Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi on Wednesday appealed to Nigerians to always promote issues that enhanced peace and unity and not allow primordial sentiments to continue to cause divisions.The governor gave the advice when he addressed State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.He was reacting to on-going debate on who becomes the running mate of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu.“Our flag bearer, Bola Tinubu is an astute politician that knows the game very well and he knows how to win a contest, especially at this level.“I am confident that the president, Tinubu, leaders, and elders of the APC will come up with a vice-presidential candidate who will sell the party and ensure its victory.“Whether Muslim-Muslim ticket or a Christian from the Northeast or from wherever I am confident that the party will come up with someone who will concretize the victory we are envisaging.“Whether a Muslim or a Christian, we are all Nigerians. It has been long that I have been advocating that we should de-emphasize what divides us and dwell on what unites us more,’’ he said.According to the governor, merit is fundamental to the emergence of leaders at all levels.He said certain challenges confronting the nation could be resolved by people who have the experience and the will to address them.Bello thanked his supporters, especially youths, women, and people living with disabilities, who urged him to aspire for the number one seat in the country.“Let me use this opportunity to appreciate Nigerians especially youths, women, people living with disabilities, and all the various groups and organizations who have given me support so far.“I thank you and I doff my hat for you for giving me this courage. I did not lead you astray, and I will never lead you astray. I completed the cycle.“I started the journey and I ended it well. Please let us support our party, the APC,” Bello stressed.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it has achieved a 15 per cent reduction in road crashes within the Lagos State Sector Command.The FRSC Lagos State Sector Commander, Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide, made the disclosure during a Town Hall Meeting at Iyana Ipaja, Lagos on Wednesday.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting had the theme : “Accomplishing 15 per cent Reduction in Road Traffic Crash Fatality and Enhancing Road Safety Partnership for Innovation Intervention”.The Corps Commander noted that human factor played a major role in the cause of crashes on the road.This, he said, was the reason for the need to re-educate and re-orientate the motoring public, as they had just done.Ogungbemide said that such enlightenment initiatives to the motoring public had helped the sector achieve the 15 per cent reduction in road traffic crashes along corridor.“So many policies have been put it place by FRSC that have really assisted in reducing road crashes.“The policy of ‘Safe to Load’ put together by the Federal Government , through the FRSC, which ensured that a vehicle met minimum safety standard also helped curtail these crashes.“The inability to meet the standards meant that one will not be allowed to load at various depots and the Nigerian Ports Authority points.“All these efforts have gone a long way in reducing road crashes, saving lives and the roads and it is helping us,” he said.Ogungbemide said that the command currently had representatives for data collation in all the local government areas in the state,as against the previous 14 areas and six outposts.He said that all these factors by the command had helped to reduce the rate of crashes and fatality to barest minimum.Ogungbemide advised all the communities to always follow the rules and regulations guiding road users and usage to assist government achieve its mandate of reducing crashes to zero.He appealed to road users to visit any of their units to assist them with any challenges they might be going through in getting the necessary particulars to ply the roads.The Corridor Commander Axis, Deputy Corps Commander Kehinde Hamzat, said that the enlightenment was to achieve the United Nations Strategic Goals.According to him, some of the goals include road safety management, safer vehicles, safer road users, post-crash response, and safer driving environments.He said the enlightenment also targeted the community people because of their role in reviving accident victims before the FRSC personnel arrive.The Lagos State Coordinator of the Special Marshal, Mr Olusegun Akintan, said they came to address community people and the road users to understand how to use the roads.Akintan said that if the motoring public applied all the rules and regulation concerning safety, crashes on the road would reduce.The traditional leader of the area, Oba of Ipaja, Oba kolawole Egundupe, represented by Alhaji Lamide Sobola, Secretary of Ipaja Oba Council, commended the effort of the FRSC for the quarterly enlightenment with the people in the communities.Egundupe said that the enlightenment had assisted the people to become first respondents which he said had revived many road accident victims across the metropolis.He pledged his continued support to the FRSC to enable it achieve its core mandate.The Branch Secretary, Park and Garages, Alimosho area, Mr Adefolusho Folarin, revealed that drivers operating along the axis were usually engaged and enlightened quarterly to address the previous frequent crash experience.Folarin stated that they had stopped the sale of alcohol at their garages and ensured that drivers always had their valid drivers licence.Also, the Hausa Leader in Iyana Ipaja, Malam Baba-Yakosa Muhammed, said they came to collaborate with FRSC and other regulatory agencies to provide space for the operation of tricycles, popularly called “Keke Napep”, following the ban of motorcycles in some parts of the state.
Commissioner of Police in Kaduna State, Mr Yekini Ayoku, on Wednesday presented cheques totalling N92 million to 43 dependants of officers who died on active service.
Police spokesman in the state, DSP Mohammed Jalige, stated in Kaduna that Mr Ayoku presented the cheques on behalf of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Alkali Usman.
He added that the payment was part of claims in the police’s Group Life Assurance Scheme for 20202021.
He urged the dependants of the deceased officers to make judicious use of the money.
Jalige stated that one of the dependants, Mr Israel Micah, who spoke on behalf of the benefiting families, promised that they would use the money judiciously.
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness on the death of Malam Sani Liman Rigassa, the Imam in his Kaduna compound who also served as the religious instructor for his children.
The president made his feelings known in a statement issued by his media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, on Wednesday in Abuja.
Represented by a delegation, led by retired Col. Hamid Ali, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service and a long-time associate, the president described the deceased as “a natural versatile teacher,” who was fully integrated as a member of his family.
“He was an exceptional teacher and a kind soul.
”We will greatly miss him, but Allah knows best,” the president added.
The president urged the family of the deceased to console themselves with the fact that the late Imam led a life worthy of emulation.
Malam Hussaini, who spoke on behalf of the family, thanked President Buhari for his generosity towards the late Imam and his family and prayed to Allah to give the administration a glorious end.
The delegation included Senior Special Assistants to the President, Sarki Abba and Garba Shehu, and the District Head of Dumurkul and the President’s nephew, Musa Haro Daura.
The Naira on Wednesday appreciated at the Investors and Exporters window, exchanging at 420 to the dollar, a 0.18 percent appreciation against N420.75 on Tuesday.
The open indicative rate closed at N419.46 to the dollar on Wednesday. An exchange rate of N444.00 to the dollar was the highest rate recorded within the day’s trading before it settled at N420.
The Naira sold for as low as N413 to the dollar within the day’s trading. A total of 124.62 million dollars was traded in foreign exchange at the official Investors and Exporters window on Wednesday.Source: NAN