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INDUSTRIALISATION: LASG TO BOOST MEGAWATTS SUPPLY 

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As part of the efforts to accelerate industrialisation, the Lagos State Government has unveiled its plan to deliver 50 megawatts of electricity to residents for 20 hours daily as part of the Lagos State Electricity Policy initiative.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu spoke of the development at the closing ceremony of the Young Africa Industrialists week in commemoration of the annual Africa Industrialisation day held at Adeyemi-Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja.

The Governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Olusegun Dawodu, stated that the Lagos State Electricity Policy framework will create a sub-national electricity sector entirely off the national grid and cater for the energy needs of households in the State.

“It is time to think outside the box. You can for instance begin to think of developing machines that refine raw materials in small qualities to start with, but run solely on solar or other forms of clean energy. It is not the time to think of things we don’t have, rather, it is the time to maximise the opportunities at our disposal”, Sanwo-Olu said.

While commending the creativity and resilience of Young Industrialists, Governor Sanwo-Olu urged them to tap into the opportunities made available by the State government, through finance, entrepreneurship and technical support, to provide workable solutions to the challenges of industrialisation in the State and Country at large.

“I want you to know that we, the society, expect more from you in terms of innovation and creativity that will put an end to the challenges of industrialisation in Africa”, he said.

The Governor, however, assured that his administration will continue to give listening ears to all ideas put forward by Industrialists and also give maximum support until such ideas develop into the next big invention.

Also speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Dr. (Mrs) Lola Akande, said the week-long event was impactful and successful.

Akande noted that during the four-day exhibition, a team of credible assessors were on ground to evaluate and score all projects presented by pupils and students of participant institutions in order to encourage and inculcate in them a sense of healthy rivalry and innovativeness.
In her words: “As a responsive government, we are committed to bringing onboard partner organisations that would support our young talents and aspiring industrialists to ensure the commercialisation and sustainability of all project initiatives. This will also encourage young aspiring industrialists and act as a catalyst for the discovery and development of other young talents”.

“I urge all our promising young talents not to relent in their efforts at making the world, especially our dear State, a better environment where technology driver commerce and industry would have its pride of place”, she added.
The Commissioner pledged that the Ministry will continue to facilitate a conducive environment for commerce to thrive and provide necessary promotional support through policies and programmes in order to attain a sustainable business environment.

Akande, therefore, charged all stakeholders and blue-chip companies to rise to the challenge of mentoring and supporting Young Industrialists and Innovators towards improving the productivity of industries in Lagos State.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Mrs. Olatokunbo Emokpae, enjoined all to take advantage of the business interactions and vast networking platform created during the four-day event to impact their businesses for improved productivity that would enhance the growth of the economy.

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Sanusi Reinstated As Emir Of Kano

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Four years after Muhammadu Sanusi II was deposed as the Emir of Kano, Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State has reinstated him to the throne.

“With the full support of the kingmakers, I have approved the reappointment of Malam Sanusi Lamido,” the governor said to cheers at the Art Chamber of the Kano State Government House around 5:16 pm on Thursday.

He announced the decision right after signing the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law.

The new law replaces the Kano State Emirates Council Law, 2019, and dissolves the emirate councils created by Governor Yusuf’s predecessor Abdullahi Ganduje.

It was based on the law that Ganduje split the Kano Emirate into five in December 2019 and deposed the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II on March 9, 2020. The emirates created by the Ganduje administration were Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya, in addition to Kano.

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FG Offers 2-Month Free Ride On Abuja Light Rail

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The federal government has offered 2-month free ride services to passengers on the Abuja Light rail after its inauguration on Monday.

Nyesom Wike, The FCT Minister, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday at a ministerial press briefing on the one year in office of President Bola Tinubu.

He said President Tinubu would inaugurate the rail project on Monday, while it would start commercial services on Tuesday.

“For those who are saying that the rail system had already been commissioned, don’t make a mistake. What was earlier commissioned was the building. What we want to commission on Monday is commercial operations.

“If you are going to the airport, from here to airport is 20 minutes. Seeing is believing. Go on Tuesday. We are going to allow for free rides for two months.

“You know, Mr. President, he can even say extend it to six months just to reduce the pain of our people. That is renewed hope agenda. When you say something, you do it,” Wike said.

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Sanusi II To Be Reinstated As Kano Emir …..As State Assembly Dethrones Emir Bayero, Others

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Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II has been reinstated as the Emir of Kano, according to a report by LEADERSHIP newspaper.

This decision followed the Kano State House of Assembly’s resolution to dethrone the current Emir and also dismantle the four new Emirates in the State established under a controversial 2019 law.

Though it has not been officially announced, LEADERSHIP reported that it had it on a good authority that Sanusi II had been reinstated, and was expected in Kano on Friday.

“According to credible inside sources, ‘So certainly with the passage of the Bill, Sanusi automatically stands reinstated. No need for confirmation, the thing to is wait for the Governor to assent to it’.

“The then restructuring of the Kano Emirate is seen as a political manoeuvre to diminish the influence of then Emir Sanusi II, a vocal critic of the former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje administration. The creation of the new emirates fragmented the authority of the old Kano Emirate Council, diluting its power and influence.

“Meanwhile, the Majority Leader of the Kano State House of Assembly, Lawan Hussaini Chediyar Yan Gurasa, who sponsored the Amendment Bill, shortly after Thursday’s session, revealed to journalists that, “the bill has been sent to the governor for assent, now there is no longer an active Emir in Kano in all the five Emirates; Kano, Bichi, Gaya, Rano and Karaye. The law now provides the governor to call on the traditional kingmakers to choose a new king.”

“Our correspondent also reports that all the district heads elevated or appointed under the repealed law are to revert to their previous positions.”

 

 

 

Source: Leadership

 

 

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