Monday, June 29, 2009

Again, Fashola marks birthday, donates to children’s homes

Fashola At 46: Celebrates Birthday With Underprivileged Children
• “We have dedicated the whole of this year to children, youths and women”, he says

Jun 28, 2009 - Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Sunday celebrated his 46th birthday with a visit to the Missionaries of Charity Babies’ Home in Ikosi, Ketu just as he also donated a new building to the Chief Michael Oyemade Ogunjobi Children’s Home in Surulere.

Governor Fashola, who was accompanied by his wife, Abimbola, the Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Prince Ademola Adeniji-Adele, among other top government functionaries, also said his administration has dedicated the whole of this year to children, youths and women in the State.

Speaking at the Missionaries of Charity Motherless Babies Home, Governor Fashola, who donated items ranging from food and beverages to babies’ things as well as other items to the inmates, praised the dedication of the proprietors of the Home saying the visit has given him the opportunity to experience the challenges under which the children had to grow up.

The Governor, who was received later cut his birthday cake with the support of the inmates, advised the children to be of good behaviour while promising that his administration would do all it could to support the institution. Read more...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

In Memory Of The King Of Pop. Michael Jackson. 1958-2009

Michael Jackson's Best Dance

LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson, the sensationally gifted child star who rose to become the "King of Pop" and the biggest celebrity in the world only to fall from his throne in a freakish series of scandals, died Thursday. He was 50.

Jackson died at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Ed Winter, the assistant chief coroner for Los Angeles County, confirmed his office had been notified of the death and would handle the investigation.

The circumstances of Jackson's death were not immediately clear. Jackson was not breathing when Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to a call at his Los Angeles home about 12:30 p.m., Capt. Steve Ruda told the Los Angeles Times. The paramedics performed CPR and took him to the hospital, Ruda told the newspaper.

Jackson's death brought a tragic end to a long, bizarre, sometimes farcical decline from his peak in the 1980s, when he was popular music's premier all-around performer, a uniter of black and white music who shattered the race barrier on MTV, dominated the charts and dazzled even more on stage.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The New Igbobi College.

Fashola Advocates Creation Of Database For Mobile Phone Subscribers.

Fashola Advocates Creation Of Database For Mobile Phone Subscribers

Jun 23, 2009 - Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Tuesday advocated the creation of a database in which all mobile telephone subscribers can become identifiable.

Governor Fashola who spoke during a courtesy visit by the Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat, Mr. Steven Evans at Lagos House, Ikeja added that while the government is evolving policies to ensure that every SIM card owner can be identified, Etisalat as a new entrant should take an innovative lead by establishing a system through which no SIM card is sold without an identity of the name and contact details of the person who owns the SIM being collected in a database.

He added that Telephone networks and World Wide Web (W.W.W) despite its advantages is also prone to be deployed to unsavoury uses, one of which is the issue of anonymous phone calls and text messages to law abiding citizens.

Said he: “The Information gateway now can be a very volatile and dangerous weapon which must be controlled from getting into anonymous hands. We can create a database in which everyone becomes accountable for one another”

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Random Eko By Pics.........

Lagos imposes tax on food consumption, services

LAGOS State Government, on Monday, signed into law a bill to impose tax on food consumption and services at hotels, restaurants and event places.

With this, anybody who buys consumable goods or gets service at hotel and restaurant, pays five per cent of the purchase or the service.

According to the Special Adviser to the Governor on Legislative and Political Powers Bureau, Mr. Abdulkareem Abdullateef, the hotels include, a motel, guest house, apartment for short-time letting, while event centres include; hall, auditorium and open spaces and all other places dedicated as public.

Presenting the bill for signing, Abdullateef said that defaulter would be liable to two years imprisonment or N2 million option of fine or both.

According to him, managements of the hotels and restaurants had been appointed as agents to collect the taxes, while the Lagos Internal Revenue Service would be in charge of the administration of the law.

Abdullateef stated that the law stipulated that every hotel and restaurant must register with the Lagos Internal Revenue Service to effectively implement the law.

He stated that government would begin to operate the law 30 days from when it was signed, calling on all to cooperate with the government.

To address issue of double taxation, the special adviser said that the hotel and other affected restaurants had been exempted from sales tax in the state.

“It’s not going to be business as usual, before any government ministry, agency or local government officials can enter into any contractual relationship with any hotel, restaurant, event centre, there is a condition precedence and it is that such an event centre must produce an evidence of registration with LIRS,” he said.