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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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Court orders arrest of Kano APC chairman Abbas over threat, utterances

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Abdullahi Abbas.

A Federal High Court in Kano has granted an order for the investigation, arrest and prosecution of All Progressives Congress, APC, chairman Abdullahi Abbas.

The party stalwart is accused of threat to life, disruption of peace and hate speeches in a suit filed by Mahmoud Lamido.

The Kano indigene, through his counsel Bashir Yusuf Muhammad, told the court that Abbas, in a phone call, insinuated that he would kill him (sai na batar da kai).

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In the Certified True Copy seen by DAILY POST, Justice S. A. Amobeda adjourned to the 16th of February to monitor compliance.

The New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, in Kano has described the ruling as “a milestone achievement” for democracy.

Campaign spokesperson, Sanusi Bature said Abbas had been a subject of public discourse due to his utterances that could jeopardise peace.

Bature hinted it was the second time a court ordered the Commissioner of Police to arrest and prosecute the APC leader for alleged violence, intimidation and threat.

“We hope this will serve as a lesson to any politician who chooses the way of violence than promoting peace in Kano and Nigeria,” he noted.

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MSSN calls for prosecution of teachers, others harassing hijab-wearing students

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The Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit, has recommended heavy sanctions including prosecution of school administrators harassing students wearing hijab.

It also urged all its female members to be courageous to wear the hijab to schools despite the harassment and victimisation by some schools.

The Amirah (female president) for the unit, Azeezah Gidigbih, made the call in her 2023 World Hijab Day address, adding that government should sack and prosecute any defaulting teacher or principal.

The World Hijab Day is marked globally on February 1st to celebrate women wearing hijab and discourage discrimination.

Gidigbih said the theme of this year’s WHD, ‘Progression not Oppression’, reflected the situation of hijab-wearing students in Nigeria.

“Just like yesterday, we jubilated when the Supreme Court after a legal tussle of about 10 years granted us victory over the use of hijab in schools.

“Indeed, we are making progress. Our efforts are yielding positive results and we won’t rest until we achieve 100% compliance on the use of hijab by our members,” she added.

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While threatening to sue anyone found harassing students and denying them their rights to use the hijab in schools, Gidigbih challenged the Lagos State Government to publicly sanction any erring principal or teacher.

Gidigbih, who appreciated the Lagos State Government for issuing a circular to permit hijab in public schools, lamented the continuous harassment of its members in hijab after the Supreme Court judgment and the state government’s circular last year.

She said,  “It is no longer news that in June 2022, the Supreme Court approved for students to use the hijab in all schools. This move has however not deterred some overzealous school administrators who still throw caution to the wind and harass students without regard for the constitution and directives from their employers.

“We recommend that they should be demoted, sacked, prosecuted and jailed instead of just being transferred as witnessed in recent cases. These disobedient elements don’t deserve to be in our education system in Lagos State.

“While we are not against students conforming to school rules and regulations on dress code, we will not allow the effect of the Supreme Court judgment to be watered down and rendered worthless.”

She also hailed the recent appointment of a hijabi Dr Shareefah Adejoke Yusuf as the Tutor-General/Permanent Secretary, Education District VI by the Lagos State Government.

“Just like every other year, the issues are the same. Muslimahs have shown over time that a whole lot can be achieved with the hijab and like others, we should be allowed to show our capabilities.

“Worthy of note is the recent appointment of a hijabi Dr Shareefah Adejoke Yusuf as the Tutor-General/ Permanent Secretary, Education District VI by the Lagos State government. This is an affirmation that the hijab is not a limiting factor to the success of any individual. We commend the Lagos State for this move and we are certain of more success in the nearest future with more innovation and achievements by other hijabis,” she stated.

On the theme of this year’s World Hijab Day, the MSSNLagos female head commended its members who have weathered the storm at various levels and become successful in their chosen career paths.

She also thanked Muslim lawyers, teachers, rights groups, imams,  and others who defended the rights of Muslim students under the leadership of Amir Miftahudeen Thanni.

Gidigbih, however, urged all stakeholders to encourage students and workers who had chosen to use the hijab and give them equal opportunities to learn and grow to further build the society.

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Gunmen bomb Anambra INEC office, police station, kill boy

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Gunmen on Wednesday attacked a police station and an Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Anambra State with improvised explosive devise.

A residential building located inside the police station in Nnobi, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, was also attacked leading to the death of a 16-year-old boy with a 15-year-old girl sustaining gunshot wounds.

The boy was said to be a relative of a serving policeman in the attacked police station.
The state police command’s spokesperson, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, confirmed the incident, saying the attack occured at about 1:45am on Wednesday.
According to him, the attackers came in large number in four Toyota Sienna vehicles.
He said in a statement that the command had made heavy deployment of security personnel around the state to forestall further attacks in other places.
He said, “Anambra State Police Command today 1/2/2023 has reinforced security deployment in the state, following an attack on the INEC office in idemili south, Ojoto and Nnobi Police Station.
“The hoodlums came in their numbers by 1:45 am today 1/2/2023, with four unmarked Sienna vehicles, armed with IEDs, petrol bombs and other explosives.
“They invaded the INEC office, the police station and the residential building in the station. Unfortunately, one boy aged 16 years, a relative of a serving policeman in the station, was murdered by the armed men, while the other, a female aged 15 years old sustained a gunshot injury. She has been taken to the hospital where she is receiving treatment.”

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