Lagos Sector of the Federal Road Safety Corps on Wednesday began this year’s ’ember months road safety campaign with its Commander, Mr Olusegun Ogungbemide, urging motorists to avoid night driving to reduce accidents to the barest minimum.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the 2021 campaign is “Maintain Safe Speed, Avoid Night Driving and Enjoy Quality Road Experience”.
He said that the theme of the campaign was in line with the United States’ strategies to reduce fatalities by 50 per cent.
Ogungbemide suggested that road speed limit consciousness should be reduced by 30 kilometres per hour.
“We have noticed that major crashes occur at night, that is why we are pleading with drivers to shun night driving as much as possible.
“Night driving is dangerous in view of insecurity; rescue efforts are also difficult in the night.
“So, if you love yourself, try and avoid night driving because there is no assurance of good visibility while driving at night,” Ogungbemide said.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in his remark, regretted the massive damage caused by road traffic accidents, noting that the figures were always rising.
Sanwo-Olu, represented by the General Manager, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr Bolaji Oreagba, commended the FRSC for educating and sensitising road users.
“Road crashes are the leading causes of deaths in the world with at least 1.3 million deaths, according to the year 2018 global status reports by the world Health Organisations (WHO).
“It is sad to still note that Africa is the worst hit continent with road crashes at 26.6 per cent, which means that one, out of every four road crashes, is in Africa.
“There is no denying the fact that Lagos is an important artery of the nation’s economy in the ’ember months.
“It is, therefore, wise to maintain safe speed and embrace minimum safety standards as most road crashes are caused by human factors,” Sanwo-Olu said.
In his keynote address, the Assistant Corps Marshal, Peter Kibo, represented by the Deputy Corps Commander, Mccharm Sambo, pleaded with drivers to maintain safer speed limits and reduce dangerous acceleration.
In his goodwill message, Major Olugbenga Ayoride, Nigerian Army Signal Maintainance Command, Arakan Barracks, urged drivers to avoid smoking and overloading while driving.
Mr Kehinde Ajasa, Assistant Controller-General, Federal Fire Service, who was represented by Mr John Nwabueze, urged drivers to avoid overworking which could lead to dizziness.
He advised drivers not to travel without fire extinguishers so as to reduce the possibility of explosion from fire.
Nnamdi Kanu: I lectured Abaribe on how to live in prison – Shehu Sani
Shehu Sani, a former Kaduna Central Senator, has recalled lecturing Senate Minority Leader, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe on how to live in prison.
Sani said he used to lecture Abaribe on how to live in prison in case he gets prosecuted over his Biafra agitation.
He disclosed this while sharing a throwback photo of himself having a discussion with Abaribe on the floor of the Upper Chamber.
In a post on his Facebook page on Wednesday, the former lawmaker disclosed that Abaribe also tried to convert him into believing in the Biafra ideology.
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He wrote: “My good friend Senator Abaribe was trying to convert my citizenship to Biafra while I used to give him lectures on how to live in prison when they come for him, using my years of experience in Kiri Kiri, Port Harcourt and Aba Prisons in the 90s.”
Abaribe had stood as one of the sureties for Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in 2017.
But Kanu jumped bail and fled Nigeria after regaining his freedom, following a ruling by Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court.
Following Kanu’s action, it was believed that the Nigerian government would go after Abaribe as he risked imprisonment.
However, Kanu was rearrested in July and is currently facing trial.
Plateau lawmakers fight over mace, impeach speaker
There was a rancorous situation on Thursday at Plateau State House Assembly as the legislators fought over the mace, the symbol of authority, leading to the impeachment of the Speaker, Abok Ayuba Nuhu.
Nuhu was promptly replaced with Sanda Yakubu, who from Pingana constituency of the Bassa Local Government Area of the state.
It was leant that as early as 5.30am on Thursday, members of the assembly had started arriving at the chamber of the house.
The rumours about the impeachment of Abok had started a week ago when press releases and write-ups went viral on social media over his clash with the state governor, Solomon Lalong.
The lawmakers almost exchanged blows when the issue of the impeachment was tabled in the house on Thursday. The Peoples Democratic Party members, who were loyal to the speaker, took the mace to prevent the impeachment.
But the All Progressives Congress members, who were in the majority insisting on the impeachment, dragged the mace and placed it in its position, and went ahead with the process.
It was learnt that before the state lawmakers converged on the house, the road leading to the assembly was blocked by security operatives.
There had been grudges between Governor Simon Lalong and the impeached speaker following the attack in Yelwan Zagam, the community of Jos North, where people were killed.
After the attack, the speaker started criticising the governor openly. He also stopped attending public functions in the state.
Ogun gives land encroachers 1 month grace to process titles
Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has announced a one-month moratorium for residents and entrepreneurs who have encroached on the state government-acquired land.
He announced this at the launch of an online portal, Ogun State Land Administration and Revenue Management System (OLARMS), at the Tech Hub in Abeokuta.
The governor gave them up till November 30 to apply for ratification of their documents.
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In his address, the Chief Economic Adviser and Commissioner for Finance, Dapo Okubadejo, said the portal will also offer those who have encroached on the state government land in different parts of the state an opportunity to get title documents via the Property Registration Programme (PRP) for only a defined period.
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