When Light Up Lagos project fails

‘Let there be light on Lagos streets’. These were the words of Governor Akinwumi Ambode in fulfillment of his electioneering campaign to the electorate as Lagos State Government was ready to intensify efforts on the Light Up Lagos Project, which the governor said was an initiative aimed at lighting every nook and cranny of the state. With the major public roads in Lagos at nights now brilliantly lit up, the dread of driving after dusk has given way to some ease, especially in areas like Ojodu-Berger, Oshodi, Ikorodu among others….

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Who really are the first settlers in Lagos?

Just like the mega cities of Amsterdam, London, New York, Paris and Dubai in the Western/First World, Lagos State is regarded as one of the most multicultural and hospitable cities in Africa. The metropolitan city, ranked Africa’s fifth biggest economy, is an enviable melting point of various races and ethnic groups. The city is the Mecca of the various ethnic groups in the country. Over the years, the conflict over which tribe actually ‘owns’ and developed Lagos has gained prominence. These and other perennial proclamations have fuelled a series of…

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Changing landscape of Lagos Island

Last week, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State performed the ground-breaking ceremony of the J.K Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History, held at the Onikan area of the state. He revealed his plans on arrays of projects to turn the Lagos Island to tourists destination. MURITALA AYINLA reports When the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led Lagos State government indicated interest in taking over the Marina Presidential Lodge, many wondered why the state government was interested in the historical edifice, especially when its own Marina State House was close to the chalet….

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Pipeline road caves into negligence

Many developmental projects are ongoing in some parts of the Lagos State. However, some areas have been left to the mercies of nature, which makes the residents resign to fate. Some parts of Alimosho Local Government Area are characterized by an observable trend: bad and broken roads. Though, the newly elected local government chairman, Jelili Sulaimon, has promised to tackle this major challenge, residents continually suffer the aftermath of bad roads, while seeking government’s intervention from all corners. Pipeline road in Idimu is one worthy of note. The deplorable condition…

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Surviving through smuggling

Selling of smuggled goods in Nigeria appears to have come to stay. It also seems to be a major source of income for a large number of Nigerians despite the dangers of smuggling goods into the country. Smuggling of goods thrives more along Lagos Badagry expressway due to the fact that that is a border area between Nigeria and Benin Republic where goods seem to be cheaper according to smugglers. On the contrary, the hopes of the smugglers are dashed as the custom officers seize their goods regularly. All pleas…

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Life in beggars’ colony

Lagos State, Nigeria’s fastest growing megacity is often viewed as the nation’s hub of limitless opportunities and as such, is home to all sorts thus housing all kinds of communities, which evidently is one of the reasons the state population keeps increasing each time the population census is conducted. Despite the heavy influx of migrants seeking greener pastures, the state government, through several programmes has managed to maintain order and balance in the society. The Oko Baba Destitute home which is widely known as the Beggars Colony is arguably one…

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Walkways, trade ways

Any reference to business in the country remains incomplete until it is stated that the chief business of Lagos residents is trading. Like others across the globe, who are profoundly concerned with buying, selling, and prospering, Lagos residents are fully adept to trading of all sorts. The rising tide of Lagos State as the ‘commercial city’ has created a situation where open spaces and sidewalks have been converted into business spaces in the state. The entire metropolis itself can be described as a market place. Apart from the established and…

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