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LAGOS FIRST LADY TO LAUNCH ENDOWMENT FUND TO DEFRAY COST OF PEDIATRIC SURGERIES

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Lagos State First Lady, Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu on Saturday said plans are underway to launch Endowment Fund to defray the cost of pediatric surgeries for needy babies of Ayinke House of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.

Speaking during a courtesy visit to LASUTH as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Dr Sanwo-Olu who is the Chairman of the Committee, said it was important to make the right investment in healthcare delivery to play up the health of the people, and also support the needy.

She said the present administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had already identified healthcare as a major sector to be massively supported in line with efforts to ensure a greater Lagos.

According to her, “We decided to do our CSR here; this is Ayinke House in LASUTH. We are hoping that we would send the message down to the people that there is need for us to invest in our patients, as well as invest in our doctors and nurses so that they can deliver good healthcare to our people in Lagos State which is one of the key pillars of the development agenda of the government of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for a greater Lagos.

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“We have come here and we have identified something we can take up as our project and that is endowment fund for the Pediatric Surgeries that are being done here. Already, the Lagos State Government is doing 0-12 free healthcare for children but we need to also partner with them to do endowment fund and encourage a lot of people to also partner with us.”

The First Lady, accompanied by the wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs Oluremi Hamzat and hundreds of COWLSO members, also embarked on ‘Awareness Walk’ from LASUTH to Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, as part of efforts to further inform residents on the forthcoming National Women Conference of COWLSO scheduled to hold from October 22 to 24, 2019 at the Convention Centre of Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The conference, with the theme: “Unlearn, Learn And Relearn: 21st Century Women’s T.H.E.M.E.S Perspectives/Approach,” is designed to empower women with skills to key into emerging opportunities being provided by the administration in the State.

Also speaking, Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, Professor Adeokunbo Fabamwo said the management of LASUTH was extremely delighted to partner with the First Lady to support the needy babies through the endowment fund.

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“We are very delighted to have the First Lady, the wife of the Deputy Governor and the whole of the COWLSO crowd here in LASUTH. We are also pleased with the endowment fund for needy babies. The government of Lagos State has a free health policy for 0-12 and this has been on since 1999 but we need to assist government.

“So, we want to appeal to high-net-worth individuals and corporate organizations to put funds in that endowment fund because some of those children for instance need cancer care. Cancer drugs are very expensive and government may not be able to provide everything; that is what the whole idea of the endowment fund is all about.

“This is a laudable project. I thank the First Lady for this endowment fund and I again use this opportunity to call on individuals and corporate organizations to come around and support the First Lady’s project for the treatment of needy babies; it is very commendable and we welcome it,” Fabamwo said.

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ICPC Declares Obono-Obla Wanted

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has declared the former chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), Okoi Obono-Obla, wanted.

The agency, The Cable reported on Tuesday, said that it took the decision because of Obono-Obla’s “repeated failure to appear before it to answer questions bordering on allegations of fraud and corruption.”

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Court Grants FG Request For Interim Forfeiture Of Maina’s 23 Properties

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted an order of interim forfeiture of 23  properties belonging to Abdulrasheed Maina.

Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo gave the order on Tuesday, October 22, after hearing an exparte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Maina was the Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team.

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The court also made an order directing the publication of the Interim Order of Forfeiture in any national daily newspaper inviting any person(s) or body(ies) who may have interest in the assets and properties listed in the schedule to show cause, within 14 days of such publication, why a Final Order of forfeiture to the Federal Government of Nigeria of the said assets and properties should not be made.

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The exparte motion was moved by M.S Abubakar.

It was brought pursuant to section 17(1) and (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.

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Court Orders Forfeiture Of Saraki’s Ikoyi Properties

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the temporary forfeiture of two properties of Bukola Saraki, a former Senate President of Nigeria.

The properties are located at 17A McDonald Road, Ikoyi, Eti Osa local government, Lagos state.

Nnaemeka Omewa,  counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC), had approached the court, seeking an order of interim forfeiture of the properties.

According to Omewa, they were acquired through “proceeds of unlawful activities”.

Part of the reliefs sought by the EFCC included “An order of this honourable Court forfeiting to the Federal Government of Nigeria landed property with appurtenances situate, lying and known as No. 17A McDonald Road, Ikoyi, Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State found and recovered from the respondent which property is reasonably suspected to have been acquired with proceeds of unlawful activity”.

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According to the commission, while serving as governor of Kwara state, Saraki allegedly withdrew over N12 billion cash from the account of the Kwara government and paid the same into his accounts domiciled in Access and Zenith Banks through one of his personal assistant, Abdul Adama.

Delivering ruling on the application, Mohammed Liman, the presiding judge, ordered interim forfeiture of the two properties.

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He also instructed that the EFCC should publish the order in a national newspaper within 14 days, for anyone with interest in the properties to show cause, why they should not be finally forfeited to the federal government.

Recall that the federal government had arraigned Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) while he was Senate President.

He was accused of failing to declare his assets, an allegation he denied, before the supreme court subsequently dismissed the false assets declaration trial.

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