Director VIS Lagos Engr. Akin George Fashola

Dedeigbo Ayodeji

<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Drivers and commuters in Lagos State are in for a new experience as officials of the Lagos State Vehicle Inspectorate Services, VIS, will from next week continue its mass sensitisation and enforcement of the use of face masks and social distancing as part of efforts to curb the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus.Drivers and commuters in Lagos State are in for a new experience as officials of the Lagos State Vehicle Inspectorate Services, VIS, will from next week continue its mass sensitisation and enforcement of the use of face masks and social distancing as part of efforts to curb the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus.

This was disclosed Saturday by the Director of the VIS Lagos, Engr. Akin George Fashola during a chat with journalists.

According to Fashola, this is to ensure that the state is not forced into another lock down. 

The exercise suffered a setback aftermath of the endsars protest in the state. For the country and Lagos State in particular to battle the deadly Covid-19 virus to a halt, there is a need for drivers and commuters to abide by all safety measures.

Engr. Fashola said “Covid-19 is real and it is deadly. Nobody should joke with it or say it is not real. The disease does not maim but kills so fast. That’s the reason our people must use facemasks and obey all the safety guidelines like maintaining social distance, washing of hands regularly and going to hospitals when they are sick. 

“To defeat this virus, it is better and less costly to obey all the safety guidelines than to lockdown the country. We do not want Lagos State to be lockdown for a second time, therefore we will begin our second phase of mass enforcement and sensitisation of drivers especially commercial drivers and commuters to ensure the use of facemasks, observe social distance in their vehicles and other safety rules”. 

While addressing the misconception and promoting of non-adherence to safety measures, Engr.Fashola said “some people feel government is punishing them when they are told to wear facemasks and observe social distancing but what will government gain from that? People say Covid-19 is not an African disease but this second wave is even deadlier and it’s killing faster. When others say that Covid-19 is not their portion, then whose portion is it? It is wise to abide by all the safety rules so that the disease will not be their portion. 

“They should take it seriously by observing all the safety rules which should be a personal responsibility to stay alive. Commercial drivers should not put gain or profit above health safety by conveying people in overcrowded vehicles. It is only those alive that can eat so it is wise to adjust and comply with the safety measures and live long. 

“Wear your facemasks, and observe all the safety rules so government will not be forced to lock down the state a second time. As an agency we do not want the state to be lock down therefore we will continue to work with other stakeholders to enforce government directives aimed at stopping the spread of Covid-19,” Engr. Fashola concluded.

The police authorities in Lagos on Saturday raided a nightclub and arrested many fun-seekers in the state in a bid to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The operation was carried out by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu.

A total of 237 culprits were arrested and moved to the State Force Headquarters at Ikeja.

Eighty-five of the suspects were arrested at the Lounge 38 in Bode Thomas Street, Surulere and 152 others at Club Victoria in Victoria Island.

Some Lagos residents arrested by the police for flouting COVID-19 protocol in the state on January 9, 2021.

Six people were also apprehended for allegedly violating the midnight to 4 am curfew in the state.

The suspects were later paraded today by the police who vowed to charge them to court soon.

Despite series of warnings by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and health authorities against gatherings beyond approved numbers, many Nigerians have continued to defy the order.

The result has been an exponential spike in the number of COVID-19 infections across the country, with Lagos remaining the epicentre of the pandemic in the country, recording its highest number of infections of 807 on Thursday.

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Some Lagos residents paraded by the police for flouting COVID-19 protocol in the state on January 9, 2021.
Some Lagos residents paraded by the police for flouting COVID-19 protocol in the state on January 9, 2021.
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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday swore-in the chair and commissioners of the Local Government Service Commission.

<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-purple-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Speaking during the swearing-in ceremony at the Lagos House, Ikeja, Sanwo-Olu urged them to work toward revamping the local government service.Speaking during the swearing-in ceremony at the Lagos House, Ikeja, Sanwo-Olu urged them to work toward revamping the local government service.

The newly sworn in Chairman is Mr Kamal Baiyewu and the Commissioners are Mr Taofeek Adaranijo, Mr Ahmed Seriki, Mr Biodun Orekoya and Mr Akeem Bamgbola.

The governor congratulated them for being found worthy of the appointments based on their track records of service to the state.

According to him, the new appointees have been appointed in line with the policy of his administration to ensure that “round pegs are put in round holes’’.

“As former chairmen of local government councils and local council development areas, you have the requisite knowledge and experience to effectively discharge the responsibilities of your new offices.

“As we all know, the local government is the most important tier of government because it is the closest to the people.

“The policies implemented at the local government level are those with direct impact on the lives of the people.

“It is, therefore, imperative for us to ensure that we pay greater attention to local government administration if we are to achieve our objective of inclusive governance and enhanced service delivery at the grassroots level,´´ he said.

Sanwo-Olu urged them to do all they could to ensure that the electorate felt the impact of governance in local government councils and local council development areas.

He said that a critical factor in the attainment of grassroots development was the quality and commitment of the local government personnel saddled with the responsibility of ensuring smooth administrative processes and effective implementation of policies and programmes.

The governor said that the chairman and members of the commission had an important role of overseeing recruitment, promotion, discipline and career management.

“This is an onerous responsibility, which must be performed with a strong sense of purpose, and intentionality. You must exercise due diligence by ensuring that all your decisions are guided by relevant rules and guidelines.

“You must also strive to be fair and just in all your decisions because this will go a long way in boosting the morale of council workers.

“I am hopeful that you will provide visionary leadership that will eventually engender better councils with the capacity to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people.

“As you begin work, I look forward to seeing a revamped local government service dedicated to accountability, efficient service delivery, grassroots transformation, and rural socio-economic development,´´ he said.

In his acceptance speech, the chairman of the commission, on behalf of his colleagues, thanked the governor for giving them such an opportunity to serve.

Baiyewu pledged their commitment to serve and to deliver a highly professional workforce that could compete with any civil service in the world.

The newly sworn in chairman pledged to follow the path of justice in Lagos State and Nigeria in all that they do.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, has ordered the relaxation of the curfew in the state from 10pm to 6am.

Sanwo-Olu had imposed the curfew due to break down of law and order by hoodlums who hijacked the End SARS protests in the state.

However, Sanwo-Olu’s order was contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotosho on Friday.

Omotosho said the governor commended people of the state for observing the curfew, which is expected to restore normalcy in the communities.

According to the statement: “He urges all Lagosians to go about their businesses in peace, even as they shun ‘actions that can threaten our unity.

<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">“The Governor advised disseminators of fake news to stop causing disaffection among Lagosians, who are well known for being peace-loving and friendly.”“The Governor advised disseminators of fake news to stop causing disaffection among Lagosians, who are well known for being peace-loving and friendly.”

Obasa described unarmed civilians killed by the police as “miscreants”, justifying extra-judicial killings.

The Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has ordered the members of the house to ‘look down’ on those killed by the police during the crisis that erupted in the state after the #EndSARS protest.

Lagos Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa Orders Lawmakers To 'Look Down' On Those Killed By Police [Video] 1
<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">KanyiDaily recalls that <a href="https://www.kanyidaily.com/2020/10/endsars-lagos-police-commissioner-dislodges-protesters-camping-in-front-of-government-house-in-alausa.html">there had been an #EndSARS protest across the country against the SARS tactical unit of the Nigerian Police Force</a> over its brutality, illegal arrest, extortion, extra-judicial killings, among others.KanyiDaily recalls that there had been an #EndSARS protest across the country against the SARS tactical unit of the Nigerian Police Force over its brutality, illegal arrest, extortion, extra-judicial killings, among others.

The demostration was thwarted by suspected thugs and hoodlums who hijacked the protests to cause mayhem, and attack public and private investments in the state.

Many people including policemen and unarmed civilians were killed, while others sustained several degree of injuries during the violent crisis that erupted last week in Lagos.

However, during the planery session on Thursday, Lagos Speaker, Obasa described the unarmed civilians killed by the police as “miscreants”, justifying extra-judicial killings which Nigerians are protesting against.

He ordered the members of the house to observe a minute silence for only those who lost their lives, but not miscreants that were killed by the police.

“Shall we rise to observe one-minute silence in honour of those patriotic Lagosians who lost their lives, and not miscreants that were killed by Police… he said.

Shall we rise to observe one-minute silence in honour of those patriotic Lagosians who lost their lives, and not miscreants that were killed by Police… — Lagos Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa pic.twitter.com/jebzJgdmBm

— Instablog9ja (@instablog9ja) October 29, 2020

KanyiDaily recalls that Mudashiru Obasa was accused of fraudulently approving the sum of N258 million for the printing of invitation cards for the inauguration of lawmakers two months after the event had been held.

The Lagos speaker was also accused of illegally approving the sum of N45 million for one of his mistresses to organise a Christmas party that was never held.

The lawmaker was also accused of misuse of public funds and abuse of office, after reports emerged that he fraudulently collected N5 million from the Lagos state treasury to travel with his mistress to the United States of America.

Well done to the youths in Lagos for coming together to select Rinu Oduala & Majekodunmi Temitope to join the Lagos Judicial Panel On SARS as part of our commitment to justice and compensation for victims of Police brutality. Proceedings are public, follow @LagosSarsPanel

The scope of the panel has been expanded to cover the Lekki toll incident. Memoranda can be submitted through the panel’s email: judicialpanelonsars [at]lagosstate[dot]gov[dot]ng and you can call 0901 051 3203 , 0901 051 3204 , 0901 051 3205 for enquiries.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu has apologized for every ”action and inaction” that took place at the Lekki tollgate on Tuesday night, October 20.

Gunshots were fired at the End SARS protesters who gathered at the Lekki tollgate last night. 

The governor on Wednesday afternoon, October 21, took to his Instagram page to apologize for the incident. His post reads

”Yesterday’s events were no doubt some of the darkest gradients of our history as a State and as a people. As you are aware, I have been engaging the #EndSARS protesters since the protests started.

There are no excuses for the unfortunate incident that took place last night, and as the Governor, I apologize for every action and inaction.

I would like you to know that I am for you, I am with you, and I understand that indeed you’re not happy with the turn of events last night.
I want to once again, and passionately from the depth of my heart appeal to our teeming youths, to our protesters that you should please give peace a chance.
There have been several reported cases of arson, and of destruction of properties this morning.

We want to plead with parents, we want to appeal to guardians, I want to appeal to our citizens, especially our youths. I feel the pain, and I want to say once again that as your Governor, I will continue to ensure that every life does matter.”

*Comprehensive list of Sanwo-Olu’s cabinet members and their portfolios with Phone numbers* 

 *COMMISSIONERS AND SPECIAL ADVISERS* 

Mr. Rabiu Olowo Onaolapo 08062946965, 08150906534

Honourable Commissioner for Finance

Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo

Commissioner for Education 08033008550

Prof. Akin Abayomi

Commissioner for Health 09031101982

Dr. Idris Salako

Commissioner for Fiscal Planning and Urban Development 08053500032, 08037227698

Mr. Tunji Bello

Commissioner for Water Resources and Environment 08035272200

Mr. Gbenga Omotoso

Commissioner for Information and Strategy 08034004237

Mrs. Bolaji Dada

Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation. 08033244981

Mr. Lere Odusote

Commissioner Energy and Natural Resources 08175016555

Dr. Frederic Oladeinde

Commissioner for Transportation 08068516906

Mr. Gbolahan Lawal

Commissioner for Agriculture 08055552407

Moruf Akinderu Fatai

Commissioner for Housing 08099000555, 07038297374

Mr. Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN)

Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice 08033243869

Mr. Hakeem Fahm

Commissioner for Science and Technology 08183374053

Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle

Commissioner for Ministry Establishment, Training and Pension 08023143545

Engr. Aramide Adeyoye

Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure 08077761036

Mr. Segun Dawodu

Commissioner for Youth and Social Development 

08022241430

Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf

Commissioner for Home Affairs 08033267731

Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke

Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs 08033006419

Mrs. Lola Akande

Commissioner for Commerce and Industry 08028610411

Mrs. Olufunke Adebolu

Commissioner for Tourism Arts and Culture 08162200022

Mr. Sam Egube

Commissioner for Economy Planning and Budget 08029990194

Dr. Wale Ahmed

Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations 08055552407

Ms Ruth Bisola Olusanya

Special Adviser, Ministry of Agriculture 08069359523

Princess Aderemi Adebowale

Special Adviser of the Office of Civic Engagement 08155558770

Mr. Afolabi Ayantayo

Special Adviser on Political and Legislative Affairs 08054539126

Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka

Special Adviser, Ministry of Housing 0808155288, 08094574029

Joe Igbokwe

Special Adviser for Drainage and Water Resources 08033060452

Architect Kabiru Ahmed Abdullahi

Special Adviser, Urban Development 08067770777

Anofi Olanrewaju Elegushi

Special Adviser, Central Business Districts 07055555886

Bonu Solomon Saanu

Special Adviser, Arts and Culture 08032661223

Oluwatoyin Fayinka

Special Adviser, Ministry of Transportation 08023059317

Oladele Ajayi

Special Adviser on Commerce and Industry 08023290562

Tokunbo Wahab

Special Adviser, Ministry of Education 08023042478, 08035354432

Solape Hammond

Special Adviser on Sustainable Development Goals 07062157665

Mr. Tunbosun Alake

Special adviser on technology.and innovation. 08180445694 

Mrs Sherifat Jaji 

SSG 08023122483 

Mr Olayinka Muri- Okunola 

Head of Service 08033030263 

Mr Tayo Akimade Ayinde Chief of Staff 08022903706 

Mr Gboyega Soyannwo Deputy Chief of Staff 08033084128

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