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Lagos Govt Signs MoU With eTransact For Setbacks, Open Spaces Management to Boost IGR

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In a bid to better manage the open spaces and setbacks in Lagos, the state government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a fintech firm, eTransact.

The Memorandum, Investors King reports will regulate the use of the setbacks and Incidental Open Spaces (IOS) to improve the state’s internally generated revenue while enhancing beauty and physical orderliness in Lagos State.

The pact was signed by the State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development at the State Secretariat in Alausa, Ikeja, to ensure smooth partnership between Lagos State Planning and Environmental Monitoring Authority (LASPEMA) and the fintech company.

The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Engr. Omotayo Bamgbose-Martins, who was represented by Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on e-GIS and Planning Matters, Dr. Olajide Babatunde and Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr. Oluwole Sotire signed for the state government while the Managing Director of eTransact, Mr. Niyi Toluwalope and Group Head, Legal of eTransact, Ms. Eme Godwin signed for the company.

In a statement, the eTransact promised to implement an integrated digitalised solution for the data collection and management of revenue collection through the use of technology, adding that businesses occupying setbacks and open spaces will be well monitored to further increase IGR of the state.

According to Babatunde, the official public-private partnership would ensure proper management of the environment.

He noted that there will be better accountability and growth in IGR to further serve the interest of the people of Lagos.

In his remarks, Toluwalope said that the partnership will improve social development, develop solutions on data collection and proper use of setbacks and open spaces through digital means.

He reiterated the company’s commitment to build an attray and prosperous city for all in partnership with the state government.

He said: “eTranzact is a premier technology solutions company in Nigeria. Today we are partnering with the Lagos State Government and LASPEMA for the enumeration and data management of the occupants of the setbacks and incidental open spaces within the City. We are licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to provide this service.

“The Lagos State Government has taken this laudable initiative to identify the setbacks, enumerate the people on these setbacks, do the necessary data capture, and manage the entire setback infrastructure in the state so that it is structured; following the proper model for setbacks, improves beautification, improves transparency within the environment and ensures that our critical urban infrastructure is well laid out properly to ensure Lagos functions as a major critical landmark with global recognition.”

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EFCC Summons Former Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi for Questioning on N4 Billion Scandal

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has summoned the former governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, for questioning in relation to an alleged scandal involving a staggering sum of N4 billion.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has summoned the former governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, for questioning in relation to an alleged scandal involving a staggering sum of N4 billion.

This summons marks a significant turn of events for Fayemi, who was once a prominent figure in Nigerian politics, having also served as the Minister of Mines and Steel Development during President Muhammadu Buhari’s first term.

According to reliable sources within the EFCC, the former governor has been requested to appear before the anti-graft agency to address serious allegations of misappropriation of funds during his tenure as governor.

The EFCC’s investigation is focused on the alleged embezzlement of the substantial sum, which was earmarked for the development and welfare of Ekiti State.

Kayode Fayemi, known for his influential role in the political landscape, arrived at the EFCC’s Ilorin zonal office promptly after receiving the summons.

Inside sources report that Fayemi is currently undergoing extensive interrogation, as EFCC detectives seek to unravel the intricate web of financial transactions that may have led to the misappropriation.

The former governor’s cooperation in the ongoing investigation is crucial, as it may determine the course of action that the EFCC will take.

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Unveiling Nigeria’s President-Elect: Bola Ahmed Tinubu

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Nigeria’s political landscape has always been dynamic and full of intrigue. As the most populous country in Africa, Nigeria plays a pivotal role in shaping the continent’s future.

In this article, we delve into the life, achievements, and political journey of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who has emerged as the President-Elect of Nigeria. Join us as we explore the story behind this influential figure and what his presidency might mean for the nation.

Early Life and Background

Bola Ahmed Tinubu was born on March 29, 1952, in Lagos State, Nigeria. His humble beginnings in the city’s Mushin neighborhood laid the foundation for his remarkable rise in politics. Tinubu obtained his primary and secondary education in Lagos before traveling to the United States to further his studies. He attended Richard J. Daley College in Chicago, Illinois, and later earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Chicago State University.

Political Career

Upon his return to Nigeria, Tinubu plunged into politics, driven by a desire to contribute to his country’s development. In 1992, he was elected to the Nigerian Senate, representing the Lagos West constituency. His commitment to the welfare of the people and his astute political acumen quickly gained him recognition within his party, the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

Tinubu’s political career took a significant turn in 1999 when Nigeria transitioned to democracy. He co-founded the Alliance for Democracy (AD) and successfully campaigned for the position of Governor of Lagos State. Under his leadership, Lagos witnessed significant transformations, including improvements in infrastructure, education, healthcare, and public transportation.

Political Influence and Legacy

Often referred to as the “Jagaban,” a Yoruba term meaning “leader of warriors,” Tinubu is widely recognized for his political influence and strategic maneuvering. His ability to forge alliances and build formidable political structures has made him a force to be reckoned with in Nigerian politics.

Tinubu’s impact extends beyond Lagos State. He played a pivotal role in the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a coalition of opposition parties that brought about the defeat of the incumbent party in the 2015 presidential election. This victory marked a historic shift in Nigerian politics and laid the groundwork for his own presidential aspirations.

President-Elect and Future Prospects

After a closely contested presidential primary within the APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu emerged as the party’s presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections. Riding on a wave of support from his loyal followers and a reputation for effective governance, Tinubu successfully won the hearts of Nigerians across different regions.

As Nigeria’s President-Elect, Tinubu faces the monumental task of steering the country toward progress and unity. His track record as a visionary leader and his experience in governance position him to tackle the nation’s challenges, including economic development, security, infrastructure, and social welfare.

Conclusion

Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s journey from humble beginnings to becoming Nigeria’s President-Elect is a testament to his resilience, political acumen, and commitment to public service. With his impending presidency, Nigerians have high expectations for the transformational change he can bring to the nation.

As Tinubu assumes office, the eyes of the nation and the international community will be on him. Nigeria, with its vast resources and diverse population, is at a crucial crossroads. The hope is that under Tinubu’s leadership, the nation will experience inclusive growth, strengthened institutions, and a brighter future for all Nigerians.

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Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Takes Center Stage at G7 Summit to Confront Russian Invasion

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President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine has stepped into the spotlight at the Group of Seven (G7) summit in a determined effort to address the ongoing Russian invasion of his country. With the world’s most powerful democracies gathered here, Zelenskiy aims to rally international support and devise strategies to counter Russia’s aggression.

The choice of Hiroshima as the summit’s location carries profound symbolism, reminding the attendees of the devastating consequences of nuclear conflict. Against this backdrop, Western governments are increasingly alarmed by the nuclear threat posed by Russia. Zelenskiy’s presence at the summit, representing a nation that is facing a perilous situation, emphasizes the urgent need for action.

Upon his arrival, Zelenskiy, wearing his characteristic olive green fatigues, wasted no time and swiftly disembarked a French government aircraft. Japanese broadcasters captured the moment as he swiftly made his way to a waiting car, illustrating the sense of purpose with which he has approached this gathering.

Using social media, Zelenskiy expressed the significance of the meetings in Japan, tweeting, “Japan. G7. Important meetings with partners and friends of Ukraine.” His message underlines the importance of forging alliances and securing support from G7 leaders, as well as other influential countries.

French and European officials have stressed the importance of Zelenskiy’s personal presence at both the Arab League and G7 summits, particularly given the attendance of Global South members. They believe that Zelenskiy’s firsthand account of Ukraine’s victimhood in the face of Russian aggression will provide critical insights for shaping a peaceful future settlement.

“We have to use all means to bind non-aligned states to the cause of defending Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” stated a French presidential official during a press briefing, emphasizing the urgency of garnering broad international support.

During the G7 summit, Zelenskiy is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with leaders from the G7 countries. Significantly, he will also meet with the leaders of India and Brazil, two nations that have not distanced themselves from Moscow. These meetings hold immense importance in mobilizing global solidarity and building a united front against Russian aggression.

Tomorrow, Zelenskiy is set to participate in a dedicated session with the G7 leaders, followed by a broader session with Global South attendees. These discussions will shape the collective response to Russia’s invasion and strengthen alliances in addressing global security concerns.

The G7 summit in Hiroshima serves as a crucial platform for Zelenskiy to amplify Ukraine’s plight and rally support against Russian aggression. The international community’s response to this crisis will not only determine the future of Ukraine but also have broader implications for global peace and stability. As Zelenskiy takes center stage, all eyes are on the outcomes of the summit and the actions that will follow.

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