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Lagos, U.S. to mitigate impact of HIV/AIDS on orphans, others

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State deploys technology to check enforcement, traffic violation controversy
Lagos State Government and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have launched Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH)-Integrated Child Health and Social Services Award 2 Project to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and their care-givers.

Wife of the governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, was awarded grand ambassador for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) by ARFH in recognition of her enormous contributions that have ameliorated the condition of OVC.

Ibijoke commended the USAID for the resources channeled to the OVC project, which she described as an all-round that touches the people in different ways and the Ministry of Youth and Social Development for producing OVC State Operational Plan.

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In his keynote address, Commissioner for the ministry, Mr. Segun Dawodu, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Olugbenga Ayoola Aina, stated that the five-year project had reached thousands of persons across the breadth and length of the state with resources to give them economic support and tackle health challenges.

Others who spoke at the event include Chairman of the occasion, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO), Access Bank Plc, Mr. Herbert Wigwe, represented by Head of Sustainability, Mrs. Omobolanle Laniyan; Country Representative of USAID, Helena Merie; President/CEO, ARFH, Prof. Oladapo Ladipo and Chief of Party, ARFH-ICHSSA 2 Project, Dr. Felix Iwuala.

IN another development, to halt the controversy surrounding the operation of law enforcement personnel and alleged traffic violators, the state government, yesterday, introduced Traffic Management Solution (TMS), a technologically-driven device to reduce human interface, eliminate traffic congestions and manage violations of traffic laws.

The state’s Commissioner for Transportation, Frederick Oladeinde, who disclosed this at a press briefing, stated that the hallmark of the new device was transparency.

The commissioner said the device, which would be used by both the Lagos Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and the Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), is linked to the control room where every activity will be monitored.

He said Lagosians would experience transparency with the use of the TMS, as it would expose in details violations with the provision of video and picture evidence to aid the resolution process and give specific financially penalties within the ambit of the law, adding that the recently-launched body camera for law enforcement operatives would also complement the new device.

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