By Dipo Olowookere
Anyone willing to become a real estate agent in Lagos State will be required to possess at least the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
This is the minimum educational requirement for real estate agents, according to the Lagos State Real Estate Regulatory Authority (LASRERA) Act signed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing, Mrs Toke Benson-Awoyinka, explained that this move was taken to professionalised real estate practice in the state.
She also said the new law will make real estate transactions in the state conform to global and professional best practices as it would be very easy to regulate.
According to her, this is part of the government’s efforts to protect individuals from illegal real estate transactions and fraudulent persons or organisations in the sector, adding that it is now mandatory for people involved in tenancy agreements below five years to register their transactions with LASRERA.
Mrs Benson-Awoyinka maintained that the signing of the real estate law will boost financial transparency in the sales and purchase of property, stating that investors and investees can now be prosecuted upon discovery of fraudulent practices in transactions in the sector.
“It is now an offence for an individual or organisation to engage in real estate business in Lagos State without being registered with the agency. It is very important that real estate practitioners in the state comply with the provisions of the new law,” she said.
The Special Adviser envisaged that the new law will contribute to the ease of doing business in the state by curbing fraudulent and sharp practices, especially by unregistered practitioners in the sector.
Egbin Power Renovates Ijede Police Station
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Egbin Power Plc has been commended for rehabilitating the Ijede Police Station in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State through and Sahara Foundation.
The facility was renovated to boost security in Ijede, Egbin and Ipakan communities. The project was commissioned on Thursday, January 26, 2023, with representatives from the Nigeria Police Force, Egbin Power, Sahara Foundation, and stakeholders from the communities in attendance.
“We express deep appreciation to Egbin Power and Sahara Group for this beautifully renovated project. We want to assure them that what they have done today will be properly maintained, and we extend our hands of fellowship to them and the people of these communities.
“I want to reassure them that we will continue to render better security to the communities,” the Lagos State Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge of Administration, Mr Ewah Bassey, commented.
He further stated that the project would go a long way in boosting the morale of the officers at the station and supporting the police officers’ efforts towards promoting peace and security in the community.
While commending the firms, the Area Commander, Area ‘N’ Ijede Division, ACP S. K. Bawa, noted that the renovation project carried out by Egbin Power Plc, and Sahara Foundation was a noteworthy initiative, which would further boost security in the communities and improve the welfare of officers in the police station.
Similarly, the Obateru of Egbin Kingdom, Oba Adeoriyomi Oyebo, applauded Sahara Foundation and Egbin for enhancing security in the communities through the intervention.
“From the project we have just commissioned, I want to commend the efforts of the management of Egbin Power and Sahara Foundation. This is the kind of cooperation that exists between the organizations, the communities, and the police.
“I want to urge the police, especially at the divisional level here at Ijede, to make good use of the laudable project and make sure that the project is sustained and maintained,” the monarch said.
In his remarks, the chief executive of Egbin Power, Mr Mokhtar Bounour, explained that the company, through Sahara Foundation, has further demonstrated its commitment to sustainability by making an impact in the lives of people and adding value to communities where the organizations operate.
He disclosed that the project was part of Egbin Power’s commitment to enhancing infrastructure development, socio-economic growth, and effective policing to promote safety and security in the company’s host communities.
“This initiative is part of our strategy at Egbin Power Plc to be closer to the communities where we operate. The police are a vital part of our stakeholders in society, and we appreciate the effort and resources they apply to deliver adequate security to protect lives and property. We also know they are doing their best to keep people and property safe in our communities.
“So, through projects of this nature, we will continue to demonstrate our encouragement and support for them in discharging their duties and making a difference,” he said.
In her remarks, the Director for Governance & Sustainability at Sahara Group, Ms Ejiro Gray, said, “the intention of this initiative is to ensure that our Police officers who risk their lives every day and night to secure lives and property in our communities are able to perform their duties in a conducive atmosphere and with the right infrastructure and facilities.
“So, this is one of the ways we are contributing our quota to that agenda of promoting access to energy, a sustainable environment by transforming lives and livelihood at Sahara Foundation, Sahara Group and by extension Egbin Power Plc.
“We cannot talk about making an impact without providing adequate security of lives and property, which is a core component of the wellbeing of every society and community.”
Effective Tips & Tricks for Attracting New Clients
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Network, Network, Network
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INEC Extends Deadline for PVC Collection by One Week
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the extension of the deadline for the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) by one week.
The commission, in a statement issued on Saturday night by Mr Festus Okoye, the National Commission and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC, disclosed that the deadline, earlier fixed for January 31, 2023, has now been moved forward to February 5, 2023, to allow more voters to pick up the PVCs.
However, INEC stressed that it would not extend the deadline for PVC collection again, advising Nigerians to take advantage of the latest postponement.
“The commission met today, Saturday, January 28, 2023, a day after its meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) from the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, and deliberated on a number of issues, including the reports from RECs on the ongoing collection of PVCs in its 774 local government offices nationwide.
“It will be recalled that at the meeting with RECs on Friday, January 27, 2023, the Chairman of the commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, indicated that the commission will not hesitate to consider additional measures to ensure that all citizens have ample opportunity to collect their PVCs ahead of the general election.
“Having reviewed reports from all states of the federation, the commission is encouraged by the progress made so far as more Nigerians troop out daily to collect their PVCs.
“Arising from reports from the various states and discussions with RECs, the commission has decided to further extend PVC collection in all its local government offices nationwide by an additional one week. “The ongoing collection of PVCs nationwide will, therefore, continue and end on February 5, 2023. This is the second time the commission is extending PVC collection nationwide, and this will be the last extension of the exercise. The collection period has further been extended by an additional two hours and will start at 9 am and end at 5 pm daily, including Saturdays and Sundays.
“Those that engaged in double and multiple registrations should not bother visiting any of the commission’s offices as the commission did not print their PVCs. The commission will continue to act on all reported cases of sharp practices during the ongoing PVC collection and will ensure no Nigerian is disadvantaged, and all those that carried out valid registration have an opportunity of collecting their PVCs.
“The commission once again salutes the patience and doggedness of citizens,” the statement said.
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