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Limit your speed on highways to avoid crashes, FRSC urges motorists



The Ogun Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has warned motorists to limit their speed while on the highways in order to avoid unnecessary road traffic crashes.

The FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Mr Ahmed Umar, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Ota, Ogun.

NAN reports that Umar was reacting to the accident that occurred on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, leading to the death of three persons, with seven others injured.

NAN also reports that a commercial Mazda bus, marked FUF 109 ZD, coming to Lagos from Kwara, had, on Tuesday, had a burst tyre at the Youth Camp area, on Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Umar said that the accident could have been averted, if the commercial bus had adhered strictly to the speed limit.

“The FRSC wants to appeal to motorists to install speed limit devices in their vehicles to regulate and prevent tragedy, when accidents occur,” he said.

The sector commander enjoined motorists to refrain from putting used tyres on their vehicles so as to avoid unnecessary mishaps on the road.

Umar, however, condoled with the families of the accident victims and prayed God to grant them the fortitude to bear the losses.

Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq


AIB releases Lagos helicopter crash report



The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has released a preliminary report on the helicopter that crashed at Opebi Area of Lagos State on Aug. 28.

The report was made public on Monday.

The bureau stated that the accident involved a Bell 206B III Helicopter with nationality and registration marks 5N-BQW, operated by Quorum Aviation Limited.

According to the report, the helicopter had three hours, 15 minutes of endurance fuel, while the estimated flight time was two hours 45 minutes.

The report revealed that the helicopter had a valid Certificate of Airworthiness while the pilot’s last medical examination was valid until Aug. 6.

It also said there was no evidence to show that an application for the exemption provided by the All Operators’ Letter AOL DG020/20 had been submitted to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

The report revealed that the chopper had no capability to jettison fuel.

It added that the pilot’s last Proficiency Check was valid till Aug. 24, which was four days before the crash.

Three persons died in the crashed helicopter.

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde
Source: NAN
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Edo poll: Ultimate power lies in electorate – Okei-Odumakin



Saturday’s Edo governorship election has reawakened the consciousness that ultimate power to elect leaders

lies in the hands of the electorate, rights campaigner,  Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, has said.

Okei-Odumakin, the President of Women Arise Initiative, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria

in Lagos on Monday.

She said that Nigerians should no longer allow  internal and external `political merchants’ to determine who should govern them.

According to her, the digitisation of the election result portal greatly improved the transparency of the election process.

“Meanwhile, the areas where I think the commission should improve its performance, especially as we look forward to future elections, are further digitisation of the election process.

“The commission should also improve synergy with other stakeholders within the electoral chain, particularly security agencies, while also investing more in the capacity building of its staff and ad-hoc staff,” she said.

Okei-Odumakin said that the commission had learnt from its inadequacies of the past and it resulted in an improvement in the conduct of the governorship  poll.

She said that INEC  had been working hard toward ensuring a better electoral system.

“As the leader of one of the organisations that observed the election, I can say that INEC deserves kudos from Nigerians on it new initiatives,” she said.

Okei-Odumakin advised the re-elected Edo Gov. Godwin Obaseki  to make the interest of the people of the state the main focus of his administration.

Edited By: Saidu Adamu/Ijeoma Popoola
Source: NAN
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Taskforce warns hoodlums against assault of sanitation officials



The Oyo State Environmental Taskforce has decried the incessant attacks of its personnel by hoodlums during the discharge of their statutory duties, warning that it would no longer condone such.

The Chairman of the taskforce, ACP Francis Ojomo, gave the warning in a statement issued on Monday, in Ibadan, by Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism.

He said that the officers on environmental sanitation enforcement duties were backed by the law of the state and their duties were to safeguard the environment for the benefit of all.

News Agency of Nigeria recalls that four officers of the Oyo State Environmental Task Force were, on Thursday, attacked by hoodlums and critically injured in Ibadan while performing sanitation enforcement duty.

The chairman said that the officers were recuperating after receiving treatment at an undisclosed medical facility in Ibadan.

“We all know that to change a habit is always arduous, but the Oyo State Government has undertaken continuous sensitization and stakeholders’ engagement to change the attitude of those that would want to persist in dumping refuse indiscriminately.

“The officers attacked on Thursday were doing their statutory jobs assigned them by the government through this agency when they were attacked and assaulted.

“We thank God they are fast recuperating, but we want to sound this note of warning that whoever attacks environmental sanitation enforcement officers again will not find it funny, they will be arrested and prosecuted.

“It is our job to make Ibadan and Oyo state clean, we will not shirk this responsibility, we will not hold back, we will not be intimidated,” he stated.

The statement further quoted Ojomo, as describing street hawking as“ an act borne out of ignorance rather than poverty”.

He said the consequences of the act outweighed the gains, noting that many hawkers had died from road accidents.

Ojomo noted that most of those hawking also own shops but the shop owners would rather stay by the roadside for better sales owing to their erroneous belief.

He called on the people to endeavour to keep their environment clean at all times for their own good and personal hygiene.

Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Bayo Sekoni
Source: NAN
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Lagos releases resumption dates for 2020/2021 school session



The Lagos State Ministry of Education has approved resumption dates for the 2020 to 2021 school session.

According to the time table, both public and private schools below tertiary level will resume First Term academic activities on Monday Sept. 21, 2020.

The term is expected to run until Dec.18, 2020 while the second term will begin Jan. 4, 2021 and run until April 16, 2021.

Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, the Dirsctor, the Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA) urged all public and private schools in the state to adhere strictly to the harmonised school calendar.

The director urged school management to have a ”qualitative health and safety plan” that will help protect students, teachers and workers as schools reopen in the state.

“t is not enough to reopen but to keep staying opened since some schools all over the world had to shut down after reopening due to a spike in the pandemic.

“All schools must make efforts to comply with these requirements, not just for the improvement of the overall school operations but for safe reopening for academic activities,” she said.

She also advised schools to have a flexible teaching and learning plans where students and teachers who feel sick can teach or learn from home via available online platforms.

Seriki-Ayeni said schools must strive to avoid any COVID-19 infection in their school.

She further advised that teachers, students and visitors must wear face mask at all time.

She said that the students must observe physical distancing, regularly wash hands with soap under running water and maintain high standard of personal hygiene in the school premises.

She said that schools must have an isolation/holding bay to care for medical emergencies should students come up with symptoms such as cough, headache, catarrh, difficulty in breathing, sneezing and fever.

She also said further measures put in place by the Lagos State Government through the Office of Education Quality Assurance is for public and private schools in Lagos State to register online with the OEQA.

They are to take the School Self-risk Assessment take the online training course to obtain reopening clearance for academic activities on the OEQA website:

According to her, this will help the Office of Education Quality Assurance to determine the level of preparedness as well as guide schools on what they need to put in place for a safe reopening.

She implored school leaders to embrace new learning style like outdoor classes, staggered attendance, platooning or alternative attendance among others in collaboration with parents in a safe and secure environment.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN
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