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  •  Jigawa Govt clears 37 000 metres of drains culverts in Dutse
    Jigawa Govt. clears 37,000 metres of drains, culverts in Dutse
     Jigawa Govt clears 37 000 metres of drains culverts in Dutse
    Jigawa Govt. clears 37,000 metres of drains, culverts in Dutse
    General news3 weeks ago

    Jigawa Govt. clears 37,000 metres of drains, culverts in Dutse

    Jigawa Government says it has cleared a total of 37,000 metres of drains, culverts and other waterways in Dutse, the state capital.

    Managing Director, Dutse Capital Development Authority (DCDA), Mr Sale Abubakar, told newsmen in Dutse on Sunday that the exercise was carried out between July 25 and July 29. Abubakar said that all the wastes generated from the exercise were evacuated and disposed, as part of the comprehensive waste and drain clearance operations, designed to enhance sanitation in the area.

    He added that the agency also sensitised the people on the need to keep the environment clean and promote good sanitation habit.

    Also speaking, Mr Najib Falalu-Gantsa, Special Assistant to Gov. Muhammad Badaru on Urban Renewal and Development, said that the exercise was part of government’s proactive measures to promote effective waste management and sanitation in the area.

    Falalu-Gantsa said that the exercise was carried out in collaboration with the government, communities and self-help groups in the area.

    The governor’s aide added that the gesture was also aimed at preventing flood, as all the waterways were filled up with sand and dirt.

    According to him, the government, in collaboration with stakeholders, will continue to protect the environment through effective waste management.

    Falalu-Gantsa advised people to take their wastes to the appropriate and designated disposal centres and desist from indiscriminate dumping of wastes in residential areas and waterways.


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  •  Gov Umahi defeats brother 3 others at Ebonyi South senatorial re run primary election
    Gov. Umahi defeats brother, 3 others at Ebonyi South senatorial re-run primary election
     Gov Umahi defeats brother 3 others at Ebonyi South senatorial re run primary election
    Gov. Umahi defeats brother, 3 others at Ebonyi South senatorial re-run primary election
    General news3 weeks ago

    Gov. Umahi defeats brother, 3 others at Ebonyi South senatorial re-run primary election

    Gov. David Umahi on Sunday defeated his younger brother, Austin and three other contestants to win the re-run All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election for Ebonyi south senatorial district.

    Prof. Emmanuel Adebayo, Leader of APC’s national committee to the primary declared the governor winner at the end of the exercise held at the Afikpo North Local Government Council headquarters.

    Adebayo announced that the governor won the contest with 250 votes while his younger brother Austin, polled 10 votes.

    “Mrs Elizabeth Chukwu polled five votes; Mrs Magareth Ibiam got three votes, while Mrs Ann Agom-Eze scored zero votes.

    “Total number of votes cast were 275; total valid votes were 268, while invalid votes were seven,’’ he announced.

    Umahi in his acceptance speech commended the committee for conducting a peaceful and credible primary election, noting that the APC has transparency and credibility as its watchwords.

    “APC is rooted in Ebonyi and will surely sweep the electoral stakes at the 2023 general elections,’’ the governor assured.

    On July 22, a Federal High Court in Abakaliki dismissed a suit filed by Umahi seeking it to recognise him as the APC’s candidate for the senatorial district.

    The court instead recognised Mrs Ann Agom-Eze who placed second at the May 28 primary election as the candidate but ordered a re-run of the election within 14 days.


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  •  B roll video release A new leader of the Catholic Church in Africa has been elected
    B-roll video release: A new leader of the Catholic Church in Africa has been elected
     B roll video release A new leader of the Catholic Church in Africa has been elected
    B-roll video release: A new leader of the Catholic Church in Africa has been elected
    Africa3 weeks ago

    B-roll video release: A new leader of the Catholic Church in Africa has been elected

    The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) (www.SECAM.org), the association of Catholic bishops of Africa, Madagascar and the Islands, has elected His Eminence Richard Kuuia Baawobr of Ghana as its new president.

    His Eminence Richard Kuuia Baawobr is now the highest ranking member of the Roman Catholic Church in Africa.

    The B-roll video, photos, sound clips and interviews in English, French and Portuguese are available to the media free of charge and can be used without restriction and permission: https://bit.ly/SECAM- PDT See the interview of His Eminence Richard Kuuia Baawobr, new president of SECAM: https://bit.ly/3zi4xok See the B-roll: https://bit.ly/3S8725b Access the B-roll and the information sheet : https://bit.ly/3zp1BWG.

  •  Police rescue 4 kidnap victims in Adamawa recovers ammunition charms
    Police rescue 4 kidnap victims in Adamawa, recovers ammunition, charms
     Police rescue 4 kidnap victims in Adamawa recovers ammunition charms
    Police rescue 4 kidnap victims in Adamawa, recovers ammunition, charms
    Defence/Security3 weeks ago

    Police rescue 4 kidnap victims in Adamawa, recovers ammunition, charms

    The Police Command in Adamawa has rescued four persons recently kidnapped in Maiha Local Government Area of the state.

    The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Suleiman Nguroje, in a statement made available to newsmen in Yola on Sunday, said that the victims were rescued unharmed.

    He said that during the operation, three of the criminals were neutralised, while two AK-47 rifles, one pump action gun, a handset and charms were recovered.

    Nguroje quoted the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Sikiru Akande, as directing all the divisional police officers (DPOs) in the state to emulate the Maiha division in the fight against crime.

    Akande also called on the general public to cooperate with the police by assisting them in crime detection and prosecution of criminals, stressing that the command would not relent in its efforts.

    “We will sustain all efforts to identify and dislodge all criminal hideouts and black spots in the state,” he said.


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  •  NDLEA intercepts 2 8m Tramadol tabs worth N1 4bn at Lagos Port
    NDLEA intercepts 2.8m Tramadol tabs worth N1.4bn at Lagos Port
     NDLEA intercepts 2 8m Tramadol tabs worth N1 4bn at Lagos Port
    NDLEA intercepts 2.8m Tramadol tabs worth N1.4bn at Lagos Port
    Defence/Security3 weeks ago

    NDLEA intercepts 2.8m Tramadol tabs worth N1.4bn at Lagos Port

    NDLEA intercepted 2.8 million tablets of 225 mg Tramadol with a street value of N1.4 billion at the Apapa Port, Lagos on Saturday.

    NDLEA’s Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, made the disclosure in a statement he issued on Sunday in Abuja.

    He said that the seizure, in 55 cartons was made during the examination of a container at the port.

    Babafemi said the interception followed the frustration of the smugglers’ first attempt to take the drugs through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja last week.

    He explained that narcotics officers frustrated the attempt making the drug traffickers to make a second attempt using the port to take the drugs to London and to Dubai.

    He added that at least five suspects had been arrested in connection with the attempts.

    Babafemi stated also that a Dubai-bound passenger, Ms Ebhodaghei Osenemeshen was intercepted during the outward clearance of travellers on Rwanda Air via Kigali to Dubai on Monday July 25. According to him, NDLEA operatives discovered in her luggage sachets of 225mg Tramadol concealed inside garri, a cassava staple packed among other foodstuffs.

    “She claimed that the bag was given to her by someone in whose house she passed the night to help to deliver to another person in Dubai.

    “On Tuesday July, 26, 50 blocks of Indian hemp weighing 27.1kg were seized at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company export shed.

    “They were concealed inside large quantities of crayfish going to London,’’ he stated.

    The NDLEA spokesperson added that another Dubai-bound female passenger, Rachael Emebradu, was arrested on the same day.

    She was arrested with 1.8kg of Indian hemp packed inside bitter leaf in her luggage while attempting to board Rwanda Air flight to UAE via Kigali.

    “The mother of one who hails from Oghara in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta said that she traded in men’s wears before deciding to travel to Dubai to expand her clothing business.

    “She claimed that her ex-boyfriend that lives in Dubai, requested her to bring the bag, which contains the illicit substance along with foodstuffs,’’ Babafemi stated.


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  •  Enugu govt to impound motorcycles sanction riders in Enugu metropolis
    Enugu govt. to impound motorcycles, sanction riders in Enugu metropolis
     Enugu govt to impound motorcycles sanction riders in Enugu metropolis
    Enugu govt. to impound motorcycles, sanction riders in Enugu metropolis
    General news3 weeks ago

    Enugu govt. to impound motorcycles, sanction riders in Enugu metropolis

    Enugu State Government says it will soon be sanctioning motorcycle riders found within Enugu metropolis.

    Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Transport, Chief Ogbonna Idike, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday that the law banning motorcycle riding within the metropolis was still in operation.

    Idike said that the ministry would take decisive action against violators, as enshrined in the law banning motorcycle riding with the state capital.

    NAN recalls that the state government had, on July 3, signed a law banning motorcycle riding in the three council areas that make up Enugu metropolis: Enugu North, Enugu South and Enugu East. NAN also reports that the ban was aimed at stemming the security challenge posed by motorcycle operators within the state capital.

    The ban was also to check the growing build-up of traffic on most roads in the metropolis due to vehicular accidents caused by reckless and dangerous riding of motorcycles.

    Idike said that the ministry had been monitoring the trend of sighting one or two motorcycles on the road in the metropolis and would soon put a stop to it.

    “We have observed the trend of spotting one or two motorcycles on the roads recently.

    “The ministry conducted investigations and found out that it was usually the personnel of military and para-military agencies who recently flouted this age-long law banning of motorcycles within the metropolis.

    “The ministry has officially written to the various commands and formations of the military and para-military outfits within the state on the need for them to caution their personnel.

    “However, very soon we will start arresting such riders and impounding their motorcycles indefinitely, as stipulated by the law,” he said.

    NAN reports that the law prescribes one year imprisonment, without option of fine, for violators.

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  •  Beirut s blast damaged grain silos partially collapse
    Beirut’s blast-damaged grain silos partially collapse
     Beirut s blast damaged grain silos partially collapse
    Beirut’s blast-damaged grain silos partially collapse
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    Beirut’s blast-damaged grain silos partially collapse

    Parts of Beirut’s grain silos collapsed on Sunday, just days before the second anniversary of a catastrophic explosion at the Lebanese capital’s port that ravaged the stores and parts of the city.

    AFP correspondents said a cloud of dust covered Beirut’s port, while local media reported that two towers fell in the heavily damaged silos’ northern section, where a fire has been burning for more than two weeks.

    Footage of the incident showed part of the silo crumbling and a large cloud billowing up after debris hit the ground.

    The structure had absorbed much of the impact of the devastating explosion on August 4, 2020, at Beirut’s port that killed more than 200 people and injured more than 6,500.

    The silos shielded large swaths of the city’s west from the devastating effects of the blast, which was caused by haphazardly stored ammonium nitrate fertiliser catching fire.

    Sunday’s partial collapse came around two weeks after a fire erupted in the port’s northern silos due to the fermentation of remaining grain stocks along with soaring summer temperatures, according to authorities.

    Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister this week warned they could fall.

    “The northern group of silos are now in danger of falling,” Najib Mikati said Wednesday in a statement, which added that the silos still contained thousands of tonnes of wheat and corn.

    He told the army to be prepared and warned workers, civil defence members, and firefighters to keep a safe distance from the site.

    Once boasting a capacity of more than 100,000 tonnes, an imposing 48-metre (157-foot) high remnant of the silos has become emblematic of the catastrophic port blast.

    The government in April ordered their demolition due to safety concerns, but that move was suspended amid objections, including from relatives of blast victims who want the silos preserved as a memorial site.

    The Lebanese investigation into the blast has faced systematic and blatant political obstruction from day one.

    Authorities were unable to unload around 3,000 tonnes of wheat and corn stuck in the silos because doing so might accelerate their collapse, this week’s statement said.

    The environment and health ministries advised the public to evacuate the port area and use masks in the vicinity of the silos in case they collapsed.

  •  Nigerian Breweries records N274 03bn revenue in 6 months
    Nigerian Breweries records N274.03bn revenue in 6 months
     Nigerian Breweries records N274 03bn revenue in 6 months
    Nigerian Breweries records N274.03bn revenue in 6 months
    Economy3 weeks ago

    Nigerian Breweries records N274.03bn revenue in 6 months

    Nigerian Breweries Plc has announced a revenue of N274.03 billion for the first half of the year ended June 30, 2022. The company made the disclosure in a statement signed by its Director, Mr Uaboi Agbebaku, on Sunday in Lagos.

    Agbebaku said that the revenue represented a growth of 31 per cent when compared with N209.22 billion posted in the preceding period of 2021. He said company also recorded a profit after tax of N19.08 billion against N7.86 billion in the corresponding period of 2021, an increase of 142.8 per cent.

    Agbebaku said that basic earning per share stood at 237k as against 97k recorded in the comparative period.

    He said the company’s increase in profit was driven mainly by top line growth resulting from its pricing strategy and better mix.

    Agbebaku said that further analysis of the results revealed that cost of sales increased by 18.3 per cent to N155.35 billion from N131.34 billion in the corresponding period.

    He added that marketing, distribution and administrative expenses rose by 44.6 per cent to N84.45 billion from N58.42 billion in 2021. These expenses, Agbebaku said, were driven by the increase in commercial activities post COVID-19, rising diesel prices and higher wages arising from collective labour agreements.

    He added that though interest expenses were lower, the net finance cost was higher due to foreign exchange losses arising from a higher cost of meeting foreign obligations to overseas partners.

    “In spite of these challenges, our business continues to build momentum and deliver consistently profitable growth even in the context of a very challenging operating environment.

    “Our best-in-class portfolio of brands provides a unique platform that positions us well to lead and grow the beer and malt category and drive superior long-term value creation,” he said.

    He expressed the company’s commitment to continuously evaluate its financial position and business performance to ensure a strong balance sheet, while remaining dynamic in its response to operational challenges vis-à-vis the economy.

    “In line with our certification and status as a great place to work company, we would also continue to prioritise the health, safety, and welfare of employees and partners,” he said.


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  •  Enugu Catholic Diocese empowers 13 graduate farmers with N6 5m
    Enugu Catholic Diocese empowers 13 graduate-farmers with N6.5m
     Enugu Catholic Diocese empowers 13 graduate farmers with N6 5m
    Enugu Catholic Diocese empowers 13 graduate-farmers with N6.5m
    General news3 weeks ago

    Enugu Catholic Diocese empowers 13 graduate-farmers with N6.5m

    Catholic Diocese of Enugu has gifted 13 graduate-farmers a total sum of N6.5 million as part of its empowerment programme.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the beneficiaries, who were trainees of the Mary Agro Farm Institute, were presented with the sum of N500,000 each.

    NAN also reports that the presentation of the cash gifts was held on Sunday at St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Udi, during the inauguration of the farm and graduation ceremony of the graduate-trainees.

    Speaking at the event, the Director of Mary Agro Farm and Auxiliary Bishop of Enugu diocese, Rev. Ernest Obodo, said that the money was part of the empowerment package for the trained farmers to enable them stand on their own.

    Obodo noted that the farm would be monitoring the beneficiaries to ensure that the money was used for the purpose it was meant for.

    He urged them to utilise the opportunity to become useful to themselves and their families.

    While noting that the farm project was divinely inspired for the uplift of humanity, the auxiliary bishop said it was targeted at empowering youths to be self-reliant as well as reduce poverty and unemployment.

    According to the prelate, the farm is also to encourage the young generation on the need to be hardworking and change their mindsets toward making quick money.

    “Mary Agro Farm embarked on training of interested individuals in modern agriculture through the help of our sponsor, HELP-TRANS-FAIR AUSTRIA.

    “It is a six-month intensive programme where the trainees undergo rigorous training in integrated farming methods.

    “Today, we are proudly celebrating the graduation of 13 successful foundation students.

    “We have on ground three poultry houses, two piggery houses, 20 fish ponds, one classroom block.

    “The farm has proved wrong many people, who erroneously believe that many crops could only grow in the Western and Northern parts of Nigeria.

    “Here in Udi, we have successfully cultivated onions, sweet potatoes, green beans, shombe and tatasi pepper, tiger nut, cabbage, carrot, ginger, turmeric, lettuce, beetroot, cocoa and tomatoes,” he said.

    The cleric hinted that the diocese had invested more than N200m in the farm’s pilot phase, which would be completed in the next five years.

    He expressed optimism that the farm would go a long way in solving the problem of food security in the state.

    In his remarks, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi said that the state had approved 500 hectares of land to be used as the farm’s permanent site.

    Ugwuanyi commended Catholic Church for showing strong interest in the agriculture business and agric value chain which, he said, was the core agenda of his administration.

    He said that the trained farmers would add to the growing number of manpower in agriculture, urging them to deploy the skills learnt during the training in ensuring food security in the state.

    Ugwuanyi pledged his administration’s support to the farm to make it become a centre for the training of future farmers in the state.

    NAN reports that the event was attended by many dignitaries from within and outside the state, including the Bishop of Sam Mali Diocese in Mali, Most Rev. Hassan Kone. (www.


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  •  Mitigating emerging risks through compulsory insurance
    Mitigating emerging risks through compulsory insurance
     Mitigating emerging risks through compulsory insurance
    Mitigating emerging risks through compulsory insurance
    Features3 weeks ago

    Mitigating emerging risks through compulsory insurance

    By Rukayat Adeyemi of the News Agency of NigeriaOne of the biggest problems confronting the insurance industry in Nigeria is the lack of trust in operators by many Nigerians who perceive insurance as a scam.To change that negative perception, experts believe that the federal government, through the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), should begin enforcement of compulsory insurance to mitigate risks for both individuals and businesses.They insist there is need for the government and the insurance regulator to enforce compulsory insurance, firstly by embarking on awareness campaigns to awaken the interest of Nigerians in insurance.Compulsory insurance covers builders liability insurance or insurance of buildings under construction, aviation, third party insurance and marine insurance.These policies protect the third party in the event of death, bodily injury or damage to property.The rising cases of banditry, civil unrest, building collapse, fire outbreak and other mishaps across the country have reinforced the need for more Nigerians to embrace insurance, and for the government to enforce compliance.For instance, the #EndSars protest of 2020 caused insurers a colossal loss of over N20 billion of which over N11 billion was paid out as claims to victims as at February.The question now is, are the victims of the Iponri Bridge fire incident, several building collapses, the Abuja-Kaduna train attack, Owo Chuch massacre, banditry attacks and the recent Kuye jail break in Abuja, and other mishaps covered by insurance?Experts believe that government at all levels must show total commitment to insurance by insuring public assets and ensure enforcement of implementation of the compulsory insurance by the citizens to preserve national assets.Mrs Yetunde Ilori, Director-General, Nigeria Insurance Association (NIA), said compulsory insurance was for the good of the populace.Ilori cautioned Nigerians that their individual negligence could affect many people and their businesses.“We should all learn our lessons from the unfortunate incidences around us and not wait for the enforcement of the compulsory insurance before we know that it is for our good and go ahead to do it.“Payment of the #EndSars claims is a confirmation for people that have misconception that the insurance companies don’t pay claims to know that we actually do,” she said.According to her, insurance companies will continue to pay those affected by one form of disaster or the other, resulting to losses, once they lodged their claims and fulfilled all other obligations.The director-general stated that NIA had continued to create awareness on the need for Nigerians to embrace insurance.“If there is a mechanism that you should use to protect your assets, why not?Yes we pray and I believe in the efficacy of prayers but if there is something that you should do humanly, then you should do it.“We shouldn’t hide under any religion cover, which had not in any way prevented us from protecting ourselves,” she said.Also, Ms Adetola Adegbayi, Executive Director, Leadway Assurance Ltd., said it was essential to manage the risk of an individual within a community, either in terms of fire, flood, health, sanitation, accidents, among others.Adegbayi said the relevance of insurance could not be overemphasised when various risks were considered in terms of protecting national wealth and sustainability.She noted that managing risk was not about emergency, but about consciously assessing the risk faced by the citizens at the micro level and dealing with it.“We cannot talk about wealth protection, without looking at the risk that affects the wealth,” she said.According to her, gainfully employed individuals create assets and also liabilities; hence, the government must put this into consideration and properly manage it.“Most of the recent hazards happening across the country are clear examples of risks that were not properly managed.“We have created a market structure that is free for people, especially those at the lower end of the economic scale who are particular about their financial sustainability.“To this end, government should find a way to tax the use of public facilities, invest and insure the funds, such that when any unfortunate incident happens either to their goods or the national assets, the insurance fund is recalled to repair it.“We don’t need the government to be going into its treasury to manage the damage that may occur from the risks of even the cheapest liability,”she said.According to her, when managing risks and national assets is engrained into the consciousness of an average Nigerian, their attitude towards insurance and insurance operators will change positively.Adegbayi said Nigerians must see insurance companies as organisations that helped them to protect their wealth and provided succour when losses occurred, rather than organisations established to exploit them.The outgoing President, Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) Dr Muftau Oyegunle, charged the government to insurance all national assets and users of such facilities.He noted that the level of poverty in Nigeria, viz-a-viz the way Nigerians suffered unnecessarily was an indication of the dire need for the enforcement of compulsory insurance.“Unfortunately in Nigeria, people wallow in poverty just because of the lack of knowledge of insurance,” he said.Perhaps harkening to the calls, NAICOM on June 23 organised a sensitisation workshop for the joint task force on enforcement of compulsory insurance in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, as a pilot scheme.The task force comprised officers of the Nigeria Police, the Federal Road Safety Corp, the Federal Fire Service, FCT Fire Service, VIO, the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory Administration.NAICOM said the workshop was aimed at sensitising members of the task force on the requirements of the law on compulsory insurances as well as the enforcement modalities.The commission said the enforcement exercise within the FCT was a prelude to a nationwide sensitisation and enforcement of compulsory insurance.NAICOM will surely have a tough time convincing Nigerians to embrace insurance, and for the government to implement compulsory insurance going by the reactions of some Nigerians.Mrs Joy Ayanwu, a trader at Idumota Market, Lagos Island, said while insurance was beneficial, it was not easy to comply with because of the current economic situation.Ayanwu explained that considering the rate at which inflation was affecting her business turnover, she could not afford to buy insurance policies from her profit, which was not enough to meet her immediate financial needs.“The policies are good but the current economic situation is not helping matters.“I cannot afford to buy any insurance policy for now but will continue to pray that no calamity befalls my business,” she said.Anyawu advised the government to add insurance to the tax they are charging business owners at subsidised rate to make it more affordable and accessible.Mr Olamilekan Oladele, an IT expert in Lagos, said while the insurance policies were laudable and designed for the good of the masses, the insurance operators and regulator needed to fine tune some grey areas.Oladele stated that NAICOM must begin enforcement of compliance with the operators because operators needed to be more committed and responsible to claims payment to encourage more Nigerians to buy insurance policies.He expressed disappointment that the industry was still at the stage of educating the populace on the importance of insurance when insurance was not negotiable for citizens of other countries because of the benefits therein.“It’s unfortunate that most Nigerians are still paying hospital bills out-of-pocket because they do not even understand or believe in the National Health Insurance Scheme.“How many of the houses we all built or live in are insured?“I have been buying the motor insurance policies for over 20 years since I started driving but have never made claims on my third party motor insurance policy.“The truth is, I have been buying the policy just to avoid harassment from road traffic officers not because I intend to make claims in the event of an accident.“This is the norm for an average driver on the Nigeria road.It is either we are too busy to go through the claim process or the other party in case of an accident is too impatient to wait for the insurance company,” he said.Like many others, Oladele urged the government to put in place mechanisms to ensure that both the citizens and insurance operators comply with compulsory insurance by playing their roles as expected to achieve risk mitigation.NewsSourceCredit: NAN