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Sanwo-Olu, Tinubu unveil 1.4km Pen Cinema flyover

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the National leader, All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Friday unveiled a 1.4km Pen Cinema flyover in Agege, Lagos State.

The massive project was started during the administration of Akinwunmi Ambode.

Sanwo-Olu said, “One of the most critical challenges being experienced on a daily basis by residents/road users along Agege Pen Cinema axis over the years was the heavy traffic volume occasioned by the geometric increase in traffic volume.

“Residents and road users along this axis have clamoured for a solution to the suffocating nature of the perennial traffic gridlock occasioned by the huge human and vehicular traffic, flowing through this intersection.

“To address the challenge of this huge traffic burden, our administration decided to continue with construction of a precast and pre-stressed reinforced concrete dual-carriage flyover and ramp, with road works, across the Agege Pen Cinema intersection which was then at about 20 per cent completion.”

He said this was in line with the first pillar of the THEMES Agenda which targeted the provision of roads as a critical infrastructure that would support economic activities, enable commercial interactions and ensure ease of commuting from one part of the state to another through elimination of traffic gridlocks.

Sanwo-Olu added that prior to the construction of this flyover, the increase in traffic volume across the critical business hub and the resultant congestion was a serious challenge to commuters who thronged the axis for businesses and the residents.

“As part of efforts to eliminate gridlocks on major roads around the axis, we identified for reconstruction some major arterial roads with good connectivity to adjoining roads that could serve as alternative bypasses to other arterial roads, especially during heavy/peak traffic periods, thus helping to free up more traffic

“The bridge alignment is along Agunbiade Street (along Oke-Koto junction) and spans across the intersections of Old Abeokuta Road, Railway Corridor and Iju-Isaga Road and terminates near the entrance gate of Ijaiye Low Cost Housing Estate along Oba-Ogunji Road.

“The bridge is also design to convey traffic from Oba-Ogunji Road into Old Abeokuta towards Abule Egba through ramp across railway corridor. This ramp will greatly enhance vehicular movement towards Abule Egba, Fagba and its environs just as it would reduce incessant traffic gridlocks being experience over the years in the area.

“To provide some context, the 1.4km Flyover Bridge has a dual carriageway with 2 lanes of 3.65m width each includes the improvement of road surface around the Agege Pen Cinema axis. It also consisted of dualization, expansion, construction and rehabilitation of 5 Network of Roads and Junctions with turning radius improvement.

“Provision of new drainage system; re-routing some roads and traffic signalisation are some of the innovative solutions that were carefully designed to ease the daily gridlock being experienced by commuters in this area.” he stated.

Sanwo-Olu said through the delivery of the Pen Cinema Bridge which was conceived to transmit vehicular traffic across the intersections at Agege, his administration would be resolving the perennial traffic gridlocks arising from the huge human and vehicular traffic, flowing through the Agege Pen Cinema Intersection.

He added that in the days ahead, commuters would bear witness to the improved vehicular movement and traffic flow with the attendant positive impact on businesses and living in the area.

The governor stated that a key outcome emanating from the strategic execution of the Pen Cinema flyover project was that his administration had again demonstrated the priority it accorded the welfare and well-being of the people.

Speaking at the event, Tinubu commended Sanwo-Olu for steering the ship of the state to safety.

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Osinbajo launches Kemi Adeosun’s online thrift-for-charity initiative

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Former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has launched “Dash Me Store”, an online thrift-for-charity initiative, with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo as a special guest.
The store, inaugurated on Sunday and established to mobilise resources for distribution to vulnerable people in the society through grassroot charities, provided an opportunity for the former minister to make her first public appearance after leaving office in 2018.
Adeosun resigned as minister in 2018 over a case of a forged National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate she presented as part of her credentials.
She had maintained a low profile after the incident.
She established the Dash Me Foundation, a vehicle being used for the online charity initiative.
In her remarks, Adeosun said the organisation would work closely with charitable organisations in the grassroots to ensure that funds and other materials donated via the Dash Me Store would get to actual beneficiaries.
Speaking at the event, VP Osinbajo said one factor responsible for the impactful implementation of the social investment programmes of the Federal Government was the realisation that one could not reach Nigerians without a plan for the grass roots.
The vice-president lauded Adeosun for the initiative which he described as the first of its kind in the country.
“I am excited to be here for several reasons, but most of all because of Mrs Adeosun’s commitment to the notion that all service to man is actually service to God, and she took that very seriously,” he said.
The VP also said, “This is why, as minister, she prioritized the Social Investment Programmes, when for the first time, the country voted almost N500bn of our annual budget to welfare programmes which are called the Social Investment Programmes, which involved engaging 500,000 young men and women, and also giving microcredit to about two million traders and a home-grown school feeding programme for 9.5 million children daily in public schools across the country.
“I am therefore really not surprised that she has decided to use some of her enormous talent and influence to establish an organization that raises funds and provides resources for indigenous grassroot charities working with orphaned and vulnerable children, disadvantaged youth, and victims of domestic violence.
“What I think is happening here is that philanthropy is not like it used to be when all you needed was a good and kind heart and you didn’t need to plan or organize as you would a business for-profit.
“What Kemi and her team have done is to bring the new notion of social enterprise to this project. Philanthropy runs with the discipline, attention to detail, and financial prudence of a successful business, and she can do all of that, and I am sure her team is imbibing that, given her background in finance in both private and public sector.”
Osinbajo added, “The idea of this thrift-for-charity store is brilliant and the first of its kind in Nigeria. It is a unique model which does not just give to the needy in the conventional way of merely handing out donations.
“It is an innovative and structured way of aggregating donations to earn income to transform the lives of the vulnerable and needy while creating jobs in the process.”

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Full operation begins on Lagos-Ibadan rail line tomorrow – NRC

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The Nigerian Railway Corporation has said it will begin full operation on the standard gauge rail line from Lagos to Ibadan on Tuesday.
The NRC said this is a statement signed by the Lagos District Manager, Mr Jerry Oche, in Lagos on Sunday.
According to him, the Lagos Ibadan Train Services will now be available in the mornings from Tuesday.
“The updated timetable for Tuesday to Friday is as follows: Lagos to Ibadan: 8:00 a:m from Mobolaji Johnson Station at Alogo megi Ebute – Meta Lagos. Also, the train will take off from Ibadan to Lagos: 8:00 am from Obafemi Awolowo Station at Moniya.
“The train will take off from Lagos to Ibadan: 4:00 pm from Mobolaji Johnson Station Alagomji, while from Ibadan to Lagos: 4:00 pm from Obafemi Awolowo Station at Moniya.
“The standard gauge train schedule on Saturday from Lagos to Ibadan: 8:30 am from Mobolaji Johnson Station at Alagomeji while the train will leave from Ibadan to Lagos: 8:30 am from Obafemi Awolowo Station at Moniya.
“For Saturday evening from Lagos to Ibadan: 6:00 pm from Mobolaji Johnson Station at Alagomji, while the train will take off from Ibadan to Lagos: 6:00 pm from Obafemi Awolowo Station at Moniya,” Oche said.
He said that the Alagomeji, Abeokuta, and Moniya were still the stop stations of the Lagos Ibadan Train Services.

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Lagos, Coscharis, Samsung woo more passengers into water transportation

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L:R: General Manager, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Coscharis Group, Abiona Babarinde, General Manager, Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency, Afolabi Solebo, Senior Legal Officer, Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority, kanyinsola , Managing Director, Lagos Ferry Services, Ladi Balogun, Chairman, Ikoyi Obalende LCDA, Rauf Atanda Lawal, General Manager Lagos State Waterways Authority, Damilola Emmanuel and MD, energicity elivate 9ja, George Ogan during a press conference on lagferry " smilin and sailing raffle promo" at the five cowries terminal Falomo.

As part of efforts to decongest the road and increase the number of commuters of water transport, the Lagos State Government has kick-started a raffle promo, Sailing and Smiling raffle to encourage more people to embrace water transportation.

Speaking at a press conference held at the Five Cowries Terminal to commence the promo at the weekend, the Managing Director, LAGFERRY, Ladi Balogun, said commuters stood to win a lot of prizes when they purchased Lagos Ferry Services (Lagferry) tickets.

He said the mega promo being held in conjunction with a private firm, Elivate9ja, and supported by other companies such as Coscharis Group and Samsung, was designed primarily to attract more commuters into waterways travel as well as reward them for their patronage.
His words: “As you are all aware, we recently took delivery of seven additional new boats to increase our fleet to 20. These boats will be deployed in several routes within the state. We will have more capacity to ferry more people; so we decided to use this promo as an incentive to attract more Lagosians to embrace a means of transportation that is safe, fast, devoid of traffic and very reliable.”
Balogun, who used the opportunity to reel out some of the agency’s achievements in the last one year, informed that they had moved about 502,000 passengers across the waterways between February 2020 and now.
He said, “Since commencement of operation, the agency has never recorded any accident. We are enabling commerce by providing logistics solution to business owners, moving their trucks and cargoes through the waterways within Apapa. We are the only operator that can boost of having 20 number of boats in its fleet, thanks to Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu who is showing unrivalled commitment to improve water transportation. “And of course, we are promoting tourism through regular charter services and we recently ferried the Nigeria male soccer team, the Super Eagles, to Benin Republic for their AFCON tournament.”
In his goodwill message, the General Manager of LASWA, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, commended the collaboration from both the public and private sector, adding that no single sector could harness its potential alone.
While calling for more private sector participation in the water transportation business, he commended Lagferry for the initiative and the support of other agencies to making the promo possible.
On why the ultimate weekly price is a car, Emmanuel explained that the government was trying to promote the “park and ride” culture, “where you drive to any jetty in the state, park your car at the ample park space provided at the jetty and board a boat to your destination, come back, pick your car and head home.
“The Lagos State Government is committed to the intermodal transport system of road, rail and water, all to be connected through one means of payment system called the cowry card.”
He said
Also speaking, the General Manager Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency, Mr Afolabi Solebo, said that with the involvement of consumer protection agency that it had showed the level of sincerity of all the stakeholders involved in the promo.
Solebo assured passengers of protecting their rights to the last minute and urged them to embrace water transportation as alternative to road.
The Chief Executive Officer, Lagos State Lottery and Gaming Authority, Mr Bashir Are, represented by Senior Legal Officer, Oyinkan Kusamotu, said they would ensure compliance to the promo rules.
He commended the Lagferry for creating awareness for Lagos residents to shift from road to water transportation in the state.
Chief Executive Officer of Elivate 9JA, Mr George Ogan, said the partnership would bring excitement for ferry users through the buying of Lagferry tickets.
He explained that there were lots of prizes such as microwaves, washing machines, television sets and cars.
Ogan said that there would be refreshment for early passengers of Lagferry during the promo.

 

 

 

 

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