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Apapa Gridlock: Presidential Task Force on Port Decongestion hands over to Lagos Govt

The Presidential Task Team on the Apapa gridlock has handed over the road traffic management duties of the Port to the Lagos State Government.

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The Executive Vice Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on the Apapa gridlock, Mr Kayode Opeifa, has handed over the road traffic management duties of the Port to the Lagos State Government.

According to a News report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr. Opeifa disclosed that the team had to hand over the traffic management of the road to the Lagos state government after it completed its duties on the road traffic management duties of the Port.

According to him, following the restoration of relative normalcy on the axis with a massive reduction in congestion and traffic, the task team completed its task and decided to withdraw on October 7, 2020.

Read Also: Lagos state police raid night clubs, arrest 237 suspects, to face prosecution

He revealed that the Lagos State Government will continue from where the Presidential task team stopped, as the new team comprising officers of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and the police will be charged with the responsibility of restoring Law and Order on Lagos roads, leading to Apapa and around Lagos Port and Maritime Logistics Corridor.

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What you should know

  • President Muhammadu Buhari, on April 25, 2019, inaugurated the Presidential Task Team due to the complaints by commuters around the Apapa port corridor, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is the chairman of the team, while Opeifa was made the executive vice-chairman in charge of day-to-day operations of the team.
  • The team had representatives of the Inspector-General of Police; Lagos State Government; Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA; Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC; Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council, PEBEC and Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC.
  • Others were Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, FMWH; Dry Cargo Truckers; Wet Cargo Truckers; Apapa residents and Local Government; the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG; and Petroleum Tanker Drivers Union, PTD.
  • In a bid to restore sanity to the Apapa axis that has been plagued by serious traffic congestion, the Lagos State Government on December 29, 2020, moved to take over from the Presidential Taskforce on Port Decongestion and create a new operational template for the taskforce.
  • The governor said that the new operational template for the presidential task force would be enforced by a combined team of officers of LASTMA and the police.

Read Also: Lagos flags off 2020 internship programme, promises to pay N40,000 monthly to graduates 

What they are saying

Mr Kayode Opeifa said:

  • “After weeks of careful planning, I am pleased to announce that the presidential task team charged with the responsibility of the restoration of law and order on Lagos roads, leading to Apapa and around Lagos Port and Maritime Logistics Corridor, has successfully handed over its activities to the Lagos State Government to be supported by the Lagos State Police Command.”
  • “Following the restoration of relative normalcy on the axis with a massive reduction in congestion and traffic, the task team completed its task and decided to withdraw on October 7, 2020.”

While speaking about the progress made by the presidential task team before the handover, he said:

Read Also: COVID-19: FG to inaugurate 18-man vaccine task team

  • “The Presidential Task Team has helped to restore law and order on all roads leading to the Lagos Ports and within the Lagos Port Maritime logistic Corridor, removal of all stationary trucks on Lagos roads leading to the Ports. While partnering with port authorities to develop and deploy an efficient and effective Traffic management plan for the entire port area traffic (including the cargo, fuel distribution and business district traffic).’’

Omokolade Ajayi is a graduate of Economics, and a certificate holder of the CFA Institute’s Investment Foundation Program. He is a business analyst, and equity market researcher, with wealth of experience as a retail investor. He is a business owner and a stern advocate of Financial literacy, who believes in the huge economic prospect of the Nigerian Payment channels and Fintech space.

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Lagos seals 10 different properties in Ogudu GRA for violating planning laws

10 different buildings in the Ogudu GRA area have been sealed by the Lagos State Government for violating physical planning laws.

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The Lagos State Government has sealed off 10 different buildings in Ogudu GRA for violating the state’s physical planning laws.

While leading a team of government officials for the special enforcement operation, the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, said owners of the property involved had chosen to remain obstinate in their wrong ways as they refused to comply with the Lagos State Physical Planning laws, despite being served the statutory notices.

He stated that the sealed property owners had breached various aspects of the law, including the development of buildings without Planning Permits, not building in conformity with approvals and not having stage certification among others.

The Commissioner emphasized that the Lagos State Government is determined to achieve a livable, orderly and sustainably built environment and would not allow any willful violation of the Planning laws of the State.

Salako also urged Developers and Property Owners, whose properties were sealed, to engage the Ministry with a view to getting the appropriate Planning Permits authorising their building construction or renovation.

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He added that law-abiding citizens of Lagos State intending to build should obtain Planning Permits from Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority and evidence of Stage Certification, which includes Certificate of Completion and Fitness for Habitation, from Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA).

The Commissioner enjoined Lagosians not to engage charlatans in obtaining Planning Permits as they run the risk of procuring fake permits which the State government would not hesitate to disavow.

What you should know

  • The Lagos State Government through its Physical Planning and Urban Development Ministry has been on strict enforcement drive of its physical planning laws by moving against developers of illegal and unapproved buildings.
  • At different times, they have sealed off both commercial and residential properties in Lekki, Surulere, Ikoyi, Amuwo Odofin, Ogudu GRA, Ikeja and others.
  • The state government has just reviewed its planning permit processing time and reduced the layout approval process to make it easier, faster and less cumbersome for developers to obtain their planning permit.

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Lagos State Government to transform Badagry into industrial and tourism hub

Lagos State Government has assured Badagry residents of plans to transform the area into an industrial and tourism hub.

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The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced that the state will transform the Badagry area of the state into a tourism and industrial hub.

This was disclosed on Monday during the inauguration of the reconstructed 5.5 kilometres Hospital Road in Bagadry. The Governor was represented by his spokesman, Mr Adesina Odunuga, from the State Ministry of works.

Sanwo-Olu said the transformation would be part of the State’s “administration’s infrastructure drive.”

“Our plan is to harness Badagry’s tourism and growth potentials through the provision of this 5.5km-long road.

“We have planned the execution and the completion of this road in two phases.

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“Once the road is completed, there will be corresponding economic benefits in form of new clusters of industries, commercial growth and general ease of transporting goods,’’ he said.

The Governor added that the road would be reconstructed as a dual carriage-way to connect Idale, Povita, Topo and Ajido communities to Lagos-Badagry Expressway via Joseph Dosu Road.

“The road strategically services the Badagry Marina where several tourism centres such as Agiya Tree Monument, First Storey Building and Early Missionary Cemetery in Nigeria including Slave Trade Relics /Point of No Return, Heritage Museum, Eko Theatre, Badagry VIP Chalets and a host of others are located,” he added.

What you should know

  • Nairametrics reported earlier this month that Lagos State had announced that it would increase infrastructure spending in 2021 to 60% of its budget, in a bid to repair damages inflicted by hoodlums in October 2020, following the #EndSARS protests.
  • The Lagos State Government also assured its residents that it would improve social services and expand public infrastructure to enhance productivity and economic growth.

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AfDB to commit $12.5 billion to climate finance

The AfDB has announced that it will fund climate finance in Africa with an additional sum of $12.5 billion.

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The African Development Bank has announced that it will fund climate finance in Africa with an additional sum of $12.5 billion.

This was disclosed by the President of the AfDB, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, at the online International Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS) 2021 on Monday. The summit aims to define the path for a decade of climate investment and transformation in the 2030s.

Adesina added that the bank would increase its climate financing by 400%, rising from 38% of its total financing in 2019, stating that Africa needed collective actions to take the climate fight seriously and adapt to ecological changes.

“We expect to reach 40 per cent in climate finance this year.

“To do more for Africa, we are building strategic partnerships,” he said.

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“The AfDB and the GCA-Africa have launched the ‘Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program’ to mobilise 25 billion dollars in new climate finance for Africa—and to scale up innovative and transformative actions on climate adaptation across Africa,” he added.

Adesina also disclosed that The Bank launched the Desert-to-Power initiative — a $20 billion initiative — to build the world’s largest solar zone in the Sahel, also citing the Digital Agriculture Flagship will leverage $2 billion to deliver digital climate advisory services to reach 300 million farmers by 2030.

What you should know 

  • Recall Nairametrics reported that African Development Bank (AfDB) said it was committed to mobilizing the sum of $25 billion in climate finance in Africa by 2025, as well as a number of other initiatives by the bank that would address climate adaptation.
  • Dr Akinwumi Adesina also revealed plans to support the Great Green Wall initiative with $6.5 billion over the next five years.

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