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Sanwo-Olu, USAID Join Forces For A Thriving, Sustainable Lagos

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Sanwo-Olu, USAID Join Forces For A Thriving, Sustainable Lagos
  • Governor hosts USAID’s Melissa Jones, explores collaborative initiatives
  • Discussions cover health, energy, agriculture, environment, and creative sectors
  • Partnerships aimed at improving lives, driving progress in Lagos State

In a significant move towards sustainable development, the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, hosted the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director, Ms. Melissa Jones, at the Lagos House Marina on Tuesday, May 28, 2024.

The meeting provided a platform for extensive discussions on forging partnerships across crucial sectors, including health, energy, agriculture, environment, water resources, hygiene, nutrition, and the creative industry.

Recognizing the multifaceted challenges facing the state, both leaders expressed a shared commitment to finding holistic solutions.

Addressing the prevailing issue of morbidity and mortality rates in Nigeria, Governor Sanwo-Olu and Ms. Jones explored strategies to strengthen the health insurance system, ensuring a robust safety net for all residents. “Ensuring universal access to quality healthcare is a top priority for our administration,” the governor affirmed.

Sanwo-Olu, USAID Join Forces For A Thriving, Sustainable Lagos

Furthermore, the discussions delved into sustainable energy solutions, with a focus on renewable sources and energy efficiency measures.

The officials also explored avenues to bolster the agricultural sector, promote environmental conservation, and improve water resource management and sanitation practices.

Notably, the creative industry took center stage as a driver of economic and cultural prosperity.

Governor Sanwo-Olu expressed his enthusiasm for nurturing local talent and creating an enabling environment for creative enterprises to thrive.

“Sustainable development requires a holistic approach that addresses various interconnected challenges,” Ms. Jones remarked. “USAID remains committed to supporting Nigeria’s growth through collaborative partnerships and impactful initiatives.”

The meeting concluded with a shared vision and a commitment to explore specific projects and initiatives that could transform lives and drive progress in Lagos State.

Both leaders expressed optimism about the positive impact these partnerships could have on the state’s development trajectory.

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Sowore joins protest against Tinubu

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Omoyele Sowore, Presidential candidate of African Action Congress (AAC)  has joined the marathon, featuring categories of 42 KM and 10 KM, unfolded across Surulere, Lekki, and Victoria Island on a Saturday morning.

Omoyele Sowore in the 2019 and 2023 general elections have participated in the annual Lagos City Marathon, traditionally organised by Access Bank in collaboration with Sowore himself.

The marathon, featuring categories of 42 KM and 10 KM, unfolded across Surulere, Lekki, and Victoria Island on a Saturday morning.

Notably, as the 52-year-old Sowore commenced from Lekki Phase 1, his ultimate destination was the finishing line at the Eko Atlantic venue for the award ceremony.

It was observed by SaharaReporters that Sowore, rallying his supporters under the banner of #RunWithSowore, transitioned the event into a platform for a peaceful protest.

Following the marathon’s completion, they expressed their concerns, protesting against the escalating issues of insecurity and hardships prevalent in the country.

Approximately 100 participants joined Sowore in the protest, chanting songs advocating for “non-commodification of education” and expressing grievances against President Bola Tinubu, referring to him as a traitor.

In the 2024 Lagos City Marathon, Bernard Sang triumphed in the 42km race, outpacing 80 elite marathoners and claiming the grand prize of $50,000 with a remarkable finish time of 2 hours, 16 minutes, and 49 seconds.

Simon Cheprot and Edwin Kiptoo secured the second and third positions, earning $40,000 and $30,000, respectively.

Among the women, 25-year-old Ethiopian Kebene Chala secured the top spot, earning the same grand prize of $50,000. Both male and female winners have also earned spots in the marathon event at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

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