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Samola Inspects Ikotun Primary School Project, Reiterates Commitment for More Dividends of Democracy

The Ikotun Community in Ward A of Olorunda LCDA on Tuesday, 27th August 2019 was the host as the Executive Chairman of Olorunda LCDA in Badagry Local Government Area, Hon. Samson Folorunso Olatunde popularly known as Samola, visited to inspect the Ikotun Primary School Project.

In his drive to bringing basic amenities as well as other dividends of democracy to the people’s doorsteps, the administration after due diligence went on the construction of a primary school in the Ikotun Community which upon completion will serve its immediate community as well as complement the impacts of similar establishments in the neighbouring riverine villages.

It would be recalled that the administration is one that prides itself on aggressive infrastructural developments as seen in the large number of projects going on across the LCDA with several projects cutting across essential facets such as Education, Health, Transportation, Security, Youth development and quite interesting that the people have become the essence of governance in the LCDA.

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During the inspection at the site, Olatunde was quoted as saying: “we were fully aware of the difficulties faced by our constituents in this community and environs regarding schooling and had it planned a long time ago to address the situation. Many of the wards in the riverine have found the schooling facilities available to them far from conducive but that is about to change as we speak.”

Speaking further, he said: “we carried out a survey sometime ago and as a result, we discovered some obvious deficiencies in our educational system. We realized that most of our schools have inadequate number of classrooms. Therefore, the classrooms are always overcrowded which in turn makes it impossible for the children to learn in a conducive environment.”

That has since propelled us to intensify our efforts towards constructing more classrooms and schools wherever the deficiencies are. As we speak, we have touched Ilogbo, Morogbo, work is almost done in Our Lady of Apostles Primary School, Ojogun and there’s a lot more to come.” he concluded.

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Police Arrest Former Lagos Gubernatorial Candidate over Funke Akindele-Bello Party

Former gubernatorial candidate in Lagos State, Babatunde Gbadamosi, has been detained by operatives of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly contravening lockdown order declared by the State Government to curtail coronavirus spread.

Gbadamosi was detained after being spotted in a viral video attending a birthday party organised by Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele-Bello for her husband, Abdul-Rasheed Bello, held in Amen Estate, Ibeju-Lekki axis of the state.

A police source at the command headquarters revealed that Gbadamosi has been detained and may not be released by the law enforcement agency for engaging in an act that was at variance with the law.

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COVID-19: Buhari approves recruitment of 774,000 Nigerians

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, says President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the engagement of 774,000 Nigerians on Special Public Works programme in the country to cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic.

Mrs Ahmed disclosed this at a press conference on fiscal stimulus measures in response to COVID-19 pandemic and oil prices fiscal shock, on Monday in Abuja.

She explained that 1, 000 people were expected to be recruited from each of the 774 local government areas in the country.

According to her, the sum of N60 billion for allowances and operational cost has been earmarked from the COVID-19 crisis intervention fund for the initiative.

She disclosed that President Buhari had previously approved a pilot special public works programme in eight states to be implemented by the National Directorate of Employment, NDE.

She added that Buhari had now approved that this programme be extended to all 36 States and the FCT from October to December 2020 and the selected time-frame was to ensure that it was implemented after the planting season.

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“The Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning is also evaluating how best to extend the Special Public Works Programme, to provide modest stipends for itinerant workers to undertake Roads Rehabilitation and Social Housing Construction.

Ahmed said: “And also Urban and Rural Sanitation, Health Extension and other critical services. This intervention will be undertaken in conjunction with the key federal ministries responsible for Agriculture, Environment, Health and Infrastructure, as well as the states, to financially empower individuals who lose their jobs due to the economic crisis.

“Mr. President has approved the establishment of a-N500 billion COVID-19 Crisis Intervention Fund. The establishment of the Fund will involve drawing much-needed cash resources from various Special Funds and Accounts, in consultation with and with the approval of the National Assembly.

“The N500 billion is proposed to be utilized to upgrade healthcare facilities as earlier identified by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and approved by Mr. President.

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“This will help to finance the Federal Government’s Interventions to support states in improving healthcare facilities, finance the creation of a Special Public Works programme and Fund any additional interventions that may be approved by Mr. President”.

The minister noted that although similar challenges were experienced in 2008/2009 as well as in 2015/2016, Nigeria had considerably lower fiscal buffers now than in previous economic downturns.

According to her, the decline in international oil prices and domestic production may be magnified if a severe outbreak of COVID-19 occurs, despite ongoing efforts to curtail the spread of the pandemic through compulsory lockdown of Lagos and Ogun States, as well as the FCT.

The minister said to directly address these health and economic challenges, the president approved the Fiscal Stimulus Package among others as part of an Integrated Policy Framework to ensure that Nigeria’s healthcare system, fiscal position and economy were sufficiently supported to weather these shocks.

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