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DG NTA lauds Lalong for peace efforts in Plateau

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The Director-General of Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Yakubu Ibn-Mohammed, has lauded Gov. Simon Lalong on his initiative for peace efforts in Plateau.


The DG gave the commendation when the governor paid a courtesy visit to NTA Headquarters on Friday in Abuja.

“I want to congratulate Gov. Lalong for providing leadership in the state.

“From 2000 to 2020, Plateau has not experienced a long period of peace as it has enjoyed from 2015 till date,’’ Ibn-Muhammed said.

He expressed delight that Plateau was gradually regaining its status as the home of peace and hospitality, thus creating an enabling environment for development.

The NTA boss also congratulated Lalong for his efforts as the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum that is tackling numerous challenges in the region, especially terrorism and banditry.

“You have been able to consolidate and coordinate your colleagues by providing leadership to tackle security challenges in the region.’’

He also thanked the governor for supporting NTA through availing himself for its programmes, saying the gesture was adding value to the organisation.

The DG said the organisation was desirous to work with progressive minds for the advancement of federal government goals.

He then prayed for wisdom, guidance and God’s protection for Lalong to enable him discharge his duties.

Responding, Lalong congratulated the DG on his appointment for another tenure, saying he had always been confident of his (Ibn-Muhammed) capacity to run the organisation.

He commended the DG on his contributions toward restoring peace in Plateau, through the programme ‘Glorious Moments’ and other counsel on critical issues.

“Glorious moments was introduced to bring back lives to the state, by bringing those who enjoyed it to give testimonies of their experiences,’’ Lalong said.

He said the state had planned to host the programme, alongside the economic summit earlier in the year, before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The event will still hold at a later date,’’ he assured.

Lalong appreciated the DG for the platform to inform the public on his administration’s activities.

He prayed for wisdom and guidance for the NTA boss to discharge his duties.

Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Ember Months: FRSC urges motorists to drive patiently, apply controlled-speed

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has advised motorists to be patient and apply controlled-speed on the highways during this Ember-months period.


The FRSC Sector Commander in Enugu State, Mr Ogbonnaya Kalu, gave the advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Saturday.

NAN reports that the Ember-months included the months of September, October, November and December.

According to Kalu, the insinuation that blood sucking demons take over roads during Ember-months period is never true.

“It is human negative attitude that most times lead to increase in crashes and even deaths,’’ he said.

“The major causes of possible increase in road crashes in this period remained human impatient and negligence.

“The human deficiencies stem from impatience and anxiety to meet up personal or group target before the year runs out.

“With impatience and anxiety to meet up target; most motorists care less about other road users and even their own health and body system during this period.

“Another is the negligence of pushing out mechanically deficient vehicles during this time to make more money or returns even at the detriment of passengers and other road users as well,’’ he said.

The sector commander noted that due to the perceived human deficiencies leading to crashes; the command had already embarked on massive road safety education in parks, churches, mosques and public gatherings in the state.

According tp him, as the lead agency on road traffic management and safety; we are all out this season to ensure our people are educated and they are very cautious driving in the not friendly weathers such as rain and harmattan seasons during the Ember-months period.

“Our education also covers the need for motorists and transporters to adhere to the guidelines on COVID-19 prevention as far as vehicular movement of humans and goods are concerned,’’ he said.

He noted that the command would also carry out road audit; vehicular logistic repairs and maintenance for special end of the year and festive operation and improve on joint patrols with sister security agencies.

He said that the corps was determined to reduce crashes in the state to zero level at the end of the Ember Months this year.

Edited By: Felix Ajide
Source: NAN

 

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Edo Polls: Ize-Iyamu votes at Ugboko ward 4, commends conduct of Election

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Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Edo Governorship election on Saturday, Sept. 19 cast his vote at Ugboko ward 4, unit 26, Orhionmwon Local Government Council of the state at about 9: 25 a.m.


The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Ize-Iyamu joined the queue at his polling unit located at Iguododo Primary school at about 9:20a.m. before casting his vote at about 9: 25a.m.

Speaking to journalists after exercising his franchise, Ize-Iyamu commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the peaceful and smooth electoral process.

He also commended INEC for adhering to the COVID-19 protocol.

“The process is good and going on smoothly; there is no thuggery and violence, the place is peaceful and calm.

“I am happy that INEC has a thermometer to check temperature and they also give out face masks to our people.

“We encourage our people to come out in batches so they can strictly adhere to the COVID-19 protocols of social distances”.

He said he had not been able to get information about the conduct of the election across the state due to the poor network at his voting community.

He expressed optimism that he would emerge victorious in the election saying, “I am confident of victory across the 18 LGAs of the State”.

NAN reports that accreditation and voting commenced simultaneously at Ugboko ward 5, unit 26 at about 8: 46 a.m. amidst the presence of security personnel.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN

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Edo election: Presiding officers insist on no face masks, no voting

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Presiding Officers in the Edo governorship election have said that no electorate will be allowed to vote without wearing a face mask in compliance with the COVID-19 safety protocols.


They also insist on adherence to social distancing as provided in the guidelines for the conduct of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Mr Oyesanmi Ezekiel, the presiding officer at Central Primary School, Iruekpen, told the eligible voters to wear face masks before voting in units 3, 4 and 5 at Iruekpen.

As part of efforts to ensure compliance with social distancing, Ezekiel marked out areas that the electorate could stand before being allowed to vote.

He told NAN that as part of effort to stem against the spread of Covid-19 virus, INEC provided them with infrared thermometers, medicated spirit and hand sanitiser.

“The medicated spirit will be used to clean the card reader as well as fingers of each voters before voting,” he said.

The situation, however, was not the same at Ward 5 Uniit 2, where voters did not observe INEC guidelines on social distancing for the poll.

But in Emaudo Ward 4, Unit 14, Esan West Local Government, both voters and INEC officials complied with the protocols.

Hawkers of face masks used the no face masks no voting to make quick money across the various polling units visited.

The face masks sellers who sell each mask for N100, witnessed high patronage from voters who came without one.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Kayode Olaitan
Source: NAN

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FEMA alerts Abuja residents of severe flood

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The FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has once again issued a high alert on prospect of severe flood within the FCT, especially the riverine parts of the city.


The Director-General of FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss, issued the alert in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

Idriss said the red alert became necessary following rainfall and repeated floods being witnessed in different parts of the country and around the FCT,

Idriss said  though FCT was not on the red alert, but could be at the risk of heavier flooding because of its closeness to neighboring red line States.

He assured that the agency was prepared to handle any eventuality that may arise.

“As we speak, about nine rivers in nine countries are discharging their contents from their rivers which will eventually flows into River Niger and settles at Lokoja,” he said.

Idriss, who described  flooding in the FCT  as human-induced, appealed to FCT residents to desist from activities that could lead to flooding during the peak season.

The FEMA boss stressed that the FCT administration cannot  afford to lose more lives resulting from the reckless behaviour of those who refuse to adhere to early warnings from relevant authorities.

He called on residents living around the riverine and flood-prone areas of the FCT to move to higher grounds, clear their water channels and drainages.

Idriss also enjoined the residents to avoid dumping refuse on water ways and avoid walking or driving through flooded water to keep safe.

“What we are about to witness from now on is ‘river flooding’ and this is going to be heavier and more forceful than the flash flood we experienced  earlier,” he warned.

The FEMA boss emphasised that the FCT administration had been on its toes doing the needful to ensure safety in and around the FCT.

Idriss, therefore, stressed the need for residents to take personal responsibility of the safety of their environment, saying ” disaster management is an all-inclusive effort from both the government and the governed.”

He assured residents of the agency’s efforts to work with all the relevant stakeholders to mitigate any possible effect of flooding in the FCT.

The DG said that the agency had strengthened its Ambassadors (FEMA volunteers/Vanguards) in all the area councils to be able to sensitise their people using town criers and other indigenous means of communication.

” This will enable them to drive the message home, in the bid to minimise loss of lives and properties.”

He added that FEMA had also mounted reflective billboards at various flood prone points warning off and cautioning residents from these danger areas.

Idriss challenged religious leaders, community heads and well- meaning Nigerians in authority to take responsibility of the public education and sensitisation of people around them.

” Especially those living close to flood prone areas to move to higher grounds for safety and to always call the national toll-free emergency number 112 for prompt response of any emergency.”,he said.

He said flood could catch up with anybody, anywhere, citing the   example of the victim of Trademoore Estate ,Lugbe, a visitor in the Estate that was swept off by flood water.

Idriss said FEMA had been unrelenting in sensitising FCT residents on appropriate safety measures following earlier NIMET and NIHSA prediction of torrential rain fall this season.

Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN

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