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We want to make Lagos a model city on climate resilience in Africa, says Sanwo-Olu

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The Lagos government says it will improve the living conditions of residents of the state by building the needed partnerships with investors on climate resilience.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the state governor, said this at the just-concluded United Nations climate change conference (COP27) in Egypt.

During his presentation, Sanwo-Olu told investors that his administration hopes to protect the city from climate shocks and respond to the threats affecting livelihoods.

“We are taking bold action to address the impacts of climate change in Lagos. Way back in 2018, we developed the climate action plan, so we do have a plan for climate change in Lagos,” he said.

“All of these plans are targeted at ensuring that we achieve net-zero by 2050 which is less than three decades from now.

“We have developed a portfolio of projects. We believe that these projects will essentially help achieve our goals. We are trying to see that we have an immediate response to climate threats. We want to build resilient infrastructure in all of our public spectrum. We want to ensure that we have resilient communities and be able to protect the vulnerable groups in our society.

“So, we see that even on these projects that we’ve mentioned, it comes to around like $8 billion, which we believe can come through private, public investments.

“We are looking to be able to attract low cost public funding, and where possible, commercial investment to support on this our resilient journey. We believe that investments will enable us to complete adaptation plans; it will also help us conduct extensive feasibility studies. In all of these, we want to make Lagos a model African city, a city for climate resilience in Africa.”

Samuel Egube, Lagos commissioner for economic planning and budget, said the state has one of the most detailed adaptation plans and hopes that it can be a model for Africa and the world.

“In this plan, we have about 38 projects structured around three broad areas. One of the areas is to build resilience infrastructure and public places; the second one is to build resilient communities; and the third is to protect the vulnerable,” he said.

“Around the infrastructure, one of them is to build about 18km of embankment and sea walls to protect our people. If that is done, it will protect over two million people, 700,000 of which are vulnerable populations.

“We also intend on the vulnerable community side to build risk insurance to cover over 8.5 million people. This is a parametric risk insurance, through satellite images and data that can trigger payout quickly when those risks occur.”

Speaking on Oando’s partnership with Lagos in its resilience drive, Ainojie Irune, president of Oando clean energy, said Lagos climate plans are in line with the company’s strategic plans as an energy firm.

“We do understand that the value of energy is not necessarily in its feedstock or where it comes from, but its utilisation. Climate change has certainly brought a different question — how do we do this in a sustainable way? And all the sciences are pointing to our ambitions as a country for 2060. But Lagos state been even more ambitious. Business has set the timeline for 2050 — 10 years,” Irune said.

“Now, that visioning alone is the reason why we’re partnering with Lagos state, and the partnership is to ensure that we move 30 percent of the GHG emissions today from transport into renewable energy, taking off all the municipal buses on the road over a period of time and shifting them from diesel buses to electric buses across the entire state.”

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Again, INEC extends PVC collection deadline

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the deadline for the collection of permanent voter cards (PVCs).

This is the second time INEC will extend the deadline for PVC collection.

The previous deadline was January 29.

In a statement on Saturday, Festus Okoye, national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee, said the decision was taken after a meeting on Saturday.

The new deadline for PVC collection is February 5.

“The Commission met today, Saturday, 29th January 2023 a day after its meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) from the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal capital Territory, Abuja and deliberated on a number of issues, including the reports from RECs on the ongoing collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in its 774 Local Government Offices nationwide,” the statement reads.

“It will be recalled that at the meeting with RECs on Friday, 28th January 2023, the Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu indicated that the Commission will not hesitate to consider additional measures to ensure that all citizens have ample opportunity to collect their PVCs ahead of the General Election.

“Having reviewed reports from all the States of the Federation, the Commission is encouraged by the progress made so far as more Nigerians troop out daily to collect their PVCs.

“Arising from reports from the various States and discussions with Resident Electoral Commissioners, the Commission has decided to further extend PVC collection in all its Local Government Offices nationwide by an additional one week.

“The ongoing collection of PVCs nationwide will therefore continue and end on 5th February 2023. This is the second time the Commission is extending PVC collection nationwide and this will be the last extension of the exercise.

“Collection period has further been extended by an additional two hours and will start at 9am and end at 5pm daily including Saturdays and Sundays.”

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Lagos state government to divert traffic at old tollgate/Berger axis for 10 weeks

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The Lagos state government has announced a 10-week diversion of traffic at the old tollgate to Berger section of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Frederic Oladehinde, Lagos commissioner of transportation, said the traffic diversion will commence on Monday, January 30, and end Friday, April 15.

He said the diversion is for the continuation of the rehabilitation of the road by the ministry of works.

Oladehinde said the construction would be carried out in short segments to minimise inconveniences for motorists.

He said traffic on the Ibadan-bound carriageway would be narrowed to two lanes to allow for the reconstruction.

Oladeinde said the U-turn in front of the Lagos State Emergency Centre would be temporary closed to traffic, adding that motorists on the expressway would be diverted to the next U-turn at the old tollgate by the traffic control point.

He said motorists from CMD Road intending to connect 7UP and motorways on the Lagos bound carriageway would make use of the old tollgate/traffic point U–turn as well.

He said trucks and heavy-duty vehicles will be diverted to Ojota interchange.

The commissioner added that traffic on CMD Road inbound the expressway will be diverted to the entry point beside the FMW weighbridge to access the expressway.

He said the exit route to the expressway by Caleb International School will be temporarily closed and that the CMD Road will be used as an alternative for the displaced Ibadan-bound traffic.

Oladeinde appealed to residents to shun indiscriminate stopping, waiting and parking along CMD Road so as to complement the efforts of the traffic management team that will be deployed to manage vehicular movement.

He assured that signage with directions will be mounted along the road to guide motorists.

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Ganduje asks Buhari to postpone Kano visit over hardship caused by naira redesign

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Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano state governor, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to postpone his planned visit to the state due to security concerns and complaints from locals about difficulty in obtaining the new naira notes.

Ganduje’s request was contained in a letter to the president, according to a statement signed by Abba Anwar, the governor’s media aide.

Buhari was scheduled to visit the state on January 30 and 31 to commission some projects executed by the Ganduje administration.

The governor was quoted as saying lawmakers from the state, political stakeholders and the business community agree with the decision to postpone the planned visit.

Ganduje also called for an extension of the deadline for returning old naira notes.

“Deeply concerned with the hardship caused by the limited time given for halting the use of old Naira notes by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and for security reasons, Kano State governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje reveals that the state resolved and wrote to Presidency that, the visit of the President to commission some projects to be postponed,” the statement reads.

Anwar said the decision was made on Friday at the government house during an interactive session with academics, lawmakers, political leaders, and members of the business community.

“As we are waiting for this important visit, we found ourselves in this situation, which puts citizens into untold hardship. For security purposes, we wrote to Presidency that President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Kano is postponed,” the statement reads.

“We got an acknowledgement copy of the letter. People are suffering because of this policy.

“During the meeting with sections of citizens in the state, they accepted that the decision was a unanimous one. As they all spoke in support of the letter sent to the Presidency.

“Two serving senators from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya and Barau Jibrin, Twenty members of the House of Representatives and Thirty legislators from the State House of Assembly were amongst the groups that put their weight behind the governor.”

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