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The Cities This Week: Lagos Edition




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Source: businessweek.com

Source: businessweek.com

Lagos to Commence 2014 Household Survey

As part of efforts to sustain its economic development, the Lagos Bureau of Statistics announced plans to commence the year 2014 household survey from September, 1, 2014. The exercise is a welfare and service delivery survey to gather information on the basic nature of economic activities, impact of government programmes and projects in various communities and the perceived constraints to growth and productivity in the state.

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Lagos Moves to Regulate Estate Agency Charges

Lagos State government has initiated moves to regulate estate agency fees in the state, where it estimated to be between 10% and 75%. This is extremely high when compared to Ghana at 5%, Kenya at 1.2% and South Africa where it ranges between at 4% and 8%. To this end, a stakeholders’ meeting was recently convened at the instance of the Lagos State Real Estate Transaction Department (LASRETRAD) to deliberate on “Real Estate Agency Fees in Lagos”.  Regulating the fees will ensure more people have access to rented accommodation.

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FINANCE: Governor Fashola Adjusts 2014 Budget to meet present needs

LAGOS State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has signed a re-ordered 2014 Appropriation Bill into law in a move aimed at retaining the flexibility of government to meet the needs of the people. The re-ordering, according to the governor, “is to take care of emerging issues like the reversal of Lagos State University, LASU, school fees policy which requires us to make provisions to cover LASU shortfall in projected revenues in order to service the school; the unanticipated but very urgent need to address the threat of the Ebola Virus Epidemic, EVD, and also a need for counterpart funding request that enables us to access developmental funds to install solar power panels in 172 public schools and 11 primary health centres in the first phase”. The re-ordered budget total of N11,66 billion is made up of N7, 2 billion reordered into recurrent expenditure and N4,46 billion into capital expenditure representing a ratio of 51 per cent for capital to 49 per cent to recurrent.

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TRANSPORT: Putting More Efforts In Rail Transport Revival

Source: Channels TV

Source: Channels TV

While inspecting the abandoned Nigerian Railway Corporation Maintenance Yard in Apapa, Lagos State, The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has reiterated the need for the Federal Government to pay more attention to the revival of the rail transport system in Nigeria, as it remains the most viable means of transporting heavy cargo, especially petroleum products, across the country. State Government intends to make a comprehensive report to the Federal Government on what needed to be done in order to make the rail system effective and efficient.

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HEALTH: Lagos Dedicates August Sanitation Exercise To Prevent Ebola

The monthly sanitation exercise, which was held on the last Saturday of August was used to demonstrate preventive measures to curb the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease. During the sanitation exercise some preventive steps and ways to prevent spread of the disease were demonstrated. Before the exercise, The Commissioner for the Environment, Tunji Bello said “As a preventive measure to curb the spread of the disease, Lagosians must come out in large numbers and actively participate in the Saturday exercise. Efforts should be concentrated on the cleaning of drains, canals and fumigation of our environment to completely eliminate the disease in the state.”

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Olamide Udoma is a researcher, writer and filmmaker holding degrees in BSc Architecture, MA Design and MPhil Infrastructure Management. Olamide has worked in London, South Africa and Nigeria with various organisations focusing on transport management, slum upgrading and housing rights in urbanising African cities. At Our Future Cities NPO, she is the Lagos manager and editor.