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Ambode receives UNWTO delegation, says ‘investment in infrastructure geared towards boosting tourism’

The Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili, on Wednesday, said that Lagos would play a pivotal role in the organisation’s quest to promote new tourism destinations across the world.

Pololikashvili, who made this known when he led a high-powered delegation, consisting eight Ministers of Tourism and representatives from 44 countries across Africa on a courtesy visit to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, said the Technical Visit to the State, as part of the activities for the just concluded 61st UNWTO/CAF Meeting in Abuja, was a pointer to the role Lagos would play in developing tourism in the continent.

Describing the visit to Lagos as the best part of the meeting, the UNWTO Scribe said, “We are here to promote new tourism destinations. You can count on us, thanks to you, to promote this fantastic place. Thanks for receiving us and rest assured that Lagos will be one of the most important parts of our strategy branding.”

Responding, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said the massive investment in infrastructural renewal by his administration was a well thought out strategy to position Lagos as a tourism hub.

He said his administration was not unmindful of the massive economic benefits yet untapped from the tourism sector, adding that conscious efforts are being made to maximise the potential for the benefit of the people.

“We believe that with the kind of population and the market that Lagos has, we must start to create tourism infrastructure to be able to grow the economy, that’s why as you move across Lagos, you would observe that it is technically a construction site; from the airport and as you go on the bridges and also when you go to the Eko Atlantic City.
“But the ultimate goal is that these infrastructure will now drive people to come and spend their weekend here, just the way you have decided to spend your Wednesday here in Lagos and the government gets some form of revenue from taxes when people use our hotels.
“So, there is a cycle of development that tourism tries to drive and that is why we have continuously supported whatever has to do with tourism and let me reiterate also that we would continue to support everything tourism because anything that can integrate and bound the continent together, that’s where we should go because we are the next story,” Ambode said.

He said a UN report in 2016 showed that 86 people enter into Lagos every one hour, with only Mumbai coming close with 79, followed by New York and London with 7 and 9 respectively, adding that it was a viable opportunity to use tourism to drive human and capital development.

“Lagos has almost a population of 24 million right now. According to UN report, as at 2016, 86 people enter into Lagos every one hour and most likely not wanting to go back. Next is Mumbai, 79; New York 7; London, 9.

“So, why are people coming to Lagos and not wanting to go back? It means that at a point where we are not able to provide jobs for them, we need to start looking at the area of tourism to be able to create that next port of building the State’s GDP and tap into the creative mind of our people, which is something that we have not really been doing across Africa,” the governor said.

Welcoming the delegation to the State, Ambode said the technical visit by the delegation was auspicious, as it would provide an avenue for top players in the tourism sector from the across the continent to rub minds and forge a common course towards making Africa the choice destination for tourists across the world.

The governor noted that Africa, despite being the least travelled tourism continent in the world, houses the best tourism destinations, adding that stakeholders must use the summit to create a synergy and collaborate going forward to change the narrative.

“In this whole tourism industry, we are just an integral part of the whole bonding story that we are trying to build across Africa. This is very significant for us because now that we are beginning to see that every destination is an important destination across the continent, it is important that we integrate ourselves and also share whatever possibilities and opportunities that we have together.

In his remarks, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, thanked Ambode for his support towards the hosting of the 61st UNWTO/CAF Meeting in Nigeria, saying that it was largely responsible for the success of the event.

“Without the generous support and cooperation of Lagos State this 61st UNWTO/CAF Meeting would not have been possible. When I ran into difficulties it was my brother that I came to and he bailed me out. I remain eternally grateful to you and Nigeria is very grateful to you because your support has made the Meeting successful,” the Minister said.

He said the visit to Lagos was a major part of the conference and Lagos was chosen because of its foremost place in the country’s tourism architecture, adding that the massive investment in tourism infrastructure by Ambode has gone a long way to show the State’s seriousness to emerge as a leading tourism hub in Nigeria and Africa.

He said the day-long Technical Visit will see the 101 delegation from UNWTO, including Ministers of Tourism from eight countries and representatives from 44 countries in Africa visit the Eko Atlantic City in Victoria Island, arguably the biggest of its kind in Africa with world class facilities that would further drive tourism in Nigeria.

Lagos to subsidise staff housing scheme

The Lagos State Head of Service, Mrs. Folashade Adesoye has said that steps are currently being taken to ensure that the Rent-To-Own Scheme of the State Government eases the accommodation problem confronting employees in the Civil Service.

Adesoye disclosed this on Tuesday at the ongoing annual Ministerial Press Briefing to mark the third anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration held at Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa

She stated that efforts are in top gear to review the Staff Quarters Manual to further strengthen the basis of the relationship between the Government and occupiers of the Staff Quarters.

Adesoye gave assurance that her office will not rest on its oars until affordable housing units are provided for members of staff, just as she expressed optimism that the Rent-To-Own Scheme would create a veritable platform for Public Servants to benefit maximally from this mortgage scheme at a subsidised rate.

Speaking further, the HOS stated that the budgetary provision for Housing Loan for civil servants in the State has increased from N50 Million N100, saying that the development lays credence to the State government’s commitment to staff welfare.

“Within the period under review, 280 Public Servants from various MDAs benefitted from a total sum of N95,033,564.14 as housing loan,” she said.

The HOS stated that the government has a total housing stock of 1,121 Housing units spread across the State as staff quarters, stating that the units have served as an avenue through which the government ameliorates accommodation issues for its workforce.

She disclosed that the State government through the Office of Transformation, Creativity and Innovation, OTCI, has completed the design of an advocacy programme aimed at enlightening Public Servants on the need for a change from a “Fixed” to a “Growth” Mindset, stressing that governance in Lagos State has been characterised by promises fulfilled, anchored through a vibrant and purposeful Public Service.

“I take pride in stating that our Public Servants are competent professionals who are committed to the tenets of Service delivery. We boast of loyal, dedicated, and effective Officials across the broad spectrum of our employees from the Management Staff to the Cleaners, Drivers and Office Attendants. Let me, therefore, use this forum to celebrate the diligent Public Servants of Lagos State for their readiness to embrace change as we consolidate on our efforts to becoming a Smart City.” Adesoye stated.

Lagos to review Child Rights Law, widens scope of offences

Lagos State Government has disclosed that its Child Rights Law is being reviewed to widen the scope of punishable offences and persons as well as accommodate present-day realities.

The Permanent Secretary and Solicitor-General Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Funlola Odunlami, who disclosed this in her office stated that some punishments as stipulated in the law have not served its intended purpose of deterring abusers of children from desisting from such acts, hence the need to review the Child Rights Law.

The Permanent Secretary who spoke on Tuesday during a stakeholders’ meeting on “Amendment and implementation of the Child Rights Law, 2015 maintained that the overall intention of the review is to place emphasis on empowering children and protecting their rights from being infringed upon.

She added that the review would take into cognisance necessary framework that would be helpful in the entire review process, assuring that the outcome would be more beneficial to all concerned stakeholders on children matters.

Odunlami listed the sections of the law that are being considered for review as Section 3, 7, 13, 17, 19, 20-23, among others.

The Sections, according to her, range from parental neglect, sentencing terms, forms of punishment for offenders as well as the inclusion of persons responsible for facilitating the under-age or forceful marriage of a girl in the punishable persons, among others under the Child Rights Law.

The Solicitor-General expressed the hope that the participants, drawn from government, non-government and private organisations would produce a more robust recommendation that will take care of the interest of all the concerned parties.

 

Infighting deepens as parallel APC congresses hold nationwide

The state congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was marred by irregularities on Saturday.

From violence to factional disputes, the exercise plunged the ruling party into a deeper crisis.

Various factions staged their own congresses in Lagos, Delta, Kogi, Kwara, Ondo and Oyo.

Imo congress held despite court order against it

In Imo state, the congress took place at an undisclosed venue, despite a court injunction against it.

TheCable learnt that the congress was organised by a faction of the party loyal to Hillary Eke, the party chairman in the state.

Among the officials elected at the congress — which was reportedly witnessed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are Eke (chairman), Ugochukwu Nzekwe (vice chairman), and Patrick Eze, secretary.

Omo-Agege led the pack in a parallel congress in Delta

The APC congress in Delta held despite the postponement of the exercise by the party’s national working committee.

The NWC had in a letter addressed to the chairman INEC and signed by Mai Buni, APC’s national secretary, confirmed the postponement of the exercise till Monday.

Saraki and Abdullahi

In a letter dated May 18, 2018, the party’s NWC had informed INEC that the state congress had been postponed till Monday.

Unconfirmed reports had it that the reason was as a result of unresolved disputes within leaders of the party in the state.

The postponement, nonetheless, some of the stakeholders were said to have attended the congress which held in Okpanam. Among those in attendance were Ovie Omo-Agege, senator representing Delta central senatorial district.

‘Anti-Tinubu’ faction held parallel congress in Lagos

In Lagos, two different factions of the APC held parallel congress. While one of the factions — loyal to Bola Tinubu, national leader of the party — had its at the party secretariat in Ikeja, the other faction led by Fouad Oki held its at the Lagos Airport Hotel, also in Ikeja.

In February, Oki had led other aggrieved members of the party in the state to form a group — the Broom United Movement. Delegates from various wards and local government areas in the state attended the congress organised by Oki’s faction.

Geofrey Onyema, minister of foreign affairs; and Juliet Ibekaku, special adviser to the president on justice reforms,addressing reporters

Thugs chased delegates away at parallel congress in Ondo

Suspected thugs invaded the venue of a parallel congress of the party in Ondo state, destroying congress materials and also injuring some of the participants.

The thugs who invaded the venue of the congress — BTO Hall, Akure — chased away the delegates and others in attendance. Some party leaders at loggerhead with Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of the state, organised the congress.

Among those injured in the violence were Bamidele Baderinwa, a member of the house of representatives, from the state, as well journalists covering the exercise.

A separate congress by loyalists of Akeredolu held at the International Event Centre, Akure. There was no violence reported at the venue.

Delegates at the parallel congress in Oyo

In Kwara, two parallel state congresses took place, both in Ilorin.

According to NAN, while the faction loyal to the Senate President Bukola Saraki, held its congress at the Banquet Hall opposite the government house, another congress by a faction loyal to Lai Mohammed, minister of information, took place at Arca Santa Event Hall.

Abdulfatah Ahmed, governor of the state, Bolaji Abdullahi, APC spokesman; lawmakers representing Kwara at the national assembly and state assembly were present at the congress.

Saraki, while speaking at the congress commended members of the party for the peaceful conduct of the ward and local government congresses.

A member of APC, Moji Adeyemi; Munsurat Sumonu, Senator representing, Oyo central ,Senatorial district; and Shittu

He said most of the executive members at the wards and local government level were youths, adding that this was a sign of good things to come in 2019.

The congress held at Arca Santa Hall had Moshood Mustapha, a former special assistant to the senate president in attendance. Raheem Adedoyin, a former commissioner in the state; and Ganiyu Olododo, a former secretary to the state government, also witnessed it.

Executive members of the two factions emerged through consensus arrangement.

In Edo, John Oyegun, national chairman of the party was absent at the congress which held at at Imaguero College Hall, on Sapele Road in Benin City.

Anslem Ojezua was affirmed the state chairman. Ojezua was among the Edo APC Exco who were returned to office in a congress that was widely described as free and fair.

“The party is well organised. You can see that for yourself. Don’t you think this sort of experience should be taken to the federal level? Edo is the light; we want to show the light to Nigerians on how things should be done and how political parties should be organised,” Godwin Obaseki, the governor, said.

Okey Onyejekwe, chairman of the congress committee, commended the 1, 265 delegates drawn from the 18 local government area of the state for their conduct during the exercise.

In Katsina and Jigawa, all the officials of the party were returned through a consensus arrangement.

But in Oyo, there was a repeat of the May 13 parallel local government congress. Two factions held the exercise in two locations in Ibadan, the state capital.

While Abiola Ajimobi, the governor attended the congress held at the Lekan Salami Stadium, the unity forum led by Adebayo Shittus, minister of communications, held its own at the Liberty Stadium.

Present at the Lekan Salami Stadium were Adebayo Alao-Akala, a former governor; Abdulfatai Buhari, senator representing Oyo north; Olagunju Ojo, speaker, Oyo state house of assembly and Teslim Folarin, a former senate leader.

Ajimobi, Alao-Akala and Folarin, addressing the crowd

Akin Oke, the APC chairman in the state, and several others were returned through consensus.

But at the congress of the unity forum Shittu, said members must check the impunity that had characterised the running of the party’s affairs in the state.

He expressed concern over what he called the dictatorial attitude of a few persons running the party without any consideration for those that had worked for its success.

“It is in the course of our efforts to liberate the party from these individuals that we have brought this congress and we will continue to do the wishes of the people so as to bring sanity into the system,’’ he said.
In Enugu, suspected thugs broke into Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu and disrupted the exercise.

Banire confronts Tinubu in Lagos, holds parallel APC congress

The festering crisis in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, blew open on Saturday as two parallel state congresses were held by opposing factions.

One congress was held at the party secretariat on ACME Road, Ogba, Lagos, while the other held at the Airport Hotels, Ikeja Lagos.

While the ACME Congress comprises of those loyal to APC leader, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the Airport Hotel Congress were those loyal to APC National Legal Adviser, Mr Muiz Banire

Benitez, an erstwhile Tinubu loyalist has been at loggerheads with the party leader over control of structures after he lost a bid for the party’s ticket at the 2015 governorship elections.

APC Banire Congress at Airport Hotel, Ikeja

The Asiwaju Tinubu faction elected Alhaji Tunde Balogun as chairman, while the Banire faction elected Fuad Oke as chairman. Election of other officers are still on going.

The Banire group dismissed Tinubu’s Congress as illegal, citing that it is based on 57 Local Governments while theirs was based on the Constitutional 20 Local Governments as stipulated in the constitution of Nigeria.

Mr Banire while addressing his supporters said, they will not surrender Lagos to those who only want to keep enriching themselves without the interest of the masses, saying that they will do everything possible to truncate the continued reign of Tinubu in Lagos.

Food security: Lagos spends N1.05bn on LAKE rice subsidy

Lagos State Government on Thursday said it has subsidized LAKE Rice to the tune of N1.049bn from December 2016 till date, as part of efforts aimed at sustaining food sufficiency and food security in the State.

Speaking at the ongoing annual Ministerial Press Briefing to mark the third anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration held at Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau said that LAKE Rice, which is being sold at a highly subsidized rate of N12,000 per bag of 50kg, has helped crashed the skyrocketing price of rice in the country.

“The State Government has subsidized LAKE Rice under this review period with One Billion, Forty Nine Million, One Hundred and Forty Thousand, Three Hundred and Ninety Five Naira (N1,049,140,395.00). This is targeted towards ensuring food sustainability and food security in the state and as an end result, making Lake Rice a national brand,” he said.

Suarau explained that the subsidy include cost of transportation, bagging and difference in cost price of the rice from other brands, adding that a total of 150 marketers and other ancillary service providers have been empowered through the sale of LAKE Rice.

The Commissioner while restating the commitment of the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode led administration to boost the production of rice disclosed that the State government has completed an agreement to acquire and establish a 32 tonnes per hour rice mill with AG (“Bühler”), a leading rice-mill producer in the world stressing that the establishment of the rice mill is targeted at enhancing food security and creating employment in the State.

“It is estimated that the partnership would facilitate the creation of  274,000 jobs across the agriculture value chain, and will also bring about the cultivation of 32,000 hectares of farm land to produce rice paddy, equating to an estimated 130million Kg of processed rice per year which is an equivalent of 2.6milion 50kg bags of rice”, he said.

The Commissioner said that the establishment of the state-of-the-art rice mill will serve as a platform for Lagos to partner with other South-West States aside the existing collaboration with Kebbi State.

This, he said, was in consonance with the region’s resolve towards achieving economic integration, ensure that adequate rice is supplied to the 32 metric tonnes per hour rice mill and make provision for empowerment programmes for farmers across all the value chains of Agriculture.

Suarau said that the present administration has since inception embarked on agricultural policies and programmes aimed at enhancing food security in the Stated noted that State government has made a lot of deliberate efforts to enhance agriculture with the introduction of programmes in Vegetable farming, poultry, cassava farming and various forms of agro- processing programmes to the youths.

He said that the commitment of the State Government towards the attainment of food security depended largely on cooperation of every resident of the State, stressing that food security and hygienic environment occupies the front burner of the present administration’s plans to facilitate job and wealth creation as well as reduce poverty in the State.

He said during the period under review, a village listing survey was carried out in three agricultural zones of the State with results revealing that about 711,736 families now take farming as occupation in the State.

“The State carried out Village Listing Survey in the three Agricultural Zones, namely West (Badagry); East (Ikorodu) and far East (Epe). The survey revealed that the estimated number of families taking farming as primary occupation is 558,420 while those taking it as secondary occupation is 153,316 in the State,” Suarau said.

The Commissioner also said that a total of 1,500 farmers and marketers across the Five administrative divisions of the State has been empowered  adding also that the Agric Youth Empowerment Scheme has trained over 600 youths in various agricultural enterprises such as Poultry, Fishery and Crop production.

“The State Government has also provided 12 units of coconut processing equipment for coconut processors in the State and this include Stainless two ton per hour coconut greater, 7.5 H.P Electric motor, Industrial burners, Aluminium bowls and spoon among other equipment”, Suarau said.

He assured that the present administration was totally committed to ensuring that the State becomes food secured and continue to demonstrate its all-inclusive system of governance as a means of expanding the dividends of democracy.

Stop rejecting gunshot victims, Lagos police commissioner warns doctors, hospitals

…says offenders risk five years in jail

The Lagos State Police Command on Wednesday warned hospitals and doctors to henceforth desist from rejecting gunshot victims, saying such act constitutes a flagrant violation of an existing law.

Reacting to a media report on the refusal of an hospital to treat a victim who was shot and wounded by armed robbers, the police said it must be noted that doctors who do so are criminally liable on account of the provision of the Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims Of Gunshot Act, 2017. 

In a statement by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, the police said it would henceforth arrest and prosecute any medical practitioner who rejects gunshot victims on the ground of police report.

“The attention of the Nigeria Police, Lagos State Command, has been drawn to the Punch Newspapers publication of Monday, May 14, 2018, captioned ” Hospital rejects victim over bullet injuries.” 

“The story goes that one Engr. Adebayo Akinwunmi, a senior engineer with an Information and Communications Technology company, was shot and wounded by armed robbers in his house at Ofada-Mokoloki, Ogun state and was brought to Reddington hospital, Ikeja for treatment only to be refused admission on the unlawful and inexcusable grounds that there was no police report. 

“The Command considers the action of the hospital as cruel; perhaps, an indication that the hospital management may be ignorant of the “Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims Of Gunshot Act, 2017,” Oti said. 

He said the Act demands that every hospital in Nigeria whether public or private ‘shall accept or receive for immediate and adequate treatment with or without police clearance any person with a gunshot wounds.’

“The Act, however requires the hospital treating such a patient to report the fact to the nearest police station within two (2) hours of commencement of treatment,” Oti clarified.

He said the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal was saddened by the allegation against the said hospital, and had henceforth directed the arrest and prosecution of any medical practitioner who violates the law.

“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Imohimi Edgal, saddened by the allegation against the Reddington Hospital, has directed all Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers in Lagos State to henceforth arrest and diligently prosecute any medical practitioner who rejects a gunshot victim on the ground of no police report.

“The CP wants doctors to note that the Act recommends a 5-year-jail term for any person, hospital or authority who stands by or omits to do his bit which results in the unnecessary death of any person with bullet wounds,” Oti said.

One killed in Lagos APC congress violence

One person was reportedly shot dead on Saturday as the All Progressives Congress (APC) congress in Lagos state turned violent.

It was learned that the exercise was going on smoothly at Central School, Dopemu, until suspected thugs invaded the area, shooting sporadically into the air.

The shootings had resulted in chaos in the area as participants in the congress scurried to safety.

The thugs were said to have killed one Nurudeen Olanose while an unconfirmed number of persons were injured.

The police say three persons have been arrested over their alleged involvement in the killing.

Chike Oti, spokesman of the command, said the suspects have been taken to the criminal investigation department, Panti, for interrogation.

He said: “We confirmed that one person was killed on Saturday at Central Primary School, Oniwaya Agege. Three persons allegedly involved in the killing have been arrested.

“The suspects have been taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti for interrogations. The victim was killed outside the venue of the APC ward election.

“The victims and those arrested had nothing to do with the election as they were not accredited.”

In a similar development, the congress in Ifako-Ijaiye local government area was brought to an abrupt end as a mild violence erupted over the choice of candidates.

Trouble started when the electoral officers announced some names as elected executive members after which some party members immediately protested in opposition.

The intervention of security personnel on ground prevented a breakdown of law and order.

The electoral officers in charge of the process were whisked away by security officials after some persons attempted to attack them.

Lagos ICT hub to raise new set of entrepreneurs – Commissioner

Lagos State Government has concluded plans to transform the Sabo Industrial Estate in Yaba into a Technology Hub and another Silicon Valley where a new set of entrepreneurs will be raised to address the challenges confronting the nation in the ICT sector.

The State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Hakeem Popoola Fahm disclosed this while briefing the press on the activities and achievements of the Ministry at the ongoing Y2018 Ministerial Press Briefing at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa in commemoration of the Third Year in Office of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode led administration.

He explained that the State government saw the need to embrace software development and key into its vast available employment opportunities to drastically reduce the problem of youth mass unemployment, stressing that the present administration has set up a Committee on the ICT Hub and all hands are on deck to ensure a successful implementation.

Fahm noted that upon successful implementation of the ICT Hub, Lagos State will become the catalyst for IT penetration and enablement in Nigeria and Africa.

In his words, “One of the benefits of the hub is to promote knowledge, employment generation, wealth creation and economic prosperity for the citizens of the State and Government”.

He said that ICT is more of a tool than a need itself as the growth of ICT in the State has affected every aspect of human life as virtually every aspect of our lives has a digital dimension.

Speaking on the Smart City Initiative, the Commissioner said it is an all-encompassing project that will holistically address all sectors of the economy, noting that the need for a smart city arises from global advancements in Technology and its ability to impact speedily in almost all challenges facing a Megacity like Lagos.

“The main objective of the Lagos Smart City initiative is to connect human capital, social capital and ICT infrastructure in order to address public issues, achieve a sustainable development and increase the quality of life of its citizens within the shortest possible time”, he enthused.

Fahm asserted that the Citizens Gate project, which is aimed at facilitating online interaction, communication and connectivity between the citizen and the State Government, has captured 22 critical Ministries, Departments and Agencies in its first phase in 2017, revealing that an additional 95 MDAs will soon be added to the portal within the next few weeks for completion of the second phase.  

He said the Ministry has continued to make remarkable progress through the e-governance platform by providing portals for the verification/processing of vehicle registration on www.lsmvaapvs.orgwhile the platform for processing of drivers’ licence is underway.

The Commissioner assured that theState government will soon provide additional Wi-Fi access at bus terminals and several parks/gardens in addition to such facility already existing at the Ndubuisi Kanu; Johnson, Jakande & Tinubu as well as Muri Okunola Parks in Lagos.

Court lifts injunction restraining Lagos from implementing consumption tax law

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday lifted its interim injunction restraining the Lagos State Government from enforcing the provisions of Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption Tax Law, 2015.

Justice Rilwan Aikawa, in a ruling on a motion filed by the Registered Trustees of Hotel Owners and Managers Association of Lagos, had restrained the State Government from further enforcing the law pending the determination of the matter.

Joined as defendants are the Attorney General of Lagos State and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

The plaintiff is urging the court to strike out the Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption Law, Cap H8, Laws of Lagos State 2015.

The plaintiff also asked the court to restrain the State Government from enforcing the provisions of its new Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption (Fiscalisation) Regulations 2017.

At the last adjournment on April 17, counsel to the first defendant, Mr Lawal Pedro (SAN), had informed the court of his motion, seeking a variation of the court’s interim orders made on March 21.

Pedro, in the motion, argued that the interim order was made following misrepresentations and concealment of material facts by the plaintiff.

He had specifically argued that the interim injunction was irregular for not being within the scope of the relief sought by the plaintiff (hotel operators) in the suit.

“Not discharging the interim injunction will cause greater hardship, damages and injustice to the Lagos State Government which cannot be compensated by the plaintiff,” Pedro had argued.

When the case came up again on Monday, Olasupo Shasore (SAN), announced appearance for the plaintiff and informed the court that he had reached an agreement with the defence counsel for a variation of the existing orders, pending determination of the suit.

He added that it was also agreed that no new measures would be introduced by the defendants until determination of the substantive suit.

In response, Pedro confirmed the position, and added that the restraining orders be lifted on the Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption Law, Cap H8, Laws of Lagos State 2015 which has been in force in the State.

According to him, the restraining orders on the Regulation 2017 can be allowed to subsist pending determination of the suit.

He, then, moved his motion, seeking variation of the interim orders.

The court consequently ruled: “An Order is hereby made, varying the orders made on March 21, 2018.

“The variation shall be to the extent that the restraining orders against the first defendant from implementing the Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption Laws of Lagos State, be expunged from the said order, while retaining the restraining orders on Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption (Fiscalisation) Regulations 2017.”

While ordering the plaintiff to comply with the laws of the State, the Court added that no new measures should be introduced by the first defendant pending the determination of the suit.

Meanwhile, the court has granted an accelerated hearing of the matter and adjourned till June 4, 2018.