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Lagos unveils plans to turn Otto, Otumara slums into modern cities

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  • Extend development plans to 30 other communities

By Dada Jackson

The Lagos State Government has disclosed its plans to turn Otto and Otumara slums into habitable modern communities in the mainland axis of the state.

The disclosure was made by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, during the annual ministerial press briefing, held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.

According to the commissioner, the move, which is in line with the THEMES Agenda of the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration, wlll culminate in the creation of a new Micro City with better urban aesthetics and vibrancy in Otto and Otumara.

He added that the creation of the Micro City in those locations would complement the proposed revamping of the National Arts Theatre by the Federal Government, through the CBN- led Committee of Bankers.

Salako stated that the Micro City would be delivered with the upgrade of existing socio-economic amenities such as hospitals/clinics, schools, market and water, which would be upgraded in-situ.

He added that there would be preservation and conservation of ecologically sensitive land spaces such as buffer zones, earth drain, floodplains and waterfronts as well as the creation of new viable economic activity centres, including residential-led mixed use.

Meanwhile, the state government through the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development has extended development plans to 30 other communities, spread across different local government areas of the state.

Salako stated this at the press briefing on Thursday, adding that the ministry had prepared the local/action plans for the communities through the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA).

He named the communities that had had their local/ action plans so prepared as Lafiaji Action Area Plan (2021-2031) in Eko District, Abule Oja Action Area Plan (2021-2031), Ajiwe Action Area Plan(2021-2031), Review of Maiyegun and Action Area Plan of an Extension to Aparakaja Casia/Abiodun Dada.

He added that the ministry undertook the Review of Ojodu Core Action Area Plan and prepared Ilo Awela Community Action Area Plan, Igbogbo Core Action Area Plan and Ologunebi Excised Village Action Area Plan as well as Shasha Oguntade Action Area Plan and  Ladipo Osoro Action Area Plan among others.

Salako noted that the state would derive maximum benefits from the preparation of the action area plans, including the effective control and proper development guide within its jurisdiction; functional land use pattern and arrangements; good road networks while urban regeneration of the slum environment would be achieved.

Other benefits are the provision of enabling environment for category of land uses, such as industrial, commercial, institutional and residential as well as investments in a sustainable manner.

The commissioner also explained that the development plans would bring about the provision of quality infrastructural developments within the planned area and guarantee a sustainable physical environment during the stipulated planning period.

He added that in pursuit of the THEMES Agenda the Ministry also prepared Development Guide Plans for some Excised Villages in the State.

” In same vein and with due cognition of the need to extend physical planning administration to Non-Schemed Areas, Development Guide Plans are being prepared to make the Excised Villages more sustainable,” he said.

According to the Commissioner, Development Guide Plans were prepared for many villages in different local government areas of the state.

The areas are Onimedu Eleputu, Lakowe, Adeba, Bogije, Igando-Oja and Awoyaya in Ibeju-Lekki L.G.A;  Ajangbadi, Kemberi and Ketu Ijanikin in Ojo L.G.A;  Parafa and Gberigbe in

Ikorodu L.G.A and; Sangotedo and Langbasa in Eti-Osa LGA.

Development Guide Plans were also extended to Suberu-Oje in the Alimosho LGA;  Apa (Parcel A) in the Badagry LGA; Ibowon in Epe LGA and Tedi in the Amuwo-Odofin LGA, he stated.

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Boko Haram/ISWAP releases abducted UN worker, nine others

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A Senior Protection Assistant with the United Nation High Commission for Refugees, Abubakar Idris abducted over five months ago by the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) has been released.
Idris popularly known as Alooma was abducted on Maiduguri/Damaturu highway.
The insurgents reportedly attacked a convoy of travellers close to Matari village between Mainok and Jakana along Maiduguri/Damaturu highway where Alooma was abducted at about 8.30am Saturday, January 2, 2021.
The insurgents alleged to have dressed in military uniforms mounted a roadblock on the highway with three Hilux vans and motorcycles.
It was revealed that Alooma got into trouble when he tried to throw away his identification card and was sighted by one of the insurgents.
He is said to be undergoing medical and military check with troops of Operation Hadin Kai in Maiduguri before he will be allowed to reunite with his family.
A businessman, Muazu Bawa, abducted on the same day with Alooma, was also released along with eight other captives.
Bawa was in his private vehicle and ran into the Boko Haram checkpoint but his car was shot from behind before the insurgents whisked him away.
Executive Director of Yobe State Network of Civil Society, Abubakar Baba Shehu, confirmed the release.
“I was together with someone who called a family member of Alooma and he confirmed the release of his brother. This is encouraging news and we pray that more captives should be released soon,” Shehu said.
Friends of the freed captives have taken to Facebook and other social media platforms to celebrate the release of their friends from Boko Haram captivity.

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Buhari rejoices with Abdulsalami at 79

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, on his 79th birthday.
Buhari, in a statement issued by his media aide, Garba Shehu, joined Abdulsalami’s family members and his friends to celebrate a key personality he described as “iconic leader”.
He said the former leader’s legacy of setting the country on the path of democracy and good governance and his passionate pursuit of peace had continued to yield results.
Buhari appreciated his patriotism and visionary leadership style of always advocating unity, projecting maturity and wisdom on national discourse, and providing a rallying point for the future of the country.
He said the former leader’s sacrifice of his time and resources to reach out to individuals and institutions on the need to work for the growth of Nigeria had continued to attract goodwill to the country at the national and international levels.
The President prayed that almighty God increase his wisdom, strength and give him longer life to keep serving the country as Gen. Abubakar turns 79.

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Updated: Bandits attack two Plateau communities, kill 14

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Bandits have killed 14 persons in two separate attacks on two communities in Plateau State

The first attack took place at Zogu village in the Bassa Local Council Area at 8pm when some suspected herdsmen stormed the area and started shooting, leading to the death of two persons.

The second attack in which 12 people were killed occurred about two a half hours later at Kuru in the Jos South Local Council Area, Five others were said to be seriously injured during the attack.
Chairman of Jos South Local Government, Hon Gideon Dandereng, confirmed the attacks to journalists in Jos on Monday, describing the incident as callous, adding that the people of the area were peace-loving and hardworking citizens.
He also called for calm and appealed to security operatives to go after the perpetrators.

Secretary of Irigwe Development Association (IDA), Danjuma Auta, who spoke on the second attack on Zogu village, said, “The people were sleeping and the attackers stormed the village and started shooting leaving two killed and two injured.
“One of the women was critically injured and was first taken to Bingham University Teaching Hospital but was later transferred to JUTH.”
Spokesman for the Plateau State Police Command, Gabriel Ubah, said, “We received a report that 10 persons were shot dead in a drinking joint at Sabon Layi, Kuru, in the Jos South LGA by yet to be identified gunmen who drove in with a Hilux, shot sporadically and zoomed off.
“Personnel of the command and the military have been deployed in the affected area.
“The Commissioner of Police, Edward Egbuka, has ordered an immediate investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the killing and to bring the perpetrators of that dastardly act to book.”
Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, expressed sadness over the killings.
He appealed to citizens to increase surveillance and intelligence gathering as well as collaborate with security agencies to foil attacks carried out in a hit and run fashion.

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