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Zenith Labour Party applauds Sanwo-Olu’s achievements, urges enhanced focus on education and healthcare



Zenith Labour Party applauds Sanwo-Olu's achievements, urges enhanced focus on education and healthcare

In a surprising show of bipartisan acknowledgment, the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in Lagos State has commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his administration’s remarkable strides in various sectors. Adekunle Mode-Adenipebi, the Lagos State ZLP Chairman and the party’s gubernatorial candidate for the upcoming 2023 elections, lauded the government’s achievements in transportation, security, health, education, and human capital development.


Expressing his views during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, December 05, 2023, in Lagos, Mode-Adenipebi provided a comprehensive assessment of the government’s performance. He particularly acknowledged the commendable efforts made by Governor Sanwo-Olu in enhancing security and fostering human capital development.


Highlighting the successful attraction of investors to the state, Mode-Adenipebi specifically praised the administration’s accomplishments in rejuvenating transportation networks and alleviating traffic congestion on Lagos roads. However, the ZLP Chairman also pointed out areas where additional efforts are needed, specifically focusing on education and healthcare.


In the realm of education, Mode-Adenipebi urged the government to address the growing population by increasing the number of universities in the state. Leveraging his background as an educationalist, he offered assistance in navigating the technicalities of establishing more universities. This proactive stance aligns with the ZLP’s vision for a robust and accessible education system in Lagos.


Furthermore, Mode-Adenipebi emphasized the need for improvements in the healthcare sector, particularly in infant treatment. He advocated for the establishment of additional specialist hospitals across the senatorial districts, emphasizing the importance of accessibility to quality healthcare services for all residents. “We expect Sanwo-Olu to create at least three specialist hospitals in each senatorial district,” he stated.


While lauding the governor’s initiatives in transforming the transportation sector, Mode-Adenipebi specifically applauded the administration’s commitment to reviving long-abandoned modes of transportation, including rail and water transport. Noteworthy achievements include the inauguration of the Lagos Blue Line Rail for commercial operation and the procurement of new trains for the Oyingbo-Agbado Red Line.


Despite acknowledging progress in water transportation, Mode-Adenipebi urged the government to place a heightened focus on the security of commuters on waterways. He stressed the importance of increasing the personnel of the marine police for effective water patrol, ensuring the safety and well-being of those utilizing water transport options.


In this unexpected bipartisan gesture, the Zenith Labour Party’s commendation reflects a nuanced approach to governance, acknowledging successes while advocating for continued improvements in critical sectors for the benefit of all Lagos residents.

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EFCC, NUPENG Join forces against oil theft



The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, (NUPENG)is seeking a collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC)to fight the scourge of illegal oil bunkering in the country.



The President of the Union, William Akporeha made the request when he led members of his executive to the corporate headquarters of the EFCC in Abuja.




Akporeha, who commended the EFCC boss for repositioning the anti-graft agency on the path of professionalism and rule of law, stressed the need to sanitise the oil and gas industry.



Akporeha itemised some of the challenges involved in the movement of petroleum products across the country, pleading with the EFCC to always come to the aid of truck drivers experiencing difficulties in the course of their works.




In his response, Olukoyede said it is important that major players in the oil and gas sector collaborated with the EFCC to confront the National Economic sabotage in the sector.




He assured members of the union that the Commission would not arrest or detain any truck or driver who did not dabble into shady deals, noting that the process of profiling suspected oil thieves and evaluation of petroleum products involved are often long drawn.



Olukoyede promises to continue to work with every stakeholder in the oil and gas sector to ensure sanity in their operations.

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Kidnap kingpin, Boderi, feared killed as troops battle terrorists in Kaduna



Troops of the Nigerian Army operating in 1 Division area of responsibility have neutralised some insurgents and recovered more firearms and ammunition in encounters with the criminals in the General area of Igabi, Giwa and Birnin Gwari Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.


A Statement by the Army spokeperson, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu said a notorious terrorist, Boderi, who orchestrated many high profile kidnappings including those of the Yauri school girls, Greenfield University students and the Nigerian Defence Academy attack may have been killed alongside another kingpin, Bodejo in the ambush.


The statement said while on a fighting patrol along Maganda-Dausayi – Mugaba axis, troops came under fire from insurgents who employed rustled herds of cattle as shields while they engaged the troops with direct fire. Two of the terrorists were killed in the process and arms as well as other items including 1 Techno phone, 3 Hilux vehicles and motorcycle keys, wraps of substance suspected to be marijuana, tramadol tablets and the sum of 13,200 Naira only, were recovered.


Also, during the encounter, some of the rustled livestock used as shield by the insurgents were caught in the crossfire. Troops are still on the trail of the fleeing insurgents and remain resolute on ridding the area of armed violence according to the army.


In a separate operation, conducted by troops of 1 Division of the Nigerian Army on Wednesday 22 February 2024, the troops successfully ambushed marauding insurgents along the Bada – Riyawa axis on the Kaduna – Birnin Gwari Road. In the encounter, troops killed 6 insurgents and recovered arms and 19 motorcycles which were destroyed.

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Senate confirms Cardoso Chairman, CBN’s Monetary Policy Committee, 11 others as members



The Nigerian Senate has confirmed the appointment of Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Olayemi Cardoso, as Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee alongside eleven others.



The confirmation follows the adoption of a report of the committee on Banking and other Financial Institutions presented by its chairman Adetokunbo Abiru (APC Lagos East).



Abiru, in his presentation, said the nominees possess the academic qualifications, technical knowledge and professional experience to be members of the Monetary Policy Committee.



Abiru further stated that the Senate Committee on Banking did not receive any petition against the nominees.



He added that the nominees were all cleared by the Nigeria Police Force and the State Security Services and possessed the Code of Conduct Bureau acknowledgment slip.




Other lawmakers in their submission charged the newly confirmed Members of the MPC to come up with proper economic policies to salvage the current situation in the country.



Those confirmed are CBN Deputy Governors, Mohamed Sani Abdullahi , Bala Bello, Emem Usoro and Philip Ikeazor.



Others are the Director General, Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), Lamido Yuguda, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance, Jafiya Shehu, murtala Sabo Sagagi, Aloysius Uche, Aku Paulin, Mustapha Akinwumi and Bandele Amon.

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