LAGOS MOVES AGAINST BUREAUCRACY, COMPLACENCY AMONG CIVIL SERVANTS

AGOS MOVES AGAINST BUREAUCRACY, COMPLACENCY AMONG CIVIL SERVANTS

…Launches Advocacy To Engender Growth Mindset In Public Service

 

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday inaugurated a special advocacy campaign to engender growth mindset among civil servants and imbue them with the right skills and attitude to contribute to the efforts to fast-track development and set the State on the path of sustainable and inclusive growth.

 

Speaking at a press briefing held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, the State’s Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr Akintola Benson Oke said the advocacy, which will initially last between three to six months, would be deployed to fight red tapism, complacency and all forms of attitudes that tend to delay progress and development in the civil service.

 

He said adequate arrangements have also been firmed up to sustain the advocacy for a longer period with the ultimate aim of instilling growth mindset in all civil servants in the State.  

 

He recalled that since assumption of office, the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode had invested heavily in the transformation of the public service through trainings and workshops designed to bring about improved productivity, deepen knowledge, expand horizon, as well as re-evaluate and sharpen the vision and focus of public servants, saying that the new advocacy is designed to consolidate on the gains of the previous arrangements.  

 

According to Oke, “We are convinced that by having individual officers of the Lagos State Public Service inculcate the ‘growth mindset,’ we can attain a truly effective, productive and transformational public service that will surpass the expectations of all stakeholders.

 

“In practical terms, our advocacy will be to challenge and encourage all officers of the Lagos State Public Service to embrace ‘growth mindset’ such that the objectives of advancing the economic potentials and moving the State forward can be realised.”  

 

Also speaking, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Hon Kehinde Bamigbetan said the advocacy would majorly focus on two tracks of training and communication, and also make civil servants to see the people as customers that must be treated with respect and dignity. 

 

The training track, according to Bamigbetan, is meant to ensure that civil servants are trained in skills that will give them right capacity and attitude to take a different view of their services and redefine their work in terms of the content by the audiences and customers who patronize the services of government, while the communication track would enable public servants reorganize their thought processes to change their perception and perspective of what they are supposed to do and therefore give them a more proactive and progressive attitude to the people.  

 

He said: “Basically, what we are saying is that government is a service centre and the customer they say is the king. So, for Lagos State, a very industrial environment, a very commercial environment, the most advanced cosmopolitan city in this country, we also have highly sophisticated citizens who deserve services at optimal level. This, we hope and believe, will enable us to change the attitude so that every civil servant sees the man on the street as his customer and with this, we would have also recorded major landmark in organizational behaviour which will be something for people to come and study in years to come.” 

 

On his part, Director General, Lagos State Office of Transformation, Creativity and Innovation, Mr Toba Otusanya said the advocacy was intended to change the orientation of public servants as the State moves from standard mega city to an emerging smart city.

 

He said: “As a State, we are actually moving from standard mega city to an emerging smart city and if we are doing that, it basically means that we need to actually develop public servants of the 21st century; public servants that are smart; public servants that are able to actually cut through red tape; public servants that can think outside the box; public servants that have all the necessary skills to be able to challenge the status quo and proffer solutions and bring new ideas to the table.

 

“Every time we talk about the public service, some of the things we speak about is that the public service is the engine room of government and it basically means that if the engine is not functioning well, as we all know, a car cannot function properly.

 

“So, it is a change in paradigm and it is not out of place because if you look at what is happening in international best practice and you look at some of the countries in the world that are doing exceptionally well with their public service like Singapore, Dubai and so on, they have shown that all of these things are actually possible with the right attitude and that is what the Lagos State Government is embarking on to transform the public service and take it to the next level.”   

 

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AMBODE VISITS ENUGU, REITERATES SUPPORT FOR UNITED, INDIVISIBLE NIGERIA

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday evening paid a courtesy visit on his counterpart in Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, where he again reiterated support for a united and indivisible Nigeria.

Speaking at the Enugu Government House located at Independence Layout where he was received by top government functionaries, Governor Ambode said since assumption of office, concerted efforts have been made to maintain peace and harmony in the State.

Governor Ambode, who was in Enugu to attend the final burial of late former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme in his capacity as the Chairman of Southern Governors Forum, said considering the cosmopolitan nature of Lagos being the melting pot of various cultures, deliberate policies were put in place to promote harmonious relationship among residents.

He said: “I am more Igbo than any other person because Lagos is a cosmopolitan State and I am not too sure whether I can cross any street in Lagos without having an Igbo brother or sister and if you want to govern Lagos properly, you have to abide by the rules and conditions of business men and women and which the majority happens to be our brothers.

“In the last 32 months that I have been Governor, I have tried as much as possible to keep peace and keep harmony because that is the only way my economy can grow and that is the only way Nigeria also can grow and that is why we are for a united Nigeria.

“It is also why I am so happy that the last time that the Southern Governors Forum meeting attended by all the Governors was held in Lagos and being the Chairman of the Forum, I took it upon myself that I have to be here for the burial of the late former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme,” he said.

Besides, Governor Ambode commended Ugwuanyi for the developmental strides in Enugu, saying where other states seem to be having problem, there is dignified peace and stability in Enugu.

“Irrespective of party affiliation, development is development and progress is progress and the whole thing is more about being people-oriented and we give God all the glory that there are still people who can prove that there is good governance in Nigeria,” said Governor Ambode who was accompanied by members of the State Executive Council.

Aside Governor Ugwuanyi, other dignitaries who joined in receiving Governor Ambode and his entourage at the Lion Building of Enugu Government House located at Independence Layout included the State’s Deputy Governor, Hon Cecelia Ezeilo; former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso; Senate’s Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio; members of Enugu State Executive Council, among others.

 

LASG MOURNS DEATH OF DEJI TINUBU, SPECIAL ADVISER ON COMMERCE, INDUSTRY AND COOPERATIVES

LASG MOURNS DEATH OF DEJI TINUBU, SPECIAL ADVISER ON COMMERCE, INDUSTRY AND COOPERATIVES

 

The Lagos State Government has confirmed the death of Mr. Deji Tinubu, the Special Adviser on Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives.

 

The Government in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan expressed “shock and disbelief’ over the sudden death of Mr. Tinubu and has reached out to his immediate family to commiserate on this huge loss to the family and the citizens of Lagos State.

 

“We are still in shock. All of us at the State Executive Council are in disbelief. He was a good and committed patriot who brought his passion to his job. He was a gentleman who maintained excellent team spirit. We shall miss him,” he said.

 

Bamigbetan said the late soccer fan slumped while playing five aside match with fellow participants at the ongoing retreat of members of the state executive council and permanent secretaries at the Jubilee Chalets, Epe. Doctors and nurses rushed to give him first aid and he was immediately taken to the General Hospital, Epe where he was confirmed dead.

 

An autopsy is expected to b​​e carried out while burial arrangements will be announced by the family.

 

The late Deji Tinubu was the son of late Kafaru Tinubu, one of Nigeria’s foremost police officers. He is survived by an aged mother, Bintu Tinubu and wife, Yemisi.

 

Tinubu was sworn in as Special Adviser on Sports and Chairman of the State’s Sports Commission on October 19, 2015.

 

He was recently moved to take up his new portfolio.

 

LAGOS ARRESTS CART PUSHERS, RESIDENTS FOR DUMPING WASTE ON ROAD MEDIANS, CANALS 

LAGOS ARRESTS CART PUSHERS, RESIDENTS FOR DUMPING WASTE ON ROAD MEDIANS, CANALS 

…Apprehends Four Others Over Attack On LAGESC Officers, Vehicle  

…Impounds 150 Waste Carts, Suspects Charged To Court

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday arrested a total of 24 persons including cart pushers, street traders and some residents for dumping waste on road medians and canals contrary to the Environmental Sanitation Laws of the State.

The suspects, who have been charged before the Special Offences Court sitting in Ogba, Ikeja, were arrested in an early morning operation carried out by men of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) recently inaugurated by the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode.

Cart pushers, street traders and some residents arrested for illegal dumping of refuse on road medians and canals by the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) on Wednesday, January, 24, 2018

Giving details on the operation, LAGESC Corps Marshal, Daniel Isiofia said the suspects were arrested following investigation which revealed that cart pushers and some residents were indiscriminately dumping domestic refuse at sites not designated for waste disposal and canals, thereby sabotaging the ongoing efforts to make the State clean and hygienic.  

He said: “Recently, there has been clamour for cleaner Lagos and the Governor has been very keen on making Lagos clean. To this end, he gave us a mandate to ensure that Lagos is kept clean by ensuring that acts that lead to the city to be dirty are curbed.

Some of the hoodlums arrested for attacking Officers of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) in the course of duty with stones at Brown Street area of Oshodi on Tuesday, January, 23, 2018

“We know that there have been massive efforts to clear the backlog of refuse on the road and our men went on surveillance and we eventually discovered where the cart pushers are operating at Ogunlana Street by Ogbomosho in Itire area. We raided the area and saw the cart pushers whose job is to collect refuse on payment from some residents who feel that they cannot dispose their refuse according to government directive and dump on road medians and canals.

“Often times, if you go to the canal at Itire-Ijesha area, you will see the cart pushers dumping refuse into the canal thereby blocking the waterways which leads to flooding. So, with the determination to stop this menace, we raided them at about 4am this morning and we succeeded in impounding 150 waste carts used for this purpose and arrested 11 suspects while others fled.”

One of the attacked Officers of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) stoned and injured in the course of duty by hoodlums at Brown Street area of Oshodi on Tuesday, January, 23, 2018

Corp Marshal, Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), ACP Daniel Isiofia, rtd. (2nd right), briefs newsmen while Deputy Corp Marshals, Mr, Ganiyu Kazeem (right); DSP Abiodun William, rtd. (left) and Mr. Matthias Bello (2nd left) watch, shortly after the arrest of Cart pushers, street traders and some residents for illegal dumping of refuse, on Wednesday, January, 24, 2018

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Isiofia, who is a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, advised residents to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse in public places, as well as patronizing cart pushers, saying such were against the law, just as he vowed that ongoing efforts to stop the menace would be sustained.

“We are going to sustain this process. I like to advise the operators of the waste carts to know that Lagos is not a place for them. They should leave Lagos or look for another job and to those who patronize them, if we get them, we will charge them to court because they are running foul of the law.

“We are appealing to the citizens to know that a clean Lagos is a healthy Lagos. It is for the benefits of all of us for our environment to be clean. Some people see us as enemies but we are not; we are only doing this job for the benefit of all.

“We are partners in progress; Lagosians should assist us. Governor Ambode too has pleaded with the people to support the bid to make Lagos clean and we are joining the Governor to appeal to people to desist from indiscriminate dumping of waste and make Lagos a very clean city,” Isiofia said.

Meanwhile, four hoodlums have been arrested for attacking LAGESC officials while performing their lawful duties.

The hoodlums carried out the attack on men of the agency on Tuesday at Brown Street area of Oshodi while on their way to enforce the ban on illegal dumping of refuse and street trading.

Two LAGESC officers – Olasilola Muyiwa John and Haastrup Ifealuwa were seriously injured while a Black Maria used as operational vehicle was badly damaged. All the suspects have since been charged to court.

NO MORE HIDING PLACE FOR CRIMINAL ELEMENTS IN IKORODU – AMBODE

NO MORE HIDING PLACE FOR CRIMINAL ELEMENTS IN IKORODU – AMBODE

…Commissions New MOPOL Squadron Base In Igbogbo-Baiyeku

…We’ll Use Unit To Fight Ritual Killings, Kidnappings, Other Crimes, Says IGP

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday commissioned a new Police Mobile Force (PMF) Squadron Base 63 in Igbogbo-Baiyeku area of Ikorodu, with a declaration that the criminal elements hitherto hibernating in the axis would no longer have a place to hide.

Representative of Lagos State Governor/Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello; representative of Inspector General of Police, D.I.G Foluso Adebanjo; Chairman, Igbogbo-Bayeku Local Council Development Area, Hon. Olusesan Dairo; Oba Adegboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom, Oba Semiu Kasali and Commissioner of Police, Mr. Edgal Imohimi during the commissioning of 63 Squadron Base of the Nigeria Police Mobile Force at Igbogbo, Ikorodu, on Monday, January 22, 2018.

Speaking at the event which was well-attended by traditional rulers, community chiefs, political and religious leaders as well as top security chiefs, Governor Ambode expressed optimism that the new unit would go a long way in effectively addressing the security challenges experienced in Ikorodu and environs in recent times.

Representative of Lagos State Governor/Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello (2nd right); Chairman, Igbogbo-Bayeku Local Council Development Area, Hon. Olusesan Dairo (right); Oba Adegboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom, Oba Semiu Kasali (middle); representative of Inspector General of Police, D.I.G Foluso Adebanjo (2nd left) and Commissioner of Police, Mr. Edgal Imohimi (left) during the commissioning of 63 Squadron Base of the Nigeria Police Mobile Force at Igbogbo, Ikorodu, on Monday, January 22, 2018.

Governor Ambode, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, said aside the fact that the primary responsibility of government is to ensure the safety and security of its citizenry, the decision to put the new unit in place was in line with the commitment of his administration to transform all parts of the State, as no meaningful development could be achieved in an atmosphere of chaos, fear and uncertainty about safety of lives and property.  

He said: “The security and safety of residents of our dear State cannot and will not be compromised. This is why this administration, in partnership with well meaning individuals and the Organized Private Sector (OPS) have invested and continue to invest in the provision of equipment and other security infrastructure for efficient and effective operations of security agencies in the State.

“The establishment of this Police Mobile Force 63 Squadron in this location, was initiated by the Lagos State Government to effectively address the security challenges being experienced in the Ikorodu axis of the State.

“With the commissioning of this Squadron, which we have provided with operational vehicles, communication equipment, among others, all criminal elements within Ikorodu and its environs, will have no place to hide.”

The Governor commended the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris for approving the request for the establishment of the unit, saying that the police boss and the officers of the State Police Command deserve to be commended for partnering with the State Government to ensure that criminals do not have safe haven in any part of the State.

He said with the renewed vigour and commitment of police and other security agencies, incidences of violent crime in Ikorodu and other parts of the State would be tackled headlong.

Governor Ambode, who emphasized the importance of community involvement in fighting crime, specifically urged traditional rulers, community leaders and all residents of the axis to support the security personnel that would be deployed to serve at the base, saying the people should not hesitate to pass on useful information that would help in tracking down criminal minded persons.

In his remarks, Idris commended Governor Ambode for the constant and continuous support to the police and other security agencies, saying that the commissioning of the new Police Mobile unit was another manifestation of the Governor’s commitment to security and crime control.  

Idris, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of Southwest, Folusho Adebanjo said Ikorodu, being one of the fastest growing suburbs of Lagos State, had developed from a once serene town to a city with thriving commercial and social activities with attendant crime features such as ritual murders, kidnappings, armed robbery, among others.

He said the security challenges in the axis necessitated the need for the establishment of the new unit, assuring that the police would deploy officers of the base to fight crimes associated with the area and enhance law and order.

Also speaking, Adeboruwa of Igbogbo kingdom, Oba Abdulsemiu Kasali lauded the initiative of Governor Ambode to establish the new police unit, saying the development coupled with the ongoing road construction in the area would fast-track transformation of the axis.

RESURGENCE OF WASTE ‘LL SOON BE OVER – AMBODE

RESURGENCE OF WASTE ‘LL SOON BE OVER – AMBODE

…Seeks Support Of Residents To Deliver Clean, Hygienic City

…Inaugurates New Board Of Environmental Sanitation Corps

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Saturday allayed the fears of residents over the resurgence of waste on major highways and streets, assuring that the State Government is on top of the situation and working round the clock to make it a thing of the past.

 

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Mr. Abiodun Bamgboye; Special Adviser to the Governor on the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Hunpe; Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris; Special Adviser on Education to the Governor and Chairman of the committee on the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh; Corp Marshal, Cleaner Lagos Initiative, ACP, Daniel Isiofia and Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, fielding questions from State House correspondents during a press conference on the restructuring of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

Speaking at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja after inaugurating new board of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) now to be headed by a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police as Corps Marshal, Daniel Isiofia, Governor Ambode said the new waste management policy of government encapsulated in the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) was designed to holistically address the challenges in the sector, and that all hands were already on deck to confront the initial hitches with the transition period.     

 

He said adequate officials of LAGESC transformed from the former Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI), have been employed to police all nooks and crannies of the State to curb indiscriminate dumping of waste and other acts inimical to clean, hygienic and sustainable environment.   

Officials of the Cleaner Lagos initiative (CLI) evacuating illegal dumpsites across the State on Friday night, January 19, 2018.
Special Adviser on Cleaner Lagos Initiative, Engr. Adebola Shabi; Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris; Special Adviser on Education to the Governor and Chairman of the committee on the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh; Special Adviser to the Governor on the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Hunpe and Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan during a press conference on the restructuring of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

 

Governor Ambode, who was represented at the inauguration by his Special Adviser on Education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh, said concerted efforts were ongoing to clear the heaps of refuse across the metropolis, and assured that there would be marked improvement in coming days.

 

He said: “We are all living witnesses to the restructuring we are trying to do in the environmental sector. That restructuring culminated in the introduction of CLI which is focused at ensuring that the way we clean Lagos is comparable to what is being done in first class cities in the world.

 

“As a result, we are changing the way environment in Lagos is being managed and to help us to achieve that, this Sanitation Corp is important. But more importantly now is to speak to the fact that yes, we are having some challenges in the area of waste management in Lagos today. We all live in Lagos but I want to reaffirm that we are doing everything to ensure that this becomes a thing of the past.”

 

The Governor, who recalled similar challenges in the State in 1999 under the administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, expressed optimism in the workability of the new initiative, saying that the challenges with the teething stages would soon be over.

 

“Let me assure the people that in the coming weeks, there will be improvement. We are already witnessing a high-level of improvement; we promise that throughout this week and throughout next week, people will see a marked improvement in our State as more equipment come in to the country and we are able to deploy the equipment accordingly.

 

“But beyond the fact that we are clearing waste, the CLI is also ensuring that we have landfill sites not dumping sites but landfill sites where the waste we are generating in Lagos can be recycled, re-engineered and also resold so that we can create wealth and a new business for Lagosians to tap into.”

 

Speaking further, the Governor said: “Another key aspect of the initiative is that it will create jobs. As we speak to you, we have employed over 8500 new street sweepers that are being deployed across the State and the target is 27,500. So, every part of Lagos will have street sweepers that are unique to them and live in their neighborhood. Once again, I want to reassure the people that we are on top of the issues here; we promise that you will see a marked improvement and we are totally committed to that. God helping us, we will deliver one of the cleanest cities in the world,” the Governor said.

 

Besides, Governor Ambode said the support of residents was key to the success of the new initiative, and urged the people to team up with his administration to achieve the overall objective to deliver a clean, hygienic and sustainable environment.      

 

Also speaking, Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris said the need for the new environmental initiative became imperative owing to the fact that there was need for a review of the old system to tackle emerging challenges. 

 

Idris, who said there was correlation between environment and health, particularly urged LAGESC to efficiently and effectively perform its duty, just as he underscored the need for the people to support government.

 

“The State Government will do its bit; that is why we are here; that is why everybody is working round the clock to ensure we get things done but the people themselves have a serious role to play in terms of their behavior, personal sanitation, what to do with waste and also the people must understand that whatever disease that befall them is due to their own personal behavior because they need to complement the activities of government.

 

“All of us have a role to play in keeping Lagos healthy because there is a connection between health, environment and security,” Idris said.

 

On his part, Isiofia thanked Governor Ambode for the opportunity to serve the people, assuring that his men will hit the ground running in line with the mandate to keep the State clean.

 

He said though the starting point may be difficult but assured that every efforts would be made to change the face of Lagos for good.

 

CLI: LASG, VISIONSCAPE INTENSIFY WASTE EVACUATION ACROSS METROPOLIS

CLI: LASG, VISIONSCAPE INTENSIFY WASTE EVACUATION ACROSS METROPOLIS

…Clear Black Spots, Illegal Dump Sites

The Lagos State Government and the environmental utility group contracted to implement the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI), Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, have intensified evacuation of waste in black spots and illegal dump sites across the metropolis.

A tour of various parts of the State on Friday revealed that evacuation of filth had been carried out and still ongoing in major areas including Falomo Bridge, Obalende, Ikoyi, Mushin, Ikeja, Ipaja, Agege, Oshodi, among others.

The clean-up exercise, which was simultaneously going on across the State, is in line with “Operation Deep Clean,” a stop-gap measure designed to keep the city clean pending the full transition to the new waste management policy of the State Government encapsulated in the CLI.

The CLI was established to address, enforce and regulate the challenges in the solid waste management systems within the State in line with global best practices.

Speaking after observing the evacuation of heaps of refuse in Ikeja Along Bus stop on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, a resident of the area, Mr Babatunde Bamidele commended the State Government and Visionscape for the exercise, saying it was obvious that a good job was done.

He said: “What they have done here is very good. Everywhere is clean now. I will only appeal to them to keep up the good work by coming regularly.”

Another resident, Tanwa Babarinde, who operates a public toilet in Ikeja, urged the State Government to designate officials to monitor the area especially at night to prevent indiscriminately dumping of refuse.

She said: “I like what Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is doing to make the State clean. The Visionscape people have been here to clean up this area and they did a very good job.

“My only appeal to the State Government is to designate their officials here especially at night to prevent indiscriminate dumping of waste because anytime they clean up the illegal dump site here, before the next day, you will see heaps of refuse again meaning that some people are coming here to dump waste at night,” Babarinde said.

It would be recalled that the operators of Private Sector Participation (PSP) in waste management and the Lagos State Government had agreed to amicably settle a court case which delayed full implementation of CLI.

Investigation revealed that some people were going out in the middle of the night to dump waste on a large scale on the roads. But the government, in turn, had vowed to go all out after such unscrupulous elements and punish them accordingly in line with the law.

The State Government has also urged residents to properly bag their waste and put in front of their houses for evacuation by officials of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative and other assigned bodies.