Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on
Monday, June 29th, 2020 unveiled 5,000 transistor radios, 5,000
face masks and cash donation by the Committee of Wives of Lagos
State Officials (COWLSO) to improve access to educational contents
by pupils and students in the State in response to the challenges
thrown up by Covid-19 pandemic.
The transistor radios and face masks, which were donated by
COWLSO in partnership with the Office of Lagos State First Lady to
the Ministry of Education, would be distributed across the State,
especially in the hard-to-reach areas including riverine areas.
Speaking at event, which was held at State House, Marina,
Sanwo-Olu commended COWLSO for the laudable
initiative to play up the education of children in the State,
expressing optimism that it would enhance access to educational
contents on radio.
“What COWLSO is donating this morning is to improve and enhance
the learning capability of the children and so we are excited that
they have been able to put this together for the students.
“I understand that this is the first batch, others will come in.
This is a new norm and so we need to adapt to the new realities of
where we found ourselves and so this is part of adaptability and
innovation has to come to learning.
“What we are doing now is as much as possible, learning can be
done offsite and so it is just something to make our children get
themselves busy, have a tool, have an app, have a phone and have a
radio and whatever it means to communicate such that at the agreed
time and in the comfort of their learning environment, they can
tune in, they can listen, they can take notes, they can interact
and be in tune,” the Governor said.
He said the donation by COWLSO would greatly help students to be
abreast of all of the things happening as far as their education
was concerned since schools are physically not operating for
On her part, the First Lady and COWLSO Chairman, Dr Ibijoke
Sanwo-Olu said the initiative to donate the transistor radios was
borne out of the desire to ensure that no child is left behind in
the access to quality education in the State, while the 5,000 face
masks and the cash donation would help to ease the burden of
parents and guardians and the students in this era of the new
She said statistics confirmed that there are over a million
children at home during this pandemic period not going to school
for the past three months, while students preparing for WAEC and
Jamb exams had equally been affected.
“In this new normal, Ministry of Education has gone ahead to
improve on e-learning, loading the Nigerian curriculum on to some
platforms and in a bid to reach out to more students in the rural
and riverine areas numbering about 200,000 across Lagos State in
the primary and Secondary schools in Ibeju Lekki, Epe, Ikorodu,
Badagry, Agege, among others, COWLSO is coming on board to assist
with transistor radios so that our students will have access to
educational programmes on radio.
“During the first phase of the lockdown, COWLSO took part in
distributing palliatives. We distributed food items, hand
sanitizers and everything that needed to be distributed. However,
we were still worried about the education of our children now that
they are not going to school.
“We just don’t want to stop at giving palliatives; we wanted to
move further and so we decided to donate radio transistors with
batteries to ease the leaning of the children since we learnt that
the Ministry of Education had perfected partnership with some radio
stations,” the First Lady said.
She urged corporate organizations, religious bodies, human
rights activists, among others to come to the plight of the
children by joining hands with government to play up education with
the view to engender a better future for students in the State.
While thanking teachers for the time invested in education, she
charged students to reciprocate the efforts of government to scale
up their education by coming out with better grades.
Earlier, Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo
commended the First Lady and COWLSO members for the donations,
saying it would perfectly key into efforts to improve access to
education for pupils and students considering that some radio
stations have signed on to the learning programmes initiated by the
Ministry to engage students throughout the pandemic period.
She also disclosed that the Ministry was working on establishing
a Radio Station that would be solely dedicated to education to
expand time for airing of educational contents and improve access
Chelsea FC star and Nigeria international, Victor
Moses who is on with Italian giant, Inter Milam Football
Club has made a revelation.
He said; “I love football, it’s been my passion since I was a
child. It’s in my blood and what I love doing. The turning point of
my career came when I made my debut with Crystal Palace when I was
“I entered the pitch and the atmosphere was incredible. It made
me think that football was my reason for living, something where I
could give everything with 100 percent commitment.”
“Conte is a great man and coach, I know his methods well. He
wants the best from his players and that’s the main reason I’m here
because I’ve worked with him and I know what he wants: he just
wants us to go out there, work hard and have fun while putting our
idea of ??football into practice.”
“Obviously that’s what I want to do, to win with him, this team
and a fantastic club. I already knew Romelu Lukaku, Ashley Young
and Christian Eriksen. They’re all fantastic guys and we’re all
rowing in the same direction.”
Nigeria’s leading financial institution, Access Bank Plc has
announced that it has refunded the Stamp Duty Charges on its
This is contained in a statement by the bank. It reads;
“Earlier this week, we informed our customers that we had
inadvertently not charged stamp duty on some accounts from February
to April 2020 as mandated by the Federal Government.”
“Stamp Duty Charge collection in compliance with the mandate of
the ‘Finance Act, 2019 (Stamp Duty Act, Cap S8). We are required by
law to apply this charge as applicable and remit all funds
collected to the Federal Government.”
“However, we have heard our customers’ feedback that this charge
is unwelcome, especially at this time against a challenging
“We have considered your feedback and have decided to pay the
Stamp Duty on our customers’ behalf for the affected period only.
this means all individuals and SMEs who were debited for the
accumulated Stamp Duty Charge for February to April 2020 will be
“While we still have to remit these funds via the CBN to the
Federal Government, we realise that we got it wrong by debiting our
customers late, and we are refunding the affected Stamp Duty Charge
today to all affected customers.”
“Please send us a mail through [email protected]
if you have any further enquiries regarding the Stamp Duty
“We hope this gesture goes some way to make this better and we
would like to thank all our customers who reached out to us to
share their views.”