The Ondo State Government has allayed the fear of local government workers and primary school teachers that the recent verification exercise was to retrench workers.
The state’s Dep. Gov., Mr Agboola Ajayi, stated this on Wednesday in Igbara Oke at a retreat for top government functionaries of the state’s local government service.
Ajayi, at the programme, with the theme: “Developing a revolutionary model for enhancing local government administration and management,’’ revealed that government was not planning to retrench or sack legitimate workers.
He said, rather, the exercise would allow government to have accurate data regarding workers on its payroll and at the same time have accurate plans that would benefit all the workers.
The deputy governor said that Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu was for local government autonomy and would never touch local government funds.
He added that the Akeredolu-led Administration had resolved that no community in the state would be left untouched.
“Without mincing words, the administration at the local government level is characterised with various challenges such as inadequate funding, lackadaisical attitude of government agents, inefficiency on the part of change agents and unnecessary bureaucracy.
“It is, therefore, my candid opinion that this retreat, which I am told is aimed at bringing about improved relationship among all practitioners, with a view to enhancing greater service delivery at the grassroots, will allow participants to rub minds.
“Permit me to use this opportunity to allay the fears of some of our Local Government workers and primary school teachers who are ‘misinformed regarding the recent staff verification exercise carried out by the state government.
“I want to assure you that the government is not planning to retrench or sack any legitimate worker but rather, the exercise will allow government to have accurate data regarding workers on its payroll.
“And at the same time be able to have adequate plans that will benefit all the workers,’’ he said.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mrs Lola Fagbemi, said the programme would have a revolutionary breakthrough in local government administration and management.
Also, the Chairman, Local Government Service Commission, Mr Femi Idris, thanked Gov. Akeredolu for restoring the one per cent training allocation meant for training and retraining of the workforce.
(Edited by Isaac Aregbesola/Idonije Obakhedo)
Ibadan, April 16, 2019 Mr Olagunju Ojo, the Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, on Tuesday urged the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to be civil in the discharge of its duties in the state.
Ojo said this while commenting on a motion on the need to avert loss of lives on highways occasioned by reckless driving and violation of traffic regulations by regulatory agencies.
The motion was jointly sponsored by Hon. Abdulwasih Musah, the Deputy Speaker and Hon. Kehinde Subair, the Majority Leader.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the motion followed an accident involving an FRSC vehicle which was trying to apprehend a Micra taxi on April 12 at Akinyele on the Ibadan-Oyo Expressway.
“ FRSC in Oyo State should investigate the accident involving FRSC official vehicle on duty and commercial taxi cab at Akinyele, Ibadan, on April 12, while the erring officers should be punished accordingly
“ Any erring driver should be noted and its plate numbers taken with a view to apprehending them at an appropriate time.
“The executives of organised transport unions in the state should further educate their members on the need to obey traffic regulations and traffic enforcement agencies
“They must sensitise their members on the need to collaborate with government agencies in charge of traffic.
“The unions dwell on collection of levies from members but pays no attention to the state of members’ vehicles, most of which are rickety and are not road worthy
“The unions were advised to orientate drivers to obtain necessary papers and this makes them to evade personnel of the FRSC and police as well as Vehicle Inspection Officers, ” said Ojo.
He said motorists, who had regularised their vehicle particulars, should have nothing to fear from FRSC personnel.
Ojo said the FRSC had earned commendations from the public over the years, adding that the operatives should remain diligent in the performance of their duties so as to retain their good image.
Musah, on his part, said the house must seek measures to prevent recurrence of such accidents.
“ The responsibilities of officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps officials as well as other law enforcement agencies must be carried out with absolute civility; they should not take laws into their hands
“ It takes two to tango, the motorists too should comply with all road regulations especially in terms of documentation
“The reason why most of the drivers will not wait for VIO, Police and FRSC officials is because they do not have necessary papers, ” said Musah.
Lagos, April 16, 2019 A Gynaecologist, Dr Adebayo Bamisebi, on Tuesday advised pregnant women to go for delivery, through Cesarean Section with special reason for it.
Bamisebi of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ibeju-Lekki General Hospital, Akodo, Lagos who gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria noted that some women who delivered through Cesarean -section did so on flimsy excuse or fashionable note.
“ Earning a Cesarean-section is for a special reason, it could be because of a problem with the baby or the mother or even both of them.
“It could also depend on quite a number of reasons which may be strictly fetal, strictly maternal and strictly fetomaternal.
“When a C-Section is being carried out, we must be sure that the woman actually merits it, not just through a cook up excuse to have it done,’’ Bamisebi said.
The gynaecologist said a normal vaginal delivery that was not complicated was supposed to be a natural birth, ideally.
According to him, eight out of every 10 pregnant women should be able to do it successfully without much problem arising from it.
However, he said that 20 per cent, that is, two out of every 10 pregnant women would likely want to come with some itches which would result in other forms of delivery for which cesarean section was one of them.
The gynaecologist noted that most women who opted out of vaginal delivery were the young and educated ones who he said did so as a result of the fear they got from shared experiences of their friends who had once gone through the process.
Bamisebi, who saisd that vaginal delivery could be less discomforting and less painful when the appropriate analgesia was given, urged women not to opt for surgical delivery when there were no strict indications for it.
The medical practitioner said a pregnant woman who has a prolonged labour, or her baby is on the big side can be admitted for Cesarean section, adding that such woman could also present improper position of the baby, causing unnecessary delay that could lead to obstruction of labour.
“That kind of delivery should be completed by a Cesarean-section, right in good time, in order to have a healthy baby and mother.
“So for those who will earn it, it is as safe as anything particularly when it is done in good time with all the modern safety tools, there will be no cause for alarm.”
He, however, urged her colleagues not to deny pregnant women whose condition warranted Cesarean-section in order to ensure the safety of the mother and the child.
two full days of hearings of challenges to the ban on assisted suicide, which has been a crime in Germany for some three years.
The legislature, with the newly worded paragraph 217 of the German criminal code, wanted to prevent clubs such as
Sterbehilfe Deutschland (Assisted Suicide Germany) or Switzerland’s Dignitas from expanding their offering to paying members.
The challenges to the paragraph that the court in the south-western city of Karlsruhe is hearing have been raised by these
clubs, as well as palliative care physicians, patients and other doctors.
These groups fear that they will be criminalised in going about their work, or consider euthanasia to be justifiable in the event
of an incurable illness.
Some of the seriously ill people who joined the lawsuit because they wanted to commit suicide with the help of a euthanasia
association have already died as the case made its slow journey to court.
Enugu, April 16, 2019 Football enthusiasts in Enugu on Tuesday warned Rangers FC on committing unnecessary mistakes against visiting Lobi Stars of Makurdi in the abridged Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Wednesday.
The match against Lobi Stars FC on April 17 is one of their outstanding matches in the ongoing NPFL season.
Some of the enthusiasts, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Tuesday, said they see Lobi Starts as a big club that could spring surprises on a good day.
Ignatius Okpara, the secretary, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Enugu chapter, said that he was not entertaining fear about Rangers not being able to defeat Lobi Stars.
“Rangers is in form and can defeat any club at the moment, their recent away victories should give them an edge over Lobi Stars.
“Although Lobi is a good club and they too have what it takes to get a good result in Enugu, I remember what they did in Asaba during the Super Cup.
“What Rangers need to do is to avoid mistakes at the back and the strikers need to be clinical in front of the goal because chances will surely come,” he said.
Chika Mbah, a core supporter of the club said that Lobi Stars was a very good team that could wreck any team on a good day.
“We need not to commit errors in that match and the Lobi Stars I saw and watched their game at Asaba during the Super Cup are too good to look down on.
“Last season, Lobi Stars did a terrible thing to us that left my heart broken but come Wednesday, it will be a different ball game.
“Lobi Stars will confront a rejuvenated Rangers, I only ask them for one thing.
“Our defenders should watch it and avoid silly mistakes and they should remain alert for the 90 minutes and never lose concentration,” he said.
Mbah called on the strikers to stand up and be counted in the match by doing the needful and with such the rest would be history.
Star Plus coach, Anistar Izuikem, said that Rangers would not lose the match going by their recent performance in the league.
“Lobi defeated Rangers at last season’s Super Cup competition but the continental competition and constant league matches has sharpened the players.
“No doubt, Lobi is a good club and it is going to be explosive but at the end, the Flying Antelopes will overcome.
“As a coach, Rangers has a lot working for them, their supporters, familiarity with their pitch, and their recent understanding of each other,” he said.
Similarly, Enugu State boxing coach, Blaise Ude, said that he expected Rangers to win the match with hard work.
“Rangers is our club and we always want them to win and I give it to them because they are doing well at the moment,” Ude said.
He called on the players to approach the match with the determination to win.
FRSC trains officers, public on trauma handling in Kwara
Ilorin, April 15, 2019 Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kwara Sector Command, in collaboration with the Hope Alive Trust Organisation, on Monday trained its officers and the public on trauma management and handling of road accident victims.
The Sector Commander, Mr Uchechukwu Wihioka, said at workshop that it was necessary to train officers and the general public on how to handle trauma caused by crashes on the road.
“The participants are not only the military and paramilitaries, there are community members, who are usually the first responders to road crashes.
“The youths from some of these communities are here, to be trained on how to ensure that they reduce trauma affecting victims of road crashes.
“We expect that from time to time we will assemble for workshops like this, maybe quarterly, so that we can assess our performance at the end of every quarter.
“Crash does not give warnings, but when it happens and there are victims, you should know what to do at any time.
“Road safety is not FRSC business alone, it is a collective measure, so we should be knowledgeable about what we should do on the road when we come across crashes.
“What applications do you put in place to save at least a life in a traumatic situation?
“Trauma is a vast issue, it is the first assistance that we are talking about, how to manage what has been damaged already, you have to give hope and life to such a people,” he said.
On road traffic crash reduction, Wihioka said, “Corps have successfully reduced the rate of road crashes in Kwara because of close monitoring at least by 45 per cent.
“However, we can do more, so when you come across a crash don’t be in a hurry to run or leave the scene, the moment you stop you can save a life.
“Even the press, when you come across a crash, you should be able to manage that victim; this is the essence of this workshop,” he said.
He encouraged Nigerians to be safety conscious.
Also, Dr Olayinka Shittu, a trained emergency specialist and member, Hope Alive Trust, a charity organisation based in the United Kingdom, said that the first responders are the road marshals and they should have the right to proper education on trauma handling.
He said the first time the organisation invited the road safety officers and paramedics, they realised people are dying on the roads, so the need for road marshals to know what to do in order to reduces mortality.
According to him, people rush to accident scenes because they want to help, but the truth is that sometimes, how we respond, which is naturally out of concern or fear of losing them, we cause more harm to them.
“We are happy that there are members of the transport community here, it’s important that they also know what to do when faced with crashes on the road.
“Road users and pedestrians also need to hear and be aware of these road safety measures,” he said.
Shittu said that four sessions were organised on basic life support, saying if someone stops breathing what do you do, and a session to talk about bleeding, what to do to stop the bleeding.
“Another session on how to move the patients and know how to protect yourself from being infected by the victims in any case they may be infected with HIV or Hepatitis.
“So, as you help the patient you are also protecting yourself, so these are the education we are here to provide.
“We are going to be giving free treatment to the public for the next three to four days,” Shittu said.
A member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Mr Muideen Musa, said that the workshop was an eye opener, adding that it enlightened them on actions to take when faced with crashes.
“We appreciate the FRSC and the Hope Alive Trust organisation, God bless them,” he said.
NNN reports that the Hope Alive Trust Charity Organisation has been running charity in Kwara since 2011 and will be giving free medical services to the public from April 15 to April 17.
Present at workshop were members or the Kwara Road Transport Management Agency (KWARTMA), Prison Service, the Army, NURTW amongst others.
Kano, April 15, 2019 There is fear of fuel scarcity in some local government areas of Kano State on Monday, following the relunctance of some marketers to dispense the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly known as petrol, in anticipation of a new pump price regime.
Investigations by the News Agency of Nigeria in some of the LGAs revealed that most of the filling stations had remained closed since last week when the rumour of the price hike filtered into the state.
NNN reports that some of the filling stations owned by the Independent Petroleum Marketers prefer to to sell their products to black marketers in an attempt to maximise profit.
This is coming inspite the warning by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the Federal Government has not increased the price.
A resident of Gwarzo LGA, Alhaji Danbala Gwarzo confirmed to NNN that none of the seven filling stations in the town opened for business on Monday.
He said motorists had resorted to buying the commodity from black marketers, due to the closure of the filling stations in the town.
“We have no fewer than seven filling stations, but as I am talking to you now, none of the filling stations is operating despite the fact that they have the product in store.
“But the moment you go beyond Gwarzo town, you will see filling stations selling the product at the government-approved price of N145 per litre,” he said.
He added that the scarcity, which started on Friday, April 12, had affected social and economic activities across the state.
Gwarzo called on the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to check the excesses of filling station owners who were bent on causing artificial scarcity in the state.
When contacted, the Chairman of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) in Kano State, Alhaji Bashir Dan-Malam said no marketer was allowed to increase fuel price since the Federal Government had dispelled the rumour.
According to him, many people are in panic buying of the commodity.
He, however, called on members of the association to disregard the rumour and continue to sell at approved price.
Damaturu, April 15, 2019 Farmers in Yobe have appealed to state government to help them mop up their 2018 harvests into the strategic grain reserve pool to encourage more farming activities in the state, this planting year.
Some of the farmers, who spoke with News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews on Monday in Damaturu, said a ready made market by government to save farmers from grain merchants and other middlemen was necessary.
A grain farmer, Abdullahi Kukuwa, said the merchants were taking advantage of the bumper harvests to bring the prices of grains down, too low, to the disadvantage of the farmers.
“For three consecutive weeks, there has been deliberate strategies by the merchants to bring down prices of beans, groundnuts, millet and sorghum, among others, because most farmers have not disposed their harvests,” Kukuwa said.
Another farmer, Aliyu Usman, said the price of a bag of beans dropped from between N20, 000 and N17,000 to N14,000 in the last three weeks.
“This has affected almost all the cash and food crops.Until something is done by government to rescue the farmers, many farmers may abandon farming due to the dwindling prices.
Bukar Modu, a civil servant and farmer, urged the Federal and State Governments to resuscitate grain reserves across the country, in a bid to enhance food security and encouraging more people into farming.
Another farmer, Habu Abba, expressed fear that the price might crash further when the cropping season commences, adding that farmers disposed their stocks to prepare for the season will like to operate at loss.” Abba said.
FearSaidu AdamuWukari (Taraba) March 26, 2019 Residents of Shinkai Village in Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba have fled their homes following a threat to raze down the village over the alleged killing of a soldier.According to Malam Labaran Abdu, the leader of the community, armed men in military uniform stormed the village onSunday, March 24, 2019, and alleged that one of their men was killed in the suburb of Shinkai and his rifle taken away.“The community leaders in Shinkai told the armed men that they knew nothing about the incident, but they threatened that they will wipe off the village if the killers and the stolen rifle were not produced within three days,” Abdul told the News Agency of Nigeria , on Tuesday.“As a result of the threat, residents of Shinkai and surrounding villages have crossed over to Awe, Tunga, Terkura and Lafiya in the neighbouring Nassarawa State to take refuge,” he said.Labaran said that the incident the armed men claimed had led to the death of their member took place about 15 kilometre away from Shinkai, and wondered why the people of Shinkai should be made to bear the burden.Reacting to the incident, Mr Simon Dogari, Taraba information commissioner, told NNN that he had received reports that there was tension in Shinkai village after a clash between herdsmen and some armed men believed to be soldiers from “Operation Whirl stroke”, who were on special patrol from neighboring Benue State.He said that the report had claimed that there was a clash between the two groups which left ‘one man with uniform dead”.Dogari, however, wondered why the suspected military personnel, whose operational area was Benue, had crossed into Taraba and clashed with herdsmen.He said that a Special Adviser to Governor Darius Ishaku, and the Chairman of Wukari Local Government Area, have been asked to investigate the issue and report back.The Commissioner appealed to the people of Shinkai and its environs to remain calm as the state government was working round the clock to nip the problem in the bud.Similarly, Mr Bala Dan-Abu, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Taraba on media, who described the death of the military man as unfortunate, urged the authorities to follow due process in redressing the issue.“Two wrongs cannot make a right; instead of attacking the village, thorough investigation should be carried out to identity the suspected killers.”He called for calm among all concerned, saying that all hands were on deck toward resolving the matter through dialogue.Efforts to speak with the Police authorities in Taraba proved abortive, but a senior official of the command said that the matter was being investigated. ASS/ETS
By Veronica Dariya
Bwari (Abuja) Dec. 18, 2018 (NNN) The Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Bwari Police Station,FCT, CSP Biodun Makanjuola on Tuesday assured residents of Bwari town of a peaceful Christmas celebration.
Makanjuola, who gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in Abuja, said that measures were in place to ensure a peaceful atmosphere throughout the yuletide and guard against re-occurence of the 2017 crisis that marred Christmas celebration.
He said: ” I don’t foresee any ugly incident this time around, however, we are working round the clock to ensure that all goes well and nothing evil happens.
“We would meet with other security agents, the traditional heads and all stakeholders to put heads together to ensure everything goes well.
“Although we have put everything humanly possible in place to forestall any disorder, God is the ultimate and we look unto Him to see us through.”
The DPO, however, urged residents to be calm, avoid trouble and be vigilant.
NNN reports that the town has been thrown into uneasy calm, necessitating on and off curfew since December 2017 and an averted one in June, during the Eid-el-fitir celebration.
Mr Ike Emmanuel, a businessman stressed the need for increased security in the area to guard against any likelihood of mishap.
Emmanuel said that there was no better environment to live and make progress than a peaceful one.
He said:”When you live in an environment and you live with fear because you don’t know what will happen in the next minute, all your effort in your business or work is affected because the thought of insecurity limits you.
“It will be a good thing if the police and other security agents in the town are on their feet to ensure a peaceful celebration so that those who will travel return to find their property secured and those who will stay behind free to move around.”
Also, Madam Peace Ovie, another resident, urged the people to intensify prayer for peaceful celebrations, adding that with concerted efforts of security agents and other stakeholders, there would be no room for panic. (NNN)
Edited by Dada Ahmed