Lagos State to establish social register for poor and vulnerable people


The Lagos State Commissioner of Economic Planning & Budget (MEPB), Olusegun Banjo has inaugurated the State Operations Cooperating Unit (SOCU), as part of efforts to create a Single Social Register that would lead to the conditional and unconditional fund transfer to the poor and vulnerable segment of the State.

Banjo explained during the inauguration that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode recently approved the establishment of the SOCU while the validation of the constitution of the Unit was done by the National Social Safety-Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO), Office of the Vice President, Abuja.


Noting that the programme would assist the State to achieve more in its strides to reach the poor and vulnerable segments of her population, the Commissioner emphasised that the initiative is credible because it has the support of World Bank, UNICEF, andother Development Partners.

The National Coordinator, National Social Safety-Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO), Mr. Apera Iorwa in his speech said that not less than 665,655 poor and vulnerable households have been mapped in 26 States of the Nation, explaining that the mapping of the poor and vulnerable is one of the five cardinal facets of the Federal Government Social Investment Programme which aims to pull the poor out of poverty.


He further noted that the major assignment of Lagos SOCU is to establish a Single Social Register at the State level for inclusion into the National Register, hence, this segment of people would have the opportunity to enjoy N5,000 cash transfer while youths will receive skill acquisition training and job employment opportunities to push them out of poverty net.


Iorwa commended Lagos for joining the league States in Nigeria that has embarked on mapping out the poorest of the poor from its Local Governments for the purpose of the intervention.


In her remarks, the Lagos State SOCU Coordinator, Mrs. Olukemi Adedeji, appreciated the State Government for approving the Unit with a promise that her team will deliver on the targets and give the State, as well as NASSCO, a credible Social Register that will be transparent and reliable for planning purposes.

Steamy bedroom video of Lewis Hamilton and his ex Nicole Scherzinger ‘kissing and cuddling’ is leaked online by ‘hackers’


Steamy bedroom video of formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton of his ex-girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger kissing and cuddling have made it to the internet after it was reportedly leaked online by hackers.

According to The Sun, the two-and-a-half clip shows the pair, who split in 2015, lying on a bed together while being intimate and it has been viewed by at least 286,000 times since it was shared.

A source told the newspaper: ‘Nicole will be heartbroken that such footage has found its way online’.

The insider added that steamy bedroom video of former X Factor judge Nicole, 40, and sports star Lewis, 32, was reportedly not intended for the ‘public domain’.

The pair split for the fourth and final time in 2015 after dating for eight years

Two men arraigned in court for allegedly stealing 2,514 chickens in Osun State


On Monday, February 18, the Osun State police command arraigned Lateef Ajetomobi, 43, and Saraju  Yekini,  33, in an Osogbo Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing 2,514 chickens. The police charged Ajetomobi and Yekini on three counts of theft, conspiracy and deceit.


The Prosecutor,  Inspector Joshua Oladoye, told the court that the defendants committed the offence between May 2018 and August 2018, at Olu farm limited, Osogbo. Oladoye alleged that the defendants and others at large,  stole 2,514 chickens valued at  N3 million, belonging to one Akosu Samuel. He said the defendants worked at Olu farm limited.


The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of sections  516, 427, 383(1) punishable under section 390(9) of the criminal code cap 34 vol. 11, laws of Osun, 2003. The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.


The defence counsel, Emmanuel Adebisi, prayed the court to grant his clients bail in the most liberal terms. The Magistrate, Aishat Olayemi, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N500,000 each and one surety each in like sum. Olayemi ordered that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction with evidence of tax payments and three passport-sized photographs, attached with an affidavit of means.

She adjourned the case until March 11, for hearing.