Oba Rasheed Initiates Rehabilitation Of Osogbo-Iwo Road

Oba Abdul Rasheed, Rehabilitation, OshogboThe traditional ruler‎ of Iwo Land, Oba Abdul Rasheed Akanbi, has initiated the rehabilitation of the long abandoned 44-kilometre Osogbo – Iwo – Ibadan road.

Relief appears to have come the way of road users in the area as the project is expected to bring ease to the myriad of problems often experienced by motorists on the road which links the state capital.

The Osogbo-Iwo-Iba‎dan road is one major road that has been a source of worry to many motorists who travel in and out of Oyo into Osun state.

It had long been abandoned by many who equally complain of the effects on their vehicles. It had also become a haven for robbers.

Although the project had been handed over to various contractors in the past, residents say the 44-kilometer ‎road remains one of the worst routes for
motorist because of its deplorable state.

Recently, the state of the road, however, got the attention of the traditional monarch of Iwo, who along with youths of the community and other subjects, commenced rehabilitation in order to restore it back to a motorable state.

Oba Abdul Rasheed, Rehabilitation, Oshogbo

A member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Akinade Adesola, as well as the Project Manager of the Rural Access and Mobility Programme, Mr Lere Oriolowo, believe that ‎the initiative would go a long way in alleviating the hardship experienced on the Iwo-Osogbo road.

However, the rehabilitation work being carried out presently is palliative, as the traditional ruler and other stakeholders are still appealing to the federal and state governments to begin major work as fast as possible.

Kaduna Bans All Social Gatherings Ahead Of Sallah Celebrations

KadunaAhead of the Sallah celebrations, the Kaduna state government has banned all forms of social gatherings at public places like recreation centres and amusement parks during the period.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Spokesman for the state governor, Samuel Aruwan, at the end of the state Security Council meeting.

The statement explains that the decision was taken as measures to safeguard the lives and property of the citizens of the state and to forestall any form of attack as had been witnessed in past celebrations. The statement while wishing the Muslims in the state a successful and hitch-free Sallah celebrations, also appealed to citizens for increased vigilance and to report any suspicious persons or groups engaging in unusual activity to the nearest Police Station.

Meanwhile, there were increased security check at motor parks within the state capital aimed at forestalling any form of bomb attack as many residents travel out of the state for the Sallah.

At the Television Garage Motor Park, members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) screened all passengers and luggage going into the park, as well as other parks visited by our crew.

Although there was no increment of transport fare as had been the usual practice during such festivities, the parks witnessed low influx of passengers.

Some of the passengers attributed the low turnout of passengers to lack of money as some civil servants complained of not receiving their salaries and therefore have no cause to celebrate.

However, In spite of the current economic down turn in the country, some privileged residents stormed the markets to shop.

Gaidam Visits Damaturu Blast Victims; Advocates Community Vigilance

Ibrahim_Gaidam_at_Hospital_in_PotiskumThe Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has called for sustained community vigilance, which he believes will bring to an end the insurgency problem bedeviling the north-eastern part of Nigeria.

The blast occurred on Sunday around 12:20pm local time when a female suicide bomber blew herself off, killing some passengers and merchants at the Damaturu central motor park.

Governor Gaidam stressed the need for community vigilance while sympathising with victims of the bomb blast at the park that killed 10 people.

The governor, who visited the victims of the bomb blast currently receiving treatment at the specialist’s hospital in Damaturu the state capital, was conducted round by the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Mohammed Bello Kawuwa.

Dr kawuwa said 86 victims were brought to the hospital with various degrees of injuries.

Ten of the victims urgently needed highly specialised care and were subsequently referred to the Medical Centre in Nguru. Some were later referred to Kano for more specialised care.

Dr. Kawuwa also said all those brought to the hospital were treated free, in line with the policy of the present state’s administration.

The commissioner, however, said the death toll had increased from eight to 10, as some of the victims did not make it.

Governor Gaidam expressed regret over the attack and called on the people of the state to maintain absolute vigilance if insurgency was to be eradicated completely.

The governor further condemned the suicide bombing and called on residents to collaborate with security agents towards ending the wave of attacks.

Gaidam also directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to take inventory of all loses, promising that the government would take necessary action towards compensation.

After the visit to the hospital, Governor Gaidam visited the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) where he also sympathised with the union over the incidence and assured them of every support.

Police Meets Traditional And Religious Leaders Over Insecurity In Kaduna

As part of efforts towards security sensitisation, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Logistics and Supply, Mr Emmanuel Udoji, has met various stakeholders in Kaduna  State, including community and religious leaders,  commercial drivers and youth groups among others. 

At the meeting held at the state Police Officers Mess, the police DIG, said the current security challenges in the country called for a synergy among all to nip the problems in the bud.

Mohammed-Abubakar He also called on members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state to provide security gadgets at their motor parks in order to forestall being attacked by terrorists.

The DIG announced plans by the force to recruit more men to complement the existing number in order to effectively tackle the security challenges facing the nation and urged the people of the state to be security conscious and cooperate with the Police and other security agencies to win the war against terrorism.

On their part, the stakeholders assured to cooperate with the Police and other security agencies in the fight against insecurity, but expressed fear of being victimised while giving information to law enforcement agencies.

Poverty and unemployment were identified by the stakeholders as being responsible for the high rate of crime in the country, a factor which they said if addressed by government, will go a long way to reduce the level of insecurity in the country.

While meeting with top police officers of the Kaduna command, the DIG  said the police cannot effectively fight crime without the collaboration of the public, and urged  the officers  to discover new approaches and strengthen the culture of professionalism, accountability and competency to tackle the security challenges facing the country.

Kaduna, Plateau Beef Up Security at Public Places

Security agencies in Plateau and Kaduna have deployed more men to strategic areas in the states ahead of the Christmas and New Year holiday to ensure a hitch-free celebration.

The special task force in Plateau State and the Kaduna State Police Command said that they had made adequate arrangements to ensure that public places, including churches, markets and recreational centres were well secured during the period.

The Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Mr Olufemi Adenaike, said that the command, in collaboration with other security agencies in the state had designed measures to ensure the safety of residents and motorists at all parts of the state during the period.

Speaking to Channels Television on the preparedness of his men to ensure a hitch free celebration, Mr Adenaike called on religious bodies to also put security measures in place in their places of worship during the Christmas service in view of the current security situation in the North.

To forestall any breakdown of law and order at the motor parks, passengers were subjected to thorough security checks on their vehicles and luggage by officials of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

This measure, according to the union’s chairman, is to ensure that the security of passengers is guaranteed at the motor park and to avoid attack by terrorists.

Passengers Decry Increase In Transport Fares

On their part, the passengers complained of high increase in transportation fares which they said had doubled due to the Christmas celebration.

Reacting to the development, the Public Relations Officer of North West Zonal office of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Mohammed Saidu, told Channels Television that there was enough fuel to serve motorists during and after the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

“A task force team has been dispatched by the agency to ensure that petroleum marketers do not cash-in on the festivities to increase the pump price of petroleum products,” Saidu further stated.

Osun To Establish Driving School To Train Road Users.

Governor of Osun state, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola has proposed the establishment of a driving school to provide the necessary training and guidelines on road usage.

The governor disclosed this while blaming the high rate of accidents on highways to “inexperience of motorists” during a meeting with members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Osogbo.the state capital.

The seminar was  organised by the Osun Council of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

In his speech entitled “The Road”  Governor  Rauf Aregbesola pointed out to the participants that the  transport sector is an indispensable component of the overall development of the economy which explains why  the  sector received a big share of the year 2013 budget with N30.2 billion representing, 25.37 per cent.

Speaking on the high level of accidents recorded on the roads, the Governor said inadequate knowledge on driving rules is the major challenge.

The state Chairman of the NURTW, Alhaji Isiaka Afolabi who cited the maxim that man seeks knowledge from the cradle to the grave stated that the Union recognises importance of training and retraining of its members by organising such a seminar to broaden their scope.

Alhaji Afolabi while acknowledging the ongoing transformation in the state particularly  in the area of road construction called on government at all levels not to see NURTW as registered Union alone  but endeavour to  intimate them on matters regarding transportation in the state.

Kwara Governor Advocates Labour Union Partnership For State Development

The Kwara state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has called on trade and labour unions in the state to partner with governments for the attainment of economic growth in the country.

Governor Ahmed made the call in Ilorin when the newly-elected state executive council of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) paid him a courtesy visit.

He noted that virile unions like the NURTW must play critical roles in national development as it requires collective effort to achieve the desired objectives.

The governor described the NURTW as one of the most important unions in the country as its members are in charge of the movement of goods and services which he described as germane to economic development.

He said the NURTW’s role in ensuring easy movement of goods and services was commendable and emphasized that his administration remains committed to its road development programme, particularly the ‘operation no pothole’ and the extension of urban and rural road networks.

The chairman of NURTW, Isa Ore said with membership strength of 41,922, the union was the second largest employer of labour apart from the state government.

Mr Ore said NURTW contributes about N140 million yearly to the internally generated revenue of the state government through the payment of renewal fees for motor particulars.

The chairman said the union has zero tolerance for thuggery and all forms of violence and pledged that its members would not do anything that could disrupt the peace in the state.

NURTW Must Construct Fences Around Motor Parks – SSS

The Deputy Director of Publicity with the State Security Services (SSS) Mrs Marilyn Ogar, has demanded the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) must ensure that fences are constructed around all motor/bus parks in the country.

She also added that there must be stringent measures in place to ensure that nobody drives into the park anyhow without adequate registration.

According to her “the problem with us (Nigerians) is that we wait for government to do everything and government will not be there all the time.”

“So they (NURTW) must ensure, to enforce measures that people who bring their motors into the park must be registered and passengers must drop outside the park.”

She further called for vigilance amongst everyone in the park because the perpetrators of the attacks mingle amongst us all.

The late suicide bomb attack in Kano was staged at a luxurious bus park in Kano. The bombers drove into the park and killed almost hundred people by detonating the bomb. Five luxurious buses loaded with passengers were set ablaze in the explosion.

Edo Fixes Tax Rates For Buses, Okada

Edo State Government has rolled out the daily levies and rates to be paid by operators in the commercial transport sector in the state.

In a release by the Chief of Staff, Patrick Obahiagbon, the government said while its ban on the collection of rates by some unions in the sector remains in force, it has authorized Akugbe Ventures to collect Personal Income Tax from operators in the sector on its behalf.

While commercial inter-state motor vehicle drivers are to pay N150 daily, intra state commercial buses are to pay N100 daily while commercial motor cycles are expected to pay N50 daily

“It is hereby announced for the information of the general public that the Edo State Government’s ban on various unions including the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Drivers’ Welfare Scheme and other illegal collectors of levies and rates in the transport sector remains in force” the statement read.

The only revenue collector authorized by government in the transport sector is Akugbe Ventures and they are authorized to collect Personal Income Tax from the following categories of persons only:

The Governor emphasised that anybody or group that acts in breach of this directive will be prosecuted and appropriately sanctioned within the provisions of the law.

The Government appealed to all law enforcement agencies to assist in the implementation of this directive with immediate effect.