Buhari Appoints New Heads For 13 FG Agencies

Muhammadu-Buhari-UNGeneral-AssemblyPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Monday approved the appointments of Chief Executives for 13 Federal Government agencies.

A list of the new Chief Executives was contained in a statement by the Director of Press in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Bolaji Adebiyi.

The appointments are:

Joseph Ari, Director-General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF).

Dr. Isa Ibrahim, Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Monitoring Board.

Aboloma Anthony, Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).

Mamman Amadu, Director-General, Bureau of Public Procurement.

Sharon Ikeazor, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate.

Princess Akodundo Gloria, National Coordinator, New Partnership for Africa’s Development.

Mr Ahmed Bobboi, Executive Secretary, Petroleum Equalisation Fund.

Umana Okon Umana, Managing Director, Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority.

Sa’adiya Faruq, Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons.

Usman Abubakar, Chairman, Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC).

Dr. Bello Gusau, Executive Secretary, Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF).

Yewande Sadiku, Executive Secretary, National Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC).

NRC Declares Free Train Service For Commuters

NRC, TrainThe management of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has declared free train service for all commuters across the country.

The Managing Director of the NRC, Mr Fidet Okhiria, made the announcement on Wednesday in Rigasa, Kaduna State in Nigeria’s northeast region.

He said the free train service, which would last for two weeks, would enable Nigerians know that the corporation was fully set for commercial services.

Speaking after inspecting the railway facilities put in place by the corporation, Mr Okhiria advised Nigerians to de-congest the highways.

He urged them to embrace the use of train services for the transportation of goods and passengers.

Complementing the NRC boss’ appeal, the project supervisor at the construction site, Mr Lv Feng, assured all commuters of safety and efficient service.

Railway Corporation Set To Introduce Scheduled Train Service

Railway corporation, Train serviceThe Managing Director of Nigeria Railway Corporation, Mr Fidet Okiriah, says Scheduled Trade Train Service would soon commence in the country.

Mr Okiriah revealed the latest plan during his 1-day working visit to the Eastern District of the Nigeria Railway Corporation in Enugu, Southeast Nigeria.

He said that this will improve movement of goods and services from one state to another in the most convenient way while keeping to time schedules judiciously.

During the visit, the National Vice President of the Nigerian Union of Railway Workers, Innocent Kalu, who spoke for the workers, welcomed their boss with words of appreciation for finding time to visit them and to ascertain their welfare condition.

He reeled out their challenges and appealed for promotion, payment of allowances and overtime, and improved train services from Enugu to Igbede.

He also asked for re-connection of NPA rail line that was disconnected to boost synergy between Railway Corporation and the Maritime and also to expedite action to end cases of casual workers especially in the Eastern district.

The District Manager, Eastern District Headquarters, Ola Adeeyinwo, also made appeals for the provision of rolling stalk that will facilitate train services from Enugu to Ehamufu.

Mr Okiriah, in his response, promised that every benefit they deserve would be given to them in due course as the Scheduled Trade Train Service will increase revenue generation, improve the services of the corporation and translate into better life for workers.

He also gave the assurance of tidying up the challenges in commencing train services along Enugu-Ehamufu axis where major economic activities take place.

He, however, asked them to improve the railway services with more dedication to work and development of advertisement skills.

Police Identify Measures For Curbing Crime In Plateau

policeThe Plateau State Police Command has identified some massive aggressive patrol systems as strategies for dominating the crime environment.

The Commissioner of Police, Adekunle Oladunjoye, shared his observation with reporters in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

The measures, consisting of foot and vehicular patrols as well as neighbourhood watch and vigilante groups, according to the Police Commissioner, have been yielding positive results, making it impossible for criminals to operate effectively in the state.

Reeling out other achievements, he said that several cases ranging from culpable homicide, armed robbery, criminal conspiracy as well as dealing in arms and ammunition were some of the issues the Police confronted.

Mr Oladunjoye also added that apart from vandalising the Jos Electricity Distribution Company equipment, the slippers of the railway line of the Nigeria Railway Corporation were not spared by the criminals that succeeded in removing them but were caught in the act.

One of the suspects, having been severally released on bail, admitted that he has been driving the criminals whenever they went for their operations. He had been arrested on different occasions.

Nigerian Engineers Advocate Railway Privatisation

Ibadan RailwayThe Nigerian Society of Engineers has advised the Nigerian government to privatise the Nigeria Railway Corporation in order to create an alternative transport system and decongest the nation’s roads.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja on Friday, the President of the Society, Mr Ademola Olorunfemi, attributed the high volume of traffic on the nation’s highway was due to the inability of the Federal Government to provide alternative means of transportation.

Part of the President Jonathan’s administration’s agenda is the reform of Nigeria’s rail system to provide an alternative means of transportation for persons, goods and service from one part of the country to another, but the group said the sector is yet to showcase the efficiency need in the sector.

However, since the reform began there have been reports of improvement in the rail sector, as the Lagos Kano route commenced operation, but the union is calling for its privatisation in order to facilitate the reform.

‘Collapse Of Buildings’

The group also spoke on the increasing collapse of buildings, explained some of the reasons behind such occurrences and sought to end the trend.

“The use of unqualified engineers has contributed to collapse of buildings in Nigeria and there is the need for property developers to engage the services of relevant and qualified engineers,” Mr Olorunfemi said.

He insisted that the use of qualified engineers would provide the technical expertise that would help reduce cases of building collapse and improve the quality of buildings.

He also asked developers to ensure that they use quality cement in building construction.

some cement companies in Nigeria had earlier embarked on sensitisation programme to educate artisans on the best ways cement should be used and mixed to guard against poor standard buildings that could collapse over time.

Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Ilorin, Two Dead

rainstormAbout three people including two children have drowned after a heavy downpour in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

The rain started at about 11pm on Wednesday and lasted for about four hours.

The impact was only discovered in the morning when most of the streets around Offa Garage area were blocked with trees and about 25 vehicles which were parked within the garages and parking lots of their owners had been washed into the main roads, thereby causing several hours of gridlocks.

The flood also cut off a large chunk of soil from beneath the rail track of the Nigeria Railway Corporation, cutting through the road thereby making it impassable for the train.

A section of the rail track behind Kingdom Heritage Secondary School was also affected.

Consequently no fewer than 1000 passengers on a train travelling from Lagos to the northern part of the country were stranded.

Properties worth several millions of Naira were destroyed, and the residents put the blame of the flooding on the doorstep of the management of a hotel in the area, whom they accused of obstructing the drainage by constructing a culvert in front of the hotel.

The resulting flooding of several apartments was responsible for the death of two boys who were in Ilorin to spend the holiday with their grandmother.

Many neighbours could not control their emotions as the bodies of the two boys named Basit and Gafar were brought out from their apartment, with people consoling their father, who just arrived from another state.

The State Commissioner of Environment, Abubakar Mora, who arrived the scene early, after inspecting the damages, gave assurances of the government’s readiness to find a lasting solution to the yearly flooding especially as it affects the construction of culvert by the hotelier.

New NRC law: Hang on train, face suicide trial

Illegal passengers caught hanging or sitting on train coach risk trial for attempted suicide and imprisonment, the Nigeria Railway Corporation has said.

The Assistant Director, Public Relations, NRC, Mr. David Ndakotsu, who disclosed this, said the corporation was collaborating with law enforcement agencies to arrest and prosecute defaulters.

He said that their officials would be deployed in all rail stations especially along the Lagos-Ogun axis where the disorder was rampant, to ensure enforcement.

“There are measures put in place. There is a five-year-old law that prohibits anybody from hanging and standing on train coaches; it allows their arrest and prosecution. About 23 of those arrested are being tried for attempted suicide because what they did was suicidal.

“Passengers must obtain their tickets to allow them sit in the cabins; that is only when insurance can cover them. However, it is unfortunate that these lawbreakers usually join a moving train just after it departs a station.” he said.

Currently, 23 of of such illegal passengers are standing trial.