Oyo NURTW threatens bloodshed, alleges attacks by park managers
Members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in Oyo State have asked Governor Seyi Makinde to warn members of the Park Management System against further threatening them or attacking them in order to avoid bloodshed.
The Oyo NURTW members gave the warning in a petition dated March 24 and signed by their counsel and a former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Mr Michael Lana.
A copy of the document was made available to our correspondent on Thursday night.
The NURTW also said in the petition that it was illegal for the state government or its agents (PMS) to be collecting union dues from commercial drivers because the NURTW was not proscribed and the matter was still pending before court.
The union accused members of the PMS of threatening to kill them if they visit the union’s state office recently built along Iwo Road .
The petition read, “Our clients are the owners of the building lying and situated at Plot 4 Aduloju Layout along Iwo-Road, Ibadan. Our clients alleged that while on the inspection of the said building by the executive and the members of our clients today, March 24, 2022, their members were accosted by the so-called Park Managers wearing Mukaila Lamidi aka auxiliary’s caps and T-shirts with picture of Governor Seyi Makinde.
“These miscreants threatened to attack our clients should they come to their office again, boasting that they have the backing of the governor of the state and could not be arrested even if they kill any of our client’s members.
“It is of note that in the above named suit, the governor of the state deposed that it did not proscribe our client’s union, therefore, there is no order or law preventing our client from using their property.
“Kindly be informed that under Section 43 of the Constitution of Nigeria, our client has the right to own the said property and no person has the right to own their property.
“Also, it has been established that the state government is not a trade union, therefore, neither it nor or its agent have the right to collect the union’s dues from commercial drivers and this is the subject of the above named suit. However, our clients have copious evidence that the so-called managers are collecting the union dues from commercial drivers in the state.”
“The law is that when a matter is pending before the court, neither the parties can do anything thereon. Our client has been-law abiding since 2019 when your government handed over the parks to Mukaila Lamidi aka Auxiliary thereby leaving our clients jobless to wallop in abject poverty.
“To avoid bloodshed in the state, it is better to warn Mukaila Lamidi to reign in his thugs and make no attempt to disturb out client from occupying its office.
“It will also be in the interest of peace if you also warn the park managers and the local government in charge of collecting union dues from commercial drivers. We believe that as a man of peace, you will heed to our request.”
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LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT GIVES UPDATE ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE 4TH MAINLAND BRIDGE
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.
LAGOS SET TO HOST THIRD REAL ESTATE MARKETPLACE CONFERENCE, EXHIBITIONS
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.
Leave Gov Emmanuel Out Of Your N204m Bribery Predicaments – Advocacy Group Warns Sen Albert
Senator Bassey Albert Akpan and his supporters have been warned to desist from further blackmail and smear campaigns against Governor Udom Emmanuel, over the current legal imbroglio of the Young Progressives Party’s gubernatorial candidate.
A major advocacy group, Akwa Ibom Integrity Alliance in a reaction by its Chairman, Barr Stephen Abia, said it was unfair and uncharitable for the embattled senator to transfer blames of his travails to the doorsteps of Governor Emmanuel who neither originated the charges nor even knows of the facts of the case.
The group opined that to remotely or directly blame Governor Emmanuel for the probe of Bassey Akpan’s financial impropriety, was devilish, wicked and malicious.
“From investigations by our team of professionals, Governor Emmanuel was not in office as Governor, when the case of bribery and corruption against Bassey Albert Akpan commenced”, said Barr Stephen Abia.
“The case was purely on the heels of a probe of the infamous alleged slush funds against a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, where part of the funds where allegedly linked to a certain Jide Omokoro who confessed during investigation that he used the funds to bribe Senator Albert Akpan through car donations amounting to N204million to get contracts.
“For the avoidance of doubts, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arrested and detained Senator Akpan over cars that he had allegedly received as bribe from Jide Omokore while serving as Akwa Ibom Finance Commissioner and Chairman of the State Inter-Ministerial Direct Labour Coordinating Committee.
“Investigations show that the Omokore’s companies – Bay Atlantic Energy and Sahel Energy – received contracts from the Senator Akpan’s InterMinisterial Direct Labour Coordinating Committee and the EFCC claimed the vehicles were used to bribe Akpan.
“We have discovered that it is only on the basis of jurisdiction that the case could not be decided a long time ago when the trial was conducted at Justice O.A. Taiwo presided Federal High Court in Lagos, hence the case was reassigned to the federal high court in Uyo in line with Senator Albert Akpan’s argument that the offense took place in Uyo.
“When he was testifying at the High Court, Senator Albert admitted receiving the car bribe from Omokaro and further brought some members of his campaign team as witnesses that they were given the contentious vehicles to campaign for Albert’s elections in 2015.
“Throughout the duration of this trial and till this moment, there is no record that the Akwa Ibom State government was a party in the case, nor can it be said that Governor Emmanuel or any of his appointees had testified in the case. It is therefore worrisome that Senator Bassey Albert would come out to castigate the Governor for a sin he allegedly committed when Governor Emmanuel had not assumed office”, the group enthused.
According to Barr Stephen Abia, himself an indigene of Ibiono Ibom local government where Bassey Albert also hails from, the people of Ibiono Ibom have disassociated themselves from the corruption allegations against their son, and are also ready to remain in support of the transparent leadership of Governor Emmanuel, which has brought about monumental feats in the State since 2015.
Judgement on the case is expected to come up on Friday this week at the Federal High Court in Uyo.
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