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Sanwo-Olu begins assessment of destroyed properties in Lagos

...as Isa Aremu urges FG to mainstream youths into nat'l devt.

Governor of Lagos State Babajide Sanwo-Olu has begun an assessment tour to properties destroyed across the state in the wake of the #EndSARS protest with a view to ascertaining the value of the huge losses.

Sanwo-Olu, who is currently going around the state, is being accompanied by his deputy, Olufemi Hamzat, some members of the state cabinet and armed security operatives.

Sanwo-Olu’s first point of call was the Ajeromi-Ifelodun local government secretariat, in Ajegunle area of the state, which was completely burnt and looted by angry hoodlums on Tuesday.

The governor also inspected the Ajeromi police divisional headquarters as well as Layemi police station, all of which were also set ablaze and destroyed on Tuesday.

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Also, assessed was the newly built Onyingbo bus terminal where nearly 100 high capacity BRT buses were burnt to ashes.

Sanwo-Olu and his team also moved to the Ojodu Berger sprawling facility that houses the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Vehicle Inspectorate Service (VIS) and Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) have their operational offices.

Also inspected was the Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC) which was also damaged and a BRT bus terminal where carcasses of several BRT buses burnt, littered the entire area. The assessment tour is still ongoing.

Recall that Governor Sanwo-Olu during a live interview on Arise TV monitored in Lagos on Thursday, said the destructions in Lagos as a result of the protest will run into billions of naira, and would seriously impact on the state 2021 budget.

Sanwo-Olu had also said that the state government would take its time to compile the losses and put a monetary value on them.

Meanwhile, a former deputy president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Isa Aremu has asked the Federal Government to mainstream the youths into national development.

Aremu, currently the vice president of industrial Union, spoke on Arise Television programme monitored on Friday, saying the #EndSARS protest that sparked off the destructions across the country was a consequent of long years of youths’ exclusion from national development.

“How can we shut down the universities that should engage the youths, and at the same time shut them out of the labour market.

These are the fundamental issues I expected the President to touch on during his address Thursday. I saw a lot of missing links in the address,” said Aremu, who advised the government to seize this momentum to mainstream the youths into national development.

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