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Lagos has created over 30,000 jobs through environment sector – Bello

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  • Over 30,000 residents given direct employment

By Dada Jackson

Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, says the present administration has stabilised and restored confidence to the environment sector.

Bello spoke at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, during the 2nd Year of Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu administration’s Ministerial Press Briefing by the Environment and Water Resources Ministry.

According to him, at the last count, over 30,000 direct new jobs have been created in the environment sector through the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) with several thousands of indirect jobs.

He said the period under review also saw the acquisition of 210 new compactors by the PSP operators who have also employed over 8,200 people with the number of the PSPs growing from 350 to 437.

The commissioner stressed that in line with the THEMES Agenda, waste generation and disposal processes had been reinvigorated through circular waste recycling.

He explained that the process would reduce the amount of waste generated and transported to the landfill sites, which were getting filled up already.

Bello said that the ministry had constructed a recycling bank within the Ministry of Environment complex and had been promoting the establishment of recycling banks in the government built estates across the state.

He noted that as part of climate change mitigation efforts of the present administration, many new parks and gardens had been created while landscaping and beautification of new sites have continued.

He added that LASPARK was partnering the private sector with its ‘adopt a park’ policy through which the OPS were encouraged to adopt and brand sites, parks and gardens.

Bello reiterated that the agency also commissioned a mini effluent treatment plant used to treat waste water and had recorded a remarkable achievement in the fight against noise pollution from social clubs and religious organizations.

He emphasised that Lagos had moved from the notoriety of a flood-ravaged coastal city to one with clean, dredged and free flowing drainage channels all year round.

He said contracts were awarded for construction of new drainage channels in 47 strategic locations in the state, with work at 12 locations 100 per cent completed, 17 at above 80 per cent and 18 at above 50 per cent completion.

Under the maintenance and dredging of Primary Channels Programme, a total of 42 primary channels cleaning and dredging contracts were awarded across the state, according to Bello.

The commissioner said another 192 secondary collectors drains spread across the 20 local government areas of the state had been cleaned up.

Bello informed that to promote safe and healthy living of the citizenry and with massive support from the World Bank, six air quality control monitoring stations were commissioned in six locations across the state.

“The EFAG Gang has carried out routine maintenance, cleaning and emergency deflooding interventions on approximately 307 km length of both Tertiary and Secondary Drains all over the State in the last one year,” he disclosed.

Bello said 1,663 contravening structures were identified in some local governments monitored for contravention of drainage alignments and setbacks while removal had commenced with about 84 per cent completion.

“The State Signage and Advertisement Agency launched the 2021 Mobile Advert Stickers to enhance a more effective regulatory process for mobile advertisements,” Bello said.

He said as part of Covid-19 containment measures, the ministry had intensified the disinfecting of schools, public institutions and highways regularly.

He said that the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) arrested 2,858 people comprising illegal traders, hawkers, highway crossing defaulters, environmental polluters and cart pushers out of which 294 persons were prosecuted according to the State Environmental Laws.

To improve on the supply of portable healthy water to the citizens, Bello informed that the state through the Lagos Water Corporation has recorded 85 per cent completion at the ongoing construction of 70MGD (Million Gallons per Day) Adiyan II water plant.

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‘One chance’ robbers torture, dispossess commuter of laptop, money, phones

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Saheed Ogungbenro

An accountant at a construction company on Victoria Island, Lagos State, Saheed Ogungbenro, has recounted his ordeal at the hands of brisk traffic robbers locally known as ‘one chance’ robbers along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

It was learnt that the hoodlums in a Sienna car beat up Ogungbenro, robbed him of a laptop, two phones ATM card, among other items, and transferred money from his bank account.

The victim, who was hospitalised after the encounter, told our correspondent on Friday that he boarded the vehicle at the U-Turn bus stop along the expressway around 5am while going to work.

 He explained that he met two ‘passengers’ in the car, adding that trouble began after the driver picked another person at Abule-Egba.

“One of the two men at the back held me in the neck while the other man that entered later punched me in the face. One of them hit my nails with a hammer. I was overpowered. They collected my phones, laptop, national identity card, driving licence and my company ID card. They asked for my card pin and information about how to open my banking mobile app.

“I had to give them everything. I have N830,000 in my Access Bank account. I don’t know how much they transferred from it though someone had gone to the bank on my behalf and they had blocked my account. I had my Diamond (Access) ATM card with me. They collected it and transferred money from my Access Bank account to the Diamond (Access) account. I don’t know how much they transferred.”

Ogungbenro said the robbers dropped him off around the Oke-Odo area and zoomed off, leaving him in pain.

Afeez Hanafi, Punch News

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Mother, Two Children Kidnapped by gunmen in Kwara

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A mother and her two children were Friday evening in Omu-Aran,   Irepodun local government area of Kwara state abducted inside their room by yet-to-be-identified gunmen

Sunday Vanguard reliably gathered that the incident happened around 7 pm near a petrol station at Oko junction area in the ancient town.

It was reliably gathered that the kidnapped woman, is the wife of the owner of the nearby filling station and that she also has a shop around the area.

The suspected gunmen were said to have invaded the area and fired several gunshots sporadically into the air to scare away the residents.

Thereafter, two of the gunmen were said to have gone inside the room and held the woman and her two children at gunpoint and dragged them into their car and they drove away.

It was also gathered that stray bullets from the gunshots hit two commercial motorcycle riders in the process and they sustained severe injuries.

The wounded Okada riders who were said to have been rushed to an unknown hospital in the town, are said to be recuperating at press time.

As at the time of filing this report, it was not known if the alleged abductors of the woman and her two children had contacted the family for a ransom payment.

The state police command is also yet to confirm the incident.

Contacted, Spokesperson of the command Ajayi Okasanmi told Sunday Vanguard that he has not been briefed of the incident.

He said, “I am not aware of the incident, but I will get back to you as soon as I am officially briefed of the development.”

Demola Akinyemi, Vanguard News

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How 20-year-old was killed and buried by his parents in Imo

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CP Rabiu Hussaini

Lambert Osundu and his wife, Racheal, an Imo-based couple who reportedly murdered their son, are currently cooling off in police custody.

The duo were said to have connived with their daughter to kill 20-year-old Chukwuebuka, whom they accused of being too stubborn.

The suspects, who hail from Umuezealagwu in Ehime Mbano local government area of Imo, were said to have committed the heinous act on September 14, 2021.

They reportedly told curious relatives that Chukwuebuka travelled to Ghana.

However, community members, who were not satisfied with their response, alerted the police who swung into action.

Upon interrogation, the trio were said to have confessed that they hit Chukwuebuka with a wood and left him to die.

They also confessed to have buried him in a shallow grave behind their compound.

A source from the community, who spoke anonymously, said, “Chukwuebuka used to be popular among us and he had never hinted us that he would be travelling. When we could not see him and his family could not give enough information, we reported them to the police.”

Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Mike Abattam, confirmed the incident.

He said following credible information, the Commissioner of Police, CP Rabiu Hussaini, immediately dispatched detectives to Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo, the alleged scene of the crime.

“On arrival, the command’s operatives based on intelligence, interrogated one Robert Anyanwu chairman of Umuezealagwu Umuduruekwe in Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State, and it was revealed that, on 14/9/2021 at about 1200 hour, the Osundu family comprising of Lambert Osundu ‘M’, Ndubuisi Osundu “M” and Rechael Osundu “F” all of Umuduruihiako Umueze ll in Ehime Mbano local government area of Imo State, conspired and beat their youngest brother, Chukwuebuka Osundu “M” aged 20 years to death for yet to confirmed reason(s).

“After killing him, the father of the deceased with the assistance of Ndubuisi Osundu carried the lifeless body to the back of their compound, dug a shallow grave and secretly buried the corpse.

“The command’s operatives with the support of the community were able to arrest two suspects, they are Lambert Osundu and Racheal Osundu.

“Presently, they are undergoing interrogation and have made useful statements that will lead to the arrest of the other family members on the run,” Abattam said.

Daily Trust

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