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Fuel dealers suspend strike in Imo

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Association of Imo Petroleum Marketers and Dealers says it has suspended its strike, three days after it commenced the industrial action.

A statement signed by Sir Chimodo Martin on behalf of the association said the strike was suspended following an understanding reached with the state government to settle their grievances within 14 days.

The association had, on Wednesday, began an industrial action to protest alleged extortion by men of the Imo State Environmental Transformation Commission.

They were also protesting the non-compensation of the filing stations of some of their members demolished in Orlu.

However, the association said that after an exhaustive meeting with the state government, led by the Secretary to Government of Imo State, Cosmas Iwu, the association decided to suspend the strike for the benefit of the suffering people of Imo state.

The statement said, “It is no longer news that we embarked on industrial action since Wednesday, 25th August 2021.

“For every action, there is a reason and reaction.

“The association has made its sufferings in the hands of some government agencies known to the public through the industrial action.

“However, it is imperative to consider the greater interest and sufferings of the citizens of Imo State in general occasioned by the industrial action.

“Series of meetings have been held involving the state government DPR, DSS, PTD branch OF NUPENG, we and some security agencies.

“In our last meeting with the State government presided over by the Secretary to the Government of Imo State, the SGI assured the PTD and marketers that their complaint will be resolved within two weeks from the date of the meeting.

“Relying on the above promise of the government and the intervention of the DSS, Imo Petroleum Marketers and Dealers have suspended the industrial action forthwith.

“We want to highlight that if after the expiration of the two weeks commitment given by the Imo State Government and the issues are not properly addressed, we shall be compelled to continue with the industrial action.”

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Don’t link your SIM card with another person’s NIN, NCC warns

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The Nigerian Communications Commission has warned telecom consumers not allow their National Identification Number to be linked to another person’s Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card no matter how close the person is to them.

The commission gave the warning during its third Telecom Consumer Town Hall on Radio (TCTHR) programme on Human Rights Radio 101.1FM in Abuja.

The event was hosted on the platform: “NCC Digital Signature on Radio”, a statement by the NCC stated on Tuesday.

The NCC Digital Signature on Radio is the flagship radio programme of the commission created to educate the general public on the mandate of the commission and for sharing salient, consumer-centric and up-to-date information on how the NCC is delivering on this mandate.

Speaking during the radio programme, focused on: “The Benefits of NIN-SIM Integration”, NCC’s Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, Efosa Idehen, said, “On no account should a telecom consumer, however, circumstanced, allow another person to register a SIM with their NIN.”

Idehen said compliance with the advice would protect the true owner of the NIN from liabilities or negative consequences arising from the use of another person’s SIM.

He said, “If the person whose SIM is linked to your line uses his own SIM to commit a crime or any form of atrocity, it is easy to be traced to you, and then you will be dealt with because the SIM is linked to your NIN.”

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Lagos threatens to suspend NURTW, RTEAN over clashes

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The Lagos State Government has threatened to suspend operations of transport unions in the Mile 2 area of the state should they continue to clash.

Three people reportedly died during a bloody clash last week on the Mile 2 and Amuwo Odofin axis between the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria and the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Amuwo division.

Responding to the violence, the Lagos State Government on Tuesday brokered peace between the warring factions in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Oluwatoyin Fayinka, stated that the state government would deal with the case after the police had concluded their investigation and presented the report of the crisis.

He noted that multiple levies on truckers by the unions around the axis had been the cause the dispute.

Fayinka warned the unions to beware of infiltrators as this would soil their reputation and lead to an abrupt end of the activities by the state government as the safety of lives and properties is first and sacrosanct.

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Port congestion: Relocate overtime cargos, Customs urges NPA

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The Nigeria Customs Service has advised the Nigerian Ports Authority to move all overtime cargos from the terminal to reduce congestion.

This advice was given bythe Apapa Area Command of the NCS, noting that the transfer of overtime cargos from the ports to the government warehouse in Ikorodu was the responsibility of the NPA.

Cargos are classified as overtime when they stay in the ports for 28 days without the importer or clearing agent coming up to clear them.

Managing Director of the NPA, Muhammed Bello-Koko, had recently said there were over 5,000 overtime containers across the nation’s seaports taking up space for new imports.

Bello- Koko, who spoke during an interactive session organized by the House of Representatives Committee on Customs, had asked the Service to auction the overtime containers to decongest the nation’s seaports.

The NCS Controller of Apapa, Yusuf Malanta, who spoke when he received executive members of the Shipping Correspondents Association of Nigeria in his office, said it required a lot in terms of logistics and financial commitment to move overtime cargos from the port to the government warehouse in Ikorodu.

According to him, there were currently about 500 overtime containers, including import and export, at the Apapa port, and that it would cost an average of N600,000 to move each of the containers from the port to Ikorodu – a cost which he said the command was not ready to bear.

The customs boss explained that there were also laid-down procedures for the disposal of overtime cargoes that must be followed before they are auctioned, to avoid litigation.

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