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Incessant Building Collapse: Why Sanwo-Olu Must Resign, Jandor Campaign Organisation Speaks



Jandor4Governor Campaign Organization, the political group handling the campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Lagos State, Dr. Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran, also called Jandor, has sought the resignation of the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, over incessant building Collapse across the state.

The group in a press conference on Wednesday stated that deaths from collapsed buildings are avoidable, and stressed that it is not the best of times for the good people of the state because of the high spate of preventable loss of lives from incessant cases of building collapse in the centre of excellence is quite worrisome, saddening and disheartening.

The communique which was signed by Gbenga Ogunleye the Head of Media, and Communications stated: “There is no doubt that you gentlemen of the press are also as concerned as all well-meaning and all right-thinking Nigerians about the problem that seemed to have lingered due to rudderless and irresponsibility of relevant authorities.

“The clear show of insensitivity and ineptitude on the part of the state government is very disturbing.

“The recent case of the building collapse in Victoria Island where six people died is one case too many. It is obvious that the death of the victims was preventable. It is a clear case of dereliction of duty and this act is criminal,” the communique noted.

The group maintained that admittance by the government that the building had no relevant building approvals indicated the governor was not prepared to govern but brought by a godfather who has always compensated his lieutenants with the governance of Lagos.

“It is not enough that the government official assigned to the Ministry concerned, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development resigned.

“Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu has failed the entire Lagosians, not only the victims of this current incident and the over 100 people who died in about 47 cases of building collapse between 2019 to date in the state. The Governor’s failure to ensure due diligence on the governance process by engagement of competent personnel established his culpability.

“It is expected that the Governor himself should have resigned instead of the arranged scapegoating of asking his commissioner to quit.

“He has made many unfulfilled promises to prevent these disasters and the attendant avoidable deaths. His insensitivity and display of disregard for human lives by showing up at a social event in the faraway United States to present an award while the blood of the victims was still warm, is condemnable,” the communique added.

The group stated that the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG), an advocacy group of built environment professionals, 2019 revealed that 36,000 potential collapsed buildings were waiting to happen in Lagos, pointing out that the government did nothing to arrest the issue.

“According to industry experts, between 2019 and the recent incident, Lagos State officially recorded about 47 building collapse cases, not taking into account those that were not reported such as the Itamaga, Ikorodu incident, Idumota partial building collapse, and another at Shangisha, Magodo among several others.

“On November 1, 2021, a 21-storey building in the Ikoyi area of Lagos collapsed where over 44 persons were confirmed dead.

The group stressed that the tragedy continued on November 2, 2021, when a two-storey building caved in Osapa London, in the Lekki area of Lagos after a midnight downpour.

“On November 17, 2021, a two-storey building under construction at Flour Mill Estate, Magbon, in the Olorunda Local Council Development Area in Badagry, collapsed, killing four people.

“Ten people were killed when a three-storey building collapsed in the Ebute-Metta area of Lagos in May this year. To mention just a few.

“One of the national newspapers had earlier reported that over 200 persons have lost their lives in major building collapse incidents in Lagos State in the last seven years. The tragic collapse of the seven-storey building on Victoria Island does present an opportunity for a responsible government to improve its response to such disasters and prevent a recurrence by enforcing safety regulations, fighting corruption in the process, and partnering with the industry experts as well as relevant professional bodies in ensuring global best practices in monitoring and evaluation.

The communique added, “The ceaseless pains of the good people of Lagos state in the 23 years of bad governance of the ruling party must stop. The clueless and inept Governor will do the people a lot of good by stepping aside.

“Lagos PDP as the only credible alternative will birth a breath of fresh air and champion the cause of the masses,” the communique further stated.

According to the group, the People’s Governor, Dr. Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran, has sympathized with the families of the victims and assured all residents of the state that the government of the PDP that they are yearning to install in the 2023 general elections will put a stop to the painful episodes.


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Owolabi Olakulehin Nominated As 43rd Olubadan Of Ibadanland



The Olubadan designate Oba Owolabi Olakulehin has been nominated as the 43rd Olubadan of Ibadanland.

The Olubadan in Council comprising the traditional kingmakers of Ibadanland have agreed on the choice of Oba Olakulehin as the next Olubadan to ascend the throne.

His nomination would be passed onto the Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde for approval.

More to follow…


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Beijing Slams US-Japan-Philippines Summit, Says S. China Sea Actions ‘Lawful’



Beijing on Friday criticised the United States, Japan and the Philippines and defended its actions in the South China Sea as “lawful” after US President Joe Biden hosted a trilateral meeting in Washington.

Biden on Thursday pledged to defend the Philippines from any attack in the South China Sea at the White House summit, which came amid repeated confrontations between Chinese and Philippine vessels in the disputed waterway that have raised fears of wider conflict.

A joint statement issued by the leaders of the trio of nations voiced “serious concern” over Beijing’s actions in the South China Sea, slamming its behaviour as “dangerous and aggressive”.

Beijing claims almost the entirety of the South China Sea, brushing aside competing claims from several Southeast Asian nations including the Philippines.

On Friday China hit out at the joint summit in Washington, with foreign ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning saying Beijing “firmly opposes the relevant countries manipulating bloc politics, and firmly opposes any behaviour that provokes or lays plans for opposition, and hurts other countries’ strategic security and interests”.

“We firmly oppose engaging in closed cliques that exclude others in the region,” Mao told a regular press conference.

“Japan and the Philippines can of course develop normal relations with other countries, but they should not invite factional opposition into the region, much less engage in trilateral cooperation at the cost of hurting another country’s interests.

“If these are not wanton smears and attacks on China, what are they?” she said.

“China’s actions in the East China Sea and South China Sea are appropriate and lawful, and beyond reproach,” Mao added.

On Thursday Biden told Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida that the United States’ defence commitments to Japan and to the Philippines are “ironclad”.

As they met around a horseshoe-shaped wooden table in the grand East Room of the US presidential residence, the US, Japanese and Philippine leaders hailed the meeting as “historic.”

Without mentioning China by name, they painted their alliance as a bedrock of peace and democracy in the Asia-Pacific region in contrast to authoritarian Beijing.

Marcos, seen as closer to Washington than his more China-leaning predecessor Rodrigo Duterte, said they shared an “unwavering commitment to the rules-based international order.”

Kishida said that “multi-layered cooperation is essential” and that “today’s meeting will make history.”

Biden, 81, also held separate talks with Marcos, 66, the son and namesake of the country’s former dictator.

‘Purely defensive’
The joint summit came a day after Biden hosted a lavish state visit for Japan’s Kishida during which he unveiled a historic upgrade in defence ties aimed at countering a resurgent China.

Kishida gave a joint address to Congress in which he urged Americans to overcome “self-doubt” about their role as a global power.

This time directly warning of risks from the rise of China, Kishida said that Japan — stripped of its right to a military after World War II — was determined to do more to share responsibility with its ally the United States.

The United States, Japan and the Philippines are expected to announce new joint naval exercises along with Australia, similar to drills they had in the region at the weekend, officials said.

They are also set to unveil new economic cooperation measures.

The United States has a mutual defence pact with Manila but there are fears it could be put to the test, with tensions becoming particularly acute around the Second Thomas Shoal, a remote reef in the Spratly Islands.

Japan and the Philippines are the latest Asia-Pacific allies to be hosted by Biden, who was joined by Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol at Camp David in August.

But Biden has also moved to manage tensions with China, holding a two-hour phone call with President Xi Jinping last week following a face-to-face meeting in San Francisco in November.

On Wednesday Biden said the major upgrade in defence ties with Japan was “purely defensive” and “not aimed at any one nation or a threat to the region.”


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Junior Pope: Police Recover Three More Bodies From Boat Mishap



Police authorities in Anambra State have recovered three more bodies from a boat accident involving a movie cast.

Nollywood star Junior Pope Odonwodo was part of the crew that drowned in the boat mishap two days back.

While some crew members were yet to be found following the boat tragedy, the spokesperson of the Anambra State Police Command Tochukwu Ikenga said three more bodies of members of the movie cast have been recovered.

“Marine Police of Anambra State Command has recovered bodies of the three remaining victims of the unfortunate boat accident involving a movie cast,” he said in a Friday statement.

“Two of the bodies were recovered yesterday 11th April, 2024 while the last was washed in by the tide this morning.”

The bodies have been deposited at a morgue in Asaba, Delta State while authorities of the guild of actors have also been informed about the recovery.

The spokesman quoted the state’s police commissioner Aderemi Adeoye as advising water commuters to be safety conscious while in transit.

According to the commissioner, the police are fast-tracking the investigation into the accident.


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