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The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency during overnight operation on Thursday, rescued five victims in another collapse building in Ojuelegba area of Surulere.
The Chief Executive Officer, LASEMA, Dr Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, who confirmed this to newsmen on Friday in Lagos said the victims were rescued after the building was pulled down to the ground zero about 11 p.m.
Oke-Osanyintolu said the accident occurred at 9.15 p.m., adding that the rescue was in collaboration with the Lagos State Building Control Agency.
The most important thing is that, we rescued five people alive while pulling down the building to save lives and property to the residents.
“When we got to the building, we discovered that the building was highly unstable, LASBCA had marked the building on March 25, 2015 and May 21 while the residents and the landlord were warned to vacate their premises.
“We need to perform, urgently, the construction and re-development of that area because of safety of lives and property. We then have to use our sophisticated equipment to check whether people are under the debris. With our equipment, we pulled down the building to the ground zero,” the chief executive officer said.
Oke-Osanyintolu urged residents in the state to ensure their buildings were properly maintained, adding that emergency was everybody’s business.
He, however, announced plans by the agency to conduct test on all buildings within the area, in order to ensure safety of environment in the locality.
-Also speaking to newsmen, the General Manager, LASBCA, Abiola Kosegbe, said the agency had identified and marked the collapsed building in question in 2015 and 2019.
She said that the marking was done after conducting a text which indicated that the property was in a distress.
“Our officers visited the building and sealed it to avoid loss of life, investigation showed that some of the tenants caught off the seal notice and continued living in the premises,” she said.
Kosegbe urged the residents to avoid living in a building in distress in their own good and in the interest of the community in general.
She also advised residents and prospective landlords to ensure that they carryout Non-Destructive Testing to evaluate the quality of materials used in the building.
Another government official, Yinka Jonathan, urged the state government to compel building engineers to always go through series of test to ensure solid erection of building.
Jonathan, however, stressed that if government was not satisfied with the standard of a particular building, it should stop people from renting such structure.
The Deputy Leader, Surulere Local Government Council, Adebisi Davis, who expressed disappointment over the sad development, however, thanked God for saving lives in the incident.
News Agency of Nigerian reports that a three-storey building at Magodo Phase 1 and a two-storey building collapsed at No 7, Rufai Street, Ojuelegba about 12 days ago.

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Restrain Oluwo from removing us, Iwo kingmakers urges court

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Twelve Iwo kingmakers seeking the dethronement of Oluwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi has urged a State High Court to restrain the monarch from removing them from their positions.
The kingmakers in a suit numbered HIW/M.18/2020 received by instituted in the court sitting Iwo on September 25, 2020, sought an order of the court to restrain Oluwo or his agents from removing them from their Chieftaincy position or replace them with new appointees.
The motion expertise which was supported by a 22-paragraph affidavit deposed to by the Oosa of Iwoland, Chief Yekini Orobinmpe was in pursuant to order 39 of the State High Court amended ( civil procedure) rules and section (6) (6) (A&B) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As Amended).
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The kingmakers alleged that Oluwo, having been aware of the petition written against him, dated September 9, 2020, has resolved to replace them with other persons, hence, the need for the court to intervene to protect their legal rights.
Other kingmakers allegedly listed to be replaced are Chiefs Rafiu Muraina Olorunlanpe, the Balogun, Fatai Alani Olaoye, Onto, Ganiyu Kazeem Ayinde Jagun, and Basiru Ajani Akinsola, Olukotun.
Others are Chiefs Lamidi Morufu Oyeleke, Odofin, Suraju Bello, Onju, Lateef Ishola, Agoro, Moshood Amoo, Asape, Rasaki Akanmu Tijani, Olukosi and Amoo Olaosebikan Taiwo, Aro.
The application filed by their counsel, John Enworo reads in part, “that all the applicants are kingmakers in Oluwo of Iwoland Chieftaincy. And being kingmakers felt aggrieved by the gross misconduct of the respondent (Oluwo) and unanimously wrote a petition to the Governor of the State for the removal of the respondent.
“That by so doing, the applicants’ action is constitutional in all ramifications. That the court make an order of interim injunction restraining the respondent whether by himself, agents, servants, and privies from removing the applicants from their positions as Oosa, Onto, Balogun, Jagun, Oloya, Olukotun, Odofin, Onju, Agoro, Asape, Olukosi and Aro chieftaincy and replacing them with new appointees pending the determination of the motion and substantive suit”

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National Water Bill not RUGA replacement, has no hidden agenda ― FG

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The Federal government has refuted allegations that the National Water Bill would cede large swathe of land along river banks to herdsmen, saying that there is no hidden agenda behind the Bill.
The Minister of Information and culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed and his Water Resources counterpart, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, who briefed journalists, in Abuja, Tuesday, insisted that land ownership was not affected by the Bill, in any way.
The briefing followed the unending controversy that has trailed the Bill currently making its way through the National Assembly, with many dissenting Nigerians accusing the federal government of having a hidden agenda, especially with the aim of handing over the nation’s river banks to herdsmen.
According to Alh. Mohammed, “The Bill also does not apply to land. It clearly states that land required by any of the institutions established by the Bill would be obtained in accordance with the Land Use Act (i.e with Governor’s consent).
“Critics contend that the Bill, when passed into law, will clip the wings of state and local government authorities, as well as individuals, from making use of the water in their backyards without permission from Abuja
“Our response: Communities on River Banks are guaranteed undisturbed use of water as stated in Section 3 of the Bill. Also, all occupiers of Land are guaranteed the right of abstraction for domestic and sustenance, whether by borehole or rivers. Section 3 reiterates the right of persons to continue to access water without charge for
subsistence and preserves existing customary rights to water. Section 2 of the Water Resources
“Critics contend that the Bill is aimed at taking the resources of a certain part of the country for the use of herders. In other words, that the Federal Government is seeking to implement RUGA by subterfuge.
“Our Response: This is not the intent of the Bill and it is not even possible, as the Bill reiterates the fact that Land can only be acquired by any of the institutions established in accordance with the Land Use Act. Almost all the Institutions have State Representatives.
The Regulatory Commission Board comprises representatives of the six-geo political regions. The State level basins management includes representatives of each state in the Basin.”
The minister said that there was nothing entirely new about the Bill but an amalgamation of Water Resources Laws that had been in existence for a long time.
They included: Water Resources Act, Cap W2 LFN 2004; The River Basin Development Authority Act, Cap R9 LFN 2004; The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (Establishment) Act, Cap N1100A, LFN 2004; and the – National Water Resources Institute Act, Cap N83 LFN 2004.
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The laws, he said, were being re-enacted with necessary modifications to bring them in line with current global trends as well as best practices in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).
“The overall objective of this amalgamation is the efficient management of the Water Resources Sector for the economic development of Nigeria and the well-being of its citizens,” he minister said.
According to him, “The Bill will ensure that the nation’s water resources are protected, used, developed, conserved, managed and controlled in a sustainable manner for the benefit of all persons.
“Among other benefits, the Bill: provides for the creation of an enabling environment for public and private sector investment; provides for capacity building processes to foster good governance; establishes water use and licensing framework to ensure sustainable financing for Water Sector Development from tariffs.”
Alh. Mohammed said that many of those criticising the Bill had not even bothered to read its provisions, thus depending on second-hand information to reach their conclusions and that those who have read it “have perhaps done so perfunctorily.”
He noted that borehole regulation was an international standard for abstraction of large volumes of water.
“Most countries in Africa, and almost every developed country, regulates commercial abstraction. It is also important to note that there is no requirement for licensing domestic abstraction. Regulating abstraction of large volumes of water is necessary, because groundwater abstraction is an activity that has environmental and ecological impact.

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