The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has said that the planned strike by Petroleum Tanker Drivers in Lagos would start on Monday as its meeting with Lagos State Government ended in deadlock.
The South-West Chairman of NUPENG, Mr Tayo Aboyeji, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Sunday.
Aboyeji said the issues which forced the drivers to initiate an indefinite strike was not addressed during the four-hour meeting with officials of Lagos State Government on Sunday.
“They only promised to get back to us after we have told them what we want to avert the strike.
“Now, our stand still remains that they should address the issues of extortion and harassment of our members by security agents.
“Security agents and hoodlums are extorting our members and officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management use taser on our drivers and this can kill.
“Since they are not ready to address these issues, we will start the strike on Monday morning until they are able to resolve them.
“It is unfortunate that the strike might affect all other states in the federation because most of them load their petroleum products in Lagos depots.
“We are not happy to disrupt fuel supply because we know the effect but we cannot continue to cope with the problems,” he said.
NAN reports that the National President of the NUPENG, Mr Williams Akporeha, had in a statement on Friday directed tanker drivers to begin the withdrawal of their services as from 12:midnight on Monday.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)https://nnn.ng/tanker-drivers-start-strike-monday-as-talks-with-lasg-end-in-deadlock/
Gov. Mala-Buni mourns emir of Zazzau
Gov. Mai Mala-Buni of Yobe on Monday condoled with the government and people of Kaduna State over the death of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.
In a condolence message signed by Alhaji Mamman Mohammed the Director-General, Press and Media Affairs, Government House, Damaturu, the governor described the emir’s death as huge loss.
He said that the emir was a nationalist who dedicated his life to the service of Nigerians.
“The late emir was a bridge builder who threw the doors of his domain open, accommodating all Nigerians irrespective of cultural, ethnic and religious differences.
“The late Idris built a mini Nigeria in Zaria where everyone lived and freely pursued their legitimate means of livelihoods,” he said.
Mala-Buni noted that late the late emir would be remembered for making the emirate a citadel of learning in Nigeria, by providing a conducive environment to host numerous educational and research institutions.
He prayed the Almighty God to forgive the deceased’s shortcomings, grant him rest and give the Zazzau Emirate and the people of Kaduna the fortitude to bear the loss.
The emir died at the 44 Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna, on Sunday at the age of 84.
Shehu Idris was coronated the Emir of Zazzau on Feb. 15, 1975.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ijeoma Popoola
Again, Buhari challenges Kaduna indigenes on peace, harmony
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja urged Kaduna State indigenes to cooperate with government and security agencies to secure peace and harmony in the state.
The president made the call at the virtual opening of the Fifth Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit, with the theme KADInvest 5.0, Infrastructure, Industrialisation and Innovation.
According to him, development will only take place when energies are collectively channelled to building, instead of destruction of lives and property.
He said: “We must live together as brothers and sisters because without peace, development cannot take place.
“I wish to commend the efforts of the Kaduna State Government to establish its credentials as one of the new investment destinations of choice in Nigeria.
“These efforts have received just recognition in the response of the business community which has put in new investments in the state.
“This is a further affirmation of the ranking of the state as Number One for Ease of Doing Business by the World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2018.
“I call on the Kaduna State Government to keep up these laudable efforts and surpass the impressive results already attained.’’
He noted that the success of state governments in attracting investments, creating jobs and increasing their internally generated revenues would be critical to the development of the entire country.
“Therefore, I am impressed that the Kaduna State Government has from inception used KADInvest as a serious platform for showcasing its investment potentials.
“The state’s commitment to consistent implementation of the Ease of Doing Business Charter is exemplary, including its ability to increase its Internally Generated Revenue to N44bn in 2019 from N13bn in 2015 without hiking tax rates. This is very laudable.’’
The president congratulated the Kaduna State government for making KADInvest a regular fixture on the investment calendar, held annually since 2016.
“It is a fitting statement of the resilience of the Kaduna State Government that it is able to host the 2020 edition amidst the severe disruptions to the normal order caused by Covid-19.
“This is the sort of determined focus that can help the country to navigate the challenging consequences of the pandemic.
“It was my pleasure to commission the Olam Hatchery and Feed Mill project in 2017, about 18 months after the ground-breaking was done at the first edition of KADInvest in 2016.
“It is commendable that investors like Tomato Jos are creating jobs in the agribusiness sector, taking advantage of Kaduna State’s prioritisation of agriculture.
“I also note with delight the success of new investments in renewable energy like Blue Camel and tractor assembly and the revitalisation of poultry farms across the state.’’
Buhari commended the ongoing development of iron mining and steel processing capacity in the state through investments by African Natural Resources and Mines Limited.
He said the federal government would continue to support efforts to attract job-creating investments.
“We believe that much can be done at the sub-national level to drive human capital development and expand economic opportunity.
“I note with delight the massive investments in infrastructure upgrade Kaduna State is executing through the urban renewal programmes in Kaduna, Kafanchan and Zaria.
“Given the track record since 2015, I have no doubt that the Kaduna State Government and its private sector partners will take full advantage of the economic windows that are being opened by Federal Government investments such as the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline.
“The state government should afford full cooperation and support to cross-border federal projects such as the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano pipeline and the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Highway,’’ he added.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
2 men in court over alleged theft of N18.6m of roofing sheets
Two men – Sunday Ugwoke, 24 and Auwal Suleiman, 35 – were on Monday arraigned in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged theft of roofing sheets worth N18.6 million.
The accused who reside in the Apapa area of Lagos were arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and theft.
The Prosecution Counsel, ASP Kehinde Ajayi, told the court that the defendants committed the offence in July between 2.00p.m. and 7.00p.m. in Apapa, Lagos.
Ajayi alleged that the defendants who worked on Wharf Road, Apapa, stole the 20ft container of roofing sheets belonging to Mr Chidi Adiligwo, their employer.
She said the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 411 and 287(5)(b) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
Section 287(5)(b) of the law stipulates seven-year jail term for offenders.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Magistrate, A.O. Ajibade, admitted them to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties each in like sum.
She said one of the sureties each must own a landed property and adjourned the case until Oct. 10, for hearing.
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Ejike Obeta
Environmentalist harps on mitigation of climate change effects
An environmentalist, Mr Adewole Taiwo, on Monday listed tree planting, use of alternative energy sources, and proper waste sorting as some strategies to mitigate climate change effects.
Taiwo, a Director at Recyclepoints, made the recommendations in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos.
He said it was imperative for Nigerians to clean up their environment and address climate change issues with more commitment.
“We must all take responsibility for our immediate environment, clear our drainages, bag our waste properly and sort recyclables.
“Some people still do not believe in the impacts of climate change just like some do not believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is real.
“However, the impacts of climate change are getting more glaring every day, for example the flooding we currently experience can testify that climate change is real and we need to carry out more awareness about it.
“The major challenge in sensitising Nigerians on the negative impacts of climate change effects has to do with lack of information, education and proper enlightenment among the people,” he said.
Taiwo urged Nigerians to practice sustainable lifestyles and habits to help curb the negative realities of climate change effects in the country.
He also encouraged the imitation and replication of developed countries strategies of mitigating climate change effects in their environment.
“To mitigate climate change effects, we can start by reducing our carbon footprint generation by making use of alternative sources of energy and fuel.
“We can also reduce the emission of green house gases into the environment when we live sustainably by walking where necessary instead of riding a car or vehicle.
“We need to plant more trees and reduce waste generation to curb the increasing greenhouse gas emission into the environment.
“We are imitating more developed countries in adoption of their strategies to mitigate climate change effects by observing some of these international events, already we have so many organisations that are now into renewable energy.
“We commend the German delegation in Nigeria doing everything possible to promote renewable and alternative energy sources in the country.
“We also have many non-government organisations embarking on tree planting and clean up with support from these developed countries,” Taiwo said.
According to the environmentalist, the government at all levels can play a vital role in curbing climate change impacts on the environment through policy implementation.
“We have lots of environmental policies out there but the problem has to do with government implementation.
“An important point to note here is that the world’s worst polluters are human beings and not plastics,” he said.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma