Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has urged the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration to increase the state allocation as it finally kicked off the 774,000 Extended Special Public Works, ESPW programme in Lagos, aimed at providing employment opportunities for the unemployed Nigerians.
Sanwo-Olu, who made the call through his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, yesterday, at the official flag-off of the programme, held at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa-Ikeja, stated that the programme which is being implemented through the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, in collaboration with state governments and other relevant stakeholders, will create 774,000, jobs for Nigerians across all the local government areas out of which 20,000 will be in Lagos.
Making reference to increasing population and the consequent burden of caring for such growth, the governor cited attraction of Lagos to all Nigerians with every village or town having its representative living in the state.
According to Sanwo-Olu, “While we appreciate the efforts of the Federal Government through this initiative, we would like to appeal for an increase in the allocation for Lagos State in consideration of the increasing population that must be catered for.”
While noting that the initiative is taking off at the right time when governments at all level needed to do everything possible to stem the tide of rising unemployment and also cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the people, the governor stated that it would also complement the state government’s efforts geared toward providing support and creating opportunities for young people to be productively engaged.
He said, “Our administration and indeed the Lagos State Government has always been a stakeholder and partner of the Federal Government in the quest to achieve the growth and development of our economy for the benefit of our people. The ESPW Jobs programme being flagged off today, (Tuesday) is the brainchild of the Federal Government and one of the strategies to address the issue of unemployment.”
He said the state government a couple of weeks ago, flagged off its Graduate Internship Placement Programme, an initiative it is implementing in collaboration with private sector organisations.
Sanwo-Olu commended President Buhari for providing the leadership that has enabled the successful take-off of the programme and appreciated the efforts and enterprise put in by the team that has worked so hard to make the event a reality in spite of the challenges posed by COVID-19 Pandemic.
While congratulating the 20,000 residents who have been selected to participate in the programme, the governor, urged the participants to be at their very best and be good ambassadors of the state, adding that their attitude and commitment to the assignment would flag more opportunities for the teeming unemployed in the state.
Earlier in his address, the Minister for Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola who was represented by the Federal Controller of Works, Lagos State, Engr. Kayode Popoola disclosed that the ESPW programme is an outcome of the pilot Special Public Works Programmes in the Rural Area approved by President Buhari and was implemented in eight states of the Federation in order to gauge its impact on addressing the increasing population of the unemployed and rising insecurity in some part of the country; the strategy was adopted to fast-track the achievement of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, 2017 – 2020.
Nigeria Records 464 New COVID-19 Cases
464 new COVID-19 Cases were recorded in Nigeria on Wednesday March 3rd by Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC).
NCDC made this known during their daily COVID-19 report in the country.
In the report, Lagos State had the highest number of new cases with 131 new cases recorded in the state.
Kaduna came a distant second with 69 new cases.
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Nigeria’s figure stands at 156,963 confirmed cases, 135,831 discharged patients and 1,939 deaths
Two Police Officers Killed In Cross River
Two Nigeria Police Force Officers were killed by unknown gunmen in Cross River State.
Confirming the incident to newsmen, the spokesperson of the state police command, Irene Ugbo, said the incident occurred in Obubra, the central part of the state.
“We lost 2 policemen and one injured,” she said
She said an investigation is ongoing to arrest those behind the killing.
The tragic incident happened six days after some policemen were killed in Calabar, the state capital.
Federal University Dustin-Ma Suspends 4 Students Over In Cultism
The management of Federal University Dutsin-ma, Katsina State have reportedly suspended four students over their alleged involvement in cultism.
The Vice-chancellor of the university, Professor Armaya’u Hamisu Bichi approved the indefinite suspension of the students with immediate effect following a “Security Report” signed by the Acting Chief Security Officer of the University, Tanimu Dari Atiku, and made available to the Directorate of Public Relations and Protocol.
The suspended students are Peter Enajo, M.sc Sociology; Lukman N. Aminu, B.sc Computer Science; Musa Halidu, B.sc Sociology, and Maikasa Victor Lawal, B.sc Sociology.
Professor Bichi who described cultism as a formidable source of concern to the University Management and all meaning and law-abiding members of the University Community, strongly warned students at all levels to desist from all forms of cultism and other social vices.
‘Get A Father Like Mine’- MC Oluomo’s Son Tells Nigerians
The son of Musiliu Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo, the chairman of the Lagos chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), replied Nigerians who refer to his Dad as a tout.
Junior, also known as King Westt on Instagram, took to his Instastories this afternoon to tackle Nigerians who refer to his father as a tout.
In his post, King Westt shared the qualities of his father and asked those who call him a tout to try and get a father like his.
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Lawyer Discontinues Couple Divorce Case After Husband Impregnated His Wife During COVID-19 Lockdown
A lawyer has revealed that he discontinued a divorce case he was handling after the husband got the wife pregnant during lockdown last year.
Sharing the interesting story on Twitter this morning, @darknbold1 wrote
”We dey court dey try to divorce you and your wife, small Covid-19 lockdown you go give her belle Life no suppose be like that nah. Lawyer to the wife says the baby is CTC of reconciliation. We are discontinuing this matter this morning. But in all, this is one of my most successful case so far. Great plot twist to bring the couple back together. Case file closed. I just told the man to name the baby “omolaja”
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