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LASPARK SAYS ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY IS VITAL TO WELLBEING OF LAGOSIANS

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The General Manager of the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK), Mrs. Adetoun Popoola, has said that Lagosians have the responsibility to conserve natural resources and protect the ecosystem to support the health and wellbeing of all, promising the Agency’s readiness to continuously promote healthy living through landscaping and beautification of fallow spaces.

Mrs. Popoola stated this on Wednesday at RF Gardens, Ikoyi, during an interactive session with the media to discuss activities of the Agency as well as the results of its various collaborations with the private sector  on the beautifications of parks and gardens across the city.
According to her, the mandate of LASPARK is to create a greener, healthier Lagos through the improvement of contaminated sites, the establishment of Parks and Gardens as well as planting and maintaining of trees across the State to mitigate the effect of climate change.
She explained that there are numerous positive effects of greenery in urban environments, noting that apart from beautifying the State, the green infrastructure also serve as leisure spots and recreational centres, where Lagosians can take time off after their busy schedule to relax and enjoy nature.
Her words: “We realise that people need to relax, there is a lot of chaos in the land, our lives are very busy and in the midst of all the day to day challenges, we need to create time to have fun with friends and families in any of the Parks that are ideal for relaxation”.
“Aside from leisure and recreational purposes, these parks and gardens can also be hired for various social and corporate events. Schools can also have their excursions at these Parks.” she added.
The General Manager outlined some of the notable Parks in the State such as Ndubisi Kanu and Johnson Jakande Tinubu Parks in Alausa, Ikeja; Muri-Okunola Park, Victoria Island; Badagry Park; Dr. Abayomi Finnih Park, Oregun; Ikorodu Park, Ipakodo; Rafiu Jafojo Park, Egbeda; Tunji Braitwaithe Park, Ikoyi; Gani Fawehimi Park, Ojota and Infinity Park at Jibowu.
While informing that the Agency has planted over seven million trees in addition to establishing about 10 parks and over 200 gardens across the five divisions of the State, Mrs. Popoola maintained that trees are very vital to the environment, stressing that they provide oxygen, limit carbon in the atmosphere, reduce air pollution, absorb stormwater and excessive rainfall, thereby helping to maintain healthy soil to prevent erosion and flood.
She maintained that the achievement of a healthy and sustainable environment remains the focus of the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration as encapsulated in the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda.
“Health and Environment are closely related, and human wellbeing is determined by the health of the environment. Chances of diseases spreading are reduced when green infrastructures are put in place and well maintained. We need to do a lot of advocacy to keep sensitising the public on the benefits of trees while continuing to encourage everyone to plants trees to beautify their environment and ensure compliance with the greening law”, she enthused.
Speaking further on the achievements of LASPARK under the current administration, Popoola said the Agency has been able to take over vacant and contaminated spaces across the State and transformed them to more aesthetically pleasing locations, listing some of these sites to include Outer Marina, Abalti Barracks and Onipanu on Ikorodu Road, Alaka in Surulere, Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way and Oba Akinjobi Way GRA, Ikeja, Maternal and Child Centre, Badagry, Lagferry Terminal, Amuwo-Odofin, Fela Monument Garden (Triangular Lay-by Opebi junction) Ikeja and Holy Child College, Obalende.

Noting that LASPARK will continue to work hand in hand with law enforcement agencies in the State to dislodge miscreants from open spaces and prosecute residents who commit environmental infraction, the General Manager acknowledged that the government alone cannot transform the city, hence the agency has engaged partners like rotary clubs, lion clubs, banks and some other private entities to partner, adopt and convert spaces to economically viable sites.

“The process of adopting open space is seamless. All the prospective partners need to do is to write us, tell us the purpose for which they need the open space for, present a design after which their applications are reviewed and approved”, she asserted.

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LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT GIVES UPDATE ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE 4TH MAINLAND BRIDGE

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The Lagos State Government through the Office of Public Private Partnerships is given the update on the construction of the 4th mainland bridge in Lagos.

Speaking at a media brief in Lagos today, the Special Adviser to the Governor on PPP, Mr. Ope George gave a brief history of the 4th mainland bridge project.

According to him, the 4th MB is a proposed Public Private Partnership transport infrastructure development, which includes the construction and operation of a greenfield tolled road and bridge with a design speed of 120kmh, including the development of adjacent real estates. According to Mr. George, the bridge is expected to become the 2nd longest in Africa, featuring three toll plazas, 9 interchanges, a 4.5km lagoon bridge and an eco-friendly environment.

It is expected to span about 37 kilometers, starting from Abraham Adesanya in Ajah, on the Eti-Osa-Lekki-Epe corridor and transverse the North West towards the lagoon shoreline of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway via Owutu/Isawo in Ikorodu.

It aims to relieve severe congestion on the existing 3rd Mainland Bridge; whilst opening new areas for the future development. The project is expected to cost us $2.5billion.

Mr. Ope George further disclosed that the 4th MB project has gone through the competitive bidding process, the request for proposal Stage 1 (RFP 1) and the request for proposal Stage 2 (RFP 2). The RFP Stage 2 was then issued to three shortlisted bidders, namely:

1. Mota – Engil (Nig & Africa) CCCC & CRBC consort.

2. CGGC – CGC Joint Venture.

3. CCECC & CRCCIG Consortium.

Conclusively, the Special Adviser disclosed that the Evaluation Committee, which comprises of representatives from the LASG, Ministry of works, OPPP and the project Advisers, commenced the evaluation of the submitted RFP Stage 2 documents on the 17th November, 2022, with the announcement of the preferred bidder to be publicised before the end of the year 2022.

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LAGOS SET TO HOST THIRD REAL ESTATE MARKETPLACE CONFERENCE, EXHIBITIONS

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Lagos State Real Estate Regulatory Authority (LASRERA) has concluded plans to host the third edition of the Lagos Real Estate Marketplace Conference and Exhibitions.

The Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Housing, Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka disclosed this at the weekend in Ikeja, stating that the event has been scheduled for Tuesday, 7th and Wednesday, 8th December 2022 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island.

Benson-Awoyinka added that discussions at the event will be in the form of a Town Hall Meeting, themed: “The Lagos Real Estate Emerging Markets – Mitigating Potential Risks”.

She emphasised the need for stakeholders in the Real Estate Market to protect the sector from impostors whose actions portend great risk to the Real Estate Market in the State.

The Special Adviser revealed that seasoned speakers are already billed for this year’s Conference and Exhibition to deliberate on potential risks in Real Estate Transactions and Laws that protect Real Estate investment Transactions, Policies and Guidelines about Lagos State Real Estate Sector.

Benson-Awoyinka stated that the event is meant to redefine the Lagos State Real Estate Market to meet developmental standards and to attract more international investment opportunities for the State Real Estate.

While assuring that LASRERA will continue to play its role as the State Government’s Regulator in the Built Sector by strengthening and curbing the potential risks for investors/investees in the Market, she urged individuals/organisations that are yet to register with the Agency can do so at the event.

The Special Adviser, therefore, promised that the Lagos State Government will continue to sustain the platform of the annual conference for stakeholders to brainstorm on how to ensure that Real Estate Business Transactions meet the Smart City vision as conceptualised in the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of the State Government.

She also implored interested persons willing to participate in the two-day Conference and Exhibitions to register via: https://3rdlagrealconference.eventbrite.com free of charge.

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5 foods that can prevent erectile dysfunction

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Erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction can cause stress, relationship strain and low self-confidence.

Erectile dysfunction is a condition that can make it difficult to get or maintain an erection. It can be a sign of a physical or psychological condition.

The main symptom is a man’s inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.

Some foods are perfect for men’s sexual health and regulating erectile dysfunction.

Following certain foods may also be helpful. Here’s a list of them below:

  • Avocados

Avocados work magic for men’s libido. It contains Vitamin E and Zinc which increases testosterone and sperm quality.

  • Oats

This breakfast food is excellent for the penis. It helps men reach orgasm. Wild oats are an aphrodisiac because it possesses amino acid L-Arginine which helps the blood vessel in the penis relax. The blood vessel in the penis relaxing is important in maintaining an erection and reaching orgasm.

  • Coffee

Studies have shown caffeine prevents erectile dysfunction. Caffeine increases blood flow to the penile arteries and muscles.

  • Watermelon

This is called in popular lingo “penis fruit” it has L-Arginine which helps a man who has erectile dysfunction

  • Spinach

Spinach contains folate and folate helps blood flow. Folic acid is an important supplement and deficiency in it causes erectile dysfunction.

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