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Lagos Demolishes Banana Estate Structures Without Building Permits



Lagos Demolishes Banana Estate Structures Without Building Permits

The Lagos State Government on Monday warned residents that it would no longer condone flagrant abuse of building laws and regulations of the state.

The State government said it had noticed that many residents were building without due recourse to state agencies for approval and therefore advised people to desist from violating building regulations.

Speaking to journalists on Monday after the Lagos State Enforcement Team demolished some structures without compliance to the state building laws and regulations at Banana Island, Ikoyi, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, said the enforcement became necessary because the state government felt there was the need to do something to halt the growing illegality.

The five places visited by the Lagos State Enforcement Team led by Salako had earlier been served stop -work notice by the Lagos State Building Control Agency. Despite the stop-work notice, construction was ongoing in two while the other had fenced the land.

At 102 Close, K Zone, a section of the lagoon has been reclaimed with just the provision of a narrow drainage for water to flow. As a result the concrete and perimetre fence erected facing the lagoon were pulled down while the building was sealed and the gate locked.

Also at 306 Close, three two-storey buildings under construction were pulled down for lack of approval to build as the development encroached on the state shoreline.

Apart from buildings and fences that were pulled down during the enforcement , two people caught doing illegal dredging within the area visited were also arrested.

Salako said the Lagos State government agencies would continue to monitor to ensure that building laws and regulations were complied with.

He said: “The governor was here yesterday (Sunday) with the strong instruction that land reclaimed beyond what was approved should be demolished. We would continue to monitor to ensure that building laws and regulations are complied with and it should even be voluntary compliance.

“The gradual takeover of the waterways is a problem. In our master plan, the regional highway ought to pass through a route but there is gradual encroachment on the way.

“In terms of climate change, gradual reduction in the capacity of the lagoon to flow freely and the consequence the state would be made to grapple with in the future. If there is a downpour today, residents in Parkview Estate, on the other side of the lagoon would be in a crisis because their community would be flooded. This is because people built beyond what was approved.”

Speaking on why the two-storey buildings were pulled down, Salako said before the enforcement was carried out, the developer had been served a stop-work notice three times but they refused to obey the directives.

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He said: “The buildings that were pulled down is a peculiar case because the owner and developer could not provide approval and clearance for the reclaimed land he got from the State Land Bureau and Ministry of Waterfront.

“They blew up their survey. This means more land metres were taken than what was given approval for. And the 30 metres setback the developer was to observe was not adhered to. Also, the property is under a high tension wire. In all, the development has disobeyed all building laws in the state.”

Also speaking to journalists during the enforcement , Lagos State Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure and Development, Arc. Kabiru Ahmed Abdullahi, said the state government could not continue to fold its hands and watch the degradation of its environment.

“Enough is enough. We cannot continue to fold our arms and watch the degradation of the environment and continued blockage of the water channels on the waterfronts.

“We will clean it up and we will bring all the perpetrators of this act to book in line with the provisions of the laws.

“Banana Island has its own original boundaries. And those original boundaries are recognised and approved. So any development or reclamation beyond those original boundaries would not be allowed,” he said.

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BBNaija: Liquorose Tops List As Biggie Reveals Amounts Of Money Earned By Housemates



BBNaija: Liquorose Tops List As Biggie Reveals Amounts Of Money Earned By Housemates

John Michael Ojo

The organiser of the Big Brother Naija, BBNaija reality tv show, has revealed the total amount of money earned by each of the housemates in the programme so far.

The money which is an accumulation of rewards from sponsors and tasks won singly or in group is different from the N90m grand prize for the winner of the show.

The purpose of this, is to enable the housemates to have some stipends when they eventually leave the Biggie house.

The reality show remains the biggest in the  country and has produced stars such as Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, the show host.

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The list is as follows:

  • Liquorose – N5 311 730
  • Saskay – N5 005 865
  • Michael – N4 600 000
  • Cross – N3 716 666
  • Jaypaul – N3 339 197
  • Yousef – N2 372 531
  • Emmanuel – N2 317 595
  • Pere – N2 216 666
  • Saga – N2 104 587
  • Angel – N2 098 722
  • Whitemoney – N2 065 388
  • Nini – N1 366 666
  • Jackie BN1 100 000
  • Tega – N1 092 857
  • Queen – N950 000
  • Peace – N916 666
  • Sammie – N878 396
  • JMK – N811 730
  • Princess – N500 000
  • Arin – N442 857
  • Boma – N350 000
  • Maria – N300 000
  • KayveeN250 000
  • Niyi – N205 865
  • Beatrice – N142 857
  • Yerins – N142 857

Despite its enormous opportunities in the entertainment industry, the show has been heavily criticised for its contents with many, particularly the religious body calling for its abolition.


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Buhari Leaves For UN Assembly In US



Buhari Leaves For UN Meeting In US

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday leave Abuja for New York, United States, ahead of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76).

Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this on Saturday.

Adesina noted that the session opened on Tuesday, September 14.

The statement said that the theme for this year’s UNGA is, “Building Resilience Through Hope – To Recover from COVID-19, Rebuild Sustainably, Respond to the Needs of the Planet, Respect the Rights of People and Revitalize the United Nations.”

Buhari will address the Assembly during the General Debates on Friday, September 24.

He is expected to speak on the theme of the conference and other global issues.

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It said: “In the course of the Assembly, the Nigerian leader and members of the delegation will partake in other significant meetings such as; The High-Level Meeting to Commemorate The Twentieth Anniversary of the Adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of

Action on the theme ‘Reparations, Racial Justice and Equality for People of African Descent.’ ”

Buhari will be accompanied to New York by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN); and Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor.


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ECOWAS Gives Guinea Military Deadline To Restore Democracy



ECOWAS Gives Guinea Military Deadline To Restore Democracy

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has ordered the Guinean military to restore democracy in the country after its coup against the civilian government.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, stated this yesterday while representing President Muhammadu Buhari at the Extraordinary Summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS member-states on the political situation in the Republics of Guinea and Mali, which held in Accra, Ghana.

According to the communique issued at the end of the extraordinary summit, ECOWAS leaders have resolved to freeze the financial assets of members of the military junta, place a travel ban on them, while also demanding that the junta return Guinea to constitutional rule within six months.

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At the last summit of ECOWAS leaders which held virtually on September 8, Nigeria, also represented by VP Osinbajo, condemned the coup de‘tat in Guinea, calling for an unconditional release of President Alpha Conde, and for stringent measures on Guinea’s military junta.

At the Accra summit, Prof. Osinbajo restated Nigeria’s position, urging the unconditional release of President Condé and calling for more pressure to be put on the country’s military leaders to return the nation to democratic rule.

The vice president said : “It is also important that ECOWAS should simply insist that there should be an immediate return to civil rule.”
Calling for more stringent measures to be taken by the sub-regional body, Prof. Osinbajo said “we must make sure that sanctions by ECOWAS achieve the intended objectives.”

The vice president restated the call to engage global bodies and Africa’s development partners in taking steps to prevent such unconstitutional change of government in countries on the continent.

He said: “In this connection, I think we should engage all well-meaning stakeholders including the Africa Union, European Union, United Nations, developmental partners, and financial institutions to join in taking more stringent measures by imposing travel bans and freezing of offshore financial assets of the coupists and their collaborators to ensure that they do return the country to democracy immediately.”


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