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Celebration As Desmond Elliot Gifts Lagride Cars, Empowers 700 Widows

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Seven hundred widows resident in the Surulere area of Lagos were among the beneficiaries empowered on Sunday by a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Desmond Olusola Elliot. 

Elliot, who represents Surulere Constituency 1 at the House, also gave out ‘Lagride’ cars to two other beneficiaries while some indigent school children got scholarships from the lawmaker.

Aside from the empowerment programme, the widows and widowers were given information about the credit adjustment process and subsidised payments for prepaid meters currently being handled by the lawmaker.

Through this, widows and widowers in Surulere who do not have prepaid meters would be entitled to a subsidised payment for their meters after verification of their invoice and address.

Speaking at the event where cash gifts and food items were distributed through the ‘DOE Support For Widows’, Elliot told the guests and beneficiaries that he decided to concentrate on the widows, widowers and their children so as to make them happy as they march into 2024.

“We do this every year, but this year, we decided to do it in January because I observe that at the beginning of the year, a lot of people are always struggling, especially after December of the previous year.

“You also know that widows and widowers hardly have those supporting them. So this is just a support from me. It is also to interact with them and make them know that we are not far from them.

“Again, we are presenting two Lagride cars to make it seven that we have given out in the last few months to support residents,” he said.

The lawmaker used the opportunity to urge the residents of Surulere to vote for Fouad Laguda, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 3 by-election to fill the space left by Femi Gbajabiamila, after he took office as the Chief of Staff to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The Chairman of Surulere Local Government Council, Bamidele Sulaiman Yusuf described the support as timely adding that it aimed to lessen the burdens of widows.

He also urged his counterparts in the APC to mobilise and support the candidate of the APC in the forthcoming by-election.

Hon. Desmond Olusola Elliot Media Office. 

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Kwara Gov congratulates Segun Adebayo on NALDA appointment, thanks President Tinubu

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq congratulates Mr. Cornelius Oluwasegun Adebayo on his appointment as Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA).

The Governor commends President Bola Tinubu for again considering a Kwaran for another top appointment.

Governor AbdulRazaq is upbeat that the appointee will deliver beyond expectations, justify the confidence reposed in him by Mr. President, and make the state proud as he joins the Renewed Hope Agenda’s team.

The Governor prays Almighty God to guide the new NALDA chief and give him outstanding success in the new role to the glory of God and the benefit of the whole country.

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Kwara Gov commiserates with Plateau over school building collapse, deaths

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq sends his sincere condolences to the people and Government of Plateau State on the unfortunate collapse of a school building in the state capital Jos and the resulting deaths of many schoolchildren and teachers.

The Governor says the incident is sad and devastating, specifically commiserating with Governor Caleb Mutfwang and the families of the victims.

The Governor commends the state government and all the emergency responders for the swift response to the incident.

He asks God to repose the souls of the victims, and wishes safe and quick recovery for those who were injured in the school building collapse.

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Lagos Lawmakers Invite Attorney-General Over Supreme Court Judgement On LGs

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  • commend Police for successful operation against kidnappers
  • applaud First Lady Remi Tinubu for encouraging gardens

The Lagos State House of Assembly has invited the Attorney-General of the State, Mr. Lawal Pedro, to appear before it to explain the Supreme Court judgement on local governments in the country.

The lawmakers said there was a need for better understanding of the decision of the apex court in relation to some provisions in the Constitution of the country.

A seven-man panel of the Supreme Court had declared on Thursday that the 774 local government councils in the country should receive their funds directly from the Federal Government as well as manage such funds themselves being a tier of government.

The court further declared that allocations to local government councils run by caretaker committees were illegal.

Ruling after a voice vote by lawmakers at plenary on Thursday, the Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, ruled: “There is a need for us to seek clarification and understanding of this judgement. It will be good to invite the Attorney-General to brief us and give his understanding so that we do not run foul of the judgement.”

Meanwhile, the Lagos State House of Assembly has resolved to write a letter of commendation to the Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, over the successful operation by men of the force that led to the elimination of nine kidnappers in the state recently.

A letter of commendation is also to be sent to the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Adegoke Mustapha Fayoade, for the efforts of the policemen which led to the fruitful operation.

Speaker Mudashiru Obasa, who presided over the plenary, said the police and men of the force who took part in the operation needed to be commended.

Dr. Obasa agreed with members of the House that letters be sent to Egbetokun and Fayoade further charging them not to relent in keeping the State safe for residents.

He stressed the need for stakeholders to fast-track considerations for the creation of state police to support the federal police system.

The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Noheem Adams, had earlier recalled how the police launched the operation against some kidnappers in the Ladipo area of the state and eliminated nine of them.

According to him, there has been calm in the area since the operation was carried out.

Noheem added that the Ikorodu area of the state which hitherto had issues of kidnapping now enjoys relative peace.

In another development, the House of Assembly has applauded the First Lady of Nigeria, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, for seeking to encourage subsistence agriculture.

The Speaker said it was a beautiful idea to encourage Nigerians to have gardens in their houses arguing that this would help to create food sufficiency.

He recalled that schools had farms in the past adding that current situations call for a return to that period.

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