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TOWARDS REFORMING LAGOS’TRANSPORT SECTOR

   Rasak Musbau The issues lying at the heart of urban policy making in any city, old or new, developed or developing, include infrastructure, employment, population growth, economic sustainability and environmental viability. In the current political dispensation in Nigeria, Lagos State is, no doubt, a reference point in terms of initiation and execution of strategic policies and programmes that are …

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LAGOS AND THE NATIONAL STADIUM

Tayo Ogunbiyi The National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, was built by the General Yakubu Gowon military administration in 1972 as a 55,000 capacity sporting facility. It was later redesigned in 1999 to a 45,000 capacity in order to meet FIFA requirements for the hosting right of the 1999, Junior World Cup. Till date, the highest number of fans that have sat …

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BADAGRY ON MY MIND  

Tayo Ogunbiyi Founded in the15th century, the ancient town of Badagry is significant in many ways. Aside being a major center of the obnoxious Trans Atlantic Slave Trade,   it was also a key hub of Christian missionary activities in West Africa in the 18th century. Famous Christian missionary, Rev Thomas Birch Freeman who was the first European to preach the …

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BOLANLE AMBODE’S BRIGHT STEPS FOR A REWARDING FUTURE

Tayo Ogunbiyi In Africa, nothing kills as fast as poverty is. Globally, investors are often mindful of poverty indexes in countries as high poverty level in a particular country could constitute stumbling blocks to returns on investment. Ii is in consideration of the harsh reality of poverty, if permitted to thrive, that poverty eradication is one of the integral aspects …

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ECONOMIC AUTONOMY AND THE LESSONS FROM LAGOS

Rasak Musbau Lee Kuan Yew, the architect of the modern day Singapore, visited Nigeria a few days before the military struck on January 15, 1966. His visit was in connection with the Commonwealth Conference held in Lagos on Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. His conclusion about Nigeria in 1966 is contained in a book he wrote in 2000 titled, ‘From Third World …

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PROGRESSIVE TREND IN LAGOS’ JUSTICE SECTOR

Kayode Oyekanmi Lagos State is widely renowned in the country as a pace setting state, always coming up with breathtaking innovative concepts and reforms that have transformed governance into an art. One sector that has tremendously benefitted from the novel and creative approach to governance in the state is administration of justice. From 1999, when the current democratic dispensation evolved, …

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STILL ON THE VICIOUS MURDER OF LASTMA OFFICIAL

Temilade Aruya Hungarian-American newspaper publisher, Joseph Pulitzer once said: “There is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle, and there is not a vice which does not live by secrecy.” In Lagos, on December 15th, 2016, criminality was taken to a shocking dimension when a Lagos State Traffic Management …

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ON LAGOS’ PECULIAR SECURITY CHALENGE

Idris Olokodana The reason for increase in crime rate in Nigeria is clear: Breeding grounds for crime is widening every day. The country is witnessing population explosion without any concrete corresponding development plan in place. Presently, policy makers across the country are unable to take advantage of the population bulge. Law enforcement infrastructure and practices were not enhanced in accordance …

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LAGOS WATER SECTOR AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION

Ayo Afuwape According to UNICEF report, more than a billion people do not have access to safe water and well over 2billion people live without adequate sanitation. At any given time, more than a half of the developing world’s population is suffering from one or more diseases associated with unsafe water and poor sanitation.  In Nigeria, available statistic shows that …

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LAGOS AND THE BEAUTY OF CONTINUITY

Temilade Aruya One of the hallmarks of good governance is continuity in policies, programmes and projects; especially those that are progressive and developmental. Political ideologies that are favorable to the growth and development of the people and the society are built and established on the structures of continuity as one government takes over and continues where the previous stopped. Therefore, …

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