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The Governor said the delivery of a fully equipped health centre by the council showed how leaders at the lowest tier of Government could strengthen the State Government’s development drive, urging council chairmen across the State to replicate similar projects in their communities for more positive impacts.
He said: “I am humbled to be commissioning this first-class healthcare edifice, which was fully undertaken and delivered by the chairman of Ifelodun LCDA. This speaks to the modest effort being made by the council towards improving the lives of our people at the grassroots. The quality of project delivered has challenged us a Government on the need to bring up projects that will not only benefit people at the grassroots level, but will also transform their lives.
He said, “This is another demonstration that good governance at the lowest tier is pertinent to accelerating socio-economic development. There must be a collaboration between local councils and the State Government to further enhance service delivery and make people in local communities to feel the impacts of the Government. I commend the leadership of Ifelodun LCDA for this befitting health centre that will serve our people.”
The Governor said the decision of the council officials to name the PHC after Tinubu was appropriate, given the development impact the APC National Leader had made in the State and across the nation.
Upon the decision of the council to hand over the PHC to the State Government for efficient management and sustenance, Sanwo-Olu said the State Government was prepared to take over the primary health facility and would further strengthen it to become a comprehensive health centre.
Earlier in his welcome address, Ifelodun LCDA chairman, Hon. Fatai Ajidagba revealed that the construction of the PHC was financed from the council’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), noting that the project was embarked on based on the request from the residents.
He said: “I stand today in fulfilment of our electoral promises of making life more meaningful for our people. We are indeed very delighted Ifelodun LCDA is able to show the entire world developmental projects that have a direct and positive impact on the lives of the people.
Hon Ajidagba said, “The impact and benefit of this health centre will not only be felt by the people in our LCDA alone but also residents of six other local councils around us will benefit from the services that will be provided here. This prompted us to name this edifice as Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Comprehensive Health Centre.”
The PHC has a tuberculosis care department, eye and dental clinics, pharmacy section, medical laboratory, X-ray department, ultrasound scanning section, children immunization centre and maternity, among others.
Also, the imposing secretariat complex of the Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area was an attraction to behold Ajegunle after its renovation.
Sanwo-Olu also commissioned the council’s administrative building torched about four months ago during ENDSARS protests but rebuilt by the LCDA Chairman.
The Governor said the quick revamp of the secretariat demonstrated the resilient spirit of Lagos, saying “I am excited that less than four months after the mindless destruction of the council administrative building, we are coming back to see a magnificent building standing tall again. The chairman, Hon. Fatai Ayoola has turned a hopeless situation into the story of joy”.
“I’m impressed by the commitment of the council chairman and other workers towards rebuilding the secretariat. These are the true heroes, who donated their effort and resources that led to the completion of the project. What has been demonstrated is the resilience and strength of Lagosians to rise beyond any challenge.”
The Governor said the lesson of the event that led to the destruction of the council secretariat was not lost on the State, urging the people of the council to protect the assets and guard it against destruction.
Sanwo-Olu however donated six brand new vehicles (four pickup vans and two-car) to the council to help smooth administrative duties.
The Governor also performed the ground-breaking for the rebuilding of the Magistrate Court burnt in the council secretariat.
APAPA GRIDLOCK: LASG, NPA WARNS TRUCK DRIVERS TO ABIDE WITH PARKING AT HOLDING BAY OR VEHICLE IMPOUNDED
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Lagos State Government have warned trucks drivers who park indiscriminately along the roads leading to Apapa to move the vehicles to holding bay provided or risk impoundment of the trucks.
The NPA also revealed that about 7000 trucks have been certified fit for the proposed digitalised call up system that will be effective from 27th of February, 2021, adding that trucks must approach the ports from a holding bay or truck parks with a bar code to access the ports.
The warning came as part of the efforts made by both the Federal and Lagos State Governments to ensure free flow of traffic at the Lagos Port Access routes for port users and other businesses to thrive,
Also, the warning was to address the gridlock challenges faced with clearing agents, importers and exporters as well as other road users who ply the Lagos Port Access routes to their various offices.
Speaking at the Stakeholders’ meeting held last week Thursday at Adeyemi-Bero Auditorium Ikeja, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation and Chairman of the Special Traffic Management Team, Mr. Oluwatoyin Fayinka, reiterated that any truck operating outside the call up lists generated by the NPA would be impounded, if caught obstructing the flow of traffic on the roads.
The State Government also declared that vehicles in poor condition would be prevented from entering the ports and sanctioned if caught operating within the metropolis, advising that the haulage vehicle operators to utilise the grace period to get their acts together and conform with directives issued out earlier.
This declaration was in line with the mandate of the Special Traffic Management Enforcement Team constituted by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to resolve the incessant gridlock that has plagued Apapa and its environs for over long period in the state
It would be recalled that the team has continued to engage heavy-duty truck owners, unions and other stakeholders towards eliminating the protracted traffic congestion in the axis.
Mr Fayinka disclosed that several petitions from residents of Apapa, Ijora, Tincan, Sifax and Mile 2 received by the Ministry of Transportation and forwarded to his team, complained of the unruly behaviour of truckers which has prevented other road users from accessing their desired destinations with ease.
While appealing to stakeholders to cooperate with the state government to remedy the situation, the Special Adviser warned that non-compliance from trailer and truck operators will be met with the full weight of the Law.
Fayinka also affirmed that the NPA, Nigeria Police, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority are collaborating with his team to manage traffic into Apapa and prevent the illegal parking of trailers and trucks causing severe damages to road infrastructure and compounding traffic gridlock.
The representative of the NPA at the meeting, Mr. Ayodele Durowaye, lauded the Stakeholders present for their positive contributions, stressing that the primary responsibility of the NPA is cargo handling, hence the responsibility of keeping trucks at parks and holding bays during the process of port activities is solely that of the operators.
He alluded that trucks parked indiscriminately beneath and on the bridge, as well as highways, were aberrations and unbefitting in the Lagos Smart City Master plan, noting that the State Government has rights to impound any truck causing obstruction and violating the States’ Traffic law as the ports are transit points designed to hold cargoes temporarily.
Durowaye assured that the Agency will submit the routing plan showing the allotted movement for trucks to unveil impediments caused by the indiscriminate stop and search that hamper the efficiency of the call-up roaster and cause delays, recommending that allegations levelled against the Shipping Lines should be addressed with petitions to enable penalties, including Ship Entry Notice Denials and Cancellation of Licenses of the erring shipping line.
In his contribution, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos command, CP. Mr. Hakeem Odumosu assured that the Nigerian Police would back up all Lagos State Enforcement Teams and Agencies, adding that touting would be checked to checkmate illegal business activities, while the issue of unnecessary checkpoints on roads to the Ports will be collapsed.
The Lagos Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr. Olusegun Ogungbemide proposed that Standard Operational Procedures be developed to outline the role of every stakeholder in solving Apapa gridlock, saying that a harmonized strategy on the part of the unions and synergized efforts with terminal operators will aid in tackling the situation holistically.
Also speaking, the General Manager, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Engr. Olajide Oduyoye, warned that under no circumstances should any LASTMA Officer be attacked or harmed while discharging their duties, enjoining everyone to report corrupt Officers, with evidence, to the Agency.
Among the people that present at the gathering includes, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Kamar Olowoshago; Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Mr. Oluwatoyin Fayinka and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu at the Stakeholders Meeting on Trailers and Articulated Vehicles in and out of Apapa at Adeyemi-Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja.