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Lagos To Deliver 2, 268 Housing Units From 7 Schemes This Year – Sanwo – Olu

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Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has restated his administration’s commitment to increase the total housing stock in the State by 3,004 units with the completion & delivery of additional 7 housing schemes, comprising 2,268 units by the end of this year.
Speaking during 2020 World Habitat Day held on Monday at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Governor Sanwo-Olu who was ably represented by his deputy, Dr Femi Hamzat said his administration is committed to the full implementation of the rent-to-own policy aimed at achieving the objective of making housing affordable and accessible to low income Lagosians.
He disclosed that within the last 16 months, the present administration has completed and commissioned a number of housing schemes including Lateef Kayode Housing Estate, Igando, Courtland Villas, Lekki and Lekki Apartments, Ikate Elegushi.
The Governor added that 303 Lagosians have become homeowners in Oba Adeboruwa, Lateef Jakande and Epe Housing Schemes under the policy.
The governor stated that despite the dwindling resources which has assumed a global dimension as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, his administration remains resolutely committed to making befitting accommodation available to Lagosians through pragmatic models that will incorporate private sector partnership and encourage local contents while also cutting costs and creating employment.
While urging Lagosians to take full advantage of the grand opportunities provided by the housing programme of the state government, Governor Sanwo-olu said steps have been taken to remove bottlenecks associated with housing delivery in the State by embracing the mortgage option to home ownership.
“I seek the cooperation of all Lagosians towards the achievement of the Lagos of our dreams, a livable and sustainable city where everyone fulfills their legitimate aspirations irrespective of class, race or creed,” he said
Commenting on the theme of this year’s World Habitat Day celebration, ‘Housing For All: A Better Urban Future’, the governor said, “The thrust of this year’s celebration is a major policy objective of the fourth pillar of our administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S agenda i.e Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy. The current and projected future population of our State presents huge opportunities for investors in the housing sector and a compelling need for urban renewal.”
He emphasised that his government’s pact with Lagosians as contained in the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda under the fourth pillar is to ensure a significant reduction in the housing deficit through provision of affordable and decent housing and to deepen commitment to a greater Lagos by advancing the administration’s strides towards an enduring urban future, founded on good spatial and sectoral planning.
Governor Sanwo-olu stressed that to accelerate the realization of this objective, the state has returned to National Housing Fund & appointed the Lagos Building Investment Company (LBIC) as the sole mortgage provider to facilitate a reduction in housing deficit in the State.
In addition, he said, concrete steps have also been taken to increase the housing stock in the State through combined efforts of the Ministry of Housing, the Lagos State Property Development Corporation (LSDPC) and Lagos Building Investment Company in delivering affordable housing units to the teeming population.
In his welcome address, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Tpl. Idris Salako stated that the state government has a clear understanding and remarkable acceptance of the multidimensional and complex nature of housing in its physical, social, economic, cultural, political, psychological and technical identities and is matching up to its successful delivery in cost-efficient, pragmatic and innovative manner.
He added that the State Govt has evolved, institutionalized and implemented specific Policy Reforms and Initiatives that would continue to facilitate the achievement of the “Making Cities and Human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” in line with the SDG 11.
The commissioner noted that the state is working assiduously to ensure housing for all Lagosians within the ambits of globally-accepted standards.
He said: “While persistent population increase and inadequate shelter have been of major concern to our state, the administration of Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has made relentless efforts at not only ensuring housing for all, but also making sure that physical development are in tune with the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda of making Lagos a 21st Century Economy by strengthening the enabling legal institutional framework.
Speaking at the event, the Guest Speaker, Dr. Tunde Reis urged the government to come up with innovative policies that would drive the housing Industry.
Citing the telecommunications industry as an example, Reis noted that apart from existing policy on building, regulation for managing the community should be imbibed.
He further noted that sustainable relationship between the government and private organisations should be developed as there is no country in the world where government alone can solve its housing problems.

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Protesters Launch Soro Soke Online Radio

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‘Soro Soke’ is a Yoruba statement which means ‘Speak upThe establishment of Soro Soke radio by the #EndSARS protesters is urging everyone to speak up, air their views and grievances against any unjust systemSoro Soke radio which has gone live will also serve as a platform to report missing persons.

Soro Soke radio can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
https://s4.radio.co/s99d55c85b/listen

The protest began to fight the wrongs of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Nigerians took to social media to commend the establishment of the online radio.

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Akwa Ibom Youths Give FG Seven Days Ultimatum To Take Over Zamfara Gold

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The youths said at a press conference in Uyo on Tuesday said that the gold in Zamfara belonged to the Federal Government and Governor Bello Matawalle had no right to sell the gold bar to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)Leader of Young Democratic Movement, Kuseme Idiong and Speaker, South South Youth Assembly, Comrade Victor Thompson stated that proceeds from the sale of Zamfara gold should be shared among all the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as is done with the oil proceeds from the Niger Delta.

Akwa Ibom Youths under the auspices of Young Democratic Movement (YDM), and South South Youth Assembly have given the Federal Government seven days ultimatum to take over the gold in Zamfara state currently controlled by the state government.

The youths said at a press conference in Uyo on Tuesday said that the gold in Zamfara belonged to the Federal Government and Governor Bello Matawalle had no right to sell the gold bar to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

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Leader of Young Democratic Movement, Kuseme Idiong and Speaker, South South Youth Assembly, Comrade Victor Thompson stated that proceeds from the sale of Zamfara gold should be shared among all the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as is done with the oil proceeds from the Niger Delta.


They noted that the Constitution of Nigeria stipulates that mines and minerals including oil fields, oil mining, geological surveys and natural gas in states are exclusively under the control of the Federal Government, and wondered why the FG has not taken over the gold in Zamfara.

They described the action of Zamfara state governor as an act of lawlessness and impunity, and called on the Executive and Legislative arm of government to rise up against it.

They stated that failure of the FG to take over the mineral resources found in Zamfara state would force them to embark on a nationwide protest and call out youths in the country to join.

The groups further demanded an upward review of the derivation funds paid to Niger Delta states saying oil-producing states were not actually paid the 13 percent.

“That both the Executive and the Legislative arm of the Federal Government should rise against this act of lawlessness and impunity from the perpetrators of the sale of Zamfara Gold.Details of both past and present gold or other mineral sales should be made public and proceeds should be shared among all the states as in the case of Oil derivatives from the Niger Delta region.

“The Federal Executive Council and the National Assembly should revisit the derivative funds formula for oil-rich Niger Delta states as oil-producing states are fed below the 13% derivation.

“Failure to upwardly review the derivative funds formula for oil-rich Niger Delta states, the Federal Government must allow Niger Delta to directly sell her oil just as the recent case of Zamfara gold bar.

“We give the Federal Government up till Saturday, October 24, 2020 to give a robust and satisfactory response to our demands else the Youths of Niger Delta shall on Tuesday, October 26, 2020 embark on a Nationwide protest drawing the attention of the international community to this terrible situation. We must warn that we will not leave the streets until our demands are met,” the group stated.

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Senate confirms Dahir-Umar as DG PenCom amidst protests

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The Senate on Tuesday , confirmed the appointment of Aisha Dahir – Umar , as the substantive Director General of the National Pension Commission Board amidst protests from some senators.
Another nominee who was also confirmed by the Senate was Dr Oyindasola Oluremi Oni, from North Central as Chairman .
Also confirmed were Clement Akintola ( South -West ); Ayim Nyerere ( South – East) and Charles Emukowhale ( South – South ) , as commissioners of the PenCom board .
The Senate , however, rejected the confirmation of Hannatu Musa ( North -West ) because she was unable to present her discharge certificate from the National Youths Service Corps .
Members of the Minority Caucus in the Senate last week sent a petition to the Committee on Establishment and Public Service , seeking the disqualification of Dahir – Umar as the substantive DG of PenCom .
Until her confirmation on Tuesday , Dahir -Umar , from the North -East geopolitical zone , held the position in acting capacity .
The Minority Leader of the Senate , Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who argued against Dahir -Umar confirmation , insisted that since her predecessor did not complete her tenure , the position should be occupied by somebody from the South -East , where Mrs Chinelo Anohu -Amazu , whose five – year tenure was truncated , hailed from .
Ruling on Abaribe’s argument , the President of the Senate , Ahmad Lawan , said the constitutional provisions relied upon by those who are kicking against the DG ’s appointment was not valid because the tenure of Anohu-Amazu ’s board had expired before the appointment of Dahir -Umar
The President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd .) , had penultimate week , sent the name of Dahir -Umar to the Senate , seeking the lawmakers ’ confirmation for her to be the substantive DG and others , to the board of the agency .
Details later …

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