received N108 million from TETFUND to enable it build on teaching and learning facilities and resources.
“Additional federal resources were allotted to rehabilitate the following schools: Jibowu Junior High School, Yaba (N21m); Banjo Primary School, Ebute Meta, (N20m); Holy Trinity Primary School, Ebute Ero (N15m); and Ire Akari Primary School, Orile (N15m).
“We are expecting the delivery and installation of information and communication technologies (ICT) tools for Aje Comprehensive High School, Yaba. These will include 100 computers, one server, two teacher laptops and 110 charging points among others,” she said.
“Presently, we have just begun efforts to distinctly empower several of our women. When given a little helping hand, many of them can truly excel. Therefore, this year’s constituency intervention project to the tune of N200 million will be utilized for the construction of an ultra-modern market spread over about eight plots of land donated by the Chairman, Eti-Osa East LCDA, Hon. Isa Imam, to enhance our women’s economic empowerment through availability of affordable shops for trading activities.”
Present at the event were House of Representatives members, Jide Akiloye and Yakub Balogun; Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, and his deputy, Kolawole Taiwo; former Lagos Deputy Governor, Mrs. Sarah Sosan; Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, state leader of the district, Prince Tajudeen Olusi; ACN State’s Assistant Publicity Secretary, Funsho Ologunde; former Defence Minister, Demola Seriki; former Lagos Finance Commissioner, Wale Edun; Matriarch of the Tinubus, Alhaja Betu Tinubu; and Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Legislative and Political Bureau, Omokulanle Akinyemi.
Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon
Oba Adegoke Adeusi, the Olufon of Ifon under Ose Local Government Area Ondo State, has been murdered by unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits.
Oba Adeusi was reportedly killed on Thursday evening at a spot around the Elegbeka axis of the town.
According to reports, the monarch was initially kidnapped before he was eventually killed.
The monarch reportedly died at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo, as a result of gunshots he sustained during the attack.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Tee Leo-Ikoro, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.
Describing the event as an unfortunate one, the Police spokesman in the state also revealed that two people in the monarch’s convoy were kidnapped.
No Pardon For Rapists, Says Sanwo-Olu
Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed that there is no pardon for people indicted in reported cases of rape and gender-based violence.
The governor made this remark on Thursday when he received a 54-page compendium on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence compiled by the Stakeholders’ Committee set up by this wife, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu.
The Committee was set up to give recommendations on how the fight against sexual and gender-based violence can be won.
Speaking at the occasion, Sanwo-Olu, restated his commitment to protecting the vulnerable demographics and getting justice for victims violated.
The governor said, “I am delighted by the work done by the Stakeholders’ Committee to bring attention to the problems facing voiceless adults and children in our society. Through your efforts, vulnerable people are building the courage to speak out on offences of sexual violence and heal their wounds.
“We will bring people, who have been perpetrating these crimes, knowingly or unknowingly, to book. We will ensure they never walk freely without the full wrath of the law brought upon them. It is part of our responsibility to ensure that the vulnerable members of our society have a voice and have access to where they can get justice when their rights are violated.”
Vendor’s Widow Disowns Family Over N500m Lawsuit Against Gbajabiamila
Josephine Okereke, wife of the Abuja-based vendor killed by a security aide of Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, has rejected the family’s demand of N500 million compensation.
Okereke while speaking to newsmen on Thursday stated that what she wants is justice for her late husband, and not the compensation being sought by his family.
Recall that some days ago, Ifeanyi, her husband, was shot by Abdullahi Hassan, a Department of State Services (DSS) operative attached to the speaker.
Days after the Speaker promised to ensure justice, the family of the slain vendor wrote the speaker, demanding a N500 million compensation.
Okereke, however, told journalists in Abuja that she was not privy to the N500 million compensation requested by the family.
“I was in my house when within 10 minutes my father-in-law came from Abia, he went out along with his other son and the next day I heard that my husband’s people are demanding N500 million as compensation,” she said.
“I was shocked and asked how will they be doing that and how will the speaker help the children again with such demand. All I want now is that the person that killed my husband to face justice.”
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