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Lagos govt inaugurates virtual service for sexual crime victims

The Lagos State Government has moved to curb rising gender-based abuse by creating the Virtual Referral and Response Service through which victims can receive timely support and response.

The wife of the governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, stated this on Thursday at the inauguration of the Virtual Referral and Response Services in Alausa, Ikeja, where she described the system as a timely intervention.

“The Virtual Referral system is particularly a right step in the right direction. It is long overdue and a timely intervention. It is designed to move with the times as it relates to leveraging on technology for providing prompt and necessary services to survivors of sexual and gender-based crimes,” she stated.

Mrs Sanwo-Olu stated that the virtual response service would provide help for victims of sexual violence, which surged during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The lockdown necessitated by the pandemic and its connected drawback brought about a spread in cases of rape and other forms of sexual and gender-based crimes. In rising to the challenge, the Lagos State Government has been putting several measures in place through multi-sectoral stakeholders’ initiatives, led by my office in collaboration with vibrant ministries, departments and agencies,” she said.


Only JSS3, SS2 will resume on Sept 21 – Lagos Govt

The Lagos State Government has announced the plans for both public and private schools’ resumption in the state after the lockdown of schools as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Kayode Abayomi, The Head, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Education,  in a statement on Sunday, quoted the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, as saying the state would adopt a phased approach in reopening the public schools.

“This phased approach to opening will enable public schools to meet COVID-19 social distance rules and safety protocols and will help us watch the behaviour of the pandemic as we gradually open up our schools.

“The present Junior Secondary 3 and Senior Secondary 2 students in public schools in the state are to resume classes from Monday, 21st of September, 2020.

“The resumption will permit the present JSS 3 students, who are already in an exit class, to revise and get adequately prepared for their forthcoming Basic Education Certificate Examination organised by the Lagos State Examination Board and scheduled for between Tuesday, 6th and Monday, 12th of October, 2020.

“The resumption will also afford the present SSS 2 students an opportunity to prepare effectively for their transition to SSS 3. The scheduled dates and venues for entrance examination into Lagos State Model Colleges will soon be announced by the state examination board,” the statement read in part. Punch

Lagos govt promises to make artisans globally competitive

The Lagos State Government has promised to invest in the development of infrastructure and improve the global competitiveness of artisans.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs Yetunde Arobieke, spoke during the commencement of the 10th edition of the Tradesmen and Artisans’ Capacity Building Programme, a statement said on Sunday.

“This training programme is the upskilling of 500 artisans across different vocations in the state, and it is a clear demonstration of our commitment to continually improve the quality of our artisans for global competitiveness,’’ Arobieke said.

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The commissioner expressed the desire of the state government to equip tradesmen and artisans towards becoming 21st century artisans in line with the THEMES agenda of the present administration.

“The members of the informal sector are the engines that drive the economy; hence it is important for Lagos artisans to work towards the realisation of a common purpose which is building a vibrant informal sector for sustainable economic growth,’’ Arobieke said.

She added that the training scheduled to hold for eight weeks would expose the beneficiaries to latest trends and innovations, as well as equipment needed in their various vocations to continue to remain relevant among their contemporaries.

The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs Boladele Dapo-Thomas, said the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund was positioned to strategically empower entrepreneurs, increase their access to finance and create inclusive and sustainable policies and standards. Punch

Lagos govt to build toilets to stop open defeacation

The Lagos State Government has disclosed plans to build public toilets so as to discourage open defeacation and urination.

The state’s Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, who disclosed this on Monday, also urged the residents of the state to cultivate healthy toilet practices.

He explained that healthy toilet practices would help to reduce the government’s expenditure on treatment of diseases and make more money available for other important public uses.

Bello made the call in a message to mark this year’s World Toilet Day with the theme, ‘Leaving No One Behind.’

He said, “Water and sanitation crisis has claimed more lives than all the wars of the 20th century combined. One out of five children dies of diarrhoea, gastroenteritis and cholera, among other diseases.

“This staggering statistics, no doubt, call for urgent action among all stakeholders to prioritise toilet and sanitation issues, enhance access to water and sanitation facilities as well as spread awareness of the ills of undesirable sanitation practices.

“Sanitation and toilet issues require urgent actions to stem the tide of diseases and bring about a healthy citizenry.”

The commissioner government would partner public institutions in the state to build and maintain clean toilets and ensure free access to such facilities. Punch
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