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LAGOS: Govt to overhaul all state-owned infrastructure for sustainability

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THE state government has declared its readiness to completely refurbish all its infrastructure and make the assets more sustainable using standard guidelines for designs of office buildings recently produced and approved for the purpose.

The General Manager, State Infrastructure Asset Management Agency (LASIAMA), Adenike Adekanbi, who made the disclosure on Monday in Ikeja, said various buildings are presently undergoing rehabilitation based on the initiative and approval of Mr. Governor, who has also given the agency the target to Ikeja health facilities and education infrastructure.

She said: “The process we follow in settling for assets to refurbish is in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S. Agenda as well as Mr. Governor’s directive to focus on health and education. We are investing in capital projects for those places. So our first consideration is always health and education and then other offices come next.

“We actually get a lot of requests and it is very difficult for us to prioritise, but what we try to look at is safety. We have to consider if the building is safe. The ones that are not safe you have to do something quickly about them and then you go from there. But we prioritise health and education facilities and then consider others afterwards,” Adekanbi stated.

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She also revealed that infrastructure renewal and maintenance ongoing in the State was a deliberate measure by the government to transform the landscape and create the right kind of work environment for the workforce, stressing that Mr. Governor believes that government buildings are not only workplaces but also a statement to the public on how the government conducts its businesses.

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On expectations from the agency, Adekanbi maintained that Governor Sanwo-Olu sees LASIAMA as an agency that is contributing to the economy.

In her words: “I think the biggest thing for Mr. Governor is that we are creating jobs. So when you have an infrastructural renewal agency like this, one of the biggest things we do is create jobs and contribute to the small and medium scale businesses in the economy. That’s really big for him. He is really interested in that.

“When you handle a construction job you create jobs for that sector, when you have a maintenance job, you also create jobs for the sector. It’s a continuous thing. So I think he sees us more as an agency that is not only sustaining and preserving infrastructure but also an employment creation agency, thereby contributing to the State’s economy,” the General Manager explained.

Adekanbi listed Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that LASIAMA has worked or is working on to include Lagos State Fire Service Stations, Lagos Television (LTV), FADAMA Coordinator’s office, Drivers Institute (LASDRI), Blocks III and IV at the Secretariat, Alausa, which hosts the Ministries of Works and Infrastructure as well as Health and Information and Strategy, respectively, among several other public buildings.

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Actor Damilola Ogunsi – Why I’m Qualified For My Role In Anikulapo

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Nollywood actor Damilola Ogunsi has corrected a viewer of ‘Anikulapo: Rise of the Spectre’ who referred to him as white.

The albino actor played the role of an angel in the recently released series by film-maker Kunle Afolayan.

However, the decision to use Ogunsi as an angel did not go down well with a viewer with the X handle Ohjay1 who faults it.

Sharing a clip from a scene from the series where the protagonist, Saro (played by Kunle Remi) met an angel (played by Damilola Ogunsi) at the gates of heaven, wrote, “This thing has to stop, why use white as angel inside black movie #Anikulapo.”

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Reacting, the albino actor said it feels good for him not to be recognised.

He, however, said he is “blacker” than anyone in the scene.

Reposting the viewer’s tweet, Ogunsi wrote, “Feels good not to be recognized.

“I’m sure I’m ‘blacker’ than anyone in that scene.”

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How Motherhood Shaped My Career – Actress Bisola Aiyeola

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Popular Nigerian actress Bisola Aiyeola has disclosed that she stopped taking some acting roles when she became a mother.

The Reality TV star, who is a single mother of one said she is always conscious of the acting roles she accepts in the movie industry because of her child.

“I have a growing child and sometimes some of the roles you take can affect her positively or negatively. Especially because she is growing… You have other children around her who have different thoughts on what their parents do and so I have to be careful with some stories because I have to think that, in the long run, would it be a good look for my child?” The actress asked.

The actress said her trajectory has been one of patience and putting her daughter first, no matter what.

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She said, unknown to many, that she has been in the industry for years, even before going on the Big Brother Naija reality show in 2017.

She noted that her passion has been her driving force.

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Cook-a-thon Attempt: Failatu Starts Her Guinness World Record Longest Cooking Marathon In Tamale

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As the world welcomes the new year 2024, Abdul-Razak Failatu has started her attempt to set a Guinness World Record (GWR) of the longest cooking marathon.

This is coming days after Afua Asantewaa Owusu Aduonum’s sing-a-thon world record attempt officially ended after six days.

Failatu Abdul-Razak started her attempt on the eve on the New Year – 2024 in Tamale in the Northern Region of Ghana.

She is attempting to break the current Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon.

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She is aiming to clock for 120-hours.

She is working from the Modern City Hotel in Tamale.

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