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1. Ambode replaces KAI with new environmental sanitation corps in Lagos
On Friday, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode unveiled a new environmental management.
The initiative replaces the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) with the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC).
Speaking at the soft launch of the CLI held at Agege Stadium, Governor Ambode who was represented by the State’s Deputy Governor, Mrs Idiat Adebule, said since the inception of his administration, sanitation had been given priority as it was important for maintaining a secure and more prosperous State.
According to him:
'To roll back sanitation shortcomings and accelerate seamless cleaning of our environment, the Lagos mega-city was in dire need of an enduring solution that would match the needed technology with the massive investment required for its attainment. “It is this void that the CLI has come to fill by creating an environment for the private sector to harness international best practice in the vital area of solid waste management and consequently free public funds for other beneficial uses'.
2. Rainstorm Kills 1, Destroys 100 Houses In Sokoto
One person died while more than 100 houses were destroyed when rainstorm swept through 15 villages in Illela Local Government Area of Sokoto State, Alhaji Abdullahi Haruna, the Council Chairman told newsmen on Sunday in Illela.
Haruna said seven other persons, including a mother and her three children, sustained various degrees of injuries during the rainstorm which happened on Friday.
He added that six out of the injured persons had been discharged from hospital after treatment.
According to him, the local government council secretariat, schools and other public places are among the buildings destroyed by the storm.
He added that “the strong wind and heavy rain started around 5 p.m. on Friday and lasted for 30 minutes, but the damage it caused was enormous.
“So far, we have been able to identify more than 100 houses destroyed by the rainstorm.
“A committee has been set up to assess the extent of the damage.”
The chairman attributed the extent of the destruction on the use of substandard building materials for building in the area.
He, therefore, directed the Works Department of the local government to ensure that people complied with the standard building regulations forthwith.
He said the council had contacted the State Emergency Management Agency and the National Emergency Management Agency for assistance to the victims.
According to him, responses of the two agencies have been satisfactory.
“On our part, we are waiting for the report of the committee before deciding on what to do for the victims,’’ Abdullahi said.
The Head of Sokoto Zonal Operations of NEMA, Mr Suleiman Muhammad, disclosed that the agency had been notified about the disaster.
“The agency will soon dispatch a technical team to assess the situation before deciding on the type of relief materials to donate to the victims,’’ Muhammad said.
3. 2 Killed, Houses Destroyed In Kwara Over New Yam Festival
Two persons were killed and properties worth millions of Naira were destroyed last Thursday when two communities, Iloffa and Odo-Owa communities in Oke-Ero Local Government Area of Kwara state clashed over new yam festival in a market.
Though relative calm has returned to the two neighbouring communities, many shops and stalls remained under lock.
The crisis, which erupted from a market bordering the communities resulted in the killing of two persons and destruction of properties.
The crisis was said to have escalated due to disagreements among the community leaders over the introduction of the traditional new yam festival in the said market.
Meanwhile, the state government had imposed curfew on the two warring communities as part of measures to curtail the crisis.
Alhaji Isiaka Gold, the Secretary to the State Government, announced the curfew
in a statement after an on-the-spot assessment of damages in the communities.
He announced a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew with immediate effect.
Gold stated that with the curfew, all human and vehicular movement in the two affected communities had been barred.
According to him, the state government is also ordering the suspension of any activities relating to the yam festival in Oke Ero Local Government Area of the state.
A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who monitored the situation on Sunday reports that many houses and shops remained under lock.
A combined team of police and army were seen patrolling the metropolis to forestall any breakdown of law and order.
Gold added that the curfew was to assist security agencies to contain and prevent the escalation of the conflict, as well as restore peace.
He reaffirmed government’s determination toward ensuring adequate security for citizens and urged residents of both communities to remain calm and continue to conduct their lawful affairs in peace.
He, however, warned that the full weight of the law would bear on any individual or group found to have initiated, participated or otherwise contributed to the violent conflict between the neighbouring communities.
Government had resolved to institute a judicial commission of inquiry to unravel the immediate cause and perpetrators of the act, he added.
4. Doyin Okupe Dumps PDP!
Official statement below!
It is time to say GOODBYE TO PDP.
It is with deep regret that I publicly announce my resignation from the People’s Democratic Party.
It has to be public because the PDP no longer exists in my ward as a single unified party; it was when I joined it.
My resignation is based on periods of long introspection and some of the following reasons:
1. It is no longer news that the PDP has been embroiled in a fratricidal internal crisis brought upon it by itself.
Its current direction is difficult to discern and I am convinced that even when the much-expected judgement from the Supreme Court is given, the future of the party is not likely to be significantly affected whichever way the judgement goes.
2. There seems to be too much deception, selfishness and gross nepotism in our polity nationally.
During the NRC and SDP era, there existed true nationalism and brotherhood.
Northern NRC politicians will under no circumstance undermine their party for any parochial reason. Also, neither will a Southern NRC politician, under any circumstance betray their party.
Abiola was a Yoruba man, yet those of us who were Yorubas in the NRC never once thought of voting for him.
The commitment in the North was even more profound. Even the Northern SDP rejected a distinguished successful Kano-born Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Bashir Tofa, and voted for a Southern Yoruba Muslim candidate. Worse than that, both Abiola and his running mate, Amb. Baba Gana Kingibe were Muslims. Yet, it did not matter.
Today, political parties have lost their importance and identities. Once the candidate is Northern, his party is immaterial, all northerners irrespective of their professed party affiliations will vote for him.
This is the major reason why there has been a total absence of opposition in the country in the last two years, and may probably be responsible for the polarisation and sharp ethnic divisions we are currently witnessing in the country.
In the east, there is intense anger and loud call for secession, in the south-south, there is absolute indignation and very resolute demand for total control of their resources, while the south-west is bellicose and hell bent on true federalism and restructuring which many prominent Northerners openly oppose for good or for bad.
Under these circumstances, political parties have lost their flavour and relevance.Certainly, a party like my former party, PDP has no future in the evolving Nigerian Political Circus.
3. This political confusion has percolated to the states, Ogun state being one of the worst hit.
The leadership of the party has been irredeemably fictionalised for nearly a decade.
Presently it is divided broadly into two major factions. One headed by Hon Ladi Adebutu and the other by Senator Buruji Kashamu.
Unfortunately, I do not fit into either group. Hence it becomes extremely difficult for me to operate as a politician under the PDP umbrella in the state. Yet, all politics is local.
4. The situation in the country may in the nearest future require that matured men of goodwill standby to play a unifying role for the political stability of the country. My membership of PDP may directly or indirectly preclude me from gratifying such noble and patriotic desire.
Undeniably, I have been one of the major beneficiaries (not financially) of the PDP. But for a fact, the PDP and the APC are political platforms that have now expired or in the process of being so.
Therefore, no matter my commitment and passion for this great party, the PDP, it has become menopausal and can no longer bear fruits.
I have therefore decided to withdraw a bit and study the political situation more critically and thereafter take a decision soonest on my next political move.
I will miss my friends, associates and co-travelers on this tortuous political journey and adventure. However, it is also still possible that our paths cross in the nearest future, which will be a delight.
But in spite of my stated pessimism, I sincerely express my best wishes to the more courageous party faithful who I am leaving behind, and I also pray for God’s guidance for them.
For how far I have gone, I remain eternally grateful to Almighty God and Jesus Christ my saviour, to whom ALL powers belong. If it is His will that I still play a role in National Politics in future, then most certainly, and by His grace, I WILL BE BACK.