Ten Things

Men at work

+ Justice served (hot)

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1. Men at work

The Lagos House of Assembly has tasked every of Lagos’s 57 councils to deliver one development project every quarter during their four-year tenure, Vanguard newspaper reported. Lagos is reputable for disproportionate development across its 20 local government areas (LGA) and local council development areas (LCDA). By forcing councils to put men to work, this move could potentially spread even development across the state. 

2. Justice delayed

The House has also adopted the recommendations of a five-man ad-hoc committee on the missing organ of late Adebola Akin-Bright, the Record reported.

The committee’s recommendations include urging the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria to intensify investigations into the alleged medical negligence and to ensure justice is served. The committee also recommended strengthening the Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency for better supervision of health institutions in the state. The House further called on the state government to support the mother of the deceased in covering the expenses incurred while trying to save her son’s life.

3. Fresh confirmations:

Meanwhile, the House has confirmed a fresh list of Governor Sanwo-Olu’s nominees, Daily Trust reported. The list includes nominees for the State Executive Council (SEC) and some government agencies and parastatals.

4. New bottles new wine

The House has called for a review for a review of administrative guidelines for local councils in the state to match current realities, Leadership Newspaper reported

According to Hon. Sanni Okanlawon, the chairman of the House Committee on Local Government and Community Relations who moved this motion, said a review could promote good governance and contribute to societal advancement. 

Some of the issues under review include the proliferation of chieftaincy titles, bloated workforce consisting of supervisors and special advisers, the arbitrary naming of streets in the state, and closure of estate gates from government officials and healthcare workers. 

5. Justice served (hot):

The Record reported that the Lagos State Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court has sentenced the managing director of Optimal Cancer Care Foundation, Femi Olaleye to life imprisonment for raping his wife’s niece when she was 16 years old.

6. A new plant in the orchard

Governor Sanwo-Olu has commissioned another major project this week, The Record reported. At the commissioning of the GAC Car Assembly Plant in Ogba, the Governor assured Lagosians that the newly commissioned plant would create more jobs and strengthen technical skills among the workforce. 

7. Cleaner Lagos?

The state government locked up Alaba International Market, one of the city’s largest and busiest hubs for electronics and spare parts, The Record reported. At least three other high-profile markets have faced similar closures over environmental sanitation concerns.

8.  Remembering #EndSARS

To mark its third anniversary,  The Record caught up with some young Nigerians who reminisced about the #EndSARS protests and the ways it has affected how they view politics and the country.

9. Finding seafood 

Despite being surrounded by bodies of water, in Lagos, seafood is pricey and luxurious for many living in the city, but we wanted to change that notion. The Record visited three seafood restaurants that can be patronized with a budget of as little as ₦10,000. 

10. Searching for shelter

Finding affordable and quality housing in Lagos can be a daunting task, in the first of a series of articles on house hunting in Lagos, the Record quizzed a career real estate agent on the best house-hunting practices.

This edition of Ten Things was written by Sultan Quadri.

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