The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said that one person died in an accident involving two vehicles, near Golden Tulip Hotels Junction, Agulu in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State, on Wednesday.
The Sector Commander, Mr Andrew Kumapayi, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka, that the accident occurred at about 9.30 a.m.
Kumapayi said that the accident was allegedly caused by lane diversion.
“The fatal crash involved a Toyota Highlander with enlistment number FGG33KJ and Hijet Daihatsu Pickup vehicle without registration number.
“According to eyewitnesses, four of the victims were traveling in the pickup vehicle, with two seated inside and two in the bucket.
“While the two vehicles were trying to dodge the potholes on their lane, the pickup vehicle rammed into the Toyota and one of the persons inside the pickup bucket fell and hit his head on the culvert.
“A total of five male adults were involved in the accident, two sustained some degree of injuries and one death was recorded.
“The victims were taken to St. Joseph Hospital, Adazi Nnukwu and the corpse of the dead deposited at the same hospital, ” he said.
The Sector Commander warned drivers against all forms of dangerous driving.
“Drivers should obey ‘lane discipline’ and tolerate other road users.
“Deaths as a result of road traffic crashes are avoidable, “he said.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)https://nnn.ng/man-falls-off-vehicle-dies-in-anambra-accident/
NAHCON mourns Emir of Zazzau
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, (NAHCON) has expressed sadness over the death the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.
NAHCON Executive Chairman, Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, in a statement by Mrs Fatima Usara, Head, Public Affairs of the commission, on Monday in Abuja, described the demise of the monarch as a great loss to the country.
Hassan also said that the demise of the emir came at a time when dignified royal fathers like him were most needed.
He said his personality was most needed in cementing the unity of the Nigerian society along the vision of the States and Federal Government.
He said that the NAHCON family extended its condolence to President Muhammadu Buhari, Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’I of Kaduna State, his immediate family and entire people of Zazzau over the loss of the venerated statesman.
” We pray jannatul firdaus to be his final abode. May the Almighty grant his family and people the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.
Edited By: Josephine Obute/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Fayemi inaugurates steering committee on Open Government Partnership
Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti on Monday inaugurated the steering committee of Open Government Partnership (OGP), to further demonstrate his administration’s commitment to open governance, transparency and accountability.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that OGP is an international multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at promoting open governance, citizen’s empowerment, fight corruption and harness new technology to strengthen member states.
Fayemi, who inaugurated the committee at the Governor’s Office, Ado-Ekiti, said the OGP initiative was in consonance with his restoration agenda as clearly spelt out in the five pillars of his administration.
The steering committee, which is to be coordinated by the Commissioner for Budget, Mr Femi Ajayi, had the Director General Office of Transformation and Service Delivery (OTSD), Prof. Mobolaji Aluko as member.
Special Adviser, Bureau of Public Procurement, Mr O’seun Odewale; Permanent Secretary (Finance) Mr Folorunso; Permanent Secretary (Budget) Mr Adeleke Adefolaju; Accountant General, Mrs Titilayo Olayinka and Special Adviser, Mr Biodun Oluleye.
Others include: Prof. Oluwadare C.T, Olafunsho Olajide from Disability Not a Barrier Initiative; President, Ekiti Chambers of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), Chief Kola Akosile; and Representative of the Institution of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, Mrs Agbaje.
Members of the steering committee, according to the Governor, were selected from civil society organisations, professional bodies, youth parliaments, public service and other interest groups.
This was to ensure more commitment from the government to promote open governance, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technology to strengthen governance in Ekiti State.
The Governor explained that his administration had always prioritised inclusion of the needs and aspirations of towns and communities in the State’s annual budgets
He said that the OGP initiative would increase collaboration between government and other stakeholders to improve the standard of living of the people in the state.
“The Open Government Partnership initiative will also promote more collaboration work within government by promoting mutual accountability, information sharing and coordination among MDAs.
“This will promote efficiency in government and delivery of the goals of the five pillars,” he said.
Fayemi explained that OGP would further strengthen his administration’s reforms in open budget, open contracting, revenue transparency, beneficial ownership transparency, assets disclosure, access to information, citizens’ engagement and empowerment.
Ekiti being the first State to join OGP in South-western Nigeria, Fayemi expressed delight that his administration’s efforts at deepening good governance and embracing inclusive participation were gaining recognition at international level.
According to him, as a responsible government, we always insisted that all government functionaries demonstrated understanding of accountability and transparency in their various activities.
“The policy areas are the right to information, gender and inclusion, digital governance and rights, protection of civic space and natural resources and fight against corruption.
“The OGP was launched in 2011 with eight (8) founding member government. In July, 2016 Nigeria, through the efforts of Open Alliance, joined the partnership as 70th member country.
“To deepen ongoing institutional and policy reforms in Ekiti State, we applied for membership of Open Government Partnership in October, 2019, the application was graciously approved,” he said.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Development, Mr Femi Ajayi stated that the initiative involved engaging citizens in governance, adding that the benefits of the partnership was enormous.
Ajayi said that such partnership, if well coordinated would cement the already cordial relationship between the government and the civil society.
Edited By: Josephine Obute/Felix Ajide
Osinbajo, UNN students discuss technology, innovation
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday had a virtual interaction with students from both the university and the secondary school in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka(UNN) campus.
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement in Abuja, said the Vice President featured at the virtual conference of the Centre for Lion Gadgets and Technologies, UNN.
The theme of the conference is “Technological Innovation for Holistic Sustainable Development.”
The Vice President said that deploying technology and innovation to address emerging challenges would be crucial to the country’s recovery from the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We must creatively imagine and pioneer our way out.
“We are in one of the worst health and economic crises in living memory and our recovery must be innovative – we must employ never-before-seen methods to fight the never-before-seen plethora of issues before us.
“Whether we are discussing the delivery of social services to vulnerable communities and promoting financial inclusion or we are talking about boosting agricultural productivity and promoting the security of our communities, how we harness technology is crucial.
“The future will be decided in groups such as yours, where young Nigerians are actively thinking about how to deploy technology in creative ways for problem-solving.”
Osinbajo said that such innovative ideas must be deployed in a manner that was inclusive and accessible to all Nigerians including the poor and vulnerable.
He said that recently, the Nigeria Climate Innovation Center concluded its Climate LaunchPad, and some very innovative ideas were unveiled.
According to him, one of the innovator companies, New Digits, generates power from water.
“The product uses water and conformed solar cells to generate energy for electricity and cooking.
“It actually works by collecting water automatically from any piping channel in the house, breaks down the water into Hydrogen which is used to cook and to power the entire house without the need for batteries of any kind.”
The Vice President also cited PowerStove Energy, founded by three young Nigerians, Okey, Abdulazeez and Glory.
He said that the trio produced a low-cost, clean smokeless cookstove.
“PowerStove Energy is the first clean cookstove to be fitted with self-powered Internet of Things (IoT) cloud system to monitor in real-time, every day that cooking is done, the amount of Co2 that is used and biomass saved, black carbon prevented and total electricity generated.
“All of that is monitored in real-time every day.’’
Osinbajo pledged the support of the Federal Government to universities especially in enhancing their capacity for research and innovation.
He said that the Federal Government was prepared but the university needed to do more by being proactive in the links with industry.
“Industry, as you know, is interested in commerce. If it will make profit and money, industry is interested.
“I think that a lot of the innovations we are seeing are certainly profitable and can be lucrative. But where government can come in is where there are needs for additional support to make the research easier or cheaper for the public to access.
“So, I certainly look forward to the cooperation between the Federal Government and the University of Nigeria.
“In education too, Covid-19 has showed us just how adaptive we can be and there are a number of ed-tech firms such as uLesson, where students can take lessons and tests on an app.
“If scaled, this could revolutionise how we approach challenges with access to education.’’
He said that the Federal Government had started the Students Innovation Challenge for all universities in Nigeria.
“We came as far as the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; there is a hub called the Genesis Hub where the competition took place for the South East.
“Three winners emerged from the University of Nsukka; and each of them got N1 million, and there were 25 of them that emerged winners at the competition.
“The Innovation Challenge is our commitment; we are committed to ensuring that innovation is done on a continuous basis,” he said.
Earlier in his remark, the Vice Chancellor of UNN, Prof. Charles Igwe, said the university had prioritised the deployment of technology in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Other participants at the conference included former Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, the Most Rev. Paulinus Eze-Okafor, among others.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
Use standard road signs, FRSC tells construction firms in Lagos
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Lagos State on Monday called on contractors working on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and other major roads to use standard road signage codes on the construction sites.
The Lagos Sector Commander, Mr Olusegun Ogungbemide, made the call in a statement by Mrs Olabisi Sonusi, the sector’s Public Education Officer in Lagos,
He applauded the Federal and State Governments for the ongoing work on the highway and other major roads within the state.
Ogungbemide said that the call had become imperative following the recent mobilisation of contractors to sites.
According to him, contractors must ensure that adequate warning signs are strategically placed at construction sites.
He said this was important, to warn motorists ahead so as to reduce their speed and avoid collision.
“This has become imperative due to the increase in crashes that occurred around construction zones within the state in recent times.
” The Corps has the responsibility to ensure safety on all roads, particularly now that construction is going on within the state,” the FRSC boss said.
He said that the command needed to ensure that motorists were safe when commuting on such corridors.
Ogungbemide warned that violators would be prosecuted according to the National Road Traffic Regulations 2012 section 213(1)(2).
The section states: “Any person, company, organization or enterprise involved in the construction or maintenance of a public road shall provide adequate warning signs of the ongoing construction or maintenance at the construction areas day and night.
“Failure to comply with this provision is an offence and any person, company, organization or enterprise in contravention shall be liable on conviction to a fine of N50,000:00 or to a term of 18 months imprisonment or to both.”
The FRSC boss said that for uniformity or standard in the road signs to be used, so as not to pose serious danger to road users, the construction companies must provide the correct size of signage.
Ogungbemide urged the construction companies to contact FRSC signage plant which produces such according to global standards .
The sector commander advised motorists to always observe speed limits at construction sites and other areas in the state at all times.
Ogungbemide assured that the command was determined to ensure that motorists observe safety measures on the highways.
Edited By: Saidu Adamu/Oluwole Sogunle