Mixed feelings at Lagos Trade Fair

In the wake of the recession, the 2017 edition of the Lagos International Trade Fair (LITF), reputed to be the largest trade show in sub-Saharan Africa, was concluded on Sunday amidst mixed reactions from Lagos residents and guests. ELIZABETH OGUNBAMAWO, MARY ADEBISI, TIMOTHY ODUTOLU, SEGUN OJO and ELIZABETH ROWLAND, who visited the fair, report on what they saw The 10-day event saw hundreds of thousands of people locally and from around the world trooping in to make trade transactions at the LITF. The trade fair, organised by the Trade Promotions…

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Controversy over dredging pipes

The Okegun-Odofin waterfront in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State has, over time, been a subject of tussle between two village heads. They are battling for the control of the area. The latest controversy now is the stealing of dredging pipes from the waterfront by youths, loyal to one of the village heads. OLUWATOSIN OMONIYI reports A fresh crisis is brewing in the Okegun-Odofin area of Ibeju Lekki. It is between  Chief Shamsudeen Ogunkoya of Okeogun Odofin and Mufutau Olamiji, Baale of Aladeseso. The last issue between them was over…

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Seeking an end to citizens’ harassment

Leaders of different communities in Lagos want political office holders to eschew frequent harassment of the citizenry that is increasingly becoming commonplace and ensure that the huge resources of the state are judiciously applied for the benefits of the people. While lauding the development efforts of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, they frowned at the growing social costs of the government’s urban renewal policies, particularly on the poor people of the state, which they contend has been “catastrophic and sometimes give the impression that Lagos is only for the rich.” Rising from…

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The cries of Ayobo residents

The residents of Ashipa area of Ayobo have a story to tell. It is a story that revolves around lack of government’s intervention in their area with issue of bad roads as its main theme. ELIZABETH OGUNBAMOWO writes When New Telegraph visited the area, it observed that the drainages are big and wide enough to swallow two-storey buildings. Erosion has eaten deeply into most parts of the place, constant power supply is also a lost glory. The roads leading in and inside are untarred and slippery. In fact, it is…

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Alimosho LG: Dawn of a new era

The current administration of Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State, under the leadership of Hon. Jelili Sulaimon, had a three-day empowerment programme last week in commemoration of the administration’s first 100 days in office at the LG secretariat in Akowonjo. Elizabeth Ogunbamowo reports on the significance of the event as well as efforts by the  administration to make the area a cynosure of all eyes The era of change has begun in Alimosho Local Government. Since the inception of the current administration, conscious efforts geared towards fulfilment of the…

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Avoiding deaths on Lagos’ waterways

Despite continued clamour for the use of life jackets by passengers on Lagos waterways, the death toll on Lagos lagoon seems to be on the increase. MURITALA AYINLA here identifies factors responsible for frequent boat tragedies in the city of aquatic splendour Like many residents, who lived in the outskirts of Lagos State, Mary Adesoba, a police sergeant, had no choice than to develop interest in water transportation as the fastest  means of commuting in Lagos State. Aside the fact that traveling by water would enable her to circumvent traffic…

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Tejuosho Market: High rents, empty shops

Many afflictions of Tejuosho Market   Alighting from a bus at Yaba bus stop, one is exposed to the realities on the axis. “Madam, come buy curtain, I get nice ones at cheap prices,” a curtain seller would tell the passenger. As one wriggles oneself free from the curtain seller’s grip, another dealer in jewelry would take hold of one’s arm and if care is not taken, the next course of action would involve the haggling process. ELIZABETH OGUNBAMOWO and MARY ADEBISI x-ray the daily activities and scantiness of the…

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