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In Flooded Lagos Community,Owode Elede Canoe Replaces Uber,Students Are On Forced Holiday

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After the simultaneous downpour in Lagos, more than two weeks after Esther Abu and her children are still counting their losses as they watch their belongings floating in a stagnant pool.

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In five years that Abu has lived in Owode Elede, along Ikorodu road in Lagos, the recent flooding is the worst. Apart from finding it hard to get where to lay her head every other night, her means of livelihood is a subject of worry. It’s the same situation for Grace Moses, Abu’s neighbour.

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“Years before now, the water stopped at the backyard and did not enter the room,” Abu, idling with her neighbour on a tiny dry space, told TheCable on Wednesday.

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“The water has now entered into our rooms. It’s going to a month that we’ve been sleeping inside water.”

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The women, who hawk food in the area, said the flood had claimed spaces where they set up to cook and this has pushed them out of business. Tens of shops have also been closed in the area, and the few opened for business are struggling to keep their wares afloat.

A mechanic, who simply identified himself as Energy, told TheCable his workshop had been flooded and about eight cars submerged. For weeks, he has been waiting for the water to dry.

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“I have to move my tools up here the express side, to see if I could still get some jobs here. Until this water dries, I can’t go back to check the damages on those cars at the workshop,” he said, pointing in the direction of his sinking workshop.

Moving from Owode through to Ajegunle, TheCable gathered only few houses close to Ikorodu road are spared.


The persons in this canoe would have probably driven their cars home


Ayenua street, by Owode bus stop, is already becoming a commercial waterway. Less than 300 metres away from the express, are canoes waiting to take residents to their waterlogged houses. Depending on the distance, one of the paddlers who gave his name as Godbless, said the fare ranges from N10 to N200.

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“This is our own Uber,” smiling, Godbless would liken his business to the popular ride hailing service.

“We have a number of residents down the street. Most of them go to work outside of this place, and if we are not providing this service, they will be stranded. If you come here at night, people queue for canoes, you know that’s the time when most of them return from work.”

Although Godbless is now cashing in on the situation, he told TheCable that he is not happy because he is also a victim of the flooding.

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The rise in the flood this time also came as a shock to Godbless who said it was the first time people would need boat to traverse the area.

“In the past, you could walk through the low level water with your rain boot but only God knows what happened this year. The water lever is too high,” he said.


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But for the flood, Anglican Primary School would have been an ideal place for learning
While academic activities are on in public schools across Lagos, pupils of Anglican Primary School in Ajegunle have been sent home for weeks and wouldn’t resume until the water dries. Officials of the school who spoke with TheCable off the record said they had asked the pupils to go on a two-week holiday but that the time had elapsed yet they are not sure of when to call them back.

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Afolakun Samson, chairman of the School Based management Committee (SBMC), who graduated from the school in 1969 said the last time the school got taken by flood was be in 1964 when the community witnessed successive downpours.

“We need a quick solution because of our children, because this was what happened then in 2010 that they had to move our secondary school out of the area,” he said.

In May, TheCable reported how students were still feeling the effect of relocating the only public secondary school in the community to a distance of four kilometers.

Samson said they have written letters to education authorities, and the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) had come to inspect the school yet no solution.

Before now, according to Samson, some contractors came and said they were unable to start work because the government was owing them.

In 2010, Ajegunle and its environs were flooded following the opening of the Oyan dam by the Osun/Ogun River Basin Development Authority (OORBDA).

Former President Goodluck Jonathan had visited the area, promising the residents that the federal government would intervene, and billions of naira have been reportedly allocated but residents who spoke with TheCable still called on the government to provide help but there has been no response.

“Since the climate change issue, this flooding is coming almost every year. But this year, since I came here I have never experienced this,” Nnadi, chairman of the residents association in Owode Elede told TheCable.

“It is terribly too much. The level is so high. You can see the depth. We are asking the government to bring a solution to this, there is a solution it is just that the government doesn’t want to do it.

“Even if government wants to partner with the community, we will be able to assist. If they can do a retaining wall, we call it river embankment, the water will no longer penetrate. It will only hit at the retaining wall and go back. It is capital intensive and that’s why community alone cannot do it. If they are not giving us a retaining wall, let them give us a high drainage, then the road will be free from here.”

Many trapped in their homes

When contacted, Femi Oke-Osayintolu, general manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said the government had a long time told residents to leave because the area was prone to flood.

“If you recall, flood affected that area in 2010 and some of the victims were evacuated to Agbowa,” he said.

“And you will recall then that Lagos state improved on infrastructure of that region in terms of reconstruction of buildings. It was well stated that that place is a flood prone area and our people are aware of that, that people should not build houses there. The government kept them for 10 months at Agbowa relief camp. They even built structures in Agbowa, advising them that they should move from that area and go and settle in Agbowa area that is not flood prone.”

He said there have been predictions of flood in Lagos, and because the government values the lives and properties of its citizens, the government carried out sensitisation in the area.

“We told them to move from that flood prone area. We told them to improve on their drainage system, they should clear their canal. They should ensure they do not build their houses in the flow of water,” he said.

“These are preventive measures. When the government is doing their bits, our people too need to do theirs. You can’t leave it to government alone. Emergency management is the business of everybody. Ask our people, what are they doing? All of them will be saying that it is our ancestral place , we can’t leave the place. All of them will not do the needful and these are the results. They made a choice, they must be able to face the consequences of the choices they made.”

He, however, noted that the local emergency management committee in the area was yet to pass the information to LASEMA.

“We are on standby, if they need our assistance, we will move in. The chairman of the local government area is the chairman of the local emergency management committee, and we are yet to hear from him that this is what they can’t handle.”

Last week, Tunji Bello, Lagos commissioner for environment and water resources, had said flood might remain in Owode and other parts of Lagos considered to be lowline areas.

The commissioner said releasing of water into the river by the Ogun-Osun River Basin Authority is partly responsible for the situation, adding that the state government was in talks with officials of the Ogun-Osun River Basin authority to release their water gradually.

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CAC 2020 Guide : How To Register Business Name With CAC In Nigeria

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If you are thinking about starting a business in any country, the first and foremost step that you have to go through is business name registration. This article will walk you through the process of registering the company name in Nigeria with all the required documents and the cost incurred while completing the whole process with CAC in Nigeria 2020.

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Registering a business name in Nigeria is a very easy process as the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in Nigeria has simplified the procedure by introducing its website with certain search tools and online portals which minimizes the wastage of time of going to the CAC office and carrying out the procedure there. To know how the CAC Nigeria online name search works and how the whole business name registration process in Nigeria goes, read the full article as a step to step guide is described below.

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Three (3) Easy Steps to Register Your Nigeria Business Name
The steps to register your company name in Nigeria are simple and straight forward. They are as under:

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1. Search for Name Availability
The initial and most important step for company registration in Nigeria is to register a business name. In this step, one must decide a name for their business and then check with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) if it’s available or is already in use. For this search process, CAC has their website where one can go and check for availability. CAC’s website has a public search tool which is free of cost. Once the name is decided, the business name registration in Nigeria is a very easy-going process. If the website search confirms that there is no pre-existing business in the same name, then the incorporator, as a next step, must conduct an official search using the CAC online portal. This search costs N500 (Five Hundred Naira) and it confirms the name availability and permits reservation of business names in Nigeria for 90 days.

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2. Apply for Business Name Registration
Once the business name is approved and reserved, the incorporator, as a next step, shall submit the duly completed statutory forms. Here, the incorporator must attach two passport-sized photographs along with the form. If the company is in partnership, then each applicant’s photographs must be attached with the form. This step can be also completed online and requires you to fill the following information:

Approved Name of the Business
General Nature of the Business
Address of the Business
Name, Address, Occupation and other details of the Proprietors of the Business
Signature of the Proprietors
On the other hand, if the name does not get approved then the incorporator must obtain another reservation form and re-submit it along with it 2 business name options and wait for the approval.

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3. Pay the Applicable Fee
Once all the application forms are submitted, the incorporator must pay the applicable fees for registering a business name in Nigeria. The breakage of the total fees that must be paid to the CAC is given below:

Reservation of Name N500
Business Name Registration Form N250
Fee for Registration of Business Name N10,000

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Restrictions in Registering a Business Name in Nigeria
While registering a business name in Nigeria, one must keep in mind that no rules are being violated, as there are certain pre-defined restrictions one must follow. They are:

The name should be 100% unique.
The name must not contain terms like Chamber of Commerce, Federal, National, State, Regional, Government, Municipal, Chartered, Co-operative, Building Society, Group, or Holding.

Names must not contain terms which in the opinion of the Commission has the capability to mislead the nature or extent of its business activities or is undesirable.

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The name must not be offensive to the public policy.

The name must not be in contrary to the public policy.

The name must not, in the opinion of the Commission, violate any existing trademark or existing business name in Nigeria (unless consent from the owner is obtained).

How to Change Your Company Name in Nigeria?

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If you are wondering whether a person is allowed to change the names of companies in Nigeria, the answer is yes.

Anyone who is willing to change their company name must follow a streamlined process, and the problem is sorted. If you are one of them, and looking for a guide to take you through the procedure of changing a business name in Nigeria then you are on the right platform.

A step by step procedure is stated below.

Procedure for Changing a Business Name in Nigeria

Check for the availability of the desired name with the help of the CAC name search, if it’s available then reserve it until the whole documentation and payment procedure gets completed.

Once the CAC Nigeria name search confirms that the desired name is available then prepare an application stating the reasons for the change in the business name along with the signature of two directors.

State a special resolution explaining the desired change along with the signature of two directors.

Once the application is submitted and approved, surrender the original certificate of incorporation for cancellation purposes.

The next step is to do the payment of filing fees.
Check whether the annual returns are up to date.
Get the stamped memorandum and articles bearing the new name
Documents Required for Changing a Business Name in Nigeria
A board resolution stating the approval of name change
3 copies of memorandum and articles of association using the new business name
The original certificate of incorporation
Cost of Business Name Registration in Nigeria
Reservation of business name N500
Filing of notice regarding the change of business name N5,000
Filing of annual return N1,000
Delayed annual return penalty N100 per day

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AbdulRazaq Fixes Over 50 Years Infrastructural Neglect In Kaiama, Gives New Look To IGS

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Almost a year after AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq was given the mandate to become Executive Governor of Kwara State through the mantra of Oto Gee. Immediately he assumed office he set a new slogan for his administration known as Iseya.

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Different sectors in the state are beginning to witness infrastructural and human development transformation since he assumed office in May, 2019.

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Giving attention to education sector, AbdulRazaq embark on assessment of public facilities with the aim of renovating them, some sections of Kwarans were sceptical of the governor’s will power to close the wide infrastructural gap.

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Government Unity Secondary School, Kaiama is one of the schools in the state crying for infrastructural transformation which has never received government funding and maintenance in its over five decades of existence. Unprecedented years of infrastructural neglect and abandonment.

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It was learnt that out of sheer conscience and passionate concern for community development, the Emir of Kaiama, Alhaji Muazu Omar, took up the renovation of the school from his personal resources having seen the deplorable state of a once flourishing learning centre that has churned out prominent individuals who have contributed immensely to nation building.

AbdulRazaq, who has always want a better life for his people through his leadership has taken the bull at the horn is now embarking on massive rehabilitation of schools across the state to boost productivity and efficiency in the education sector have now come to the rescue of the over five decades old school that had its structures completely dilapidated.

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Today, the ongoing rehabilitation and reconstruction work has put the school in good stead for educational development after many years of colossal negligence as conducive teaching and learning environment and state of the art facilities will be provided by the government to ensure the students are able to learn and develop their skills in line with the governor’s plan for the state.

Emir of Kaiama who sent in his prayers and a thank you message through the Commissioner of Environment, Arc. Aliyu Muhammad Saifuddeen commended the Governor for his masses driven initiatives and foresighted leadership especially after taking the renovation of the over 50years old school.

He prays Allah continues to guide and guard the Governor unto heights of honour which will be pleasant memories to behold for all Kwarans and generations to come.

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The famous Ilorin Grammar School (IGS) in Geri-Alimi, Ilorin was not left out of AbdulRazaq infrastructural development revolution as it was captured in the first phase for renovation and utility refurbishment to provide an enabling environment for teaching and learning which will enhance efficiency, productivity and quality education for all.

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The ongoing school renovations across the state is part of the Governor’s effort to improve the academic performance of students and standards in schools all over the state which will put Kwara on the path to achieving the global ‘Education For All’ initiative as being promoted by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq will continue to partner with relevant government agencies, home and abroad to support educational development in Kwara state.

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Are Ugly Ladies More Faithful To Their Men?

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Hi esteemed readers! Hope we are keeping safe? Please don’t forget our face masks, if we must go out. I must use this medium to appreciate you for your contributions to this column.

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It has been overwhelming for me; it is also humbling. Know this please, you are appreciated. Like Tuface Idibia says, ”without you, there will be no me.”

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Today’s piece is about who is more prone to stick to her man no matter what. The one that will be there for her man 24/7; you get? I ask, does it or should it have anything to do with a lady’s physical looks? You will recall that the Holy Bible tells us that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made, meaning that in an ideal situation, nobody, especially a woman is expected to be ugly.

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You must also agree with me that a man’s beauty should not be measured by his physical appearance! I feel it should be measured by the beauty of his purse; oh sorry, his fat account; no, I mean his pocket.

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Back to my female counterparts, in my opinion, I don’t feel there are ugly women. What I know is that there are women who have stubbornly refused to update their looks.

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The white men call them “plain Janes” ugly Bettys’ and so forth. There are women who have refused to make heads turn in their direction. Comedian Basket Mouth once joked about “ugly girls, being more faithful to their men”.

He said if you want a long lasting relationship, you should ”stick to an ugly girl”! He added that when you date a pretty lady, that there is huge risk of her cheating on you and you will have very little control over her because if you query her outings she will be quick to opt out. But the ugly lady, ”for fear of being dumped by you, will do your every bidding”.

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Dear Basket Mouth, I love you and your shows, your jokes but on this one, I completely disagree with you. I would like to remind the men that they are wired by sight; having said that I feel it will be fool hardy for a man to want to settle for a lady based on her ‘’ugly look”.

Being loyal to your man is not measured only by your physical appearance. A lot goes into a relationship. A whole lot! Women, as I have consistently said on this page, are wired by thoughts and words.

How well do you really touch your woman? Remember Dolly Parton’s ”Touch your woman; everything is gonna be okay”

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Touch your woman,

Let me know oh oh,

Let me know oh oh,

Everything is alright.

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A woman needs helping hands, needs somebody to understand her. Two things are basic to keep us women glued to you like white on rice, and that is the man’s touch and his words. Know what to say and say the right things to her. Know where to touch, oh, let me sneak in this third one.

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Women love men that listen. Yes, good listeners for that matter. Not the man that yawns, when you are telling him how horrible your day went.

Ugly ladies can cheat on a man as often as pretty babe does, especially when you make her feel like you are doing her a favour by dating her. Believe me; the moment another guy shows her little attention, she will be gone before you know it!

How do you explain a very pretty lady dating an ugly guy? It is because of the way he treats her. I once knew of Kate, (not real name).

She was always seen with this guy; a lot of people could not understand what Kate saw in him. Reason: ”Kate was dropped dead gorgeous, while her man was ugly, to put it mildly. Was it money? Far from it! In fact it was Kate that was spending on him. But she confided that it was the way he made love to her.

She claimed that he was thorough. She also claimed that he was so thorough that he would kiss her right from her forehead to her ears, eyes, nose, chin, neck. Take note that most women love it when kisses are planted on their necks, everywhere to even her toes.

Yes, he did all that for her. And that was why she dated no other fellow even when every other guy attempted to date her! She claimed back then that he was her bus stop!

Basket Mouth in his joke also said if you leave an ugly lady alone for months on end, you can be rest assured that you will come back and meet her the same way you left her.

Believe me Basket Mouth, if you don’t treat her well, whether ugly or beautiful, she will dump you so fast you won’t know what hit you.

So, my submission is, whether a lady is ugly or not, her been faithful lies a great deal with how her man treats her.

Source: The Nation

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