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Lagos Moves To Redevelop Tolu School Complex In Ajegunle, Lists Benefits

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Lagos Moves To Redevelop Tolu School Complex In Ajegunle, Lists Benefits

Lagos Moves To Redevelop Tolu School Complex In Ajegunle, Lists Benefits

 

 

 

 

As parts of the move to improve on the teaching and learning process for pupils, the Special Committee on Rehabilitation of Public Schools (SCRPS), in Lagos State, has been mandated by the Lagos state government to revamp the densely populated Tolu School Complex in Ajegunle.

The committee is to ensure that the entire complex is redesigned in a manner that the building appears more befitting and appealing as well as become cynosure of all eyes to improve teaching and learning in the affected schools.

Recognising the enormity of the job given to the committee, its Chairman, who spoke with some journalists on Thursday in Ikeja, said the move was very much necessary considering the need to put Education system in good shape in the state.

From his body language and submission, the SCRPS is much interested in addressing the infrastructural decay in the public school and, as a result, intervened heavily following the mandate it got from the state government.

It is saddened to know that the entire school complex, which covers an expanse of approximately 11.73 hectares of land, houses 36 schools and all are in bad condition. More heart-rending is that fact that majority of the buildings are with blown off roofs, cracked walls, broken window panes, abandoned toilets which encouraged open defecation by the students, just to mention a few.

It is pleasing to know that the Tolu School Complex was established in 1981 during Alhaji Lateef kayode Jakande administration, and the Mass Education Policy, at that time, necessitated the reclamation of the parcel of land from the lagoon, in order to accommodate the teeming population in that area, who must have access to education.

The successive administration under the leadership of Air Commodore Gbolahan Mudashiru, who was the Governor of Lagos state from 1984-1986, continued from where his predecessor stopped, by upgrading the existing Jakande blocks to standard ones and more schools were added to the ever growing community.

To continue on the historical background of the Tolu School Complex, the facility has been in existence for over four decades and the high level of usage without proper maintenance in place have resulted to their different levels of infrastructural decay. But as things stand now, the Lagos State government is hell bent in making immediate intervention, to practically rehabilitate those that need rehabilitation, demolish and re-develop as the case may require.

Haleem Smith had, in his address, revealed how several reconnaissance and assessment visits to the Tolu school complex have been done by the SCRPS officials and various problems were identified. This obviously is part of the move the Committee has made.

Some of the problems that were encountered include the population of students being on the higher side that the available classrooms, which are not even conducive for learning. So, the pressing need, at that instance, becomes erecting additional classroom blocks.

Also, the existing blocks require urgent rehabilitation as the blocks are in various stages of dilapidation. Some other problems identified include lack of recreational facilities, laboratories, teachers and principals’ offices and toilets, non-clearly defined boundaries within the schools, which encourages inter-school scuffles.

Others include inadequate access roads within the complex, recurrent issue of flooding, security issues in form of school break-ins and theft, non-availability of ICT infrastructure within the complex and lack of perimeter fencing-allowing incessant activities of miscreants within the area are some of the challenges faced at the complex.

Having identified the major problems, the execution and management of the project will be a lot easier as the project has been divided into six lots, that is Lots A, B, C, D, E, F so as to get the work done without much encumbrances.

Smith explained that the Committee has proposed, amongst others, the construction of additional 13nos 15 and 18 Classroom blocks with offices and toilets in some of the schools having shortage of classrooms, renovation of identified dilapidated classroom blocks, construction of perimeter fences and gate houses, construction of new inner roads and drainages, rehabilitation of existing access roads and the construction of health-care center.

For this reason, He assured that the committee will make efforts to construct a fire service station in the complex to mitigate against any fire outbreak; a multi-purpose sports complex; electrical works-solar powered floodlight and other needed infrastructure.

Also, an ICT hub, central laboratory and arts/creativity blocks under private sponsorship arrangement, will also be established while all of these will be maintained by the facility management office which, at the end, will make Tolu School Complex become an ‘Education City’.

Let it also be known that some other the benefits attached to the redevelopment of the school complex include bringing succor to the educational needs of the growing population of that area; catalyst for commerce as more businesses will start springing up and more importantly; help build capacity in the area of Science, Technology, Sports and Academics due to the state-of-the-arts structure that will begin to spring up.

 

 

Lagos Moves To Redevelop Tolu School Complex In Ajegunle, Lists Benefits

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**Energy sector: Plot to discredit heads of regulatory agencies uncovered

There is a subtle plot by some individuals, acting in cahoots with some members of the House of Representatives, to discredit heads of regulatory agencies in the energy sector.

This newspaper reports that the motive of the scheme is to put the heads of the agencies under intense pressure, distract them from performing their duties and thus set set the stage for their sack on grounds of non-performance.

Available information said that the plot was orchestrated by a member of the House from the South who has become infamous for blackmail, intimidating and manipulating agencies in the guise of oversight responsibility.

He has been leading his committee members by the nose in the grand conspiratorial alliance to extort money from the agencies of government in furtherance of some selfish agenda.

This newspaper reports that there have been some mutterings by some of the commiitee members who have realised that the actions of their chairman are far from being motivated or inspired by patriotism.

Some members are pissed off with the committee chairnan’s reported boast about his ability to sway them with “just a few dollars.”

Meanwhile, reports have confirmed that the committee chair has been trying to “double deal” and has, in the process, come under intense rebuke by the regulators.

This newspaper quoted a source to have said that “evidence has been recorded’.

However, This newspaper had yet to get a copy of the recorded evidence as of the time of publication.

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Dangote, NNPC Spat: Shareholders Condemn Demarketing of Dangote Refinery

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Dangote, NNPC Spat: Shareholders Condemn Demarketing of Dangote Refinery

 

 

 

Shareholders have strongly defended Africa’s foremost industrialist, Aliko Dangote over the on-going petroleum product supply controversies, while criticising the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), Farouk Ahmed, for deliberate attempt at demarketing Dangote Petroleum Refinery & Petrochemicals.

 

 

The shareholders under the aegis of Pragmatic Shareholders Association of Nigeria (PSAN) in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Mrs. Bisi Bakare, expressed dismay over the recent allegations from the petroleum regulatory agency regarding the quality of diesel produced by Dangote Petroleum Refinery.

The NMDPRA boss Farouk Ahmed has faced the backlash after suggesting that the diesel produced by the $20 billion Dangote refinery is of inferior quality compared to imports into the country.

Bakare commended Dangote for his visionary approach in establishing one of the world’s largest refineries in Nigeria. She highlighted Dangote’s commitment to national development, stressing his patriotism and resolute character through substantial investments like the refinery.

“Dangote has ensured that the bulk of his business investments are local, contributing significantly to economic development through tax payments, extensive job creation, and consistent returns for shareholders,” she added.

The shareholders group strongly condemned what they termed as “unwarranted efforts to demarket the refinery” by regulatory bodies. They cautioned that such actions could deter both local and international investors and undermine government efforts to stabilise fuel prices and ensure availability.

“We must rally around Dangote Refinery,” Mrs. Bakare urged, “to provide crucial support such as crude oil allocation, cooperation from international oil companies, and regulatory agency collaboration.” She stressed the refinery’s potential to save Nigeria over 30% in foreign exchange currently spent on offshore refining, which could significantly alleviate the country’s foreign exchange challenges.

“As shareholders,” Mrs. Bakare affirmed, “we remain steadfast in our support of Alhaji Aliko Dangote’s vision to bolster the nation’s economy and create more opportunities for our citizens.”

PSAN is the latest to join the growing list of Nigerians rallying support for Dangote in the ongoing standoff. Prominent figures and associations such as the President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina; billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola; federal lawmakers; former Vice President and 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar; former Anambra state governor and 2023 Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi; Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture (NACCIMA); and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria have all voiced their support for Dangote Refinery.

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EXCITING PRIZES TO BE WON WITH FIRSTBANK VISA GOLD AND VISA INFINITE CARDS IN THE 2024 SUMMER CAMPAIGN

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EXCITING PRIZES TO BE WON WITH FIRSTBANK VISA GOLD AND VISA INFINITE CARDS IN THE 2024 SUMMER CAMPAIGN

EXCITING PRIZES TO BE WON WITH FIRSTBANK VISA GOLD AND VISA INFINITE CARDS IN THE 2024 SUMMER CAMPAIGN

FirstBank, the West African premier financial institution and financial inclusion services provider announces its continuous VISA Cross Border and Summer campaign in partnership with VISA. The campaign, which commenced on 1 April 2024, is set to run until 31 August 2024 as a rewarding initiative for existing VISA Gold and VISA Infinite cardholders and prospective customers.

 

 

 

Throughout the campaign, 502 lucky Visa Infinite and Visa Gold cardholders will win $50 gift vouchers. 2 cardholders will enjoy an all-expense-paid trip for two to the Olympic Games in Paris, France. The promo offers an excellent opportunity for cardholders to enjoy the premium benefits of using their FirstBank VISA cards while standing a chance to win fantastic rewards.

 

EXCITING PRIZES TO BE WON WITH FIRSTBANK VISA GOLD AND VISA INFINITE CARDS IN THE 2024 SUMMER CAMPAIGN

 

To qualify for this exciting offer, Visa Infinite and Visa Gold cardholders must spend $500 and above in at least six transactions during the campaign period.

 

 

Speaking on the promo Chuma Ezirim, the Group Executive E-Business and Retail Products, FirstBank said, “We are excited to reward our loyal customers and users of FirstBank Visa Infinite and Visa Gold cards, whilst also welcoming new customers through this campaign. This promo underscores our commitment to reward our customers with innovative and impactful offerings designed to enhance their banking experience.

“We appreciate Visa for the partnership as we deliver value and create memorable experiences for our customers.”

The FirstBank Visa Gold card is an international premium credit card issued in partnership with Visa International. It is a US Dollar-denominated card secured by chip and PIN technology, ensuring both convenience and security for users.

On the other hand, the FirstBank Visa Infinite card is the pinnacle of the Visa card range, targeted at High-Net-Worth Individuals. This card offers an extraordinary selection of exclusive travel, dining, shopping, and lifestyle opportunities, providing unparalleled benefits to its holders.

 

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