The Lagos State Government announced it will launch a N10 billion Public\Private Partnership (PPP) Aquaculture Centre of Excellence (LACE) in Igbonla, Epe.
The announcement was made by the State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, on Tuesday during a public function.
According to the Governor, the scheme is expected to create development in the state’s aquaculture industry and produce 2,000 tonnes of fish annually in a centre that would be located on a 35-hectare land.
Governor Sanwo-Olu also noted that the state will ensure to provide support to the fish farmers through the Lagos Nucleus Farms scheme, and also serve as an off-take point for other aquaculture clusters around the state. Lagos is also planning to launch two other food production centres in Epe and Bagadry.
The Governor said apart from enabling food security, the State would promote agro-tourism in the state through the Lagos State Songhai Project in Badagry and the Agricultural Training Institute, Araga, Epe.
“The experience of the past few months during the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic has further reinforced the urgent need to expand the state’s food production base to meet such a spontaneous increase in demand for food in the future.
“In line with this realisation, and to ensure sustained food production and supply in the state, we are establishing Lagos Food Production Centres in Badagry and Epe.
“In addition, we are establishing the Lagos Aquaculture Centre of Excellence (LACE) N10 Billion project to be located on 35 hectares of land in Igbonla in Epe under a public\private partnership arrangement,” the Governor said.
Lekki Tollgate Shooting: Sanwo-Olu insists on 2 deaths, no bloodstains at the scene
Governor Sanwo-Olu has reiterated that only two people were killed in last week’s shooting at the Lekki toll plaza.
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has insisted that there were only two confirmed deaths during the shooting incident that happened a week ago at the Lekki Tollgate.
He also said that there were no bloodstains at the scene of the incident.
According to a report on Vanguard, the Lagos State Governor made the disclosure during an interview with CNN’s Becky Anderson about the incident and the fall out of the #EndSARS protests over police brutality and extra-judicial killing.
The Governor’s statement is against the backdrop of several reports in the public space, which had claimed that over 30 protesters and in some cases about 70 protesters allegedly died as a result of the shooting by soldiers at the Lekki Tollgate.
The Governor said, “Two dead bodies, that is what we have seen from all the morgues, that’s what we have seen going to hospitals, that’s what we have seen as a record. What has happened is that there have been so many footages that were seen, that people have shown, but we have not seen bodies, we have not seen relatives, we have not seen anybody truly coming out to say I am a father or a mother to someone and I cannot find that person. Nobody has turned up. I have been to the ground, there is no scratch of blood anywhere there.
“From the footage that we could see, because there were cameras at that facility, it seems to me that they would be men in military uniform. That’s what the footage shows.”
While insisting that there was no form of international pressure as a result of the protests, Sanwo-Olu said, “I genuinely believe there would be change. For two reasons; what has happened, especially in Lagos is extremely unimaginable. It was also a clarion call for all of us in government to understand and realize what the youths want us to be doing. It hit all of us like a thunderbolt and it was just a wake-up call.”
In order to aid the investigation to ascertain what happened at the Lekki Tollgate, Sanwo-Olu assured that the Close Circuit Television (CCTV) footages will be made available to the judicial panel already set up to investigate the incident and has already started sitting on Monday.
While responding to a question, Sanwo-Olu said he was ‘absolutely’ committed to a full investigation of the incident.
He said, “It’s beyond my control to mete out punishment to those found culpable; however, those responsible will be held accountable. I am not the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. The report will be out, we will channel the report to all the relevant authorities in the State to ensure everyone that is found culpable is accountable for the act.”
Despite the Lagos State Governor’s insistence on the number of fatalities, a lot of Nigerians do not believe his account of the incident and think that there is some form of an alleged cover-up by government officials. They are still outraged that despite some video evidence and accounts of people that were there, the government is still understating the fatality figures.
Nigeria’s Manufacturing Sector contracts for 6th consecutive month
The manufacturing sector contracted for the sixth consecutive month as 8 subsectors contracted out of 14.
The Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), for the month of October, witnessed a contraction for the 6th consecutive month, as it stood at 49.4 index points.
This was disclosed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in its October PMI report released today.
According to the information contained in the report, despite the fact that the Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the month of October contracted, the Manufacturing PMI index recorded a month-on-month increase owing to improved New orders, faster manufacturing supplier delivery time, and slight changes in production and employment levels.
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The report stated that, out of the 14 subsectors surveyed, 6 subsectors reported expansion (above 50% threshold) in the review month in the following order:
- Electrical equipment
- Transportation equipment
- Printing & related support activities
- Chemical & pharmaceutical products
- Textile, apparel, leather & footwear
While the remaining 8 subsectors reported contraction (below 50% threshold) in the review month in the following order:
- Primary metal
- Petroleum & coal products,
- Paper products
- Fabricated metal products
- Furniture & related products
- Nonmetallic mineral products
- Plastics & rubber products
- Food, beverage & tobacco products
PMI for the non-manufacturing sector stood at 46.8 points in October 2020, indicating contraction in Nonmanufacturing PMI for the seventh consecutive month. Of the 17 sub-sectors surveyed, 3 subsectors reported growth, while 11 subsectors declined.
What led to the Ogba tanker explosion- Lagos
Lagos State Government has disclosed the explosion was caused by the spillage of petrol from a truck laden with petrol.
The Lagos State Government has attributed the tanker explosion that occurred at Yerevan Filling Station earlier today to the spillage from the articulated truck, laden with 33,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly called petrol.
This was disclosed via the official Twitter handle of the state on Tuesday.
According to the government, the revelation was as a result of the investigations by the LASEMA Response Team.
It tweeted, “The inferno was quickly curtailed due to the prompt response of the Agency’s team in conjunction with the Lagos State Fire Team.
“The leaky valve which was the source of the inferno has been shut off, the inferno has been extinguished while blanketing of the truck and entire area is ongoing in order to avert any secondary incident.”
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LASEMA Response Team in swift response earlier this morning, has extinguished the fire outbreak that ocurred inside Yerevan Oil. A filling station located at Ajayi Road in Ogba Aguda area of Lagos.@jidesanwoolu @drobafemihamzat @lasemasocial @LAG_FireService @gbenga_omo#LASG pic.twitter.com/BTJplOIGk4
— The Lagos State Govt (@followlasg) October 27, 2020
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