Yuletide: FRSC Deploys 36,000 Personnel, Ambulances, Patrol Vehicles.

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Thursday said it had deployed 36,000 personnel comprising regular and special marshals across the country to ensure smooth traffic during the yuletide.

The Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, disclosed this while addressing journalists in Abuja.

Oyeyemi said the end of year operations which would last for 28 days from Dec. 19 to Jan.15, 2016 would address traffic challenges.

He said this year’s special patrol was planned after conducting studies on traffic trends during the last operations, adding that logistics such as ambulances, partrol vehicles and rescue equipment had been deployed.

“I wish to point out that from the strategic goals of 15 per cent reduction in road traffic crashes and 25 per cent in fatality rate set for 2015, the corps is on course.

“For instance, as at September 2016, we had achieved 77.19 per cent of the expectation in road traffic crashes reduction, while 83.33 per cent was achieved in respect of the fatality rate reduction.

“The special patrol operation with the theme:“ Crash the Crash’’ involves participation of law enforcement agencies as well as transport unions with support from some civil society organisations.

“The Nigerian Air force would render aerial support for the success of the exercise by assisting in monitoring traffic trends and giving prompt directives for remedial actions to boost the efficiency of the operations,’’ he said.

The corps marshal said that 12 help areas had been established to ensure prompt response to safety and health issues that affect smooth movement during the period.

He listed the areas as, Osara in Kogi ,Ilesha in Osun , Ore in Oyo ,Mowe in Ogun ,Giri in FCT, and Agwu in Enugu.

Others are: Ajaokuta in Kogi, Lambatta in Niger, Akwanga in Nasarawa State , Bazuaye in Bauchi State ,Jattu in Edo and Onigari in Iwo area along Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Oyeyemi said that possible alternative routes along some major corridors in the bid to decongest gridlocks were also created for the benefit of the travelers who might need them.

He said for instance, travelers could use the Lokoja –Kabba-Ayere-Akunu-Ise junction-Ikare-Ado –Ekiti-Ilesha or go through Lokoja-Kabba-Ayere-Akunu-Isu junction-Oka Akoko.

He added that travelers could also go through Lokoja-Okene-Ogori Magogo-Owo or follow Lokoja-Ajaokuta-Ejule-Otukpa-Obollo Afor.

The corps marshal said other routes are: the 9th Mile-Udi-Oji River-Umunze, the Bauchi-Alkaleri-Kaltungo route and the Kaduna-Kachia-Kwoi-Manchok roads.

He also listed the Keffi-Nasarawa-Toto, Abuja-Lokoja route and the Ikorodu-Sagamu, Lekki-Epe-Ijebu-Ode and the Sango-Ifo-Abeokuta routes.

Oyeyemi said that with the measures put in place by the corps, movement of people and vehicles from one location to another during the yuletide would be smooth.

He called for the support of all stakeholders, saying that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the corps achieved its goal of creating safer motoring environment for all travelers.

He said the though the FRSC’s 200 mobile courts would be sitting nationwide , the emphasis this year was not on prosecution and fines but on safety of the travelers.

Oyeyemi said the corps would work round the clock to ensure safety on the highways and urged Nigerians to call the FRSC toll free number 122 in case of an emergency or for removal of broken down vehicles.

LAKE Rice: Lagos State Government releases list of designated locations to buy.

The Lagos State Government is already rolling out Lake Rice to Lagosians at N12,000 per 50 kg and N6,000 per 25 kg towards the Yuletide celebrations.

 

The sale came as succour for millions of Lagosians who like their counterparts in most parts of the country have had to pay over N20,000 for a bag of rice, mostly imported.

 

Sanni Okanlawan, Special Adviser on Food Security to Governor Akinwumi Ambode, made the disclosure in Lagos during the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) National Agriculture Stakeholders Summit.

 

Mr. Okanlawan said that sales of the rice would be made at all the 57 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state to ensure proper distribution.

 

“Lake Rice is the acronym of both Lagos and Kebbi States joint product which will be out to the public on December 15 at the rate of N13,000 per 50kg bag as it is already subsidised by the government.

 

“To make it more available, the rice is being sold at the 57 LGAs and LCDAs for easy accessibility and to guard against unwanted persons diverting the product.

 

“The state government has put in place a committee that will ensure that Lagosians have the best Christmas celebration, that is why we are offering the wholesome and well packaged rice,” Mr. Okanlawan said.

 

The special adviser also said that the state had established a Department of Agribusiness, an Agriculture Trust Fund and Commodity Exchange Market to be set up soon.

 

The Lagos State Government has also put out a list for Lagosians to procure LAKE Rice at the Following Locations Below:

 

LAGOS EAST

  • Ikorodu – Odogunyan Farm Service Centre
  • Epe – Temu Farm Service Centre
  • Eredo – Noforija Town Hall
  • Ibeju – Magbon Alade High School
  • Maryland – Subeb Premises

LAGOS WEST

  • Agege – LSADA Complex/Farm Service Centre
  • Ojo – LAISA Office Agric Bus Stop
  • Mowo – Coconut House
  • Badagry – Town Farm Service Centre, Marina
  • Oshodi – Ikeja Grammar School, Bolade

LAGOS CENTRAL

  • Ajah – Ministry of Agric Area Office
  • Lagos Island – Lastma Office Adeniji/Freeman
  • Ajegunle – Alakoto Senior High School, Tolu
  • Surulere – TESLIM Balogun stadium
  • Yaba – Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Rowe Park

Yuletide: Expert Predicts 19% Inflation Rate In December

A financial expert, Dr Uche Uwaleke on Saturday predicted that inflation rate may rise to 19 per cent in December. Uwaleke, the Head of Banking and Finance Department, Nasarawa State University, Keffi gave the prediction in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

He was reacting to the November inflation figure which stood at 18.48 per cent. Uwaleke said that headline inflation would likely stay around 19 per cent in December due largely to increase in clothing, food energy and transport costs.

He said that December was usually associated with fuel scarcity, adding that 2016 would not be different particularly in the remote towns and villages. Uwaleke advised the Federal Government to check the trend, especially against the backdrop of an inflation target of 12.9 per cent in the 2017 budget.

He said government should commit itself and ensure strict implementation of the 2017 budget with respect to power, housing, transport and agriculture in particular. On November inflation figure, Uwaleke said that the rise from 18.33 per cent in October to 18.48 per cent in November was due to increase in food items, clothing and transportation cost.

“It is no surprise that headline inflation is still climbing especially as the festive season approaches. “From an investment point of view, the rise in Consumer Price Index further plunges real returns in the negative territory.

“This is not good news for the stock market. However, the consolation for stock market investors is the positive impact the oil price rebound is having on the market in recent times,’’ he said.

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Army to dismantle some road blocks in south-east during Yuletide

The ‘Operation Python Dance’ of the Nigerian army says some of its road blocks in the south-east will be dismantled to facilitate free flow of traffic during the Yuletide.

 

Musa Sagir, deputy director, public relations of 82 Division Nigerian Army, Enugu, disclosed this while on patrol with journalists at the River Niger bridge head, Onitsha and Awka, on Sunday.

 

Sagir said that it had become imperative to remove totally or shorten some of the checkpoints, particularly within the bridge head, Onitsha, as the Yuletide drew closer.

 

He called on other security agencies operating within the bridge head to support the army to ensure free flow of traffic in the area. He said that the operation was not to witch-hunt any group or individuals but it was purely for military training and crime prevention.

 

“Our men stay on the side of road watching in case of any criminality and obstruction on the road,” Sagir said.

 

“You have seen that we are not looking for any group or individual to arrest since our operation started on November 27 and will end on December 27 in the five eastern states”.

 

“The Nigerian Army has to ensure safety, peace and security, and to ensure that Nigeria’s security challenges are reduced to the barest minimum.”

 

“No holidays for all the military personnel in the South-East throughout the period of the exercise.”

Yuletide: Governor To Pay Ebonyi Workers13th Month Salary Bonus

The Ebonyi state governor, Chief David Umahi at the weekend promised to pay extra one month salary bonus otherwise called 13th month to workers under the state employ in the spirit of Christmas celebration.

The state governor, Chief Umahi, who made the promise at a one-day official visit to the state owned University permanent site, Ezzamgbo noted that the State House of Assembly had already given approval to that effect. It would be recalled that Gov Umahi had recently announced five percent salary increment to all the workers on October this year.

He explained that junior workers would receive 100 percent bonus whereas senior ones would be payed 50 percent of whatever they receive monthly, boasting that his administration was neither owing workers salaries nor pensions.

He further disclosed his administration’s plan to begin immediate payment of gratuity arrears owed by both local and state governments since 1993 amounting to eight billion naira (N8bn).

The governor who expressed dismay that civil servants found it difficult to pay their retired colleagues their pensions but would

want to be paid when they retired, said the payment would begin payment of gratuities this December with the families of retirees who had already died.

He said,”We are not owing anybody pension in Ebonyi state. Gratuity is owed since 1993 and gratuity for both local and state governments

is over N8bn but the funny thing is that when you seat as a civil servants, you refuse to pay others their gratuities and when you now leave, you start insisting, we should pay gratuity.

“So, for those we have owed gratuity for a very long time;we are expecting a miracle. What we want to do for our brothers and sisters that were not paid gratuities and they are dead, we intend to look at them and see how we can pay off their gratuities through their families and we hope to do it this December.

“We also want to pay everyone that has retired 10 percent of whatever we owe him/her in the name of pension and other allowances”.

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Yuletide: AIG Warns Policemen Not To Mount Road Blocks

Officers and men of Zone 6 Police Command have been ordered to conduct only stop and search on vehicles and not to mount road blocks on the highways at Yuletide.

Mr Abubakar Marafa, Assistant Inspector General of Police in-charge of Zone 6, Calabar, gave the directive on Wednesday during a familiarisation tour of the Cross River command.

Marafa said crime fighting was more effective through intelligence gathering and not by mounting road blocks which impede smooth flow of traffic and used to extort money from motorists.

He reiterated that mounting of road blocks by the police was illegal.

“We are in a digital era, and crime fighting has gone beyond the confines of blocking the road to collect money from drivers and also slowing movement on the road.

“Stop and Search is a more effective way of combating crime because it is based on intelligence report’’, he said.

Marafa said a lot of people would be on the road travelling to different locations during the Christmas period, hence the duty of the police was to safeguard their lives by providing them with appropriate security.

“We have to do our best to safeguard the lives of the people travelling during the Christmas period and not to slow down their movement by extorting money from them’’, he said.

He urged policemen not to act beggarly but to be courageous while confronting suspects during their stop and search operation.

Mr Jimoh Ozi-Obeh, Commissioner of Police in the state, said the command had put necessary measures in place to ensure a crime free Christmas in Calabar and also during carnival.

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Christmas: Buhari Urges Nigerians To Exhibit Virtues Of Love, Justice, Service To Others

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to rededicate themselves to the virtues of peace, love, honesty, justice, equity, piety, humility and service to others.

 

The President made the call in a Christmas message to Nigerians, especially the Christian faithful, as they celebrate this year’s Christmas on Friday.

 

“I felicitate with all Nigerians, especially our Christian brothers and sisters, on the joyous occasion of this year’s Christmas.

 

On this occasion of the commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, let us all rededicate ourselves to the virtues of peace, love, honesty, justice, equity, piety, humility and service to others which he taught.

 

There can be no doubt that a greater manifestation of these virtues and ideals in our lives will immensely help us to become a more united, peaceful, secure and progressive nation.’’

 

 

Buhari also enjoined Nigerians to reach out in love and compassion to fellow Nigerians who were in distress at this period of the nation’s history.

 

He, particularly, urged Nigerians to remember victims of terrorism and insurgency in the country, especially Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

 

 

According to him, the Federal Government will continue to collaborate with state governments and other stakeholders to ease the harsh conditions in IDP camps.

 

He said his administration’s ultimate objective was to quickly end insurgency and return the IDPs to their homes.

 

“We must never again allow any group to hold the nation to ransom under whatever guise.

 

Let us also not allow current socio-economic and security challenges to dampen our expectations for a better Nigeria,’’ he added.

 

The President stated that his administration had taken a number of measures to restore hope to the people.

 

 

According to him, the 2016 Budget defines his administration’s commitment to giving Nigeria a new lease of life.

 

“Our change slogan is not a campaign gimmick but a promise that must be kept.’’

 

 

He further expressed the determination of the Federal Government to bring about tangible changes in the lives of all Nigerians.

 

“In this regard, efforts will be intensified to recover stolen funds, block revenue leakages and enthrone due process, transparency and accountability.

 

“Public office is a public trust that must be held to the highest ethical standards.

 

“I wish all Nigerians a Merry Christmas.

 

“Please drive carefully,’’ he said.

Police Reaffirm Ban On Street Carnivals, Use Of Fireworks

CSP Adebowale Lawal, Public Relations Officer, Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos, on Wednesday reaffirmed the ban on street carnivals and the use of fireworks during the Yuletide.

 

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, had banned such activities due to the high rate of robbery and insurgency in the country.

 

Lawal added that the ban would also help to avoid unnecessary bloodshed during the Christmas and New Year festivities.

 

“Following instructions from the Inspector-General of Police, any form of street carnival and the use of fireworks still remain banned.

 

The idea is to prevent undesirable elements from hiding under the guise of celebrating with fireworks to unleash mayhem on innocent members of the public.

 

We don’t want anyone to lose his or her life in the cause of celebrating this period.

 

The rivalry fights between cult members often start from some of these street carnivals and we do not want such incidences to happen during this year’s celebration,’’ he said.

 

 

Lawal added that for street carnivals to hold, the organisers should appropriately inform the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in the area.

 

 

The PPRO disclosed that policemen were regularly patrolling the markets to ensure that the sale of fireworks was not ongoing.

 

 

“We have our men everywhere, especially in the markets to ensure that fireworks were totally removed.

 

This is because fireworks have the same sound as some of the guns these criminals use and people cannot differentiate them.

 

The ban will help us to secure people during the Christmas and New Year celebrations,’’ he said.

 

 

Lawal also commended the media for their enormous contributions and for partnering with the police to curb crime in the zone comprising Ogun and Lagos State.

 

 

He added that the media had bridged the gap between the members of public and the police.

 

 

“The media have given the police a wide coverage and also helped to maintain a cordial relationship with the members of the public.

 

They have assisted immensely by publicising some of the jingles that inform the public of their rights.

 

Also, the media have helped to spread the Emergency Numbers of the police to the members of the public for them to call in case of any crisis,’’ he said.

 

 

NAN reports that Zone 2 Command has released 112 as it number for short messages.

 

It also released its Control Room numbers as 08065154338, 07055462708, 09052222296 and 07068880008.

Yuletide: Nigerian Police Force Deploys Bomb Detection Squad To Airports – FAAN

The Nigerian Police Force has deployed its Bomb Detection Unit to help beef up security at various airports in the country ahead of the forthcoming Christmas celebration.

 

A statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by Mr Yakubu Dati, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) General Manager, Corporate Affairs, said the deployment was part of the security and safety measures.

 

It said that the deployment of the police bomb detection unit to the airports was to complement the effort of FAAN’s security personnel at various security screening points to ensure a hitch-free celebration.

 

The statement quoted Dati as saying that necessary operational and security measures had been put in place at all the airports to ensure free flow of passengers and cargo during the yuletide.

“Passenger facilitation at all our airports has also been enhanced by the installation of more modern and bigger conveyor belts and metal walk-through detectors.

“The expansion and modernisation of all the airport terminals now provide better ambience and more space for restaurants at the terminals, as well as newly opened duty free shops,’’ Dati added.

According to him, this will help passengers to relax comfortably while waiting for their flights.

He stated that “the authority however advises air passengers to make early arrangements for their travels and to leave home early on their travel dates in order to complete their boarding facilities in good time.

“We wish all passengers safe and enjoyable yuletide celebrations.’’

 

(NAN)