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CELEBRATING LAGOS’ PROGRESSION @ 50

Events marking the golden jubilee anniversary of Lagos State have commenced and it will last till May 27. It recently began with a special Musical Play, “Wakaa”, at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos. No doubt, the anniversary, dubbed by the Co-chair of the Lagos @ 50 Planning Committee, Mr. Habeeb Fasinro as “a celebration of Lagosians, by Lagosians, for Lagosians” is a …

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BRIDGING HOUSING DEFICIT IN LAGOS

Globally, housing deficit is huge with a wide gap in demand and supply in the sector leading to homelessness, rise in slums and squatter settlements which usually result in low level of health due to poor living condition and lack of basic services. Nigeria’s housing deficit was estimated at 17 million as at August 2012 by the National Bureau of …

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LOOKING FORWARD TO LAGOS AT 50

Rasak Musbau As the anniversary of Lagos’ golden jubilee draws nearer, reminiscence over the State’s socio-political and economic development from inception till date is quite natural. In particular, efforts of the various pathfinders who worked assiduously to ensure that Lagos remains a true ‘Center of Excellence’ is worth bringing into focus. Lagos, though in existence prior to 1967, became a …

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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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