At Least 15 Dead In Pakistan Passenger Van Inferno


At least 15 people were killed when a passenger van travelling in southern Pakistan crashed and caught fire, officials said Sunday.

The van was carrying passengers from Karachi to Hyderabad city when it struck an object and careered off the road late Saturday.

“The death toll in the unfortunate accident has reached 15,” Owais Shah, the transport minister of Sindh province, told AFP.

Five other people were injured, three of them critically, he said.

Most of the bodies were burned beyond recognition, said Faisal Edhi, head of the non-profit Edhi Foundation which runs the morgue the bodies were taken to.

Investigators were looking to see if a natural gas cylinder aboard the bus had contributed to the inferno.

Such incidents occur frequently on Pakistan’s roads, where speeding, dilapidated vehicles, and badly maintained roads all contribute to the accident rate.

Ogun Officials Inspect Roads, Water Channels In Isheri


Officials of the Ogun State government have been visiting coastal areas in a move to ascertain the condition of existing water channels and their effectiveness in controlling flood.

The state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Ade Akinsanya as well as the special adviser to the governor on environment, Ola Oresanya, led other officials on tour of the Isheri boundary community to inspect the drainage system and the on-going road rehabilitation on Channels TV avenue.

The commissioner explained that the reconstruction is targeted at fixing bad portions on the 3-kilometere road, beginning with the first phase from the entrance of the community to the LSPDC estate.

We Have A Major Road Project Going On In Every State – Osinbajo

A file photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.



The Muhammadu Buhari administration has an ongoing major road project in all states across the country.

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, stated this while delivering a keynote address at a Christian gathering on Saturday in Lagos.

Outlining the contributions of the present administration in various sectors, he noted that the Federal Government’s interventions through the various reforms would yield greater results.

“Our focus in the last few years has been on investing in roads, rail, and power; we have a major road project going on in every state of the federation,” the vice president was quoted as saying in a statement by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande.

He added, “Some of the road projects scheduled for substantial completion in 2020/2021 include the dualisation of Suleja-Minna Road, Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa/Bokani Road, Nnewi-Oduma-Mpu (in Enugu)-Uburu (Ebonyi), Yenagoa-Okaki-Kolo-Nembe-Brass Road, Bodo-Bonny Road – with a bridge across the Opobo channel, the rehabilitation and expansion of Lagos-Badagry expressway and, of course, the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.”

Professor Osinbajo revealed that 19 other road projects measuring about 800 kilometres have been prioritised in 11 states across each of the six geo-political zones.

These projects, according to him, will be done by 10 local companies who have applied to join Dangote and NLNG in the Investment Tax Credit Scheme of the government which encourages private sector investments in infrastructure.

Benefits Of The Finance Act

The vice president also spoke about the new Finance Act, saying it was the government’s fiscal response to the issues of limited revenue sources and the need to improve the business environment, especially for small and medium businesses.

“The Act has two main purposes with extremely beneficial effects on the Nigerian economy. It addresses the issue of domestic revenue mobilisation on which Nigeria has often paraded quite a low record.

“However, even while achieving this objective for the public sector, the Finance Act is calibrated to improve the ease of doing business in Nigeria and actively foster private sector growth,” he stated.

The event had in attendance the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, and the National Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Nigeria, Pastor Joseph Obayemi, among others.

Pastor Obayemi delivered a welcome message while Dr Adesina commended the present administration for the achievements recorded in the agricultural sector.

The AfDB president also noted that the efforts of the Federal Government have revolutionised agriculture in the country.

Five Dead, Dozens Hurt In ‘Horrible’ US Highway Crash



Five people died and dozens were injured in a “horrible” crash involving a tour bus and three tractor-trailers on a major US highway Sunday.

Pennsylvania State Police said the pre-dawn crash on the busy Pennsylvania Turnpike — billed as America’s “First Superhighway” — happened at about 3:40 am (0840 GMT) in Westmoreland County, east of Pittsburgh.

“There are five fatalities,” the police said on Twitter, adding that 39 people were taken to hospitals.

But Turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo said “probably dozens of patients, about 60 patients” were transported to local hospitals after the “horrible crash.”

“I personally haven’t witnessed a crash of this magnitude in 20 years,” he told Pittsburgh’s Action 4 News.

Aerial images broadcast by the station showed a bus overturned. “New York” and “Ohio,” it read on its visible side.

A FedEx trailer was nearby, ripped open to expose its load of brown packages, while two other trucks had come to rest against a snow-dusted embankment.

Police said the tour bus “was traveling on a downhill curve and struck an embankment” before the commercial vehicles behind it then hit the bus.

A passenger vehicle was also involved, police said, without giving a cause of the crash.

Asked if weather conditions were a factor, DeFebo replied: “We just can’t say.”

The Pennsylvania Turnpike, which opened in 1940, was closed in both directions, he said.

We Have Placed High Premium For The Provision Of Infrastructural Development – SGF

SGF Boss Mustapha speaks at the commissioning ceremony of operations vehicle at the headquarters of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Abuja on April 12, 2019.


The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, says the Federal Government has placed the provision of infrastructural development in the country seriously.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony of the operational vehicles at the headquarters of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Abuja, the SGF explained that the government is increasing its spending on road infrastructure to reduce crashes.

“We have also placed a high premium for the provision of fiscal stimulus for infrastructural development with particular attention to the national road transportation system.

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“Government, therefore, is informed by the acute recognition of the critical place of road transportation in Nigeria’s historical and national life.

“Consequently, the Federal Government designs to invest in all areas designed to promote effective and efficient transportation system,” he stated.

The SGF noted that in 2018 alone, the current administration “constructed and completed an additional 1,513 kilometres of road, several bridges and rehabilitated 1,008 kilometres of roads across the country.”

He believes that the purchase and commissioning of 74 operational vehicles for FRSC will enhance traffic control on the roads, reduce crashes and ease the movement of goods and services across the country.

At Least 19 JOHESU Members Injured In Road Accident

At Least 19 JOHESU Members Injured In Road Accident
This photo shows one of the injured victims of the auto-crash which occurred along the Benin-Auchi Road on May 19, 2018.


Some members of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) chapter of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) were involved in an accident along the Benin-Auchi Road on Saturday.

Nineteen out of the 40 health workers were said to have been severely injured and rushed to the Otibho Okhai Hospital in Irrua, Edo State, where they were being treated by doctors and consultants on duty.

The victims were said to be on their way to a function in Auchi when the accident occurred.

The President of the Association of Resident Doctors at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Dr Esteem Tagar, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, said no death was recorded in the accident.

Meanwhile, the health sector union has refused to call off its industrial action which is now in its fourth week.

The union had, however, suspended the strike in Lagos, Kano and Yobe states, where the governments were said to have complied with the demand for salary adjustment.

Enugu Govt To Reconstruct Damaged Roads, Says Commissioner

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The Enugu State Government has assured residents that in the next three weeks, it would complete the reconstruction of the New Haven dual carriageway, which caved in on Monday evening after a heavy downpour.

According to eyewitnesses, the road had always shown signs of dilapidation and even two days before caving in, it had caused a minor accident that destroyed a tricycle.

The call for speedy attention became necessary following the incident which caused a gridlock around the area.

The State Commissioner for Works, Engr Greg Nnaji, while appealing to residents to be more patient, assured them of government’s preparedness to deploy a more professional approach and beef up its maintenance culture to avert such issues in the future.

New Haven, which is one of the major landmarks, is among the first developed areas within the Enugu City Center, known for its heavy business activities and access to the major areas within the metropolis.

While movement and daily activities around the area have slowed down as a result of the mishap, residents are optimistic that government will keep its word in ensuring that the road is fixed at the given time.

Budgetary Allocation Will Enable FG Fix Bad Roads – Senate

Ogun Govt. Commences 7.5km Road Project

The Senate has expressed optimism that the 2017 budgetary provisions for road infrastructure will to a large extent, address the poor condition of federal roads across the country.

The Senate Committee on Works noted that the allocation would go a long way in reducing the suffering of Nigerians who crisscross the length and breadth of the nation by road.

The vice chairman of the committee Senator Clifford Ordia stated this when he led members of the committee on inspection of the Benin-Auchi-Okene-Abuja road project in Edo State as part of its oversight function.

The committee noted that paucity of funds was largely responsible for the delay in mobilising contractors to work but said they were monitoring ongoing projects in order to ensure that they meet the required standard.

Senator Ordia expressed the preparedness of the Senate to cooperate with the executive in order to ensure speedy completion of all ongoing road projects across the country.

“The Senate is concerned about the deplorable condition of these roads hence we were sent to come and find out the true situation of things. The Senate is already giving the Ministry of Works all the necessary support it requires in order to complete its budgeted projects,” he said.

Court Remands 68-Year-Old Man For Alleged Manslaughter In Ife

Court Remands 68-Year-Old Man For Alleged Manslaughter In IfeAn Osun state Magistrates Court sitting at Modakeke, in Ife North-East Local Government Area of the state has remanded an 68-year-old man, Lamidi Olonade, in prison custody over alleged manslaughter.

The Prosecutor, Sgt Ona Glory, told the court that the accused committed the offence on January 4, 2017 around 3:30PM at Celestial Junction, Famia Road, Modakeke-Ife.

Glory said that the accused drove one unregistered Vento Saloon Car recklessly on the public highway without having regards for all traffic rules and regulations guiding it.

He added that the dangerous driving of the accused on the highway led to the death of Ayobami Isawumi, Funmilayo Famakinde and caused serious injuries and also leaving one Blessing Akinpelu with a broken leg.

According to him, the accused drove recklessly on the highway without driver’s license and was discovered to have been driving under the influence of alcohol to such an extent of being incapable of having control of the vehicle.

Glory stated further that the offence was contrary to and punishable under sections 5, 6, 10 (1), 28 and 30 (1) of the road traffic, Act Cap 135, Vol 6, Laws of the Federation, 1990.

The accused, who was not legally represented, pleaded guilty to six-count charge levelled against him.

Magistrate Bose Awosan did not take the plea of the accused, but ordered for his remand at Ile-Ife prison custody, so as to serve as deterrent to those that are addicted to such crime.

Awosan adjourned the case till February 13 for hearing.

Fayose Inaugurates Grazing Enforcement Marshalls In Ekiti

Fayose, Ekiti, Road, grazing bill, enforcement marshalThe Ekiti state, the State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has inaugurated the Ekiti Enforcement Marshals with a charge to carry out their duties in the overall interest of Ekiti people.

This is in a bid to prevent the re-occurrence of Fulani herdsmen attack in the state.

The enforcement marshals who are vested with the responsibility of arresting cattle grazing within Ado Ekiti the state capital and other parts of the state are to ensure the restriction of cattle movement between 7am and 6pm.

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, had few months earlier officially signed to
law the 2016 Ekiti State Prohibition of Cattle and Other Ruminants Grazing Bill.

The law has, however, been inactive in terms of enforcement.

The law provides amongst others that: “No person shall cause or permit any cattle or other ruminants belonging to him or under his control to graze on any land in which the Governor has not designated as ranches, no cattle or other ruminants shall by any means move or graze at night and that cattle movement and grazing are restricted to the hours between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.”

The law also prescribed punishments for offenders, such as charging of any herdsmen found in possession of firearms and other offensive weapons with terrorism, payment for property or farm products destroyed by the cattle by the herdsmen and keeping of confiscated of cattle at Government cattle ranches.

Governor Fayose while inaugurating the Ekiti grazing enforcement marshals, charged them to carry out their jobs diligently.

He said: “The reality we must all face is that cattle farming is not different from fish farming, snake farming, poultry farming, snail farming, etc.

“Therefore, if fish farmers are providing their own ponds and poultry farmers building their own pens, while also buying feed for their animals, there is no reason cattle farmers should not also provide their own ranch and feed their cows without encroaching on other people’s farmlands.”

He urged members of the public to join in the crusade to “free the state from the menace of herdsmen by offering information to the Grazing Enforcement Marshals”.

Stakeholders who spoke with newsmen during the inauguration of the enforcement marshals commended the Governor for the initiative.

Among them was a traditional ruler, the Onire of Ire Ekiti, Oba Victor Bobade, who noted that the enforcement of the new law would bring relief to farmers in the state.

FRSC Set Date For Implementation Of Speed Limit Device In Vehicles

FRSC, Speed Limit Device, Commercial VehiclesStarting from October 1, 2016, the Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC), will enforce the use of the Speed Limit Device in all commercial vehicles.

To ensure no one is ignorant of the latest development, Anambra State Sector Command of the Corps has organized a one-day sensitization meeting, for both commercial and private vehicle drivers, to discuss all the issues concerning the speed limit device policy.

Speaking about the importance of the new FRSC policy, the Anambra State Sector Commander, Mr Sunday Ajayi and the Zonal Commander in charge of RS5 Benin, Assistant Corps Marshal Shehu Zaki, maintained that almost all the crashes that occur on the highways are attributed to over-speeding.

The Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Red Cross, Anambra State chapter, Professor Peter Kachi, also urged “the political class should comply with the latest policy as they are the highest offenders”.

The resource persons explained how the device works to the participants and why it is important that every driver should install it.

They further said that it would help to track vehicles, in case an emergency occurs.

The Secretary FRSC, said the enforcement will be total starting with commercial vehicle drivers before the private car owners.

Commissioner for Road, Rail and Water Transportation was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Ferdinand Obi.

He commended the state government for showing commitment to the safety of  motorists plying Anambra roads by marking all roads in the state as well as placing road signs at strategic points.

He also urged every stakeholder involved to be part of the latest effort at sanitizing the highways.

Some of the highlights of the programme, were a drama presented by Youth Corps members and medical checkups carried out on drivers.

Over-speeding has been identified as the major cause of road crashes which is said to claim an estimated one point two million lives all over the globe annually, and also causing injury on about 50 million people annually.

In Nigeria alone, reports from the FRSC say, about 10,000 deaths are recorded annually as a result of road crashes.

Over the years, however, efforts have been made to reduce the incidence of road crashes especially during the “ember” months, as it is believed that human and vehicular movements on the roads are on the increase.

Akwa Ibom Govt. Warns Against Poor Road Constructions

Akwa Ibom, RoadThe Akwa Ibom State government has threatened to blacklist contractors handling road construction projects, whose performance is below the state government’s specification.

The state’s Commissioner for Works, Ephraim Inyang-eyen, gave the warning on Friday while inspecting ongoing road construction projects across the state in southeast Nigeria.

Mr Inyang-eyen said that the aim of the inspection was to ascertain the projects that were ready for commissioning by the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, to mark his one year in office on May 29.

He disclosed that a total of 11 roads were ready for commissioning while many others were at different stages of completion across most of the 31 local government areas of the state.

The Commissioner commended some of the contractors for the quality of work done and their commitment to delivering the projects according to specification.

He, however, warned that the state government would not hesitate to blacklist those who perform below specification.

Mr Inyang-eyen said that the state government was not only committed to the construction of good roads but also to ensure effective networking of the roads to encourage economic and social development.