Posts by Don Okereke

Food for thought:

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If we must move forward as a nation, we need to whittle down a penchant for raw use of power, coercion and extortion. A while ago it was reported that Soldiers were used to stop Ikoyi’s 850 capacity car park project been carried out by the Lagos state government because of a dispute over ownership of the piece of land. Incidentally, the Lagos State government is not immuned from the use of bravado, force and fiat while ejecting folks whom they deem to have ran foul of the law. As they say, what goes around comes around. In our clime, it is common practice to see folks using their positions to intimidate or frustrate other people. It beggars belief that in a country that lacks an encouraging mortgage regime, it is a harrowing experience before people can build their own houses because some so-called omoniles and corrupt, over-zealous town planning authorities are bent on frustrating prospective home builders.

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The current article is the third in our series on personal and residential security. Here is the link for the Part I and Part II of this series. Herein we shall highlight some issues, oversight that will pose a security risk, lapse if not factored in.

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By and large, Ikoyi is a posh neighbourhood with a mishmash of exquisite residential apartments and commercial presence.
Ikoyi borders the Lagos Lagoon and takes up the eastern half of Lagos Island. It is one of the towns that make up the Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos state.
Originally, the British Colonial Governments designated Ikoyi as a residential area for the expatriate community perhaps due to its proximity to the sea. However this arrangement changed with time with big establishments locating their corporate headquarters at Ikoyi. Ikoyi is home to the creme de la creme of the Nigerian society, from diplomats to senior company, business executives and senior public servants.

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Technology and the internet in particular have revolutionized the way we do things. It’s a digital world we live in and there are software applications for just about anything. Lately I scanned and emailed a tranche of my personal documents right from my phone. It is amazing how a phone now does everything a typical 'business centre' can boast of. No wonder this is not the best of time for cyber cafes and business centres.

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Our next port of call in this series of profiling what makes the different parts of Lagos tick, is Ibeju-Lekki.

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In this series, we shall be chronicling different parts of Lagos State vis-a-vis what makes them tick, cost of accommodation, commercial activities and so on and so forth.

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There seem to be some misunderstanding as to what precisely a "self-contained" apartment and a "mini flat" is. The purpose of this essay is to clarify the ambiguity surrounding the aforementioned notions.

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The advent of the internet has revolutionized and enhanced human activity. One of the beneficiaries of this is the real estate industry. Prior to now, real estate experts did not have a choice on where and how to advertise their business. Same applied to prospective property buyers or those wishing to rent properties. Both sides relied on either the print or electronic media to either advertise (sell their properties) or to buy. All of that has changed.

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The Lagos State Government enacted a Tenancy Law a while ago. Tenants in the State saw this as a step in the right direction. From all indications, it appears the frenzy has fizzled out and it is business as usual again. This made me to pen an article titled, "is the Lagos Tenancy Law a Paper-Tiger?". Nigeria is no doubt awash with laws, we are not lacking in them. We should endeavor to make the laws enforceable.

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