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Dangote holds truck drivers to task on recklessness with national patrol team

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Dangote holds truck drivers to task on recklessness with national patrol team

Worried by the numerious cases of accidents and lost of innocent lives leading to payment of compensation in millions of Naira caused by

Trained Patrol officers ready for deployment

Trained Patrol officers ready for deployment

reckless truck drivers of his company, the President of Dongote Group Alhaji Aliko Dongote has inaugurated a national patrol team to reverse the trend.
Other reason for the inauguration of the patrol team the company indicated are to checkmate theft of the company’s properties, illegal haulages, picking of passengers and possible diversion of company trucks and products to unauthorized destinations.
National Coordinator Dagote Transport Alhaji Abdullahi Magaji who gave the insight during the inauguration of the team said the President of the Dangote Group has been very concerned hence the proactive measure.
He indicated that the measure was adopted to give the company it’s pride of place devoid of unnecessary litigation and loss in billions due to theft by drivers.
‘All these have been causing the company a lot of loss, embarrassments and the president is so disturbed about them.’
He explained that the company has trained 57 patrol officers who will monitor about 6000 trucks under the Obajana plant as well as other trucks in other parts of the country as well as in the African sub-region where it has its companies that the trucks operate.
“We have 27 hilux for patrol, for the various zones of North Central, North East, North West, South West, South South and South East. The patrol officers will mount certain spots like standby positions where all the vehicles will pass through for registration.
“As they move they would monitor them through trackers and if found with illegal haulage the driver would be made to drive to the nearest police Station and the police would confiscated the properties that would be declared for the company while the driver would be prosecuted.”
He said when it is discovered that the managers who supposed to manage the drivers are found to have abdicated their duties they would also be sanctioned.
The coordinator said the patrol officers are also expected to assist the truck drivers in case of accident by laiasing with the commissioner of police in the area for rescue.
‘Our job is to guard the property of the company and we are ready to do that.’
To guard against the possibility of the officers compromising their positions he said the company would motivate them apart from their salary and allowances to do the right thing at the right time.
He said they have arranged for the officers to be stationed in places where there is the presence of Dangote Cement; in Port Harcourt, Kano, Gboko, Ibesse, and Lagos which would be their bases.
Magaji warned the patrol officers against corruption adding that any one found wanting would be dealt with accordingly as their engagements were based on trust.
He said each of the zones would have two vehicles, two drivers, four Patrol officers and two police officers.
The coordinator pointed out that the patrol officers would be briefed on the code of conduct of the company which every worker must obey.
“Who ever performed well would get monetary reward for good performance apart from their salary and allowances. This is to motivate them to do more so that sanity would return to the company.”
Magaji challenged the officers to go all out and check illegal haulages, arrest the patronizers and the drivers involved. Diversion of company’s properties and to check mate recklessness.
“They should check other misbehavior of the drivers like stealing of tires, stealing of company properties and conveyance of passengers.
“If you look at our vehicles most times you see passengers on top of cement and anytime there is an accident the passengers are the victims as the cement may bury them so we are trying to discourage people from following our tracks to sanitize the system.”
Head of control Obajana Suresh Ramamuorthy said there are three control rooms one in Obajana plant, Ibesse and the central control in Lagos which monitors all the trucks in Nigeria and some other African Countries where the trucks operate.
He said the trucks locations can be determined every two minutes making it possible for them to detect any truck that deviates.
Ramamuorthy said they would keep generating reports on whatever stage the trucks are and getting in touch with the patrol team

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Bauchi/Benue Govs’ feud: Gov Diri to the rescue

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By Princess Rose Yusuf

The Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri has waded in to the war of words between the Governors of Bauchi and Benue State as the recent altercations between the Governors have become very disturbing.
He called on the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to wade in and ensure that the matter is resolved.
He was speaking during a courtesy visit to Governor Bala Muhammed in Bauchi State Government’s House Thursday.
Diri said,
“The raging current issue between two brother Governors of the same party is not good, I seize this opportunity to advise and call on both of you who are members of our great party to please cease further actions and reactions on the burning national security issues.
“May I also use the opportunity to call on our party to immediately intervene and resolve whatever issues that are still yet unresolved amicably as a party and as brothers.”

In his response, Governor Muhammed promised to cooperate and reduce the tension and he gave the assurance that no words would be heard on the matter again. He also seized the opportunity to  apologise to all Governors, the national assembly, his constituents and all Nigerians.
He said, “There is no disharmony between me and my brother and my friend in Benue, we are just having the courage to discourse a burning National issue and I am happy that Nigerians have the opportunity, to discourse the issue and we are going to do everything on my own part to make sure we disedcalate the issue that it will not bring injury to our party and to national unity. I was not doing anything in anyway to insult, or to cause any injury to my brother whom I have worked together with at the cabinet and now as Governors.
“I want to use this opportunity to apologise to my various contituencies; especially the national assembly even though I said the truth but it has injured their sensibilities or it has touched on their privileged as we used to say in parliamentary parlance.
“I was doing it out of nationalism and patriotism. At the same time the Governors if what I said was also injurious to them, I apologise to them and say sorry to them and indeed all Nigerians.
“But certainly as I said, my brother, I have no apology for saying the truth, but certainly sometimes you say the truth and it would be injurious.

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Senate confirms Bawa as EFCC Chairman

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Abdulrasheed Bawa as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He was confirmed after being grilled during Senate plenary.

For more than six years the commission was headed by persons in acting capacity.

For the first time a staff of the commission who is not a police officer is being appointed as chairman.
He rose through the ranks from the academy before being nominated to head the commission.

The Anti graft agency’s chairmanship designate reacted to a plethora of questions posed by Senators on his preparedness for the job, given his age and working in a complex society like Nigeria, at planary

Bawa, addressed most of the concerns of lawmakers, while assuring that he would bring his experience to bear having joined the agency in 2004.

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Gov Bala Mohammed berates Ortom for criminalising the Fulani herders

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Gov Bala Mohammed berates Ortom for criminalising the Fulani herders

By Princess Rose Yusuf

Governor Bala Muhammed of Bauchi State has berated the Benue state governor for being an arrow head in excerbating the bad media framings, criminalizing the Fulani tribe in Nigeria.
Muhammed spoke at the Press week organised by the Bauchi state Correspondents’ Chapel, Monday, in Bauchi.
The Governor reminded Ortom that other states in the North also accommodates other tribes, including people from the Tiv extraction in Bauchi and other places.
In his words, “We have so many Tiv speaking people farming in Alkaleri, In Tafawa Balewa and in Bogoro LGAs; has anybody told them to leave the State?. “We have not; because its their own inalienable rights to be there.

Explaining further, he said there are Yorubas in Bauchi, for over 150 years, even before the birth of Nigeria; some of them have risen to become permanent Secretaries in the Civil Service of the state, and other states of the North East like Gombe and Borno.“
“However, because at the moment the Fulani man is practicing the tradition of pastoralism, he has been exposed to the vagaries of the forest, cattle rustlers who carry guns, killed him and take away his livelihood, his cows.”
The Governor said he is left with no option than to carry the AK47 because the society and the government could not protect him.
“What is his fault? it’s the fault of the government and the people.”Governor Senator Bala said“nobody  should criminalize all Fulanis, because in every tribe, there are criminals. “If Cybercrime is practiced by one tribe, you don’t criminalise all the tribe by saying they are criminals.
“That sensitivity is highly needed, and journalists have to exercised restraints in some reports, decipher the wrongs from rights, especially any report that is not building this country Nigeria, which can divide her and threaten the peace and the unity of the country

He however, commended his counterpart Simon Lalong of Plateau State for ending the mutual suspicion between fulanis and farmers of his state without looking at political differences.
He said, “I must comment the chairman of the Nortgern Governor’s forum, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State. “With his diverse background despite being a minority State, he’s leading the northern Governors with focus, with sense of humour, and maturity.

Muhammed indicated that people like Lalong are needed in Nigeria for the good fight of faith for unity and peace in his state as the fight between farmers and fulanis in the Plateau has ceased, because of justice and equity.

Patriotism among communities is now common place in Plateau because of governance that fosters understanding between the diverse ethnic groups in the state.

“And that is what is happening in Bauchi, where everyone is important. So the media must single out those people for promotion not like people in other States that are asking Fulanis to leave their lands.
The Governor indicated that nobody can intimidate any one over land since it belongs to all(our fathers land) quoting section 23, 24 and 25, of the constitution to back up his claim he said that every Nigerian is free to stay anywhere.
It is worthy of note that Governor Muhammed though not a Fulani by tribe, but a Bajari from Duguri district, Alkaleri LGA has been standing in defense of the Fulani.
In a swift reaction the Benue state Governor expressed disappointment with his colleague the Bauchi state Governor, for heaping the blame of the negative perception of Fulani herders on him.
“He said, it was surprising that a colleague, who took the oath of office to protect and preserve the Constitution, now takes the lead in violating provisions of the same Constitution by calling for lawlessness.

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