Two Die In Lagos Auto Crash

Two Die In Lagos Auto CrashTwo persons lost their lives on Monday in an auto crash involving two vehicles at the Gbagada area of Lagos State, south-west Nigeria.

A statement by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said the bodies have been moved to the Lagos Mainland Hospital Mortuary.

The agency added that emergency responders also rescued 14 other persons who sustained various degrees of injuries, while the damaged vehicles have been recovered.

The General Manager of LASEMA, Mr Adesina Tiamiyu, called on motorists to drive within the speed limit, in order to avoid unnecessary loss of lives.

“The Agency’s ERT received a distressed call at about 3:05 pm regarding an accident at Gbagada Bus Stop, inward Anthony on April 17, 2017. This prompted the immediate activation of the Agency’s ERT to the scene of the incident.

“Preliminary investigation conducted by the Agency’s Emergency Response Team at the scene revealed that a Volk Wagon commercial bus with registration number GGE716XM had a head on collision with another vehicle (Mazda Taxi).

“Fourteen persons were rescued by the emergency responders and taken to the Gbagada General Hospital and Trauma Centre, by LASAMBUS and the LASEMA Paramedics as they sustained different degrees of injuries.

“Two lives were lost and have been moved by SEHMU to the Lagos Mainland Hospital Mortuary, while the damaged vehicles were recovered with the aid of the Agency’s towing truck, to avoid another incident and free flow of traffic in the area.

“The General Manager, LASEMA, Mr Adesina Tiamiyu, advised motorists, especially commercial bus drivers to ensure they pay full attention while driving and also ensure they drive within the speed limit, to avoid unnecessary loss of lives to reckless driving,” the statement read.

Buhari Approves New Board For NTA, Others

Buhari at his office The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) has a new board led by a former Newspaper Editor and former Presidential Spokesman, Mr Duro Onabule.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday approved the new board which consists of six other Executive Directors.

They are: Dr. Steve Egbo, Administration and Training; Abdul Hamid Salihu Dembos, Marketing; Mohammed Labbo, News; Fatima M. Barda, Finance; Stephen Okoanachi, Engineering; and Wole Coker, Programmes.

Some other appointments were also announced in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

“At the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Aliyu Hayatu is new chairman, while Buhari Auwalu and Yinka Amosun, are Zonal Directors, Kaduna and Lagos, respectively.

“Under the Ministry of Information and Culture, the following agencies have new appointees: Nigerian Film Corporation, Dr. Chika Maduekwe, General Manager; National Theatre and National Troupe of Nigeria, Comrade Tar Ukoh, Artistic Director; National Council for Arts and Culture, Mr Olusegun Runsewe, Director-General; National Film and Video Censors Board, Folorunsho Coker, Director-General,” the statement read.

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, will also serve as the Chairman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), while Mr Mustapha Maihaja is to serve as the agency’s Director-General.

According to the statement, other members of the NEMA Board are: “The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr David Babachir Lawal; Captain Talba Alkali, representing Ministry of Transport and Aviation; Ambassador Rabiu Dagari, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dr. Ngozi Azadoh, Ministry of Health; Mr Muhammadu Maccido, Ministry of Interior; Mr Ajisegiri Benson Akinloye; Ministry of Water Resources, Air Vice Marshal Emmanuel Anebi, Nigerian Armed Forces; and AIG Salisu Fagge Abdullahi, Nigerian Police Force”.

The President’s spokesman said the appointments are to take immediate effect.

Eight Firms Seek Sponsorship Of Nigeria Premiership League

Alloy Chukwuemeka

The Executive Secretary of  the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Club Owners, Mr Alloy Chukwuemeka, says about eight corporate bodies are currently jostling to sponsor the Nigeria Premiership League for the next season.

Mr Chukwuemeka hinted reporters of the development on Wednesday during an interactive session with journalists in Osogbo, at the monthly Sport Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) stakeholders forum tagged “SWAN Platform”.

He said the NPFL Club Owners had received a proposal from the League Management Company (LMC) that the league would begin by first week of December tentatively.

Now Attractive

The NPFL Club Owners Executive Secretary further explained that the proposal would be considered at the Annual General Meeting of the Club Owners.

The General Manager, Abubakar Bukola Saraki Football Club, Ilorin commended the LMC for turning the league around, saying “it is now attractive with many firms lobbying to be part of it.

“The LMC has turned around the league in Nigeria. The league is now attractive, and there are eight firms lobbying to be part of LMC. The LMC has set a standard and that is why lots of firms want to be part of the Nigeria Professional Football League”.

The football administrator while responding to questions on moving football and sports generally forward in the state, insisted that a return to school sports was the only way to identify exceptional talents.

He revealed that the Kwara Football Academy gave ABS FC 10 of its best players every season through a partnership between the two clubs.

The ABS FC Director of Football also recommended community ownership of football clubs, as practiced in other climes based on what he learnt from the LMC organised LaLiga Tour in Spain earlier in the year.

He said: “Immediately I came back from Spain, I went to my village (Ehime Mbano) and I met with my Local Government Chairman and we formed Mbano United. I bought jerseys and balls for the team, because in Spain their clubs are built on their culture. Football community ownership is very important.”

“I will recommend that for us to develop the sporting sector, it is imperative that we re-introduce sports in our schools. This way, new talents can be encouraged and assisted to get to higher heights in this profession”

On the controversy trailing the final Nigeria National League (NNL) match between ABS FC and Gateway FC, Mr Chukwuemeka countered claims that there were few security men at the stadium, maintaining that there were about 78 policemen at the stadium that day.

He condemned the action of the Ogun State Commissioner of Sports who he said ordered Gateway FC players not to play the match, stressing that it contravened the rules guiding the game and operations of the NNL.

Mr Chukwuemeka also expressed the belief that the Nigeria Football Federation would put in everything to ensure that the Super Eagles qualify for the World Cup.

He said not qualifying for Nations Cup back-to-back was still painful and applauded the efforts and impact of Super Eagles coach, Genart Rohr.

Mr Chukwuemeka, who is also a National Officer of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, thereafter commended Osun SWAN for the Monthly Stakeholders Forum and promised to take the programme to other states across the federation.

Airport Power Outage: FAAN Restores Power, Activities Resume

lagos airportThe Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria [FAAN] has explained that disruption of flight operations due to power outage at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos has now been resolved.

The airport was without light for two days, on Saturday and Sunday following a power surge which damaged a major transformer at the airport.

But the General Manager, Public Relations, Mr. Yakubu Datti in a statement on Monday says repairs have been carried out on the transformer and light is now restored.

The Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos is the nation’s busiest airport for both local and international flights.

F.G, World Bank Begin Benue Water Project

water scarcityThe Federal Government has begun implementation of the 2.5 million Dollars World Bank, assisted 3rd National Urban Water Sector Reform Project in Makurdi, Benue State.

The acting National Coordinator, Mr Fasoye Adewale, disclosed this at a meeting with Governor Samuel Ortom when he visited him at the Government House to extract political commitment from the state government for the project.

Governor Ortom and the General Manager of the Benue State Water Board, Mr Mike Zdungu, pledge their political and administrative support to see the project through, after 5.2 billion Naira was committed to the water project, by previous administrations, without adequate supply to the metropolis.

At the end of the meeting, officials spoke on evolving a sustainable water policy that will guarantee success, as the Federal Government seeks improvement of water sanitation in the state.

Apart from the seasonal flooding caused by heavy down pour and the rising water level, the River Benue serves a very useful purpose like marine training for the Nigerian Army School of Military Engineering, local mining of building sand and fishing by the local Jukun tribes.

Other useful purpose of the massive River Benue, is the purification and treatment of the unclean water for domestic use for residents of the state.

Over the years, the challenges of water to the metropolis has been a daunting task. This is why the team from the Federal Ministry of Water Resources have stepped in.

The acting National Coordinator, Mr Fasoye Adewale also present the governor with keys to a Toyota Hilux van donated by the Federal Government to drive the project in Benue state.

Nigeria’s Rasheed Olabiyi Joins Houston Dynamo

houston-dynamoA football club in United States, Houston Dynamo, has announced the signing of Nigerian midfielder, Rasheed Olabiyi from Enyimba International Football Club of Aba for an undisclosed fee.

The central midfielder has represented Nigeria at the U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels.

He was a member of Enyimba’s 2010 Premier League winning team and also won three FA Cups in 2009, 2013, 2014 and two Nigeria Super Cups in 2010 and 2013.

Dynamo’s Vice President/General Manager, Matt Jordan, expressed his pleasure to welcome Rasheed to Houston Dynamo, saying “he’s been training with us and has integrated well within our group. We look forward to seeing him continue to grow in our environment and contribute to the success of the team as we begin the second half of our season”.

NIMC Staff Protest Planned Retrenchment Of Colleagues

NIMC-workers-protestStaff of the management of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) have staged a protest against an alleged plan by the agency to retrench over 1,000 staff.

The commission debunked the claims,  saying the management  would only retrench staff with fake employment letters.

Spokesman for the NIMC, Abdulwaheed Umar, told reporters on Tuesday that the affected workers had been given an opportunity to regularise their employment which they failed to do.

The protesting workers took to the streets in Abuja on Tuesday, demanding that the agency should jettison the plan.

The Secretary of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, Isaac Ojemhenke, criticised the management of the commission for the planned exercise, just as the FCT chairman of the Trade Union Congress, Aliyu Musa, bemoaned the working conditions of workers in the commission.

The General Manager, Corporate Communications of the Commission, Abdulwaheed Umar, however, denied the claims of the workers, saying the management is only sanitising the commission by enforcing minimum standards and work ethics.

With the aggrieved workers shutting down the headquarters of the commission in Abuja, Nigerians, who want to collect their National Identity Cards, may have to wait, as the workers have vowed to keep the place under lock and key until the retrenchment exercise is reversed.

Panel Submits Report On Destruction Of BRT Buses On Ikorodu Rd

fasholaLagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Monday promised to act on the recommendations of the report of the Tribunal of Enquiry on the Road Traffic Accident, Arson and Vandalism on BRT buses at Palmgrove, along Ikorodu Road.

Mr Fashola, who spoke at Lagos House, Ikeja explained that the report would still have to go through council deliberations and debates.

He stated that there is no Tribunal of Enquiry or Commission that the State Government has set up in the past whose report has not been developed into a White Paper report.

Fashola also stated that a White Paper on the report of the Tribunal of Enquiry would be issued which would communicate what government decisions on the recommendations are and the actions that would follow.

The Governor also stressed that the protection of life and property remains the principal duty for which governments exist and that whenever such unfortunate incidents occur, government must do everything to ensure that they do not reoccur.

Speaking earlier while presenting the report, which is in eight volumes, the Chairman of the Commission, Justice Ebenezer Adebajo, said the Tribunal has recommended an upgrading of the Lagos Area Metropolitan Transport Authority (LAMATA) and further empower it to effectively carry out its regulatory functions in relation to transportation in Lagos State.

He added that the Governor of Lagos State should demand an apology from the Nigerian Army and that the Nigerian Army should on behalf of the 9th Brigade, Ikeja Cantonment, apologize in writing to the people of Lagos State and that such apology should be published in at least two national newspapers in order to reduce the constant friction between the military and the bus operators.


Lagos Airport Transport Operators Protest

Lagos AirportAirport workers were on Thursday stranded along the Murtala Muhammed International Airport road as limousine and cab operators protested their displacement from the space they were allocated at the Lagos airport six months ago.

The cab and limousine operators said that they would not operate at the Lagos airport until officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), address issues bordering on their operations at the international terminal.

Meanwhile the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria has appealed to the taxi operators to exercise patience, insisting that this inconvenience is being experienced because of the remodelling project ongoing at the Lagos airport.

The General Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr Yakubu Dati, said that once the remodelling exercise is complete, the taxi operators will have enough room.

US Begins Investigation Of Alleged Air Marshal Attack At Lagos Airport

SyringeThe United States has started investigation into the alleged attack of a federal air marshal by an unknown assailant at the Lagos airport on Monday night.

The General Manager, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, Mr Yakubu Dati, said that a team from the US Embassy had arrived at the airport to investigate the issue.

In a statement on Tuesday, Dati said the airport authorities had made available CCTV footage of the air marshal’s movement to the US investigators.

He, however, stated that the preliminary investigations showed that nothing of the sort occurred.

The statement read: “The attention of The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has been drawn to a story making the rounds that a US Marshall was assaulted at the Murtala Mohammed airport, Lagos.

“Following the report, a team from the US Embassy met with the airport Joint Security team, and at its request, viewed footage of the movement of the said marshal captured on our CCTV cameras.

“Preliminary observation from the CCTV footage did not show evidence of such occurrence. Relevant security agencies have since commenced investigation into the matter.

FAAN, in the statement, assured air travellers and the general public of its commitment to ensuring safety and security at Nigeria’s airports.

ABC News had reported on Tuesday, that the US air marshal was in quarantine in Houston following an attack on Monday night by an assailant, wielding a syringe, at the Lagos.

Nigerian Broadcasters Prepare For National Conference

BON LogoIssues bothering on the proposed National Conference and the smooth transition to digital broadcasting in June 2015 topped discourse at the 60th General Assembly of the Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

The assembly which was a gathering of the private, public, commercial and government media representatives across the country had as its theme; ‘’The National Conference –Imperatives for Broadcasters’’.

The broadcasters at the conference discussed ways of increasing operational efficiency in the broadcasting industry.

The Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission, Emeka Mba, gave the assurance that Nigeria would be among the countries that has gone digital in its broadcasting system by June 2015 to enhance national security.

The host of the conference, General Manager of the Cross River Broadcasting Commission, Aye Henshaw, and his counterpart from the FRCN, Ladan Salihu, centred their discourse on the theme of the forum; ‘’The National Conference-Imperatives for Broadcasters’’ as they encouraged broadcasters to be conscious of the significance of the National Conference to the continued unity of Nigeria.

The forum believes that the National Conference would add value to the evolution of a true Nigeria, even as Nigerians look forward to June 2015 when the broadcasting industry would switch-over to digitalization.

The Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria is a coalition of all broadcasters who meet quarterly to discuss and proffer solutions to problems hindering the smooth transition of the broadcast industry in Nigeria.

Absence Of Minister, NNPC Officials Stall Kerosine Subsidy Probe

A public hearing into the supply, distribution and subsidy payments of kerosine from 2010 to 2013 by the House of Representatives has been postponed due to the absence of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, and officials of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC).

The Chairman of the House Committee on Petroleum Resources (Down Stream), Dakuku Peterside said the exercise could not go on because, the ministry and NNPC were central to the kerosine subsidy regime and their absence made it difficult to continue the investigation.

The government agencies had written to the committee asking for more time to gather the data.

Expressing the displeasure of the committee, the chairman said the lawmakers are determined not to fail Nigerians as they work to uncover the secrecy surrounding the kerosine subsidy.

The announcement by the Chairman of the committee, Rep. Dakuku Peterside, for the postponement came after a long wait by stakeholders who were seated before 10 a.m.

Peterside said that the committee was compelled to postpone the hearing due to the absence of officials of the three agencies which were critical stakeholders in the investigation.

“It is not in the character of the seventh National Assembly to waste people’s time.

“On behalf of the committee, I want to apologise to you, we are going to be compelled by circumstances to put off this hearing to Feb. 18.

“We owe you a duty to carry out the investigation, we will not let you down, we want to apologise once more, we will move on with the hearing on Feb. 18.

He explained that several invitation letters were written to the agencies and ministry about the hearing, but they did not respond till the day of the hearing.

The letters partly reads: “I wish to inform you that the Honourable Minister together with the top management of the ministry and its agencies will be participating in the International Summit on Power Financing starting today, 10th February, 2014.

“As a result, we regret to inform you of our inability to honour your invitation. We are also currently engaged with the Senate Committee on Finance and it is not clear when their hearing will end.’’

NNPC in a letter signed by its General Manager, National Assembly Liaison, Mr M.B Bamanga, and dated Feb. 7 gave the same excuse.

“I am further directed to appeal to the Chairman to allow NNPC and its subsidiary sufficient time to collate the required documents and reschedule an alternate date for the appearance of our organisation at the hearing, please,’’ the letter reads.