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Man in glass house shouldn’t throw stones, Obasa on rejection of Sanwo-olu’s commissioner nominees




Speaker of the Lagos state house of assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, has cautioned people who are upset over the refusal of the legislature to confirm 17 commissioner nominees recommended by Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of the state.

The legislature had on August 23 declined to confirm 17 of the 39 nominees.

Six of the 17 nominees served in Sanwo-Olu’s first tenure.

The decision of the house has attracted criticisms from various groups in the state.

The Christian Rights of Nigeria (CRN) had accused the legislature of rejecting the nominees on religious grounds.

The group said the decision of the Lagos assembly was motivated by the comment of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), describing the house’s resolution as a move to “stoke religious tensions” in the state.

Speaking during plenary on Monday, Obasa said the house would not succumb to any form of intimidation, including “sponsored protests by some civil society groups and activists” as its actions were “in tandem with the constitution”.

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He emphasised the need for a harmonious relationship between the legislature and executive.

“If they (commissioner nominees) have not done well, we have the right to say no. And we have said no, so we are not going to be threatened,” he said.

“And it is good to advise the man living in a glass house not to throw stones, if not, the glass may soon be shattered.

“That is my position as to what has been going on. From the protest planned, to the write-ups and the TV series, all that I have heard.

“To us, we are about the party and we are about Lagos and we will continue to serve our people because we are representing their interest. The people come first before anybody.

“We don’t want instigation and we don’t want conflict. We are working together.

“The house and the executive are family and we will continue to work together. But we need to caution the fourth columnists not to instigate crisis.”

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President is not a magician, says Remi Tinubu





 The first lady, Oluremi Tinubu, says her husband, President Bola Tinubu, would not wave a magic wand and solve all of the country’s problems in a flash. 

The first lady said this on Sunday during an inter-denominational church service to commemorate Nigeria’s Independence Day.

She said her husband inherited the current challenges in the country, adding that the president is determined to fix them rather than blame past leaders.

“All we inherited are things that had happened many years ago. We are not here to put blame on any administration but to fix what has been damaged,” she said.

“My husband is not a magician. He is going to work and I believe and hope that we will have peace in this country. The best is yet to come to us.

“Good governance can only be impactful if the people follow the example of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who embodied the fruit of the spirit, including love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance and forgiveness.

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“A Nigeria of abundance has begun, and to be part of the greatness that God has started in the nation, Nigerians must look beyond their current realities and embrace hope anew.”

Also speaking at the event, George Akume, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), urged Nigerians to remain patient, adding that measures are being put in place to provide solutions to the problems bedevilling the country.

“Solutions to Nigeria’s complex problems can never be as instant as expected. It will take some time, but measures are already being put in place to address them,” Akume said.


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Lagos to clampdown on illegal dredging operation, reads riot act





Determined to end illegal dredging activities in the state, the Lagos State government has vowed to stop all illegal dredging operations and flush out those operating without a government’s permit in the dredging sector from the state.

The Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Dayo Bush-Alebiosu disclosed this during a meeting with the members of the executive council of the Dredgers’ Association of Nigeria, Lagos State chapter.

The meeting was called to seek the cooperation of the association in enforcing guidelines regulating dredging activities and to declare Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration’s zero tolerance for illegal dredging operations in the state.


According to the Commissioner, though the meeting is a familiarization forum to interact with members of the association and get first-hand information on how dredging activities could be improved upon with the view to maintaining the state’s waterfronts and prevent environmental degradation.

While soliciting their support in sanitizing dredging activities in the state, Bush-Alebiosu disclosed that the state would not condone the spate of illegal dredging activities being carried out in every nooks and crannies of the state.

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Bush-Alebiosu also expressed the readiness of government officials to begin enforcement activities soon and that anybody caught violating dredging laws and regulations of the state would be prosecuted.

He therefore urged them to obtain all necessary permits and regularize their operations immediately.

He assured them of the government’s readiness to stand by the association in carrying out their lawful activities and also support them in all they do to ensure good waterfronts in Lagos State.

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In his remarks, Mr Kehinde Gbajumo, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry expressed his delight that the state executive members of the association were present at the meeting, saying this would go a long way in conveying the views of the state government to their members.

Gbajumo noted that dredging activities in the state are “no longer business as usual,” adding that the ministry is now all out to enforce the laws regulating dredging activities, he also enjoined them to comply with the guidelines.

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In his response, the President of the Dredgers Association of Nigeria, Mr Bature Akpomejero pledged their support and cooperation to the state government in getting rid of illegal dredgers in the state.

He solicited the support of the ministry for proper regularization of dredging activities to curb the activities of illegal dredgers and their impact on the environment.

Akpomejero also urged the ministry to look into the issue of overloading of trucks by dredgers and those moving wet sand on the roads, which cause a lot of damage to our roads.

The secretary general of the association, Richard Ntan, also lent his voice; assuring the ministry of maximum cooperation and collaboration of the association, noting that they are ready to cooperate with the government.

Ntan called for more such meetings with the ministry to be able to iron out grey areas affecting their operations while fashioning out areas of mutual benefit between dredgers and the state government.

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The dredging operation terms and conditions were later distributed to the members of the association to further enlighten them on their obligations to the state.

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Nigeria@63: God will heal our land – Pastor Adeboye





Pastor Enoch Adeboye has prayed to God to heal Nigeria, asking citizens to also pray for the betterment of the nation.

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) said this on Sunday during the church’s October Thanksgiving Service and Nigeria’s 63rd Independent Day celebration.

Pastor Adeboye spoke on the topic ‘Freedom Indeed’ during the service.

“I pray in the name that is above every other name that God will heal our nation,” the preacher said.

“Independence is talking about freedom, that is why we would be talking about freedom indeed. You may be enjoying independence from the colonial master and still be a slave to sickness, poverty, terror, and forces of darkness,” he added.

“I am wishing you a very good celebration but more than anything else, I wish all of you who are in Christ freedom and freedom indeed.”

In many churches across the nation, the Christians marked Independence Day with praises and prayers for the country.

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