Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state visited the Eti-Osa Driver’s Licence Centre of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to renew his driver’s licence on Tuesday.
The Governor was received by the Commander, Lagos Sector Command, Mr Olusegun Ogungbemide in company with some senior officers of the Corps in Lagos.
A statement by the Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO), Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) Mr Bisi Kazeem, said that the Governor went through the tripartite processes necessary for the biometric capture.
Kazeem quoted Sanwo-olu as saying that the process was very impressive, easy and smooth.
Sanwo-olu commended the entire staff for being courteous, adding that they displayed high level of professionalism.
“Keep it up. Many thanks, ” he said.
The Governor was issued a temporary driver’s licence at the end of the biometrics to be used pending when the permanent card would be ready
Earlier in the day, the First Lady, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu also came for her physical capture.
She was handed her temporary driver’s licence by the Unit Commander Lagos Island ACC Esther Uzoma and Sector Head DLC, CRC Oluwafemi Ige.
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Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has granted his request to inaugurate the Owerri-Orlu and Owerri-Okigwe roads in May.This is contained in a statement issied the Governor’s Media Adviser, Oguwike Nwachuku, and made available to newsmen in Owerri on Tuesday.According to the statement, the governor said he received the president’s nod on Tuesday in Abuja, when he briefed him on the progress so far recorded on the two projects.Uzodinma said that although they are federal roads, his government decided to reconstruct them to “alleviate the sufferings of the people and enable farmers to evacuate their produce with ease”.He expressed optimism that the Federal Government would be moved to compensate the Imo Government for embarking on the projects.He said that the contractors – Craneburg – a world class construction company handling the projects, had given assurance that they would be ready by next month, having achieved 90 per cent completion.“It is, therefore, worthy to note that the roads, which are federal roads, are currently being reconstructed by Imo Government with dual carriage for the Owerri-Orlu Road and expanded width for the Owerri-Okigwe Road, as approved by the president,” he said.The governor, however, said that arrangements were in top gear to award the Owerri/Egbu/Mbaise/Umuahia Road for reconstruction.He said that he would return to the president next week to finalise talks on the project. VIN/EBI/USO
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By Suleiman Shehu
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operation Unit (FOU), Zone A in Ibadan, has confirmed the death of three persons in clashes between the officers and rice smugglers.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that no fewer than four persons were hit on Thursday in Iseyin area of Oyo state when customs officers shot sporadically in the air after intercepting smuggled goods coming through the borders.
NAN gathered that those hit by stray bullets were residents who were enjoying their Eld-Fitri celebrations.
Reacting to the incident in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday, the FOU Zone A spokesman, Mr Theophilus Duniya, confirmed the death of three persons.
Duniya said that the officers who were on routine patrol intercepted two Nissan Pathfinder SUV vehicles fully loaded with smuggled foreign parboiled rice at Iseyin.
He said that the dare devil smugglers then mobilised themselves with the help of some thugs on Thursday at about 3pm and attacked a Customs patrol, who were on lawful duty at Iseyin.
Duniya said that the mob attacked the officers with dangerous weapons which led to the infliction of serious injuries on two officers.
“They attempted to abduct one of the officers that was brutally attacked; who sustained deep cuts on his head and other parts of his body.
“The assailants had taken the injured officer with his rifle before his team members who acted in self defence, shot at the suspected abductors leading to the death of three of them before he was rescued and taken for immediate medical attention.
“The officers were able to successfully evacuate the intercepted smuggled rice, while the injured officers are currently receiving treatment,” Duniya said.
He said the Acting Controller of the Unit, DC Usman Yahaya, was sadden about the avoidable incident and urged community leaders and parents to call their wards and children to order.
Duniya said that the acting controller lamented the criminality of obstructing and attacking officers on lawful duty, describing it as a venture that yields no good for all including the Service.
“We appeal for compliance to extant rules and assures of the resolve of our men to remain resolute in discharging their duties in the best interest of Nigerians,” Duniya said. (NAN)
A humanitarian group, Victims Support Fund (VSF) on Wednesday in Enugu donated food items and medical supplies worth N120 million to Enugu State Government.
Akerele-Ogunsiji said that the food items which were for onward delivery to 20, 000 vulnerable households in the state were meant to cushion the effect of the lockdown arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
She said that each household would receive 10kg rice, 10kg beans, 10kg Garri, 2kg salt and four litres of vegetable oil.
She appealed to the state government to ensure the distribution of the reached the most vulnerable households in the state.
Akerele-Ogunsiji said that the medical supplies included 30, 000 bottles of hand sanitisers, 50, 000 pieces of facemasks, safety boots and goggles for healthcare workers as well as coveralls.
She said that the Federal Government had on June 30 inaugurated the Presidential Committee on the Victims of Terrorism Support Fund.
According to her, the initiative under the chairmanship of Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd.) was inaugurated as a national response strategy.
She said that the focus of the support fund specifically targeted victims of terrorism and insurgency in the North East region.
“But we are aware that COVID-19 is a national disaster that is happening all over the country and we cannot sit down and watch it without doing anything.
“Our chairman the March 30, 2020, set up a taskforce on COVID-19 to help to ease the effect of the pandemic by fashioning out interventions and support to the government and peoples of Nigeria,” she said.
Akerele-Ogunsiji described VSF as the first private sector led humanitarian initiative in Nigeria, adding that their intervention had been the best since the pandemic began.
Akerele-Ogunsiji said that VSF had earlier intervened in Abuja, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba, Ogun, Lagos and Edo.
She disclosed that Ebonyi would be the other South East state that would benefit in the current second phase of the intervention.
Responding,the Ebonyi deputy governor, Mrs Cecelia Ezeilo commended the VSF for the massive intervention.
The deputy governor also solicited the support of the fund in the education and health sectors of the state.
Benson Iziama edited
By Gabriel Agbeja
Abuja, Aug.11, 2017 The National Executive Council (NEC) of Motor Mechanics and Technicians Association of Nigeria (MOMTAN) has advised its Lagos State Chapter to desist from holding MOMTAN Day on Aug 24.
It said such plan by the Lagos State Chapter was “just to cause trouble in the association”.
“All members of Lagos State and throughout Nigeria including the general public are hereby warned not to participate in the so-called MOMTAN Day being proposed by the Lagos State Chapter.
“ Their utterance and cheap publicity aims at destabilising our great association should be disregarded, “ it said.
According the council, the objective of the association include; promoting spirit of oneness, understand and harmonious co-existence amongst practicing Auto-Mechanics and Allied Technicians throughout Nigeria;
“Also infusing discipline into members with the view of ensuring maximum benefits to customers patronage;
“ Regulate and strengthen healthy relations between members and customers in particular and with Local, State and Federal Government authorities and the public in general;
“Demand as a matter of principle, government protection, moral and financial support for all skilled practicing motor mechanics and allied technicians throughout Nigeria toward meaningful and effective competition with foreign counterparts,“ the council said.
MOMTAN Vision is to provide quality and world-class automobile repairs and maintenance services at all times.
The mission is to provide outstanding automobile repairs and maintenance services while gaining hands-on experience in technology advancement.
Edited by: Abdullahi Yusuf