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LEKKI DEEP SEAPORT BEGINS OPERATIONS IN 2023, INVESTOR ASSURES LAGOS GOVT

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•Sanwo-Olu, Cabinet Members on Two-Day Working Tour of Lagos Free Trade Zones

Commercial operations at the Lekki Deep Seaport in Lagos Free Zone (LFZ) will begin in the first quarter of 2023, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday, got the assurance from Tolaram Group – the frontline investor handling the project.

The Governor and members of the State’s cabinet are currently on a two-day working tour of the three free trade zones established in Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos.

The port, which is being constructed by China Habour Engineering firm, is occupying 90 hectares in the entire 830 hectares of land carved out for the Lagos Free Zone, created in 2012 to enhance economic position of Lagos as manufacturing and logistics hub in West Africa.

The first phase of the seaport project, which is being financed by $629 million facility from China Development Bank (CDB), is at 48 per cent completion.

After going through the project master plan, Sanwo-Olu said his administration remained committed to delivering project, stressing that the deep seaport and other investments happening in the corridor had the potential to increase the State’s GDP in multiple folds.

He said: “Given the report I got and what I have seen here, I can say that Lagos Free Zone has made tremendous improvement. We have seen the level of partnership Tolaram Group is bringing in terms of international investment and local brands on this corridor.

“I commend all stakeholders that are with us on this journey we have found ourselves. With the level of work we have seen, I’m truly excited. It is more gratifying that, we are taking up this assignment with all energies required and we all can see what we can achieve when we work together.

“Since we signed a loan agreement less than 18 months ago, we have demonstrated strong capability in bringing the project to reality. This is the first quarter of 2021 and we have seen the project in about 48 per cent completion. The investors have given us the commitment on first quarter of 2023 completion date. We will fulfill all our parts to make sure this date becomes reality.”

Sanwo-Olu, who noted that he had been part of the conversation for the development of the free zones as a Commissioner for Commerce and Industry in 2006, said his administration had recorded significant progress in bringing the projects to reality.

The Governor said the priority accorded to the construction of complementary infrastructure projects along the corridor was a demonstration of his Government’s fulfillment of its pledge to Lagos residents. He promised the State would work with the timeline to ensure all projects mapped out in the zones are deliver.

Sanwo-Olu said the size of the deep seaport will allow 18,000 TEU capacity vessels, which are four times bigger than the ones berthing at Apapa seaports, thereby scaling down the cost of container transportation from any part of the world.

He said: “The interesting part is that, our youths and young women will be the beneficiaries of this project. The project managers have engaged large number of our citizens in the construction parts of the work; all personnel are not expatriates. All the technical work and technology deployed have local component to it.

“For us a Government, this is the strongest point we have made with the project. I am fully convinced that the delivery of this project will transform commercial architecture of West Africa and bring about quick turnaround time in maritime sector.”

When it is completed, the deep seaport is expected to generate more than 170,000 direct and indirect job opportunities for Lagos residents, and serve as alternative in an effort to decongest the Federal Government-owned seaports in Apapa.

Chief Executive Officer of Lagos Free Zone, Mr. Dinesh Rathi, said Tolaram Group, a Singaporean coy, initiated a $2 billion investment in the Lagos Free Zone, out of which the investor committed $950 million to developing manufacturing hub in the zone.

When the deep seaport is completed, Rathi said the maritime project was expected to generate more than 170,000 direct and indirect job opportunities for Lagos residents, and would serve as alternative in an effort to decongest the Federal Government-owned seaports in Apapa.

Chairman of Lagos Free Zone Development Company, Mr. Biodun Dabiri, hailed the State Government for its commitment towards changing face of commerce in Africa, stressing that all statutory permits, licences and endorsement for the Lekki port project were already secured.

“There is strong guarantee that the port will be delivered before time, going by the inflow of capital investment and technical services,” Dabiri said.

The Governor and his entourage also visited Africa’s second largest manufacturing plant of Kellogg Tolaram, manufacturer of cornflakes, which is built in Lagos Free Zone. The Governor toured the processing unit of the firm and inspected the production chain.

Also joining the Government’s team in the tour are the Chief Executive Officer of Lekki Freeport LFZ, Mr Du Ruogang, and Head of Marketing for LFZ, Ms. Chinju Udora, among others.

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SCHOOLS SECURITY: LAGOS CP LECTURES PRINCIPALS, DIRECTORS

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Deploys Men to Boarding Schools, Shares SecurityTips

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has been sensitive and proactive to fortifying security in and around schools in Lagos State, particularly, the boarding schools with a view to protecting students, staffers and their facilities.

The Commissioner of Police, in order to build confidence in the principals, students, parents of the schools and officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Education, had a security meeting and lecture with the principals and officials of the Ministry of Education on redesigning and fortifying security of schools across the state, on Thursday 1st April, 2021 at Adeyemi Bero Hall, Alausa Ikeja-Lagos.

The Hon Commissioner for Education, Lagos State, and the Police Command had deemed it necessary to organise such a meeting to review the security architecture and improve on the safety of all schools in the state by building confidence in the concerned staffers, students, parents and the Government of Lagos State; and intensifying efforts on deploying its human and material resources to protect lives and property in the schools.

The police boss had an interactive session with them and shared some security tips with them so as to propel them into actions on the general security of schools, both private and public, in the state.

The Hon Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisoye, appreciated the command and other participants at the meeting for their time and supports so far on the security of schools in the state and encouraged them to put in their best to work with the police and other security agencies in the state in ensuring that our schools in Lagos State are safe and fortified against any attacks.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, was accompanied to the meeting by all the fourteen Area Commaders in the state, Heads of Departments and the Intelligence officers of the command. Others that were present at the meeting were the Chairman Teaching Service Commission, Mrs Elizabeth Ariyo, who was represented by Mr Sulaiman Ajayi, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Abosede Adelaja, the Director General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr Lanre Omojola, the Chairman Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, Hon Wahab Alawiye-King and the Tutor General/ Permanent Secretaries from Districts 1 to 6 in the state.

The Commissioner of Police therefore assured all and sundry, especially owners and principals of schools to remain calm as the command has taken necessary steps in deploying its human and material resources including Intelligence gathering, patrols, raids of black spots, sensitisation programmes, Town Hall Meetings, threat analyses etc to brace up the security in and around both private and public schools in Lagos State.

He also urged the parents and guardians to assist in supervising their kids (students) and volunteer information to the police and other security agencies as it affects the safety of schools in the state.

E-SIGNED

CSP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI(mnipr)
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
LAGOS STATE COMMAND
IKEJA-LAGOS
DATED 5TH APRIL, 2021

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ANTI CULTISM FIGHT: LAGOS POLICE ARREST SERIAL KILLER CULTIST, SUSPECTED ARMED ROBBERS NABS MAN, 43, FOR DEFILING WIFE’S NIECE, 15

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The Police detectives attached to Sagamu Road Division, led by the Divisional Police Officer, Sagamu Road, Ikorodu, on Sunday, 4th April, 2021, at about 10am, apprehended one wanted serial killer cultist, Segun Agodo, m, in Odongunyan area of Ikoodu, Lagos State.

In a communique E-SIGNED by CSP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI(mnipr)
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
LAGOS STATE COMMAND
IKEJA-LAGOS
DATED 4TH APRIL, 2021has it that Segun, a senior member of Eye Confraternity, had been on the run for a while since he got the wind that he had been declared wanted by the police for his atrocities in Ikorodu area of Lagos State. But he was sighted in Ikorodu today 4th April, 2021, while the DPO Sagamu Road Division and his men were on Surveillance patrol around Ikorodu.

The suspect, who has been fingered in many murder cases, including alleged killing of a policeman, in Ikorodu, was arrested in possession of two (2) locally-made revolver pistols, each loaded with seven (7) and fourteen (14) rounds of cartridges, one axe, some cutlasses and assorted charms.

Similarly, the police detectives attached to Alakuko Division of the command, on 2nd April, 2021, at about 5.30am, arrested one Sola Akinwole, m, 27, where the suspect and his gang members were robbing at a car/motorcycles shop located at AMJE Bus Stop, Alakuko Area of Lagos State.

The police detectives raced to the scene while responding to a distress call from the shop. The suspected armed robbers had shot one of the guards at the shop, Tairu Baba, m, 20, before the police arrived the scene. One Locally-made pistol and four (4) cartridges were recovered from the suspect.

In another development, the police operatives attached to Festac Division on 3rd April, 2021, at about 3pm, arrested one Jonas Nnubia, m, 43, for defiling his wife’s neice (name withheld) at 1st Avenue, L Close, Festac, Lagos State.

The victim, who was taken to the police station in company of some officials of the Child Protection Network, Lagos State, alleged that the suspect has defiled her severally and warned her not to disclose his criminal act to anyone or else she dies.

The victim has been taken to the hospital for necessary medical examination and attention in order to assist the police in carrying out their discreet Investigation into the matter.

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has directed that the suspects involved in the cases be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for proper investigation and possible prosecution.

CP Hakeem Odumosu further stated that the command will leave no stone unturned in making sure that Lagos State is rid of criminals, especially cultists who are the major perpetrators of crimes and social vices in the state. He also promised to continually partner with the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development and other interest groups in fighting against gender/domestic based violence in the state.

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Iwo Action Council, (IWAC) Honours Engr. (DR) Ademola Adedapo ln A Grand Style

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Rahman Ismail

 

 

An adage says ” For someone to be Honoured, He/ She must be a good person in the society. This is a perfect description of the event of today.

Today is historical and unique in the life of Adedapo Royal family from Gbase ruling House of lwo, as one of their illustrious son and captain of industry, Engr.(Dr.) Ademola Adedapo an Abuja based philantropist though hails from foke’s compd, lwo. Osun state is being Honoured today by Iwo Action Council, (IWAC) with the prestigious PHILANTHROPIC SON of the soil Award having been contributing immensely towards the social economic development of his fatherland in many various capacities, ranging from sponsorship of vulnerable wards, paying WAEC fee of some selected students, handsome donations at every annual lwo day celebrations and yearly quiz competition organised for all science students in the state of Osun amongst other. Engr. Ademola Adedapo premised all these lofty and remarkable services to complement the effort and developmental agenda of our Amiable and dynamic Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola in his giant strides to turn Osun into a state of El dorado’s.
However, Engr. Ademola Adedapo as part of his developmental zeal and passion to develop and engage the upcoming school leavers.

He founded the following companies to assist in gainful employment of the young graduands: Aenon Foundations, DEEDAM INVESTMENT LTD, HERIPROM NIG LTD and above all, He is the Chairman, AENON HOTELS And SUITE, GRA, Osogbo.

Furthermore, Having done all these to the society towards raising the economic standard of the people of Iwo in no small way, I think, I will go by popular believe which I suspected geared IWO ACTION COUNCIL, (IWAC) that ” To Whom Much Is Giving, Much Is Expected”.

The PHILANTHROPIC Award bestowed on Engr. (Dr.) Ademola Adedapo is indeed likened to the saying which goes thus ; ” A Round Peg In A Round Hole”.

This kind of Award of recognition on eminent son of the soil, will surely spur him and others who are beneficiary of other various award to do more by investing in the service of humanity and God.

On a final note, kindly, help us to celebrate, felicitates and appreciate, Engr.(Dr.) Prince, Ademola Adedapo and wife as well as the family members as He is being bestow with the Award of PHILANTHROPIC SON powered by IWO ACTION COUNCIL, (IWAC). This award is a very clear testimony of Engr.(Dr.) Ademola Adedapo’s Goodwill and humanitarians service towards the development of people and it’s immediate environment.

Congratulations to Omo Oba Ademola Adedapo on your investiture as Most PHILANTHROPIC SON of the day, courtesy, IWAC.

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