Workers Resume, Lament Increasing Cost Of Goods And Transportation

workers resume abujaWorkers across Nigeria have resumed after the Easter holiday, with many of them lamenting the increase in the cost of goods and transportation which they attributed to the fuel scarcity.

In Abuja, the nation’s capital city, workers faced serious transportation challenges on Tuesday, with many paying double the price they use to pay to their places of work.

Some workers, who spoke to Channels Television at the Federal Secretariat, urged the government to address the lingering fuel scarcity.

Others also complained of the long hours they had to wait at the bus stop before catching a bus to their offices.

In Imo State in south-west Nigeria, workers were excited to resume, but complained that fuel scarcity had hindered them from moving around the state and beyond.

A visit to the Imo State Secretariat along Port Harcourt Expressway in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, showed that as early as 8.00am local time, workers trooped into their various offices to begin their daily activities.

Some of them, who spoke with Channels Television, however, said the pubic holiday gave them opportunity to spend a good time with their families and friends.

Some complained about the fuel scarcity which they said did not allow them to move freely and travel to their desired destinations.

Federal and state workers in Cross River State also joined their counterparts nationwide to officially resume work after the long Easter break.

While some federal staff said they could not enjoy their break owing to no payment of their salaries before the break, those of the state government at their secretariat were full of gratitude to the Cross River State government for paying them two days before Easter.

They hoped for better working days ahead.

Workers in Rivers State have also resumed.

In the state capital, Port Harcourt, workers were seen in their numbers walking into the state secretariat and other business districts.

Those who spoke to Channels Television said though it was a good time to rest and celebrate with family and friends, it was now time to get busy with the day to day routine of the average worker.

FG Urged To Pardon Forcefully Recruited Boko Haram Members

Boko Haram - Insurgency - COWAAA civil society organisation has appealed to the Federal Government to grant amnesty to members of the Boko Haram sect who were forcefully recruited into the group.

The Coalition of Women Advancement in Africa (COWAA) said that the reprieve would enable government to further decimate the population of the dreaded group.

The Executive Vice President of COWAA, Mrs Jummai Pukat, made the call while addressing a news conference in Abuja on Monday.

According to Mrs Pukat, granting amnesty to such members of the group would assist the military in sustaining the onslaught against the leadership of the sect.

Commending the efforts of the military in the fight against terror, COWAA called on the Nigerian Armed Forces to intensify efforts aimed at ensuring that innocent lives are not wasted by the insurgents.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Air Staff has reassured Nigerians that the war against the terrorist in the northeast would soon be won.

Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar made the statement on Monday during his Easter visit to the troops in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

While describing as unfortunate the insurgents’ insistence on destroying the peace of Borno State and the entire Nigeria’s northeast, he applauded the commitment of officers and men of the Armed Forces.

Chief Of Air Staff Restates Commitment To War On Insurgency

Chief Of Air Staff On InsurgencyThe Chief of Air Staff has reassured Nigerians that the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast will soon be brought to an end.

Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar made the statement on Monday during a visit to observe the Easter holiday with the troops in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The Chief of Air Staff said that it was unfortunate that a group of persons were bent on destroying the peace of Borno State and the entire Nigeria’s northeast.

He, however, applauded the commitment of officers and men of the Air Operations Unit of the Joint Task Force saying the Nigerian Air Force would continue to treat issues affecting their welfare with utmost urgency.

During the visit, the Air Chief paid homage to the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Garbai, where he assured the monarch that the end to insurgency was at hand.

In his response the Shehu of Borno lamented the damage the Boko Haram insurgents have done to the kingdom which has been in existence for over 1,200 years.

Departing the palace of the monarch, the Chief of Air Staff also visited the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Dalori where the force has an emergency hospital for an ‘on the spot assessment’ of the situation of the camp.

The Commanding Officer of the 79 Composite Group Medical Centre, Wing Commander Solomon Irmiya, and the Administration Officer of NEMA, Isa Yusuf, both commended the Air Chief for his visit but also seized the opportunity to talk about the condition of the camp.

They called for more support for the IDPs.

Police Assure Oyo Residents Of Safety During Easter

policePolice have assured residents of Oyo State and those coming into the state for the Easter holiday that adequate arrangement had been made to ensure that the holiday would be hitch free.

The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Adeleye Oyebade, gave the assurance on Friday in Ibadan at the Eleyele Command Headquarters.

He also advised the public to be more careful and observant in issues affecting their health so as not to fall prey to quacks and untrained personnel in the course of obtaining treatment.

Mr Oyebade made the appeal in Ibadan at the Eleyele Command Headquarters while parading a fake doctor who also dupe unsuspecting members of the public by pretending to be an oil and gas operative.

He told reporters that a kidnapping gang was also busted while some suspected armed robbery syndicate, including those who rob using military uniform, were also apprehended.

One of the suspects claimed he knew nothing of the allegations against him.

Three pairs of complete military uniform and under wear were found in his possession.

Another suspect, a 34-year old lady, claimed she studied science laboratory technology from Ondo State Polytechnic but had been practicing as a medical doctor; precisely a gynaecologist for over five years.

She could not even ascertain how many patients she had treated.

She preys on the ignorance of desperate people especially from churches to perpetrate her evil act.

Apart from the fact she has administered several injections to a woman and her husband without any form of training, she also collected a sum of 1,350,000 from her for oil and gas business.

Another victim was also duped of 22 million Naira also under the guise of oil and gas. She said she met the man from the same church where she met the other victims.

She did not deny the allegations, but claimed she gave the money to a spiritualist who introduced her to oil and gas.

The man denied her claims, saying he only collected 700,000 Naira from her for spiritual purpose.

The Oyo State police boss, however, warned the public to be wary of dubious people who engage in unwholesome practice.

He added that adequate arrangement had also been made for traffic control within the towns and on the highways to ensure safety during and after the Easter.