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Lagos state government announces free delivery including CS at Government Hospitals

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The Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced that the state will begin to offer free deliveries including caesarean sections at government hospitals.

According to Sanwo-Olu, a rebate on some particular drugs at all Lagos state government hospitals will also be given to help assist residents with socioeconomic challenges.

Governor Sanwo-Olu revealed these updates in a recent media interaction addressing the state’s residents today where he addressed the challenges faced since the inception of his administration.

The adjustments are part of the government’s measures to address pressing socioeconomic challenges.

Expressing empathy for citizens, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu revealed other key socioeconomic measures in various sectors across the Lagos state government.  

Starting next week, the State Public Servants will experience revised working schedules, with lower-level civil servants operating three times a week and level 15-17 employees working four times weekly. 

Additionally, Governor Sanwo-Olu announced a 25% reduction in transport services for the State Public Transport system, covering BRT, Train, and Ferry, starting this weekend. Discussions with various unions are underway to extend fare reductions.  

He also highlighted significant achievements in completing the rail system and enhancing transportation services in the metropolis. 

The State will also identify caterers and ‘Mama Put’ in each LGA to provide daily meals for over 1,000 people, open Sunday Markets in 42 identified locations, and offer discounted food items up to N25,000. 

Discussions with the Federal Government are ongoing to secure two vessels of Paddy for the Lagos Rice Mill. 

Governor Sanwo-Olu challenged the private sector to contribute to citizen welfare, akin to efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He highlighted the ongoing construction of four additional food hubs and plans for seven more locations in different Local Governments. The State aims to encourage urban farming in Lagos. 

Acknowledging recent incidents, including a building collapse and a woman giving birth at a bus stop, Governor Sanwo-Olu assured prompt responses.

On building demolitions, he clarified that structures violating building and development laws, regardless of ethnic or religious background, are removed to uphold the city’s safety. 

Regarding State Police, Governor Sanwo-Olu advocated for its establishment, believing it is essential for Lagos State. 

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Man stabs six people to death at shopping mall in Australia

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An unidentified man has stabbed six persons to death at a shopping mall in Australia.

The incident occurred on Saturday at a six-level shopping centre located at Bondi Junction Westfield in Sydney.

Anthony Cooke, assistant commissioner of New South Wales police, said at a press conference that six persons were killed in the incident, while eight others were injured and are receiving treatment at a hospital.

He said the attacker was shot dead by a female police officer.

“She confronted the offender who had moved by this stage to level five (of the shopping center) as she continued to walk quickly behind him to catch up with him. He turned, faced her, raised a knife,” Cooke said.

“She discharged a firearm and that person is now deceased.”

An infant is reportedly among those stabbed by the attacker.

The attacker was said to have been to the shopping mall earlier, left and then returned to commence the killings.

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Abducted Channels TV reporter regains freedom — after 24 hours in captivity

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Joshua Rogers, a reporter with Channels TV, has regained freedom from his abductors.

Rogers was abducted on Thursday night near his residence in Rumuosi, Obio/Akpor LGA of Rivers state.

The journalist was said to have covered the inauguration of a healthcare facility in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA, as donated to the state government by Peter Odili, former governor of Rivers.

He was returning home when he was abducted.

Rogers’ abductors reportedly contacted the family and demanded N30 million in ransom.

NAN reports Charles Oporum, his colleague, as saying that the journalist regained his freedom around 10 pm on Friday unharmed.

“Yes, he has been released about an hour ago, and has reunited with his family,” Oporum said.

The management of the television station also confirmed Rogers’ release in a brief statement.

“Channels Television reporter, Joshua Rogers, who was abducted last night in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has been freed,“ the statement reads.

“We thank our viewers and all those who expressed concern over the unfortunate incident.”

It is, however, unclear whether he was rescued by security forces or if a ransom was paid for his release.

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Princess Owowoh becomes first Nigerian female officer to graduate from UK military academy

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Princess Owowoh has become the first-ever Nigerian female officer to graduate from the United Kingdom’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS).

The 24-year-old was one of the 135 officer cadets to graduate during RMAS’ sovereign’s parade in London on Friday.

In 2018, Owowoh joined the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna where she was appointed as a cadet lance corporal in her second year.

She rose to a cadet sergeant in her fourth year and was appointed company senior under officer Charlie (CSUO C) in her fifth year.

Owowoh held the appointment with two other female counterparts and made history as the first female to assume the position of CSUO in the academy.

In her fourth year, she also completed the academics wing of the commissioning course and achieved first-class honours in biological sciences.

“It is a profound honour to be the first Nigerian female officer to be commissioned from the esteemed Royal Military Academy Sandhurst,” Owowoh said.

“This achievement is not mine alone, but a testament to the unwavering support of my family, mentors, instructors, and countless individuals who believed in me every step of the way.

“As I look ahead to the future, I am committed to representing Nigeria with pride, and to making a positive difference in the world.”

Some of the RMAS Nigerian alumni include Yakubu Gowon, former head of state, and Emmanuel Undiandeye, chief of defence intelligence.

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