Tuesday 26 September 2017

Photo-Speak: Cleaner Lagos Initiative Needs To Up-Their-Game!

"We must acknowledge the environmental degradation that plague the State and the urgent need for a world class comprehensive waste management system that addresses this crucial quality of life issue" - Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos State Governor, on Cleaner Lagos Initiative.

Laudable as the Lagos State Government's efforts on the Cleaner Lagos Initiative is, apparent in several on-going cleaning and refurbishing of the state, and sensitisation programs, using Social Media platforms.

However, images, as seen in pictures attached to this publication, is the current situation of Ilaje bus-stop, Mobil road and environ-communities, located on the Lekki Peninsula axis of Lagos- State, indicates that the effect of the CLI, is yet to be felt through out the State. 

Photos below:
Blocked drainage along the the express way, at Berger, Ikota axis:
Lekki-Epe express-way, near Ikota Shopping Complex
Drainage along Mobil Road
Lekki-Epe Express way, inward VGC
Mobil road

Along Mobil road

There is the absence of waste disposals at strategic places: 
Every nook and crannies is a refuge dump, Mobil road, opposite Emerald estate

Along Mobil Road
Mobil road, opposite Emerald estate
In situations where residents take care of their wastes, as seen in the picture below, there are oftentimes abandoned along the road:
Mobile road, off Ilaje-bus-stop

Estates along Mobile Road seems to only care about their properties neglecting what happens in their near-environment:
Along Mobil Road
Along Mobil road

Erosion gradually eating into the major road:
Mobil Road

Due to lack of proper management, hence no construction of conveniences, residents of the densely Ikota Housing Estate, off Mobil Road, resort to what is commonly known as "short-put", i.e: defecating in polythene bags and throwing them across the street...as seen in the picture below:

Mobil road

Entrance into Ikota Housing from Mobil Road

Ever Busy Ilaje Junction, into Mobil Road

Ilaje bus-stop, along Lekki-Epe express-way, Lagos

Ilaje bus-stop, inward VGC

To achieve its aim of "protecting the environment, human health and social living standards of Lagos State residents", the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI), needs to intensify its effort, by making their presence felt in most parts of the Lagos Metropolis. 

Thursday 21 September 2017

Attention LAWMA: Ojo - Badagry Express-Way Needs You!

Pictures below reveals the regrettable situation of the Ojo axis of the Lagos - Badagary express-way, Lagos State, Nigeria.

An extensive construction of the Orile to peharps Seme Border express-way and rail way is on-going, howbeit that does not mean the condition of the area work have not gotten to should be neglected to this extent.

Refuge right in the middle of the High-way....chaos everywhere.

What happens to the weekly (Thursdays, 7-10am) sanitation supposedly observed in Lagos State

Is the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) aware of this situation and what plans do they have to check this.     

Wednesday 20 September 2017

Casualty Figure in Mexico 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Might Be Lower Than Speculated!

Hope is high for survivors at the Mexico earthquake as latest information released by Mexico's head of Civil Protection Agency, Luis Felipe Puente, indicates that the presumed number of casualties in the 7.1 magnitude earthquake, could be less. 

Mr. Puente revised the number from the earlier reported 248, to 217 casualties.
Official figures revealed that Mexico City recorded about 86 casualties, Morelos,  71 casualties, Puebla, 43 casualties, Edomex, 12 casualties, Guerrero, 4 casualties while Oaxaca recorded the least, with 1 casualty.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto ordered the evacuation of affected hospitals and the transfer of its patients to other medical units; admonished Mexico city residents to avoid travel on streets and avenues so as to allow free movement of emergency personnel and vehicles, he further called for calm as government assess the situation. 

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake, described as the "most powerful" since Mexico's 1985 earthquake, struck 37 kilometres from Atlixco, Puebla, southern Mexico on Tuesday, September, 19th, 2017. The earthquake left scores dead including children and adults after an elementary school partially collapsed, left about 15 people dead in a church during mass, brought-down over 40 buildings in Mexico city, and several others across the country, registered over 11 aftershock reaching up to magnitude 4. 

Mexican Soldiers, Navy Marines and citizens are among the rescue team as the search for survivor continue. 

Shelters have been provided in different locations for displaced persons in Mexico city.

Leaders from across the world, and eminent personalities expressed sympathy and have offered support to Mexico. 

Saturday 9 September 2017

Nigeria's Infrastructural Development And Maintenance Culture!

To promote growth, responsible governments the world over invest huge sum of money the year round in infrastructure works and integral projects. Howbeit, it is the duty of both governments and citizens to see to it that these infrastructures lasts for a very long time through maintenance. 

Side walk near OandO, Chisco bus-stop, Lekki Peninsula, Lagos

The rate at which supposedly completed projects develop faults and dilapidated in very short time is simply alarming. For instance, the state of the newly built side-walks along Lekki express-way calls for a review on the Nigerian contractors' ethics in using quality materials/ delivering 'good-jobs' and the maintenance culture. 

Side walk at Jakande bus-stop, Lekki Peninsula, Lagos
At some point, these projects appeared as though there were rushed. Bricks on side-walks are not properly laid, where there were, they are placed haphazardly Why spend much money on projects that only lasts for as long as there were completed.

Thursday 7 September 2017

Prince George Goes To Schools!

Prince George strikes a pose with his father Prince William, as he starts school at Thomas's Battersea, on Thursday, September 7, 2017. 

Tuesday 5 September 2017

Photo Speaks: Oshodi Pedestrian Staircase Needs Attention!

The Photo below shows the current state of the staircase of a pedestrian bridge over the rail, at Oshodi, Lagos state, Nigeria.

"Until coming out of recession translates into meaningful improvement in people's lives, our work cannot be said to be done"- Muhammadu Buhari!

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, reacted to the nation's recent emergence from recession, stating that "Until coming out of recession translates into meaningful improvement in people's lives, our work cannot be said to be done".

Nigeria's economy experienced a significant growth for the first time in 25-years as the country's Gross Domestic Product increased by 0.55 percent (year-on-year) in real terms in the second quarter of 2017. 

Nigeria's National Bureau of Statistics revealed this Tuesday, August, 5, 2017. According to the NBS's report, the nation's GDP shrank by 0.25 year-on-year in real terms in the first quarter of 2017, representing the 5th successive quarter of contraction since the first quarter of 2017.  

The current 0.55 growth is reportedly higher than the -1.49 percent recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2016, and higher than the 1.46 percent points from the rate recorded in the preceding quarter, (revised to - 0.91 percent from -0.52 percent). 

The NBS further disclosed that quarter on quarter, the actual GDP growth was 3.23 percent. This development indicates a first emergence from a 25-year-old recession. 

President Buhari pledged that his administration will ensure that the ordinary Nigerian feels the impact of this recovery.

Monday 4 September 2017

Friday 1 September 2017

Benue Flood: First Patch Of Emergency Relief To Arrive Makurdi!

Disturbing photo of current flooding of Makurdi, Benue State capital city, central Nigeria, along River Benue. Information revealed that so far, the flood displaced over 100,000 persons.

View of an area affected by flood in Benue State, Nigeria

Following the development, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately mobilise personnel and resources to aid affected persons and communities. 

Acting on the President's directive, a Humanitarian team from the Director Search and Rescue Headquarters in Abuja, led by Air Commodore Paul Ohemu, dispatched its first batch of emergency relief response of (7) 30 tons truck. The dispatch is expected to arrive the affected communities by Friday, September, 2017.

 The team will assess the situation for further supports.