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Re: You’ve outlived your relevance, Katsina SSG berates Federal Road Safety Corps

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By Bisi Kazeem
The attention of the Federal Road Safety Corps has been drawn to a fabricated and fake statement credited to the Secretary to the Government of Katsina State Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa, in a publication by one Agaju Madugba which was published in the Sun News of Tuesday, 24 March, 2021. The crux of the untruth, misinformation, misrepresentation of facts, and a collection of distorted report that the writer spewed to the public is that; the SSG bereted FRSC for outliving their relevance by abandoning the vision and mission of its founding fathers.
Fact is that the distortion presented that is already making the rounds in the media is a total caricature and falsification of the statement made by the SSG during a courtesy visit by the Katsina State Sector Commander, Corps Commander Ali Sule Tanimu to commiserate with him on the unfortunate fire incident that engulfed the central market, and further solicit for more patrol vehicles that will enhance patrol operations in the state.
In the course of the visit, the Sector Commander also briefed the SSG on the ongoing operation clamp down on rickety vehicles and the success so far recorded as well as suggested to the State Government to ban the use of J5 buses to convey people in the State, instead of goods which the vehicle isll originally designed to carry.
The Corps wishes to emphatically state that the SSG did not berate the FRSC in any way possible as purportedly reported in the Sun News, rather, he praised the Corps for standing tall from inception and admonished the Corps to intensify enforcement on some critical offences prevalent in the State.
For the avoidance of doubt, the highlight of the SSG’s statement during the visit that was later distorted is that he commended the operations of the Corps and stated that the FRSC has earned a lot of respect from the motoring public since inception. That he knows the corps is presently short of manpower and needs to employ more youths roaming the street so as to beef up its operational activities and strengthen its enforcement base.
However, the SSG also admonished the management of the Corps to intensify operations and enforcement on overloading of vehicles rather than deploying a huge operational muscle on arresting seat belt use violators.
He also opined that the Corps needs more fund in order to achieve its statutory mandate, he stated inter alia that; ‘I also think that the National Assembly should review the laws establishing the FRSC to see whether they can use a percentage of resources it generates through fines to fund aspects of its operations’.
From the positive submissions made by the SSG, the Corps expected the writer and the publisher to have directed their journalistic expertise into reporting the exact statements and intent of the speaker, rather than aim at, in a single publication, denting an image that took the Corps more than 3 decades to build. The Corps still wonders what the writer tends to achieve at the end of the day.
As a matter of fact, the Corps seeks to restate its commitment towards the realisation of its corporate mandate of eradicating road traffic crashes and creating a safer motoring environment in Nigeria and will not be deterred or discouraged in whatever manner from saving lives on Nigerian roads through continuous deployment of strategic initiatives that could eradicate every menace of road traffic crashes on Nigerian roads.
The Federal Road Safety is a highly dynamic, technology driven, responsible, ISO certified, and highly professional organization and pledges to remain so at all times. As such, wishes to state that it is still on course and working assiduously towards the realisation of its corporate mandate as evidenced in the drastic reduction in road traffic crashes and improved driving culture achieved through continual impactful public enlightenment campaigns of the Corps from inception to date.
On the strength of the foregoing, the Corps therefore wishes to reiterate the blazing truth that the allegations levelled against it in the distorted media publication are not true and can only be taken as false narratives deliberately orchestrated to portray the lead agency in road safety administration and traffic management in bad image as well as ridicule its tremendous achievements recorded in its 33 years of existence.
Consequently, the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, enjoins members of the public to disregard the falsehood inherent in the publication and the misinformation it has created in some sections of the social and mainstream media, groups and interests. He therefore uses this medium to appreciate the media for its watchdog role and further call on journalists to always endeavour to be objective in news reportage as subjectivism, no matter how negligible it is in news reporting, could go a long way in damaging institutional images built over the years with a great deal of sacrifice, dedication, commitment and patriotism.
  • Kazeem is Corps Public Education Officer at the FRSC Hqtrs, Abuja

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Jetour unveils another SUV, X70 Plus, with elegant features

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Jetour unveils another SUV, X70 Plus, with elegant features

Jetour has flaunted to the Nigerian SUV lovers features of its new model, X70 Plus, also called Elegance in this market.
The auto Jetour Mobility Service says in a statement that the model is coming with stylish design and outstanding power.
“Looking for a compact Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) that is pragmatic, stylish, and comfortable, delivering power on demand? Then the Jetour X70 Plus, newly introduced in Nigeria by Jetour Mobility Services, is what you desire. The Jetour X70 Plus has both 1.5T 6DCT and 1.6T 7DCT just like the Dashing,” it states.
It is equipped with a 20-inch aluminum wheel hub featuring light weight, higher firmness, faster heat dissipation and better aesthetics, which enhances better fuel consumption, stability and safety.

Still on the exterior features, the vertically aligned transparent LED light, as well as the shark fin antenna improves safety and reduces wind resistance respectively.

According to Jetour, “its impressive grill, large wheels and four LED daytime running lights perfectly complements its bold and muscular look. Featuring a wide, captivating, 62-inch ultra-wide angle panoramic roof that enhances your drive with natural lighting and ventilation.”

The Jetour X70 comes with a number of other features such as a touch screen panel that controls the air conditioning system; infotainment system compatible with latest generation smart phones; digital cockpit; front and rear parking radars; and a 10.25- inch full LCD Dual smart screen.

Its rear seat can be folded for increased cargo space, and the automatic luggage door makes access to the luggage compartment easier.

The vehicle also comes with intelligent air purification system, intuitive infotainment system, advanced wireless technology, 360-degree parking system and electrical 6-directional control driver seat.

Other features include cruise control, lane departure warning system, blind spot monitoring, keyless engine start, keyless entry start, multi-functional steering wheel, anti-lock brake system, front and back air bags and tyre pressure monitoring system.

Jetour X70 Plus advanced safety and stability features also include Hill Start Assist, Traction Control, electronic stability.

Paired with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, the vehicle’s 1.6 litre turbo engine produces maximum of 197 horsepower, facilitating better fuel consumption efficiency.

The suspension system has been engineered to withstand both On-road and Off-road terrain, be it city drive or highway drive.

The Jetour X70 Plus, known for its charming and radiant appearance and friendly ambience, comes in a variety of colours such as red, gray, blue among others.

With an apt slogan of Drive Your Future, Jetour is a product of a well-established family, the Chery Holding Group, with more than 120 billion Yuan in total asset.

Based on 23 years of production experiences, Chery Holding Group has sold over 8.5 million cars, exports exceed 1.6 million cars, and it has ranked number one in China’s passenger vehicle export 18 years in a row.
Deriving its name from two words: Jet + tour, the Nigerian representative says that the name connotes: “convenient tour”, meaning that clients who work hard in many industries can finally enjoy the benefit of their wonderful and happy lifestyle, because every moment on the road is worth cherishing and remembering.

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Kewalram unveils Nigeria’s first compact pickup, Fiat Strada

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Kewalram unveils Nigeria’s first compact pickup, Fiat Strada

Kewalram Chanrai, one of the frontline auto solution providers in Nigeria, has introduced the Fiat Strada, a 1.4 litre compact pickup, into the local market.
The vehicle coming with remarkable fuel efficiency and low price is the first new small pickup in the Nigerian market.
Managing Director, Kewalram Chanrai Auto/Transport Vertical, Anil Sahgal, unveiled the product at the company’s Victoria Island office in Lagos on Tuesday.


This was done after extensive testing of the vehicle on the Nigerian roads in some states under extreme conditions, covering over 29,000 kilometres.
Fiat Strada, according to the General Manager Automotive Division, Kewalram Chanrai, Mr Sudeep Mittal, is produced at the Stellantis plant in Brazil, where it emerged as the highest selling pickup last year.
He said the introduction of the vehicle in Nigeria is against the need for a high performance pickup offering great comfort with low operational cost in view of the current high cost of fuel.
The Strada, he said, is bringing higher standards in technology, design and safety to the pickup auto market segment.
“The Fiat Strada serves as a genuine driving force in the evolution of the automotive industry.
“Apart from performance and comfort, fuel economy has become very key in Nigeria now. That’s why we went to look for a pickup that fills this gap. Fiat Stranda will give value for money,” Mittal said.
He noted that with over 85,000 units sold in Brazil by the end of September 2023 and a remarkable achievement of 400,000 units since its second-generation launch in 2020, the Fiat Strada is set to conquer the Sub-Saharan African market, including Nigeria.
The compact pickup is the culmination of 25 years of expertise, he said, adding that its design was influenced by the award-winning Fiat Toro and stands out with its remarkable audacity and modernity.
The company says the Fiat Strada’s cargo capacity is unparalleled, capable of accommodating between 650kg and 720kg, depending on the version, and offering up to 1,354 litres in the single-cabin model, making it exceptionally suited to a variety of professional and personal needs.
It gives 11.8km/L fuel efficiency in city driving and 12.4km/L on the highway, making it one of the most fuel-efficient pickups on the road today.
Its iconic LED headlights emits 20 per cent brighter light than its competitors, the company says.
The Strada is described as a technological marvel, equipped with advanced technologies such as stability control, hill start assist, and TC+.
The company says Fiat Strada ensures optimal traction, even on the most challenging terrains.
The Strada’s interior provides a cocoon of comfort, with abundant storage compartments, paired with cutting-edge air conditioning; it ensure that every trip is as enjoyable as the previous one.
On safety, the Strada is equipped comprehensively, boasting two airbags, pretensioner seatbelts, and the Isofix system for young passengers.
“Even in the unfortunate event of an accident, it has been designed to minimize risks to pedestrians.
“What truly sets the Strada apart is its versatility. It seamlessly functions as both a reliable workhorse and an elegant travel companion, representing a perfect fusion of modernity, comfort, technology, and safety.”
Chief Operating Officer, Stellantis Middle East & Africa, Mr Samir Cherfan, in a statement, said, “The introduction of the Fiat Strada in Sub-Saharan Africa marks a significant milestone for Stellantis.
“The Fiat Strada is a flexible partner for individuals who welcome change and push their limits because it combines the practicality of a family vehicle with the dependability required in a business environment.
“With this new vehicle, we expand our range of mobility solutions into the emerging entry-level pick-up segment, catering to the needs of our Sub-Saharan African customers.
“This reaffirms our commitment to strengthening our leadership in the light commercial vehicle (LCV) market within the region.
“In conclusion, the new Fiat Strada is much more than just an automobile. It embodies a promise – a promise of excellence, innovation, and reliability, all offered at a price that outperforms competitors in the Sub-Saharan market.”

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Carloha set to showcase Chery vehicles at Lagos Motor Show 2024

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Carloha set to showcase Chery vehicles at Lagos Motor Show 2024

Carloha Nigeria has lined up a number new Chery models for display at the forthcoming Lagos Motor Show.
The auto show is scheduled to take place from February 16 to 17, 2024, at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) in Lagos, Nigeria.
The Lagos Motor Show will attract enthusiasts, industry professionals, and consumers.
A statement by the Marketing Communications Manager at the Carloha Nigeria, Mathew Enuoma Aje, says the company’s participation will be a highlight of this year’s event, with the exhibition of Chery’s innovative and dynamic lineup.
The statement quotes Sales and Marketing Director of Carloha Nigeria, Mr. Joseph Omokhapue, as saying, “At Carloha Nigeria, we are thrilled to showcase Chery’s impressive lineup at the Lagos Motor Show 2024.
Chery’s commitment to quality and innovation perfectly aligns with our own values, and we are excited to introduce Nigerian consumers to the latest advancements in automotive technology.”
The firm says visitors to the auto show can expect to see a diverse range of Chery vehicles on display, including stylish sedans, versatile SUVs, and efficient compact cars.
It specifically states the vehicles for display will range from the sleek design of the Chery Arrizo to the rugged performance of the Chery Tiggo 2,Tiggo 4 pro, Tiggo 7 Pro, and Tiggo 8 Pro, adding, “there is something for every driver’s needs and preferences.”
According to the statement, in addition to showcasing Chery’s impressive lineup, Carloha Nigeria will also provide attendees with the opportunity to experience the brand’s vehicles firsthand through interactive demonstrations.
“Knowledgeable representatives will be on hand to answer questions, provide information, and assist visitors in exploring the features and capabilities of Chery vehicles,” it says.
It stresses that the Lagos Motor Show 2024 promises to be an unforgettable event for automotive enthusiasts and consumers alike.
Carloha Nigeria urges all attendees to visit its booth at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) to see Chery’s spectacular display and discover the future of driving.
It says Carloha Nigeria is proud to be the exclusive distributor of Chery vehicles in Nigeria, bringing cutting-edge technology, superior performance, and unparalleled style to Nigerian roads.
“With a commitment to excellence and innovation, Chery has established itself as a global leader in the automotive industry,” it adds.

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