3 die in Lagos-Abeokuta road accident 3 die in Lagos-AbeokutThe Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun has confirmed the death of three persons in an accident at the Conoil area of the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.
The confirmation is contained in a statement signed by the Public Education Officer, Mrs Florence Okpe on Monday in Ota.She said that the accident which occurred at about 2.25pm on Sunday involved a vehicle and a motorcycle.
”The unfortunate accident involved a Lexus RX350 marked APP 541 GY and a Bajaj motorcycle with registration number, TTD 017 QR,” he said.
Okpe, who blamed the accident on route violation said that two persons came out unhurt.
The spokesperson said that the remains of the victims had been deposited in the mogue.
She advised motorists to obey traffic rules in the interest of their lives and those of others.
”We sympathise with the families of the victims.
We urge them to contact the FRSC for more information about the incident,” Okpe said.
1 dies, 21 injured on Lagos-Ibadan expressway accident – FRSCThe Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun has confirmed the death of one person in an early Monday morning accident involving a Luxury bus and a truck at Nipco filling station, Mowe on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Mr Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, told newsmen in Abeokuta that 21 others sustained injuries.
Umar explained that the accident occurred at about 5.35 a.
m. The sector commander stated that the accident was caused by speed on the part of the truck driver who lost control and rammed into the stationary bus.
He noted that the two vehicles had no registration number.
“The truck driver rammed into the stationary bus and killed the driver of the bus who was under the bus trying to rectify some faults discovered from the vehicle.
” The bus was going outward Lagos to the Eastern part of the country before it developed fault,” he said.
The FRSC boss stated that the injured victims were taken to Famobis Hospital, Mowe and the deceased deposited at the same hospital Morgue.
Mr Omodele Ibrahim, President, Epe Ogunmodede Club, in Epe Division, has advised motorists to desist from drinking alcohol before and while driving on the road to save lives.
Ibrahim gave the advice during the of three traffic control booths to traffic wardens in Epe on Sunday.
He said that the development became necessary in order to support the government’s transformation agenda on improved security systems in the society.
He added that this was part of the club’s Corporate Social Responsibility to the community.
“The traffic stand wi;; serve as a shade for the officers controlling the traffic, and also, encourages them to do their work better.
“The gesture is also to provide convenience for the road traffic controllers while on duty.
This will also help to reduce accidents on the highway,’’ Ibrahim said.
The club president, however, sympathised with the family of those who lost their loved ones in a ghastly motor accident that claimed 16 lives along the Epe expressway recently.
“May all the departed souls rest in peace, and May God gives their families the fortitude to bear the irreparable lost’’.
Ibrahim equally advised the traffic officers to make best use of the stand and be regular at their duty post to control traffic.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Epe local government, Princess Surah Animashaun applauded the gesture of Ogunmode Club for providing a shade to the traffic controllers on the expressway.
Animashaun, who was represented by Mr Ibrahim Oyase, reaffirmed that the development would assist in reducing accidents on the highway.
“This idea is to complement government efforts towards the development of the community.
However, the council is ready and willing to identify with developmental initiatives like this.
“Therefore, the council is available for more collaboration with Ogunmodede club and other entities,’’ Animashaun said.
Similarly, Mr Saliu Okulu, the immediate past president of the club, commended the club for a job well done.
Okulu urged the present executives of the club to maintain and sustain the good job on community development and security matters across Epe Division.
Also, Mr Taiwo Oresanya, Chairman, Road Transport Employer Association of Nigeria (RTEN), appreciated Ogunmodede club.
Oresanya added that the idea would help instigate high presence of traffic personnel on the highway to monitor and control motorists daily.
“This is a commendable effort; I will relay the information to our fellow road users to be law abiding, and also to always obey traffic rules and regulations’’.
He stressed that RTEN would continue to advise and sensitise its members to stop consuming alcohol while driving.
Earlier, Mr Promise Iriogbe, from the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), promised the club to make adequate use of the traffic booths for regulating and controlling traffic on the highway.
“FRSC will not relent in sensitising and educating motorists on the decent ways to use the roads to avoid any forms of accidents and also to save lives.
“We have been up and doing in discharging our responsibilities and we will continue to do so.
“We appreciate the of the traffic control booths to officers; this will help in providing shades for our officers for efficient and effective discharge of their duties,’’ Iriogbe said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that personalities who attended the event included officers from the Nigeria Police, FRSC, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), RTEAN), traditional rulers and many others.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), says it has intercepted no fewer than 442 parcels of Crystal Methamphetamine at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos.
This is contained in a statement by the Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi said that the drugs were concealed in heads of fishes packed in cartons for export to Dubai, the United Arab Emirate.
He said that the 11.90kg consignment was brought to the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc. (SAHCO) shed of the airport on Aug. 5, by a freight agent from Yagba West LGA of Kogi. Babafemi said that the agent was promptly arrested upon the discovery that the seven cartons he presented for export contained parcels of the dangerous drug.
According to him, the items were wrapped with foil paper and concealed in the heads of hundreds of smoked catfish.
“The following day, Saturday, Aug. 6, another consignment containing 1.45kg cannabis was uncovered.
“It was concealed inside granulated melon and crayfish and packed among other food condiments going to Dubai,” he added.
Babafemi said that NDLEA operatives had arrested the freight agent, who hails from Abeokuta West LGA in Ogun. He quoted the Chairman, NDLEA, retired, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa as charging the officers and their compatriots across the country to always remain steps ahead of the drug cartels.
The Human Capital Providers Association of Nigeria (HuCaPAN), umbrella organisation of Private Employment Agencies in Nigeria, says it is partnering with the Federal Government to promote safe and regular labour migration.
HuCaPAN President, Olufemi Ogunlowo, said in a statement in Abuja that the agreement was reached at a courtesy visit by the association’s leadership to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
The HuCaPAN team was led by its Executive Secretary, Jide Afọlábí, and were received by Ms Kachollom Daju, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry.
The HuCaPAN team expressed optimism that its partnership with the ministry would yield positive results and lead to a safe, orderly and regular labour migration in Nigeria.
“As you are aware, the Federal Government has suspended international recruitment; issuance and renewal of international recruitment licenses since 2018.“After a series of meetings and follow-ups with the ministry, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for private employment agencies in Nigeria was drafted and launched recently.
“Following the launch, HuCaPAN organised Webinar for private employment agencies in Nigeria on the SOP.
“It was thereafter, that the ministry requested international recruiters to renew their licences.
We are confident that the speedy process of renewal applications by our members will help to promote regular labour migration in Nigeria,” Ogunlowo said.
He noted that when deployed, the SOP, which was drafted by the government with critical stakeholders’ input, would help in no small measures in containing the activities of human traffickers and unlicensed agenciesAccording to him, HuCaPAN will continue to campaign against labour casualisation at home and abroad as it believes that it is against the principle of decent work.
Ogunlowo said the association was being guided by HuCaPAN Constitution and the Code of Conduct for private employment agencies in Nigeria which was reviewed in 2021 with technical support from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
He said the Code of Conduct was reviewed with the assistance of International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) and other social partners.
“To further promote decent work agenda in Nigeria, we shall be true to our mantra – anywhere a Nigerian is found working; must have a decent work,” he said.
In her response, the permanent secretary, Ms Kachollom, appreciated the good work being done by HuCaPAN toward promoting decent jobs for Nigerians.
She said the government was interested in ensuring that those seeking jobs overseas do so in a decent way without posing any threat to themselves and the government.
She said that the government was also concerned about the welfare of all Nigerians both at home and abroad.
“This is the reason the Ministry with other relevant agencies and stakeholders have come up with the SOP so that private employment agencies will operate within the confines of the policies and internationally acceptable standards,” she said.
She urged HuCaPAN to use the proposed private employment agencies chief executives conference to expatiate on the rudiments of the procedure and roles of various stakeholders in the labour migration governance and management in Nigeria.
As the world marks this year’s International Youth Day, the Lagos State Government has urged Nigerian youths to imbibe the culture of adhering to road safety guidelines while driving.
Mr Olusegun Dawodu, the Commissioner for Youths and Social Development, delivered the state government’s message on Friday at a ceremony to mark the 2022 United Nations International Youth Day.The ceremony was organised by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in collaboration with Youth WalkThe News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme for this year’s ceremony is “International Solidarity: Creating a World for all Ages”.
Dawodu commended the FRSC’s interest in the fight against road crashes which he described as the highest killer of youths.
He regretted that road crashes had killed many promising youths and emphasised the need to increase enlightenment to safe driving culture.
The commissioner particularly noted that Mr Tayo Sanyaolu, an aide to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was also a victim of road traffic crash, and described his demise as a great loss to the state.
He advised the youth to avoid speeding, driving when drunk and also using the phone when on the steering.
In his remarks, the Lagos State Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr Olusegun Ogungbemide, said that the event was targeted at creating road safety awareness among the Nigerian youth.
Ogungbemide added that the walk was also to commiserate with the Lagos State Government on the demise of Sanyaolu.
In her response, Mrs Joyce Efetie, a FRSC official, appreciated the commissioner for making out time to receive the group in spite of the short notice.
She pointed out that the FRSC was mandated to create a safe motoring environment for everyone, especially the youths.
Two men, Moses Olamilekan , 22, and Abiola Omotosho, 32, were on Friday docked at an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan, for allegedly impersonating a soldier.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the residential addresses of both defendants were not provided.
Both defendants were charged on a three-count of unlawful possession of live cartridge and unlawful possession of the Nigerian Army camouflage.
The Prosecution Counsel, Insp Folake Ewe, told the court that Olamilekan on July 14, at Letmanck Cantonment Barracks, Mokola area, Ibadan, was alleged to have unlawfully in his possession a Nigerian Army camouflage shirt.
Ewe said, “Defendants allegedly had other military additional items like dress and equipment they cannot give satisfactory account of.
“Olamilekan allegedly presented himself as a serving soldier to one Staff Sgt. Francis Osuola, knowing the same to be false.
“Olamilekan and Omotosho unlawfully had in their possession one live cartridge, with intent to use it to commit a felony within the Barracks area, which the defendants cannot give satisfactory account of.
” She said that the offence contravened Sections 109, 417 (D) and 427 (D) of the Oyo State Criminal Code Law, 2000. Defence Counsel, D.
Adesanya, who appeared for the first defendant, asked for the bail of the defendants on liberal terms.
A. Yekeen appeared for the second defendant.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Patricia Adetuyibi, granted the first defendant bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Adetuyibi said that one of the sureties must be a landlord at Ogunpa area, Ibadan, while the second defendant was granted bail in the sum of N50, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
She said that one of the sureties must be a member of the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Riders Association of Nigeria (ACCOMORAN) in Oyo State.
The magistrate adjourned the matter until Oct. 5 for hearing.
Akwa Ibom is driving Nigeria’s latest COVID-19 surge as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirms 517 additional infections between Aug. 6 and Aug.11, 2022. The NCDC made this known via its official website on Thursday.
It said that out of the 517 additional infections recorded, Akwa Ibom reported 293 cases, while Lagos state recorded 101. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this is the highest case count in the month of August.
It overturned the previous record of 496 infections reported between July 28 and Aug. 1; and 412 infections reported between Aug. 2 and Aug. 5. The NCDC said that the 517 cases, which were recorded in 13 states and the Federal Capital Territory, have raised the total number of infections to 262,402. According to it, the FCT has 13 cases of the virus, Ekiti has 11, Delta and Kano reports nine each, Bayelsa has seven and Kaduna records six cases.
Others include Oyo- five, Abia- three, Kwara- two, Nasarawa -two and Plateau- two while five states – Cross River, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, and Sokoto reported zero cases.
The agency, however, said that 525 persons had been discharged in the last five days after recovering from the virus, thus bringing the total number of discharged persons to 256,006. It said that the death toll from the COVID-19 disease in the country stayed at 3,147 with no additional deaths reported on Thursday.
The NCDC stated that the report included a backlog of 258 cases in Akwa Ibom from July 3. It added that the states of Cross River, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, and Sokoto recorded zeros case.
It urged Nigerians to take practical steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Let us all take responsibility to prevent the spread of the disease and limit the risk of infection among all ages.
“Get vaccinated, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, coughb or sneeze into your elbow and report when sick,” it said.
NAN reports that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says no fewer than 28,120,290 of total eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination in the country are fully vaccinated.
The NPHCDA said that about 11,848,002 of the total eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination, were partially vaccinated.
Meanwhile, In the last five days, Yobe state moved up the ladder from 20th position to 18th and currently at 14 percent coverage of full vaccination.
The NPHCDA said that Enugu state was the best performing state in the South-East Zone based on fully vaccinated performance, having reached 17 per cent coverage.
An educationist, Mr Mike Fatukasi, on Thursday appealed to both the Federal and state governments to fund research and paperwork in the universities to enhance the standard of education in the country.
Fatukasi,who is the Principal, Adedokun International Schools, Ota, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota,Ogun. He also called on corporate organisations to support school competitions that would improve the quality of academic performance and excellence.
“There is the need for the Federal, and state governments, as well as corporate organisations to support research so as to restore the lost glory of education in the country,’’he said.
Fatukasi, advised the Federal Government to ensure that there was no break in the academic system.
He added that government should find a lasting solution to the current strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
“Let the educational system run itself and the old glory will be restored.
“In addition, the issue of quota system should be stopped in our tertiary universities because it had adversely affected the graduates being produced by the institutions,”he said.
He also reiterated the need by the Federal Government to allocate more funds in the annual budget to educational system as well as review the curriculum of institutions to enhance the standard of education.
The Kwara Executive Council has approved a programme to empower at least 30,000 woman traders with a grant of N20,000 each over the next six months.
This is contained in a statement in Ilorin signed by the State Commissioner for Communications, Mr Olabode Towoju.
Towoju said the Secretary to the Kwara Government Prof. Mamman Jubril made this known while briefing the State Executive Council.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programme is a social investment measure modelled after a World Bank initiative called:” Nigeria for Women Project (NFWP)”.
He said the programme which would be implemented under the Kwara State Social Investment Programme (KWASSIP) while beneficiaries would cut across the 16 local government areas of the state.
“For stimulation of micro, small and medium scale locally-owned businesses, the agency (KWASSIP) deems it necessary to empower the women within the 16 LGAs of Kwara.
”This is another dimension towards ensuring that the women who ordinarily do not have access to financial facility are availed with financial support through the programme.
“It may interest council to note that this programme being domesticated and to be funded by the State Government is a replica of the World Bank project (Nigeria for Women Project).
”However, the state has applied to the World Bank to include Kwara among the beneficiary states in Nigeria in order to complement the efforts of the state government,” Jubril said.
Jubril also said the government will partner with MTN Nigeria (Mobile Money, MoMo) Service provider which has over 5,000 payment agents to allow for efficiency, transparency and easy disbursement to all the 193 wards in the stateHe said the programme will gulp N658m and would have huge benefits on the micro-economic sector in the state.
The council meeting was chaired by Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq ,who said the administration remains committed to the plight of the downtrodden, including deepening financial inclusion.
The secretary said that KWASSIP, has implemented similar social safety programme, in Owo Isowo, Owo Arugbo, and Kwapreneur and has benefitted over 100,000 people in the last two years alone.
NAN reports that the NFWP is a strategic long-term partnership between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the World Bank to support the government’s goal of ensuring gender equality.
The project’s design is the first of its kind to be implemented in Nigeria, through government and at scale supporting women groups.
This project will address barriers to women’s prosperity and build social assets for women’s economic participation which is critical for inclusive poverty reduction in Nigeria.
NAN also reports that the NFWP intends to achieve this by implementing, across multiple local contexts in Nigeria approaches that contribute to women’s economic outcomes and, through them, the well-being of individual households and communities The implementation and roll-out will be phased, starting with six states across the geo-political zones (Abia, AkwaIbom, Kebbi, Niger, Ogun and Taraba) in Nigeria to allow for learning and iterations.
NAN reports that the five-year national intervention will guarantee improved livelihood opportunities for 324,000 women in Nigeria.