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SANWO-OLU RECEIVES LEADERSHIP GOVERNOR OF THE YEAR, SAYS AWARD MARKS LAGOSIANS’ RESILIENCE

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•Governor Dedicates Award to Residents of Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, leads by example and from the front. The confirmation came with conferment of a coveted institution award on the Lagos helmsman last night in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Sanwo-Olu received the Leadership’s prize for Governor of the Year for successfully managing and turning around what could have been a tragic episode for the nation, following the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country last year.

The award was conferred on Sanwo-Olu last December, but the ceremony was postponed due to restrictive protocols initiated to break the cycle of the virus.

Lagos has remained the epicentre of the pandemic, which is currently in its third wave. Despite the spread, the situation has had little impact on the State’s economy as a result of recovery measures put in place by the Governor.

Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, presented the prize to the Governor.

Sanwo-Olu shared the honour with Governors of Kwara and Rivers states, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and Nyesom Wike.

The awardees were celebrated during the Leadership Conference and Awards organised by the Leadership Newspaper at the International Conference Centre, with the theme: “The Role of Political and Non-Political Actors in Stabilisation and Consensus Building.”

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, was the Special Guest of Honour at the event in which the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, was also honoured.

As Sanwo-Olu was called to receive the plaque, the auditorium literally erupted in resounding applause, acknowledging the merit of the Governor’s recognition.

The Governor dedicated the award to residents of Lagos for the support extended to his administration and their resilience in the face of crises.

Sanwo-Olu said the honour reflected his personal philosophy about public service, stressing that the prize indicated that his administration’s efforts to improve governance was yielding positive results.

He said: “This award reflects everything that we stand for in service to humanity and this is dedicated to the citizens of Lagos. The honour is about them and for them. The recognition reflects the acknowledgment of our modest efforts in strengthening good governance. Lagosians have allowed us to come into the space and implement programmes that have had great impacts on their lives.

“We believe that recognition such as this clearly indicates that we are on the right path and we need to do a lot more. Doing a lot more is a commitment we are giving to the entire citizens of Lagos and the awarding institution. On behalf of my colleague Governors receiving this prize, we feel humble with this honour because we know that the reward for good work is more work. This is for us to roll up our sleeves and do a lot more, because leadership is about service.”

Sanwo-Olu praised the dexterity of the Leadership Newspaper’s management to sustain the legacy left behind by the late founding chairman of the title, Sam Nda-Isaiah, who died of the COVID-19 complications.

There are 24 awardees honoured at the event, while post-humous awards were presented to departed Nigerians who distinguished themselves in service.
 

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I made mistake in picking Atiku as my Running Mate in 1999 – Obasanjo laments

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Ex-President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has disclosed that when he served as a head of state in 1999 as a civilian, he had made a mistake picking his vice.

Obasanjo made this statement while fielding questions from secondary school students at a program at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Obasanjo admitted to making many “genuine mistakes” in his life while interacting with the students, but claimed that God helped him overcome them.

“Choosing my number two when I wanted to be president was one of the errors I made. But God saved me because it was an honest mistake, said Obasanjo.

Obasanjo while interacting with the students revealed that he had made many “genuine mistakes” in his life; saying, however, that God made him overcome them.

“One of the mistakes I made was picking my number two when I wanted to become the president. But because it was a genuine mistake, God saved me,” Obasanjo said.
According to reports, Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential contender, served as Obasanjo’s second-in-command from 1999 to 2007.

Obasanjo and Atiku clashed with one and other for years while in government over matters they couldn’t agree on.

When discussing his second error, Obasanjo claimed that it occurred when General Sani Abacha, a late military ruler, was going to arrest him and the American Embassy offered him asylum which he refused.

Obasanjo claimed that had God not intervened, he would have perished during his time in prison.

“When Abacha wanted to arrest me, I was told by the American ambassador that they will arrest me and that America has asked that I should be given an asylum. I said no. It could have been a mistake because I could have lost my life.”

The Balogun Owu stated that God had saved him from many things that could have been a mistake.

When asked whether the youths could be allowed to rule the nation, Obasanjo expressed worries, stating that youths may never come into power should the current trend in Nigeria continues.

The former president regretted that in spite of the “Not Too Young to Run” campaign, people contesting to rule the nation are between 70 and 80 years old.

“How can the youths run,” he asked, adding that the amount of money involved in going into politics would not allow youths to get to leadership positions.

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5000 LAGOSIANS GET FREE HEALTH INSURANCE ON SANWO-OLU’S BIRTHDAY

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No fewer than 5000 Lagosians are to be enrolled in the Ilera Eko Social Health Plan – courtesy of the Lagos State Executive Council.

The gesture is to celebrate Governor Sanwo-Olu’s 57th birthday on June 25 and in the spirit of his compassion for the indigent and vulnerable.

Beneficiaries will have access to quality health care services and drugs under the ILERA EKO Standard Plan at no cost to them.

Nominees will be selected from the Lagos State Social Protection Register. An equal number of the 5000 eligible beneficiaries are to be selected from the five IBILE divisions of the State and will enjoy Universal Health Coverage.

These beneficiaries have been identified using a multi-dimensional poverty index tool, which includes the poverty means-testing to ensure accuracy, reliability and validity of the data generated.

ILERA EKO is the State Social Health Insurance Plan managed by Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA), which offers the basic minimum health plan that provides quality and affordable healthcare for all Lagos residents, especially the middle and low-income earners as well as the vulnerable.

Services on the Plan include: General consultations; Specialist Consultations; Management of uncomplicated chronic diseases (Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma); Maternal and Newborn Care; Normal Delivery and Caesarean Section; Dental Care (with Composite filling) and Eye Care, including glasses.

There are also minor and major surgeries; laboratory tests and scans; HIV/TB Testing services; Emergency Health Services; Cancer Care and the provision of prescribed drugs.

A policy cycle under the ILERA EKO Health Insurance Plan runs for 12 calendar months in which an enrolee’s policy is due for renewal before the 25th day of the 12th month to enable such subscribers have access to care the next month (Start of renewed policy cycle).

The selected beneficiaries will commence access to care from July 1, 2022.

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Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Wife remanded as UK Court denies them bail

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An Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in the United Kingdom did not grant bail to Ike Ekweremadu, former Deputy Senate President, and Beatrice, his wife, who were apprehended over attempted harvesting of organs.

It was gathered that the Nigerian couple was detained by the Metropolitan Police when they tried harvesting an unnamed child’s organs.

When the Senator was arraigned on Thursday, the court refused to grant him bail but ordered that he should be remanded till July 7

The Metropolitan Police while confirming the arrest said in a statement that the pair were charged to court on Thursday following an investigation by the police’ specialist crime team.

“Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55 (10.9.66) of Nigeria is charged with conspiracy to arrange/facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting,” the statement read.

“Ike Ekweremadu, 60 (12.05.62) of Nigeria is charged with conspiracy to arrange/facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.

They have both been remanded in custody and will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court later today.

“A child has been safeguarded and we are working closely with partners on continued support.”

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