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Declare state of emergency on flooding/pollution – expert urges LASG

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Lagos: Choice place for real estate investors, investees – LASG

Some panelists at the 10th Unite Leading ESG real estate event in Africa summit with the theme: Towards a Sustainable Culture on Monday in Lagos.

A construction expert, Mr Temitope Runsewe, has called on the Lagos State Government to declare a state of emergency on boreholes drilling and sand filling to save the environment.

Runsewe, the Managing Director, Dutum Construction Company Ltd., made the call in an interview with the newsmen in Lagos on Monday.

The managing director who spoke on the sideline of a two-day real estate conference said that declaring a state of emergency would avert an epidemic.

The Unite Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Community is a network of climate tech, sustainability and ESG leaders from the real estate sector in Africa with a common goal to achieve a sustainable and equitable future.

Runsewe, a co-sponsor of the 10th Unite Leading ESG real estate event in Africa, noted that the government’s urgent intervention was important to address the issues in the industry.

He said that the action was needed to check illegal sand filling, compounding, flooding and wrongly located boreholes causing septic and sewage waters to sip back into boreholes to endanger citizens’ health.

Runsewe noted that green construction was the antidote needed for resolving all environmental issues and should be encouraged and popularised in Lagos and across Nigeria.

He said that lack of sustainability in construction was responsible for all the infractions that affect green construction, hence the need for the government’s strict regulation and private sector support.

“There is no way we can ignore the need for us to begin to pay attention and this is about regulation; government needs to take drastic steps as it relates to water.

“Very important, people sinking boreholes, septic tanks, all these things need to be regulated from the health point of view and the environmental point of view and it is urgent, especially in a place like Lagos.

“The Ministry of Environment and the ministry responsible for regional planning, need to take immediate action.

”Again, a state of emergency needs to be evoked through the area of environment as it relates to these issues,” he said.

Runsewe noted that sand filling without proper environmental impact assessment was compounding flooding in Lagos State.

He said that developers at the conference were working on how to effectively collaborate with the state government on sustainability in construction.

Runsewe added that green construction usually targeted low energy, water and other construction inputs consumption thereby, mitigating the impacts of climate change.

 

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OSUN: Angry youths set ablaze Iree Oba’s Palace, days after torching Akinrun’s 

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OSUN: Angry youths set ablaze Iree Oba’s Palace, days after torching Akinrun's 

Only a few days after the palace of Akinrun was torched in Osun State, the Palace of Aree of Iree in Boripe North Local Council Development Area of Osun, was on Thursday evening, also vandalised and similarly set on fire by angry youths in the town.

The palace was said to have been burnt by youths who were not pleased about the arrest of the Aogun of Iree, Chief Soliu Atoyebi, by security agents on Thursday morning.

It was attacked and burnt around 7.00 p.m, when the traditional ruler, Oba Ponle Ademola, was said to be out of the palace.

The incident led to the blockage of major roads leading to the town, while the aggrieved youths made burn fires on the roads.

Business owners in the town were said to immediately lock up their shops, while residents too locked themselves for safety measures.

The Osun Police Spokesperson, SP Yemisi Opalola, was not available for comments, as her phone was switched off.

The Maritime First learned that this was what the Osun Governor, Prince Ademola Adeleke had wanted to avoid, when he, on Monday, a day after his inauguration, issued an Executive Order, setting aside the appointment and enthronement of three traditional rulers, Aare of Iree; Akirun of Ikirun and Owa of Igbajo.

Consequently, the Palace of OWA of Igbajo has now been beefed up.

Adeleke also directed that the palaces of the three traditional rulers should be locked up, while security agents should take charge of the palaces to the prevent breakdown of law and order.

There had been palpable fear in Iree town following the appointment and approval of Prince Ponle Ademola as the Aree of Iree by the immediate past administration of Gboyega Oyetola.

Some ruling houses and groups in the town had rejected the selection of Ademola, alleging that he was imposed on the people by officials in the Oyetola’s administration.

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ALARM: Kogi has 43,000 HIV carriers; Take Preventive Steps to avoid getting infected-  Commissioner

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ALARM: Kogi has 43,000 HIV carriers; Take Preventive Steps to avoid getting infected-  Commissioner

At least 43,373 people are living with HIV in Kogi, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Zakari Usman, said in Lokoja on Thursday.

Usman made the declaration at a news conference organised as part of activities marking the 2022 World AIDS Day.

The 2022 World Aids Day has: “’Equalise’’ as its theme.

Usman advised residents to disregard misconceptions that HIV had been eradicated.

The commissioner said also that it was advisable to take preventive steps not to get infected and when infected, to take management measures already provided by the government.

He assured that Kogi government would not relent in its effort at reducing HIV and AIDS to the barest minimum in the state.

“I assure that government will increase the availability of quality and sustainable services for HIV handling, testing, and prevention to reduce its negative impacts.

“Government will also encourage reform laws, policies and practices to tackle the stigma and exclusion faced by people living with HIV and AIDS

“Government will as well ensure the sharing of technology to enable equal access to HIV testing in communities.

“Getting tested for HIV is the only way to find out if one is infected as all people living with HIV are eligible for treatment,’’ the commissioner said.

Usman said World AIDS Day, celebrated every Dec. 1, gave opportunities to communities and stakeholders in the fight against HIV and AIDS to be united and advance the cause of reducing the scourge.

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Troops Eliminate over 44 Terrorists, Arrest 47 in 2 Weeks 

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Troops Eliminate over 44 Terrorists, Arrest 47 in 2 Weeks 

…Troops recover 15 AK 47 rifles, eight AK 47 magazines, 82 rounds of 7.62mm special, 35 locally fabricated 7.62mm special***

The Defence Headquarters says the troops of Operation Hadin Kai have within two weeks, eliminated more than 44 terrorists, and apprehended 47 and their collaborators, in addition to rescuing 10 kidnap victims in the North East.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami said this on Thursday in Abuja at the bi-weekly update on nationwide military operations.

He said the troops between Nov. 17 and Nov. 24 neutralised nine Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in ambushes, raids and clearance operations at different locations within the theatre.

He said that while scores of the terrorists escaped with various degrees of injury, cache of arms were recovered and 10 kidnapped civilians were rescued during the operations.

Danmadami said a notorious Boko Haram/ISWAP logistic supplier was arrested by the troops on Nov. 20 at a checkpoint in Bama Local Government Area.

He said that the logistic supplier was conveying 49 jerrycans 30 litres of Premium Motor Spirit and 50 packs of energy drinks, and other sundry items in a vehicle, while the sum of N70,510 was also recovered from him.

“Consequently, within the weeks in focus, troops recovered 15 AK 47 rifles, 82 rounds of 7.62mm special, 35 locally fabricated 7.62mm special, three dane guns, 36 hand grenades, six knives, and eight AK 47 magazines.

“Other items recovered include 51 jerrycans of groundnut oil, one carton of klin detergent, 50 packs of energy drinks, nine bicycles, three motorcycles, 10 mobile phones, one vehicle and the sum of N100, 510.

“Troops equally neutralised 11 terrorist elements, arrested 47, including their logistic suppliers as well as rescued 10 abducted civilians.

“Also, a total of 139 Boko Haram Terrorist/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists and members of their families comprising 27 adult males, 44 adult females and 68 children surrendered to troops at different locations within the theatre.

“All recovered items rescued civilians and apprehended suspected terrorists have been handed over to the relevant authority for further action.

“While the surrendered Boko Haram Terrorist/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists and members of their families are being profiled for further action’’, he said.

Danmadami said the air component carried out a series of air strikes on terrorist locations in the Tumbuns near Lake Chad, which recorded some remarkable results during the period.

He said the air task force on Nov. 26 conducted an air interdiction operation on the terrorists at Mallam Fatori from Tumbum Fulani, killing several terrorists on the shores of Lake Chad and destroyed three gun trucks.

“Similar strikes were conducted on Nov. 27 at an identified terrorist training camp at Tumbun Hamma in the Lake Chad Region.

“Intelligence revealed that about 24 ISWAP terrorists were undergoing weapons handling and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) training at the location for six consecutive days.

“Consequently, the location was bombarded.

“The effect of the strike from the feedback revealed that several terrorists were neutralized with their weapons and IED destroyed,” he added.

Danmadami said the theatre command had also intensified non-kinetic operations geared towards maximising civil support for the military in the zone.

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