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Arrested FCT one-way drivers to undergo emotional test

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration has arrested over 50 dispatch riders for violating traffic regulations in the city.

Director, FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services DRTS, Alhaji Wadata Bodinga, who stated this at a press briefing on Wednesday in Abuja, declared that a mandatory emotional test would be undertaken by those arrested for one-way offence.

He said the conduct and activities of dispatch riders in the city would no longer be acceptable by the FCTA and the motoring public.

“We are here to parade the dispatch riders that we arrested for either riding against one-way in the city or beating the traffic lights.

“As you may observe, the number of dispatch riders has increased within the city, probably because of the COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging not only Abuja or Nigeria but the whole world and because of their door-to-door services (dispatch riders) which can actually ease people that are staying at home to be able to deliver some of their needs.”

Bodinga also said, “Their activities and conduct on the road are no longer acceptable. We have received a lot of complaints about their conduct and we have seen it too.

“Just between Tuesday and today, Wednesday, over 50 motorcycles and dispatch riders have been arrested for various offences, because they are the major culprits when it comes to beating traffic and riding on one-way in the city which is not acceptable.”

According to him, the directorate has directed all those arrested for using one-way and beating the traffic to go for emotional evaluation at recognised hospitals in the FCT.

The director said that the enforcement is a continuous one, adding, “This is Abuja and even where the traffic lights are not working, our men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force are there to ensure sanity.

“People should be seen to at least obey the traffic lights in the territory and sadly, that is not the case when it comes to these dispatch riders as you can see the results of the operation.

“Because they are dispatch riders, we expect that these motorcycles should be owned by corporate organisations but from the records, we have realised that most of them are just owned by individuals who just decided to put the boxes and start operations.”

“They will bring results from the hospitals first. After they have done that, we are going to take them to the mobile court which has already started sitting. After the magistrate session is over then they will equally come for two weeks compulsory training with a formal letter from their various companies and organisations.”

He also said those belonging to registered organisations, “we have drafted formal letters that we are going to send to their various companies and organisations informing them of the conduct of their drivers and the need for them to bring other drivers for mandatory training to update them on traffic rules and regulations.”

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Railway workers give FG 21-day ultimatum over poor welfare, Chinese drivers

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Railway workers are poised for a showdown with the management of the Nigerian Railway Corporation and by extension the Federal Government over poor condition of service, their inability to take over the driving of the new Lagos-Ibadan trains from the Chinese contractors, among other issues.

Indeed, they have given the Federal Government a 21-day ultimatum to address all their grievances or face an industrial action.

The two in-house unions, Nigeria Union of Railway workers and Senior Staff Association, gave the ultimatum in a joint statement obtained by Newstrends on Saturday.

They said the decision was taken after a meeting of the unions’ leaders with representatives of the NRC management at Ebute Meta, Lagos, headquarters of the corporation. They declared the meeting held on Tuesday November 2, 2021 as deadlocked.

 

The workers in the statement signed by Segun Esan and Jibrin Kadiri, the Secretary General of the NUR, and Secretary of the SSA respectively, expressed their opposition of the Chinese continued hold on the driving of the Lagos-Ibadan Trains Service.

“The unions have demanded from the management to collect the driving of the LITS from the Chinese who, in total aberration to the norms and ethos governing train driving in Nigeria, still hold on to driving the LITS trains beyond the warranty/guaranty period,” they stated.

The unions asked the NRC management “to ensure that the Chinese are barred from driving the LITS with immediate effect and a new regime of warranty/guaranty of the LITS service be demanded.”

They also decried the manner in which their welfare package was being handled in the last six years by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and vowed to adopt a forceful approach, going forward.

They stated, “The unions, without mincing words, expressed utmost displeasure and regrets over the manner the Hon. Minister of Transportation has been so unconcerned with the demand of the workers for enhanced salary.

“The unions recalled that the agitation for enhanced salary has been on for the past six years and the Hon. minister has tactically evaded all entreaties of the leadership of the two in-house unions to meet him on the plight of the workers as occasioned by the poor salary regime that is obtainable in the corporation and which remains the poorest salary regime ever under the federal ministry of transport.

“The unions have declared that tactics and strategies would be changed towards achieving all-important salary enhancement for the workers of the corporation as peaceful and constructive methodologies explored by the Unions have failed.”

The statement also said, “As of today and now, the Corporation has no standard condition of service and this we have pointed out to the management with the matching demand that the reworked standard condition of service which was placed before the Board should be reviewed and approved for applicability without any further delay. The management has promised to escalate it to the Board with a memo soon.”

The unions also commented on the last terrorist attack on the Abuja-Kaduna standard train, with a demand for a compulsory insurance policy for all train crew members and passengers.

“We have requested individual insurance for all the train crew, passengers and the entire workers of the corporation who may be exposed to such deadly hazards in the course of their duties. This demand is made without any prejudice to the existing group life assurance scheme (GLAS) for the workers the status of which is still lurked in obscurity to the unions,” the statement added.

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Five killed as fire razes Abuja market

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About five persons were reported dead on Friday evening when a section of the popular Kubwa ultramodern market in Abuja went up in flames.
Two other people were said to have sustained varying degrees of burns while goods worth several millions of naira were destroyed.
Although the actual cause of the fire which started minutes before 8pm could not be ascertained, traders said it was as a result of an explosion from adulterated kerosene.
Frefighters were still struggling to contain the inferno as of 9pm, according to several accounts of the incident.

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101 robbery convicts, suspects, 23 rapists among Oyo fleeing inmates

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About 101 accused who were arrested for alleged armed robbery are among the inmates that escaped from the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Oyo town, Oyo State.

Twenty three others, whose details were released, were said to be in custody for sexual-related offences such as rape and defilement, while 12 among them were alleged kidnappers.

Recall that hundreds of inmates escaped from the facility when some hoodlums invaded the correctional centre.

To ensure that all those who escaped from the prison during the attack and had refused to return are brought back, the Ministry of Interior late Friday night released the names, photographs and nature of the offence of those who are still at large.

Our correspondent noted that the data of 200 inmates were released as the ministry warned members of the public against offering any forms of assistance to the fleeing inmates.

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The ministry, which is headed the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, warned that the fleeing inmates were dangerous and that the only assistance members of the public could do was to alert security agents of their presence anywhere they were found.

A note written beside the data of the 200 fleeing inmates read, “Names and faces of wanted persons, who escaped from the Oyo Custodial Centre on Friday 22nd October, 2021. Please note that these persons are dangerous!

“Kindly contact the nearest police station or security agency close to you when you sight any of these persons.

“Note: It is a crime punishable under the law to render any form of assistance to these persons.”

The minister had vowed that the Federal Government would do everything to bring all the fleeing inmates back to the facility either dead or alive, saying the attack was to ridicule the government.

Aregbesola, who is a former Osun State governor, had said, “We are going after every single inmate that escaped from custody. We shall hunt them to the ends of the earth. All the security agencies in the country are on their trail. We shall not rest or tire until we bring the last one in, dead or alive.

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