Fuel Scarcity, ASUU Strike: Nigerian Students Protest On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Nigerian students during the protest on Lagos-Ibadan expressway

 

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Tuesday held a protest at the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The students in their numbers gathered at the Redemption camp end of the expressway chanting songs of solidarity. They also displayed various placards calling for an end to fuel scarcity and the ASUU strike.

The students lamented the hardship caused by the fuel scarcity which has hit most states in the country.

They also called for immediate resolution of the ongoing ASUU strike which has sent students out of their classrooms.

 

 

SEE THE FULL STATEMENT BY THE STUDENTS BELOW:

 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN STUDENTS,
NANS, South West Zone D.

FUEL SCARCITY AND ASUU STRIKE: OUR STANCE.

We have observed with dismay the avoidable suffering and inconvenience the lackadaisical and irresponsible policies of the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has brought to the Nigerian people in the last few weeks due to the scarcity of fuel in the federation.

In the same vein, our concern, as directly affected people by the ASUU strike remains another effect of governmental failure that should be condemned by the well meaning Nigerian people.

The two issues raised above are arguably the most talked about topic in the Nigeria media today because of the immediate and future implications they have on the livelihood of the Nigerian masses. We need not to mention how the unavailability of fuel at affordable price and accessible point has caused damages to the economy of the nation and means of survival of the Nigerian people whose source of livelihood are dependent on transportation sector, production with machines that uses fuel, internet work which requires optimum power supply that is not available and the only alternative means which is through running of generator has been made impossible due to fuel scarcity and many other economic survival dependent of fuel. Many Nigerians have lost their jobs as they could not get to work at official time because of reduced number of commercial vehicles accessible to them. Some have lost contract with foreign firms because they could not meet up with target due to power failure and unavailability of fuel to run on generator. Some factories are sealed or at best producing at high cost and then inflate price of their products as a result of time and financial challenges associated with running their machines. These are just some of the problems the Nigerian government has created for the Nigerian people through the fuel scarcity mess.

The Nigerian University students across the federation are on abnormal yet compulsory leave out of school due to the ongoing ASUU strike. Our time would be wasted. Age would be against us by the time we graduate and go into the Labour market. We will be forced to pay extra rent on accommodation as most of us are staying in private hostels since the government has failed to provide adequate, affordable and sufficient accommodation for all of us on our campuses. Above all, some of our colleagues would be distracted, discouraged and would probably jettison schooling for other things if not at worst, illegal activities. The government continue to make a monster out of many of us due to their irresponsibility and poor education in our public tertiary institutions. These are some of the reasons Nigerians are all over the different countries of the world suffering humiliations and racism just to get qualitative education as evident in the manner Nigerian students in Ukraine were been treated in past few days. All of these would not have surfaced should the government has done the needful by providing good working conditions for our University teaching and non teaching staff while aiding it with facilities needed for qualitative and easy learning.

Unfortunately, at the height of these crisis, the President in his usual manner of leaving the country at the needed time jetted out to London for medical checkup. Another exposure of the unreasonable, lackadaisical and shameful personality of the Nigerian ruling class. Should the President have provided 21st century standard public health care, he would not have needed to travel thousands of miles just for medical checkups. And if he choose to do so, the President should have honourably resigned when he knows he is not healthy enough to carry the responsibility of his office. No responsible statement has been attributed to the President who doubles as the Minister for petroleum till date. By now, heads should be rolling, notable persons who have failed in their duties should be sacked, all involved in the process of importing the adulterated fuel should be facing interrogation and prosecution. This is the least expected from any responsible government.

On the other hand, federal government in their shameful manner has setup another committee to review the 2009 agreement with ASUU for some other weeks. This is coming after the government has met with ASUU, considered the same 2009 agreements, signed different memoranda of understanding and agreement with ASUU since inception of this administration in 2015. This is nothing but a show of shame and no seriousness from the federal government.

To add to the shameful and arrogant attitude of the government, a media aide to the President, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement some days back, insulted the humanity and dignity of the Nigerian people by saying that the Nigerian people are used to suffering and ‘heaven would not fall’ in the face of all of these crisis. This is to reveal that the government of Buhari is aware of the hardship it is causing the Nigerian people but unmoved because the Nigerian people are meant for suffering. We would not blame the media aide for not hiding his lack of compassion and insensibility. We will only be charging the Nigerian people, most particularly the working class under the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) to come to their historical role in ensuring this nonsense is put to stop. And this is why we have led by example through the staging of this unannounced protest action to express our displeasure about the state of the nation. We are urging all well meaning Nigerians to join us subsequently to demand for an end to this suffering. We are saying a total no to the artificial scarcity created by the government and oil marketers just to increase fuel pump price. No single increment in fuel pump price would be accepted by the Nigerian students in the South West zone. We are calling on the federal government to honour the demands of ASUU and stop the gimmick of setting up a facade committee to review the 2009 agreement.

We are convinced that all Nigerian students in the south west and beyond, patriotic Nigerians, Labour Unions, Civil Societies and the Press as the conscience of the nation will rise up now in unison to demand for these basic issues we have raised. Nigeria is our nation, and we must jealously protect it for her progress.

 

Aluta Continua.

Comrade Kehinde, Damilola S.

Chairman,

NANS JCC/OGUN AXIS.

 

Comrade Adeleke, Quadri Abidemi.

Chairman,

NANS JCC/OYO AXIS.

 

Comrade Omotosho Surprise.

Chairman,

NANS JCC/ONDO AXIS.

 

Comrade Olusesi Tolulope Samson.

Chairman,

NANS JCC/LAGOS AXIS.

 

 

 

 

Seven Killed, Three Injured In Lagos/Ibadan Expressway Accident

Photo from the scene of the accident which occurred on Sunday night on Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

 

Seven persons have been confirmed dead in a late-night accident along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The accident, which involved two vehicles with no registration numbers, left three others injured on Sunday in the Ogere axis of the highway.

The Ogun State Sector Command of the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC), confirmed the incident on Monday.

The spokesperson for the command, Florence Okpe, said the suspected cause of the crash was a route violation.

She explained that the two vehicles involved had a head-on collision due to a one-way drive and this resulted in a fire outbreak.

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“A total of 10 persons were involved, three injured while the other seven were burnt beyond recognition only to be identified with skulls,” Okpe said

She added that the injured victims have been taken to Victory Hospital Ogere, Ogun State.

The Sector Commander of FRSC in the state, Ahmed Umar cautioned motorists to desist from driving against traffic.

He also commiserated with the family members of the victims and asked them to contact the FRSC office in Ogunmakin Area for more information about the injured persons.

2nd Niger-Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway To Be Completed Before 2023 – Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday assured Nigerians that the 11.9km Second Niger Bridge, 120 km Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and other key projects under the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF) will be completed within the second term of this administration.

The assurance was given at the opening of a two-day Mid-Term Ministerial Performance Review Retreat organized to assess progress made towards the achievement of the nine key priorities of this Administration.

Addressing guests at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the president expressed delight that over the past two years, ministers have rendered reports to the Federal Executive Council on their activities related to the achievement of their ministerial mandates; reports which President Buhari said speak of feats attained by his administration.

He listed accomplishments in the areas of infrastructure, transportation, economy, electricity supply, the petroleum industry, among others.

‘‘On transportation, we are growing the stock and quality of our road, rail, air and water transport infrastructure.

‘‘The PIDF projects are also advancing remarkably. These include the 11.9km Second Niger Bridge, 120 km Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, 375 km Abuja – Kaduna – Zaria – Kano Expressway and the East West Road. Most of these projects are expected to be completed within this 2nd term of our Administration,’’ he stated.

Speaking further regarding achievements of his government, President Buhari noted that his administration has made tremendous progress on railway projects in the country, noting that upgrading of the railway network is being extended with the recent completion of the Lagos – Ibadan line.

‘‘The Itakpe-Ajaokuta rail line has finally been completed and commissioned after 30 years of its conception. ‘‘Work is expected to commence very soon on the Port-Harcourt Maiduguri line and Calabar – Lagos Coastal Line to connect the Southern and Eastern States of our Country. Progress is also being made on the upgrading of our Airports, with the state-of-the-art facilities in line with world class safety standards,’’ he said.

On the economy, the President said the nation witnessed three consecutive quarters of growth, after negative growth rates recorded in the second and third quarters of 2020.

President Muhammadu Buhari delivers a speech during the Two-Day Mid-Term Ministerial Performance Review Retreat in the State House, Abuja on October 11, 2021. Bayo Omoboriowo/State House
President Muhammadu Buhari delivers a speech during the Two-Day Mid-Term Ministerial Performance Review Retreat in the State House, Abuja on October 11, 2021. Bayo Omoboriowo/State House

 

‘‘The GDP grew from 0.8% in 2017 to 2.2% in 2019, but declined in the first quarter of 2020, as a result of the downward trend in global economic activities triggered by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

‘‘As at Second Quarter 2021, GDP growth rate was at 5.01%, the highest since the inception of this Administration”.

On security, President Buhari announced that the Ministry of Defence has been instructed to create a modest military-industrial complex for the local production of weapons to meet some of the requirements of the country’s armed forces.

The president explained that the establishment of the industrial complex would address Nigeria’s over-dependence on other countries for military equipment and logistics.

He said the project is being implemented under the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), a military department responsible for arms manufacture.

On other efforts to strengthen national security, the President said it was gratifying to note that Nigeria has received six A-29 Super Tucano. He said the propeller-driven aircraft are being used for training, surveillance, and attack by the military.

‘‘As part of the efforts towards strengthening our national security, we have increased investments in arms, weapons and other necessary equipment; expanded the National Command and Control Centre to nineteen states of the Federation; and established a Nigerian Police Trust Fund, which will significantly improve funding for the Nigeria Police Force.

‘‘We have also approved the sum of N13.3 billion for the take-off of the Community Policing initiative across the country, as part of measures adopted to consolidate efforts aimed at enhancing security nationwide,’’ he stressed.

Regarding the power sector, President Buhari noted that the implementation of a ‘Willing Buyer-Willing Seller’ Policy has opened up opportunities for increased delivery of electricity to underserved homes and industries.

He expressed hope that the execution of critical projects through the Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme, will result in achieving the national goal of improved power supply by 2025.

As regards the Petroleum Industry Act signed into law on 16th August 2021, the president reiterated his directive to the Implementation Committee to complete all processes for the successful operationalization of the Act within 12 months.

On efforts to empower the youth and other vulnerable groups by enhancing investments in the Social Intervention Programmes, the President said he has approved the expansion of the National Social Register (NSP) by 1 million additional households.

‘‘We have established the N75 billion Nigerian Youth Investment Fund created to boost the Nigerian economy through leverage and access to finance for youths.

‘‘The Fund should serve as a catalyst to unleash the potential of the youth and to enable them to build businesses that will stimulate economic growth and create jobs. These accomplishments are a testament to the fact that all hands are on deck in establishing a solid foundation for even greater successes in future,’’ he enunciated.

The president warned all ministers and permanent secretaries to take seriously all issues relating to the implementation of their mandates towards the attainment of the laudable objectives of this Government.

Lagos-Ibadan Expressway: Motorists, Commuters Lament Gridlock

Screenshot from a video showing traffic gridlock at Berger, outward Lagos on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

 

Motorists and commuters plying the Lagos-Ibadan expressway woke up on Wednesday morning to a huge gridlock which affected traffic outward Lagos.

The gridlock was caused by an accident involving two trucks.

This was reported to have gone unattended, thereby causing a lot of frustration for road users leaving huge tailback which also spilled into feeder roads to the expressway.

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The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Segun Ogungbemide in an interview with Channels Television on Wednesday said the gridlock escalated because it took a while to clear the accident scene.

Screen shot from a video showing traffic gridlock and stranded commuters around Kara bridge on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

 

“At the moment we are trying to manage the backlog of the gridlock caused as a result of the crash which occurred at the early hours of this morning.

“It involved two trucks getting involved in a crash and it took some time before we were able to clear the debris because the engine of the tanker pulled off from the structure and it took us some time to manage the traffic,” Ogungbemide said.

The aftermath of the crash generated gridlock both inward and outward Lagos.

The FRSC Sector Commander appealed to motorists not to drive against traffic rules due to impatience. He appealed to road users to exercise patience and cooperate with traffic officials.

 

See photos from the gridlock below…

Explosion: Six Tankers, Five Trucks Burnt On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Vehicles numbering 13 have been destroyed in a fuel tanker explosion around a trailer park at Ogere, Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The burnt vehicles include six tankers, five trucks, and two cars.

According to eyewitnesses, the explosion occurred at about 6:20am on Tuesday impeding traffic outward Lagos State.

Fire Fighters and road safety officials are at the scene battling the fire.

Officials told Channels Television that the casualty figure cannot be ascertained for now.

The officials say as they tried to remove the burnt vehicles and open up a detour for other vehicles, the fire ignited again prompting firefighters to resume extinguishing the fire.

Later in a statement, the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), urged motorists to ply alternative routes.

According to the spokesperson of the agency in Ogun State, Babatunde Akinbiyi, the incident occurred after a fully loaded trailer fell leading to gridlock. The tanker suddenly burst into flames affecting other vehicles in the process.

Akinbiyi added that the agency alongside other agencies – FRSC, NSCDC, and the Fire Service are working to handle the situation.

Vehicles moving inbound Lagos are advised to go through Saapade-Ode/Remo-Iperu-Sagamu to relink Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

While vehicles moving inbound Ibadan are advised to go through Sagamu-Iperu-Ode/Remo-Saapade to relink the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Gas Leakage Causes Panic Along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

A gas pipeline leakage along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway has caused panic among residents of Arepo, Magboro, and other neighbouring communities.

The pipeline which is located close to The Punch newspaper company was ruptured while Julius Berger was carrying out construction works in the Arepo area of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Wednesday.

As of the time of this report, emergency responders have turned off the gas stopping the leakage.

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Emergency responders from LASEMA Response Unit (LRU), Nigeria Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Federal fire service, and Nigeria Police Force are still at the scene.

Meanwhile, the FRSC in a statement has advised motorists to take alternative routes.

The statement which was signed by Corridor Commander, Lagos-Ibadan-Egbeda Corridor, Kehinde Hamzat, explained that the incident has led to a standstill traffic situation on both sections of the expressway.

“Motorists are advised not to panic as professionals are being contacted to take care of the situation.

“For people who have time-bound activities may explore alternative routes and for those who can postpone their trips, let us endeavor to do so while the situation gets controlled,” the FRSC said.

 

See photos from the scene below…

Six Persons Killed In Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Auto Crash

A file photo of a section of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
A file photo of a section of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

 

Six persons have been confirmed dead while one other sustained injuries in an accident involving a truck and a Honda pilot jeep around Ogere, on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The public relations officer of the Ogun state Traffic Compliance and Enforcement (TRACE) unit, Babatunde Akinbiyi, and officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps in the state confirmed the incident.

According to them, the incident which occurred around 7 am on Saturday was caused by excessive speeding and loss of control on the part of the jeep driver.

Reports have it that eight male adults and one female adult were involved in the accident, while five males and one female lost their lives in the accident.

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It was gathered that the Honda pilot marked LSR 525 FY was on excessive speed, lost control, and rammed into the moving truck with registration number KRV 716 ZV.

The injured victim is said to have been taken to Idera, a private hospital in Ogere for medical attention, while the deceased were deposited at FOS Morgue, Ipara.

Traffic officials advised motorists and other road users to drive cautiously, obey traffic rules and regulations and also avoid dangerous driving, and wrongful overtaking at all times.

Truck, Tanker Accident Causes Gridlock On Kara Axis Of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

A Tuesday morning accident has caused gridlock at the Kara axis along the Lagos Ibadan expressway.

The accident which involved two articulated vehicles, a truck and a tanker, kept motorists squeezing out as the lanes become narrow due to the obstruction.

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Members of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and police were on the ground to ease and direct motorists who slowly navigated their way out of the gridlock.

Also, efforts are also on to evacuate the tanker from the scene.

 

See photos from the accident below…

Fire Guts Multiple Vehicles Along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

The scene of the tanker explosion on Kara Bridge of the Lagos Ibadan Expressway.

 

Multiple vehicles were engulfed in a fire that started on Saturday morning along the Kara Bridge section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

According to eyewitnesses, the fire was triggered by an explosion from a petrol tanker.

The number of human casualties could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.

The Nigerian police and Federal Road Safety Corps officials have arrived at the scene to put the situation under control.

The incident led to heavy traffic on that section of the expressway on Saturday morning.

Tanker related accidents are common along Kara Bridge. On July 17, two trucks and a fully-loaded fuel tanker were in collision, resulting in major gridlock for commuters.

At least one person was confirmed dead on June 21, after a petrol tanker, a gas truck, and a cement transport truck collided on the bridge.

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Businesses Shut, Govt Offices Closed As Protesters Continue To Occupy Alausa

Screenshot from videos showing grounded activities at Ikeja area of Lagos State.

 

Businesses were ground to a halt in and around Ikeja area of Lagos State as #EndSars Protest continues on Tuesday.

Malls, government offices, and other businesses in Alausa, Agidingbi, Allen were shut as protesters occupy the streets, blocking major roads along the business areas.

Dispatch riders can be seen stranded as vehicular activities were restricted due to the activities of the protesters.

Some youths play football on deserted roads, others gather at different junctions mounting roadblocks to restrict vehicular movement.

Others seized the moment to display cycling and other creative skills on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway as traffic builds.

Again, #EndSWAT Protesters Block Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

#EndSWAT Protesters Block Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. PHOTO: Channels/TV

 

Protesters against police brutality and extrajudicial killings have again blocked sections of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway grinding vehicular activities to a halt.

The protesters occupied the inbound and outbound sections of the expressway singing solidarity songs and chanting ‘#EndSWAT’‘#EndSARS’ ‘#EndPoliceBrutality.’

Motorists and commuters were trapped in the gridlock as a result of the demonstration by the protesters.

The protesters regrouped after the early morning attack on them carried out by armed thugs on House of Assembly drive, in Alausa area of Lagos State.

By midday, they walked 1km from Alausa to Allen roundabout, where they stayed for some minutes chanting solidarity songs.

The protesters later moved to the Lagos-Ibadan expressway blocking both sides of the road.

For the past few days, hundreds of protesters demanding an end to police brutality, extrajudicial killings, and extortion by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force have blocked the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

See photos below…

Eight Passengers Burnt To Death In Lagos/Ibadan Expressway Accident

A file photo of a roadblock on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway used to depict the story.

 

Eight persons were reportedly burnt to death in a lone accident involving a Mazda passenger bus around Saapade bridge by Straight Gate college on Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Saturday night.

This was confirmed by the sector commander of the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC), Ahmed Umar, to newsmen in Abeokuta on Sunday.

He explained that the accident occurred around 8:45 pm was caused by tyre burst.

“The suspected cause of the lone accident involving the Mazda bus marked AAA 249 VX was tyre burst which led to the loss of control then crash and the bus went into flames immediately,” he said.

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He adds that the FRSC operatives contacted the Sagamu Fire Service immediately for joint rescue operations.

Eleven persons were said to be involved in the accident which comprised three male adults, one female adult, one child and six others unidentified.

Three injured victims were taken to Idera Hospital, Sagamu for medical attention while the health department of Remo North Local government was contacted for the burnt victims.

The FRSC, however, advises motorists to drive cautiously, obey traffic rules and regulations, and ensure that their tyres are in good condition always.