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Ikeja Electric adds 34 additional Band A feeders in Lagos

This decision comes in recognition of Ikeja Electric's demonstrated ability to maintain a minimum of 20 hours of daily availability, surpassing industry standards.

FG clarifies on how Lagos-Calabar coastal highway will impact Landmark Beach Resort

Umahi clarified during an interview with Channels Television’s Morning Brief on Thursday that the redesign aimed to avoid demolishing existing infrastructure along the original route developed by the initial planners.

Lagos Lawyer achieves record-breaking walk across Third Mainland Bridge

In an exclusive conversation with The Record, Akingbemila disclosed that her curiosity about the possibility of walking the distance and the duration it would take motivated her to undertake the challenge.

Fire engulfs 14 buildings in Lagos Island Market

The Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Margaret Adeseye, in a statement issued on X disclosed that the fire originated from the refuelling of a generator.

JUST IN: Sanwo-Olu appoints Pelumi Nubi as Lagos Tourism Ambassador

Jubril Gawat, Senior Special Assistant on New Media to Sanwo-Olu announced this in a tweet on Monday, stating that she also got a brand new car, a new home in Lagos, and a customised plate number as gifts from the Lagos State Governor.

Annals Of Legislation

Lagos Assembly ranks high in legislative engagement. But the state’s budget is still not available online

This was disclosed in a EiE report entitled ‘Legislative Engagement: Why Are Our State Legislators Inaccessible’ compiled by EiE Research as at December 2023.

Lagos Assembly begins Probe Of Auditor-General’s Report on MDAs

Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (State), Hon. Kehinde Olaide Joseph, said the exercise was aimed at curbing financial recklessness by MDAs in the State.

Adebola Shabi wants to bring back Saturday sanitation day to Lagos

"When we had environmental sanitation day, Lagos was clean and you spent less on your health."

How David Doherty became a lawmaker representing Amuwo-Odofin

"My constituency is my father and mother."

The women of the 10th Lagos House of Assembly 

What can we learn from the women in the 10th Lagos House of Assembly?

Navigating Lagos

Preserving Nigeria’s Legacy: Inside the National Museum in Onikan, Lagos

The National Museum Lagos boasts an extensive collection estimated at 47,000 objects, crafted from various materials including wood, ivory, metal, and terracotta.

Road rage: 342 accidents claim 22 lives in Lagos in first two months of 2024

Road rage: 342 accidents claim 22 lives in Lagos...

From ruins to restoration: Discovering the treasures in Freedom Park Lagos

I discovered that the park, located on a prime location in Lagos Island, had a historical past—it used to be a prison during Nigeria's colonial era.

Where to find co-working spaces in Lagos Mainland

As remote work continues to shape contemporary work culture, these spaces provide valuable solutions for those seeking flexibility, connectivity, and a dynamic work experience in Lagos.

Top five Lagos mainland restaurants for a perfect Valentine’s Day date 

Let's delve into five outstanding restaurants in Lagos mainland that not only tantalize your taste buds but also provide an enchanting atmosphere, making them ideal choices for your Valentine's celebration.

Eko Lifestyle

From ruins to restoration: Discovering the treasures in Freedom Park Lagos

I discovered that the park, located on a prime location in Lagos Island, had a historical past—it used to be a prison during Nigeria's colonial era.

Top 5 budget smartphones, as recommended by Computer Village vendors

  From communication and entertainment to productivity at work and...

Best spot to eat authentic pounded yam in Lagos

The culinary gem nestled in the heart of Lagos not only offers meticulously prepared pounded yam but also embraces the rich tapestry of Yoruba culture in its aesthetics and ambiance.

The enigmatic lure of New Afrika Shrine, Its People and Lifestyle

perience. Similar to Ajao, many viewed the New Afrika Shrine with skepticism, hearing stories portraying it as a haven for questionable individuals or a dimly lit place clouded with marijuana smoke.

Top five Lagos Beaches to visit this festive season 

As a beach lover who has visited over six beaches in Lagos, I curated five perfect beach locations for you to visit this festive season.

The Political Scene

Is the storm over between Sanwo-Olu and Obasa? 

Is this renewed joviality in the best interest of Lagosians?

Lagos is spending big on infrastructure. But choking on debt.

As of December 2022, Lagos was the state with the highest debt stock across the Nigerian federation.

Three reasons why Lagos House of Assembly rejected Sanwo-Olu’s 17 commissioner-nominees

Beyond geographical and religious factors, the possibility of pending disagreements can not be ruled out.

What Ojodu residents want from LCDA Chairman Segun Odunmbaku

The residents made the requests following celebrations marking Segun Odunmbaku’s two years in office as Executive Chairman of Ojodu LCDA.

Who are the 39 people Sanwo-Olu nominated for his second-term cabinet?

The list came barely a day to the 60-day statutory deadline for appointment of cabinet members.

Persons Of Interest

Meet the man who swam across Third Mainland Bridge to raise awareness on silent killer among Lagosians

During his first year at the university, he stumbled upon the swim team one evening and decided to join. It was there that he discovered his love for swimming and the fulfilment it brought into his life.

I moved to Lagos for love and found so much more, Zimbabwean lady, Ngamira, shares her experience

Instead of returning to either Zimbabwe or her second home in Zambia, she decided to follow her heart to be with her partner in Lagos, Nigeria.

Homeschooling in Lagos: Mother of two, Tomilola, shares her thrilling journey

“I initially planned to homeschool my son till he was five years old when we would be more comfortable with sending him out into the world. After starting my homeschooling journey, I fell in love with it.”

How Lagos Bank guard defied odds to earn two doctorate degrees, now accounting scholar 

Learning is a process. The change wasn’t instantaneous. At Zenith Bank, I was trained as a frontline staff on how to handle members of the public. Here in an academic environment, what I learnt is helping me to handle students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, tradition, and ethnic groups as a public servant.

Nigerian cuisine needs better promotion – Sabi Chef 2023 contest winner, Olaoluwa

"Nigerian cuisine is not well appreciated and celebrated. Many times, I see people trying to be classy by eating foreign foods. We need to change that."

News Desk

Ikeja Electric adds 34 additional Band A feeders in Lagos

This decision comes in recognition of Ikeja Electric's demonstrated ability to maintain a minimum of 20 hours of daily availability, surpassing industry standards.

FG clarifies on how Lagos-Calabar coastal highway will impact Landmark Beach Resort

Umahi clarified during an interview with Channels Television’s Morning Brief on Thursday that the redesign aimed to avoid demolishing existing infrastructure along the original route developed by the initial planners.

Lagos Lawyer achieves record-breaking walk across Third Mainland Bridge

In an exclusive conversation with The Record, Akingbemila disclosed that her curiosity about the possibility of walking the distance and the duration it would take motivated her to undertake the challenge.

Fire engulfs 14 buildings in Lagos Island Market

The Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Margaret Adeseye, in a statement issued on X disclosed that the fire originated from the refuelling of a generator.

JUST IN: Sanwo-Olu appoints Pelumi Nubi as Lagos Tourism Ambassador

Jubril Gawat, Senior Special Assistant on New Media to Sanwo-Olu announced this in a tweet on Monday, stating that she also got a brand new car, a new home in Lagos, and a customised plate number as gifts from the Lagos State Governor.

Annals Of Legislation

Lagos Assembly ranks high in legislative engagement. But the state’s budget is still not available online

This was disclosed in a EiE report entitled ‘Legislative Engagement: Why Are Our State Legislators Inaccessible’ compiled by EiE Research as at December 2023.

Lagos Assembly begins Probe Of Auditor-General’s Report on MDAs

Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (State), Hon. Kehinde Olaide Joseph, said the exercise was aimed at curbing financial recklessness by MDAs in the State.

Adebola Shabi wants to bring back Saturday sanitation day to Lagos

"When we had environmental sanitation day, Lagos was clean and you spent less on your health."

How David Doherty became a lawmaker representing Amuwo-Odofin

"My constituency is my father and mother."

The women of the 10th Lagos House of Assembly 

What can we learn from the women in the 10th Lagos House of Assembly?

Navigating Lagos

Preserving Nigeria’s Legacy: Inside the National Museum in Onikan, Lagos

The National Museum Lagos boasts an extensive collection estimated at 47,000 objects, crafted from various materials including wood, ivory, metal, and terracotta.

Road rage: 342 accidents claim 22 lives in Lagos in first two months of 2024

Road rage: 342 accidents claim 22 lives in Lagos...

From ruins to restoration: Discovering the treasures in Freedom Park Lagos

I discovered that the park, located on a prime location in Lagos Island, had a historical past—it used to be a prison during Nigeria's colonial era.

Where to find co-working spaces in Lagos Mainland

As remote work continues to shape contemporary work culture, these spaces provide valuable solutions for those seeking flexibility, connectivity, and a dynamic work experience in Lagos.

Top five Lagos mainland restaurants for a perfect Valentine’s Day date 

Let's delve into five outstanding restaurants in Lagos mainland that not only tantalize your taste buds but also provide an enchanting atmosphere, making them ideal choices for your Valentine's celebration.

Eko Lifestyle

From ruins to restoration: Discovering the treasures in Freedom Park Lagos

I discovered that the park, located on a prime location in Lagos Island, had a historical past—it used to be a prison during Nigeria's colonial era.

Top 5 budget smartphones, as recommended by Computer Village vendors

  From communication and entertainment to productivity at work and...

Best spot to eat authentic pounded yam in Lagos

The culinary gem nestled in the heart of Lagos not only offers meticulously prepared pounded yam but also embraces the rich tapestry of Yoruba culture in its aesthetics and ambiance.

The enigmatic lure of New Afrika Shrine, Its People and Lifestyle

perience. Similar to Ajao, many viewed the New Afrika Shrine with skepticism, hearing stories portraying it as a haven for questionable individuals or a dimly lit place clouded with marijuana smoke.

Top five Lagos Beaches to visit this festive season 

As a beach lover who has visited over six beaches in Lagos, I curated five perfect beach locations for you to visit this festive season.

The Political Scene

Is the storm over between Sanwo-Olu and Obasa? 

Is this renewed joviality in the best interest of Lagosians?

Lagos is spending big on infrastructure. But choking on debt.

As of December 2022, Lagos was the state with the highest debt stock across the Nigerian federation.

Three reasons why Lagos House of Assembly rejected Sanwo-Olu’s 17 commissioner-nominees

Beyond geographical and religious factors, the possibility of pending disagreements can not be ruled out.

What Ojodu residents want from LCDA Chairman Segun Odunmbaku

The residents made the requests following celebrations marking Segun Odunmbaku’s two years in office as Executive Chairman of Ojodu LCDA.

Who are the 39 people Sanwo-Olu nominated for his second-term cabinet?

The list came barely a day to the 60-day statutory deadline for appointment of cabinet members.

Persons Of Interest

Meet the man who swam across Third Mainland Bridge to raise awareness on silent killer among Lagosians

During his first year at the university, he stumbled upon the swim team one evening and decided to join. It was there that he discovered his love for swimming and the fulfilment it brought into his life.

I moved to Lagos for love and found so much more, Zimbabwean lady, Ngamira, shares her experience

Instead of returning to either Zimbabwe or her second home in Zambia, she decided to follow her heart to be with her partner in Lagos, Nigeria.

Homeschooling in Lagos: Mother of two, Tomilola, shares her thrilling journey

“I initially planned to homeschool my son till he was five years old when we would be more comfortable with sending him out into the world. After starting my homeschooling journey, I fell in love with it.”

How Lagos Bank guard defied odds to earn two doctorate degrees, now accounting scholar 

Learning is a process. The change wasn’t instantaneous. At Zenith Bank, I was trained as a frontline staff on how to handle members of the public. Here in an academic environment, what I learnt is helping me to handle students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, tradition, and ethnic groups as a public servant.

Nigerian cuisine needs better promotion – Sabi Chef 2023 contest winner, Olaoluwa

"Nigerian cuisine is not well appreciated and celebrated. Many times, I see people trying to be classy by eating foreign foods. We need to change that."

Discover Tarkwa Bay, cheapest beach in Lagos

 

With the hustle and bustle of Lagos taking its toll on residents, Lagosians try to make the most of their free time. But the catch for many is the opportunity to unwind in a cost-effective manner, especially with the increasingly dire economic circumstances.

Uwaje Rachel, an accountant at a Lagos audit firm, values her leisure time. Tarkwa Bay beach is her preferred destination, offering relaxation and enjoyment.

“I choose Tarkwa Bay over other Lagos beaches because it’s accessible by boat, providing a fun start to the beach experience,” Uwaje shared with The Record.

Tarkwa Bay stands out as one of the most affordable public beaches in Lagos, with an entrance fee of N500 and hut prices ranging from N1500 to N5000. Its unique seclusion, accessible only by boat, sets it apart from other crowded beaches in Lagos.

Despite its appeal, Tarkwa Bay has faced complaints about boats stopping midway to the beach. A TikTok user, Rhindor, recalled a 20-minute halt during a journey in inclement conditions.

Statistics from relevant authorities indicate eight boat mishaps in Lagos between 2020 and 2021, primarily due to overloading, disregard for safety guidelines, and inadequate boat maintenance. In response, the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) banned night boat operations to reduce mishaps.

“No one should board a vessel outside operational hours, and passengers must wear a life vest with standard buoyancy,” emphasized Mr. Damilola Emmanuel, the General Manager of LASWA.

According to a December 2023 report by the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration (CIOTA), over 200 lives were lost in boat accidents in Nigerian states, excluding Lagos.

There are various jetty terminals in Lagos providing access to Tarkwa Bay. Fiki Marina in Victoria Island has water taxis, while CMS boat terminal is another option. On the Mainland, jetty points in Ikorodu facilitate boat trips.

Tarkwa Bay Beach offers diverse activities such as horse riding, surfing, overnight camping, beach volleyball, beach motorbike rides, and community sightseeing.

Unlike private beaches with food restrictions, Tarkwa Bay allows you to buy meals from kiosks or bring your own drinks and food.

Tarkwa Bay and its people 

Tarkwa Bay is also a beach slum, housing several communities with many residents on the small beach island.

 

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While Tarkwa Bay serves as a recreational haven for the general public and visitors like Uwaje, for Semako Nathaniel, who has spent his entire life there, the beach is not just a getaway but his home.

Semanko, a young teen, earns a living by selling sugar-coated groundnuts and cashews to tourists and beachgoers. He moved from a beach community in Badagry with his parents as a child, settling on Tarkwa Bay to make a livelihood.

“I completed my secondary education here. There used to be several schools until the military demolished houses in Tarkwa Bay,” he told our correspondent.

On January 21, 2020, the Nigerian Navy forcefully evacuated thousands of residents from various communities in Tarkwa Bay, demolishing their homes and leaving many homeless.

The Navy stated that the evacuation aimed to protect the national oil company’s equipment from oil thieves and vandals.

“We found at least 300 illegal spots and dug out pits where oil products were being tapped and sold illegally, even to neighbouring countries,” Navy Commander Thomas Otuji told CNN, emphasizing the danger of beach residents living near oil pipelines. 

Mr. Harrison Dolor, also known as True Light, an artist and musician residing in the unaffected part of Tarkwa Bay, expressed concern about the Navy’s management of the beach.

“I think they spared our side of the beach community because they still need people to attend to beach visitors and generate income from the beach fee,” Dolor shared with The Record.

During our beach visit, we observed substantial piles of seaweed near the beach banks, giving the beach an unsanitary appearance.

Owokoniran Iswat, a Software Developer, expressed dissatisfaction with the beach’s cleanliness during the December festivities, questioning her willingness to return. Improvements in the beach’s management could significantly enhance Tarkwa Bay’s overall condition and appeal.

Amidst Tarkwa Bay’s narrative, we witness a tapestry woven with threads of leisure, livelihood, resilience, and challenges.

Uwaje Rachel finds solace in the rhythmic waves, while Semako Nathaniel carves a life amidst the sands; each grain tells a unique story.

Despite disruptions, Tarkwa Bay endures, its residents resiliently adapting to changes. In the face of challenges, the beach remains a canvas painted with the colours of diverse activities and the indomitable spirit of its inhabitants. 

Whether it’s the thrill of horse riding, the crash of waves during surfing, or the tranquillity of overnight camping, Tarkwa Bay beckons with possibilities.

Omon Okhuevbie
Omon is a staff reporter at the Ikeja Record.

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