The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service has announced that it had brought an early Morning Fire at Balogun Market under control.
The Service disclosed this in a short Statement from its Director, Margaret Adeseye.
The Statement tagged Fire At Balogun Under Control disclosed that it is currently attending to a Fire outbreak at the Famous Market on the topmost floor of a Five Storey Building.
It added that fire outbreak is under control and efforts are on to mitigate its spread to any other building or structures around.
It urged members of the public and traders around the market to remain calm as operations continue at the site of the the Fire.
It also promised to give updates as the situation develops,
The Fire is at 32 Balogun Plaza where Ladies Shoes and Bags are sold.
Read Statement Below
Fire at Balogun Under Control
The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service is currently attending to a Fire outbreak at the famous Balogun Market which involved the topmost floor of a five storey building.
The Fire is however under control as mitigation are on to limits it spread.
Update to follows as situation unfolds.
Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service
March 28, 2023
GROUP CALLS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ORONSAYE REPORT
A coalition of civil society organisations has called for the immediate implementation of the Steve Orosanye report of 2012.
The group is rising stoutly against the continued creation of agencies by the National Assembly, particularly the recent one seeking to create an Almajiri school in the North.
Over the years in Nigeria, there have been sustained campaigns for cost-cutting measures in governance.
Particularly concerning is the duplication of functions and unhealthy rivalry between and among over 200 agencies created by Acts of the parliament.
In the heat of the agitations, the Jonathan administration set up the Presidential Committee on Restructuring and Rationalisation of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies under the Chairmanship of Steve Oronsaye.
After some painstaking efforts, the Committee in April, 2012 submitted an 800-page report.
The report recommended the abolition and merger of 102 government agencies and parastatals.
More than ten years after, the Orosanye report remains on the shelf gathering dust.
This coalition says lack of synergy between the National Assembly and the Executive has continually undermined the implementation of the Orosanye report
The ongoing attempt by the House of Representatives to establish the Almajiri School gives the coalition cause for concern.
Ahead of the public hearing, these civil society groups say some agencies have been established to take care of the almajiri
Governance in the face of dwindling economic fortunes may remain a mirage or at best, mere platitudes, going by feelers from the seat of power in Abuja and its corridors across the country.
For some time now,
Following unsuccessful attempts by successive administrations to reduce the number of federal government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as a cost-cutting measure, former President Goodluck Jonathan, 2011, set up the Presidential Committee on Restructuring and Rationalisation of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies, under the chairmanship of Steve Oronsaye.
The committee also recommended, among other things, the discontinuation of government funding of professional bodies and councils. The measures were, primarily, free funds for the much-needed capital projects across the country.
Oronsaye’s report was greeted with mixed feelings as the sack was imminent, but many felt that in spite of the implications on agencies and individuals that might be affected by the exercise (if implemented), the civil service would be strengthened and made more productive.
Following the submission of the White Paper on the report in March 2014, an Implementation Committee was set up two months later. Eight years down the lane, the government, rather than reduce, harmonise or merge some agencies as recommended in the report, has gone ahead to establish more agencies.
Ten years on, there has been a lull in the actions toward implementing the recommendations of the report
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