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1. Third Mainland Bridge repairs commence
The Federal Ministry of Works in partnership with the Lagos State government has flagged off the rehabilitation of the Third Mainland Bridge, the Record’s Omon Okhuevbie reported. The rehabilitation project which is valued at N21.074 billion was officially launched on Wednesday by the Federal Minister of Works, Engr. David Umahi, and the Deputy Governor of Lagos, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat in Lagos.
Around Ikeja and beyond
A fatal accident along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway has claimed the lives of two people and injured 10 others, the Punch reported. Since September 17, when five people lost their lives on the notorious expressway, there have been a total of seven fatalities and numerous injured individuals.
3. Resilient Mission
Despite an explosion that killed two individuals at the Canadian High Commission office in Abuja on Monday, the Mission’s office in Abuja and Lagos will remain open, the Vanguard reported.
4. Crime and drugs
The Nigerian Navy has deployed gunboats, helicopters, and other weapons to tackle maritime crime In Lagos, the Leadership reported on Thursday. The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), on Friday, disclosed that it intercepted contrabands, hard drugs worth N924 million within one month.
5. Hilda dethroned
The cooking record of Nigerian chef Hilda Baci set in Amore Garden in Lekki has been surpassed by Alan Fisher, an Irish restaurant owner on Tuesday, the Premium Times reported.
From the Record
6. Certificate forgery
The Lagos State University (LASU) has terminated the appointment of Prof. Tajudeen Olumoko as Dean of Student Affairs, following allegations of extortion and certificate forgery, The Record reported. Before the termination, the Ikeja Record had reported that the Lagos Assembly had summoned Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Tolani Akibu, the Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, the Senate of the tertiary institution and other top staff, over the allegations in question.
7. Protecting children
The Lagos State Government has closed an unregistered orphanage in the Isolo area that housed three children and four adults, The Record reported.
8. Outlawing street begging
The Record reported that the Lagos State House of Assembly is considering adopting a law that will criminalize street begging and prevent residents and visitors from giving alms to professional beggars across the state.
9. Curbing recklessness
The Lagos State House of Assembly has begun deliberation, probe and consideration of the 2022 Auditor General’s Report on Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) in the state. At the event monitored by the Record, the 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.
10. Cheaper transportation
The Lagos State Government has reduced the fares of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and rail transport in the state by 25% starting from Tuesday, The Record reported. This follows an outcry from passengers after the reversal of the 50% discount that was introduced on August 2, 2023, to cushion the effects of the fuel subsidy removal.
This edition of Ten Things was written by Sultan Quadri.
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