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Cost Of Living: Lagos Civil Servants To Work Three Days A Week …As Sanwo-Olu Announces 25% Discount On Public Transportation 

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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, announced a reduction of working days for State public servants as part of plans to cushion the cost of living crisis in the country.

Sanwo-Olu made the announcement in Lagos during the ongoing media parley on economic hardship in the country

“We want to start with our public servants, immediately from next week, Civil servants from the lower level will be working like three times a week and level 15-17 can work four times in a week,” he said.

On the rising cost of food, he said that his administration would open more markets where Lagosians can buy food items at discounted rates.

“We will open Sunday markets in at least 42 identified markets across Lagos State. You will be able to buy food items at a discounted price. You will only be able to buy items worth up to N25,000,” the governor said.

He said his administration was also constructing four food hubs to ensure food distribution in tackling rising food prices.

“Coupled with the one at Idi-Oro in Mushin, four more food hubs are under construction and seven other locations in other local governments have also been identified for more food hubs to be developed,” Sanwo-Olu said.

Meanwhile, Sanwo-Olu has said that the state will resume a 25% reduction on public transportation in the state.

“Almost immediately from this weekend, we’re throwing back a 25% reduction on all public transportation.

“We’re working with the various unions to ensure that we also can support them. But on our BRT, our trains, our ferry services, we’re going to begin to enjoy that almost immediately from this weekend.

“I’ve given an instruction, so they are working on the logistics for that.”

Recall that the Lagos State Government, in a bid to cushion the effects of the fuel subsidy removal, slashed the costs of transportation of all state-owned transport systems by 50 per cent in August 2023. It was, however stopped in November, 2023.

Furthermore, Sanwo-Olu announced a free delivery for pregnant residents across all government-owned hospitals in Lagos.

“There is an arrangement for free delivery including cesarean session at government hospitals,” he said.

On rising cost of drugs and other pharmaceutical products, the governor promised that his administration “will also give rebate on some particular drugs at our state government hospitals”.

The governor noted that his administration was also in discussions with various transport unions to reduce their fares.

“First is to express empathy with our citizens, We are not unmindful of the situation, as leaders, we must be able to solve socioeconomic problems,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He also challenged the private sector to look into what they can do for the citizens by replicating their role during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

 

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Reps Move To Transfer Police To Concurrent Legislative List

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The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, and 14 other lawmakers have proposed to transfer the term “police” in the 1999 Constitution from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent legislative list.
The bill, which comprises 18 clauses, seeks to amend sections 34, 35, 39, 42, 84, 89, 129, 153, 197, 214, 215 and 216 of the constitution.
On February 15, the Federal Government set up a committee to explore the creation of state police given the worsening spate of insecurity across the country.
The Chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business, Francis Waive, said given the fact that the bill was a constitutional matter, the onus was now on the Constitution Review Committee, which rolled out a two-year work plan to deliberate on state police, local government autonomy, fiscal federalism and other items listed for deliberations in the constitutional amendment process.
”The State Police Bill is a constitutional amendment. After the second reading, it was referred to the Constitution Review Committee like all other constitutional amendments. The committee has rolled out its two-year work plan,” Waive said.
The retreat, which will be held in Abuja later this month, will witness collaborative efforts between the Clerk to the Committee on Constitution Review and the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre.
In May, the committee will engage with stakeholders, including civil society organisations, to collate inputs after which the committee will call for a public hearing.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Yemi Adaramodu, said both chambers of the National Assembly were ready to amend the constitution to accommodate state police if the decentralisation of the security architecture would end kidnapping, banditry, terrorism, and other crimes being experienced in Nigeria.

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Man Nabbed For Allegedly Keeping Housewife As Sex Slave

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A 35-year-old man, Abayomi Babalola, has been arrested by operatives of the Amotekun Corps in Osun State over allegations that he kept a housewife as a sex slave for three weeks.
Disclosing the arrest in a press statement obtained in Osogbo recently, the spokesperson for Osun Amotekun Corps, Yusuf Idowu, alleged that the suspect, living in Modakeke, had used a magic ring made for him by a cleric to commandeer the victim, identified simply as Sofiyat, out of her husband’s house and moved her to Modakeke, where she was kept as a sex slave.
According to the Amotekun spokesperson, luck ran out on the suspect last Friday when he took the victim to Campus Area in Ile-Ife and abandoned her by the roadside.
After Babalola had left the vicinity, the woman suddenly regained her senses and raised an alarm, attracting some Amotekun operatives.
After listening to her ordeal at the hands of Babalola, the Amotekun operatives trailed the suspect to his hideout in Sekona where he was eventually arrested.
The statement further reads, “The suspect confessed that in September, 2023, the victim, Sofiyat, approached him to help her sell her palm oil because that is the business he does.
Along the line, he asked her out, but she refused him, saying she was married. Babalola later approached a herbalist in Sekona who gave him some charms. Since using the charm on her, he claimed that the woman had been listening and following his command.

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Bizman, Chief Task Nigerians On Prayers

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Chairman of Bullion Records, Ambassador Olufemi Ajadi Oguntoyinbo and the Chief Tofseer of Ilorin Emirate Al- Adaby, Alfa Usman Sannu Shehu have called on Nigerians to continue praying for the country, her progress and for those in government.
They said Nigerians need to constantly pray for their  leaders in government as their actions and inactions will definitely affect the people of the country.
They made the admonition last Saturday while speaking at the Ramadan Lecture (Season 2) organised by Bullion Records in Ibafo, Ogun State.
Ajadi, who was the Ogun state governorship candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in the 2023 general elections equally advised the leaders to focus more on the masses.
If we have the mindset of praying for our leaders, I am very sure God will touch their hearts and they will begin to know what the masses are clamouring for.
“So, I will urge the masses to keep praying purposely because of this season of Ramadan and I know God will answer our prayers.
“They have a lot of things to do for the masses because the masses are currently going through excruciating suffering”, Ajadi said.
He called on the Federal Government to create Vocational Centres across the 774 local government areas in the country for the youths to be engaged.
“On the 1st of January this year, you know I advised Nigerian leadership to go and make sure that they open Vocational Centres so that the citizens especially the youths will be empowered.
“This will really help because those that are jobless will have something doing. If the government can do this in all the 774 local government areas in the country, it will help the government to secure a lot of jobs for the youths.
“With this in place, the youths will not be engaged in bad things. They will be engaged and be doing something to keep themselves busy instead of lazy around and becoming the willing tools in the hands of the devil.
“If governments fail to provide jobs for the youths, they should not forget that 2027 is around the corner and everyone’s eye is open now.
“The purpose of government is to provide jobs for the people. Government must therefore empower the youths”, Ajadi said.
Also speaking, the Guest Speaker at the Lecture, the Chief Tofseer of Ilorin Emirate Al- Adaby, Alfa Usman Sannu Sheu said the Country’s leaders needed to do four things to succeed.
“One is that they should return to God. Invite God to guide their decisions. Secondly, is that the subsidy removed from the petroleum products should be used to assist the masses. Thirdly, they should continually think of the welfares of the governed. Giving huge money to the governors to supply palliatives to the citizens is not the solution.
“They should increase the pay of the civil servants, once the people working with governments are well paid, the country will be better. Fourthly, they should always seek the prayers of Nigerians.
“We should be praying for the people in government. Nobody should curse our leaders and the country. If we curse the people in government, it will come back to us. We should just be praying for our leaders and it shall be well for our country”, Alfa Sheu said.
Speaking while delivering his lecture titled, “Submit Yourself To Who God Has Shown Mercy To”, Alfa Sheu said God put people in position of leadership and the best thing is for everyone to accept God’s decision.
“Leadership is through God. It has nothing to do with age, place of birth or the position in the family.
God chooses the leader and we don’t have choice but to accept whoever God has put in position of leadership”, Alfa Sheu said.
The lecture which was spiced with music saw musicians like Alhaji Kehinde Oriyomi, Alhaja Ashabi Modinat Barrytide, Femo Lancaster and Tope Indomie entertained the crowd.
Guests at the lecture include, Ogun NNPP Public Relations Officer, Kehinde Olowu, South West Publicity Secretary of the NNPP, Hon Kilamuwaye Badmus, Hon. Modaowoni.

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