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LAGESC renews commitment to cleaner Lagos

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By Dada Jackson

The Corps Marshal of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), CP Gbemisola Akinpelu (retd.), has restated the agency’s commitment to maintaining a cleaner metropolis, resplendent environment and return the state to normalcy in the aftermath of the #ENDSARS protests that resulted in unfortunate loss of lives and properties in the state.

In a statement made available to NewsTrends, she dropped the hint during a meeting with Divisional Heads at the Command Headquarters, Bolade Oshodi.

Her words: “There is urgent need for us to continue with our statutory duties of ensuring that every part of the state is free of environmental nuisances and infractions as Lagos remains the Centre of excellence.”

Akinpelu however expressed her displeasure over the destruction of public and private properties by the hoodlums who hijacked the peaceful protest, declaring that six of its operational vehicles were completely burnt by the hoodlums alongside other government properties, recording huge losses to the state government.

She gave an assurance that the destruction would not deter the agency from carrying out its operations, as the state government under the leadership of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu was doing everything possible to return the state to normalcy.

Akinpelu therefore sought for the support of all and the stakeholders, especially the traders, to carry out their trading activities within the designated trading areas, warning those trading on walkways and the pedestrian bridges to return to the designated market places.

She urged the pedestrians to make use of the footbridges to avoid unnecessary loss of lives and traffic gridlocks associated with crossing of the major highways, especially during peak hours.

The Corps Marshal also emphasised the need for some recalcitrant traders who have returned to those areas already cleared by the operatives to vacate those areas.

She gave the areas as Ikeja, Oyingbo, Oke-Odo, Agric Bus Stop, Ikorodu Round-About and the stretch of Victoria Island-Ikoyi, where there is zero tolerance to street trading and hawking.

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Building code bill: Inadequate awareness responsible for passage delay

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Inadequate awareness by professionals and members of the public on the importance of the National Building Code to the built environment has been ascribed as being responsible for the delay in its passage by members of the National Assembly.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA), Lagos State Branch, Mr David Majekodunmi, disclosed this in an interview.
According to him, efforts by professionals and the public at large in sensitising members of NASS in seeing the need to expedite action on the passage of the Code, to say the least, had been ‘insufficient’ in galvanising the NASS members to do the needful.
His words: “Professionals and the public who will benefit immensely if the Code is passed into law, have not done enough in terms of lobbying the NASS members in looking at the prospect of passing the Code. It is quite pathetic, that less than 30 per cent or so of the practising professionals knew about the National Building Code when they were in tertiary institutions.
Majekodunmi said that the delay in the passage of the NBC has ‘seriously’ impacted negatively on the construction industry.
He was quick to add that the earlier the Code was passed into law, the better it would be for the growth of the built environment.
He regretted a situation where since the first edition of the code was signed by the then Minister of Housing, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, in 2006, and up until now (15 years after), nothing had been done to upgrade or give it legal backing.
The NIA helmsman expressed worry over this development pointing out that this has brought about an unregulated construction process.

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Land use act should be amended not abrogated – Erhabor

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The unending controversy surrounding the Land Use Act seems to be escalating by the day considering the furore it is generating in the polity.

Over the years,there has been a clamour for the document to be either amended or completely discarded.

But the argument continues on what to do with the document.

Some professionals and stakeholders in the construction industry have also been expressing divergent views on areas of the document that has to do with the powers of Governors in granting Certificate of Occupancy(CofO) to prospective land seekers.

In an exclusive interview with Daily Independent, a chartered land surveyor, Mr. Gowin Erhabor, said that the act which was a creation of former military Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo in 1978 was to transfer the ownership of land to the government.

According to him,the idea which was lofty, had since been abused by some state Governors to the detriment of some people.

He said he does not subscribe to the outright abrogation of the Act but submitted,that it should be amended especially the section that confers absolute power on state Governors to grant approvals for CofO.

The land surveyor pointed out,that over the years,some Governors have used that power to muscle perceived political opponent’s thereby frustrating their efforts at acquiring and.

He said ” For instance if a Governor does not like the face of someone he sees as his political for,he would do everything at his disposal to deny such an individual yge opportunity of getting a land. This power conferred on Governors in the document us too enormous to allow it continue.I detest thus section of the Act,hence it should be jettisoned without much ado”.

Erhabor however commended the National Assembly for initiating the move to amend the Act,urging them to expedite action on its passage.

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CBN restricts sugar importation to Dangote, Flour Mills, BUA

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The Central Bank of Nigeria has designated Dangote Sugar Refinery, Bua Sugar Refinery and Golden Sugar Company as the sole importers of sugar.

In a circular published on its website, the CBN said the three companies would have access to official foreign exchange, but with the bank’s express approval.

“Authorised dealers shall not open Forms M or access foreign exchange in the Nigerian foreign exchange market for any company or the three listed above for the importation of sugar without prior and express approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria,” the bank said.

The 16 July statement was signed by Dr. S.O. Nnaji, director trade and exchange department.

In April, the CBN had said it would no longer provide foreign currency for importers of sugar and wheat as the country tries to conserve dollar reserves and encourage local production.

The central bank justified its volte-face decision by saying the three firms, while still falling short of meeting demand, had made “reasonable progress” in producing refined sugar locally.

In 2015, the bank restricted access to foreign exchange for 41 banned items.

It has gradually added to the list since then.

The CBN Circular:

Sugar-Importation

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