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Call To Action: Stop Clogging Our Drainages, Use Proper Waste Disposals – Teju Ajayi

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As Lagosians, we often lament about clogged drainages and flooded streets that burden our city, but it is time for some tough love. Even though we complain when the rains cause floods and chaos, we must be honest with ourselves and face some hard truths, – we’re part of the problem.

Those overflowing drainages and stagnant waters are not acts of God, neither are they the fault of whatever level of government we choose to blame, they’re the result of our bad habits. The recent flash floods are a stark reminder of why the horrid habit of turning drains into personal waste disposal units has to stop.

Drainages are for water, not for plastic bottles, food scraps, or anything else we deem ‘disposable’. This toxic practice clogs the system, causes floods, and creates a breeding ground in the state for diseases.

The nightmare of the past few days is a problem we cannot allow to continue, instead, we must work effectively and sustainably against it.

As resident of the beautiful city on water, we deserve a clean, healthy metropolis, but this vision does not belong tp the government alone, the burden largely rests on us to be responsible and it starts at home.

Here’s the call to action:

Use proper trash bins! Keep your waste contained, both at home and on the go. It is the responsible, enlightened thing to do

Embrace the power of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’. The less waste we generate as a people, the less the possibility of it ending up clogging our drains.

Maintain your own drains. Clear any debris that might gather around your residence or place of work. As responsible citizens, it is a duty.

That said, individual action isn’t enough. We also need to hold our leaders accountable. To the Honourable Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tokunbo Wahab, this may be the time to reinstate the compulsory weekend environmental sanitation even if it’s once every two months to complement the Thursday one we have for traders.

The reality is that a cleaner, greener Lagos is within reach, but we must embrace our shared responsibility. It’s time to ditch the drainage dumping habit. Let’s work together – for ourselves, for our children, for a healthier future. Together, we can keep our drainages flowing and our city thriving.

 

Eko Oni Baje oo

Teju Ajayi

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Labour Party Suspends Rivers Chairperson, Dokubo, Over Alleged Fraud

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The Chairperson of the Labour Party (LP) in Rivers State, Hilda Dokubo, has been suspended as a member of the party in her ward, Asari Toru Local Government Area of the state.

 

The suspension was contained in a letter written to the Labour Party Chairman of Asari Toru LGA and signed by the Ward Chairman, Ajalamonia Ibama, the Secretary, Lole Amacheer, and the Treasurer, Emmanuel Ibamathe.

 

Others who signed the letter were the Women Leader, Osaki Dieypiriye, and the Publicity Secretary, Osaki Dokubo.

 

Dokubo was suspended on July 15, after an emergency meeting of the LP’s ward executive committee and ratified by the Asari Toru LGA Executives of the party on Thursday, July 18, 2024.

 

The party ward officials suspended the state party chairperson alleging financial misconduct, abuse of office, and breach of party regulations, among other allegations.

 

The ward executives said the decision was made following a thorough investigation into the allegations, noting that they uncovered substant

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Governor Sanwo-Olu hosts dinner to celebrate Soyinka at 90

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, hosted a dinner at the State House on Tuesday to honour Noble Laurette, Prof Wole Soyinka, on his 90th birthday.

During the birthday dinner, Sanwo-Olu also unveiled a “special portrait” of the renowned playwright and novelist.

Sharing photos from the event on X.com, Sanwo-Olu wrote, “This evening, we had the honour of celebrating the 90th birthday of our esteemed Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka.

“It was a night of joy, memories, and inspiration as we celebrated his many contributions to literature and touched on how his humanity continues to inspire us all.

“The highlight of the evening was unveiling a special portrait of Prof., a true reflection of his enduring legacy.”

Sanwo-Olu further thanked Soyinka, saying, “We celebrate not just his 90 years of life but the countless lives he has inspired and continues to inspire.”

He added, “His Nobel Prize win many years ago opened the door for many to dream and believe that greatness is achievable. His works transcend time, touching hearts and minds across the globe.

“Thank you, Professor Wole Soyinka, for showing us that through resilience, creativity, and dedication, we can achieve greatness.”

The Nobel Laureate, who turned 90 years old on Saturday, July 13, was described as a shining light and national treasure by President Bola Tinubu.

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Police Investigate BLORD Group Boss, Linus Williams, Over Alleged Fraud

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The Federal Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) of the Nigerian Police Force, National Cybercrime Center (NPF-NCCC), has launched an investigation into allegations against Linus Williams, the CEO of BLORD Group of Companies.

 

The inquiry has been extended to several entities under the BLORD umbrella, including BLORD REAL ESTATE LTD, BLORD JETPAYE LIMITED, and BILLPOINT TECHNOLOGY.

 

The investigation followed complaints that these companies were involved in a series of serious offences.

 

These include cryptocurrency fraud, aiding and abetting internet fraud, engaging in computer-related fraud, funding terrorism, and failing to comply with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) regulatory frameworks.

 

In a statement released by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the police emphasized their commitment to thorough and diligent investigations.

 

“Our cyber space in Nigeria must be safe and secure by all means. We are committed to achieving that,” Adejobi asserted.

 

He highlighted the critical importance of maintaining the integrity of Nigeria’s digital environment, indicating that no effort would be spared in ensuring that the allegations were meticulously investigated.

 

The allegations have come at a time when Nigeria is intensifying its efforts to combat cybercrime and enhance the security of its digital infrastructure.

 

The focus on regulatory compliance, particularly concerning the CBN Act, underscores the country’s commitment to upholding financial regulations and preventing illicit financial activities.

 

As the investigation unfolds, the FCID will continue to scrutinize the activities of BLORD Group of Companies and its affiliates.

 

The outcome of the probe is expected to have significant implications for the involved entities and the broader efforts to enforce cyber security and regulatory

compliance in Nigeria.

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