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Petroleum tankers drivers begin strike



Petroleum Tanker Drivers in Lagos State have withdrawn their services as directed by the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) beginning from Aug. 10.

The state Chairman, NUPENG, Mr Tayo Aboyeji made the confirmation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos.

Aboyeji said that the strike began in the early hours of Aug. 10, following negotiation breakdown between the state government and the union.

“Although, we met with the state government yesterday night (Aug. 9), yet we could not reach an agreement.

“So, only the tanker drivers in Lagos State proceeded with the strike, because the environment is not conducive for tankers to operate,’’ he said.

NAN reports that NUPENG had on Aug. 7 directed its members to down tools with effect from Aug. 10.

NUPENG’s National President, Mr Williams Akporeha, and General Secretary, Mr Olawale Afolabi had in a joint statement said the directive became necessary due to failure of various authorities in the state to address some pending issues.

The issues include extortion of money from the drivers by various security agents; the menace of containerised trucks at Apapa, Kirikiri and Beach Land axis areas of the state.

Others are harassment and extortion by area boys as well as area god-fathers as part of the challenges.

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Fayemi appeals for partnership as new Oluyin of Iyin Ekiti gets staff of office




Fayemi appeals for partnership as new Oluyin of Iyin Ekiti gets staff of office


Lagos, Aug. 22, 2020 Gov Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has appealed to traditional rulers in the state to partner with his administration to improve the standard of living of the people.

The governor made the appeal during the official presentation of instrument of office to the new Oluyin of Iyin-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Oba Adeola Ajakaiye.

A statement issued by Oluyin Palace and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Tuesday quoted Fayemi as saying that his administration was passionate about carrying out meaningful programmes that would have direct impact on the people.

Represented by his Deputy, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, the governor charged the new royal father to work harmoniously with his people to accelerate development of Iyin-Ekiti community.

The governor said that the process of selecting a new Oluyin was consequent upon the demise of the last occupant of the throne, Oba Ademola Ajakaiye, on Sept. 18, 2019.

Fayemi said that the selection and enthronement of Oba Ajakaiye was in accordance with Paragraph 1, Section 8 of the Chiefs Edict of 1984, as amended in 1991, which has further been amended as Ekiti State Chiefs Law in 2010.

He said that the selection of Oba Ajakaiye was devoid of political coloration and influence and reminded the new king that his position demanded considerable diligence, sacrifice, initiatives and perseverance.

The governor appealed to the people of the community to demonstrate the spirit of oneness and sincerity of purpose by supporting and cooperating with the monarch.

He urged the people of the community to contribute their quota to the socio-economic development of the community, admitting that government could not satisfy all the needs and aspirations of the people due to limited resources.

The governor commended royal fathers across the state for sustenance of peace and stability in their domains.

Fayemi implored them to display high sense of responsibility and sincerity and carry their subjects when taking decisions on their welfare.

In his acceptance speech, Ajakaiye promised to work with all indigenes to surpass the achievements of his predecessors.

The monarch called on those aggrieved to sheathe their swords and join hands with him to move the community forward along the path of peace, progress and prosperity.

“Since there can be no development without peace, my priority and watchword will be ‘peace and unity’.

“We will harness the energy and ingenuity of all our people – men, women, boys and girls; leverage on technology and intelligence gathering and, of course, work with the state and our local government to keep Iyin safe, secure and peaceful, because that is the prerequisite for growth and development.

“We will also use the instrumentality of the traditional institution to resolve conflicts amicably.

“We shall revive and raise the profile of our traditional festivals in order to make Iyin a preferred tourist destination. Apart from our festivals, we also have some tourist attractions.

“We will establish a Digital Resource Centre that will become the repository of Iyin history and the hub of research, while a database of all Iyin sons and daughters, who are unemployed, will be created as a way of linking them with available opportunities, ensuring human capital development and also providing the basis for empowerment.

“Since we need to harness all our human resources and ensure that all hands are on deck to develop Iyin into a modern city, we will also create a database of all Iyin sons and daughters, both at home and in the Diaspora.

“We will not leave anyone behind in this quest to make Iyin great,” he said.

The traditional ruler commended the forebears of the town and promised he would ensure progress more and prosper more.

“I want to most sincerely congratulate all my brothers who contested the Oluyin throne with me. Yes, I have emerged as the new Oluyin, but my victory belongs to you and indeed the entire people of Iyin.

“This is our victory and we are all winners. Today’s joy is ours

to share. I seek your support for the great task ahead.”

The monarch said the Olori (his wife) in consultation with the Oluyin, would encourage the registration of all women groups,with special emphasis on widows and other vulnerable women so they can access all available support in a very orderly and transparent manner.

Ajakaye described Iyin Ekiti as one of the best planned towns in this country, noting that the town was long overdue for urban renewal.

“Roads need to be rehabilitated, the streets need to be lit at night, the markets need

to be upgraded and made attractive, not just to indigenes but to


“We also intend to pioneer the development of modern real estates

in iyin Ekiti, so that the town could benefit from its nearness to the

capital city of Ado Ekiti, especially once the new dual carriageway

linking both towns is completed.

“We will also encourage the establishment of cottage and small scale industries and service businesses, including bakeries, dry cleaning services and functional

hospitals, while encouraging the use of clean/green energy.

“As an agrarian community, Iyin is not lacking in the cultivation of food and cash crops, even in commercial quantities. What the town lacks, however, are storage and processing facilities.

“We will therefore encourage our sons and daughters, who are doing well in their various fields of endeavour, and indeed all willing investors, to invest in these and other areas.

“We will restore the waning moral values of our youths and dissuade them from engaging in illegal and criminal activities.

“The moral fabric of our communities must be strengthened with the organisation of annual events that reward good behaviours, while people will be free to practice their religions, which is a great source of morality.

“Our concept of ‘Omoluabi’ must not be jettisoned. After all, as the saying goes, it is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings,” he said.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Tajudeen Atitebi
Source: NAN

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Lagos assembly begins probe on auditor-general’s report on MDAs



The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday began probe on the 2019  Auditor-General’s Statutory Report on the accounts of the state’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Chairman of the Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee on State, Mr Nurudeen Saka-Solaja made this known while addressing newsmen before commencement of the exercise in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the public accounts committee is a statutory establishment of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The committee is an important instrument of checks, probity and accountability by the legislature both at the federal and state levels.

Saka-Solaja explained that the purpose of the probe was not to witch-hunt but to invite all heads of the indicted MDAs.

He added that the exercise was to seek clarifications as regards the outstanding queries raised in the Auditor-General’s report to enhance better service delivery in the state.

Saka-Solaja noted that Sections 125(2) and 129(1) (c) of the 1999 Constitution as amended,  empowered the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Assembly to ‘summon any person in Nigeria to give evidence at any place’.

“The committee is also empowered to direct the person to produce any document or other things in his possession or under his control and examine him as witness and require him to produce any document.

“The committee can also direct him to produce other things in his possession or under his control, subject to all just exceptions’ during the deliberation and consideration exercise of the audited report of the accounts of MDAs submitted by the Auditor-General of the state.

“Accordingly, in consonance with the need for effective and best practices in the pursuit of its statutory objectives, the public accounts committee (State) of the Lagos state house of assembly today commenced the deliberations and considerations of the audited report of the state auditor-general on the accounts of the state.

“This is for the year ended, December 31, 2019,” he said.

Saka-Solaja however assured Lagosians that all monies budgeted for the MDAs would be properly scrutinized  to ensure it was judiciously spent as captured in the budget of the state.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Razak Owolabi
Source: NAN
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Chef in court over alleged theft of employer’s $2,350



A 30- year-old chef, Kiki Kehinde, who allegedly broke into his employer’s room and stole 2,350 dollars, (N900,000) on Tuesday appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.

The police charged Kehinde, who resides at 14, Olarinle St., Ikorodu, Lagos, with two counts bordering on stealing.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Prosecution Counsel, ASP Raji Akeem, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on April 20 at Osborne Offshore area of Ikoyi, Lagos .

Akeem alleged that the defendant broke into the room of his employer, Mr Hakan Aktan, a Turkish and carted away the money, a new sport shoe and a Samsung iPad.

He said the police was able to track the defendant to Ikorodu area and  arrested him.

The prosecutor said the offence  contravened the provisions of sections 287 (7) and 308 of the Criminal Law of Lagos,2015.

Section 287 (7) stipulates seven years jail term for stealing from one’s employer.

Chief Magistrate Yetunde Aje- Afunwa admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N600,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Aje- Afunwa adjourned the case until Sept. 30 for mention.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN
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Climate Change: Environmentalist advocates an end to coal mining, usage



An Environmentalist, Ms Gloria Bulus has called for a transition from coal mining and usage to renewable energy alternatives.

Bulus, the founder of Bridge-that-gap Initiative, an environmental Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), made the call while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos.

The environmentalist harped on the need to embark on a coal transition campaign to curb the negative impact of coal mining activities on the environment.

“The coal transition campaign is a campaign seeking for a fair transition from the use of coal to other clean energy sources that secures the future of our environment and livelihoods.

“It entails a transition to a low-carbon economy. It is a call to shift from an extractive economy to a regenerative economy, hence boosting sustainability.

“Coal is one of the dirtiest fuels available and coal-fired power plants are the single biggest global source of greenhouse gas emissions in the world.

“Burning of coal releases carbon dioxide, which negatively impacts on the environment and climate change effects. In addition, coal also emits pollutants that causes acid rain and is associated with a range of human health problems.

“Coal mining destroys the environment, depletes its resources, and also contaminates the air space and water affecting food production,” Bulus explained.

She also called for the attainment of green resilience in the country, a situation where Nigerians would depend on only clean energy sources.

Bulus advocated for coal transition campaign to target the extractive industries as well as rural communities where they were domiciled.

“Green resilience can be achieved by transition to low-carbon economy where we have smart cities with clean energy sources which are also renewable energy.

“In other words, green resilience movement is aimed at supporting low gas emissions into the environment, resilient urban planning and sustainable development.

“We need to stop being fossil fools. A fossil fool means a person who uses up or invests in fossil fuels without concern for the environmental and health impact it produces.

“The campaign should be targeted at fossil fuels production companies, extractive industries, the funders or donors of coal plants projects and the government.

“The coal transition campaign needs to be taken to people at rural communities because this is where most coal factories are located and the people are ignorant of the impact and how to negotiate for their rights.

“Coal can be replaced with renewable sources such as wind, hydro-power, biomass and solar energy which are readily available to harness into energy,” she said.

Bulus asserted that strengthening environmental laws that would mitigate the impact of coal mining and its consumption was paramount.

“We need to intensify and support a just transition from coal use to renewable energy use,” she said.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Razak Owolabi
Source: NAN
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