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Just in: We Are Hungry June 12 Mass Protest Against Tinubu Government Looming

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa.

 

Nigerians have been called to troop out en mass to join the nationwide anti-hardship protest against the regime of President Bola Tinubu as civil movements and political groups unveiled the takeoff points and times across the country.

According to schedules, the June12Protest tagged, #WeAreHungry, will begin in Lagos State at the Ikeja, Underbridge and time is 7AM.

“For Osun State the takeoff point is Freedom Park, Osogbo and time is 8 a.m. For Oyo State, location Ibadan by Mokola Roundabout, Underbridge and time is 8am. For Ondo State, location is Post office, Akure and time: 8 am.

Edo State: Museum ground, Ring Road, Benin City. Time: 8 AM. Rivers State: Pleasure Park, Port-Harcourt Time: 8;30 AM. Delta 1: Effurun, Roundabout, Warri. Time: 8 AM. Delta 2: Ughelli, Otovwodo junction. Time: 8 AM.

“Kano: Zoo Road opposite Zoo Garden, Kano City, Time: 9 am. Federal Capital City Abuja; Unity Fountain, Abuja and Time: 8 am

“Kaduna: FIWON office, Access Bank, Kaduna City. Jigawa: CONVERGENCE POINT: Bakin Titin Kwarin Awaja, Birninkudu, Jigawa State. Time: 8 am.

“Adamawa: 22, Ribadu Square, Jimeta-Yola and Time: 8:30 am. Gombe State: Rainbow Roundabout, Gombe Township
Time: 7:30 AM.

“Bauchi State: Opposite School of Agriculture, Yelwa, along Tafawa Balewa Road, Bauch Township. Time: 8:30 AM

“YobeState: Network of Yobe State Civil Society Organizations Head office, Damaturu
Time: 8;30AM

“Niger State:Gidan Matasa Bosso Locost Bosso, Minna.
Time: 8:30 AM

” Kwara State: The front of Ilorin Stadium and Time: 7:30 AM”.

A number of Nigerian civil societies had scheduled Wednesday June 12 for a mass protest against hardship and acute hunger under the President Bola Tinubu-led government in Nigeria.

The groups are; the Take-It-Back Movement (TIB), the African Action Congress party (AAC), the Joint Action Front (JAF), the Education Rights Campaign (ERC), the Socialist Workers and the Youth League (SWL) and PRP Vanguard.

It was reported on Tuesday that the organisations made this known in a statement they jointly issued and captioned, “Enough is Enough to Hardship and Hunger Great Nigerian People.”

According to the organisations, since May 29, 2023, when President Tinubu removed fuel subsidy, Nigerians have been plunged into greater hardship and hunger as prices of fuel, food, transport, electricity, school fees and other basic amenities have skyrocketed beyond what average Nigerians can afford.

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President Tinubu Renames National Theatre After Wole Soyinka

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

President Bola Tinubu has renamed one of the country’s major national assets after Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka.

This was contained in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ngelale Ajuri stating that

“The President heartily congratulates Nigeria’s literary colossus and global icon, Professor Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka, famously known as Wole Soyinka, on his 90th birthday, July 13, 2024.

Professor Soyinka is a globally celebrated playwright, novelist, poet, essayist, actor, singer, composer, and documentarian.

He is also a foremost advocate of good governance and of a fair and just society.

He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1986 – the first African to win the Prize in that category.

The Nobel Prize Laureate is a recipient of many other reputable awards, such as the Benson Medal from the Royal Society of Literature; Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award; Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, (Lifetime Achievement); and the Europe Theatre Prize – (Special Prize).

President Tinubu describes Professor Soyinka as one of the finest minds of his generation; conforming to the highest standards of human enlightenment, but unyielding to injustice, oppression, and base impulses.

The President salutes one of Nigeria’s living repositories of history, knowledge, and courage, and commends him for his valiant efforts in the trenches for the nation’s future both as a pro-democracy champion and as a trenchant voice against corruption and maladministration over several decades.

“Our paths crossed during our just struggle for the enthronement of democracy in Nigeria following the annulment of June 12, 1993 presidential election. When faced with a trial in absentia and death sentence by the military regime at home, he galvanized opposition in exile through NALICON and NADECO. His global stature made him the face of our struggle to validate June 12 and restore democracy in Nigeria.

“Today, I join the world to celebrate his profound influence on generations of writers, scholars, and activists who have been inspired by his work. I celebrate him for giving us the spark to fight and confront military dictators in our country.

“I am, accordingly, delighted to have the honour to announce the decision of the Federal Government to rename the National Theatre in Iganmu, Surulere, as The Wole Soyinka Centre for Culture and the Creative Arts,” the President states.

President Tinubu wishes Professor Soyinka many more years in good health and creative fulfilment as a global force for change.

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Just in: Residents warned as hundreds of terrorists reportedly escape from Niger prison

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

A large number of terrorists have reportedly escaped in a mass breakout at the high-security Koutoukalé prison in Niger Republic.

According to security expert Zagazola Makama, the incident happened on Thursday, resulting in the release of hundreds of terrorists, criminals, and drug traffickers.

The prison, situated near Niamey, the capital city, experienced a violent uprising that overwhelmed the guards, enabling the prisoners to escape with weapons and vehicles.

Witnesses said they heard gunfire and explosions around the afternoon time, which prompted a swift response from security forces.

However, by the time they arrived, the inmates had already taken control of the prison, breaching armored gates, barbed wire, and trenches.

The escape has raised serious questions about the security of the prison, which has previously thwarted two jihadist attempts to free comrades.

An investigation is underway to determine how the inmates were able to procure weapons and overpower their guards.

The Interior Minister has issued a radio message to all governors, confirming the escape and urging village chiefs and religious leaders to report any suspicious individuals.

A curfew has been declared in the Tillabéri region, and the entire River Niger region is on high alert.

The escape is considered a major security breach, and authorities are working to recapture the fleeing inmates.

The public has been warned to be vigilant and report any information that could aid in the recapture of the escaped prisoners.

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Sanwo-Olu’s Policy On Housing Will Avert Building Collapse In Lagos – Aide

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

As part of measures aimed at curbing the reoccurring cases of building collapses in Lagos, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has given a 3-month window assessment in the early part of the 1st Quarter of his Administration to the public in order to ensure integrity test for building as well as for approval in the state.

Senior Special Assistant to Lagos State Governor on Housing, Hon. Abdul-Akeem Ayodeji Amodu, while speaking on the sideline of the inaugural lecture ceremony of the 26th President of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) held at the State House in Abuja stated that the 3-month window seek to find out whether the Properties already built are under pipeline, Sewage tanks and Tracks, or on the drainage area, or make the building are not even aligning with the building
codes, or not aligning with the master plan of the state.

Amodu explained that Governor Sanwo-Olu has however given the opportunity to the public to apply for their building plans approval and documentation, to make sure that their properties are duly titled adding that many estates in Lagos have no building Plan approval.

“So what Mr. Governor has done, in essence, is for individual and property owners or Groups should come up with their
documents, come up with your As-Built Plan.
The Commissioner of Physical Planning in Lagos State in the recent past has come up
with this idea through the policies of advice to the government . The Government & Ministries were shocked to discover that there are so many estates, so many homes in Lagos that don’t have
building Plan approval.

” Some don’t even have Architectural building plans, they don’t follow the building code,
So what we’ve done as Government is to allow people to engage Professionals like Architects, Town Planners, Estate Surveyors & Valuers, Engineers to assist them to come up with a document, even if you have built your House,
get an architect, let them design for you a proper As Built building plan. Then you come up to the
state to present it, because the Truth is that Governor Sanwo-Olu’s government is a people’s government. We don’t want to
come and start breaking homes or Bringing Buildings Down without Advocacy. The Government does not want to start making people homeless, because we need these
people.

“They’ll do the normal integrity
test on your building to ensure that the property is actually standing well on a solid
structure, so that you don’t, jave a defective building in future, after getting that approval, the building collapses”

Meanwhile, Amodu noted that in a bid to curb housing deficit in Nigeria, Lagos State has begun the development of housing projects in all the 20 local governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) of the state both on Public-Private partnerships (PPP) Joint Venture (JV) and Government Allocated resources Model.

He explained that the governor recently commissioned about 360 housing units of one, two bedrooms, and three bedrooms in different clusters which was hitherto abandoned in the state adding that the governor also commissioned 144 units of one, two and three
bedrooms as well as another 60 units of three-bedroom blocks of apartments in
Amuwo Odofin local government area 3 weeks ago.

We also still have on-going Project embarked upon by The Ministry of Housing,
LSDPC, LBIC and a host of other Government Real Estate Partnerships with the Government to be Commissioned soon by Mr Sellable. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s to realise his Administration s THEME+ Agenda for the State.

Amodu further assured that development will be even in the state as affordable housing scheme has also been made available for the masses to meet the demand of housing deficit in the state.

“We
are still making sure that we develop homes for the masses, we have a scheme
called the LAGSHOMS SCHEME which is A Rent- To – Own which is like pay-as-you-earn scheme, which is been Supported through the Lagos Mortgage Board for the
Lagoshoms where you pay 5% of the total cost and value of
that property.

“And every other amount of that property will be spread around for you to lpay within the
space of about 10 years. So it’s a way of bringing development to the people and residents of Lagos, by giving comfort to the less
privileged, to the working class, and to the Non-Structured Sector of the state.” He added.

Speaking on the inaugural lecture and Investiture Ceremony of the 26th President of The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers which was well attended by major stakeholders in Government,Legislature, and Captain of Industry in the built Sector and Environment, Amodu emphasized the symbiotic relationship between NIESV and Lagos State Government as cordial adding that governor Sanwo-olu is poised at ensuring professionals must take charge and full responsibility in a Professional manner of Real Estate Activities & events in the built industry as well as he also encourage and Admonished other Professionals by saying it is a Clarion Call to all other professional Bodies to embrace Professionalism so as to Deliver the Good for the Benefit of Lagos amd Nigeria’s Development as Whole.

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