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Step up your performance, commissioner charges LAGESC personnel

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By Dada Jackson

The Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, has urged operatives of the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) to step up their performance in the discharge of their official duties especially in the areas of indiscriminate dumping of refuse and dislodging of recalcitrant street traders on the major highways in the State.

He stated this at the corps headquarters, Safety Arena, Bolade-Oshodi, during a working visit to the agency,

“There is a need for the LAGESC operatives to ensure that all the major roads in the State are rid of all environmental nuisances and infractions in order to ensure total cleanliness of the environment,” he said.

Bello noted with dismay the high level of indiscriminate dumping of refuses and rising numbers of hawkers on our major highways, such as some major streets on Victoria Island and the Mainland, directing LAGESC officers to move out to all these major highways to ensure total sanity, nothing that these roads are not meant for trading, but rather, people should go into state-approved markets to engage in legalised trading activities.

 Whilst also maintaining that the State government will continue to provide necessary assistance and support, such as strengthening the workforce,  insurance policies, additional operational vehicles amongst others towards effective and efficient discharge of their duties.

The commissioner however admonished the operatives to desist from any form of unhealthy practises, warning that any of the officer found wanting will be dealt with accordingly.

Earlier in her welcome address, the Corps Marshal, CP Akinpelu Gbemisola (retd.), said, “This visit will no doubt help to boost the morale of the personnel, provide them with encouragement, stimulus and make them feel that they are an integral part of this present administration. And most importantly, to intimate them that so much is expected of them for the success of this administration.”

While commenting on the agency’s achievement since assumption of office, she said that it had embarked on “various reorganization and restructuring strategies towards raising the bar of the organization towards improved, effective and efficient monitoring of the state environment in line with global best practices of enforcement technique. One of such is the expansion of the operational divisions from ten (10) to twenty-one (21) for proactive and reactive efficiencies.”

The corps marshal assured the commissioner of the unflinching support and commitment of the management and other member of staff of the agency to zero tolerance to indiscipline amongst the officers as they represent the image of the state.

In recognition for outstanding performance, dedication and positive attitude on the job throughout the past years, the management presented five of its officers the award of excellence for their outstanding contribution.

Akinpelu said the award would make them feel valued as well as encourage others.

She gave the names of the awardees as Yekini Nurudeen, Oladejo Abiodun, Adio Akeem, Ganiyu Kazeem and Alabi Mariam Abiodun.

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Thugs allegedly loyal to Governor Wike attack Rivers PDP presidential campaign boss’ residence, destroy vehicles

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Political thugs allegedly working for the Rivers state governor, Mr Nyesom Wike have invaded the residence of former Rivers South-East Senator, Lee Maeba.

The house located at GRA, Phase 3 axis in Port Harcourt, Rivers State was invaded by thugs on Thursday morning.

Maeba is the chairman of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council in the state.

A source said the hoodlums, allegedly loyal to Governor Wike, destroyed many cars, including an SUV, while occupants of the house including Senator Maeba’s relations fled the scene.

It was learnt that the hoodlums also shot indiscriminately and injured some occupants of the building during the attack.

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“About 200 hoodlums loyal to Governor Wike attacked the residence of Senator Lee Maeba this morning. They destroyed vehicles and injured some occupants,” the source said.

Since Governor Wike lost the presidential ticket of the party to the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the party has been factionalised.

This followed allegations made by the governor that the National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Iyorchia Ayu manipulated the process to favour Atiku, a fellow northerner.

He subsequently asked Ayu to resign from office but the national chairman has refused to do so amid the attendant crisis in the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The Wike-led Rivers government earlier revoked the ownership of a landed property belonging to Maeba in Port Harcourt.

When contacted, DSP Grace Woyengikuro Iringe-Koko, spokesperson for the state police command said she wasn’t aware of the incident.

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Over 100 injured in Spanish train collision

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At least 150 people have been injured after two trains collided in the Catalonia region of north-eastern Spain, emergency services have said.

The crash, which occurred around 07:50 (06:50 GMT), took place at a station on the outskirts of Barcelona.

Local media reported that the trains had been travelling in the same direction and collided while one was parked at the station.

It is unclear how the accident happened and officials have yet to comment.

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Emergency officials wrote on Twitter that the crash happened at the Montcada i Reixac – Manresa station, about 12km (7 miles) from the city centre.

Writing on Twitter, emergency services said that 150 people were “in a mild condition” and five others had been left with “in a less serious condition”.

They added that three people had been transferred to hospital.

Train traffic was briefly disrupted on several lines due to the accident, the national rail service Renfe said.

One passenger told RAC1, a local radio station, that “train was full and my carriage, which was the last one, was completely full” at the time of the collision.

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ICPC Arraigns Rector, others over N6m fraud

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The Rector, Samuel Timi Johnson and the Acting Bursar, Werepere Martins Degbegha of the International Institute of Tourism and Hospitality, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, as well as one Yerikema Tony Tombra have been arraigned for their complicity in a Six Million Naira (N6,000,000) fraud.

The defendants were brought before Honorable Justice M.A Ayemieye of High Court 2, sitting in Yenagoa, by ICPC, on allegations bordering on ‘using office to confer corrupt advantage, conspiracy & making false statement.’

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ICPC, in a 7-count charge, is accusing the Rector and the Acting Bursar of conspiring and using their offices to confer corrupt advantage on themselves when they withdrew the above sum from the confers of the institute under the guise of spending the money on renovations of a viewing centre in Tropani Community while investigation revealed otherwise.

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