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Traffic Relief In Agege As Sanwo-Olu Commissions Pen Cinema Flyover

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Traffic Relief In Agege As Sanwo-Olu Commissions Pen Cinema Flyover
PIX 101: Newly built Agege Pen Cinema Dual Carriage Flyover with adjoining roads, commissioned on Friday, March 5, 2021. INSET (L-R): National Leader, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs. Aramide Adeyoye during the commissioning of the Flyover.

The long-sought relief from choking vehicular gridlocks has finally come the way of residents in the Agege-Abule Egba axis of Lagos State. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday, commissioned the Pen Cinema Bridge and five arterial road networks in the area, formally opening the infrastructure for public use.

The commissioning marked the fulfilment of another campaign promise made by Sanwo-Olu to residents, who daily endured pain in commuting within the axis in the last four years.

All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, had the honour to inaugurate the projects, which he described as “needed catalyst” for the resuscitation of economic activities on the axis.

The construction of the 1.4-kilometre long flyover was part of the recommendation at the Lagos Economic Summit (Ehingbeti) under ex-Governor Babatunde Fashola’s administration, as a strategic intervention to achieving significant traffic improvement in the densely populated area. The last administration created the right-of-way and set up the structural beams; Governor Sanwo-Olu substantially completed the civil work on the bridge.

The imposing overpass ascends from Oba Ogunji Road and drops at Oke Koto area of Agege. The bridge also opens to the old Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway through Abule Egba.

Tumultuous crowd of joyous residents joined Gov. Sanwo-Olu and members of the state’s cabinet in handing over the bridge for public use.

The governor described the delivery of the project as a “landmark progress” in the state government’s drive towards eliminating bottlenecks causing suffocating gridlocks and relieving residents of stress associated with commuting on roads.

Sanwo-Olu said the two-pronged approach, which his administration deployed to deliver critical infrastructure, gave priority to continuation and completion of strategic projects, regular maintenance and construction of new ones in line with the State’s Strategic Transport Master Plan (STMP).

He said his government decided to continue the project, because it was in tune with the first pillar of his administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda, which targets the provision of roads for expedited economic growth and seamless mobility.

He said: “I am delighted to stand before Lagosians today to celebrate the delivery of this landmark project, which again, reflects our administration’s belief in the principle of continuity in governance and demonstrates our commitment to the urgency of infrastructure development and the welfare of our people. The completion of this flyover and five network of roads sends a strong message about our determination to accelerate our futuristic vision for a world class transportation system complemented by a good network of roads for social and economic transformation.

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“In order to address the challenge of huge traffic burden, the immediate past administration initiated and commenced the construction of a precast and pre-stressed reinforced concrete of 1.4km dual-carriage flyover and ramp, with road works across the Agege-Pen Cinema Intersection. As of May 2019 when this administration was inaugurated, this project was at about 20 per cent progress. With the delivery of this bridge, which is complemented with traffic signalisation and drainage channels, we have resolved the perennial traffic arising from huge human and vehicular movement from Agege-Pen Cinema Intersection towards Abule Egba, Fagba, Oke Koto and Iyana Ipaja.”

To achieve a quick turnaround in commuting on the bridge, Sanwo-Olu disclosed that his government identified and reconstructed five strategic arterial roads with good connectivity to adjoining roads that could serve as alternative bypasses to other routes in periods of heavy traffic.

The governor said since road transportation remained crucial to economic growth and physical development, he believed the project would inject more life into socio-economic activities of people living and doing business in the area.

He said: “A key outcome from the strategic execution of this magnificent Pen Cinema Flyover project is that our administration has again demonstrated the priority it accords to the wellbeing of our people. It is a true test of our commitment to the Greater Lagos vision and a reflection of the achievability of our audacious socio-economic goals. In the course of implementing this project, we created jobs for about 380 people including engineers, supervisors, artisans and others- a clear indicator of the nexus between infrastructure development and employment generation.”

Sanwo-Olu pledged that his administration would not relent in the provision of infrastructure for coordinated and sustainable development that would help to improve the state’s performance on the Ease of Doing Business index.

Tinubu expressed confidence in Sanwo-Olu’s leadership, noting that the governor had stabilised and brought Lagos back on a focused journey, despite economic turbulence occasioned by Coronavirus (COVID-19) and coordinated destruction of the state’s assets.

The APC National Leader, who described Sanwo-Olu as “a brilliant captain”, praised the collaboration between the executive and the legislative arms in the state.

He said: “This is a commendable achievement by Sanwo-Olu, who has further brought Lagos on the path of progress, given the economic resuscitation this infrastructure will bring on this axis and entire Lagos. May you continue to think and perform to demonstrate excellent results as you have done today.”

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Aramide Adeyoye, said the axis on which the flyover is sited is one of the busiest in vehicular activities in Lagos, saying the bridge would bring back convenience to millions of residents commuting in the area.

She said: “The entire project consists of a dual carriageway, with a bridge component of two lanes with 3.65 cm width in either direction. The road component consists of service lanes on either side of the bridge with median, kerbs and walkways that are complete with signalised traffic system. There are junction improvements with LED streetlight features.”

The Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, who represents Agege in the Assembly, described Governor Sanwo-Olu as “a proactive, wonderful performer”, who always accomplishes any projects he promises.

The adjoining roads commissioned with the flyover are Iju Road, Ogunji Road, Agunbiade Road, Oke Koto Intersection and Iyana Ipaja link road.

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IGP, Three Police Officers Face Contempt Charges

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For their continued disobedience and disregard to the lawful order of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba and three of his officers are to face contempt charges.

A High Court of the FCT judiciary had on December 14, 2022, restrained the IGP and his officers from taking any action against a litigant, Abubakar Umar Shagari pending the resolution of issues brought before the court.

The order of the court is in respect of a suit marked FCT/HC/CV/3407/2022 instituted by Abubakar Umar Shagari against the Inspector General of Police and three others.

However, in flagrant disobedience and disregard to the order of the court, the respondents, especially, the staff of the DCP Ayuba Usman of the IGP Special Tactical Squad invaded the residence of the said Abubakar Umar Shagari in Sokoto on January 23, 2023.

During the unlawful invasion, the respondents ransacked the entire building and arrested the aged mother, two wives and two children of the plaintiff and had since hauled them into unlawful custody.

Counsel to the plaintiff, Blessing Anazodo who issued the threat to file contempt charges against the respondents asked them to conduct their statutory functions within the ambit of the law.

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The lawyer pleaded with the IGP and his officers to obey the court order and release the aged mother, two wives and two children of the plaintiff forthwith or be ready to face contempt proceedings.

She also indicated enforcement of monetary damages against the respondents jointly and severally unless they respect the order of the Court in the matter.

 

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BREAKING: How Nigerians Keeping N2.7 Trillion At Home, Others Caused Naira Redesign – Emefiele

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BREAKING: How Nigerians Keeping N2.7 Trillion At Home, Others Caused Naira Redesign - Emefiele

The need to stop Nigerians from keeping N2.7 trillion at home instead of banks was among the reasons the federal government redesigned the naira notes.

The Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, disclosed this on Sunday.

He revealed that N2.7trillion was lying idle in people’s homes prior to 2015 when the Buhari administration came on board.

He said as at 2015 currency-in-circulation was only N1.4 trillion, while as at October 2022, currency in circulation had risen to N3.23 trillion, out of which only N500 billion was within the banking industry.

“N2.7 trillion was held permanently in people’s homes,” Emefiele stated after he paid a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina state, where both parties approved a ten-day extension for old currency swap.

Giving further explanations, the apex bank governor said ordinarily, when CBN releases currency into circulation, it is meant to be used and after effluxion of time, it returns to the CBN thereby keeping the volume of currency in circulation under the firm control of the CBN.

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He said since the commencement of the currency redesign and other monetary programmes, “about N1.9 trillion has been collected, leaving us with about N900 billion (N500 billion + N1.9 trillion).”

With the approval of the president, the deadline for the currency swap has been moved from January 31, 2023 to February 10, 2023.

Buhari had on Sunday, urged the CBN to allow more time, discretion and order to enable Nigerians to successfully change their currencies to the redesigned notes, and reduce the risk of loss, especially among the underserved in rural areas.

 

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WPO Launches Book, Inaugurates Peace Programme For Political Candidates

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Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Nigerian politicians have been charged to embrace peace and shun violence or acts that will endanger the lives of the masses.

This was part of the keynote messages delivered at the official inauguration of the Peace Development Program for all political candidates in Nigeria organized by the World Peace Organization, Nigeria Chapter in conjunction with the Albania Diplomatic Mission and suported by World Peace Programme .

The occasion was also used for the launch of a book titled “The Peaceful Man”.

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The Director General of the World Peace Organization (WPO), Ambassador (Prof). Olumuyiwa Babalola stressed that the continuous Peace Development Programme covered matters related to mediation and conflicts prevention to always support the activities of subsequent general elections in Nigeria and also, to substantiate the just-concluded Peace Accord the candidates have signed with the National Peace Committee.

He further stressed the importance of the programme, noting that it was meant to empower the political candidates, chairmen of political parties and prepare them to strengthen mechanisms and capacities for inclusive dialogue, mediation and national peace before, during and after elections and to effectively adapt and respond to complex political situations and identify areas for preventive actions.

These are some of the objectives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – UN Department of Political and Peace Building. It is the signature cross-pillar initiative that aims to embrace support for national stakeholders on conflicts prevention, sustaining peace and tranquility.

 

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