A United States based real estate entrepreneur, Mr John Juruobi, has appealed to traditional rulers in Abia North to adopt the Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu as the consensus senatorial candidate of the zone and return him unopposed.
According to a statement issued on Tuesday by Orji Kalu media group, Juruobi made the appeal in Washington DC during a meeting of Abia stakeholders in United States.
He commended Kalu for replicating his performance as governor of Abia from 1999 to 2007 in the Ninth Senate.
Juruobi who hails from Isuikwato in Abia North, believed that Kalu’s performance as the senator representing Abia North senatorial district is the best in the history of Abia. He appealed to the people of Abia North to continue to support the chief whip of the senate, noting that Kalu was ready to do more for the district.
“We need to encourage and support his aspiration in 2023. What he has done as a senator is unprecedented.
The building of roads, schools and distribution of educational materials is the first of its kind in Abia North senatorial district.
“My community Umuobiala is a big beneficiary of Kalu’s active performance and we are grateful for his leadership.
“Even though I am not surprised because he performed very well as governor.
He took education very serious and teachers and students benefited a lot.
“He built infrastructure and made Enyimba Football Club proud.
He was an action governor and today he is an action senator.
He is replicating what he did as governor.
“His bills, motions and infrastructural development is the best I have seen from a senator.
“We should not joke with our best at this critical time.
We need more development in Abia North.
“Therefore, I am appealing to all to continue to trust Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu even beyond 2023 for more development.
“The traditional rulers should adopt him as the only candidate and make sure he returns unopposed.
” Juruobi said.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Kalu recently said that Nigerians in the diaspora would soon be able to vote from their countries of residence.
According to Kalu, the next National Assembly would fashion a way to actualise diaspora voting to accommodate millions of Nigerians living outside the country.
“As a Nigerian, irrespective of where you stay or live, you should have a say in deciding who leads who.
“Therefore, in the nearest future, it should be possible for Nigerians in the diaspora to participate in our national elections.
“In 1992 as a member of House of Representatives, I introduced the dual citizenship bill.
“By God’s grace in the 10th Senate, we will introduce a bill that will allow Nigerians in diaspora to vote their choice candidate.
“We cannot ignore the millions of Nigerians across the globe making significant impact on the country’s economy and our overall development as a nation,’’ he said.
A group, Tinubu Triumphant Forum (TTF), began a public sensitisation in Ilorin on Tuesday on the major transformations Nigeria would witness with the emergence of Bola Tinubu as president in 2023. Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2023 general elections.
Coordinator of TTF in Diaspora, Abdulhameed Sambo, urged members to go to their various local government areas and mobilise the people at the grassroots for APC to win the 2023 elections.
He said the sensitisation programme of the group involved advocacy visits to political leaders and influential individuals within and outside the state.
He urged member to also keep their voter cards jealously to enable them to vote for Bola Tinubu at the 2023 election.
In his remarks, Alhaji Ganiyu Galadima, one-time presidential candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), said the group’s objective was to mobilise people at the grassroots to vote for Tinubu.
He assured that if Tinubu wins the 2023 election, “there will be a huge transformation of the country and improvement in the various sectors critical to national development.
’’ Another contributor, Alhaja Rabiat AbdulRahaman, retired Permanent Secretary, Kwara State Ministry of Communication, solicited for support by youths and women to ensure the actualisation of Tinubu’s presidency for a better Nigeria.
Abdul-Hameed Oladipupo, Publisher, Kwara People Magazine, charged members to be steadfast and uprightly aggressive in marketing the personality of Tinubu and those of all APC candidates ahead of the general elections.
A United States drone strike killed Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri at a hideout in Kabul, President Joe Biden said Monday, declaring that “justice had been delivered” to the families of the 9/11 attacks.
Zawahiri’s assassination is the biggest blow to Al-Qaeda since US special forces killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, and calls into question the Taliban’s promise not to harbour militant groups.
It was the first known over-the-horizon strike by the US on a target in Afghanistan since Washington withdrew its forces from the country on August 31 last year, days after the Taliban swept back to power.
“Justice has been delivered and this terrorist leader is no more,” Biden said in a sombre televised address, adding he hoped Zawahiri’s death would bring “closure” to families of the 3,000 people killed in the US on September 11, 2001.
Zawahiri was believed to be the mastermind who steered Al-Qaeda’s operations — including the 9/11 attacks — as well as bin Laden’s personal doctor.
A senior administration official said the 71-year-old Egyptian was on the balcony of a three-storey house in the Afghan capital when targeted with two Hellfire missiles after dawn Sunday.
“We identified Zawahiri on multiple occasions for sustained periods of time on the balcony where he was ultimately struck,” the official said.
The house is in Sherpur, one of Kabul’s most affluent neighbourhoods, with several villas occupied by high-ranking Taliban officials and commanders.
The interior ministry previously denied reports of a drone strike circulating on social media, telling AFP a rocket struck “an empty house” in Kabul, causing no casualties.
Early Tuesday, however, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted that an “aerial attack” was carried out.
“The nature of the incident was not revealed at first,” he said.
“The security and intelligence agencies of the Islamic Emirate investigated the incident and found in their preliminary investigations that the attack was carried out by American drones.
” ‘Grossly violated’Although Biden did not mention the Taliban in his televised address, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said “by hosting and sheltering” Zawahiri, the Islamist group had “grossly violated the Doha Agreement” which paved the way for America’s withdrawal.
Zabihullah, in turn, accused Washington of breaking the 2020 deal.
“Such actions are a repetition of the failed experiences of the past 20 years and are against the interests of the United States of America, Afghanistan, and the region,” he said.
Zawahiri, who grew up in a comfortable Cairo household before turning to violent radicalism, had been on the run since the 9/11 attacks.
He took over Al-Qaeda after bin Laden was killed, and had a $25 million US bounty on his head.
News of his death comes a month before the first anniversary of the final withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, leaving the country in the hands of the Taliban insurgency that fought Western forces for two decades.
Under the Doha deal, the Taliban promised not to allow Afghanistan to be used again as a launchpad for international jihadism, but experts believe the group never broke ties with Al-Qaeda.
“What we know is that the senior Haqqani Taliban were aware of his presence in Kabul,” the senior US official said.
Afghan Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani also heads the feared Haqqani Network, a brutal subset of the Taliban blamed for some of the worst violence of the past 20 years and which has been described by US officials as a “veritable arm” of Pakistani intelligence.
In Sherpur, locals told AFP they long thought the targeted house — surrounded by high walls and barbed wire, with green tarpaulin covering the balcony where Zawahiri was believed to have been killed — was empty.
“We have not seen anybody living there for almost a year,” said an employee of a nearby office.
“It has always been in dark, with not a single bulb lit.
” Doctor turned jihadist Zawahiri lacked the potent charisma that helped bin Laden rally jihadists around the world but willingly channelled his analytical skills into the Al-Qaeda cause.
Still, the group is believed to have been degraded since the US invasion of Afghanistan, and the White House official said Zawahiri was “one of the last remaining figures who carried this kind of significance”.
The organisation is “at a crossroads”, said Soufan Center researcher Colin Clarke.
“Despite Zawahiri’s leadership, which minimised AQ’s losses while rebuilding, the group still faces serious challenges going forward.
For one, there’s the question of who will lead Al-Qaeda after Zawahiri’s gone.
”Zawahiri’s father was a renowned physician and his grandfather a prayer leader at Cairo’s Al-Azhar institute, the highest authority for Sunni Muslims.
He became involved with Egypt’s radical Islamist community at a young age and published several books which came for many to symbolise the movement.
He left Egypt in the mid-1980s, heading for Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar where the resistance to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan was based.
Thousands of Islamist fighters were flooding into Afghanistan at the time, setting the stage for Zawahiri’s first meeting with bin Laden.
In 1998 he became one of five signatories to bin Laden’s “fatwa” calling for attacks against Americans.
Jihadist monitor SITE said some militants were questioning the veracity of the report he had been killed, while others believed Zawahiri had achieved his desire of “martyrdom.
The All Progressives Congress Grassroots Governance Group (APC-G3), has advised leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to stop dragging the ruling party into their intractable issues.
Deputy National Publicity Secretary of APC-G3, Kingsley Ndunagu, gave the advice in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja.
Ndunagu expressed misgivings that the Chairman, PDP Board of Trustees, Sen. Walid Jibrin was trying to introduce religion into APC’s choice of presidential and vice-presidential candidates.
“It is wrong of Jibrin to say that the problems arising from PDP’s presidential primary could not be compared with the situation in the APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket issues.
“The PDP leaders are aware that their party may not even come out second in the presidential election.
“This informed their desperation to drag the formidable ticket into their trouble,’’ he stated.
Ndunagu emphasised that Christians and Muslims have been living together as one in the country and would continue to do so.
He challenged PDP to explain to Nigerians how it intends to build national unity having reneged on the agreement to let power rotate.
“Their selfishness did not allow them to acknowledge the unity and stability of Nigeria like the APC did.
“Christians and Muslims have been living together in Nigeria, but selfish politicians are trying to divide us.
“The PDP should explain what they will tell Nigerians who want to live as one, how they want to unite our country.
“This is the same people who called for power rotation in 2014, but are now working against it.
“The APC as a responsible party wants all Nigerians to be one, irrespective of religion and ethnicity.
’’ Ndunagu stressed.
He argued that APC leaders, particularly President Muhammadu Buhari and northern governors went for power rotation.
“That is the way to go in a multi-ethnic society.
From all indications, PDP may not even be in the second position in the presidential election, hence their desperation.
“Nigerians must see the Tinubu-Shettima ticket as being here to serve the country, and not a particular group of people,’’ Ndunagu added.
Canon (www.Canon-CNA.com), a pioneer in innovative imaging products, Pro Series Gaming and NRG Radio, have collaborated on the PSG Fatalis Mortal Kombat tournament.
The qualifying round of the Pro Series Gaming (PSG) Mortal Kombat Africa Tournament was held on July 9, 2022 at NRG Studios in Nairobi, Kenya.
This year's tournament, which was sponsored by Canon, brought together the best professional gamers in Africa to determine who is the best Game eSports athlete, in a one-on-one tournament.
The grand finale event, which included the LAN Party, the Fatalis Finals and a Cosplay competition, took place on July 30, where the victor claimed the title of PSG Fatalis Champion and took home a handsome prize pool.
Spectators, enthusiasts and gaming newcomers alike were able to watch the exciting action against a giant LED backdrop with live commentary as pro gamers took to the stage to battle it out.
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Digital gaming in Kenya has become very popular and we are excited to be a part of this growing sport through our cutting-edge technology and support gamers from Africa in their pursuits.” Dennis Waita, PSG Team Leader: “The African digital gaming community has a strong following, particularly in Kenya, and this year's PSG Fatalis will attract a larger number of gamers from different countries in Africa for the best gaming experience.
The level of awareness of esports in Kenya has risen rapidly and the number of tournaments is increasing as well.
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Tournament organizers PSG Fatalis Mortal Kombat (MK) 11 invited pro gamers, aspiring casual gamers, and gaming enthusiasts from across the continent to join in the fun.
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Judiciary workers in Oyo State on Tuesday complied with the sit-at–home directive issued by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) over delay in payment of July salary.
The Oyo State JUSUN Public Relations Officer, Mr Obafunso Okulaja told the News Agency of Nigeria that the decision for the action was resolved after the union’s congress on Friday.
Okulaja said the workers had not received July salary while other government agencies in the state were paid on July 25. “Our members do not have money to come to work so we directed them to sit-at-home.
“JUSUN is yet to receive July salary in the state and this delay in salary payment has been like this since December, 2021. “We call on the state government to put us on the priority list as the third arm of the government.
“If the executive and legislative arms are given priority, the judiciary should also be given same.
“The sit-at-home will continue until we receive our July salary,” he said.
NAN reports that at the Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court and State High Court, the entrance gates to court premises and some offices were locked while people and vehicles were restrained from entering.
A worker who spoke on condition of anonymity, decried the delay in salary payment.
”We urge the government to urgently do something about it,” he said.
The gates to the customary court of appeal, was also under lock and key.
Evolving health cum economic emergencies clearly highlight the urgent need for countries like Nigeria to adopt economic policies that are new, unusual, achieveable and effective.These will be aimed at accelerating improved human capital development, productivity and optimal harnessing of Demographic Dividend.Demographic Dividend, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), is the accelerated economic growth that may result from decline in a country’s birth and death rates and the subsequent change in the age structure of the population.Understandably, it is an economic boom achieved when there is increase in productivity with increase in the working age of the population structure and lesser dependency ratio.The trajectory of demographic dividend stems from economic boom of the four Asian Tigers namely Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan whereby the Asian Tigers economies recovered strongly as the world revived from financial crisis.The recovery, according to Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji, Federal Commissioner representing Oyo on National Population Commission (NPC), is highly attributable to government stimulus programmes in each region.Oyetunji explains that the programmes resulted in greater than four per cent growth in the GDP of each country in 2009. To mitigate the socioeconomic among other challenges, Nigeria is expected to rejig her economy.A league of health and economic experts hence call on Nigeria to invest rightly on education and health.Dr Dasogot Dashe of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) says that for Nigeria to achieve demographic dividend, sufficient investment must be made in education and health sectors of the country.Describing education and health as the rallying point of most sectors of the economy, Dashe says it is unfortunate that the two sectors are being neglected in terms of adequate funding.He says education, especially that of the girl-child, as well as health remain key in economic advancement of every nation.According to him, it is only when a girl-child is educated that she can be knowledgeable about fertility reduction through family planning.Consequently, Dashe emphasises the need for government at all levels and all times to ensure the availability and accessibility of quality healthcare for her populace for human capital development.Dr Olumide Okunola, Senior Health Specialist, World Bank, identifies poor implementation and monitoring of policies as the major challenges impeding the country’s achievement of demographic dividend.According to Okunola, global policies as Universal Basic Education (UBE) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) must be domesticated practically and strictly in Nigeria to transit the country to enjoy demographic dividend.The World Bank health specialist enthuses that the usual complacency on out of school children especially girls must be jettisoned and a policy of mandatory education for all especially girls adopted.He expresses optimism on the impactful outcome of mandatory education for girls as having the potential to not just increase the country’s productivity level but reduce fertility rate of Nigeria.“Making sure a girl stays longer in school at least from primary to secondary school will prevent child marriage.“It will also reduce fertility rate as well as reduce maternal mortality by educating the girl on her sexual and reproductive health rights.” Advocacies for right investment are also made by Mr Shubham Chaudhuri, Country Director World Bank at different fora.Chaudhuri faults the subsidy investment on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) by Nigeria, saying such huge amount of money should be invested in education and health.He opines that government’s policies are critical in either achieving demographic dividend or disaster, hence Nigeria should embrace emphasis on beneficial economic roadmaps to attain sustainable development.These policies should be vehemently and indeed practically pursued with uncompromising implementation and monitoring.Also, government should begin to interrogate the efficiency of global goals as UBE and UHC to ascertain its impact.“Nigeria as a matter of urgency should rise above arm chair policy formulation but strict implementation like the Asian Tigers.“Nigeria, as the most populous country in Africa like the Asian Tigers, should strive to achieve economic growth through exports and rapid industrialisation.“Therefore, it is paramount for Nigeria to take advantage of its youthful bulge to drive productivity.” Nevertheless, Nigeria has a favourable demography, says Mr Clement Agba, Minister of Budget and National Planning, at the UN Population Fund’s Validation of 9th Country Programme Document (CPD) for the span of 2023 to 2027. Agba asserts that the country, with her youthful bulge, has an active and productive population structure that is highly productive for attendant demographic dividend.On his part, Dr Ejike Oji, Chairman Technical Management Committee Association for the Advancement of Family Planning in Nigeria (AAFP), identifies family planning as key to achieving sustainable development through harnessing of favourable demography.Oji says that until Nigeria’s fertility rate of 5.3 per woman is brought down minimally, achieving demographic dividend would remain a mirage.He explains that that access to quality healthcare is inevitable in achieving reduction in fertility rate.According to him, many women tend to have many children as a result of fear of infant mortality which points to the gap in quality healthcare.Understandably, government should take aggressive steps in closing the gap in maternal and infant mortality through vaccinations and antenatal care.This supports that girl and women education is fundamental to attaining human capital development or demographic dividend.Certainly, an educated girl or woman must know when to be pregnant and how many children to have and the facilities for infant vaccination to avert morbidities and mortalities.Indicators at the recent launch of the revised National Population Policy bring to fore the country’s quest to address high fertility rate, as President Muhammadu Buhari’s demonstrates the government’s commitment to addressing fertility rate of the country by launching the Revised National Population Policy on Feb. 3, 2022 .Dr Okai Aku, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN), expresses worry over Nigeria’s low Contraceptive Prevalence Rate which is 12 per cent.Aku advocates intensive expansion of access to modern contraceptive methods across the country to increase the Contraceptive Prevalence Rate. Also, Ms Margaret Edison, Director, Population Management, National Population Commission (NPC), reiterates the urgency to address Nigeria’s sustained high fertility rate, through expanding access to modern family planning, counselling and commodities as well as promote births spacing.Edison, who scores Rwanda high, urges Nigeria to achieve rapid fertility control, improve the health of women, adolescents, new born and children, and other population groups to achieve demographic dividend.She expresses the importance of investing in quality education of young people especially girls, human capital development, advancing holistic effort to achieve significant demographic transition.The Chairman, National Population Commission (NPC), Nasir Kwarra, urges Nigerians to embrace the noble ideals of Planned Parenthood and healthy reproductive behaviours.He highlights the imperatives of “Rights and Choices” as embedded in UNFPA’s concept “Bodily Autonomy” which necessitates the urgency to shift the conversation from quantitative population to qualitative population.According to him, it is high time for Nigeria to harness her teeming 216 population from liability to asset by transforming the development landscape of the country.“The call to place emphasis on the people requires looking beyond the numbers to according attention to the profile and characteristics of the population..” Kwarra opines that such would be better explained by the age structure which shows the ratio of various age groups as a determining factor for the current and prospective fertility or reproductive status of the population.As such, focusing on numbers underplay the importance of “Rights and Choices”, he says.Kwarra like Mr Clement Agba, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, affirms Nigeria’s favourable demography.He explains that the country’s age structure favours young people, those below the ages 30 years who make up over 70 per cent of Nigeria’s population On the other hand, Kwara says the current youthful age structure has the capacity to hold the momentum that would drive and sustain increase of the population growth into the future without immediate interventions.Interventions through provision of quality and sustained investments in healthcare particularly in family planning for women and Adolescents.Furthermore, transformative and relevant education for growing numbers of children and young people that fit in into the present and future jobs requirements, housing and decent employments across successive administrations and governance.That good governance through ingenious and people oriented policies are critical elements in achieving Demographic Dividend is axiomatic.Therefore, introspectively, the federal government, in fact the three tiers of government in Nigeria should vehemently address the emerging population challenges with germane and productive policies to achieve Demographic Dividend.Dr Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has argued that “Societies that invest in their people, in their Rights and Choices, have the proven that such investments create the road to enduring peace and prosperity everyone desires and deserves.” In line with this postulation, Nigeria needs to harness her favourable demography and use as a catalyst for economic growth.Nigeria is expected as matter of urgency to key into the scores of global Development plans to actually achieve their domestic desirable aspirations.This “miracle”, like the Asian Tigers, will be tenable when millions who are of working age are engaged productively Therefore, Nigeria at this juncture should vigorously pursue her National Development Plan of 2021 to 2025 to avert demographic disaster.Efforts must be in top gear to achieve reduction in Total Fertility rate of current 5.3 per woman especially Adolescent fertility of 104 children per 1000 women.Essentially, economic and health analysts therefore are urging Nigeria to match their words with action by harnessing the youthful bulge to achieve Demographic Dividend.In conclusion, reduction in high mortality and morbidity rates for children and adolescent mothers with heavy investment in the health and reproductive education remain non negotiable in achieving Demographic Dividend.In addition, importantly, girl child education should be considered national agenda both the at state and community levels in line with the UNFPA’s transformative results of ending preventable maternal mortality.Including unmet need for family planning as well as Gender Based Violence (GBV) and harmful practices for desirable healthy lives cum productive and healthy economy.Nigerian political gladiators both at national and sub-national levels should rise to the occasion by way of policy formulation, implementation and monitoring to transition her youthful bulge from liability to asset.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
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Road users are mostly to blame for the unruly behaviour of law enforcement officers on highways, so say respondents to a News Agency of Nigeria survey.
In the survey covering states in the Northwest geopolitical zone, respondents say although Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Police personnel, as well as Vehicle Inspection Officer (VIO) at times over-stepped their bounds, such behaviours were often ‘reactions’ to attitude of law-breakers.
They said a lot of Nigerians took pleasure in breaking traffic laws, sometimes endangering the lives of law-abiding citizens in the process.
The respondents also noted that gross corruption in the system had been serving as impetus to such behaviour as culprits believed ‘money’ will get them out of trouble, even if lives were at stake.
They however called for restraint on the part of law enforcement officers, adding that their training incorporated studies of human behaviour and self control.
In Kaduna, stakeholders believed that sensitization and training would curb violent conduct of some VIO, FRSC and Police personnel in enforcement of traffic rules and regulations.
Acting Commander of FRSC, Kaduna State Sector Command, Mr Garba Lawal, said the law does not permit violence by personnel, hence before going on patrol, staff are often briefed to be of good conduct.
“An officer is expected to be firm and friendly in dealing with motorists because motorist are also human beings like us.
A motorist , Malam Umar Yusuf , said the manner of approach from both sides (road users and personnel) had always been the major area of conflict.
“If a law enforcement personnel conducts himself in a civil manner , you as motorist ought to complement”, he said.
Also, a commercial motorist, Mr Peter Sunday, called for intensification of enlightenment.
“Most of the time , motorists break the law but as a law enforcement officers, you are expected to be civil in your response ,”he said.
Mr Farouk Gummi, Public Relations Officer of FRSC in Kebbi, said they viewed seriously, any act of unruly behaviour by personnel.
Gummi explained that the laws mandated corps personnel to ensure safer motoring environment.
“In enforcing traffic rules and regulations, the FRSC operatives treat road traffic offenders with respect and courtesy.
“The FRSC staff are very civil and it is this sense of civility inculcated in them that motorists are using to be violent against FRSC patrol teams”, he said.
Gummi also revealed that the corps in recent time had devised a means to tackle some of those problems.
“The use of body camera by patrol team during patrol was recently introduced and it has since started yielding good result because the rate at which FRSC patrol teams are being assaulted, has drastically reduced.
“The use of body camera started in Abuja and it will go round all FRSC commands in the country”, the PRO said.
Meanwhile, Zamfara Command of the FRSC said it had requested for body camera for use by personnel as part of efforts to monitor their conducts.
Sector Commander , Mr. Iro Danladi, told NAN that although personnel exhibited high sense of discipline, they were still being monitored.
He said the command often took decisive measure on few found to have exhibited any form of misconduct.
Also commenting on the matter, the Chief VIO in Zamfara, Malam Nasiru Usman, said there had been few cases of misconduct by personnel, but it was also difficult to identify person at fault between the road user and the VIO.
“The office finds it difficult to established fact when both parties claim to be innocent, so there is need to come up with some measures that would help establish facts easily.
Alhaji Abdullah’s Labaran, FRSC spokesperson in Kano, said that apart from enforcement of traffic rules and regulations, the corps also educated motorists on road safety measures.
He said most times, road users provoked negative reactions, but that personnel were admonished to be civil.
He said there were instances when road marshals got knocked down deliberately by defaulting motorists trying to escape the long arm of the law.
Meanwhile, in Katsina, a cross sections of commercial motorcyclists and motorists have decried harassment and intimidation by operatives of FRSC and the Police on highways.
They also observed over-lapping in functions of FRSC, VIO and Police, arguing that such overlap had been responsible for disagreement between personnel and road users.
On his part, a public affair commentator in Sokoto, Malam Ibrahim Doki, urged VIO,FRS and Police personnel, to fine-tune their conducts .
The Katsina chapter of the National Rescue Movement (NRM)has faulted claims that it has collapsed its structure into the All Progressives Congress (APC) for 2023 general election.
The state NRM secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Birchi, said this in a statement in Katsina on Tuesday.
“A story posted on some media outlets and pictures attached to support the claim are not just laughable but some tactic to distract NRM, which we deemed as political scandal,” he said.
According to him, the identifiable faces in pictures posted, were three persons who happened to be former members of the party.
“Unknown to them, NRM had updated its membership register at the recent ward, local government and state congresses as well as national convention.
“However, individuals are free to associate or pursue their interest or fortune in any party, but it is mischievous to use the name of NRM.
“While we wish to take legal action against the trio, we explore all NRM members and the general public to disregard the social media claims, as NRM was ready to participate in all the elections in 2023,” Birchi said.