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Red Rail Project: LAMATA Hands Over Rebuilt School Building to SUBEB



Red Rail Project: LAMATA Hands Over Rebuilt School Building to SUBEB

The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) has handed over the reconstructed  Mushin Public Primary School that was demolished to pave way for the Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) Red Line rail project, to the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

The Managing Director, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Mrs. Abimbola Akinajo, handed over the new edifice to SUBEB in Lagos on Wednesday.

Represented by the Director, Rail, LAMATA, Mr. Olasunkanmi Okusaga, Akinajo disclosed that the building had 12 classrooms, four staff rooms, 14 toilets and four stores.

She said that the classrooms were built to accommodate over 350 pupils.

Akinajo said the projects that affected the school were the Mushin Train Station and the overpass.

According to her, the overpass would take traffic above the tracks and ensure non-vehicular interference with rail operations.

The Managing Director said in 2021, SUBEB was consulted on the rail project and how it would affect the Mushin Public Primary School.

She said: “As an advocate of city development, it welcomed the project and wholeheartedly supported our proposal to demolish the school and build another one at a new location.

“I hope that SUBEB would maintain this school, which has been built to specification and of world standard, for the education of our children in an atmosphere that would promote good teaching and great learning.

“This building has 12 classrooms, four staff rooms, 14 toilets and four stores. It has been provided with an overhead water tank, food court, new gatehouse, ample playing ground and parking space.

“The classrooms have been built to accommodate over 350 pupils.

“It is now my pleasure to hand over this building to SUBEB for the education of our children and to the benefit of our state.”

Akinajo said the agency knew how difficult if must have been for the board to come to accept that the school is demolished and the pupils distributed to other schools.

She apologized to the children and their parents because it had to put an additional burden on them.

She thanked the entire community for the support they had received so far on the project.

The LAMATA chief said the government appealed that they continue to support the rail project up to its completion.

She urged them to safeguard the infrastructure being provided for their community.

Akinajo said for any meaningful development to take place, they must all be ready to contribute their quota.

According to her, those who gave up their property for these two projects have done noble things in the quest for the development of public transport infrastructure.

Akinajo said she saluted those affected for being part of the history of the development of this state.

She said that their contributions and sacrifices would not be in vain.

The Red Line is a 37-kilometre rail road from Agbado in Ogun State to Marina in Central Lagos.

The managing director noted that when fully developed, it would move more than one million passengers daily.

Akinajo said this was the reason the agency was currently working on the first phase of the rail line from Agbado to Oyingbo.

“The second phase will take it across the lagoon to Marina, already designated as an interchange where all modes of transport shall meet for seamless transfers to different parts of Lagos.

“The governor has given his word that the Red Line and indeed the first phase of the Blue line from Marina to Mile 2, would be ready for passenger operation by the first quarter of 2023.

“LAMATA as a planning, implementing and the regulatory agency is primed to make it happen,” she said.

Akinajo reiterated her commitment to ensuring that all civil infrastructure, rolling stocks and other things necessary for its smooth operation were ready before commissioning.

The SUBEB Chairman, Mr Wahab Alawiye-King, who was represented by its Board Secretary, Mr Lamidi Hakeem, commended the state government for providing another edifice for pupils to study.

Alawiye-King appreciated the parents and the community leaders for approving the present school location which was handed over to the school management.

“We need to appreciate Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for being not just a sayer but also a doer.

” We also appreciate LAMATA for its commitment to be responsible, to maintain the school environment,” Alawiye-King said.

Also speaking at the handing over, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Abayomi Abolaji, commended LAMATA for following what was laid down for the new edifice.

Abolaji said that the government was working towards ensuring that the state had a 21st-century look.

The Community Development Association Area Chairman, Adebimpe Ori-Odi (CDA), Mr. Idris Quadri, thanked the governor for giving their children another opportunity to continue their education in a conducive environment.

Quadri pleaded with the school management to maintain a high standard in terms of cleanliness and urged the parents to endeavour to bring their children to school.

Also, the Mushin Education Secretary, Princess Alice Akinlude, said the new building would attract learning in the environment.

Akinlude appreciated LAMATA for building a befitting edifice better than the specification agreed by the parents and community leaders.



Safety Boosting: LASWA Trains 300 Pupils on Swimming



Safety Boosting: LASWA Trains 300 Pupils on Swimming

The General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, has said that the agency trained 300 pupils in the last three years to reduce the incidence of children drowning in Nigeria.

Emmanuel made the disclosure during the 3rd edition of LASWA’s Advocacy Programme tagged ” The Lagos Water Savvy Kids Programme.”

It was held in partnership with State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB and the Dolphin Swim School, in Epe, Lagos.

The General Manager said that swimming training would help to reduce the incidence of children drowning in water accidents and improve use of water transportation.

Emmanuel said the training was to instil water confidence in pupils by giving them theoretical and practical knowledge on waterways safety, swimming skills and basic survival techniques in an emergency.

“A total of 50 students from five public schools in riverine communities in the Epe axis of Lagos were selected to participate in this year’s edition.

“With this training, school children using the waterways will be more confident, conscious of their safety, and be self-reliant in an emergency.

“There is a need to increase swimming culture among children and we have deemed it fit to take this to public schools and to all the divisions of the state. 

“The training of kids on how to swim is not only done by Lagos State Waterways Authority, the Sport commission is also involved. 

Safety Boosting: LASWA Trains 300 Pupils on Swimming
*L-R, The Lead Instructor, Dolphin Swim School Mrs Aderoju Ope-Ajayi, The representative of SUBEB in Epe, Mrs Temidayo Oyeniran, the General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, one of the trainees Gafar Waheed and the Education Secretary, Epe Local Government, Otunba Idowu Shittu during the 3rd edition of swimming programme organised by LASWA in Epe on Thursday.

”There has been a call to all stakeholders to create more awareness and encourage the swimming culture as well as ensure that there are always water guards around the pools. 

“This is the third edition, and we have taken the exercise to Ibeshe, Ojo and Epe,” Emmanuel said.

The LASWA boss promised to continue to engage schools, teachers and parents to understand that the programme is safe, and healthwise, advisable. 

He promised to look into the inclusion of teachers along riverine areas in the training.

Emmanuel said that the safety of lives on the waterways had become paramount and LASWA would continue to give it its utmost attention by providing necessary safety guidelines and life jackets.

The Education Secretary, Epe Local Government, Mr Idowu Shittu, commended LASWA for organising the swimming programme for their pupils.

Shittu pleaded with the Lagos State Government and LASWA to extend the swimming training to the teachers, to remove their phobia of water transport.

He explained that swimming was part of the psychomotor aspect of education which was also a source of generating income and employing people.

The representative of SUBEB in Epe, Mrs Temidayo Oyeniran, expressed her gratitude on the swimming training for the kids and pleaded for an extension to teachers.

Oyeniran said that they lost a teacher as a result of drowning during the rainy season, noting that if the teacher had such training, it would have saved her life.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Lead Instructor, Dolphin Swim School and Dolphin Aquatic Center Ltd., Mrs Aderoju Ope-Ajayi, said the pupils learnt how to use life jackets properly, how to swim with it and how to avoid drowning.

Ope-Ajayi said that the pupils were taught the importance of water safety and were able to grasp the concept easily because they had local knowledge of swimming.

“Currently, we run a learn-to-swim programme for children and adults.

“A child learning how to be water safe means drowning prevention; that means the rate of death by drowning will significantly reduce.

Over 800 children drown every year, now the children will demonstrate the skills they learnt during the training,” she said.

One of the beneficiaries from Local Government Primary School, Oriba in Epe, Miss Afusat Muritala, said she was able to learn basic survival strategies, diving and swimming.

Another pupil, Moshood Idowu, appreciated the State government and LASUBEB for the swimming training.

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JABU will Continue to strive for Excellence; ranked 3rd position among private varsities – VC



JABU will Continue to strive for Excellence; ranked 3rd position among private varsities – VC

The Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU), Ikeji Arakeji in Osun will continue to strive for excellence even as it placed third in the webometric ranking of private universities in the country, Prof. Olasebikan Fakolujo, Vice Chancellor said.

Fakollujo said this on Monday, in Ikeji Arakeji, at a news conference heralding the institution’s 13th convocation for the 2021/2022 academic session.

Fakolujo said that no fewer than 481 graduands would be awarded first degrees during its 13th convocation ceremony slated for Jan.27.

The VC said that the ceremony would also see the award of postgraduate degrees to 88 candidates with six out of the figure bagging their PhDs.

He further disclosed that three eminent Nigerians including the immediate past Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, would be conferred with honourary doctorate degrees at the convocation.

Others listed for the awards are Sen. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, a human rights activist, lawyer and politician as well as Mr. Aderemi Olowookere, the Chairman, Christy Caleb Foundation, a frontline entrepreneur and an astute philanthropist.

Fakolujo said that JABU was passionate about producing graduates that perform excellently in life.

“One of such excellent performance was recorded by one of our law graduates who passed out with a First Class Honours during the just concluded 2021/2022 academic session of the Nigerian Law School.

“This and many more notable feats keep attracting the interest of many prospective students desirous of studying at our institution.

“I am pleased to tell you that a 400-level student of the Department of Entrepreneur, Samuel Jesuyan, was appointed West Africa Youth Ambassador due to his laudable antecedents of dedication, hard work and diligence in service to humanity.

“He is an advocate and relentless crusader for promoting entrepreneurship for African youths. The award is the Nelson Mandela Leadership Award of Excellence and Integrity,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor said that the institution had been proactive in the area of security by collaborating with the Nigerian Police and Nigerian Air Force unit, based in the state, for the safety of lives and property.

Fakolujo enumerated some major achievements by the university in the last academic year, adding that the university’s stakeholders had not rested on their oars in ensuring that JABU attained its desired aims and objectives.

“Not less than 10 members of staff bagged their PhDs in various fields and there was the improved power supply to the campus through the introduction of solar streetlights,” he said.

The VC added that Dr. L. J. Babalola, the Acting Director, Research and Grant Management Office in the university won the International Foundation for Service grant of $11, 520.000.

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LASU School of Transport Wins $50,000 Research Grant; Research covers Ghana, Kenya



LASU School of Transport Wins $50,000 Research Grant; Research covers Ghana, Kenya

Lagos State University School of Transport and Logistics has won a Volvo Educational and Research Foundation award grant of SEK500,000 (Swedish Krona — approximately 50,000 dollars).

The grant is to enable it to contribute to policy guidelines on how to minimise road and water accidents in some African cities.

Prof, Samuel Odewunmi, team lead of the research and former Dean of LASU School of Transport and Logistics, made this known in a virtual press briefing on Wednesday, in Lagos.

The research topic is: “Comparative Study of Water and Road Traffic Crashes in Selected Cities in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya”.

Odewunmi said that the research proposal was submitted to Volvo Education and Research Foundation (VREF) in June 2022 to obtain the number, pattern, causes, injuries and fatalities of road and water accidents in the cities of study.

“We examined the phenomena of travel accidents on the roads and waterways of three selected cities in West and East Africa.

“Studies of road traffic crashes are extensive, but studies on accidents on waterways are rarer, while cities with water bodies have urban forms with peculiar safety and environmental challenges.

“Safety policies are well formulated and communicated to enlighten citizens, but this is less so for water transportation, especially for the local boat and ferry operators mostly patronised by the urban poor.

“Hence accidents are common, with many of them unreported,” he said.

Odewunmi said that their research objectives include a comparative analysis of the data among the cities and between the modes.

“It will also entail evaluation of the safety regulations, enforcement and enlightenment.

“Besides the LASU team, other Co-Researchers include Prof . Kazeem Adebiyi, Rector, Polytechnic Ibadan and Prof Abane Albert, Dept of Geography and Regional Planning, University of Cape Coast Ghana.

“Others include Prof Gituro Wainaina, Business and Management Sciences Dept, University of Nairobi Kenya; and Prof. Karen Lucas, School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED), University of Manchester,” he said.

Odewunmi said that LASU School of Transport and Logistics had become a global Centre of excellence for transport research and education.

“It has received several streams of young scholars from Ghana and South Africa for mentoring sponsored by VREF.

”We express our gratitude to VREF for continued support for research and educational development in Africa.

“The LASU School of Transport Team is profoundly grateful for the conducive environment provided by the able leadership of Prof Ibiyemi Olatunji- Bello, for research and the current pace of quantum development of LASU,” he said.

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